Thursday, January 31, 2008

Trailer for "Smart People"



Starring: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Page, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Thomas Haden Church

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

SAG WINNERS!!


Performance by a cast in a motion picture: No Country For Old Men

the only one that really deserved it (though Hairspray would've been tolerable).

Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood

there will be an Oscar.

Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Julie Christie - Away From Her

I can only hope that she loses the Oscar....and what was with her acceptance speech? She almost walked off stage without her award...

Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men

I don't care if this is his 475th award. He's deserved all of them.

Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Ruby Dee - American Gangster

NONONONONONOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy TV Series: The Office

as much as I adore The Office, 30Rock deserved this hands down.

Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama TV Series: The Sopranos

oh come on, was anyone actually surprised?

Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin - 30Rock

yes!!

Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey - 30Rock

take that Ugly Betty. One of the most deserved wins of the night.

Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: James Gandolfini - The Sopranos
Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Edie Falco - The Sopranos
Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Kevin Kline - As You Like It
Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Queen Latifah - Life Support

Debra Messing is never winning an award in her entire life....

OTHER THOUGHTS:
- What was going on with Mickey Rooney? He went out to present an award and starting doing some long winded monologue. Maybe there's a reason Queen Latifah missed the ceremony (I wouldn't want him to present an award to me either...).

- Tilda Swinton needs a makeover. She looked like a lesbian alien.

- Daniel Day-Lewis may in fact be Jesus (great acceptance speech by the way).

- chewing gum is a sure fire way to lose an award (I'm looking at you Casey Affleck).

- after watching Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey present together, I'm convinced that starring in a movie with Matthew McConaughey makes you lose brain cells and become less talented.

- Ruby Dee's win is just further proof against the use of affirmative action

- I think everyone's confusing Julie Christie with Helen Mirren. Christie ALREADY HAS AN OSCAR. STOP GIVING HER AWARDS BECAUSE SHE GAVE A DECENT PERFORMANCE AND SHE'S OLD.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Looking Back: My Oscar Winners for 2005

as we draw closer and closer to the 2007 Oscars, I thought I'd look back over my picks for the winners of previous years. Along with the traditional categories, there are also a number of categories the Oscars don't include....

Best Tagline:
"There's Been a Grave Misunderstanding" - The Corpse Bride

Best Poster:
Everything is Illuminated

Best Trailer
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith(click)

Most Unfairly Overlooked:
Everything is Illuminated

Breakthrough Female Performer:
Amy Adams - Junebug

Breakthrough Male Performer:
Cillian Murphy - Breakfast on Pluto/Batman Begins

Performer of the Year:
Johnny Depp for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/The Libertine/Corpse Bride

Best Sound Editing:
Batman Begins

Best Sound Mixing:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Best Animated Film:
The Corpse Bride

Best Foreign Language Film:

2046 (China)

Best Original Song:
"In the Deep" - from Crash

Best Visual Effects:
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Best Makeup:
Memoirs of a Geisha

Best Costume Design:
Memoirs of a Geisha

Best Art Direction:
2046

Best Editing:
Crash

Best Original Score:
Dario Marianelli - Pride and Prejudice

Best Cinematography:
2046

Best Ensemble Cast:
Crash

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Pride and Prejudice

Best Original Screenplay:
2046

Best Actress in a Limited Role:
Tilda Swinton - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Best Actor in a Limited Role(TIE!!):
Ian McDiarmarid - Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
and
Ralph Fiennes - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams - Junebug

Best Supporting Actor:
Jake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain

Best Actress:
Felicity Huffman - Transamerica

Best Actor:
Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

Best Director:

Wong Kar Wai - 2046

Best Picture:

2046

there you have it, 2005! I'll wait until the night before the Oscars to annouce my choices for 2007, but 2006 will be on the way soon!


Friday, January 25, 2008

Poster for "My Blue Berry Nights"

Bravo Lionsgate Studios...Bravo!

Why ABC's Oscar Telecast Will Go On: Lionsgate
Without the benefit of press release or lofty pronouncement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, I'm pretty sure I can now say the following with near-absolute certainty:

ABC's Feb. 24 telecast of the 2008 Oscars telecast from the Kodak theater will go forward as scheduled, even if the writers strike remains in force.

Here's why: Yesterday's agreement between Lionsgate Entertainment and the Writers Guild of America.

Until now, I've pretty much paid scant attention to these scattered - and seemingly small - WGA/small studio side-deals. Reason: They're SMALL. Yes, the deal with Worldwide Pants got "Late Show with David Letterman" back on the air with writers, but the deal with the Weinstein Co. was insignificant because the Weinstein guys aren't tied to Miramax anymore, so they're hardly major players. WGA also secured deals with Tom Cruise's United Artists, Spyglass Entertainment, MRC, Jackson Bites, Mandate Films, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Nice, but again - nothing earth-shattering.

But given Hollywood's intricate and often hidden links, both the Lionsgate and Mandate deals effectively mean that the WGA can no longer pull a Golden Globes on the Oscars telecast. (What's a "Golden Globe?" That's a showbiz fate worse than death - in which a network is forced to scrap its profitable awards telecast because writers and actors have threatened to boycott, and you, the network, are then forced to mount a show anchored by second-rate talent, which will be the butt of industry jokes and worse, get terrible ratings.)

But Lionsgate is massively different. Reason: It'll will have significant representation at this year's awards: Julie Christie got a nod for Lionsgate's "Away from Her" (which also got a best adapted screenplay nod; Lionsgate also got nods for "3:10 to Yuma" and "Sicko" - best doc feature.) This is the clincher, though - Mandate, owned by Lionsgate, is one of the production company's behind "Juno."

