The Best Picture Dilemma- Who will fill in the final 5 places?

The Producers Guild nominations were announced this week, and a real curve ball was thrown, with American Sniper and Nightcrawler getting in with Selma and Unbroken dropping out. So, who is getting nominated, but will it matter? Will there only be 9 nominees? If there is 10, this is how I see it going:

Dead Certs: Boyhood, Birdman, Selma.

It’s 90% there: The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything.

Still strong, but don’t bet your house on it: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gone Girl, Whiplash.

So, who will be the final 2? I’m happy for now to say that Foxcatcher will be in there as a 9th pick, due to the Golden Globe and Producers Guild picture nomination. I don’t think there will be a 10th, but I still want to pick a film to take the 10th place. Should that happen, it’s between Unbroken, American Sniper and Nightcrawler. If Gyllenhaal gets nominated for Best Actor, it will be more likely to get a nod and if Jolie gets nominated for Best Director, Unbroken is more likely to get the nod. However, American Sniper, I feel, could still get a nod without any major nominations, so that gets my vote for now, but as I said, it probably won’t get a nod.


EE BAFTA Rising Star Nominations- Reaction

Today, the Baftas announced the nominees for the EE Rising Star Award, awarding the young actors and actresses making a difference to cinema. In my predictions, I got 2 correct, with Jack O’Connell and Gugu Mbatha-Raw getting deserved nods for their work this year. Completing the list are Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Margot Robbie, coming in for the predicted nominees Ben Schnetzer, Ellar Coltrane and the unforgivably snubbed Chadwick Boseman. While these snubs hurt, it’s still pretty strong. To vote, go to

Jack O’Connell: He is the likely winner here, after dominating UK screens in 2014 with his Malcolm McDowell-like qualities in Starred Up and ’71, before his starring role in the Hollywood epic Unbroken. He’s just your average Jack the Lad, but O’Connell has something that resonates with the British public, and most of all, he’s very talented. He’s one to watch.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw: Nominated after her dazzling work in Belle, Mbatha-Raw is sure to get UK  audiences’ attentions again for Beyond the Lights. She is a genuine, breakthrough talent and would be deserving of the award. However, she doesn’t quite get my vote as I believe she has more to give.

Miles Teller: Teller is who I voted for. I see the rising star award as one that shows the impact that and actor has had and Teller’s performance in Whiplash is better than any performance that the other nominees have given. After looking like another rubbish, frat-boy actor in That Awkward Moment, he needed a role that could prove his worth. Luckily, Whiplash was the film that could give it him, as Teller literally sheds blood, sweat and tears as he faces off against Oscar favourite J.K. Simmons. Unfortunately for UK audiences, we’ll next see him in Two Night Stand and the upcoming Fantastic Four, but I’m sure he’ll find some more meaty roles soon.

Shailene Woodley: This is an odd choice as I would have presumed that she had missed her chance in this category in 2012 after her breakthrough, Golden Globe nominated performance in The Descendants. However, she made a real impact this year, raking in high box office figures for Divergent and her critically acclaimed role in The Fault in Our Stars. With more Divergent films on the horizon, she could be the new Jennifer Lawrence.

Margot Robbie: This one annoyed me, mainly for the fact that she hasn’t been in any films eligible for this year’s Baftas. Sure, she was fine in The Wolf of Wall Street and that came out in January 2014 in the UK, but it was nominated for last year’s Baftas. Chadwick Boseman should have got the nod instead for his incredible turn in Get on Up, which will end awards season without a major award nod.

And the winners will be… Golden Globes and SAG Winners (Predictions)

With the ceremonies coming soon, I’m revealing my picks to take home gold at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards in the film categories in 2015.

Golden Globes

Best Motion Picture- Drama: Boyhood (Alternate: Selma)

Best Motion Picture- Comedy/Musical: Birdman (Alternate: The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood (Alternate: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman)

Best Actor- Drama: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything (Alternate: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game)

Best Actress- Drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice (Alternate: Reese Witherspoon, Wild)

Best Actor- Comedy/Musical: Michael Keaton, Birdman (Alternate: Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Actress- Comedy/Musical: Emily Blunt, Into the Woods (Alternate: Amy Adams, Big Eyes)

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash (Alternate: Edward Norton, Birdman)

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood (Alternate: Emma Stone, Birdman)

Best Screenplay: Birdman (Alternate: The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Score: Birdman (Alternate: Interstellar)

Best Song: Glory, Selma (Alternate: Big Eyes, Big Eyes)

Best Animated Feature: The Lego Movie (Alternate: How to Train Your Dragon 2)

Best Foreign Film: Ida (Alternate: Leviathan)

SAG Awards

Best Ensemble: Birdman (Alternate: Boyhood)

Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman (Alternate: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything)

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice (Alternate: Reese Witherspoon, Wild)

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash (Alternate: Edward Norton, Birdman)

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood (Alternate: Emma Stone, Birdman)

Best Stunt Ensemble: Fury (Alternate: Unbroken)

BAFTA Awards Predictions- Updated

I’ve just checked the rules and eligibility of films for the 2015 BAFTA Awards, and I feel like I should update my previous predictions with this in mind. This means that films released up to 14th February are eligible. So, Selma is eligible but Still Alice and Cake are not. The nominations are announced on 8th January and the ceremony takes place on 16th February.

