April 3, 2021

SAG AWARDS 2021: ‘THE CROWN’, ‘TED LASSO’ AND ‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ TO WIN

Here are all the TV category predictions

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series


   BETTER CALL SAUL

   BRIDGERTON

   THE CROWN

   LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

   OZARK

The SAG-AFTRA love THE CROWN. They gave the ensemble a win for this last year, for a season that didn’t win too many awards otherwise. And the season in the running this year is an awards darling, so I’d be shocked if they award any other ensemble instead. Additionally, THE CROWN has already dominated the nominations in the individual actor categories, so there.


Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series

Gillian Anderson ■ THE CROWN
Olivia Colman ■ THE CROWN
Emma Corrin ■ THE CROWN
Julia Garner ■ OZARK
Laura Linney ■ OZARK

This is a tough one. I would have picked Emma Corrin, who’s won a lot for her turn as Lady Diana this awards cycle. However, with no supporting category, room had to be made for Gillian Anderson. And Anderson is a SAG-AFTRA favorite. She’s won twice before and has had six previous nominations in this category. So I think I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict her Iron Lady for the win.

 

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series

Jason Bateman ■ OZARK
Sterling K. Brown ■ THIS IS US
Josh O’Connor ■ THE CROWN
Bob Odenkirk ■ BETTER CALL SAUL
Regé-Jean Page ■ BRIDGERTON

I think Josh O’Connor’s winning this one. Brown and Bateman have already won. Odenkirk hasn’t been lucky here with SAUL, and Page—please! And O’Connor’s Charles has won him a bunch already this season, so this will be another.

 

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series


   DEAD TO ME

   THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

   THE GREAT

   SCHITT’S CREEK

   TED LASSO

SCHITT’S CREEK is winning this one. They have a four individual nominations among a total of 10. Now if that doesn’t indicate the ensemble win, I don’t know what does! Besides, the show’s swansong has been an awards favorite without a doubt.


Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series

Christina Applegate ■ DEAD TO ME
Linda Cardellini ■ DEAD TO ME
Kaley Cuoco ■ THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
Annie Murphy ■ SCHITT’S CREEK
Catherine O’Hara ■ SCHITT’S CREEK

This is Catherine O’Hara’s year. She’s been winning even where the show itself has been missing out, and I think this streak will continue for her farewell turn as Moira Rose.

 

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series

Nicholas Hoult ■ THE GREAT
Daniel Levy ■ SCHITT’S CREEK
Eugene Levy ■ SCHITT’S CREEK
Jason Sudeikis ■ TED LASSO
Ramy Youssef ■ RAMY

This one is between the Levys and Sudeikis. I might have gone for SCHITT’S, if there was only one Levy here. However, I think the show’s votes will get split in the process, and the equally strong contender from TED LASSO will be the winner.

 

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Tv Movie Or Limited Series

Cate Blanchett ■ MRS. AMERICA
Michaela Coel ■ I MAY DESTROY YOU
Nicole Kidman ■ THE UNDOING
Anna Taylor-Joy ■ THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
Kerry Washington ■ LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

Anna Taylor-Joy’s been enjoying her reign at one awards show after another. And this will continue at the SAGs. Michaela Coel could be the upset here though, since she’s been praised quite heavily and hasn’t had a major nomination until this one.

 

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Tv Movie Or Limited Series

Bill Camp ■ THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
Daveed Diggs ■ HAMILTON
Ethan Hawke ■ THE GOOD LORD BIRD
Hugh Grant ■ THE UNDOING
Mark Ruffalo ■ I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE

He’s won the Emmy and the Golden Globe for this, along with a couple of others. This is Mark Ruffalo’s category in this awards cycle. He’s winning this.

March 13, 2021

WATCH PRIYANKA CHOPRA AND NICK JONAS ANNOUNCE THE 2021 OSCAR NOMINATIONS

The nominations were announced by the couple in two batches. In case you missed it, you can watch it here. Scroll down for the complete list of nominees. 




ALL THE 93RD ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS


Best motion picture of the year

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Achievement in directing

Another Round | Thomas Vinterberg

Mank | David Fincher

Minari | Lee Isaac Chung

Nomadland | Chloé Zhao

Promising Young Woman | Emerald Fennell

 

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Viola Davis in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Andra Day in The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand in Nomadland

Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman

 

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins in The Father

Gary Oldman in Mank

Steven Yeun in Minari

 

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Maria Bakalova in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Glenn Close in Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman in The Father

Amanda Seyfried in Mank

Yuh-Jung Youn in Minari

 

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Sacha Baron Cohen in The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah

Leslie Odom, Jr. in One Night in Miami...

