Now Available to Own: SPECTRE, Crimson Peak, The Leftovers, and More

SPECTRE Blu-ray Release

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Creed, The Hunger Games, 99 Homes and More

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MAD MAX: FURY ROAD 21st Critics’ Choice Awards Nominees

After last week’s nominations were revealed for the 22nd Annual SAG Awards and 73rd Golden Globes, it feels like it could be anyone’s game at this point. This morning the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced their 21st Critics’ Choice Awards nominees with George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road leading the charge with 13 nods. Hosted by T.J. Miller, the winners will be revealed during a live broadcast from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on A&E, Lifetime, and LMN on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST.

Mad Max: Fury Road has undoubtedly become the underdog favorite of this awards season, as it has become one of the most revered features of the year by critics, myself included – my review. The big topic of conversation, aside from gaining Best Picture recognition, is Charlize Theron’s nods for both Best Actress and Best Actress In An Action Movie. Tom Hardy, of course, is nominated for Best Actor In An Action Movie, but it’s George Miller for Best Director that has really invested my interest into whether he could be a contender come Oscars. The film has also garnered nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Visual Effects, Best Action Movie, and Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie.

Trailing behind the whirlwind, critically acclaimed hit is Carol, The Martian, and The Revenant with nine nominations each. While this year’s big favorite, Spotlight, has earned itself eight nominations from critics, followed by The Big Short and The Hateful Eight with six each. Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, The Danish Girl, Jurassic World, and Sicario each earned five nominations and Room obtained four. Charlize Theron isn’t the only actress up for multiple Best Actress categories, as Jennifer Lawrence is up for three for her work in Joy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, while Rachel McAdams is up for two awards for Spotlight and True Detective.

And while the film categories are all up in the air, the television categories prove that the increasing output of excellent programming continued this year with FX, ABC, and HBO both gaining 14 nominations each; FOX is close on their heels with 12 nods. The big standout series this year, as determined by critics, is FX’s Fargo with eight nominations. The Leftovers (HBO) and Transparent (Amazon) are not far behind with five nominations each; Black-ish (ABC), Mr. Robot (USA), and Penny Dreadful (Showtime) each earned four.

So what can we takeaway from this year’s 21st Critics’ Choice Awards nominees? For starters, no other awards group has seen more movies this year than the critics, assumably. It’s their jobs to assess the year in film. Who better has a sound voice of reasoning than those who sit in dark rooms and watch movies multiple times per week? In the long run, sure, all awards are practically meaningless gold statues, and the varying award categories the BFCA and BTJA have set have little influence when it comes to the Oscars, but if these voices of reason can help sway voters to at least make an earnest decision at the polls we can be safe in knowing we won’t have another year where a Shakespeare in Love wins against a Saving Private Ryan.

21st CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS NOMINEES – THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

BEST PICTURE

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Sicario
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

BEST ACTOR

  • Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
  • Matt Damon – The Martian
  • Johnny Depp – Black Mass
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  • Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
  • Tom Hardy – The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
  • Sylvester Stallone – Creed

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
  • Helen Mirren – Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

  • Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
  • RJ Cyler – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Shameik Moore – Dope
  • Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes
  • Jacob Tremblay – Room

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

  • The Big Short
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Trumbo

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Todd Haynes – Carol
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  • George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott – The Martian
  • Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland – Ex Machina
  • Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
  • Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside Out
  • Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short
  • Nick Hornby – Brooklyn
  • Drew Goddard – The Martian
  • Emma Donoghue – Room
  • Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Carol – Ed Lachman
  • The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
  • The Martian – Dariusz Wolski
  • The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Sicario – Roger Deakins

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
  • Brooklyn – François Séguin, Jennifer Oman and Louise Tremblay
  • Carol – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
  • The Danish Girl – Eve Stewart, Michael Standish
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson
  • The Martian – Arthur Max, Celia Bobak

BEST EDITING

  • The Big Short – Hank Corwin
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
  • The Martian – Pietro Scalia
  • The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
  • Spotlight – Tom McArdle

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Brooklyn – Odile Dicks-Mireaux
  • Carol – Sandy Powell
  • Cinderella – Sandy Powell
  • The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP

  • Black Mass
  • Carol
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Ex Machina
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • The Walk