Best Film: Birdman, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything.

Best British Film: The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner, Pride, The Theory of Everything, Under the Skin.

Best Director: Ava Duvernay (Selma), David Fincher (Gone Girl), Alejandro G. Innaritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game).

Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman), David Oyelowo (Selma), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner).

Best Actress: Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Emily Blunt (Into the Woods), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Reese Witherspoon (Wild).

Best Supporting Actor: Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Bill Nighy (Pride), Edward Norton (Birdman), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Imelda Staunton (Pride), Emma Stone (Birdman), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods).

Best Original Screenplay: Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mr. Turner, Whiplash.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Pride, The Theory of Everything, Wild.

Rising Star Award: Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), Ben Schnetzer (Pride).

Critics Choice Movie Awards Nominations- Reactions

Best Picture: This category was as expected, apart from Nightcrawler coming in instead of Foxcatcher. If this one change was made, it would have been the 10 picks that I currently have at the Oscars. Overall, a strong category.

Best Director: The 5 frontrunners were nominated and they were joined by Wes Anderson, who is on the march to his 1st directing nod at the Oscars.

Best Actor: The 4 favourites were all nominated and were joined by awards gatecrashers Ralph Fiennes, who is having a late surge and Jake Gyllenhaal who is making a big impression this awards season with nominations at the Golden Globes and SAG. I’m disappointed Steve Carell missed out, he looks so much better than Fiennes. This could cost him dear come Oscar time as Gyllenhaal could easily nab his place.

Best Actress: This is pretty much as expected. Hilary Swank and Amy Adams are gonners in the Oscars and Cotillard is trying to make a comeback, but it is the 5 favourites that are getting nods.

Best Supporting Actor: The regular 4 are absolute locks. Duvall is looking more and more likely to grab a nod everyday and Josh Brolin is keeping his chances alive as Tom Wilkinson’s and Miyavi’s chances are all but gone.

Best Supporting Actress: The 5 Golden Globe nominees all got nods and they are joined by the surprise pick of Tilda Swinton for Snowpiercer. This probably means, however, that Laura Dern is completely out of it.

Best Adapted Screenplay: The 6 contenders all got nominated, it’s just the question of who will miss out. My bet is on Inherent Vice missing out, but it could easily be Wild or Unbroken.

Best Original Screenplay: All the picks are critics favourites and there were surprise omissions for Selma and the little loved Foxcatcher. One of them will replace Nightcrawler in the Oscar line-up.

For all the nominations:

P.S. I was aware that there were other nominations announced, but as it doesn’t concern the Oscars, I’m not too concerned.

Golden Globes Nominations- Reactions

So, the Golden Globes nominees have been announced for 2015, and while the list does contain a few usual suspects, some big names have been left out and those in and around the race have dropped out. Complete snubs for Unbroken, American Sniper and Mr. Turner are real shocks, as well as the attention for films like Annie, Cake and Maps to the Stars.

Best Film- Drama: There are the main 3 as expected (Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Selma)- these are the ones that will be battling it out to win. I put The Theory of Everything into my predictions just yesterday, and I’m pleased it got a nod. The film I didn’t expect to see was Foxcatcher, which took the place of Gone Girl/Unbroken, and I’m really happy to see it in contention as it’s my most anticipated film of the season. Unbroken’s poor critical response has definitely cost them dear.

Best Film- Comedy/Musical: Birdman will win here and the rest are just filler. As expected, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Into the Woods and St. Vincent appear, and Pride completes the line-up. I was expecting to see Inherent Vice, but the universal praise of Pride has deserved it’s place in the line-up and will be flying the flag for the UK here.

Best Actor- Drama: Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch, both nominated and will battle it out in this category. Steve Carell and David Oyelowo are also nominated, as expected, and Jake Gyllenhaal completes the set. I would have thought that it would have been between Timothy Spall and Bradley Cooper for the 5th spot, with Spall edging it, but I’m happy for Gyllenhaal, probably the best of the 3 and keeps his Oscar hopes alive.

Best Actor- Comedy/Musical: Michael Keaton will obviously win, but expected and deserving nominees Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray and Joaquin Phoenix will be closely behind. Christoph Waltz’s nod for Big Eyes makes sense but I didn’t expect it. However I’d much prefer him to get the nod than Chris Rock or James Corden, as they’re not really actors.

