Golden Globe and SAG Nominations

Determining what is and isn’t a good movie is a slippery slope. Tastes vary from person to person and when it comes time to hand over an award to the “best” actor or film, there’s bound to be some people left disappointed. This week both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild nominations came out, and while I didn’t find too much of it surprising, I decided I should share the information anyways.

The Golden Globes are the second biggest industry of awards right behind the Oscars and, while they do sometimes give an idea of what you might expect to see come Oscar night, they generally reflect the constant bribing studios and network execs put out towards the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) which leads to all sorts of snubs and surprises. This year’s awards were pretty well dominated by The King’s Speech and Glee (go figure), but I’ve gots a list of some of the more interesting nods:

Johnny Depp nominated for The Tourist. I can’t really talk much about this one as I haven’t seen the film itself, but the critics and reviewers out there have basically panned Depp’s performance in it. But he still snagged a nomination. Hmm.

Mila Kunis nominated for supporting actress in Black Swan. This isn’t a bad surprise, just interesting considering that she wasn’t talked about or expected to be nominated for anything. I think Mila is a fine actress (very, very fine) and hopefully this role will help her snag some more dramatic parts later on.

True Grit left OUT. Yeah, yeah so I haven’t seen the movie yet but come on. The Coen Brothers. Jeff Bridges. Hell, Matt Damon! This movie has been talked up as one of the best of the year, and yet it’s been left out of all the main categories. Even more surprising considering the Coen Brothers are usually a hit come award season.

These are just a few of the snubs and surprises that came with the Globes this year and you can feel free to check out the complete list from the Golden Globe website, I have at the bottom of this post a list of the main categories and their nominations for just a quick look.

The most recent on the award nomination lists is the Screen Actor Guild awards which came in today. SAG members vote for the nominations which leads to an interesting result, as it reflects what actors considered were the best performances. There really isn’t much of a surprise to the SAGs, the one I found most shocking would be Leonardo DiCaprio getting snubbed after his performances in Shutter Island and Inception (both of which are being pushed for nominations come Oscar time). I think Leo was outstanding in both of these films and it’s pretty surprising that he didn’t get any recognition for either.

If you want to check out the full list of SAG nominees, check it out at the Screen Actors Guild website or take a little look see at the quick list I have at the bottom of the post.

So yeah, not too much of an uproar with nominations this year, I’m just waiting for Oscar season when the awards are actually interesting.

Golden Globe Nominations – Best Picture, Actor and Actress

  1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
    1. BLACK SWANProtozoa Pictures & Cross Creek Pictures & Phoenix; Fox Searchlight Pictures
    2. THE FIGHTERParamount Pictures and Relativity Media; Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media
    3. INCEPTIONWarner Bros. Pictures UK LTD.; Warner Bros. Pictures
    4. THE KING’S SPEECHSee-Saw Films and Bedlam Productions; The Weinstein Company
    5. THE SOCIAL NETWORKColumbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
  2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
    1. HALLE BERRY FRANKIE AND ALICE
    2. NICOLE KIDMAN RABBIT HOLE
    3. JENNIFER LAWRENCE WINTER’S BONE
    4. NATALIE PORTMAN BLACK SWAN
    5. MICHELLE WILLIAMS BLUE VALENTINE
  3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
    1. JESSE EISENBERG THE SOCIAL NETWORK
    2. COLIN FIRTH THE KING’S SPEECH
    3. JAMES FRANCO 127 HOURS
    4. RYAN GOSLING BLUE VALENTINE
    5. MARK WAHLBERG THE FIGHTER
  4. BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. ALICE IN WONDERLANDWalt Disney Pictures; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
    2. BURLESQUEScreen Gems; Sony Pictures Releasing
    3. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHTAntidote Films, Mandalay Vision, Gilbert Films; Focus Features
    4. REDdi Bonaventura Pictures; Summit Entertainment
    5. THE TOURISTGK Films; Sony Pictures Releasing
  5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. ANNETTE BENING THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
    2. ANNE HATHAWAY LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
    3. ANGELINA JOLIE THE TOURIST
    4. JULIANNE MOORE THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
    5. EMMA STONE EASY A
  6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. JOHNNY DEPP ALICE IN WONDERLAND
    2. JOHNNY DEPP THE TOURIST
    3. PAUL GIAMATTI BARNEY’S VERSION
    4. JAKE GYLLENHAAL LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
    5. KEVIN SPACEY CASINO JACK

 

SAG Nominations – Best Picture, Actor and Actress

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

JEFF BRIDGES / Rooster Cogburn – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)
ROBERT DUVALL / Felix Bush – “GET LOW” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JESSE EISENBERG / Mark Zuckerberg – “THE SOCIAL NETWORK” (Columbia Pictures)
COLIN FIRTH / King George VI – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
JAMES FRANCO / Aron Ralston – “127 HOURS” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

ANNETTE BENING / Nic – “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Becca – “RABBIT HOLE” (Lionsgate)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Ree Dolly – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
NATALIE PORTMAN / Nina Sayers – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
HILARY SWANK / Betty Anne Waters – “CONVICTION” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

CHRISTIAN BALE / Dicky Eklund – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
JOHN HAWKES / Teardrop – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
JEREMY RENNER / James Coughlin – “THE TOWN” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
MARK RUFFALO / Paul – “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
GEOFFREY RUSH / Lionel Logue – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

AMY ADAMS / Charlene Fleming – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Queen Elizabeth – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
MILA KUNIS / Lily – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
MELISSA LEO / Alice Ward – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
HAILEE STEINFELD / Mattie Ross – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)

 


Carey Mulligan As Daisy In Great Gatsby Adaptation

Source: Deadline

Carey Mulligan (An Education) has been selected for the role of Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, The Great Gatsby. She will be starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio who will play Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire who will play Nick Carraway. Daisy was  a very coveted role with a bunch-load (yeah that’s right) of big name actress up for the part, and when Mulligan heard she won the part she apparently broke down into tears on the red carpet. Mulligan’s performance in An Education was outstanding (I mean, she did receive an Oscar nomination for it) so I’m pumped that she won this part, I’m sure she’ll do an amazing job with it. Here is what Luhrmann had to say regarding the decision to cast Mulligan:

“Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: “Hello, Daisy Buchanan.”

