Academy Award Nominations List 2019/2020 & Printable Oscar Ballot Sheet PDF

Here’s the full list of this year’s Academy Award nominees vying to take home those coveted Oscar statues on Sunday, February 9th, 2020.

Download my PDF ballot sheet here that can be completed digitally or printed and written on old school. Have a go at predicting the winners or challenge your friends and family to do the same.


“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit” – my review is coming soon.
“Little Women”
“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
“Marriage Story”
“1917” – my review is coming soon.

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell” – my review is coming soon.

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

South Korea, “Parasite”
Spain, “Pain and Glory”
France, “Les Misérables”
North Macedonia, “Honeyland”
Poland, “Corpus Christi”

“In the Absence”
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
“Life Overtakes Me”
“St. Louis Superman”
“Walk Run Cha-Cha”

“American Factory”
“The Edge of Democracy”
“For Sama”
“The Cave”

“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen II”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
I Lost My Body
Missing Link
“Toy Story 4”

“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”
“The Two Popes”

“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Knives Out”

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“The Irishman”
“The Lighthouse”

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”
“Little Women”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”

“Ford v Ferrari”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

“Ford v Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”
“Ad Astra”

“Dcera (Daughter)”
“Hair Love”

“Nefta Football Club”
“The Neighbors’ Window”
“A Sister”

“1917,” Thomas Newman
“Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir
“Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat
“Marriage Story,” Randy Newman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams

VISUAL EFFECTS – Read my thoughts on this category here
Avengers: Endgame
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
“The Irishman”

“The Irishman”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Jojo Rabbit”

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

BAFTA 2020 Nominations and Printable PDF Ballot Sheet

This year’s British Academy film award nominees have been announced and they’re largely as expected, with the big-hitters rising to the top again. I’ve not seen very many of them yet, but will write a few reviews as soon as possible of the ones I’ve seen and then try to catch a few more over the next few weeks, Here’s my annual printable PDF ballot for you to print out and have a go at predicting the winners.





The full list of nominees for this year’s BAFTAs are:


1917 Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren – my review is coming soon.
THE IRISHMAN Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
JOKER Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino
PARASITE Bong Joon Ho, Kwak Sin Ae


1917 Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns – my review is coming soon.
BAIT Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
ROCKETMAN Dexter Fletcher, Adam Bohling, David Furnish, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn, Lee Hall
SORRY WE MISSED YOU Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty
THE TWO POPES Fernando Meirelles, Jonathan Eirich, Dan Lin, Tracey Seaward, Anthony McCarten


BAIT Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab (Director/Producer), Edward Watts (Director)
MAIDEN Alex Holmes (Director)
ONLY YOU Harry Wootliff (Writer/Director)
RETABLO Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Writer/Director)


THE FAREWELL Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia – my review is coming soon.
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
PAIN AND GLORY Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur


AMERICAN FACTORY Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
APOLLO 11 Todd Douglas Miller
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
THE GREAT HACK Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim


FROZEN 2 Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho
KLAUS Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh
A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON Will Becher, Richard Phelan, Paul Kewley
TOY STORY 4 Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen – my review is coming soon.


1917 Sam Mendes – my review is coming soon.
THE IRISHMAN Martin Scorsese
JOKER Todd Phillips


BOOKSMART Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman
KNIVES OUT Rian Johnson
PARASITE Han Jin Won, Bong Joon Ho


THE IRISHMAN Steven Zaillian
JOJO RABBIT Taika Waititi – my review is coming soon.
JOKER Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
THE TWO POPES Anthony McCarten


CHARLIZE THERON Bombshell – my review is coming soon.


LEONARDO DICAPRIO Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
ADAM DRIVER Marriage Story


LAURA DERN Marriage Story
SCARLETT JOHANSSON Jojo Rabbit – my review is coming soon.
MARGOT ROBBIE Bombshell – my review is coming soon.
MARGOT ROBBIE Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood


TOM HANKS A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
AL PACINO The Irishman
JOE PESCI The Irishman
BRAD PITT Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood


1917 Thomas Newman – my review is coming soon.
JOJO RABBIT Michael Giacchino – my review is coming soon.
JOKER Hildur Guđnadóttir
LITTLE WOMEN Alexandre Desplat
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER John Williams – my review is coming soon.


