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9/3---Happy Awards Season! Full Predictions Update: Complete!

It's finally September, it's finally Awards Season, and I have finally completed my updates in ALL categories!

I'll have my Top 10: Most Anticipated Fall Films list up next week! Stay Tuned!


8/10---Fall Film Season & Predictions Updates: Coming Soon!

Living in Texas when Mid-August hits, you want nothing more than Autumn to arrive. After an unusually slow Summer for film, I've started working (slowly) on my updates for the predictions. I know we still have the festivals to get through before the real Awards Season amps up, but I'm slowly starting my process now. Sorry for the lack of updates, just been a busy Summer for me, and nothing really remarkable for film. Thanks! Stay Tuned!!


5/6---Full Update Complete in ALL Categories!

I have finally completed the year's first update! These are "year in advance" predictions so most of them are guesses at this point, but check them out and see who's in the running already! Enjoy!


4/28---First Awards Predictions: Updates Underway!

I have finally started working on my first awards predictions of the season in ALL categories! It's an incredibly long and daunting project, but I have my predictions completed, just have to do the physical updates to the pages. I'm really hoping to have them up by the weekend, or by early next week at the latest. Sorry for the delay this year, but fear not, they will be up SOON!!!! Stay Tuned!


3/24---Site & Life Updates!

Hello all! Just wanted to keep everyone updated on the Year in Advance predictions for this upcoming awards season. I don't think I'll have them completed by the normal time (April 1st) because I'm in the middle of a big move from New York to Texas, so things will be pretty hectic for me for a while. I'll have them up as soon as possible!! Thanks! -Zak


3/2---86th Annual Academy Award Winners!

It's a wrap folks!!! Thoughts coming later! Time for bed!

Picture: 12 YEARS A SLAVE!!!!

Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Actress: Cate Blanchett

Actor: Matthew McConaughey

Sup. Actress: LUPITA NYONG'O!!!!!!

Sup. Actor: Jared Leto

Org. Screenplay: HER!!!!!!!!

Adp. Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave!

Cinematography: Gravity (Roger Deakins is now 0-11) :(

Production Design: The Great Gatsby

Editing: Gravity

Costumes: The Great Gatsby

Makeup: Dallas Buyers Club!

VFX: Gravity

Sound Mixing: Gravity

Sound Editing: Gravity

Score: Gravity

Song: Frozen

Animated: Frozen

Foreign: The Great Beauty

Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom!!!!

Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6 Saved My Life!!!

Live Action Short: Helium!

Animated Short: Mr. Hublot


2/26---Final Oscar Predictions!!

I have completed my final predictions in all categories... There is one major surprise pick in there as well. Go See!


2/19---I Dreamed a Dream...of Oscar Night...

The 86th Annual Academy Awards are only 11 Days away. I will have my final predictions completed next week, but for now, I thought I would do a "Dream Outcome" for Oscar night. This would make for one hell of a night if the dream comes true! Enjoy!

Best Picture: Her! - 12 Years, Gravity, and American Hustle cancel each other out and Her slips in for the win.

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio!! - AMPAS finally decides to reward him for an incredible career.

Best Actress: TIE! Cate Blanchett & Meryl Streep! Blanchett picks up her 2nd and Streep finally gets her much deserved 4th.

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender!

Best Supporting Actress: Julia Roberts! As much as I would love to see Lupita win it, Roberts really delivered her best career performance and that truly deserves to be rewarded.

Best Cinematography: Prisoners!! Screw the CGI game... Roger Deakins is the master and after 11 nominations with 0 statues, it's time!

Best Original Screenplay: HER!

Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises!! Watch out PIXAR!


2/16---BAFTA Winners

The British Academy of Film and Television Awards were announced tonight in London. 12 Years a Slave won the big prize as well as Best Actor for Ejiofor. Gravity won 6 including Director. Blanchett, Abdi, and Lawrence round out the acting awards.

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!


Philip Seymour Hoffman

1967-2014

Rest in Peace


1/26---WGA Awards!

Last night, the Writer's Guild honored the screenplays of Her and Captain Phillips! Spike Jonze's win for Her was not a surprise, but I was a little surprised (happily) for the Captain Phillips win.

Also, Frozen, not surprisingly won the top prize at the ANNIE awards!

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!


1/26---DGA Awards!

Last night, Alfonso Cuaron received the Directors Guild Award for his brilliant work in "Gravity" only solidifying his frontrunner status even more to take home the Oscar in March.

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!


1/20---Producers Guild Awards! It's a TIE!

Last night, for the first time in PGA history, 2 films tied for Best Picture! 12 Years a Slave & Gravity!! Very exciting. Frozen won Best animated film.

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!


1/18SAG Winners!

Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

S. Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

S. Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave

Ensemble: American Hustle

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!


1/16---BFCA Critics Choice Movie Award Winners!

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave!!!

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron- Gravity

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto!!- Dallas Buyers Club

Best Animated Film: Frozen

Best Foreign Film: Blue is the Warmest Color

Best Picture (Comedy): American Hustle

Best Actor (Comedy): Leonardo DiCaprio- The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress (Comedy): Amy Adams- American Hustle

Best Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom

Best Original Screenplay - HER!

Best Adapted Screenplay - 12 Years a Slave

Best Score: Gravity

Best Song: Frozen (Let it Go)

Best VFX: Gravity

Best Cinematography: Gravity

Best Editing: Gravity

Best Costumes: The Great Gatsby

Best Art Direction: The Great Gatsby

Best Hair & Makeup: American Hustle

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!


1/16---They're Here!!!

The 10th Annual Breach Awards!


1/16---86th Annual Academy Award Nominations!!!

Nominations were announced this morning for this year's Oscars! Some massive surprises and snubs!

Biggest Surprises!

Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Robert Redford, and Paul Greengrass all SNUBBED! Shocking nominations for Philomena in BP as well as Alexander Payne in BD! The American Hustle love is abundant. They're tied with Gravity for the most nominations at 10. 12 Years a Slave came in at 9. I'm also happy to see Meryl Streep receive her incredible 18th Oscar Nomination. And my favorite cinematographer Roger Deakins scored his 11th nomination as well.

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!

Nomination Count

Gravity - 10

American Hustle - 10

12 Years a Slave - 9

Nebraska - 6

Captain Phillips - 6

Dallas Buyers Club - 6

Her - 5

The Wolf of Wall Street - 5

Philomena - 4

Blue Jasmine - 3

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 3

August: Osage County - 2

Inside Llewyn Davis - 2


1/15---Oscar Noms & Breach Awards!

Tomorrow morning the nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards will be announced on ABC at 7:00AM/EST.

Also coming tomorrow!!! The 10th Annual Breach Awards!!


1/12---71st Annual Golden Globe Winners!!

Best Picture- Drama- 12 Years a Slave!!

Best Picture- Comedy- American Hustle

Best Actress- Drama- Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Best Actor- Drama- Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress- Comedy- Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Best Actor- Comedy- Leonardo DiCaprio!!! (The Wolf of Wall Street)!!!

Best S. Actress- Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Best S. Actor- Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)!!

Best Director- Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)!!!

Best Screenplay- Her (Spike Jonze)

Best Animated Film- Frozen

Best Score- All is Lost

Best Foreign Film- The Great Beauty

Best Song- Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

I am updating the 2014 Precursor Chart as we go!


1/8---Golden Globe Predictions!!

I have complete my final GG predictions ahead of Sunday's ceremony! Go see if you agree.

Golden Globe Predictions

Also, I'll be live-tweeting and live-updating during the ceremony! The actions starts at 8PM EST on NBC!!!

@awardsbreach


1/8---BAFTA, ASC, and CDG Nominations!

Nominations have been announced from BAFTA, ASC, and the CDG. BAFTA held some surprises: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Meryl Streep, and June Squibb all were snubbed, as well as Nebraska and Her in many categories. Very strong showings for American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, and Gravity.

I have updated the 2014 Precursor Chart.


1/7---Directors Guild Award Nominations!

Nominations for the DGA have been announced! I have updated the 2014 Precursor Chart.

Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity

Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips

Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave

David O. Russell - American Hustle

Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street


1/5---Inside Llewyn Davis Sweeps NSFC!

Inside Llewyn Davis has swept the National Society of Film Critics awards. This may be a crucial win for the film that seems to be fading in all the critics awards and nominations thus far. I personally hope it helps since it was such a spectacular film. I have updated the 2014 Precursor Chart.

Reminder: The Directors Guild Nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 7th.


1/3---WGA Nominations!

Nominations for the Writers Guild Awards have been announced. Surprised to see Inside Llewyn Davis substituted for Dallas Buyers Club, and Lone Survivor scoring a nom instead of 12 Years a Slave. I have updated the 2014 Precursor Chart.


1/2---PGA Nominations!

Nominations for the Producers Guild Awards have been announced. Surprised to see Blue Jasmine score a nom as well as the Weinsteins being completely shut out. I have updated the 2014 Precursor Chart.


12/20---Academy's Foreign Film Shortlist, Plus More Critics' Winners

AMPAS has released the final 9 foreign films in the running. They can be seen on the "Animated & More" predictions page. Also, winners from the Utah Critics and Dublin Critics have been announced and both have been added to the 2014 Precursor Chart.

On a personal note, I will be going home to Texas tomorrow for the Christmas holiday. I'll be gone for the week and I'm not sure how often I'll be able to update if at all, but I will certainly be able to tweet, so if you haven't already, follow us @awardsbreach

Merry Christmas!!!


12/19---Online & Florida Film Critics' Winners

Winners have been announced by the Online Film Critics, as well as the Florida Film Critics. Both have been added to the 2014 Precursor Chart.


12/17---More Critics' Awards Pour In!

Winners have been announced by critics' groups from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, Southeastern, Detroit, St. Louis, Phoenix, Chicago, Toronto, San Diego, and Washington DC!! As well as nominations from the London Film Critics.

The Leaders have officially been established in the major categories. As of now they are: 12 Years a Slave, Alfonso Cuaron, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, and Lupita Nyong'o.

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!!


12/16---BFCA Nominations, Full Predictions Update, & More Critics Winners!

Nominations have been announced from the BFCA (Critics Choice Awards), as well as San Francisco and Chicago Film Critics. Winners have been announced from Kansas City, San Francisco, and Houston Film Critics, and I'm expecting winners to be announced from Chicago, Austin, and Dallas/Ft. Worth film critics this week. Plus More.

My final FULL PREDICTIONS UPDATE before the Oscar Nominations has been COMPLETED!! Check out the new pages.

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated as well, and will continue to be as winners and nominations are announced!!


12/13---More Critics Announce & Updates!

Nominations have been announced from Chicago and San Francisco Critics groups, respectively. Again, 12 Years a Slave is the big leader. I will update the 2014 Precursor Chart this weekend.

I will do a full predictions update on Monday! So, stay tuned!!!


12/12---Golden Globe Nominations!

Nominations have been announced for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards!

Big wins for 12 Years a Slave, Rush, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, and more.

Big snubs for Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, The Butler, Spike Jonze, Saving Mr. Banks, and James Gandolfini

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated.


12/11---Screen Actors Guild Nominations!

Nominations have been announced for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards!

Big wins for James Gandolfini, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Julia Roberts, June Squibb, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Forest Whitaker, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club, The Butler

TV Side note- Very disappointed at the snub of Orange is the New Black. Thought that was one of the best new shows of the year.

The 2014 Precursor Chart will be updated this evening.


12/10---San Diego Critics Announce & SAG Preview

The San Diego Film Critics have announced winners! And tomorrow the 20th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards Nominations will be announced live on TBS and TNT at 8:50 AM / EST. I'm afraid I won't be able to update the charts until the evening. But for now, the 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated.

I am still working on the category updates, I've decided to wait for the SAGs and Globes to announce before I post.

Stay Tuned!


12/10---More Critics Nominations!

Nominations have been announced from St. Louis Film Critics, Detroit Film Critics, and the Phoenix Film Critics Society!

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!


12/9---AFI Top Ten

The American Film Institute named their top ten films of the year.

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Fruitvale Station

Gravity

Her

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

Saving Mr. Banks

The Wolf of Wall Street

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!


12/8---NYFCO, Boston, LAFCA Winners & DC Noms

Winners have been announced from New York Film Critics Online, Boston Critics, and Los Angeles Film Critics! As well as nominees from the Washington, DC Critics! Big wins for 12 Years a Slave, Cate Blanchett, and Her!

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!


12/7---12 Years a Slave Rules BOFCA!

The Boston Film Critics Association has announced winners! 12 Years a Slave wins big! American Hustle, August: Osage County, and Saving Mr. Banks shut out. Fill list of winners can be seen Here.

The 2014 Precursor Chart has been updated!


12/4---National Board of Review Winners

2013 National Board of Review Winners

Picture: Her

Director: Spike Jonze, Her

Actress: Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska

S. Actress: Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station

S. Actor: Will Forte, Nebraska

Original Screenplay: Inside Llewyn Davis

Adapted Screenplay: The Wolf of Wall Street

Animated: The Wind Rises

Foreign Language: The Past

Documentary: Stories We Tell

Top 10 Films

12 Years a Slave

Fruitvale Station

Gravity

Inside Llewyn Davis

Lone Survivor

Nebraska

Prisoners

Saving Mr. Banks

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Wolf of Wall Street


12/3---Updates!

Now that we are officially into the awards season, I will be doing some predictions updates in the coming week after the announcement of NYFCC and NBR. Also, to gear up for the major nominations coming next week from SAG and HFPA (Golden Globes). I will also be updating the doc category now that the final 15 films have been announced.

Also, the 2014 Precursor Chart is officially up and running, albeit a bit bare at the moment, it shall fill up in no time!!


12/3---New York Film Critics Circle Winners!

Winners at the NYFCC

Best Picture: American Hustle

Best Director: Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave

Best Screenplay: American Hustle

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

Best Actor: Robert Redford - All is Lost

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle

Best Documentary: Stories We Tell

Best Foreign Language Film: Blue is the Warmest Color

Best Cinematography: Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises


11/26---Important Dates Forthcoming

Important Dates Rapidly Approaching

NYFCC Awards: December 3rd

National Board of Review Winners Announced: December 4th

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations: December 11th

Golden Globe Nominations: December 12th

BFCA (Critic's Choice) Nominations: December 16th

WGA Nominations: January 3rd

DGA Nominations: January 7th

BAFTA Nominations: January 8th

ADG Nominations: January 9th

PGA Awards: January 19th


11/26---Spirit Award Nominees & Animated Submissions

The 2014 Independent Spirit Award Nominations have been announced! "12 Years a Slave" leads. I won't be adding them to the 2014 Precursor Chart this year, simply because they're technically not a precursor since the ceremony is the night before the Oscars. You can see the full list HERE.

Also, 19 films have officially been submitted for Oscar consideration. They are: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Epic, Ernest and Celestine, The Fake, Free Birds, Frozen, Khumba, The Legend of Sarlia, A Letter to Momo, Monsters University, O Apostolo, Planes, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie - Rebellion, Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury, The Smurfs 2, Turbo, The Wind Rises


10/29---Full Predictions Update: Completed!!

I'm very happy to announce that I have completed my predictions updates in ALL categories. Sorry for the delays. Please Enjoy!


10/28---Film News

Some Release Date News: Films pushed to 2014 - "Grace of Monaco", "The Monument's Men", "The Railway Man", "Foxcatcher", and not yet official but rumored is "The Wolf of Wall Street"


10/23---Full Predictions Update: Coming Next Week!

Hello All! I'm beginning another full predictions update this week, and will slowly but surely be updating categories, with the goal to be finished by next week.

Personal Note: Finally saw "Gravity" today, and it's by far the best film of the year (so far) as well as Sandra Bullock's best career performance to date.


9/27---Updates!

Hello everyone! Just wanted to give you all some updates. I've made some prediction updates here and there, but nothing on a sweeping level. This year's awards season is unusually quiet, I suppose it's still a bit early, but it still seems a bit strange. Nicole Kidman is out of the running this year with TWC pushing "Grace of Monaco" to 2014, and Foxcatcher has also been pushed to next year. The August: Osage County "Actressgate" has been cleared up. TWC will campaign Streep in lead after all, but still uncertain which way they'll go with Roberts. I'm hoping for lead, for Margo Martindale's sake.

Other than that, there's not much else. I will be updating very infrequently for the next 3 weeks because I'm getting married! So, my apologies, but afterward, I'll come back and hopefully the season will be on fire by then, and I'll do another sweeping update! Thanks all! Stay Tuned!

