Archives for category: Critics’ Choice

I’ve been playing catch-up with my favorites to win awards in this busy month. Also for the moment, I don’t have a working television set and as a result, missed this year’s Critics’ Choice ceremony. I’ll have to take care of that before the next award show for this season. However, I thought I’d share who my favorite nominees were, just for a comparison to the winners. I was undecided on a few of these and hadn’t heard about or seen nominated movies and shows in some categories.

Movies

  • Picture: “Sully”
  • Actor: Tom Hanks – “Sully”
  • Actress: Natalie Portman – “Jackie”
  • Supporting Actor: Lucas Hedges – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Young Actor / Actress: Hailee Steinfeld – “The Edge of Seventeen”
  • Acting Ensemble: “Hidden Figures”
  • Director: ?
  • Original Screenplay: ?
  • Adapted Screenplay: “Sully”
  • Cinematography: “La La Land” or “Arrival”
  • Production Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Editing: “Sully”
  • Costume Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Hair & Makeup: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Visual Effects: “Arrival” or “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Animated Feature: “Finding Dory”
  • Action Movie: “Captain America: Civil War,” “Hacksaw Ridge” or “Jason Bourne”
  • Actor in an Action Movie: Matt Damon – “Jason Bourne”
  • Actress in an Action Movie: Scarlett Johansson – “Captain America: Civil War”
  • Comedy: “The Edge of Seventeen”
  • Actor in a Comedy: Viggo Mortensen – “Captain Fantastic”
  • Actress in a Comedy: Hailee Steinfeld – “The Edge of Seventeen”
  • Sci-Fi / Horror Movie: “Arrival”
  • Foreign Language Film: ?
  • Song: ?
  • Score: ?

TV

  • Actor in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot”
  • Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Tim Matheson – “Killing Reagan”
  • Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon – “Saturday Night Live”
  • Actress in a Drama Series: Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder”
  • Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Cynthia Nixon – “Killing Reagan”
  • Comedy Series: “Veep”
  • Drama Series: “Game of Thrones”
  • Guest Actor / Actress in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin – “Saturday Night Live”
  • Guest Actor / Actress in a Drama Series: Jeffrey Dean Morgan – “The Walking Dead”
  • Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: “Killing Reagan”
  • Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Kit Harington – “Game of Thrones”
  • Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: ?
  • Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Emilia Clarke – “Game of Thrones”
  • Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: ?
  • Animation Series: “The Simpsons”
  • Reality Show – Competition: ?
  • Reality Show Host: Anthony Bourdain – “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
  • Structured Reality Show: “Inside the Actors Studio”
  • Talk Show: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
  • Unstructured Reality Show: “Deadliest Catch”

So many great nominees once again. Congratulations to this year’s Critics’ Choice winners!

At this point, I’ve got some regular favorites spanning the nominations for various awards. The Critics’ Choice also brings back into it many others of which I’m a fan, but weren’t among SAG and Golden Globe nominees. Of those, I’m particularly excited for “Jurassic World,” my favorite summer blockbuster this year. In the TV categories, there are also some nominees I like from other award announcements, previous years, as well as those of which I recently became a fan. I started watching “The Middle” not too long ago and found it to be hilarious! Also, I don’t always have favorites in the reality TV genre. But as a fan of many actors and actresses, I enjoy catching episodes of “Inside the Actors Studio” and hearing their stories. Like my earlier lists, I’ll have to come back to update some categories I’m uncertain of at the moment. Once I learn more, I can add them as favorites among those I have so far.

Movies

  • Picture: “Brooklyn” or “The Revenant”
  • Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Revenant”
  • Actress: Saoirse Ronan – “Brooklyn”
  • Supporting Actor: Paul Dano – “Love & Mercy” or Mark Ruffalo – “Spotlight”
  • Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet – “Steve Jobs”
  • Young Actor / Actress: R.J. Cyler – “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” or Jacob Tremblay – “Room”
  • Acting Ensemble: “Spotlight” or “Trumbo”
  • Director: Alejandra G. Inarritu – “The Revenant” or Ridley Scott – “The Martian”
  • Original Screenplay: ?
  • Adapted Screenplay: “The Martian” or “Steve Jobs”
  • Cinematography: “The Martian” or “The Revenant”
  • Production Design: “The Martian”
  • Editing: “The Martian” or “The Revenant”
  • Costume Design: “Cinderella”
  • Hair & Makeup: “Mad Max: Fury Road” or “The Revenant”
  • Visual Effects: “Jurassic World” or “The Martian”
  • Animated Feature: “Inside Out” or “The Peanuts Movie”
  • Action Movie: “Furious 7” or “Jurassic World”
  • Actor in an Action Movie: Tom Cruise – “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” or Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road”
  • Actress in an Action Movie: Jennifer Lawrence – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” or Charlize Theron – “Mad Max: Fury Road”
  • Comedy: “Joy”
  • Actor in a Comedy: Robert De Niro – “The Intern”
  • Actress in a Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence – “Joy”
  • Sci-Fi / Horror Movie: “Jurassic World”
  • Foreign Language Film: ?
  • Documentary Feature: “He Named Me Malala”
  • Song: “See You Again” – “Furious 7”
  • Score: “The Revenant”

