Archives for category: People’s Choice

Now that my votes have been cast for most of these categories, I’m looking forward to seeing which nominees become the people’s choices. Undecided in a few cases, I’ll have to revisit the choices as the ceremony draws closer. But here are the nominees who have my vote so far:

Movies

  • Movie: “Captain America: Civil War”
  • Movie Actor: Tom Hanks
  • Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
  • Action Movie: “Captain America: Civil War”
  • Action Movie Actor: Chris Evans
  • Action Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
  • Animated Movie Voice: Ellen DeGeneres, “Finding Dory”
  • Comedic Movie: “Bad Moms”
  • Comedic Movie Actor: Chris Hemsworth
  • Comedic Movie Actress: Kristen Bell
  • Dramatic Movie: “Sully”
  • Dramatic Movie Actor: Tom Hanks
  • Dramatic Movie Actress: Amy Adams
  • Family Movie: “Finding Dory”
  • Thriller Movie: “The Conjuring 2,” “Nerve” or “The Shallows”
  • Movie Icon: Tom Hanks

TV

  • TV Show: “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Network TV Comedy: “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Comedic TV Actor: Jim Parsons
  • Comedic TV Actress: Kaley Cuoco
  • Network TV Drama: “How To Get Away With Murder”
  • Dramatic TV Actor: Terrence Howard
  • Dramatic TV Actress: Viola Davis
  • Cable TV Comedy: ?
  • Cable TV Drama: “Mr. Robot”
  • Cable TV Actor: Rami Malek
  • Cable TV Actress: Vera Farmiga
  • Premium Drama TV Show: “Homeland”
  • Premium Comedy TV Show: “Veep”
  • Premium Cable TV Actor: Kevin Spacey
  • Premium Cable TV Actress: Claire Danes
  • TV Crime Drama: ?
  • Crime Drama TV Actor: ?
  • Crime Drama TV Actress: ?
  • Network Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show: “Once Upon A Time,” “Supernatural” or “The Vampire Diaries”
  • Cable Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show: “Shadowhunters”
  • Premium Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show: “Game of Thrones”
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Actor: Ian Somerhalder
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Actress: Emilia Clark
  • Competition TV Show: ?
  • Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Daytime TV Hosting Team: Good Morning America
  • Late Night Talk Show Host: Conan O’Brien or Jimmy Fallon
  • Streaming Series: ?
  • Actor in a New TV Series: Kiefer Sutherland or Milo Ventimiglia
  • Actress in a New TV Series: Minnie Driver
  • Animated TV Show: “The Simpsons”
  • New TV Comedy: “The Great Indoors”
  • New TV Drama: “Designated Survivor”

Music

  • Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
  • Female Artist: Ariana Grande
  • Group: Coldplay
  • Breakout Artist: DNCE
  • Male Country Artist: Keith Urban
  • Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
  • Country Group: The Band Perry
  • Pop Artist: Ariana Grande
  • Hip Hop Artist: ?
  • R&B Artist: Rihanna or Usher
  • Album: “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande
  • Song: “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

Social Media

  • Social Media Celebrity: ?
  • Social Media Star: ?
  • YouTube Star: ?
  • Comedic Collaboration: SNL with Alec Baldwin as Trump and Kate McKinnon as Clinton
  • Digital Obsession: Facebook Live

Which of these entertainment nominees did you vote for this year?

The world of Marvel has several nominations for People’s Choice awards, with contenders among my favorites. So I thought I’d revisit this blockbuster sequel and share my thoughts on it.

As I awaited the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” into theaters, its predecessor frequently aired on TV. The group of Marvel superheroes had combined their efforts to battle Loki and an evil army in hopes to save New York City. The sequel finds the Avengers already mid-fight, powering through a snowy, wooded area. Each one is shown doing a part in their surge, until they come together for an awesome team-effort shot. Along the way, humorous lingo back and forth adds another element drawing a wider audience – the action fans and comedy fans alike.

Their battle in the forest leads them toward an imposing fortress with a path snaking to the top. Once inside, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) finds an all-too-familiar and unwelcome sight. He and his Avenger friends also encounter the powers of two new and mysterious siblings. Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), too fast for the eyes and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), with her possessed expression.

A party scene hints at romance between Natasha, a.k.a. Black Widow, (Scarlett Johansson) and Bruce (Mark Ruffalo). More humor follows as several Avengers try lifting the hammer of a casually-dressed Thor (Chris Hemsworth). But the fun is interrupted and the team is back in action when Ultron (James Spader) shows up. This is a form of Stark’s technology, intended as global protection, becoming a menace.

