Sunday, January 31, 2010

Grammy Predictions

We'll be doing the top four categories in today's podcast, so here's everything else.

Pop Female:
1. Taylor Swift "You Belong With Me"
2. Beyoncé "Halo"
3. Pink "Sober"
4. Adele "Hometown Glory"
5. Katy Perry "Hot N Cold"

Pop Male:
1. Stevie Wonder "All About the Love Again"
2. Jason Mraz "Make It Mine"
3. Maxwell "Love You"
4. John Legend "This Time"
5. Seal "If You Don't Know Me By Now"

Pop Group:
1. Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling"
2. Hall & Oates "Sara Smile"
3. MGMT "Kids"
4. Bon Jovi "We Weren't Born to Follow"
5. The Fray "Never Say Never"

Pop Collaboration:
1. Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat "Lucky"
2. Roseanne Cash and Bruce Springsteen "Sea of Heartbreak"
3. Willie Nelson and Norah Jones "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
4. Ciara and Justin Timberlake "Love Sex Magic"
5. Taylor Swift and Colbie Caillat "Breathe"

Pop Album:
1. The E.N.D., Black Eyed Peas
2. Funhouse, Pink
3. All I Ever Wanted, Kelly Clarkson
4. Breakthrough, Colbie Caillat
5. The Fray, The Fray

Dance Recording:
1. Lady Gaga "Poker Face"
2. Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow"
3. David Guetta and Kelly Rowland "When Love Takes Over"
4. Madonna "Celebration"
5. Britney Spears "Womanizer"

Dance Album:
1. The Fame, Lady Gaga
2. One Love, David Guetta
3. Yes, Pet Shop Boys
4. Divided By Night, The Crystal Method
5. Party Rock, LMFAO

Traditional Pop Album:
1. A Swinging Christmas, Tony Bennett
2. Liza's At the Palace, Liza Minnelli
3. Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden, Michael Buble
4. American Classics, Willie Nelson
5. Your Songs, Harry Connick Jr.

Rock Solo:
1. Bruce Springsteen "Working on a Dream"
2. Bob Dylan "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
3. Neil Young "Fork in the Road"
4. John Fogerty "Change in the Weather"
5. Prince "Dreamer"

Rock Group:
1. Kings of Leon "Use Somebody"
2. Green Day "21 Guns"
3. Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood "Can't Find My Way Home"
4. U2 "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight"
5. Coldplay "Life in Technicolor Part II"

Rock Song:
1. "Use Somebody" (Kings of Leon)
2. "21 Guns" (Green Day)
3. "Working on a Dream" (Bruce Springsteen)
4. "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" (U2)
5. "The Fixer" (Pearl Jam)

Rock Album:
1. Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King, Dave Matthews Band
2. 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day
3. No Line on the Horizon, U2
4. Black Ice, AC/DC
5. Live From Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood

Alternative Album:
1. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Phoenix
2. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, David Byrne and Brian Eno
3. It's Blitz!, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
4. Sounds Of The Universe, Depeche Mode
5. The Open Door, Death Cab for Cutie

R&B Female:
1. Beyoncé "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)"
2. Jazmine Sullivan "Lions, Tigers & Bears"
3. Ledisi "Goin' Thru Changes"
4. Lalah Hathaway "That Was Then"
5. Melanie Fiona "It Kills Me"

R&B Male:
1. Maxwell "Pretty Wings"
2. Anthony Hamilton "The Point of It All"
3. Charlie Wilson "There Goes My Baby"
4. Musiq Soulchild "Sobeautiful"
5. Pleasure P "Under"

R&B Group:
1. Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters "Higher Ground"
2. India.Arie & Musiq Soulchild "Chocolate High"
3. Jamie Foxx & T-Pain "Blame It"
4. Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige "Ifuleave"
5. Calvin Richardson & Ann Nesby "Love Has Finally Come At Last"

R&B Song:
1. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" (Beyoncé)
2. "Pretty Wings" (Maxwell)
3. "Lions, Tigers & Bears" (Jazmine Sullivan)
4. "Blame It" (Jamie Foxx and T-Pain)
5. "Under" (Pleasure P)

R&B Album:
1. Blacksummers' Night, Maxwell
2. Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, India.Arie
3. Uncle Charlie, Charlie Wilson
4. Turn Me Loose, Ledisi
5. The Point of It All, Anthony Hamilton

Contemporary R&B Album:
1. I Am...Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé
2. The Introduction Of Marcus Cooper, Pleasure P
3. Intuition, Jamie Foxx
4. Ready, Trey Songz
5. Thr33 Ringz, T-Pain

Rap Solo:
1. Kid Cudi "Day N Nite"
2. Eminem "Beautiful"
3. Jay-Z "D.O.A."
4. Drake "Best I Ever Had"
5. Mos Def "Casa Bey"

Rap Group:
1. Beastie Boys and Nas "Too Many Rappers"
2. Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent "Crack A Bottle"
3. Kid Cudi, Kanye West and Common "Make Her Say"
4. Kanye West and Young Jezzy "Amazing"
5. Fabolous & Jay-Z "Money Goes, Honey Stay"

