Somewhat younger movie lover....I have always loved watching movies and talking about them with anybody who would listen or show the slightest inkling that they may love them too. I am also a huge lover and supporter of live Theatre and think more people in today's society should go see more plays/musicals. I do love being able to talk to and associate with many other arts lovers on this site and am always open for any discussion.
Dec 17, 2011
Feb 20, 2019
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February 19, 2019 at 6:12 am #1202781356
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Charlize Theron, Monster (42)
Marion Cotillard, La vie en Rose (36)
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood (35)
Mo’Nique, Precious (35)
Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds (35)
Colin Firth, A Single Man (34)
Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (33)
Natalie Portman, Closer (33)
Amy Adams, Doubt (31)
Judi Dench, Notes On a Scandal (31)
Laura Linney, You Can Count On Me (31)
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator (31)
Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls (30)
Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream (30)
George Clooney, Up in The Air (30)
Javier Bardem, Before Night Falls (30)
Penelope Cruz, Volver (30)
Renee Zellweger, Chicago (29)
Marcia Gay Harden, Pollock (28)
Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada (28)
Carey Mulligan, An Education (28)
Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jone´s Diary (28)
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago (27)
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton (27)
Helen Mirren, The Queen (27)
Amy Adams, Junebug (26)
Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James (26)
Cate Blanchett, I´m Not There (26)
Cate Blanchett, Notes On a Scandal (26)
Cate Blanchett, The Aviator (26)
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain (26)
Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven (26)
Kate Winslet, The Reader (26)
Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice (26)
Johnny Depp, Pirates of The Caribbean I (25)
Adriana Barraza, Babel (25)
Adrien Brody, The Pianist (25)
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone (25)
Angelina Jolie, Changeling (25)
Anna Kendrick, Up In The Air (25)
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married (25)
Annette Bening, Being Julia (25)
Ben Kingsley, House of Sand and Fog (25)
Benicio del Toro, 21 Grams (25)
Benicio del Toro, Traffic (25)
Bill Murray, Lost in Translation (25)
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (25)
Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace (25)
Catherine Keener, Capote (25)
Charlize Theron, North Country (25)
Chris Cooper, Adaptation (25)
Christopher Walken, Catch Me If You Can (25)
Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby (25)
Clive Owen, Closer (25)
David Strathairn, Good Night and Good Luck (25)
Diane Keaton, Something´s Gotta Give (25)
Diane Lane, Unfaithful (25)
Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond (25)
Djimon Hounsou, In America (25)
Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda (25)
Ed Harris, Pollock (25)
Ed Harris, The Hours (25)
Ellen Page, Juno (25)
Ethan Hawke, Training Day (25)
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica (25)
Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland (25)
Frances McDormand, Almost Famous (25)
Frances McDormand, North Country (25)
Frank Langella, Front/Nixon (25)
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious (25)
Geoffrey Rush, Quills (25)
Hal Holbrook, Into The Wild (25)
Halle Berry, Monster´s Ball (25)
Helen Mirren, Gosford Park (25)
Helen Mirren, The Last Station (25)
Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby (25)
Holly Hunter, Thirteen (25)
Ian McKellen, The Lord of The Rings I (25)
Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake (25)
Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children (25)
Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt (25)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain (25)
Jamie Foxx, Collateral (25)
Jamie Foxx, Ray (25)
Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men (25)
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart (25)
Jeff Bridges, The Contender (25)
Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind (25)
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls (25)
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker (25)
Jim Broadbent, Iris (25)
Joan Allen, The Contender (25)
Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator (25)
John C. Reilly, Chicago (25)
Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland (25)
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd (25)
Jon Voight, Ali (25)
Josh Brolin, Milk (25)
Jude Law, Cold Mountain (25)
Judi Dench, Chocolat (25)
Judi Dench, Iris (25)
Judi Dench, Mrs Henderson Presents (25)
Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich (25)
Julianne Moore, The Hours (25)
Julie Christie, Away From Her (25)
Julie Walters, Billy Elliot (25)
Juliette Binoche, Chocolat (25)
Kate Hudson, Almost Famous (25)
Kate Winslet, Iris (25)
Kate Winslet, Little Children (25)
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Whale Rider (25)
Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai (25)
Laura Linney, Kinsey (25)
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart (25)
Maggie Smith, Gosford Park (25)
Marisa Tomei, In The Bedroom (25)
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler (25)
Marcia Gay Harden, Mystic River (25)
Mark Wahlberg, The Departed (25)
Matt Damon, Invictus (25)
Matt Dilon, Crash (25)
Melissa Leo, Frozen River (25)
Meryl Streep, Doubt (25)
Michael Caine, The Quiet American (25)
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road (25)
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain (25)
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler (25)
