Zootopia Dominates 44th Annie Awards

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Disney’s Zootopia won big at the Annie Awards. The film, which uses a world entirely inhabited by anthropomorphic animals as a metaphor for systemic racism and, more specifically, the crack-c*caine epidemic of the 1980s, took six honors, including best animated feature.

It’s getting more difficult to predict anything other than Zootopia to take the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, though a strong campaign for Focus Features’ Kubo and the Two Strings could help it upset on Oscar night.

Check out the full list of winners at Deadline Hollywood.

Final Nominations Predictions for the 2016 Oscars

Dropping these now because an Oscar-predictions contest I’m participating in closes tomorrow night, and I’ll be getting off work just before the deadline – shout-out to Shane at Film Actually for holding the contest. And I may see John Lee Hancock’s The Founder tomorrow evening – essential watching for those of us predicting the Oscars 😉

Anyway, here we go. I wonder if enough voting members of the motion-picture academy saw this great little movie called La La Land before sending in their ballots. I hope it gets a nomination somewhere

My three “No Guts, No Glory” picks are…
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2016 Golden Globe Predictions

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

  1. Viola Davis for Fences
  2. Nicole Kidman for Lion
  3. Naomie Harris for Moonlight
  4. Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea
  5. Greta Gerwig for 20th Century Women

Next in Line???

  1. Molly Shannon for Other People
  2. Janelle Monáe for Hidden Figures
  3. Helen Mirren for Eye in the Sky
  4. Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

  1. Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
  2. Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water
  3. Michael Shannon for Nocturnal Animals
  4. Dev Patel for Lion
  5. Ralph Fiennes for A Bigger Splash

Next in Line???

  1. Kevin Costner for Hidden Figures
  2. Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea
  3. Simon Helberg for Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  1. Natalie Portman for Jackie
  2. Amy Adams for Arrival
  3. Isabelle Huppert for Elle
  4. Taraji P. Henson for Hidden Figures
  5. Ruth Negga for Loving

Next in Line???

  1. Amy Adams for Nocturnal Animals
  2. Emily Blunt for The Girl on the Train
  3. Jessica Chastain for Miss Sloane

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  1. Denzel Washington for Fences
  2. Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
  3. Tom Hanks for Sully
  4. Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge
  5. Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic

Next in Line???

  1. Andrew Garfield for Silence
  2. Michael Keaton for The Founder
  3. Joel Edgerton for Loving

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Lion
  4. Fences
  5. Hidden Figures

Next in Line???

  1. Silence
  2. Nocturnal Animals
  3. Hacksaw Ridge

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

  1. Emma Stone for La La Land
  2. Annette Bening for 20th Century Women
  3. Kate Beckinsale for Love and Friendship
  4. Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins
  5. Sally Field for Hello, My Name is Doris

Next in Line???

  1. Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen
  2. Susan Sarandon for The Meddler
  3. Renee Zellweger for Bridget Jones’ Baby

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

  1. Ryan Gosling for La La Land
  2. Warren Beatty for Rules Don’t Apply
  3. Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins
  4. Colin Farrell for The Lobster
  5. George Clooney for Hail, Caesar!
  1. Jonah Hill for War Dogs
  2. Don Cheadle for Miles Ahead
  3. Ryan Gosling for The Nice Guys
  4. Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool
  5. Russell Crowe for The Nice Guys

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

  1. La La Land
  2. 20th Century Women
  3. Love and Friendship
  4. Florence Foster Jenkins
  5. Rules Don’t Apply

Next in Line???

  1. The Lobster
  2. The Edge of Seventeen
  3. Sing Street
  4. The Nice Guys
  5. Deadpool

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  1. Zootopia
  2. Moana
  3. Kubo and the Two Strings
  4. Sing
  5. My Life as a Zucchini

Next in Line???

  1. The Secret Life of Pets
  2. Sausage Party

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

  1. Elle
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. Julieta
  4. The Handmaiden
  5. Aquarius

Next in Line???

