#SeeYaNewGirl: a look back at the show’s best episodes

On Tuesday after seven hilarious seasons “New Girl” will say farewell in an hour long series final likely to make us laugh till we cry and possibly just cry. Saying goodbye to this pack of insane room friends from a loft in Los Angeles will be difficult, but in honor of that end here are ten of the best episodes, and some honorable mentions, to look back on fondly.

  1. The Landlord

Despite Nick’s protests Jess calls the building landlord to fix some of the lofts many issues inadvertently putting their living situation at risk. Nick and Jess’ equal stubbornness nearly leads to a threesome with Remy the landlord and you can never forget Winston’s discovery of Schmidt’s old 2007 New Year’s Resolution list which most notably includes “Find out where Winston gets his sparkle, then steal it.”

Best Line: “You always see the worst in people.” – Jess. “Yeah, because people are the worst!” – Nick.

  1. See Ya

When Nick second guesses his decision to move in with Caroline he ends up stranding the gang in the middle of the desert overnight. There Winston must face his fear of the dark, Nick and Jess hilariously face down a coyote and Schmidt and Cece reach a turning point.

Best Line: “I’m worried about Schmidt. He’s a Jew in the desert; I don’t want him to wander.” – Winston.

  1. Keaton

In the shows best holiday episode, Jess throws a Halloween party that Cece refuses to attend if Schmidt is going to be there. Meanwhile, in an attempt to cheer up Schmidt, Nick resorts to once again taking on the fake pen-pal mantle of Schmidt’s childhood hero Michael Keaton which has hilarious results including Jess attempting to be an in-person shadowy Keaton herself even though she can’t even properly say Batmobile.

Best Line: “I stole that from Nelson Mandela. I added the part about the Penguin and the Riddler.” – Nick.

  1. Injured

After being injured while playing football what seems to be an innocuous back injury may lead to the discovery of something more serious for Nick. Upon this realization he begins to reevaluate his life as the gang rallies around him holding a ridiculous faux wake at the bar. It’s an episode that introduces Schmidt’s Fredo kisses, says goodbye to Winston’s terrible old car and is the first major turning point in the Nick and Jess saga.

Best Line: “Are you sure you’re okay? You’re walking like a Disney witch.” – Jess.

  1. Fancyman Parts 1 & 2

In this two-parter Jess begins dating a sophisticated older man played by guest star Dermot Mulroney. Part one hilariously features Nick falling a little bit in love with Jess’ fancyman when accompanying her to a party, a trivia night gone wrong and Jess physically fighting a toilet. Part two features a memorable drunken night for Nick and a not so beautiful, but endlessly perfect performance of songs from “Wicked” by Winston.

Best Line:  “You were denied a cell phone because you have the credit score of a homeless ghost.” – Schmidt. Also every single word said by Nick during the closing credits of part one.

  1. Cooler

When the guys determine that Jess is a ‘cooler’ in their attempts to meet women they go out leaving her alone at the loft, though the fact Nick wears a stolen women’s trench coat the whole night might be their bigger problem. However after hearing strange noises outside she calls them back telling them to bring their dates which results in a night of truth revealing and a hilarious game of True American. Possibly most notably though it’s considered a landmark episode for fans of the will they or won’t they romance between Nick and Jess in which the pair finally share their first kiss.

Best Line: “I’m gonna have sex tonight, you two in?” – Schmidt. “Is that the way you wanted to say that?” – Winston.

  1. Pepperwood

When Jess makes a breakthrough with one of her adult students in her writing course she shares his writing with the gang only for Nick to immediately believe the student is a psychotic killer out to murder Jess. This results in one of the most hilarious sequences the show has ever had in which Nick’s alter ego Julius Pepperwood from Chicago attends Jess’ class and then along with Jess proceeds to break into the students’ creepy backyard shed. Meanwhile Schmidt, Winston and Cece debate the loft mates “pogo’s” which leads to Schmidt horrifyingly shaving his eyebrows.