Morgan Freeman, Invictus (25)
Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby (25)
Naomi Watts, 21 Grams (25)
Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge! (25)
Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April (25)
Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man (25)
Paul Newman, Road to Perdition (25)
Penelope Cruz, Nine (25)
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona (25)
Peter O´Toole, Venus (25)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote (25)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt (25)
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener (25)
Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain (25)
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor (25)
Rinko Kikuchi, Babel (25)
Ruby Dee, American Gangster (25)
Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind (25)
Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson (25)
Salma Hayek, Frida (25)
Samantha Morton, In America (25)
Saoirse Ronan, Atonement (25)
Sean Penn, I Am Sam (25)
Sean Penn, Milk (25)
Sean Penn, Mystic River (25)
Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog (25)
Sissy Spacek, In The Bedroom (25)
Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda (25)
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (25)
Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow (25)
Thomas Haden Church, Sideways (25)
Tim Robbins, Mystic River (25)
Tom Hanks, Cast Away (25)
Tom Wilkinson, In The Bedroom (25)
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton (25)
Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah (25)
Vera Farmiga, Up In The Air (25)
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises (25)
Viola Davis, Doubt (25)
Virginia Madsen, Sideways (25)
Will Smith, Ali (25)
Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness (25)
William Hurt, A History of Violence (25)
Willem Dafoe, Shadow of the Vampire (25)
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger (25)
Albert Finney, Erin Brockovich (24)
George Clooney, Michael Clayton (24)
Kathy Bates, About Schmidt (24)
Meryl Streep, Adaptation. (24)
Queen Latifah, Chicago (24)
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder (24)
Johnny Depp, Pirates of The Caribbean I (23)
Nicolas Cage, Adaptation (23)
Russell Crowe, Gladiator (22)
Reese Witherspoon, Walk The Line (22)
Denzel Washington, Training Day (22)
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk The Line (22)
Ben Kingsley, Sexy Beast (22)
George Clooney, Syriana (22)
Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine (21)
Laura Linney, The Savages (21)
Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine (20)
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (20)
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones (20)
Alan Alda, The Aviator (19)
Nicole Kidman, The Hours (19)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson´s War (18)
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station (17)
Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York (16)
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia (16)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond (14)
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age (12)
Alec Baldwin, The Cooler (9)
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (0)February 15, 2019 at 7:00 am #1202777216
I’ve never once believed the ties at the CC Awards.
They also famously tied Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway which of course backfired on them as the Kate Winslet train took off when she got bumped up to Lead.
I also remember the tie between Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis in 2003. I think they even tied at some other major critics awards but it did seem like an example where they wanted to cover their bases.February 11, 2019 at 12:03 pm #1202772392
I was all for Marion Cotillard and wanted her to win so bad, but I was prepping myself for disappointment and actually predicted Julie Christie and hoping to be wrong. So happy that I WAS!!
In terms of upsets or at least mild ones, that same year I predicted Tilda Swinton on a hunch primarily because that race was all over the place in the precursors with only really Saoirse Ronan not having the best shot (although I remember some saying the extreme vote splitting from the other four could benefit her). I basically went for Swinton because I felt she was the best in the category, it could also be seen as something of a career award, she won the most recent of televised precursors, and it was a way to honor Michael Clayton.
I also called Alan Arkin, primarily because of the rumblings that a lot of people were turned off by Eddie Murphy’s demeanor and then when Dreamgirls was left out of the Best Picture race, I just felt like they wouldn’t give the movie TWO acting Oscars. Arkin had the veteran angle and another way to honor Little Miss Sunshine (though I wouldn’t have voted for him).
This year, I really think Supporting Actress is the only one that’s a true open race. I think it is King vs. Weisz but I also have this weird feeling about Marina del Tavira.
I can’t see any real big shocker in the other races.February 11, 2019 at 6:45 am #1202771906
I’ve never understood the argument for Weisz as a lead in The Constant Gardener. As far as I remember she only appears in flashback and is absent for most of the second half of the film, though it’s been a while since I saw it.
I agree completely. I have always been baffled by this argument. It’s been years since I’ve seen that movie but she maybe has, at most, 25 minutes of screen time and she is pretty much gone from the movie after the first half and most of it was in flashbacks. Of course, the flashback angle alone doesn’t make her supporting but the time on screen certainly does. And yes, you could argue that Anthony Hopkins won in lead for a shorter performance….that was an interesting case, but still, I think Weisz was properly in Supporting.
