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The first major award to honour the best of Hollywood films in the year 2015 has arrived; the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2016 by vincentloy

I managed to watch (or listen to exactly) parts of the presentation ceremony of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards this morning live from online streaming at Youtube. That’s illegal but it’s the only way that I could catch up to the result the same time with the television audiences from the US. It’s evening over there in US but it’s already morning the next day here in Malaysia. Too bad, the internet connection is not good and so I only managed to listen to certain parts of the show while I’m working in my office (couldn’t watch it since I have to work!).

Ricky Gervais hosted the ceremony organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) at the usual venue, Beverly Hills and Hotel, Los Angeles. This is Ricky’s fourth time hosting the Golden Globes. He is good and funny as well but I miss Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The girls were much funnier in their previous hosting for the Golden Globes three times consecutively. Even Ricky’s opening monologue isn’t that hilarious and was shorter. As for the results of the awards, here below is the winners’ list. (the winner in bold alongside with the other 4 losing nominees). I also inserted my brief opinion after each categories. By the way, I didn’t include the television categories in since I didn’t watch any US series. I’m like most others only interested on the film section.

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Best motion picture, drama

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Carol”

“The Revenant”

“Room”

“Spotlight”

Opinion: I’m not pleased with this outcome. ‘The Revenant’ is a nice movie but it’s not a best-picture’s quality. Out of all the five nominees, ‘The Revenant’ is actually the film with the lowest score from multiple critics, be it from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritics. I don’t get why the HFPA voters voted this to win. I would prefer ‘Room’ to take it as I’m moved by this movie the most out of the five nominees. It’s a small budget movie but came with strong story and superb performances. A surprisingly exceptional film that should have won than ‘The Revenant’.

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Best motion picture, musical or comedy

“Joy”

“Spy”

“The Big Short”

“The Martian”

“Trainwreck”

Opinion: I don’t understand why HFPA sorted ‘The Martian’ as a comedy. The movie is nothing funny and I’m sure 100% of people out there would have placed it under ‘drama’ category which is obviously more suitable. I think HFPA liked this movie very much but the competition over at the ‘drama’ categories are too crowded, hence this decision. Anyway, I’m happy that ‘The Martian’ is getting recognition too. It’s a good movie (but it’s certainly not a comedy!!!) It’s a joke that the HFPA placed the movie here. Or they think that it is a musical? Hahaha….What’s on their minds, really?

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Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama

Saoirse Ronin, “Brooklyn”

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Opinion: Very happy for Brie Larson. She is young but extremely talented and she nailed the role as the mother in the movie ‘Room’. Also to mention that Jacob Tremblay is awesome too portraying her son in this beautiful movie. Both Cate and Rooney were fantastic in ‘Carol’ too but putting them together in the same list equals to killing each other off, making it a lot easier for Brie Larson to take this home. She deserved it anyway. Alicia Vikander on the other hand is an extremely gifted actress and she shined this year. Awards may be too fast for her, but I’m sure her time will come very soon for multiple awards next time.

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Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”

Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”

Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”

Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Joy’ but I knew Jennifer Lawrence is a very talented and professional actress. No problem with her taking another Golden Globe again.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Will Smith, “Concussion”

Opinion: Ahhaa…finally Leonardo diCaprio is winning for the ‘drama’ section. This gives him a big boost for his chance in the next coming awards soon especially the Oscars of which he is certainly long overdue and has never win before. He is great in ‘The Revenant’ and he deserved it. It’s his year. No one else should take the trophies away from him. Michael Fassbender can try again next year. Eddie Redmayne had just won last year and should be fine letting it go this time around.

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Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Paul Dano,” Love”

Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Creed’ but I hear many good words for Sylvester Stallone. I think he deserved it too since he is a wonderful senior actor and the movie brought him back to awards’ stage.

Best performance by actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Jane Fonda, “Youth”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”

Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Opinion: Since Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander compete in leading role, so everything is easier for Kate Winslet. Well, she is good too in ‘Steve Jobs’ alongside the leading man, Michael Fassbender. Happy that she won an award after many years of not seeing her on stage receiving award already. Another great actress.