Best Actress- Drama: This is the first category that I got 5/5 in, with a last minute change to Jennifer Aniston from Shailene Woodley after her SAG nod yesterday. She is joined by two Americans, Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon, and two Brits, Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones, with Moore ultimately winning.

Best Actress- Comedy/Musical: I only got 3/5 in this category and I’m really glad I put Helen Mirren in my predictions yesterday, even though it was at the expense of Julianne Moore, who earned a surprise nod for Maps to the Stars. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt appear as expected, they’ll battle it out for the win. Quvenzhane Wallis completes the list with an out of nowhere nomination, ahead of Keira Knightley and Angelina Jolie who were major contenders.

Best Supporting Actor: 5/5 here, as the list replicates yesterday’s SAG nominations of J.K. Simmons (the likely eventual winner), Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Duvall. Duvall’s nod is still an odd one as critics hated The Judge, leaving Tom Wilkinson and Miyavi miffed. This may keep his Oscar chances alive.

Best Supporting Actress: After Naomi Watts’ shock nomination yesterday, this category is back on track, with nominations for Patricia Arquette, Keira Knightley, Emma Stone and Meryl Streep, with Jessica Chastain beating Laura Dern to replacing Watts.

Best Director: The 4 as expected got nods (Richard Linklater, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Ava Duvernay and David Fincher), with Wes Anderson picking up a surprise nod ahead of Bennett Miller, Morten Tyldum and, especially shocking, Angelina Jolie. I’m pleased for Anderson, but Jolie will be gutted.

Best Screenplay: This category went as expected, with Birdman, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Gone Girl and The Grand Budapest Hotel picking up nominations. I would expect Birdman to win it, but with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s fabulous showing, it could easily win.

For the full list of film nominees as well as TV nominations:

Screen Actors Guild Nominations- Reactions

The SAG Awards nominations have just been announced and it went mainly as expected, but with some massive omissions, most notably Selma and Interstellar, but also just the 1 nomination for Gone Girl, Whiplash and Unbroken. Also some massive shocks that could shape up the Oscar race.

Best Actor: The three that were expected to get nods (Keaton, Redmayne and Cumberbatch), all got nods and were well deserved. I’m really happy for Steve Carell, as this nomination could get him back into contention and Jake Gyllenhaal completes the lineup, making him the dark horse of the competition and is much more deserving than Spall and Cooper. David Oyelowo is unfortunate not to get nominated, but expect him to come back in for an Oscar nod.

Best Actress: Like the Best Actor category, the main contenders all got nods (Moore, Witherspoon, Pike and Jones), making them pretty much locks come Oscar time. The other place was secured by Jennifer Aniston for Cake, a film with very mixed reviews, but her performance has been widely praised. As the 5th place is up for grabs, she could easily take over the place of Amy Adams and Hilary Swank who are currently in contention and pick up a surprise nomination.

Best Supporting Actor: Some runaway leaders are forming here, also as Simmons, Norton, Hawke and Ruffalo all scored deserved nods. The 5th place was taken up by Robert Duvall for the almost completely panned The Judge. I had Duvall in my predictions for the SAG Awards as he is a veteran, who are almost always honoured late in their career. It’s an odd choice, however, and I expect him to be taken over by Tom Wilkinson or Miyavi come Oscar time.

Best Supporting Actress: In a classic example of 6 not being able to fit into 5, it was on everyone’s mind who will miss out here. It turned out that it was both Laura Dern AND Jessica Chastain. Arquette, Knightley, Streep and Stone all got expected and deserved nods, but everyone was shocked to see Naomi Watts nominated. I assumed it was for Birdman, a film that up 4 other nominations. It was infact for her critically panned performance in St. Vincent that just makes you think ‘WHAT?!’. I tip my hat at anyone who predicted that.

Best Ensemble: This was the category I did worst in, with only 2 correct predictions, Birdman and Boyhood. Instead of Foxcatcher, Into the Woods and Selma, The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel and the surprising choice of The Theory of Everything got nods instead. Congratulations to them but I would have preffered to have seen Foxcatcher in there instead of TTOE.

Best Stunt Ensemble: This was a category that I didn’t predict because I had no idea where to start. It was interesting that they didn’t choose many Hollywood action blockbusters, instead there was a nod for a superhero film (X-Men: Days of Future Past), sports biopic (Unbroken), musical biopic (Get on Up), World War 2 Action-Drama (Fury) and a fantasy film (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies). They’re pretty solid choices, except I would replace Get On Up (a fine film, but where were the stunt doubles?) and Unbroken with Interstellar and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Overall, this selection is pretty solid and when Selma gets fully into the race, it could be one of the most exciting awards season in recent years.