And the Emmy nominations will be…

Everyone! It. Is. Here. The Emmys, television’s most prestigious award’s ceremony, is finally about to crown the honor of “just being nominated” bright and early tomorrow morning. So, I’m here to give some of my own knowledge on what I think will be nominated and what should be [which can be quite a big difference].

Before I get to that though, I’d like to talk a bit about myself, so if you just want to go straight to the statistics, skip through this. Anyway, as some may know, I am a Film Production major. Meaning, I’m studying how to make films. What I’ve noticed over the past few years, though, is how much more into television I am than movies. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some film, but I’ve seen a trend where I end up binge watching classic shows and everything else that is critically acclaimed present time [with my own share of guilty television reality show pleasures] instead of heading out to the movies to catch both good and bad flicks.

Recently, I’ve started watching old classics that I’ve yet to see like Mary Tyler Moore and Seinfeld (don’t judge me!) and am already planning on hitting one of the big HBO megas, The SopranosThe Wire and Six Feet Under once I finish up a few things now. I feel like this is sort of a nudge that, hey! Maybe you should head into television! Considering I’m not even sure what “technical” part of the film industry my destiny holds, who knows where I’ll end up. But it’s definitely something I’m considering!

Back to business. I must give a disclaimer first off. I watch a lot of television. I also have other things to do in life. So even though I’ve tried so hard to get everything in before this day, just like my Oscar ballots, there are a few things I haven’t seen. However, the only major contender that I’ve only happened to see half of the first season of is The Big Bang Theory. Then the shows I’ve only watched about half of and are working on (Nurse Jackie, Homeland, Veep, True Detective ]I literally started that last night and am only two in! SHOOT ME!], Bates Motel). But for some, I have seen plenty to make some early decisions.

Now let’s get to the nominations!

Best Drama Series

What Will Be Nominated

1. Breaking Bad

2. Game of Thrones

3. True Detective

4. Masters of Sex

5. The Good Wife

6. Mad Men

What Should Be Nominated

1. Breaking Bad

2. Game of Thrones

3. True Detective

4. Masters of Sex

5. The Good Wife

6. The Americans

If there’s anyone that has been watching any sort of Drama series, you know that there has been some seriously good…well. Serious TV. A lot is going to be left out. If the cards fall right, there isn’t that big a difference between what will and should get noms for this category.  Having to personally decide which is the most deserving to even win should be interesting though. Breaking Bad wrapped a series that is already being considered as one of the greatest TV series of all time (one word: OZYMANDIAS), The Good Wife, by far network television’s best series, made some swift changes to reawaken its audience that must have slept through season 4, and Game of Thrones, which managed to finish off its best [and bloodiest] season to date are all for sure. Then, with True Detective, a show that I think should still be in the Mini-series category (HBO just wants another Drama series win!) and Masters of Sex, a show that could have been campy and awkward but was as scientific as it was the new Mad Men, are welcomed and expected editions. Personally, I’m expecting a near shut out for The Americans, a show that somehow found a way to improve leaps and bounds from an already fantastic first season. So you’ll be seeing a lot of “should” for that to come. House of Cards could sneak in, but my gut tells me that it could be replaced this year for Masters of Sex. Again, The Americans will probably be overlooked for Mad Men, another one of television’s finest, but with such a short season that really picked up in its final three episodes, will still take the last spot.

Best Comedy Series

What Will Be Nominated

1. Modern Family

2. The Big Bang Theory

3. Veep

4. Orange is the New Black

5. Louie

6. Girls

What Should Be Nominated

1. Veep

2. Louie

3. Silicon Valley

4. Orange is the New Black

5. Brooklyn Nine Nine

6. Girls

There are some definite locks for this: Veep, Louie (special round of applause for this season please!), Modern Family and The Big Band Theory. OITNB has so much buzz and love it should get the nomination leaving the final spot for either Girls or Brooklyn Nine Nine, both deserving. Too bad that HBO’s newest sitcom, Silicon Valley, which was as smart and witty as its Pied Piper creators, probably won’t find a spot, because it was easily one of TV’s best comedies to come out of the season.

