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FreemanGriffin: The Director’s branch has historically nominated male directors and only four females have been nominated one time each. A few months ago, it seemed possible that there would be two women directors nominated this year: Angelina Jolie for Unbroken and Ava DuVernay for Selma. I still am predicting DuVernay, along with the two locks: Richard Linklater (who I believe will win), and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; then I am going out on a limb and thinking that Wes Anderson and Morten Tyldum will round out the five nominees.
Tyler The Awesome Guy: I doubt that either of them will get in. You know how many female directors actually made it in outside of Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola or Kathryn Bigelow? I don’t think any.
babypook: No, but if either of them do, it’ll be Ava. They can say what they will about this film and about “accuracy”. Truth is, MLK DID pressure LBJ, who wasnt so much “reluctant” but wasnt too willing to do such a vital thing THEN and not later. LBJ was a dangerous Buffoon. The more they yack and blab about this film, the more it stays in the limelight; and the more occidentals will huff and fume about not ALWAYS being at the centre of things; of the centre of change, and NOT the primary movers and shakers every freaking time.
ibbster: Ava is well known in the directing and entertainment communities, and they only had time to send enough screeners to Oscar voters (which explains the guild snubs). I would compare that situation to something like Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was ineligible for most guild awards so there was no indication of how well it would do with voters until nomination morning. In this situation, a lot of these guilds have so many voters from all over the country and the movie is still limited in theaters until this weekend, so there wasn’t much of a way to get enough of those voters to watch it. Jolie doesn’t have a chance, and, frankly, I don’t think she ever much did.
Actriz: Ava has a strong chance but she’s no lock. Angelina seems to have lost all of her steam, maybe she’ll fare better next year with By the Sea.
jhaddad: I still think Ava Duvernay still is one of the frontrunners for the Oscar but I wouldn’t be surprised if she is left off of the DGA list. Selma as a whole has only been recognized by one guild (Costume Designers) and this is partially due to not being sent out to guilds and not being eligible (WGA). DuVernay has been campaigning hard all throughout the time ballots are available and she comes across as very passionate. I will be shocked if she is snubbed at the Oscars.
Tye-Grr: I think DuVernay is in, and having seen ‘Selma’ now, she’s totally deserving. Haven’t seen ‘Unbroken’ yet, but just based off of precursors, I don’t think she has a chance. ‘Selma’ has missed out on a lot of guild awards, but according to some it’s due to a lack of screeners, and supposedly the Academy was sent screeners before the guilds. I’m hoping this means ‘Selma’ will have a good showing come Oscar nomination morning.
Icky: Most of this was so cliché and overdone and all over the place that it bordered on satire. However, it was passable when it calmed down on the dramatics. And Taraji P. Henson lived up to the reviews. A lot of the issues could be simple pilot messiness. But I kinda doubt that’s the case. These basic, sensationalistic soap operas just don’t do it for me anymore. And must all these shows have overly noble, martyr like gay characters? But like I mentioned I’ll watch a couple more episodes.
moviefan61794: I checked this out because I was hearing good things and for the most part, I didn’t mind what I saw. I’ll give it a few more episodes. There are certainly some good threads going on here, but the majority of my motivation to turn back in is for Taraji P. Henson. Cookie’s last line made me audibly gasp, and I hope people don’t rush to judgment here — her choice of words was meant to bite her husband, not her son.
vinny: After American Idol, I kept the channel on and all I can say is Taraji P. Henson is AWESOME in this. Terrence Howard… is good but not loving his character at all. I am going to give this show at least two weeks before I decide to keep with it or drop it though. Anyways, my grade: B
Atypical: Very assured and engaging pilot. A little too busy in stretches, a little cliched, but compelling nonetheless. The production and music from Timbaland are both strong elements. I’m living for Taraji P. Henson‘s Cookie right now. I can’t believe she got away with some of the dialogue they handed her on a network drama. That’s all Lee Daniels excess, but in Henson’s hands it certainly works out well enough. The brothers didn’t pop the way I hoped they would, especially the middle one that all the reviews have singled out as being the best one. I liked Terrence Howard in the lead role. He has the gravitas to pull this character off well, though I wonder how far they’re going to actually go with the baity ALS plotline.
Beyonce: Aniston’s campaign is amazing because she literally pulled a SAG and BFCA noms out of her ass. a few people were predicting her for a Globe nod, but NOBODY thought she will became an actual contender for the Oscar nod. plus, regardless of level of stardom, very few actors have managed to pull such nominations for poorly reviewed movies. even The Blind Side got decent reviews, God knows how…
ibbster: Amy Adams isn’t that well liked, she’s just good at choosing projects that she rides on the coattails of. Since her first nomination she hasn’t gotten in for a film without at least two other acting nominations.
Sasha: Thought a little bit about this particular category and Julianne Moore is a lock only if she wins both SAG and GG. If she loses one of those then we have a race, ladies and gentlemen.