The 76th Golden Globe Awards

The 76th Golden Globes were tonight. Like always I was very excited to see some great movies getting honored and some of the best stars of the year presenting and receiving awards, as well as one of the funniest people in Hollywood, Andy Samberg, hosting. There were some funny, heartfelt, and shocking moments. Here are the winners in the film categories:

Best Picture – Drama: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy: Green Book

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron – Roma

Best Actor – Drama: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actress – Drama: Glenn Close – The Wife

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy: Christian Bale – Vice

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy: Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Screenplay: Green Book

Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz – First Man

Best Original Song: “Shallow” from A Star is Born

Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Foreign Language Film: Roma (Mexico)

My thoughts on the ceremony this year were definitely… mixed. I definitely enjoyed some humorous moments from hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, like them mocking Lady Gaga’s mantra, but also some awkward moments in an overly attempt to make a statement about whitewashing and diversity, which is definitely important and there were some strong moments like Peter Farrelly’s wonderful Green Book speech. But overall some jokes felt forced or too scripted, like anyone could’ve done them when a man like Andy Samberg has such unique and memorable humor. Like I said, some moments to promote diversity/equality were touching but others felt a bit forced, and there was one awkward moment when Maya Rudolph “proposed” to Amy Poehler (who is another comedic genius of an actor in my eyes). One strong highlight was Jeff Bridges winning the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. Come on, who can disagree that the man is such a talented force on screen? I’m very thrilled that Justin Hurwitz has won his 2nd Original Score Golden Globe for First Man, an incredible film that should’ve been nominated for Best Drama over the winning one. I still have yet to see Vice and If Beale Street Could Talk, though I am a huge fan of Christian Bale. Olivia Colman also did so great as Queen Anne and I’m glad she won. I am also happy for the wins of Roma, a moving and deep passion project from the heart of Alfonso Cuaron, even though I would’ve preferred Bradley Cooper for Best Director. Speaking of which, despite winning Best Original Song, A Star is Born, the main film that got people talking this year, was completely shut out from the big categories. I was very disappointed that Lady Gaga did not win for her marvelous performance as Ally, and that Bradley Cooper lost both categories he was nominated in. Rami Malek did a terrific portrayal of a musical legend and brought Freddie to the screen so well, but Cooper and Gaga nearly brought tears to my eyes. After all the work Cooper put in front of and behind the screen, I want him to win at least one Oscar, and I hope Gaga has a chance too. After all, they’ve won at every awards ceremony except this one. I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody very much, especially being a Queen fan, and I loved the performances and musical scenes, and overall thought it was good. But with a sometimes cliche script and mixed reviews from critics, I’m so shocked it beat a fantastic film like A Star is Born. Even BlacKkKlansman, which sparked many important conversations and hit many right marks, deserved the award more. Mahershala Ali for Supporting Actor, and I’d be happy if he goes on to win his second Oscar in two years.

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The Oscars (90th Academy Awards)

The Oscars were this Sunday, and of course I made sure to tune in and watch it live! Jimmy Kimmel hosted for the second time in a row, and there were lots of surprises as memorable moments and winners. In case you missed it, here is the full list of winners:

Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Best Actor: Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Best Actress: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Best Original Screenplay: Get Out
Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best Original Score: The Shape of Water
Best Original Song: “Remember Me” (from Coco)
Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Best Film Editing: Dunkirk
Best Production Design: The Shape of Water
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour
Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Best Animated Short: Dear Basketball
Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk
Best Documentary Feature: Icarus
Best Documentary Short: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Best Live Action Short: The Silent Child
Best Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman (from Chile)

These are the winners of this year’s Oscars! Now I bet you’re all dying to find out my thoughts! Usually a write a paragraph or two beneath the winners list about my thoughts, but this time, I decided to try something different: a YouTube video! So, here is my latest video talking about my thoughts on the ceremony, I’d love if you all checked it out:

The 2018 Golden Slice Awards

Every year, I hold an Oscar-like awards ceremony to see what my Instagram followers’ favorite films of the year were. This year, I had many categories and many people who voted, so thank you to all my followers who participated. Usually I post the winners here, but this year I’m trying something new — a YouTube video! This is my first video in a long time, and it won’t be the last. If you want to find out the winners of this year’s Golden Slice Awards, please check out my video below, and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!

