Golden Globes 2017

The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards were broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and produced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions. The awards were hosted by Jimmy Fallon.   The show opened with an parody of the opening scene of La La Land featuring many of the night’s nominees followed by parodies of most of the other major scenes from the movie. He began his monologue with a broken monitor and then proceeded to jump into a Chris Rock impression and a series of “2016 sucked” jokes.

Heading into the awards, La La Land led the way with the most film nominations, seven, followed by Moonlight which received six nominations. The People v. O.J. Simpson topped television nominations with six.

La La Land was the night’s biggest winner taking home awards for 
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Ryan Gosling, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical to Emma Stone, Best Score presented to Justin Hurwitz for the film, Best Song to Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for “City of Stars,” and Best Director and Best Screenplay to screenwriter and director Damien Chazelle. It won all seven awards it was nominated for and set the record for most wins by a single film.

Moonlight won Best Motion Picture – Drama.  Casey Affleck was awarded Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Manchester by the Sea.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson took home Best Supporting Actor for Nocturnal Animals. Viola Davis won Best Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Fences. Isabelle Huppert took home Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Elle.  Zootopia won for Best Motion Picture – Animation.  

The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story took home best Miniseries or TV Movie. Sarah Paulson also won 
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for her role in the mini series. Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries went to Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager. Hugh Laurie and Olivia Spencer also won for The Night Manager for  Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie and Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie respectively.

Billy Bob Thornton won Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama for his role in Goliath.  The Crown took home the award for Best Television Series -Drama and Claire Foy won Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama for her role in the series.  Tracee Ellis Ross won Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for Black-ish while Atlanta took home the award for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical. Donald Glover also took home the award for the Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for his role in the show.

Meryl Streep was presented with the Cecil B. Demille Award for Lifetime Achievement by Viola Davis. She gave a powerful speech that centered around Hollywood and recent political events that ended with a quote by Carrie Fisher “take your broken heart, make it into art.” 

A full list of winners can be found here.

Red Carpet Fashion


Here are a few of our favorite red carpet looks. A full gallery of red carpet fashion can be found here.



87th Annual Academy Awards

The Oscars are the biggest event of awards season, and to many the biggest night of the year! Neil Patrick Harris took the stage to host the Academy Awards for the first time.  His opening number was pretty epic. It paid homage to some of the industry’s best work much more than it made fun of it and being joined by Anna Kendrick as Cinderella and Jack Black was a phenomenal addition! 

Some of the more interesting events that took place during the awards included:  many winners talking through the play out music, Viola Davis having to watch the briefcase containing Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscar predictions, Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island performing “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, Tim McGraw paying tribute to Glen Campbell with “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, and Lady Gaga singing an incredible medley of songs from The Sound of Music followed by Julie Andrews coming out and awarding the Oscar for Best Original Score.  The awards of course ran way over the allotted time, but nonetheless it was a great show with many memorable moments. 

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role went to J.K Simmons, for his role in Whiplash.  This came as no surprise, as he has won virtually every award for which his portrayal in the film has garnered him a nomination.  Patricia Arquette won the Oscar for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Boyhood and gave an impassioned speech calling for wage equality. Eddie Redmayne won Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his role in The Theory of Everything and dedicated his award to everyone around the world battling ALS.  Julianne Moore won an Oscar for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Still Alice.

Big Hero 6 won for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. Original Screenplay went to Alejandro Iñárritu for Birdman while Adapted Screenplay was presented to Graham Moore for 
The Imitation Game and he deserves  a second award for his acceptance speech, stay weird. 
Alejandro Iñárritu also took home the Oscar for Directing Birdman

American Sniper garnered the award for Sound Editing. Whiplash won for Sound Mixing and Film Editing, and Interstellar took home the award for Visual Effects.  Birdman won for Cinematography and took home the biggest award of the night, Best Motion Picture of the Year.

Birdman was the night’s big winner, despite Michael Keaton’s lose in the Leading Actor Category.

A full list of winners can be found here.

Red Carpet Fashion

Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage
Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike looked flawless in a formfitting red Givenchy gown.
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Anna Kendrick dazzled in a custom Thakoon coral halter gown. Expect to see her on the majority best dressed lists! 
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Cate Blanchett looked stunning in a simple black number by Margiela and a statement necklace by Tiffany & Co.  
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American Sniper star and current Sally Bowles in Cabaret Sienna Miller looked elegant in Oscar de la Renta. 
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Felicity Jones was the epitome of the quintessential Oscars look in Alexander McQueen. 
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Marion Cotillard looked gorgeous in this Christian Dior Couture gown. I’ve already seen it on some worst dressed lists, but that’s a matter of opinion.  

