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  • Ahsan Haseeb 2:49 pm on January 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: awards season, , big hero 6, , , , fargo, , , , , Golden Globe Awards, , golden globes 2015, gone girl, , into the woods, jane the virgin, , , pride, , silicon valley, st vincent, the affair, , , , , the missing, the theory of everything, , true detective   

    72nd Golden Globe Awards 

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association® (HFPA) announced the winners of their 72nd annual Golden Globe awards on January 11, 2014 with such generic winners and some mild surprises. It was an okay year of filmmaking as compared to previous years but there were some absolutely amazing performances from the likes of Michael Keaton, Jake Gyllenhaal, J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore.

    Here are the surprises and shocks, followed by nomination snubs because it is important to include them.

    SURPRISE WINS

    1. Eddie Redmayne. That guy winning the Best Actor. My guess was either Steve Carell or Benedict Cumberbatch. Still rooting for them until the Oscars air.
    2. The Affair and Fargo winning the top honors in their respective categories. I wanted True Detective to win but I’m okay with Fargo as well. BUT BEST ACTOR SHOULD HAVE GONE TO MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY.
    3. Transparent winning the Best Comedy and Jeffrey Tambor winning the Best Actor. That’s amazing. People will finally check out that show now.

    That’s it. Those were the surprises. Like I said, HFPA announces generic winners every year. Nothing special.

    NOMINATION SNUBS

    1. Angelina Jolie’s UNBROKEN gets completely shut out. This is the biggest shock of all. Not even a single nomination, even the most anticipated one, i.e. Best Director. Poor Angie.
    2. INTERSTELLAR. Screw you, HFPA.
    3. AMERICAN SNIPER. No nominations for Clint Eastwood or Bradley Cooper. Thought so.
    4. MODERN FAMILY, THE BIG BANG THEORY, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, HOMELAND [glad it didn’t get nominated], BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE WALKING DEAD [this series is dead to HFPA, I’m sure of it now].
    5. HANNIBAL. Screw you again, HFPA.
    6. MR. TURNER? Timothy Spall? Nothing for him? Goddamit.
    7. MAD MEN. SONS OF ANARCHY. ????
    8. Not recognizing the underrated things like Ben Affleck in GONE GIRL; Bill Hader in THE SKELETON TWINS; Channing Tatum in FOXCATCHER; the musical film BEGIN AGAIN. Alrighty then.
    In short, HFPA is on drugs this year as well.
    9. Marion Cotillard for her role in TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT. She’s a favorite this year.
    10. Benedict Cumberbatch for SHERLOCK. He won an Emmy this year for his role. In your face, HFPA.
    11. WHERE IS INHERENT VICE’S BEST PICTURE NOMINATION??? PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON’S BEST DIRECTOR NOMINATION???

    NOMINATION SURPRISES and SHOCKS

    1. The biggest surprise is probably Wes Anderson’s Best Director nomination. I wasn’t expecting to see his name as the movie came out so many months ago but it’s nice to see critics haven’t forgotten THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.
    2. TRANSPARENT. Hands down, the biggest surprise in TV category.
    3. PRIDE and ST. VINCENT in Best Motion Picture nomination. Another big surprise. INHERENT VICE deserved to be here though.
    4. Jennifer Aniston in Best Actress in a Motion Picture nomination. She’s back in the game. I want either Julianne or Rosamund to win the awards though. Both of them were so good.
    5. Quvenzhane Wallis. WHAT THE HELL?
    6. Ava Duvernay. First black female director to ever get a Golden Globe nomination. Major success.
    7. THE AFFAIR. Securing 3 big nominations with its first season.
    8. JANE THE VIRGIN? Really???
    9. THE MISSING and GAME OF THRONES securing their nominations. Great.