Best Drama Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex

2. Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

3. Matthew McConaughey – True Detective

4. Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

5. Jon Hamm – Mad Men

6. Woody Harrelson – True Detective

What Should Be Nominated

1. Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex

2. Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

3. Matthew McConaughey – True Detective

4. Woody Harrelson – True Detective

5. Matthew Rhys – The Americans

6. Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Many returning actors should be expected, but Matthew McConaughey, who has already won an Oscar this year, could give Bryan Cranston a run for his money, possibly getting him halfway to EGOT in just a few months. Jeff Daniels, last year’s very surprising winner, could return, but I really think that Michael Sheen/Woody Harrelson will both trump the last two spots to knock him out of contention.

Best Drama Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

2. Lizzy Caplan – Masters of Sex

3. Claire Danes – Homeland

4. Robin Wright – House of Cards

5. Elizabeth Moss – Mad Men

6. Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black

What Should Be Nominated

1. Julianna Marguies – The Good Wife

2. Lizzy Caplan – Masters of Sex

3. Robin Wright – House of Cards

4. Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black

5. Keri Russell – The Americans

6. Claire Danes – Homeland

The women of dramatic television this year continue to add some of the most interesting layers to their respective series more than ever. Another category with many returns, and hopefully some new fresh faces. Tatiana Maslany proves every week just how much she should have gotten a nom a year ago and with the show getting more word-of-mouth buzz in each coming episode, she should join the race. Kerry Washington could return as she is still captivating on Scandal, but with its weakest season under its belt (and with all those lamps and chairs that covered her up all year), I’d say that Lizzy Caplan, who finally found the role she was meant to play, will be another newcomer.

Best Comedy Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

2. Louis C.K. – Louie

3. Matt LeBlanc – Episodes

4. Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine Nine

5. William H. Macy – Shameless

6. Don Cheadle – House of Lies

What Should Be Nominated

1. Louis C.K. – Louie

2. Thomas Middleditch – Silicon Valley

3. Chris Messina – The Mindy Project

4. Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine Nine

5. Adam Scott – Parks and Recreation

6. Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theoy

This is probably the biggest “wild card” category. With actor’s like Don Cheadle who’ve been in the mix (WHY?) and even the [still deserving] Matt LeBlanc, it’s hard to tell where the votes will go. I also wouldn’t be surprised finding fan favorite, Shameless, getting some love because of its switch to Comedy over Drama this year. Regardless, we all know we’ll see Parsons and C.K. here. But Chris Messina, who gave us as much sarcasm as he did tears, would be great to see for The Mindy Project, as would Middleditch and his awkward quirk.

Best Comedy Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

3. Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black

4. Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

5. Lena Dunham – Girls

6. Emmy Rossum – Shameless

What Should Be Nominated

1. Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

3. Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black

4. Mindy Kahling – The Mindy Project

5. Lena Dunham – Girls

6. Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

This is Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ race to lose, leaving many of the same in her tracks as in years past. It would be great to see the lovably selfish Mindy Kahling find love (who has those weird odds that I can never explain since she is announcing the nominees. A: it could be she will be nominated so we can see her reaction. B: it’s a nice gesture because she won’t be nominated), but even though Emmy Rossum may not have necessarily been giving off the most laughs, she could find a home in this new category along with Taylor Schilling.

Best Drama Supporting Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

2. Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

3. Dean Norris – Breaking Bad

4. Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

5. Josh Charles – The Good Wife

6. Jeffrey Wright – Boardwalk Empire

What Should Be Nominated

1. Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

2. Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

3. Charles Dance – Game of Thrones

4. Josh Charles – The Good Wife

5. Dean Norris – Breaking Bad

6. Noah Emmerich – The Americans

 I do not watch neither Ray Donovan nor Boardwalk Empire, featuring these two actors getting quite a lot of buzz. So I’m putting them in cause of my instincts. But I would love to see more love for The Americans and Game of Thrones, especially for Charles Dance, who was finally submitted in the category by HBO this year.

