Saturday, January 20, 2018

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS 2018 – PREDICTIONS

While Kristen Bell prepares to take the stage as the first ever host of the SAG Awards, let’s take a look at the nominees, as I make my predictions

TELEVISION PREDICTIONS


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE CROWN
GAME OF THRONES
THE HANDMAID’S TALE
STRANGER THINGS
THIS IS US

Normally I would say that the Guild will repeat a STRANGER THINGS win, as they often tend to repeat winners. However, this year, THE HANDMAID’S TALE is extremely strong, and with fantastic performances by even the supporting cast. So I think that’s the ensemble that’ll win.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
BLACK-ISH
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
GLOW
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
VEEP

VEEP is still quite relevant talked about. Even though it’s quite possible that the Guild sticks with the ensemble that has won this for the last three years—ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK—I have a feeling they’ll finally award the stellar performances by the cast of VEEP.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, STRANGER THINGS
Claire Foy, THE CROWN
Laura Linney, OZARK
Elisabeth Moss, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Robin Wright, HOUSE OF CARDS

Elisabeth Moss, for sure! The SAG were not so generous to her during the MAD MEN days, but I don’t think they’ll be able to overlook her devastating performance as a handmaid.  

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, OZARK
Sterling K. Brown, THIS IS US
Peter Dinklage, GAME OF THRONES
David Harbour, STRANGER THINGS
Bob Odenkirk, BETTER CALL SAUL

This is a tough one. There can’t be a repeat winner here, since none of these roles have won before. Since last year’s winning role was a supporting role (John Lithgow for THE CROWN), I wouldn’t rule even Harbour out this year. Brown has a winning streak going, but he hasn’t won an Actor for THIS before. Still, I think the odds are in his favor. I think it’ll be Brown.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Alison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, GRACE AND FRANKIE
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VEEP
Lily Tomlin, GRACE AND FRANKIE

If this was the Globes, I would predict Alison Brie, but the SAG loves repeating winners, so I’m going with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I predict this because the buzz surrounding VEEP is still strong, while people have practically forgotten about ORANGE (Aduba has won this one twice before).  

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, BLACK-ISH
Aziz Ansari, MASTER OF NONE
Larry David, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
Sean Hayes, WILL & GRACE
William H. Macy, SHAMELESS
Marc Maron, GLOW

This category can go in any direction. One could say that Macy or Hayes could win, since they’ve both won multiple times before. David hasn’t won before, so he’s out. Ansari won the Globe, but he’s had bad press recently, so maybe he’s out too. Anderson could win, but I doubt it. Maron won’t. I think Hayes will win. He’s won thrice before for this role, and the SAG is probably just waiting to hand him more Actor statuettes for it (remember Alec Baldwin winning seven years straight?).

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laura Dern, BIG LITTLE LIES
Nicole Kidman, BIG LITTLE LIES
Jessica Lange, FEUD: BETTE & JOAN
Susan Sarandon, FEUD: BETTE & JOAN
Reese Witherspoon, BIG LITTLE LIES

The Emmy and the Golden Globe went to her, and the Actor will go to Nicole Kidman too. I don’t think anyone predicts otherwise.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch, SHERLOCK
Jeff Daniels, GODLESS
Robert De Niro, THE WIZARD OF LIES
Geoffrey Rush, GENIUS
Alexander Skarsgård, BIG LITTLE LIES

It’s their year. BIG LITTLE LIES will win here. Yes, even though Skarsgård has a supporting role.  


MOTION PICTURE PREDICTIONS

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Mudbound
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell, Battle Of The Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 2018 – ALL ABOUT THE WOMEN (IN BLACK)



The 75th Golden Globe Awards was far from a jubilee celebration. It was, in fact, quite low-key compared with previous editions of the show. Yes, it was fun and exciting, as ‘Hollywood’s biggest party’ often is, with table seating and booze flowing freely. However, from the word go, it was clear that they weren’t going to try and top the big musical opening of last year’s awards. Of course, it must’ve made a difference that there wasn’t any ‘Cinemascope’-worthy source material like last year’s La La Land. But none of that goes to say that host Seth Meyers was inadequate as emcee. He was in fact quite funny, and he did play well with the unfortunate source material he did have.

