‘Shadowhunters’ 3×01 review: lies and Lilith

Welcome back everybody! Season three is officially here and it looks like the show is continuing its upward trend season to season if this premiere is anything to go by, there’s a whole lot of secrets, a cool new villain and the world’s greatest boyfriends continuing to absolutely kill it, so let’s get into it.

After his not so near death experience last season Jace is quite frankly a mess. His and Clary’s decision to keep what happened at the lake in the season finale last year to themselves is bound to bite them in the ass, but these two do love their angst. Aside from secret keeping Jace also is being haunted by the likely not dead for long spectre of Sebastian. Will Tudor is still creepy as ever, and somehow a little creepier as a haunting figment in Jace’s mind.

Aside from poor secret keeping, the girl really needs to learn to lie better; Clary is coming into her own as a Shadowhunter more already. Her best moment of the premiere however was with Luke. It’s so nice to see them getting back their father/daughter dynamic and the scene between the pair when Clary was choosing her signature weapon reminded the audience how nice their relationship is, including the fact that more than anyone she really does want to tell Luke the secret she’s keeping.

However his pseudo-daughter’s secrets are the least of Luke’s problems. His nosy partner, who got some nice backstory this week, knows all about the shadow world now which can only spell complex trouble. Despite it being worrisome for Ollie, this is great for Luke who seems to be setting up for a very solid storyline of his own this season.

Much like Luke, Simon is in his own world of trouble this time with the Seelie Queen. With her giving him what I’m assuming is the Mark of Cain his flipped upside down world is about to get flipped again. A task Alberto Rosende will no doubt play with heart, humor and a little song. Though it’s very good knowing he won’t be going it alone at least sort of telling Maia (who I’m so excited is a series regular now) what’s going on.

Izzy is on her own new path which is exciting as well. With a new job at the institute, recovery in full swing and a possible new beau in her future (please don’t be evil Dr. Charlie) Izzy is looking to have an important new role this season.

And of course then there’s Alec and Magnus. Magnus, now dismissed as High Warlock, is getting better at lying about being okay when he’s not. Harry Shum Jr. is still out here nailing it with every little movement and way he speaks. Matthew Daddario has brought fully sassy Alec back in all his glory as he’s not buying the story Jace and Clary are selling. Then when they come together it’s everything you’ve come to love and expect from these two. From the small things like Alec following Magnus’ movements to maintain eye contact when they’re talking, to flirting over a pool table and open honest communication their chemistry is still blowing everything else out of the water.

And from the perspective of character growth, both individually and as a couple, they’re always moving forward. Alec’s former dreams are based on a life when he thought he’d be lonely, now his dreams are getting to do his job and be with the man he loves. And Magnus is still figuring out how to be vulnerable and not see his feelings as a burden on Alec. They’re both truly putting in the effort for their relationship and they’re doing it together every step of the way like the wildly supportive soulmates they are.

And while their love is a bright light on the show, a dark one moved in. The season big bad, Lilith, is bound to be a huge and interesting threat to our characters. Anna Hopkins plays her with an intense, creepy and terrifying calm air. I look forward to seeing her and Tudor play off of each other down the line.

Overall the premiere set up another great season with cool visuals and a dark, oddly beautiful vibe.

Other bits to love: Meliorn bopping his head to Simon’s song, CATARINA LOSS, the compelling father/son dynamic between Magnus and Raphael (even though Raph’s got secrets), Clary’s true unique weapon is scrappiness and Maia and Alec are both excellent bullshit detectors so let them be friends.

Quote of the week:

I’ve always dreamed of meeting someone like you.” Alec ‘my wedding vows are gonna be fire for this man’ Lightwood

Next Week: Lorenzo Rey and Malec ruling like the power couple they are!


REVIEW: ‘Love, Simon’ a long overdue fun, poignant coming of age tale

Slight Spoilers for those who haven’t read the book ahead…

Based on Becky Albertelli’s best-selling novel “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” and directed by openly gay director Greg Berlanti, “Love, Simon” is a fun, heartfelt teenage romantic comedy/coming of age story that will give a generation of teens (and those of us adults who’ve been where the lead character is) the chance to truly feel seen on the big screen.