Paul Raci in Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield in Judas and the Black Messiah

 

Adapted screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan | Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad

The Father | Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Nomadland | Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao

One Night in Miami… | Screenplay by Kemp Powers

The White Tiger | Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani

 

Original screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah | Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King; Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas

Minari | Written by Lee Isaac Chung

Promising Young Woman | Written by Emerald Fennell

Sound of Metal | Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance

The Trial of the Chicago 7 | Written by Aaron Sorkin

 

Achievement in cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah | Sean Bobbitt

Mank | Erik Messerschmidt

News of the World | Dariusz Wolski

Nomadland | Joshua James Richards

The Trial of the Chicago 7 | Phedon Papamichael

 

Achievement in film editing

The Father | Yorgos Lamprinos

Nomadland | Chloé Zhao

Promising Young Woman | Frédéric Thoraval

Sound of Metal | Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

The Trial of the Chicago 7 | Alan Baumgarten

 

Achievement in costume design

Emma | Alexandra Byrne

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom | Ann Roth

Mank | Trish Summerville

Mulan | Bina Daigeler

Pinocchio | Massimo Cantini Parrini

 

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Emma | Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze

Hillbilly Elegy | Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle and Patricia Dehaney

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom | Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson

Mank | Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri and Colleen LaBaff

Pinocchio | Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli and Francesco Pegoretti

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Da 5 Bloods | Terence Blanchard

Mank | Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Minari | Emile Mosseri

News of the World | James Newton Howard

Soul | Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

‘Fight for you’ from Judas and the Black Messiah | Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

‘Hear my voice’ from The Trial of the Chicago 7 | Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite

‘Husavik’ from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga | Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson

‘Io sì (seen)’ from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se) | Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini

“Speak now” from One Night in Miami... | Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

 

Achievement in sound

Greyhound | Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders and David Wyman

Mank | Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin

News of the World | Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller and John Pritchett

Soul | Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker

Sound of Metal | Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

 

Achievement in production design

The Father | Production Design: Peter Francis; Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom | Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton

Mank | Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

News of the World | Production Design: David Crank; Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan

Tenet | Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas

 

Achievement in visual effects

Love and Monsters | Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox

The Midnight Sky | Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon and David Watkins

Mulan | Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury and Steve Ingram

The One and Only Ivan | Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez

Tenet | Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

 

Best animated feature film of the year

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

 

Best international feature film of the year

Another Round | Denmark

Better Days | Hong Kong

Collective | Romania

The Man Who Sold His Skin | Tunisia

Quo Vadis, Aida? | Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Best documentary feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Time

 

Best documentary short subject

Colette

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

 

Best animated short film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

 

Best live action short film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye


March 2, 2021

'SCHITT'S CREEK', 'THE CROWN' WIN BIG, A POSTHUMOUS WIN FOR CHADWICK BOSEMAN, AND OTHER MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 78TH GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

The major video conference call that the Golden Globes 2021 were actually turned out to be quite entertaining, even though things were rather low-key

 

A little more conventional than last year’s virtual Emmys, the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday actually had a stage, and a live audience—at the longstanding venue of the event, the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles—and a second one in New York! The bi-coastal hosting sounded a little bizarre, but proved to work out quite well. It may not have been Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s best turn as co-emcees of the event, given that they’ve been such a riot in the past, but considering the limitations this time, it wasn’t a disappointment. Somehow the show felt more crisp than previous editions, and even the secondary presentations, such as the address by the HFPA and the calls for raising funds for Feeding America, and so on, didn’t seem to take the focus away from the main event. Here were some of the biggest highlights of the first major awards of the season:

 

1. A terrific turnout

People in tuxes, in sweats, in pajamas—almost all the nominees were present, and seeing all their camera views together in the initial part of the telecast was probably even better than seeing them all physically present together at the venue. The LA venue itself was occupied by real stars, real heroes as the audience. It was a sweet gesture by the event organizers to invite first responders to have a fun evening.