Oscar noms - you don't need to be reminded - are money in the bank for producers, but the REAL pot of gold lies at the end of the Oscars telecast; a win is a huge boost to both your theatrical and DVD sales.

Why would the WGA penalize the company it just signed a pact with - Lionsgate - by picketing the Oscars, and forcing the Screen Actors Guild to do same? It wouldn't.

Until now, these WGA side-deals would appear to carry little risk for the WGA, and best of all, they put writers back to work. But they also undercut the WGA's hand. Threatening the Oscars' telecast is certainly one key reason why the producers agreed to get back to the bargaining table. But if this is a highstakes poker game - it is - the Lionsgate deal may now mean the WGA is holding only a pair of deuces.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Johnny Depp may replace Heath Ledger in "Imaginarium"...

Johnny Depp is poised to replace tragic Heath Ledger in his latest film role, reports UK’s The Sun.

Heath, who was found dead Tuesday in New York, was six weeks away from finishing fantasy flick The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Now director Terry Gilliman wants his pal Johnny to film the remaining scenes.

A studio source said: “There is a point in the film when Heath falls through a magic mirror. He could change into another character after that and that is where Johnny would come in.

“It’s a weird, fantasy, time-travel movie so Heath’s character could easily change appearance. It would be a poignant moment.

Johnny’s not working at the moment so everyone is praying he will do it.”

And the TITLE of the next James Bond film is.......*drumroll*




"Quantum of Solace"

Source

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Lindsay Lohan is officially insane....

does she even know what a Razzie is?

Lindsay Lohan has claimed that she is proud of her Golden Raspberry-nominated film I Know Who Killed Me.


The movie received nine nominations for the annual awards ceremony, which celebrates the worst films made in the past year.

Lohan's performance in the movie playing a schizophrenic won her two worst actress nominations.

However, the Hollywood star insists that she will work with director Chris Sivertson again, and believes that it was her most impressive performance to date, according to The Sun.

“I Know Who Killed Me was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life,” said Lohan. "I’m playing a schizophrenic and that was so draining but I loved working with the director Chris Sivertson.

"I couldn’t believe the emotional range that he got out of me. I thought the role was too difficult for me but he helped me to give a performance I didn’t think I was capable of. I’ve already told him I’ll be in anything he ever directs.

"I want our relationship to be like the one Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

In Memoriam








Heath Ledger: April 4, 1979 - January 22, 2008

2007 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS!!!!


It's official...2007 is the Year of the Shocker(s)

Best Picture
"Atonement"
"Juno"
"Michael Clayton"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

JUNO!!!!! A great lineup! I don't think Michael Clayton or Atonement deserve to be there, but at least this year I ACTUALLY LIKE ALL THE NOMINEES! I would've preferred Sweeney Todd in there, but THANK GOD THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY GOT SNUBBED!! AHAHAHAHA! And in other news: I couldn't feel more proud about being one of the VERY FEW people to predict that Into the Wild wouldn't get nominated. I trusted my instinct, and I was RIGHT! GAH!

Actor
George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"
Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah"
Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises"

TOMMY FREAKIN' LEE JONES!!! His chances had been dead for this (incredible) performance. A delightful surprise and an incredibly DESERVED nomination. The entire lineup is PERFECT except for one....Clooney...grrrrrrrrrrrrr..

Actress
Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
Julie Christie, "Away From Her"
Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose"
Laura Linney, "The Savages"
Ellen Page, "Juno"

well, Blanchett got in over Bonham Carter and Amy Adams, but...hello now...2 shockers in one category! LAURA LINNEY??? NO ANGELINA JOLIE? YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSS!!!!

Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"
Hal Holbrook, "Into the Wild"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Charlie Wilson's War"
Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton"

great, but PSH is a surprise......just please PLEASE don't give it to Holbrook....

Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"
Ruby Dee, "American Gangster"
Saoirse Ronan, "Atonement"
Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"
Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton"

oh COME ON. Ruby Dee? Pathetic. I like the rest however (it's nice to finally be able to call Tilda Swinton an Oscar nominee).

Director
Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Jason Reitman, "Juno"
Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"

Schnabel and Tony Gilroy get in over Tim Burton, Joe Wright, David Fincher, and others? Woe.....and where in the hell did Jason Reitman come from? To quote his film: "WHOA! Dream BIG!!"

Foreign Film
"Beaufort," Israel
"The Counterfeiters," Austria
"Katyn," Poland
"Mongol," Kazakhstan
"12," Russia

don't care. at all.

Adapted Screenplay
Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"
Sarah Polley, "Away from Her"
Ronald Harwood, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"

surely this category could be surprise fr-AWAY FROM HER?

Original Screenplay
Diablo Cody, "Juno"
Nancy Oliver, "Lars and the Real Girl"
Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"
Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava and Jim Capobianco, "Ratatouille"
Tamara Jenkins, "The Savages."

the only predictable category.

Animated Feature Film
"Persepolis"
"Ratatouille"
"Surf's Up"

Surf's Up over The Simpson's Movie? Were they high?

Art Direction
"American Gangster"
"Atonement"
"The Golden Compass"
"Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
"There Will Be Blood"

not sure about American Gangster but GOLDEN COMPASS GOT A NOMINATION!!!!

Cinematography
"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
"Atonement"
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

just about perfect.

Sound Mixing
"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"No Country for Old Men"
"Ratatouille"
"3:10 to Yuma"
"Transformers"

great choices.

Sound Editing
"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"No Country for Old Men"
"Ratatouille"
"There Will Be Blood"
"Transformers"


Original Score
"Atonement," Dario Marianelli
"The Kite Runner," Alberto Iglesias
"Michael Clayton," James Newton Howard
"Ratatouille," Michael Giacchino
"3:10 to Yuma," Marco Beltrami

poor Jonny Greenwood. He should be on this list. *sigh* Marco Beltrami is a nice surprise though...

