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Predictions Friday – All Eyes on the Golden Globes

Predictions Friday – All Eyes on the Golden Globes

As we speak, the Hollywood Foreign Press are filling out their ballots. They have until the end of January to vote on which films they believe are the best of the year. That means, in these next two weeks publicists will have to get to them somehow, through a global pandemic and a country at war with itself, to make sure their clients are remembered. I've been doing this for quite some time, over two decades now, and the only thing that has really changed is that the Golden Globes used to be mostly laughed off by celebrities, many of whom did not attend in the earlier days but as competition became more fierce they felt obligated to attend,...

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Predictions Friday – All Eyes on the Golden Globes

As we speak, the Hollywood Foreign Press are filling out their ballots. They have until the end of January to vote on which films they believe are the best of the year. That means, in these next two weeks publicists will have to get to them somehow, through a global pandemic and a country at war with itself, to make sure their clients are remembered. I've been doing this for quite some time, over two decades now, and the only thing that has really changed is that the Golden Globes used to be mostly laughed off by celebrities, many of...

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Marsha Stephanie Blake On Playing a Character We’ve Never Seen Before in ‘I’m Your Woman’

A lot of the characters in Julia Hart's I'm Your Woman live in a grey area. Rachel Brosnahan's Jean lives in a cloudy state since her husband, Eddie, is seemingly never home and doesn't give her information on his business. She knows it's bad but she doesn't ask. These are characters that are traditionally written off the margins, but Hart allows them to breathe and feel pain. Marsha Stephanie Blake's Teri is not like any character we've seen in a crime thriller before, and she takes ample opportunity to infuse her with nuance and fire. Teri seems to choose her...

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The State of the Race: Heading into the Thick of It in a Season of Trauma

Oscar season proper has just started. You might have noticed the For Your Consideration ads springing up. As it's been almost every day for the past four years, to paraphrase Springsteen, our lives have been "one long emergency." By the end of it, by now, most of us - Oscar voters included, are spent. We're feeling tapped out emotionally. We're exhausted by the news cycle, social media, and the utter absence of normal life due to a global pandemic. How do you get both? How do you get the Trump era AND Covid? Well, we did. But the powers that...

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Director Max Barbakow Reveals Why ‘Palm Springs’ Wasn’t Originally a Time Loop Movie

Awards Daily's Megan McLachlan talks to Palm Springs director Max Barbakow about when to steer clear of Groundhog Day references, whether Roy (J.K. Simmons) gets out of the loop, and what that first screening at Sundance was like. Palm Springs is the rare time-loop movie that starts when the character is already in the loop. When we meet Nyles (Andy Samberg), he's already been at the wedding he's attending many times. If you watch the film without knowing about the time-loop scenario, Nyles comes across as just an extremely intuitive life of the party, one who's very aware of everything...

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David E. Talbert On Fulfilling a Lifelong Dream with ‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’

When you watch Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, you will notice that this cast is unlike anything we've ever seen in a live action, original musical. There hasn't been a predominantly Black cast like this ever, and this movie is such a joy. Not only is it stuffed with unbelievable music, but it has so much heart. This is director David E. Talbert's passion project for nearly two decades, and it was so worth the wait. Doing a musical film is tricky enough to pull off, but Talbert achieves the impossible with the size and scale of Jingle Jangle. The...

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Nate Parker’s American Skin is One of the Year’s Best

Nate Parker was a star on the rise back in 2016. Although the country hadn’t yet felt the impact of the Me Too movement or how the movement devolved into something else entirely. Parker's film, Birth of a Nation, had been celebrated at Sundance and Fox Searchlight paid $20 million for distribution rights. Then a painful incident from his past, for which he had been acquitted in a court of law, erupted again in the court of social media outrage. We won't go into those details here. But those of us who remember it vividly know that even bringing it...

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Nicole Beharie On Her Character’s Impactful Journey in ‘Miss Juneteenth’

I first saw Nicole Beharie in the 2011 film Shame. There was and still is an electricity that she brings to every performance. Nicole gained larger fame as Abbie Mills in the Fox drama Sleepy Hollow. This past year, Nicole gained critical notoriety across the board with her illuminating performance in the film Miss Juneteenth. Nicole gives a breathtaking performance in this independent film about a small town in Texas celebrating a scholarship pageant for young black women. More and more folks are learning about Juneteenth, whether it be in connection to a sitcom doing an episode about the topic...

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Mary Holland On Your ‘Happiest Season’ Discourse About Abby and Riley

Awards Daily's Megan McLachlan talks to actress/screenwriter Mary Holland about Happiest Season's passionate fans and what she thinks of the discourse around the film. When Twitter has something to say about your movie, you know you've arrived. And this past fall, during the weekend in which Happiest Season dropped on Hulu, many fans took to social media to vent their same thought: Why didn't Abby (Kristen Stewart), the girlfriend who was forced to stay in the closet with Harper (Mackenzie Davis) for a family holiday, end up with Riley (Aubrey Plaza)? Co-screenwriter Mary Holland, who also plays Jane, couldn't have...