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

BEST ACTION MOVIE

  • Furious 7
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Sicario

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

  • Daniel Craig – Spectre
  • Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Chris Pratt – Jurassic World
  • Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

  • Emily Blunt – Sicario
  • Rebecca Ferguson – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World
  • Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST COMEDY

  • The Big Short
  • Inside Out
  • Joy
  • Sisters
  • Spy
  • Trainwreck

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Christian Bale – The Big Short
  • Steve Carell – The Big Short
  • Robert De Niro – The Intern
  • Bill Hader – Trainwreck
  • Jason Statham – Spy

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Tina Fey – Sisters
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
  • Melissa McCarthy – Spy
  • Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
  • Lily Tomlin – Grandma

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

  • Ex Machina
  • It Follows
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • The Assassin
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Mustang
  • The Second Mother
  • Son of Saul

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  • He Named Me Malala
  • The Look of Silence
  • Where to Invade Next

BEST SONG

  • Fifty Shades of Grey – Love Me Like You Do
  • Furious 7 – See You Again
  • The Hunting Ground – Til It Happens To You
  • Love & Mercy – One Kind of Love
  • Spectre – Writing’s on the Wall
  • Youth – Simple Song #3

BEST SCORE

  • Carol – Carter Burwell
  • The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
  • The Revenant – Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto
  • Sicario – Johann Johannsson
  • Spotlight – Howard Shore

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73rd Golden Globes Nominations Favor CAROL

Following the unpredictable 22nd Annual SAG Awards nominees yesterday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has now revealed their nominees for the Golden Globes. HFPA president Lorenzo Soria was joined by actors America Ferrera, Angela Bassett, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Dennis Quaid this morning to announce the 73rd Golden Globes nominations for both film and television categories. The Golden Globes will be presented live on NBC with host Ricky Gervais on January 10, 2016.

Unlike the SAG Awards where Trumbo gained the most nods, the HFPA favored Carol, a top contender among the chatter I’ve been in tune with. Carol has earned itself five nods, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actress for Cate Blanchett, Best Actress for Rooney Mara, Best Director for Todd Haynes, and Best Score. The Revenant, Steve Jobs, and The Big Short lead behind Carol with four nods each. The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, The Martian, Room, and Spotlight each have three.

Regardless, this year’s Golden Globes nominees seem to be more in line with what has been predicted. There are typically a few oddball choices every year with the Golden Globes – The Tourist for Best Picture – Comedy or Musical, anyone? – but I honestly don’t see any I would strongly disagree with. The Martian, The Big Short, and Joy aren’t really comedies or musicals, but they do have some great humor in them.

What really stands out to me, and what fills me with hope for this awards season, is that Mad Max: Fury Road has earned two nods, including Best Picture – Drama and Best Director for George Miller. These nominations alone are a win in my mind and also well deserved – read my review of Mad Max: Fury Road. Also sticking out to me is the fact that Alicia Vikander, who came out of nowhere this year and starred in five big movies, is nominated in two separate categories: Best Actress in a Drama for The Danish Girl and Best Supporting Actress for Ex Machina. Everyone is saying Brie Larson is the new “It’ girl while Vikander seems to be skating by undetected. This woman is an incredible actress and deserves every bit of attention she is earning for her roles.

As far as television categories go, Netflix is the top dog among networks and streaming platforms with eight nominations – the exact same outcome as yesterday’s SAG Awards nominees announcement. American Crime, Fargo, Mr. Robot, Outlander, Transparent, and Wolf Hall all tied with three nominations each. Like Alicia Vikander, Lily Tomlin also scored two nominations herself, but in two separate mediums: one for Best Actress – Musical/Comedy for Grandma and Best Actress – Comedy for Grace and Frankie.

What scares me the most about this year’s Golden Globe Awards is the fact that I agree with a lot of their choices. Even more so in the television comedy categories. Specifically because The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family were not recognized as Best Series – Comedy and Jim Parsons was not nominated for Best Actor. It’s a Christmas miracle!

