A Good Year For Chick Flicks
The Golden Globe Awards will be broadcasted on Bravo this week. This is supposed to be the precursor to the Oscars, but without all the glitz. Even though it is a much more relaxed ceremony, it is star-studded and it is still interesting to watch. There are several movies on the list that I am ashamed to say that I haven’t seen. fortunately, most of them are now available on DVD.
This was a very good year for Chick Flicks. Meryl Streep continues her comic reign in the delightful Julie & Julia and It’s Complicated. Sandra Bullock also had a good year (we won’t mention All About Steve) with The Blind Side and The Proposal. Disney gave us a Jazzy new Princess and Rob Marshall’s Nine feeds my need for musicals.
See my reviews of some of the nominated movies:
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
The Hurt Locker
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
UP IN THE AIR
The Ones To Watch: Precious has received a lot of press and seems to be a popular choice. But Up In The Air may be a close contender.
Who I Want to Win: I suppose I should say Precious.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE –DRAMA
EMILY BLUNT Young Victoria
SANDRA BULLOCK The Blind Side
HELEN MIRREN The Last Station
CAREY MULLIGAN An Education
GABOUREY SIDIBE Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
JEFF BRIDGES Crazy Heart
GEORGE CLOONEY Up In the Air
COLIN FIRTH A Single Man
MORGAN FREEMAN Invictus
TOBEY MAGUIRE Brothers
The Ones To Watch: Sandra has 2 nominations this year and this is a first nomination for Precious star Gaourey Sidibe. For the men, Jeff Bridges has a great chance for playing an alcoholic, as does Tobey Maguire, who is playing quite a different role than Spiderman.
Who I Want to Win: It would be nice to see Jeff Bridges win, even though I think George Clooney might be the favorite. I think this will be Sandra Bullock’s year.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
The Ones To Watch: Believe it or not, I didn’t see The Hangover. But the other nominees are all Chick Flicks. 500 Days of Summer is such an amazing movie, two movies with Meryl and a musical!
Who I Want to Win: 500 Days of Summer!
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE- COMEDY OR MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE –COMEDY OR MUSICAL
MATT DAMON The Informant!
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Nine
ROBERT DOWNEY JR Sherlock Holmes
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT 500 Days of Summer
MICHAEL STUHLBARG A Serious Man
The Ones To Watch: Who knew Daniel Day-Lewis could sing and dance, but then again, he can do anything. As can Meryl Streep, nominated twice in the same category. We won’t discuss Julia (you know how I feel about her).
Who I Want to Win: Marion Cotillard was amazing in Nine. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the heart-broken young man in 500 Days of Summer.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Let’s just cut to the chase, you know I’m going to say: THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
PENÉLOPE CRUZ Nine
VERA FARMIGA Up In the Air
ANNA KENDRICK Up In the Air
MO’NIQUE Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
JULIANNE MOORE A Serious Man
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
MATT DAMON Invictus
WOODY HARRELSON The Messenger
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER The Last Station
STANLEY TUCCI T The Lovely Bones
CHRISTOPH WALTZ Inglourious Basterds
The Ones To Watch: Up in the Air has a lot buzz going, but those actresses are up against some very stiff compitition.
Who I Want to Win: No disrespect to Penelope or Julianne, but Mo’Nique went to another place to play the role of Precious’ horrible mother. I would be very surprised if she didn’t win this award.
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
KATHRYN BIGELOW The Hurt Locker
JAMES CAMERON Avatar
CLINT EASTWOOD Invictus
JASON REITMAN Up In the Air
QUENTIN TARANTINO Inglourious Basterds
The Ones To Watch: This is an interest category, since it is almost the same as the nominations for the Director’s Guild Awards. Except for the DGA nomination of Lee Daniels for Precious. The DGA’s will be held on January 30th. They are usually a good indication for the Oscar winner for Best Director.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
CINEMA ITALIANO– NINE Music & Lyrics by: Maury Yeston
I WANT TO COME HOME – EVERYBODY’S FINE Music & Lyrics by: Paul McCartney
I SEE YOU – AVATAR Music by: James Horner, Simon Franglen Lyrics by: James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell
THE WEARY KIND – CRAZY HEART Music & Lyrics by: Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett
WINTER – BROTHERS Music by: U2, Lyrics by: Bono
Who I Want to Win: I would have left this category out all together, but Bono and U2 were nominated, so you know who I want to win.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
BIG LOVE (HBO), DEXTER (SHOWTIME), HOUSE (FOX), TRUE BLOOD (HBO), MAD MEN (AMC) AMC
Who I Want to Win: Mad Men, of course! See 5 Reasons You Should Watch Mad Men.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –DRAMA
GLENN CLOSE Damages
JANUARY JONES Mad Men
JULIANNA MARGULIES The Good Wife
ANNA PAQUIN True Blood
KYRA SEDGWICK The Closer
Who I Want to Win: I really love Kyra Sedgwick as Chief Brenda Lee Johnson on The Closer, but January Jones gives such a wonderful perfomance as the repressed wife Betty Draper on Mad Men .
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
SIMON BAKER The Mentalist, BILL PAXTON Big Love, MICHAEL C. HALL Dexter, HUGH LAURIE House, JON HAMM Mad Men
Who I Want to Win: Do I even have to say it. Come on…Hugh Laurie won last year, give Jon Hamm a chance.
The Lesser Luminaries
The People’s Choice Awards (January 6th) See the list of the Winners.
Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) ( January 23, 2010)
The BIG One.
The nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday, February 2, 2010, and all of Hollywood is sitting on pins and needles to see is will be the chosen few. The Oscar show will air on Sunday, March 7th. Start planning your Oscar parties now.