Being in the UK really sucks when it comes to awards season. The big American awards are never shown here in the UK and if they are, it’s usually just highlights the day after.
So here is one set of awards that belong to us Brits. The BAFTAS!! They will air on UK TV at 21:00 tomorrow evening.
As much as I have my hopes up for Adam Driver to win the Best Actor award, I feel, deep down, that this is going to Joaquin Phoenix.
Now don’t get me wrong, Joaquin’s performance was amazing, but Adam’s was hands down better, and when you consider that out of all of the awards that have been given so far this season, Adam has had just under 58 nominations and around 35 wins, and Joaquin has had just under 50 nominations and only around 15 wins, I think the industry believes that too.
My problem with the two big ones, BAFTAS and Oscars, is that they don’t just vote on the performance that an actor has been nominated for. They quite clearly will look at the back history and previous number of nominations, and on the back of that, because he’s had more nominations in previous years, I can pretty much put money on Joaquin winning both the BAFTA and Oscar titles.
TBH, that’s a shame, because out of the two performances, and without trying to sound biased, I believe Adam’s performance is the more worthy winner.
You want to Netflix and chill tonight?, you like a good tearjerker?, then go and watch ‘Marriage Story’.
On January 9th, the Hollywood Critics Association Awards took place and Adam Driver was awarded ‘Actor of the Decade!’ They have just released this lovely little montage of work, and it struck me when I finished watching it that there isn’t a single piece of work in it that I haven’t seen, in fact, I own every one of the films used!
If I were forced to pick a favourite, I don’t think I could!! It would all depend on my mood at the time.
One of my go to feel good movies is ‘This is where I leave you’ If I’m looking to be emotionally moved, it has to be ‘Marriage Story’ If I’m looking for simple or thought provoking, it’s ‘Patterson’ or ‘Blackkklansman’ If I want a laugh, it’s ‘Logan Lucky’ The film I find myself going back to more than anything is ‘Hungry Hearts’
I haven’t even mentioned ‘What If’ ‘Midnight Special’ or ‘Silence’…. I could go on.
Anyway, this award is on top of the 31 wins, and counting so far, for ‘Marriage Story’ this awards season!!
The two big ones are coming up in the BAFTAs, for which he has already got a nomination for best actor and the Oscars, which will be announced on Monday.
His competition at the moment is Joaquin Phoenix. They have both racked up between 40 and 50 nominations each this season for ‘Marriage Story’ and ‘Joker’.
Crucially, Adam has actually won a staggering 31 so far and Joaquin has only won 7.
Joaquin took the first of the big ones with the Golden Globe. So it literally is anyone’s game at the BAFTAs and (hopefully) the Oscars.
Absolutely gutted that Adam didn’t get the Golden Globe this year. Pipped to the trophy by Joaquin Phoenix, which I can understand after seeing the Joker, but to be honest, I thought Adam’s performance in Marriage Story was superior. Unfortunately, I can’t say that without sounding a bit biased.
Anyway, onto the next big one, the BAFTA’s, and Marriage Story has picked up another 6 nominations.
As I suspected, Adam has got a nomination for leading actor, and yes, so has Joaquin Phoenix, but I’m hoping that the BAFTA’s and the Oscars will be a little kinder to Adam. Marriage Story is the kind of film that is more to their taste. Super heroes and villains rarely get a look in and when it comes to the Oscars, The Joker has already seen an Oscar in the past with Heath Ledger. Could he make history by claiming two Oscars for two different actors? I’m hoping not but I suspect he will.
Scarlett Johansson has picked up a nomination for Leading Actress but I suspect this title will be dominated at both the BAFTA’s and the Oscars by Renee Zellweger for her performance in Judy. I haven’t seen Judy. I’m not a huge fan of Renee Zellweger and when I saw the trailer for the film, her performance made my skin crawl, so I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch it. I have had plenty of people tell me that she’s actually really good so I will have to see it at some point, I’m just not in any hurry.
Laura Dern has picked up another nomination for Supporting Actress.
Noah Baumbach, who also directed Marriage Story has picked up a nomination for Original Screenplay.
