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  1. I admit that BARBIE fans really took hard the fact that the movie didn't get the Best Director and Best Lead Actress nominations, but I could have never imagined that some cultural, political and literary people will be so uninformed about what happened with BARBIE. I also can't believe that the public can't celebrate some important milestones made by these nominations, from Justine Triet being the first French female director to get nominated to outstandingly diverse sets of nominees across acting nominations, with Lily Gladstone being the first Native American actress to be nominated in Best Lead Actress. We also have three movies directed by women in Best Picture, seven of them having women as (one of) producers. While there are a lot to be desired in terms of diversity, one must be weirded out by some truly idiotic posts online, including the insipid Hillary Clinton. I think the achievement in editing Scorsese's movies is making those 3/4-hour-long motion pictures so flawlessly cohesive and watchable. Editing is not only trimming the extra, it is making the set of moving pictures into a one wholesome story. And that, I feel was done truly beautifully with KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON. Blunt's nomination was the usual "welcome to the club" type of nomination. She did enough for Supporting nomination, despite how by-the-book her nom is. She had that interrogation scene which she nailed. I prefer the work of some other actresses, but her nomination was more of giving her finally what many believed she deserved long time ago. Downey winning is such a snoozefest. And another bland, by-the-book nomination and probable win. The youngsters really did amazing work - Charles Melton, Dominic Sessa, Paul Mescal and Ben Winshaw. And I would have nominated each and every one of them before Downey, Gosling, probably even Ruffalo and De Niro. Can't talk about Sterling K. Brown as I haven't watched AMERICAN FICTION Margot never had the chance of winning. That said, I thought she would get the nomination. Not big fan of Annette Bening's NYAD and I feel it is such a wasted nomination which could have been given to Greta Lee. As for winners, it is between Gladstone and Stone. Gladstone has the narrative, people love her. Stone has one Oscar but her performance in POOR THINGS is simply brilliant. Sandra Huller would be the choice in fairer world, but Academy and foreign performances are not exactly compatible. That said, ANATOMY OF A FALL did great at BAFTA and Oscars, so if Huller gets BAFTA, she could get the chance to fight for Oscars. SAG will probably tell us the winner. And I wouldn't blame Margot for this chaos. By her own admission, she is more interested in being a producer and doing some behind-the-scenes movies. She is nominated as producer for BARBIE. Not mentioning she also produced SALTBURN... Both movies did really well with public, so she has a lot to be happy about. This whining is coming from other people, including her costars, who would happily use the controversy to propel their chances at the Oscars. The stupidest one being Simu Liu who had a post describing her work as producer for which she got a nomination. But the guy is as stupid as one can be. *** Speaking of uninformed opinions... It should be noted that the two out of three top grossing movies of the last year got 21 nominations combined. Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning, the 10th on top grossing list, got 2 Oscar nominations Spider-man: Across the Spiderverse, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 got one nomination, each. So basically, 5 out of Top 10 grossing movies of the 2023 are present at the Oscars, two in Best Picture.
  2. Yeah... I think he broke a record for nominations. I mean, yeah but undeniability is proven only after award season when we look back and see how were things happening. It could mean KOTF is weaker than we suggested. Poor Things, Emma's movies, haven't shown any weaknesses, which is also to be considered. Lily is a newcomer and Emma already an Oscar winner. Not to mention Lily's movie is not centered around her, while Emma's is. True, Leo didn't do much campaigning this year save to help Lily. She missed BAFTA, she lost CCA. If she loses SAG to Emma, that is game over.
  3. Some thoughts: OPPENHEIMER had a great day. It is becoming undeniable as it is the only movie/director/screenplay not missing anywhere. BARBIE missed the director and actress, THE HOLDOVERS director, so I have a hard time seeing anything else winning Best Picture. Same for Nolan. Nominating Ferrera and then snub Robbie and Gerwig is a choice. I have nothing against America, she is a brilliant activist, great speaker, truly amazing person but that performance - a big no! Especially having in mind that this is a category where we could have Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Taraji P. Henson, Claire Foy, Rachel McAdams, Sandra Huller (THE ZONE OF INTEREST). It is just pity. Luckily, she can't win, so we won't repeat that cringe of JLC winning. Then we have Charles Melton missing. Not at all surprising but still sad. I think he gave Top 3 performance in his category. Let's hope he will get the chance to be nominated at some point in the future. When it comes to actress, I am sad Greta Lee missed. But count on actors to pick biopic roles and push out original ones. Can't say I am bothered by Mulligan, but Bening... That was just one boring, uninspiring choice. As for winning, Lily is in danger, because KOTF showed serious weaknesses missing Screenplay and Lead Actor. That said, Huller may be on the rise and if she wins BAFTA, given 5 nominations for ANATOMY OF A FALL, this could be three-women-race. Overall, solid lineup. We had history in making, as for the first time, three movies in Best Picture were nominated by female directors.
