Nominations for the 70th Annual Emmy Awards, honoring the best of the best in television from the past year, are set to be unveiled the morning of July 12. HBO's juggernaut Game of Thrones took a year off from last year's awards (after not airing its seventh season in time for consideration), so it's hoping to roar back into contention this time, while reigning Best Comedy champ Veep will be the one to step aside as we wait for its final season. 2018 will be voters' last chance to award some unrewarded shows and performers like FX's The Americans (my fave) and The Crown's Claire Foy, but it will also be their first chance to award potential new favorites like BBC America's Killing Eve or Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. One never really knows which direction Emmy voters will swerve in - hell, this year they even have the option to dip back into old favorites thought once finished (hey, Will & Grace!) or long dormant (Curb Your Enthusiasm) - but read on for my last-minute, foolhardy predictions of which way they’ll go in 16 of the top categories.Read More
At long last, the time has come! The 90th Annual Academy Awards will be held this evening, marking the conclusion of this lengthy movie awards season (made slightly longer this year by the Winter Olympics)! [...Except for the all-important 4th Annual CineMunchies which we will bestow next week.] Here at CineMunch we've ranked our favorite films of 2017 and we know who we're rooting for tonight, so it's time to double down on some final predictions.
We've seen some intense battles of late in Oscar's biggest category, Best Picture, but this year truly is the craziest I've ever seen. We thought Gravity vs. 12 Years a Slave (2013) was close; we can presume Birdman vs. Boyhood (2014) came down to the wire; Spotlight overtaking The Big Short and The Revenant (2015) was a welcome surprise; and then there was last year's shocker. At this time a year ago, I wrote about how the suspense of that Oscar night was not to be found inside the final envelope (boy was I wrong) as La La Land seemed to be an unstoppable behemoth...and I think we can recall how that played out -- congrats again, Moonlight! So while Best Director and all four acting awards look set in stone, the night's biggest prize is still so up in the air that there are realistically FIVE Best Picture nominees that stand a good chance of being named 2017's MVP.
So settle in, mix yourself a cocktail (we'll be starting with Kaluuya's Kahlúa in honor of Get Out from our Oscar Menu), and follow along with our predictions below! For more (snarky) commentary and up-to-the-minute analysis (provided our television cooperates this year), be sure to follow us on Twitter @CineMunch.Read More
The nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards have arrived, and The Shape of Water swam away with the most nominations at thirteen. Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk was semi-close behind with eight mentions, followed by Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri with seven. There were relatively few shocks on hand, though not many saw the (much deserved, though unexpected) embrace of Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread coming.
Have a listen to our initial thoughts on this morning's announcement below (fair morning: we spend the last ten minutes discussing/debating our dislike of a certain film featuring billboards), and don't forget to subscribe to our CineDrunk podcast on iTunes. Read on for a list of the nominations and predictions results.Read More
Hallelujah! Christmas morning* has finally arrived!
*Christmas morning = Oscar nominations morning, obviously, as we anxiously await to see who Santa (AKA the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) gifted with a shot at a shiny trophy and who gets coal in their stocking.
The 90th Annual Academy Awards nominations will be announced Tuesday morning in two segments, one at 8:22am ET and the other at the precise time of 8:38:30am ET (you can view a live stream of the announcement via the Oscars website).
2017 was a real roller coaster (in all regards), but what started as a truly dreadful year in film ended on a positive note with a lot of quality films released in the last few months of the year. Here at CineMunch we will be rooting hard for Call Me by Your Name, Get Out, and Lady Bird, and very much NOT rooting for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (though expect to hear all of those films called out multiple times). I didn't take too many risks with my predictions, though this definitely feels like a year in which Oscar could throw us some major curveballs. And I, for one, am excited to find out!
Read on for my final nominations predictions.Read More
Though the Olympics are but a month away, the real athletic competition starts this weekend with the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards!
Hollywood's best and brightest (or in some cases just newest) stars of ALL the screens will gather Sunday night dressed in their second finest frocks for the second most important red carpet of the year. The awards will be handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose membership numbers fewer than 100, so their choices do make for the occasional head scratch, eyebrow raise, or spit take. Seth Meyers hosts and some lady named Oprah Winfrey will receive this year's Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.
