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Oscar Nominations

It’s kind of an odd year for me. It was the first time in many, many years that I actually slept through the Oscar nominations. I usually watch them live, but a combination of seeing the awesome Sweeney Todd on stage, then staying up until 1 am to watch LOST, which meant taking my sleeping meds later than usual, led to me sleeping to about 10, totally forgetting that the noms were to be announced. So I had to read them online instead. So let’s get to it.

Best Actor
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke,The Wrestler

Pretty much what I expected, though I was kind of thinking (hoping) Jenkins would be swapped out for Leo DiCaprio. Predicted winner? Probably Rourke, but I won’t count out Sean Penn just yet.

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, The Reader

I was pretty much 5 for 5 with my predictions here, although I had Winslet for Revolutionary Road instead of The Reader, since she was being pushed for supporting in the latter. I think most were expecting Hathaway to walk away with it, but Winslet’s nom for The Reader might change things.

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downy Jr, Tropic Thunder
Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

With Revolutionary Road basically being shut out, I wasn’t expecting Shannon to get nominated, but other than that this list looks pretty much how I expected it to look. This is also the only major category that The Dark Knight was nominated in, and with all the precursors, it does look like Ledger has it wrapped up.

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Taraji P. Hensen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

I really kind of wasn’t expecting Hensen to get in. It was a good performance, but there were better supporting performances this year. With Winslet’s Reader performance nominated for lead, this category is kind of wide open. I’m predicting Cruz, but would be pleased as punch if Adams walked away with it.

Best Director
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant, Milk
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

I would really love it if this was the year of Fincher and Benjamin Button, but it really seems like Slumdog is unstoppable.

Best Picture
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

I let the Guilds get my hopes up with their Dark Knight love, though a big part of me really isn’t surprised that it was left out. Again, Slumdog seems pretty unstoppable.

I think the biggest surprise of the year is Bruce Springsteen not being nominated for his song for The Wrestler. What the hell?


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Golden Globe Reactions

Obviously, there was a lot of reacting done last night on the liveblog. And some reacting this morning when I discovered that the liveblog pushed my numbers for day up to over 230 views. Which is about 220 views more than I normally get a day.

But by the end of the night I was getting a little delirious so I wasn’t exactly coherent, so let’s begin.

There’s still so much I have to see. Really, I’ve barely seen any of the nominated films because they just haven’t come to Fort Wayne or I just haven’t had time. Of the nominated films I’ve seen Benjamin Button, Burn After Reading, Changeling, Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder, and The Dark Knight. And I enjoyed all of them, but with the exception ofBenjamin Button and Dark Knight, these aren’t films I’m particularly emotionally invested in. So a lot of my rooting was based mostly on sentimentality.

The supporting categories turned out pretty much as expected, but that doesn’t mean I’m not completely thrilled. Kate Winslet is one of my favorite actresses, and I can’t believe this is the first major award she’s won. That’s ludicrous. So even though I haven’t seen The Reader, I was hoping she would win. And I have seen Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight, and I was definitely rooting for him. For one, it’s fracking The Dark Knight. And I am a huge Batman geek. Ledger completely changed the face of the franchise with his performance, and watching that film is almost painful knowing he will never continue on with that role, or with any other.

As for the lead categories, the only nominees I had see are the dreaded Brangelina. I say dreaded because I’m so sick of how oversaturated and overinfatuated the media has become with them, not because of their performances, which were very, VERY good. But even though they were great, and even though they were the only ones I’ve seen, I wasn’t rooting for either of them. Again, the ones I was rooting for won. Well, mostly. I was rooting for Winslet because, as I said, I love her. And I was rooting for Mickey Rourke because the man deserves a comeback and his win really was a beautiful moment. But I was also rooting for Kristen Scott Thomas, because I think she’s one of the most underrated actresses working, and for Leo DiCaprio, because, like Winslet, he’s an incredible actor who’s been nominated a million times and has been passed over far too much. He should have won every award possible for The Aviator.

Director…. I was so hoping for a Fincher win, because Benjamin Button was most than just beautiful. It was a profoundly moving film. And I was also hoping for a screenplay win. But, of course, I haven’t seen the other nominees. (I’m probably seeing Slumdog Millionaire tomorrow, and the Doubt on Wednesday. But Benjamin Button moved me in a way I haven’t been moved by a film in years. I can’t imagine one of these topping that.

Dare I go into the television? No, I don’t. I’ve always found the Golden Globes to be something of a joke when it comes to tv, and its snubbing of Lost and Pushing Daisies this year is just further proof of that.