-Zak


9/2---65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards: Predictions...and wish list

Drama Series: Breaking Bad or House of Cards

Comedy Series: Girls or Veep

Lead Actress Drama: Robin Wright (House of Cards) or Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men)

Lead Actor Drama: Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) or Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

S. Actress Drama: Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) or Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

S. Actor Drama: Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) or Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

Lead Actress Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) or Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)

Lead Actor Comedy: Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) or Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

S. Actress Comedy: Julie Bowen (Modern Family) or Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)

S. Actor Comedy: Tony Hale (Veep) or Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)

Mini Series or Movie: Behind the Candelabra or Political Animals

Lead Actress Miniseries or Movie: Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals) or Jessica Lange (AHS: Asylum)

Lead Actor Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) or Al Pacino (Phil Spector)

S. Actress Miniseries or Movie: Sarah Paulson (AHS: Asylum) or Charlotte Rampling (Restless)

S. Actor Miniseries or Movie: Zachary Quinto (AHS: Asylum) or James Cromwell (AHS: Asylum)

Reality Program: Top Chef or Project Runway

Reality Host: Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn (Project Runway) or Betty White (Betty White's Off Their Rockers)

Variety Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Guest Actors & Actresses:

Margo Martindale (The Americans) or Linda Cardellini (Mad Men)

Rupert Friend (Homeland) or Robert Morse (Mad Men)

Mellisa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live - Host) or Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live - Host)

Will Forte (30 Rock) or Nathan Lane (Modern Family)

The Emmy winners will be announced live Sunday, September 22nd at 8pm EST on CBS


8/29---Summer's Almost Over!

With Labor Day upon us, Summer's (unofficial) conclusion draws near. Over all, it's been fairly quiet. I'm looking forward to diving into Fall, and the 2013 Awards Season. As you all probably know, I love a good awards show, so to have some fun before we get to the serious awards, I'll be putting together some Emmy predictions next week. Check back and see what and who I think will win big on Sunday, September 22nd. Feel free to tell me who you want to win the big awards!


8/13---The Oscars & Category Fraud

It seems that every year in the past decade or so we're always having to deal with category fraud in one way or another. This year, it's starting even earlier. Looks like the Weinstein Company is planning to campaign Meryl Streep in supporting for her lead role in "August: Osage County". This stuff really drives me crazy, especially when the role is so obviously a lead role. I don't understand one bit. Nathaniel over at The Film Experience writes it up perfectly. Read it all Here.

At this point, I REFUSE to change my prediction pages. I will continue to keep Streep in lead where she belongs, because at the end of the day, AMPAS can still make the right decision and not go with the flow. The benefit to this fraud would be that it opens up the lead race ten fold, and the downfall is that it would all but shut down the supporting race. I honestly don't see Streep losing if she goes supporting. I think Oprah would be her stiffest competition, but that all depends on how "The Butler" performs during awards season.

Maybe this is all just a sick joke?!


8/9---Predictions Update: COMPLETE!

I finally completed my full predictions update. Sorry for the delays, I'm happy I finally got it done. Enjoy!


8/6---Predictions Update: Almost Completed!

I have completed updates in ALL major categories. I will finish up with the techs in the next few days! Enjoy!


Composer's: Take 5

#1

John Williams

1. Jurassic Park - 1993 (My Favorite of all time. Hands Down)

2. Star Wars - 1977

3. Jaws - 1975

4. Home Alone - 1990

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 2001

6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - 1989

7. Saving Private Ryan - 1999

8. Hook - 1991

9. Superman - 1978

10. Catch Me if You Can - 2002


7/22---Full Predictions Update: Coming Soon!

It's that time again! I've been itching to update the prediction pages and I'm finally going to start working on them. I'm hoping to get some updated by early next week (depending on my crazy schedule) So, stay tuned! It'll be the last update before the 2013 Awards Season officially begins!


Composer's: Take 5

#2

Danny Elfman

1. Big Fish - 2003

2. Edward Scissorhands - 1990

3. Milk - 2008

4. God Will Hunting - 1997

5. Pee-wee's Big Adventure - 1985


Composer's: Take 5

#3

John Barry

1. Out of Africa - 1985 (My second favorite score of all time)

2. Dances With Wolves - 1990

3. The Lion in Winter - 1968

4. Chaplin - 1992

5. Mary, Queen of Scots - 1971


Composer's: Take 5

#4

Philip Glass

1. The Hours - 2002

2. The Truman Show - 1998

3. Notes on a Scandal - 2006

4. Kundun - 1997

5. Taking Lives - 2004


Composer's: Take 5

#5

Howard Shore

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - 2001

2. Hugo - 2011

3. That Thing You Do! - 1996

4. The Aviator - 2004

5. A History of Violence - 2005


7/18---New Take 5 Series Coming Tomorrow

During this dreadful heat wave we're experiencing in the Northeast US, I've been staying inside soaking up the air conditioner as much as possible and listening to tons of music. So, I decided to do another Take 5 series on my top 5 favorite composers and their best scores. Stay Tuned and Stay Cool!


Classic Actress's: Take 5

#1

Bette Davis

1. All About Eve - 1950

2. Jezebel - 1938

3. Mr. Skeffington - 1944

4. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? - 1962

5. Dead Ringer - 1964


Classic Actress's: Take 5

#2

Greta Garbo

1. Ninotchka - 1939

2. Grand Hotel - 1932

3. Queen Christina - 1933

4. Anna Christie - 1930

5. Two-Faced Woman - 1941


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Classic Actress's: Take 5

#3

Elizabeth Taylor

1. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - 1966

2. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - 1958

3. A Place in the Sun - 1951

4. Raintree County - 1957

5. BUtterfield 8 - 1960


Classic Actress's: Take 5

#4

Olivia de Havilland

1. The Heiress - 1949

2. To Each His Own - 1946

3. The Snake Pit - 1948

4. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte - 1962

5. Gone With The Wind - 1939


Classic Actress's: Take 5

#5

Thelma Ritter

1. Birdman of Alcatraz - 1962

2. All About Eve - 1950

3. Pillow Talk - 1959

4. Rear Window - 1954

5. The Mating Season - 1951


Classic Actor's: Take 5

#1

Humphrey Bogart

1. Casablanca - 1942

2. The African Queen - 1951

3. Angels With Dirty Faces - 1938

4. The Maltese Falcon - 1941

5. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - 1948


Classic Actor's: Take 5

#2

Jack Lemmon

1. The Apartment - 1960

2. Mister Roberts - 1956

3. Some Like it Hot - 1959

4. The Odd Couple - 1968

5. Save The Tiger - 1973


Classic Actor's: Take 5

#3

Marlon Brando

1. A Streetcar Named Desire - 1951

2. The Godfather - 1972

3. Apocalypse Now - 1979

4. Mutiny on the Bounty - 1962

5. On the Waterfront - 1954


Classic Actor's: Take 5

#4

James Stewart

1. Vertigo - 1958

2. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - 1962

3. Rear Window - 1954

4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - 1939

5. It's A Wonderful Life - 1946


Classic Actor's: Take 5

#5

Gary Cooper

1. High Noon - 1952

2. The Pride of the Yankees - 1942

3. Sergeant York - 1942

4. Friendly Persuasion - 1956

5. Love in the Afternoon - 1957


6/20---Summer is Here!

Tomorrow is the first day of Summer (which in my world means only 3 months until Fall which means Awards Season has nearly started) :) So, in honor if the season, I'm going to showcase my favorite classic actors and actresses along with my favorite performances, much like my "Directors: Take 5". I'll begin working on it this weekend and hope to get started with the classic guys next week. Summer is always the perfect season to watch old movies outside in a park, and if you haven't experienced that before, I suggest you remedy that immediately! Maybe this will inspire you. Stay Tuned!


Director's: Take 5

#1

Martin Scorsese

1. Goodfellas - 1990

2. The Departed - 2006

3. Taxi Driver - 1976

4. Gangs of New York - 2002

5. Casino - 1995


Director's: Take 5

#2

Steven Spielberg

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark - 1981

2. Jurassic Park - 1993

3. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - 1982

4. Saving Private Ryan - 1998

5. Jaws - 1975


Director's: Take 5

#3

Tim Burton

1. Beetle Juice - 1988

2. Big Fish - 2003

3. Edward Scissorhands - 1990

4. Batman - 1989

5. Pee-wee's Big Adventure - 1985


Director's: Take 5

#4

Quentin Tarantino

1. Pulp Fiction - 1994

2. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 - 2003

3. Inglourious Basterds - 2009

4. Reservoir Dogs - 1992

5. Death Proof - 2007


Director's: Take 5

#5

Mike Nichols

1. The Birdcage - 1996

2. Angels in America - 2003

3. The Graduate - 1967

4. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - 1966

5. Postcards From the Edge - 1990


5/27---Director's: Take 5

If you're familiar with the website (and me) you're aware I love a good list. Next week, I'm going to begin a new one of my top five favorite directors and their top five films. Let me know what you think and who you hope to see make the cut!

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Happy Memorial Day!

From Awards Breach


5/12---Full Predictions Update: Completed!

I have completed predictions in all categories (minus Foreign, and Shorts) so go check them out!

Fun stuff to look forward to this Summer: Awards Season Film Trailers will really start being released, Oscar host should be announced very soon, Foreign Film submissions should begin soon as well, and of course, a ton of massive Summer Blockbusters! :)


4/26---Summer Movie Preview: My Most Anticipated

10. "World War Z" - June 21

Director: Marc Forster

Starring: Brad Pitt, David Morse, Mireille Enos

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9. "White House Down" - June 28

Director: Roland Emmerich

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Richard Jenkins

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8. "The Way, Way Back" - July 5

Director: Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Starring: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney

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7. "Fruitvale Station" - July 26

Director: Ryan Coogler

Starring: Kevin Durand, Octavia Spencer

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6. "This is the End" - June 14

Director: Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen

Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jay Baruchel

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5. "After Earth" - May 31

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Sophie Okonedo

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4. "The Great Gatsby" - May 10

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire

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3. "Elysium" - August 9

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster

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2. "Star Trek Into Darkness" - May 17

Director: J.J. Abrams

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

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1. "Man of Steel" - June 14

Director: Zack Snyder

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe


Prayers for Boston


Roger Ebert

(1942-2013)


Roger Ebert passed away today after a long battle with cancer. He was the greatest film critic in history. He very much contributed to my love of film from a very early age. He was cinema's greatest advocate and he helped us see the world better by sitting in the dark.

"So, on this day of reflection, I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."


My Funniest Women in Film: A Retrospective

#1

Catherine O'Hara


"Heartburn", Betty -1986

"Beetlejuice", Delia Deetz -1988

"Home Alone", Kate McCallister -1990

"There Goes The Neighborhood", Jessie Lodge -1992

"Waiting for Guffman", Sheila Albertson -1996

"Best in Show", Cookie Fleck -2000

"Orange County", Cindy Beugler -2002


My absolute favorite comedienne in film is Catherine O'Hara! I just think she is incredibly brilliant in everything she's been in, and she excels in comedy. When I was compiling my list and I realized I wanted her at number one, I thought of a single reason that I would put her here. The reason she's my favorite funny lady in film is simply because she completely steals every single scene she's in. Every film she's in (especially the ones I listed above) my eyes are permanently glued to her. The way she delivers a line is genius. She always has me rolling with laughter, and I will never get tired of her performances. You might be surprised by my favorite performance of hers from the 7 above..... It's "Orange County". I don't even know why, it's just so freaking funny. She's by far the best part of the whole movie and always leaves me wanting more Cindy every time!

So, that's that! Hope you all enjoyed my Favorite Women in Film Retrospective. I had fun making it, and now I have to go watch all of these performances again and get to laughing! You should do the same!


My Funniest Women in Film: A Retrospective

#2

Meryl Streep


"She-Devil", Mary Fisher -1989

"Postcards From the Edge", Suzanne Vale -1990

"Defending Your Life", Julia -1991

"Death Becomes Her", Madeline Ashton -1992

"Adaptation.", Susan Orlean -2002

"The Devil Wears Prada", Miranda Priestly -2006

"Julie & Julia", Julia Child -2009


If you're a regular reader here, you'll know I'm a bit of a Meryl Streep fan. It goes without saying that she's (arguably) the greatest living actress. Throughout the late 70's and 80's she was known for her brilliant dramatic performances and in the early 90's she took on some comedic roles that were just amazing. The last decade or so she's balanced out the comedy and drama. I can't really say anything new about how great her acting is, but her comedy is where I think she really shines. Her comedic timing is perfection, and the emotions she gives just with her face and body really shows how much she's mastered every aspect of acting. I didn't include every comedy she's been in, but they're all great. If I had to pick a favorite it would be "Adaptation." hands down. The "dial tone" scene is outrageously funny. If you haven't seen it, go rent it immediately.


My Funniest Women in Film: A Retrospective

#3

Whoopi Goldberg


"Ghost", Oda Mae Brown -1990

"Soapdish", Rose Schwartz -1991

"Sister Act", Deloris Van Cartier -1992

"Corrina, Corrina", Corrina Washington -1994

"The Associate", Laurel Ayres -1996

"Rat Race", Vera Baker -2001


Whoopi is already a legend. She's been one of my absolute favorites since I was a young kid. Her films are the kind that always help you out of a bad mood or if you just want to laugh. Her comedic performances are so light-hearted, effortless, and have even become cult classics. "Ghost" is one of my favorites solely because of her Oda Mae Brown character. It's not all fun all the time, but when it is, it's a 10. And of course, it earned her an Oscar! She'll always be an iconic funny lady, and the film world is a better (and funnier) place because of her.


My Funniest Women in Film: A Retrospective

#4

Carol Burnett


"Annie", Miss Hannigan -1982

"Noises Off...", Dottie Otley -1992


I know Carol Burnett has really only been in a handful of movies, and is recognized more so for her brilliant television work. However, 2 of her big screen roles are some of my favorite performances ever. I loved her tremendously in "Annie". It's a small part, but very memorable and hilarious. Her role as Dottie in "Noises Off..." is iconic in my opinion. It's as if the role was written specifically for her. The movie itself is in my personal top ten as is her performance. I think she'll always be a television legend (that's without question), but as far as I'm concerned, she's one of my favorite comedic film actresses.


My Funniest Women in Film: A Retrospective

#5

Julia Roberts


"Pretty Woman", Vivian Ward -1990

"Hook", Tinkerbell -1991

"My Best Friend's Wedding", Julianne Potter -1997

"America's Sweethearts", Kiki Harrison -2001


Julia Roberts is one of the World's most loved actors, and she's definitely one of my faves. Her earlier work holds some of my favorite movies like "Steel Magnolias", "The Pelican Brief", "Flatliners", and "Mary Reilly". So, she's always been on my radar of course, but it's her comedy that I really love about her. Her performance in "Pretty Woman" is probably one of the best of all time in my opinion, it's ageless, effortless, and down right brilliant. It's definitely in my top ten favorite films of all time and her performance in it alone is enough to get her on this list. She's actually a pretty physical comedic actress, which is the best kind I think. She's been America's Sweetheart for 20 years and I don't see that changing much in the future.


My Funniest Women in Film: A Retrospective

#6

Cher


"Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean", Sissy -1982

"The Witches of Eastwick", Alexandra Medford -1987

"Moonstruck", Loretta Castorini -1987

"Mermaids", Mrs. Flax -1990


Cher is the ultimate Diva and Entertainer. She's been active for the last 6 decades. She's made her mark in music, television, and of course, cinema. Her film work has some of my favorite films and performances. Since this is a comedy retrospective, I'll concentrate on her comedic roles. "Mermaids" and the "Witches of Eastwick" are sort of cult classics now, and two of my favorites. They're both very silly, but a very fun time. However, "Moonstruck" has an extremely special place in my heart. It was my first official "favorite" movie when I was younger and that's still the case today. It's the one movie that I know nearly every word of the script. Cher's "Loretta" is a classic character with a perfect cinematic arch. She's so funny, sincere, witty. I think all the actors in the film are brilliant and that obviously compliments her performance even more. To me, Cher will always be an actress before a singer just because of the impact her films have had on my life.