 

2. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

They’re always a delight to watch, and it was nice to see them hosting again. Even thousands of miles apart, their banter and on-stage chemistry was exciting to watch. Their monologue was well-paced and to-the-point. A couple of their shout-outs were really funny, especially: “Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco are nominees tonight, which is huge for the ‘bazinga’ community!” Even their Globes-deprecating humor was hilarious, and the dissing of awards in general. “We all know that award shows are stupid,” said Fey. Poehler added, “They're all a scam invented by ‘Big Red Carpet’ to sell more carpet. We know that.”


 

3. Lovely acceptance speeches—SCHITT’S CREEK, TED LASSO, and for the late Chadwick Boseman

Jason Sudeikis, wearing his much talked-about hoodie, on winning lead actor comedy for TED LASSO seemed quite scattered, and fellow-nominee Don Cheadle gestured him to move it along. However, Sudeikis ended his with a sweet thought: “The best actor is the person you’re acting with,” acknowledging his fellow actors from the Apple TV show. Catherine O’Hara’s speech, on winning lead actress comedy was heartwarming. “They created an inspiring, funny, beautiful family love story, in which they let me wear a hundred wigs and speak like an alien,” she said, referencing her character Moira Rose’s quirks in SCHITT’S CREEK, and concluded, “To our family in lockdown … I hope it won’t take you six years to realize your greatest asset is who you manage to love!”



Mark Ruffalo, who won lead actor in a limited series for I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, spoke of how Mother Earth needs us now, and urged people to come together. “What connects us is far greater than what keeps us apart,” he said. The speeches by THE CROWN winners, Emma Corrin, Josh O’Connor and Gillian Anderson were all so enthusiastic and sweet as well, with fellow-nominee Olivia Colman cheering each one on.

 

The most heartbreaking speech though was by Taylor Simone Ledward Boseman, the wife of the late Chadwick Boseman, who accepted her husband’s win for lead actor in a motion picture, drama, for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. After the tearful thankyous, she concluded with, “…And I don’t have his words, but we have to take a moment to celebrate those we love. So thank you, HFPA, for this opportunity to do exactly that. And, hon, you keep ’em coming. Thank you.”


 

4. The best presentations—Ben Stiller during the lockdown, and nominees and their symptoms

Ben Stiller’s always been funny on an awards stage. Remember him as a blue ‘avatar’ at the Oscars many years ago? This time too, his content and delivery were hilarious. “It's hard to believe that it's been a full year since the last Golden Globes but like many of us I've used that time to really look inward and grow,” he said. “I've come to fully understand the nature of cryptocurrency. I read a book. I finally got around to dyeing my hair gray. And like so many other resilient Americans I learned to bake a delicious banana bread in the perfect form of a Golden Globe,” he concluded.



Another funny sketch was the one where actors spoke of symptoms they were experiencing, which real doctors and nurses diagnosed as fake conditions that they were suffering from as a result of films or TV from the lockdown year gone by. Lin Manuel Miranda, for instance, was experiencing ‘symptoms’ that have been going around in Canada for a while, which people in America have only caught in the last year or so. The doctor said it was SCHITT’S CREEK. Renée Elise Goldsberry, on the other hand, was feeling ‘hot and bothered’, which was diagnosed as the BRIDGERTON. But the funniest was Tina Fey, who was down with the ‘Thatcher’ for ‘involuntarily’ beginning to sound like Gillian Anderson’s Margaret Thatcher from THE CROWN.

 

5. Jane Fonda’s acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award

In one of the best lifetime achievement acceptance speeches I’ve heard, Jane Fonda was absolutely captivating as she took the stage, with her poise and her beautiful words, as she saluted all the work in film and television from the past year that moved her. She gracefully spoke about diversity in storytelling. She said that inclusion would only mean acknowledging what was true, and would give everyone’s story a chance to be seen and heard. She was engaging and charming, and ended on a high. “After all, art has always been not just in step with history, but has led the way. So, let's be leaders, okay?”



 


Despite limited scope for high-production, and a showbiz-led live audience who often impact the direction each presentation and speech takes, the 2021 Globes were not bad at all. It did seem a little rushed towards the end, after a relatively slow-paced first hour. But limiting the event to just about two hours worked in its favor. I would love to watch a big, live event with people physically present again. But if other awards (even the Oscars, were they to go the remote way) can give us something like the Globes did, I wouldn’t be too disappointed.