I’m excited for this race though. I still think it’s King vs. Weisz but I also have a weird feeling about Marina being a strong darkhorse.February 7, 2019 at 7:40 am #1202764148
I voted for Stewart, but I do have to say that Donat’s win is still a great one in its own right. I’d probably rank Gable as 4th or 5th here.February 7, 2019 at 7:37 am #1202764146
I still think Ali’s win and sweep of the critics awards is very baffling. It’s not that it was a bad performance but there just wasn’t anything there that made me go, wow…let’s give him an Oscar. It’s even more apparent when Ashton Sanders comes along in the film and does a magnificent job.
I think Lucas Hedges should’ve taken this. Most people talked about Affleck and Williams’ performances and understandly so, but I felt he was of equal quality to them. Such a good performance and another example of the Academy not acknowledging the performance of a younger male.February 6, 2019 at 10:02 am #1202763176
Michael Douglas and Glenn Close presented Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Olympia Dukakis with Anne Archer as a nominee (like she had a prayer of winning that year). Close was fine, but there was a tinge of disappointment in her voice. So tacky.
And that same year, Cher and Nicholas Cage presented Best Supporting Actor to Sean Connery when their costar from Moonstruck, Vincent Gardenia, was nominated. He also didn’t really have a shot and I think Cher’s announcement of Connery was even more less enthusiastic than Close’s…although I didn’t think Close was that bad.April 1, 2018 at 1:47 pm #1202522528
Honestly, I would’ve given this to Andrew Garfield.
I agree that Washington just had something about him that didn’t entirely click, while Gosling just gave a fine performance that didn’t wow or impress me in any way. It just felt “there” for me.April 1, 2018 at 1:33 pm #1202522525
Viola Davis should have been here. And it would’ve been a deserving win and it would’ve given Naomie Harris my vote in Supporting.
As it stands:
5-Stone (it wasn’t a bad performance but once I saw it gained traction as a winning performance, I was baffled)April 1, 2018 at 1:26 pm #1202522523
This is one of those cases where I just can’t help but vote for such a magnificent performance despite the category fraud. Viola Davis was truly fantastic in FENCES and I would’ve voted for her for Best Actress as well.
Having said that, I was definitely impressed with the work of Naomie Harris in Moonlight. She was so deep into that character and it felt earned at the end with her final scene with Chiron.
#5-SpencerAugust 15, 2016 at 5:34 pm #1201908217
1. Ragtime (my first Broadway show…in many ways I doubt it will be topped. That cast, that score, the epic nature of it all….Audra McDonald singing Your Daddy’s Son was a moment that will forever be burned into my memory).
2. The Light in the Piazza (The Beauty Is….beauty just sums up this show. With perhaps the greatest or among the top 3 best scores written for a musical in the last 20 years, this musical was marvelous. It had such a stellar cast but Victoria Clark was stunning in one what was easily on the best musical performances I’ll ever see).
3. Miss Saigon (seeing Lea Salonga in its closing week. Need I say more?)
4. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (at a very emotional and dark time in my life, it brightened and enlightened me. Its creativity and joy gave me renewed faith to keep pursuing my goals and to move on from my past. Sometimes you find inspiration where you least expect it).
5. Cherry Jones in DOUBT (a very rich and interesting portrayal. Such a chilling final moment)
5. Christine Ebersole in GREY GARDENS (perhaps my favorite musical performance that I’ve seen live…and such a great show and ensemble to back her up!)
6. John Cameron Mitchell in HEDWIG (getting to see him play this part was like witnessing the second coming. Hyperbole isn’t even enough to explain how much I am blown away by JCM’s work on this character. A legend is still among us.
7. Pippin (Diane Paulus made magic…pardon the pun…on that stage. It was an amazing night at the theatre and even more so because it was the first show I saw after finally moving to New York.
8. Geneva Carr in Hand to God (her getting nominated for a Tony was so wonderful because despite the hilarious work by Steven Boyer,
I left the show the biggest fan of Carr. You sort of hated her but understood her and knew she was just human and flawed…it was such an intriguing performance.
9. Blackbird (in the front row, I felt like I was too close and up in their business..and it was thrilling. I went in knowing next to nothing about the plot aside from the general synopsis and by the time it was over, I was floored.
10. Jessica Lange in Long Days Journey into Night (her final scene: when the light comes on, it almost felt like a horror movie waiting for her to appear and then she descended and it was like seeing a ghost. It was one moment that I’ll never forget.
