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Golden Globes 2014 Announced, but do Stars Actually Care?

The 2014 Golden Globe Award nominations were announced this morning, and while some may find that said nominations are spot on, it will be another ceremony that literally no one will care about, least of all the entertainers that are nominated.

 The Golden Globe Awards proves itself every year  to be a confounding ceremony. Every aspect of it that’s potentially positive is conversely negative. 2013 was an unbelievable season for films. If you were to tell me that I had to choose between the devastatingly beautiful brutality of 12 Years a Slave over the visionary and timely Her, I’d be chagrined.

 In a year like this, the Golden Globes separating their film nominations by comedy and drama is beneficial, potentially being able to award two of the best movies of the year. You look at the best actor category this year and you’ll be faced with half a dozen deserving winners. So by separating Best Actor in a Comedy from Best Actor in a Drama, the Golden Globes are able to show the love to ten different deserving people. Often they even pick the films that should have won the Oscar, like in 2006 when Brokeback Mountain rightfully won over Crash.

 But this same set up backfires as much as it works. Take 2011, a year in which Alexander Payne’s the Descendents won best picture, despite the fact that it was a dramedy and in accordance with their other nominations, a pick for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy. That same year they nominated The Tourist, a despicable Johnny Depp film that few saw and all hated, especially critics, for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy. The film was never advertised as funny, wasn’t funny and the members of the foreign press were later accused of being bribed by The Tourist camp. Deplorable.

 No matter what the argument, the fact remains that the Golden Globe Awards are just not cared about that much, merely a halfway stop to the Oscars where the press can take pictures and stars can dazzle the red carpet and make some nice acceptance speeches. No preview will ever announce their star as “Johnny Depp: Golden Globe Award Winner” but they will sound off on his Oscar nomination.

 Alas, the Globes are fun, almost having become a way to for Hollywood to roast itself. They are gaudy, expensive and over-wrought with a host like Gervais to spew bile all over the entertainers.  Film blogger Ross Jones-Morris says, “The Golden Globes is criticised for being a big party for rich people to meet rich people so they hire a presenter to kind of lampoon that,  They’re basically airing their flaws to get better viewer ratings.”

 The Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be on January 12, 2014. While the awards may be inconsequential, you can still have some fun watching. Here are your nominations.

Best Picture Comedy

American Hustle
Her
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street
Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Picture Drama

12 Years a SlaveCaptain Phillips
Gravity 
Philomena
Rush

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave 
Alexander Payne, Nebraska 
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Actress Drama

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine 
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena 
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Actress Comedy

Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight 
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Actor Drama

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actor Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
June Squibb, Nebraska 
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Foreign Language Film

Blue Is the Warmest ColorThe Hunt The Past The Great Beauty The Wind Rises

Best Animated Film

The CroodsDespicable Me 2Frozen

Best Original Song

Altas, The Hunger Games 
Let it Go, Frozen
Ordinary Love,Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Please Mr. Kennedy, Inside Llewyn Davis
Sweeter than Fiction, One Chance

Best Original Score

All is LostMandela: Long Walk to FreedomGravityThe Book Thief12 Years a Slave

Best Screenplay

Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena 
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle

TELEVISION

Best Television Series Drama

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best Television Series Comedy

The Big Bang TheoryBrooklyn Nine-NineGirlsModern FamilyParks and Recreation

Best Actress in a Television Series Drama

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a Television

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

Best Actress in a Television Series Comedy

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a Television Series Comedy

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parson, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Supporting Actress Television

Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor Television

Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Corey Stoll, House of Cards

Best Television Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra 
Dancing on the EdgeTop of the Lake
The White Queen

Best Actor in a Television Miniseries or Movie

Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Actress in a Television Miniseries of Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor 
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake 
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

by Adam Lehrer

Michael Fassbender: the best actor we have? I say, “Without question,” by Adam Lehrer.

People who know cinema at all understand that Michael Fassbender is one of the best actors around, but for whatever reason I still always meet people that have not heard the name before. Why? The obvious reason being he is choosy, save for the atrocity of “Jonah Hex” a few years back, his filmography is otherwise flawless. He has demonstrated range that would make Phillip Seymour Hoffman proud, without the doughy limitations to leading roles he could take on.

We have seen him as a young “James Bond with telekinetic powers and a revenge addiction” Magneto. A deeply wounded sex addict with no chance of redemption. An over-the-top moralist in the midst of starving himself. As Carl Jung. A fastidious android with capacity for great curiosity outweighing his care of th humans he works for. A labor worker with a seemingl kind interest in his girlfriend’s daughter that turns out to be the creepy “I actually just want to fuck you,” type. And less we forget his scene-stealing, Hollywood-arrival in “Inglorious Bastards,” Fassbender seemingly has no limit to the types of characters he dives into.

The condition being that the movies do no suck. Let’s face it, the guy has been on the cover of GQ three times now (and they have now three times in a row gotten him to say just about nothing, secretive dude that he is), he is one of the best-looking guys in entertainment. He could be making a fortune taking roles in cheesy rom-coms as a mysterious handsome bad boy type. But he has taste. He looks at the scripts, the players involved and think about how he could dive into his role and making it better.

He does seem to have something a little extra going on, as far as the alluring mystique goes. In interviews, he is evasive but always polite and charming. When suggested by a GQ reporter last month that he might be a womanizer, Fassbender responded, “I don’t think I like this line of questioning.” Effectively dogging the statement without being rude to the reporter. That is the type of guy that could potentially have a very long career in Hollywood.

And though he is picky, he is most definitely not snobby. He played Magneto in “X Men: First Class” and rather than diving headlong into camp, it is clear Fassbender took the film seriously bringing out both the humanity and the hatred in young Magneto. No one can forget that scene where we see him in a hotel room floating some coins over his fingers and planning out his Nazi killing spree, an expression of contained rage about to explode.

And less we forget that just over a year ago he was the only thing about Prometheus worth watching. Though I admit the first time I saw the film in a 3D Imax I was fairly stunned, repeat viewings have done nothing but reveal the idiocy of the script. That is, except Fassbender. Taking the android David into a performance so physically mesmerizing that among 3D artfully rendered alien beings it is Fassbender swallowing up every scene.

With “12 Years a Slave” and “The Counselor” both garnering huge amounts of acclaim for Fassy (and a potential Oscar nom for “12 Tears) there seems to be little doubt to the claims Fassbender heads have been making for some years now. The best actor in Hollywood.