DVD Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Matilda is coming.

Matilda is the name of an asteroid that's heading towards Earth. Everyone knows once you name something it becomes less of a threat, right?

Dodge's (Steve Carrell) wife skips out on him the minute we learn that Earth is going to end soon. He decides he will spend his last few weeks road tripping to his see his long lost love from high school. His neighbor, Penny (Keira Knightley) tags a long and changes everything.

I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting from this movie. It specifically says it's about the end of the world, so why was I surprised that it was so damn depressing? I don't know. I like seeing Knightley in movies that aren't period pieces. The film itself was endearing at times, had a few great jokes, but really, it was a downer. Although this film does pose an interesting discussion: Do you hate the term 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl?' Do you think Penny fell into the category of that? Personally, I'm split on whether I think that term is insulting as a woman, or fair game because many roles do fall under that umbrella.

Recommended: No

Grade: C-

Memorable Quote: "I could sleep through the Apocalypse." - Penny (Keira Knightley)

2013 Screen Actors Guild Winners

Here are the *slightly belated* SAG Winners. The winners are in bold and my thoughts as always follow in green. I have to say one thing, whoever was the announcer during the ceremony was terrible. That montage of shots of the honorees on the red carpet was so painful I was embarrased for her. "Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain looks Zero Dark Flirty." "Hey Daniel Day-Lewis" "Ben Affleck better Argo Find his seat." Seriously? Who wrote that?


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleBradley Cooper (“Pat”) - Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Daniel Day-Lewis (“Abraham Lincoln”) – Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)John Hawkes (“Mark”) - The Sessions (Fox Searchlight)
Hugh Jackman (“Jean Valjean”) - Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)
Denzel Washington (“Whip Whitaker”) – Flight (Paramount Pictures)

DDL gave a really classy speech with shot outs to Joaquin Phoenix, Liam Neeson, (Who had the part of Lincoln before him, but had to drop out) and Leonardo DiCaprio.


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain (“Maya”) – Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures)
Marion Cotillard (“Stephanie”) – Rust and Bone (Sony Pictures Classics)
Jennifer Lawrence (“Tiffany”) – Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)Helen Mirren (“Alma Reville”) – Hitchcock (Fox Searchlight)
Naomi Watts (“Maria”) - The Impossible (Summit Entertainment)

I'm really glad Jennifer took this one. Her speech was really charming, and I'd say this puts her as the front runner for the Oscar.



Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin (“Lester Siegel”) – Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Javier Bardem (“Silva”) – “SKYFALL” (Columbia Pictures)
Robert De Niro (“Pat, Sr.”) – Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Lancaster Dodd”) – The Master (The Weinstein Company)
Tommy Lee Jones (“Thaddeus Stevens”) - Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)

Tommy Lee Jones wasn't there, he was probably being crabby at home. In all honesty, I thought this was disappointing. I was hoping they'd honor Javier, who missed out on the Oscar nominations, or Hoffman who was brilliant in The Master.


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Sally Field (“Mary Todd Lincoln”) - Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)
Anne Hathaway (“Fantine”) – Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)Helen Hunt (“Cheryl”) – The Sessions (Fox Searchlight)
Nicole Kidman (“Charlotte Bless”) – The Paperboy (Millennium Entertainment)
Maggie Smith (“Muriel Donnelly”) - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight)

Another awkward speech by Anne Hathaway. I love her, seriously, but her speeches rub me the wrong way.


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
ArgoThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

I'm so happy for Argo. I want to say this is now the front runner for Best Picture, but I don't know if the Academy loved it as much as everyone else. SLP or Les Mis could still squeeze in. 


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi (“Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson”) – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Bryan Cranston (“Walter White”) – Breaking Bad (AMC)Jeff Daniels (“Will McAvoy”) – The Newsroom (HBO)
Jon Hamm (“Don Draper”) – Mad Men (AMC)
Damian Lewis (“Nicholas Brody”) – Homeland (Showtime)

I literally screamed "YES!" when Cranston won. He said "it's good to be back." Yes, yes it is. Please win everything next year.


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes (“Carrie Mathison”) – Homeland (Showtime)
Michelle Dockery (“Lady Mary Crawley”) – Downton Abbey (PBS)
Jessica Lange (“Sister Jude”) – American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
Julianna Margulies (“Alicia Florrick”) – The Good Wife (CBS)
Maggie Smith (“Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham”) – Downton Abbey (PBS)

I usually dislike Claire Dane's speeches as well, but I actually laughed at her almost forgetting her husband and baby. That was a nice touch at the end.


