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Cinema Chat: Golden Globes, Oscars, Nebraska, Philomena and More

Dec 26, 2013

In this day-after Christmas installment of Cinema Chat, Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins begins his conversation with WEMU's David Fair discussing the upcoming awards season.

The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

Winners announced on Sunday, January 12th, broadcast at 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC.

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Credit The Michigan Theater

  • 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  • Captain Phillips (2013)
  • Gravity (2013)
  • Rush (2013/I)
  • Philomena (2013)

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

  • American Hustle (2013)
  • Her (2013)
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
  • Nebraska (2013)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  • Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
  • Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips (2013)
  • Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
  • Robert Redford for All Is Lost (2013)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

  • Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013)
  • Sandra Bullock for Gravity (2013)
  • Judi Dench for Philomena (2013)
  • Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
  • Kate Winslet for Labor Day (2013)

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

  • Christian Bale for American Hustle (2013)
  • Bruce Dern for Nebraska (2013)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  • Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
  • Joaquin Phoenix for Her (2013)

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

  • Amy Adams for American Hustle (2013)
  • Julie Delpy for Before Midnight (2013)
  • Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha (2012)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Enough Said (2013)
  • Meryl Streep for August: Osage County (2013)

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

  • Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips (2013)
  • Daniel Brühl for Rush (2013/I)
  • Bradley Cooper for American Hustle (2013)
  • Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  • Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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

  • Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine (2013)
  • Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle (2013)
  • Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  • Julia Roberts for August: Osage County (2013)
  • June Squibb for Nebraska (2013)

Best Director - Motion Picture

  • Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013)
  • Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips (2013)
  • Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  • David O. Russell for American Hustle (2013)
  • Alexander Payne for Nebraska (2013)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

  • 12 Years a Slave (2013): John Ridley
  • American Hustle (2013): Eric Singer, David O. Russell
  • Her (2013): Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska (2013): Bob Nelson
  • Philomena (2013): Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

  • Frozen (2013/I): Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez("Let It Go")
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (2013): T-Bone Burnett, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Justin Timberlake, George Cromaty, Ed Rush("Please Mr. Kennedy")
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013): Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion("Atlas")
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013): Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton("Ordinary Love")
  • One Chance (2013): Jack Antonoff, Taylor Swift("Sweeter Than Fiction")

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

  • 12 Years a Slave (2013): Hans Zimmer
  • All Is Lost (2013): Alex Ebert
  • The Book Thief (2013): John Williams
  • Gravity (2013): Steven Price
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013): Alex Heffes

Best Animated Film

  • Frozen (2013/I): Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
  • The Croods (2013)
  • Despicable Me 2 (2013): Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
  • The Great Beauty (2013)
  • The Hunt (2012)
  • The Past (2013)
  • The Wind Rises (2013)


It’s the time of year where cinema screens in Ann Arbor and everywhere are crammed with worthy award contenders. David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” nominated for seven Golden Globes, tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).  Also starring Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner, expect to see a lot of Oscar recognition for this ode to the 70’s come nomination time. “American Hustle” continues at the State Theatre and everywhere.

“Saving Mr. Banks” might be the perfect Holiday film and could land Emma Thompson her second Academy Award. Her performance as “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers is garnering a huge amount of buzz, and while Tom Hanks is generating a lot of attention for his role in “Captain Phillips,” don’t count out his portrayal of Walt Disney come Oscar season. “Saving Mr. Banks” continues at the Michigan Theater and everywhere.

“Nebraska,” currently playing at the Michigan Theater, is sure to get a Best Actor nomination for Bruce Dern, and possibly Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Will Forte and June Squibb, respectively playing the son and wife of Dern’s amusingly deluded, but determined patriarch.

“Philomena” should earn Dame Judi Dench a Best Actress nomination and could earn co-star and writer Steve Coogan a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for this compelling story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her when she was a teenager. Now playing exclusively at the State Theatre.

Could “The Wolf of Wall Street” finally get Leonardo DiCaprio his Oscar? Early reviews are hailing Martin Scorsese’s film as a surefire classic. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine says “Scorsese is jabbing hard at America's jackpot culture. The laughs are merciless and nonstop, every one with a sting in its tail.” A Best Director nomination seems like a lock at this point, but don’t count out Jonah Hill for Best Supporting Actor.

A film sure to garner a lot of attention come award season is Spike Jonze’s “Her,” about  a withdrawn writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson ). Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine says “Jonze creates the splendid anachronism of a movie romance that is laugh-and-cry and warm all over, totally sweet and utterly serious.”  But the real question is whether Johansson could receive award recognition for her vocal performance.

There are so many other films that should get attention, including “Inside Llewyn Davis” (which opens January 10 at the Michigan Theater), “All Is Lost” starring Robert Redford, and the hit fall films “Gravity” and “12 Years A Slave” which will be back in theaters January 17.

Sundance is coming to town

This year, the Michigan Theater will screen “Infinitely Polar Bear” as part of Sundance Film Festival USA. This drama stars Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award-nominee Mark Ruffalo, was written by Emmy Award-nominee Maya Forbes (who is also making her directorial debut), and is produced by Oscar Award-winner J.J. Abrams. A manic-depressive mess of a father (Ruffalo) tries to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana) by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier. As in previous years, cast and crew members from the film will attend the event and answer audience questions after the screening. “Infinitely Polar Bear” plays on January 30 at the Michigan Theater.

And to round out the Sundance experience, the Michigan Theater will screen Sundance Shorts, a collection of the best shorts from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Shorts play on Tuesday January 28 AND Wednesday January 29 at 7:00 PM

New York Film Critics screenings at the Michigan

Academy Award nominees Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star in “At Middleton” as straight-laced George and eccentric Edith, two strangers who meet on their children’s campus tour at the idyllic Middleton College. Failing comically to connect with their kids, George and Edith play hooky together, ditching the official tour for a carefree adventure reminiscent of their own college years. But what begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes a revealing and enlightening experience that will change their lives forever. A light-hearted romance for adults on the surface, “At Middleton” is a deeply moving portrait of roads not taken and the timelessness of youth. The screening will be followed by a conversation via Skype conducted by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone with actors Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia, and director Adam Rogers. “At Middleton” plays Tuesday January 21 at 8 PM.