Without further ado, here are your nominees:

73rd GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES       

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
  • Will Smith – Concussion

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • The Big Short
  • Joy
  • The Martian
  • Spy
  • Trainwreck

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
  • Melissa McCarthy – Spy
  • Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
  • Maggie Smith – Lady in the Van
  • Lily Tomlin – Grandma

Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

  • Christian Bale – The Big Short
  • Steve Carell – The Big Short
  • Matt Damon – The Martian
  • Al Pacino – Danny Collins
  • Mark Ruffalo – Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

  • The Brand New Testament (Belgium / France / Luxembourg)
  • The Club (Chile)
  • The Fencer (Finland / Germany / Estonia)
  • Mustang (France)
  • Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Jane Fonda – Youth
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  • Helen Mirren – Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
  • Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
  • Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
  • Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Todd Haynes – Carol
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  • George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott – The Martian

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Emma Donoghue – Room
  • Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer – Spotlight
  • Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short
  • Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs
  • Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • Carter Burwell – Carol
  • Alexandre Desplat – The Danish Girl
  • Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight
  • Daniel Pemberton – Steve Jobs
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto – The Revenant

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades of Grey
  • “One Kind of Love” from Love & Mercy
  • “See You Again” from Furious 7
  • “Simple Song #3” from Youth
  • “Writing’s On the Wall” from Spectre

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Netflix Leads 22nd Annual SAG Awards Nominees

The 22nd Annual SAG Awards nominees were revealed this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood. Anna Faris (CBS’s Mom; Scary Movie) and Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain; Captain America: The Winter Soldier) were joined by SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris to announce this year’s nominations, which will be awarded Live on TNT, TBS, truTV, sagawards.tntdrama.com, and truTV.com on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) / 5:00 p.m. (PT).

Actors make up a fairly large chunk of Academy voters, so it’s no surprise that the SAG Awards are a fairly good indicator as to how the Oscars may shape up. I didn’t think my eyebrows could be raised any higher when I saw the list of nominees this morning. Peculiar is one word to put it. Maybe even jarring. If this is how the awards season is going to be, I don’t know if I want any part of it.

First of all, Trumbo leads the film categories with three nods – ensemble, Bryan Cranston for Best Male Actor, and Helen Mirren for Best Supporting Female Actor. The other nominees are spread thin, with two nods each, including Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Carol, The Danish Girl, Room, Spotlight, and Steve Jobs. Second, there were a handful of names that have completely come out of left field, including Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back) and Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold) for Best Actress; and Christian Bale (The Big Short) for Best Supporting Actor. And third, I’m surprised Beasts of No Nation and bested the likes of The Martian and The Hateful Eight for Best Ensemble.

There were also a good handful of snubs that include Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, anyone from Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Matt Damon for The Martian, and Will Smith for Concussion. Of course they all can’t be chosen, and today’s nominees have certainly made the playing field rather interesting.

As for the television categories, they’ve all wound up pretty much how you would expect. The only kicker here is that Netflix leads the pack with eight nominations, which also has two in film categories as well. Game of Thrones, Homeland, and House of Cards are all tied at the top with three nods each. My biggest concern about the TV categories is that the industry continues to recognize Jim Parsons and The Big Bang Theory. It needs to stop.

Despite this year’s SAG Awards nominees not turning out exactly how some may have predicted, many fresh faces were recognized, which is always a good thing. Brie Larson, Rami Malek, Rooney Mara, Christina Ricci, Mark Rylance, Sarah Silverman, Jacob Tremblay, and Alicia Vikander have each earned their first individual Actor nomination with this upcoming SAG Awards.

Everything seems to be quite up in the air after the SAG Awards have shown that it could be anyone’s game. We will be keeping a close eye on the road to the Oscars with the Golden Globes nominations being announced tomorrow. Until then, your nominees are:

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role

  • Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo – Trumbo
  • Johnny Depp / James Whitey Bulger – Black Mass
  • Leonardo Dicaprio / Hugh Glass – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender / Steve Jobs – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – The Danish Girl

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett / Carol Aird – Carol
  • Brie Larson / Ma – Room
  • Helen Mirren / Maria Altmann – Woman In Gold
  • Saoirse Ronan / Eilis – Brooklyn
  • Sarah Silverman / Laney Brooks – I Smile Back

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale / Michael Burry – The Big Short
  • Idris Elba / Commandant – Beasts Of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance / Abel Rudolph – Bridge Of Spies
  • Michael Shannon / Rick Carver – 99 Homes
  • Jacob Tremblay / Jack – Room

