Marvel and DC News

San Diego Comic Con, one of the World’s biggest and renowned conventions, has dropped some major news this week, particularly in the world of Superheroes. Let’s sum up:

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Practically every single Marvel actor was at the comic con (with the exception of Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans) and it was a beautiful sight. They’re keeping most of Avengers: Infinity War under wraps for the moment but they released their new poster for it which look incredible! And there are rumours that teenage Groot appears a lot and will steal the show.

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Thor: Ragnarok‘s new trailer was dropped! Hulk is talking properly and it seems Bruce and Thor’s relationship is a true bromance. Even bigger news is that tiny clip we see in the trailer of Thor facing a new villain Surtur, the Fire Demon, voiced by Clancy Brown. And look at the beautiful poster for Ragnarok! This movie is potentially looking like one of Marvel’s greats!

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And on the subject of awesome new posters, check out Black Panther’s too!

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is coming to us in 2018. Paul Rudd has featured in two of the Marvel films so far, one his own title movie and the second in Civil War, where, let’s face it, he stole the show in that fight scene. We knew the moment we saw her and the suit in Ant-Man’s after credit clip that Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) will be the Wasp. But what about others? Michael Douglas as Hank Pym is back, but joining the team are Michelle Pfeiffer and, jumping ship from DC (or, ya know, playing for both sides), is Laurence Fishburne. Pfeiffer will be playing Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp and wife to Hank and mother to Hope. It’s unclear whether she’ll appear in flashback form or if she’ll be finding her way back from the subatomic realm to present day. Fishburne is coming in as Bill Foster who is a scientist who works alongside Pym and becomes Giant-Man. Also revealed was that they’re will be a character called Ghost in it, who originally is an Iron Man villain.

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Don’t forget that The Defenders is released on Netflix on the 18th August! Having seen all of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, I can safely say I’m extremely excited for this! Especially as Sigourney Weaver is the villain in this one, and we all know TV Marvel brings some excellent villains: Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Killgrave (David Tennant) were incredible, and even Cottonmouth and the Meachum’s were pretty strong too.

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Justice League is coming in November 2017 and here’s hoping they can stay on track this year after the brilliance of Wonder Woman. I’m incredibly excited but word on the street is that Ben Affleck doesn’t want to play Batman any more. Ben, what are you doing? And even worse is the rumour how they plan to replace him: Apparently Flash goes back in time and changes it so that Bruce and his mother die and stops the death of Bruce Wayne’s father. He then, in turn, becomes Batman… So it’ll be Robert Wayne, not Bruce Wayne. Huh?? Though, at San Diego Comic Con, Ben Affleck was defending himself “I love this character.” So maybe he’s regretting the comment now?

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A first look at Star Trek: Discovery was revealed, plus Marvel’s Inhumans! And don’t forget Star Wars Episode VIII at the end of the year too! Let’s just say, we can’t wait!

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Spotlight (2015)

Winner of the ‘Best Picture’ academy award this year, Spotlight is one of the most spine-chilling true story cinematic experiences I’ve sat through. In January 2002, not long after 9/11, the city of Boston picked up their Boston Globe newspaper from their front step with the headline “Church Allowed Abuse by Priests for Years.” It’s the story that encouraged so many abused survivors to speak out. And the film conveys the same force and powerful message, and makes for an evocative journey.

When the Boston Globe’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.

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Spotlight‘s brilliance relies heavily on it’s dot-to-dot pace; we follow the team trying to join them up to unravel a scandal that just expands each time a passing comment turns into a discovery of another priest or victim. It cuts back and forth between victims stories, to one of the team chasing a new lead, back to another in the Court House. The further they delve, the more we witness the fear and paranoia that takes it’s toil on each member who are living in a majority Catholic Boston. Some have kids, some know victims and they each know how narrowly they escaped: “it could have been you, it could have been me, it could’ve been any of us!”

Another factor of Spotlight‘s brilliance is it’s underplayed cast. Michael Keaton is on top form as veteran editor Walter “Robbie” Robinson. Rachel McAdams is at her best as Sacha Pfeiffer, playing comforting and fierce all at once. Liev Schreiber is Marty Baron, non-Bostonian and non-Catholic, and is the new Editor of the Globe, here to make an impact. Brian d’Arcy James, John Flattery, Billy Crudup and Stanley Tucci are also all excellent, driving the film forward. But the true standout among them is Mark Ruffalo as the tenacious, hard-working Mike Rezendes.