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (“Jack Donaghy”) – 30 Rock (NBC)Ty Burrell (“Phil Dunphy”) – Modern Family (ABC)
Louis C.K. (“Louie”) – Louie (FX)
Jim Parsons (“Sheldon Cooper”) – The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet (“Cameron Tucker”) – Modern Family (ABC)

Eight in a row for Alec Baldwin. That is pretty damn good. SAGs love them some 30 Rock.


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco (“Jackie Peyton”) - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey (“Liz Lemon”) – 30 Rock (NBC)Amy Poehler (“Leslie Knope”) – Parks and Recreations (NBC)
Sofia Vergara (“Gloria Delgado-Pritchett”) – Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White (“Elka Ostrovsky”) – Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

Tina Fey had the best line of the night when shouting out to Amy Poehler: "I've known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham!"


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)Homeland (Showtime)
Mad Men (AMC)

Of course I was mad that Breaking Bad didn't win, but the cast of Downton Abbey looked genuinely surprised that they won.



Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Glee (FOX)
Modern Family (ABC)Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)

Modern Family gave some props to 30 Rock and The Office on their final seasons this year. That was nice of them. I was rooting for Big Bang.


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Costner (“‘Devil Anse’ Hatfield”) – Hatfields & McCoys (History)Woody Harrelson (“Steve Schmidt”) – Game Change (HBO)
Ed Harris (“John McCain”) – Game Change (HBO)
Clive Owen (“Ernest Hemingway”) - Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Bill Paxton (“Randall McCoy”) – Hatfields & McCoys (History)

None of these nominees were even there. That was awkward.



Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman “Martha Gellhorn”) – Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Julianne Moore (“Sarah Palin”) – Game Change (HBO)
Charlotte Rampling (“Eva Delectorskaya”) – Restless (Sundance Channel)
Sigourney Weaver (“Elaine Barrish Hammond”) – Political Animals(USA)
Alfre Woodward (“Ouiser”) – Steel Magnolias (Lifetime)



2013 SAG Predictions: Who will win, Who should win

Here are my final predictions for the SAG awards. I did pretty well with my Globe picks, but the SAG are a different animal. They tend to be more about performance than flair. (as they should be)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleBradley Cooper (“Pat”) - Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Daniel Day-Lewis (“Abraham Lincoln”) – Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)
John Hawkes (“Mark”) - The Sessions (Fox Searchlight)
Hugh Jackman (“Jean Valjean”) - Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)
Denzel Washington (“Whip Whitaker”) – Flight (Paramount Pictures)

Who will win and who should win: Daniel Day-Lewis
I don't see anyone taking him down this season, as interesting as it would be to see Jackman or Cooper honored, it's going to be DDL all the way.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain (“Maya”) – Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures)
Marion Cotillard (“Stephanie”) – Rust and Bone (Sony Pictures Classics)
Jennifer Lawrence (“Tiffany”) – Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Helen Mirren (“Alma Reville”) – Hitchcock (Fox Searchlight)
Naomi Watts (“Maria”) - The Impossible (Summit Entertainment)

Who will win: Jessica Chastain
Who should win: Jennifer Lawrence
This is a tricky one, The Oscars gave SLP a huge push, but I belive SAG voting was finished before that happened. I'm rooting for Jen, but I have a feeling Jessica is going to walk away with this one.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin (“Lester Siegel”) – Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Javier Bardem (“Silva”) – “SKYFALL” (Columbia Pictures)
Robert De Niro (“Pat, Sr.”) – Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Lancaster Dodd”) – The Master (The Weinstein Company)
Tommy Lee Jones (“Thaddeus Stevens”) - Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)

Who will win: Javier Bardem
Who should win: Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Globe winner, Christoph Waltz isn't nominated here. All of these men are up for an Oscar aside from Javier, so naturally I think it's going to be a swerve and he'll win. He was great in Skyfall, but I think Hoffman's performance is pretty uderrated in The Master. Everyone raves about Joaquin, but I think Hoffman was so much better.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Sally Field (“Mary Todd Lincoln”) - Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)
Anne Hathaway (“Fantine”) – Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)
Helen Hunt (“Cheryl”) – The Sessions (Fox Searchlight)
Nicole Kidman (“Charlotte Bless”) – The Paperboy (Millennium Entertainment)
Maggie Smith (“Muriel Donnelly”) - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight)

Who will win and who should win: Anne Hathaway. Many have soured on Hathaway this season because of her spastic interviews/acceptance speeches, but I still think she's as much of a lock as DDL is for best actor.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Argo
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

Who will win and who should win: Argo
If anyone got a huge push from the Globes, it was Argo. This category is extremely hard in my opinion. The only one I know that isn't going to win is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, let's put it that way! Lincoln didn't include many members of it's awesome cast, so I think that hurts their changes. Les  Mis or SLP could easily take this category too. Tough call!

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Bourne Legacy
The Dark Knight Rises
Les Misérables
Skyfall

Who will win: Skyfall
Who should win: The Dark Knight Rises
Hello, bias Batman fan.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi (“Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson”) – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Bryan Cranston (“Walter White”) – Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jeff Daniels (“Will McAvoy”) – The Newsroom (HBO)
Jon Hamm (“Don Draper”) – Mad Men (AMC)
Damian Lewis (“Nicholas Brody”) – Homeland (Showtime)

Who will win: Damian Lewis
Who should win: Bryan Cranston
I finally watched a few episodes of Homeland the other night. Not feeling it. Bryan Cranston is still the best. Although the SAGS love them some Buscemi, he could take this one for the 3rd time.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes (“Carrie Mathison”) – Homeland (Showtime)
Michelle Dockery (“Lady Mary Crawley”) – Downton Abbey (PBS)
Jessica Lange (“Sister Jude”) – American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
Julianna Margulies (“Alicia Florrick”) – The Good Wife (CBS)
Maggie Smith (“Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham”) – Downton Abbey (PBS)

Who will win and who should win: Claire Danes.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (“Jack Donaghy”) – 30 Rock (NBC)
Ty Burrell (“Phil Dunphy”) – Modern Family (ABC)
Louis C.K. (“Louie”) – Louie (FX)
Jim Parsons (“Sheldon Cooper”) – The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet (“Cameron Tucker”) – Modern Family (ABC)

Who will win: Alec Baldwin
Who should win: Louis CK
I said the SAGs love them some Buscemi, but they REALLY FUCKING LOVE them some Alec Baldwin. He's won this award like 7 times in a row. Just for that, I kind of hope he takes it again.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco (“Jackie Peyton”) - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey (“Liz Lemon”) – 30 Rock (NBC)
Amy Poehler (“Leslie Knope”) – Parks and Recreations (NBC)
Sofia Vergara (“Gloria Delgado-Pritchett”) – Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White (“Elka Ostrovsky”) – Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

Who will win: Tina Fey
Who should win Amy Poehler.
With 30 Rock on it's way out the door, I can see them giving another statue to Fey

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Homeland (Showtime)
Mad Men (AMC)

Who will win: Boardwalk Empire
Who should win: Breaking Bad
I don't think Homeland is strong enough to take the Ensemble award. They really only have two stand outs. Boardwalk has won two years running, but I'm really hoping Breaking Bad FINALLY takes it.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Glee (FOX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)

Who will win: Modern Family or 30 Rock
Who should win: The Big Bang Theory.
TBBT has had a great season, but I think either Modern Family or 30 Rock will take this. I'm leaning more towards 30 Rock since this is the SAGs

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Costner (“‘Devil Anse’ Hatfield”) – Hatfields & McCoys (History)
Woody Harrelson (“Steve Schmidt”) – Game Change (HBO)
Ed Harris (“John McCain”) – Game Change (HBO)
Clive Owen (“Ernest Hemingway”) - Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Bill Paxton (“Randall McCoy”) – Hatfields & McCoys (History)

Who will win and who should win: Ed Harris

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman “Martha Gellhorn”) – Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Julianne Moore (“Sarah Palin”) – Game Change (HBO)
Charlotte Rampling (“Eva Delectorskaya”) – Restless (Sundance Channel)
Sigourney Weaver (“Elaine Barrish Hammond”) – Political Animals(USA)
Alfre Woodward (“Ouiser”) – Steel Magnolias (Lifetime)

Who will win and who should win: Julianne Moore

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Sons of Anarchy (FX)
The Walking Dead AMC)

Who will win: The Walking Dead
Who should win: Game of Thrones
This was seriously the only nom for Game of Thrones? Ugh.

Indie Gems: The Living Wake

On this final day...

Today is the day that K. Roth Binew (Mike O'Connell) will die. He's a self proclaimed artist and genius and he goes about his day handing out invitations to his "living wake" where he will put on a show, then drop dead. He enlists his trusty friend Mills (Jesse Eisenberg) to drive him around on his bike/buggy to hand out said invitations, and they go about their peculiar day.

O'Connell and Eisenberg have great chemistry and were a joy to see on screen together. I wouldn't call A Living Wake "laugh out loud" funny, it was almost like watching an animated movie. It was very amusing throughout. It reminds me a lot of Safety Not Guaranteed when it comes to the ending. You go through the entire film wondering if they will actually "go there" or not.

If you are an Eisenberg fan, I suggest you check this one out. It's a good lazy afternoon film. Currently, it is streaming on Netflix Instant.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "I need to drink to bring myself down to the level of the common man." - K. Roth Binew (Mike O'Connell)

Review: Rust and Bone

I'm torn on this beautiful little French film.

Ali (Matthais Schoenaerts) has recently moved in with this sister, whom he hasn't seen for 5 years with his young son. He's a fighter, he gets a job as a bouncer at a club and that is where he meets Stephanie. (Marion Cotillard) He broke up a fight she was in, drove her home, and leaves his phone number just in case. Stephanie trains Orcas at a Marine Park, one day she suffers a horrible accident and loses both of her legs from the knee down. (You get the jist of what happened, but they don't actually tell you HOW the accident took place.) Stephanie decides to call Ali and they form a strange bond.

There are parts of Rust and Bone that I really love. Cotillard gives a great performance. Even when Stephanie is most vulnerable, Cotillard still plays her as a tough girl who opens up more and more as she is with Ali. However Stephanie isn't the star of this film. It's Ali, and Ali isn't that likable. He's a terrible father, who borderline abuses his young son. He's irresponsible, and doesn't seem to care about Stephanie all that much. He only cares for himself. So it was hard for me to accept the fact that Stephanie would just call this dude out of nowhere and stay with him throughout all the crappy things he does. She deserves better, but it's like she felt she had to settle.

In fact, Ali is the biggest problem. Not the actor who plays him, he did well, but I just couldn't justify anything Ali did because he was just such a jerk. If Rust and Bone had focused more on Stephanie, her injury, and coming back from said injury to lead a somewhat normal life, then this film would've been phenomenal. Hell, it even made good use of a Katy Perry song. I never thought I'd say that. Rust and Bone is a good movie, but it focuses on the wrong person.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "I would just get bored." - Stephanie (Marion Cotillard)

Review: Mama

Mama could've been an interesting psychological drama until some asshole said "Hey! Let's turn this into a jumpy horror film."

Yes, I realize this film was based off of a Spanish short film of the same name, but there was so much potential wasted here. More on this later.

Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who is barely in this film by the way) is searching for his missing nieces, Victoria and Lilly. The back story is; Lucas' brother Jeff had a meltdown that basically involved him shooting his wife, kidnapping his daughters and taking them to a remote cabin in the woods. 5 years later, the girls are found, feral, and alone. Only they're not really alone. A spirit they call "mama" has been looking after them. Lucas and his rocker girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain, trying a little too hard) want to care for them, but they don't have the money. So Dr Dreyfuss,(Daniel Kash) who has been studying the girls gives them a house that is used these kind of studies. (But for some reason it is under no surveillance whatsoever. That makes sense.) Soon, strange things start to happen.

My biggest gripe with Mama was that we didn't actually need to see Mama so damn much. Do you know why so many people thought Jeepers Creepers was scary? Because you saw the Creeper a whopping TWO times during the entire movie. Do you know why no one is afraid of Jeepers Creepers 2? Because you see the Creeper ALL THE DAMN TIME. Until the final act, I felt every scene where we actually saw Mama was unnecessary. If we were to assume this was all in the girls' heads, it would've made for a much better movie. Instead, it is dumbed down, muddled garbage. Which is a shame, because the plot itself and the vivid dream sequences throughout are actually very interesting.

I can see how the short film worked. It was only about Victoria, Lilly, and Mama. No one else. The film chooses to add all of these interesting layers, then throws them out the window for a few cheap scares. Maybe I'm extra bitter because the theater I saw this in was full of stupid teenagers that screamed, then laughed after every little thing. I don't look down upon people who get generally frightened in a movie. I've gasped because of the things I've seen on screen before. But full on screamed? That's attention seeking.

Recommended: No

Grade: C+ (The + is for the story, it really was interesting. And I love Coster-Waldau and Chastain)

Memorable Quote: "Leave a message after the beep. Fuck you. Beep." - Annabel (Jessica Chastain)

5 Winter Movies I Love



AKA other than awards season it's a slow movie month. I don't know how many of you live in the frozen tundra that is the north like I do, but if so, then you're also in the negative double digits today. It got me thinking about movies that I love that the winter weather plays a major part in. Whether it be in just a few scenes, or if the whole movie takes place during the winter time. I tried to stay away from holiday films since we're past that, so here are 5 of my favorite winter movies!



The Ice Storm: My 2nd favorite Ang Lee film. (behind Brokeback Mountain) The winter weather plays a huge part in this dysfunctional family drama. Especially for Elijah Wood's character. Plus there's something I love about Christina Ricci's red cape, and Tobey Maguire reading Spiderman comics before becoming Spiderman, himself.



Winter Passing: This wonderful little film showed me that Will Ferrell can do drama and established Zooey Deschanel as the Indie Queen.  Great performances all around, and a very touching story.

 

Snow Cake: Aside from being Severus Snape, this movie has my favorite Alan Rickman performance. He's just perfect in this little Canadian picture about a man befriending an autistic woman under some serious circumstances.



Out Cold: Go ahead and laugh.......done?.....ok. I loved this movie when I was in high school. I thought it was hilarious. A recent rewatch still held up. Sure, it's insanely stupid, but there's plenty of laughs. I remember asking my dad to rent it for me once, and they store didn't have it so we rented Mystery, Alaska instead. It was not nearly as funny. 13 year old me was let down.



Let The Right One In: The original. Not the crap remake. The one that was shot in beautiful snowy Sweden. I think of our characters out on the snow covered playground, when Oskar asks Eli if she is cold, (as she is outside barefoot with no coat) and she replies that she has forgotten how.

Indie Gems: Sweet Jane

Not that you needed any proof, but JGL excelled at the darker roles at a young age.


Jane (Samantha Mathis) is a heroin addict. We first meet her when she's passed out on the streets, the cops take her to the local hospital where she finds out she's HIV positive. Not that she cares, she's more concerned with scoring her next hit. When she leaves, she's followed by Tony (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a 15 year old AIDs victim himself. He has no family, no home, he forms a bond with Jane, even when she's not that thrilled to have him around.


This movie is insanely low budget, and the editing is sometimes distracting. However low budget doesn't equal low quality performances. Both Mathis and JGL are great here. Mathis plays a convincing addict. She's unstable, unpredictable, but her growing affection for Tony feels real. (and even a little creepy at one point) It's no surprise to see that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has somewhat excelled in playing darker roles since then. This is a complicated role for a 15 year old to play, and he nails it. There were plenty of times during this film where I could've cried for Tony.


If you get a chance to see this film, please do. It's currently available on Netflix discs. Both of the actors have gone on to do wonderful things, and it's a shame this little film gets missed. It is a must see.


Grade: B+


Memorable Quote: "I want to die with you." - Tony (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)


DVD Review: Savages

We lived like savages. Beautiful savages.

Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) share a very successful pot growing business. They also share O, (Blake Lively) our narrator. They want to get out, but not before a dangerous Mexican cartel takes interest in them. Led by Elena (Salma Hayek) and enforced by Lado, (Benicio Del Toro) they kidnap O and hold her as ransom. Chon and Ben are not willing to go down without a fight.

There are three main problems with Savages. 1) Taylor Kitsch 2) Blake Lively and 3) Oliver Stone. The two former, because they cannot act, and when the script actually gives them meaningful dialogue they recite it with little to no emotion. Oliver Stone has lost his touch. I was enjoying this movie despite the lack of quality acting to start, but then it just got crazier, more muddled, and produced one of the worst endings I've seen in a long time. One could argue that a movie about drugs should be a little crazy, and I agree. But this was getting to the point where things were not making much sense and seemed way to far fetched.

It's a shame this film wasn't better. Taylor-Johnson, Hayek, Del Toro and Demian Bechir all give great performances. Emile Hirsch even pops up, though he is criminally underused. They probably should've switched him and Kitsch around so we could have a better lead. On a side note, Jennifer Lawrence was originally cast as O, but dropped out to do the Hunger Games. I couldn't help but wish it was her on screen the whole time.

Recommended: No

Grade: D

Memorable Quote: "I could be your daughter." - O (Blake Lively)

2013 Golden Globe Winners

Here are the winners of the 2012 Golden Globes! I have to say, this year's Globes were a damn good time. Tina Fey and Amy Poehlar should just host everything. Seriously, bring them back next year. Or allow Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell to host, because they were the funniest presenters by a long shot. As always, my thoughts will be in green. As far as my picks - I was 18/25. Not bad.

Best Motion Picture — Drama
WINNER: Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

Argo won big tonight, but the Globes are notorious for getting Best Drama and Best Picture wrong. Still, it's a confusing season. I'm not sure if this will curse Argo, or give it the momentum it needs.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Even Daniel Day-Lewis knew he was going to win this.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
WINNER: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea



Best Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
WINNER: Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Like I was saying on Twitter, I don't think Les Mis winning this hurts Silver Lining Playbook's Oscar chances at all. The Globes love musicals, and while Les Mis is a powerhouse, SLP was better reviewed overall. The SAGs are going to be an important win for them. (I felt like a sports commentator or something there. Like I know what the hell I'm talking about.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Jennifer's speech was hilarious. At least she was blunt about the things Harvey Weinstein has to do to get people up there.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
WINNER: Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

I expected Hugh to win over Bradley. Really, he deserved it. He CARRIED Les Mis. Fantastic performance. I still don't think he has a chance against Daniel Day-Lewis, but I wish he did.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
WINNER: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy



Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

WINNER: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
I'm happy for Christoph, even if I wanted Leo to win. Tommy Lee Jones looked so pissed all night.

Best Director — Motion Picture
WINNER: Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Oscars, you fucked up. You fucked up HARD.