My Funniest Women in Film: A Retrospective

#7

Allison Janney


"Drop Dead Gorgeous", Loretta -1999

"Hairspray", Prudy Pingleton -2007

"Juno", Bren MacGuff -2007

"Away We Go", Lily -2009


I absolutely love Allison Janney. I love her in all forms from comedy to drama. I remember being a high school student and seeing this hilarious "mockumentary" about beauty pageants. I had no idea who Allison Janney was at the time, but I soon realized how funny she was. The film has not only been one of my favorites of all time ever since I saw it, but her performance is by far the best. I still regard it as one of the best I've seen. She had pretty small roles in the other films I listed above, but they were all memorable and arguably some of the better parts of the films. The only thing I can say that I dislike about her movies is that she isn't in them enough. I know that she has the chops to headline a film, and I hope someone gives her the chance one day.


My Funniest Women in Film: A Retrospective

#8

Lisa Kudrow


"Romy and Michele's High School Reunion", Michele Weinberger -1996

"Lucky Numbers", Crystal -2000

"Happy Endings", Mamie -2005

"Easy A", Mrs. Griffith -2010


Lisa Kudrow has always been one of my favorite funny people. To many, she'll always be Phoebe from "Friends", which I must admit, was always my favorite character on the show. Her television work is top-notch. From "Friends" to "The Comeback", and "Web Therapy" she's always amazing and she has a trademark type of acting that no one else has. Enough about TV! Her film work is equally as great! "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" is not only one of my favorite movies of all-time, but her performance as Michele is so incredibly hilarious, I respect it more every time I see it. Her other (funny) films are great as well, but "Romy and Michele" is far and away her best. Her skill is much like my 2 previous installments of Dolly Parton and Goldie Hawn. She's such a natural at comedy, you can see clearly that it doesn't take much work for her to produce such hilarity, and that's what always comes across strongest for me. Here's to hoping she returns to the big screen sooner rather than later!


My Funniest Women in Film: A Retrospective

#9

Goldie Hawn


"HouseSitter", Gwen Phillips -1992

"Death Becomes Her", Helen Sharp -1992

"The First Wives Club", Elise Elliot -1996

"The Banger Sisters", Suzette -2002


When you generally think of the "all-time" best comediennes in film, I know Goldie Hawn doesn't pop up right away (if at all), but she's definitely one of my favorites. "HouseSitter" is an extremely silly film, not one of the greats by a long shot, but her performance has always stuck in my head. Her fun, light-hearted approach to comedy is luminous. Her ability to change the whole feel of a film to make it this light, airy fun time is really astounding. If I had to pick a favorite performance of the four I've mentioned above, it would have to be "The First Wives Club". Her Elise Elliot is a total riot. Even with Diane Keaton and Bette Midler next to her, she's the one I'm constantly focused on. She hasn't worked in 11 years, so I'm hoping she makes a comeback soon. I wouldn't mind adding another great Goldie Hawn performance to my list.


My Funniest Women in Film: A Retrospective

#10

Dolly Parton


"Nine to Five", Doralee Rhodes -1980

"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", Mona Stangley -1982

"Steel Magnolias", Truvy Jones -1989


As I said before, shortly after I began to compile my list I decided to make this retrospective a very personal list. These actresses and performances all hold a special place in my heart and will always play a pivotal part to my childhood and journey to my love and appreciation for film.

So, 10th on my list is the fabulous Dolly Parton! Nine to Five and Steel Magnolias both pretty much changed my life. I remember being a little kid watching these movies and loving them. Seeing her chew up the scenery with Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, and Olympia Dukakis hold some of my favorite moments in cinema. I don't think it was very hard for her to make these films. I think the magic of her acting is that it's not really acting, it's just Dolly being Dolly. That's what I love about her skill, is that it's completely natural. These performances will always mean a lot to me, I'll never get tired of them, and they get better every time I see them. That's the best kind of comedy in my opinion.


3/22---My Funniest Women in Film Retrospective: Coming Next Week

I've been working on my top 10 favorite "funny" women in film. I originally wanted to do a "by-the-book" type of list that you could see anywhere, but as I began I realized I wanted to make this a very personal thing. That being said, you will surely see some interesting choices and the majority of performances are in the 80's and 90's (my childhood). I'll have 10 daily installments from #10 to #1. I selected a few of my favorite performances from each actress and will write a brief summary of why they're on the list! Stay tuned!


3/22---66th Cannes Film Festival Poster

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward grace this year's Cannes Poster. Love it! The festival is May 15th-26th in France.


3/5---Year in Advance Predictions: Complete!

I have finally completed my 2014 Year in Advance Predictions. There are a lot of "Oscar-type" films this year like "The Monuments Men", "The Counselor", "Inside Llewyn Davis", and "The Wolf of Wall Street". Looks like it could be a very busy year for some actors. Benedict Cumberbatch is in 7 films, Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender are both in 4. Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Naomi Watts, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robin Wright all have multiple vehicles that could bring them a shiny gold statue! I have yet to complete Foreign Film, Song, and the Shorts. Those will obviously have to come later when we have a clearer picture of the race.

Coming Later This Month: My Funniest Women in Film Retrospective!


2/25---The Day After...

Now that I've had some time to digest last nights Oscars, here are some thoughts.

The biggest errors:

Emmanuelle Riva's loss, "Brave" winning, Roger Deakins losing for a tenth time, "Lincoln" only receiving 2 awards out of 12 nominations, Spielberg losing, Seth MacFarlane, Russell Crowe singing, Life of Pi winning Score, not including a Moulin Rouge number in the musical tribute, and Joaguin Phoenix (in general).

The Cool Stuff:

Daniel Day-Lewis winning his 3rd, Anne Hathaway winning her 1st, Adele singing and winning, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep, First Lady Michelle Obama awarding BP, Tie! in Sound Editing, and the incomparable Dame Shirley Bassey!

I'm going to take a a couple of weeks and work on my Year in Advance Predictions for 2014. So stay tuned because it's about to start all over again! :)

I also want to thank all of you guys for the support all year, your feedback, and you sticking with me! I'm looking forward to starting my 3rd year as host! It should be a very exciting year! Thanks again!


2/24---85th Annual Academy Award Winners!

It's a wrap folks. I went 16/24. I'm going to call it a night. Goodnight!

Picture: Argo.

Director: Ang Lee!!

Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis

Sup. Actress: Anne Hathaway!

Sup. Actor: Christoph Waltz

Org. Screenplay: Django Unchained

Adp. Screenplay: Argo

Cinematography: Life of Pi (Roger Deakin's (Skyfall) 10th Loss.)

Production Design: Lincoln!

Editing: Argo

Costumes: Anna Karenina

Makeup: Les Miserables

VFX: Life of Pi

Sound Mixing: Les Miserables

Sound Editing: TIE!! Skyfall & Zero Dark Thirty!

Score: Life of Pi

Song: Skyfall!

Animated: Brave

Foreign: Amour

Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short: Inocente

Live Action Short: Curfew

Animated Short: Paperman


2/22---Final Predictions for the 85th Academy Awards!

The Oscars are hours away, and I have completed my final predictions. It's a very strange year and I think a lot of categories, including some big ones, are wide open. I have decided to be a bit adventurous in some of my picks, but I feel strongly about them.

Also, I'll be live-tweeting and updated the winners as they're announced as usual. Check in here, or follow me on Twitter! at @Awardsbreach Tweet me or email me your picks and feedback! See you all on the other side!! Happy Oscars!

My Winners!

Picture: Argo

Director: Steven Spielberg

Actress: Emmanuelle Riva!!

Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis

S. Actress: Anne Hathaway

S. Actor: Robert De Niro!

O. Screenplay: Django Unchained

A. Screenplay: Argo

Cinematography: Skyfall!!

Art Direction: Anna Karenina

Editing: Argo

Costumes: Anna Karenina

Makeup: Les Miserables

VFX: Life of Pi

Sound Mixing: Les Miserables

Sound Editing: Skyfall

Score: Argo!

Song: Skyfall

Animated: Wreck-It Ralph

Foreign: Amour

Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short: Inocente

Live Action Short: Henry

Animated Short: Paperman


2/18---Writer's Guild of America Winners

WGA Honors this past weekend went to Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, and Searching for Sugar Man. I think the Oscar will still go to Django Unchained for Original Screenplay (it was ineligible for WGA), but the adapted category is wide open. I think it's between Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and of course Argo. Whichever film wins that category, I think it will take Best Picture.

I'll be working on my FINAL PREDICTIONS for the 85th Academy Awards which will be handed out live this Sunday!!


2/11---Roger Deakins Wins ASC!

The American Society of Cinematographers awarded Roger Deakins for his work brilliant work on "Skyfall"! Will he finally win Oscar??


2/10---BAFTA Winners!

Best Picture: ARGO

Best Director: Ben Affleck!!

Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva!!! - Amour (Yes!)

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained

Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained

Best Adapted Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook

Best Foreign Film: Amour

Best Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man

Best Animated Film: Brave

Best Cinematography: Life of Pi

Best Editing: Argo

Best Production Design: Les Miserables

Best Makeup: Les Miserables

Best Costumes: Anna Karenina

Best Score: Skyfall!

Best Sound: Les Miserables

Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi


2/3---Ben Affleck Wins DGA!

The 65th Annual Director's Guild of America Award went to Ben Affleck for "Argo". I predicted him winning, but there was a small part of me that thought Spielberg might get it. I still think Spielberg wins the Oscar. (although, it could be any of the 5 nominees really)

Art Directors Guild Honors went to Anna Karenina (Period), Life of Pi (Fantasy), and Skyfall (Contemporary)


2/1---DGA Prediction

The 65th Annual Director's Guild of America Awards ceremony will take place tomorrow evening. I think the only way this acts as a true precursor to the eventual Best Director winner at the Oscars is if Spielberg wins it. He's the only logical pick in my opinion, and rightly so.

Will Win: Ben Affleck

Could Win: Steven Spielberg

Should Win: Steven Spielberg


1/27---SAG Winners!

Best Ensemble: ARGO!!

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway

Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones!


1/27---Sundance Film Festival Awards

"Fruitvale" wins big at Sundance. "Blood Brother" wins big in the documentary category. Sundance gave us "Beasts of the Southern Wild" last year and it went on to score 4 Oscar nominations. We'll see if it can do the same this year!

Complete List of Winners: Here!


1/27---ARGO Wins PGA

Argo continues it's sweeping dominance through awards season by picking u a huge win at the Producers Guild of America Awards last night. I'm still skeptical on it's chances for Oscar simply due to Affleck's omission in the director category. In 84 years of Academy Awards history only three pictures have won the big award without a director nomination, and they were "Wings" in 1927, "Grand Hotel" in 1932, and "Driving Miss Daisy" in 1989. Maybe it's time for another one to do it.

"Searching for Sugarman" won Documentary and "Wreck-It Ralph" won for Animated. They both have become the frontrunners for Oscar in their respective categories.

Don't forget the SAGs are tonight. I will be live tweeting the winners. Follow me at @awardsbreach


1/23---19th Screen Actors Guild Predictions

---Ensemble---

Will Win: Argo

Could Win: Silver Linings Playbook

Should Win: Lincoln

---Lead Actress---

Will Win: Jessica Chastain

Could Win: Jennifer Lawrence

Should Win: Jennifer Lawrence

---Lead Actor---

Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis

Could Win: Bradley Cooper

Should Win: Daniel Day-Lewis

---Supporting Actress---

Will Win: Anne Hathaway

Could Win: Sally Field

Should Win: Anne Hathaway

---Supporting Actor---

Will Win: Robert De Niro

Could Win: Philip Seymour Hoffman or Tommy Lee Jones

Should Win: Robert De Niro!

The SAG Awards are THIS Sunday, January 27th!


1/22--- 2012 Breach Awards: Complete!

Happy to announce that I have completed the 9th Annual Breach Awards. I have awarded my favorite films and performances as well as the worst of 2012. Please check them out, and feel free to provide some feedback! Enjoy!

9th Annual Breach Awards


1/22---85th Academy Awards Poster


My Top 10 Films of 2012

10. Ted

9. Prometheus

8. Skyfall

7. Argo

6. Moonrise Kingdom

5. The Dark Knight Rises

4. Les Miserables

3. Silver Linings Playbook

2. Lincoln

1. Beasts of the Southern Wild


1/21---9th Annual Breach Awards: Coming This Week!

I have been working on the 9th Annual Breach Awards for a few days now, and I should have them complete sometime this week!

Also: Don't forget the Producers Guild Awards are this Saturday the 26th and the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards are this Sunday, January 27th on TBS.

Also Also: The London Film Critics announced winners, and I have updated the Precursor Chart


1/15---USC Scripter Nominees!

The USC Scripter nominees are:

Argo

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Silver Linings Playbook

The Precursor Chart has been updated!


1/13---70th Golden Globe Winners & Reactions

The Golden Globes are wrapped, and we now have a somewhat clearer picture on where we stand. Big wins for Argo, Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained (Screenplay), Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Amour, Chastain, and Day-Lewis.

Lincoln had another rough night on the awards circuit, only picking up 1 award (Actor) but missing 6.

The major awards groups are embarrassing AMPAS a little with their omission of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow. Especially the former, Affleck has now won the BFCA and Globe. The Precursor Chart has been updated! Goodnight!

Winners

Best Picture (Drama): Argo!!!

Best Picture (Comedy/Musical): Les Miserables

Best Director: Ben Affleck!

Best Actress (Drama): Jessica Chastain

Best Actor (Drama): Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Actress (Comedy/Musical): Jennifer Lawrence

Best Actor (Comedy/Musical): Hugh Jackman!

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz!

Best Screenplay: Django Unchained

Best Foreign Film: Amour

Best Animated Film: Brave

Best Score: Life of Pi

Best Song: "Skyfall" - Adele!


1/10---Critics Choice Awards: It's A Wrap!

BFCA is in the books. Quick recap, Lots of love for Affleck, Argo, and SLP. Daniel Day-Lewis, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Bradley Cooper were all winners.

It looks like Argo might have a lot more power than anyone gave it credit for. We'll see how the Globes go on Sunday.

The Precursor Chart has been updated! Goodnight!


1/10---BFCA Critics Choice Awards Tonight!

The 18th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards will be broadcast live tonight on the CW Network at 8pm/est. I will be live tweeting the winners as they're announced, and will update the Precursor Chart tomorrow. If you haven't already, Follow Us on Twitter!

@awardsbreach


1/10---85th Annual Academy Award Nominations!!!

Nominations were announced this morning for this year's Oscars! Some massive surprises and snubs! "Lincoln" leads with 12 Nominations and "Life of Pi" just behind with 11. Best Picture is 9 films this year. I will be working throughout the day to update all the category pages as well as the Precursor Chart. Below are some interesting snubs, surprises, and stats.

Biggest Surprises!

"Beasts of the Southern Wild": Nominated for Picture, Director, Screenplay, and ACTRESS! I have had Quvenzhane Wallis in my top 5 since my year in advance predictions back in March. Glad to get it right! She also has become the youngest lead actress nominee in history.

AMPAS showed some very strong support for the Austrian film "Amour". Nominated for Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Actress for Emmanuelle Riva, who at 85 years old has become the oldest lead actress nominee in history. So, joining Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, and Naomi Watts, we have our youngest and oldest actress nominees in the Oscar's 85 year old history. I also went 5 for 5 in my actress predictions I'm very happy to report!

The academy also apparently loved "Silver Linings Playbook", it received a tremendous 8 nominations, including Picture, Director, All 4 acting categories, screenplay, and editing. Very happy to see Robert De Niro nominated again. This was another prediction I've had for quite some time. Jackie Weaver was a complete shock, but a happy one.

Perhaps the biggest shock of the day was Kathyrn Bigelow and Ben Affleck both missing a director nod. "Zero Dark Thirty" only got 5 nominations, which is a bit of a surprise I think.

So, to wrap up, I think as a whole, these nominations had many more surprises than recent years, I'm very happy about Quvenzhane Wallis, Sally Field, Robert DeNiro, Naomi Watts, Skyfall's 5 nods (including Roger Deakins for Cinematography), Steven Spielberg, Benh Zeitlin, Adele for "Skyfall", and Anne Hathaway. Not to mention John Williams 5,324,873rd Nomination for scoring "Lincoln" ;)

Nomination Count

Lincoln - 12

Life of Pi - 11

Les Miserables - 8

Silver Linings Playbook - 8

Argo - 7

Amour - 5

Skyfall - 5

Django Unchained - 5

Zero Dark Thirty - 5

Beasts of the Southern Wild - 4

Anna Karenina - 4

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 3

The Master - 3

Snow White and the Huntsman - 2

Flight - 2

Moonrise Kingdom - 1

The Sessions - 1

The Impossible - 1

Hitchcock - 1


1/9---BAFTA Nominations

Nominations were announced this morning from BAFTA. Lincoln leads with 10! I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart.