Assessing the damage and possible dangers ahead leads them to a shady character and, for me, a cool surprise to see (Andy Serkis)! Soon after, more battle action with amazing visuals, especially between Bruce-turned-Hulk and Iron Man. This element is fairly steady and well-paced throughout the movie between down-time scenes.

Chasing after Ultron through a city setting, Black Widow has an awesome sequence of motorcycle stunts! She doesn’t miss a beat as she’s coordinating with Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Captain America (Chris Evans). As the action plays out, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch make use of their powers once more.

Another new superpower arises in the caped Vision (Paul Bettany), coming with a surprising ability. I’m already wondering where this will go as the Marvel franchise continues. The additional faces in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” make for another great element, with spectacular visuals to show what they can do.

My favorite among these characters is Scarlet Witch, especially when she finds the strength within her to fight evil. She has a rather dramatic look whenever she appears and conjures up her cool supernatural talents. This brings about a changing point for her, in a way, just as the battles against Ultron heats up for an exciting close.

Who is my overall favorite Avenger? Thor, hands down. So I’m looking forward to the next installment in the movies centered on the God of Thunder. Several cast members from that franchise also appear briefly in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” including Idris Elba and Stellan Skarsgard. Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders return for this sequel, joined by Don Cheadle and Anthony Mackie as Marvel newcomers.

One more thing I like about this movie is the bonus content that comes with the DVD, covering the filming locations. I would especially love to visit the fortress that overlooked the Avengers’ opening battle scene!

Now that the nominations for several award programs have been announced, I began putting together my favorites. Starting with the People’s Choice, most of my votes are in for the categories in which I have a definitive top pick. It’s usually more difficult for me to choose a favorite actor, actress or show among those in TV and music. I may add a few in as the ceremony gets closer. Until then, here are the nominees I’m rooting for this year:

Movies

  • Movie: “Jurassic World”
  • Movie Actor: Chris Pratt or Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Movie Actress: Anne Hathaway or Meryl Streep
  • Action Movie: “Jurassic World” or “Furious 7”
  • Action Movie Actor: Chris Hemsworth
  • Action Movie Actress: Charlize Theron
  • Animated Movie Voice: Adam Sandler, Amy Poehler or Sandra Bullock
  • Comedic Movie: “Pitch Perfect 2”
  • Comedic Movie Actor: Robert De Niro
  • Comedic Movie Actress: Anna Kendrick
  • Dramatic Movie: “The Martian”
  • Dramatic Movie Actor: Matt Damon
  • Dramatic Movie Actress: Kate Winslet
  • Family Movie: “Cinderella” or “Hotel Transylvania 2”
  • Thriller Movie: “Poltergeist”

TV

  • TV Show: “The Big Bang Theory” or “Game of Thrones”
  • Network TV Comedy: “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Comedic TV Actor: Jim Parsons
  • Comedic TV Actress: Kaley Cuoco
  • Network TV Drama: “How To Get Away With Murder”
  • Dramatic TV Actor: ?
  • Dramatic TV Actress: Viola Davis
  • Cable TV Comedy: “Young & Hungry”
  • Cable TV Drama: ?
  • Cable TV Actor: Christian Slater
  • Cable TV Actress: ?
  • Premium Cable TV Show: “Homeland”
  • Premium Cable TV Actor: ?
  • Premium Cable TV Actress: Claire Danes
  • TV Crime Drama: NCIS
  • Crime Drama TV Actor: Mark Harmon
  • Crime Drama TV Actress: Mariska Hargitay
  • Network Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show: “Supernatural”
  • Cable Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show: “Game of Thrones”
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Actor: Jensen Ackles
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Actress: Emilia Clarke
  • Competition TV Show: ?
  • Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Daytime TV Hosting Team: “Good Morning America”
  • Late Night Talk Show Host: Conan O’Brien or Jimmy Fallon
  • Streaming Series: “The Mindy Project”
  • Actor in a New TV Series: ?
  • Actress in a New TV Series: Emma Roberts or Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Animated TV Show: “The Simpsons”
  • New TV Comedy: “Scream Queens”
  • New TV Drama: ?

Music

  • Male Artist: Luke Bryan
  • Female Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Group: Imagine Dragons
  • Breakout Artist: Halsey
  • Male Country Artist: ?
  • Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
  • Country Group: The Band Perry or Lady Antebellum
  • Pop Artist: Kelly Clarkson or Taylor Swift
  • Hip Hop Artist: ?
  • R&B Artist: Janet Jackson
  • Album: “Smoke + Mirrors” by Imagine Dragons
  • Song: “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift w/ Kendrick Lamar or “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
  • Music Icon: Paul McCartney

Social Media

  • Social Media Celebrity: Taylor Swift
  • Social Media Start: ?
  • Mobile Game: ?
  • Video Game: ?
  • YouTube Star: ?
  • DailyMail . com Seriously Popular Award: ?