Douglas Aibel and Francine Maisler have picked up a nomination for their Casting of Marriage Story and I think this is a well deserved nomination. The whole cast for this film are amazing and really work together well.
Finally, John Williams, the GOD of film music, has picked up a nomination for Original Score. He has never actually won a BAFTA for a particular score, but he has been awarded the Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music at the BAFTA’s. It would be nice to see him actually pick one up for Star Wars. He won an Oscar back in 1978 for his original Star Wars score which has become iconic and he has worked on every single Star Wars movie since. I really hope he picks up a nomination and actually wins for his score in the final film, we’ll just have to wait and see!
Speaking of John Williams…. did you catch his cameo role in Rise of Skywalker?. A very brief appearance as a bartender, blink and you’ll miss him!
So, racking up the nominations and wins for both Adam and Joaquin, it’s a close run thing on the nominations with Adam totalling 48 and Joaquin totalling 41
When it comes to the wins, Adam has picked up a staggering 27 wins, while Joaquin has only won 6. He keeps getting pipped to the post by Adam. So the BAFTA’s and the Oscars have become a little bit of a competition, and it would seem that Adam and Joaquin have built a bit of a camaraderie about it all.
Nominations for the Oscars are next week. Stay posted.
I stayed up to watch the red carpet arrivals for the Golden Globes last night. I did catch a glimpse of Adam with his wife Joanne and he looked really happy and smiley. Joanne was looking radiant and Adam was as gorgeous as ever.
There were some truly hideous outfits this year (cough, cough, Gwyneth Paltrow, cough, cough) but I don’t have time to blog about them this morning. Watch this space!
Being in the UK, the actual awards ceremony doesn’t get aired, but as it would take place between 1am and 3am, I couldn’t stay up to watch them anyway!
So, I woke up this morning, got ready for work, got my coffee and sat at the computer to find out the winners. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Adam’s time. Joaquin Phoenix pipped him to the Best Actor trophy. All in all, it was a disappointing night for Marriage Story with only 1 win out of it’s 6 nominations, and that went to Laura Dern for her Supporting role.
So I’m off to work with a heavy heart and have my fingers crossed that the BAFTA’s and the Oscars see sense.
Christmas is long gone. New year came and went in a 10 second countdown. Everything is new and fresh for another year.
The first week of the new year is always a bit of a deep breath before I think about starting everything I’ve planned for the new year, and for me, this year is all about losing the weight I’ve been promising myself I’d do after piling it all back on after Italy 2 years ago. It’s also a year where finances will (hopefully) be taking a turn for the better around April time. Things will be a little easier and we may actually be able to think about the occasional holiday!……. if all goes to plan. All 3 kids are working. Murron is talking about future plans and the possibility of moving out!! Hopefully a nice relaxed year for a change.
Anyway, the first few months of the year have always been quite exciting for me as a film fan. We are into the culmination of the awards season that started before Xmas, with the first of the BIG ones tonight with the Golden Globes. February sees the BAFTAs and ends with the mother of all awards, The Academy Awards (or Oscars).
This season has been made even more exciting because my favourite actor, Adam Driver, is becoming quite highly acclaimed. The last few seasons have seen him getting noticed and getting nominations (including an Oscar nomination) and a few wins for ‘Supporting Role’, but this year has seen him progress to ‘Leading Actor’ nominations.
The film that has garnered all the attention is ‘Marriage Story’. Oh boy, does Adam deliver an Oscar worthy performance as Charlie, opposite Scarlett Johansson’s performance as Nicole.
The film is incredibly moving and frustrating, and at times you just want to take them both and shake them both and shout at them because they so obviously still love each other, but ultimately, the breakup has gone too far and the film is a ‘realisation’ of this fact, after a difficult year and bickering.
Anyway, I knew Adam was getting a few awards already for this film and has got wrapped up in the ‘Oscar’ buzz, but it wasn’t until I went and had a look through all the awards so far that I realised just how much buzz he’s been getting. With all the Film Critics, Film Associations and Journalist awards so far, Adam has racked up an astounding 47 nominations as best leading actor for Marriage Story.
