You don't know how pissed off I was when I couldn't find a livestream of the Critics' Choice Awards available in Canada last night. I had serious FOMO and had to hope and pray that Twitter users are as judgmental as me.
I missed out on the awkwardness of James Franco winning Best Actor in a Comedy on the same day that there were five sexual misconduct allegations against him. He wisely decided to skip out on attending at the last minute, but when his name was called, the room was reportedly tense and silent.
Like the Golden Globes, I'm only going to focus on the film category winners - but if you were wondering, everyone who won in the TV categories at the Globes won at the Critics' Choice Awards.
Here's the list of the winners for film:
BEST PICTURE – “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 YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS – Brooklynn Prince, “The Florida Project”
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
BEST DIRECTOR – Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin, “The Shape of Water”
BEST EDITING (TIE) – Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos, “Baby Driver”
BEST EDITING (TIE) – Lee Smith, “Dunkirk”
BEST COSTUME DESIGN – Mark Bridges, “Phantom Thread”
BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP – “Darkest Hour”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – “War for the Planet of the Apes”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE – “Coco”
BEST ACTION MOVIE – “Wonder Woman”
BEST COMEDY – “The Big Sick”
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY – James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY – Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE – “Get Out”
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – “In The Fade”
BEST SONG – “Remember Me” from “Coco”
BEST SCORE – Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”
It's looking good for Coco, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman and Guillermo del Toro who also won at the Globes and will more than likely continue to clean up right until the Oscars (nominations will be announced January 23rd). I'm not surprised by any of the wins.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was beat out by The Shape of Water for Best Picture. This category is troubling for me as there are so many great films to choose from and I have yet to see the ones that are winning (The Shape of Water, 3 Billboards and Call Me By Your Name).
If you're doing an Oscars pool like myself, we still have two more award shows to help us make our picks - the SAGs (January 21st) and the BAFTAs (March 3rd - also known as the British Oscars).
What are your predictions?
Prepare for an unpopular take on last night's Golden Globes.
The award show was extremely clear about the message that they were sending as everyone united to protest sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace. Actors brought activists as their guests and everyone wore black. It looked like a funeral versus a night meant to celebrate television and film.
Now before you shit on me, hear me out. I do not support rape and/or the harsh treatment of women. I just feel that award shows are meant to be lighthearted and fun. Seth Meyers did a stellar job hosting and didn't miss a beat in his monologue while taking shots at Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. Check it out below:
The night was all about female empowerment, however I couldn't help but roll my eyes every time someone mentioned "women power" or jokes about how the male nominees would be giving half of their pay to the females in the room in the name of equality. I know saying this makes me part of the problem. I'm not going to deny something that's very true. I am open to seeing things from other people's perspectives - regardless of your gender. Please feel free to hit me up and help me see things from your point of view. I welcome it with open arms. I could write a whole post about this, but you really want to know about what went down last night, so let's continue this recap.
Can we all agree that the television categories aren't as big of a deal as the film categories? Sure, it's great to see what has been accomplished in TV, but that's why there's the Emmys. So I'm going to skip these categories (you'll find a full list of winners at the end of this) and get straight to the good stuff.
The award for Best Actor - Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) went to James Franco for his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. I think everyone's night was made when Tommy joined him on stage and tried to speak, but James stopped him (I can only imagine what he would say). I recently watched the film and James 100% deserves that award.
Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture went to Allison Janney. I am rooting for her this season because she absolutely nailed it as Tonya Harding's hardass mother in I, Tonya. Her performance in a supporting role in the film was more memorable than lead actress Margot Robbie's.
Best Actress - Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) went to Saoirse Ronan for her work in coming of age film, Lady Bird. Critics raved about this film, going as far as calling it the best film of the year, and it broke a record on Rotten Tomatoes by receiving a 100% fresh rating. I watched it and didn't see award-winning potential. It didn't suck, but it also wasn't the best film I've ever seen. If it had a summer theatrical release, no one would be talking about it or rushing to see it.
Guillermo del Toro gave an adorable speech when he won Best Director for Shape of Water. They tried to play him off leading him to say, "I've been doing this for 25 years - give me one minute".
The big winner of the night that threw everyone off was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Sam Rockwell took home Best Supporting Actor, Frances McDormand took home Best Actress - Motion Picture (Drama), they received Best Screenplay and the biggest award - Best Picture (Drama). Twitter users were comparing this let down to the year Crash cleaned up. I can't really judge this, as it's one of the few films I have yet to see this season (the others are The Shape of Water, Call Me By Your Name and The Florida Project). The synopsis goes a little something like this:
"After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon -- an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence -- gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated."