Best Drama Supporting Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad

2. Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey

3. Christina Hendricks – Mad Men

4. Betsy Brandt – Breaking Bad

5. Christine Barinski – The Good Wife

6. Michelle Monaghan – True Detective

What Should Be Nominated

1. Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad

2. Alison Wright – The Americans

3. Betsy Brandt – Breaking Bad

4. Annet Mahendru – The Americans

5. Maise Williams – Game of Thrones

6. Christine Barinski – The Good Wife

I’m going to spend my words here to mostly talk about The American’s side leading ladies. Annet has given us one of TV’s most complicated performances this year making ourselves even wonder whose side she’s on. And then there’s Alison Wright, the alter ego of Martha Clark Westerfeld. Nobody probably is putting her name up for consideration and I ask you: why not? Her scenes are priceless. Her accent is spot on. And should I mention we got to see her drunk this year? No matter, this category hands down belongs to Anna Gunn who arguably gave the greatest performance by any actor/actress of any given genre in any category throughout all of this year. Once again, I give you: OZYMANDIAS.

Best Comedy Supporting Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine Nine

2. Ty Burrell – Modern Family

3. Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family

4. Christopher Evan Welch – Silicon Valley

5. Adam Driver – Girls

6. Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family

What Should Be Nominated

1. Andre Bauer – Brooklyn Nine Nine

2. Christopher Evan Welch – Silicon Valley

3. Zach Woods – Silicon Valley

4. T.J. Miller – Silicon Valley

5. Nick Offerman – Parks and Recreation

6. Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family

What does Ron Swanson have to do?

Best Comedy Supporting Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

2. Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory

3. Merritt Wever – Nurse Jackie

4. Kate Mulgrew – Orange is the New Black

5. Allison Janney – Mom

6. Anna Chlumsky – Veep

What Should Be Nominated

1. Chelsea Peretti – Brooklyn Nine Nine

2. Stephanie Beatriz – Brooklyn Nine Nine

3. Melissa Fumero – Brooklyn Nine Nine

4. Merritt Wever – Nurse Jackie

5. Kate Mulgrew – Orange is the New Black

6. Allison Janney – Mom

Clearly I think the Brooklyn Nine Nine cast is deserving. The show has become a hilarious critical marvel because of its cast. And it’s a rather large cast, making it harder for so many to shine, but yet they do! Between Beatriz’ monotonous persona, Fumero’s Little Miss Perfect, and One of the Great’s, Chelsea Peretti and her spot on physical humor and sharp delivery, they have helped make the show.  Chlumsky and Wever won’t saying “gotta go, byeeee” and also expect a lot of love for the female driven OITNB. Mulgrew should and will get the nom, but I can easily see Cox getting the nomination honestly mainly because the Emmys would love to nominate the first transgender and a deserving nomination. However, Janney had a huge year between Masters of Sex and Mom (a show that is as funny as it is endearing, plus, criminally underrated if I do say so myself) and I can see her getting a double nomination for the two.

So those are the major categories. I didn’t too into writing out the Mini-Series, Made for TV Movie, and the techincal categories, but expect a lot of Fargo (Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thorton, Allison Tolman[!]), American Horror Story: Coven (how many acting categories can it fill up?), and The Normal Heart. And I’ve got my fingers crossed for every the Guest Actress in a Comedy Series to literally be filled to the brim with the ladies of Louie, who made it its best season yet.

Now as I post this, the nominations are only a few hours away. So time to finished this up [with the many spelling mistakes, non-alphabetized, rarely used italics]! Until to tomorrow…well. Today.


And the Academy Award Goes To…

The time has come ladies and gentlemen: The 86th Annual Academy Awards! Which means it’s time to fill in all of your last minute Oscar polls in what has turned out to be one of the tightest, most interesting Oscar seasons in quite a long time. So many different races  could be a toss-up and hands down the most interesting and hardest to pick is the most sought out: Best Picture. Who will win? Who should win? Check out my own poll below, with some in depth analysis of some of the biggest categories!

Best Picture

Who will win12 Years A Slave. Once again, this is hands down the hardest one to pick of the 2014 season, making it the an exciting year. With Gravity being 12 Years‘ biggest competition,  American Hustle being the next in line, the two tour de forces’ that have dominated every major awards show to date will face off once again. In a first ever Producers Guild Award tie, it’s no doubt the top prize will go to one of the two. What makes it most interesting is: Gravity will most likely take away every award it’s nominated for, including Best Editing (which usually coincides with Best Picture). That both works for and against 12 Years, a film to be considered one of the most important films to ever be created. It’s hard for a Best Picture to only walk away with so few and win the top prize, but at the same time, that also makes it most likely to win because how could such a film not win at least one of the two most prestigious awards. It’s a tough call, but I think 12 Years will still edge out. Just don’t bite my head off if that doesn’t happen. Image