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The victims’ stories of abuse and turmoil are so touching and so real, yet aren’t hammed up for the purpose of Hollywood. As Tom McCarthy and Stanley Tucci’s Mitch Garabedian reminds us, this is bigger than Boston and bigger than America; this is Global because “if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.” The Church is portrayed as this completely untouchable entity by any distraught parent, lawyer, judges or the police itself: “no-one wants to cuff a priest.”

This is investigative journalism at it’s best, and the choice to tell their story of uncovering the scandal rather than the victim’s itself is original, bold and why this film works. It’s gripping from start to finish, and the ending gives me goosebumps every single time. In my opinion, Spotlight is one of the most important and powerful films produced in this century so far.

Top 10: Marvel Cinematic Universe

With The Avengers: Age of Ultron released two days ago, Antman released in July finishing Phase Two, Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed as Doctor Strange and a whole set of films planned to join the Marvel universe for Phase Three, Superhero movies and Marvel are at it’s peak right now. It gathers new fans all the time and the way Marvel announce new trailers, teasers and characters excites you to the point my 27 year old boyfriend is sat squealing on the sofa at just the most minor thing. But don’t worry, I’m squealing too, equally as excited. And with Age of Ultron now released in the UK, I thought it would be fitting to rank the 10 Marvel Cinematic Universe films released so far in order.

10. Iron Man 3 (2013)

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Sometimes, Marvel takes itself too seriously, and doesn’t quite pull serious off. Iron Man 3 is an example of this.

Since The Avengers and the destruction in New York, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has developed insomnia and post traumatic stress disorder and has lost his charismatic persona. He becomes incredibly reliant on the Iron Man suits that protect him and less reliant and loving to Pepper (Gywneth Paltrow). But Iron Man is forced to wear the suit properly again, to save the people he loves and learn to accept his losses when new enemy the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) attacks his mansion and turns his world upside down.

The trailer had so much potential and I was genuinely excited; Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin looked incredible, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall had joined the cast and we were to enter new, unexplored territory, a superhero with PTSD, reminding us that some of the heroes behind the suits are in fact human.

I understand Iron Man 3 is considered as a “marmite” kind of film: people love it or hate it. Unfortunately, I am afraid to say, I am one of the latter. For production values and technicality, Iron Man 3 is better than Iron Man 2, however all the things I was excited for crashed and burned. I rarely feel anger towards a film, but for how much this film disappointed me, for how angry I got in the cinema when THAT ridiculous plot twist was revealed and for how far-fetched the final battle sequence is, this is ranked last. Such potential, but such a shame.

9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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The Dark Elves and the gods of Asgard are ancient enemies. The gods discarded the Dark Elves’ ultimate weapon, the Aether, and hid it secretly. Years later, Jane (Natalie Portman) uncovers the Aether and becomes it’s host, forcing Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to protect her from Dark Elf leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), who would use her and the weapon to destroy the nine kingdoms including Earth.

The only real memories of this film that stay behind is my University being destroyed, Kat Dennings as Darcy hiding behind cars a lot and some massive alien spacecraft hovering above the Thames. The battle sequences are forgettable, Tom Hiddlestone as Loki and Stellan Skarsgard as Eric Selvig who added so much to the first film are barely seen and I was hoping for more expansion on the first film, to learn more about the Godlike Asgardian realm and the legends that live there. Also, isn’t the Aether supposed to be one of the Infinity Stones? Marvel you introduced the second of six of the most interesting, crucial weapons in the Marvel universe in the most boring way possible and in a mediocre film!

Oh and for the record, Greenwich isn’t 3 stops on the tube from Charing Cross…

8. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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Scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) seeks a cure for the gamma radiation that contaminated his cells and turned him into The Hulk. Cut off from his true love Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) and forced to hide from his nemesis, Gen. Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), Banner soon comes face-to-face with a new threat: a powerful enemy known as The Abomination (Tim Roth).

Not to be confused with Ang Lee’s The Hulk, released 5 years earlier, The Incredible Hulk is the second in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Incredible Hulk was the only Marvel film, for some reason, I wasn’t overly bothered about and had little interest in it. Yet I gave it a chance. But no, sorry, it bored me.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but didn’t thrill me either. However, I admired the scenes when Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk and the final showdown between himself and Abomination is pretty impressive. Other than this though, I found The Incredible Hulk an essential but forgettable addition to the films. But since Mark Ruffalo has replaced Edward Norton and joined the cast as Bruce Banner, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the Hulk. And we’re still waiting to see if an Incredible Hulk 2 will be announced…

7. Iron Man 2 (2010)

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With the world now aware that he is Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) faces pressure from all sides to share his technology with the military. He is reluctant to divulge the secrets of his armored suit, fearing the information will fall into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) by his side, Tony must forge new alliances and confront a powerful new enemy.

