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The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on Sunday at the ceremony held at Beverly Hilton Hotel. The show was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The expected domination by Lincoln was absent, rather, the HFPA gave Argo the much deserved nod, making the Oscar race more exciting. The best comedy/musical motion picture went to Les Miserables. The Best Director was bagged by Argo lead-cum-director, Ben Affleck, beating the likes of Bigelow, Spielberg, Ang Lee and Tarantino, who already have one (or many) in their accounts already.

Argo Production Team

Argo Cast & Production Team

The acting awards unsurprisingly went to Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain, in the drama category, and the comedy/musical acting awards were bagged by Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence. Christoph Waltz won his second gold in three years for his supporting role in Django Unchained, which won for the best screenplay; Brave and Amour, were selected as the best Animated and Foreign Language films respectively. The full list of awards have been given below.

Hugh Jackman, Ben Affleck & Daniel Day-Lewis

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
>Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
>Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Richard Gere – Arbitrage
John Hawkes – The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
>Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
Naomi Watts – The Impossible
Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea

BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
>Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Jack Black – Bernie
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
>Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
Ewan McGregor – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray – Hyde Park on Hudson

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Emily Blunt – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench – Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
>Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith – Quartet
Meryl Streep – Hope Springs

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Alan Arkin – Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
>Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Amy Adams – The Master
Sally Field – Lincoln
>Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Nicole Kidman – The Paperboy

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
>Amour (Austria) – Michael Haneke
A Royal Affair (Denmark) – Nikolaj Arcel
The Intouchables (France) – Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Kon Tiki (Norway/UK/Denmark) – Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Rust and Bone (France) – Jacques Audiard

BEST ANIMATED FILM
>Brave
Frankenweenie
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

BEST DIRECTORMOTION PICTURE
>Ben Affleck – Argo
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

BEST SCREENPLAYMOTION PICTURE
Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner – Lincoln
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
>Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
Chris Terrio – Argo

ORIGINAL SCOREMOTION PICTURE
>Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
Argo – Alexandre Desplat
Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
Cloud Atlas – Tom Tywker, Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek
Lincoln – John Williams

ORIGINAL SONGMOTION PICTURE
“For You” from Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” from Stand Up Guys
“Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games
>“Skyfall” from Skyfall
“Suddenly” from Les Miserables

Damian Lewis

In the Television category, Showtime’s “Homeland” hit gold. It received awards for three out of four categories in which it was nominated, which include the best drama TV series, the best actor and actress award in drama genre for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes. HBO’s newcomer “Girls” won the Best TV Series – Musical/Comedy. Lena Dunham of “Girls” also won the best actress (musical/comedy). Don Cheadle won the best actor award for his role in House of Lies(comedy/musical). “Game Change“, starring Julianne Moore, Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson also made a mark, by winning the Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for television and the actress and supporting actor in the same category as well, thus winning three out of its five nominations. The full list of awards have been given below.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey
>Homeland
The Newsroom

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Connie Britton – Nashville
Glenn Close – Damages
>Claire Danes – Homeland
Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels – The Newsroom
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
>Damian Lewis – Homeland

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

The Big Bang Theory
Episodes
>Girls
Modern Family
Smash

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
>Lena Dunham – Girls
Tina Fey  – 30 Rock
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
>Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Louis C.K. – Louie
Matt LeBlanc – Episodes
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
>Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & McCoy
The Hour
Political Animals

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Nicole Kidman – Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller – The Girl
>Julianne Moore – Game Change
Sigourney Weaver – Political Animals

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
>Kevin Costner – Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Woody Harrelson – Game Change
Toby Jones – The Girl
Clive Owen – Hemingway & Gellhorn

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hayden Panettiere – Nashville
Archie Panjabi  – The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson – Game Change
>Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Max Greenfield – New Girl
>Ed Harris – Game Change
Danny Huston – Magic City
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family

CECIL B. DEMILLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award

The highlight of the show, was the presentation of the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Jodie Foster. The award was presented to her by none other than the ever flamboyant Robert Downey Jr., who introduced Jodie (and of course, himself) in his usual tongue-in-cheek methodology!

What are your thoughts on this year’s Golden Globe Awards? Leave a comment below.


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The year 2011, was never less exciting compared to 2010. The year had films that completely surprised the audience, I would say. I mean, how many expected a B&W silent film in this era ?? And Martin Scorsese opting to make a 3D movie?

Looking into the statistics, 2011 could be labelled as the year of superheroes or comic books, though there were other good flicks (esp. in the drama genre, which I’m fond of) in the same year. It was the year that featured the most number of comic book adaptations (9). “Comic-con’s year”.

We had the year starting off with The Green Hornet receiving quite a bleak response from the critics and audience. Then came Dylan Dog (I bet you haven’t heard) followed by The Priest .Then came a series of titles the world’s heard about-Thor, Captain America, X-Men:First Class and Green Lantern and also Cowboys and Aliens and The Adventures of Tintin. Well this isn’t a post that sums up the movies released in 2011 ..Surely, I’m working on a new post about movies that amused and impressed me, personally, in 2011.

So its 2012! Now!! And I feel this year is far more exciting than 2011- cause it has got nothing less in quantity and quality and has got more action than ’11. There’s every bit of blood, punch, lust, laugh and tear and also we see many directors (Quentin Tarantino, Robert Redford, Alfonso Cuaron, and some more) returning to their spot behind the camera after a small gap.

It’d be stupid, if I talk about the quite ‘obvious’ films- but, I shall mention them anyway. Batman and Nolan fans? hi-5!! The Dark Knight Rises (wow, the trailer appears to be thrilling). For all the LOTR fans, Peter Jackson’s come with a prequel! The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Teenage vampire story (boo..) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Disney’s “Iron Man and Friends” :The Avengers; Poor old Scrat’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, the Spidey reboot : The Amazing Spider-man, to complete another trilogy we have MIB:3; the friendly bunch in Europe this time – Madagascar 3; 007’s Mission Skyfall; more serious vampires (reprising) Underworld: Awakening and the pure action Resident Evil: Retribution,The Expendables 2, The Wrath of the Titans, The Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Now, I have made a list of 70 odd titles, and to be fair, it would be difficult to discuss each one of them in detail here. Hence I’ve chose to talk about some of them, which I think would do good (with critics and audience). I have a few films already on top of my watchlist for the oscars (hmm? Am I overdoing the stuffs a bit? haha). Well apart from TDKR, Tarantino’s Django Unchained will surely be an oscar bait for next year.

The movie is said to be inspired by the 1966 Sergio Corbucci western ‘Django’. Talking about the cast-well I’m speechless: DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L Jackson and Kurt Russell. The next on my watchlist is the Daniel Day-Lewis starrer Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg. Boy! this man always grabs an award every time he appears on-screen(Daniel Day-Lewis). DDL will be supported by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (the Heath Ledger reincarnate) and Tommy Lee Jones.

Gravity directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, Gangster Squad powered by a great cast – Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone; The Place Beyond the Pines from Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) starring a young and able cast – Ryan Gosling (again), Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, are films you need to keep an eye on. The Great Gatsby, releasing this year, starring DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, is a romantic drama based on the novel by Scott Fitzgerald. Lets just leave the oscar listings out for the moment (it’s too early for it).

Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows (a remake) has Johnny Depp covering the lead role, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus starring Michael Fassbander and Charlize Theron; David O. Russell, who gave us The Fighter, will be presenting us with The Silver Lining Playbook this year. And so does Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) with Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

Being Flynn, starring Robert De Niro will also have strong performance from him (It’s been a while since De Niro’s taken up a versatile character). Ron Howard’s Rush, which is a biopic on Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda, will surely make a mark this year and also Premium Rush, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Michael Shannon. And Nicholas Winding Refn’s (Drive) Only God Forgives is all set to be a thriller. Other titles that needs a mention are Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, Brad Pitt starrers World War Z and Cogan’s Trade, the ‘Avatarish’ John Carter and The Hunger Games and the remake of Schwarzenneger’s Total Recall starring Colin Farrell .

