THE FILM YAP » golden globes We Never Shut Up About Movies Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:29:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 IFJA Awards Fri, 17 Dec 2010 02:54:21 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Joe and Chris talk about the second annual IFJA awards, how our own favorites stacked up, and how our awards mimicked or diverged from other critic groups’ picks.

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With SAG award, Bullock sneaks into Oscar lead Sun, 24 Jan 2010 16:59:37 +0000 Continue reading ]]> A week ago, I wrote in this space assessing how much the Golden Globes are an indicator of the Academy Awards.

Short version: Not very much.

Last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, though are different. Unlike the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is basically a phantom organization, the SAG is the powerful actors union. Like the Producers Guild, Directors Guild and Writers Guild, these groups’ awards are notable because of the overlap with Academy voters.

People who are members of one of these guilds are often (though certainly not always) also voting members of the Academy. The SAG awards are especially notable because actors make up the largest voting bloc of the Academy.

So as the guild awards go, so often go the Oscars.

There wasn’t too much surprise in last night’s awards: Jeff Bridges won Best Actor for “Crazy Heart,” Christoph Waltz took supporting actor for “Inglourious Basterds,” Mo’Nique won supporting actress for “Precious.”

At this point, those three should be considered heavy favorites to win the Oscar. Colin Firth didn’t get a lot of traction for “A Single Man,” mainly because few people saw it. And everyone loves George Clooney in “Up in the Air,” but I think there’s a sense floating around that he was playing a version of himself — or at least his star persona.

Whereas Oscar voters love to award actors (actresses, not so much) lifetime achievement awards. So, often a respected actor will take home the statue for a movie most reasonable people would agree is not their best work. Thus, Paul Newman finally won for “The Color of Money” and Al Pacino for “Scent of a Woman” — fine movies and fine performances, but hardly the pinnacle of their careers.

Essentially, there’s a movement underway pushing the idea that it’s Jeff Bridges’ time. I don’t mind, since in this case I think “Crazy Heart” does represent some of his finest work.

The real surprise was Sandra Bullock winning Best Actress for “The Blind Side.” Her SAG win is starting me to changing my mind that she can’t win the Oscar.

Unlike the Globes, the SAG awards and Oscars don’t split up the acting category into dramas and comedies/musicals. So the fact that Bullock won over award favorite Meryl Streep is an indication of genuine respect for Bullock’s performance. I think we could dismiss her Globe win to her film’s excellent box office performance — the Globes are the epitome of favoring the most popular over the best films. Not SAG.

The other big contender, Carey Mulligan, appears to be sliding. Not very many people saw “An Education,” which was a critical darling. And given Mulligan’s youth and inexperience — “An Education” represents her first starring role — there may be a willingness to view an Oscar nomination as its own reward for a rising star. Even Hilary Swank, who seemed to come out of nowhere a decade ago to win for “Boys Don’t Cry,” had headlined a couple of small movies prior to that.

This is one occasion where it helps to be the established actress in her 40s rather than the ingenue in her early 20s.

Personally, I still think Streep gave the best performance of the year. But it’s starting to look more and more like Bullock’s turn in “The Blind Side” has come out of nowhere to take the lead.

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Compared to Oscar, Globes are false gold Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:03:06 +0000 Continue reading ]]> “Avatar” will not win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Write it down, set it in stone. It. Will. Not. Happen.

I say this with confidence despite the blockbuster film — which is nearly at $500 million domestic, and $1.6 billion worldwide — winning the Golden Globe for best drama last night.

Why? Because historically, the Golden Globes have been a poor predictor when it comes to the top award.

For Best Picture, I still say “Up in the Air” is unstoppable. And while the Globes may respect boffo box office, the Oscar voters still have enough self-respect to vote for the better film over the popular choice (most of the time).

Although I will say the supporting acting winners from last night — Mo’Nique for “Precious” and Christoph Waltz for “Inglourious Basterds” — will likely mirror who wins the Oscar on March 7.

Jeff Bridges winning for “Crazy Heart” is also a good bet for the Oscar. He’s got some strong competition in the Best Actor category — Colin Firth in “A Single Man” and George Clooney in “Up in the Air” — but momentum for the four-time nominee seems to be building.

But I believe the other acting category winners in the Golden Globes won’t take home the Oscar. In Robert Downey Jr.’s case, I don’t think he should get a nomination for “Sherlock Holmes,” which is a piece of puffery that he’s not even all that good in.

Meryl Streep will get her 1,078th nomination for “Julie & Julia,” and Sandra Bullock may squeak in with a nomination for “The Blind Side.” But despite each winning a Golden Globe — Streep for comedy, Bullock for drama — Carey Mulligan from “An Education” remains the front-runner.

I also doubt James Cameron will take home the Best Director statuette. I think it’s a race between Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” and “Up in the Air” man Jason Reitman.

“Up” winning the Golden Globe is probably an indication that it will prevail over “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

Among serious cinephiles, the Golden Globes are something of a joke. They’re given out by an organization of dubious journalistic reputation that seems to exist solely for the purpose of staging the big red-carpet affair once a year.

I won’t totally discount the influence of the Globes, though.

The nomination ballots for the Oscars close this Saturday, meaning there’s a chance Academy voters could be influenced by Globe winners. It would be a shame if some of yesterday’s winners — I’m thinking of Bullock and Downey — push out a more deserving nominee from the top acting categories.

But I just don’t think Globe mojo will result in Oscar gold. If for no other reason, the Academy couldn’t bear another spectacle of James Cameron labeling himself king of the world.

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Indiana critics awards Wed, 16 Dec 2009 15:03:51 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Movie reel

In this week’s show, Joe and Chris are joined by fellow Indiana Film Journalists Association members Richard Propes, Lou Harry, Bob Bloom, Ed Johnson-Ott and Matthew Socey to talk about the group’s first-ever annual film awards announced on Monday.

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Kicking off the awards season Thu, 03 Dec 2009 05:39:20 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Oscars

In this week’s show, Joe and Chris yap about the beginning of the 2009 film awards season. It’s the time of year when Hollywood hangs up the schlock and tries to get classy.

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