TV

  • Actor in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Actor in a Drama Series: Hugh Dancy – “Hannibal”
  • Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: ?
  • Actress in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Actress in a Drama Series: Viola Davis – “How To Get Away With Murder”
  • Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: ?
  • Comedy Series: ?
  • Drama Series: “Mr. Robot”
  • Guest Actor / Actress in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Guest Actor / Actress in a Drama Series: Marisa Tomei – “Empire”
  • Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: ?
  • Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Neil Flynn – “The Middle”
  • Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Rufus Sewell – “The Man in the High Castle” or Christian Slater – “Mr. Robot”
  • Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: ?
  • Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik – “The Big Bang Theory” or Eden Sher – “The Middle”
  • Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Hayden Panettiere – “Nashville”
  • Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: ?
  • Animation Series: “The Simpsons”
  • Reality Show – Competition: ?
  • Reality Show Host: James Lipton – “Inside the Actors Studio”
  • Structured Reality Show: “Inside the Actors Studio”
  • Talk Show: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
  • Unstructured Reality Show: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” or “Deadliest Catch”

Which nominees are you rooting for at the Critics’ Choice Awards?

Just a few more hours until the show airs where I’m at, in Eastern Time. There are a number of categories in which I’ve got multiple favorites. It’s difficult to narrow down to one, what with so many great nominees. Here they are:

  • Picture – “Boyhood,” “The Theory of Everything” or “Unbroken”
  • Actor – Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler” or Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
  • Actress – Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
  • Supporting Actor – Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
  • Supporting Actress – Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
  • Young Actor / Actress – Ellar Coltrane, “Boyhood” or Mackenzie Foy, “Interstellar”
  • Acting Ensemble – “Into the Woods”
  • Director – Angelina Jolie, “Unbroken” or Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
  • Original Screenplay – “Birdman” or “Nightcrawler”
  • Adapted Screenplay – “Unbroken” or “Wild”
  • Cinematography – “Interstellar”
  • Art Direction – “Interstellar” or “Into the Woods”
  • Editing – “Birdman” or “Boyhood”
  • Costume Design – “Into the Woods”
  • Hair & Makeup – “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
  • Visual Effects – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” or “Interstellar”
  • Animated Feature – “Big Hero 6”
  • Action Movie – “American Sniper”
  • Actor in an Action Movie – Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
  • Actress in an Action Movie – Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”
  • Comedy – “Birdman”
  • Actor in a Comedy – Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
  • Actress in a Comedy – Rose Byrne, “Neighbors”
  • Sci-Fi / Horror Movie – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” or “Interstellar”
  • Foreign Language Film – “Ida”
  • Documentary Feature – ?
  • Song – “Big Eyes” by Lana Del Ray or “Lost Stars” by Keira Knightley or “Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde
  • Score – Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

Which of these nominees do you think will win tonight?

Now that the Oscar nominations are out, I’m looking through the categories to pick my favorites to win. But I’m hoping to see some of the Best Picture nominees and movies in other categories before the show. Congrats to all of the Oscar nominees of 2015!

Congrats to this year’s Oscar nominees!  I’ll post my favorites for those awards shortly.  Here are my top picks to win at the Critics’ Choice Awards tonight.