Nominations Announced for the 90th Academy Awards

It’s that time of year again, where the best films of the year get to shine and take home to golden statues! Today, the nominations were announced for the 90th Oscars. In case you haven’t heard who got nominated yet, here are the nominees (in bold is who I think will win):

Best Picture:
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director:
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Jordan Peele – Get Out

Best Actor:
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Actress:
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Best Supporting Actor:
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Best Original Screenplay:
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Molly’s Game

Best Cinematography:
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water

Best Visual Effects:
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Film Editing:
Baby Driver
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Sound Editing:
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Sound Mixing:
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Production Design:
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water

Best Original Score:
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Song:
“Mighty River” from Mudbound
“Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name
“Remember Me” from Coco
“Stand Up for Something” from Marshall
“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman

Best Costume Design:
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria and Abdul

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
Darkest Hour
Victoria and Abdul
I am overall pretty satisfied with these nominees, despite a few snubs. James Franco failed to get a Best Actor nomination although he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy. This was due to sexual harassment allegations that were made against him, and though I see why the Academy wouldn’t want to nominate him due to this, there isn’t anything we have to prove this was true, and though I won’t take sides on whether or not I think he did or didn’t do what he’s been accused of, his performance in The Disaster Artist was amazing nonetheless. I am disappointed that Armie Hammer for Call Me By Your Name and Jessica Chastain for Molly’s Game weren’t nominated but these acting lineups were very good nonetheless. Two great films that didn’t get nominated for Best Picture like I hoped were The Big Sick and I, Tonya, which I think deserved to be on there. I am surprised to see Woody Harrelson nominated for Best Supporting Actor but he deserves it. Martin McDonagh was not nominated for Best Director which is unfortunate considering his great work with Three Billboards. The Shape of Water nearly tied the all-time record and although I didn’t love it as much as most people, it deserved most its nominations but I think Dunkirk should win most of the technical categories. As for Best Picture, I do think Three Billboards will win this year. Not only did it win the top prizes at the Golden Globes and the SAG awards, but it’s a terrific movie and better than nearly all of what was nominated this year. Overall, despite a few positive/negative surprises, this year should be quite a great one for the biggest awards of the year! We’ll find out if our predictions were right on March 4!
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The 75th Golden Globe Awards

The 75th annual Golden Globes were tonight! As a big fan of cinema and of the awards, I of course was watching. There were definitely some big surprises, some good and some a little disappointing. However, I was mostly pleased by the winners of tonight. My in-depth thoughts are below the winners list. In case you didn’t catch them, here are the winners of tonight’s Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture – Drama: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy: Lady Bird

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

Best Actor – Drama: Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

Best Actress – Drama: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy: James Franco – The Disaster Artist

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy: Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney – I, Tonya

Best Screenplay: Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water

Best Original Song: “This is Me” – The Greatest Showman

Best Animated Feature: Coco

Best Foreign Language Film: In the Fade (Germany/France)

