Sunday, February 9, 2020

Tim's 92nd Oscars Picks

The 92nd Oscars are finally here!


Over the years we've recorded an episode of the podcast making our picks, but this year I decided to go a different route and simply do my picks the way I do all of the other show. I hope you have enjoyed my Oscars Week coverage this year talking with so many great filmmakers in the two-part coverage. A lot of categories tonight I see as 1917 vs. Parasite. I'm excited to see who takes home the Oscar. Here are my picks for this year's winners. Follow along on Twitter and let me know who you think will win! Enjoy the show

Best Picture

“1917”

1917 absolutely blew me away in every aspect. The other film I see as a tight contender is of course Parasite. However, 1917 won the Producers Guild Award and that's usually a good sign of who is going to win. 


Lead Actor

Joaquin Phoenix


Lead Actress

Renee Zellweger


Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt


Supporting Actress


Laura Dern

I've seen a few Oscar voters mention voting for Margot Robbie in this category, but Laura Dern has carried the entire award season with her wins for Marriage Story and I don't see any reason why that stops tonight. 


Director

Sam Mendes, “1917”

Don't count out Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite”. Mendes won the Directors Guild Award and I would expect to see him carry that through for an Oscar Win. 


Animated Feature

“Missing Link” 

Going into award season I thought for sure that Toy Story 4 was a lock, but Missing Link has proven to be the front runner.


Animated Short


"Hair Love"

This was honestly my favorite category this year. I spoke with most of the nominees here and every one of these films is brilliant. I think this category is between "Hair Love" and "Kitbull" as they were the most widely seen in this category. However, if I was a voting member of The Academy my vote would got to "Dcera" aka "Daughter" from Daria Kashcheeva. Aside from it's brilliant cinematography, Daria had to create a new way to animate on top of the stop motion of her film. I would love to see "Daughter" sneak in for the win. 


Adapted Screenplay


“Jojo Rabbit” 

I've been such a huge fan of Taika Waititi for years and I really can't wait to see him take home the Oscar for one of my absolute favorite films of the year. 



Original Screenplay

“Parasite”

Don't count Tarantino out on this just yet, but this is a good spot for Bong Joon-Ho to get his personal Oscar, not to mention he also won the WGA Award just last week. 


Cinematography
“1917,” Roger Deakins
Best Documentary Feature

American Factory” - Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar




Best Documentary Short Subject


“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)” - Carol Dysinger

I could see St. Louis Superman possibly sneak in here, but I think "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)" should have it on lock. 


Best Live Action Short Film

“The Neighbors’ Window”

This is Marshall Curry's fourth Oscar Nomination and I think this is the year he finally brings it home. 



Best International Feature Film

“Parasite”


Film Editing

“Parasite”

Ford vs. Ferrari could be a dark horse hear, but Parasite is definitely the front runner and I can't see any reason they don't take home the Oscar. 


Sound Editing

“1917,” Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate


Sound Mixing

“1917”


Production Design

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”


Original Score

“Joker” - Hildur Guðnadóttir


Original Song


“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” -  “Rocketman”


Makeup and Hair

“Bombshell”


I wouldn't count out "Joker" here, but I think "Bombshell" has this one locked down. 


Costume Design

“Little Women” - Jacqueline Durran

"Joker" and "The Irishman" are both strong contenders here, but "Little Women" should take this one home. 


Visual Effects

“1917”

Friday, February 7, 2020

Episode 177 - Oscars Week (Pt. 2) feat. Marshall Curry and Siqi Song

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Today's episode of the podcast is Part 2 of our Oscar Week coverage!


This week I have four-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry and Siqi Song! Marshall was on the show last year for his documentary short "A Night at the Garden" that was nominated for an Oscar and it was great to have him back on the show. While this is Siqi Song's first Oscar nomination, she was also part of the art department for the Oscar nominated animated film "Missing Link". 