Simon Spier, played by the fantastic Nick Robinson, is just an average teen, but with one huge ass secret: he’s gay. All too often LGBT+ stories are filled with heartache and unhappy endings. “Love, Simon” will make you cry but not because someone died instead because you feel what Simon is feeling as he struggles with his own coming out story. That’s in part because of Robinson who plays the character with honesty and heart.

Unlike way too many teen movies the other characters don’t feel unrealistic either, they actually feel like teenagers we all were, are or knew. Keiynan Lonsdale, who plays Bram, in particular is a standout amongst the supporting cast. It’s of great importance to me that he becomes a star. Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel should play every white kids parents in movies moving forward. And Natasha Rothwell and Tony Hale steal the show with the comedic teacher moments and later they’re unwavering (though in the Vice Principal’s case slightly misguided) support of their students.

But of course the most realistic part is the portrayal of a young queer kid coming out. No, we don’t all get lucky with supportive friends and family like Simon does and thankfully most don’t end up outed by the town idiot, but you can still understand who Simon is because at some point, or maybe still, we’ve been where he’s at. Figuring it out, ready but also not.

The story holds you with heart and realism, but also does some of those fantastic unrealistic things every great high school movie does. There are two fun musical numbers, an outlandish school carnival that no school would ever actually have the money to put on and a romance you can root for. Except it’s all better and more refreshing than it’s ever been because it’s about a gay teen, his gay-Jewish-black love interest and his diverse, fun group of friends.

The book plays as a solid template to the movie, not an exact interpretation, but one that works brilliantly all the same. Bram and Simon spend more time together in real life before finding out who’s on the other side of the keyboard, a welcome change since that remained to be a bother in the book. And the use of Simon’s imagination as to who Blue may be is shown onscreen interestingly through different actor’s as he theorizes who it might be. Directorially overall it shows that Berlanti is more than just that guy who runs all the DC superhero shows on the CW.

An excellent cast, beautiful story, fun and realism aren’t the only things that make this movie great. The soundtrack and score do as well. The chosen songs fit well with Simon’s very modern to very old school music tastes and the score feels like an awesome 80’s teen movie with a modern twist, setting a perfect tone and romantic AF vibe throughout the film.

Basically Hollywood needs to make more LGBT+ movies like this: happy, romantic and fun films with heart and soul, we’re not all doom and gloom Oscar bait.

And if you see this and don’t find yourself cheering as Blue sits in the Ferris wheel next to Simon at the end you might not have a soul (and you should totally see this).

Oscars 2018: who wins and who could surprise?

This year’s awards season is turning out to be a lot more diverse and a lot less predictable than most years are. The Academy Awards, which will be given out this Sunday, have a lot of history making nominees including Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Rachel Morrison being the first woman to ever receive a nomination for cinematography and ‘The Big Sick’ earning a nod for original screenplay. Those history making additions are among some of the reasons the Oscar winners aren’t set in stone. So who wins and who will just go home as a history making nominee?


Best Picture

While other awards shows split into comedy/musical and drama categories the Oscars lump them all together, generally leaving two standout possible winners. This year, save for any snafus like last, it’s likely a drama will come out ahead again. There are nine strong candidates, particularly “Lady Bird” and “Get Out.” But despite their popularity it’s likely to come down to “The Shape of Water,” which leads with 13 nominations, or “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” which has been the sleeper winner of the season.  While personally “Three Billboards” wasn’t all that impressive the winning edge is likely to go their way.


Lead Actor

Gary Oldman is going to win this. There’s just no chance he doesn’t. He’s been sweeping awards season for his transformative performance as Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour” and that sweep will continue. It’d be incredible to see Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name” or Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) win for their breakout performances, but Oldman has just dominated this category all season long.


Lead Actress

Lead Actress is probably the most up in the air category of the entire show. While Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards”) has been sweeping the drama category at every awards show, she has basically directly expressed to the Academy voters that she doesn’t want the Oscar. Saoirse Ronan, who is a three time Oscar nominee at only 23 years old, and Margot Robbie could take it from her as the two have been splitting the best actress comedy awards between them for their incredible performances in “Lady Bird” and “I, Tonya” respectively. And truthfully it’s hard to count out Sally Hawkins, who beautifully plays her role as a mute woman in “Shape of Water” or Meryl Streep who has earned her record breaking 21st nomination for “The Post.” It’s an incredibly strong category, but despite her attempts to urge voters to let someone else win, McDormand will probably end the night with the Oscar.


