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2017 Golden Globes: The Biggest Shocks, Highlights and Reaction

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Excitement for the 74th Golden Globes kicked off a couple of months back when it was announced that popular US talk show host and comedian Jimmy Fallon would be taking over as host.

Anticipation was high, but as soon as the opening VT rolled the praise came pouring in via every social media orifice the interweb could open…

In hindsight, the five minute imitation of La La Land was a sign of things to come, but as a show opener it was fun, funny and full of stars – everything we would expect from a Jimmy Fallon awards show.

Unfortunately it seemed Fallon hit an early peak, as the mood cooled throughout the show, culminating in one Tweet speculating if he’d been fired mid-show due to his prolonged absence. Of course the same was said of Ricky Gervais in 2010 and he has since hosted another three times. That said, Fallon had a tough act to follow and whether he will be invited back remains in question, but this opening video has to be one of the best we’ve seen in a while.

It didn’t take long for the Globes to give us the first big surprise of the night. The first award for Best Supporting Actor was widely considered a foregone conclusion. Mahershala Ali had won almost every accolade to date for his performance in Moonlight, yet somehow Aaron Taylor-Johnson came out from nowhere to win for Nocturnal Animals.

The headlines didn’t stop there. In fact there was barely an intermission before the HFPA made a huge political statement that will no doubt heap pressure on the Academy, as Blackish and Altanta picked up successive television awards and reignited the diversity debate. This time, surely, for the right reasons.

“This is for all the women of color…whose stories & thoughts are not always considered valid & important” is fast becoming one of the most quotable speech excerpts of the night, courtesy of Tracee Ellis Ross. Though not everyone is jumping on the bandwagon:

Continuing a spotlight on the television categories, Sarah Paulson’s mini-series win for The People v O.J. Simpson could be the biggest indication we get that America are still intensely fascinated with the Simpson case, and show no signs of wavering when it comes to the Oscar nominations. O.J.: Made in America is looking like a very strong candidate next month.

But despite a largely successful evening for The People v O.J. there was no luck for supporting actor Sterling K. Brown, who lost out on his award to Hugh Laurie. Flying the flag for Britain, and arguably causing a small upset in the process, he won for his acclaimed performance in BBC hit The Night Manager.

Upset or not, his Blighty charm certainly wins the popularity contest:

Later in the evening, Olivia Coleman and Tom Hiddleston completed the triple by winning supporting actress and best actor respectively, making it a cracking night for British television.

Normality then resumed as La La Land understandably picked up two awards for best original score and original song (City of Stars). It has faltered throughout the season, facing stiff competition from the score of Jackie, but the First Lady biopic failed to make the nominations here, making it a pretty straightforward win for Justin Hurwitz. City of Stars could have easily lost out to Moanasignalling a potential fondness for the musical.

Order in the acting categories was largely restored when Viola Davis picked up her trophy, which may as well have been pre-engraved, for her allegedly supporting role in Fences. However, a verbal slip-up on air during the award’s presentation has caused Hidden Fences to go viral – no doubt it will be trending before the closing credits.

The award for best actor in a comedy or musical was difficult to call, considering none of the nominees really stood much chance in the Oscar race – where categories are not segregated by genre. This was Ryan Gosling’s moment for a small victory, riding the La La Land wave and he beat competition from Hugh Grant and Ryan Reynolds to do it.

Talking of momentum, La La Land went on to claim another surprise win, by beating Manchester by the Sea to Best Screenplay – the first musical to do so in over 60 years. Kenneth Lonergan’s script was considered one of the strongest, while Chazelle had barely dented this category so this is a huge endorsement. However, he will struggle to convert into an Academy Award so he should make the most of this win.

Meanwhile, Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig made Twitter explode with their double act. They presented the award for Best Animated Feature and triggered a wave of pleas for them to host next year, so if you’re reading HFPA…

And on the note of Animated Feature, Disney’s Zootopia continued the studio’s great run at the Globes. Kubo and the Two Strings has proved to be a strong contender, if not gaining the edge with a slew of recent awards, so the Mouse House will appreciate this win. A lot.

But back to presenters as Sunny Pawar – the young supporting actor in Lion – stole the show and totally won the night as Dev Patel lifted him up to help present an award. A far cry from the, well, far cries for Tom Hiddleston to stop talking during his acceptance speech, which @michmarkowitz called his “did I ever tell you about the time I went backpacking in Europe?” story to get laid.

Meanwhile, Elle piled on the results that many will go on to call an upset, as it beat the season frontrunner Toni Erdmann to win Foreign Language Film. Following which there was an interlude to the main proceedings as Meryl Streep was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille award – a fitting tribute to an actress nominated for 30 Golden Globes.

Her speech blew up the internet and everyone, though it doesn’t seem possible, now love her even more. If nothing else, tonight will be the night Meryl Streep was immortalised by the Twitterverse.

The final hour of the night may as well be renamed the La La Land tribute hour, beginning with Best Director, which many already predicted would go to Damien Chazelle. Following a few surprise wins along the way, it would have been heavily against the tide to give the award to anyone but him.

It was then Emma Stone’s turn to take the stage, as she collected her award for best actress in a comedy or musical, followed swiftly by the producers who, by now were just waiting to be given the Globe for best comedy/musical film. And so completed their remarkable seven wins from seven nominations – a feat that all but solidifies their place at the top of the Oscar contender heap.

La La Land also set a new record, winning more Golden Globes than any other film in history.

Now came somewhat of an anticlimax as Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea – shut out of the other categories – finally get an opportunity to win something. Casey Affleck kindly obliged with his inevitable leading actor win. This is already a sure thing at the Academy Awards. But before the night wrapped up there was one final surprise, as Isabelle Huppert won best actress in a drama for her stirring performance in Elle.

This will come as a shock to Natalie Portman, who would have been very confident considering Emma Stone, her biggest rival on the awards circuit, was in a different category here. This blows the best actress race wide open as we head full speed towards the Oscars.

Finally, Moonlight scooped Best Drama, which gives its fans some solace that it can still put up a fight in the Oscar race. Even more reassuring is the apparent lack of confidence some awards experts in the Globes with regards to predicting the Academy Awards:

The parallel between the Globes and the Oscars may be too volatile to bet on, but it demonstrates a clear sentiment towards La La Land within the industry, something which until now has not been echoed by critics circles. Ordinarily, winning a few Globes would not cause much concern, but this isn’t a normal year. La La Land broke records, winning more than any single film in the Globes’ 74 year history.

The show also packed a few surprises, ironically unsurprisingly, but these were more to Moonlight‘s detriment than anything. Isabelle Huppert winning best actress has just narrowed the Oscar race, giving La La Land more gravitas, while it’s inability to make dents in categories within which they were directly competing will not sit well.

Whatever you make of the results, I think we can all agree it has been one hell of a year at the Golden Globes and, if Twitter has anything to say about it, we can expect Mr. Carell taking us through next year…

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Oscars 2018

THE BURDEN OF OSCAR: POLITICS AND FILM.

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2017 was not overly kind to Hollywood. A drop in cinema audiences. Dismal summer box office. Increasing competition from the rise of Netflix and compelling television shows. Decreasing ratings for movie awards shows. Justice League.
And please, nobody even mention Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey.

In short it all went a bit Pete Tong for La La Land last year.
In fact the La La Land /Moonlight mix up at the Oscars in February now seems a rare bright spot in the 2017 tinsel town calendar. Reading out the wrong best picture winner? Light relief! Oh, how we can laugh now at a ‘wrong envelope mishap’ in the wake of #metoo and #sheknew

So, where and when did the rot start?
I’d suggest November 2016. On 8th November to be precise. Hollywood was tux and gown ready to celebrate the presidential victory of the woman whose campaign many A listers had funded to the tune of millions. However, 60 million Americans had a different plan. Enter the Donald!
The rest is outrage history.

Hollywood has since used Twitter, late night chat shows the press and most of all, awards shows to bash Trump……….and by association the 60 million who voted for him. 60 million potential movie fans.

Some love the political content of awards shows. Some are infuriated by it. But for many the politics has just got old really quickly. All they want from their movie and tv stars is entertainment. Yet the one industry that has the power to bring polarised communities together isn’t managing it. Nor does the entertainment media help.

The dumbest question on the movie red carpet in 2017 was one that was repeated the most, earnestly each time as if it was something unbelievably profound: what do you think will Trump voters make of your film?
Alexander Payne when asked it at the Venice film festival was one of the few who refused to be baited. He said he hoped that he made films for everybody. Unfortunately for him, his film Downsizing didn’t exactly please everybody but at least he recognised that his role is as a filmmaker not political campaigner. Similarly, while other stars have lost fans due to their relentless political tirades, Frances McDormand has been gaining them by being funny, entertaining and making it clear that her politics are her private business. But Payne and McDormand are rare. Too many stars and filmmakers take the media bait or can’t resist lecturing the world on the cause du jour when it isn’t the time and place to do so.