Before I talk about my thoughts on the winners, I’ll talk about the ceremony as a whole. First of all, Seth Meyers was a terrific host, and his opening monologue was absolutely entertaining and he had some hysterical remarks on Harvey Weinstein and many other topics. I’ve loved watching his show so I was glad when he was announced as host, and he definitely didn’t disappoint. He had me laughing throughout the whole time, and I would love to see him host next year. Another big moment for the awards was Oprah Winfrey winning the Cecil B. DeMille award, given every year to a celebrity whose lifetime achievements in their careers have been exceptional. With all the incredible show hosting, acting, and humanitarian work Oprah was achieved, as well as the joy she has given everyone (this was evident when multiple winners yelled her name as soon as they got on screen), I would say she has earned this award quite well. Now, I’d like to talk about a few great moments on the show. First of all, James Franco’s acceptance speech for an award he completely deserved. He won for playing Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, and he invited the real Wiseau on screen to accept it with him, which pleased many fans of the film like me. In an inspirational moment at the end of his speech, he thanked his brother Dave Franco (who starred alongside him in the film) and said he loves him more than anything and thanks his mother for giving Dave to him. As an older brother, this moment touched me deeply, and it was a beautiful moment between these two awesome brothers who have both come so far in showbusiness. Now, let’s talk about the winners. I have to say that these winners were quite deserving. There were some big surprises and only a few disappointed me. Alexandre Desplat won Best Score for his work in The Shape of Water, which I loved but I think Hans Zimmer should have won for Dunkirk. His music in that film was something else, on a new level of composing, like nearly all his scores. I saw him perform live a few months back and every one of his scores is something marvelous. I also think Christopher Nolan should have won Best Director, because Dunkirk was the film of his career with the praise it got, and it was his directing at his best. Nolan is my all-time favorite director and though Guillermo del Toro did a wonderful job with The Shape of Water, I would have loved to see Nolan win. One more disappointment was the song “This is Me” winning over “Remember Me” from Coco. I haven’t seen The Greatest Showman yet but I’ve heard the song that won and it isn’t that great, while “Remember Me” was something emotional that inspired and touched all viewers. That’s it for my negative shockers, now the rest of the winners I was very pleased with. James Franco for The Disaster Artist, Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird, Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour, and Allison Janney for I, Tonya were all well deserved in their amazing work. Although Lady Bird wasn’t my favorite of the nominees for Comedy (my favorite was Get Out), I think it was a well-deserved win because it was an exceptional directorial debut for Greta Gerwig and a great representation of youth in our country and had a terrific female lead. Now, the biggest shocker of them all definitely pleased me. Sally Hawkins was the frontrunner to win Best Actress and Willem Dafoe was predicted to win Supporting Actor but those wins ended up going to Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I think McDormand and Rockwell deserved their wins 100% as they were the best in their category. Martin McDonagh won the screenplay award for that film, which he completely deserved for his absolutely brilliant writing for the film. His career his been so impressive and his films are very overlooked, until now. The biggest surprise for us was that this movie ended up winning the biggest award of them all, Best Drama. I was expecting The Shape of Water to win because it had 7 nominations, or Dunkirk because of its grand prestige, but I am completely in favor of Three Billboards winning this award. Its themes about anger and grief, and its relevance because of the exposure of many rapists lately, makes it a worthy winner, and though I would have also loved Dunkirk to win, Three Billboards deserved it all the way and I recommend you check it out if you haven’t already. This awards ceremony was overall awesome and I hope you all enjoyed it too! If you have any opinions about the winners that agree or disagree with mine, let me know!

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The Oscars (89th Academy Awards)

Last night, the long-awaited 89th Oscars finally took place. There was some huge competition this year, despite some obvious winners, there were some surprises that I’ll get to later. Jimmy Kimmel did a great job hosting, and every joke he threw made me crack up. He was a fantastic choice to host the show. He poked at a lot of things, including his “rivalry” with Matt Damon and the president’s comments on the “overrated” Meryl Streep. We had great performances from John Legend, Auli’i Cravalho, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Justin Timberlake, and Sting. There were also some great segments including Jimmy Kimmel’s famous Mean Tweets, featuring stars from this year’s awards. Now, before I talk about the wins and awards, here are this year’s winners:

Best Picture: Moonlight
Best Director: Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Emma Stone – La La Land
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – Fences
Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Best Original Score: La La Land
Best Original Song: “City of Stars” (from La La Land)
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Production Design: La La Land
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Best Animated Short: Piper
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Best Sound Editing: Arrival
Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made in America
Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets
Best Live Action Short: Sing
Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman (from Iran)