As for the actual ceremony… Same ol’, same ol’. Ricky Gervais was the star of the night. He needs to host the Oscars.

Stay tuned tonight or possibly tomorrow morning for my fashion rundown.

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Golden Globes Live Blog!

Here it is, bitches, the GG Live Blog at thoughtful.thinking.thoughts!

8:00pm: Live blogging gets started a little late. Supporting Actress category being announced as I start. What the hell is Marisa Tomei wearing? AND KATE WINSLET WINS!!!!  YAY!!!! Oscar next, bitches!

8:02pm: Ha! “I have a habit of not winning things”. Sadly true. People are finally getting smart enough to give her awards! Anyhoo, who wants to know why I’m frantically late on starting this? I went to see Benjamin Button. 4:30 showing. First of all, the screen freezes on that “Please turn off your cell phones” thing for 10 minutes. Then there were 30 minutes of trailers. And then when it let out there was ice and snow on the roads and it took forever to get home. I literally just walked in the door.

8:04pm: God, Sting is still hot.

8:08pm: Let’s take the commercial break to talk about how sad I am that I missed the red carpet because of Regal Theaters’ ineptitude. I’ll have to compile my Best Dressed list completely thought pictures. ūüė¶

8:11pm: What the frack? There’s some weird audio lag going on on my NBC affiliate…. this night just gets better and better.

8:12pm: There was just some guy walking aroud with a chair hoisted above his head. You don’t get this stuff at the Oscars. And that Willis girl looks like a dude.

8:14pm: I wonder if Jeremy Piven will stop winning things now that people are discovering what a fucking douchbag he is.

8:14pm: For those getting all their info on the winners here (I feel so sorry for you), here’s the count so far…

Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
Best Original Song: The Wrestler from The Wrestler
Best Supporting Actor-Television: Tom Wilkinson, John Adams
Best Supporting Actress-Television: Laura Dern, Recount

8:19pm: My mom agrees with me that the Willis girl looks like a man. A tall, scary man.

8:22pm: I’ll take this commercial to talk about how I adored Benjamin Button. I found it to be a profoundly moving experience and I really hope it wins.

8:23pm: Don Cheadle is in Hotel For Dogs? Oh, what happened to you…

8:25pm: Brad Pitt really is quite talented. I can’t believe that’s Benjamin Button in Burn After Reading. And, oy, they had to go remind me of The Spirit and Eva Mendez. I hate you, and what you did to Sand Saref.

8:26pm: Someone has a hard-on for Speilberg…

8:27pm: Jonathan Rhys Meyers will always look like a paedophile. And Gabriel Byrne wins Best Actor-Television Drama. And he’s not there. Which seems to flummox Hayden Panetierre and Zac Effron.

8:28pm: Good lord, the patter this year is brutal.

8:29pm: Best Actress Television Drama – Anna Paquin, True Blood. Huh. Oh, Golden Globes and your strange television awards. Do you all just get together and smoke some hash before you watch your screeners?

8:35pm: Ricky Gervais is the best person ever.

8:37pm: Thanks, announcer guy. I think I can figure out who the stars of the Jonas Brothers movie is.

8:39pm: Best Animated Feature – Wall-E. Yeah, I wrote that before they even announced it. Do you really think it’s not going to win. I’m typing this as clips for the other movies are playing. Because Wall-E is obviously going to win. It’s the only shoe-in of the night. And I still haven’t seen it. What is wrong with me. And there it is, they just announced its win.

8:40pm: Could Depp BE more uncomfortable?

8:41pm: Actress Musical/Comedy – Sally Hawkins, Happy Go Lucky. Side note, people are starting to spurn the Golden Globes like they’re the People’s Choice Awards or something.

8:42pm: Oh! I want to know what Meryl Streep said to Sall Hawkins! There should be a new rule that every table has to have a mic on it so we can hear these things. Oh, it’s so sweet! She’s crying! It’s so wonderful to see people who really, genuinely appreciate it.

8:45pm: and the audio has failed us. This is like, a D-grade production.

8:49pm: Random observtion… I don’t think there were any baby bumps on the red carpet this year. Is the celebrity baby boom fad done with? Hey, a Heroes preview! Peter lost his Batman voice! Yay!

8:50pm: Another random observation.. Melissa George is pretty. And now Benjamin Button is being presented. Good lord, I loved this movie so much. It was so incredibly moving. Absolutely perfect and beautiful.

8:51pm: I think there might be something living in Drew Barrymore’s hair….