That is the issue. There is a time and place to make earnest speeches, to berate, to demand change, to highlight injustice. The Oscars podium isn’t it.

I’ve been lucky enough to go to the Oscars. It was a terrific experience. It was everything I’d imagined the Oscars to be; glamorous, fun, starry and an escape from the norm. The dresses were colourful and gorgeous. The jokes were funny. Everyone was out to party!
Was it frivolous, unreal and superficial. Yep. And it was all the more wonderful for that because I’d come to the event from conducting a 15 day case in the High court about a paedophile ring. So I know about the real world, thank you. And so do the millions who watch the Oscars on television around the world. The Oscars is their escape from the real world, as it was mine.

Yes, the Oscars has always been political to a degree; Marlon Brando sending a Native American woman to collect his Oscar for The Godfather, Michael Moore leading the charge against President Bush and the Iraq war, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon highlighting Haiti and many more issues. But those were moments in a lengthy ceremony. The rest of the show remained light and fun. The atmosphere overall wasn’t somber, even funereal. In the last 3-4 years the politics has completely overshadowed the films and the film stars.

The Oscars now seems to be first about race, sexuality, political affiliation, hashtag movements with the actual work second.

The #oscarssowhite in 2016 campaign was the first year that I can remember when a cause dominated the coverage, pushing the films and actors in contention for the awards out of the limelight. But it has continued. Last year the subject was President Trump. This year it’s #metoo and #TimesUp.
Around Oscar time I get asked 3 main questions: which of the nominated films do I recommend? Who do I think will win? Who had the best dress?

The first suggests that being nominated/winning really does help a film’s box office. And since the Oscars is essentially an industry event at which the film business shows off its wares, that’s a good thing. The second shows that humans are a competitive lot at heart. It’s why we love sport. No one truly likes ‘participation prizes’. We want there to be a ‘best’ so we can endlessly argue about it for evermore afterwards.
And yes, the third question is every bit as legitimate as the first two. Hollywood is the epitome of glamour. Fashion is big business that employs many people. The Oscars brings the two together on a world stage. And yes, women get asked about their dresses because it’s what many people tune in to see. The men’s tuxedos are the same each year. They aren’t the draw.
Funnily, the questions that don’t crop up are ‘what does Chris Hemsworth think about Brexit’ or ‘ What are Rebel Wilson’s views on the fiscal crisis’.
Maybe, just maybe, people don’t really care.

As I write this, some media outlets are reporting that Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster will present the best actress award this year instead of Casey Affleck. He withdrew recently from the tradition of the previous best actor winner presenting the new best actress winner with her gong, most likely, because he didn’t want or need the media coverage that would have dogged him in respect of allegations of sexual misconduct which were subject to an agreement between him and two women. None of the trio are legally allowed to speak publicly about the agreement. No one outside their respective close circles and legal advisers knows what the terms of the agreement were. Affleck could have agreed terms because he’s guilty as hell and didn’t want a court trial to prove it. The women could have been lying through their teeth and didn’t want a court trial to prove it.

Or, you know, the truth could lie somewhere in the middle. As it often does. Point is, we will never know.

That, of course didn’t stop hysterical speculation last year on social media of what Casey Affleck was ‘definitely, absolutely, 100% guilty of” – because – wait for it- he always plays creepy guys on screen! And it wouldn’t have stopped it this year, specially in the wake of #metoo. So Affleck stepped aside.

If it’s true that Lawrence and Foster will replace him, has the Academy really thought it through? What’s the message here:

That it takes two women to replace one man?

That there are no men left in Hollywood who can even safely present a woman with an award?

That only women can present an award to a woman because gender segregation is where we’re at in 2018??!!

See, this is what happens when you add politics to the mix. You may think you’re doing something right but it can come out all wrong.

On Oscar night on Sunday, armed police and security guards will protect stars who will go on stage and speak passionately against guns. Actresses who cheered and gave standing ovations to convicted child rapist Roman Polanski will now speak passionately against sexual predators. The list is endless of hypocrisies Hollywood can be called out for, so the wise thing to do might be to leave politics outside the door and, you know, entertain on the biggest night of the glamour industry.