So grab a pitcher of your second favorite mixed drink, follow along with us on Twitter @CineMunch throughout the telecast (starting at 8pm ET on NBC), and read on for my foolhardy predictions!Read More
The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be doled out this evening, honoring the best television had to offer in the 2016-2017 season. With "Game of Thrones" sitting this year out (it's most recent season will be Emmy eligible at next year's awards), there's a lot of new blood in the Drama categories - and Best Drama Series is possibly the most competitive and unpredictable it has ever been! That said, the Emmys also like to turn on the autopilot, so there should be a handful of repeat winners to counteract all the newness.
I've watched more scripted TV in the past year than any other (36 complete seasons of eligible shows - yikes), but that won't help me one bit with my predictions! Below are my picks for who and what might take home a golden trophy tonight in the rumored order the 27 categories are to be presented in. Stephen Colbert hosts this year's soiree, which will air live on CBS beginning at 8pm ET, and don't forget to mix a few cocktails and follow along with our commentary on Twitter all evening @CineMunch.Read More
Nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards, honoring the best of the best in television from the past year, will be announced tomorrow, July 13th. With HBO's juggernaut Game of Thrones ineligible (it didn't air new episodes within the June-May window) and a number of much-buzzed first year series looking likely to break through, there may be a healthy amount of surprises among the nominees. Though this is the Emmys, so maybe not. I'll be cheering loudly for The Leftovers and Westworld on the Drama side, all things Big Little Lies in the Limited Series categories, and Carrie Coon times two. Below are my last-minute predictions in 16 of the top categories.Read More
The day has arrived! We've reached the finish line of this long movie awards season, and it's time to hand out the final trophies of the year! We here at CineMunch have ranked our favorite films of 2016 and bestowed our own awards (the 3rd Annual CineMunchies, don'tchaknow), so now we look to the 89th Annual Academy Awards to put a feather in 2016's cap tonight on ABC. Find out who we'd vote for if we had a ballot here.
This year the suspense won't be what's inside the final envelope (congrats, La La Land), but in just how many statues Damien Chazelle's original musical will take home. It's poised to nab at least eight, but could win as many as twelve, which would break the record of eleven wins set by Ben-Hur in 1959 (and then matched by Titanic in 1997 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003).
So settle in, mix yourself a cocktail (we'll be starting with Viola's Triumph martinis from our Oscar Menu), and follow along with our predictions below! For more (snarky) commentary and up-to-the-minute analysis, be sure to follow us on Twitter @CineMunch.Read More
The nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards have landed, and La La Land danced away with 14 nominations - tying the record for the most nominated film in Oscar history with All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997). Not so close behind were Arrival and Moonlight, with eight nominations each. Though there may not have been as many shocking snubs or surprises as in year's past, Oscar still had some curveballs to throw (No Amy Adams?! Hey, Michael Shannon! Mel Gibson - really?).
Have a listen to our initial thoughts on this morning's announcement below, and don't forget to subscribe to our CineDrunk podcast on iTunes. Read on for a list of the nominations and predictions results.Read More
The day we've all been waiting for has arrived!
November 3, 2020!?
Sadly, no. The Oscar nominations will have to do for now. The 89th Annual Academy Awards nominations will be announced Tuesday morning at 8:18am ET (you can view a live stream of the announcement via the Oscars website). On hand to reveal the nominees in all 24 categories: actors Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, and Ken Watanabe, writer/director Jason Reitman, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezski, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
2016 certainly had its ups and plentiful downs, but it was a pretty decent year for film (if you knew where to look). I expect this year's Oscar nominations to mostly reflect that quality (though full disclosure, we here at CineMunch think awards behemoth and Oscar frontrunner La La Land was good, but wildly overrated). Our own personal top ten lists and choices for the best of the year will drop next month. In the meantime, let's guess what the Academy will deem the best of the best.
Read on for my final nominations predictions.Read More