Monday, January 8, 2018

Golden Globes thoughts: coming out for Timothee Chalamet, a look at Best Picture & Best Director

OK, let's go ahead and officially get this out of the way. I struggled discussing it last night on Twitter and decided to go for it. Albeit at 6:30AM CST.

I absolutely think Timothee Chalamet should win the Oscar for Best Actor for "Call Me By Your Name." And if I had to vote for a second person it would be Daniel Kaluuya for "Get Out." I like Gary Oldman. I would love for him to have an Oscar. Why not? And if I could go back in time and give him one for "Bram Stoker's Dracula" or "True Romance" I would. But the fact is, I can't.

Who knows why I've been apprehensive about discussing this. Partly because I watched the film on a screener that wasn't mine. I hate doing that. But I did it. I've shown plenty of people my own screeners and thought nothing about it. I am certainly not the only person who has done this. I keep them in my posession. Unless Mom and Dad want to see them. And trust me, they're fine there. They don't even have the internet.

I am sure I will get my own screener from Film Independent in the next couple of weeks, and I will probably see the film at least twice on January 19th. On the 20th, I will write my glowing review of this masterpiece of filmmaking after I see it on the big screen and will officially declare it my favorite film of the year. Well, once I see "Phantom Thread." PTA could change everything.

I've said this before. This reminds me of when Heath Ledger ("Brokeback Mountain") was up against Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote"). Interestingly enough both playing gay characters, so I can't quite go to that place with the comparison. It was so tough to watch Ledger lose that award. And what Chalamet does goes well beyond Ledger. I've never seen blossoming sexuality portrayed in this way on film. Not by a man. And certainly not by a man who loves another man. Perhaps those of you who are championing Oldman based on a career can't understand the importance of seeing a performance like Chalamet's winning an Oscar. It doesn't happen for us. Us being the LGBTQ community. And it should happen. This is the most layered and complicated performance of the year. And it is not naturalism. It is craft. I will champion the win for Timothee Chalamet until March 4th. And if Gary Oldman wins, I will not be an ass hole. But as I said on Twitter last night in my veiled way, it is a lot less fun when the movies you love lose.

I'm glad Heath Ledger won an Oscar, but the idea that Chalamet has so many chances because he is young is not true. Ask James Dean or Marilyn Monroe. Ledger had one last chance. And it was after his death. Interestingly enough, though Hoffman died too soon as well, he was nominated 3 more times. much analysis has already been put out there, so I'll keep this a bit more streamlined.

It seems like we have 2 frontrunners now. It always seems to happen like this. Last year we had 3: "La La Land," "Moonlight," "Manchester By the Sea." Then "Manchester" dipped and we had two. And then going into the big night it was almost as if we had two and half with "Hidden Figures" coming in strong after SAG.

It's hard to deny that "Get Out," "Dunkirk," "The Post" and "Call Me By Your Name" are pretty much out of the BP race. The latter two aren't nominated for SAG and looking at last night I'm guessing either "Lady Bird" or "Three Billboards" will win that ensemble award as well.

On Thursday at the Critics Choice I think "Get Out" will win...even though it could go to "Lady Bird," and Timothee Chalamet may win his last Best Actor prize.

The DGA will probably go to Guillermo del Toro, so don't look at that as a precursor for Best Picture. But it might go to Gerwig. Last night was a powerful night for women and the message that they brought to the table. Particularly Oprah Winfrey. I was TOTALLY on board when Natalie Portman made her dig at the HFPA introducing the five men nominated for Best Director. And agree with Streisand that a woman should win Best Director. But again...can we go back in time and give it to Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty?"

I guess if you are comparing Del Toro's direction to Gerwig's they are somewhat comparable in terms of skill. Although the skill is in different areas. Gerwig shows us a unique, singular voice, which is rare these days. Del Toro crafts a visual masterwork with great performances to boot.

But to award Gerwig over Guadagnino (who might not even be nominated) or Jordan Peele would be wrong. But the Academy has done that sort of thing before. AKA: Ben Affleck. Had he just been nominated for the Best Director Oscar he probably wouldn't have won the DGA and "Argo" might not have won Best Picture. But that's how it went down.

I guess the PGA will really clear things up for us, taking BP from muddy to murky. Unless Three Billboards takes the Critic's Choice and SAG, It's going to be a nail biter, I think.

In terms of my Golden Globes predictions I got totally risky with some categories and paid the price. I think I knew deep down that "Three Billboards" was going to win Best Picture-Drama. I did not think Sam Rockwell would win. And although I predicted Hammer, I didn't really think he was going to win either. I DID think that Martin McDonagh would win screenplay. That correct prediction felt good.

Going into Friday and the Oscar nominations ballot deadline, I will probably take a few more risks, but I think I will be a bit more realistic with what I predict for the wins.

Full list of winners:

Best Motion Picture - Drama
"Call Me by Your Name"
"The Post"
"The Shape of Water"
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" *WINNER

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
"The Disaster Artist"
"Get Out"
"The Greatest Showman"
"I, Tonya"
"Lady Bird" *WINNER

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Jessica Chastain, "Molly's Game"
Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" *WINNER
Meryl Streep, "The Post"
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"
Tom Hanks, "The Post"
Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour" *WINNER
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" *WINNER
Emma Stone, "Battle of the Sexes"
Helen Mirren, "The Leisure Seeker"

Best Director
Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water" *WINNER
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"
James Franco, "The Disaster Artist" *WINNER
Hugh Jackman, "The Greatest Showman"
Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"
Hong Chau, "Downsizing"
Allison Janney, "I, Tonya" *WINNER
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"
Christopher Plummer, "All the Money in the World"
Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" *WINNER

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
"The Shape of Water" *WINNER
"Phantom Thread"
"The Post"

Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
"Home," "Ferdinand"
"Mighty River," "Mudbound"
"Remember Me," "Coco"
"The Star," "The Star"
"This Is Me," "The Greatest Showman" *WINNER

Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture
"The Shape of Water"
"Lady Bird"
"The Post"
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" *WINNER
"Molly's Game"

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
"A Fantastic Woman"
"First They Killed My Father"
"In the Fade" *WINNER
"The Square"

Best Animated Film
"The Boss Baby"
"The Breadwinner"
"Coco" *WINNER
"Loving Vincent"

Best TV series - Drama
"The Crown"
"Game of Thrones"
"The Handmaid's Tale" *WINNER
"Stranger Things"
"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" *WINNER

Best performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Drama
Sterling K. Brown, "This is Us" *WINNER
Freddie Highmore, "The Good Doctor"
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"
Jason Bateman, "Ozark"

Best TV series - Musical or Comedy
"Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" *WINNER
"Master of None"
"Will & Grace"

Best performance by an Actor in a TV series - Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"
Aziz Ansari "Master of None" *WINNER
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" *WINNER
Frankie Shaw, "SMILF"

Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
"Big Little Lies" *WINNER
"Feud: Bette and Joan"
"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" *WINNER
Geoffrey Rush, "Genius"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Biel, "The Sinner"
Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies" *WINNER
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" *WINNER
David Thewlis, "Fargo"
David Harbour, "Stranger Things"
Christian Slater, "Mr. Robot"

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" *WINNER
Ann Dowd, "The Handmaid's Tale"
Chrissy Metz, "This is Us"
Michelle Pfeiffer, "The Wizard of Lies"
Shailene Woodley, "Big Little Lies"

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