GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS

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I woke up this morning to news that the nominees for this year’s Golden Globes had been announced. The Golden Globes are great; they’re probably my favorite awards show. Most likely because Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have hosted for the past few years and nothing in the whole world could top that (the only thing that has ever come close is Neil Patrick Harris). I’m sad that this is their final year hosting, but the list of nominees is tremendous and I just want to spend some time talking about that.

Best motion picture — drama

“Boyhood”
“Foxcatcher”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”

Being from a small town in Alabama, we don’t get the limited release features that come around. So, sadly, the only film on this list I’ve seen as of yet is Boyhood, and my God, it was brilliant. I’ve wanted to see Foxcatcher for a few years now, and I think it will be nothing short of a vision. The Imitation Game has been on high buzz since it was released, and I’m highly intrigued by it. I am personally interested in Selma because it was filmed in my home state and takes place in my home state and all of that. Every time I see a commercial for The Theory of Everything I cry, and I love Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne and I just think it will completely destroy my emotions. So, as you can tell, I’m not very qualified to be making picks, but I’m going to do it anyway because I love awards season. And, honestly, the only movie on this list that I think I could even possibly like more than Boyhood is Foxcatcher. So.

Best motion picture — musical or comedy

“Birdman”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Into the Woods”
“Pride”
“St. Vincent”

OBVIOUSLY I’M GOING TO PICK THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL because Wes Anderson is my all-time favorite and I’m so proud of all the awards he’s been nominated for in this year’s Globes. Could this lead to his first Best Picture nom? Let’s hope so. Birdman has been at the top of my must-see list all year, but it hasn’t made it’s way to podunk Alabama yet. As a musical theater nerd, I’m super excited/nervous about Into The Woods. I fear it won’t be as upsetting/depressing as the original stage play, which is the best part about the stage play. The trailer for Pride looked decent enough (though it was a little heavy on the emotional resolve that inevitably comes in the end) and St. Vincent looks good. Birdman is the likely winner. Again, I’ll make another post when I see more of these films.

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”

I have only seen Gone Girl as Rosamund Pike was the perfect Amy Dunne. I’m not even going to go into the others because I haven’t seen them, but I will! You have my word.

Best actor in a motion picture — drama

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
David Oyelowo, “Selma”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”

I have no comment on any of these because I, unfortunately, haven’t seen any of these. However, I’m shocked that Jack O’Connell didn’t receive a nomination for his performance in Unbroken, which has been heavily talked about. WHERE IS COOK’S NOM, GLOBES?!

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Best actor in a motion picture — musical or comedy

Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”

The resurgence of Michael Keaton makes me happy all over, but man, oh, man I want Ralph Fiennes to win for The Grand Budapest Hotel. I am in favor of all things Wes Anderson, yes, but Fiennes was so hilarious and charming in TGBH and he deserves it.

Best actress in a motion picture — musical or comedy

Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
Julianne Moore, “Maps to the Stars”
Quvenzhane Wallis, “Annie”

Sorry, this new Annie looks awful and I can’t understand why Quvenzhane Wallis was nominated. I cringe at all the television teasers for the movie, and I have nothing against Quvenzhane Wallis! I just have things against unnecessary remakes and… I feel like there had to have been a better candidate for this category. Actually, I KNOW there’s a better candidate for this category and it’s JENNY SLATE FOR OBVIOUS CHILD. I was really crossing my fingers for this nomination, either for her or for director Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child was her directorial debut! And it was so good! SO GOOD). Jenny Slate is one of my favorite people, and she deserved this.

Best supporting actor in a motion picture

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

I normally don’t like Ethan Hawke (with the exception of Reality Bites) but I loved him in Boyhood. He was perfect! He didn’t get a whole lot of screen time, but he lit it up whenever he was on screen. Moving on.

Best supporting actress in a motion picture

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Okay, Meryl Streep. This is getting out of hand. You know in football when a team gets so far ahead of their opponent that they start to play terribly just so the other team doesn’t feel so bad? I think it’s about time Meryl Streep started doing the same. Like, maybe Meryl should be the next lead in Transformers. Or maybe she could be the romantic lead in the next Adam Sandler film? Y’know what, screw that, those films would probably get Oscar nominations if she was in them. It’s a lose-lose.
The only film I’ve seen in this category, again, is Boyhood, and Patricia Arquette was my favorite part of Boyhood. That scene where she breaks down crying at the kitchen table affected me more than any scene in any movie from this year. So excellent and emotional.