JOKER Shayna Markowitz
MARRIAGE STORY Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler


1917 Roger Deakins – my review is coming soon.
THE IRISHMAN Rodrigo Prieto
JOKER Lawrence Sher
LE MANS ’66 Phedon Papamichael


THE IRISHMAN Thelma Schoonmaker
JOJO RABBIT Tom Eagles – my review is coming soon.
JOKER Jeff Groth
LE MANS ’66 Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker


1917 Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales – my review is coming soon.
THE IRISHMAN Bob Shaw, Regina Graves
JOJO RABBIT Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková – my review is coming soon.
JOKER Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh


THE IRISHMAN Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell
JOJO RABBIT Mayes C. Rubeo – my review is coming soon.
JUDY Jany Temime
LITTLE WOMEN Jacqueline Durran


1917 Naomi Donne – my review is coming soon.
BOMBSHELL Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan – my review is coming soon.
JOKER Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann
JUDY Jeremy Woodhead
ROCKETMAN Lizzie Yianni Georgiou


1917 Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson
JOKER Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic
LE MANS ’66 David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester
ROCKETMAN Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood – my review is coming soon.

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS – My thoughts on this category can be found here!

1917 Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy – my review is coming soon.
AVENGERS: ENDGAME Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick – my review is coming soon.
THE IRISHMAN Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman
THE LION KING Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez – my review is coming soon.
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy – my review is coming soon.


IN HER BOOTS Kathrin Steinbacher
THE MAGIC BOAT Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel


AZAAR Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring
GOLDFISH Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill
KAMALI Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad
THE TRAP Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald


AWKWAFINA – Absolutely brilliant in ‘The Farewell’

Golden Globes 2019/2020 Printable Ballot

NOTE: This post is about the Golden Globes that will be awarded on Sunday the 5th of January 2020 for which the nominees were announced in December 2019.

Download our 2020 Golden Globes Ballot PDF here! Or as images by clicking on the thumbnails! The main start to the big awards season and what I consider to be my warm-up at predicting awards winners is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards, on Sunday January 5th. Join in with your friends and family using our 2020 Golden Globes Ballot you can print out and fill in! I’ve not yet seen very many of these nominees at all, so my predictions will be based more on what I’ve heard than the very little I’ve seen, which may increase a tiny bit in the weeks leading up to bigger Awards such as the BAFTAs and Oscars. Have a go yourself and please comment below what your predictions are. I’ve will be using my normal scoring system, 1. to indicate my first choice of what I think will win, 2. to show what I think could beat my first choice, and usually I put a P. for my personal choice of what I think should win. This can later be scored as 2pts for a correct first choice win and 1pt for a correct 2nd choice, no points are given for personal preferences winning as that’s more out of interest and self-expression but really you can use whatever scoring system you like!


Again the PDF download is here for the 2020 Golden Globes Ballot and I’ll do a post in a few weeks with my usually terrible guesses of who’s going to win!golden-globes

Top 10: A look ahead at 2018

What I’m most looking forward to watching in 2018. I’m sure I have missed lots of great things off this list but these are just the 10 things that came to my mind when I stopped to think about it. This doesn’t include things that I’ll only get around to watching in 2018, that’s a whole different list including the Awards nominated films that are on release now but I won’t see in my local cinemas until mid-January.

1. Incredibles 2

When: June / July 2018

Why?: Whenever people ask me what’s my favourite film and they often do, I typically answer that I don’t have a favourite, it changes depending on what mood I’m in but the one film that would come out on top for most moods would be ‘The Incredibles’. It’s my favourite of all the Pixar films, my favourite superhero film, my favourite animated film, works for all ages, families, unfailingly uplifts my mood and is infinitely quotable. So, I’m beyond excited to see if Brad Bird can give it a worthy sequel, because this is the sequel I’ve been waiting over a decade for and all details released so far about when and how the story will be picked up are exactly what I was hoping for, so this should be ‘TOTALLY EPIC’. It’s the one film I know I’ll travel for the earliest available screening of on the opening day.