1/8---Final Oscar® Nomination Predictions Completed!!

Well, this is it. With nominations coming Thursday morning at 5AM/est, I have completed my final predictions for the year. We'll see how well I did, and I'm sure we're in for a few surprises.


1/8---DGA Nominations!!!

2012 Directors Guild of America Nominees

Ben Affleck - Argo

Kathyrn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty

Tom Hooper - Les Miserables

Ang Lee - Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg - Lincoln

I was 5 for 5 in my predictions. Oscar noms may look different, but probably not. Silver Lining Playbook's Best Picture hopes just took a huge blow.


1/7---Big Awards Week

We have some big events this week!

Director's Guild of America Announces Nominees Tuesday, January 8th

BAFTA Nominations on Wednesday, January 9th

85th Academy Award Nominations Announced Live 5am/PST Thursday, January 10th

BFCA Critics Choice Awards Ceremony Live Thursday, January 10th

Golden Globe Awards Ceremony Live Sunday, January 13th


1/5---National Society of Film Critics Winners

The NSFC announced winners today. Amour scored some big wins with Picture, Director, and Actress. Other winners included: Daniel Day-Lewis, Amy Adams, and Matthew McConaughey. I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart.


1/4---Golden Globe Predictions!

I have completed the annual Awards Breach Golden Globes Predictions Page! Go check it out and enjoy!

Golden Globe Predictions 2013


1/4---Writers' Guild of America Nominations!

The WGA have announced nominees for this years best screenplays. I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart.

Original Screenplay: Flight, Looper, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay: Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Silver Linings Playbook

Documentary: The Invisible War, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Searching for Sugarman

Documentaries also nominated, but ineligible for AMPAS: The Central Park Five, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, and West of Memphis


1/3--- Art Director's Guild Nominations

Nominations were announced this morning from the Art Director's Guild. Again, not too many surprises, other than Skyfall (not so much as a surprise, but a delight to see nominated). The Master was snubbed by this guild as well as the PGA. I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart.

Period Film: Anna Karenina, Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln

Fantasy Film: Cloud Atlas, Life of Pi, Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit

Contemporary Film: Flight, Skyfall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Impossible, Zero Dark Thirty


1/2---Producers Guild Nominations!

The PGA has announced it's nominations. Some surprises and snubs: Beasts and Skyfall Nominated! Master, Hobbit, Sessions, and Dark Knight Rises all snubbed. The list is below, and I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart.

Argo

Beasts of the Southern Wild!!!

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Moonrise Kingdom!!!

Silver Linings Playbook

Skyfall!!!

Zero Dark Thirty

Animated Films

Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, Rise of the Guardians, Wreck-It Ralph


Wishing everyone around the world a very Happy New Year!!

From Awards Breach


12/25---Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone around the globe has a wonderful holiday! Oklahoma Film Critics and Nevada Film Critics announced winners yesterday. I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart. Even more love for Argo and Affleck.


12/21--- 9 Foreign Films Advance

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Austria - "Amour"

Canada - "War Witch"

Chile - "No"

Denmark - "A Royal Affair"

France - "The Intouchables"

Iceland - "The Deep"

Norway - "Kon-Tiki"

Romania - "Beyond the Hills"

Switzerland - "Sister"


12/18---More Critics' Awards & London Nominations

Critic's groups from Florida, Austin, DFW, Detroit, San Diego, Phoenix, Indiana, and Toronto have all announced their winners. The London Film Critics have announced their nominations. I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart to include all of them.


12/17---Another Wave of Critics' Prizes

We had a plethora of Critic's Groups announce winners today. Southeastern Film Critics, St. Louis, Kansas City, San Francisco, Chicago, Golden Satellite, and the AAFC have all announced winners. I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart to include all of them.


A horrific American tragedy occurred today in Connecticut. An unfathomable massacre of children and teachers. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the victims and families. America is with you, the world is with you.

Lost, But Never Forgotten


12/13---Golden Globe Nominations. "Lincoln" leads with 7!

Nominations were just announced. Looks like they loved Lincoln, Argo, Django, and ZDT. Les Mis only got 3. Sad to see Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Dark Knight Rises completely shut out. HFPA really loves their big stars, eg: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and Jack Black all receiving nominations. Kind of surprised ParaNorman didn't get nominated. I'm updating the precursor chart to reflect these now.

Interesting Record Break: Meryl Streep received her incredible 27th nomination for her work in "Hope Springs". She has won 8, more than anyone. The actor closest behind her in nominations is Jack Lemon, with 22.


12/12--- Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Detroit Critics All Announce

I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart to include winners from the Las Vegas Critics, as well as nominees from Phoenix and Detroit!

Also, Don't forget the Golden Globe Nominations are in the morning!!!


12/12---19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Nominations!

The nominations for SAG were just announced. Some big surprises as well! Helen Mirren, Naomi Watts, and Marion Cotillard were nominated in Best Actress, along with Maggie Smith! Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro were all nominated from Silver Linings Playbook. And perhaps the biggest surprise to me was Nicole Kidman getting a nod for The Paperboy! I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart.


12/11---"Lincoln" Receives Record 13 BFCA Nominations!

The Critics Choice Award Nominations were announced this morning, "Lincoln" leads with a record 13 nods, and Les Miserables is just behind with 11! No major surprises. I'm happy to see Ann Dowd, and Robert DeNiro being recognized. Also, St. Louis Film Critics announced nominations. I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart.


12/10---D.C. Area Film Critics Winners & AFI Top Ten

The DC Critics awarded Zero Dark Thirty Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress for Jessica Chastain! Daniel Day-Lewis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Anne Hathaway were the other acting winners. Also, AFI announced it's top ten best films of the year. Very happy to see The Dark Knight Rises included! I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart.


12/9---Wave of Precursor Action

Winners have been announced for Los Angeles Film Critics Assc, Boston Society of Film Critics, Boston Online Film Critics, and the New York Film Critics Online!! As will as nominations from the DC Area Film Critics! Big showings for Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow, Amour, Frankenweenie, Roger Deakins, Day-Lewis, and Hathaway! I have updated the 2013 Precursor Chart.

Don't forget, we have have announcements from AFI, BFCA, Golden Globes, and SAG THIS week!


12/5---National Board of Review Goes for "Zero Dark Thirty"

The National Board of Review Announced it's winners today. Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress all go to Zero Dark Thirty (Bigelow & Chastain Respectively) Bradley Cooper picks up Best Actor and Leonardo DiCaprio wins Best Supporting Actor. The full list is Here. I will be updating the 2013 Precursor Chart shortly.


12/3---Predictions Updated!

I have updated my predictions in the Picture, Director, Acting, and Screenplay Categories. I will be working on updating the Technical Categories this week! Stay Tuned!


12/3---Awards Calendar - Winners & Nominations

Wednesday, December 5th - National Board of Review (Winners)

Sunday, December 9th - Los Angeles Film Critics (Winners)

Monday, December 10th - American Film Institute (Winners)

Monday, December 10th - BFCA Critic's Choice (Nominations)

Wednesday, December 12th - Screen Actor's Guild (Nominations)

Thursday, December 13th - Golden Globes (Nominations)

Monday, December 17th - Costume Guild (Nominations)


12/3---2013 Precursor Chart Up & Running!

The Awards Breach Precursor Chart for 2013 is up! It's always a fun, easy, and interesting way to keep track of all the nominees, runners-up, and winners throughout the season! I will be updating it frequently in the coming weeks as the critics groups announce winners! The NYFCC Winners have been added already, as well as the PGA Doc Noms.

2013 Precursor Chart


12/3---New York Film Critics Winners & ANNIE Nominations!

The 2012-2013 Awards Season has officially kicked off! We have our first major critics group, NYFCC announcing this year's winners! Zero Dark Thirty and Kathyrn Bigelow take the top 2 awards (a bit of a shocker for me) Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Rachel Weisz, and Matthew McConaughey all pick up acting honors. We're a step closer in determining the top contenders. As for the Annie Noms, no big surprises here...The list is below!

Best Animated Feature

Brave

Frankenweenie

Hotel Transylvania

ParaNorman

Rise of the Guardians

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The Rabbi's Cat

Wreck-It Ralph


12/1---Documentaries Updated

The PGA announced nominations in the Documentary category today, so to go along with that (for now) I have updated my Doc predictions to coincide with theirs. As this month progresses we should get a better outlook on this particularly hard category. Also, I was able to see Steve James' latest documentary "Head Games" this weekend. I thought it was very enthralling, informative, and an all-around great film. You should all check it out!


11/27---2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Nominations have been announced for the Spirit Awards! Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead, and I'm very excited to see the strong showing for Beasts of the Southern Wild. I'm really hoping this film can go all the way to the Oscars! You can see all the nominees Here.


10/22---Updated Predictions!

I have completed prediction updates in all the major categories! Go Check them out!

Also, "Rust and Bone" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Top the London Film Festival Awards. See the winners Here.


10/1---The Oscars Have A Host!

Our host for the 85th Annual Academy Awards is... Seth MacFarlane!

I gotta say, I'm pretty excited about this choice. I like that it came out of left field, and I really think that he'll do a great job.

Full Press Release


9/22---Some News Tidbits, and AMPAS Dates

Some news this week: Les Miserables' release date has been pushed back to Christmas (December 25th), and Fox Searchlight has announced that "Hitchcock", starring Anthony Hopkins, will have a November 23rd, 2012 release, which throws Hopkins into a very crowded Best Actor field. Also, "Lincoln" will have it's world premiere at the close of the AFI Fest on November 8th.

Here is the AMPAS timeline for the 2012/2013 season.

The key dates are:

Friday, November 30, 2012: Official Screen Credits due

Saturday, December 1, 2012: Governors Awards presentation

Monday, December 17, 2012: Nominations voting begins

Thursday, January 3, 2013: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Thursday, January 10, 2013: Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Monday, February 4, 2013: Nominees Luncheon

Friday, February 8, 2013: Final voting begins

Saturday, February 9, 2013: Scientific and Technical Awards presentation

Tuesday, February 19, 2013: Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Sunday, February 24, 2013: 85th Academy Awards presentation

And just so you can mark your calendar, some other important dates for us!

Golden Globe Nominations - December 13th

PGA Nominations - January 3rd

DGA Nominations - January 8th

Golden Globe Awards - January 13th

PGA Ceremony - January 26th

DGA Ceremony - February 2nd

WGA Ceremony - February 17th


9/15---Full Predictions Update: Complete!

I have completed updates in all categories! Check them out!


9/14---Fall Film Season Arrives & Predictions Update!

With Autumn knocking on the door, the 2012-2013 Awards Season is about to officially begin! It's been a fairly slow Summer, but the buzz on many films grows louder and louder. This weekend I will be working on a Full Predictions update, as well as a Fall Movie Preview. What films are you most excited for??


5/8---I'm Still Alive!

Sorry for the lack of updates here, it's been an unusually slow Spring, and I have been unusually busy at my new job. I have started working on a Summer Movie Guide, and a list of the films I'm most excited about, even though the Summer Movie Season officially got kicked off this past weekend with "The Avengers" obliterating the box office with a $208 million opening. I'll also try to get some links to new trailers up too. Sorry, that I'm slacking, but getting adjusted to a new city and job has taken a lot more of my time and energy than I expected. Thanks to everyone for continuing to come back!

-Zak


3/28---Year In Advance Predictions: Underway!

I have made my Year in Advance predictions in the major categories!! The predictions for the technical categories will come soon!

Also, I will be putting together a Summer Movie Preview soon!! Stay Tuned!


2/27---Oscar Hangover...

It's all over! We made it through to the other side. Last night's ceremony was pretty great, I really enjoyed it. Not too many surprises other than Hugo picking up some unexpected awards and of course Meryl Streep winning her 3rd statue. (personally, that was the highlight of my night and year) Here's the complete list of winners, I didn't do too bad with my predictions.

Picture: The Artist

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Actor: Jean DuJardin

Actress: Meryl Streep!

S. Actor: Christopher Plummer

S. Actress: Octavia Spencer

O. Screenplay: Midnight in Paris!

A. Screenplay: The Descendants

Animated: Rango

Documentary: Undefeated!

Foreign: A Separation

Cinematography: Hugo

Art Direction: Hugo

Editing: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo!

Costumes: The Artist

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Visual FX: Hugo

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Sound Editing: Hugo

Score: The Artist

Song: The Muppets (Man or Muppet)

Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Documentary Short: Saving Face

Live Action Short: The Shore


2/26---Hours Away...My Personal Picks

If I were a voting member of the academy, here's my ballot...

Enjoy the show everyone! It's been one hell of a year!

Picture: Hugo

Director: Martin Scorsese

Actor: Gary Oldman

Actress: Meryl Streep

S. Actor: Christopher Plummer

S. Actress: Octavia Spencer

O. Screenplay: Midnight in Paris

A. Screenplay: Moneyball

Animated: Rango

Documentary: Undefeated

Foreign: A Separation

Cinematography: The Tree of Life

Art Direction: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Editing: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Costumes: Jane Eyre

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Visual FX: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Sound Mixing: War Horse

Sound Editing: War Horse

Score: War Horse

Song: The Muppets (Man or Muppet)


2/23---Final Predictions Completed!

With Official Oscar voting closing last night, I have completed my final predictions for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. I hope I'm right in some categories, and I hope I'm wrong in others. We'll all find out together on Sunday!!

Picture: The Artist, alt: Hugo

Director: Michel Hazanavicius, alt: Martin Scorsese

Actor: Jean DuJardin, alt: George Clooney

Actress: Viola Davis, alt: Meryl Streep

S. Actor: Christopher Plummer, alt: None.

S. Actress: Octavia Spencer, alt: None.

O. Screenplay: Midnight in Paris, alt: The Artist

A. Screenplay: The Descendants, alt: Moneyball

Animated: Rango, alt: Chico & Rita

Documentary: Pina, alt: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Foreign: A Separation, alt: None.

Cinematography: The Tree of Life, alt: The Artist

Art Direction: Hugo, alt: The Artist

Editing: The Artist, alt: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Costumes: The Artist, alt: Jane Eyre

Makeup: The Iron Lady, alt: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow: Part 2

Visual FX: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, alt: Hugo

Sound Mixing: Hugo, alt: Moneyball

Sound Editing: Hugo, alt: War Horse

Score: The Artist, alt: War Horse

Song: The Muppets (Man or Muppet), alt: Rio (Real in Rio)

Animated Short: A Morning Stroll, alt: La Luna

Documentary Short: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, alt: Incident in New Baghdad

Live Action Short: The Shore, alt: Raju


2/12---BAFTA Winners!

The British Academy Film & Television Awards just announced winners at their annual ceremony in London. The Artist nearly swept by winning Costumes, Score, Cinematography, Screenplay, Director, Actor, and Picture. Meryl Streep won Best Actress, and the supporting winners were the usual suspects with Plummer and Spencer continuing their impressive winning streaks.

The 2012 Precursor Chart has been updated.


Whitney Houston

1963-2012

Rest in Peace


2/8---"Apes", "Hugo", and "Rango" Top VES Awards

The 10th Annual VES Awards were held last night. As expected, Rise of the Planet of the Apes won big, as did Hugo and Rango. Here's the full article and list of winners: Here.


2/5---Art Directors Guild & ANNIE Winners!

Hugo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo all won in their respective categories last night at the ADG!

Rango was the big winner at the ANNIE Awards as well last night!

The 2012 Precursor Chart has been updated.


1/29---SAG Award Winners

Best Actor: Jean DuJardin, The Artist

Best Actress: Viola Davis, The Help

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Ensemble: The Help

The 2012 Precursor Chart has been updated.


1/28---2011 Breach Awards!!!

I have finally completed the 8th Annual Breach Awards! I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed "handing" them out!

8th Annual Breach Awards


1/27---SAG Preview

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are Sunday! In my opinion, their the last major predictor leading up to Oscar night. I made some picks, and upsets below.

Actor: George Clooney, Upset: Brad Pitt

Actress: Meryl Streep, Upset: Viola Davis

S. Actress: Octavia Spencer, Upset: Berenice Bejo

S. Actor: Christopher Plummer. Lock.

Ensemble: The Help, Upset: The Artist


1/27---DGA Prediction

The Directors Guild of America is this weekend. Here's my prediction...

Winner: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Upset: Michel Hazanvicius, The Artist

Shocker: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris


1/27---I'm Back! Updates In Progress...