Who Should Win: Another tough call. Gravity is not only one of the most visually stunning and breathtaking films I have ever seen in 2013, but also of all time. The ways in which it was able to make you put yourself in the character study of Dr. Ryan Stone’s shoes is not an easy feat to pull off. However, 12 Years was a film that was able to tell the fantastic story of Solomon Northup through a visual outlet with all around spectacular acting performances and creativity. But with a year with such great films like American Hustle, whose phenomenal pacing and acting made a great flick, and also Nebraska, with it’s wit and dark humor, make it a tough year. I’d still probably give it to the breakthrough 12 Years A Slave.

Best Actor

Who Will Win: All right, all right, all right. I think at this point, we all know that the predisposed frontrunner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, has been uppercut by the heartfelt and physical transformation by Dallas Buyers Club‘s Matthew McConaughey. The Academy loves it when an actor transforms themselves for a role. He’s swept thus far and should continue come tonight. Image

Who Should Win: Matthew McConaughey did give a great showing, especially in a 2013 lineup year that included Mud and The Wolf Of Wall Street, among Dallas Buyers Club. He proved that he’s not just a rom-com actor once again and made us believe not just the physical, but emotional transformation of homophobic turned AIDS victim, Ron Woodroof.

Best Actress

Who Will Win: Cate Blanchett has been the early frontrunner for her narcissistic, paranoid turn as Jasmine in the Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine. As one of the greatest, most classy actresses working today (who can turn out an effortlessly funny speech), Blanchett will hands down add a second Oscar to her shelf before she knows it. Image

Who Should Win: We finally got to see Amy Adams in a sexy, naughty role that blew all of her innocent roles out of the water. Blanchett was so believable as Jasmine, and the honor is deserving, but Adams captivated by the many different accents and roles within the one that, after four Supporting Actress noms, deserves to win for her first Leading nomination. 

Best Director

Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón is the clear winner for the all around roles he played in GravityImage

Who Should Win: Not only does he deserve a redemption song for his snubs back for 2006′s Children of Men, thank God Alfonso Cuarón managed to pull out Gravity for his equally deserving first win in this category.

Best Supporting Actor

Who Will Win: Jared Leto has been another clear favorite for his AIDS ridden Rayon. Losing another drop of weight (and hair for that matter) for a role, Leto’s return to acting was worth the wait (no pun intended). Staying in character throughout the shooting process, there’s nothing that can stop him once again for The Academy’s love for actors that have been outspoken of their commitment to their roles. Image

Who Should Win: He may not have won a Grammy yet, but Leto deserves the one fourth part of the EGOT status for his heartbreaking turn in Dallas Buyers.

Best Supporting Actress

Who Will Win: In someone who has become the biggest style icon of the 2013-2014 red carpet season, Lupita Nyongo’s film debut as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave, one of the widely abused victims in 12 Years A Slave, created the most tear-inducing scene of the entire film. She was believable, breathtaking, and saddening all at once, and the Academy should love her for that. Granted, it’s so hard to even write those words knowing that Jennifer Lawrence’s equally deserving take on a boozy wife Hustle will not give her the first back to back Oscar win since Tom Hanks. Image

Who Should Win: Let me do something that’s basically cheating. A cop out I guess. I think there should be a tie! Both Lupita and Jennifer had roles on each side of the spectrum: taking a role into slavery and another into comedy (which isn’t an Oscars’ favorite kind of genre to reward). They each in their own right delivered an Oscars worthy reward, so it’d be nice to pull a Katherine-Barbara moment and have them both win.

Best Original Screenplay

Who Will Win: It could go to Spike Jonze’s Her, for it’s fresh take on the near future. But for American Hustle to go away empty handed doesn’t seem right, so I’d give it to David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Who Will Win: This should be the category that gives 12 Years it’s leg up for Best Picture, so it should take it, unless The Academy decides to award it to the final film of the Before trilogy.

Best Editing

Who Will WinGravity and it’s effortlessness, even if just for it’s opening 17 minute shot.

Best Cinematography

Who Will WinGravity.

Best Production Design

Who Will WinThe Great Gatsby should take it with it’s beautiful flashback.