  • Best Picture: “Gravity”
  • Actor: Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips”)
  • Actress: Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”)
  • Supporting Actor: Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”)
  • Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”)
  • Young Actor / Actress: Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”) or Sophie Nelisse (“The Book Thief”)
  • Acting Ensemble: “American Hustle”
  • Director: Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”)
  • Original Screenplay: Eric Singer & David O. Russell (“American Hustle”)
  • Adapted Screenplay: Bill Ray (“Captain Phillips”)
  • Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (“Gravity”)
  • Art Direction: “The Great Gatsby” or “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
  • Editing: “Gravity” or “Rush”
  • Costume Design: “The Great Gatsby” or “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
  • Makeup: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
  • Visual Effects: “Gravity” or “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
  • Animated Feature: “Frozen” or “The Croods”
  • Action Movie: “Rush”
  • Actor in an Action Movie: Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) or Robert Downey, Jr. (“Iron Man 3”)
  • Actress in an Action Movie: Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”)
  • Comedy: “This Is The End”
  • Actor in a Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street”)
  • Actress in a Comedy: Amy Adams (“American Hustle”)
  • Sci-Fi / Horror Movie: “The Conjuring” or “Gravity”
  • Foreign Language Film: “The Past”
  • Documentary: “Blackfish”
  • Song: “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Ray (“The Great Gatsby”)
  • Score: Steven Price (“Gravity”)

Which nominees are your favorites?  Any thoughts on the Oscar nominations announced this morning?

One award show down, several more to go with the Critics’ Choice next.  Now that all the award nominations are out, my next couple of posts will be my favorites for the SAG Awards and Oscars.  Until then, here are my Golden Globe favorites in film and television.  Check out all of the Golden Globe nominees via Yahoo! Movies.

  • Best Picture, Drama: “Lincoln”
  • Best Picture, Musical or Comedy: “Les Miserables”
  • Best Director: Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
  • Best Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln,” Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
  • Best Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty,” Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
  • Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
  • Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – “Django Unchained,” Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master” or Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
  • Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams – “The Master,” Sally Field – “Lincoln” or Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
  • Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”
  • Foreign Language Film: “Amour,” “A Royal Affair”
  • Best Animated Feature Film: “Brave”
  • Best Original Song: “Skyfall”
  • Best Original Score: “Anna Karenina,” “Lincoln”
  • Best TV Series, Drama: “Downton Abbey”
  • Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical: “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Best Miniseries or TV Movie: “Game Change,” “Political Animals”
  • Best Actor, TV Drama: Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire,” Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad” or Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”
  • Best Actress, TV Drama: Claire Danes – “Homeland”
  • Best Actor, TV Comedy or Musical: Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Best Actress, TV Comedy or Musical: Zooey Deschanel – “New Girl”
  • Best Actor, TV Movie or Mini-Series: Woody Harrelson – “Game Change,” Clive Owen – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
  • Best Actress, TV Movie or Mini-Series: Nicole Kidman – “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” Julianne Moore – “Game Change” or Sigourney Weaver – “Political Animals”
  • Best Supporting Actor: Ed Harris – “Game Change”
  • Best Supporting Actress: Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”

It’s time for the first two of my lists of favorite award season nominees and while I have decided choices in some categories, I’m unsure in others.  As far as my movie-related choices, they’re all based on a combination of buzz about them and my own particular tastes in movies and acting.  I’ve seen “Dark Shadows,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Prometheus,” “Brave,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “The Avengers” up to this point.  I have a lot of movie-going catching up to do and fairly quickly within award season.  Here are the categories in which I have at least one, if not more favorites for each award show.  For the categories in which I have multiple favorites, I’m listing my choices in order that they’re names appear on the award websites’ lists.  I’m including some of the People’s Choice Awards’ music categories as well.