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Argo, Chris Terrio
WINNER: Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

This was a nice surprise. Quentin's love for his cast really showed.

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Cloud Atlas, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimet & Reinhold Heil
WINNER: Life of Pi, Michael Danna
Lincoln, John Williams



Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“For You ” (music and lyrics by Keith Urban), Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” (music and lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi), Stand Up Guys
“Safe & Sound” (music and lyrics by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams and T Bone Burnett), The Hunger Games
WINNER: “Skyfall” (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), Skyfall“Suddenly” (music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Schonberg and Alain Boublil), Les Misérables
How funny was Taylor Swift's bitchy face when Adele won this? It was hilarious. I swear Swift has gone from America's sweetheart to annoying, clingy ex girlfriend this year. No one can take down Adele. No one.

Best Animated Film
WINNER: Brave
Frankenweenie
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph



Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: Amour
The Intouchables
Kon-Tiki
A Royal Affair
Rust & Bone



Best Television Series — Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
WINNER: Homeland
The Newsroom

Guess what I'm going to write here: Breaking Bad is better. Yep, there it is. There's no trying to convince me otherwise.

Best Television Series — Comedy Or MusicalThe Big Bang Theory
Episodes
WINNER: Girls
Modern Family
Smash



Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
WINNER: Damian Lewis, Homeland

I would've given this award to all of the other nominees before Lewis. He's just so smug.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
WINNER: Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

I hate her acceptance speeches. I can't believe I'm going to have to listen to another when she wins the SAG.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn

I really wanted Benny Batch to win this. (Yes, I've gotten to the point where I can refer to him as that)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
WINNER: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals



Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield, New Girl
WINNER: Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family



Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville

Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
WINNER: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family


Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
WINNER: Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Ok, so here's the thing. I don't like Girls. I don't think it's funny, and I think the characters are pretty horrible people, but Lena Dunham's speech was so sweet. I can't help but be happy for a woman in her mid 20's (like myself) for being up there.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
WINNER: Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louis
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory



Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Game Change
The Girl
Hatfield & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals



Cecil B. DeMille Award
Jodie Foster
Seriously, what the fuck was up with her speech?


Please enjoy this gif set of the best burn of the night: (via suicideblonde on tumblr)



2013 Golden Globe Predictions: Who will win. Who should win

It's time for predictions! Here's who I think will win, and who probably should win. Please note - I made this post before the Oscar nominations were announced and chose not to edit it afterwards.

Best Motion Picture — Drama
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

Who will win: Lincoln or Zero Dark Thirty
Who should win: Argo
I expect either Lincoln or Zero Dark Thirty to win. Why? Because I don't think either will win Best Picture at the Oscars and the Globes have gotten Best Drama wrong mora than right.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Who will win: Daniel Day-Lewis
Who should win: Daniel Day-Lewis
This seems like a no brainer.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts,
The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
Who will win: Jessica Chastain
Who should win: Marion Corillard
Granted, I have only seen The Deep Blue Sea out of all of these, and Weisz was excellent, but Cotillard's role seems to be the hardest. Maybe Watts' as well. All I know is Chastain will probably win.
Best Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom

 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Who will win: Les Miserables
Who should win: Silver Linings Playbook
Again, A few great movies here, I wouldn't be upset if Moonrise Kingdom won either. Silver Linings is my favorite of the bunch, but I have a feeling power house Les Mis will take home the prize.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence
Who should win: Jennifer Lawrence.
Not a lot of competition here. Out of all of these nominees, I expect her to be the only one that earns an Oscar nod.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Who will win: Hugh Jackman
Who should win: Hugh Jackman
It's a tight race between him and Cooper, but Jackman had the flashier role, so I see him coming out on top. I would not be upset if Jack Black came from behind to win for Bernie. Man, he was good in that.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Who will win: Anne Hathaway
Who should win: Anne Hathaway
Les Mis' entire marketing campaign has been setting her up for Oscar gold. If she doesn't win, that would be the bigger story.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Who will win: Leonardo DiCaprio
Who should win: Leonardo DiCaprio.
While everyone in this category is a strong contender, I think this is Leo's year.


Best Director — Motion Picture
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Who will win: Steven Spielberg
Who should win: Ben Affleck
The HFPA loves them some Spielberg, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him win here. I don't think Tarantino will take it, because no matter how awesome Django is, it's not as good as some of his previous films. Affleck really deserves it for Argo. Who thought he could direct THAT good of a film?


Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Argo, Chris Terrio
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Zero Dark Thirty
, Mark Boal
Who will win: David O Russell
Who should win: David O Russell.
I still hate that they combine original and adapted here.