He has won 27 of them…. so far!!… that’s insane!
Tonight sees the first of the big ones with the Golden Globes and then the BAFTA’s and the ACADEMY AWARDS are in February. The nominations for BAFTA’s are on Tuesday 7th Jan, this week and the ACADEMY AWARDS nominations are on Jan 13th. I have everything crossed for Adam. The way it stands at the moment I think he is highly likely to get nominations for both. Whether or not he wins is another matter, although having a leading actor Oscar nomination stamp on his CV is not going to do any harm to his career at all.
All of this red carpet action over the last few weeks has made me notice something. You need to understand that Adam is an intensely private man. He ‘hates’ red carpets and interviews and when he was thrust into the limelight with Star Wars, this showed… painfully… when he was seen in public. The only time he would seem to relax was when he had his wife Joanne with him, however, he still refuses to watch himself or listen to himself. He will turn up for a red carpet and then go and disappear into a green room until the film is finished.
Early photos of Adam on the red carpet see him quite tense and barely cracking a smile.
But with the photos I’ve been seeing in the last few weeks, he seems a lot more comfortable in his own skin. He’s a lot more relaxed and he’s letting his smile loose. I know his Star Wars fame has given him and his wife some tough times because of the odd ‘crazy’ fan, so the thought that that little part of his career has come to an end, may have had something to do with it, or he has simply become more accustomed to it all and has finally started to relax into it and enjoy it. Either way, it’s nice to see him smiling a little more often!
So, I have everything crossed for the Golden Globes tonight. No doubt I will post a little something in the morning with his result before I head out to work.
It’s looking more and more likely that 2020 could be Adam’s year. He had his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor earlier this year, but that looks like it could potentially be getting topped by a Best Actor Nomination in 2020.
Marriage Story is getting mountains of buzz and attention. Adam has already won two best actor awards for his role as Charlie and today saw the announcement of the Critics Choice Nominees and the Golden Globe Nominees for 2020.
Marriage Story has picked up 7 Critics Choice Award nominations for… Best Picture Best Actor – Adam Driver Best Actress – Scarlett Johannson Best Supporting Actress – Laura Dern Best Director – Noah Baumbach Best Screenplay Best Ensemble Cast
It has also picked up 6 Golden Globe nominations for… Best Motion Picture Drama Best Actor – Drama – Adam Driver Best Actress – Drama – Scarlett Johannson Best Supporting Actress in any motion Picture – Laura Dern Best Screenplay Best Original Score – Randy Newman
Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I can get quite hyped up by awards season, especially when my favourite actor has the potential to pick up quite a few nods. My only issue is being able to watch them live here in the UK. They tend to be on in the early hours of the morning and on channels that I have to subscribe to, which I refuse to do for one night of awards I probably won’t be able to watch because I’m working the next day and can’t stay up until silly hours of the morning.
No, I tend to jump on news reports the next day and watch highlights.
As long as my boy does well and I get to glimpse his awkwardness on the red carpet a few times, I don’t mind.
Possible spoilers ahead, actually no, there are DEFINITELY spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t seen Marriage Story and don’t want it spoiled, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
So! After a lovely day out with daughter number three in Coventry to catch up with her online pal/pen pal and do a little Xmas shopping, I came home and had plans to go and see Gremlins in the cinema. I was really looking forward to it too, unfortunately, the hubby got a call out for work and we had to miss it. I didn’t really fancy going on my own, and as his ticket was acquired with his Cineworld card I couldn’t offer to take someone else with me.
So! The decision was made to settle myself down on the sofa and watch Marriage Story that had just been released onto Netflix.
What a good choice it was too!
The film is stunning. Beautifully acted by all throughout, with stand out performances by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johannson. It is funny, sombre, heart wrenching, gut punching, I could go on and on.
Adam delivers what is quite possibly his best performance to date, and that’s saying something considering some of his previous performances in Blackkklansman, Hungry hearts, Silence, The Report, etc.