It’s interesting that social media was added to the line-up of categories, since I’m very much into many such sites. That’s in part to my journalism studies. Other than the celebrity category, none of the nominees are familiar to me. No favorites in gaming; it just isn’t one of my hobbies.

Which nominees make your favorites list?

Another award season is on the way, bringing a new set of nominees from which to pick favorites to win. Starting with the People’s Choice, those nominated include many that I like this year and a few I’m undecided about for now.  I may update those categories as the ceremony gets closer.

 

Movies

  • Movie – “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
  • Movie Actor – Brad Pitt
  • Movie Actress – Jennifer Lawrence
  • Movie Duo – Shailene Woodley & Theo James, “Divergent”
  • Action Movie – “Divergent”
  • Action Movie Star – Chris Evans
  • Action Movie Actress – Jennifer Lawrence
  • Comedic Movie – “Neighbors”
  • Comedic Movie Actor – Seth Rogen
  • Comedic Movie Actress – Drew Barrymore
  • Dramatic Movie – “The Fault in Our Stars” or “If I Stay”
  • Dramatic Movie Actor – Ben Affleck or Matt Damon
  • Dramatic Movie Actress- Reese Witherspoon
  • Family Movie – “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
  • Thriller Movie – “Dracula Untold” or “Gone Girl”

 

TV

  • TV Show – “Game of Thrones”
  • Network TV Comedy – “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Comedic TV Actor – Jim Parsons
  • Comedic TV Actress – Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
  • Network TV Drama – “Downton Abbey”
  • Dramatic TV Actor – ?
  • Dramatic TV Actress – ?
  • Cable TV Comedy – “Young & Hungry”
  • Cable TV Drama – ?
  • Cable TV Actor – Sean Bean
  • Cable TV Actress – ?
  • TV Crime Drama – “The Mentalist”
  • Crime Drama TV Actor – Simon Baker
  • Crime Drama TV Actress – Robin Tunney
  • Network Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show – “Once Upon a Time”
  • Cable Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show – “Game of Thrones”
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Actor – Jared Padalecki or Jensen Ackles
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Actress – Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Competition TV Show – ?
  • Daytime TV Host / s – Ellen DeGeneres
  • Late Night Talk Show Hose – Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson or Jimmy Fallon
  • Dramedy – ?
  • TV Icon – Betty White
  • TV Duo – Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles, “Supernatural”
  • TV Character We Miss Most – Neal Cassidy, “Once Upon a Time”
  • Actor In New TV Series – ?
  • Actress In New TV Series – Tea Leoni or Viola Davis
  • Sketch Comedy TV Show – “Saturday Night Live”
  • Animated TV Show – “The Simpsons”
  • New TV Comedy – ?
  • New TV Drama – “How to Get Away with Murder” or “Madam Secretary”

 

Music

  • Male Artist – ?
  • Female Artist – Taylor Swift
  • Group – OneRepublic
  • Breakout Artist – Charli XCX
  • Male Country Artist – Tim McGraw
  • Female Country Artist – Carrie Underwood
  • Country Group – The Band Perry
  • Pop Artist – Taylor Swift
  • Hip-Hop Artist – ?
  • R&B Artist – Jennifer Hudson
  • Album – “Ghost Stories” by Coldplay
  • Song – “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

 

I’m looking forward to seeing how this award season goes and after recently seeing “Interstellar,” I wonder how it’ll do at the ceremonies held later on. I’ll be posting my thoughts about it next. Which People’s Choice nominees are among your favorites this year?

Award shows are starting up again and with that, so begins the annual blogging about my favorites to win.  Fans could only vote for one nominee per category on the People’s Choice website.  It’s hard to pick in some cases, because I have more than one favorite in acting, film and TV choices.  Also, I’m unsure about a few categories and am leaving those with question marks.  For example, I’ve never really watched any of the competition shows that are up for an award and can’t favor any particular one over the others.

