It begins. Awards season.
Ever had one of those tattoo dreams (by that I mean a normal recurring dream when you sleep, AND, a dream as in a moment in pictures of your goals being achieved rolled into 1) that literally has been as consistent throughout your entire life as your brushing-teeth-getting-dressed-checking-yourself-in-the-mirror-before-you-leave morning routine? Well, mine is Hollywood Awards Season with me featuring hard. Busting so hard in fact that even I cant take it. Busting dresses, busting hair, busting shoes, busting events BUT more importantly, the moment when one gets recognised for their hard work, long hours and emotionally taxing but immensely rewarding work as an actor/actress.
Kicking off the season for the most part is The Golden Globes. The Golden Globes is the 3rd most important awards ceremony, in my opinion, with The Grammys and Oscars taking the lead obviously but the Hollywood Foreign Press(the homies who decide who and what gets nominated and who wins) sometimes royally bug me out. I mean their choices sometimes make me question who is on the board and who/what their connections are to the nominated tv shows and films. I guess I should get over myself coz at the end of the day they are all Journalists so they been covering their stars and I guess they feel the people they nom are worthy of the reward.
Obviously, Hollyhood is a business and it’s not all entire about honouring excellence in tv and film but there times when they literally do nuts. This year there’s some obvious nuts that I just don’t get. But whatevs, we’ll get there. What I do know is, their entertainment industry busts hard and consistently gives them plenty amazeballs work to consequently enjoy and choose from, so there is no excuse to honour nuts at the end of the day. *sigh*
So, let’s get into it. Here are the noms. I’m going to strikethrough all the “losers”(who aren’t really losers coz everything is of excellence in one way or another) and put the ones I WANT to win in bold, therefore leaving the one I assume the HFP(Hollywood Foregin Press). Start it up!*swizzy n llyod banks n kanyeezy voice*
Disclaimer: Granted as much as I tried in the last couple of days to watch as many nominated films as possible, I couldn’t get all of the ones that matter so my opinion will be somewhat flawed and biased but hay, entertainment and performance are subjective anyway so I guess im fine!
BEST ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Toni Collete – United States of Tara
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Laura Linney – The Big C
Lea Michele – Glee
So clearly I want Laura Linney to win and I think she will coz she is pure magnificence. She never disappoints and I managed to hook up a little of The Big C. I definitely need to see more but anyone who can make Cancer(see what I did there?) funny is absolute genius. In the little I saw I managed to find myself laughing and crying at the same time. But then again, what did I expect? The woman stays busting and is one of the most underrated actresses. But that might be coz most people my age would find her work a bit boring. Get on it kids, she fiiya!
Laura Linney The Big C
Pillars of the Earth
You Don’t Know Jack
Zero opinion whatsoever here as i have seen any of these, literally. Not one.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG FROM A MOTION PICTURE
“Bound to You” - Burlesque
“Coming Home” - Country Strong
“I See the Light” – Tangled
“There’s a Place For Us” – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of Dawn Treader
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me”- Burlesque
Only seen Burlesque and as much as I have opinions about Cher n Chistinas work, ill leave that till I review it when its been released at the cinema here. Hahaha. But I still think Narnia will take it. They like em epic situations. Epic in the actual sense of the word.
BEST ACTOR: TV COMEDY
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
Steve Carrell – The Office
Thomas Jane – Hung
Matthew Morrison – Glee
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
I really don’t bust over Hung hay. Never have, don’t think I will soon. Plus, as much as I wanted to bust for Glee, I just don’t think Matt Morrison (as cute and talented as he is) could and should beat the amazeballness that is Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock. This man staaaays killing me. Wow. Kudos.
He just kills me. Alec in 30 Rock
BEST ACTRESS: TV DRAMA
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Katey Segal – The Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer
Piper Perabo – Covert Affairs
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men
Mad Men Cast
FINALLY!!!! My word! How long did it take them? Elisabeth Moss has been so on point on Mad Men its unbelievable. Granted, she’s not the only one that busts on the show, she’s still really really good and im happy they finally giving her a chance. Yay! But I still think they’ll go for Julianna who I wont lie, I get so bored by in The Good Wife. It’s just not enough for me. Now can we have a moment for Piper Perabo?!? REALLY??? Incase anyones confused, this is the girl who gave us the oh so genius and award-winning work that is Coyote Ugly! Yep! Coyote Ugly! Now I am by no means opposed to growth as an actress but let’s be honest, there’s always going to be something somewhat childish about her acting. Honestly. Lets get serious HFP, this is nuts personified in one person dancing on a bar getting water and beer soaked on her in tissues tops showing her belly and tight ass bootlegged leather pants. I just can’t. In case you think im being too harsh and judgy and not giving her a chance because of her debut , take a young trip to your local dvd store and get her Denise Richards/Neve Campbell inspired film Lost and Delirious and hopefully you’ll understand that the HFPs choice in this is exactly that, LOST AND DELIRIOUS FOR DAYS!
