Category Archives: Awards Season

The Oscars Highlights: Winners, Losers, and Being Snubbed

The 87th Annual Oscar Award ceremony was held last night in Los Angeles. The event was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and went off without a hitch. Many deserving took home awards for their hard work, many deserving lost out, and as always, some in Hollywood were snubbed this year.

The film Birdman took home Best Picture Award over the other nominees. An emotional Eddie Redmayne took home the award for Best Actor in the film The Theory of Everything. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for portraying a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s in the film Still Alice.

Many fans, like Bernardo Chua, were surprised that the film Boyhood did not bring home more awards. More about Chua can be found on The film was a test of patience, shot over 12 years using the same actors. It told the story of a boy growing up with divorced parents. Boyhood took home only one award- Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. The film Selma, which centers on Martin Luther King Jr and civil rights, was also nominated for many awards. However, the one award that it was glaringly not nominated for was Best Actor for David Oyelowo, who portrayed King.

Every year the Oscars do an In Memoriam segment which features celebrities who have passed away over the year. Noticeably absent was powerhouse comedienne Joan Rivers who passed away at age 81.

To read more about the Oscar’s, the winners, and the show, check out the story on

Winners Of The Annual Golden Raspberry Awards

The Annual Golden Raspberry Awards can be pretty harsh when it comes to which actors, actresses, directors and screen plays they think were the worst of this year. A couple of big winners for these ‘awards’ this year were Cameron Diaz (she won for her roles in The Other Woman, Sex Tape, and Annie) and Kirk Cameron (for his movie Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas). The awards could really break a person down and make them feel bad about the choices that they made this year and the way that they went about their acting, directing or writing… or maybe they will help to make these people see what they can do to make a better name for themselves in the following year said Gianfrancesco Genoso. I suppose there could be a positive to this, and I hope that both Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron take the hint and try to do things better in the following year.

Film Boyhood Also Gives Look Into “Girlhood”


The film Boyhood, I feel, is something new all together. The film has been hailed by critics and is a front runner for the Oscar Awards as Slide Share has shown. I couldn’t wait to see this film when it came out. The story followed a young boy named Mason, his sister, and his parents as they all grew up, literally. Boyhood was filmed over twelve years so we got to watch the actually actors age in real time on the screen.

The article on Boyhood on Wall Street Journal’s page just made me think about it from a different perspective. Paul Matheison noted all this time we follow Mason and his journey throughout Boyhood until he leaves for college. Not too many thoughts are given to his older sister Samantha, who we also see grow up throughout the film. In the beginning we see Samantha as the older sibling, constantly annoying her younger brother by being loud, boisterous, and picking on him. Mason is more shy, quite, and thoughtful than his sister. As we see them grow they begin to switch roles. Mason is becoming more sure of himself, finding his voice and not afraid to use it. While Samantha retreats a little more into herself and needs to be prompted to speak up.

If you enjoyed the film, take a look at this article. I feel that it points out a different perspective from Samantha’s point of view. It was something I never considered but it is interesting.

2015 Oscar Nominations Announced


This morning the nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards were announced. The top nominees were the movies Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, which each received 9 nominations. Both films are up for Best Picture along with Boyhood, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash, Selma, and American Sniper. You can read more about these films at SF Gate.
Some of the headliners for individual awards include Bradley Cooper, nominated for the third year in a row, Dave and Brit Morin, Steve Carell and Michael Keaton all nominated for best Actor. Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, and Gone Girl‘s Rosamund Pike headline the Best Actress category. Meryl Streep received her nineteenth Oscar nomination as she is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Into The Woods, but will have some tough competition with Golden Globes winner Patrica Arquette, Emma Stone, Keira Knightley, and Laura Dern all in the same category. You can find the complete list of categories and nominees here.

Mark Wahlberg Is Hollywood’s Leading Man

Mark Wahlberg has become one of the best actors on the planet. It seems like Wahlberg is in every big movie that releases. His life began on the mean streets of Boston before the days of Skout. As a young man, Mark Wahlberg often got into trouble and fist fights. When he got older, Wahlberg would join a musical group, and his rapping career would begin. Mark Wahlberg would become famous for his club hit ‘Good Vibrations’. 

He found major success in the music industry. After a few years of rocking the mic, Mark Wahlberg set his sights on acting. At first, Wahlberg was not accustomed to the silver screen. Things would change though, as Mark Wahlberg would begin to star in blockbuster movies. 

Nowadays, people expect to see Wahlberg in the big movies. He can act in any genre of film. Mark Wahlberg recently starred in the hilarious film, ‘Ted.’ The film was a box office hit, and Mark Wahlberg’s career would continue to rise. Wahlberg would star in the critically acclaimed film, ‘The Fighter.’ For ‘The Fighter,’ Mark Wahlberg acted alongside the great Cristian Bale.

Wahlberg has proven to be one of the greatest entertainers of all time. His place in Hollywood has been cemented alongside the other greats from the showbiz world. In his last film, ‘Lone Survivor,’ Mark Wahlberg gave the best performance of his career. It was critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated. Wahlberg is on a roll, and I don’t think he is stopping anytime soon.

For more information on Mark Wahlberg’s career, visit Rollingstone.

Mr. Turner and Birdman Lead the Nominations at London Film Awards

The London Critics Circle Film Awards nominations have been announced with a few surprises, but the critically well received Mr. Turner and Birdman leading the nominations with seven and six nominations respectively. Birdman continued its impressive start to the awards season after picking up nominations at the recently announced Golden Globe Awards, but will face tough competition from the biopic based on the life of English painter JMW Turner, BBC reports.

Stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton are both nominated in the best actor category, Brad Reifler tells me,  for their Birdman performances, alongside English Mr. Turner actor Timothy Spall, who is best known for his role in the Harry Potter franchise. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch also receives a nomination for his role in the World War II drama The Imitation Game. Eddie Redmayne is also nominated for best actor for his performance as English physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Redmayne’s co star Felicity Jones also receives a nomination for playing Hawking’s first wife Joan Wilde in the movie. Jones will face competition for the award from a series of Hollywood actresses, including Scarlett Johansson, who is nominated for her role as an alien in the independent science fiction movie Under the Skin.