Best Line: “They make shoes for your penis! They’re called pants!” – Schmidt.

  1. Chicago

After Nick’s father dies unexpectedly the gang travels to his hometown where Jess discovers in Chicago Nick is considered the responsible one. The episode features Nick’s hilariously terrible family with guest stars Margo Martindale, Nick Kroll and Bill Burr, Schmidt facing his fear of funerals with Winston’s help and a fantastic Elvis impersonation by Jess. At its heart, while definitely still a funny episode, this one has a lot of heart. Highlighting the strong familial bond the gang has with one another and the way that Nick and Jess have changed each other’s lives for the better.

Best Line: “I’m just trying to figure out the level of Elvis impersonator we can afford. I think a white one is out of reach.” – Nick.

  1. Prince

Any episode that features Prince, the man, the myth, the purple legend, in it is bound to awesome and this one was. In the show’s post Superbowl episode Jess and Cece are invited to Prince’s house for a party and after Nick accidently tells Jess he loves her for the first time, and she responds with finger guns before the limo pulls away, the guys follow sneaking into the party themselves. The episode features classic flashbacks that show just how Prince obsessed Nick was, Cece destroying Prince at ping-pong and Winston and Coach’s hilarious ‘fire and ice’ routine. Oh also, just in case you missed it, freakin’ Prince is in it! Prince!

Best Line: “You’ve never been turned on by gas mileage?” – Coach or “Anything beautiful is worth getting hurt over.” – Prince.

  1. Elaine’s Big Day

In what is the best episode of the series everything that makes “New Girl” what it is happens. There’s a prank, romance and friendship that knows no bounds. It’s Cece’s big wedding day, which ends up featuring a lot of ‘Cotton Eyed Joe,’ a badger and eventually a runaway groom and Taylor Swift. Nick and Jess make multiple big decisions about their romantic relationship while Cece does the same; the guys partake in what’s easily Prank Sinatra aka Winston’s worst prank idea ever and of course there’s Jess’s dad played by the always hilarious guest star Rob Reiner. The whole episode is funny and heartfelt, but the highlight is everything that happens in the vents with Nick, Winston and a wild badger.

Best Line: “Jess, this is where I belong with Winston and badger!” – Nick, “I’m staying positive, but I think this is where we die.” – Winston or “It’s only romantic because it’s a wedding. I’d be just as happy to sabotage, I don’t know, let’s say, her tax audit.” – Schmidt.

Honorable Mentions: Bells, Thanksgiving, Cabin, Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt, and Where the Road Goes.

“New Girl” airs its final two episodes this Tuesday on Fox starting at 9/8c. I know personally I’m gonna miss the hell out this show.

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‘Shadowhunters’ review 3×08: three go in, a whole lot of trouble comes out

With only two episodes to go before the midseason break things are ramping up, so let’s get into the havoc Lilith’s actions are creating for all our favorite characters.

Malec

As always Magnus and Alec were a show of endless support in hard times. Tonight they worked together as a unit, alongside Izzy, forming a true power trio.

Inevitably somewhere out there there’s too much reading into one line in the balcony scene happening. Alec’s ‘I’m nothing without him’ line in reference to his brother is quite simply in character. Despite great personal strides in seeing his own worth it’s important to note Alec only started to see himself in a new light barely two full months ago. Much in the way that Magnus can’t be expected to shake centuries worth of insecurities and never close himself off from Alec, or Maia can’t be expected to suddenly trust those around her won’t abandon her after a lifetime of being abandoned, you can’t expect Alec to not occasionally tie his whole self-worth to others and fall back into some of his old insecurities. It’s not the first time Alec’s said such a hyperbolic statement (see 2×01, 2×03 and 2×20 about Magnus as well) and truthfully this sentence isn’t about him loving and caring for one person over another (newsflash you can love numerous people equally in different ways) it’s about Alec himself and the way he still from time to time views himself .