8:54pm: TV Miniseries or Movie – John Adams. Duh. It’s weird. A few years ago I was so into every tv movie/miniseries I could get my hands on. That totally died. The only one of these I’ve seen is Raisin in the Sun. And that’s only because we watched it in my theater class. And that’s only because we couldn’t find the Sidney Poitier version.

8:56: Supporting Actor Motion Picture…. Everyone seems to love Tropic Thunder…. huh… that makes me a little nervous for my Joker… let’s see… Few, thank god…. Heath Ledger wins. Poor Chris Nolan, having to accept all these awards for his late friend… observation… at the Critics Choice Awards all the fellow nominees looked thrilled for him…. not this time around…

8:58pm: Chris Nolan is eloquent and completely and totally correct.

9:03pm: Tom Brokaw has a funny voice.

9:04pm: Man, I remember when I used to think Colin Farrell was SO hot. That was a REALLY long time ago.

9:06pm: Best Foreign Language Picture – Waltz With Bashir

9:07pm: Okay, is anyone else getting that weird echo?

9:08pm: Oh, god! Maggie Gyllenhaal is so pretty. Why does she dress like that? Why?

9:09pm: Actress tv movie – Laura Linney, John Adams. Side note… I think Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gyllenhaal might be banging each other.

9:13pm: Ah, the International trailer. Yes please, I would like to make a deposit.  A deposit of MURDER.

9:16pm: So Zack and Miri bombed so bad they couldn’t introduce Banks and Rogen as “The stars of Zack and Miri”…..

9:17pm: Best Screenplay – Slumdog Millionaire

9:19pm: Television Actor Comedy – Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock. Oh, David Duchovney…. you lost your wife and the Golden Globe. But I’m pretty sure you didn’t lose the award because of your sex addiction…. or did you…. hmmm….. Sex Addiction…. it loses you Golden Globes…. that sounds mildly sexual.

9:26pm: OH MY GOD, IT’S A MONSTER….. no, wait… it’s Renee Zellwegger…. yes, it’s a monster!!!!!

9:28pm: Tv Movie Actor – Paul Giamatti, John Adams

9:30pm: Please let’s speed up the speeches. I have to pee so fracking bad.

9:31pm: Gah, Glenn Close! Just because you’re old, that doesn’t mean you have to dress like a crazy person.

9:32pm: Television Comedy – 30 Rock. I really do enjoy the hell out of that show.

9:35pm: Tracy Morgan provided one of the most entertaining moments of the evening so far.

9:38pm: David Duchovney should feel guilty. He sex addiction is ruining ALL the awards for Californication.

9:40: Ummmm… I might just be seeing what I want to see… but was that Twin Peaks villain Wyndom Earle in the commercial for The Last Templar?

9:42pm: My affiliate is RAPING the audio tonight.

9:43pm: Best Score – Slumdog Millionaire.


9:45pm: Actress TV Comedy – Tina Fey, 30 Rock

9:47pm: Tina Fey gives the best acceptance speech of the night. I kind of wish I had made fun of her so she would tell me to suck it.

9:50pm: My affiliate is now raping EVERYTHING. The Friday Night Lights ad turned into green snow for about 15 seconds.

9:52pm: Oh god, the Cecil B. Demille award…. this would be the time that it would be okay to rape the live feed, NBC affiliate…

9:55pm: I really want the Oscars or the Globes to give David Lynch the big lifetime achievement award.

9:58pm: Man, Munich is a good movie.

9:59pm: Twister and Men In Black should NEVER be included in an awards reel.

10pm: I’ll take the always boring acceptance speech to look at some pictures from the red carpet…

10:08pm: looking at some red carpet pics…. so far, definitely better than the travesty that was the Critics Choice Awards…. but I’m not really wowed by anything. How sad.

10:11pm: Dustin Hoffman looks thrilled.

10:12pm: Best Director – Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire.

10:13pm: Danny Boyle looks like Harry Potter.

10:16pm: I can’t believe Sandra Bullock is wearing one of the best dresses of the night. I still hate her. She sounds like a moron up there.

10:18pm: Best Actor Comedy/Musical – Colin Farrell, In Bruges

10:25pm: how is it that Salma Hayek still only barely speaks english?

10:26pm: Ha! A plastic surgery joke in relation to Benjamin Button. I so didn’t see that coming.

10:27pm: Best Musical/Comedy – Vicky Christina Barcelona

10:31 pm: Did they hire an actual retarded person to write the announcer’s stuff?

10:35pm: Freida Pinto’s dress is so disappointing.

10:36pm: Best Actress Drama – Katie Winslet, Revolustionary Road!!!!!!! OH MY GOD SHE WON DOUBLE!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!