My move to NYC is winding down, and I'm finally able to do some much need work here. Sorry for the delay, but I will be updated predictions and nominees all day, as well as the precursor chart and hopefully make some headway on the 2011 Breach Awards.


1/19---Programming Notes & News!

I just wanted to give you all a head's up on the next couple of weeks. I am making my big move from Dallas to New York this weekend, so updates may be a little scarce. I will try to get settled in as fast as I can and get the updates flowing regularly again. I know the Oscar nominations are DAYS away, so naturally I decided to make a huge, life-changing move the same week! ;)

Also, I have some very exciting news to all you devoted readers...I have started working on the 8th Annual Breach Awards! I am hoping to have it completed by next week, I'm just not sure how much I'll be able to get done this coming week, but I will try my hardest! Again, thanks to all of you for reading!!! Cheers!

-Zak

P.S.- London Critics announced winners today, the 2012 Precursor Chart has been updated!


1/17---The BAFTA Nominations!

The British Academy of Film and Television have announced their 2011 Nominees. The Artist leads with 12 nominations, Tinker Tailor follows with 11, Hugo with 9, My Week With Marilyn with 6, The Help and War Horse with 5 each, and The Iron Lady with 4. I have updated the 2012 Precursor Chart.


1/16---ACE Eddie Nominees

Nominations for the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)

The Descendants

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Moneyball

War Horse

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical)

The Artist

Bridesmaids

Midnight in Paris

My Week With Marilyn

Young Adult

Best Edited Animated Feature Film

The Adventures of Tintin

Puss in Boots

Rango


1/15---Golden Globe Wrap-Up

The 69th Annual Golden Globes are history and we have a slightly clearer picture of the awards race. Looks like Best Picture is a horse race between The Artist and The Descendants, and I think the former has the edge. Best Actor is all Clooney, who may be unstoppable at this point. Best Actress is a two woman battle between Streep and Davis. SAG will be a huge predictor of who's in front. The past 10 years, the globes have matched up with Oscar for Best Actress, and the last woman to lose the Globe but win the Oscar was Halle Berry. The supporting races are slightly easier to predict. Plummer is a lock. Spencer has it pretty much sewn up as well. All other winners have been added to 2012 Precursor Chart.

We still have PGA, DGA, WGA, SAG, and BAFTA to go, so it's not nearly over yet!!!


1/12---Critics Choice Movie Award Winners

It seems the BFCA decided to be "different" this year. No Scorsese, Pitt, Streep, or Chastain. Documentary, Cinematography were shockers as well. Huge wins for The Artist, Clooney, Davis, Spencer, and Plummer. The 2012 Precursor Chart has been updated.

Next Up: The Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 15th!


1/11---My Critic's Choice Awards Predictions

Picture: The Artist, alt: The Descendants

Director: Michel Hazanavicius, alt: Nicolas Winding Refn

Actor: Brad Pitt, alt: George Clooney

Actress: Meryl Streep, alt: Viola Davis (If history teaches us anything, it could definitely be a tie)

S. Actor: Christopher Plummer, alt: Albert Brooks

S. Actress: Jessica Chastain, alt: Melissa McCarthy

Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris, alt: The Artist

Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants, alt: Moneyball

Cinematography: The Tree of Life, alt: Hugo

Art Direction: Hugo, alt: Harry Potter

Editing: Dragon Tattoo, alt: War Horse

Costumes: Jane Eyre, alt. Hugo

Makeup: The Iron Lady, alt: Harry Potter

Visual FX: Rise of the Plant of the Apes, alt: Harry Potter

Sound: Hugo, alt: Super 8

Animated: Rango, alt: Tintin

Foreign: A Separation, alt: The Skin I Live In

Documentary: Cave of Forgotten Dreams, alt: Project Nim

Song: "Life's A Happy Song" (The Muppets), alt: "Man or Muppet" (The Muppets)


1/10---Denver Film Critics Society Winners

The Denver Critics award Tree of Life, Pitt, Streep, Plummer, and Woodley. All winners have been added to the 2012 Precursor Chart


1/10---Vancouver Critics & Alliance of Women Film Journalists Winners

Winners include: The Artist, Fassbender, Davis, Olsen, Plummer, Chastain, McTeer, and Spencer. They've all been added to the 2012 Precursor Chart


1/9---Directors Guild of America Nominees

No major shockers. Many expected a nom for Tate Taylor (The Help), but I thought it was a long shot. I really was hoping Nicolas Winding Refn could pull off a nom for Drive, but it didn't pan out. I think Spielberg's exclusion is the biggest shocker here.

Woody Allen - "Midnight in Paris"

David Fincher - "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"

Alexander Payne for "The Descendants"

Martin Scorsese - "Hugo"


1/9---DGA Predictions

Here are my predictions for the DGA's today...I have the expected ones as well as a surprise "wishful-thinking" nom for Refn.

Woody Allen - "Midnight in Paris"

Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"

Nicolas Winding Refn - "Drive"

Martin Scorsese - "Hugo"

Steven Spielberg - "War Horse"

Alternates: Alexander Payne for "The Descendants", Tate Taylor for "The Help", and David Fincher for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"


1/9---National Society of Film Critics Award Melancholia

The NSFC awarded Melancholia Best Picture and Actress for Dunst. This wins adds to a late surge the film has seen in recent weeks, but I fear it may be too late to get real traction. Other winners were Pitt, Brooks, and Chastain. Winners and Runners-up have been added to the

I have updated the 2012 Precursor Chart

Also! Stay tuned for the Directors Guild of America Nomination Announcement Today!


1/6---Central Ohio Critics Award Drive & Denver Society Critics Announce

Drive wins Best Picture & Director from the Central Ohio Film Critics, and The Denver Society of Film Critics Announce Nominees.

I have updated the 2012 Precursor Chart ...once again :)


1/5---Writers Guild of America Announce Nominees

The WGA announced nominations today and there continues to be some big surprises with the guilds. Another huge boost for Bridesmaids, and another snub for The Tree of Life, as well as War Horse. Since so many films in competition were ineligible, it's still nearly impossible to see what implications the WGA has on OSCAR.

Ineligible films were:

(Original): Take Shelter, Martha Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beginners, The Artist, Shame, Margin Call, The Iron Lady, Rango, Melancholia, and Like Crazy

(Adapted): Drive, My Week With Marilyn, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Jane Eyre, Carnage, Albert Nobbs, and The Skin I Live In

I have updated the 2012 Precursor Chart


Zak's Top 10 Films of 2011

10. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

9. The Artist

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

7. A Separation

6. Beginners

5. Midnight in Paris

4. Bridesmaids

3. Hugo

2. Weekend

1. Drive


1/3---Producers Guild of America Nominations!

Nominations were announced this morning for the PGAs! I've gotta say, there were quite a few surprise noms as well as snubs. Bridesmaids, Ides of March, and Dragon Tattoo all got huge boosts by being nominated, while Tinker Tailor, Tree of Life, and Drive all got snubbed, and may suffer because of it. In the animated category, Cars 2 and Kung Fu Panda pulled off a nod, while Winnie The Pooh and Happy Feet 2 were snubbed. The nominees have been added to the 2012 Precursor Chart as well as the Online Critics Winners.


Happy New Year!

From Awards Breach


12/28--- The Poster for The 84th Annual Academy Awards!



12/27---AMPAS Mails Oscar Ballots Today!

Oscar voters will soon be receiving their ballots in the mail today, so it's prime campaigning time! I've also including a list of other important dates to come!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - Nominations ballots mailed

Friday, January 13, 2012 - Nominations polls close 5 p.m. PT

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - Final ballots mailed

Monday, February 6, 2012 - Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - Scientific and Technical Awards presentation

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Final polls close 5 p.m. PT

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 84th Academy Awards presentation


12/26---Online Film Critics Society Love Drive & Hugo

Nominations from the OFCS have been added to the 2012 Precursor Chart. Winners will be announced on Monday, January 2, 2012.


Merry Christmas!

From Awards Breach


12/19---Winners Announced from Chicago, Southeastern, St. Louis, and Golden Satellites!

Best Picture seems to be a 3-way race so far between The Artist, The Descendants, and The Tree of Life. Actor and Actress is wide open, as well as Supporting Actress. Supporting Actor is a two man fight between Brooks and Plummer. Winners and Runners-up have been updated on the ever-growing 2012 Precursor Chart


12/16---The Descendants Sweeps Dallas-Fort Worth Critics

I have updated the 2012 Precursor Chart to include the Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Winners as well has the Chicago Film Critics Nominations!


12/16---Detroit Film Critics Winners

Detroit awards The Artist, Fassbender, Williams, Plummer, and Mulligan! Winners have been added to the ever-growing 2012 Precursor Chart


12/15---Golden Globe Nominations!

The Globe nominations were announced this morning, and we have some no-brainers as well as some shockers... Yet another snub for Gary Oldman, Glenn Close picks up a second (much needed) major precursor, Melissa McCarthy was sadly left out, and the HFPA showed no love for The Tree of Life. I've also updated the 2012 Precursor Chart


12/14---Screen Actors Guild Nominees!

The nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning. They were pretty predictable, but the big surprises were: Glenn Close receiving her first major nod, and Albert Brooks missing his first major nod. I've also updated the 2012 Precursor Chart as well.

Tomorrow, we'll get the Golden Globe noms, so don't forget!!!


12/13---The Artist & Hugo Lead the BFCA Nominations!

The Broadcast Film Critics announced their nominations this morning with The Artist and Hugo leading the pack with 11 nominations each! Also, the Las Vegas Film Critics announced winners today. The 2012 Precursor Chart has been updated!

Don't forget, tomorrow we have SAG Nominations and Thursday, we have the Golden Globe nominations!


12/12---More Critics Awards!

I have updated the 2012 Precursor Charts to include the winners and nominees from The San Diego Film Critics, Indiana Film Critics, The African American Film Society, Detroit Film Critics, and the St. Louis Film Critics!

Albert Brooks continues to dominate, Glenn Close continues to get snubbed, The Tree of Life and The Artist continue to be very strong, and Viola Davis gets her first wins!


12/11---Big Precursor Day! The Artist and The Descendants Win Big!

The Boston Society of Film Critics, The New York Film Critics Online, The Los Angeles Film Critics, and The American Film Institute all announced their winners today! Big Winners of the day include: The Artist, The Descendants, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, A Separation, Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, and Melissa McCarthy! All the winners and runners-up can be seen in the 2012 Precursor Chart

And don't forget this week, we have nomination announcements from the Golden Globes, BFCA (Critic's Choice), and SAG!


12/11---Houston Film Critics Announce, Plus More to Come!

The Houston Film Critics announced nominees this morning. Some big surprises include: No Hugo for Best Picture or Director, Glenn Close & Gary Oldman continue to get snubbed, and Drive is picking up steam. The 2012 Precursor Chart has been updated as well.

Later today, we'll have announcements from AFI, LAFCA, NYFCO (New York Film Critics Online), and Boston! Stay Tuned!


12/9---Big Week Coming Up!

Sunday, December 11th

AFI Announce Winners

LAFCA Announce Winners

Boston Film Critics Announce Winners

Tuesday, December 13th

BFCA (Critic's Choice) Nominations Announced

Wednesday, December 14th

SAG Nominations Announced

Thursday, December 14th

Golden Globe Nominations Announced


12/5---The Artist Wins Best Picture from WAFCA!

The Washington DC Area Film Critics announced their winners this morning, and The Artist took the top honors and Martin Scorsese scored another Best Director win for his work on Hugo. The full list of winners is below, and the 2012 Precursor Chart has been updated!

Washington DC Area Film Critics Winners


12/4---WAFCA & BIFA Announce Nominees & Winners!

The Washington DC Area Film Critics have announced their nominees and will announce winners Monday, December 5th & The British Independent Awards Winners have also been announced. Links are below, and I have updated the Precursor Chart as well!

WAFCA Nominees

BIFA Winners


12/4---Predictions Update: Complete

I have completed my predictions update in ALL categories! Hope you enjoy! Tell me what you think!


12/1---Full Predictions Update: Coming This Weekend!

I've been working hard to update all my predictions, and I should be completed by this weekend! Keep an eye out!

-Zak


12/1---National Board of Review Names HUGO Best Film!

NBR Announced it's list of winners today, and they're below. Not too many shockers. Glad to see Scorsese getting recognition for such a different genre for him. To be honest, I haven't been sure on how to feel about Hugo until now. It's definitely a contender. Full list of winners are below, check them out! I will be updating the 2012 Precursor Chart to include today's winners!

Best Film: Hugo

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay: Will Reiser, 50/50

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants

Best Animated Feature: Rango

Breakthrough Performance: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy

Breakthrough Performance: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Debut Director: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

Best Ensemble: The Help

Spotlight Award: Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class)

NBR Freedom of Expression: Crime After Crime

NBR Freedom of Expression: Pariah

Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation

Best Documentary" Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Special Achievement in Filmmaking: The Harry Potter Franchise - A Distinguished Translation from Book to Film

Top Films

(in alphabetical order)

The Artist

The Descendants

Drive

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Ides of March

J. Edgar

Tree of Life

War Horse


11/29---NYFCC Winners! & Independent Spirit Award Nominees!

Well, I got the ladies right, but that's about it. I've got to say, I'm pretty surprised with Brad Pitt's win here, it's a big win for him, but like I said yesterday, I'm taking these awards with a grain of salt. There's a lot more season left! The winners are below, as well as a link to the Independent Spirt Awards Nominees that were announced this morning. Enjoy!

Best Picture - "The Artist"

Best Director - Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"

Best Actress - Meryl Streep - "The Iron Lady"

Best Actor - Brad Pitt - "Moneyball" & "The Tree of Life"

Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain - "The Help" & "The Tree of Life" & "Take Shelter"

Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks - "Drive"

Best Screenplay - "Moneyball" - Steven Zailian & Aaron Sorkin

Best Cinematography - "The Tree of Life" - Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Foreign Film - "A Separation"

Best First Feature - "Margin Call"

Best Documentary - "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

2012 Independent Spirit Award Nominations


11/28---NYFCC Predictions

The NYFCC will announce this year's winners tomorrow, and I've made some predictions. I still think it's too early to really see who's in strong contention, so I'm taking these with a grain of salt, but I'm predicting anyway! Who are you picking?

Best Picture- "The Descendants" - Alternate: "The Artist"

Best Director- Alexander Payne, "The Descendants" - Alternate: Martin Scorcese, "Hugo"

Best Actress- Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady" - Alternate: Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"

Best Actor- George Clooney, "The Descendants" - Alternate: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"

Best S. Actress- Jessica Chastain, "The Help", "The Tree of Life", "Take Shelter" - Alternate: Vanessa Redgrave, "Coriolanus"

Best S. Actor- Christopher Plummer, "Beginners" - Alternate: Albert Brooks, "Drive"


Happy Thanksgiving

From Awards Breach


11/21---NBR & NYFCC Coming Next Week!

On November 29, the New York Film Critics will announce the first major award winners of the season, and the National Board of Review will follow on December 3rd. A full predictions update will come a few days later, so stay tuned!


11/19---Documentary Shortlist To 15!

We have the shortlist for Best Documentary, and it's a little surprising, but not too bad. Only 2 from my original predictions back in March are one the list, but I don't think that's too shabby. Here they are!

Battle for Brooklyn

Bill Cunningham New York

Buck

Hell and Back Again

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Jane's Journey

The Loving Story

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Pina

Project Nim

Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Sing Your Song

Undefeated

Under Fire: Journalists in Combat

We Were Here


11/14--- Streep Shines in New The Iron Lady Trailer & Poster!

If there were any doubts that Streep was the frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar, the doubts are gone! Streep wows in the new Iron Lady Trailer! Click the new poster below to see it!



11/10---Billy Crystal Will Host The Oscars!!!

I was hoping Crystal would have been the choice in the beginning, but it's better late than never. I've wanted AMPAS to go back to the classic hosts for years, and they have finally made the right decision. Crystal is such a natural at hosting, it's bound to be one of the best shows in recent memory. Well, let's hope so!


11/9---Eddie Murphy Pulls Out of Hosting 84th Academy Awards!

Beverly Hills, CA - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well," said Sherak.

Commented Murphy, "First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


11/8---Brett Ratner Resigns As Oscars Producer

I'm happy to report that Ratner has pulled out of producing the 84th Annual Academy Awards after his insensitive racial and homophobic remarks. Personally, I think this is the way it should be, and I'm glad. I'll say no more on the subject and will leave you with the link to the Academy's statement regarding Ratner's resignation Here.