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Rooney Mara / Therese Belivet – Carol
  • Rachel Mcadams / Sacha Pfeiffer – Spotlight
  • Helen Mirren / Hedda Hopper – Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander / Gerda Wegener – The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet / Joanna Hoffman – Steve Jobs

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture

  • Beasts Of No Nation
    • Abraham Attah / Agu
    • Kurt Egyiawan / 2nd I-C
    • Idris Elba / Commandant
  • The Big Short
    • Christian Bale / Michael Burry
    • Steve Carell / Mark Baum
    • Ryan Gosling / Jared Vennett
    • Melissa Leo / Georgia Hale
    • Hamish Linklater / Porter Collins
    • John Magaro / Charlie Geller
    • Brad Pitt / Ben Rickert
    • Rafe Spall / Danny Moses
    • Jeremy Strong / Vinny Peters
    • Marisa Tomei / Cynthia Baum
    • Finn Wittrock / Jamie Shipley
  • Spotlight
    • Billy Crudup / Eric Macleish
    • Brian D’arcy James / Matty Carroll
    • Michael Keaton / Walter Robby Robinson
    • Rachel Mcadams / Sacha Pfeiffer
    • Mark Ruffalo / Michael Rezendes
    • Liev Schreiber / Marty Baron
    • John Slattery / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
    • Stanley Tucci / Mitchell Garabedian
  • Straight Outta Compton
    • Neil Brown Jr. / Dj Yella
    • Paul Giamatti / Jerry Heller
    • Corey Hawkins / Dr. Dre
    • Aldis Hodge / Mc Ren
    • O’shea Jackson Jr. / Ice Cube
    • Jason Mitchell / Eazy-E
  • Trumbo
    • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje / Virgil Brooks
    • Louis C.K. / Arlen Hird
    • Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo
    • David James Elliott / John Wayne
    • Elle Fanning / Niki Trumbo
    • John Goodman / Frank King
    • Diane Lane / Cleo Trumbo
    • Helen Mirren / Hedda Hopper
    • Michael Stuhlbarg / Edward G. Robinson
    • Alan Tudyk / Ian Mclellan Hunter

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

  • Idris Elba / Dci John Luther – Luther
  • Ben Kingsley / Grand Vizier Ay – Tut
  • Ray Liotta / Lorca/Tom Mitchell – Texas Rising
  • Bill Murray / Himself – A Very Murray Christmas
  • Mark Rylance / Thomas Cromwell – Wolf Hall

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

  • Nicole Kidman / Grace – Grace Of Monaco
  • Queen Latifah / Bessie Smith – Bessie
  • Christina Ricci / Lizzie Borden – The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
  • Susan Sarandon / Gladys Mortenson – The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe
  • Kristen Wiig / Delores Dewinter – The Spoils Before Dying

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series

  • Peter Dinklage / Tyrion Lannister – Game Of Thrones
  • Jon Hamm / Don Draper – Mad Men
  • Rami Malek / Elliot – Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk / Jimmy Mcgill – Better Call Saul
  • Kevin Spacey / Francis Underwood – House Of Cards

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series

  • Claire Danes / Carrie Mathison – Homeland
  • Viola Davis / Annalise Keating – How To Get Away With Murder
  • Julianna Margulies / Alicia Florrick – The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith / Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess Of Grantham – Downton Abbey
  • Robin Wright / Claire Underwood – House Of Cards

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Ty Burrell / Phil Dunphy – Modern Family
  • Louis C.K. / Louie – Louie
  • William H. Macy / Frank – Shameless
  • Jim Parsons / Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory
  • Jeffrey Tambor / Maura Pfefferman – Transparent

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Uzo Aduba / Suzanne Crazy Eyes Warren – Orange Is The New Black
  • Edie Falco / Jackie Peyton – Nurse Jackie
  • Ellie Kemper / Kimmy Schmidt – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus / President Selina Meyer – Veep
  • Amy Poehler / Leslie Knope – Parks And Recreation

