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Drink-y Oscars Nominations! (You know, the Golden Globes.)

UPDATE: It is about 6pm EST on Golden Globes night, and I want to revise some of my predictions based on the campaigning season so far. Edits are incorporated through the rest of the post!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

By which I mean it's awards season!! This is when the best films of the year come out! And there are swanky awards nominations and everything everywhere! Including the noms for the Golden Globes!

So I'm freaking out over those and making my pics way too early in the season. These will probably change. But also, screw it, I want to do them anyway.

Ordinarily I pick only a few categories for which I really make predictions. But I don't think there's a single category of the Golden Globes that means less to me than any other. So if my analysis is short... I'm trying to do picks for twenty five categories in a single blog post. Give a girl a break!

As always, the category title is in bold, my pick is in italics, and everything else will probably be marked off with some kind of *asterisk.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
*Spotlight

1/10/16: Whoops, just kidding! I definitely think it's Spotlight now.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
*Cate Blanchett - Carol
*Brie Larson - Room
*Rooney Mara - Carol
*Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn
*Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl

God, what an insanely strong category this year. I couldn't possibly pick just one. I'm not even rooting for any one of them over the others from pure, personal, emotional preference. They are all extraordinary, and they all deserve it.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl
Will Smith - Concussion

Yes, I know I picked two people. But, between the two of them, it was impossible to decide. The performances in both Steve Jobs and The Danish Girl were so extraordinary I couldn't so much as have one pick and then one as my second choice. Which is probably cheating for my count after the awards themselves happen, but I don't care.
I can tell you who isn't going to win. I'm sure he's fantastic, but Leonardo DiCaprio isn't going to win, and he is going to flip his shit.

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
*The Big Short
Joy
*The Martian
Spy
Trainwreck

1/10/16: I'm not saying Trainwreck isn't great, but I definitely am saying The Big Short is gonna win.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence - Joy
Melissa McCarthy - Spy
Amy Schumer - Trainwreck
Maggie Smith - The Lady in the Van
*Lily Tomlin - Grandma

I think Grandma was too small an indie film to have the funds to campaign and win awards season categories. I just wanted to point out Lily Tomlin in this movie because she was wonderful.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale - The Big Short
Steve Carell - The Big Short
Matt Damon - The Martian
Al Pacino - Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo - Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Motion Picture - Animated
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

If Inside Out doesn't win, it'll be an upset on the level of The Lego Movie not winning at the Oscars.

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
The Brand New Testament
The Club
The Fencer
Mustang
Son of Saul

Number of films I've seen in this category: 0. Amount to which I am certain of my choice anyway: 100%.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Jane Fonda - Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren - Trumbo
*Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs

1/10/16: Ohhh man. I might be reversing Alicia Vikander and Kate Winslet? Because I just haven't seen Steve Jobs campaign for much beyond screenplay and Best Actor, and Alicia Vikander has been everywhere! So I think this is going to Alicia Vikander after all, and it'll really be more of a combo win for both this and The Danish Girl.

I don't think Alicia Vikander is going to necessarily win for Ex Machina, especially not over Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs. I just wanted to draw attention to her because I really want her to get all of the things.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Paul Dano - Love & Mercy
*Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon - 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone - Creed

Best Director - Motion Picture
Todd Haynes - Carol
Alejandro G. Inarritu - The Revenant
Tom McCarthy - Spotlight
George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott - The Martian

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Emma Donoghue - Room
*Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer - Spotlight
Charles Randolph, Adam McKay - The Big Short
Aaron Sorkin - Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino - The Hateful Eight

Steve Jobs may have bombed at the box office, but Aaron Sorkin is amazing and I don't think I could be capable of not picking him for any screenplay category ever.

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Carter Burwell - Carol
Alexandre Desplat - The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone - The Hateful Eight
*Daniel Pemberton - Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto - The Revenant

...I'm literally listening to the score from The Danish Girl now, so it's very possible that I'm highly biased.

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"Love Me Like You Do" - Fifty Shades of Grey
"One Kind of Love" - Love & Mercy
"See You Again" - Fast and Furious 7
"Simple Song #3" - Youth
"Writing's on the Wall" - Spectre

Best Television Series - Drama
Empire
Game of Thrones
Mr. Robot
Narcos
Outlander

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Caitriona Balfe - Outlander
Viola Davis - How to Get Away with Murder
Eva Green - Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson - Empire
Robin Wright - House of Cards

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Rami Malek - Mr. Robot
Wagner Moura - Narcos
Bob Odenkirk - Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber - Ray Donovan

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Casual
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Veep

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Rachel Bloom - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis - Scream Queens
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
*Gina Rodriguez - Jane the Virgin
Lily Tomlin - Grace and Frankie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Aziz Ansari - Master of None
Gael Garcia Bernal - Mozart in the Jungle
Rob Lowe - The Grinder
Patrick Stewart - Blunt Talk
Jeffrey Tambor - Transparent

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
American Crime
American Horror Story: Hotel
*Fargo
Flesh & Bone
Wolf Hall

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kirsten Dunst - Fargo
Lady Gaga - American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Hay - Flesh & Bone
Felicity Huffman - American Crime
Queen Latifah - Bessie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Idris Elba - Luther
Oscar Isaac - Show Me a Hero
David Oyelowo - Nightengale
Mark Rylance - Wolf Hall
*Patrick Wilson - Fargo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Uzo Aduba - Orange is the New Black
Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey
Regina King - American Crime
Judith Light - Transparent
Maura Tierney - The Affair

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Cumming - The Good Wife
Damien Lewis - Wolf Hall
Ben Mendelsohn - Bloodline
Tobias Menzies - Outlander
Christian Slater - Mr. Robot

Full disclosure: I know very little about this year's limited series television shows. I'm mostly basing this off of what I've seen online and what the Emmys did!