FOR THE WOMEN
The abuse in Hollywood informed Meyers’ turn as host, and he didn’t hold back when it came to calling people out on their disgusting behaviour. He even went so far as to say that in 20 years, when we see Harvey Weinstein in the ‘in memoriam’ section, he’ll end up being the first departed Hollywood personality to be booed. And people reacted. It was dark, but it was funny, and true, and Weinstein deserved every bit of being made into a nasty joke.

But everyone was aware that what’s been going on in Hollywood has been far worse than a nasty joke. And that’s why most of the attendees showed up in black, in support of the ‘Time’s up’ movement for the women. The support was overwhelming. While it’s good to see the most fashionable and timeless color in such abundance on the red carpet, it was also encouraging to see that people are not going to forget about this anytime soon. That a shift is taking place, and there will be change.

BY THE WOMEN
Meyers made digs at President Donald Trump too. He said that it had been implied that he had been somewhat responsible for Trump having run for president, by saying at some point that Trump wouldn’t be able to do it. Meyers went on, assuming that was true, and he just put it out there that Oprah wouldn’t be able to do it either. That went beyond reverse psychology when Oprah made an impassioned and powerful speech while accepting her Cecille B. DeMille award. It was deeply informed by the fact that she’s a woman, and a person of color. People would go on to call it her first campaign speech for 2020, and #Oprah2020 soon began trending. While people can speculate over whether she actually decides to run for president, and constantly hope that she does, all we can really do is wait and watch.

Meanwhile, material made by women won big. The Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon-produced BIG LITTLE LIES won four Globes, including best limited series. The Greta Gerwig directed Lady Bird won two awards, including best picture – musical or comedy. The Margaret Atwood-written story won two Globes, including best series – drama.

OF THE WOMEN
And that wasn’t the extent of it. The power of women was evident through all the big winners of the night. The best picture and series winners are all about women.

Best series – drama: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, a dark satire, portraying the disturbing and extreme disenfranchisement of women
Best series – comedy: THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, a story about a woman in the 50s who defies norms to do what makes her happy
Best limited series: BIG LITTLE LIES, about a group of women in a small town linked to each other by a secret that was a result of tragic abuse
Best motion picture – drama: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a story of a woman who holds local authorities accountable for not doing their job of solving her daughter’s murder
Best motion picture – musical or comedy: Lady Bird, a coming-of-age story of a teenage girl in Sacramento, California

Not only are all of these stories of women, there are some very strong and very relevant themes among them too.

If last year was all about proving that Hollywood isn’t ‘so white’, this year is certainly about proving that time is indeed up. It’s safe to say that this very necessary conversation will color the rest of this awards season as well. 

ALL THE WINNERS
Best Television Series, Drama
THE HANDMAID’S TALE
THIS IS US
THE CROWN
GAME OF THRONES
STRANGER THINGS

Best Television Series, Comedy
BLACK-ISH
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
MASTER OF NONE
SMILF
WILL & GRACE

Best Limited Series or Television Movie
BIG LITTLE LIES
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
FARGO
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL
THE SINNER

Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Movie
Nicole Kidman, BIG LITTLE LIES
Reese Witherspoon, BIG LITTLE LIES
Jessica Lange, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Susan Sarandon, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Jessica Biel, THE SINNER

Best Actor, Limited Series or Television Movie
Robert De Niro, THE WIZARD OF LIES
Kyle MacLachlan, TWIN PEAKS
Jude Law, THE YOUNG POPE
Ewan McGregor, FARGO
Geoffrey Rush, GENIUS