Best Costume Design

Who Will Win: Unless the late 70s take it for Hustle, I’d guess another win for The Great Gatsby.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Who Will Win: As it would be a travesty to see The Lone Ranger or Bad Grandpa walk away with the golden statue, Dallas Buyers Club thankfully should take it.

Best Visual Effects

Who Will Win: The is no competition for the visually stunning Gravity

Best Sound Editing

Who Will WinGravity.

Best Sound Mixing

Who Will WinGravity once again.

Best Original Score

Who Will WinGravity and its haunting score, especially for its final conclusion scene.

Best Original Song

Who Will Win: The fan favorite and instant hit, “Let It Go” from Frozen, which would make one of the two writers, Robert Lopez (Kristin Anderson-Lopez being the other), not only the 12th, but also the youngest to EGOT.

Best Foreign Language Film

Who Will Win: Italy’s The Great Beauty.

Best Animated Feature

Who Will Win: The hands down favorite to win and instant Disney classic, Frozen.

Best Animated Short

Who Will Win: Mickey flashback, Get A Horse!.

Best Documentary Feature

Who Will Win: The heavily publicized 20 Feet From Stardom, could ride that rhythm and take the prize.

Best Documentary Short

Who Will WinThe Lady In Number 6.

Best Live Action Short

Who Will WinHelium.

There you have it! Watch tonight on ABC to see who wins and follow me on Twitter, @PogiFilipino, to see all my reactions! Good Luck! 

The 86th Annual Academy Award Nominations: A Final Guess

In literally just hours, the world will finally hear the announcement of which lucky filmmakers and actors will get the highest honor of film in the Academy Award nominations. Although I haven’t kept up with this season as much as last season in terms of guessing the nominees (am I the only one that feels this season of film has snuck up like crazy?). Never is the only late, though. So here’s a quick final ballot of who I think will get nominated in the major categories, in order of who I believe has the highest chance to take the prize.

Best Picture

1. 12 Years A Slave

2. GravityImage

3. American Hustle

4. Her

5. Nebraska

6. Captain Phillips

7. Inside Llewyn Davis

8. Dallas Buyers Club

9. Saving Mr. Banks

Best Director

1. Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave

2. Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity

3. David O. Russell – American Hustle

4. Spike Jonze – Her

5.Alexander Payne – Nebraska


Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

1. Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave

2. Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

3. Bruce Dern – Nebraska

4. Joaquin Phoenix – Her

5. Christian Bale – American Hustle

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role


1. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

2. Amy Adams – American Hustle

3. Sandra Bullock – Gravity

4. Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

5. Judi Dench – Philomena


Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

1. Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

2. Michael Fassbender – 12 Years A Slave

3. Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips

4. Bradley Cooper – American Hustle

5. James Gandolfini – Enough Said

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1. Jennifer Lawrence – American HustleImage

2. Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave

3. June Squibb – Nebraska

4. Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine

5. Julia Roberts – August: Osage County

Stay tuned for a more in depth look into who I think will win, should win, and why. Will you be watching the nominations special bright and early with me? Sleep tight!

Animal Horror Story

After the news that just released today from creator of the hit series, American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy’s confirmation that Season 4 of the mini-series will be a period piece that is set in the 1950s, featuring a German accent by veteran Jessica Lange. As in every final arc of AHS, fans of the show are analyzing every moment and word to catch clues that snuck in to hint at the next season’s location., I present to you in what I do not only believe as theory, but fact (as I am that confident).

Following last week’s episode that featured some peculiar additions to the show, I already had my head spinning with ideas that revolved around one subject: animal cruelty. What kicked that off? The random picture of a dog that appeared under the Google Images beside the infamous witch hunting father son only to be followed by the murder of mice placed in a magic maze being used for witchcraft. Fear not, I have proof my submission (Twitter is a reliable source in case you were wondering).

Brandon Moncada‏ @PogiFilipino

I have my 1st #AmericanHorrorStory setting theory from 2 things: the dog pic in Google images; animal cruelty of mice RIGHT after. #VET

11:11 PM – 8 Jan 2014

After tonight’s episode (which inspired me so much to return after a year long hiatus…New Year’s Resolutions can happen!), I couldn’t help but ensure my stamp of approval on this topic, for tonight was huge.