However, I’m not betting on it.

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#Oscars90 2018 Academy Award Winners

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Best Picture: THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Director: Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Best Actor: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Best Actress: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney (I,Tonya)

Best Original Screenplay: Get Out 

Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name

Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049

Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread

Best Hair and Make-Up: Darkest Hour

Best Documentary: Icarus

Best Original Score: The Shape Of Water

Best Original Song: Remember Me from Coco

Best Editing: Dunkirk

Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049

Best Animated Film: Coco

Best Live Action Short: The Silent Child

Best Animated Short: Dear Basketball

Best Documentary Short: Heaven is a Traffic Jam

Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk

Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk

Best Production Design: The Shape Of Water

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Oscar Night 2018

2018 Academy Awards – Our Predictions

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Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Darryl’s Prediction: GET OUT

Luke’s Prediction: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

Darryl’s Prediction: GUILLERMO DEL TORO (The Shape Of Water)

Luke’s Prediction: GUILLERMO DEL TORO (The Shape Of Water)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Darryl’s Prediction: FRANCES MCDORMAND (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Luke’s Prediction: FRANCES MCDORMAND (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq

Darryl’s Prediction: TIMOTHEE CHALAMET (Call Me By Your Name)

Luke’s Prediction: GARY OLDMAN (Darkest Hour)

Best Original Screenplay

The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Darryl’s Prediction: GET OUT

Luke’s Prediction: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

Darryl’s Prediction: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Luke’s Prediction: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Best Original Song

Remember Me (from Coco)
Mystery of Love (from Call Me By Your Name)
This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman)
Mighty River (from Mudbound)
Stand Up For Something (from Marshall)

Darryl’s Prediction: THIS IS ME (The Greatest Showman)

Luke’s Prediction: REMEMBER ME (Coco)

Best Supporting Actress

Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Leslie Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Darryl’s Prediction: ALLISON JANNEY (I, Tonya)

Luke’s Prediction: ALLISON JANNEY (I, Tonya)

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Darryl’s Prediction: SAM ROCKWELL (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Luke’s Prediction: SAM ROCKWELL (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Insult  (Lebanon)
Loveless  (Russia)
The Square (Sweden)

Darryl’s Prediction: A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chile)

Luke’s Prediction: The Square (Sweden)

Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

Darryl’s Prediction: BLADE RUNNER 2049

Luke’s Prediction: BLADE RUNNER 2049

Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Darryl’s Prediction: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Luke’s Prediction: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Best Animated Feature

Loving Vincent
Coco
Ferdinand
The Breadwinner
The Boss Baby

Darryl’s Prediction: COCO

Luke’s Prediction: COCO

Best Animated Short Film

Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Darryl’s Prediction: DEAR BASKETBALL

Luke’s Prediction: Garden Party

Film Editing

Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Darryl’s Prediction: DUNKIRK

Luke’s Prediction: DUNKIRK

Makeup and Hairstyling

Darkest Hour
Victoria and Abdul
Wonder

Darryl’s Prediction: DARKEST HOUR

Luke’s Prediction: DARKEST HOUR

Best Production Design

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Darryl’s Prediction: THE SHAPE OF WATER

Luke’s Prediction: THE SHAPE OF WATER

Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria and Abdul

Darryl’s Prediction: PHANTOM THREAD

Darryl’s Prediction: THE SHAPE OF WATER

Original Score

Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Darryl’s Prediction: THE SHAPE OF WATER

Luke’s Prediction: DUNKIRK

Sound Mixing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Darryl’s Prediction: BABY DRIVER

Luke’s Prediction: BABY DRIVER

Sound Editing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Darryl’s Prediction: DUNKIRK

Luke’s Prediction: DUNKIRK

Best Live-Action Short

Dekalb Elementary
The 11 O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
All Of Us

Darryl’s Prediction: THE SILENT CHILD

Luke’s Prediction: THE SILENT CHILD

Best Documentary Short

Edith & Eddie
Heaven is a Traffic Jam
Heroin(e)
Knifeskills
Traffic Stop

Darryl’s Prediction: EDITH AND EDDIE

Darryl’s Prediction: HEROIN(e)

Best Documentary Feature

Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Darryl’s Prediction: LAST MEN IN ALEPPO

Luke’s Prediction: LAST MEN IN ALEPPO

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