SAG Noms!!

The SAG nominations were released this morning and I find myself a little torn on the choices. First off, Judy Greer and Regina King needed to chill out with the giggles, this is award season. We get it, Modern Family was nominated for 5 awards, you don’t need to jump up and down every time you say it. With that being said, I don’t waste my time with the TV awards because I have no idea who most of the nominees are, and I also have no idea what most of those shows are so let’s take a look at the Best Actor/Actress in a leading role:

Best Actor

Demian Bichir, A Better Life

This was a bit of a shocker to me. I have heard some buzz about this film but not enough to really catch my attention. A Better Life is about an illegal Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles struggling to make ends meet for himself and his teenage son. This film came out over the summer and has gotten stellar reviews, so we’ll see if Bichir can carry this momentum to the Oscars. I doubt it, however, because the one actor left of this list, Michael Fassbender, is a shoe-in for an Oscar nom for Shame.

George Clooney, The Descendants

George Clooney here is a no brainer. He is my pick to not only get nominated for an Oscar, but to also take the award home. The only thing I am dreading is Clooneys acceptance speech, which I’m sure will be eerily similar to the one he gave at the end of Ides Of March.

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

When this movie was first announced about a year ago, I just assumed that Leo would be a lock for finally winning an Oscar. After seeing and hearing the reviews, I’m not so sure that his performance can carry weight when it takes place in such a long/slow/boring film. We’ll see.

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

I am rooting so hard for Jean Dujardin here. In such a rare and unique film, he really shines. Having ZERO speaking lines and relying solely on his physical acting, Dujardin deserves infinite kudos. I know that he’s a lock for an Oscar nom, I just hope that the Academy compares his lack of dialogue to the lack of dialogue performance Andy Serkis gave in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

I thought Brad Pitt did a good job as Billy Beane in Moneyball, but that was as far as I would go. This role didn’t really demand much of Brad Pitt, except maybe he had to find out what baseball really was. If you want to see him shine, check out Tree of Life, probably his best performance since 12 Monkeys. Either way, he was great in the lead role in a movie that was fantastic, he’ll definitely receive his 3rd Oscar nom.

Best Actress

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Glenn Close is also nominated for her work on Damages so we’ll see if she can take home two awards come show time. Close is a 5 time Academy Award nominee, but none since 1987! Here she plays a woman who must dress and act like a man in order to survive in the 19th Century. Sounds like an incredibly demanding role for Glenn Close, and the world loves a comeback, but the film reviews so far have been weak, so just like Leo, we’ll see if her performance outshines the film.

Viola Davis, The Help

EVERYONE loves Viola Davis, myself included. She was previously nominated for Doubt, after appearing in….ONE SCENE!! That’s not an easy task to do, especially when the one scene is opposite Meryl Streep. I have not yet seen The Help, I am incredibly reluctant to because I think Emma Stone is one of the most overrated actresses working today, but if Viola can take this momentum to the Oscars I’ll be obligated to take a look.

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep has been nominated for Oscars more times than any Actor EVER. Unfortunately she has only won twice, and none since the early 80s. In The Iron Lady she plays England’s first Female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and although I’ve heard some British critics have shown their reluctance in an American playing such a prominent English woman, I believe Streep will finally win that coveted 3rd Oscar.

Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

This film has been getting buzz for well over a year and all because of the performance of Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton. Playing the role of a mother whose son goes on a shooting rampage at his school, Swinton tugs at the heart of every mother everywhere. What would you do? If you’ve seen the trailer for this film you can easily and immediately see the genius in her performance, and this is another guaranteed Oscar Nom.

Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

It’s no secret that Michelle Williams is by far my favorite Actress working today, her performace in Blue Valentine blew me away and as I have actually seen My Week with Marilyn, I can attest to her brilliance. Williams is phenomenal playing the private side of Monroe, one that we very rarely see captured. She also shine at playing the Monroe the world fell in love with in the late 1950s. The only issue I see for Williams is that at time she was out shined by her co stars, Academy Award and current SAG nominee Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Redmayne. But I’ll be rooting for her no doubt.

I’ll be posting my thoughts later on about the supporting nominations, some of which I’m not happy with AT ALL.

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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Uncategorized



Well with the recent bomb of J. Edgar, I have decided to shake up my previous Oscar predictions. It’s sad that one film has made me second guess myself, but hey this is Hollywood! I will stand by some of my previous predictions, but as for the others, I’m jumping ship.

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Previous Predicition: Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar

New Prediction: George Clooney in The Descendants

After seeing the trailer for J. Edgar, I assumed Leo would be a lock for best actor, but following the reviews and the overall “dry” atmosphere that has followed this film, I have to change my mind. George Clooney in The Descendants looks to be a lock for best actor in a musical or comedy at the Golden Globes, and after hearing all the buzz, I believe he’ll take this momentum right up to the Oscar stage.

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Previous Prediction: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

New Prediction: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

At the time of the previous post, I had yet to see the trailer for this film. But in the last week or so, I have finally viewed the full trailer and I truly believe that Meryl Streep is a lock for her 3rd academy award. Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will give her some steep competition, but the Academy will most likely award Meryl Streep.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Previous Prediction: Armie Hammer in J. Edgar

New Prediction: Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I am jumping ship so fast! Armie Hammer looks horrendous in J. Edgar, he is trying way too hard and looks small compared to the talent of DiCaprio. Armie Hammer was amazing in The Social Network, and I’m sure he will one day receive a nomination but I find it unlikely he’ll find it in J. Edgar. The controversial pick of Serkis is where I find myself standing. Technically Serkis relies solely on technology to give this performance, but behind the scenes evidence proves that Serkis was 100% convincing as the ape Caesar. If you haven’t seen this film yet, I highly recommend it.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Previous Prediction:Jessica Chastain in The Tree of Life.