Rap/Sung Collaboration:
1. T.I. and Justin Timberlake "Dead and Gone"
2. Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West "Run This Town"
3. Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo and Kanye West "Knock You Down"
4. The Lonely Island and T-Pain "I'm on a Boat"
5. Beyoncé and Kanye West "Ego"

Rap Song:
1. "Day N Nite" (Kid Cudi)
2. "D.O.A." (Jay-Z)
3. "Dead and Gone" (T.I. and Justin Timberlake)
4. "Run This Town" (Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West)
5. "Best I Ever Had" (Drake)

Rap Album:
1. Relapse, Eminem
2. The Ecstatic, Mos Def
3. Universal Mind Control, Common
4. The Renaissance, Q-TIp
4. R.O.O.T.S., Flo Rida

Country Female:
Taylor Swift "White Horse"

Country Male:
Keith Urban "Sweet Thing"

Country Group:
Zac Brown Band "Chicken Fried"

Country Collaboration:
Brad Paisley & Keith Urban "Start A Band"

Country Song:
"White Horse" (Taylor Swift)

Country Album:
Fearless, Taylor Swift

Americana Album:
Together Through Life, Bob Dylan

Contemporary Folk Album:
Middle Cyclone, Neko Case

Spoken Word Album For Children:
Through The Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There, Harlan Ellison

Spoken Word Album:
We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land, Jimmy Carter

Comedy Album:
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!, Stephen Colbert

Musical Show Album:

Compilation Soundtrack Album:
Slumdog Millionaire

Score Soundtrack Album:

Song Written For Motion Picture:
"The Wrestler" (Bruce Springsteen)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Brendan O'Brien

Short Form Music Video:
Coldplay "Life In Technicolor II"

Long Form Music Video:
The Beatles Love - All Together Now, Various Artists

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Final SAG Predictions

Commentary on the podcast (will be up shortly).

Film Ensemble:
1. The Hurt Locker
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. Precious
4. An Education
5. NIne

Best Lead Male Actor:
1. Jeff Bridges
2. George Clooney
3. Colin Firth
4. Jeremy Renner
5. Morgan Freeman

Best Lead Female Actor:
1. Meryl Streep
2. Sandra Bullock
3. Carey Mulligan
4. Gabourey Sidibe
5. Helen Mirren

Best Supporting Male Actor:
1. Christoph Waltz
2. Christopher Plummer
3. Stanley Tucci
4. Woody Harrelson
5. Matt Damon

Best Supporting Female Actor:
1. Mo'Nique
2. Vera Farmiga
3. Anna Kendrick
4. Penélope Cruz
5. Diane Kruger

Film Stunt Ensemble:
1. Star Trek
2. Public Enemies
3. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Drama Ensemble:
1. Mad Men
2. True Blood
3. Dexter
4. The Good Wife
5. The Closer

Best Comedy Ensemble:
1. 30 Rock
2. Glee
3. Modern Family
4. The Office
5. Curb Your Enthusiasm

Best Male Drama Actor:
1. Michael C. Hall
2. Bryan Cranston
3. Jon Hamm
4. Hugh Laurie
5. Simon Baker

Best Female Drama Actor:
1. Julianna Margulies
2. Glenn Close
3. Holly Hunter
4. Kyra Sedgwick
5. Mariska Hargitay
6. Patricia Arquette

Best Male Comedy Actor:
1. Tony Shalhoub
2. Alec Baldwin
3. Steve Carell
4. Larry David
5. Charlie Sheen

Best Female Comedy Actor:
1. Toni Collette
2. Edie Falco
3. Tina Fey
4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
5. Christina Applegate

Best Male M/M Actor:
1. Kevin Bacon
2. Jeremy Irons
3. Kevin Kline
4. Cuba Gooding Jr.
5. Tom Wilkinson

Best Female M/M Actor:
1. Sigourney Weaver
2. Jessica Lange
3. Drew Barrymore
4. Joan Allen
5. Ruby Dee

TV Stunt Ensemble:
1. 24
2. Dexter
3. Heroes
4. The Closer
5. The Unit

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Final Globe Predictions

Rachel and I did our final predictions in the podcast, but here are mine, all ranked. Enjoy!

Drama Picture:
1. Up in the Air
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. Avatar
4. The Hurt Locker
5. Precious

Best Comedy/Musical:
1. Nine
2. (500) Days of Summer
3. Julie & Jula
4. The Hangover
5. It's Complicated

Best Director:
1. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
2. James Cameron, Avatar
3. Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
4. Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
5. Clint Eastwood, Invictus

Best Lead Actor-Drama:
1. George Clooney, Up in the Air
2. Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
3. Colin Firth, A Single Man
4. Morgan Freeman, Invictus
5. Tobey Maguire, Brothers

Best Lead Actress-Drama:
1. Carey Mulligan, An Education
2. Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
3. Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
4. Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
5. Helen Mirren, The Last Station

Best Lead Actor-Comedy/Musical:
1. Matt Damon, The Informant!
2. Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
4. Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
5. Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