The relationship is already over at the start of the movie, the separation has begun and arrangements have been ‘discussed’. Charlie and Nicole are giving mediation a go, to try and avoid getting lawyers involved. There is clearly still love between the two but their lives have now diverged and they both want different things, but they have a son to think about. Mediation does not work.
The couple live in New York but Nicole goes back to her Mom’s in LA for what Charlie thinks is a temporary visit while the separation is sorted out. Charlie is then flummoxed by the unfolding events. He’s caught out by the tactics of his wife’s lawyer and spends his time trying to catch up.
The rest of the film takes you through a roller coaster of emotions until Charlie finally comes to realise that things are finished. It’s time to move on and that he and Nicole need to just carry on with their lives and take care of their son in the process. The moment of realisation for Charlie is just before the end of the film when he is back in New York. He’s out with some friends and colleagues and is trying to recount what the last year has been like during divorce proceedings. They are in a karaoke bar and Charlie is a little frustrated that he’s not explaining himself properly and out of the blue he gets up and sings Sondheim’s ‘Being Alive’. As the song progresses you can see the realisation and ultimate acceptance of the situation in Charlie’s emotions and Adam Deliver’s it perfectly!
Now! Speaking of Adam Driver’s performance, it’s getting lots of buzz at the moment.
Marriage Story itself has already picked up two best feature wins at The Independent Spirit Awards and Gotham Independent Film Awards. It has also received a win for best screenplay and is getting nominated left, right and centre for Best feature, Best screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor. The Atlanta Film Critic’s Awards and the Gotham Independent Film Awards have already given Adam the Best Actor award.
Everywhere you look online. the film is being praised and quite literally being gushed over.
There are two scenes that stand out in my mind. The first is this one, set in Charlie’s apartment as he and Nicole try to talk things through.
The who;e scene is about 10 minutes long and starts off amicably, however, as the scene progresses, it slowly becomes more and more volatile until the most hateful things are screamed at each other in the heat of the moment and Charlie quite literally breaks down after realising what he’s just said.
The second scene is this one.
This is the scene that ‘literally’ broke me and had me crying. To set the scene…. at the beginning of the movie in the mediation, Nicole and Charlie are asked to write down what made them fall in love with the other originally. They are asked to read them to each other but Nicole refuses. In the penultimate scene of the movie, Charlie finds his son trying to read something and goes to help him. He discovers it’s what Nicole had written about him for that mediation session, and as he reads through it with his son he becomes overwhelmed and is oblivious to the fact that Nicole is standing in the doorway listening.
Holy crap! The slap my heart received had me blubbing like a baby!!
Throughout the whole film, Adam’s performance is just incredible. We are heading into big awards season, with the first of the big ones, The Golden Globes, announcing their nominations this coming Monday.
All the buzz at the moment see’s Marriage Story getting nominations for Best Drama, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.
SO! I have everything crossed. Next year could be another big year for Adam. After an Oscar nomination earlier this year for Blackkklansman, dare I say, it could be a win next year for Marriage Story.
Right, as you can see by the setup of my blog page, I am gearing up for the eagerly awaited final installment of the Skywalker saga on Dec 19th.
Speaking as a life-long fan of Star Wars, I will not apologise for geeking out over something that I love and that I have been passionate about for over 40 years, and the next month will be my last opportunity to really geek out. Don’t get me wrong, I know that Star Wars will continue with a new trilogy of films in the works, standalone movies in the works, a TV series already started and another on the way, it just won’t be the same. It won’t be the ‘Skywalker’ saga. No Luke, no Leia, No Han, and at the moment we don’t even know if there will be a Kylo/Ben or Rey.
JJ Abrams has got a lot to do in The Rise of Skywalker. Not only is he wrapping up the current trilogy, he’s wrapping up the Skywalker saga and the last 9 movies!! That’s a HUGE task, and to be honest, I trust JJ with that task. From the trailers and TV spots I’ve seen, I don’t think I’m going to be disappointed.
I am absolutely buzzing to find out what this scene is all about.
From what I can tell, Rey is taking a leap of faith from the hangar deck of a Destroyer to the Millenium Falcon, and this is the moment the force shield on the hangar is dropped so she can attempt it. The Stormtroopers are all blown every which way but Kylo, using the force, stands his ground! Question is….. does he stop her, or does he join her, or does he let her go?!!