Best animated feature film

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

The Lego Movie. No question. One of the best and most funny movies I’ve seen all year.

Best director

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ava DuVernay, “Selma”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Oh, Wes Anderson, how I hope you’ll win this! You deserve it! You’re the best, most uniquely original director ever and I love you so much. The hard part here is that a couple of my other favorite directors are nominated- David Fincher and Richard Linklater. But I don’t care, I’m sticking with Wes.

Best screenplay 

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Do I even have to say who I want to win? WES.

Best original score 

Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, “Gone Girl”
Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

I’m such a huge fan of Reznor and Ross’s collaboration with Fincher, and their score so perfectly summed up the terror of Gone Girl.

Best original song 

“Big Eyes,” from “Big Eyes”
“Glory,” from “Selma”
“Mercy Is,” from “Noah”
“Opportunity,” from “Annie”
“Yellow Flicker Beat,” from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I”

I have no input on this category. I love Sia, but I’m torn because she sings that damn song from Annie, a film that I can’t understand why is nominated for anything (I know, I haven’t seen it yet, but I have a strong gut reaction when it comes to these kinda things).

Best foreign language film 

“Force Majeure Turist” (Sweden)
“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett” (Israel)
“Ida” (Poland/Denmark)
“Leviathan” (Russia)
“Tangerines Mandariinid” (Estonia)

I want to see Ida so bad, and I just saw that it’s on Netflix so I’ll watch it here soon.

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Best TV series — drama

“The Affair”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”
“House of Cards”

~I don’t watch any of these shows but I know I should~

Best actor in a TV series — drama

Clive Owen, “The Knick”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “The Blacklist”
Dominic West, “The Affair”

~Same thing I said before~

Best actress in a TV series — drama

Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Ruth Wilson, “The Affair”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

~I guess I should note that these squiggly lines mean that I’m saying this in a sing song voice~

Best TV series — comedy

“Girls”
“Jane the Virgin”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”
“Transparent”

I’m just so happy that Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory weren’t nominated! Modern Family is the Meryl Streep of television comedy, and The Big Bang Theory is the dog shit that Meryl Streep stepped in. Anyway, Girls is one of my favorites, I’m such a huge, huge fan, and I always root for it. I desperately need to watch Jane the Virgin because I’ve only heard great things about it. OITNB is also one of my favorites, but it doesn’t compare to Girls, and I wasn’t as impressed with Season 2 as I was with Season 1 (I did love it! Just not as much). I’ve watched a few episodes of Silicon Valley and thought it was funny (I love Martin Starr), and Transparent is another need-to-see. Anyway, WHERE IS VEEP?

Best actor in a TV series — comedy

Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

LOUIE LOUIE LOUIE LOUIEEEEEE.

Best actress in a TV series — comedy

Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Queen JLD deserves this one. Selina Meyer is such a great character and she plays it perfectly. Veep is one of the best!

Best TV movie or mini-series

“Fargo”
“The Missing”
“The Normal Heart”
“Olive Kitteridge”
“True Detective”

True Detective, because there was nothing on television in 2014 that I loved more than True Detective. It’s brilliant.

Best actor in a mini-series or TV movie 

Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

I am ALWAYS rooting for McConaughey. And, subsequently, True Detective.

Best actress in a mini-series or TV movie

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

Jessica Lange is THE head bitch in charge, and if she doesn’t win this the world is off its axis or something.

Best supporting actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie

Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

~no comment, ugh, I need to get to watchin’ this stuff~

Best supporting actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie

Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

I know I said I’m always rooting for True Detective, but Uzo Aduba is who deserves this. Crazy Eyes is a much better character than Monaghan’s Maggie.

I feel very under-qualified to post my opinions about the Globes, but I have these opinions and I wanted to post them and it’s my blog! So. I will update this once I see more of the films and whatnot.

What are your opinions on the Globes this year? Who do you think got snubbed? Jenny Slate did!!!!!

Let’s talk about it.

