25th Screen Actors Guild Awards Predictions

Film Awards

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Outstanding Performance by a Cast: BlacKkKlansman
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek- Bohemian Rhapsody
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Glenn Close- The Wife
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali- Green Book
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Amy Adams- Vice
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble: Black Panther

Television Awards

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Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Drama Series: This is Us
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown- This is Us
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh- Killing Eve
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Comedy Series: The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader- Barry
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan- The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie: Darren Criss- The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie: Amy Adams- Sharp Objects
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series: GLOW

The 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards are tonight (Sunday 27th January 2019).

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FINAL 91st Academy Awards Nominations Predictions

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Best Picture
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Green Book
If Beale Street Could Talk
Roma
A Star is Born
Vice

Best Director
Bradley Cooper- A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuaron- Roma
Peter Farrelly- Green Book
Yorgos Lanthimos- The Favourite
Spike Lee- BlacKKKlansman

Best Actor
Christian Bale- Vice
Bradley Cooper- A Star Is Born
Rami Malek- Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen- Green Book
John David Washington- BlacKkKlansman

Best Actress
Yalitza Aparicio- Roma
Glenn Close- The Wife
Olivia Colman- The Favourite
Lady Gaga- A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy- Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali- Green Book
Timothee Chalamet- Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver- BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott- A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant- Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actress
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Amy Adams, Vice
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Claire Foy, First Man

Original Screenplay
The Favourite- Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
First Reformed- Paul Schrader
Green Book- Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly
Roma- Alfonso Cuaron
Vice- Adam McKay

Adapted Screenplay
BlacKkKlansman- Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me?- Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
First Man- Josh Singer
If Beale Street Could Talk- Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born- Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Cinematography
Roma
A Star Is Born
First Man
The Favourite
Cold War

Editing
BlacKkKlansman
The Favourite
First Man
Roma
A Star Is Born

Production Design
Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Roma
A Star is Born

Sound Mixing
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Quiet Place
A Star Is Born

Sound Editing
Black Panther
First Man
A Quiet Place
Roma
A Star Is Born

Costume Design
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots

Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Original Score
BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
First Man
If Beale Street Could Talk
Mary Poppins Returns

Original Song
All the Stars- Black Panther
Girl in the Movies- Dumplin’
I’ll Fight- RBG
Shallow- A Star is Born
Trip a Little Light Fantastic- Mary Poppins Returns

Makeup and Hair
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
Vice

Animated Feature
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Documentary Feature
Free Solo
Minding the Gap
RBG
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbour?

Foreign Language Feature
Burning (South Korea)
Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Live Action Short
Caroline
Icare
Marguerite
Skin
Wale

Documentary Short
Black Sheep
End Game
Life Boat
Period. End of Sentence.
Zion

Animated Short
Age of Sail
Animal Behaviour
Bao
Bird Karma
Lost and Found

The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are announced tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd January 2019).

FINAL Golden Globe Awards 2019 Predictions

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Film Awards

Best Motion Picture- Drama: A Star is Born
Best Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical: Green Book
Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama: Bradley Cooper- A Star is Born
Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama: Lady Gaga- A Star is Born
Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical: Christian Bale- Vice
Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical: Emily Blunt- Mary Poppins Returns
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Mahershala Ali- Green Book
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Amy Adams- Vice
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron- Roma
Best Screenplay: Vice
Best Animated Feature: Incredibles 2
Best Original Score: Mary Poppins Returns
Best Original Song: Shallow- A Star is Born
Best Foreign Language Film: Roma

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Television Awards

Best Drama Series: Killing Eve
Best Comedy Series: Barry
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Matthew Rhys- The Americans
Best Actress in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh- Killing Eve
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Michael Douglas- The Kominsky Method
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan- The Marvellous Mrs Maisel
Best TV Movie/Limited Series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Best Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series: Darren Criss- The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Best Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series: Amy Adams- Sharp Objects
Best Supporting Actor: Henry Winkler- Barry
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Clarkson- Sharp Objects

The 76th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, are tonight (Sunday 6th January 2019)  starting at 1am GMT.

Golden Globes 2019 Film Nominations Predictions

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Best Motion Picture – Drama
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
First Man
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Eighth Grade
The Favourite
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns
Vice

Best Director
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Ryan Gosling, First Man
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Yalitza Aparicio, ROMA
Glenn Close, The Wife
Viola Davis, Widows
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Christian Bale, Vice
Lin Manuel-Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun
Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry to Bother You

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron, Tully
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, Vice
Claire Foy, First Man
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Screenplay
BlacKkKlansman
The Favourite
Green Book
If Beale Street Could Talk

Vice

Best Score
BlacKkKlansman
First Man

If Beale Street Could Talk
Mary Poppins Returns
Widows

Best Song
“Revelation,” Boy Erased
“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Here Comes the Change,” On the Basis of Sex
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Early Man
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Cold War (Poland)
Happy as Lazzaro (Italy)
The Guilty (Denmark)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico)

The Golden Globes 2019 nominations are announced on Thursday 6th December 2018.