Favorites in the movie categories

  • Movie: “Iron Man 3”
  • Movie Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Movie Actress: Sandra Bullock
  • Movie Duo: Sandra Bullock & George Clooney (“Gravity”)
  • Action Movie: “Iron Man 3”
  • Action Movie Star: Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Comedic Movie: ?
  • Comedic Movie Actor: James Franco
  • Comedic Movie Actress: Emma Watson
  • Dramatic Movie: “Gravity”
  • Dramatic Movie Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Hemsworth
  • Dramatic Movie Actress: Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams
  • Family Movie: “Oz: the Great and Powerful”
  • Horror Movie: “Carrie,” “The Conjuring”
  • Thriller Movie: “Now You See Me”

Favorites in the TV Categories

  • Network TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory
  • Comedic TV Actor: Jim Parsons
  • Comedic TV Actress: Zooey Deschanel
  • Network TV Drama: ?
  • Dramatic TV Actor: Kevin Bacon
  • Dramatic TV Actress: Julianna Margulies
  • Actor in a New TV Series: Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • Actress in a New TV Series: Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • TV Crime Drama: “The Mentalist”
  • Competition TV Show: ?
  • Cable TV Comedy: “Melissa & Joey”
  • Cable TV Drama: “Downton Abbey”
  • Premium Cable TV Show: “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland”
  • Cable TV Actress: Claire Danes
  • TV Anti-Hero: Walter White (“Breaking Bad”)
  • TV Bromance: Sam, Dean & Castiel (“Supernatural”)
  • TV Gal Pals: Caroline & Max (“2 Broke Girls”)
  • On-Screen Chemistry: Emma & Hook (“Once Upon A Time”)
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show: “Once Upon A Time,” “Supernatural”
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Actor: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Actress: Ginnifer Goodwin
  • TV Movie / Miniseries: “The White Queen”
  • Daytime TV Host / s: Ellen Degeneres
  • New Talk Show Host: Ross Mathews
  • Late Night Talk Show Host: Conan O’Brien
  • Streaming Series: ?
  • Series We Miss Most: “The Office”
  • New TV Comedy: ?
  • New TV Drama: “Dracula,” “Once Upon A Time In Wonderland,” “Reign,” “Sleepy Hollow” (equal favorites)

Even though my blog focuses on movies, I always find some favorite nominees in the arena of music for this award show.  Some were difficult to choose, since the main genre I listen to is classic rock.  However, there are a lot of newer and current artists I like, such as those listed below.  For categories such as favorite album, although I was familiar with the artists, I didn’t know any of the albums in entirety.  The same goes for this year’s work by the nominated Hip-Hop artists.  I also don’t consider myself a part of any fan following for that category’s nominees, even though there are songs I like among their hits.

Favorites in the music categories

  • Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
  • Female Artist: P!nk
  • Breakout Artist: Imagine Dragons
  • Pop Artist: Katy Perry
  • Country Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Country Music Icon: Alan Jackson
  • Hip-Hop Artist: ?
  • R&B Artist: Alicia Keys
  • Band: OneRepublic
  • Alternative Band: Imagine Dragons
  • Song: “Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk feat. Nate Ruess or

“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

  • Album: The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake
  • Music Video: “Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk feat. Nate Ruess
  • Music Fan Following: ?

Which People’s Choice nominees are among your favorites?

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.

These three 2011 movies, including summer blockbusters and an independent film were some of my birthday / Christmas presents this year.  Here are my thoughts on each.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011)

I went to see “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” at a theatre in King of Prussia, Pa. with my best friend and we both loved it.  Actually, anyone who I’ve heard talking about this movie has had nothing but great things to say about it.  In the days after I saw it, I began to see award-season buzz online about Andy Serkis and his motion-capture performance as the ape Caesar.  Now that the nominees have been announced for the Critics’ Choice, SAG and Golden Globes, it was great to see Serkis being nominated this year.  According to IMDB, the re-telling of an apes takeover has three Critics’ Choice award nominations.

“Midnight in Paris” (2011)

I first heard some talk about this on campus and with a storyline involving literature among the sites of Paris, I looked forward to seeing it.  The opening scenes are beautiful, filled with some of the city’s great architectural detail and overall views.  It definitely triggers a wanderlust to France.  Owen Wilson’s character, Gil, has this strong desire to do a very simple and leisurely activity while in Paris; keep watching to see if it works out for him.  According to IMDB, nominations for this enjoyable movie include the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes and Independent Spirit awards.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2” (2011)

Stunning special effects continue right to the end of Harry Potter’s adventures at Hogwarts with friends Hermione, Ron and others.  I missed this in the theatre only because I wasn’t quite caught up with the series at the time.  However, the final installment of the Harry Potter films was a must-see no matter what the format is.  Following a fade-out from the scene of the wand-wielding trio standing together, the ending gave a message of good wizardry continuing with a new generation.  This is nominated in four Critics’ Choice categories as well as other nominations at the People’s Choice and Grammy awards, according to IMDB.

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I’m looking forward to seeing how the award season goes for all of these.