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The Whole World Is Watching Emmy-winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen in ‘Chicago 7’

Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 features some of the best actors working today. Telling the story of 8 defendants on trial for conspiracy to incite riots around the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the film boasts an ensemble cast for the ages. Frank Langella. Sacha Baron Cohen. Eddie Redmayne. Jeremy Strong. John Carroll Lynch. Mark Rylance. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Michael Keaton. It's the kind of cast that feels tailor-made for the SAG Ensemble award. But amongst all of that high wattage star power, you absolutely cannot take your eyes off of the great Yahya Abdul-Mateen. Abdul-Mateen plays Bobby Seale, the...

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Best Actress Is a Competitive Race

With Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director seemingly mostly settled, that leaves Best Actress as one of the most competitive races this year. There are others, of course. The Screenplay categories appear to be competitive, as well as Animated Feature, and Documentary. This may or may not be true. The Oscars are still months away but at the moment, the consensus is with Nomadland and Chloe Zhao, along with Chadwick Boseman for Best Actor. But let's assume for the moment that our instincts are reliable, and that the most competitive category remains Best Actress. Here are the names I...

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Rod Lurie, Larry Groupé, and Rita Wilson On the Gentle, Ardent “Everybody Cries” from ‘The Outpost’

I was not prepared for the emotional intensity from Rod Lurie's The Outpost. Based on the 2012 nonfiction bestseller by Jake Tapper, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, Lurie's film is breathtaking in its ambition and ferocious in its execution. The first half of the film introduces the men stationed at PRT Kamdesh in 2006 but the second half is an adrenaline rush as the Taliban invades the outpost. Lurie doesn't hesitate to put every single viewer on the ground during the Battle of Kamdesh. I can't stop thinking about the end of this film for several reasons....

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2021 Oscar TRACKER
Of films that have been seen or released, PREDICTIONS HERE
Best Picture Nomadland
News of the World
The Father
Promising Young Woman 
One Night in Miami
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
The Trial of the Chicago 7
On the Rocks
Judas and the Black Messiah
The Mauritanian
Let Them All Talk
Sound of Metal
Hillbilly Elegy
The Outpost
Da Five Bloods

Best Actor Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Tom Hanks, News of the World
Gary Oldman, Mank

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Steven Yeun, Minari
Ben Affleck, The Way Back
Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night in Miami
Colin Firth, Supernova
Delroy Lindo, Da Five Bloods
Joe Keery, Spree

Best Actress Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday  
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Amy Adams, Hillbilly Elegy
Sophia Loren, A Life Ahead
Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth
Meryl Streep, Let Them All Talk   
Clare Dunne, Herself 
Rashida Jones, On the Rocks
Kate Winslet, Ammonite
Meryl Streep, The Prom
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

Best Supporting Actor Stanley Tucci, Supernova
Arliss Howard, Mank
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami
Bo Burnham, Promising Young Woman
Charles Dance, Mank
Bill Murray, On the Rocks
Sacha Baron Cohen, Trial of the Chicago 7
Frank Langella, Trial of the Chicago 7
Mark Rylance, Trial of the Chicago 7
David Strathairn, Nomadland

Best Supporting ActressGlenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian 
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Helena Zengel, News of the World
Saoirse Ronan, Ammonite
Dianne Wiest, Let Them All Talk
Candice Bergen, Let Them All Talk  
Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of Woman
Julianne Moore, The Glorias
Alicia Vikander, The Glorias

Best Director Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
David Fincher, Mank
Paul Greengrass, News of the World
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari 
Regina King, One Night in Miami
Shaka King, Judas and the Black Messiah
Aaron Sorkin, Trial of the Chicago 7
George C. Wolfe, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 
Florian Zeller, The Father
Kevin MacDonald, The Mauritanian
Spike Lee, Da Five Bloods
Rod Lurie, The Oupost
Sofia Coppola, On the Rocks
Christopher Nolan, Tenet
Eugene Kotlyarenko, Spree 
Francis Lee, Ammonite

Original Screenplay Mank, Jack Fincher
Trial of the Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin
Soul, Pete Docter, Mike Jones,Kemp Powers
Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell
Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always, Eliza Hittman
On the Rocks, Sofia Coppola
Ammonite, Francis Lee
Da Five Bloods, Spike Lee, et al
Spree, Eugene Kotlyarenko, Gene McHugh

Adapted ScreenplayNomadland, Chloe Zhao
News of the World, Paul Greengrass, Luke Davies
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Ruben Santiago-Hudson
The Father, Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton
One Night in Miami, Kemp Powers
The Outpost, Paul Tomasi, Eric Johnson
I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Charlie Kaufman

Cinematography Mank
News of the World
The Outpost
Da 5 Bloods

Editing Nomadland, Chloe Zhao
Kirk Baxter, Mank
William Goldenberg, News of the World
The Outpost, Michael Duthie
Trial of the Chicago 7, Alan Baumgarten
Spree,Benjamin Moses Smith

Production Design Mank
News of the World
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Sound Mixing + EditingSound of Metal
News of the World
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
News of the World 
The Prom

Visual EffectsTenet
Invisible Man

Original Score Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Midnight Sky
 Promising Young Woman
News of the World
Trial of the Chicago 7

Original Song

Makeup and HairMank
The Prom
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
French Exit

Animated Feature Soul

Documentary Feature The Social Dilemma
All In: The Fight for Democracy
International Feature

Live Action Short The Human Voice

Documentary Short

Animated Short

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