Best Actress, Television Series, Drama
Elisabeth Moss, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Claire Foy, THE CROWN
Katherine Langford, 13 REASONS WHY
Maggie Gyllenhaal, THE DEUCE
Caitriona Balfe, OUTLANDER

Best Actor, Television Series, Drama
Freddie Highmore, THE GOOD DOCTOR
Sterling K. Brown, THIS IS US
Bob Odenkirk, BETTER CALL SAUL
Jason Bateman, OZARK
Liev Schreiber, RAY DONOVAN

Best Actress, Television Series, Comedy
Pamela Adlon, BETTER THINGS
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
Issa Rae, INSECURE
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best Actor, Television Series, Comedy
Anthony Anderson, BLACK-ISH
Aziz Ansari, MASTER OF NONE
Kevin Bacon, I LOVE DICK
William H. Macy, SHAMELESS
Eric McCormack, WILL & GRACE

Best Supporting Actress, Television Series
Laura Dern, BIG LITTLE LIES
Ann Dowd, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Chrissy Metz, THIS IS US
Michelle Pfeiffer, THE WIZARD OF LIES
Shailene Woodley, BIG LITTLE LIES

Best Supporting Actor, Television Series
Christian Slater, MR. ROBOT
David Harbour, STRANGER THINGS
Alfred Molina, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Alexander Skarsgård, BIG LITTLE LIES
David Thewlis, FARGO

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Call Me by Your Name
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Tom Hanks, The Post
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Best Director, Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Post
Molly’s Game

Best Foreign-Language Motion Picture
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
Loveless
The Square

Best Animated Motion Picture
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Original Score, Motion Picture
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, The Post
Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
‘Home’, Ferdinand
‘Mighty River’, Mudboumd
‘Remember Me’, Coco
‘The Star’, The Star
‘This Is Me’, The Greatest Showman

Friday, January 05, 2018

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 2018: TELEVISION PREDICTIONS – 'THE HANDMAID'S TALE', 'BIG LITTLE LIES'

Will a new ‘queen’ be ‘crowned’? Will Netflix outdo HBO and FX? Will GAME OF THRONES finally win? Or will the HFPA go left-of-center with it all, as they often tend to do? Till we find out, here are my predictions… 



Best Television Series, Drama
THE HANDMAID’S TALE
THIS IS US
THE CROWN
GAME OF THRONES
STRANGER THINGS

This isn’t tough. Of course it’ll be THE HANDMAID’S TALE! Why? Because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) have been partial to new series in recent years. THE CROWN, currently reigning, was one of them, and it’s time for a new queen. As for the others, they’ve all been nominated before and haven’t won, so never mind them. Besides, THE HANDMAID’S TALE is that good. Personally, THE CROWN is my favorite of these, but I'm confident that the HANDMAID will be crowned this year.

Best Television Series, Comedy
BLACK-ISH
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
MASTER OF NONE
SMILF
WILL & GRACE

None of the last six winners (and beyond) have been nominated here. And the last five wins have gone to new series. WILL & GRACE has had 29 nominations in various categories, but never won. Maybe this will be the year the HFPA makes up for that. However, I think it’ll be THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL.

Best Limited Series or Television Movie
BIG LITTLE LIES
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
FARGO
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL
THE SINNER

BIG LITTLE LIES all the way! It's their year. And with all the recent buzz surrounding the miniseries and the confirmation of a second season, this one's pretty much a done deal.

Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Movie
Nicole Kidman, BIG LITTLE LIES
Reese Witherspoon, BIG LITTLE LIES
Jessica Lange, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Susan Sarandon, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Jessica Biel, THE SINNER

Again, this is the year of BIG LITTLE LIES. I’m sorry, Sarandon, Lange. And, sorry, Witherspoon; Kidman was better, ‘by a nose’ (get it?)! This is not where the HFPA will go left-of-center.

