On the fourth (extra) day of Christmas Catch Up

First of all, let's get the Golden Globe nominations out of the way.

I am a bit shocked that Oprah Winfrey and The Butler were completely shut out.  In terms of Best Picture, "Rush" and "Philomena" are the "surprises."  I really liked "Rush," and especially Daniel Bruhl's performance.  I have a strange feeling that he won't make it into the Oscar five, but I could be wrong.

I have been complaining the past few days about the omission of Julie Delpy, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Brie Larson.  With the unfortunate omission of Brie (you will get an Awards Wiz awards...don't worry.) the other three made it in.  Happy to see Sally Hawkins get in for "Blue Jasmine."   I can almost see this happening.  If the (supposedly) celebrity influenced HFPA leaves out Oprah, the Academy might as well.  And they just gave her an Oscar last year...although not for acting.   I knew from the moment I saw the August: Osage Country trailer that Julia Roberts was giving her best performance since "Erin Brockovich."  She is in.

Now...it is interesting that Scorsese was left off of Best Director.  I'm seeing "Wolf of Wall St." tonight, so that should help me see things a little clearer.  At least in time.  "American Hustle" has seriously grown on me in my memory.  Might need to see it again before I finalize my top 10 list.  But...back to "Wolf."  After last year I can't really say that a film needs a director to win Best Picture.  But those were special circumstances indeed.

Finally...and this isn't that important...but I love how they nominated "The Wind Rises" for Foreign Film instead of Animated film.  Couldn't they just have added two slots to the animated category?

There really isn't much to say here about the television categories except for the fact that "Mad Men" and "Homeland" were left off of Best Drama...interestingly.  They, as per usual, were more daring in their actress category, nominating Tatiana Maslany and Taylor Schilling.  For me the best noms were for Corey Stoll in "House of Cards" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" for Best comedy series.  Great choices!!!

OK...so...back to catch up.

Today is a big day for me.  First of all it is my only day off before heading to Mississippi on Wednesday, so I plan on watching at least 3 movies today.  "Captain Phillips," "Nebraska" and "Wolf of Wall Street."  All while somehow managing to prepare for my first audition here in Los Angeles and perhaps cook a pork shoulder as well.  Yes...my days off are quite on.

OH...one last note.  I mentioned before that "American Hustle" was settling in my mind as a better film than I originally thought.  I might squeeze in one more viewing before I finalize my top 10 list.  Last night I saw "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" and I was a bit disappointed.  I did like the first tilm because, where others were bored, I really enjoyed getting to know these new characters.  But in this film I felt as if they were cardboard cut outs in a way.  Almost the entire film seemed animated, there was really no sense of threat or urgency, and the action sequences seemed like Peter Jackson showing off.  Remember how fun Gimli and Legolas were in The Two Towers?  Well, the fun turned into gimmick.  And as great as Smaug was, by the time we got to him I was too disappointed to fly with him.

This year is supposed to be such a wonderful year, again, for film.  But I'm struggling to find 10 films I absolutely love.  Which is a bit unusual for me.  Alas, we shall see.  Perhaps today will change the tide for me.

American Hustle
Short Term 12
Saving Mr Banks
The Hobbit: Desolation of SmaugFrozen
The Act of Killing
Captain Phillips
Pacific Rim
The Wolf of Wall Street
Dallas Buyers Club
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Wind Rises
20 Feet From Stardom
The Armstrong Lie
Ernest and Celestine
A Letter to Momo
Crystal Fairy
Upstream Color
Go For Sisters
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Only God Forgives
Spectacular Now


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