I think that this year’s winners were mostly deserved. La La Land won 6 Oscars, the most of the night and I don’t think it won anything that it didn’t deserve. After some buzz that Denzel may make a surprise win for the third time, the award ended up going to the frontrunner, Casey Affleck. Affleck’s award was very well deserved for his brilliant work in Manchester by the Sea, which also won a well-deserving Original Screenplay award. I would have preferred Lucas Hedges or Dev Patel, but Mahershala Ali was also a great pick for Best Supporting Actor. One award I think was not well-deserved was Suicide Squad for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. I don’t think Suicide Squad is a good film at all, and even though it’s just the makeup/hairstyling category, I think the award should have gone to Star Trek Beyond. Another very well deserving win is for The Jungle Book, which brought some marvelous visual effects to the screen. Asghar Fahardi, the winner for Best Foreign Language Film for The Salesman (who also won this award five years ago for A Seperation), chose not to attend the Oscars in support of those from his nation and neighboring ones who have been affected by the recent immigration ban, which I believe was a brave thing for Fahardi to do.

Now, I’d like to talk about the biggest and most talked about event of the night, and that is the presentation of the Best Picture award. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came onstage to present the award, and after opening the envelope, and a long confused pause, Beatty gave the card to Dunaway, who announced that the winner was La La Land. After the crew came up to the stage, they started to make their speeches when people from backstage came up to tell the crew about the mistake. One of the producers of La La Land told the crowd that the wrong card was read and that Moonlight was the actual winner. According to Beatty, he had accidentally been given the Best Actress card to read from. This may be one of the biggest moments in Oscar history. I feel bad for the La La Land crew, having experienced a huge Oscar win only to lose it minutes later. However, I’m surprised by how humble everyone acted during this mix-up, even one of the La La Land producers said he’d be happy to give the award to Moonlight. Even after this, I think La La Land really deserved the award. Despite being a powerful and deep film, Moonlight was an exceptional movie but I think that La La Land had the true spirit, beauty, and perfection that deserved to win Best Picture. La La Land was my favorite film of the year and an incredible achievement that’s already a classic. It has been in the making for years, and it took Chazelle a long time to finally get the film picked up by a studio. It also took a lot of hard work, including shutting down a highway for the opening scene, tons of set buildings, and lessons for the singers, dancers, and instrument players for the film. Moonlight is an excellent movie that addresses realistic and heavy themes but I think La La Land is a much more universally acclaimed and viewed film. Honestly, I even think Manchester by the Sea deserves the award slightly more than Moonlight. I’m at least glad that Damien Chazelle won Best Director. I knew he was an exceptional filmmaker ever since I saw Whiplash over two years ago. He’s the youngest director to ever win that award, and without a doubt, he deserves such an honor. Despite this upset, it was a great night for La La Land, and I enjoyed watching the Oscars this year. At least it’s only an awards ceremony, and I guess we all learned that even the Academy can sometimes make mistakes.

What did you guys think about this year’s Oscars? Who deserved to win, and who didn’t? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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The 2017 Golden Slice Awards

The Oscars are coming up in two days, so over the past month, I held my own Oscar ceremony, the Golden Slice Awards. I’d like to thank my followers on Instagram for voting for these categories and determining these results. The nominees for the categories aren’t all the same as the Oscar nominees, as I also nominated popular films and performances on Instagram, as well as a few of my personal favorites that you guys also seemed to love. Many of these were close and nearly ties, but I was able to determine your favorites from each category. So without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s Golden Slice Awards:

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

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Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

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Best Editing: Arrival

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Best Scene: Vader Unleashed – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Best On-Screen Duo: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – La La Land

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Best Action: Hacksaw Ridge

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Best Animated Movie: Zootopia

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Best Superhero Movie: Deadpool

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Best Cinematography: La La Land

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Best Cast: Nocturnal Animals

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Best Character: Wade Wilson/Deadpool – Deadpool

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Best Score: La La Land

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Best Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea

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Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – Fences

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Best Director: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

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Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

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Best Actress: Emma Stone – La La Land

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Worst Picture: The Divergent Series: Allegiant

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Best Picture: La La Land

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Well, those are the winners you guys voted for to win this year’s Golden Slice Awards! Many of these winners were also nominated for the Oscars, so let’s see how these winners will do this Sunday! I had a blast holding these awards again, so thank you to everyone who voted and participated this year!