BEST SCREENPLAY FOR A MOTION PICTURE
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Now screenplay-wise I am whole-heartedly behind The Social Network! This movie did all kinds of things to me when I was watching. I was with some friends so I had to try to keep chilled but I could not function. It was AMAZEBALLS! But I’ll get there later when we discuss the actual movie as a whole. One of the things that stood out for me the most was the screenplay! This movie is so well-written, im blown away. But im also a die-hard Sorkin fan. He always finds a way of delivering sharp-edged work that cuts and stings. The script itself gives the actors so much to play with that its difficult for it not come across with as much vigour as it does. Even though, there was debate about the accuracy to truth about the film and events in the film with the actual moments in Mark Zuckerbergs , that’s the beauty of art and film and writing in particular. It’s not a bio-pic so, it doesn’t have to be. Real life tends to hinder how far the writer can go in developing the characters anyway, so once again I am thoroughly impressed and love this movie to death. I do still think they’ll give it to The Kings Speech. They love that old-school Kenneth Branagh type stuff.
Aaron Sorkin far right. JT is not playing with his look. Fresh to def.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: TV
Scott Caan - Hawaii 5-0
Chris Colfer – Glee
Chris Noth - The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family
David Strathairn - Temple Grandin
This is an interesting category for me this year. Chris Colfer no doubt sings his ass of and does really good work on Glee, it seems like art imitating life(if it isn’t then he’s even better than I originally thought. His character developed nicely in Glee and the second season really did him justice. Good stuff. BUT Cam, my dearest Cam is pure and utter perfection. I know when i refer to an actor more as their character than their actual selves that they too good for words. Eric Stonestreet has Cam in Modern Family down to an absolute tee. I don’t understand what he could do any differently. So I definitely want him to win. I do however think that with Hollywoods obsession with homosexuality though, it will result in Chris Colfer winning, which is still not a problem at all, so good luck to both. I can’t wait to hear the winners speech now. Amazeballs!
Chris Colfer from Glee
My man Cam
BEST TV SERIES: COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Biutiful (Mexico & Spain)
The Concert (France)
I Am Love (Italy)
In A Better World (Denmark)
How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3
Something tells me Toy Story 3 is gonna win, even though it really shouldnt coz it’s not even close to the first one and they shoulda just stopped making them. Ruining classics: Common mistake of the money-obsessed big studios. Despicable Me was stunning. Animations keep getting better and the writing always intrigues me. Too clever.
BEST ACTRESS, TV
Hayley Atwell – Pillars of the Earth
Clare Danes – Temple Grandin
Judi Dench - Cranford
Jennifer Love Hewitt – The Client List
Romola Garai - Emma
I’m not really too touched about this category considering I havent watched any of them, but I am appalled at the Jennifer Love Hewitt nom. I’m beyond perplexed. Clare Danes and Judi Dench must be dying, asking themselves what they did to deserve such for their talents. I’m sorry ladies. The HFP is playing games with you.
BEST ACTRESS, MOTION PICTURE COMEDY / MUSICAL
Annette Benning – The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie - The Tourist
Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone - Easy A
This is a tough one. Annette Benning is consistently launching actresses with her amazing grasp on her characters and Julianne Moore is also good, even though she’s made some blunders that ill never forgive. Emma Stone is great but a little out of her league and Anne Hathaway(granted she’s also blundered hard but redeemed herself tremendously) is my favourite. Seen the preview to this flick and her and Jake excite me in this. So I vote her.
BEST ACTOR, MOTION PICTURE COMEDY / MUSICAL
Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp - The Tourist
Paul Giamatti - Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey – Casino Jack
Thank god Johnny was nominated for two because if it was just The Tourist I would have died. He no doubt, was a thousand timed better in Alice yet he was extremely charming and adorable in The Tourist. The latter however was such an underwhelming film, im shocked for days that it even got a nomination. I mean, Angie and Johnny are no doubt amazeballs actors but this film failed me. So Jake it is for me, see above.