2. Avengers: Infinity War

When?: April / May 2018

Why?: Have you seen the trailer? ‘The Avengers’ films have been the culmination of each phase of films and they are awesome but this is the culmination of everything so far, it’s what the whole MCU has been building towards for over a decade and is the definition of epic (honestly, check the OED). There’s also a lot to be said for the Russo brothers direction in the MCU so far, ‘Winter Soldier‘ and ‘Civil War‘ are both excellent and bear repeat viewing very well indeed. It’ll be nice to see how their skills work with such an extensive cast and huge scale but ‘Civil War’ was not small and they do some wonderful things with that, including one of the most surprising and compelling antagonists.

3. Black Panther

When?: February 2018

Why?: One of the standouts from ‘Civil War‘ was Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, he got the two sides of the character perfectly right. The trailers look epic and it is building towards ‘Infinity War’ with a character we wanted more of in his homeland which stands out as distinctive. Director Ryan Coogler impressed me greatly with ‘Creed‘ so I have full confidence he will blow me away with this.

4. Ant-Man and the Wasp

When?: July 2018

Why?: I was surprised by how much I loved the first film, I think it got the tone exactly right and the humour was fantastic. Thanks in no small measure to Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, the film that was worrying fans with production issues managed to win me over with ease. There haven’t (yet) been any issues with the production on this sequel so it’s on a safer footing, there’s also a key romance plot being teased which the MCU hasn’t really got prominently at the moment in other films so this could be great for many reasons.

5. Glass

When?: January 18th 2019 (I know, it looks like it’s a 2019 highlight but I have a sneaking suspicion it’ll get moved up, plus I’m looking forward to seeing the trailer enough for that alone to make it into my top ten things I’m excited about in 2018).

Why?: Without spoiling ‘Split’ this ties in to a larger concept that M. Night Shyamalan has explored before. Casting is also very strong and it could be a full return to form for the director as the modest budget may refocus him on making the narrative strong rather than mistaken overreliance on special effects.

6. Aquaman

When?: December 2018

Why?: Despite being massively sceptical of DC’s movies, ‘Wonder Woman‘ proved they can make a good film, then months later ‘Justice League’ proved they can still make a bad film while getting closer to the right tone and being somewhat less of a disappointment. With ‘Aquaman’ I’m looking forward to seeing if they can do better, if there’s a glimmer of hope that ‘Justice League’ while a huge flop for DC might be able to get downgraded to a blip with a few really brilliant follow-up films. I remain sceptical, but it’s nice to hold on to a little hope.

7. Solo: A Star Wars Story

When?: May 2018

Why?: I’ve really enjoyed the new episodes in the Star Wars saga, and I actually quite liked ‘Rogue One‘ although it’s the easiest of the new three to pick apart as being riddled with problems. I loved the idea of Lord and Miller directing and though they were fired in favour of Ron Howard, I hope that there’s still little hints of their work that will make this an exciting and enjoyable film. Many are expecting this to be a disappointment, however, I’m not a huge Star Wars fanboy, I just enjoy the sci-fi action elements over any concern for the larger franchise or character legacy, so if it meets my expectations for a science fiction adventure film it’ll be great.

8. Oceans 8

When?: June 2018

Why?: I really love a good heist movie, especially the first Clooney-led ‘Oceans 11’. Sandra Bullock leading this seems like a great choice, the rest of the casting is excellent, the trailer is fun, all good signs so far. As long as the heist part is nicely twisty and has a bit of genius I’ll be happy. Due to my high expectations, this also stands a huge chance of being the biggest disappointment, so it really could go either way, but I will give it the benefit of the doubt for now and hope to be really please when I see it in the summer.