I am someone who doesn’t actually mind Iron Man 2 for some of it. Mickey Rourke as Whiplash is a decent villain too, but the final showdown with him, Iron Man and War Machine doesn’t do Whiplash justice; it is too short, has no excitement, climax or adrenaline and just falls flat into nothing. It can’t be helped either that Don Cheadle replaced Terence Howard as “Rhodey”, but I don’t think he suits the role and I felt Iron Man 2 lost some of it’s heart from this. Yet Iron Man 2 is a film that sets up for what’s to come, with the introduction of Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

6. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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It’s 1941 and Steve Rogers wants to join the US military and do his part, but is rejected because of his small and weak stature. Finally, Steve gets his chance when he is accepted into an experimental programme that turns him into a supersoldier called Captain America. Joining forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Captain America leads the fight against the Nazi-backed HYDRA organisation lead by Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

Being set in the 40s and less modern times, Captain America could almost be considered as a breath of fresh air in the Marvel franchise. It’s a welcome change of scenery from all the big sky scrapers, fancy technical computers and blinking lights, instead focusing on World War II and the production design is excellent. Captain America isn’t the best Marvel film by a long way, I actually found it average, and it would have been further down the list if it weren’t for the introduction of HYDRA and brilliant cast members such as Hugov Weaving as Red Skull, Tommy Lee Jones as Col. Chester Phillips and Toby Jones as Amim Zola.

5. Thor (2011)

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As the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of the Norse gods, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will soon inherit the throne of Asgard from his aging father. However, on the day that he is to be crowned, Thor reacts with brutality when the gods’ enemies, the Frost Giants, enter the palace in violation of their treaty. As punishment, Odin banishes Thor to Earth where he meet Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Dr Eric Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and Darcy (Kat Dennings). While Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s brother, plots mischief in Asgard, Thor, now stripped of his powers, faces his greatest threat.

Thor introduced us to the ancient Asgardian realm, new prominent characters and the iconic God of Thunder himself and his hammer Mjolnir. One of my favourite scenes from this movie is the amazement I felt at witnessing the Bifrost being used, the gateway between Asgard and Earth, protected by Heimdall (Idris Elba). I am really interested in Ancient history, myths, legends and Gods and Goddesses, so being taken to Asgard and learning more about those who live there actually thrilled me, and I thought it was really excellently done; the set pieces and special effects are superior. Although, I stay true to my word in saying that Thor has the most awkward kiss scene I have ever watched (between Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman).

4. Iron Man (2008)

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A billionaire industrialist and genius inventor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), is conducting weapons tests overseas, but terrorists kidnap him to force him to build a devastating weapon. Instead, he builds an armoured suit and upends his captors. Returning to America, Stark refines the suit and uses it to combat crime and terrorism, including enemy Iron Monger (Jeff Bridges).

As the first of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it really set the bar high for what was to come: many heroes, many villains, many action sequences, a few romances and just all round awesomeness.

They may replace many actors in this series, but someone they can’t replace without losing the heart and soul of the Marvel franchise is Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark, our lead hero is someone we’ve rarely encountered in cinema. Yes, he’s a lot like Bruce Wayne with his gadgets and playboy image, but Tony Stark is not the handsome strong jawed muscular physical hero we are used to seeing. Instead he is self-absorbed, snarky, cocky but smart and hilarious too, claiming the best lines, and Downey Jr.’s comic timing is perfect. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that Iron Man is a fantastic movie.

3. The Avengers (2012)

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When Thor’s evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury’s “dream team” are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

The Avengers was the film we saw all the characters we’ve met so far come together and fight together, in a major budget blockbuster that attracted huge audiences and so many new fans. It’s cast is immense and it’s production values insane; we witness a worm hole to another realm cover New York, and it’s city be demolished by Chitauri monsters that escape from it. The Avengers marks the end to Marvel’s Phase One, and with that, the chosen film to begin introducing the Infinity Stones starting with the Tesseract (space stone). I adore The Avengers, and I don’t know of a single person who dislikes it: it’s epic, gripping and funny too, with Robert Downey Jr. getting the best lines and providing the comic relief, but the Hulk brings up the rear and, surprisingly, got the biggest laugh in the cinema.

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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Who says sequels aren’t better than the originals? Cap 2 is one of very few exceptions to the rule and Winter Soldier very nearly made number 1 on this list.

Steve Rogers or Captain America (Chris Evans) is still adjusting to everyday modern life, but an attack on S.H.I.E.L.D means he, Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and new ally, the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) must try and expose a conspiracy that places the whole world at risk. However, along the way, they come up against a new but surprise enemy: The Winter Soldier.

Part of the reason this film was so successful is because it has similarities to The Dark Knight, and it will be the closest the Marvel franchise will get to this. Another reason is because the moments that stick in mind are the original action sequences, and the new characters: Falcon and the Winter Soldier are both fascinating, they fill a void that the first Captain America couldn’t fill and are truly welcome to join this ever growing and changing cast. Any die hard fans will surely get excited too after noticing the clever foreshadowing for things to come with Captain America and The Winter Soldier. Serious Marvel at it’s ultimate best, more like this please!

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Although The Winter Soldier was incredible, the newest of the bunch, Guardians of the Galaxy has earned my top spot on this list. A film about a group of misfits and criminals who group together to become the galaxy’s unlikely saviours really charmed me and I adored it.

Space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), ruthless assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), genetically enhanced raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and… a humanoid tree named Groot (Vin Diesel) are forced to join forces to stop Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain, who is to unleash a powerful cosmic force capable of destroying planet after planet.

With an all star cast, hilarious characters, awesome battle sequences and many influences from Star Wars, for me, Guardians is the most charismatic and the most fun of the whole franchise. And let’s not forget it’s awesome soundtrack! Rocket and Groot too are my favourite characters introduced so far, with unrecognisable Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel playing them. Groot seems to be the perfect role for Diesel, who doesn’t have to do much and who’s only lines are “I am Groot”, yet perhaps he’s giving the performance of his life here? And who knew wrestler Dave Bautista had such excellent comic timing that rivals that of a comedian and who embraces Drax’s character, making him both touching and admirable as well.

Thanos becomes more prominent too and with the infinity stones beginning to be explained by the Collector and the appearance of the Orb which is the third infinity stone (power stone), behind the laughs, Guardians of the Galaxy is in fact one of the most important additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It was a film that just astonished and delighted me so much and it still does now. “We are Groot.”

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What do you guys think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on Marvel and this list, so feel free to comment below or tweet me at @MarthaShaw17.

Foxcatcher (2014)

Even now writing this review, I am still quite shaken up by Foxcatcher. Once in a blue moon, I am left speechless by a film. Foxcatcher has had that effect on me.

Based on a true story, on the outside Foxcatcher appears to be about American wrestling but is so much more than just another sports movie. Olympic champion wrestlers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and, his brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo) are invited by multimillionaire and sports enthusiast John E. du Pont (Steve Carell) to join his ‘Foxcatcher’ wrestling team, compete in the Olympics and, ultimately, aim to become the best in the world. What follows this partnership though are circumstances and events that are dark and distressing, and if you don’t know the story already, go in to the cinema clueless and unknowing.

The name Foxcatcher comes from the immense family estate and farm owned by the du Pont family, but I felt the name meant more than that. The chase that ensues on securing both the Schultz brothers is like a hound hunting a fox, and du Pont did indeed get what he desired and “caught” them. In addition to his wrestling obsession, du Pont was an ornithologist and avid bird watcher. The use of bird imagery and even with his nickname “Eagle” I could certainly see the resemblance of a bird in both his tenacious manner and odd appearance. He leers over Mark and Dave, hunting and circling them both, like a bird of prey.

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Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz has taken a leap from heart throb/action star to serious actor in this film with ease and in a role that was well suited for him as a beefy wrestler. At times, Tatum really showed moments of vulnerability that weren’t hammed up, but instead subtle and understated. Mark Ruffalo was equally brilliant as Dave Schultz, the more mature and charismatic older brother. Talented, supportive and loving to his family and Mark, he was a welcome, calming presence in scenes.

This is a polar opposite of John du Pont, of course, a character who fascinated me the most. As du Pont, Steve Carell created an unnerving, uneasy atmosphere, so extreme that, at times, I found him quite difficult to watch. Unpredictable and unstable, his presence and demeanour is truly chilling and I was on edge for the entirety of the film. What I also found interesting is in several interviews I’ve read with Steve Carell (Radio Times, The Guardian etc), he’s said that his look and his whole bearing was so off-putting that people would avoid him on set, adding to that sense of separation.

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Bennett Miller has directed such a sophisticated biopic; some use of cinematography and dialogue will stay with me for days. What is also clever is his choice of shots and the use of imagery: the birds, the constant repetition of the word “Foxcatcher”, use of certain objects throughout and references back to the civil war and the farm previously being a battle field. All of these things amount to foreshadowing the shockingly tragic yet unsurprising end. The extreme lack of music too created unbalance, letting you hear everything, down to the dissonant squeaks of the wrestlers shoes on the floor. Any prominent sound came as a shock, and rang out through the cinema.