    Here is the complete list of winners along with nominations:

    FILM

    BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:
    WINNER: “Boyhood”
    “Foxcatcher”
    “The Imitation Game”
    “Selma”
    “The Theory of Everything”

    BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:
    Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
    Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
    Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
    David Oyelowo, “Selma”
    WINNER: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:
    Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
    Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
    WINNER: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
    Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
    Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

    BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
    “Birdman”
    WINNER: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    “Into the Woods”
    “Pride”
    “St. Vincent”

    BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
    Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    WINNER: Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
    Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
    Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
    Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    WINNER: Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
    Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
    Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
    Julianne Moore, “Maps to the Stars”
    Quvenzhane Wallis, “Annie”

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE:
    Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
    Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
    Edward Norton, “Birdman”
    Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
    WINNER: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE:
    WINNER: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
    Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
    Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
    Emma Stone, “Birdman”
    Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

    BEST DIRECTOR:
    Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    Ava Duvernay, “Selma”
    David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
    WINNER: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

    BEST SCREENPLAY:
    WINNER: “Birdman”
    “Boyhood”
    “Gone Girl”
    “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    “The Imitation Game”

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
    “Big Hero 6”
    “The Book of Life”
    “The Boxtrolls”
    WINNER: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
    “The Lego Movie”

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
    “Birdman”
    “Gone Girl”
    “The Imitation Game”
    “Interstellar”
    WINNER: “The Theory of Everything”

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
    “Big Eyes” from “Big Eyes” (Lana Del Ray)
    WINNER: “Glory” from “Selma” (John Legend, COmmon)
    “Mercy Is” from “Noah” (Patty Smith, Lenny kaye)
    “Opportunity” from “Annie”
    “Yellow Flicker Beat” from “The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 1” (Lorde)

    TELEVISION

    BEST SERIES, DRAMA:
    WINNER: “The Affair”
    “Downton Abbey”
    “Game of Thrones”
    “The Good Wife”
    “House of Cards”

    BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA:
    Clive Owen, “The Knick”
    Liev Schrieber, “Ray Donovan”
    WINNER: Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
    James Spader, “The Blacklist”
    Dominic West, “The Affair”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA:
    Claire Danes, “Homeland”
    Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
    Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
    WINNER: Ruth Wilson, “The Affair”
    Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

    BEST SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
    “Girls”
    “Jane the Virgin”
    “Orange is the New Black”
    “Silicon Valley”
    WINNER: “Transparent”

    BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
    Louis C.K., “Louie”
    Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
    Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
    William H. Macy, “Shameless”
    WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
    Lena Dunham, “Girls”
    Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
    WINNER: Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
    Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

    BEST MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM:
    WINNER: “Fargo”
    “The Missing”
    “The Normal Heart”
    “Olive Kitteridge”
    “True Detective”

    BEST ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM:
    Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
    Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
    Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
    Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
    WINNER: Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM:
    WINNER: Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honourable Woman”
    Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
    Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
    Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
    Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM:
    WINNER: Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
    Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
    Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
    Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
    Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM:
    Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
    Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
    WINNER: Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
    Allison Janney, “Mom”
    Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”

     
  • Ahsan Haseeb 4:18 am on January 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 

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    So… The 70th Golden Globe Awards wait is over! The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced the winners on January 13th, 2012.

    Ben Affleck won the Best Director award for his political thriller ARGO which also won the Best Picture award. THIS IS SO AMAZING! More like a “IN YOUR FACE” moment for the Academy, they shouldn’t have snubbed Affleck out.

    Acting wins were predictable, to some extent. I knew Daniel Day-Lewis would win – hey, everyone knew that he would win! I’m happy to see Christoph Waltz winning the Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained, best wishes to him for repeating it in the Oscars as well. Hugh Jackman gets the Globe for his performance in Les Misérables, my first guess was Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook, followed by Jackman for the musical. Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence win it. Predictable, very predictable.

    Quentin Tarantino won the Best Screenplay for DJANGO UNCHAINED, and I am thinking the same would happen in the Oscars, because he really deserves that. Django’s screenplay is excellent.

    Some of the wins are surprising such as Best Animated Feature Film, BRAVE doesn’t always win an award but when it does, it makes sure that it wins big. Another surprise is Don Cheadle’s win in Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Comedy or Musical, I wasn’t expecting it at all.

    Homeland and Girls win in their respective categories. Homeland’s cast Damian Lewis and Claire Danes gets the acting awards. I’m so glad to see Lena Dunham winning for the Best Actress in a TV series – Comedy or Musical.