9. American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

When?: January 17th (onwards)

Why?: I was hooked by the first season that told the story of the O.J. Simpson trial. I binged the whole lot over about four or five days and it was some of the very best television I’ve seen in ages. This new season takes a different case, the murder of Versace, which I know even less about than I did with the Simpson case, so if it’s anywhere near as good as the first case I can imagine getting gripped again. It also stars Darren Criss (‘Glee’) who I’m a big fan of, so it’ll be nice to see him in a dramatic role.

10. X-Men: Dark Phoenix & New Mutants

When?: April and November 2018

Why?: I’ve merged these together as I don’t know which I’m liking the look of more and my reasons for being interested are largely the same for both films. I like the X-Men franchise and these are some of the last to be produced by Fox before being bought by Disney/Marvel. Because of that they could be considered the end of the franchise as it stands, or, if they are brilliant and do very well, they could potentially shape Disney’s way forward with these characters if these films are a foundation too good to do away with. Dark Phoenix has the chance to right some of the wrongs of the disappointing ‘Apocalypse’ and ‘New Mutants’ looks like it’s going to stand out as different from the rest of the franchise so may be a solid stand-alone ‘Hero Horror’ which could be incredible.

A few other honourable mentions:

The Meg (March): Jason Statham and a giant shark, that’s all I know, it’s all I need to know, though I did prefer the original title of just ‘Meg’ and I hope they go back to that. It should be somewhat ridiculous, hopefully in all the right ways, also it’s nice to see former professional diver Statham going back to the water.

Black Lightning (TV, January): The CW lineup of DC shows is already quite packed, I struggle to keep up with the four a week but this fifth show looks really good though apparently it won’t be tied into the ‘Arrowverse’ yet, I don’t know why other than it may be to see if audiences like it first, but the featurettes have already impressed me more than much of ‘Legends of Tomorrow’.

Venom (October): This should be out in October 2018 though it seems like the kind of film that could suffer delays. I’m reserving judgement because there are no firm details released about style or plot, it’ll be a while before we see a trailer. In its favour are Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson, so that makes me think it could be superb.

Golden Globe Nominations 2018

NOTE: This post is about the Golden Globes that were Awarded early in 2018 not the ones that will be given out in 2019. For the Golden Globes announced December 2018 (to be awarded in Jan 2019) please go to this year’s page HERE. For the printable ballot go to our page HERE.