Original Song
"Falling Slowly" from "Once," Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
"Happy Working Song" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
"Raise It Up" from "August Rush," Nominees to be determined
"So Close" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
"That's How You Know" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz

wow...Into the Wild got hit hard. 3 songs from Enchanted? Uh-oh.....it's Dreamgirls all over again....which means that maybe ONCE CAN WIN AN AWARD!!!

Costume
"Across the Universe"
"Atonement"
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
"La Vie en Rose"
"Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

great choices, though I think "Universe" and "LVER" could have been replaced with several films....

Documentary Feature
"No End in Sight"
"Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience"
"Sicko"
"Taxi to the Dark Side"
"War/Dance"
Documentary (short subject)
"Freeheld"
"La Corona (The Crown)"
"Salim Baba"
"Sari's Mother"

Film Editing
"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
"Into the Wild"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

Makeup
"La Vie en Rose"
"Norbit"
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"

Academy Award Nominated film "Norbit"? So very very VERY wrong...

Animated Short Film
"I Met the Walrus"
"Madame Tutli-Putli"
"Meme Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)"
"My Love (Moya Lyubov)"
"Peter & the Wolf"
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Live Action Short Film
"At Night"
"Il Supplente (The Substitute)"
"Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)"
"Tanghi Argentini"
"The Tonto Woman"

Visual Effects
"The Golden Compass"
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
"Transformers"

Golden Compass again!! All three of these are extremely deserving, but I thought Compass' sucky American box office would hurt it. Nice to see AMPAS didn't let numbers get in there way...

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Daily Dose of Stupidity

seriously, what the hell is going on!?

From Theenvelope.com:
http://theenvelope.latimes.com/columnists/notesonaseason/env-notes-ham mond21jan21,0,5076603.column?coll=env-home-top-headlines
Two music scores have reportedly been nixed from consideration for tomorrow's Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Score category.

Jonny Greenwood's critically acclaimed work for "There Will Be Blood," which many pundits thought would be a shoo-in for an Oscar nod, has been ruled ineligible, sources have told The Envelope, because "the majority of the music was not composed specifically for the film."

Also reportedly ruled out by the academy's music branch is eight-time winner Alan Menken's "Enchanted," for the "predominant use of songs." It was after Menken kept winning the Oscar for his song-laden Disney scores ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast") that the academy's music peer group decided some changes were in order to favor composers who focus on the business of dramatic scoring, not use of songs.



In 1995 they segregated dramatic scores by creating a category for Best Musical or Comedy Score (Menken won it that year for "Pocahontas"), but they eliminated it after the 1998 Oscars.

Also, in previous years the academy had a category for Adaptation and Song Scores, which might have helped both "Blood" and "Enchanted," but the category has been dormant since 1984.

28th Annual Razzie Award Nominees


Worst Picture:
Bratz
Daddy Day Camp
I Know Who Killed Me
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Norbit

Worst Actor:
Nicolas Cage [GHOST RIDER, NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS and NEXT]
Jim Carrey [THE NUMBER 23]
Cuba Gooding, Jr. [DADDY DAY CAMP and NORBIT]
Eddie Murphy (as Norbit) [NORBIT]
Adam Sandler [I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY]

Worst Actress:
Jessica Alba [AWAKE, FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER and GOOD LUCK CHUCK]
Logan Browning, Janel Parrish, Nathalia Ramos & Skyler Shaye (A Four-for-One Deal!) [BRATZ]
Elisha Cuthbert [CAPTIVITY]
Diane Keaton [BECAUSE I SAID SO]
Lindsay Lohan (as Aubrey) [I KNOW WHO KILLED ME]
Lindsay Lohan (as Dakota) [I KNOW WHO KILLED ME]

Worst Supporting Actor:
Orlando Bloom [PIRATES OF THE CAROB-BEAN: AT WIT'S END]
Kevin James [I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY]
Eddie Murphy (as Mr. Wong) [NORBIT]
Rob Schneider [I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY]
Jon Voight [BRATZ, NATIONAL TREASURE 2, SEPTEMBER DAWN and Transformers]

Worst Supporting Actress:
Jessica Biel [I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY and NEXT]
Carmen Electra [EPIC MOVIE]
Eddie Murphy (as Rasputia) [NORBIT]
Julia Ormond [I KNOW WHO KILLED ME]
Nicolette Sheridan [CODE NAME: THE CLEANER]

Worst Screen Couple:
Jessica Alba & EITHER Hayden Christensen (AWAKE)
OR
Dane Cook (GOOD LUCK CHUCK)
OR
Ioan Gruffudd (FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER)

Any Combination of Two
Totally Air-Headed Characters
BRATZ

Lindsay Lohan & Lindsay Lohan (as The Yang to Her Own Yin)
I KNOW WHO KILLED ME

Eddie Murphy (as Norbit) & EITHER
Eddie Murphy (as Mr. Wong) OR Eddie Murphy (as Rasputia)
NORBIT

Adam Sandler & EITHER
Kevin James OR Jessica Biel
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY

Worst Remake/Ripped-Off:
Are We Done Yet? (Remake/Rip-Off of MR. BLANDINGS Builds his Dream House)
Bratz (A Rip-Off If Ever There Was One!)
Epic Movie (Rip-Off of Every Movie it Rips Off)
I Know Who Killed Me (Rip-Off of HOSTEL, SAW and THE PATTY DUKE SHOW)
Who's Your Caddy (Rip-Off of Caddy Shack)

Worst Prequel/Sequel:
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Daddy Day Camp
Evan Almighty
Hannibal Rising
Hostel: Part II

