Blog: Phil’s 2020 Academy Awards RESULTS!

Blog: Phil’s 2020 Academy Awards RESULTS!

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So it’s that time again… the 2020 version of the Academy Awards are on us!  And as it traditional here is my list of predictions with the actual results from the 2020 Awards!

Reminder: I’ve picked the films I think WILL Win and that I think SHOULD Win! (WILL win’s count only for predictions, blanks indicate I’ve not seen enough films to decide who Should Win!)

So how did I do?  Find out below! 

 


Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
1917 – Will Win
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Should Win
Parasite
Joker

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Philips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917 – Will Win
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Parasite, Bong Joon Ho – Should Win

 

Leading Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renee Zellweger, Judy – Will Win

Leading Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker – Will AND Should Win! 
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

 

Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johannson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women – Will Win! 
Margot Robbie, Bombshell – Should Win

Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Win AND Should Win! 

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out – Should Win
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Will Win 
Parasite

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman – Will AND Should Win 
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Live Action Short Film

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window – Will Win (Guess!) 
Saria
A Sister

 

Animated Short Film

Dcera
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable – Will Win (Guess!) 
Sister

Original Score

Joker – Will Win and Should Win! 
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Best International Feature Film Award

Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Miserables
Pain and Glory
Parasite – Will and Should Win!

 

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917 – Will and Should Win
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

 

Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit – Will Win
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Should Win

Documentary Short

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman – Will Win (Guess!) 
Walk Run Cha-Cha

 

Documentary Feature

American Factory – Win Will AND Should Win 
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Achievements in Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time in HollywoodWill And Should Win
Parasite

Achievements in Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari – Will Win And Should Win
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

 

Achievements in Cinematography

The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917 – Will Win AND Should Win! 
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Achievements in Visual Effects

1917 – Will Win
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman – Should Win! 
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Achievements in Make-up and Hairstyling

Bombshell – Will Win
Joker – Should Win
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Will Win AND Should Win
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

 

Best Original Song

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away, Toy Story – Will Win
I’m Gonna Love Me Again, Rocketman – Should Win
I’m Standing With You, Breakthrough
Into the Unknown, Frozen II
Stand Up, Harriet

Total:  14/24

 


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JoJo Rabbit (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

JoJo Rabbit (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
JoJo Rabbit is bold, subversive and odd as you’d expect from a Taika Waititi film that sees a young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.  The problem is it just wasn’t that funny for me.  Let me just contextualise this… I hated (yes HATED) What We Do In The Shadows the first time I watched it (and haven’t ever bothered to try again).  But I love Taika Waititi and consider Thor Ragnarok to be one of THE best Marvel films.  But it’s possible that outside that franchise I just don’t get his humour.  Or maybe I’ve just seen Life Of Brian and know that this kinda thing has been done and probably better.  Okay so I didn’t HATE JoJo Rabbit and I really enjoyed the performances and ideas, but for sure I wasn’t as taken with it as most seem to be.   In short: JoJo Rabbit is film you need to see and, if you loved Hunt or What We Do, no doubt you’ll dig this.

Best Bit:Waititi as Hitler. Yes really.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor Ragnarok 

 


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Blog: Phil’s 2020 Academy Awards Predictions!

Blog: Phil’s 2020 Academy Awards Predictions!

A Blog

So it’s that time again… the 2020 version of the Academy Awards are on us!  And as it traditional here is my list of predictions – no doubt missing the mark by a country mile as usual.

I’ve picked the films I think WILL Win and that I think SHOULD Win! (WILL win’s count only for predictions, blanks indicate I’ve not seen enough films to decide who Should Win!)

Starting at the top…


Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
1917 – Will Win
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Should Win
Parasite
Joker

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Philips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917 – Will Win
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Parasite, Bong Joon Ho – Should Win

 

Leading Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renee Zellweger, Judy – Will Win

Leading Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker – Will AND Should Win! 
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johannson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women – Will Win! 
Margot Robbie, Bombshell – Should Win

Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Win AND Should Win! 

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out – Should Win
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Will Win 
Parasite

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman – Will AND Should Win 
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Live Action Short Film

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window – Will Win (Guess!) 
Saria
A Sister

 

Animated Short Film

Dcera
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable – Will Win (Guess!) 
Sister

Original Score

Joker – Will Win and Should Win! 
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Best International Feature Film Award

Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Miserables
Pain and Glory
Parasite – Will and Should Win!

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917 – Will and Should Win
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

 

Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit – Will Win
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Should Win

Documentary Short

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman – Will Win (Guess!) 
Walk Run Cha-Cha

 

Documentary Feature

American Factory – Win Will AND Should Win 
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Achievements in Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time in HollywoodWill And Should Win
Parasite

Achievements in Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari – Will Win And Should Win
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

 

Achievements in Cinematography

The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917 – Will Win AND Should Win! 
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Achievements in Visual Effects

1917 – Will Win
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman – Should Win! 
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Achievements in Make-up and Hairstyling

Bombshell – Will Win
Joker – Should Win
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Will Win AND Should Win
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best Original Song

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away, Toy Story – Will Win
I’m Gonna Love Me Again, Rocketman – Should Win
I’m Standing With You, Breakthrough
Into the Unknown, Frozen II
Stand Up, Harriet

 How did I do?  Check back on Monday 10th Feb! 

 


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Grosse Point Geek’s Wrap Up Of 2019 (and 2020 preview)

Grosse Point Geek’s Wrap Up Of 2019 (and 2020 preview)

2019: In Review A Blog Grosse Point Geek Year In Review

As we approach the end of 2019 I have to say that on the whole it’s been a fairly good year for films. Stars Wars had a great send off with JJ Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker, the Infinity Stones story arc which had been the backbone of the MCU since 2008 ended spectacularly with the outstanding Avengers Endgame, DC finally got their house in order and delivered an absolute humdinger with Joker  – which is now the first and only R rated movie to pass the $1 Billion mark at the worldwide box office.