Supporting Actor

Supporting Actor has some surprising nominees; in particular Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards”) earning a nod instead of Armie Hammer for “Call Me by Your Name,” but the competition isn’t strong enough to take this one away from Sam Rockwell. Rockwell, who’s been an overlooked indie actor most of his career, has been a sweep for this category all season long. While I can think of other roles and films I’d much rather have seen him win for than “Three Billboards,” most recent in memory being “The Way, Way Back,” he’s going to take home this Oscar.


Supporting Actress

Much in the way that Lead Actress is a tour de force of women who could easily win awards for their performances, Supporting Actress is a wildly strong category. However, the difference in this category is that there’s an obvious sweeping winner: Alison Janney. Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”), Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) and Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”) are some fierce competition and it’s nice to see Lesley Melville getting some credit for her role in “The Phantom Thread,” in which she easily overshadows the male lead. But all of that being said doesn’t change the fact that since the first awards season of the year it’s been pretty clear that Janney was going to win it all right up to the Oscar for her performance as Tonya Harding’s abusive mother in “I, Tonya.”


Best Director

Gut instinct tells you that Guillermo del Toro will win for his hauntingly, beautiful monster romance “The Shape of Water.” However he does have some new competition in Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), who were previously shut out of other Best Director awards. Both delivered outstanding film’s in their solo directing debut’s, but the award still does lean more towards del Toro.


Best Animated Feature

You know the year in animation wasn’t a very strong one when “The Boss Baby” is an Oscar nominee. Luckily though we won’t have to live in a world where it’s an Oscar winner. “Coco” will easily take this award home for being such a culturally significant and beautifully important film. There’s also a pretty strong chance that “Coco” wins for best song.

The 90th Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday, March 4.


UPDATED: Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies

Now a decade into their MCU, with 18 films it’s getting harder to rank them. Frankly, since they’re all so different it’s tempting to place the top three as a three way tie. But it’s still pretty easy to know which ones were bad, so let’s rank the movies so far from worst to best.

Now updated to include this weekend’s latest Marvel release, which has changed the game of the universe and of this list:

18. ‘Doctor Strange’

To put it plainly, Benedict Cumberbatch just doesn’t work. Visually it’s interesting, but otherwise it’s just flat.

17. ‘Iron Man 3’


I know people love this movie and it made all the money but the third Iron Man stand-alone tried a lot of things and most of them didn’t work. The film’s villains fell flat compared to the first two films and it didn’t seem to know just how to handle Tony’s world post “Avengers.” The biggest problem was the new director; Jon Favreau was sorely missed behind the camera.

16. ‘The Incredible Hulk’


While Mark Ruffalo has mastered the character, Edward Norton’s turn as Bruce Banner was enjoyable. The story was solid and didn’t try to simply redo the first film, which we should never ever speak of. The film successfully redeemed the Hulk name in the MCU, but wasn’t a stand out worthy of a higher spot.

15. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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It’s hard to follow up a great team-up movie and ‘Age of Ultron’ proved that. Too many set ups for future movies left this one feeling a little empty. But for those long suffering Hawkeye fans like me this movie finally gave him some well-deserved screen time. Not a perfect film, but an alright ending to Joss Whedon’s time with the MCU.

14. ‘Thor: The Dark World’


This sequel wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as its predecessor either. Loki yet again stole the show, but supporting characters like Lady Sif and Fandral deserved more screen time than they were allotted. Jane could have used more to do than damsel it for the better part of the movie as well. However Thor films maintain to be the most unique and seperate from the other core Avengers solo films.

13. ‘Iron Man’


The movie that started it all started it all with a bang. Tony’s enigmatic personality was brilliantly played with the utmost perfect casting decision of Robert Downy Jr. Because of the incredible director/actor duo of Downey and Favreau Marvel’s new era was reigned in pretty perfectly.

12. ‘Ant-Man’


“Ant-Man” could have been a trainwreck. When the longtime connected director and screenwriter dropped out of the film fans were worried, but the tiny hero rose above the negativity. Paul Rudd perfectly combines humor and hero as Scott Lang and the movie proved itself to be a standout in the MCU. Ant-Man is a lesser known Marvel hero and the movie gave the character a well-deserved spotlight.