It was great to talk with Marshall about the new venture into Live Action Shorts instead of the Documentaries that he's best known for, and hear about how his film "The Neighbors Window" came together. Siqi's film "Sister" was her final student film project that tells such a unique story of the One Child Law in China. She used an incredible form of stop motion animation using yarn to build all of her characters. 

I had such a great time talking to both of these Oscar nominees and can't want to see what happens this Sunday during the 92nd Academy Awards. Make sure to visit ShortsTV on the site below to be able to watch all of the Oscar Nominated Shorts or find them in a theater near you. 

Thanks, Marshall and Siqi!

Enjoy the episode!


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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Episode 176 - Oscars Week (Pt. 1) feat. Daria Kashcheeva, Rosana Sullivan, Kathryn Hendrickson, & Everett Downing Jr.

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Oscar Week is here! After a month long hiatus I am thrilled to be back and talking with the Oscar Nominated filmmakers of this year's short films.


This episode is Part 1 of the coverage featuring Daria Kashcheeva from "Daughter", Rosana Sullivan & Kathryn Hendrickson from "Kitbull", & Everett Downing Jr. from "Hair Love".  All three films are part of my favorite of categories, the Animated Shorts. 

This first group of filmmakers had such great stories about how their films came to be. Rosana and Kathryn both have a long history in animation. Rosana was one of the Producers on Toy Story 4, and they have both worked on films like The Incredibles, Finding Dory and The Good Dinosaur. Everett Downing Jr. is another animation juggernaut animating films like WALL-E, Up, Brave, Ratatouille, and Ice Age. Which brings us to Daria Kashcheeva. Daria's film is only the second short film she's made. It was her student film final, and it's absolutely breathtaking. I have never seen anything like "Daughter". Daria literally created parts of her animation style to make this film. It's only a matter of time before she joins the ranks of the other three animation titans. 

It was so much fun talking to the four of them! Next week I will have two more episodes as part of my Oscar coverage. A huge Thank You to Daria, Rosana, Kathryn, and Everett for taking the time to join me on this first Oscar episode. Look for the ShortsTV program playing in a theater near you or find it online on the links below. 

Enjoy the episode! 



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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Tim's 26th Annual SAG Award Picks

Award Season is in full swing and tonight's stop is at the SAG Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles!


Tonight's winners should give us a good look at who will potentially take home the acting Oscars in a few weeks. There are a lot of categories that seem pretty well set after some of the awards we've already seen throughout this season, but there's also going to be some surprises this year. Some of these categories could be decided by a coin flip they're so stacked. Here are my picks below. Who do you think will win?

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)

If there's an upset here, my money would be on Jennifer Lopez taking the win for Hustlers. 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

“Parasite” (Neon)

Possibly the toughest category of the night to pick. I could also see this going to Jojo Rabbit as well, but I think the voters are going to sway more towards the love everybody has had for "Parasite"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”)

Another tough category but I think the Emmy winner repeats here

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)

Michelle Williams and Patrica Arquette are clearly the front runners here, but I think Michelle Williams continues her winning tonight. 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”)

Another tough category, but I think the love for "Fleabag" carries through here as a lot of people have been cheering for Andrew Scott all year. I think this is his win. 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series


Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“The Crown” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

“Fleabag” (Amazon)

I feel bad picking against every one of these shows, but this is the year of "Fleabag" and I expect them to take this home. 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

“Game of Thrones”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“Avengers: Endgame”

Monday, January 13, 2020

92nd Oscar Nominations (Complete List)

The 92nd Oscar Nominations took place early this morning, hosted by John Cho and Issa Rae.


Many of this year's nominations were what we expected, but there were some surprises. One of my biggest surprises was Scarlett Johansson's nomination for "Jojo Rabbit". I was also surprised to see both Taika Waititi and Greta Gerwig not get Directing nominations.