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace Review

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One of the most highly anticipated series of the year, American Crime Story returned to television with its second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, focussing on Andrew Cunanan’s murdering spree in the 1990s. It comes off the back of its first season, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which was met with widespread critical acclaiming, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series, along with awards for its stars Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson, and Sterling K. Brown. To say that The Assassination of Gianni Versace had a lot of weight on its shoulders to be good would be an understatement, as The People vs. O.J. Simpson set up the anthology series to be one of the best in all television, and to say that it delivered to those high standards would be difficult, but what we have is a high quality series nonetheless.

In terms of the show’s narrative structure, it takes a different approach to the first series as we start with the titular murder in the very first scene, and then work back episode by episode, before the finale focussing on the aftermath of Versace’s murder. This gives us a different approach to the way that we view the characters, which is vital in a series such as this which tells such a tragic event. The first we see of the murderous Andrew Cunanan, played brilliantly by Darren Criss, is of him preparing to murder, and then murdering fashion designer Gianni Versace, who is precisely portrayed by the excellent Edgar Ramirez. As we work backwards through the series, we unravel more and more information about Cunanan, as we see him not falling into the normal characteristics of what we see normally portrayed in serial killers in fiction. This is because, as crazy as the story is, its a true story, and the producers of the show have a fine balancing act in the way that they portray these characters, almost all of whom end up with a demise of some sort or another. They pull this off to great effect, as the covering of multiple time periods allows us to see the characters at their highest and lowest points, in particular Cunanan, who becomes the focus of the series and leads to the real question trying to be answered- why did he do the things he did?

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In his portrayal of Cunanan, Darren Criss does an outstanding job in what is a complicated role. He completely runs the show, as he gets to be flamboyant, confident, yet slimy and creepy, helped by the dramatic irony that comes with the show as we see what Cunanan is capable of, and with this in mind stops the audience for having much sympathy for him. Criss’ dedication to the role is admirable, and with a lesser actor in the role, the show may completely collapse, that’s the level of intensity he brings to the table. In supporting roles, Edgar Ramirez is uncanny as Versace, and he really takes control of the scenes that he is in. Some have complained about the lack of insight we see into Versace’s life, yet personally I found it satisfactory due to the way that Ramirez really gets down to the nitty gritty of the character in the limited scenes that he is in for us to get an impression of what he was like. In recurring roles, Cody Fern and Finn Wittrock are mesmerizing as David Madson and Jeff Trail, respectively, with the episodes that they appear being real highlights of the series, in particular “House by the Lake”, which is an incredibly intense episode with the opening 10-15 minutes almost being like something out of a horror film. Also in Guest Roles, Judith Light brings real emotional heft to her role as Marilyn Miglin, particularly in “A Random Killing”, which is a real tour-de-force for her, and Jon Jon Briones is really terrific in the final two episodes of the series as Andrew’s father, with his scenes with Criss towards the end “Creator / Destroyer” being another series highlight. However, Penelope Cruz’s performance as Donatella Versace came across as quite wooden, and didn’t quite match the tone of the series, which is a shame due to her being such a talented and experienced actress, especially alongside mostly character actors, who very much steal the show from her.

Taking on a different challenge from the first season, with this being more of a character study and asking why, rather than a ‘whodunit’, FX has made American Crime Story to be a force to be reckoned with the way that it can seemlessly approach different kinds of crime, which bodes well for the upcoming seasons of the show. Does the series match the dizzy heights of The People vs. O.J. Simpson? Not quite, but it does manage to tell this story in the right way- honouring the victims of these crimes, it’s deeply reflective and portrays the real tragedy of the events, and does it in its own stylistic way that is fitting to the 21st century television audience.

FINAL 90th Academy Awards Predictions

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The awards season celebrating the films of 2017 comes to a close tonight with the 90th Academy Awards, and I’d like to give a shout out to everyone who have made this awards season another enjoyable one. This is the first year I’ve used my new awards dedicated awards Twitter account (@FYCAwardsBlog if you want to give me a follow), and thanks to Matt Neglia and the whole team at Next Best Picture, and Paul H. at @AcademyPicks for their constant support on there in getting me to reach a wider audience. Also, thanks to GoldDerby, Clayton Davis and everyone at Awards Circuit, and the aforementioned Next Best Picture, amongst others, for their amazing awards coverage, which is an inspiration for smaller blogs such as this. Anyway, let’s get on with the predictions!

Best Picture: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
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: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman
Best Documentary Feature: Faces Places
Best Documentary- Short Subject: Edith+Eddie
Best Live Action Short: DeKalb Elementary
Best Animated Short: Dear Basketball
Best Original Score: The Shape of Water
Best Original Song: “This is Me”- The Greatest Showman
Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk
Best Production Design: The Shape of Water
Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour
Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Best Film Editing: Dunkirk
Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049

The 90th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are tonight (Sunday 4th March 2018) at 8am PST (1am GMT), live on ABC (US)/Sky Movies Oscars (UK).