92nd Academy Award Nominations are here to elate and disappoint you

Lupita Nyong'o

That’s right folks, the invitees to the big dance have been announced. Has the Academy finally learned from its past and expanded its focus to be more inclusive for people of colour? Turns out they didn’t! Did they recognize more women in the best director category? Also a no!

I love the Oscars because I am a weirdo and, honestly, this is kind of business as usual. There are a bunch of really awesome artists being recognized, but also there is some pan-fried bullshit going on here, too.

Let’s take a look at the categories and add some pithy commentary.

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Awesome News: Saturn Awards, Creative Emmy Awards, Kung Fury, AppleTV+, Disney+, and more!

Kung Fury

Another week gone by, another literal ton of news to go over. Welcome to the third edition of Awesome News! This week we cover the Hugo Award and Creative Emmy Awards winners, Hailee Steinfeld joins Hawkeye, AppleTV+ launch date and price, Disney+ full launch day roster, a feature length Kung Fury is still happening, Michael Fassbender is working with Taika Waititi, and new movies from Funko Pops (yes, really) and M Night Shyamalan. No word on a collaboration between those two. Yet.

Anyway let’s get to it.

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2014 Independent Spirit Awards Winners: 12 Years a Slave is the big winner

12 Years A Slave

The Oscars are tonight but the Independent Spirit Awards were last night. This years biggest winner was 12 Years A Slave with five wins including best feature, best director, and best supporting actress. How will this affect the Oscars? Not at all.

See the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.

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Podcast Episode 59: Her, Lone Survivor, The Golden Globes, and The Cult of Celebrity

Awesome Friday

It’s that time again, time for another episode of the Awesome Friday Podcast. This week on a very special episode we talk about The Golden Globes, the movies Lone Survivor and Her and then, interestingly enough, the cult of celebrity.

So get comfy and let’s get started!

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86th Oscars Awards Nominations Announced: Gravity and American Hustle Lead The Pack

86th Oscars

The Academy Awards Nominations were announced this morning and, unsurprisingly, American Hustle leads the pack with ten nods. Slightly surprisingly, Gravity has the same number of nominations. Also slightly surprisingly, 12 Years a Slave has one less with nine. Also unsurprisingly, The Wolf of Wall Street has just five.

Hit the jump to see the full list of millionaires who might receive the most coveted golden statues.

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Razzie Nominations Announced: Grown Ups 2 Is The One to… uh…. beat?


Awards season can get a little tedious and tiring. Luckily we have the Golden Raspberries to help counter balance all the self congratulating that the industry does but pointing out, and laughing at, the worst of the worst.

This years film to beat is Grown Ups 2 with 8 nominations. Another point of interest, Sylvester Stallone is nominated for the 31st time this year. Ridiculous! And awesome!

Hit the jump for the full list.

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Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees: ’12 Years A Slave’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead The Pack

20th Screen Actors Guild Awards

Award season is sneaking up on us dear readers. One of the first big shows of the year is the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Voted on by the members of the guild it’s usually a pretty good indicator of what’s to come with the Golden Globes and Oscars.

So here are this years nominees.

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85th Annual Academy Awards Live Blog and Results

85th Academy Awards

Howdy folks. Watch here for all our thoughts on the Oscars tonight! Newest updates at the top, and I’ll update with a winners list as we go.


  • Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor
  • Paperman for Best Animated Short
  • Brave for Best Animated Feature
  • Claudio Miranda for Life of Pie for Best Cinematography
  • Life of Pi for Best Visual Effects
  • Anna Karenina for Best Costume Design
  • Les Miserables for Best Makeup
  • Curfew for Best Live Action Short
  • Inocente for Best Documentary Short
  • Searching for Sugarman for Best Documentary Feature.
  • Amour for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Les Miserables for Best Sound Mixing
  • Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall tie for Best Sound Editing.
  • Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress
  • Argo for Best Film Editing
  • Lincoln for Best Production Design
  • Life of Pi for Best Original Score
  • Skyfall for Best Original Song
  • Chris Terrio for Argo for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained for Best Original Screenplay
  • Ang Lee for Best Director
  • Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress
  • Daniel Day Lewis for Best Actor
  • Argo for Best Picture

2013 Oscar Predictions

85th Academy Awards

The Oscars are later tonight and Simon and I will be live blogging them. Just for fun, I’m going to lock myself into a few predictions.

Sundry Categories

Without going into too much detail on these ones here are how I’d like to see a few of the categories with less fanfare to play out.

  • “Skyfall” to win Best Original Score.

It’s the only memorable one of the nominees.