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Best director, motion picture

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Todd Haynes, “Carol”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Ridley Scott, “The Martian”

Opinion: I think HFPA gave this to Alejandro G. Inarritu because he didn’t win it last year for his accomplishment in ‘Birdman’ that won him Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars but not at the Golden Globes. So, HFPA compensate it for him this year. However, in my personal opinion, I would prefer Ridley Scott or George Miller to take it this year. Anyway, I still have to say that Alejandro G. Inarritu is an awesome director. He knew things well on how his movie should go.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Steve Carell, “The Big Short”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”

Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”

Opinion: It’s like the most predictable result of the whole show. This is simply allocated for Matt Damon since he would stand no chance at ‘drama’ category like I said earlier.

Best screenplay, motion picture

Emma Donoghue, “Room”

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”

Quentin Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight”

Opinion: Another expected result. A script by Aaron Sorkin is always magnificent, especially when he wrote on subjects related to technology. His previous work in ‘The Social Network’ also won him a lot of accolades.

Best original score, motion picture

Carter Burwell, “Carol”

Alexander Desplat, “The Danish Girl”

Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Daniel Pemberton, “Steve Jobs”

Ryuchi Sakamoto, “The Revanant”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘The Hateful Eight’ and so I couldn’t judge. But in my opinion, I prefer ‘The Danish Girl’ to win this actually. However, ‘The Danish Girl’ is not receiving award buzz already due to lower-than-expected ratings.

Best motion picture, animated

“Anomalisa”

“The Good Dinosaur”

“Inside Out”

“The Peanuts Movie”

“Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Opinion: Very happy for ‘Inside Out’ to win. Certainly the best animated movie last year with no doubt. There is actually a split second that I’m worried that ‘Anomalisa’ may take this home as a dark horse since many are praising that movie too (but I don’t enjoy it). Glad that ‘Inside Out’ still prevails in the end.

Best original song, motion picture

“Love Me Like You Do,” “Fifty Shades of Grey”

“One Kind of Love,” “Love & Mercy”

“See You Again,” “Furious 7”

“Simple Song #3,” “Youth”

“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”

Opinion: My top 2 favourites are ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ and ‘See You Again’. Any one of them winning is fine for me. Since ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ win the Golden Globes already, I think the following awards should instead recognize ‘See You Again’.

Best motion picture, foreign language

“The Brand New Testament”

“The Club”

“The Fencer”

“Mustang”

“Son of Saul”

Opinion: Didn’t watch any of the five nominated foreign-language films above and so no comment.

Extra note: I’m also surprised that Lady Gaga is winning an award in one of the television categories. Didn’t know that she can act as well aside from her superb singing. This is her first ever nomination in a film award, and she won it straight away. Hmm…

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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Michael Keaton vs. Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2015 by vincentloy

Looking from all the recently held major film awards in Hollywood, I am almost 100% certain that Julianne Moore will win the best actress, J.K. Simmons to win best supporting actor and Patricia Arquette for best supporting actress in the coming Academy Awards. They literally swept almost all the awards in their respective categories in the current Hollywood awards season before all culminates into the prestigious Academy (Oscars) Awards. No question on their worthiness as their performances this year easily out-shined the rest in their respective categories. Right now, they should start preparing a nice shelf to display their coming Oscars trophy. They are locked for it.

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(From left: Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette with their SAG trophies)

What sets to be the most exciting race now is the Best Actor category! Looking from the current statistics, Michael Keaton is a clear front-runner in the race with over 20 best actor prizes awarded to him earlier for his critically-lauded performance in ‘Birdman’ film. I didn’t watch the film, hence I couldn’t see it myself whether he is really that good. Right now, I will just stick to the majority and agreed that he is excellent in that movie. If not, how can he won that much of best actor trophies in the current Hollywood awards season. His most distinguished win are at the Golden Globes Award 2015 for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Leading Actor at Critics’ Choice Award 2015.