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Cloud Atlas, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimet & Reinhold Heil
Life of Pi, Michael Danna
Lincoln, John Williams

Who will win: Life of Pi
Who should win: Anna Karenina
This is tough, three of the films that I thought had the strongest scores, The Dark Knight Rises, Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild aren't even nominated. I do enjoy Alexandre Desplat, but Dario Marianelli's score was more memorable to me.

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“For You” from Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” from Stand Up Guys
“Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games
“Suddenly” from Les Miserables
“Skyfall” from Skyfall

Who will win: Skyfall
Who should win: Skyfall
Is there really any stopping Adele?

Best Animated Film
Brave
Frankenweenie
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Who will win: Brave
Who should win: Frakenweenie.
I haven't seen any of these, I just like the name Frakenweenie.


Best Foreign Language Film
Amour
The Intouchables
Kon-Tiki
A Royal Affair
Rust & Bone

Who will win: Amour
Who should win: Amour
The majority of the critics seem to love Amour the most, so I'll go with that. Unfortunately I haven't gotten to see any of these either.

Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
The Big Bang Theory
Episodes

Girls
Modern Family
Smash

Who will win: Modern Family
Who should win: The Big Bang Theory
I'm starting to wonder if BBT will ever win this category. They certainly deserve it.


Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Who will win: Damiam Lewis
Who should win: Bryan Cranston
Everyone jumped on the Homeland bandwagon this year, and after their surprise win a the Emmys, I expect them to repeat here. Even though Bryan Cranston deserves this award more than anyone. Seriously, have you seen him no Breaking Bad? Superb.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Who will win: Claire Danes
Who should win: Claire Danes
I don't doubt that she's fantastic in Homeland, but her acceptance speeches are THE WORST.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Who will win: Kevin Costner
Who should win: Benedict Cumberbatch.
I hope they are smart enough to give this award to Benny Batch (so much easier to type) He's fantastic on Sherlock.


Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Who will win: Julianne Moore
Who should win: Julianne Moore
She won the Emmy, she'll win here as well. She was great in Game Change, even if I can't stand Sarah Palin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Who will win: Ed Harris
Who should win: Aaron Paul or Giancarlo Esposito for Breaking Bad. Or Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones. Or Michael Pitt for Boardwalk Empire. Oh wait, they weren't nominated. That's right. This category is a fucking joke.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Who will win: Hayden Panettiere or Maggie Smith
Who should win: Maggie Smith
I can totally see them given Hayden this award, but at the same time, I can see them giving it to Maggie as well. I'm torn.


Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Who will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Who should win: Amy Poehler
Please let it be host Amy Poehler's time!


Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louis
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Who will win: Jim Parsons
Who should win: Louis C.K
I'm not sure how many of you watch Louis, but it's fucking hilarious. You should check it out.

Best Television Series — Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Homeland
The Newsroom

Who will win: Homeland
Who should win: Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad is the best show on television. No, you won't convince me otherwise. Yes, I'm bias.


Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Game Change
The Girl
Hatfield & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Who will win: Game Change
Who should win: The Girl
I actually really liked The Girl, give it some love.

Indie Gems: Sleepwalk With Me

As if life wasn't complicated enough while you were awake.
Matt (Mike Birbiglia) is a struggling stand up comedian. He works as a bar tender at a comedy club, he's in a long term relationship with his girlfriend, Abby (Lauren Ambrose) but he doesn't think it's going to work out. On top of all this stress, he's started sleepwalking. Once he starts getting gigs, he blows off his doctor appointments. It gets him into quite a bit of trouble.

The movie is told in flashbacks as Matt is talking into a camera, making his own movie about his experiences. It was a nice touch to add to this quirky film. There is something very real and intimate about this feature, so when I learned it was inspired by Birbiglia's own life, I was not surprised. Matt's journey from being a stuttering comic that fumbled on stage to a confident man getting lots of laughs was rewarding to watch. Then there was the sleepwalking, while that can be a serious condition, it was taken lightly and provided lots of laughs. The film has a short run time, which is sort of unfortunate because there was so much more I wanted to know, but overall this was a great little film to watch.

Grade: B+

Memorable Quote: "I don't want to get married until I'm sure nothing else good will happen in my life." - Matt (Mike Birbiglia)


2013 Academy Award Nominees

Well, it's that time of year again! Here's a list of the Oscar nominees. For the most part, I'm pretty happy with them. There were plenty of surprises. My biggest gripe is that The Dark Knight Rises was COMPLETELY shut out. No sound, no visuals, nothing. Why does the Academy hate Christopher Nolan movies so much? TDKR was easily one of the best reviewed movies this year, and they can't even give it a damn sound mixing nomination? My thoughts, as always, follow in green.


Best Picture:
AMOUR
ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISERABLES
LINCOLN
LIFE OF PI
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY

Why do they only nominate 9 if there are 10 slots? You couldn't pick just one more movie to stick in there? No Moonrise Kingdom? The Dark Knight Rises? The Master? Nothing?

