Paul Giamatti

Emmys: Best Guest Actor – Drama

Robert-Morse-Mad-Men-season-7-episode-6-Bert-Cooper-Robert-MorseBest Guest Actor – Drama

Robert Morse, Mad Men
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
Paul Giamatti, Downton Abbey
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Joe Morton, Scandal

Last Update: 07/12/14

The guest categories can always be tricky. This is the last chance though that voters can give this one to Robert Morse in “Mad Men.” I believe that he’ll edge out critical favorite Beau Bridges for the statue.

Film Trailer: Ernest & Celestine

Ernest & Celestine

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Last Updated: 02/14/14

Awards: 2015 Golden Globe Predictions

215783-Birdman-header-600x300Awards: 2015 Golden Globe Predictions

We hear about potentially great films every day this time of year. And while the box office is slugging out many unfavorable films, we like to look ahead to the potentially great ones. 2015 Oscar Predictions will be updated as soon as the 2014 Oscar Ceremony closes its curtains. For now we have the 2015 Golden Globe Predictions.

You can click the tab (or here) at the top of the page to view a list of contenders in each category, but here is the gist of what we have as nominations:

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Film Trailer: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

12-years-a-slaveFilm Review: 12 Years a Slave

After hearing all the raves and all the Oscar echoes, I finally got to sit down and see what all the fuss was about. “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen is based on an autobiography of the same name, written by Solomon Northup himself. The film retells the amazing story of Northup and his abduction as a free man into the dark world of slavery.

Many have distinguished the film for its depiction of brutality and yes, there are some brutal scenes. I went into the film misguided with those notions, the film didn’t focus-in on the brutality of slavery rather the helplessness  and despondency of it. Northup has many opportunities to escape, to run off into the southern wilderness, but where would he go? The south over-encumbered with slavers and racists. (more…)

Film Trailer: All is Bright

All is Bright

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Last Updated: 09/06/13

I am constantly in awe at Paul Giamatti’s ability to pull any role off. He doesn’t have any Oscars, but I’d still say he’s one of the best working actors out there. This is another movie that could land or miss, depending on the execution of their intriguing premise.

Film Trailer: 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

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Festival Circuit: Telluride and Venice – What we’ve seen.

Blue-is-the-warmest-colorFestival Circuit: Telluride and Venice – What we’ve seen.

The 2013 Palme d’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color,” made a reprise earlier this week, continuing it’s strring of positive reviews and momentum.

At this point, several films have been seen at Telluride and Venice and here are some of the key films that have been seen and initial reactions to them:
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Film Festival Circuit: “12 Years a Slave” shown at Telluride

12-years-a-slave-480x270Film Festival Circuit: “12 Years a Slave” shown at Telluride

Steve McQueen has been an interesting public figure in the world of cinema ever since he released his second indie feature “Shame” in 2011. “Shame” was met with positive reviews, but a subject matter not fit for many. The film received an NC-17 rating for explicit sexual content, which was fitting considering it was a film about sex addiction.

Michael Fassbender was the star of “Shame” and he is a supporting player here. His performance was talked about a lot after the screening of “12 Years a Slave,” but not quite as much as the films star Chiwetel Ejiofor playing Solomon Northup.

The consensus of the reactions is that Ejiofor delivers a career best with Fassbender and Nyong’o performing great as well. Also that the film is incredibly dark and violent, embodying the true horrors of slavery. After these reactions, this would be a safe film to bet on for the Oscars.
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Film: 12 Years a Slave

12-years-a-slave-poster12 Years a Slave
(Oct. 18, 2013; Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Summary: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Oscar Prospects: Best Picture, Best DirectorBest ActorBest Supporting Actor, Best Supporting ActressBest Adapted Screenplay, Best CinematographyBest Costume DesignBest Film Editing,

Runner Up: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing

Long Shots: Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing

IMDB

Status: After it’s screening at Telluride, it’s a safe bet that this film is in and maybe well be one of the best of 2013. Chiwetel Ejiofor specifically received raves which should make him the one to beat.

Projected MetaCritic: 86

The Players

Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: John Ridley, Solomon Northup
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong’o
Cinematographer: Sean Bobbitt
Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen
Editor: Joe Walker
Original Music: Hans Zimmer