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(Left, Michael and right, Eddie goes on an exciting race for Best Actor this year)

However, right now, I’m sure he is no longer that confident to continue his winning streak in the last two approaching major film awards; British Academy of Film Awards (BAFTA) and of course, the Academy Awards (Oscars). Why? Eddie Redmayne is now racing up to pose a huge threat to Michael. Eddie Redmayne’s performance as the physicist Stephen Hawking in the film ‘The Theory of Everything’ had already won him Golden Globes Award 2015 for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. Despite losing Critics’ Choice to Michael, he got back to the race by winning the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) yesterday. The SAG Awards are always seen as a strong precursor to the coming Oscars, and with Eddie winning over Michael for the Best Actor in SAG, then this is going to be very exciting.

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(Eddie Redmayne with his SAG Trophy for Best Leading Actor)

Michael could no longer perfect his collection of Best Actor trophies right now. Eddie took the Screen Actors Guild Award, which is voted by about 160 000 members of actors, performers, journalists and radio personalities across the world. That’s a lot of people there. This may hint out that in Oscars, both is on neck-to-neck battle.

Who you are picking for Best Actor? I personally chose Eddie Redmayne because first, I watched his brilliant performance in that film, and secondly, he truly amazed me with his phenomenal handling of this role as Stephen Hawking. This role is more challenging (both physically and mentally) than Michael’s Birdman role in almost all angles. So, I will go for Eddie if I have the qualification to vote. Right now, his chance for winning at BAFTA is quite high (since he is a British and is easily favored by voters back in his home ground). As for Oscars, Michael Keaton still leads but Eddie is not far behind. Michael 60%, and Eddie 40%. As for the other nominees, sorry. Not to be rude, but you guys are nominated just to fill in the blank spaces. Wait…maybe Academy will give us another major shock this year (just like when they announced nominees for Best Animated Film when The Lego Movie isn’t even nominated) by giving Best Actor trophy to the other nominees. Who knows? Haha…

So, the current analysis on who will win the Oscars for best actor is like this:

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Michael Keaton, Birdman – 45%

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything – 35%

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game – 10%

Steve Carrell, Foxcatcher – 5%

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper – 5%

Wouldn’t want to give Steve and Bradley 0% eventhough I wished to actually. But since they are nominated, they deserved at least a bit of percentage in my analysis of chances of winning. If Academy wants to deliver another surprise, then it would be Benedict Cumberbatch. I like his performance in ‘The Imitation Game’, but still not as fascinating as Eddie or Michael. Before that, many already predicted Michael as the hot favourite, now Eddie also successfully raised his Oscars’ chances. Now, we will just wait and see the result in the coming BAFTA and Academy Awards.

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The King’s Speech vs The Social Network

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2011 by vincentloy

I have watched both of the movies mentioned above, and it seems there will be a serious fight between them in the upcoming 83rd Academy Awards or well known as Oscar. Both are the current hottest contenders for the Best Picture of the year, to be revealed this Sunday’s night (Monday’s morning in Malaysia).

The official nominees for the Best Picture are:

Black Swan – definitely going to watch it by this week as it received critical acclaim and high appraisal for Natalie Portman.

The Fighter – no interest on this kind of movie.

Inception – one of the best for the year, in music, in visual effects, and in original screenplay too (brilliant idea).

The Kids Are All Right – not available yet in Malaysia.

The King’s Speech – an epic historical drama film, but for me, it’s not the best for the year.

127 Hours – a movie based on a true story with brilliant performance by the one and only main cast, James Franco.

The Social Network – a movie on Facebook founding that leaves a great impact on the modern society with focus on friendship. The best of the year.

Toy Story 3 – a very touching animated film with great adventure.

True Grit – Not interested in this type of movie.

Winter’s Bone – Not available yet in Malaysia.

Out of the 10, I have watched 5, and will turn to 6 by end of this week before the Academy Awards presentation night. This is the first time I have been focusing so much on this awards, the biggest in film industry because I have watched many of those nominated films, so I have great interest on it for this year (based on movies released in 2010).

