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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

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.

Predictions for the 2014 Oscars

Best Picture

1. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

2. The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum)

3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)

4. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu)

5. The Theory of Everything (James Marsh)

6. Selma (Ava DuVernay)

7. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)

8. American Sniper (Clint Eastwood)

9. Gone Girl (David Fincher)

10. Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)
11. Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
12. Unbroken (Angelina Jolie)
13. Into the Woods (Rob Marshall)
14. Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée)
15. A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor)
16. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)
17. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
18. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh)

Best Director

1. Richard Linklater for Boyhood

2. Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman

3. Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel

4. Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

5. Clint Eastwood for American Sniper

6. Damien Chazelle for Whiplash
7. James Marsh for The Theory of Everything
8. Ava DuVernay for Selma
9. David Fincher for Gone Girl
10. Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

Best Actress in a Leading Role

1. Julianne Moore for Still Alice

2. Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything

3. Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl

4. Jennifer Aniston for Cake

5. Amy Adams for Big Eyes

6. Reese Witherspoon for Wild
7. Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night
8. Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Belle
9. Emily Blunt for Into the Woods
10. Hilary Swank for The Homesman

Best Actor in a Leading Role

1. Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

2. Michael Keaton for Birdman

3. Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game

4. Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler

5. David Oyelowo for Selma

6. Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel
7. Steve Carell for Foxcatcher
8. Bradley Cooper for American Sniper
9. Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner
10. Oscar Isaac for A Most Violent Year

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1. Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

2. Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game

3. Emma Stone for Birdman

4. Meryl Streep for Into the Woods

5. Rene Russo for Nightcrawler

6. Tilda Swinton for Snowpiercer
7. Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year
8. Laura Dern for Wild
9. Naomi Watts for St. Vincent
10. Imelda Staunton for Pride

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1. J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

2. Edward Norton for Birdman

3. Ethan Hawke for Boyhood

4. Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher

5. Charlie Cox for The Theory of Everything

6. Tom Wilkinson for Selma
7. Robert Duvall for The Judge
8. Christoph Waltz for Big Eyes
9. Josh Brolin for Inherent Vice
10. Miyavi for Unbroken

Best Film Editing

1. Sandra Adair for Boyhood

2. Tom Cross for Whiplash

3. Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione for Birdman

4. William Goldenberg for The Imitation Game

5. Barney Pilling for The Grand Budapest Hotel

6. John Gilroy for Nightcrawler
7. Joel Cox and Gary Roach for American Sniper
8. Kirk Baxter for Gone Girl
9. Spencer Averick for Selma
10. Jinx Godfrey for The Theory of Everything

Best Original Screenplay

1. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo for Birdman

2. Richard Linklater for Boyhood

3. Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness for The Grand Budapest Hotel

4. Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler

5. Paul Webb for Selma

6. E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman for Foxcatcher
7. J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year
8. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for The LEGO Movie
9. Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner
10. Pawel Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz for Ida

Best Adapted Screenplay

1. Graham Moore for The Imitation Game

2. Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything

3. Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl

4. Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

5. Jason Dean Hall for American Sniper

6. Nick Hornby for Wild
7. Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice
8. James Gunn and Nicole Perlman for Guardians of the Galaxy
9. Joon-ho Bong and Kelly Masterson for Snowpiercer
10. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson for Unbroken

Best Foreign Language Film

1. Ida (Poland)

2. Tangerines (Estonia)

3. Leviathan (Russia)

4. Timbuktu (Mauritania)

5. Wild Tales (Argentina)

6. Force Majeure (Sweden)
7. The Liberator (Venezuela)
8. Accused (Netherlands)
9. Corn Island (Georgia)

Best Cinematography

1. Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman

2. Roger Deakins for Unbroken

3. Robert D. Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel

4. Dick Pope for Mr. Turner

5. Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal for Ida

6. Bradford Young for Selma
7. Hoyte Van Hoytema for Interstellar
8. Óscar Faura for The Imitation Game
9. Benoît Delhomme for The Theory of Everything
10. Bruno Delbonnel for Big Eyes

Best Production Design

1. Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2. Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts for Mr. Turner

3. Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald for The Imitation Game

4. Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock for Into the Woods

5. Kevin Thompson and George DeTitta Jr. for Birdman

6. Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis, and Paul Healy for Interstellar
7. Rick Heinrichs and Shane Vieau for Big Eyes
8. Jon Hutman and Lisa Thompson for Unbroken
9. David Crank and Amy Wells for Inherent Vice
10. John Paul Kelly and Claire Nia Richards for The Theory of Everything

Best Sound Mixing

1. American Sniper

2. Guardians of the Galaxy

3. Birdman

4. Transformers: Age of Extinction

5. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

6. Into the Woods
7. Whiplash
8. Interstellar
9. Unbroken
10. The Imitation Game

Best Sound Editing

1. American Sniper

2. Guardians of the Galaxy

3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

4. Godzilla

5. Interstellar

6. Transformers: Age of Extinction
7. Fury
8. Birdman
9. Unbroken
10. Big Hero 6

Best Costume Design

1. Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2. Colleen Atwood for Into the Woods

3. Sammy Sheldon Differ for The Imitation Game

4. Jacqueline Durran for Mr. Turner

5. Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive for Maleficent

6. Mark Bridges for Inherent Vice
7. Steven Noble for The Theory of Everything
8. Ruth E. Carter for Selma
9. Colleen Atwood for Big Eyes
10. Bob Buck and Ann Maskrey for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Original Score

1. Jóhann Jóhannsson for The Theory of Everything

2. Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel

3. Alexandre Desplat for The Imitation Game

4. Hans Zimmer for Interstellar

5. Mica Levi for Under the Skin

6. Thomas Newman for The Judge
7. James Newton Howard for Maleficent
8. Alexandre Desplat for Unbroken
9. Marco Beltrami for The Homesman
10. Steven Price for Fury

Best Documentary Feature

1. CITIZENFOUR

2. Life Itself

3. Last Days in Vietnam

4. Keep On Keepin’ On

5. The Overnighters

6. Virunga
7. The Case Against 8
8. Finding Vivian Maier
9. The Tales of the Grim Sleeper
10. The Salt of the Earth

Also eligible: Citizen Koch, Jodorowsky’s Dune, The Internet’s Own Boy, The Kill Team, Art and Craft

Best Animated Feature Film

1. The LEGO Movie

2. Big Hero 6

3. How to Train Your Dragon 2

4. The Boxtrolls

5. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

6. The Book of Life
7. Song of the Sea
8. Cheatin
9. Rio 2
10. Giovanni’s Island

Also eligible: The Penguins of Madagascar, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Henry & Me, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants, The Hero of Color City, Planes: Fire & Rescue, The Pirate Fairy, Rocks in My Pockets, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

Best Visual Effects

1. Interstellar

2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

5. Godzilla

6. Transformers: Age of Extinction
7. Maleficent
8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past
10. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

2. The Theory of Everything

3. Foxcatcher

4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Maleficent
6. Noah
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Best Original Song

1. ”Glory” from Selma

2. “Lost Stars” from Begin Again

3. “Everything is AWESOME!!!” from The LEGO Movie

4. “I’m Not Going to Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

5. “Split the Difference” from Boyhood

6. “Mercy Is” from Noah
7. “Opportunity” from Annie
8. “Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
9. “Ryan’s Song” from Boyhood
10. “Big Eyes” from Big Eyes