New Prediction: Jessica Chastain in The Tree of Life.

After finally viewing this film I can absolultey stand by this prediciton. Chastain was remarkable as Mrs. Obrien, the mother of three boys struggling between their love for their mother and their love for their father. She is a free spirit with amazing talent, and I hope she continues on this level of success.

Best Director

Previous Prediction: Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life

New Prediction:Alexander Payne for The Descendants

I had to change here after seeing Tree of Life. Although the film was spectacular, it was noteworthy because of its actors. Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, and every child actor in this film were perfect. I wasn’t crazy about Mallick’s approach to the film and I know I’m not the only one to think that. This feels like the year for the Descendants, it has the same vibe Sideways had 6-7 years ago and I believe Payne will bring home the Oscar.

Best Picture:

Previous Prediction: The Tree of Life

New Prediction: The Tree of Life

I’m so torn on this pick, but I know that Tree of Life has the legs to carry it to the finish line. It will find steep competition in the french film “The Artist” as well as “The Descendants” but I think Academy members will look past the abstract of the film, and discover the beauty in it.

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Uncategorized


Following Oscar Gold

The first trailer for Christian Bale’s new film “The Flowers Of War” has been released and I have to say I’m a bit confused. The trailer is non stop explosions and gunfire, making it one of the more graphic trailers I have ever seen. As this film is Christian Bale’s first since taking home the Oscar for “The Fighter” back in February, you can expect that this film will be epic. He’s a smart guy and wouldn’t want to follow “The Fighter” with a film he wasn’t in love with, so I’m assuming he brings his “A game” with this one. The film follows Bale as Father John Magee, an American Episcopal priest who risks his life to protect Chinese citizens from the invading Japanese forces in 1937, so this film is sure to bring forth some strong emotional manipulation. Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!

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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Uncategorized



For all of you repeat readers, I want you to check out a trailer for a movie that just gained entry to the Big Apple Film Festival. The film is a short romantic comedy called “Crotchless” and is directed by a good friend of mine named Billy Bessas. I had the privelage of seeing this film at it’s world premiere and I cannot wait to see it in front of a festival audience. So for all of you in the area, go see “Crotchless” at the Big Apple Film Festival on November 1st at 6 PM at the Tribeca cinemas. If you stay through the credits you might see a familiar name in the “Executive Producer” title.


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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


I See You……


I realize I’ve been overly negative lately so I figured I’d spend a little time on one of the fastest rising careers in Hollywood, and that belongs to Mr. Sam Worthington. To most readers, his name might not mean a thing, but when you see his face you’ll quickly recognize him as Jake Sully from the James Cameron epic “Avatar”. Once upon a time, Sam lived out of his car, an Australian actor with little film credits to his name when he booked the role of a lifetime. Sam was stellar in Avatar, and has since booked an INSANE amount of projects that have continued to put his name on the map. Now, this post may seem a little random but I recently watched “Last Night” which he did with Academy Award Nominee Keira Knightley, and then got a chance to watch the trailer for his upcoming film “Man on a Ledge”. If you’ve read any of my previous blogs you’ll know I take an interest in random actors aka Michael Fassbender, but it seems Michael Fassbender is guaranteed an Oscar Nom this year for a wide variety of films, Mr. Worthington is well off his chance of taking home Osacar gold. Now this doesn’t mean his work isn’t worth seeing, I love what he’s able to do and I love that he’s been able to carry his own in BIG budget movies. Check out the trailer for “Man on a Ledge” and make sure to buy a ticket to Avatar 2 when it drops in 2014.

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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Uncategorized



The trailer for the much anticipated “J. Edgar” starring Leonardo Dicaprio has finally been released and unfortunately I find myself a little indifferent about it. Listen, I get it, it’s Clint Eastwood with Leo in the lead so I’m sure this movie will be fantastic but from my first time through the trailer it seems like there is an insane amount of over-acting in this movie. If you look back at my earlier posts, I predicted both Leonardo Dicaprio and Armie Hammer will win Oscars for this movie, but I’m not 100% sold on it now.These are all assumptions I’m making from a single trailer so don’t write this movie off as a failure, see for yourself and let’s discuss!

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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


No More Gold For Bobby

Sadly, it has been 20 years since Robert De Niro was last nominated for an Oscar (1991 for Cape Fear), and lately it’s becoming more and more obvious that the days of De Niro being De Niro are over. If you take a look at Robert De Niro’s filmography on Rotten Tomatoes, you’ll see a lot of films over the last ten years that have received a “rotten” rating. By the late 1990s into the 2000s it looked like De Niro was leaning towards becoming a staple in the world of comedy with the Meet The Parents trilogy and the Analyze This-Analyze That series. Lately however, with films like Limitless, Stone, Righteous Kill, and others, his drama acting seems so forced and unnatural. Say what you want about his age, but other actors like Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman have received countless accolades over the last few years and they’re older than De Niro.  In no way am I insulting his career in general, if you read some of my other blogs you’ll see I label him as one of the 4 greatest actors ever, but it’s safe to say that his strive for Oscar gold is dead. So, next time you find yourself watching a De Niro film, raise your glass and toast to a career that fizzled and faded into the sunset.

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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in Movies