Best Lead Acres-Comedy/Musical:
1. Meryl Streep, Julie & Jula
2. Marion Cotillard, Nine
3. Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
4. Meryl Streep, It's Complicated
5. Julia Roberts, Duplicity

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
2. Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
3. Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
4. Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
5. Matt Damon, Invictus

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Mo'Nique, Precious
2. Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
3. Penélope Cruz, Nine
4. Julianne Moore, A Single Man
5. Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

Best Screenplay:
1. Up in the Air
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. It's Complicated
4. The Hurt Locker
5. District 9

Best Animated Film:
1. Fantastic Mr. Fox
2. Up
3. Coraline
4. The Princess and the Frog
5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Best Foreign Film:
1. The White Ribbon
2. A Prophet
3. The Maid
4. Broken Embraces
5. Baaria

Best Score:
1. Avatar
2. A Single Man
3. The Informant!
4. Up
5. Where the Wild Things Are

Best Song:
1. "Cinema Italiano," Nine
2. "I See You," Avatar
3. "The Weary Kind," Crazy Heart
4. "I Want to Come Home," Everybody's Fine
5. "Winter," Brothers

In terms of television...

Best Drama Series:
1. True Blood
2. Mad Men
3. Dexter
4. Big Love
5. House

Best Comedy/Musical Series:
1. Glee
2. 30 Rock
3. Modern Family
4. The Office
5. Entourage

Best TV Movie/Miniseries:
1. Grey Gardens
2. Georgia O'Keefe
3. Taking Chance
4. Into the Storm
5. Little Dorrit

Best Actor-Drama:
1. Michael C. Hall, Dexter
2. Simon Baker, The Mentalist
3. Jon Hamm, Mad Men
4. Hugh Laurie, House
5. Bill Paxton, Big Love

Best Actress-Drama:
1. Julianna Marguilies, The Good Wife
2. Anna Paquin, True Blood
3. Glenn Close, Damages
4. January Jones, Mad Men
5. Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Actor-Comedy/Musical:
1. Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
2. Thomas Jane, Hung
3. Matthew Morrison, Glee
4. Steve Carell, The Office
5. David Duchovny, Californication

Best Actress-Comedy/Musical:
1. Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
2. Toni Collette, United States of Tara
3. Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
4. Tina Fey, 30 Rock
5. Lea Michele, Glee

Best Actor-M/M:
1. Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
2. Kenneth Branagh, Wallander
3. Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
4. Jeremy Irons, Georgia O'Keefe
5. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Endgame

Best Actress-M/M:
1. Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
2. Joan Allen, Georgia O'Keefe
3. Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
4. Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby
5. Anna Paquin, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
2. John Lithgow, Dexter
3. William Hurt, Damages
4. Michael Emerson, Lost
5. Jeremy Piven, Entourage

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Jane Lynch, Glee
2. Chloe Sevigny, Big Love
3. Janet McTeer, Into the Storm
4. Jane Adams, Hung
5. Rose Byrne, Damages

Supporting Actress Blogathon: Marcia Gay Harden, Whip It

This post is a part of the 2009 Stinkylulu Supporting Actress Blogathon. Click here to check out the other selections!

I may have liked other supporting actress performances from 2009, but one that continues to linger with me is Marcia Gay Harden's work in Whip It. Now, to be fair, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut may not have been the most amazing thing to hit theaters last year, but it was a nice fun time at the movies. What's not to like? The ladies of the film all look to be having a grand old time and the film's message, while not perfect, is a positive one.


What makes Harden stand out above all the other women in the film is how she was able to take a role as flimsy as the put-upon mother of a rebelling teenager and make us want to know more about her life (although Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis are also fabulous in the film as well). Harden's Brooke is a mom who wants her daughter to participate in beauty pageants (she's a former winner herself) rather than roller derby. You can tell that Brooke wants a more glamorous life than she currently holds (she works a postal carrier), but in reality it's that she wants her daughter Bliss (Ellen Page) to be successful in her own life than she ever was at her own. Of course, what mom thinks as "successful" is different than what her offspring thinks as "successful."


There is a quiet scene in the film, where we saw Harden's character apply lotions and moisturizing cream to her hands. Although she feels much younger than her hands give away, you can tell she is desperate to match her physical age with her emotional age. It's a scene that reminds many of us of our mothers, moms who want the best for us, even though they cannot seem to comprehend why our current endeavors would be considered "the best" by any standard.


Marcia Gay Harden might be one of my favorite actresses of all time. Although looking over her IMDB filmography it appears I may have seen her in earlier films, but really it was her performance in Pollock that made me take notice (as did the Academy). It's rare for a character actress to hit her stride in her 40s, but Harden did that in this decade.

Besides her Oscar-winning role in Pollock, Harden has delivered honest portrayals of women in Case de los Babys, P.S., Mystic River (another Oscar nominated role), Into the Wild and most recently on television's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Damages. In addition, Harden had just finished a Tony-winning run on Broadway in Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage. I don't see Whip It getting her a third Oscar nomination, but it's a performance that should be remembered with her best ones too.