Opening up the night had a significant scene involving Kathy Bates’ Madame LaLaurie and her daughter in a flashback where they behead a chicken for dinner. It was drawn out, dramatic, and after the showing of the decapitation, the overuse of blood squirting out made the scene memorable to say the least. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, animal cruelty. Now may I encourage vegetarianism to forever prevent the slaughter and torture of both animals and, according to LaLaurie, human beings.

The key scene that should be most noted was after Fiona and The Axeman seemingly slept together. After showing Fiona an old picture, an eerie screech quietly fills with ambience as Fiona asks us to imagine her as a “farmer’s wife.” Get that into your head for a second.

In other news, Madame LaLaurie is a stupid cow to Marie. Coincidence? I think not!

So can anyone else hear the ring of American Horror Story: Farm Life? Perhaps Animal Farm (if copyrights do not prohibit)? We’ll soon see when we all will “Go To Hell” in next week’s semi-finale.

Any thoughts or theories of your own? Do you still believe in the possibility of the circus location? Let us know!

The 2013 Oscar Lineup: A Final Take

Here we are. The Academy Awards are a reality. And only an hour away! Check out these last minute guesses and hopes before the night’s show!

Best Picture

1. Argo
2. Lincoln
3.  Silver Linings Playbook
4. Life of Pi
5. Amour
6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
7. Zero Dark Thirty
8. Les Misérables
9. Django Unchained

Who Will Win: Argo. Rarely does a movie sweep every single major award, both Best Picture and Director, including the SAG, DGA, WGA, BAFTA, and Golden Globes. Nothing can stop it. Even if Ben Affleck missed out on a Director nod, which hasn’t happened since since 1989′s Driving Miss Daisy.

Who Should WinArgo is great, as are many other films this year, but Silver Linings managed to mold together so many genres, yet tie them together to make a heartwarming comedy that was beautifully made.

Best Director
1. Ang Lee - Life of Pi
2. Stephen Spielberg - Lincoln
3. David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
3. Michael Haneke - Amour
5. Benh Zietlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Who Will Win: This is one category that is probably the biggest toss-up considering how the two main sweepers of this season, Affleck and Bigelow, aren’t even nominated. Spielberg could be the favorite, but just like his last win, Lee could take the win.

Who Should Win: David O. Russell. Not since Warren Beatty’s Reds has a film gotten a nomination in every single major category and thanks to O. Russell, it managed to happen with Silver Linings Playbook.

Best Actor

1. Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
2. Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
3. Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
4. Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
5. Denzel Washington - Flight

Who Will and Should Win: Daniel Day-Lewis isn’t only destined to win for his method-acted portrayal as Abe Lincoln, he rightfully deserves it.

Best Actress
1. Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
2. Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
3. Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
4. Naomi Watts - The Impossible
5. Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Who Will and Should Win: 2012 was the year of Jennifer Lawrence, and not until her win at the SAGs did her Oscar win seem more believable than ever. Chastain, too, deserves it, especially even for that last shot of her in Zero Dark Thirty, while Riva, whose birthday is today, could also win, but Lawrence has gained so much momentum, she should best it.

Best Supporting Actor
1. Tommy Lee JonesLincoln
2. Philip Seymore HoffmanThe Master
3. Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
4. Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
5. Alan Arkin - Argo

Who Will Win: In another toss-up category, still to today, I’ll give it to Tommy Lee Jones, the SAG winner.

Who Should Win: Christoph Waltz, the winner of the Golden Globe, and also a huge fan favorite, shined in his role from Django Unchained.

Best Supporting Actress
1. Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
2. Sally Fields - Lincoln
3. Helen Hunt - The Sessions
4. Amy Adams - The Master
5. Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook

Who Will and Should Win: Anne Hathaway, although in Les Miz for only a short amount of time, is a deserving shoo-in for this category, even for only her “I Dreamed A Dream” performance.

Documentary FeatureSearching For Sugar Man.

Documentary Short: Inocente.

Foreign Film: Best Picture nom tonight, Amour.

Animated FeatureWreck-It Wralph.

CinematographyLife of Pi.

Makeup and HairstylingLes Miz.

Production DesignLincoln.

Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino for Django.

Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for Argo, although Daviod O. Russel could win for Silver.

Animated Short FilmPaperman.

Live Action Short FilmHenry.