11. ‘ Captain America: Civil War’


“Civil War” isn’t a great Captain America movie but it is a well done Avengers movie if we’re being honest. While Steve and Bucky’s relationship still takes center stage in the film, it could have been focused on even more. Because of that it’s amazing. The Steve/Bucky dynamic is one of the most intriguing and deeply emotional connections in the whole of the Marvel Universe and Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans continued to portray it perfectly in this film. Black Panther’s introduction also set’s up for an incredible future onscreen for the character.

10. ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’

It took a long time but Marvel finally got Spiderman right. Tom Holland is a perfect fit for the role, playing the fact that Spidey really is just a kid at the end of the day fantastically. Plus that plot twist was the first time I was genuinely shocked by something in a Marvel film. The only reason this isn’t higher on the list is because it could have been better with a lot less or no Tony Stark at all.

9. ‘Iron Man 2’


Easily the best of the Iron Man stand-alone films, this one brought us a new side to Tony and the romance we all saw coming. The introduction of Black Widow was in its own way overdue since she should be in everything since the beginning of the creation of all things Marvel. Sam Rockwell, while a ridiculous villain, was brilliant as he tends to be in every role he tackles. The return of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson also made this movie the finest of the Iron Man films.

8. ‘Thor’


Chris Hemsworth was another perfect casting choice by Marvel and no one expected this film to be as good as it was. “Thor” could have been ridiculous, draped in too much out of this world mythology, but it wasn’t. And of course we can’t overlook the fact that this movie graced the world with the rise of Tom Hiddleston who stole every scene he was in as Loki, Thor’s mischievous little brother.

7. ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’


He’s the first Avenger for a reason, because he’s awesome. Steve Rogers is the everyman, nice guy that everyone can get behind. You root for him at every turn and his first major movie is an excellent portrayal of the hero origin story. With a supporting cast comprised of brilliant actors, like the most kick ass woman in the MCU, Hayley Atwell nothing about this movie falls short. Captain America’s first major on-screen appearance proved why he is the man known to always lead the Avengers.

6. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’


Let’s be honest, you put Andy Dwyer in space with a talking tree and a gun toting raccoon you expect it to turn out as a cheesy laugh-riot comedy. That wasn’t the case, though the film is definitely funny it’s also a surprising space epic for the ages. “Guardians” was an unexpected hit with an amazing ensemble cast and a story that was oddly relatable. No one expected to shed tears over a tree and a raccoon, but this movie made us all do that.

5. ‘The Avengers’

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No matter how many Avengers movies they make the first one will always be the best one. It was the first time a superhero team-up had been successfully done in a major film and it was executed brilliantly. It perfectly encapsulated the struggle of bringing together a team of unlikely heroes with a great story and script that was portrayed with the stellar performances from the entire cast. The reality is every Avengers movie will have to live in the shadow of the original triumph.

4. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2’

The second installment of the “Guardians” franchise isn’t just amazing because of the cutest dancing tree in the universe. They continue to benefit from it’s separation from the rest of the MCU allowing the film to just be about this ragtag group of heroes we’ve grown to love. Great music, witty dialogue, excellent performances all around and an unexpectedly poignant commentary of what it means to be family.

3. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

The third Thor film proved that the Marvel solo films don’t have to become overcrowded sequel after sequel. Funny,  unique and action packed “Ragnarok” sets a tone separate from the previous films, but also loyal to who Thor is. With a stellar supporting cast, great character development for everyone involved and a lot of well executed humor this film is easily one of the best Marvel has ever given us.

2. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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The second stand-alone film for Cap  put every prior MCU movie to shame. Winter Soldier gets everything right. Every actor is perfect, especially Sebastian Stan who gives an incredibly emotional performance without saying a word for the better part of the movie. The action is thrilling, the story takes the superhero movie to new political thriller heights and the direction from the Russo brothers is compelling and holds your attention from start to finish.

1.’Black Panther’

After literal years of reigning as the greatest a Marvel movie has finally come around to dethrone “Winter Soldier.” “Black Panther” is culturally and representationally unique and important while also being game changing for the whole of the MCU. The caliber of the cast is insane, the visuals are stunning, the music hooks you, the women are dynamic and the villain is the best one Marvel has ever put onscreen. It’s a movie about family and culture that stands out in every way. Wakanda Forever!

