In 2009 when the cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama was hijacked by Somali pirates most of the world was introduced to a new kind of pirate. These weren’t the romantic visions that Disney and Johnny Depp have so colorfully crafted, but real, desperate human beings playing out a losing battle as the world watched.
So it seems only appropriate that the film “Captain Phillips” would be just as much about his four captors as it was about the courageous captain. Read the rest of this entry
Another Sunday, another detour from our month of movies.
This week we’re going to the Grammys (not literally).
Tonight is music’s big night, and since film and music have always had a strong and close relationship, this seems like an acceptable detour.
Don’t worry, we won’t be making predictions for tonight’s top awards (Taylor Swift?). However, we would like to address (or “a dress”) one particular facet of tonight’s awards—the dress code. Read the rest of this entry
Fans of film and television, the big night is finally here! It’s mere hours until the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards begin, and that means one thing here at 2WC—predictions.
Not to put too much pressure on these conjectures, but their accuracy may set the tone for the whole awards season. The winners tonight, while not guaranteed an Oscar victory, do move up in the realm of likelihood. So, of course we take these very seriously.
In years past, we have hedged our bets a little. We’ve proposed who we want to win, and who we think will win. This year, we get one guess, and of course allow ourselves plenty of explanation to include our personal favorites as well…blogger’s prerogative.
Still, a blog can only contain so much, it has to end somewhere, which is why we’ll also be live-tweeting the Golden Globes this evening. So enjoy our predictions below, and check back in tonight as we comment on victories, defeats, and just about everything else. It’s Hollywood’s greatest party and we have a thing or two to say about it, so check in here: 2WC on Twitter.
For now feel free to check out our four cents and share your own predictions: Read the rest of this entry
After a rocky technological start, the Oscar season is now in full swing. The snubs, shocks, and speculation has already started flying and we’re in for weeks and weeks more of it.
Once again, due to some kind of mathematical, statistical factor in the nomination process, there are only 9 nominees for Best Picture, a category that allows for ten nominees. I admit, I’m no statistician, but it seems to me that nominating the ten movies with the most votes may be a valid way to go about it, but that’s not the point…today. Read the rest of this entry
It’s hard to believe, but the awards season is upon movie-lovers. It’s a season of triumphs, tragedies, and oh so few comedies (what’s up with that?). Plus we have the ever-raging battle of Oscars vs. Golden Globes.
Whether or not you were aware of this sibling (or possibly distant cousin) rivalry, it’s real and the Oscars have landed another blow to their small screen loving cousin.
What heinous act have they committed? …you might ask. They’ve gone and moved their timeline up two whole weeks. GASP!!!
For those lost on why this is a slap in the face to the Golden Globes, let me explain: there is a (probably not entirely true) belief that the outcome of the Golden Globes has an influence on the Oscar nominations.
This calendar shift has many thinking that the Golden Globes are getting shoved into obscurity. What these “many” fail to realize is that Oscar nominations were in fact due before the Golden Globe ceremonies last year as well.
Also, we don’t watch the Golden Globes to see what the forecast for the Oscars is. We watch to see just what they’ll let Ricky Gervais get away with this year, and who exactly celebrities thank after they’ve had a few glasses of champagne.
Okay, so the interested among us also like to guess at Oscar nominations too, but will this shift in schedules really impact that? No, and it’s hard to believe that’s true for anyone else either.
Whether or not this was a logistical act of warfare by the Academy against the Globes may never be known, but I can’t imagine (regardless of motive) that it will truly have much impact. However, I invite them to surprise me, preferably through unforeseen nomination choices. Do your worst.
“Oscars vs. Globes: A Big Announcement Changes the Oscar Race, Fails to Fix the Problem”: TIME
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