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series

  • Downton Abbey
    • Hugh Bonneville / Robert, Earl Of Grantham
    • Laura Carmichael / Lady Edith Crawley
    • Jim Carter / Mr. Carson
    • Raquel Cassidy / Baxter
    • Brendan Coyle / Mr. Bates
    • Tom Cullen / Anthony Gillingham
    • Michelle Dockery / Lady Mary Crawley
    • Kevin Doyle / Mr. Molesley
    • Joanne Froggatt / Anna Bates
    • Lily James / Lady Rose
    • Robert James-Collier / Thomas Barrow
    • Allen Leech / Tom Branson
    • Phyllis Logan / Mrs. Hughes
    • Elizabeth Mcgovern / Cora, Countess Of Grantham
    • Sophie Mcshera / Daisy
    • Lesley Nicol / Mrs. Patmore
    • Julian Ovenden / Charles Blake
    • David Robb / Dr. Clarkson
    • Maggie Smith / Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham
    • Penelope Wilton / Isobel Crawley
  • Game Of Thrones
    • Alfie Allen / Theon Greyjoy
    • Ian Beattie / Ser Meryn Trant
    • John Bradley / Samwell Tarly
    • Gwendoline Christie / Brienne Of Tarth
    • Emilia Clarke / Daenerys Targaryen
    • Michael Condron / Bowen Marsh
    • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau / Jaime Lannister
    • Ben Crompton / Dolorous Edd
    • Liam Cunningham / Ser Davos Seaworth
    • Stephen Dillane / Stannis Baratheon
    • Peter Dinklage / Tyrion Lannister
    • Nathalie Emmanuel / Missandei
    • Tara Fitzgerald / Selyse Baratheon
    • Jerome Flynn / Bronn
    • Brian Fortune / Othell Yarwyck
    • Joel Fry / Hizdahr Zo Loraq
    • Aidan Gillen / Littlefinger Petyr Baelish
    • Iain Glen / Ser Jorah Mormont
    • Kit Harington / Jon Snow
    • Lena Headey / Cersei Lannister
    • Michiel Huisman / Daario Naharis
    • Hannah Murray / Gilly
    • Brenock O’connor / Olly
    • Daniel Portman / Podrick Payne
    • Iwan Rheon / Ramsay Snow
    • Owen Teale / Ser Alliser Thorne
    • Sophie Turner / Sansa Stark
    • Carice Van Houten / Melisandre
    • Maisie Williams / Arya Stark
    • Tom Wlaschiha / Jaqen H’ghar
  • Homeland
    • F. Murray Abraham / Dar Adal
    • Atheer Adel / Numan
    • Claire Danes / Carrie Mathison
    • Alexander Fehling / Jonas Hollander
    • Rupert Friend / Peter Quinn
    • Nina Hoss / Astrid
    • René David Ifrah / Bibi
    • Mark Ivanir / Ivan Krupin
    • Sebastian Koch / Otto Düring
    • Miranda Otto / Allison Carr
    • Mandy Patinkin / Saul Berenson
    • Sarah Sokolovic / Laura Sutton
  • House Of Cards
    • Mahershala Ali / Remy Danton
    • Derek Cecil / Seth Grayson
    • Nathan Darrow / Edward Meechum
    • Michael Kelly / Doug Stamper
    • Elizabeth Marvel / Heather Dunbar
    • Molly Parker / Jackie Sharp
    • Jimmi Simpson / Gavin Orsay
    • Kevin Spacey / Francis Underwood
    • Robin Wright / Claire Underwood
  • Mad Men
    • Sola Bamis / Shirley
    • Stephanie Drake / Meredith
    • Jay R. Ferguson / Stan Rizzo
    • Bruce Greenwood / Richard Burghoff
    • Jon Hamm / Don Draper
    • Christina Hendricks / Joan Harris
    • January Jones / Betty Francis
    • Vincent Kartheiser / Pete Campbell
    • Elisabeth Moss / Peggy Olson
    • Kevin Rahm / Ted Chaough
    • Kiernan Shipka / Sally Draper
    • John Slattery / Roger Sterling
    • Rich Sommer / Harry Crane
    • Aaron Staton / Ken Cosgrove
    • Mason Vale Cotton / Bobby Draper

