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February 9, 2020 at 8:31 pm #1203340261
I didn’t get the opening at all. Steve Martin and Chris Rock just gave a glimpse of what it would look like to have Oscar hosts. And then having introducers for each category, which was a nice way to get more people on stage, also slowed down the pace, especially since they introduced themselves and the presenters, so I’m glad producers at least spread it out more after a few categories.
I didn’t like the clip packages before the acting categories rather than after each nominee was announced. And was Margot Robbie’s clip package deliberately done to show everything but her scenes with Kate McKinnon?
I loved the international presentation of Into the Unknown! And the surprise of Eminem presenting Lose Yourself 17 years after it not being performed when he won!
The choice of presenters for certain categories again appear to intentionally create awkward moments, with Mindy Kaling presenting to her Inside Out producers and Timothée Chalamet and Penélope Cruz not presenting to Greta Gerwig and Pedro Almodóvar. But I’m glad that there were so many costars presenting together, as that helped make the banter feel more natural. And, as great as all of the Parasite wins were, despite Hildur Guðnadóttir’s beautiful win and speech, women were underrepresented with wins again, with even James Mangold getting more attention than Greta Gerwig as a Best Director snubee. Thank goodness for Natalie Portman’s cape!February 8, 2020 at 4:56 pm #1203335593
What a great bunch of awards! I’m especially pleased by the wins for The Farewell and Uncut Gems, as it shows what might have been if the Oscars had more expansive thinking this year. Even the win for Zellweger felt right, as she does indeed have indie street cred from her nominated work in Love and a .45 and The Whole Wide World. It’s too bad things likely won’t be nearly this satisfying tomorrow night, although we can still hope!February 6, 2020 at 5:52 am #1203332641
So, if HBO is pairing Run with Insecure starting in mid-April, there really is no space for Barry before June, right?February 3, 2020 at 7:53 am #1203327655
With voting about to close tomorrow, it looks to me like these are the most exciting races, with three of the five nominees as strong contenders in each category.
In original, Tarantino had the early lead with many big critics awards and the Globe, but now Bong and Han are really coming on strong with WGA and BAFTA wins. I’m still taking the risky approach of predicting Baumbach, as I think it was actually the best dialogue, but none of these scripts winning would surprise me.
In adapted, I am still sticking with my prediction for Zaillian, but, after thinking that Gerwig goodwill was strongly building for a win for her, now Waititi also changed the narrative, also with wins at WGA and BAFTA, during the voting period for winners.
With so many categories feeling too predictable, I’m just glad to have these more up in the air!January 27, 2020 at 5:12 am #1203314076
Even though I was expecting but not predicting it, I am disappointed at Billie Eilish besting Lizzo in all of the general field categories. At least we got to see Lizzo accept a Grammy when Pop Solo was placed in the main telecast and we got a glimpse of what might have been and what might yet be from her.
It was also disappointing to see so many no-shows, from Beyoncé (who at least finally managed to win an major award for Homecoming) to Taylor Swift (I would have loved a reaction shot of her when Dan from Dan + Shay thanked Scooter Braun) to Dave Chappelle (I figure that hoping for a funny acceptance speech is why Comedy Album was on the main telecast) to Aziz Ansari (as I think we’d all appreciate some kind of update from him).
And the musical performances were all good, but why save the tribute to music education for a closing number, when most schoolchildren are likely already asleep on a school night?January 26, 2020 at 8:04 am #1203305951
Comedy Guest Actor looks like it is between Luke Kirby and Eddie Murphy right now, but I hope we get more contenders from Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Comedy Guest Actress doesn’t have many contenders from SNL so far and Lynch being a supporting actress appears to make Maya Rudolph the front-runner, boosted by her Kamala Harris impression on SNL. I could see Wanda Sykes making it in for her TMMM appearance as Moms Mabley.
Drama Guest Actor will likely have Michael Angarano and Ron Cephas Jones back, alongside someone from Homeland and Westworld. And, even though he didn’t make it in last year, I suspect a swell of attention on Succession should get James Cromwell in this time too.
Drama Guest Actress should have Laverne Cox and Cicely Tyson (who I’m counting on for a dynamo episode when HTGAWM returns) for their shows’ final season, alongside Cherry Jones and Phylicia Rashad returning, and Geraldine Chaplin and Jane Lapotaire from The Crown filling out the category.January 19, 2020 at 7:13 pm #1203293690
Laura Dern, as expected, gave a nice and gracious speech.
Brad Pitt’s speech concerned me at first, but her really turned it around nicely at the end.
Robert De Niro’s speech was not as inflammatory as I expected it to be.
Joaquin Phoenix really amazed me with his ability to give a succinct speech.