11/3---New Trailers!

Happy Feet Two

The Iron Lady

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Shame

We Need To Talk About Kevin

My Week With Marilyn

Albert Nobbs

Tyrannosaur

The Rum Diary

Another Happy Day

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse


Happy Halloween!

From Awards Breach





10/14---Trailers For Shame & W.E.




10/13---AMPAS Announces Eligible Foreign Films & Documentary Shorts!

The Academy announced today the lists of eligible films in the Foreign Film and Documentary Short categories. 63 countries will vie for 5 slots and the shortlist for Documentary Shorts is down to 8. The lists are below via Awards Daily.

Foreign Language Films

Documentary Shorts


10/13---Albert Nobbs Trailer



10/6---Young Adult Trailer



10/6---My Week With Marilyn Trailer



Steve Jobs

1955-2011


Rest In Peace


9/29---Trailer & Poster for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close



9/28---Film Calendar!

October

The Ides of March - 7th

The Skin I Live In - 14th

Martha Marcy May Marlene - 21st (Limited)

The Rum Diary - 28th

Like Crazy - 28th (Limited)

Sleeping Beauty - 28th

November

My Week With Marilyn - 4th (Limited)

J. Edgar - 9th

Melancholia - 11th (Limited)

Happy Feet Two - 18th

The Descendants - 18th (Limited)

Hugo - 23rd

The Artist - 23rd

Arthur Christmas - 23rd

A Dangerous Method - 25th

December

We Need to Talk About Kevin - 2nd (Limited)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - 9th

Young Adult - 9th (Limited)

W.E. - 9th (Limited)

Shame - 14th

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - 16th

The Iron Lady - 16th

Carnage - 16th

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - 21st

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - 23rd

The Adventures of Tin Tin - 23rd

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - CHRISTMAS

We Bought A Zoo - CHRISTMAS

Pariah - CHRISTMAS

War Horse - CHRISTMAS (12/30)

★ Note: Albert Nobbs has yet to receive a nation US release date, and IMDb has Coriolanus at a 1/13/2012 release date, so if it isn't released in NY and LA in December it will be ineligible for this years awards.

Important DVD & Blu Ray Release Dates

September 30th - Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Jane Eyre

October 4th - Buck

October 11th - The Tree of Life

October 25th - Captain America: The First Avenger, Winnie The Pooh

November 1st - Cars 2

November 11th - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

November 15th - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Larry Crowne

November 22nd - Super 8


9/27---New War Horse Poster!



9/26---Prediction Update: Completed!

I have completed my predictions update in ALL categories! Go and have a look!


9/23---Best Picture Updated

1. War Horse ↔ Same

2. J.Edgar ↔ Same

3. The Ides of March ↑ 1 Spot

4. The Descendants ⊕ New

5. Shame ⊕ New

6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ↔ Same

7. The Help ⊕ New

8. The Artist ↑ 1 Spot

9. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo ↓ 1 Spot

10. Moneyball ⊕ New

Falling Off

The Tree of Life ↓ 5 Spots

A Dangerous Method ↓ 7 Spots

Hugo ↓ 9 Spots

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close ↓ 1 Spot


9/22---New Poster: The Iron Lady



9/22---Full Predictions Update: This Weekend!

I've been working on my predictions updates all week, and should have them completed this weekend. I'm also going to be making a breakdown of all the changes with my picks. Lots of changes coming as the Fall Film Season officially begins! Stay Tuned!

-Zak


9/20---J.Edgar First Trailer!



9/12--- Venice Film Festival Winners!!!

Sorry, I'm a couple days late reporting these, but here are the winners from the Venice Film Festival! Steve McQueen's Shame has been all the talk the last week and is already making a very impressive showing at Toronto. I think after this, Michael Fassbender is definitely a legitimate threat for Best Actor. The winners are listed below!

Golden Lion - Faust (Alexander Sokurov, Russia)

Silver Lion for Best Director - Shangjun Cai for Ren shan ren hai/People Mountain People Sea (China)

Special Jury Prize - Terraferma (Emanuele Crialese, Italy)

Volpi Cup for Best Actor - Michael Fassbender for Shame (Steve McQueen, UK)

Volpi Cup for Best Actress - Deannie Yip for Tae jie (A simple life) (Ann Hui, China, Hong Kong)

Osella Award for Best Screenplay - Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for Alps (Greece)

Osella Award for Best Technical Contribution - Robbie Ryan's Cinematogrpahy from Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, UK)

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Acting Newcomer - Shota Sometani in Himizu (Sion Sono, Japan)



9/8---New Posters & Albert Nobbs Clip!

New posters for The Rum Diary and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy have been released. Also, a clip of Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs can be seen Here. It's very exciting to get the first look. I'm sure the debate between a Streep/Close Best Actress Oscar will just heat up even more now.




9/6---Eddie Murphy Named Host for 84th Academy Awards!

It's official! Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Annual Academy Awards next year. Nikki Finke broke the story and you can read the article Here.


8/25---New Posters!






8/6---Rise of the Planet of the Apes : Short Review

Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, and John Lithgow
Directed By: Rupert Wyatt


I don't have much to say other than Rise of the Planet of the Apesa is the best film of the Summer and of the year (so far). It's a heart-pounding, action-packed thriller. It's a prequel that does the original justice, and perfectly sets up the original film. Essentially, the entire film is building up to the climatic end and yet it never gets old, and the audience is never left behind. The build-up and suspense of knowing what's coming is what makes it so exciting. Great performances from Franco and Lithgow, but the undeniable star is Andy Serkis, the master of video capture. He reminds us in Apes why he is the best, and how sadly how over-looked he is. I don't think AMPAS is at a place yet where they will honor an achievement like his in not only this film but of course LOTR and King Kong as well as Zoe Saldana in 2009's Avatar but maybe one day we will have awards for amazing performances such as these. I think the visual effects race is very exciting this year but as of now it's a race between Harry Potter and Apes. If you haven't seen the film yet, go immediately...it's the ultimate popcorn filled summer action film that needs to be experienced by everyone.

My Rating: ★★★★★
Oscar Contention: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: Andy Serkis, Best VFX, Best Art Direction, Best Make-Up, Best Sound, Best Sound Mixing


8/5---Brett Ratner & Don Mischer will produce the 84th Annual Academy Awards

AMPAS made quite a surprising announcement today when they told us Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will be producers of next year's Academy Awards. I'm not thrilled with the choice and it seems like another lame attempt to bring in the "younger" viewers. Maybe one day the academy will finally give up on trying to be "hip" and go back to the classic days. One can only hope. The full press release below.

Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced today. This will be Ratner's first involvement with the Oscar show; Mischer will for the second year in a row serve as a producer and as the telecast director.

"I was so impressed with Brett when I met with him to discuss the Oscar show," said Sherak. "He has an incredible love of film and its history and is a true student of the business of movies. He's unbelievably creative and knows how to take risks that are both interesting and inspiring. Together with Don Mischer - who, by the way, just earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the 83rd Academy Awards - I think these two will give us a fantastic Oscar show that you won't want to miss."


7/28---The Ides of March One Sheet & Full Trailer

the full-length trailer for George Clooney's The Ides of March has been released along with a great looking poster. From the looks of the trailer, we have have a definite awards contender on our hands. See the poster below and the trailer Here.


7/26---Toronto Lineup Announced, Venice to Announce Thursday

The lineup for the Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and it includes pretty much everything I expected. Most of the Sundance and Cannes big names will be premiering. Venice will announce on Thursday. See the full list Here.

The 36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival will begin on September 8, 2011


7/22---New Trailer Friday!

Crazy Stupid Love

Dream House

Hugo

Contagion

Project Niml

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

Moneyball

The Thing

The Amazing Spider-Man

Drive


Goodbye, Harry Potter


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 opens worldwide tonight, and with that, the highest grossing film franchise in history comes to an end. This franchise is unlike any other and over the last decade it has grown up just as we have. The films have gotten progressively better which doesn't happen often (if ever!). JK Rowling created a legacy that has swept the world and sold millions upon millions of books, films, merchandise, and of course it's very own theme park. Whether or not you're a die hard fan, just your average film watcher, or not a fan at all, there's no denying that this franchise has had a profound effect on us throughout the years and will always be considered one of the best. Harry Potter is in a class of it's own, and has created it's very own world where everyone and anyone is welcome. It has been a big part of my life personally, and I know that it must come to an end, and it will be the epitome of bittersweet. I have never been attached to a film franchise like I am with Potter, and I'm sure nothing will ever come along to replace it. Harry Potter is for everyone, it's for the kids that are different, that have an over-active imagination. It's for the adults that will always celebrate their inner-child, and have grown up with Harry and his friends over the years. Harry Potter is about friendship, imagination, magic, adventure, loyalty, truth, but above all it's about love. Love has always been prevalent in Harry Potter, and I believe it's the single best part of the series. Love is what it's all about in the end. I have loved Harry Potter, and I will miss it tremendously. I'd like to thank Ms. Rowling, Dan, Emma, Rupert, Maggie, Michael, Julie, Alan, Tom, Ralph, Helena, Brendan, Evanna, Gary, Warwick, John, Matthew, Devon, Alfie, Bonnie, Jim, Miriam, Gemma, George, David, Mark, James, Oliver, Natlia, Emma, Imelda, Jason, Helen, Robbie, and Richard for allowing me to be a part of something so wonderful for so many years. They'll never be anything like it again.


7/13---Full Predictions Update: Complete

I have updated my predictions in ALL categories. Check them out and enjoy!


7/8---Full Predictions Update Coming Next Week

With the Academy Award Nominations 200 days away, it's time to do a full predictions update. I'll start updating all categories next week, so stay tuned!!!


7/7---Streep Teases Us With The Iron Lady

At this point in the year it looks like the Best Actress Race might just come down to the veterans. Streep as Margaret Thatcher and Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs. The former hasn't won since 1982 and the latter is 0-5. Queue the "overdue" arguments now! This morning we received our first glimpse of Streep as Thatcher, and for me personally, I was astounded. I think Streep already has the nomination (her 17th) in the bag, but in order to win, the performance can't be campy or cheesy, and I don't think it will be. Good ratings wouldn't hurt either, but I don't believe they affect Streep's award chances like they would any other actor. See the one minute teaser for yourself, and you decide. Watch it Here.


Happy Independence Day!

From Awards Breach


6/30---Trailers!

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The Three Musketeers 3D

War Horse

Straw Dogs

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

11-11-11

Brave

Captain America: The First Avenger

In other movie news: Hugo Cabret will now be known as just Hugo. Full story can be read Here.


6/30---2011: Where We're At So Far

With the year half over, I've assembled a list of the films that I've seen this year and the ratings I've given them. So far, it's been a pretty good year for film. No films were unbelievably bad, and there were no instant classics, but it's still been a strong first half. Here's how it looks so far...

Beginners - ★★★★☆

Bridesmaids - ★★★★☆

Everything Must Go - ★★★★☆

Hanna - ★★★★☆

Insidious - ★★★★☆

Midnight in Paris - ★★★★☆

Super 8 - ★★★★☆

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - ★★★★☆

X-Men: First Class - ★★★★☆

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - ★★★☆☆

Source Code - ★★★☆☆

Sucker Punch - ★★★☆☆

The Hangover: Part II - ★★★☆☆

The Mechanic - ★★★☆☆

The Tree of Life - ★★★☆☆

Cars 2 - ★★☆☆☆

I Am Number Four - ★★☆☆☆

Limitless - ★★☆☆☆

The Adjustment Bureau - ★★☆☆☆

The Beaver - ★★☆☆☆

The Conspirator - ★★☆☆☆

Thor - ★★☆☆☆

Battle: Los Angeles - ★☆☆☆☆

Water for Elephants - ★☆☆☆☆


6/27---Los Angeles Film Festival Winners

The winners of the 2011 LA Film Festival can be seen Here.


6/24

Peter Falk

1927-2011

Rest in Peace


6/22---George Clooney's The Ides of March to open Venice

The Ides of March, the highly anticipated new film written & directed by George Clooney, will be the opening film - in competition - at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. Based on Beau Willimon's play Farragut North, screenplay written by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon. Full story can be read Here.


6/21---A Dangerous Method UK Trailer Premiere

The trailer for David Cronenberg's much-anticipated Sigmund Freud film has arrived courtesy of Empire Online. See it Here.


6/20---The Iron Lady Gets a Release Date

Harvey Weinstein's juggernaut The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep got a release date of December 16, 2011 which places it in prime position to be a strong awards contender. Streep portrays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the film, and by the look of it, Streep could be in line for her elusive third Academy Award. We'll have to wait and see how it's received.


6/16---Some News & Tidbits...

Sorry for the slow updates as of late. I have a new job and it's been extremely demanding, but hopefully I will find a happy balance soon and get back to posting on the regular. Here's some news & trailers from the past couple of weeks. Enjoy! -Zak

AMPAS has changed the Best Picture voting rules again and I think it's a great thing. Looks like it will resemble the Best Song category where the nominees will depend of percentage numbers so it can range from 2 nominees to 10. Read Kris Tapley's take on it as well as the full press release Here.

The new trailer for Moneyball can be seen Here.

The buzz is growing on the new documentary Tabloid. Watch the trailer Here.


6/7---New Trailer Tuesday!

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

The Muppets

The Guard


6/2---The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trailer & Poster Released

A very gritty and NSFW trailer and poster has been released by Sony for the upcoming David Fincher remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

View the poster below and see the trailer Here.



5/26---The Descendants Trailer & Poster

The poster for Alexander Payne's The Descendants has arrived as well as the trailer. This looks like it has some definite potential to be a contender this year. The academy loves Clooney in any setting it seems, so this could do very well late in the season with it's December 16th release date. The full-length trailer can be seen Here.




5/26---Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides : Short Review

Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, and Geoffrey Rush
Directed By: Rob Marshall


Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in this fourth installment of Disney's Pirates franchise. Right off the bat, the film feels much darker and less like the first 3. Depp performs at his usual caliber and is terrifically funny as well. We meet new characters in Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane as Blackbeard. McShane's turn as the villainous Blackbeard is about the only new and fresh turn this film takes.

Now, don't get me wrong; the film is fun and filled with adventure. It's gorgeous as well, but it's just more of the same. There isn't anything new, and it's missing the magic that we saw in the first 2 films. I don't know if Pirates will be able to compete with any other summer blockbuster come award season, but it will certainly be a juggernaut at the box office. My advice for you when seeing this film is to go into it with a sense of humor, and a want for fun, and you'll enjoy yourself.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Oscar Contention: Best Costumes, Best Cinematography, Best Score


5/24---A Few New Trailers & Clips

Green With Envy

The Tree of Life

Take Shelter


5/23---The Conspirator :Review

Starring: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, and Kevin Kline
Directed By: Robert Redford


Robert Redford's historical drama about the assassination of President Lincoln and the conspiracy trial afterward feels like an expensive History Channel re-enactment. The first ten minutes is probably the best part of the film because of the fast-pace sequences we see during the assassination. After this of course, we move more into a courtroom drama film and it gets increasingly stiff. As a history buff myself, I was sadly disappointed in the flow and gaping plot holes throughout the film. It's rare that a film can have such a stiff, slow pace, and yet, have so many plot holes that it ultimately feels rushed.

Thankfully, there are some silver linings, such as the costumes, cinematography, and score. This film was shot beautifully and was often very fun to watch. Most of all, we were treated to dazzling performances from Robin Wright and James McAvoy. This is a case where the performances in the film are much better than the film itself. Other smaller performances from Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel-Wood, and Tom Wilkinson were great as well.

It's sad that the film's inability to flow like it should and tell such a compelling story about an American tragedy is it's ultimate downfall, and I don't think it will have much success come awards season. The performances will undoubtedly be overlooked by AMPAS, but could still find some recognition from the Globes and SAG.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Oscar Contention: Best Actor: James McAvoy, Best Supporting Actress: Robin Wright, Best Costumes, Best Cinematography


5/23---Cannes Wrap-Up: The Tree of Life Wins Big


Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life won the Palme d'Or yesterday at Cannes. The film received both raves as boos, but ultimately, it looks like Robert DeNiro and the Cannes Jury liked it best of all. This win, of course, only strengthens the films award chances for the upcoming awards season. It will be interesting to see how it does with the critics here and if it can keep up it's momentum.