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
    • Mayim Bialik / Amy Farrah Fowler
    • Kaley Cuoco / Penny
    • Johnny Galecki / Leonard Hofstadter
    • Simon Helberg / Howard Wolowitz
    • Kunal Nayyar / Rajesh Koothrappali
    • Jim Parsons / Sheldon Cooper
    • Melissa Rauch / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz
  • Key & Peele
    • Keegan-Michael Key / Various Characters
    • Jordan Peele / Various Characters
  • Modern Family
    • Julie Bowen / Claire Dunphy
    • Ty Burrell / Phil Dunphy
    • Aubrey Anderson Emmons / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
    • Jesse Tyler Ferguson / Mitchell Pritchett
    • Nolan Gould / Luke Dunphy
    • Sarah Hyland / Haley Dunphy
    • Ed O’neill / Jay Pritchett
    • Rico Rodriguez / Manny Delgado
    • Eric Stonestreet / Cameron Tucker
    • Sofia Vergara / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
    • Ariel Winter / Alex Dunphy
  • Orange Is The New Black
    • Uzo Aduba / Suzanne Crazy Eyes Warren
    • Mike Birbiglia / Danny Pearson
    • Marsha Stephanie Blake / Berdie Rogers
    • Danielle Brooks / Tasha Taystee Jefferson
    • Laverne Cox / Sophia Burset
    • Jackie Cruz / Marisol Flaca Gonzales
    • Catherine Curtin / Wanda Bell
    • Lea Delaria / Carrie Big Boo Black
    • Beth Fowler / Sister Jane Ingalls
    • Joel Marsh Garland / Scott O’neill
    • Kimiko Glenn / Brook Soso
    • Annie Golden / Norma Romano
    • Diane Guerrero / Maritza Ramos
    • Michael J. Harney / Sam Healy
    • Vicky Jeudy / Janae Watson
    • Selenis Leyva / Gloria Mendoza
    • Taryn Manning / Tiffany Pennsatucky Doggett
    • Adrienne C. Moore / Black Cindy
    • Kate Mulgrew / Galina Red Reznikov
    • Emma Myles / Leanne Taylor
    • Matt Peters / Joel Luschek
    • Lori Petty / Lolly Whitehill
    • Jessica Pimentel / Maria Ruiz
    • Dascha Polanco / Dayanara Diaz
    • Laura Prepon / Alex Vause
    • Elizabeth Rodriguez / Aleida Diaz
    • Ruby Rose / Stella Carlin
    • Nick Sandow / Joe Caputo
    • Abigail Savage / Gina
    • Taylor Schilling / Piper Chapman
    • Constance Shulman / Yoga Jones
    • Dale Soules / Frieda
    • Yael Stone / Lorna Morello
    • Samira Wiley / Poussey Washington
  • Transparent
    • Alexandra Billings / Davina Rejennae
    • Carrie Brownstein / Syd Feldman
    • Jay Duplass / Josh Pfefferman
    • Kathryn Hahn / Raquel Fein
    • Gaby Hoffmann / Ali Pfefferman
    • Cherry Jones / Leslie Mackinaw
    • Amy Landecker / Sarah Pfefferman
    • Judith Light / Shelly Pfefferman
    • Hari Nef / Gittel/Gerson
    • Emily Robinson / Rose Boymelgreen
    • Jeffrey Tambor / Maura Pfefferman
  • Veep
    • Diedrich Bader / Bill Ericsson
    • Sufe Bradshaw / Sue Wilson
    • Anna Chlumsky / Amy Brookheimer
    • Gary Cole / Kent Davidson
    • Kevin Dunn / Ben Cafferty
    • Tony Hale / Gary Walsh
    • Hugh Laurie / Tom James
    • Phil Reeves / Doyle
    • Sam Richardson / Richard
    • Reid Scott / Dan Egan
    • Timothy Simons / Jonah Ryan
    • Sarah Sutherland / Catherine
    • Matt Walsh / Mike Mclintock

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture

  • Everest
  • Furious 7
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Comedy Or Drama Series

  • The Blacklist
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Marvel’s Daredevil
  • The Walking Dead

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT

52nd Annual Sag Life Achievement Award

  • Carol Burnett

Source: Screen Actors Guild

Box Office Battlefield: The Intern, Hotel Transylvania 2, and The Green Inferno

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of September 25, 2015 includes The Intern, Hotel Transylvania 2, and The Green Inferno, as well as a handful of limited releases. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others and determine who will be victorious. Should you see ’em, skip ’em, or rent ’em? Find out below!