Today saw the release of a new poster from Dolby Cinema.
Spectacular!! Just look at all the pretty Destroyers!! Look closely. Those pretty destroyers are covered in Republic markings!!
The Republic is the era of the prequel trilogy, where we saw the Galactic Republic corrupted by it’s Supreme Chancellor, Palpatine, who ends up overthrowing the Republic and establishing the Galacic Empire, declaring himself Emperor.
We know that Emperor Palpatine plays some sort of part in this finale, but to what extent? Is this a hidden fleet? Where do they come from?
I will be amongst some of the first people in Europe to see it, as I have tickets for the midnight showing on December 18th. The rest of the world will follow on the 20th. Expect me to blog a lot more before then as I find out more tid-bits and start to see the press interviews.
To say this is going to be a spectacular month is an understatement. One of the best things to come out of the current Star Wars trilogy is Adam Driver. I think I have made that perfectly clear with this blog site. I have followed his career with interest since December 2015. In fact, this is the moment I fell head over heels for him…….
This was just a springboard into learning about Adam and his life. Collecting his movies, watching the hysterical TV show ‘Girls’, collecting photos, watching interviews, learning about his passion, his non-profit organisation AITAF, that he founded with his wife, Joanne Tucker. The more I found out about him, the more I came to respect and love him as a person and not just an actor.
The next few weeks not only sees the release of the conclusion of the Skywalker Trilogy, but it also sees the release of 2 more of his movies that are getting some major attention.
‘The Report’ is currently airing in select theatres before being released on Amazon Prime on November 29th in the US. I cannot confirm if this is the same date for the UK. Adam has, apparently, got some monumental monologues and is receiving impressive reviews.
The second film is ‘Marriage Story’ and again, this one is currently seeing premieres around the world and being shown in select theatres before being release on Netflix on December 6th.
This one is really getting some attention. It tells the story of Charlie and Nicole, a director-actress pair making their way through a painful divorce and it is reportedly ‘one gut punch after another’ with astounding performances from Adam and Scarlett Johansson.
I found out today that Adam sings in this film!! Vogue.com has an article that states that, toward the end of the film, Charlie takes the mic at a bar with his theatre friends and absolutely nails the hell out of “Being Alive,” a notoriously difficult Sondheim song to sing. He goes full Broadway ham at first, to the point where you can imagine he might have starred in his share of high school theatre, but it ends up going somewhere else altogether. It doesn’t end on a playful or funny note and it’s completely heartfelt, particularly by the end, and you can hear every shred of longing, anger, and disappointment as he sings.
I have just listened to a 2007 recording of this song on Spotify and ‘holy crap’!! I cannot wait to see what Adam does with it!
Back to the rest of the month and I have a long day (12.5 hour) shift to do on Friday and that will be followed by my first EVER night shift (another 12.5 hours) on Saturday. Can’t say I’m looking forward to it, however, I know that it will be followed by 16 days of annual leave!!
I have taken the same 2 weeks, every year, since starting my job. It allows me to prepare for Xmas. The house gets a good clean, my tree goes up and I decorate my Mum’s and my Auntie Karen’s trees. All presents will be brought and wrapped and all Xmas food and drink will be bought and stored. The only thing left to do will be to buy the fresh stuff on Xmas eve.
My two weeks off will also see me catching up on some cinema trips, starting on Monday 25th with an Unlimited screening of ‘Knives Out’. Hopefully ‘The Report’ will be on Prime on the 29th. We are going to a ‘Secret Screening’ on Dec 3rd. (What are the chances of that being ‘Marriage Story’?) We are also going to see the restored 4k version of ‘Gremlins’ on the 6th December. ……. and anything else that tickles our fancy in between.
It’s always a busy two weeks but it is a complete change of pace and really nice.
So! With THREE of Adam’s films on the way, one of them being a geek’s dream, please excuse my gushing blogs whenever they make an appearance.