I could go on and on
10.August 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm #1201908209
I’ll gladly jump onto the CONTACT train. The back to back to back win of Lion King, Fosse and then Contact was just abysmal…although Lion King at least had the stunning technical aspects.
I also wasn’t fond of CATS, Memphis,
or Spamalot.March 23, 2016 at 5:29 am #600766
I have always thought this was a really strong year. Even though I may not nominate some of the nominees personally, I find them really good in their own right. First, I will focus on the actual nominees and who I would’ve voted for.
Bernardo Bertolucci, The Last Emperor
Michael Douglas, Wall Street
Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Olympia Dukakis, Moonstruck
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Albert Brooks, Broadcast News
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
The Last Emperor
Hope & Glory
The Princess Bride
(These may change on the day….I am still a fan of both Fatal Attraction and The Last Emperor and there are other films I would consider…another one that I would consider is Full Metal Jacket….perhaps The Untouchables….Raising Arizona….I am sure I can name a few more)March 8, 2016 at 5:15 am #435155
I am certainly intrigued to see this production of The Crucible, especially after the divisive comments.
While I wouldn’t consider the revival of A View From the Bridge to the best thing I ever saw on Broadway, it was certainly a production that took chances and excelled at them….however I encountered one of the most obnoxious audience members at that show…who chuckled throughout the show at very inappropriate moments and then flat out giggled loudly during the blood effect at the end. It pulled everyone around us out of the moment….but nevertheless, it was a stellar production.
It seems like this is a weak year for new plays. We have some strong contenders in King Charles III, The Humans, and Eclipsed but it just seems like nothing else truly took off. Maybe The Father, which was just brought up, will come in and then take the fourth slot.
I am still very intrigued by Musical Revival because each one, aside from Dames at Sea, is very much in this race. I am biased towards She Loves Me because I adore the show but I thought the production was absolutely fantastic. I think the telling thing will be if Spring Awakening will be remembered or forgotten….I have a feeling if it is forgotten there will be an uproar because it had so much passion. I wish they could just nominate all four because they are all worthy…and it is very possible it will happen depend on how the voting goes.February 20, 2016 at 8:03 am #435137
I was at the first preview of SHE LOVES ME last night, and while I may be a little biased since I absolutely adore the musical already, I found this production to be delightful and enchanting to the extreme. It was true old-fashioned musical romantic comedy at its finest and I think as previews continue, it will only get better. Frankly I think they could open next week.
This makes the revival race really interesting because ALL of the revivals (except for Dames at Sea) will have a stake at a nomination….and if they consider Shuffle Along a revival, that makes it even more interesting. I will be really sad if SHE LOVES ME misses out on a nomination as it was truly lovely. BroadwayWorld is bursting with more raves as well.
So cast wise, the stellar team certainly delivered.
McGrath, Jennings, Bartlett, and the new kid in town, Barasch, all delivered.
In the end, it comes down to the quartet: Benanti, Creel, Krakowski, and Levi.
With Zachary Levi, I originally thought he was possibly TOO handsome for the role and wouldn’t have enough quirk. I went in with an open mind and he did really well. He was incredibly charming and funny and was in good voice. I would love to see him continue doing musical theatre.
If I could describe Gavin Creel as Steven Kodaly, it would be “deliciously sleazy”. He is the true definition of a cad but anytime he had a moment, he owned the spotlight. His two big numbers were wonderful, particularly what they did with “Illona”.
And then there is Illona…Jane Krakowski is one of my favorites so it was a pleasure seeing her onstage again. I could see her developing more quirks as the previews continue on but she was the perfect choice for this part in my eyes. Her “A Trip to the Library” was something I was anxiously waiting for the whole show and she did a really wonderful jon with it.
If I had to choose an MVP, it would have to be Laura. Freaking. Benanti….like Levi, I almost wondered if she was too beautiful to play Amalia but she won me over completely. She was charming and lovable and feisty when she needed to be, not to metion quirky and hilarious…and her voice was stunningly gorgeous. Quite possibly the best she has ever sounded. I think she will be the biggest competition towards Cynthia Erivo, although I have a feeling Erivo may still pull it off. Each song she sang was what I hoped it would be. “Vanilla Ice Cream”, a song that often gets a lot of flak from people, is a song I personally adore and she absolutely killed it. “Will He Like Me?” and “I Don’t Know His Name” were both charming and then “Dear Friend” was powerful in its own subtle and melancholy way.
The sets, which originally had some people a bit skeptical were LOVELY. Roundabout is normally very hit and miss on sets but this one was very well spent and I wanted to jump onstage and be apart of it.
It is simply musical comedy at its finest.