  • “Skyfall” to win Best Original Song.

Best Bond Song in years and just a great song. Outside chance for Everybody Needs a Best Friend from Ted, but doubtful.

  • Roger Deakins to win Best Cinematography for “Skyfall”.

There’s lots of reasons to love Roger Deakins, but more to the point he’s never won the awards despite some brilliant work and Skyfall is a gorgeous film.

  • “Prometheus” for Best Visual Effects.

Prometheus is not a good film, but it’s a gorgeous film and the effects are seamless.

  • Animated Movies

I haven’t seen all the nominees for best Animated Feature, so I have no idea who will win. I have hoever seen all the nominees for Best Animated Short and I really hope that Paperman wins.

And now, on to the big ones.

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • “Argo” – Chris Terrio
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
  • “Life of Pi” – David Magee
  • “Lincoln” – Tony Kushner
  • “Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

I want to say Argo, but it will probably be Lincoln. In the battle between American heroism and America’s most beloved president, I think it’ll go to the president.

Best Original Screenplay

  • “Amour” – Michael Haneke
  • “Django Unchained” – Quentin Tarantino
  • “Flight” – John Gatins
  • “Moonrise Kingdom” – Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
  • “Zero Dark Thirty” – Mark Boal

Quentin Tarantino has to win this one. Django is almost entirely overlooked in the nominations, but there’s no denying the screenplay is the best this year. Tarantino’s dialogue is amazing as always. You can question his directorial choices but you can’t question how he writes.

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams – “The Master”
  • Sally Field – “Lincoln”
  • Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
  • Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
  • Jackie Weaver – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Are you kidding me? Anne Hathaway. Everyone here is great, I wish that Amy Adams will win because she is as amazing as everyone else in The Master, and also because I’d really like to see the Academy slightly embarrassed by having all the actors win while their movie nor director is nominated, but Anne Hathaway plays a hooker with a heart of gold, doing everything for her kid, with a debilitating disease, in an adaptation of a beloved stage musical.

Yeah, it’s Anne Hathaway’s year.

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Alan Arkin – “Argo”
  • Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
  • Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
  • Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”

No clear winner here. Everyone is amazing and everyone has won before. I don’t see Christoph Waltz winning since he did just a couple years back for a very similar role, I don’t see Robert De Niro winning because unlike Jennifer Lawrence (whose performance is elevated above the movie she is in) he’s good but not great.

Alan Arkin was great but also was how Alan Arkin always is.

So that leaves Tommy Lee Jones and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I’d love to see Philip Seymour Hoffman win because he and Joaquin Phoenix are both spectacular in The Master, but Tommy Lee Jones I think might win for Lincoln because Daniel Day-Lewis isn’t going to win his trophy.

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
  • Quvenzhan√© Wallis – “Beasts of Southern Wild”
  • Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”

Do we even have to talk about this? I’m pretty sure this is Jennifer Lawrence’s award to lose as of this moment. Silver Linings Playbook may not be a great film however Jennifer Lawrence is great in it. She’s already been robbed once (have you seen winter’s Bone? She’s amazing) too so that pretty much locks it down.

So here’s hoping that Jessica Chastain wins next year, because Jennifer Lawrence is going to win this year.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
  • Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
  • Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
  • Denzel Washington – “Flight”

As with the Best Supporting Actor category there doesn’t seem to be a clear front runner here. Everyone did great. I was particularly surprised by Bradley Cooper who is getting better and better. However, I think it’s going to go to Hugh Jackman because say what you will about Les Mis, he acted the shit out of it.

It’s too bad too, because Joaquin Phoenix was amazing in The Master.

Best Director

  • “Amour” – Michael Haneke
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Benh Zeitlin
  • “Life of Pi” – Ang Lee
  • “Lincoln” – Steven Spielberg
  • “Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Steven Spielberg. Honestly, of all the directors eligible to be nominated this year he’s the only one on this list that would also be on mine. Paul Thomas Anderson, Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, and Quentin Tarantino are all missing for the record.

Best Picture

  • “Argo”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Les Miserables”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Amour”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Argo has already won almost every major award there is in this category, including the Golden Globe, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, and SAG awards. You know why? Because it’s a great film and it deserves to win.

It’s also the safest bet because unlike Zero Dark Thirty, which I think is a better movie, it’s a story about one man’s heroism and the Academy eats that up.

Outside chance for Les Miserables, but for all the fanfare at its release no one is talking about it anymore.

So, Argo it is.

Later tonight we’ll be live blogging the show so you can watch in real time to see how I did with my predictions then! In the mean time, do you guy have any predictions or movies you are pulling for to win?