Worst Director:
Dennis Dugan [I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY]
Roland Joffe [CAPTIVITY]
Brian Robbins [NORBIT]
Fred Savage [DADDY DAY CAMP]
Chris Siverston [I KNOW WHO KILLED ME]

Worst Screenplay:
Daddy Day Camp [Screenplay by Geoff Rodkey and David J. Stem & David N. Weiss]
Epic Movie [Written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer]
I Know Who Killed Me [Written by Jeffrey Hammond]
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry [Screenplay by Barry Fanaro and Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor]
Norbit [Screenplay by Eddie Murphy & Charles Murphy and Jay Sherick & David Ronn]

Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie:
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Captivity
Hannibal Rising
Hostel: Part II
I Know Who Killed Me

Sunday, January 20, 2008

It's time: My Official Predictions for the Academy Awards Nominations


Nominations will be announced 8:30 AM on Tuesday morning. My predictions below aren't about who should get a nomination...but who will (and the nominees are listed in no order).

Best Picture:
No Country for Old Men
Atonement
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
There Will be Blood
Michael Clayton

other possibilities: Into the Wild, Juno, Sweeney Todd, American Gangster

Best Director:
Joel and Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men
Julian Schnabel - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joe Wright - Atonement
Paul Thomas Anderson - There Will be Blood
Tim Burton - Sweeney Todd

other possibilities: Sean Penn - Into the Wild, Jason Reitman - Juno, Sydney Lumet - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Ridley Scott - American Gangster, Tony Gilroy - Michael Clayton

Best Actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will be Blood
Johnny Depp - Sweeney Todd
George Clooney - Michael Clayton
Viggo Mortensen - Eastern Promises
James McAvoy - Atonement

other possibilities: Denzel Washington - American Gangster, Ryan Gosling - Lars and the Real Girl, Emile Hirsch - Into the Wild

Best Actress:
Julie Christie - Away From Her
Marion Cotillard - La Vie En Rose
Ellen Page - Juno
Angelina Jolie (noooo) - A Mighty Heart
Cate Blanchett - Elizabeth: The Golden Age

other possibilities: Amy Adams - Enchanted, Helena Bonham Carter - Sweeney Todd, Keira Knightley - Atonement

Best Supporting Actor:
Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men
Casey Affleck - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Tom Wilkinson - Michael Clayton
Tommy Lee Jones - No Country For Old Men
Paul Dano - There Will be Blood

other possibilities: Hal Holbrook - Into the Wild, Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Charlie Wilson's War, Max Von Sydow - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, John Travolta - Hairspray

Best Supporting Actress:
Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There
Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton - Michael Clayton
Saoirse Ronan - Atonement
and the 5th slot??? I have no idea...

other possibilities: Vanessa Redgrave - Atonement (please!?), Ruby Dee - American Gangster, Emanuelle Seigner - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Romola Garai - Atonement, Catherine Keener - Into the Wild

Best Original Screenplay:
Juno
Michael Clayton
Ratatouille
The Savages
Lars and the Real Girl

other possibilities: Knocked Up, Waitress, American Gangster

Best Adapted Screenplay:
No Country for Old Men
Atonement
There Will Be Blood
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Into the Wild

other possibilities: Charlie Wilson's War, Zodiac, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Best Editing:
No Country For Old Men
Atonement
The Bourne Ultimatum
American Gangster
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

other possibilities: Zodiac, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hot Fuzz, There Will Be Blood

Best Art Direction:
Atonement
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Sweeney Todd
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

other possibilities: The Golden Compass, The Assassination of Jesse James, There Will Be Blood, Hairspray

Best Cinematography:
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
There Will Be Blood
Atonement
Sweeney Todd

other possibilities: Harry Potter, The Golden Compass, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, No Country For Old Men, Across the Universe, Pirates of the Caribbean: AWE

Best Costume Design:
Sweeney Todd
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Atonement
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

other possibilities: Harry Potter, The Golden Compass, Across the Universe, 3:10 to Yuma, Hairspray, 300

Best Makeup:
La Vie En Rose
Sweeney Todd
300

other possibilities: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Pirates of the Caribbean: AWE

Best Original Score:
Dario Marianelli - Atonement
Jonny Greenwood - There Will be Blood
Howard Shore - Eastern Promises
Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
Alberto Iglesias - The Kite Runner

other possibilities: Hans Zimmer - Pirates of the Caribbean

Best Original Song:
Guaranteed - Into the Wild
That's How You Know - Enchanted
Falling Slowly - Once
Come So Far - Hairspray
Do You Feel Me - American Gangster

other possibilities: Despedida - Love in the Time of Cholera, Walk Hard - Walk Hard

Best Visual Effects:
Transformers
The Golden Compass
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

other possibilities: Harry Potter, 300

Best Sound Editing:
3:10 to Yuma
Pirates of the Caribbean
Harry Potter
Transformers
The Golden Compass

other possibilities: 300, Ratatouille, The Bourne Ultimatum, No Country For Old Men
Best Sound Mixing:
No Country For Old Men
3:10 to Yuma
Transformers
The Golden Compass
300

other possibilities: Hot Fuzz, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter

Saturday, January 19, 2008

My Favorite tradition continues....and remains as mysterious as ever...

click on the link below to find out...

THE LINK

trailer for "Paranoid Park"



from Gus Van Sant, director of one of my all time faves, "To Die For".

trailer for "Defiance"



Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell.

It looks good, but I'm worried that Edward Zwick (director of Blood Diamond/Last Samurai) might try and make it too much of a "shoot 'em up in Nazi Germany" type film...