Golden Globe Awards 2015

The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards were broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and produced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned to host the awards for the their third consecutive year, and the last year of their contract.  Their monologue was as hilarious as ever and poked fun at the Sony Hack, the fact that George Clooney is getting a lifetime achievement award when his wife, Amal, probably deserves one more, the Cosby sexual assault allegations, and much more. Here’s hoping they are asked to host again very soon, or move up to hosting the Oscars.

The night included a surprise appearance by Prince, and Margaret Cho dressing up as the newest member of the HFPA, a North Korean journalist, taking a picture with Meryl Streep, and commenting  on the show’s quality as well as Orange is the New Black‘s placement into the comedy category. Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig cracked themselves up quoting not-so-famous movie lines from various films before presenting the award for Best Screenplay and Tina Fey looked great in a tuxedo.

Heading into the awards, Birdman led the way with the most film nominations, seven, followed by Boyhood and The Imitation Game which each had five nominations and Fargo held the most television nominations with five.

Birdman took home Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Michael Keaton and Best Screenplay presented to screenwriter Alejandro González Iñárritu.  Boyhood won Best Motion Picture – Drama, Richard Linklater took home the award for Best Director, and Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for the film. The Grand Budapest Hotel was awarded Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Eddie Redmayne was awarded Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for The Theory of Everything. Amy Adams won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her role in Big Eyes. Julianne Moore took home Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Still Alice.  Into the Woods did not take home a single award.

Fargo took home best Miniseries or TV Movie beating out it’s main rival, True Detective, and Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for Billy Bob Thornton.  Kevin Spacey won Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama for his role in House of Cards, his first Golden Globe win and eighth nomination.   Maggie Gyllenhaal won Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for The Honorable Woman. The Affair took home the award for Best Television Series -Drama and Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama for Ruth Wilson.

Gina Rodriguez won Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for Jane the Virgin in the CW’s first Golden Globe win and nomination and Transparent took home the award for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical in the first Golden Globe win and nomination for Amazon Studios.  Jeffrey Tambor also took home the award for the Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical which he dedicated to the transgender community.

George Clooney was presented with the Cecil B. Demille Award for Lifetime Achievement and gave a moving speech which touched upon the fact that winning is far from everything and a mention of how proud he is to be his wife’s husband.

A full list of winners can be found here.

Red Carpet Fashion

Jessica Chastain looked stunning on the red carpet in a gown from the Atelier Versace collection and jewels by Piaget.
Emily Blunt was  a vision in a beautiful white gown by Michael Kors and hair in a braid halo.
Amy Adams looked radiant in a light blue Versace gown and Tiffany jewels.
Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler looked amazing in Antonio Berardi and Stella McCartney with jewelry by Beladora respectively. 
Rosamund Pike showed off her gorgeous figure in a cutout white gown by Vera Wang just 5 weeks after giving birth to her son.

Uzo Aduba shined in a beaded gown featuring ruby details by Randi Rahm complimented by sleeked back hair.

Anna Kendrick exuded beauty and confidence in a nude/Bordeaux degrade embroidered ball gown by Monique Lhuillier.

Pictures from Getty Images and the Associated Press. 

Review: The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

The recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors were: Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Sting, and Lily Tomlin.  The honorees were celebrated with the honors ceremony held on December 8th at the Kennedy Center Opera House, where the honorees were saluted by a variety of talented performers.  However, the honorees received their medallions prior to the event on December 6.

As in years past, the Kennedy Center Honors, as seen by viewers at home, are intended to pay tribute to the artists being honored with various performances and kind words of their contemporaries.  
The wonderful ceremony was hosted by the talented Stephen Colbert.  
Al Green’s tribute was introduced by Whoopi Goldberg. It featured performances by artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire (“I Can’t Get Next to You” and “Love & Happiness”) and Jennifer Hudson (“Simply Beautiful”). Usher also performed “Let’s Stay Together.” Mavis Staples and Sam Moore’s number, “Take Me to the River,” was incredible and was a great way to end the tribute!  

