It's the end of the year, and you know what that means.... AWARDS SEASON!
It's a personal guilty pleasure of mine to sit and ponder what kind of award millionaires get, and throw a fit if MY favorite billionaire gets snubbed for another bajillionare. Joking aside, I do love the ceremonies, because it's a nice end cap to all the fantastic films released this year (and I do love heated debates about which films are better).
Starting with the positive, I'm glad to see a lot of African American love (for good reason) and weirdly Deadpool is the only superhero film after The Dark Knight to get major awards, EIGHT years later! Musicals are back with a bang, with La La Land, and Sing Street receiving nominations!
Onto the negative.... usually I disagree more with The Oscars than The Globes, but this year has me baffled... Tom Ford gets a director nom, but his movie doesn't, and Jonah Hill gets one for fucking WAR DOGS?! And Meryl Streep...... Ugh.
Anyways, here are my (read: better) picks for the year.
(Note: my picks are the same except when bolded)
Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
Unfortunately due to release scheduling, I won't able to see Elle and Neruda until the end of the year, and The Salesman (which I'm very excited about!) won't here until January!
The ONE foreign film I have seen this year is The Handmaiden, which is excellent, but probably is too much for the regular voter.
- Elle (probably the winner)
- The Salesman
- Toni Erdmann
Best Original Song, Motion Picture
- “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
- “City of Stars,” La La Land
- “Faith,” Sing
- “Gold,” Gold
- “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana (probably the winner, and my pick)
Best Motion Picture, Animated
This year has been overflowing with great animated flicks (check out my buddy Matt's video on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KpdrmDrBLQ&t=2s ).
I'm also kinda torn being happy and sad that Disney released TWO movies that were better than Pixar's offering, and THAT wasn't even nominated. Cars 1 AND 2 were, to put that into perspective.
- Kubo and the Two Strings (my choice for the winner)
- Moana (probably the winner)
- My Life as a Zucchini
- "Finding Dory" replacing "Sing" (I mean come on!!)
Original Score, Motion Picture
We've had suck an off key (hehe) year for scores this year. Musicals are comings back with a bang, and Moonlight & Arrival subverts the traditional musical tropes for their perspective genres!
- La La Land (probably the winner, and my pick too!)
- Hidden Figures
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
This one is particularly tricky to predict the winner, because sometimes they give it to the underdog that doesn't have that many nominations or it could swing the other way completely.
It's also hard to pick my favorite because they're all really well done. It's also interesting how most of them, save for Hell of High Water, are actually written by the director. 2016 truly is the year of the auteur.
- La La Land
- Nocturnal Animals
- Manchester by the Sea
- The Lobster/Arrival - replacing Hell or High Water (The Lobster is so clever it's painful that it's not getting any attention for its writing. Also it was written by the director, thus including it kinda completes the theme of New Wave Auteurism for me. Or you could go with Arrival, as the screenwriter Eric Heisserer gives us an amazingly introspective sci-fi scripts that turns the genre's tropes onto its head)
Best Film Supporting Actor
2016 has been an absolutely great year for those characters that used to merely exist as tools for our protagonists to overcome their obstacles. I'm kinda surprised by Dev Patel's inclusion, seeing as he technically the leading man, but it was obvious that he wasn't gonna be nominated for that category which is a shame. Simon Helberg is meh in a meh movie that's only getting attention because it has Meryl Streep in it. Jeff bridges is good in his role, but he was
- Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight" (probable winner and my pick!)
- Lucas Hedges, "Manchester by the Sea" Replacing Jef Bridges (the kid is the other half of the brilliant equation that is Manchester by the Sea. He's naturally charming, and he isn't actually from Boston which is insane!)
- Daniel Radcliffe, "Swiss Army Man"/Liam Neeson, "Silence" Replacing Simon Helberg (The movie is in my top 10 this year, and that's due largely to Radcliffe's performance. The utter sincerity of the movie got all giddy, and you kinda deserve at least a nod if you made me tear about a relation between a boy and his farting corpse. I gave "prestige" voters another option)
- Dev Patel, "Lion"
- Aaron Johnson-Taylor, "Nocturnal Animals"
Best Film Supporting Actress
- Viola Davis, “Fences”
- Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
- Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
- Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
- Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor
Ah yes, the infamous category where being stranded on Mars is considered comedic because you spouted a funny one liner about disco (?). Anyway, the choices this year both excited me and bewildered me. A smile when I saw Farrell & Reynolds being nominated is quickly replaced with a puzzled look noticing Hugh Grant, and then turned into a grimace when I saw Jonah Hill's name. Don't get me wrong, I love the Hill (please don't hate me for writing that), but he's slowly turning into the male version of Meryl Strep (we'll get to her..... soon).