Friday, January 18, 2008

New picture from "Australia"


that pose is kind of awkward (it looks like Jackman is giving her an eye exam from atop his horse....) but the visuals (assuming this is what the cinematography looks like in the final product) looks really nice. Can't wait! Only Baz Luhrmann could turn dusty Australian desert into a visual marvel.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The BAFTA (British Academy Awards) Nominees are HERE!!


FILM

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Brian Grazer/Ridley Scott
ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Scott Rudin/Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – JoAnne Sellar/Paul Thomas Anderson/Daniel Lupi

American Gangster over Sweeney Todd? Oh please. And didn't they nominate Lives of Others, last year? What is this, the Grammys?

BEST BRITISH FILM

ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster/Joe Wright/Christopher Hampton
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Frank Marshall/Patrick Crowley/Paul L Sandberg/Paul Greengrass/Tony Gilroy/Scott Z Burns/George Nolfi
CONTROL – Orian Williams/ Todd Eckert/Anton Corbijn/Matt Greenhalgh
EASTERN PROMISES – Paul Webster/Robert Lantos/David Cronenberg/Steve Knight
THIS IS ENGLAND – Mark Herbert/Shane Meadows

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD

for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film

CHRIS ATKINS (Director/Writer) – Taking Liberties
MIA BAYS (Producer) – Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
SARAH GAVRON (Director) – Brick Lane
MATT GREENHALGH (Writer) – Control
ANDREW PIDDINGTON (Director/Writer) – The Killing of John Lennon

DIRECTOR

ATONEMENT – Joe Wright
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Paul Greengrass
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Paul Thomas Anderson

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Steven Zaillian
JUNO – Diablo Cody
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
MICHAEL CLAYTON – Tony Gilroy
THIS IS ENGLAND – Shane Meadows

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

ATONEMENT – Christopher Hampton
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY – Ronald Harwood
THE KITE RUNNER – David Benioff
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Paul Thomas Anderson

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

nominations announced on Friday 4 January

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY – Kathleen Kennedy/Jon Kilik/Julian Schnabel
THE KITE RUNNER – William Horberg/Walter Parkes/Rebecca Yeldham/Marc Foster
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann/Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
LUST, CAUTION – Bill Kong/James Schamus/Ang Lee
LA VIE EN ROSE – Alain Goldman/Olivier Dahan

ANIMATED FILM

RATATOUILLE – Brad Bird
SHREK THE THIRD – Chris Miller
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE – Matt Groening/James L Brooks

LEADING ACTOR

GEORGE CLOONEY – Michael Clayton
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS – There Will Be Blood
JAMES McAVOY – Atonement
VIGGO MORTENSEN – Eastern Promises
ULRICH MÜHE – The Lives of Others

please...please don't let this be the Oscar lineup. Depp was so much better than Clooney and McAvoy.

LEADING ACTRESS

CATE BLANCHETT – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
JULIE CHRISTIE – Away From Her
MARION COTILLARD – La Vie en Rose
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY – Atonement
ELLEN PAGE – Juno

SUPPORTING ACTOR

JAVIER BARDEM – No Country for Old Men
PAUL DANO – There Will Be Blood
TOMMY LEE JONES – No Country for Old Men
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – Charlie Wilson’s War
TOM WILKINSON – Michael Clayton

DANOOOOO!!!! WOW. Fantastic lineup.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

CATE BLANCHETT – I’m Not There
KELLY MACDONALD – No Country for Old Men
SAMANTHA MORTON – Control
SAOIRSE RONAN – Atonement
TILDA SWINTON – Michael Clayton

Another AMAZING lineup. Nice to see MacDonald in there, but how could they forget Imelda Staunton?

MUSIC

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Marc Streitenfeld
ATONEMENT – Dario Marianelli
THE KITE RUNNER – Alberto Iglesias
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Jonny Greenwood
LA VIE EN ROSE – Christopher Gunning

American Gangster is a complete joke, but at least Greenwood and Marianelli are in there.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Harris Savides
ATONEMENT – Seamus McGarvey
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Oliver Wood
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Roger Deakins
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Robert Elswit

I can give you a zillion films that had better cinematography than Bourne Ultimatum and American Gangster.....

EDITING

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Pietro Scalia
ATONEMENT – Paul Tothill
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Christopher Rouse
MICHAEL CLAYTON – John Gilroy
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Roderick Jaynes

PRODUCTION DESIGN

ATONEMENT – Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer
ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE – Guy Hendrix Dyas/Richard Roberts
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX – Stuart Craig/Stephenie McMillan
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Jack Fisk/Jim Erickson
LA VIE EN ROSE – Olivier Raoux

La Vie En Rose over Sweeney Todd and Golden Compass? So wrong...

COSTUME DESIGN

ATONEMENT – Jacqueline Durran
ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE – Alexandra Byrne
LUST, CAUTION – Pan Lai
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET – Colleen Atwood
LA VIE EN ROSE – Marit Allen

Pirates 3 and Golden Compass are much more worthy than LVER and Lust, Caution.....but I like the rest.