Patricia McBride’s tribute was introduced by Christine Baranski. To honor the ballerina, New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck performed “Fascinating Rhythm.”  New York City Ballet soloist Lauren Lovette and Boston Ballet principal dancer Jeffrey Cirio performed “Rubies.”  Other performances included a performance by Misty Copeland (American Ballet Theatre) as a solo from Tchaikovsky’s pas de deux.  Tiler Peck reappeared for another performance with Jared Angle (both from New York City Ballet) for “Dances at a Gathering.” However, the highlight of the tribute to McBride was “I Got Rhythm” by The Charlette Ballet, along with all the previous dancers.

Tom Hanks’ tribute was introduced by David Letterman.  However, the tribute was led by Martin Short, in the temporary role of Master of Ceremonies.  A capella quintet Pentatonix sang “That Thing You Do” for the actor.  Tony Award-winners Laura Benanti, Jessie Mueller, and Kelli O’Hara gave the audience a brilliant trio performance of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”  The tribute ended with Martin Short leading the entire company in a rousing rendition of “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

Lily Tomlin’s tribute was introduced by Garrison Keillor.  The tribute consisted of a spoken-word piece performed by Jane Lynch, Kate McKinnon, Reba McEntire, and Jane Fonda.
Sting’s tribute was introduced by Meryl Streep.  Performances during this segment featured Lady Gaga singing “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” and Esperanza Spalding, with Herbie Hancock on the piano, singing “Fragile.”  Fellow rocker Bruce Springsteen sang, “I Hung My Head.”  However, the tribute ended on a powerful note with a medley of “So Lonely,” “Roxanne,” and “Message in a Bottle” performed by Bruno Mars and the cast of Sting’s original musical, The Last Ship.
Yet again, the world is able to celebrate those who have successfully contributed to the entertainment world.  Through words, song, and dance we are able to come together and share in the legacy of these five individuals and their careers.  

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards strive to honor actors who have showcased extraordinary talent in film and television during the past year. The SAG Awards are the only televised awards to exclusively honor performers.  The show consists of 13 awards for acting in film and  television during a two hour show aired live on TNT and TBS.  They are considered one of the industry’s highest and most prized honors as it is a peer voted honor.

This year the show honored some of the year’s biggest and brightest stars.  A complete winner’s list can be found here.

Some of the night’s biggest winners were: Lupita Nyong’o in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role category for her role in 12 Years a Slave. Jared Leto won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Dallas Buyer’s Club, giving the distinct impression that he is a shoo-in for the Oscar.  Matthew McConaughey also won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in Leading Role for his role in the film.  Modern Family won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for the fourth consecutive year and Ty Burrell took home the actor for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series.  Bryan Cranston took home the actor for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Walter White in Breaking Bad. The series also won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series to mark its first win and third consecutive nomination.  Maggie Smith won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Drama Series beating out Anna Gunn in what I consider to be an upset, but SAG-AFTRA members do have a great love for Downton Abbey. Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in Leading Role was awarded to  Cate Blanchett for her role in Blue Jasmine.  Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture was awarded to the cast of American Hustle.

Rita Moreno was rightfully and deservedly honored with the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented to her by Morgan Freeman. She gave an endearing speech that included an f-bomb, true sentiments of gratitude and ended with a serenade.

Given these results, it is likely, but in no way guaranteed, that Leto and Blanchett will take home Oscars come March 2nd.  It is also likely that McConaughey could take home an Oscar and 12 Years a Slave remains the top contender for Best Motion Picture.

Other Guild awards are held as followed but are not televised:
25th Annual Producers Guild Awards – January 19, 2014
66th Annual Directors Guild Awards – January 25, 2014
66th Annual Writers Guild Awards – February 1, 2014
2014 Ace Eddie Awards (Film Editors) – February 7, 2014
18th Art Directors Guild Awards – February 8, 2014
61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards (Sound Editors) – February 16, 2014
16th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards – February 22, 2014

Red Carpet Fashion

Amy Adams looked stunning in a one-shouldered gown by Antonio Berardi.  The gorgeous bright blue, along with her fabulous up-do and make-up gave her an old-Hollywood look that was to die for, and worked much better for her than her Golden Globes dress.

  Anna Gun looked spectacular in a stunning midnight blue gown by Monique Lhuillier.  She carried a purse adorned with the Breaking Bad logo by Edie Parker. Even had she not won a SAG at the awards, she still would have gone home a winner in this dress.