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MY, OH, MY IT’S BEEN TOO LONG

Hello, internet! My laptop charger broke and I was without my precious MacBook for nearly a month, but I’m back and better than ever. Other than that, life has been tremendous. Being without a computer was quite wonderful, honestly. It gave me time to do things other than stare at a screen for hours on end. So, I’m going to recommend some things that I enjoyed during my absence from the internet.

1. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

I finally read Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem (happy belated birthday to the truly inspirational Didion- she just turned 80 and is still as stylish and lovely as ever) and it blew me away. Her prose will make you want to be a better writer. It will also make you want to read everything she’s ever written.

2. Twin Peaks (TV series, 1990-1991)

Shamefully, it took me until 2014 to finally watch Twin Peaks in its entirety. It’s still haunting me. David Lynch has a way of doing that- peering into the darkest places and making you feel terror that shouldn’t exist outside of actual nightmares. The scenes with Bob have given me nightmares like nothing else.

3. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Yes, Please is so incredible and honest and my, God, we are lucky Amy Poehler exists in our lifetime. I suggest you read this one right away. It’ll make you want to take the world by storm and experience everything.

3. The One I Love, 2014, dir. Charlie McDowell

I saw the trailer, which reveals little but intrigues a lot, and was transfixed. Mark Duplass tweeted that it was finally available on Netflix and I watched it immediately. You need to do the same before you hear anything about the plot. It’s the most uniquely original film I’ve seen in quite some time. I was entertained from the first scene. It should also be noted that Ted Danson is in this for little bit, which makes The One I Love well worth watching just for that. His stepson, Charlie McDowell (son of Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen), directed the movie, and Mary Steenburgen’s voice is featured in one scene. It’s a family affair!

5. “Birthday” by Selena Gomez
My friend Rachel heard this song while shopping in Forever 21 and immediately reported back to me on how girly and fun it is. It’s been our car ride go-to, and it really is the most girly and the most fun.

14 OF THE BEST HALLOWEEN EPISODES EVER ON TV

Continuing with my Halloween theme, I wanted to talk about television and my favorite Halloween TV episodes and specials. I originally had intended to put only 13, y’know, because it’s a spooky number, but I completely forgot about the New Girl episode “Keaton” and expanded it to 14. I regret nothing. Anyway, most if not all of these are available for viewing on Netflix, Hulu, and, of course, YouTube. Watch them if you dare!

“Tricks & Treats”, Freaks and Geeks
S01.E03 Original Air Date: 30 October 1999

Ah, what a classic. Sam and the Geeks go trick-or-treating and the community isn’t too psyched to give candy to a bunch of high schoolers. Lindsay and the Freaks go out and smash some mailboxes. Two very different and very real sides of what goes on during Halloween night.

“The Haunted Mask, Parts 1 & 2”, Goosebumps
S01.E01, S01.E02 Original Air Date: 27 October 1995

I had nightmares about “The Haunted Mask” for years. I think it’s part of the reason I’m so freaked by masks (the other part being the sweaty, icky-ness of them).

“Epidemiology”, Community
S02.E06 Original Air Date: 28 October 2010

Lots of ABBA, lots of rabies. This episode runs true to the ongoing theme of Community using different directorial styles as a way of effective storytelling. This episode is filmed like a zombie apocalypse and it’s nothing short of brilliant.

“Horror Fiction in 7 Spooky Steps”, Community
S03.E05 Original Air Date: 27 October 2011

“Horror Fiction in 7 Spooky Steps” is quite similar to my all-time favorite episode of Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory”. The gang is sitting around in the library, each telling their own horror story, in order for Britta to find out who in the group is a psychopath. Cue hilarity.

“Halloween”, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
S02.E06 Original Air Date: 27 October 1997

When I first saw this episode of Buffy (recently, mind you), I smiled the entire time because it’s just that good. The plot is awesome: Buffy & Co. buy costumes at a new costume shop in Sunnydale. On Halloween night, a spell is cast and everyone who bought a costume from that shop becomes the character they are dressed as. It’s so much fun, and it’s a very Willow-centric episode, and I’ve begun to notice that the Willow-centric episodes are my favorite episodes.

“The Tale of the Twisted Claw”, Are You Afraid of the Dark?
S01.E04 Original Air Date: 31 October 1991

It makes me sad that Are You Afraid of the Dark? doesn’t exist for this generation. I’m sad that it didn’t continue on, powering through the decades. “The Tale of the Twisted Claw” is a spin on the classic horror story The Monkey’s Paw. It’s a scary episode that also teaches children not to disrespect their elders.