    Additionally, I knew that GAME CHANGE would win the Best Miniseries award, and the acting awards for its actors also.

    Here is the complete list of winners along with the nominations:

    MOVIES:

    BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:

    • Winner: Argo
    • Django Unchained
    • Life of Pi
    • Lincoln
    • Zero Dark Thirty

    BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY:

    • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    • Winner: Les Misérables
    • Moonrise Kingdom
    • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
    • Silver Linings Playbook

    BEST DIRECTOR:

    • Winner: Ben Affleck (Argo)
    • Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
    • Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
    • Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
    • Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

    BEST ACTOR (DRAMA):

    • Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
    • Richard Gere (Arbitrage)
    • John Hawkes (The Sessions)
    • Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
    • Denzel Washington (Flight)

    BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA):

    • Winner: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
    • Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
    • Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)
    • Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
    • Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)

    BEST ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY):

    • Jack Black (Bernie)
    • Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
    • Winner: Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
    • Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)
    • Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson)

    BEST ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY):

    • Emily Blunt (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)
    • Judy Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
    • Winner: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
    • Maggie Smith (Quartet)
    • Meryl Streep (Hope Springs)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

    • Alan Arkin (Argo)
    • Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
    • Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
    • Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
    • Winner: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

    • Amy Adams (The Master)
    • Sally Field (Lincoln)
    • Winner: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
    • Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
    • Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)

    BEST SCREENPLAY:

    • Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
    • Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
    • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
    • Winner: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
    • Chris Terrio (Argo)

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

    • Winner: Brave
    • Frankenweenie
    • Rise of the Guardians
    • Wreck-It Ralph
    • Hotel Transylvania

    BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

    • Winner: Amour
    • A Royal Affair
    • The Untouchables
    • Kon-Tiki
    • Rust and Bone

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

    • Winner: Mychael Danna (Life of Pi)
    • Alexandre Desplat (Argo)
    • Dario Marianelli (Anna Karenina)
    • Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil (Cloud Atlas)
    • John Williams (Lincoln)

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

    • For You by Keith Urban (Act of Valor)
    • Not Running Anymore by Jon Bon Jovi (Stand Up Guys)
    • Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift (The Hunger Games)
    • Winner: Skyfall by Adele (Skyfall)
    • Suddenly by Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)

    MOST NOMINATIONS: LINCOLN (7)

    MOST WINS: LES MISÉRABLES (3)

    TELEVISION:

    BEST TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA):

    • Breaking Bad
    • Boardwalk Empire
    • Downton Abbey
    • Winner: Homeland
    • The Newsroom

    BEST TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

    • The Big Bang Theory
    • Episodes
    • Winner: Girls
    • Modern Family
    • Smash

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES  (DRAMA):

    • Steve Buscemi (Bowardwalk Empire)
    • Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
    • Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
    • Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
    • Winner: Damian Lewis (Homeland)

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA):

    • Connie Britton (Nashville)
    • Glenn Close (Damages)
    • Winner: Claire Danes (Homeland)
    • Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
    • Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife)

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

    • Winner: Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
    • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
    • Louis C.K. (Louie)
    • Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
    • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

    • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl)
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
    • Winner: Lena Dunham (Girls)
    • Tina Fey (30 Rock)
    • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

    BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

    • Winner: Game Change
    • The Girl
    • Hatfields & McCoys
    • The Hour
    • Political Animals

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

    • Winner: Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys)
    • Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
    • Woody Harrelson (Game Change)
    • Toby Jones (The Girl)
    • Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gelhorn)

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

    • Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gelhorn)
    • Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum)
    • Sienna Miller (The Girl)
    • Winner: Julianne Moore (Game Change)
    • Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals)

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES, OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

    • Max Greenfield (New Girl)
    • Winner: Ed Harris (Game Change)
    • Danny Houston (Magic City)
    • Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
    • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES, OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

    • Hayden Panetierre (Nashville)
    • Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
    • Sarah Paulson (Game Change)
    • Winner: Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
    • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)

    MOST NOMINATIONS: GAME CHANGE (5)

    MOST WINS: GAME CHANGE (3); HOMELAND (3)

     
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