This year's Oscars will take place Sunday February 9th, LIVE from The Dolby Theater in Hollywood on ABC. This year will also be a hostless show, but as we saw last year that wasn't a problem. The complete list of nominees as below. What do you think of this years nominations?

Best Picture


“Ford v Ferrari”

“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Parasite”


Lead Actor

Antonio Banderas “Pain and Glory”

Leonardo DiCaprio “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Adam Driver “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce “The Two Popes”


Lead Actress

Cynthia Erivo “Harriet”

Scarlett Johansson “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan “Little Women”
Charlize Theron “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger “Judy”


Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”


Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”

Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Scarlett Johannson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”


Director

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”

Todd Phillips, “Joker”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”


Animated Feature

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” Dean DeBlois

“I Lost My Body” Jeremy Clapin
“Klaus” Sergio Pablos
“Missing Link” Chris Butler
“Toy Story 4”  Josh Cooley


Animated Short

“Dcera,” Daria Kashcheeva

“Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry
“Kitbull,” Rosana Sullivan
“Memorable,” Bruno Collet
“Sister,” Siqi Song


Adapted Screenplay

“The Irishman,” Steven Zaillian

“Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi
“Joker,” Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
“Just Mercy” Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham
“Little Women,” Greta Gerwig
“The Two Popes,” Anthony McCarten


Original Screenplay

“Knives Out,” Rian Johnson

“Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach
“1917,” Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino
“Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han


Cinematography
“The Irishman,” Rodrigo Prieto
“Joker,” Lawrence Sher
“The Lighthouse,” Jarin Blaschke
“1917,” Roger Deakins
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Robert Richardson
Best Documentary Feature

American Factory,” Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar

“The Cave,” Feras Fayyad
“The Edge of Democracy,” Petra Costa
“For Sama,” Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
“Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov


Best Documentary Short Subject

“In the Absence”

“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,” Carol Dysinger
“Life Overtakes Me,” Kristine Samuelson, John Haptas
“St. Louis Superman”
“Walk Run Cha-Cha,” Laura Nix


Best Live Action Short Film

“Brotherhood,” Meryam Joobeur

“Nefta Football Club,” Yves Piat
“The Neighbors’ Window,” Marshall Curry
“Saria,” Bryan Buckley
“A Sister,” Delphine Girard


Best International Feature Film

“Corpus Christi,” Jan Komasa

“Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov
“Les Miserables,” Ladj Ly
“Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodovar
“Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho


Film Editing

“Ford v Ferrari,” Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland

“The Irishman,” Thelma Schoonmaker
“Jojo Rabbit,” Tom Eagles
“Joker,” Jeff Groth
“Parasite,” Jinmo Yang


Sound Editing

“Ford v Ferrari,” Don Sylvester

“Joker,” Alan Robert Murray
“1917,” Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Wylie Stateman
“Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker,” Matthew Wood, David Acord


Sound Mixing

“Ad Astra”

 “Ford v Ferrari”
“Joker”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”


Production Design

“The Irishman,” Bob Shaw and Regina Graves

“Jojo Rabbit,” Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova
“1917,” Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh
“Parasite,” Lee Ha-Jun and Cho Won Woo, Han Ga Ram, and Cho Hee


Original Score
“Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir

“Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat
“Marriage Story,”Randy Newman
“1917,” Thomas Newman
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams*“The King,” Nicholas Britell

Original Song

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”


Makeup and Hair

“Bombshell”

“Joker”
“Judy”
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
“1917”


Costume Design

”The Irishman,” Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson

“Jojo Rabbit,” Mayes C. Rubeo
“Joker,” Mark Bridges
“Little Women,” Jacqueline Durran
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Arianne Phillips


Visual Effects

“Avengers Endgame”

“The Irishman”
“1917”
“The Lion King”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

See you February 9th at The Dolby Theater!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Stream the 92nd Oscar Nominations LIVE!

The Oscar nominations are finally here and we have the LIVE stream for you!