 

This Week In Posters

Here are a couple of movie posters for the films that came out this week, oh and maybe on Inception poster because minimalist art is freaking awesome! I’m going to try and do one every week for the movies that came out, and maybe a couple of ones that just look cool. Enjoy!

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Chris Nolan Involved With New Superman Movie

Christopher Nolan has become one of the Major League Directors over the past few years, thanks in large part to The Dark Knight and Inception, and has an incredible ability to create unique and interesting films in the form of a gigantic Hollywood blockbuster. It’s no surprise then, that hearing he is involved with the reboot of Superman has gotten me all kinds of excited. Unfortunately though, Nolan is not going to be directing the film, but will instead hold a producer-esque role.

Nolan and co-producer Emma Thomas have been looking for potential directors to helm this project and have released a short list of people they’d like to see involved. From Deadline:

Unstoppable‘s Tony Scott, Let Me In director Matt Reeves, Battle: Los Angeles helmerJonathan Liebesman (who just got the Warner Bros/Legendary job of directing Clash of the Titans 2), Duncan Jones, who just directed Source Code, and Sucker Punch helmer Zack Snyder.

I’m unfamiliar for the most part on everyone except for Tony Scott and Zack Snyder, but I’m not entirely sure how the film would turn out with either of them directing. I’ve got faith in Nolan, but only time will tell for this one.

Mind-Heist Madness

Inception

Written and directed by Chris Nolan. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine. Released 2010

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” So says David H. Everett and Inception agrees to the fullest, by constructing a world where dream and reality collide to the point where it becomes nearly impossible to distinguish the two.

Inception, at its very basic level, is a heist film, except instead of robbing a bank or jewelry store the characters break into a subject’s subconscious via dreams and their big pay-off is information. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are specialists in “extraction”, breaking into someone’s mind and taking whatever information they’re hiding. However this can only be accomplished when the subject and extractors are sedated and hooked up to a “sleep machine” of sorts (similar to “jacking into” the Matrix) allowing for multiple layers of dreams to be created (dreaming within a dream).

Cobb and Arthur are eventually hired to do the opposite of extraction: “inception”, which is planting an idea deeply enough into the subconscious of a target, so that they wake up thinking the idea was theirs, allowing you to plant any idea (sinister or benign) without a trace. They plan on doing this by creating a triple layered dream (dreaming within a dream within a dream, get it?) and so they set out to recruit a team and plan their attack for this widely considered impossible feat.

Chris Nolan has apparently been working on this script for the past ten years, and it’s obvious. The film knows all of its rules and lays them out clearly within the first hour, but as is the case with any movie that takes such pains to set everything up, there’s gotta be some sort of monkey wrench thrown into the machine to complicate matters. Inception makes damn sure of that by throwing in triple-layer dreams where time and gravity exist at different levels and you can fight off security guards in a constantly rotating hotel hallway (which was the coolest scene in the entire movie) and plots twists and revelations that are so simple yet when discovered they’re exhilarating. What makes this film so stunning is the way Nolan weaves all the complex layers of the plot into a seamless narrative that’s simple to follow. He doesn’t hold your hand and walk you through it, but simply lays out the information and trusts that you’ll know what to do.

It gets even crazier than this.

In addition to the spot-on storytelling, the film looks spectacular. The CGI isn’t too over powering, which is impressive considering the amount of crazy cities-folding-on-top-of-each-other action that looks like it was ripped straight out of a bad acid trip. Nolan actually opted out of using CGI for any scenes that he could, for instance the hotel sequence which I briefly mentioned above was shot on a set that simply rotated along its axis. Using more traditional techniques in place of CGI adds believability to what is happening on-screen, making the visuals all the more impressive.

Of course all the sharp visuals don’t mean a thing if the cast doesn’t deliver, and luckily for us every actor on board slips straight into their characters adding a level of believability and emotional connection to this reality-bending drama. Leo plays a man who is packing some serious skeletons in his closet. The mental exhaustion he has starts to manifest itself physically as the movie carries on and he gives off an impression of a man who is barely able to keep his world together brilliantly.

Ellen Page plays Ariadne “the architect” who is in charge of constructing the dream world of the subject in the form of a giant labyrinth. She does a fine job playing a curious college student drawn into such a dangerous task and her relationship with Leo (as she becomes the only one to discover the reason why he is so tortured) is great. Marion Cotillard gives off an eerie performance of Cobb’s wife that fits so well later in the movie as further revelations of her character are made and the rest of the cast are all outstanding in their supporting roles. I particularly enjoyed Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s portrayal of Cobb’s suave partner, Arthur, as he delivers the perfect amount of humor and bad-assery.

From excellent storytelling and breath-taking visuals to a first-rate cast, Inception has all the ingredients of a great film and pulls them together to make one of the best examples of world building all summer. You’ll enjoy every minute of this film and I guarantee that after the credits roll you’ll want to see it again.