  4. The 2024 Academy Awards (AMPAS) Nominations The Oscar nomination count: Oppenheimer: 13 Poor Things: 11 Killers of the Flower Moon: 10 Barbie: 8 Maestro: 7 The Holdovers: 5 American Fiction: 5 The Zone of Interest: 5 Anatomy of a Fall: 5 Napoleon: 3 Nyad: 2 Past Lives: 2
  5. Yeah, with 4 major precursors and countless critics circle's awards, things are rather clear. That said, AMPAS can always surprise, especially given that no one has the same voting system. So, while the general sense and direction are known, there are always few surprises on Oscar nomination morning. One aspect that I really like of this year's race for Best Actor is how public immediately reacted against Bradley Cooper who tried to do the usual "selling" to the Academy. I don't blame him for wanting an Oscar but coming a year after Tár and Blanchett's monumental performance plus trying too hard to convince everyone that has done something no one else did, really hurt his chances. There was a sense "we will award one of our own" with Bradley that really rubbed the people the wrong way. Especially after same happened with Jamie Lee Curtis last year, a victory that aged like milk. At Gold Derby, Ferrera is known as Woman Monologue I know many pundits really tried to make her happen, and her campaign did that thing at CCA, but it is such a mediocre performance. It is not even about writing, but her performance is simply lacking. Her delivery of that monologue was just fine. I mean, I grew up watching James Spader in "Boston Legal" with Alan Shore giving the best closing arguments and Ferrera doesn't even come close to that. In comparison to Ferrera and BARBIE monologue, I always remember how Florence Pugh did Amy's speech about marriage in "Little Women", how natural and perfectly delivered it was. I love how Gloria's monologue is written, but delivery and yes, you are right, placement of it was off.
  6. Oscar nominations are scheduled for tomorrow and I thought I could write about how main categories will go, possible snubs and surprises... I will focus on above-the-line categories: Picture, Directing 4 acting categories, 2 screenplay categories. So, here we go (doing them alphabetically, the predicted winner bolded and underlined) PICTURE DIRECTOR LEAD ACTRESS LEAD ACTOR SUPPORTING ACTRESS SUPPORTING ACTOR ADAPTED SCREENPLAY ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY So... Those were my predictions... Hope to see yours, too!
  7. My biggest problem is with the cast of THE BEAR. I love them, I adore the series. But it is not comedy. They can't be in the same category as comedic performances as their performances are extremely dramatic. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK already moved from Comedy to Drama so we have a precedent for THE BEAR to do so with Season 3. In the next cycle - Emmys 2024, they will be even stronger, because their two best episodes - "Fishes" and "Forks" are eligible for Emmys 2024. so in September, they will sweep once again. But I do hope they move to Drama with Season 3.
  8. It is unbelievable. And it is even more amazing when you think that the second place on that list (most nominated TV series without a single win) is Newhart with 25 nominations. But there is a long list of great TV series that Television Academy has not recognized. The last couple of years, there is a trend of award-winning bodies giving more and more awards to fewer and fewer series. Spreading the wealth is not a thing anymore and in the past 5-10 years, we have expansion of content, both cinematic and on TV, and somehow fewer shows are being awarded. Last night, BEEF, THE BEAR and SUCCESSION all took three acting prizes, directing and writing plus the top prize in their respective categories. That was very rare 10-20 years ago.
  9. CCA deciding to give us races in Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress is certainly an inspiring choice. I really thought we would see 4 acting sweeps, and now Emma Stone and Paul Giamatti gave us a race. Despite OPPENHEIMER going so strong, Paul can win an Oscar. And I wouldn't mind that. He is absolutely glorious in THE HOLDOVERS.
  10. That would be that for tonight when it comes to TV awards. Big night for THE BEAR, BEEF and SUCCESION. Tomorrow we have Emmys...
  11. The 2023 Producers Guild Of America (PGA) Nominations
  12. The 2023 Producers Guild Of America (PGA) Nominations Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures American Fiction Anatomy Of A Fall Barbie The Holdovers Killers Of The Flower Moon Maestro Oppenheimer Past Lives Poor Things The Zone Of Interest Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures The Boy And The Heron Elemental Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse The Super Mario Bros. Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
  13. The 2023 Art Directors Guild (ADG) Nominations The 2023 Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Nominations The 2023 American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) Nominations
  14. The 2023 Art Directors Guild (ADG) Nominations The 2023 Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Nominations The 2023 American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) Nominations
  15. If you know what this means, you know how hilariously epic it would be to see ORIGIN, Ava DuVernay or any of the actors, like Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor nominated.
  16. There is a joke that they had to find a way to nominate Helen Mirren so instead of doing it in Lead Actress, they chose BARBIE (yeah, she is credited there) They have really dropped the ball with these nominations. I don't mind different award bodies doing their own thing, but SAG-Aftra really did dirty several films and performances. Naturally, I didn't expect to see Huller or Lee nominated here, because I can't remember when a non-English performance of a foreign actress was nominated (not even Isabelle Huppert). Di Caprio and Ruffalo are quite shocking, especially since KOTFM made the cast. The one that hurts the most is Charles Melton. And honestly, I thought SALTBURN would do well with this crowd. Then they nominated Penelope Cruz, one truly inspiring choice. Still haven't seen FERRARI, but from what I hear, she deserves all the awards for that performance. Known as someone who usually misses precursors but appear on Oscar morning, Cruz should not be dismissed.
  17. The 2023 Directors Guild Of America (DGA) Nominations For Television, Documentary & Commercials
  18. The 2024 Directors Guild Of America (DGA) Feature Film Nominations NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM Greta Gerwig – Barbie Christopher Nolan – Oppenheimer Yorgos Lanthimos – Poor Things Alexander Payne – The Holdovers Martin Scorsese – Killers of the Flower Moon FIRST TIME NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM Cord Jefferson – American Fiction Manuela Martelli – Chile ’76 Noora Niasari – Shayda A.V. Rockwell – A Thousand And One Celine Song – Past Lives
  19. That is what you get when you include tens of thousands of DJs, radio hosts etc. I haven't properly analyzed the TV noms, as I have been stunned by the bizarre nature of film nominations. Now, those are wild.
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