This is a really weird year for the awards because, while there are plenty of excellent films and TV shows out there, there isn't any one absolute standout! Or even a few! Which makes this so much harder.

And, you know, of all of the problems out there in the world, having to think a bit more about who my picks are for the Golden Globes is definitely up there. Probably.

The moral of the story: Yay awards season!!

"A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He posts precisely when he means to." - Gandalf the Grey, The Lord of the Rings (or something like that)

So those of you who are good at numbers and dates and figures have probably noticed that I haven't posted anything in here for about a month.

Those of you who aren't probably noticed as well.

But I have an excellent excuse this time! For ten days, ending this past Sunday, I was at the Tribeca Film Festival!

...I have no excuse for the time before the Tribeca Film Festival.

But you guys, TFF was amazing. Working there was legitimately fun! I met so many wonderful people! I got to network with fellow filmmakers!

And the thing I took advantage of the most: There were tons of really wonderful films there.

I saw sixteen of them.

Now, I'm not going to post about all of the films here because not only would that make for a disgustingly long blog post (that, frankly, I don't have the time to fully write during the half hour I have left of my lunch break at my day job) but also I just really want to highlight a few of the ones that really stood out to me. Which isn't to say that the others weren't wonderful! But here are a few of my favorites for which I really think you should be looking out.

Viaje
Viaje was the first film I saw during the festival, and one of the most visually gorgeous. It was shot in black and white in the parks of Costa Rica, which seems ridiculous to say as that's a place that's known for its color, but the effect works perfectly. Especially for how intimate the film was, it meant that we could focus on the story and the characters instead of being overwhelmed by the environment. It was fairly small - almost the entire thing was just the two lead characters. But they got the intimacy of a non-traditional relationship down perfectly. The both of them had incredible chemistry together. And it's just lovely overall to watch.

We are Young. We are Strong.
You guys, this movie left me literally in hysterics at the end. Hysterics in that I couldn't stop crying I was so terrified. It wasn't a horror film, it was just based on true events. It takes place in the former East German city of Rostock in 1992, during the anti-immigrant riots. And it focuses on three storylines: That of a Vietnamese immigrant who wants to be a productive member of German society - she has a job, she's working towards her residency, etc. - but is still very much an immigrant; a politician who is trying to figure out how to deal with all of this anger and outcry from a political perspective; and his son, a teenager, who goes around the city with his friends... and they're all neo-Nazis. The thing this film does so terrifyingly well is that is shows the humanity of each of the characters. I honestly couldn't even tell you that the Nazi boys in this film are bad people because they're so real and the audience can see exactly where they're all coming from, even when they do awful things to other people. And it was upsettingly timely, too. I want everyone who has an opinion on the rioters in Baltimore to shut up and watch this film first. There are parts in the middle where it could've been cut a little, but the last act is so powerful I ended up just not even caring. It'll terrify you. Go watch it.

Good Kill
This one will probably be fairly easy for you to find, as it stars Ethan Hawke, January Jones, and Zoe Kravitz. So it'll get distributed. It's the only film I've ever so much as heard of telling the story of the soldiers who man the drones in the Middle East while safe here in the US, and the issues they deal with/the incredible PTSD that is inflicted upon them. Ethan Hawke is fantastic in this; subtle, truthful, and brutal. I desperately wish they had given the female characters more, though. January Jones was painfully underused because they just elected to focus more on Hawke's Manly Pain than tell anyone else's story. But overall it was satisfying, eye-opening, and very much worth the watch, especially if you enjoyed films like The Hurt Locker.

Grandma
During the Q&A after the film, someone stood up and asked Lily Tomlin how it feels to be a goddess. And a lot of the audience was a little annoyed that this guy hadn't stood up and asked a more substantive question. But none of us could really disagree, either. This film is funny! And substantive! And human! And real! And not only does Lily Tomlin own it, but she brings out the best in everyone around her, too. The film is about a girl who needs money for an abortion, so she goes to her grandmother for help. But she doesn't have the money either, so the two of them go off on a journey to get it. And it's edgy and sharp and witty and wonderful. Not only did it make me think about humanity and relationships and why we bother getting into them/what do they mean about us as a species, but it also made me laugh and left me feeling good at the end. What more could you want in a film?

Sleeping With Other People
Here's another film that is going to get picked up; it's more a matter of "when" than "if." It stars Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, and it's the single most feminist and sex-positive romcom I've ever seen. And I love romcoms with a passion. The director described it as "When Harry Met Sally for assholes" and it's exactly that, but funny in a modern, coarse way that Nora Ephron never really touched, giving the film its own flavor. I so desperately want this film to get really wide distribution, or to at least have a cult following. Because it was, by far, my favorite film of the festival.

Tenured
There were parts of the pacing that were rough, character traits that I just straight up didnj't believe, and plot points that weren't really necessary and I don't care about any of that because the film was clever and funny. It's about a fifth grade teacher who falls apart when his wife leaves him, and how he then tries to use the school play to win her back. I do wish that they had discussed any of the women in the film more and, instead of just asking us to trust that they were worth loving, told us why. But the film overall was still an absolute delight because it had loads and loads of heart. Which is, I think, the most important thing this kind of film can have. Also, the kids who play the entire fifth grade class are amazing. They alone make the film worth seeing. And there's a whole lot more than them to make it worth it.

...I have to stop now because I literally have a minute to post this and finish eating before going back to work. But expect more posts soon about more things TFF! Because it's really an amazing festival.