Awards season kicks into full swing this week with the announcement of the nominees for the Golden Globes. As ever it’s an interesting mix due to their division of Drama and Comedy/Musical as well as the TV categories.
I’ve seen hardly any of these so I have very little to comment on them so far though there are a lot that I’m hearing interesting things about and so I’m hoping I’ll get the chance to see. I’ll knock up a ballot sheet over the next few days and share it HERE for you to have a go at picking your winners.
Here are the nominees in full:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Dunkirk” – I saw this a few months ago and am waiting to watch on home release next week before finishing my review.
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“The Disaster Artist”
“Get Out” – This may be the one to keep an eye on over the awards season, I think it’ll get a fair few nominations. 
“The Greatest Showman” – The one full-on musical, usually would stand out but it has tough competition from the others. 
“I, Tonya”
“Lady Bird”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water” – If anyone can beat Meryl, I’m guessing Sally Hawkins is the lady to do it based on the trailers and things I’ve heard, the role has some elements that get the attention of award voters.
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Meryl Streep, “The Post” – You almost never bet against Meryl, though Sally Hawkins has an interesting role. 
Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread” – Normally the frontrunner and with this reportedly being his final film I wouldn’t be surprised, but there’s so much buzz around Gary Oldman’s performance that we might see the unexpected. 
Tom Hanks, “The Post”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” – He looks unrecognisable, playing a famous British historical figure, wartime setting, all the keys to success are there. 
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”
Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”
Best Director
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Ridley Scott, “All The Money in the World”
Steven Spielberg, “The Post”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver” – Elgort takes this role on perfectly and makes it work beautifully but I don’t think it’s an award winner. 
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” – He’s excellent but I don’t think the role will win when against these others. 
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water” – I have heard a lot of praise for Jenkins’ performance, he’s always good.
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World” – Fascinating, this has been screened for voters to get it included despite just wrapping on the reshoots, so may not win but is a news story in itself.
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“The Shape of Water”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture
“The Shape of Water”
“Lady Bird”
“The Post”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“Molly’s Game” – It’s by Aaron Sorkin, I expected he would get nominated here and will at the Oscars too I predict, though not win.
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“A Fantastic Woman”
“First They Killed My Father”
“In the Fade”
“The Square”
Best Animated Film
“The Boss Baby” – Pffft, I saw this, it’s really mediocre, only included for the unintended satirical aspects of Alec Baldwin’s connection to depicting Donald Trump and the baby being a businessman, it’s not an enduring film. 
“The Breadwinner”
“Coco” – Clearly the winner. 
“Loving Vincent” – Visually this stands out from the rest and the craftsmanship will appeal to voters but it’s against a Pixar film. 
Best Original Song
Home (Ferdinand)
Mighty River (Mudbound)
Remember Me (Coco)
The Star (The Star)
This is Me (The Greatest Showman)
Best TV series – Drama
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale” – The only new entrant in this category from last year and possibly the one to win as I’ve heard so much about this show. The book was fascinating, I studied it over a decade ago, so I’m not surprised. 
“Stranger Things” – Loved the first season, saving the second for binging on a cold day over the holidays.
“This Is Us”
Best Performance by Actress in a TV series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce”
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama
Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”
Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor” – I’ve seen the first two episodes and enjoyed them.
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Best TV series – Musical or Comedy
“Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – As a fan of ‘GilmoreGirls,’ I watched and really enjoyed this season, it’s hugely different from Gilmore Girls but the strong female lead and sharp humour shine through.
“Master of None”
“Will & Grace” – Remember, the HFPA love this, the leads are presenting this year, it has a better chance than a very recently revived show usually would.  
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series – Musical or Comedy (No Jeffrey Tambor or Transparent this year for various reasons so there’s going to be a new winner after that show dominated for a while)
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari “Master of None”
Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Eric McCormack, “Will and Grace”
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Alison Brie, “Glow”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Frankie Shaw, “SMILF”
Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Big Little Lies”
“Feud: Bette and Joan” – This has just started airing on TV here so I’m going to watch it soon, it looks great.
“The Sinner”
“Top of the Lake: China Girl”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Jude Law, “The Young Pope”
Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks”
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius” – He has no chance, there are allegations against him at the moment, causing him to step down from things, there’s no chance voters can give him a win. 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alfred Molina, “Feud”
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
David Thewlis, “Fargo”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot” – Apparently this latest season has been a full return to form for the show. 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Chrissy Metz, “This is Us”
Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”
Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

Mid-Week Musings: What famous characters are next to be feminised?

Just browsing what’s available on Netflix this week, something caught my eye, a new show called Van Helsing. While it doesn’t interest me to watch it, I was surprised I hadn’t heard about this adaptation of the famous literary character, so I looked at the description at which point I realised the big ‘new’ angle. The Syfy show is not about Dracula’s famous nemesis, instead, it’s about his descendant Vanessa!

This is not the only example of feminine reworking of (often the descendants of) a classic character. There’s also a show ‘Wynonna Earp’, again, not interesting me to watch it while interesting in its existence. One example that I do watch and actually quite like is Joan Watson in ‘Elementary’ being a reinvention of Sherlock Holmes’ friend John, a change that actually works well as somehow they’ve resisted giving them any romantic complications. The big screen hasn’t avoided this trend either with the most recent and clear example being that the mummy in the new ‘the Mummy’ is now a female mummy.

So who’s next to be reimagined in this way? What folk or literary hero is set to be the next adapted heroine? Surely Vanessa Helsing could team up with Victoria Frankenstein! Possibly breathe new life into some American icons such as Davina Crockett, Jenny Appleseed or Aunty Sam? How about presidential descendants Abi Lincoln or Georgina Washington? Maybe we could enjoy some swashbuckling lady pirates like Blu Beard and Long Jean Silver? Why not reinvent action with Jane Bond?