I remained incredibly tensed up throughout (so did my friend who came to see it with me), and come the end when I could finally relax and the credits began to role I actually started to cry. And I wasn’t expecting that, similar to how I wasn’t expecting anything as remotely powerful, formidable and disturbing as the story or Steve Carell as John du Pont.

The Golden Globe Awards!

I am a sucker for the award ceremonies and tonight kicks it all off with the 72nd Golden Globe Awards! Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third and final time, this year is going to be another exciting one, with some excellent films being nominated: Birdman (7 nominations), Boyhood (5 nominations), The Imitation Game (5 nominations), The Theory of Everything (4 nominations) and Gone Girl (4 nominations).

I think Birdman and Boyhood will very much steal the show here and set the tone for the awards season to come. But I thought I’d talk about some nominations, predictions on who will win and give my opinion on who I would want to win. Feel free to comment your own opinions too!

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Best Motion Picture, Drama
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

Who will win? – Boyhood

Who I’d like to win? – The Imitation Game, purely because it was mesmerising

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Who will win? – Rosamund Pike for her phenomenal turn in Gone Girl, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it swings to Reese Witherspoon

Who I’d like to win? – If Rosamund Pike doesn’t win, I’ll eat my sock!

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
David Oyelowo, Selma
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

Who will win? – Probably the toughest Best Actor category going, but probably Steve Carell

Who I’d like to win? – Hmmm.. Benedict Cumberbatch. Although all deserve it, and Eddie Redmayne surprised me so much in The Theory of Everything. And Steve Carell: wow!

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Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Who will win? – Patricia Arquette

Who I’d like to win? – Genuinely don’t mind as long as it’s not Meryl Streep!!

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K, Simmons, Whiplash

Who will win? – Again, another tough category to be in! But probably Ethan Hawke

Who I’d like to win? – Again, I don’t really mind, I love Mark Ruffalo, but I’d like to see Ethan Hawke win it

Best Director
Ava DuVernay, Selma
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, Birdman
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Who will win? – Richard Linklater, purely for the whole revolutionary 12 year span of filming

Who I’d like to win? – I know he’s quite esteemed already, but David Fincher because I really loved Gone Girl

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro González Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Who will win? – It’s a toss up between Alejandro González Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. for Birdman or Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Who I’d like to win? – Graham Moore for The Imitation Game: Wonderfully story telling

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical        
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

Who will win? Birdman

Who I’d like to win? Probably Birdman. But perhaps Pride, as it would show that mainstream cinema has matured since Brokeback Mountain. But the fact that the American DVD cover has been removed of any homosexual references is possibly hinting at a no.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Who will win? – Michael Keaton

Who I’d like to win? – Michael Keaton

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Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred Foot Journey
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Who will win? – Quvenzhané Wallis is just taking cinema by storm despite the fact she’s still only 11 years old!! But probably Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars

Who I’d like to win? – Again, I don’t really mind. I haven’t watched Maps to the Stars, however I’m often seeing that Julianne Moore was fantastic!

Best Animated Movie 
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

Who will win? – The Lego Movie

Who I’d like to win? – The Lego Movie. Although, Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises was significantly the best animated film this year but hasn’t been given a nod

Best Foreign film
Force Majeure (Sweden)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (France)
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)

Who will win? – Ida, but I hear Leviathan is just as brilliant

Who I’d like to win? – Ida, but I don’t mind

Best Original Song 
“Big Eyes,” Big Eyes, Lana Del Rey
“Glory,” Selma, John Legend and Common
“Mercy Is,” Noah, Patty Smith and Lenny K
“Opportunity,” Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat,” The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, Lorde

Who will win? – Annie

Who I’d like to win? – Considering it is a musical already, Annie should win

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannson, The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Who will win? – Antonio Sanchez for Birdman

Who I’d like to win? – It’s a mainstream choice, but Hans Zimmer as the score for Interstellar was just to eerie and magical

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Overall, I don’t really mind who wins what (except if that person is Meryl Streep- sorry!) At the end of the day this has been another impressive year for cinema and I’m thoroughly impressed so far and cannot wait for what’s to come! Good luck all who are nominated and pre-congratulations to winners! (Not that any of them will see this post… A girl can dream.)

Although I love them, I struggle to watch the Globes and the Oscars because America’s Los Angeles is 8 hours behind Britain, and NBC’s coverage is difficult to access here. That being said, I always try to watch it… And always fail. Also, apologies for the so many tags, I tried to limit it to the names of films and anyone I mentioned, rather than every single name on the list.

What do you guys think about the Golden Globe Awards and my predictions/opinion?

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