 

There was utter lunacy to be enjoyed in Hobbs and Shaw which was really great fun, John Wick Chapter 3 delivered some top notch action and proved to be the best entry in the franchise so far, a very funny and rather endearing love story played out  in Long Shot and good old Sylvester Stallone returned for the fifth time as Rambo in a film so violent it may well have offended just about every single critic on the planet– not that he cared, it did big bucks at the box office and we film geeks lapped up every brilliant blood drenched minute of it – (the sound of Mexican drug gangs running for the hills in terror can still be heard).

 

We also witnessed the continued rise of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime  -it has to be said though that with the notable exception of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, these still haven’t quite mastered their film output but series wise they can’t be touched – The likes of the Expanse, The Man In The High Castle, The Crown and Jack Ryan were all excellent.

 

Finally there were some top notch performances from the likes of Adam Driver (Marriage Story and Star Wars) Daniel Craig (Knives Out) Mahershala Ali (Green Book) Brad Pitt (Once Upon a time in Hollywood) Matt Damon (Le Mans 66) and of course Joaquin Phoenix who was astounding in Joker

 

Naturally and as per bloody usual there were also some serious let-downs and downright dogs,  – Alita Battle Angel was staggeringly awful, Godzilla King Of The Monsters was beyond crap, X-Men Dark Phoenix proved to be even worse than we feared, Blinded By The Light was so appallingly bad and badly acted that I almost walked out of the screening, The Lion King remake didn’t work at all  and was nothing more than a shot for shot remake of the original , then there was Dumbo which failed to recreate any of the magic that made Disney’s original such a classic, Neil Marshall’s pointless Hellboy reboot showed promise in its design work and story but ultimately turned out to be an utter turd of a film, and whilst it had its good points, the highly anticipated Terminator Dark Fate proved to be nothing more than a complete re-tread of everything we had already seen before in this franchise.

 

Anyway, enough ranting  – here are my 2019 top ten best, top ten worst, top 15 honouree mentions, top 15 best performances and finally the films I’m most excited to see in 2020.

 

Top Ten Best films:

  1. Avengers: Endgame
  2. Green Book
  3. The Irishman
  4. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
  5. Joker
  6. John Wick Chapter 3
  7. Le Mans 66
  8. Knives Out
  9. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  10. Rambo: The Last Blood (yes I know  – I’m on my way to hell for including this one!)

 

Top Ten Worst films

  1. Alita Battle Angel (pointless, boring, dull, piss poor)
  2. Hellboy (awful)
  3. Godzilla King Of The Monsters (definitely left a Michael Bay-alike stench in the nostrils – total crap and badly acted to boot)
  4. Blinded By The Light (the mere thought of this film makes me angry)
  5. The Lion King (cynical audience rip off)
  6. X-Men Dark Phoenix (damp squib – how did they screw this one up?)
  7. The Silence (terrible copy of a Quiet Place)
  8. Shazam (despite everyone really liking this one I absolutely HATED IT!)
  9. The Prodigy (forgettable rubbish)
  10. Glass (garbage sequel to Unbreakable and Split – I’m now beginning to seriously dislike M. Night Shyalaman)

 

 

Top fifteen Honouree Mentions:

  1. Long Shot
  2. Hobbs and Shaw
  3. Ad Astra
  4. Hustlers
  5. Angel Has Fallen
  6. The Mule
  7. It Chapter 2
  8. The Man who killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot
  9. Zombieland 2
  10. Last Christmas
  11. Captain Marvel
  12. Bumblebee
  13. Fighting with My Family
  14. Rocketman
  15. Marriage Story

 

 

Top 15 best performances:

  1. Joaquin Phoenix  – Joker
  2. Adam Driver – Marriage Story and Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker
  3. Scarlett Johansson  – Marriage Story
  4. Joe Pesci  – The Irishman
  5. Jennifer Lopez  – Hustlers
  6. Seth Rogen – Long Shot
  7. Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  8. Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  9. Robert Downey Jr – Avengers Endgame
  10. Matt Damon – Le Mans 66
  11. Brad Pitt – Once Upon a time in Hollywood
  12. Daisy Ridley  – Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker
  13. Sam Elliott – The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot
  14. Daniel Craig – Knives Out
  15. Clint Eastwood  -The Mule

 

 

Most Anticipated Films of 2020:

  1. Tenet
  2. 1917
  3. Top Gun: Maverick
  4. Fast and Furious 9
  5. Black Widow
  6. The Eternals
  7. Bill and Ted Face The Music
  8. Ghostbusters : Afterlife
  9. Army Of The Dead
  10. No Time To Die
  11. Wonder Woman 1984
  12. JoJo Rabbit
  13. Dune
  14. The Gentlemen
  15. Bloodshot

 

Finally will someone at Warner Bros. please please please please release the Snyder cut of Justice League! You know it exists, we know it exists, Snyder has given us proof it exists, Momoa, Affleck and Gal Gadot have seen it and said its great, you and sodding Joss Whedon short changed us with whatever the hell that version was you released last year – we are pissed off, motivated, and we demand to see it NOW!

 

Right that’s it for another year, many thanks to all the fans of Phil’s Quick Capsule Reviews for sticking with us (whoever you are) , also a big shout out to my dear friend Phil Hobden, without whom I would have no one to win arguments with about films and who does such a sterling job of keeping this great website going all year round.

 

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year

 

My name is Will Strong and I’ve Been Grosse Pointe Geek – may the Force be with you all.

 


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