Best Director:
Michael Haneke, AMOUR
Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Ang Lee, LIFE OF PI
Steven Spielberg, LINCOLN
David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

This totally threw me off. I would've never guessed Zeitlin and Haneke would be in here. I'm happy for Zeitlin, I haven't seen Amour. I'm split on Haneke's films, I think him remaking Funny Games, pretty much shot for shot specifically for Americans is one of the douchiest things ever. Personally, I would've put Ben Affleck in here for Argo. He deserved it. Same with Tarantino for Django and PTA for The Master.

Best Actress:
Emmanuelle Riva, AMOUR
Quvenzhané Wallis, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Naomi Watts, THE IMPOSSIBLE
Jennifer Lawrence, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY

I am so happy that Quvenzhane got nominated. I could've cried, I thought her age would really hurt her here, and that she wouldn't get any recognition. I'm so glad I was wrong. Good for her.

Best Actor:
Denzel Washington, FLIGHT
Hugh Jackman, LES MISERABLES
Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN
Joaquin Phoenix, THE MASTER
Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

This is exactly the nominees I thought it would be. No surprises here.

Best Supporting Actress:
Anne Hathaway, LES MISERABLES
Sally Field, LINCOLN
Amy Adams, THE MASTER
Helen Hunt, THE SESSIONS
Jacki Weaver, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

I'm pretty psyched that Jacki Weaver got in here. I love SLP so much. After today, I think it has moved to the front of the Best Picture race.

Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin, ARGO
Christoph Waltz, DJANGO UNCHAINED
Tommy Lee Jones, LINCOLN
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, THE MASTER
Robert DeNiro, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

The only surprise here is that they left out Leonardo DiCaprio, which is a shame, because I thought he gave the best performance in Django. I think Hoffman is the front runner here, unless SLP nabs all the acting statues. That would be cool.

Best Original Screenplay:
AMOUR
DJANGO UNCHAINED
FLIGHT
MOONRISE KINGDOM
ZERO DARK THIRTY

I'm going to take John Gilpatrick's advice and try not to use the dreaded "S" word. But I really think Rian Johnson deserved to be in here for Looper. Much more than Flight and Amour in my opinion. Rian Johnson is a talented guy, and the Academy really should've acknowledged that.

Best Adapted Screenplay:
ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK



Best Animtaed Feature:
BRAVE
FRANKENWEENIE
PARANORMAN
THE PIRATES: BAND OF MISFITS
WRECK-IT RALPH



Best Foreign Language Feature:
AMOUR
KON TIKI
NO
REBELLE (WAR WITCH)
A ROYALE AFFAIR

I'm surprised that Intouchables wasn't nominated.

Best Cinematography:
ANNA KARENINA
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SKYFALL


Best Costume Design:
ANNA KARENINA
LES MISERABLES
LINCOLN
MIRROR MIRROR
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

Both Snow White movies? Really?

Best Documentary:
5 BROKEN CAMERAS
THE GATEKEEPERS
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
THE INVISIBLE WAR
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN


Best Editing:
ARGO
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY


Best Original Score:
ARGO
ANNA KARENINA
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SKYFALL

I would be upset about Beasts not being nominated here if they didn't snag so many other nominations. Though, Hans Zimmer's Dark Knight Rises score was worthy, as was Moonrise Kingdom's. Skyfall does have a pretty awesome score when I reflect upon this though.

Best Original Song:
“Before My Time” – CHASING ICE
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” – TED
“Pi’s Lullaby” – LIFE OF PI
“Skyfall” – SKYFALL
“Suddenly” – LES MISERABLES

As much as I liked "Safe and Sound" from The Hunger Games, I'm glad it didn't get nominated. I'm getting sick of Taylor Swift.

Best Sound Editing:
ARGO
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LIFE OF PI
SKYFALL
ZERO DARK THIRTY


Best Sound Mixing:
ARGO
LES MISERABLES
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SKYFALL


Best Visual Effects:
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
LIFE OF PI
THE AVENGERS
PROMETHEUS
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN


Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
HITCHCOCK
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
LES MISERABLES

I'm actually quite surprised that Anna Karenina didn't get in here.

Best Documentary Short:
INOCENTE
KINGS POINT
MONDAYS AT RACINE
OPEN HEART
REDEMPTION


Best Animated Short:
ADAM AND DOG
FRESH GUACAMOLE
HEAD OVER HEELS
MAGGIE SIMPSON IN “THE LONGEST DAYCARE”
PAPERMAN


Best Live Action Short:
ASAD
BUZKASHI BOYS
CURFEW
DEATH OF A SHADOW
HENRY