“The Slutty Pumpkin”, How I Met Your Mother
S01.E06 Original Air Date: 24 October 2005

The episode that launched a thousand jokes, The Slutty Pumpkin is the root of many ongoing HIMYM gags. It’s essential viewing.

“Halloween”, My So-Called Life
S01.E09 Original Air Date: 27 October 1994

One of my favorite Halloween episodes of any show ever! Angela learns of a former student who died in the 50s, dresses up in the clothes of one of his classmates, and starts to see visions of him wandering the school. So, obviously, she relates him to Jordan Catalano. Also, some pretty hot stuff happens with Rayanne and Brian. He watches her shave her legs.

“Stone Mountain”, 30 Rock
S04.E03 Original Air Date: 29 October 2009

This episode is great because Tracy learns that two celebrities have died. He then learns the myth that celebrities die in threes, believes it, and spends the episode fearing for his life in the most hysterical Tracy Morgan way possible (the world misses you, Trey). Liz and Jack also visit Kenneth’s hometown of Stone Mountain, Georgia, and it’s a hilarious and somewhat terrifying world of Kenneth clones. Another scary thing, Jeff Dunham is in the episode and he isn’t ever funny at all.

“Halloween”, New Girl
S02.E06 Original Air Date: 30 October 2012

The best thing about the Halloween episodes of New Girl are the costumes. We’ve seen Jess as Joey Ramona Quimby in season 3 (GENIUS), and as Zombie Woody Allen in season 2’s episode “Halloween”. Let’s just talk about how fantastic that Zombie Woody Allen costume is.

“Keaton”, New Girl
S03.E06 Original Air Date: 22 October 2013

I had a hard time choosing between “Halloween” and “Keaton”, so I am including both. Cool? Cool. For starters, JOEY RAMONA QUIMBY is the most amazing costume ever. Okay. In this episode, Jess, Nick, & Winston write Schmidt letter’s under the guise of Michael Keaton, his childhood hero. The episode premise in and of itself is incredible.

“Diane’s Nightmare”, Cheers
S04.E05 Original Air Date: 31 October 1985

Diane has a nightmare that an ex-boyfriend, Andy Andy, who is also a convicted murderer, has escaped from a mental institution. The next day at the bar, he’s there. It’s a hilarious episode, and the dude that plays Andy Andy, Derek McGrath, is excellent. He looks so cherubic, but man, he’s got crazy behind those eyes.

“Halloween, Parts 1 & 2”, American Horror Story
S01.E04, S01.E05 Original Air Dates: 26 October 2011, 2 November 2011

I was completely blown away by these two American Horror Story episodes. But, without spoiling anything for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, how could a show with HORROR in the title produce a bad Halloween episode? I mean, you kind of have high expectations to live up to when it comes to that. For those of you that keep up with all things AHS the next two episodes are this season’s Halloween episodes, and I’m super psyched. Are you?

“Who’s Afraid of Cory Wolf?”, Boy Meets World
S02.E06 Original Air Date: 28 October 1994

This episode is best known as the episode where Cory and Topanga have their first kiss. It’s a cute episode where Cory believes he is turning into a werewolf. Topanga tells him that he’s the Cory he’s always been, she kisses him, “aww”s ensue.

NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL

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Today, I pre-ordered a signed copy of Lena Dunham’s upcoming book, Not That Kind of Girl. I am so stinkin’ excited about it, and the fact that it’s SIGNED BY ONE OF MY IDOLS is just insane. I can’t wait to read it. I’m a huge fan of Lena. I saw Tiny Furniture in 2010 and fell in love with her and how full of moxie she is. She’s only 28 and she’s written and directed a feature film that was accepted into the Criterion Collection, written and directed a hugely successful (and excellent) show for HBO, and now she’s written a book that she was paid $3.7 million dollars for. She’s successful, she’s funny, she’s relatable, and she’s a hilarious role model for twenty-somethings everywhere. Her book will be a source of inspiration and a signal that we can have it all. Women in positions of power and success are starting to write more memoirs, and I want to take this time to discuss some memoirs and other non-fiction inspirational books by women that I love, and some that I’m excited to read.

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