10:38pm: Oh my god, I love Kate Winslet so much.

10:41pm: Blake Lively looks a little less boring with Rainn Wilson standing next to her.

10:42pm: Best Drama Television – MAD MEN!!!!! WHOOOOO!

10:48pm: Best Actor Drama – Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler. Awww……. I’m really happy for him.

10:51pm: AH! Darren Aronofsky just gave the middle finger on live tv! Awesome!

10:52pm: Wow…. that just became the most depressing accaptance speech I’ve ever heard.

10:56pm: Best Pic time. I’m getting sleepy. Thank god.

10:57pm: The Winner is……………………………. Slumdog Millionaire

10:58: What a night. I’m pretty sure all of Hollywood was wasted. Good show. Thanks, Fort Wayne NBC affiliate for raping the broadcast. Stay tuned tomorrow sometime for my fashion rundown.


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Get Ready For the Golden Globes Tonight!

It’s an exciting night. Golden Globes night. Not quite as prestigious as the Oscars, but it’s still a celebration of film, with pretty dresses (I hope to god the red carpet is better than the travesty that was the Critics’ Choice Awards) and drunk celebrities.

And, more importantly, it will be thoughtful.thinking.thoughts’ first live blogging experience. I won’t blog the red carpet, but I will be live blogging the show. So keep checking back. It’ll be fun.

Every year I like to pretend I get to go to the awards shows and I spend hours on the internet looking for a dress I’d love to wear. This year I settled on this one…

Thought not in yellow. That color washes me out. Maybe a nice navy.

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That Dark Knight is back in the game!

With snubs from both the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press, it looked like The Dark Knight’s Best Picture chances at the Oscars were dead in the water.

Then the Directors Guild and the Producers Guild announced their nominees. Ladies and gentlemen, The Dark Knight is back in the game.

Not only that, but it looks like all the films nominated for both awards have a very high chance of getting the final nods, because both awards match each other, five for five.

Producer’s Guild of America nominees
Slumdog Millionaire
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight

Director’s Guild of America nominees
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Gus Van Sant, Milk
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight

And with that, The Dark Night officially re-entered the race. It seems like these will be the five nominees, with Doubt, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, and The Wrestler having outside chances, but it looks like these movies will get their Oscar love through the acting races this year.

Here’s a musing: What the hell happened, Revolutionaty Road? Last year at this time you were being touted as THE Best Picture front runner. And then you kind of just floudered, despire stellar reviews. All I can figure is that it was the “prestigious” release pattern that backfired. All of the movies getting nominated for the major awards recieved a fairly sizeable release before the year ended, while everyone was wondering, “When the hell is Revolutionary Road opening?” Of course, if the movie garners acting nods that theory may be proven to be false. Did you just collapse under your own hype? An adaptation of one of the greatest America novels that’s recieved excellent notices from those who’ve seen it deserves more attention than this.

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SAG Nominations!

It’s looking more and more likely that¬†The Dark Knight¬†will not be getting a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards (I can still hope though). The Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards are the biggest forecasters of the Oscars. As we all already know from my previous post,¬†The Dark Knight¬†did not garner a nomination in BEST PICTURE DRAMA. It also failed to garner a SAG nomination in BEST ENSEMBLE – the guild’s equivilant to BEST PICTURE. The critics are bestowing their love upon it, but it looks like the industry isn’t.

So let’s take a look at the SAG nominees for BEST ENSEMBLE…

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Slumdog Millionaire

Compared to the Globe’s Drama nominees,¬†Doubt¬†and¬†Milk¬†take the place of¬†Revolutionary Road¬†and¬†The Reader. I’m predicting (….I really get nervous predicting these things…) that¬†Revolutionary Road¬†will get the nod over¬†Doubt, but that¬†Milk¬†will get in over¬†The Reader. The most exciting thing about this season is that there still isn’t a clear front runner for who’s going to win.¬†

So…. SAGs for Actor….

Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank  Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Richard Jenkins makes a late surge here, overtaking Leonardo DiCaprio’s¬†Revolutionary Road¬†nod at the Globes. I’m really, REALLY hoping that this is the year Leo finally wins his Oscar, so I’m hoping that he makes it into the final five. And I think of these five, Jenkins is the only one who might not get into the Oscar circle.¬†

Actress time…

Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Melissa Leo overtakes¬†I’ve Loved You So Long‘s¬†Kristin Scott Thomas, who got the Globe nod. I really think that Leo will end up in the final five at the Oscars over Scott Thomas. I’m betting these are going to be Oscar’s five. And I’m betting Hathaway takes the award, though I’m REALLY hoping Winslet finally wins. Though she might have a shot with¬†The Reader¬†too.