Last weekend, The Maze Runner sequel scorched the box office with $30.3 million in domestic ticket sales. Johny Depp fared well with Black Mass owning up to $22 million. But with three new wide releases set to divide audiences, will the young adult adaptation have what it takes to fend off its competitors? Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga! This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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The Intern (Nancy Meyers) Rated PG-13 [121 min] – 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin. Starring Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 55% • Audience – 79%

My review:

The Intern has all the right intentions. It has a progressive edge in its plot and characters, there’s solid chemistry between De Niro and Hathaway, and it speaks to this generation. Nancy Meyers movies definitely skew toward women, but The Intern has a voice that can be understood and enjoyed by all. Unfortunately, the further down the rabbit hole you go the uglier it becomes, and there’s nothing the actors could have done to salvage its remains.

Mad Max: Fury Road single-handedly demonstrates how you can take an bonkers male property and infuse it with feminist ideals without compromising plot or character for the sake of its agenda. The Intern doesn’t bother with this kind of subtlety. Nancy Meyers shoves her ideas down your throat to ensure you fully grasp what it means to be a woman in a successful company. Representing a woman at the top of her game at the head of a large company is a grand idea that’s rarely seen – The Devil Wears Prada (2006) comes to mind – but Meyers doesn’t allow The Intern to tell this story organically enough to feel completely honest with itself. Her direction and awkward comedic shifts derail the more heartfelt moments that are sprinkled within. Which is a shame because there is a lot to like about The Intern. RENT IT!

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The Green Inferno (Eli Roth) Rated R [100 min] – A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished. Starring Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, and Kirby Bliss Blanton

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 38% • Audience – 46%

Their reviews:

“A fun and interesting twist on the travelogue sub-genre of horror … far better than many horror movies with twice the budget.” – Edward Douglas (ShockTillYouDrop)

“Eli Roth’s faux-smart, long-shelved, and exploitative-as-hell cannibal tale “The Green Inferno” is a remarkably perfect example of horror’s unexamined white privilege.” – Inkoo Kang (The Wrap)

My take:

Unfortunately there were no opportunities for me to see The Green Inferno on Thursday night due to conflicting screen times, so I decided to see Sicario instead. I’m sure I made a far better decision, but I really do eventually want to see The Green Inferno. Eli Roth may not be the greatest actor or have a keen sense of good movies to produce, but he has a decent eye for directing horror. I’ve enjoyed both Hostel films and Cabin Fever, so The Green Inferno tickles my fancy. Other critics who have seen the movie are wildly mixed, leaning more toward the negative end, but I will chalk it up to most critics not liking horror movies in general. I don’t think The Green Inferno warrants a trip to the theater, unless you want to hear other people’s gut reactions to the disgusting visuals. RENT IT!

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Hotel Transylvania 2 (Genndy Tartakovsky) Rated PG [89 min] – Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.Director: Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, and Kevin James

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 45% • Audience – 86%

Their reviews:

“Hotel Transylvania 2 offers cute but brainless escapism for young moviegoers – as well as parents looking to distract their children for a few hours.” – Ben Kendrick (ScreenRant)

“The whole thing is amiable and colorful and surprisingly low on body-function gags. It may not kill you to take your kids.” – Glenn Kenny (New York Times)

My take:

Hotel Transylvania 2 wasn’t an option for Thursday night because it wasn’t being screened. Plus I’ve never seen the original, but I can easily guess what happens based on the trailer. This sequel looks like it’s much of the same shtick. Although critics are saying it’s good for the kids, I’m not sure it would be worth the time or money to see it in theaters. Who would want to subject their children to mindless entertainment? WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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Mississippi Grind (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck) [Limited] Rated R [108 min] – Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost. Starring Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry, and Anthony Howard

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 90% • Audience – 60%

Their reviews:

“Mendelsohn plays Gerry as a stringy, sweaty hunk of pure desperation, while Reynolds, as the ostensibly more stable partner, demonstrates yet again that he’s much more than a ridiculously pretty face.” – Mike D’Angelo (AV Club)

“Mississippi Grind captures the ecstasy of a good role of the dice and the desperation of a bad turn of the cards — and provides a sense of why some keep going even when it becomes clear they’ve lost their shot at a happy ending.” – Keith Phipps (Uproxx)

My take:

There was a lot of buzz for Mississippi Grind coming out of Sundance earlier this year. Ben Mendelsohn (Slow West) and Ryan Reynolds are on the up and up with these little indie features they’ve been appearing in this year. The trailer sets up an intriguing premise, one that gains my attention but doesn’t giveaway all its cards. Based on its praise, I’d be hard pressed not to wonder what’s so special about it. MATINEE IT!