Renee Zellweger knocked it out of the park with her speech.
And just when I was getting ready to accept a boring list of film winners and just focus on the speeches, along comes the win for Parasite!January 19, 2020 at 6:48 pm #1203293512
I’m starting to get tired of the Tony Shalhoub wins here, but I’m also getting tired of Bill Hader not showing.
I’m pleased with Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s win, but very happy that the broader ensemble from TMMM won. And I am truly shocked at Jennifer Aniston’s win. I was really getting ready to believe that SAG-AFTRA members really didn’t want to honor Olivia Colman for anything, but hooray for the ensemble win for The Crown!
Great speeches and wins by Michelle Williams and Peter Dinklage. And even though Chris Beacham called it, I, like the recipient himself, was very surprised by the Sam Rockwell win.
That curtain call montage was a nice touch, and I hope SAG-AFTRA continues it at future awards.January 15, 2020 at 1:32 pm #1203286589
She was also pretty close to a nomination for The Lovely Bones, when she received BAFTA and Critics’ Choice nominations. My favorite performance of hers so far is in Brooklyn, but I suspect that she’s also got a lot more in her to show us in the future.January 15, 2020 at 1:27 pm #1203286583
It’s such an interesting movie to review now, especially as there has been such praise for this cast and crew over the years.
It was directed by Taylor Hackford before Ray, written by Tony Gilroy before Michael Clayton, with David Strathairn, Christopher Plummer, and Jennifer Jason Leigh all before they finally gained Oscar nominations. And it is a phenomenal film debut for Ellen Muth, who now hasn’t even appeared onscreen in about 7 years, since her well-received 2 episode guest spot on Hannibal.
Horror usually doesn’t get attention, but I’d really classify this as more suspense of the Hitchcock variety. Bates got that Maine accent and attitude down pat, something Frances McDormand was rewarded for a couple decades later for Olive Kitteridge. And, most unfortunately, I think that this was the last lead movie role for Bates before she went through the likely inevitable path back to television and into supporting roles. If she had a role like McDormand’s in Three Billboards, she really could have earned another lead Oscar, but this was likely her last best chance.January 13, 2020 at 6:47 am #1203280535
I am in serious shock that Joker is the leader in Oscar nominations this year.
No J.Lo or anyone from Hustlers? Nothing at all for The Farewell? Only Hanks gets in for A Beautiful Day In Neighborhood? Not even a surprise showing for Booksmart? It appears that the only female director Academy members recognize is Greta Gerwig, and not even in the director category this year.
Clint Eastwood must still have a lot of sway with the Academy to get Kathy Bates in. And the Supporting Actor lineup is again all former winners, so, sorry Dafoe.
Dolemite Is My Name’s shutout, when I thought it had costume design in the bag, really amazes me, so it looks like Cynthia Erivo is the only black woman who made it through in what was such a good year for them in film.
And no Frozen II in animated feature? Please, let it win song!January 12, 2020 at 6:57 pm #1203278225
Sadly, it does feel like most of the Globe winners are going to sweep through to the Oscars, so I’m glad for the additional categories tonight, especially for the ensemble win for The Irishman, which has finally started to win something this awards season, although I suspect OUATIH wins SAG ensemble next week. The adapted screenplay win for Little Women over The Irishman also surprised me, so maybe that’ll be Gerwig’s consolation prize for all of the snubs she’s received at various awards shows.
In other news, it looks like 1917 will do well in the tech categories at the Oscars, and I’m already ready to lock in Dolemite Is My Name for costume design and Bombshell for makeup, as they mimic last year’s winners in those categories.January 12, 2020 at 6:39 pm #1203278079
Even though I predicted a lot more Emmy winners (Dinklage, Porter, Comer, Arquette, Chernobyl, and Game of Thrones) to repeat here, I am really glad that the winners were more unpredictable this year.
In terms of predictability for this coming year’s Emmys, I think that this definitely boosts El Camino and Collette even more as frontrunners in their categories, although I really do hope some competition shows up during the rest of the season. Borstein looks good for a three-peat for the moment (and TMMM will likely win the other categories where Fleabag won tonight). I’m much more skeptical of Watchmen to break through in the acting categories, but it does look like Succession is in position to be the drama series to beat.January 9, 2020 at 11:46 am #1203272349
I think we’re still waiting on premiere date news for Barry and Insecure and Dead to Me and Russian Doll, as I don’t think HBO or Netflix have TCA sessions scheduled this week, but, if none of them premiere in the next 5 months, then it looks like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel should easily pick up another 8 Emmys this year.January 9, 2020 at 10:24 am #1203272257
Bumping for news of the delay of the next season: