Here Are The 2021 Nominations of the Portland Critics Association!


The Portland Critics Association, a new group, has announced the nominations for the best of 2021!  The nominees are below while the winners will be announced on the 17th!

Best Picture
Last Night in Soho
Licorice Pizza
The Power of the Dog
The Green Knight
The Last Duel
West Side Story

Best Director
David Lowery, The Green Knight
Denis Villeneuve, Dune
Edgar Wright, Last Night in Soho
Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

Best Male Leading Role
Andrew Garfield, tick tick… BOOM!
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Dev Patel, The Green Knight
Nicolas Cage, Pig
Will Smith, King Richard

Best Female Leading Role
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World
Tessa Thompson, Passing

Best Male Supporting Role
Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza
Jared Leto, House of Gucci
Jeffrey Wright, The French Dispatch
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
Mike Faist, West Side Story

Best Female Supporting Role
Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley
Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
Ruth Negga, Passing

Best Ensemble Cast
Dune
House of Gucci
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
The Harder They Fall
West Side Story

Best Animated Feature
Flee
Luca
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Documentary Feature
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry
Flee
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time
Summer of Soul
The Sparks Brothers
The Velvet Underground

Best Film Not in the English Language
Drive My Car
Flee
Lamb
Petite Maman
The Worst Person in the World
Titane

Best Comedy Feature
Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar
Licorice Pizza
Shiva Baby
The French Dispatch
The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Best Horror Feature
Candyman
Fear Street Part One: 1994
Last Night in Soho
Malignant
The Night House
Titane

Best Science Fiction Feature
Dune
Godzilla vs Kong
Oxygen
Eternals
The Tomorrow War

Best Oregon Feature
Everything in the End
Lorelei
Luz
Pig

Best Screenplay
Licorice Pizza
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
The Lost Daughter
The Power of the Dog

Best Cinematography
Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Green Knight
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Original Score
Dune
Last Night in Soho
No Time to Die
Spencer
The Power of the Dog

Best Costume Design
Dune
House of Gucci
Nightmare Alley
Spencer
The Last Duel
West Side Story

Best Production Design
Dune
Nightmare Alley
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

Best Sound Design
Dune
The Green Knight
The Harder They Fall
The Power of the Dog
tick tick… BOOM!
West Side Story

Best Visual Effects
Dune
Eternals
Godzilla vs Kong
No Time to Die
The Green Knight

Best Stunts or Action Choreography
Dune
No Time to Die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The Harder They Fall
The Last Duel

TV Review: Dexter: New Blood 1.6 “Too Many Tuna Sandwiches” (dir by Marcos Siega)


AGCK!  HARRISON BROKE THAT KID’S ARM!

Listen, a lot of interesting and important things happened on the latest episode of Dexter: New Blood.  Angela broke up with Dexter after revealing that she knew that Dexter was lying about his identity.  Dexter now has all the evidence that he needs to know that Kurt is a serial killer.  Kurt is continuing to bond with Harrison, to the extent that he’s now becoming as much of a father figure to Harrison as Dexter is.  The scene where Dexter and Harrison went to therapy together was classic, cringey Dexter.  Harrison and Audrey’s relationship is getting serious.  Hell, even Molly had something important to do this week.  There were a lot of good and memorable moments to be found in the sixth episode of Dexter: New Blood.

But what we’re always going to remember is Harrison coolly and efficiently snapping that kid’s arm.  Maybe it was the “crack” sound effect or that the show cut away just as the bone snapped but that totally freaked me out.  I’m just hoping the bone didn’t piece the skin.  God, I’m cringing just thinking about it.

Yes, Harrison definitely has some issues.  That’s been clear since the first episode.  With each subsequent episode, Harrison has gotten a little bit more openly violent, a little more openly insolent, and a little angrier.  Harrison is a time bomb and you have to wonder just what exactly Dexter is going to do about this.  Because his son seems like he’s going to snap eventually — ugh, snap.  Snap just like that kid’s arm….

The obvious solution would be for Dexter and son to go into business together, working as a team to take down murderers.  But is it too late for Dexter to do for Harrison what Harry did for him?  Dexter was raised for an early age to hunt down evildoers.  Harrison has developed his “dark passenger” without the benefit of guidance.  The entire town should be worried.

As for the rest of the episode, it was a good one.  It didn’t get bogged down in improbable coincidences like the previous episode and the story is definitely moving forward.  Dexter now knows that Kurt is a serial killer and, as a result of following Molly, he now knows where Kurt takes his victims.  But how long until Kurt figures out just who exactly Dexter is?  It’s going to happen.  Either Harrison is going to tell him or Kurt will figure it out on his own by listening to Molly’s podcast.  It’s obvious already that Kurt is going to do what he can to break up Harrison and Dexter …. in fact, he’s going to break up their uneasy relationship just as surely as Harrison broke that kid’s arm!  OH MY GOD!

Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter get and deserve a lot of praise for their work on Dexter.  Clancy Brown is doing good work as Kurt but that shouldn’t be a surprise, seeing as how he’s Clancy Brown.  But I have to say that the actor who is really taking me by surprise is Jack Alcott.  In previous episodes, Alcott has done a great job maintaining a balance between making Harrison sympathetic and making him petulant.  I mean, Harrison has been through a lot so it makes sense that he would not be the most emotionally stable character on the show and Alcott has done a good job of capturing Harrison’s unpredictable nature.  But last night, Alcott was briefly terrifying.  The look of pure hatred that went across Harrison’s face before he broke his opponent’s arm was genuinely scary.  And, of course, only Dexter and the audience noticed.  I’ll be interested to hear what Ghost Deb thinks about all this.

This was a good episode and I look forward to seeing what happens next week.  Will Harrison face any consequences or will he get away with yet another act of violence?  And how long until Kurt and Dexter have their final confrontation?

We’ll know soon enough!

“Clusterfux Comix” Proves The Underground Ain’t Dead Yet


Violence! Depravity! Sacrilege! Perversion! All played for prurient and juvenile laughs! Par for the course in, say, 1969, sure — but in 2021? Not really so much.

By and large comics are either classy, formulaic, or both now — on the one hand we’ve got the high-brow releases from respected, dare I say institutional, independent publishers, while on the other we’ve got both the staid, editorially-managed offerings of the “Big Two,” which primarily seek to protect the brand identity of their so-called “IP,” and the creator-driven wares of your Images and your Dark Horses that aspire to become the next profitable “IP.” In between, well — there’s a whole lot, actually, but not a lot of that “whole lot” openly takes its cues from the spirit, if not the actual aesthetic, of the late 1960s/early 1970s underground. Maybe the medium has simply grown up, or maybe the backlash against cartoonists such as Johnny Ryan who have picked up that gauntlet has become so severe that other artists who might aspire to do work in at least a tonally similar vein have decided to do something else (say, something that might actually pay the bills) instead. Whatever the case may be, while there’s a shitload of variety in comics these days — perhaps more than there ever has been — there’s not a ton of stuff coming out that I wouldn’t feel comfortable showing to just about anybody.

Enter editor/publisher Cameron Hatheway, whose Clusterfux Comix seeks to redress the balance, at least to the extent that a relatively obscure (and I mean that as a compliment) “neo-underground” anthology can. This, friends, is indeed stuff I wouldn’t feel comfortable showing to just about anybody, and while I’d be lying if I said I found the contents of its first three issues to be uniformly impressive, that’s okay, because these magazine-sized comics aren’t uniformly anything — and that’s what makes them exciting.

Monstrosities of the real and decidedly unreal nature populate these pages, and while much of the cartooning fits somewhere along a broadly-delineated spectrum of amateurishness, there’s no mistaking the energy and vitality that goes into most of these strips, be they by reasonably-established names in the small press community such as Isaac Roller and Adam Yeater, or relative newcomers to the so-called “scene” such as Miguel Elias Aguilar or Hannah FitzGerald (which I take to be a sort of “okay, yeah, I get it” nom de plume). No one here is fucking around, which is good, but no one gives a fuck, either, which is even better.

I should, however, be specific in terms of what I mean by that : it’s not that no one gives a fuck about their craft, it’s more that no one gives a fuck about who they might offend. And yet, as a general rule of thumb, the cartoonists who seem to be coalescing into Hatheway’s stable of de facto “regulars” aren’t out to get cheap shocks and even cheaper thrills — there’s none of the racism or misogyny of the old-school undergrounds, for instance, on offer in this comic. Rather, there is a very deliberate eschewing of delicacy here, of refined sensibility — these are comics designed to have an impact, to make a mark, to leave you wondering what it was you just read and whether or not you liked it. If you need a comparison to other contemporary anthologies (and you don’t, but let’s go with it anyway), this one hews closer to a Reptile House than it does to, say, a Now, but it’s worth noting that just three issues in it seems to have staked out a ground entirely its own, even if it’s still not entirely clear what that ground is composed of.

Again, though, rather than taking this to mean that this is an unfocused or scattershot publication, I think it’s more accurate to view it as one still in the process of carving out its own territory, and deciding along the way how expansive it wants that territory to be. Certainly most of the cartoonists whose work Hatheway has presented to date are concerned with narrative to one degree or another, but that doesn’t mean they all are, nor that the ones who are have much interest in being slavishly beholden to conventional definitions of it — indeed, if you like comics where everyone is “doing their own thing,” including discovering what “their own thing” even is in the first place? You’ve come to the right place.

Yes, that means there are going to be out-and-out misfires — although there seem to be fewer with each successive issue — and yes, that means there will be strips where one can clearly discern the artist’s intent despite said intent not necessarily being achieved. And hey, yeah, there will also be strips that just plain don’t register with individual readers for equally-individual reasons. This is an anthology, after all, and that’s how they tend to roll. Taking full stock of it as I am here though, rather than doing individual reviews for each issue, leaves me with the distinct impression that things are coming together, and the wonderfully inventive long-form strip by Dylan Henty — whose work echoes both Gary Panter and Rory Hayes at the margins while at the same time establishing a unique voice and point of view unto itself — that rounds out issue three probably stands as the strongest piece to appear in this series so far. If Hatheway continues to attract talent of this caliber, then who knows? A year or two from now we might be talking about this as one of the very best anthologies out there.

For now, what I can say with certainty is that it has the potential to be, and that it would appear to be determined to live up to that potential. If you don’t offend easily, you’ll find plenty to like here — and if you don’t impress easily, you’ll still find plenty to like here.

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Issues 1-3 of Clusterfux Comix are available directly from the publisher at https://clusterfuxcomix.bigcartel.com/products

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The Las Vegas Film Critics Society Honors Belfast!


The Las Vegas Film Critics Society announced their picks for the best of 2021 today and it was another victory for Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast!

Here are the winners:

Top 10 Films Of 2021
1. Belfast
2. West Side Story
3. The Power of the Dog
4. Licorice Pizza
5. CODA
6. tick, tick… BOOM!
7. King Richard
8. Dune
9. Spencer
10. Mass

Best Picture
Belfast
CODA
Licorice Pizza
tick, tick… BOOM!
West Side Story

Best Actor
Nicolas Cage – Pig
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
Peter Dinklage – Cyrano
Andrew Garfield – tick, tick… BOOM!
Will Smith – King Richard

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
Lady Gaga – House of Gucci
Emilia Jones – CODA
Kristen Stewart – Spencer

Best Supporting Actor
Ciarán Hinds – Belfast
Jared Leto – House of Gucci
Troy Kotsur – CODA
J.K. Simmons – Being the Ricardos
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog

Best Supporting Actress
Caitriona Balfe – Belfast
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Ann Dowd – Mass
Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
Ruth Negga – Passing

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Sian Heder – CODA
Steven Spielberg – West Side Story
Denis Villeneuve – Dune

Best Screenplay (Original)
Being the Ricardos
Belfast
Don’t Look Up
Licorice Pizza
Pig

Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Cyrano
Dune
The Lost Daughter
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

Best Cinematography
Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
Spencer
West Side Story

Best Film Editing
Belfast
Dune
The Power of the Dog
tick, tick… BOOM!
West Side Story

Best Score
Dune
The French Dispatch
The Power of the Dog
Spencer
The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Song
“Down to Joy” – Belfast
“Every Letter” – Cyrano
“Dos Oruguitas” – Encanto
“Be Alive” – King Richard
“No Time to Die” – No Time to Die

Best Animated Film
Encanto
Flee
Luca
The Mitchells vs the Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Documentary
Flee
The Rescue
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
The Sparks Brothers
Summer of Soul

Best International Film
A Hero
Benedetta
Flee
Titane
The Worst Person in the World

Best Costume Design
Cruella
Dune
House of Gucci
Spencer
West Side Story

Best Art Direction
Being the Ricardos
Dune
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
West Side Story

Best Visual Effects
Dune
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Godzilla vs. Kong
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The Suicide Squad

Best Action Film
Black Widow
Nobody
No Time to Die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The Suicide Squad

Best Comedy
Don’t Look Up
Free Guy
The French Dispatch
Licorice Pizza
The Mitchells vs the Machines

Best Family Film
CODA
Encanto
The Mitchells vs the Machines
Jungle Cruise
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Best Horror/Sci-Fi
A Quiet Place II
Army of the Dead
Dune
Godzilla vs. Kong
Werewolves Within

Best Ensemble
Being the Ricardos
CODA
House of Gucci
The French Dispatch
West Side Story

Best Breakout Filmmaker
Nia DaCosta – Candyman
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Lost Daughter
Rebecca Hall – Passing
Fran Krantz – Mass
Questlove – Summer of Soul

Best Male Youth in Film
Gregory Diaz IV – In the Heights
Jude Hill – Belfast
Noah Jupe – A Quiet Place II
Woody Norman – C’mon C’mon
Charlie Shotwell – John and the Hole

Best Female Youth in Film
McKenna Grace – Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Emilia Jones – CODA
Lia Mchugh – Eternals
Saniyya Sidney – King Richard
Millicent Simmonds – A Quiet Place II

The Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore trailer changes our villain again!


Ah, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter returns! With all of the controversy surrounding the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard breakup, Warner Bros. made a switch and now Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is our new Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore! What is it with Mikkelsen playing sorcerers hell bent on destroying things? This is becoming a trend.

This third act has our hero, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his friends out to stop Grindelwald before he can do more damage. As a prequel to the Potter stories, I’m pretty sure they’ll succeed, but how they get there is important. Though I’m not particularly excited for this, having Mads on board is never a bad thing.

Returning are Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Jude Law, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler and Ezra Miller.

The film will be available in theatres in April 2022.

Here Are The 2021 Critics Choice Awards Nominations!


It’s been a busy morning, as far as the Awards Season is concerned.  The Critics Choice Award nominations have been announced!  Usually, I feel safe ignoring the Critics Choice Awards but this year, they could be important because the Golden Globes will not be televised, leaving a void that the Critics Choice Awards are hoping to fill.

The Critics Choice Awards will be stepping into the void on January 9th, 2022.

BEST PICTURE
Belfast
CODA
Don’t Look Up
Dune
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
tick, tick…Boom!
West Side Story

BEST ACTOR
Nicolas Cage – Pig
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
Peter Dinklage – Cyrano
Andrew Garfield – tick, tick…Boom!
Will Smith – King Richard
Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
Lady Gaga – House of Gucci
Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza
Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos
Kristen Stewart – Spencer

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jamie Dornan – Belfast
Ciarán Hinds – Belfast
Troy Kotsur – CODA
Jared Leto – House of Gucci
J.K. Simmons – Being the Ricardos
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Caitríona Balfe – Belfast
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Ann Dowd – Mass
Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard
Rita Moreno – West Side Story

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Jude Hill – Belfast
Cooper Hoffman – Licorice Pizza
Emilia Jones – CODA
Woody Norman – C’mon C’mon
Saniyya Sidney – King Richard
Rachel Zegler – West Side Story

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Belfast
Don’t Look Up
The Harder They Fall
Licorice Pizza
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Guillermo del Toro – Nightmare Alley
Steven Spielberg – West Side Story
Denis Villeneuve – Dune

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
Zach Baylin – King Richard
Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
Adam McKay, David Sirota – Don’t Look Up
Aaron Sorkin – Being the Ricardos

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Lost Daughter
Siân Heder – CODA
Tony Kushner – West Side Story
Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth – Dune

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Bruno Delbonnel – The Tragedy of Macbeth
Greig Fraser – Dune
Janusz Kaminski – West Side Story
Dan Laustsen – Nightmare Alley
Ari Wegner – The Power of the Dog
Haris Zambarloukos – Belfast

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Jim Clay, Claire Nia Richards – Belfast
Tamara Deverell, Shane Vieau – Nightmare Alley
Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo – The French Dispatch
Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo – West Side Story
Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos – Dune

BEST EDITING
Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn – West Side Story
Úna Ní Dhonghaíle – Belfast
Andy Jurgensen – Licorice Pizza
Peter Sciberras – The Power of the Dog
Joe Walker – Dune

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Jenny Beavan – Cruella
Luis Sequeira – Nightmare Alley
Paul Tazewell – West Side Story
Jacqueline West, Robert Morgan – Dune
Janty Yates – House of Gucci

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
Cruella
Dune
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
House of Gucci
Nightmare Alley

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dune
The Matrix Resurrections
Nightmare Alley
No Time to Die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

BEST COMEDY
Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
Don’t Look Up
Free Guy
The French Dispatch
Licorice Pizza

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Encanto
Flee
Luca
The Mitchells vs the Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A Hero
Drive My Car
Flee
The Hand of God
The Worst Person in the World

BEST SONG
Be Alive – King Richard
Dos Oruguitas – Encanto
Guns Go Bang – The Harder They Fall
Just Look Up – Don’t Look Up
No Time to Die – No Time to Die

BEST SCORE
Nicholas Britell – Don’t Look Up
Jonny Greenwood – The Power of the Dog
Jonny Greenwood – Spencer
Nathan Johnson – Nightmare Alley
Hans Zimmer – Dune

The Southern Eastern Film Critics Association Adopts The Power of the Dog


The Southern Eastern Film Critics Association has announced its picks for the best of 2021!

And here they are:

Top 10 Films
1. The Power of the Dog
2. Licorice Pizza
3. Belfast
4. The Green Knight
5. West Side Story
6. The French Dispatch
7. Tick, Tick…BOOM!
8. Drive My Car
9. Dune
10. Summer of Soul

Best Actor
Winner: Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
Runner-Up: Will Smith – King Richard

Best Actress
Winner: Kristen Stewart – Spencer
Runner-Up: Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog
Runner-Up: Jeffrey Wright – The French Dispatch

Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
Runner-Up: Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard

Best Ensemble
Winner: The French Dispatch
Runner-Up: Mass

Best Director
Winner: Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Runner-Up: Steven Spielberg – West Side Story

Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
Runner-Up: Wes Anderson – The French Dispatch

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Runner-Up: Tony Kushner – West Side Story

Best Documentary
Winner: Summer of Soul
Runner-Up: Flee

Best Foreign-Language Film
Winner: Drive My Car
Runner-Up: The Worst Person in the World

Best Animated Film
Winner: The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Runner-Up: Flee

Best Cinematography
Winner: Greig Fraser – Dune
Runner-Up: Ari Wegner – The Power of the Dog

Best Score
Winner: Hans Zimmer – Dune
Runner-Up: Jonny Greenwood – The Power of the Dog

Here Are The 2021 Nominations of the Chicago Film Critics Association!


The Chicago Film Critics Association has announced its nominations for the best of 2021!  Just judging from the number of nominations it received, West Side Story was very popular with the Chicago Outfit.

The winners will be announced on December 15th!

BEST PICTURE
“Drive My Car”
“The Green Knight”
“Licorice Pizza”
“The Power of the Dog”
“West Side Story”

BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza”
Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car”
David Lowery, “The Green Knight”
Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story”

BEST ACTOR
Nicolas Cage, “Pig”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog”
Andrew Garfield, “tick, tick…BOOM!”
Hidetoshi Nishijima, “Drive My Car”
Simon Rex, “Red Rocket”

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter”
Alana Haim, “Licorice Pizza”
Agathe Rousselle, “Titane”
Kristen Stewart, “Spencer”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Bradley Cooper, “Licorice Pizza”
Colman Domingo, “Zola”
Mike Faist, “West Side Story”
Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”
Jeffrey Wright, “The French Dispatch”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Caitriona Balfe, “Belfast”
Jessie Buckley, “The Lost Daughter”
Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”
Riley Keough, “Zola”
Ruth Negga, “Passing”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Drive My Car” by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Haruki Murakami & Takamasa Oe
“The Green Knight” by David Lowery
“The Lost Daughter” by Maggie Gyllenhaal
“The Power of the Dog” by Jane Campion
“West Side Story” by Tony Kushner

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“The Card Counter” by Paul Schrader
“The French Dispatch” by Wes Anderson
“Licorice Pizza” by Paul Thomas Anderson
“Pig” by Michael Sarnoski
“Red Rocket” by Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Belle”
“Encanto”
“Flee”
“Luca”
“The Mitchells vs. The Machines”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“Flee”
“Procession”
“The Sparks Brothers”
“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”
“The Velvet Underground”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Drive My Car”
“A Hero”
“Petite Maman”
“Titane”
“The Worst Person in the World”

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Dune”
“The French Dispatch”
“The Green Knight”
“Nightmare Alley”
“West Side Story”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Dune,” Greig Fraser
“The Green Knight,” Andrew Droz Palermo
“The Power of the Dog,” Ari Wegner
“The Tragedy of Macbeth,” Bruno Delbonnel
“West Side Story,” Janusz Kaminski

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“Cruella,” Jenny Beavan
“Dune,” Robert Morgan & Jacqueline West
“The Green Knight,” Malgosia Turzanska
“Spencer,” Jacqueline Durran
“West Side Story,” Paul Tazewell

BEST EDITING
“Drive My Car,” Azusa Yamazaki
“Dune,” Joe Walker
“The French Dispatch,” Andrew Weisblum
“The Power of the Dog,” Peter Sciberras
“West Side Story,” Michael Kahn & Sarah Broshar

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“Annette,” Ron Mael & Russell Mael
“Dune,” Hans Zimmer
“The French Dispatch,” Alexandre Desplat
“The Power of the Dog,” Jonny Greenwood
“Spencer,” Jonny Greenwood

BEST USE OF VISUAL EFFECTS
“Annette”
“Dune”
“The Green Knight”
“Nightmare Alley”
“Titane”

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”
Alana Haim, “Licorice Pizza”
Emilia Jones, “CODA”
Rachel Sennott, “Shiva Baby”
Rachel Zegler, “West Side Story”

MILOS STEHLIK BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKER AWARD
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter”
Rebecca Hall, “Passing”
Sian Heder, “CODA”
Michael Sarnoski, “Pig”
Emma Seligman, “Shiva Baby”

Belfast Rises From The Ashes, Reborn Thanks To The Phoenix Film Critics Society


The Phoenix Film Critics Society has named Belfast the best film of 2021!

Here are all the winners in Phoenix!

PFCS TOP TEN (in alphabetical order)
Belfast
Don’t Look Up
Dune
Licorice Pizza
Mass
Nightmare Alley
No Time To Die
Spencer
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

BEST PICTURE
Belfast

BEST DIRECTOR
Kenneth Branagh – Belfast

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Kristen Stewart – Spencer

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Ciaran Hinds – Belfast

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story

BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING
Mass

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Belfast

BEST SCREENPLAY ADAPTED FROM OTHER MATERIAL
The Power of the Dog

THE OVERLOOKED FILM OF THE YEAR
Mass

BEST ANIMATED FILM
The Mitchells vs. the Machines

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Hand of God

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Summer of Soul

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
No Time To Die – No Time To Die

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Dune

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Dune

BEST FILM EDITING
Dune

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Nightmare Alley

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Dune

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dune

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH
Jude Hill – Belfast

Here Are The Golden Globe Nominations!