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Ashby (Tony McNamara) [Limited] Rated R [100 min] – High-school student Ed Wallis enters into a friendship with his neighbor, Ashby, a retired CIA assassin who only has a few months left to live. Starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 46% • Audience – 56%

Their reviews:

“Folks buying a ticket to Ashby hoping to see a film about the late-great director of Being There and Harold and Maude are about to be sorely disappointed. So is everyone else.” – Chris Nashawaty (Entertainment Weekly)

“The film displays little ability to utilize Ashby’s violent actions for means other than high-concept fodder and out-of-place bloodshed.” – Clayton Dillard (Slant Magazine)

My take:

Last year we had an old man bestowing wisdom to a young lad in St. Vincent with Bill Murray. This year it’s Mickey Rourke’s turn to bring Nat Wolff into adulthood. I’m not sure when there’s going to be a specific genre category named for these old mentor/socially awkward youngster films (Bad Santa; Bad Teacher; Bad Words), but there’s a clear formula they all follow. The performances all look dialed-in and the trailer shows me nothing that hasn’t already been done before. I don’t see much of a reason to waste any money on it. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani) [Limited] Rated R [112 min] – A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration. Starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, and Clancy Brown

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 90% • Audience – 84%

Their reviews:

“Bahrani’s dismantling of the American dream — a dream deferred — has finally reached its finest conclusion with the director’s finely wrought (and seriously fraught) 99 Homes.” – Kate Erbland (Film School Rejects)

“99 Homes is by no means a perfect film, but it can achieve something more precious, and rarer than glossy perfection: it can take you by the shoulders and shake the apathy and complacency away.” – Jessica Kiang (The Playlist)

My take:

Andrew Garfield has to fill his time with something more fruitful now that he’s off Spider-Man, so why not a little indie crime drama? The plot behind 99 Homes comes across very intimate and fresh. And based on the reviews and the scope of the film it feels like one of those indie movies that many will praise but unfortunately few will see. It’s not grand enough to gain awards season attention, but it definitely has enough clout to be worth your time. MATINEE IT!

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The Keeping Room (Daniel Barber) [Limited] Rated R [95 min] – Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women – two sisters and one African-American slave – must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army. Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington, and Muna Otaru

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 65% • Audience – 56%

Their reviews:

“An intriguing premise never finds a dramatic pulse in “The Keeping Room,” a self-consciously artsy depiction of female grit during the final days of the Civil War.” – Sheri Linden (Los Angeles Times)

“Riveting from start to finish and profoundly crowd-pleasing in its later stretches, The Keeping Room is a spare but unsparing film that empowers its women by allowing them to find a power of their own.” – David Ehrlich (Little White Lies)

My take:

I don’t know what it is that turns me off about it, maybe it’s the loony Sam Worthington or the ugly period piece setting, but The Keeping Room looks like a colossal waste of time. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

As De Niro has grown older his films have lost touch with the younger male demographic. He’s still a good show, but the stories he inhibits these days shy away from his more known roles. Nancy Meyers and Anne Hathaway are a good draw for moviegoers, but The Intern isn’t strong enough to create positive buzz traffic. The Green Inferno is alienating itself by its premise alone. Folks love horror movies, but not something this far away from mainstream horror. Adam Sandler may be toxic but the last Hotel Transylvania did OK in theaters and there hasn’t been a good kids movie since Inside Out released in June. And I’m sure parents have been waiting for the prime opportunity to get their kids out of the house and into theaters to annoy people. But if I were you I would go see Sicario. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend will be:

Winner: Hotel Transylvania 2

What will you be watching this weekend? What did you think of the current releases? Tell us in the comment section below.


Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com and Tomatometer Scores from Rotten Tomatoes