The parabatai bond is often portrayed in an unbalanced way on the show admittedly, but it’s still important to Alec and it’s likely a thing that was ingrained into him since childhood that he was nothing outside of his parabatai bond and while he’s made a ton of strides personally a lifetime of hearing one thing is hard to shake entirely in a few months. Him calling himself nothing also is a thing said in time of high stress logically Alec damn well knows he’s more than just a parabatai, but sometimes logic doesn’t always win out with the words you say.

As a side note the line later when Magnus said ‘if you can hear me’ and Alec could was reminiscent of 2×03 I could cry.

The Owl

The Owl really knows how to twist the knife. The demon knows Jace inside and out and uses words that twist half-truths into manipulations towards Alec, Magnus, Izzy and even Simon. What’s comforting about these words is that mostly the ones on the receiving end don’t let them hurt them. Magnus and Alec are confident enough in each other and in their relationship to know that there’s no competition between Jace and Magnus (see my above newsflash), just as they know that Alec would never choose between the two because a) there’s likely never a situation he’d be in where he’d have to actually make that direct choice and b) he’s a self-sacrificing person who’d let himself die before letting the love of his life or his brother die instead. Izzy doesn’t let the jabs that come her way ruffle them either which shows just how strong she’s become.

Dominic Sherwood is quite good at playing this aggressive, possessed form as well which makes all the taunts a little more impactful out loud. It’s clearly not Jace talking in these moments, because I say this as someone who’s definitely not his biggest fan, there’s no way he’d ever believe or say the things the Owl uses as taunts. Lilith is truly using his body as a vessel, and trapping his mind as punishment, and nothing more.

A Lightwood sibling mind trip

As Alec and Izzy entered Jace’s mind in hopes of freeing him from Lilith the bond between this trio of siblings has never been more apparent. Emotionally the impacts of their scenes were brought to a head heavily by Emeraude Toubia and Matthew Daddario, with Sherwood maybe overselling it a bit too much. Nonetheless it was an emotional journey that was true to the bond these three have and have had since they were young. Seeing the tiny Lightwood’s again was even better this time and the little actors were truly the characters at heart. Their lovely sibling motto of ‘ three go in, three come out’ truly tugged at the heartstrings.

At the end there’s something so very Alec about knowing that they should have kept their promise instead. There’s also some sort of odd balance I can’t quite figure out about Alec finding Jace’s dark side and Izzy finding the light side he was holding onto. Feel how you want to feel about Jace, but there’s no way you can’t feel bad for him and for the inevitable aftermath he’s going to face on the other side of this ordeal.

Maryse and Luke

It’s no secret that I adore Maryse Lightwood and her ongoing evolution as a woman. Now a mundane, but one with a wealth of knowledge she puts in her hand to assist Luke in the brewing storm. Her willingness to help paired with the fact that she holds no ill will towards the woman who Robert cheated on her with just makes me love her even more than before. And while she was a willing force, Luke is just a force that the clave isn’t ready for. I say again and again but he’s the greatest dad in the world and the lengths he’s willing to go to for his girl are astounding.

It’s inevitable that the chemistry of a renewed friendship between Luke and Maryse will build and take time to burn, but damn is it going to a joy to watch these two slowly inch towards a romantic involvement.

Clary on trial

Try as my scrappy little girl might she can’t fight the power of the soul sword, but damn if she doesn’t make a valiant effort. However her disavowing the concept of the wish and the Clave in her speech to Jia was a great moment. She’s got some good points, however those good points could lead to her death a predicament that’s not going to be easy to solve even if Luke breaks her out.

The Simon, Maia and Jordan powder keg

The wick of this powder keg was lit last week and is inevitably going to blow as the tensions between them rise. Maia doesn’t owe Jordan forgiveness, nor does he deserve it, but mixing that with her insistence that Jordan see through his charge to help Simon could inevitably cause too much divide. The three of them working together is awkward and understandably tense though it does turn out some useful information in the end. In the final scene with the trio and in the one following when Maia admits she needs some space Alisha Wainwright yet again blows it out of the park with her performance. While it’s heartbreaking to see Maia hurting, it’s a pleasure to watch Wainwright play it out.