Is it sounding silly yet? Good!

Can you imagine the response if things were going the other way? What would people say if famous female characters such as Calamity Jane were now Calamity Jake, or if John of Arc saved France from invasion? How about even more modern characters, would anyone want to follow the adventures of a tomb raiding Larry Croft? There would be an outcry and rightly so! Is there a double standard? Should there be? Why?

I don’t know if it’s fully a ‘trend’ yet, though I expect there will be a fair few more instances of this happening in the near future, but as with anything in film and television adaptation, doing something just for the sake of ‘girl power’ is not a good enough reason. Handling these beloved figures should always be careful, with changes made to service conveying the story and a better understanding of the character. If that’s what’s motivating female-led reworkings, then great, if not, hopefully, the quality of these adaptations will speak for themselves and those that don’t do justice to the sources will end swiftly.

My predictions of who’ll win at this weekend’s Oscars!

I’ve now seen more than 30 of this year’s Oscar nominated films, so as I do every year I’m going to have a go at predicting the winners for tomorrow’s 89th Academy Awards!

As with all award predictions I have a system, simply indicating my 1st choice, 2nd choice and what I think should win if it was up to me. These are then scored as 2pts for a correct first choice and 1pt for a correct second choice, no points are given for personally preferred films as they are indicated just for interest. In the case of a tie (as happened last year between my brother and myself) then the person with most correct first choices wins!

Here’s our free printable Oscars Ballot for you to have a go and challenge your friends and family too!


Academy Awards Nominees 2017:

Best Picture
‘Arrival’ (it’s fantastic to see this getting a nomination in this category and many others, my runner-up personal pick)
‘Hacksaw Ridge’
Hell or High Water
‘Hidden Figures’
1P.La La Land (I do think this deserves a win for being so good in all respects)
Manchester by the Sea
2. ‘Moonlight’

Lead Actor (It’s close between Casey and Denzel, I think Mr Washington may get it on likeability)
2. Casey Affleck – ‘Manchester by the Sea
P. Andrew Garfield – ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
Ryan Gosling – ‘La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – ‘Captain Fantastic’
1. Denzel Washington – ‘Fences’

Lead Actress
2. Isabelle Huppert – ‘Elle’
Ruth Negga – ‘Loving’ (The film may not have gotten the nods once expected of it but this is a nice nomination to see)
Natalie Portman – ‘Jackie’ (don’t think I’ll finish my review in time, she’s good but the measured composure makes her a little distanced)
1P. Emma Stone – ‘La La Land(She may just be doing ‘what she does’ but it’s exactly what’s needed for the film)
Meryl Streep – ‘Florence Foster Jenkins

Supporting Actor
1. Mahershala Ali – ‘Moonlight’
P. Jeff Bridges – ‘Hell or High Water (The most memorable ‘supporting’ performance for me)
Lucas Hedges – ‘Manchester by the Sea
2. Dev Patel – ‘Lion (He’s the lead for half the film, this category isn’t a good fit)
Michael Shannon – ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (Not the role from this film that was most expected to get a nomination, yet the one I’ve heard many critics praising)

Supporting Actress
1. Viola Davis – ‘Fences’ (another role that’s apparently more of a lead than the category suggests)
2. Naomie Harris – ‘Moonlight’
Nicole Kidman – ‘Lion
Octavia Spencer – ‘Hidden Figures’
Michelle Williams – ‘Manchester by the Sea

Best Director
P. Denis Villeneuve – ‘Arrival’
Mel Gibson – ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
1. Damien Chazelle – ‘La La Land(the skill and complexity of making the film will probably win it for him)
Kenneth Lonergan – ‘Manchester by the Sea
2. Barry Jenkins – ‘Moonlight’ (If he wins he will be the first black director to do so, there’s a chance)

Animated Feature (I actually think this is closer than you’d expect between my 2 choices)
2. ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ (It’s incredible stop-motion work, the best they’ve done and the Academy appreciate the skill)
Moana(I have a soft spot for Disney musicals)
‘My Life as a Zucchini’ (I’m gutted I’ve not been able to see this yet it looks fantastic)
The Red Turtle