The good news is that, this year, the Golden Globes are not going to be televised so those of us who follow this sort of thing are not going to have to force ourselves to sit through the ceremony.  Barb and Star will not be returning.  We’ll get a break from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler bragging about their famous friends.  No endless skits from SNL cast members.  No …. what?  Yes, I am still bitter about last year’s ceremony.  SERIOUSLY, IT WAS PAINFUL!

The bad news about the Golden Globes is that awards season is always more interesting before the Globe nominations than after.  Apparently, Don’t Look Up is a legitimate contender so I’m going to have watch an Adam McKay movie the week after Christmas.  Thanks a lot, Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Anyway, here are the nominees.

Best Motion Picture, Drama
“Belfast” (Focus Features)
“CODA” (Apple)
“Dune” (Warner Bros.)
“King Richard” (Warner Bros.)
“The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
​“Cyrano”
“Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)
“Licorice Pizza” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
“Tick, Tick … Boom!” (Netflix)
“West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)

Best Director, Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”)
Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”)
Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”)
Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”)
Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”)
Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)
Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”)
Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Marion Cotillard (“Annette”)
Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”)
Jennifer Lawrence (“Don’t Look Up”)
Emma Stone (“Cruella”)
Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Caitríona Balfe (“Belfast”)
Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”)
Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”)
Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”)
Ruth Negga (“Passing”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”)
Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”)
Will Smith (“King Richard”)
Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Don’t Look Up”)
Peter Dinklage (“Cyrano”)
Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick … Boom!”)
Cooper Hoffman (“Licorice Pizza”)
Anthony Ramos (“In the Heights”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Ben Affleck (“The Tender Bar”)
Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”)
Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”)
Troy Kotsur (“CODA”)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”)

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Paul Thomas Anderson — “Licorice Pizza” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
Kenneth Branagh — “Belfast” (Focus Features)
Jane Campion — “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
Adam McKay — “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)
Aaron Sorkin — “Being the Ricardos”

Best Original Score, Motion Picture
“The French Dispatch” (Searchlight Pictures) — Alexandre Desplat
“Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures) — Germaine Franco
“The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) — Jonny Greenwood
“Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classic) — Alberto Iglesias
“Dune” (Warner Bros.) — Hans Zimmer

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Warner Bros.) — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
“Dos Orugitas” from “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures) — Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Down to Joy” from “Belfast” (Focus Features) — Van Morrison
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) — Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King
“No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) — Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell

Best Motion Picture, Animated
“Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Flee” (Neon)
“Luca” (Pixar)
“My Sunny Maad”
“Raya and the Last Dragon”

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
“Compartment No. 6”
“Drive My Car”
“The Hand of God”
“A Hero”
“Parallel Mothers”

Best Television Series, Drama
“Lupin”
“The Morning Show”
“Post”
“Squid Game”
“Succession”

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
“The Great” (Hulu)
“Hacks” (HBO Max)
“Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)
“Reservation Dogs” (FX on Hulu)
“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television
​“Dopesick”
“Impeachment: American Crime Story”
“Maid” (Netflix)
“Mare of Easttown” (HBO)
“The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Prime Video)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”)
Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Mj Rodriguez (“Pose”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”)
Elle Fanning (“The Great”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
Jean Smart (“Hacks”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Chastain (“Scenes From a Marriage”)
Cynthia Erivo (“Genius: Aretha”)
Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision“)
Margaret Qualley (“Maid”)
Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role
​Jennifer Coolidge (“White Lotus”)
Kaitlyn Dever (“Dopesick”)
Andie MacDowell (“Maid”)
Sarah Snook (“Succession”)
Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Brian Cox (“Succession”)
Lee Jung-jae (“Squid Game”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Jeremy Strong (“Succession”)
Omar Sy (“Lupin”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
​Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”)
Steve Martin (“Only Murders in the Building”)
Martin Short (“Only Murders in the Building”)
Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)
Oscar Isaac (“Scenes From a Marriage”)
Michael Keaton (“Dopesick”)
Ewan McGregor (“Halston”)
Tahar Rahim (“The Serpent”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role
Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Mark Duplass (“The Morning Show”)
Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)
Oh Yeong-su (“Squid Game”)