John Cho and Issa Rae will announce the nominees on Monday, January 13th starting at 5:18AM. As usual they will be done in two sections. The two sections will be as follows:

5:18:30 a.m. PT:
(Not listed in order of presentation)
Actor in a Supporting Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
Costume Design
Film Editing
Original Score
Animated Short Film
Live Action Short Film
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing

5:30:30 a.m. PT:
(Not listed in order of presentation)
Actor in a Leading Role
Actress in a Leading Role
Animated Feature Film
Cinematography
Directing
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short Subject
International Feature Film
Makeup and Hairstyling
Original Song
Best Picture
Production Design
Visual Effects
Adapted Screenplay
Original Screenplay

We can't wait to see who ends up getting nominated. Enjoy the LIVE stream below. 


If you miss the LIVE stream I will have your complete list shortly after the announcements. 

Enjoy!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Tim's 77th Annual Golden Globe Picks

Award Season is officialy upon us as the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards take place TONIGHT at the Beverly Hilton. This year's show is hosted once again by comedian Ricky Gervais.


As I mention every year, the Golden Globes are probably the most difficuly awards to try and predict. The Hollywood Foreign Press does show a lot of patterns with how they seem to vote for the Golden Globes, but even then they love to throw some curve balls at us.

So many of this year's categories are stacked with such incredible performances that I don't know how anybody could possibly pick who to vote for. I've spent a lot of time (that I probably should've been working) watching hours of these films and TV shows. Some I loved, some I couldn've done without, but even those I wasn't the biggest fan of doesn't mean they were bad. It simply means they weren't for me. There's so many great works of art throughout this years nominees that I hope you get a chance to see them all. Here are my predictions for this year's Golden Globe Awards.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“The Irishman” (Netflix)

This will be the first category people will read and be angry with me not picking "The Joker". However when it comes to the Hollywood Foreign Press, they love Scorcese. I would be surprised to see something else win here. 


Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)


Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)

I wouldn't count out Adam Driver here. It's no secret that I'm not much of a fan of Joaquin Phoenix, and a lot of that comes from his attitude towards people. I think he's a brilliant actor, but I've seen and heard enough that I can do without him. I think hype is what potentially carries him to this win, but Adam Driver has been very open with the HFPA while doing the double press tour for Marriage Story and Star Wars


Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)



Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)

Watch for the possible upset from Beanie Feldstein, but I think Awkwafina has this on lockdown. People have been talking about her performance in "The Farewell" since this premiered at Sundance last year. This is her time. Beanie will eventually get hers though, just not this year. But damn she was great in "Booksmart"!


Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”)


Best Motion Picture – Animated

“Toy Story 4” (Disney)


Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

“Parasite” (Neon)


Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)


Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)


Best Director – Motion Picture

Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)


Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)


Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Thomas Newman (“1917”)


Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)


Best Television Series – Drama

“Succession” (HBO)

Look, I know the HFPA will most likely pick "The Crown". It's a fine show with great performances. But in a TV Drama I like a show that keeps me on the edge of my seat and can also make me laugh. That's what "Succession" does. If I need a nap I'll try and finish the last season of "The Crown".


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Billy Porter (“Pose”)


Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

“Fleabag” (Amazon)


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Bill Hader (“Barry”)

I would love to see Ben Platt win here for "The Politician", but after Hader lost last year, I think it's time for the HFPA to finally give him some love for one of the best shows of the year. 


Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

“Chernobyl” (HBO)

Don't be surprised if "Unbelievable" wins. Oh, you've never heard of "Unbelievable" before until this very moment and "Chernobyl" crushed at the Emmy's. Well that's basically dirty talk for the HFPA if past winners have taught us anything. But "Chernobyl" dominated the Emmy's for a reason. It was incredible. It should win. 


Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)

Don't count out Helen Miren here, but Michelle Williams won this Emmy and I think the Globe is hers as well. 


Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”)


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”)


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”)