Onto Supporting Actor…

Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downey, Jr, Tropic Thunder
Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

These noms are pretty different from the Globe nods. Hoffman, Ledger, and Downey all recieved nods in both. Patel and Brolin are the newbs here, replacing Tom Cruise in¬†Tropic Thunder¬†and Ralph Fiennes in¬†The Duchess. Brolin’s nod here was expected considering most were baffled by his absence on the Globe’s list, and I bet he makes it into the final five come Oscar time. Dev Patel is the wild card here. Most are arguing he doesn’t belong in this category, but in the lead category. It’s very possible he won’t get nominated at the Oscars, leaving that fifth spot wide open, because neither Fiennes nor Cruise are locks. And it’s looking like Ledger will probably win the Oscar. He’s taking nearly all the pre-cursor wins so far.

And Supporting Actress….

Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Kate Winslet, The Reader

The Supporting Actress race is usually the most interesting race of Oscar night. Lots of unknowns mixing in with past nominees, the winner is often hard to guess. And it’s also often hard to guess who the final Oscar nominees will be. Tarji P. Henson got the SAG nod over Marisa Tomei in¬†The Wrestler¬†(who got the Globe nod). They’re both getting equal attention from the critics, so either of them could be the fifth. And don’t count out Rosemarie DeWitt in¬†Rachel Getting Married. The winner here is even more unsure. This could be where Winslet takes the Oscar (God, I want her to have an Oscar so bad). But it’s such a wide open category. I just really hope Amy Adams does get nominated so I can call her a two time Oscar nominee. Because Amy Adams is amazing.

And the Oscar anticipation just keeps on growing. 

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The Globes.

I love awards season. I love the movies that come out, I love the FYC ads, I love all the pretty dresses, I love the shows and all the anticipations.

If there’s one awards show whose nominations always make me go “Hmmm…” it’s the Golden Globes. They also cover television, but I discovered long ago that their television awards are a complete joke, and this year is just another example of that. Pushing Daisies and Lost completely shut out? Yeah, okay HFPA. Whatever you say.

But their movie awards are always interesting. They are a good indicator as to what’s gong to be nominated come Oscar time. But the fact that they split the films into the drama and comedy categories makes for some really unique choices.

Like James Franco getting a Best Actor nomination for Pineapple Express. It’s highly doubtful that he’ll be nominated for an Oscar. If the Globes didn’t have separate categories for comedy, he probably wouldn’t have been nominated for the Globe. That’s not to say he doesn’t deserve the nomination, though. His performance in Pineapple Express was hilarious and completely endearing.

While the drama category generally gives a pretty good idea of what films will back raking in the awards throughout the season, the Best Picture Comedy/Musical category is always strange. Maybe one of two of the films nominated each year have a shot at the Oscar nomination, but usually this category nominates films that are going to fly completely below Oscars radar, or films that aren’t really that good at all. This year, critical darlings Happy Go Lucky and In Bruges garnered Best Picture and acting nominations, but as usual with films in this category, the Drama categories are so packed with heavy hitters like The Reader, Revolutionary Road, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Frost/Nixon that these two films will get very little recognition, if any at all, in the Oscar nominations.

While the Drama categories aren’t quite as filled with surprises and no-chancers, the split of the categories do allow for some pleasant surprises, like Kristen Scott Thomas’ nomination for I’ve Loved You So Long. It’s a film that hasn’t gotten too much Oscar buzz, but looking at the nominees in both Best Actress categories, this nod makes it seem very, very possible that KST will receive love from the Academy.

The Supporting categories are NOT split into Drama and Comedy (lord knows why not). Which makes the surprise nomination of Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder even stranger. The fact this this nomination is such a huge out of nowhere shock, combined with the fact that Josh Brolin, who has reveived INCREDIBLE reviews for his performance in Milk, is absent from the list, makes it doubtful that Cruise will ride this little surprise to Oscar glory.

And does the lack of a Best Picture nomination for The Dark Knight mean that it’s chances for a BP nod at the Oscars is dead? I don’t know. It certainly means that it’s not quite the lock that a lot of overzealous folk were claiming it was. I can say that I HIGHLY doubt that ANY of the BP Comedy/Musical nominees will make it to the Academy’s BP list. And it does seem very, very possible that GG’s Drama category will go 5/5 this year with Oscar. It looks to be extremely competetive, with no clear front runner at this point.

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