  1. Neruda
  2. Afterimage

Best Director

  1. Damien Chazelle for La La Land
  2. Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
  3. Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge
  4. Tom Ford for Nocturnal Animals
  5. Denzel Washington for Fences

Next in Line???

  1. Martin Scorsese for Silence
  2. Clint Eastwood for Sully

Best Screenplay

  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Moonlight
  3. Fences
  4. Nocturnal Animals
  5. Arrival

Next in Line???

  1. La La Land
  2. Silence

Best Original Score

  1. Justin Hurwitz for La La Land
  2. Jóhann Jóhannsson for Arrival
  3. John Williams for The BFG
  4. Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda for Moana
  5. Alexandre Desplat for Florence Foster Jenkins

Next in Line???

  1. Nicolas Britell for Moonlight
  2. Mica Levy for Jackie
  3. Volker Bertlemann and Dustin O’Halloran for Lion

Best Original Song

  1. “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” for La La Land
  2. “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana
  3. “Runnin'” from Hidden Figures
  4. “The Rules Don’t Apply” from Rules Don’t Apply
  5. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from Trolls

Next in Line???

  1. “City of Stars” from La La Land
  2. “Go Now” from Sing Street
  3. “Faith” from Sing

2016 Oscar Picks: Nov. 27, 2016

For anyone who’s been looking forward to what I have to say about this awards season, I apologize for being out of the loop, save for an occasional tweet or slew of tweets. I hope to get more into blogging in the coming weeks, but for now, here’s a glimpse at my picks for the top eight Oscar categories. Am I completely out of it, or am I right on the money? Let me know!

Best Picture

  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Silence
  5. Fences
  6. Arrival
  7. Jackie
  8. Sully

If There Are More than 8…

  1. Lion
  2. Patriots Day

Best Director

  1. Damien Chazelle for La La Land
  2. Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
  3. Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
  4. Martin Scorsese for Silence
  5. Denis Villeneuve for Arrival

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  1. Emma Stone for La La Land
  2. Natalie Portman for Jackie
  3. Amy Adams for Arrival
  4. Annette Bening for 20th Century Women
  5. Isabelle Huppert for Elle

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  1. Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
  2. Denzel Washington for Fences
  3. Tom Hanks for Sully
  4. Ryan Gosling for La La Land
  5. Andrew Garfield for Silence

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Viola Davis for Fences
  2. Naomie Harris for Moonlight
  3. Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea
  4. Nicole Kidman for Lion
  5. Molly Shannon for Other People

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Liam Neeson for Silence
  2. Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
  3. Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea
  4. Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water
  5. Dev Patel for Lion

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Jackie
  4. La La Land
  5. The Lobster

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Silence
  2. Fences
  3. Arrival
  4. Love and Friendship
  5. Sully

Soundtrack Scene: Sia Says Hello to The Neon Demon

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In addition to her five Grammy nominations, alternative songstress-turned-pop chanteuse Sia has landed two Golden Globe nominations for songs she’s contributed to films. However, the motion-picture academy has yet to recognize her work. Will 2016 be the year that changes?

While the vocal powerhouse behind “Chandelier” and “Breathe Me” co-wrote “Try Everything” for Disney’s recent masterpiece Zootopia – no, it’s not too early to say that – something tells me that a song so poppy won’t impress AMPAS’ music branch – especially when the song failed to hit it big on pop radio.

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My First Post in Forever

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The last time I posted on the blog, the Oscar race looked something like this: Alicia Vikander’s dazzling performance in The Danish Girl was in category limbo, Steve Jobs still looked like an Oscar juggernaut, no one took The Martian seriously (happy days, indeed), and we had no idea what to expect from The Big Short. Which just goes to show you, quite a few things have changed since my last post.

To make a long story short, I started a new job in October. I’m enjoying the work… but it has taken up a large chunk of my time. Whatever time I do have, I spend with friends and family – often at the movies, of course. In other words, the blog has taken a backseat to everything else.

But I’m trying to find a balance. On that note, check out my updated personal picks for 2015.