Anne and Jake.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
Christian Bale - The Fighter
Michael Douglas - Wall Street 2
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
Jeremey Renner – The Town
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech
This one is such a tough one, I honestly don’t know who the HFP will choose. All the actors are just so good. Too good actually. My favourite is Michael Douglas just because he reprised his role in a film I loved and did it justice. Wall Street 2 was really good for me. Definitely not better than the first one but still good. The Town was such an intense movie. Wow. The men definitely brought it in this category. I’m stumped.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham-Carter – The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis – Black Swan
Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Jackie Weaver - Animal Kingdom
I havent seen Black Swan yet, but the trailer was sick. But I mean, DUH, Natalie Portman is the best of her generation. But I do think the industry is in love with Black Swan so that’s why Mila Kunis stands a good chance. If she does win however, I cant wait to hear her speech coz she gives me such, girl-like-us vibes, like she’ll say stuff like dude and have a seemingly unhinged thank u speech coz she didn’t expect it at all. Helena Bonham-Carter is still amazeballs though so she’s my bet.
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis
Helena Bonham-Carter in The Kings Speech
BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall - Dexter
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Hugh Laurie – House
As much as I love House, I personally don’t think Hugh Laurie should bust on this one. The HFP is clearly in love with him though coz she staaaaays getting nominated. It literally feels like he’s been nominated since 1944 when this honk started. That being said, JOHN HAMM FOR PRESIDENT! Come on, this is not debatable. Btw, Breaking Bad does not bust. Just thought I’d throw that in there.
BEST DIRECTOR, MOTION PICTURE
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
David Fincher – The Social Network
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
Chris Nolan - Inception
David O. Russell - The Fighter
Now this is where I bust for Inception. Direction-wise I would hands down give this to Chris Nolan without flinching. He killed it. I think Aronofsky will give him a run for his money but I still think he’ll win. Its Inception dude.
BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY / MUSICAL
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
I don’t think there’s much competition here either. Maybe Alice but I still think and want The Kids Are All Right will win. Once again, im astonished at The Tourist. Like seriously, whats going on here? NO NO NO! I’m starting to think that the HFP are actually crushing hard on Angie n Johnny. That must be it. They were probably like “We havent seen our favourites together, lets give em more money to come out of their European hide-outs and give them a Mr and Mrs Smith sequel with basically the same elements and cash in. Recession over, lets make paper!” If that wasnt the studios thinking then im side-eyeing them harder than hard.
BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead
Easy! Btw, I tried The Walking Dead which was nuts and im even more confused that a show with 6 episodes can even be nominated. *side-eye*
BEST ACTRESS - MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine
Dont think I need to say much. Halle, fall back. Sorry. I obviously want Natalie to win but the way I feel critics are just loving Michelle in Blue Valentine, something tells me she might snatch it. If she does, I wont even be mad coz she’s really good and you know, coz I still miss Heath.
Michelle and Ryan – Blue Valentine
BEST ACTOR, MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Colin Firth - The King’s Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter
Now I cant say this enough, The Social Network was BRILLIANT! The combination of the writing and Jesse Eisenbergs portrayal of his character are just harmony in every way. This guy, Jesse Eisenberg is not even that huge and his resume is not even close to the level of work he produced here. He legit made the movie what it was. His acting was beyond superb. Im watching out for him now. I mean, really. The fact that people hate him now coz of how he did Zuckerberg is enough to let us know how much he busted. People legit think that Zuckerberg is a colossal douche 24/7. Good work. Even Zuckerberg himself said he wished it would have been done after he died, coz he nailed it. Look, by no means am I discrediting the other actors though, lets not get that twisted. James Franco is really really good(even though there something about his voice or the way he speaks that bugs me out), Ryan Goslings emotional grasp on his characters is sick, he just seems so passionate and attached to all his work and Marky Mark is Marky Mark, I mean, enough said. But I still think Colin Firth is gonna take it. He is amazeballs though, shame. But for this year, we all know its meant for Jesse Eisenberg.
Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
Marky Mark busting himself in The Fighter
BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
This makes my heart heavy coz every single nominee is a heavyweight in this ring and they all sick so I can’t choose. I want it to be The Social Network, but I also recognise that Black Swan and The Kings Speech are clear favourites and that Inception(even though with regard to Leo, I thought Shutter Island had me more involved) having been the ginormous success that it is can’t be ignored and that The Fighter is somewhat of the underdog (and we all know what happens with underdogs). Dayum. I’m stumped. My heart and mind cant agree. But if I was to go with heart, I’d say The Social Network. I’m sorry. I cant help it. I like my movies meaty, drowned in sharp, crisp dialogue and leaving me with some form of baggage.
Now that we’re finally done, all I can say is, tonight(in America) but tomorrow (In SA) is D-Day and I cant wait! Ricky Gervais is gonna be entertaining us as the host so im ready and hope y’all are too. 8pm on Mnet, Monday. Do best for yourself and watch.