SOUND

ATONEMENT – Danny Hambrook/Paul Hamblin/Catherine Hodgson
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Kirk Francis/Scott Millan/Dave Parker/Karen Baker Landers/Per Hallberg
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Peter Kurland/Skip Lievsay/Craig Berkey/Greg Orloff
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Christopher Scarabosio/Matthew Wood/John Pritchett/Michael Semanick/Tom Johnson
LA VIE EN ROSE – Laurent Zeilig/Pascal Villard/Jean-Paul Hurier/Marc Doisne

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Peter Chiang/Charlie Noble/Mattias Lindahl/Joss Williams
THE GOLDEN COMPASS – Michael Fink/Bill Westenhofer/Ben Morris/Trevor Woods
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX – Tim Burke/John Richardson/Emma Norton/Chris Shaw
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END – John Knoll/Charles Gibson/Hal Hickel/John Frazier
SPIDER-MAN 3 – Scott Stokdyk/Peter Nofz/Kee-Suk Ken Hahn/Spencer Cook

MAKE UP & HAIR

ATONEMENT – Ivana Primorac
ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE – Jenny Shircore
HAIRSPRAY – Nominees TBC
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET – Ivana Primorac
LA VIE EN ROSE – Jan Archibald/Didier Lavergne

SHORT ANIMATION

THE PEARCE SISTERS – Jo Allen/Luis Cook
HEAD OVER HEELS – Osbert Parker/Fiona Pitkin/Ian Gouldstone
THE CRUMBLEGIANT – Pearse Moore/John McCloskey

SHORT FILM

DOG ALTOGETHER – Diarmid Scrimshaw/Paddy Considine
HESITATION – Julien Berlan/Michelle Eastwood/Virginia Gilbert
THE ONE AND ONLY HERB MCGWYER PLAYS WALLIS ISLAND – Charlie Henderson/James Griffiths/Tim Key/Tom Basden
SOFT – Jane Hooks/Simon Ellis
THE STRONGER – Dan McCulloch/Lia Williams/Frank McGuinness

THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD

(voted for by the public) – nominees announced on Tuesday 8 January

SHIA LABEOUF
SIENNA MILLER
ELLEN PAGE
SAM RILEY
TANG WEI

If it doesn't go to Ellen Page, I'm suing....

Costume Designers Guild Nomiations

Best contemporary films:

"Blades of Glory" (Julie Weiss)
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Olivier Beriot)
"Into the Wild" (Mary Claire Hannan)
"Juno" (Monique Prudhomme)
"Ocean's Thirteen" (Louise Frogley).

this has to be the most boring category ever invented.

Best period films:

"Atonement" (Jacqueline Durran)
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (Alexandra Byrne)
"La Vie en Rose" (Marit Allen - posthumous)
"Sweeney Todd" (Colleen Atwood)
"3:10 to Yuma" (Arianne Phillips).

great choices. GO SWEENEY/COLLEEN ATWOOD.

Best fantasy films:

"Enchanted" (Mona May)
"The Golden Compass" (Ruth Myers)
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (Jany Temime)
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End" (Penny Rose)
"300" (Michael Wilkinson)

fantastic selection. They really couldn't have done better.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Shortlist for the Foreign Language Film Contenders for the Oscars

Austria, “The Counterfeiters,” Stefan Ruzowitzky, director
Brazil, “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation,” Cao Hamburger, director
Canada, “Days of Darkness,” Denys Arcand, director
Israel, “Beaufort,” Joseph Cedar, director
Italy, “The Unknown,” Giuseppe Tornatore, director
Kazakhstan, “Mongol,” Sergei Bodrov, director
Poland, “Katyn,” Andrzej Wajda, director
Russia, “12,” Nikita Mikhalkov, director
Serbia, “The Trap,” Srdan Golubovic, director

Diving Bell was already out, but NO PERSEPOLIS???? DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN......whatever my thoughts on Diving Bell, they really made the wrong choice apparently....

Monday, January 14, 2008

Producer's Guild Nominees

Best Picture (from the PGA)
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax)
“Juno” (Fox Searchlight)
“Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
“No Country for Old Men” (Miramax/Paramount Vantage)
“There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage/Miramax)

NO! I take back everything I said about not wanting Atonement to win anything! Just GET RID OF DIVING BELL!!!!

Johnny Depp's Golden Globe Speech

here's what we would have heard last night....such a shame we missed it...

"I would like to thank my beloved friends at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for bestowing such an honor on me," 'Sweeney Todd''s Johnny Depp said of his Golden Globe win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical.

"It is a humbling experience, especially in the company of such talent. For many years the HFPA has supported my work and for that I have always been truly grateful. While this is indeed a happy day for me, I am overjoyed at the recognition the film as a whole is receiving. TIM [BURTON] is a dear friend and a true artist whose vision and skill inspire us all. He is a genius. Without his unwavering trust and support, I would not be anywhere near where I am today. Also, big thanks and respect to HELENA [BONHAM CARTER], whose simply staggering performance as Mrs. Lovett is a wonder to behold. I must send a behemoth salute to the wonderful crew and cast of 'Sweeney Todd' and all at Dreamworks/Paramount and Warner Bros. Pictures. In addition, I'd also like to extend my sincere gratitude to, first and foremost, my cherished friend and agent of forever ago, TRACEY JACOBS; the extraordinary man and producer, RICHARD ZANUCK; the mastermind STEPHEN SONDHEIM; and, of course, my precious family, VANESSA, LILY-ROSE and JACK, for all of their love, support and pure and absolute happiness everyday. Overall, I believe it to be a proud achievement for everyone involved and on behalf of us all, I thank you."

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Golden Globe WINNERS


Best Picture Drama:
Atonement

nononononononononono NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Everything was going SO well!!

Best Picture Musical or Comedy:
Sweeney Todd

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! YES!!

Best Actor Drama:
Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood

There will be a well deserved Oscar.

Best Actress Drama:
Julie Christie

*yawn*

Best Actor Musical or Comedy:
Johnny Depp - Sweeney Todd

FINALLY!!! Congratulations!!! Shame you didn't get to go onstage but hell, at least you didn't go 0-8...

Best Actress Musical or Comedy:
Marion Cotillard - La Vie En Rose

VIVA MARION!!!

Best Supporting Actor:
Javier Bardem - No Country For Old Men

excellent.