People’s Choice Award Favorites

  • Movie: “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Movie Actor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Movie Actress: Anne Hathaway
  • Movie Icon: Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith or Meryl Streep
  • Action Movie: “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Action Movie Star: Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale
  • Face of Heroism: Anne Hathaway in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Kristen Stewart in “Snow White and the Huntsman”
  • Comedic Movie: “Dark Shadows”
  • Comedic Movie Actor: Channing Tatum
  • Comedic Movie Actress: Emily Blunt
  • Dramatic Movie: “Argo,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
  • Dramatic Movie Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Dramatic Movie Actress: Keira Knightley
  • Movie Franchise: “The Dark Knight” or “Spider-Man”
  • Movie Superhero: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Christian Bale as Batman
  • On-Screen Chemistry: Kristen / Chris in “Snow White and the Huntsman”
  • Movie Fan Following: Ringers for “The Lord of the Rings”
  • Network TV Comedy: “New Girl”
  • Network TV Drama: “Once Upon a Time”
  • Cable TV Comedy: “Hot In Cleveland”
  • Cable TV Drama: “Leverage”
  • Premium Cable TV Show: “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland”
  • TV Crime Drama: “Castle”
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show: “Once Upon a Time,” “Supernatural”
  • Comedic TV Actor: Jim Parsons
  • Comedic TV Actress: Zooey Deschanel
  • Dramatic TV Actor: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
  • Dramatic TV Actress: Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Daytime TV Host: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Good Morning America” or “The Today Show”
  • Late Night Talk Show Host: Conan O’Brien
  • TV Fan Following: Oncers for “Once Upon a Time”
  • New TV Drama: “Beauty & The Beast,” “Elementary”
  • Male Artist: Blake Shelton
  • Female Artist: all nominees in this category are my favorites to win (Adele, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, P!nk, Taylor Swift)
  • Pop Artist: Adele, Katy Perry or P!nk
  • R&B Artist: Alicia Keys
  • Band: Linkin Park
  • Country Artist: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift
  • Breakout Artist: Fun.
  • Song: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift or “We Are Young” by Fun., featuring Janelle Monae
  • Album: “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood, “Some Nights” by Fun.
  • Music Video: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Katy Perry’s “Part of Me”
  • Music Fan Following: Katy Perry KatyCats

Of the People’s Choice categories I didn’t list, there were some TV genres I don’t really watch and music genres of which I haven’t heard a lot this year.  Check out the People’s Choice Awards for the full nominee list.

Critics’ Choice Award Favorites

  • Best Picture: “Argo,” “Les Miserables” or “Lincoln”
  • Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
  • Actress: Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty,” Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
  • Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master,” Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
  • Supporting Actress: Amy Adams – “The Master,” Sally Field – “Lincoln” or Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
  • Young Actor / Actress: Kara Hayward – “Moonrise Kingdom,” Logan Lerman – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
  • Acting Ensemble: “Argo,” “Les Miserables,” “Lincoln” or “Moonrise Kingdom”
  • Director: Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
  • Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained,” Paul Thomas Anderson – “The Master” or Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – “Moonrise Kingdom”
  • Adapted Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
  • Cinematography: Danny Cohen – “Les Miserables,” Janusz Kaminski – “Lincoln”
  • Art Direction: “Anna Karenina,” “Les Miserables” or Lincoln
  • Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran – “Anna Karenina,” Paco Delgado – “Les Miserables” or Joanna Johnston – “Lincoln”
  • Makeup: “The Hobbit”
  • Visual Effects: “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Animated Feature: “Brave”
  • Action Movie: “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Actor in an Action Movie: Christian Bale – “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Actress in an Action Movie: Anne Hathaway – “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Comedy: “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Actor in a Comedy: Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Actress in a Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Sci-Fi / Horror Movie: “Prometheus”
  • Foreign Language Film: “Amour,” “A Royal Affair”
  • Documentary Feature: “Bully”
  • Song: “Skyfall”

I’m trying to decide my favorites for the editing and score; see the full list of Critics’ Choice nominees via the L.A. Times.  I also found this Gold Derby article interesting as it related the nominees of the Critics’ Choice to the Oscar nominations.  Now, I’m looking forward to finding out who will be nominated for the latter and am especially curious about the supporting actor category this year.

I hope everyone’s start to 2013 is going well!  With another new year, I’m looking forward to whatever amazing movies are on the way and to any older ones I see for the first time.  In either case, movie-watching brings about many new favorites to the list of those I already love.  I also still have to catch a few of the movies nominated for the upcoming award programs, the results of which I can’t wait!

My other three DVDs arrived in the mail a few days ago.  With “Moonrise Kingdom” among them, that will be the first I’ll see of nominated movies since the first of this season’s award news began.  According to IMDB, “Moonrise Kingdom” is up for Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe awards, among its many other successes listed.  Other definite favorites of mine to see, prior to the award programs airing, include:

  • “Lincoln”
  • “Les Miserables”
  • “Anna Karenina”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “The Master”
  • “Argo”

Two of the movies I’m most looking forward to so far in 2013 are:

  • “Oz: The Great and Powerful”
  • “The Great Gatsby”

Just between those two, their casts have so many of my favorite actors and actresses starring in them.  I also love the trailers for each that I’ve seen to this point.

What movies do you look forward to the most this year?