REVIEW: ‘Black Panther’ is a stunning game-changer

There’s not much that you can say about “Black Panther” that hasn’t already been said. Its cultural significance and representational importance, which I’ll leave to people much smarter and much more qualified than I to discuss, are game-changing. Outside of that it also breathes some new life into the MCU and superhero films in general.

I don’t know about you, but “Thor Raganarok” aside, lately Marvel films have started to become a bit monotonous. We’ve reached a point where it’s tough to remember if that scene happened in an Avengers, Iron Man or Captain America movie. That definitely isn’t the case with “Black Panther.” Aside from the fact it stands out with its predominantly black cast, it also tells a new story, has unique action sequences, a well-written villain and memorable characters that won’t be quickly forgotten.

The women in particular stand out. Danai Gurira’s Okoye has strength and personality for days. Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia isn’t just another superhero girlfriend. She challenges T’Challa and has her own beliefs and motivations. In a movie universe that’s churned out a fair share of disappointingly sidelined ‘superhero girlfriends’ Nakia was absolutely refreshing to see. Angela Bassett is a force of a woman and queen mother. And lastly there’s the number one scene stealer of the entire film, Letitia Wright. Wright’s 16 year-old genius Princess Shuri is one of the best characters Marvel’s ever placed onscreen. She’s funny, she’s brilliant, she’s tough, she’s respected by those around her and at her base is still just a playful little sister who exhibits fun and fantastic dynamics with the other characters.

Just because the women run this thing doesn’t mean the men aren’t incredible as well. Chadwick Boseman truly embraces the character and is given great room to flesh out T’Challa as a man and king much more than his cameo in “Captain America Civil War” allowed. Winston Duke plays the seemingly imposing but actually delightful M’Baku perfectly.

Then there’s Michael B. Jordan who plays a villain you can sympathize with and disagree with simultaneously. Marvel films don’t always have the most standout villains, Loki being possibly the only one most people really recall, but Erik Killmonger is in a whole other class. While his methods and actions may be too harsh, his reasoning and struggle allows you to understand him. Borderline starting a world war isn’t the answer, but he has some incredibly good and thought provoking points.

Honestly though none of the above was surprising, you go in expecting the greatness from these characters and actors. The most surprising part of the film is Martin Freeman’s presence as Everett Ross. Like many I was concerned why this non-entity character was going to be in the film, but in a shocking turn of events he wasn’t overdone, overused just to have a white man there or painted as some kind of white savior trope. He helps when he’s asked and respects the authority of the Wakandan royal family.

Overall the performances are just stellar, which considering the caliber of the cast isn’t a surprise. “Black Panther” easily has the most talented, award winning/nominated cast of any Marvel film.

The look and feel of the film are just right as well. Director Ryan Coogler builds Wakanda in a gorgeous way. Whether it’s a fight scene or calm wide shot of the technologically advanced nation each scene is beautiful to watch and don’t even get me started on the incredible music.

(Slight post credit spoilers ahead…)                                                                           

Lastly there’s the post credit scene’s, a staple of the Marvel universe. The first one sets up an interesting new future not only for the characters of “Black Panther,” but also for the future of the MCU as a whole. The second welcomes back the first broken white boy Shuri has fixed Bucky Barnes, looking a little bit like Jesus. The short scene is fun and, though I know roughly a million things will be happening in “Infinity War,” but it’d be fun we get to see Bucky become Shuri’s tragic white second big brother who she constantly makes fun of.

Basically go see “Black Panther,” it’s the best thing you can do with your time at the movies this month.

Golden Globes television picks 2018: comedy’s to surprise, but drama likely to go the same way as the Emmy’s

While the television categories find themselves with more and more snubs due to the ever-growing landscape of television, the nominees still remain to be quite strong. But who is the strongest?


Best Television Series – Drama

Should Win & Will Win: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Much in the way that the show swept the Emmy’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” will continue to be a dominating force in television drama. Next up it can call itself a Golden Globe winner.


Best Television Series – Comedy

Should Win: “Master of None”

Will Win: “Will & Grace”

“Master of None’s” second season held some of the best episodes of television this year, but “Will & Grace’s” big comeback was the boost that network comedy needed to start making a statement at awards once again.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Should Win & Will Win: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

He deserved the Emmy and he definitely deserves this one too. That being said Freddie Highmore could sneak in and take the award from him for his highly praised accurate portrayal of a young autistic doctor in the television season’s number one new hit “The Good Doctor.”