Full List of Award Winners:

Palme d'Or: "The Tree of Life," Terrence Malick

Grand Prix: (tie) "The Kid With a Bike," Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne; "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"

Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive"

Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst, "Melancholia"

Best Screenplay: "Footnote," Joseph Cedar

Prix du Jury: "Polisse," Maiwenn

Camera d'Or: "Las Acacias"

Palme d'Or (Short Film): "Cross Country"


5/20---Take Shelter Wins Top Critics Prize at Cannes

Jeff Nichol's psychological thriller Take Shelter has won the first major award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. It premiered at Sundance and did very well, so with this win at Cannes, it's awards prospects have increased substantially.


5/17---The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Trailer

The teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's new animated film The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn can be seen Here.

The new poster below...



5/16---"The Tree of Life" Cannes Review

The first reviews from Cannes on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life are out. They've been positive for the most part, but some mixed reviews have been handed out as well. As of now, it has a 88% rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. The review and a few clips can be seen Here.


5/12---New Trailer Thursday!

One Day

Hesher

Project Nim

Beautiful Boy

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Green Lantern

Buck

30 Minutes or Less

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Horrible Bosses


5/3 - Thor : Short Review

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh


Out of all the superheroes out there, Thor has never been one of my favorites or one that I followed much, so I was a bit apathetic to start with when I saw the film. Basic story line of son succeeding his father's throne, but is thrown for a loop when the younger brother's jealousy interferes. I wasn't very impressed with the story or it's flow. The dialogue was atrocious, as were the special effects. The acting was, however, adequate. I enjoyed the little comic gems thrown at us from Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings, but it wasn't enough to save this film for me. It felt rushed and incomplete. I blame the fast pace and poor writing for not allowing us to relate to the characters more or understand their relationships. This is a typical "popcorn action flick" and comic book film, but it's nothing more than that, and as far as Marvel films go, this is nowhere near the top of the list.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Oscar Contention: Sound, Sound Mixing


5/3--Full Predictions Update

I have finally completed my predictions update in all categories. It's still a guessing game in many categories, but I hope you all enjoy nonetheless.


May 1, 2011



Popcorn Flicks

A Summer Movie Guide

MAY

Thor

Bridesmaids

Everything Must Go

Midnight in Paris

★Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Kung Fu Panda 2

The Hangover: Part II

★The Tree of Life

JUNE

Beginners

Submarine

X-Men: First Class

★Super 8

Green Lantern

Cars 2

JULY

Larry Crowne

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

★Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Winnie the Pooh

Captain America: The First Avenger

★Cowboys and Aliens

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

AUGUST

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The Help

One Day

★= My Most Anticipated


4/29--Coming Next Week...

I am doing a full predictions update as well as a Summer Movie Preview! Stay Tuned!


4/28--Tribeca Film Festival Award Winners

The winners of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival can be seen Here.


4/28--New Trailer Thursday!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Thor

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The Debt

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Submarine

The Help

Larry Crowne

Lebanon, PA

Beautiful Boy


4/26 - Important Oscar Dates Announced!

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4/19 - Hanna: Review

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett
Directed By: Joe Wright


Hanna is the story of a 16-year-old girl, trained by her ex-CIA operative father (Eric Bana) to be the ultimate assassin. We meet Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) in the wilderness, hunting for food, training with her father, and being prepared for an impending mission. Hanna is presented with a choice to flip a switch and be led to Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett), a high-ranking CIA official. Her mission is relatively simple; Kill Marissa and meet her father in Germany.

I have always had a soft spot for films showcasing ass-kicking women, and "Hanna" did not disappoint. Saoirse Ronan delivers another amazingly strong performance as Hanna. She possesses such an astonishing talent for being so young. Personally, I found this film engaging, exciting, and very intriguing. It was by all means, that "edge-of-your-seat" thriller that I've always loved. I appreciated the fast pace that the film was able to maintain, while at the same time could slow down and really show some beautifully understated scenes where we see Hanna discovering things she never dreamed of, such as music, friends, and even boys.

"Hanna" is a modern day fairytale. We have our heroine, our larger than life villain, and her minions. It's a genius, fresh new take on this genre of action and suspense. While the story-line has some flaws, and it's not the most original, it still provides a fun, very entertaining, raw story of a girl thrown into a world she doesn't understand and tries to find her way.

I heard many reviews of The Chemical Brothers unique score for this film, and I was happily surprised to find that it is truly a brilliant score. It adds another level of excitement to the action sequences, and a beautiful underlining to the more tender scenes. I loved the music and I hope it can make the long haul through awards season. Originally, I put this film in my "Year in Advance" predictions, but I don't think it's the sort of film AMPAS will go for. I hope I'm wrong because Ronan deserves an Oscar nomination for her stellar performance, as does Blanchett. I think it will fare well in the technical categories.

My Rating: ★★★★☆
Oscar Contention: Actress, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Score, Sound, Sound Mixing


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The Greatest Living Actors and Their Performances: A Retrospective

Part: Ten

Meryl Streep


Some call her the greatest living actress. Some call her the greatest actress of all time. Some even call her tremendously overrated. Whatever your opinion is, one things for certain, Streep has had a huge impact on film. Whether you like her or not, I don't think anyone can deny her power in the film industry. Obviously for me, I consider her to be one of the greats, which is why she's on the list, and finishing out my retrospective. She came into the industry fairly late in age by most standards, making her feature film debut in "Julia" in 1977 at the age of 28 and was nominated for her first (of 16!) Oscars in 1979 for her role in "The Deer Hunter". Throughout her illustrious career, Streep has given a wide range of brilliant performances from drama to comedy, and even an action flick. She's always been the ultimate chameleon and continues to amaze us with her work, after over 30 years in the business. It's almost unheard of for an actress of her age to still be so sought out after in Hollywood, and for any actor to have resurgence in their career like she's had. So, to finish off this series, I've chosen two of her best films in my opinion: "Sophie's Choice" and "Adaptation".

Sophie's Choice -1982


In my opinion, this is one of the greatest performances of all time. Streep earned her second Academy Award for playing Holocaust and Concentration Camp survivor Sophie Zawistowski. Throughout the film the audience is given glimpse after glimpse of Sophie's past that explains who she is in the present. We see her struggle for love and happiness while being haunted by her past. It's not until the end that we find out the grimmest of her secrets. Once revealed, we can fully understand her sadness, her pain, and her unimaginable anguish. The "choice" scene is one of cinematic brilliance and horror. Streep, a technical master, is able convey the true emotion of a mother forced to choose between her two children, and remains a fete only she has been able to conquer. Her precisely crafted Polish accent and German language is astonishing. We see her true pain, her open mouth, longing to scream; yet no sound emerges. It's a haunting character and performance by Streep that is complete perfection.

Adaptation -2001


Susan Orlean is a complicated character in Charlie Kaufman's "Adaptation". She is a woman longing for passion in life. Streep brings her to life in a magically understated way. We see her put on fronts to family and friends while at the same time deeply contemplating what's missing in her life. A very unhappy woman, she finds what she thinks is passion in the company of Jon Laroche, a man she is writing a story about. Near the end, we are treated to Streep's comic ability. The "Hotel Room" scene is filled with hilariously subtle moments. Streep's character experiments with drugs and we are there to watch it unfold. Seeing her brush her teeth and try to recreate a dial tone with her voice is genius. At the end, Streep's ability to emulate this woman's happiness and sadness together in a perfect balance is outstanding. Only with her eyes, you're able to see everything going on in her head. Only the master thespian can emote such feelings without any dialogue. Streep is at the top of her game as this character, and it shows in every scene.

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The Greatest Living Actors and Their Performances: A Retrospective

Part: Nine

Michael Caine


Michael Caine is already a screen legend. With over 150 films under his belt, he shows no signs of slowing down. He's constantly putting out great performances, in a wide range of genres. He's a six-time Academy Award nominee and two-time winner for his performances in "Hannah and her Sisters" and "The Cider House Rules". He's one of the rare actors that can find success in the small, indie film as well as the mega action blockbuster, such as his role as Alfred in the Christopher Nolan "Batman" films. It's great to see a man who has had such an illustrious career still work and still bring such an amazing talent to the silver screen.

Noises Off... -1992


In Peter Bogdanovich's screen adaptation of Michael Frayn's play, Michael Caine plays Lloyd Fellowes, a theatre director that has perhaps the most difficult project of his career. Caine lead an all-star cast including: Carol Burnett, Julie Hagerty, Marilu Henner, John Ritter, and Christopher Reeve. While the whole cast was just spectacular in this very fast-paced comedy, it was Caine's comic timing and wit that I always remember. He's just so very funny. We hate and love his character all at the same time, and nearly everything that comes out of his mouth is searing with comedy. Like I've said before, with a huge ensemble cast such as this one, it's very easy for specific performances to be forgotten or not stand out, but that is certainly not the case with Michael Caine's. "Noises Off..." has always been one of the funniest films I have ever seen, and my favorite part of it is Michael Caine.

Children of Men -2006


With so many films under his belt, it was hard to pick another great Michael Caine performance I wanted to talk about. I finally decided, I wanted to talk about his role in "Children of Men". I know you might say if you blink, you might miss his performance, but performances that are so great yet have such little screen time have always been impressive to me. It's that exact type of performance Caine gives us in this film. In such a bit part, Caine brings to life his character of Jasper, a hippie recluse living in relative solitude (away from the craziness of London) with his mute wife in the woods. Caine shows off his comic wits yet again, and it's almost the only silver lining in this very brilliant, yet dreary film. For a brief 15 minutes or so, we're treated to Jasper's jokes and love for life, he's funny, he's endearing, and he's completely unaffected by the looming demise of the world. A very touching moment for me was when Jasper comes to terms with his end, and the little moment he shares with his wife is truly beautiful. Michael Caine brings such realness to his work that is very rare, and watching him is watching a master thespian. In so little time, he was able to bring a resonance to this film; a task would be nearly impossible for any other actor.

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The Greatest Living Actors and Their Performances: A Retrospective

Part: Eight

Natalie Portman


When I began this retrospective, I decided that I wanted to include a younger actor in the top ten, someone I thought has tremendous potential to have a very successful career, and I decided that actor is Natalie Portman. We first saw Portman in "The Professional" along side the great Jean Reno. I remember being instantly blown away by this girl I had never seen before and thinking she has what it takes. We've seen her in numerous films since then, many accolades and awards have come her way including this year's Best Actress Oscar for "Black Swan". I believe she has the talent to sustain a prestigious career, and will only continue to excite and impress us.

V for Vendetta -2006


In this political thriller about justice and revenge, we first see Evey, played by Portman, walking through the streets of a future London, it's under martial law, and curfews are in effect. We instantly sense Evey's fear and intensity to get to her destination safely. Portman is able to capture us within the first few minutes of us seeing her. She is genuinely scared and we cannot only see it, but we can feel it. She meets V, a masked vigilante, when he saves her from some crooked police officers, and they strike up an unusual relationship. His mission is to show her the real world, and enlighten her mind to the ways of the British government and their fear mongering. Something that has always impressed me with this performance of Portman's is her character complete arc throughout the film. We see her journey from a woman terrified by almost everything to an all-out badass who fears nothing. I think a role like this could have easily been portrayed as cheesy, or over the top, but Portman has amazing control of Evey, and it's a real gem to watch. The most powerful scenes are when Evey is, in her mind, captured and being tortured. She's able to go through all of this pain and suffering, and all the while, never falters. It's a great performance, in a very well written film that should be seen by anybody and everybody.

Black Swan -2010


With this film and performance so fresh in our minds, it shouldn't be difficult for me to convince anyone that it's arguably one of the best female performances of the last decade. Portman completely transformed herself for this role, learned ballet, and the result was astounding. In typical Darren Aronofsky fashion, the film itself is mind-bending, intense, and fast moving. Portman shines as Nina, and she never fails to have us at the edge of our seats. The level of intensity that Portman is able to maintain is amazing, there's never really a down time, or break from the madness, and I loved it. The supporting performances were all great as well, but it was Portman's that drives this film. From the very beginning, Nina's fear about being perfect is palpable. We want her to succeed the entire time, and she's able to get us so invested in her journey that we are almost just as terrified to fail as she is. It's truly a brilliant performance, and Portman's dedication to her craft is very visible in this film. It'll most likely always stand on it's own as not only one of Aronofsky's best films, but as Portman's greatest performance. So far.

Up Next: Michael Caine


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The Greatest Living Actors and Their Performances: A Retrospective

Part: Seven

Tom Hanks


Tom Hanks is the all-American actor. He can make us laugh and cry. He's our best friend. Hanks has an amazing ability to portray the perfect un-perfect character. He's so good at what he does, that his characters' faults are actually perceived by us to be normal, and we can relate to them as if they're our own. Tom Hanks has always had a huge range in his repertoire. He's shown us funny and playful in films like "Big", "A League of Their Own", "You've Got Mail", and shown us dramatic, heart-wrenching turns in "Philadelphia", "Forrest Gump", and "Cast Away". In all of his many roles, no matter what genre, Hanks is believable, we never doubt him, and we never doubt that his talent is natural and un-calculated.

Big -1988


I'm sure I'm not going to write anything about a comic-classic like "Big" that someone else hasn't already, so I'll just talk about why it's one of my favorite Tom Hanks performances. Hanks plays Josh Baskin, a young kid from New York that wants nothing more than to be older. He gets his wish after he visits a mysterious genie machine at a carnival. Hanks plays the older version of Josh, and it's instantly funny to see Hanks portray a child. It's never contrived or campy; it's just honestly funny. The real treats of this film are in the little things. Just watching Hanks and his mannerisms is hilarious. All the classic scenes and small details are brilliant; from Josh trying the caviar, to jumping on the trampoline, to playing the foot piano at FAO Schwartz, they're all genuine and that of great comedy. "Big" will always be a classic, and it's just one of those films you can watch over and over without ever getting tired.

Cast Away -2000


Tom Hanks plays Chuck Noland, a fast-moving FedEx employee whose life is planned down to the second. He's a workaholic, and being driven by the time is his life. A wrench is thrown into his holiday plans with his girlfriend (played by Helen Hunt) when he has to get on a plane and go around the world for work. His plans are completely turned around when the plane crashes, and he as the lone survivor, washing up on a deserted island. What makes this performance of Hanks' so spectacular is that for 80% of the film, he is all-alone. One of the toughest things for any actor is being forced to act alone, when you take away other characters and outlets for communication, you are forced to covey them all yourself. Not many actors can do this successfully, but Hanks is not one of them. He has a tremendous talent, and his ability to convey all the emotions of a trapped man on an island is genius. It's intriguing; it's terrifying, and it's heart breaking watching him attempt to survive. As time progresses, the physical transformation Hanks performed was astonishing. After four years in movie time, seeing Hanks' new physique is just another great tool he uses to perfect his craft. I think his biggest achievement in this great performance was that he was able to establish a real friendship with none other than a volleyball. Wilson is a real character in "Cast Away" and for an actor to be able to bring an inanimate object to life like Hanks did with Wilson is an amazing accomplishment. When Wilson drifts away and Hanks yells for him, it's extremely emotional and heart-breaking, and I don't think any other actor could have done that as well has Tom Hanks. He is the all-American actor, and will always be Hollywood Royalty because of that.

Up Next: Natalie Portman


Elizabeth Taylor

1932-2011

The world lost a true screen icon today. Elizabeth Taylor passed away this morning after a long battle with congestive heart failure. Her contribution to film was tremendous, and she will always be missed. An unfailingly brilliant actress, and forever a legend. Rest in Peace.


The Greatest Living Actors and Their Performances: A Retrospective

Part: Six

Kate Winslet


Kate Winslet has quite an impressive resume at the age of 36. She accumulated 6 Academy Award nominations (and a win) by the age of 34. Why the quick success? I think it's due in large part to her role choices. She has often gone against the grain when choosing roles, and most of the time it has paid off. While she has done the more "typical" roles like "Sense and Sensibility", "Iris", and "Finding Neverland", it's her more eclectic roles that have garnered her such prestige and success. From "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" to "Little Children", Winslet has shown us amazing range and ability to embrace more unusual roles than her counterparts. Two of my absolute favorite Winslet performances are "Eternal Sunshine" and "Revolutionary Road" and those are the ones I'll discuss today.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -2004


Charlie Kaufman's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is nearly a perfect film. He has a knack for writing the most intriguing, original, and flawless screenplays, and this is a perfect example. The only thing that makes a beautifully written film better is brilliant performances, and that's exactly what we got from Kate Winslet in her role as Clementine. The film is about Joel (played by Jim Carrey) and Clementine who decide to have a procedure to erase their memories of each other after their relationship fails, but it's only after this happens that they re-discover through their loss what they had. Winslet brings this quirky character to life, she allows the audience to relate to her and feel her pain just as she does. She's funny and exudes this adventurous side that makes us urn for more of her. The chemistry between Carrey and Winslet is not thrown in our face, but it's actually developed throughout the film very naturally. The two actors bring completely different personas to the film that works beautifully. It's by far one of the most original love stories ever told, and Winslet shines as Clementine. It's definitely some of her best work to date.

