Danai Gurira, from left, Isaach de Bankole, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and Angela Bassett from the cast of "Black Panther," accept the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

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On the agenda:

  • Fresh off the Screen Actors Guild awards, we are talking about all the winners where “Black Panther” took the top prize for Cast Ensemble.  The individual acting categories went to Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”), and Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place”).  Did three races lock themselves up?  Did Blunt’s win mean wonders for Regina King?
  • Oscars are having their worst PR year ever, with the news that they will only have 2 songs performed at the ceremony, Lady Gaga (“Shallow” from “A Star is Born”) and Kendrick Lamar (“All the Stars” from “Black Panther”).  Is it time for John Bailey to move on?
  • The 2018 Awards Circuit Community Awards are being announced where “A Star is Born” leads the charge with 13 nominations with “The Favourite” behind with 12.  Are they any surprises decided by the readers?


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  1. I swear, y’all scared me with The Favourite almost winning. The screenplay and director wins make me upset but I can settle for a Roma BP

    • Definitely feels odd, to be fair though, I buy it as a split with Lanthimos. While Roma’s identity as Cuaron’s passion project certainly plays in big on his status in the director category, I felt that The Favourite was more heavily and distinctly directed not only in terms of the visual style, but also the astute attention that was clearly given to directing the performances down different articulate avenues that I think helped the actors play so well off of each other and establish the effectively absurd and sympathetic attitude towards the characters and their conflicts. It also takes a very imaginative director to actually make a dance scene like that work lol. With Roma, I felt that it was actually Cuaron’s cinematography work as well as the various remarkable technical aspects alongside a beautiful script and story with a very well cast group of grounded actors. I actually think the screenplay for Roma is a bit overlooked as a key player in why that movie works so well.

  2. I feel like every Green Book controversy hurts the film while helping Mahershala Ali. He’s the easiest part of the film to award now for the people that love it and the people that are on the fence (yet turned off by the myriad of controversies) probably want to reward him for the walk through fire that has been the Green Book oscar campaign.

    Edit: The more I listen to “All the Stars” and “Shallow”, I could see “Shallow” losing. Shallow has the momentum, but I think the song is simple lyrically and lacks depth. It’s contributes to a great movie/trailer moment, but that’s about it. There’s no lyric in that song that comes close to any in “All the Stars” nor any of it’s fellow nominees. The only real argument I can make for “Shallow” is that it’s sung in the film and is a movie moment, which feels a bit like a cop out since ASIB is a musical (and therefore the songs should resonate with the film more).

  3. This isn’t so much a question as a comparison I’d be really interested on your thoughts. I’m still predicting an Oscar win for Adams, because of two comparison; comparing Regina King with Sylvester Stallone’s year (won Globe and Critics, missed SAG and BAFTA, was predicted on Oscar morning because SAG went for a non-nominated nominee), and compare Amy Adams with Cate Blanchett for The Aviator (a lead actress winning a supporting actress Oscar that wasn’t really her best performance). Blanchett won BAFTA so if Adams wins BAFTA she’s my prediction. Thoughts?


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