No year is complete without a movie that involves CIA stuffs. 2012 has some good ones on this list-First off, the ‘Bourne-less’ sequel of the Bourne series ( ‘Side-quel’, that’s how it should be called)- The Bourne Legacy, Ben Affleck’s Argo, Safe House starring Denzel Washington, Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep (not exactly CIA, but..).

Then there’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E, from Guy Ritchie (the most stylish director world cinema has ever seen) and some exciting films that are yet to be named from Kathryn Bigelow, that revolves around Bin Laden’s take down, starring Rooney Mara, Tom Hardy, Guy Pierce and Jessica Chastain (rumored), the untitled Taken sequel and another one from Terrance Mallick this year too (back-to-back ? Seems like he’s breaking his norms) !

There’s more from the comedy section too- American Reunion, 21 Jump Street, A Thousand Words, The Dictator, Neighborhood Watch and This is 40 from Judd Apatow.

So to wrap up this post, I think I’ve covered and shared with you some of the films I’m personally looking forward to…I know, I know, though I’ve resisted myself from writing about all the 70 titles, I’ve actually spilt and filled the post with most of them and if I’ve missed what you’re searching for, check this list I’ve prepared in IMDb (All the 70 titles have been mentioned there): “Watch out for these in 2012“. Please do subscribe, share and support my blog..Cheers 🙂 !

P.S : If you think 2012 is THE year…think again !

.Final Update.

The ticker symbols are out, and with all the competing films having already been submitted to the Academy, and just one month to go from now to the announcement of the Academy Award Nominations , TimelessTrance presents before you its prediction (the final update) on the Best Picture for the Oscars. “This is only a prediction, it can always go wrong, so pardon me if I do”.

1. War Horse

Touchstone Pictures

(Steven Spielberg..need I say anything more)

War Horse is a film based on a children’s’ novel set during World War I and also based on its stage adaptation (2007). Its actually a story of relationship between a young man,named Albert and his horse-Joey. Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the war zone and Albert goes to France to save his animal friend. The film also has French legend Niels Arestrup doing a great part in it.

WATCH OUT: Best Picture, Best Director(for Spielberg), Best Cinematography( Janusz Kamiński), Original Score (John Williams)

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2. The Descendents

Fox Searchlight Pictures

(Clooney remains at his best)

The Descendents is a comedy-drama film based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways). The Descendents is about Matt King-who tries to reconnect with his daughters,after his wife falls into coma with a serious boat accident. And, he starts to get around some secrets about his wife. George Clooney leads the cast and is supported by Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Shailene Woodley. As always, Clooney should have found this character easy to handle.

WATCH OUT: Best Picture, Best Actor Leading Role (George Clooney), Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash), Best Actress supporting role (Shailene Woodley).

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3. Moneyball

Columbia Pictures

(A great film powered by Brad Pitt’s strong performance)

Moneyball may be classified as a biopic (of course…has to be partly dramatized)-sport-drama flick. It tells the story of  Billie Beane, the current general manager of Oakland Athletics (MLB); his method of approach towards a club which was on a decline and how he blooms out with success. Not to mention Brad Pitt doing the lead role, and Bennett Miller(Capote) directing it and Philip Seymour Hoffman collaborating with Miller once again. Its Miller’s second feature film after Capote. The film is based on a 2003 book,that goes by the same name.

WATCH OUT: Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Director (Bennett Miller), Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zaillian)

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4. Hugo

Paramount Pictures

(Scorsese’s debut with 3D)

Hugo is Martin Scorsese’s debut 3D film. It is based on the novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’, which tells the story of a boy, an orphan, living in a railway station in Paris. The story is mixed with fantasies and is really a treat for audiences of all age. Martin Scorsese has one of the most strongest crew in Hollywood, and is sure to score some nominations and win some of them in the coming oscars. Hugo has a good cast consisting of child actors Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz supported by Jude Law, Emily Mortimer and Sacha Baron Cohen, and veteran Ben Kingsley. The film has been co-produced by Johnny Depp.