Revolutionary Road -2008


Revolutionary Road became an instant American Drama Classic when it came out. It became a classic partly because of the brilliant writing of Richard Yates and partly because of the two powerhouse performances at its helm. Winslet plays April Wheeler, a wife and mother of two living the seemingly perfect life in a Connecticut suburb. April is nowhere near happy however. She needs more, she wants for nothing else than to have an exciting life. Winslet delivered a raw, emotional performance that was utterly heart breaking. We, as an audience, feel just as trapped in her life as she does, and just like her, there's nothing we can do. The exchanges between April and Frank (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) are full-on battle scenes. The fights are tremendous, and Winslet's scenery chewing performance makes the hair on your arms stand straight. This performance is arguably her best ever, and was inexcusably overlooked by AMPAS. It'll be hard for Winslet to better herself after a performance like this, but with the exceptional talent she possess, I believe it's very possible.

Up Next: Tom Hanks


The Greatest Living Actors and Their Performances: A Retrospective

Part: Five

Jack Nicholson


Here's Johnny! Jack Nicholson is a true screen legend. For decades, he's been a staple in the cinema and is constantly bringing us amazing performances. He's the Academy Award King with 3 wins and 12 nominations. His face is instantly recognizable to millions and his fierce wit is what made him who he is today. From slapstick comedy, to sweeping dramas, to terrifying horror films, there is nothing Nicholson can't do. With so many years of acting and such an array of different characters, anyone and everyone can relate to Nicholson one way or another, and that's what makes him such a treasure in the film industry. Even in his seventies, he's putting out great work, and we hope it continues for many more years.

As Good As It Gets -1997


Jack Nicholson plays Melvin Udall, a very peculiar man with many eccentricities. He's severely obsessive compulsive and lives his life by a strict code. Everything he knows is quickly shaken up when he is forced to care for his gay neighbor Simon (played by Greg Kinnear) and begins to fall in love with his waitress Carol (played by Helen Hunt). Nicholson's comic timing is a jewel in this film, and it's literally perfect. His facial expressions alone were Oscar worthy. Portraying such a hateful, mean character is in itself a tough endeavor, but making that same character loveable and funny at the same time is nearly impossible, but Nicholson did it without missing a beat. The exchanges between Nicholson, Hunt, and Kinnear are movie gold; they're funny, endearing, and executed brilliantly. In this comedy, directed by James L. Brooks, the performances are what drives it to success, and thanks to Jack Nicholson's amazing performance, it's now a comedy classic. Nicholson won his third Academy Award for this performance.

The Departed -2006


No one on Earth could have played the role of Frank Costello, Irish Mob Boss, better than Jack Nicholson. "The Departed", directed by Martin Scorsese is the story of two men on opposite sides of the law and both undercover spies in the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish Mafia. Frank Costello is a ruthless leader, and a truly terrifying man. Nicholson has always been able to give us his signature "larger than life" performances, and many of them have a tinge of "crazy" in them that we've come to admire, but Costello is different. Unlike his characters before, Nicholson as Costello is not only mean, scary, and eccentric, his crazy is understated. He exudes terror solely from a look or a gesture that is almost scarier than if he were to be over the top. Of course, he has his moments of loud, obnoxious rants, but for the most part, Nicholson played Costello very calmly and perfectly understated. Nicholson manages to not only be uncomfortably terrifying, but in all of his madness, he's actually funny. Only a master craftsman could pull that off, and that's exactly what Jack Nicholson is. It was a shock when he was overlooked by the Academy and not nominated. I think when critics and pundits look back at his career; this performance will be in most of their top 5 Nicholson performances.

Up Next: Kate Winslet


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3/21 - The Adjustment Bureau: Review

Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and Anthony Mackie
Written & Directed By: George Nolfi


The Adjustment Bureau, written and directed by George Nolfi based on the short story "Adjustment Team" by Philip K. Dick, is about how much one would be willing to sacrifice in the name of love. Matt Damon plays David Norris, a young, ambitious politician seeking election for a seat in the Senate. However, upon a short encounter with Elise (Emily Blunt), where they share a brief but meaningful kiss, David realizes his true love for Elise. The "adjusters" quickly notice the spark, and are determined to separate the two, because according to "the plan", their love was never meant to be. David, however, refuses to back down, and fights against his fate to be with the one he loves.

The two major genres of this film are sci-fi and romance. Usually having these two genres in the same film can be tricky, but for the most part I think they pulled it off. I went into this film with excitement and high expectations, but was somewhat disappointed by the finished product. The writing contained numerous plot holes and the overall flow of the film was off. I don't feel like I ever got a chance to relate to the characters to the extent I wanted to. I blame the writing for this huge miscue. Many things were not explained like the hats, the tunnels, or the actual "Adjustment Bureau" themselves. I don't like it when films leave so many unanswered questions for the audience. Throughout most of the film, all I wanted was some more explanations, some more elaboration and I never got it. I think the plot and story are so original and I was very intrigued to see it on the screen, but I was sadly disappointed.

The only thing that saved this movie from being borderline ridiculous were the exceptional performances from Matt Damon and Emily Blunt and the love story they shared. There are many poor films with excellent acting and this is one of them. The instant chemistry between Damon and Blunt is very believable, and we, as an audience, root for them the whole film. We can relate to them only so much from their great performances, but the poor writing is what keeps us from completely connecting. At the end of the day, The Adjustment Bureau is a descent film with major plot problems and terrific performances.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Oscar Contention: Art Direction, Sound, Sound Mixing


The Greatest Living Actors and Their Performances: A Retrospective

Part: Four

Cate Blanchett


Over the last 15 years, Cate Blanchett's name has become synonymous with "Great Acting". She has a tremendous talent to transform into character and constantly reinvent herself. Many film critics often compare her rise in Hollywood to that of Meryl Streep. I think Blanchett possesses similar talent to Streep's and I think she will have a very long and successful career. With a wide array of different characters under her belt, Blanchett still manages to surprise us with amazing performances. This year in particular, she has another interesting character in "Hanna" where she plays a ruthless intelligence operative. Even though Blanchett won her Academy Award for "The Aviator", I've decided to highlight two of my favorite Blanchett performances in "Bandits" and "Notes on a Scandal".

Bandits -2001


"Bandits" is the story of two escaped inmates turned bank robbers who fall in love with a woman, played by Blanchett. Kate Wheeler is a woman who is looking for the missing passion in her life. She's in an unhappy marriage, and the day she decides to leave, she finds herself in the middle of Joe and Terry's (played by Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thorton) robbery escapades. Blanchett plays the "quirky" character to perfection. She is so believable as Kate, that you are actually annoyed by her most of the film. (In a good way) She has this energy and thirst for life that make you root for her and the guys to succeed. The chemistry between these three is exceptional, and it's not often that a film can pull off a 3-person lead, but "Bandits" managed it very well. All in all, it's a light performance from Blanchett, but it's always stood out to me as one of her best. I can only hope that she'll have more like this in the future.

Notes on a Scandal -2006


Most people say this film belongs to Judi Dench, but I would disagree. Cate Blanchett's performance in "Notes" is by far one of her best in my opinion. I agree that Judi Dench was phenomenal in this film, but her counterpart was a huge part of its success. Blanchett plays Sheba Hart, a new art teacher who is having an affair with a student. Barbara, a fellow teacher who is interested in more than just friendship, befriends Sheba. Barbara discovers Sheba's affair and blackmails her with it. It's an intense, thrilling film with cutting dialogue and it's intriguing to watch these two powerhouse women battle it out, mentally and physically. I was so impressed with Blanchett's performance partly because it was so natural. No accents or costumes, we only see her, and it's brilliant. She's in an impossible situation most of the film, and we hate her and love her all at the same time. Blanchett pulls of a superb balancing act of "child predator" and "victim". It's rare that an actor can have their audience hate them and pity them all in a two-hour time frame. This film will stand the test of time I believe and its performances will always be among the best in history. Blanchett and Dench were both nominated for Oscars for their performances.

Up Next: Jack Nicholson


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The Greatest Living Actors and Their Performances: A Retrospective

Part: Three

Robert Duvall


America's premier actor, Robert Duvall has been a staple on the silver screen since 1962 when he made his movie debut in "To Kill a Mockingbird". Since then Duvall has put out brilliant performance after brilliant performance. His talent is unfailing, and his ability to portray the "All-American" man with such dignity and realism is astounding. In my humble opinion, he's the best there is when it comes to acting. He has amazing control over his characters and is so true to them without ever compromising the performance with flamboyancy or airs. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards and has won once for "Tender Mercies". Actors like him come once in a generation, and his legacy will be around for many, many years.

Lonesome Dove -1989


I know this wasn't a feature length film, but a miniseries, I still believe it to be one of the best performances by an actor in history. Robert Duvall's Gus McCrae is a good-ole boy from Lonesome Dove, Texas. He and his partner Woodrow F. Call decide to do a cattle drive up to Montana and make a name for themselves. This was such a sweeping, epic drama about life, love, betrayal, and heartbreak that it would have been easy for any one character or performance to be overlooked or just considered average. Only Duvall's performance really stood out. He brought his signature realism into this and is simply astonishing. You can instantly relate to Gus when we first meet him in Lonesome Dove. He's laid-back, easy going, and loving life. All thee while, we tend to forget that he's actually giving us a performance. It's hard to dislike an actor of his caliber, and in Lonesome Dove, he gave us one of his best characters of his career. Lonesome Dove was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards, winning 7 and 4 Golden Globe Awards, winning 2: Including Best Actor -Robert Duvall and Best Miniseries.

The Apostle -1997


Directed by, written by, and starring Robert Duvall. The Apostle is considered by many to be Duvall's finest work. (He received his 6th Academy Award Nomination for his performance) I would definitely put it in my top 3. Duvall plays Sonny, a Texas preacher who is a devout Christian, yet has some personal life challenges. Trouble comes to Sonny and he's forced to change his name and run across the border into Louisiana to start another life for himself. Without trying to sound redundant, Duvall's performance as Sonny is genius. This character is nearly everything that most of Duvall's characters are not. He's loud, obnoxious, and flamboyant. Throughout this film, however we are treated to glimpses of his characters true side, his love for life and the lord are apparent, and Duvall manages to balance this character's over the top tendencies with his usual, understated ways, and it works brilliantly. It's very rare that an actor can direct, write, and star in his own film and produce something this good. It's a tiny little film with one huge performance and will undoubtedly be a film where critics and film lovers alike will go to for years when they want to witness a truly great performance.

Up Next: Cate Blanchett


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The Greatest Living Actors and Their Performances: A Retrospective

Part: Two

Shirley MacLaine


I know this will sound cliche, but Shirley MacLaine is a true living legend. She has been in the business for over 50 years and is still going strong. She is practically Hollywood Royalty. Some of my favorite aspects of MacLaine's work other than her obvious talent are her comic ability and her consistency to always put out amazing work. Many of you will probably expect me to write about her Oscar winning performance in "Terms of Endearment" but I have decided to talk about two of my all-time favorite MacLaine performances in "Steel Magnolias" and "Postcards From the Edge".

Steel Magnolias -1989


This is an endearing film that many people still love to this day. It's hilarious and heart wrenching all at the same time. It was an all-star cast led by Julia Roberts and Sally Field, along with Olympia Dukakas, Dolly Parton, and Daryl Hannah. For me (and many others I suspect) the best part of the film was always Shirley MacLaine's brilliant portrayal of Ouiser Boudreaux. Ouiser is a mean old southern woman who likes to wear silly hats and grow vegetables in the ground because that's what southern women are supposed to do. Every time we see Ouiser, she's struggling in some way, whether it is from her attempting to control her enormous dog, or getting a routine lip wax, she's always bringing the comedy. With one glance from Ouiser, MacLaine has us all laughing, and that's all it took. MacLaine is just superb in this, and to this day, it remains a role that is still talked about and quoted from. The women in the film worked so well together, but it was MacLaine's comic talent and timing that made her performance stand alone.

Postcards From the Edge -1990


This comedy written by Carrie Fisher and directed by the incomparable Mike Nichols was based on Fisher's life and her struggles with addiction as well as her relationship with her famous mother Debbie Reynolds. MacLaine played Doris Mann, an aging actress and champion drinker. Mann's larger than life persona gave MacLaine all the fuel she needed to make this character absolutely hilarious and memorable. The complicated relationship between Doris and her daughter (played by Meryl Streep) feels so natural and real and just shows us the power and talent these two women have. The "staircase fight" scene is still a classic. With MacLaine at the top of the stairs and Streep at the foot, the scene takes on a "Mildred Pierce" feel and is so entertaining and above all hilarious. My favorite scene however, is near the end in the hospital. MacLaine completely de-glam, and the raw emotionally charged exchanges between her and Streep are so real as is the quick little song they sing. It brings a new meaning to "enjoy the little things". A huge part of enjoying MacLaine's performances are just that; enjoying the little things. From over the top, showy performances to understated, little mannerisms, MacLaine can do it all. Here's hoping this living legend gives us 50 more years.

Up Next: Robert Duvall


3/16-SXSW Winners

The SXSW Award Winners have been announced and can be seen Here


The Greatest Living Actors and Their Performances: A Retrospective

Part: One

Daniel Day-Lewis


Daniel Day-Lewis has been around for decades. He has always been very selective of his films and actually doesn't do many (at least by Hollywood standards), but when he does he never fails to put out some amazing work. He is the proud owner of two Academy Awards for his work in "My Left Foot" and "There Will Be Blood" (the latter is the second performance I will talk about). Day-Lewis has a command of the screen like no other actor working today. He's very technical and precise in his craft, and when he is on the screen he transforms into whatever role he needs. Out of my top 5 male actors, he is by far the most chameleon-like and that itself is a rarity these days.

Gangs of New York -2002


In Gangs, Daniel Day-Lewis plays Bill "The Butcher" Cutting; a notoriously gruesome man and the leader of the street gang the "Dead Rabbits". Day-Lewis has an unusual knack for portraying such gritty, badass characters and this is no different. As Bill the Butcher, Day-Lewis is simply terrifying. His acting transcends through the screen and you can feel his terror. With his glass eye, and greased hair Bill owns the Five Points of New York, and no one will touch him. Because of his immense talent, you never once see Daniel Day-Lewis in this role. From the beginning, he is Bill the Butcher and no one else. This film and his performance were sorely overlooked in 2002. He, along with the film garnered 10 Academy Award nominations and won Zero. I think with time, this film will withstand, and it will always be a seen as an achievement in cinema as will Daniel Day-Lewis' brilliant performance.

There Will Be Blood -2007


My second choice of film for Daniel Day-Lewis is "There Will Be Blood". I know I picked two films where he plays pretty ruthless, scary characters, but I don't care. In this film, Day-Lewis plays Daniel Plainview, a very strong-willed oil prospector who is hell bent on being successful and wealthy, no matter the personal cost. Yet another pristine command of the screen in TWBB, Day-Lewis is unbelievably captivating in every scene. Not only did Day-Lewis complete a transformation into the character, but his character makes a transformation of his own throughout the film into this crazed, money hungry monster. He alienates nearly everyone in his life from himself, and eventually leads to a shocking end that put this film in the history books for good. I think we're shocked by what we see from Day-Lewis in this film, but we also recognize that it's such an amazing talent that we can't look away. Performances like this one don't come along very often, but when they do, it's a treat for everyone.

"There Will Be Blood" was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and won 2, including Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.

Up Next: Shirley MacLaine


3/15- Starting Tonight!

Beginning tonight, I'll be working on a new ten-part series entitled The Greatest Living Actors and Their Performances: A Retrospective in which I will list my top five favorite men and women and talk about two of their best performances. I'll try to do one a day, but we'll see if I can keep that up or not. So, keep an eye out and I hope you all enjoy!

First Up: Daniel Day-Lewis


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3/9 -Year in Advance Predictions Complete!

I have completed my first official predictions for the 2011 Awards Season. Please check them out. Hope you all enjoy!


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