Best Supporting Actress:
Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There

YAY, though I was secretly hoping for Swinton to randomly upset. Bye bye Amy Ryan...

Best Director:
Julian Schnabel - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Yeah he did a good job but his movie was WEAK. The Coens and Tim Burton were so ROBBED.

Best Screenplay:
No Country For Old Men

at least the Coens got something.

Best Original Song:
"Guaranteed" - Into the Wild

boooooooooooooooooo

Best Original Score:
Dario Marianelli - Atonement

celebrate now. The Academy is already trying to figure out how they're going to screw you over again.

Best Animated Film:
Ratatouille

boring and predictable

Best Foreign Language Film:
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

TV
Best TV Drama:
Mad Men

never seen it, but I've heard great things...

Best TV Comedy:
Extras

yes!!

Best Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Longford

Best Actor in a Mini Series or TV Movie:
Jim Broadbent - Longford

Best Actress in a Mini Series or TV Movie:
Queen Latifah - Life Support

Best Actor in a TV Comedy:
David Duchovhny

how does Johnny Depp go through 8 nominations before a win yet one of the most dull and wooden people out there gets a Globe on his first nomination? Gervais and Baldwin were robbed.

Best Actress in a TV Comedy:
Tina Fey - 30 Rock

YEEEEEESSSS!!!!

Best Actor in a TV Drama:
John Hamm - Mad Men

Best Actress in a TV Drama:
Glenn Close - Damages

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series
Jeremy Piven - Entourage

is anyone else sick of seeing this guy win all the time?

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series:
Samantha Morton - Longford

Saturday, January 12, 2008

My Official Golden Globes Predictions


The Golden Globes

In 2 Acts

Act I: Predictions from the Nominees (nominees listed in random order)

Best Picture – Drama:

  1. The Great Debaters
  2. Atonement
  3. No Country for Old Men
  4. Eastern Promises
  5. There Will Be Blood
  6. American Gangster
  7. Michael Clayton

Will Win: Atonement
Should Win: No Country for Old Men
The Upset: There Will Be Blood
No Chance in Hell: The Great Debaters

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy

  1. Charlie Wilson’s War
  2. Hairspray
  3. Juno
  4. Across the Universe
  5. Sweeney Todd

Will Win: Juno or Sweeney Todd
Should Win: Juno or Sweeney Todd
The Upset: Hairspray
No Chance in Hell: Across the Universe

Best Actor – Drama

  1. George Clooney – Michael Clayton
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
  3. Denzel Washington – American Gangster
  4. James McAvoy – Atonement
  5. Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises

Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
Should Win: Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
The Upset: Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises
No Chance in Hell: James McAvoy – Atonement

Best Actress – Drama

  1. Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  2. Julie Christie – Away From Her
  3. Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
  4. Jodie Foster – The Brave One
  5. Keira Knightley – Atonement

Will Win: Julie Christie – Away From Her
Should Win: Julie Christie – Away From Her
The Upset: Angelina Jolie (NOOOOO!) OR Keira Knightley
No Chance in Hell: Jodie Foster – The Brave One

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy

  1. Tom Hanks – Charlie Wilson’s War
  2. Phillip Seymour Hoffman – The Savages
  3. Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd
  4. John C. Reilly – Walk Hard
  5. Ryan Gosling – Lars and the Real Girl

Will Win: Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd
Should Win: Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd
The Upset: PSH – The Savages
No Chance in Hell: Tom Hanks - Charlie Wilson's War

Best Actress: Musical or Comedy

  1. Ellen Page – Juno
  2. Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose
  3. Helena Bonham Carter – Sweeney Todd
  4. Amy Adams – Enchanted
  5. Nikki Blonsky – Hairspray

Will Win: Ellen Page – Juno
Should Win: Cotillard, but Page or Bonham Carter would be great too…
The Upset: Amy Adams – Enchanted
No Chance in Hell: Nikki Blonsky – Hairspray

Best Supporting Actor:

  1. Phillip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War
  2. John Travolta – Hairspray
  3. Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men
  4. Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James
  5. Tom Wilkinson – Michael Clayton

Will Win: Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men
Should Win: Javier Bardem
The Upset: Casey Affleck
No Chance in Hell: John Travolta – Hairspray

Best Supporting Actress:

  1. Saoirse Ronan – Atonement
  2. Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
  3. Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
  4. Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton
  5. Julia Roberts – Charlie Wilson’s War

Will Win: Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There (Ryan’s streak ends here)
Should Win: Cate Blanchett or Tilda Swinton
The Upset: Saoirse Ronan – Atonement
No Chance in Hell: Julia Roberts – Charlie Wilson’s War

Best Director:

  1. Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  2. Tim Burton – Sweeney Todd
  3. Joel and Ethan Coen – No Country For Old Men
  4. Joe Wright – Atonement
  5. Ridley Scott – American Gangster

Will Win: Joel and Ethan Coen – No Country For Old Men
Should Win: Tim Burton or the Coen Bros
The Upset: Joe Wright - Atonement
No Chance in Hell: Ridley Scott – American Gangster

Best Screenplay:

  1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  2. Atonement
  3. Juno
  4. No Country For Old Men
  5. Charlie Wilson’s War

Will Win: Juno
Should Win: Juno or No Country
The Upset: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
No Chance in Hell: Charlie Wilson's War

Best Original Score:

  1. Dario Marianelli – Atonement
  2. Clint Eastwood – Grace is Gone
  3. Alberto Iglesias – The Kite Runner
  4. Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild
  5. Howard Shore – Eastern Promises

Will Win: DM – Atonement
Should Win: DM – Atonement
The Upset: Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild
No Chance in Hell – The Kite Runner

Best Original Song:

  1. That’s How You Know – Enchanted
  2. Guaranteed – Into the Wild
  3. Despedida – Love in the Time of Cholera
  4. Walk Hard – Walk Hard
  5. Grace is Gone – Grace is Gone

Will Win: Guaranteed – Into the Wild
Should Win: That’s How You Know – Enchanted
The Upset: Despedida – Love in the Time of Cholera
No Chance in Hell: Grace is Gone

Animated Film:

  1. Ratatouille
  2. Bee Movie
  3. The Simpsons Movie

Will Win: Ratatouille
Should Win: The Simpson’s Movie
The Upset: Bee Movie
No Chance in Hell: they all have a decent shot

Foreign Language Film:

  1. 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days
  2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  3. Lust, Caution
  4. The Kite Runner
  5. Persepolis

Will Win: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Should Win: I don’t know, but I hope it’s Persepolis
The Upset: 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days
No Chance in Hell: The Kite Runner

Act II: My Golden Globes Lineup (ranked)

Best Picture: Drama

  1. No Country For Old Men
  2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  3. Zodiac
  4. Margot at the Wedding
  5. There Will Be Blood

Best Picture: Musical or Comedy

  1. Sweeney Todd
  2. Juno
  3. I’m Not There
  4. Once
  5. Waitress

Best Actor: Drama

  1. Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
  2. Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises
  3. Tommy Lee Jones – In The Valley of Elah
  4. Brad Pitt – The Assassination of Jesse James
  5. Phillip Seymour Hoffman – The Savages (where he belongs)

Best Actress: Drama

  1. Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose (where she belongs)
  2. Nicole Kidman – Margot at the Wedding (ditto)
  3. Jodie Foster – The Brave One
  4. Julie Christie – Away From Her
  5. Keira Knightley – Atonement

Best Actor: Musical or Comedy

  1. Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd
  2. Ryan Gosling – Lars and the Real Girl
  3. Tom Hanks – Charlie Wilson’s War
  4. Glen Hansard – Once
  5. Jim Sturgess – Across the Universe

Best Actress: Musical or Comedy

  1. Ellen Page – Juno
  2. Helena Bonham Carter – Sweeney Todd
  3. Amy Adams – Enchanted
  4. Keri Russell – Waitress
  5. Marketa Irglova – Once

Best Supporting Actor:

  1. Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men
  2. Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James
  3. Paul Dano – There Will Be Blood
  4. Tom Wilkinson – Michael Clayton
  5. Christian Bale – I’m Not There

Best Supporting Actress:

  1. Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
  2. Imelda Staunton – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  3. Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton
  4. Saoirse Ronan – Atonement
  5. Jennifer Garner – Juno

Best Director:

  1. Tim Burton – Sweeney Todd
  2. Joel and Ethan Coen – No Country For Old Men
  3. Andrew Dominik – The Assassination of Jesse James
  4. Todd Haynes – I’m Not There
  5. Joe Wright – Atonement

Best Screenplay:

  1. Juno
  2. No Country For Old Men
  3. Sweeney Todd
  4. Zodiac
  5. Waitress

Best Original Score:

  1. Dario Marianelli – Atonement
  2. Jonny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood
  3. Alexandre Desplat – The Golden Compass
  4. Hans Zimmer – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  5. Antonio Pinto – Love in the Time of Cholera

Best Original Song:

  1. Falling Slowly – Once
  2. That’s How You Know – Enchanted
  3. Despedida – Love in the Time of Cholera
  4. Come So Far, Got so far to go – Hairspray
  5. Hay Amores – Love in the Time of Cholera

Best Animated Film:

  1. The Simpson’s Movie
  2. ---
  3. ---

Best Foreign Language Film:

  1. La Vie En Rose
  2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (meh)

Friday, January 11, 2008

There Will Be Blood - REVIEW


There Will Be Blood has been described as a lot of things in its reviews: "a masterpiece", "a work of genius", "the next great American film", and even a modern day Citizen Kane. Sorry, but it's not that good. The fact that it's a tad overrated aside, its a damn good film featuring a mind blowing performance from Daniel Day-Lewis. Considering that the film clocks in at nearly 3 hours, one might expect a story full of action, but it's not. There's action of course, but director Paul Thomas Anderson has chosen to loosely adapt Upton Sinclair's novel "Oil!" as more of a character study of a bad man who only becomes worse over time. For a good portion of the film (between 50 or 75% of the way through) this works fine and Anderson's gliding camera work mixed with closeups builds a hypnotically quiet tension. In one nicely executed scene, the shot opens with the camera staring down an empty pair of train tracks and Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis) enters from the side on his car. The camera slowly turns to the right before dashing off parallel to Plainview's vehicle as they pull into the oil rich town of Little Boston. Much later on in the film, Anderson drops the flashiness (though Jonny Greenwood's spectacularly unnerving score remains present) which is perfectly fine. But then in the film's final 20 minutes or so, for whatever odd reason, his direction completely collapses and it devolves into something bland and flavorless, leaving all the work to Day-Lewis and Paul Dano (as a preacher who is something of a baby faced calculator). They do an amazing job of carrying the final scene, and their chemistry throughout the entire film is phenomenal, but it's just such a shame that Anderson had to drop the ball when he was so close to the finish line.

Side Note: the film unfortunately suffers from "Jesse James" syndrome: even though it is a period piece, and it's artistic aspects are top notch, there are just too many other good examples of art direction/costume/cinematography, to give it a nomination.

Grade: A

Current Nominations: Best Picture (#3) Best Director - Paul Thomas Anderson (#3), Best Leading Actor - Daniel Day Lewis (#1 WINNER), Best Supporting Actor - Paul Dano (#3), Best Adapted Screenplay (#5), Best Original Score - Jonny Greenwood (#2)