Best Actor, Limited Series or Television Movie
Robert De Niro, THE WIZARD OF LIES
Kyle MacLachlan, TWIN PEAKS
Jude Law, THE YOUNG POPE
Ewan McGregor, FARGO
Geoffrey Rush, GENIUS

This could be anyone’s! In recent years, there’s been no clear winner, except for Billy Bob Thornton for FARGO, in 2014. But he was exceptional. McGregor was good, but this season of FARGO was way off the mark, in my opinion, and I think he’ll suffer. Law has a slim chance, since the buzz surrounding THE YOUNG POPE has been way below expectations. On the other hand, TWIN PEAKS had a good run. And I think MacLachlan will be the one to benefit from that this year.

Best Actress, Television Series, Drama
Elisabeth Moss, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Claire Foy, THE CROWN
Katherine Langford, 13 REASONS WHY
Maggie Gyllenhaal, THE DEUCE
Caitriona Balfe, OUTLANDER

I think we can safely say that Moss’ performance has been exceptional enough for the HFPA to go with the obvious. She is the obvious choice, and with very good reason. Claire Foy would have won again this year, if Moss had not been in the running. Yes, there’s been no offbeat picking so far. But wait for it...the HFPA will go left-of-center. They will.   

Best Actor, Television Series, Drama
Freddie Highmore, THE GOOD DOCTOR
Sterling K. Brown, THIS IS US
Bob Odenkirk, BETTER CALL SAUL
Jason Bateman, OZARK
Liev Schreiber, RAY DONOVAN

Let’s just say last year, Billy Bob Thornton winning for GOLIATH was just as offbeat as the HFPA goes. This year, we have two usual suspects, who won’t win, because they never do – Odenkirk and Schreiber. Brown just lost out last year, so there’s a chance he could win. But then he won the Emmy, and is hence a popular choice, so maybe he won't. Highmore is so far a stretch, I don’t know how he even made it to the list. So I’m going to go with Bateman.

Best Actress, Television Series, Comedy
Pamela Adlon, BETTER THINGS
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
Issa Rae, INSECURE
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

This one’s really tough to predict. The HFPA have gone with unlikely candidates over many recent years, but this list is brand new. None of these roles have been nominated before, except for Rae’s. So we can safely say that she won’t win! (Sorry!) Besides that, it’s an open playing field, and I must admit, I haven’t seen any of these shows to even have an idea. Let me just put my finger on a rolling wheel here… And I got Brosnahan! Let’s just go with that.  

Best Actor, Television Series, Comedy
Anthony Anderson, BLACK-ISH
Aziz Ansari, MASTER OF NONE
Kevin Bacon, I LOVE DICK
William H. Macy, SHAMELESS
Eric McCormack, WILL & GRACE

I think the buzz for BLACK-ISH has come and gone, as is the case for MASTER OF NONE. SHAMELESS has sadly become that show that gets nominated for something or the other every year, but rarely ever wins. So it’s between McCormack and Bacon. The former has been nominated five times before for this role, and went home without a Globe each time. And I don’t think this year will be any different. Bacon winning for DICK will be one of their less predictable wins this year. But I’m predicting it anyway.   

Best Supporting Actress, Television Series
Laura Dern, BIG LITTLE LIES
Ann Dowd, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Chrissy Metz, THIS IS US
Michelle Pfeiffer, THE WIZARD OF LIES
Shailene Woodley, BIG LITTLE LIES

The HFPA have been quite left-of-center with this one too, sidelining popular favorites, except for maybe Maggie Smith or Jessica Lange in recent years. This time, it’s tough, since the Television Academy also went with the unobvious, making Ann Dowd an unlikely winner here. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it’ll be Michelle Pfeiffer!

Best Supporting Actor, Television Series
Christian Slater, MR. ROBOT
David Harbour, STRANGER THINGS
Alfred Molina, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Alexander Skarsgård, BIG LITTLE LIES
David Thewlis, FARGO

I think we can safely say that this will go to Skarsgård. He was scarily outstanding. He won his first Emmy for this role, and he’s going to take home his first Globe for it too.