WATCH OUT: Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker), Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson)

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5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Columbia Pictures

(When it comes to filming..there’s no-holds-barred for Fincher)

Based on the first book in Stieg Larsson’s best selling ‘Millennium’ trilogy, this movie has been one of the most anticipated ones,since David Fincher took up the project. The storyline is on an investigation, carried out by journalist named Mikael Blomkvist(James Bond..oh sorry..Daniel Craig) and aided by Lisbeth Salander(Rooney Mara),’a one of a kind detective’,on a woman who has been missing for forty years. A swedish version of the film had been done in 2009 (by Niels Arden Oplev) and was a hit in Europe. Chances for a back-to-back win are low.But,anyway…we’ll have to wait and see. Screenplay by Steven Zaillian would never fail him.

WATCH OUT: Best Picture,Best Director(David Fincher),Best Actress Leading Role (Rooney Mara), Best Adapted Screenplay(Steve Zaillian- but he cannot be nominated twice in the same category)

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6. The Artist

Warner Bros.

(A B&W silent surprise )

It is quite an experiment, to be honest, to bring out a classic-looking silent film at this era. But the film has been reviewed positively by almost all the critics, and has won most of the awards it has been nominated for. This film,which is from French director Michel Hazanavicius, was a strong contender at the Cannes, but lost to The Tree of Life. The film is about the fall of an actor, and the rise of an actress, and the story takes place during the era when silent films were being replaced by the talkies. The performances by the actors in the film have been praised by critics, especially the leading actor Jean Dujardin, who was awarded the Best Actor at Cannes earlier this year.

WATCH OUT: Best Picture, Best Actor (Jean Dujarin), Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Costume Design, Best Original Score (Ludovic Bource)

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7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Studio Canal

(Talk about ensemble casts)

A remake of the 1979 BBC espionage thriller (BBC TV series) starring Alec Guiness. Set during the times of the Cold War, this film revolves around a veteran MI6 agent who is forced from semi-retirement to track and eliminate a mole right at the top of the “Circus” (oh that’s the MI6). This film has quite a powerful cast;some of the finest British actors doing great in Hollywood right now(and before) which includes Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Tom Hardy. TTSS is directed by Tomas Alfredson.

WATCH OUT: Best Picture, Best Actor Leading Role (Gary Oldman), Best Adapted Screenplay ( Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan)

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8. The Help

Touchstone Pictures

(A heart-touching story)

The Help is a comedy-drama film,adapted from the novel by the same name ( penned by Kathryn Stockett). The film is about the relationship between Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) and her two black maids during the early 60s in America. During the time when there was crude disparity between the whites and the blacks, Skeeter,who isn’t like the other whites in the story,decides to write a book on the lives of her two maids to expose the racism they have to deal with as they work for the white families. The Help is from the Winter’s Bone(2010) director Tate Taylor.

WATCH OUT: Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Actress Supporting Role (Octavia Spencer)

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9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Warner Bros.

(From the director of The Reader and The Hours)

The film is about a nine-year-old boy, Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn), who goes searching in New York for the lock that matches a mysterious key left by his father when he was killed in the September 11 attacks. It is based on a novel, by Jonathan Safran Foer. Its directed by Stephen Daldry (The Reader) and scripted by Eric Roth (The Insider,Forrest Gump) and Tom Hanks portrays Oskar’s father. The film also stars Sandra Bullock, Jeffrey Wright,John Goodman,Max von Sydow and Viola Davis.

WATCH OUT: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (Eric Roth), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat)

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10. Midnight in Paris

Sony Pictures Classics

(Woooooody Allen!!)

Midnight in Paris is a romantic-comedy and of course fantasy,from Woody Allen. The movie is about a group of Americans visiting Paris and the lead character Gil,played by Owen Wilson,a screenwriter, enters a fantastic world he had longed for-the era of the 1920s.And is inspired to stay in the city and carry on with his novel while he faces certain relationship problems with his fiancee.The film has received a lot of positive reviews and has also performed well in the box office worldwide.

WATCH OUT: Best Picture, Best Director (Woody Allen)

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Also in the race:

  1. The Tree of Life

  2. Drive

  3. The Ides of March

  4. 50/50

  5. Melancholia

  6. J Edgar

  7. Shame

  8. Carnage

  9. We Need to Talk About Kevin

  10. A Dangerous Method