Visual Effects: Hands down, Life of Pi.

Costume DesignAnna Karenina.

Film EditingArgo.

Sound MixingSkyfall.

Sound EditingSkyfall.

Original ScoreLincoln.

Original Song: Adele and Paul Epworth, for “Skyfall.”

A Gleeful Horror Story

It’s been a few weeks since American Horror Story: Asylum has signed off of entertaining America every

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Wednesday night, but news of the already upcoming third season hasn’t quieted yet. With a flush of actors from this past season already confirmed to return, including Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, and even season one star, Taissa Farmiga, the star studded cast already is lined up to give us all quite a ride.

But the real question is, what is that ride going to be? What will be the new title to follow the AHS theme next year? After a few hints within the final few episodes, Ryan Murphy confirms, fans have already come up with a slew of theories to conjure up a possible location (three to be exact) to next season’s thrilling journey!

For me, and what seems like most others, season three will most likely revolve around a few broomsticks, maybe a cauldron, a brewing romance (Murphy promises a Romeo + Juliet arc), and the home of Saints. What does that all tie back to? Witches. And where better to do that? New Orleans, among the other two.

Murphy explained that unlike last year’s hint through Sarah Paulson’s character, Billie Dean, and then Dylan McDermott in the imaginary mental institution, this year’s hints came in a different form and in my opinion had to be in what truly jump started Mr. Murphy’s most recent gleeful turn in the industry: song. Playing the first song on the brand new jukebox in the episode, “The Name Game,” Sister Jude made sure to play none of other than “I Put A Spell On You,” and only to be followed by “Love Potion No. 9″ in the next episode, which Murphy also said included another nod.

So although the general idea is said to be witches, along with other theories about it being during the Salem Witch Trials and also possibly include voodoo or even politics, Murphy claimed a few weeks back that some people were on the right track, but never truly hit it home.

Could it be that everyone is getting bits and pieces right, but like this past season, it’s just a huge combination of everyone’s theories? Hard to tell at this point, but do you have any ideas of what could be in store to make up another great season of scares?

In the meantime, relive this riveting season two promo to hold you over until more info is here to come.

What A Dream Can Bring

les-miserables-picture04At the brink of the French Revolution, Les Misérables follows Jean Valjean, a ex-prisoner who tries to better his name through the assisting of others who are hurting. Singing every lyric and song live, this musical was a revolution in itself for the genre and showcasing some astounding moments (Anne Hathaway, anyone?).

For what is most likely the most divided film of the year though, many loving it, many loathing it, I can see, at times, where both come from, but Les Mis‘ drama and tear-inducing story-lines won me over.

Hathaway, like said before, gave one of the greatest performances of the year. Although her total time doesn’t rack up very many minutes, she managed to intoxicate with her vulnerable portrayal of the fallen Fantine, forced to sell not just her possessions, but at times herself to give her daughter a better life. Every sang word from her would send chills up my arms and once one of the musicals most well known songs, “I Dreamed A Dream” began, it was impossible to not be enthralled with the one take scene of not only Hathaway’s decent voice, but her finest acting achievement to date.

Hugh Jackman surprises with his operatic sounding voice throughout the course of the 2 hour and 37 minute movie as well. His own performance held the grunge of his torn Valjean, and the composure of his Mayor status throughout. Even newcomer Samantha Barks, who reprised who role as Eponine, should be on her way to stardom, herself, for her role.

There were problems though. First, Russell Crowe. Sometimes his clearly untrained voice managed to pass as alright, but at times, his whiney tone could become annoying. Second, the cinematography. Throughout most of the songs, director, Hooper, seemed to have decided to hold the camera on close-ups for a good deal of the time. It worked perfectly for some scenes, like during “I Dreamed A Dream” and a scene with Eddie Redmayne later on, but at times it became distracting, which is the exact opposite of a close-up’s job.

Close-ups should be used sparingly in order to achieve the usefulness they hold in enhancing the emotion of a scene, such as in the scenes previously mentioned. But when used so often, they lose their meaning.

These two factors do not ruin the film, by any means. They were more nuances at times. At the end of the day (one of my favorite scenes and songs), the jam-packed stories of melancholy drive the long feature film and helped bring out the best of Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, alike. B+

Catch what I consider one of the bets trailers of the year below, too!