Cate Blanchett walked the carpet in a gorgeous gown by Givenchy.  The Blue Jasmine star was pretty in pink and became one of the major talking points of the live red carpet feeds.

 Lupita Nyong’o has gained a reputation for being fashion forward and savvy and this red carpet look was no exception.  She looked gorgeous from head to toe in this gorgeous blue/turquoise dress by Gucci.

Michelle Dockery has a stunning sense of style that has remained present during this awards season.  The Downton Abbey star showed a lot of skin in this plunging number from J. Mendel that was a hit on the carpet. 

Oscar Nominations and the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards

Oscar Nominations

Watch the nominee announcement here or read the list of nominees here.
The nominees for the night’s biggest category are:

This past year was a difficult year to be an excellent movie because there were so many amazing films that many were lost in the shuffle and did not receive the recognition that they deserved, but it is important to remember that accolades do not singularly determine a film’s worth, and many great films have gone, and will go, unrecognized. Many wonderful and amazing films were made and many of them were well represented and garnered already this awards season.

Everyone’s first question when nominees for anything are announced is “who is missing?”  This year, as is the case every year, some films are snubbed because there just aren’t enough spots for every great film.  Tom Hanks, or Tam Honks if you prefer, did not receive nominations for either of his major roles this year as Captain Phillips in Captain Phillips and his role as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks.   Emma Thompson was also left off the list for her role in the latter. Lee Daniels’ The Butler was also left out of all major categories, most notably lacking nominations for Oprah Winfrey in the Best Supporting Actress category and Lee Daniels for Best Director.  All is Lost was all but shut out of the race, receiving only one nomination for sound editing.  Ron Howard’s film Rush was completely shut out of the nominations,however, due to it’s poor overall box office performance it is not an incredible shock.  Her received five (well deserved) nominations, but did not earn a nomination for the film’s star Joaquin Phoenix.  Blue is the Warmest Color was shut out of the race entirely (although it was not eligible for Best Foreign Film, it was eligible for other categories).  Enough Said  was shut out, which registers on a different level of hurt given that it was James Gandolfini’s final performance and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ first major role in years.  Inside Llewyn Davis was completely shut out as well which is particularly surprising given that it was thought to be one of the best films of the year by many.  This is by no means all of the snubs (and a more complete list can be found here) but the aforementioned problem of the sheer volume of amazing films made this year has made it an equally big year for snubs.  Leonardo DiCaprio, however, DID receive a nomination and if he wins for Wolf of Wall Street it will be his first Academy Award, because of this and many other deserving nominations, one should keep in mind that snubs do not take away from deserving nominations.

Another interesting aspect of the Oscars will be the award show itself.  This year they, the executive producers, have decided on a superhero/movie hero theme for the show.  It will be interesting to see exactly what this entails and whether it adds to or takes away from the show itself.  Another interesting aspect will be Ellen DeGeneres as host of the show.

Watch the Oscar race conclude on Sunday, March 2nd.

19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards


The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards have more specific categories than many of the other award shows, such as the Academy Awards or the Golden Globes.  The awards therefore lend themselves to honoring stars who may otherwise miss out in more general categories. One example of this is Mark Walberg’s win for Best Actor in an Action Movie for Lone Survivor.  At one of the larger awards shows he would likely have been lost in the shuffle of bigger films that have had larger numbers at the box office, bigger stars, or more well-known stories, but the Critics’ Choice Awards gives him a chance to be recognized.  They also recognize younger talent with the Young Actor or Actress Category which this year saw a win for Adèle Exarchopoulos for her role in  Blue is the Warmest Color.

The cast of American Hustle won Best Ensemble of the night, an award many hoped would go to the cast of The Butler given that it was shut out of the Oscar nominations.  Best Supporting Actress went to Lupita Nyong’o, a very deserving and talented actress who played such a great part in 12 Years a Slave.  Best Director was given to Alfonso Cuarón  for Gravity.  Many other wonderful talents were also awarded with well deserved awards at the show (a full list can be found above).

One of the wonderful things about this award show is giving filmmakers, actors and other people responsible for aspects of filmmaking to be honored.  It takes so much  work to make a movie and so many people give up their time and temporary sanity to make films something worth watching.  Even with all of the talent and effort in the world, it is difficult to make a film that will do well at the box office, resonate with viewers, AND be met with critical acclaim.  When a team is able to make a film that meets all of these criterion it deserves, more than anything else, to be recognized for its achievement.