A showdown of Queen’s

Lilith’s power is only getting stronger; she’s clearly a much bigger threat to the world at large and not just Jace. Her showdown with the Seelie Queen was fraught with more passive aggression than any encounter I’ve ever seen and you know Lilith is bad when the out for her own Seelie Queen even thinks she has no heart. Lilith’s determination mixed with a near indestructible power is going to mean only bad things for the team next week. Oh, and that Magnus encounter she has really sets up just why Magnus is likely heading towards Edom soon. Not necessarily to save Jace, but because clearly the only thing Lilith fears and could help put a stop to her (outside of possibly Simon’s mark) is Magnus’ own father Asmodeus.

Basically right now, everybody is screwed.

Next Week: It’s the two hour mid-season finale so you know things are going to get intense.

UPDATED: Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies

Now a decade into their MCU, with 19 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 stole my soul, shocked the hell out of me and broke my heart:

19. ‘Doctor Strange’

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

18. ‘Iron Man 3’

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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’

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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’

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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’

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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’

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“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’

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“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’

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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’

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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’

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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’

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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.

6. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

It’s a move that seemed impossible, but turned out to be an emotional rollercoaster that left you wishing they’d just made it and the second part one long seven hour film. The characters that meet blend well together, it doesn’t feel overcrowded, the action sequence leave you incredibly hyped and the stakes are the highest they’ve ever been for our heroes. The shocking and heartbreaking ending of the film alone earns this movie it’s spot on the list.

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!

‘Legends of Tomorrow’ finally gave Wally West a place to shine

I meant to share this after the season finale of ‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ but here we are.

“Legends of Tomorrow” is in no way a perfect series, it’s often overburdened with too many characters and not enough episodes and time to give them their dues. However, in the latter portion of the shows latest season they found a nice balance and more than that they gave a home to an underappreciated “The Flash” alum.

Wally West was a welcome addition back in the second season of “The Flash,” but soon after his plot of introducing him to the family he’d never known settled he became a character placed on the backburner. His journey towards getting super speed was enjoyable but once he was fully established as Kid Flash he was often playing second (or more like fifth) fiddle to Barry. Then His romantic relationship with Jesse occurred mostly offscreen and then ended via a futuristic voicemail. Keiynan Lonsdale never failed to play Wally well, but the material he was given just never gave the character much of a chance.

His exit from the speedster series early last year wasn’t unexpected, his join up with the Legends however was. But it surely was not unwelcome. After watching Wally get knocked out so Barry could be the hero, completely forgotten by his own team and essentially used simply because he was just in the cast the first episode of Legends in which he appears felt like a whole new world.

In one episode of “Legends of Tomorrow” Wally was shown more appreciation and friendship than he’d been granted for the bulk of his time on “The Flash.” He and Rip Hunter just had fun, and sure Rip was trying to recruit him, but he was also just having a good time. It was so refreshing to see him have fun and also to see a character who didn’t even know Wally prior to that day appreciate him for who he was not just his powers. Lonsdale’s charming, innocent portrayal of Wally fit right in with Arthur Darvill’s portrayal of Rip.

After that episode he joined the series and the team full time. In those final seven episodes of the season Wally was given chances to be a hero, make new friendships that are light and only got knocked out once and that was in an episode where everyone got knocked out. Lonsdale actually got play Wally with the happy vibes his character had been stripped of so frequently particularly in his last year on “The Flash.”

He even got to be a key part of a season long struggle to save the world combining his power with that of his newfound team of misfits, truly cementing that he’d found a new home with this team.

He’s not the first character “Legends” has given a home where they can shine, but he is one that needed it more than any other character possibly in the Arrowverse. Of course this is only seven episodes, next season only time will tell if the trend continues especially with the series adding two new series regulars to the Waverider, but it’s still clear Wally was given a home where he can shine during the shows third season.

“Legends” may not be perfect but you can’t deny that it does provide a home for underappreciated characters, like Wally.

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.

 

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.