- Colin, Farrell, The Lobster
- Ryan Gosling, La La Land
- Keegan Michael-Key, "Don't Think Twice" Replacing Jonah Hill (an underrated summer movie which I recommend everybody to watch. Keegan playing a character, the ONE actor plucked from his group of friends to rich & fame, that's never been represented on screens before with this much nuance)
- Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, "Sing Street" Replacing Hugh Grant
- Ryan Reynolds, "Deadpool"
Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress
Ah yes of course this is the time of the year where we curse the Streep streak until we lose our voices (or our interest). It's passed beyond being a joke, and is just an never-ending source of misery to women who were snubbed from their deserved nom. At least there's Stone & (surprisingly) Hailee Steinfeld.
- Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”
- Lily Collins, “Rules Don’t Apply”
- Hailee Steinfeld, “Edge of Seventeen”
- Emma Stone, “La La Land”
- Gillian Jacobs, "Don't Think Twice" Replacing Meryl Streep (Jacobs was great in her subdued performance of a comedy actress that doesn't receive any recognition whilst her partner is getting an incredible amount of it)
Again, I'm so so happy that musicals with decent music (read: NOT Rock of Ages) are back! Unfortunately, there's choice that doesn't hold up with the rest...
- “20th Century Women”
- “La La Land”
- "The Lobster"/"Swiss Army Man" Replacing "Florece Foster Jenkins" (Look I don't hate Streep, I really don't. Usually her performance saves a mediocre movie, like in The Iron Lady, but this is more of a... Orange County situation. Even though I lean more towards Swiss Army Man, but again for "prestige" voters I gave another option instead.)
- “Sing Street”
Best Film Drama Actor
It's been a teary year ladies and gentlemen. From crying for a black kid in ghetto Miami, to crying for Casey Affleck's character going through his endless misery. I haven't seen Fences (again due to it releasing later this year), and Viggo Mortensen's role is more appropriate for the Comedy Actor category. And freaking Jake Gyllenhaal got snubbed AGAIN! People lobbied behind DiCaprio, but he at least gets nominated!
- Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
- Joel Edgerton, “Loving”
- Andrew Garfield, “Silence” - Same Actor different movie (I haven't seen Silence, fucking release dates, but I've seen Hacksaw Ridge and it was.... ok. Andrew was decent in it, and voters obviously wanna reward him for being in 2 high profile roles. In my opinion, I'd rather Scorsese get more recognition than Gibson)
- Alex Hibbert, "Moonlight" Replacing Denzel Washington (Every actor in Moonlight is incredible, which is why it deservedly won so many ensemble awards. BUT if we're gonna single out anybody in this movie it HAS to be the kid playing Little. My god I've never wanted to actually reach out and hug a character so badly. Hibbert does Jenkin's screenplay justice and he needs to be commended for that)
- Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nocturnal Animals" Replacing Mortensen (Jake Gyllenhaal just excels in every role he's in, especially being a weird creep. He deserves this nom so badly)
Best Film Drama Actress
Again, a great year for crying endlessly. Ruth Negga was peeeerfect in Loving, and Natalie Portman was captivating in her turn as Jackie. And Amy Adams was great in two high profile films!! It's telling that this is the only category where I'm satisfied with all the choices made.
- Amy Adams, “Arrival”
- Jessica Chastain, “Miss Sloane”
- Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
- Ruth Negga, “Loving”
- Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
inda pleasantly surprised that Hell of High Water and Lion are in here. Unfortunately I have to replace one of them, because I just think there's a superior movies that deserves that spot.
- "Arrival" Replacing Hacksaw Ridge (I'm sorry Mel, But Denis Villeneuve made a better film)
- "Nocturnal Animals" Replacing Hell or High Water
- “Manchester by the Sea”
Best Film Director
It's worth noting that despite the mediocre turnout of the studio films this year, indie directors have been churning out fantastics releases one after the other. With Chazzelle bringing back the bombastic musical, Villeneuve subverting the sci-fi genre, and Jenkins producing a timeless tale of ghetto Miami.
- Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
- Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
- Denis Villeneuve "Arrival" Replacing "Hacksaw Ridge" (this movie is just incredible. With Heisserer's smart ideas brought beautifully into screen by Villeneuve's magic touch. Besides he's the Jake Gyllenhaal of movie directors, he's been making excellent movies EVERY YEAR since 2013!)
- Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
- Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”