I completely missed the fact that the BFI London Film Festival starts the day before we go to London. It kicks off on October 2nd. I had the chance to get tickets to see Adam’s new film, Marriage Story at two events on the 6th October before we come home, with the possibility of Adam and the Director, Noah Baumbach, attending.
BOTH THE SCREENINGS I COULD HAVE GONE TO ARE SOLD OUT!!!
All the other screening dates, when we are no longer in London, are still available. Bloody typical!!
And so the wait to see this goes on. Netflix are apparently releasing it on December 6th. I really want to see it in the cinema first but that is now looking less and less likely. So it will be a popcorn and sofa day. Thankfully I’m actually on annual leave that week, so it’s actually good timing.
People who know me, know that I love going to the cinema. You can’t beat a couple of hours of complete escapism with a good film shared with other filmgoers.
Now, we are seeing a bit of a shift in how films are being made and released and I don’t know that I’m entirely comfortable with it.
There are three films, due for release later this year that I am really looking forward to, however, the chances of me seeing them on the big screen are practically zero because they have been made by Amazon Prime and Netflix.
They will be getting theatrical releases at ‘select’ cinemas, but their main release will be on the Prime and Netflix channels.
Here in the UK, ‘select’ cinemas usually means that if you don’t live in London, or are prepared to add travelling costs to your cinema ticket, you probably won’t get to see it on the big screen.
So I have virtually resigned myself to the fact that I won’t get to see these films in the cinema, which takes out half the fun.
Another way of looking at it is that my favourite actor, Adam Driver, who happens to be in two of the above mentioned films, has a habit of making films that aren’t mainstream. He likes his quirky directors and unusual stories and the type of films he tends to end up making only get short limited releases in the cinema anyway. Sometimes I have to travel outside of my home town to get to see his films, so having them released directly to Prime or Netflix isn’t such a bad thing…… except I like to see films at least once on the big screen. For the effect.
Anyway, the past week has seen trailer releases for these three films.
The first is ‘The Report’ starring Adam Driver.
Based on a true story, Adam plays idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, tasked by his boss to lead an investigation into the CIA’s post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program, uncovering shocking secrets. The Guardian quotes “Fresh off his first Oscar nomination for BlackKklansman, Driver is a total natural with often difficult, demanding and intimidatingly wordy material. Like the script, he’s similarly unflashy and unquestionably convincing as a man doggedly following through with his convictions with so many of his info-stuffed monologues deserving quiet applause. It’s a restrained performance that he almost disappears into and acts as further proof of his versatility, dialling back the charm or confidence that might have typified many of his previous roles”.
The film has already premiered at the Sundance Film festival. Whether or not it has Oscar potential remains to be seen. I have everything crossed for Adam and I really can’t wait to see it.
The second film is ‘Marriage Story’ also starring Adam Driver alongside Scarlett Johansson. An incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.
So far, I like the advertising for this film. There are always two sides to every story in the breakdown of a marriage and that’s where there has been some clever marketing with two posters and two trailers. One of each from the wife’s perspective and one of each from the husband’s.
Again, the film will be shown at various film festivals later this year and have a limited theatrical release before airing on Netflix. There is no date for UK release yet.
The third film is ‘The King’ starring Timothee Chalamet.
I adore little Timmy and this young man is going to go a long way in his career. I first saw him in ‘Call Me by Your Name’. It was an absolutely incredible performance from such a young actor. I have since seen him in Miss Stevens, Ladybird and Beautiful Boy. In ‘The King’, Timothee plays Hal, the wayward prince and heir to the English throne, who is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. The young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.
The trailer for ‘The King’ was released this week and all I can say is that it looks absolutely stunning! I love a good costume drama and this looks like it will hit the spot nicely. It has a fantastic cast in Timothy Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendolsohn with my only quibble being Robert Patinson.
The film will be premiering at the Venice Film Festival in September before being released on the Netflix channel.
I seriously doubt that Amazon and Netflix making movies for release on their platforms will make much of a dent in people going to the cinema, but it does take away some of the magic of being able to see these masterpieces in their full intended glory.
I just hope they don’t get overlooked when it comes to awards season.