Here's what a couple of lovely people on Twitter had to say about 3 Billboards' wins:
The moment that had everyone talking and feeling something (or a whole lot of somethings) was when Oprah received the Cecil B. DeMille award. She is the first black woman to receive the award and her acceptance speech is one to remember. Fans are begging her to run for president in 2020. The energy in that room (I could sense it while I watching in the comfort of my living room) was surreal. It felt amazing to see how respected Oprah is and she truly is an inspiration. Be sure to give her speech a watch here.
It's still too early to tell who's bound to win at the Oscars considering the Globes are the first show of the season, but the SAGs (Jan. 21st) and the Critics' Choice Awards should clear things up.
As promised at the top of this piece, you can view a full list of winners here.
Did you tune in? What are your thoughts? Do you have any predictions for the motion picture categories? Comment your thoughts below!
It's 12:19am and I've already listened to JT's new single 5 times.
Fans were waiting for the clock to strike midnight eager to hear Timberlake's new single "Filthy" from his album "Man of The Woods" (out Feb. 2). He did not disappoint. I've had the biggest crush on him since I was a child - fun fact: I still have a No Strings Attached doll from his *NSYNC days out on my desk.
The first thing that came to my mind when I heard "Filthy" was how he could possibly perform it at some point during his Super Bowl halftime performance. It instantly put me into a good mood and I may have even danced a bit.
Check out the music video below (which I think is absolute gold):
I definitely didn't see this coming.
Despite the fact that a lot of people considered it the worst film of 2017, Bright is getting a sequel. Yup, you'll get to see Will Smith (plays Ward, a human) and Joel Edgerton (plays Jakoby, an orc) together again. The film was the highest viewed Netflix film ever on the service in its first week of release and one of the biggest originals Netflix has ever announced. The film was directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Fury, Training Day).
Since I was offline just before the holidays, I didn't get a chance to see the film when it launched on December 22nd. However, I did catch wind of all of the hate it was getting via Twitter. I truly believe that this is why it was such a "hit" with viewers. I'll admit that I didn't have an interest in seeing the film until I saw the tweets and had to judge it for myself. It was one of those cute movies that you have playing in the background while you're trying to get shit done - or at least that's how I watched it.
Bright continues to get buzz from Twitter, with users recommending names for the sequel and expressing how they feel about the news. Check out a few tweets below:
I'm curious to hear more about the sequel and I'm even considering giving it another shot.
What do you think?
PS - Watch the official announcement videohere.
Happy New Year everyone!
Last year flew by (though at times it felt like we'd never make it to the end) and I'm ready for what 2018 has in store. Let's kick it off with my interview with actor Dennis Andres. He plays Ian in CBC's Workin' Moms. Dennis was kind enough to take some time to fill us in on just a few of the many projects he's working on. Check out the Q&A below:
I really felt for your character, Ian, in the first season of Workin’ Moms- what can we expect in season 2?
Unfortunately, I am quite limited in what I can discuss about season 2. But what I can say is that Workin’ Moms audience is in for quite the ride. I'll be able to reveal more closer to when it airs (later this month).
Not only have you wrapped up filming Workin’ Moms, but you’ve also recently worked on Dark Matter, Defective, and Star Trek Discovery - just to name a few. How do you juggle everything and what have you learned about yourself and your craft through working on those projects?
I spent a night, years ago, getting drunk on the patio of a pub with a country band frontman after one of his shows at what was then Copps Coliseum, in Hamilton. We talked about everything from life to the entertainment industry, family, and so on. He explained to me that his mother (who he had very recently lost, unfortunately) gave him the best life lesson he could have asked for. She said, “Son... you are only as good as the team you surround yourself with.” And for me, the biggest contributor as to why I am where I am at this stage - and I know, going further to all stages - is because of my team.
The biggest and most valuable thing I’ve learned about myself is: take ownership of everything in your life. Acknowledge your mistakes and shortcomings. Own all of your fuck-ups and failures. But also, take ownership of the good; the success, the growth, and of your seized opportunities. In regards to my work... take risks! Every chance you get! Figure out how to make each opportunity your own. Show em’ what YOU’D want to see.
Strive to be the best version of yourself.
I think it takes some people their whole career to accomplish half of what you have and I look forward to seeing what’s ahead as I know you have something major in the works. How would you define success?
Thank you very much...that’s very kind of you.
I seem to constantly learn new things about success. I find that people who work hard at succeeding never quite get there but for the simple reason that their goals evolve, adapt, grow and become more challenging along the way. Please don’t get me wrong - I am a heavy advocate for setting goals. Set many. But I find the ACT is the success or engine, and the goals... are fuel.