Animated Short
2. ‘Blind Vaysha’
Borrowed Time
‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’
1P.Piper(it’s so charming and that seems unlikely to be just my opinion) 

Adapted Screenplay
2P. ‘Arrival’
‘Hidden Figures’
1. ‘Moonlight’

Original Screenplay
P.Hell or High Water
2.La La Land (it’s wonderful but nothing particularly new or different)
‘The Lobster’ (I saw this over a year ago when it was out in the U.K. but I didn’t really feel like reviewing it, though it’s definitely an original idea and interesting screenplay)
1.Manchester by the Sea
’20th Century Women’

1P.La La Land (stunning start to end)
2. ‘Moonlight’ (from the trailers and clips I’ve seen the lighting and colour use is beautiful so it has an outside chance)

Best Documentary Feature
‘Fire at Sea’
‘I Am Not Your Negro’
Life, Animated
1P. ‘OJ: Made in America’ (I slightly take issue with this nearly 8 hour film being classed as a feature when it was made and aired originally as a 5-part series, still it won me over by the end and is amazing so seems to be the frontrunner,)

Best Documentary Short
4.1 Miles
2P.Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
1.The White Helmets

Best live-action short film (sadly I didn’t get around to seeing any of these so I can only pick based on things I’ve heard)
1. ‘Ennemis Interieurs’
‘La Femme et le TGV’
‘Silent Nights’
2. ‘Timecode’

Best foreign language film
‘A Man Called Ove’
‘Land of Mine’
1P.The Salesman
2. ‘Toni Erdmann’

Film editing
2. ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
Hell or High Water
1.La La Land

Sound editing
2. ‘Arrival’
P. ‘Deepwater Horizon’ (I thought the immersive quality and the detail of the sound of destruction was excellent)
1. ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
La La Land

Sound mixing
2. ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
1P.La La Land
Rogue One
’13 Hours’ (I really doubt I’ll bother to watch this, I’m sure the sound is beautifully mixed but it doesn’t appeal to me at all)

Production design
P. ‘Arrival’
2. ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ (the ‘magical’ aspects have been done before in the HP films so it may impress less)
Hail Caesar!
1.La La Land
Passengers (I cheered when I heard this announced, I think the production design is superb and though it won’t win I’m very pleased this aspect of the film gained it a nomination)

Original score
1P.La La Land
2. ‘Moonlight’

Original song:
Audition – ‘La La Land
Can’t Stop the Feeling – ‘Trolls’ (it’s been on repeat on the radio for months, the feeling has stopped)
1. City of Stars – ‘La La Land
Empty Chair – ‘Jim: The James Foley Story(this is a great documentary so its nice to see it get a nomination even if it’s not for the film itself)
2P. How Far I’ll Go – ‘Moana (it’s a great song, works beautifully in the film and even sounds good as a pop cover by Alessia Cara)

Makeup and Hair:
‘A Man Called Ove’
1P.Star Trek Beyond
2. ‘Suicide Squad’ (not worth reviewing, it’s a mess though the makeup and hair is possibly the only praiseworthy element though I think voters will be reluctant to make this an ‘Oscar Winning Film’)

Costume Design
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’
Florence Foster Jenkins
1. ‘Jackie’ (recreating some iconic outfits which often goes down very well)
2P.La La Land (loads of colour and nice dresses, though people do just look like people so it’s not a stretch the vibrancy worked)

Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon(I had a feeling this would get a nomination after reading about the reaction to the presentation made by the effects team to the Academy guild making the nominations which apparently was superb, though it may be a trickier task to convince the Academy as a whole to vote for it)
‘Doctor Strange’
1P.Jungle Book
‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ (If I’m correct this is the first animated film to be nominated for this award but it won’t win, the award will go to CGI effects, though an extra vote or two may go to this in the ‘Animated Feature’ race)
2.Rogue One (We all knew this would be nominated here, seen most of it before but it’s extensive and looks good)