I have created a post on the official nomination list of the 83rd Academy Awards, to be hosted by young stars, James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/83rd-academy-awards-oscar-2011-nomination-list/

That post also includes my predictions and my favourite picks (which are separated). I believed for each year, the results that are announced are not fully satisfying. Same goes to this year.

Before the Oscar, there have been many awards (some I have not even heard before), and their picks go to either The King’s Speech and The Social Network. The King’s Speech won a lot, especially at British Annual Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) while The Social Network won big in Golden Globes Awards. However, if we checked on the statistics, The King’s Speech won more than The Social Network.


Before The King’s Speech, it is only The Social Network that steals the media attention for its brilliant acting, adapted screenplay, directing, editing and original score. After the release of The King’s Speech, everyone turned to this epic historical drama film, while there are only a bit of attention on the other nominees. A bit unfair, and predictable, that The King’s Speech will win the Best Picture at the Oscar.

The Social Network still has the chance to take the most prestigious award home. For me, I seriously like this movie a lot. For me, it’s not only the best picture of the year, but also among the best for the past ten years. I believed many people like The Social Network more than The King’s Speech, but they have to predict The King’s Speech to win because they have known the style of Oscar voters who are more into The King’s Speech. Of course, these predictors do not wish their predictions wrong, so they picked The King’s Speech rather than their own favourite, The Social Network.

For the Best Actor, the main fight is still between Colin Firth from The King’s Speech and Jesse Eisenberg from The Social Network. Same case as for the Best Picture category. Colin Firth lost last year, and so he will definitely going to win this year, unless Oscar wanted to give us a surprise. Colin’s acting is good as the King, but just not as perfect as Jesse as Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. His character is more outstanding. This is the first time Jesse received an Oscar nomination and I think he is already well satisfied with that. He even won some smaller awards in Best Actor category for his impressive role in The Social Network. Oscar will definitely thinks that he is too young (28 years old) for their Best Actor award. Oh..please, age is not a factor! The acting is the main point! If Colin lost last year, why everyone want to give the award to him this year despite there is no breakthrough in his performance.

Jesse and Colin chatting at the Oscar Luncheon:

For the Best Actress category, I think there is no fight at all, as everyone is looking forward to Natalie Portman‘s excellent performance in Black Swan, the movie I’m anticipating for this Oscar week. Same case for the Best Animated Film, which will definitely goes to Toy Story 3. A bit weird that Tangled and Despicable Me are not in the nomination. Nothing much to say for Best Supporting Actor as my favourite, Andrew Garfield from The Social Network is not nominated. He did a good job in the film alongside with Jesse Eisenberg.

From left to right: Jesse Eisenberg and Colin Firth for Best Actor, and Natalie Portman for Best Actress.

Many have already confirmed that David Fincher is going to win Best Director for The Social Network and Aaron Sorkin for Best Adapted Screenplay. As for Best Original Score, there is a slight fight between The Social Network and Inception, but I think Oscar would prefer The Social Network as they do not like sci-fi based music too much. For many other categories, I’m not interested.

So, finally, what I think is that The Social Network will not win the Best Picture while there are many other not-so-prestigious awards waiting for it. The King’s Speech is going to win Best Picture (eventhough I disagreed but have to accept this upcoming fact) and Best Actor, and some others, probably not more than four. The King’s Speech is definitely going to lost in Best Supporting Actor and Actress category (to be honest). Anyway, both films will win big at the star-studded night.

The official movie trailers for The King’s Speech and The Social Network:

You have to really watch this two movies and judge on your own, which is better? I have to accept the fact that everyone has different opinions.

So, here is basically my summary of my predictions and all those things about Oscar. Nominated in the Oscar is already a gift, winning it is like a gift above a gift, a prestigious one. I really hoped that the Oscar voters really think and decide well in voting, as their votes decide the winners and the losers on this most important film awards. Ohh, I want to watch the awards presentation! Can I watch it live in Malaysia? Most probably no…too bad….

For The Social Network, you are still the best movie of the year for me and many of us!

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Ohh….,this is my 555th post of my blog! What a nice number!