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Should Win & Will Win: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

This category will go down exactly like the Emmy’s did with Moss taking the well-deserved award home.


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

Should Win: Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

Will Win: Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”

Ansari will win an award for his acting is some comedy series one day, but the return of “Will & Grace” might be too hard to beat. McCormack has slipped back into the character he hasn’t portrayed in over a decade so easily and is likely to win.


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

Should Win & Will Win: Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Rae is a force to be reckoned with and now deserves to be her time, the category may be strong, but with some glaring snubs like no Tracee Ellis Ross or Constance Wu she is absolutely the strongest.


Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Should Win & Will Win: “Big Little Lies”

Just like the Emmy’s “Big Little Lies” will dominate this category easily, it doesn’t even really need to be rehashed why.


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

Should Win: Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”

Will Win: Jude Law, “The Young Pope”

This one’s a bit of a shot in the dark but truthfully it’s not the strongest category and Law rarely fails to give a good performance.


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

Should Win & Will Win: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”

This one will go the same way as the Emmy’s, Kidman is a shoe in.


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

Should Win & Will Win: Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”

Much like Kidman, Skarsgard is essentially a 100 percent guaranteed win in this category.


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

Should Win & Will Win: Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

While Chrissy Metz is definitely a strong contender who deserves every bit of praise she gets, Dowd is a veteran in the industry finally receiving her just rewards and awards for a role of a lifetime.

Winners will be announced on January 7th on NBC.

Golden Globe film picks 2018: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ likely to be the big winner

This year’s movie nominees may continue to bring into question what a comedy is, but that doesn’t make the pack of nominees any less deserving of their recognition. So who will win?


Best Picture – Drama

Should Win: “The Shape of Water”

Will Win: “Call Me by Your Name”

“The Shape of Water” is wildly unique and beautiful and it deserves all the recognition it can get, but “Call Me by Your Name’s” poignant story is likely to take home the award. The other nominees in the category don’t stand much of chance with these two at the front.


Best Picture – Comedy or Musical

Should Win & Will Win: “Get Out”

While it’s in no way actually a comedy or musical, “Get Out” was one of the most well-made, timely and thought provoking films of the year. It deserves to take every award it can possibly take.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Should Win & Will Win: Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

Chalamet may be up against a category filled with heavy hitting veteran actors, but the newcomer gives an award worthy performance that will continue to be one of the most talked about of the year.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama 

Should Win: Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Will Win: Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”

This category is tough. Truthfully this prediction might end up completely wrong. Hawkins gives a deservingly unique performance where she doesn’t get to speak a single line more convincingly that some actors can with the greatest monologues. But, the film she’s in is so odd there’s a chance it gets overlooked for others and Chastain gives one hell of performance as a gambling empire queen.


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

Should Win: Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Will Win: James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

Kaluuya gives not only the performance of the film, but the performance of the year in “Get Out.” However, Franco is an actor playing an actor in a story about the industry and those tend to come out ahead.


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

Should Win & Will Win: Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Ronan has been making a name for herself in recent years and her charming and real performance in “Lady Bird” cements that she’s here to stay. Though she does have some potential competition from Margot Robbie.


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

Should Win & Will Win: Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”

“Call Me by Your Name” will be a big winner this awards season and that will include Hammer. His competition is decent, Richard Jenkins being the most notable, but Hammer’s overall hype gives him the edge to take home the award.


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

Should Win & Will Win: Everyone, no joke every single one of these women

This is probably the strongest category of the year and picking one is too hard. Mary J. Blige is a revolution, Laurie Metcalfe and Alison Janney give very different but equally compelling portrayals of motherhood, Octavia Spencer is brilliant as always and Hong Chau is unexpected but definitely deserving. Picking one of these women is so difficult, but if a choice has to be made it’s like to come down between Blige and Janney.


Best Animated Film

Should Win & Will Win: “Coco”

There has not been an animated feature this year that has stood out in the way that “Coco” has. Telling a beautiful and authentic story, that makes you cry at least once, with that always well done Pixar animation “Coco” is an absolute guarantee for this one.


Best Director – Motion Picture

Should Win: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Will Win: Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

Really Jordan Peele should be winning this award but he wasn’t even nominated. Del Toro directs quite like no one else and should absolutely win this award, but Nolan received so much praise for “Dunkirk” the award is leaning toward him.

Winners will be announced on January 7th on NBC.