a.k.a. "The Oscar Messenger"

FINALLY! Just as this bummer of a night was about to expire, the Golden Globes, I mean, the Universe CHANGED in A HOLLYWOOD MINUTE!!! “12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture, Drama!!!!

It hadn’t won any other awards at all tonight. I would’ve been a hot mess, watching every one I was rooting for(except Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine” and Diane Keaton’s incredible acceptance speech for the absent, of course, Woody Allen, who received the Cecil B.De Mille Lifetime Achievement Award) LOSE! No Lupita Nyong’O! No Chiwetel Ejiofor! No Michael Fassbender! No Steve McQueen for “Best Director”! And then POW! ZAM! WOW! It won Best Picture!!!!!!Just like I was telling the world it would since TIFF!!! Where it did win the Audience Award!!!

Everyone was predicting, including mainly ME, that it would win everything in sight. But it didn’t. But it did win THE BIG WON! Now the next big thing that happens dear readers, dear cineastes, is that on Thursday morning, the Oscar Nominations themselves will be announced. Early in AM. 8:45 EST. Every channel carries it, and I do predict “12 Years A Slave” will garner more nominations than any other film! 

The Academy is not like the Hollywood Foreign Press, who tonight, SPREAD the wealth. And it was like the Dodo in “Alice in Wonderland” saying “Everyone has won and all shall have prizes!” And so it was.

Read who won what at http://www.hitfix.com or of course at my personal MGM http://www.awardsdaily.com if you really want to know.

Leonardo Di Caprio won for Best Actor Musical/Comedy for “Wolf of Wall Street” and gave a WONDERFUL acceptance speech. Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor Drama for “Dallas Buyer’s Club”. And also gave a very good acceptance speech. Both could repeat at the Oscars. But I DON’T think the Academy is going to rubber stamp the questionable Golden Globes…. More predictive is going to be who wins on Thursday nights’ Broadcast Film Critics Awards. And I bet “12 Years” wins more there. MUCH more. Ditto the Oscars.

It’s unusual this year that the Globes came first, chronologically. In recent years, it’s been the BFCA  that was the first show. And those four winners in the acting categories continued on in a lock-step to win everything else. 

I don’t think that is going to happen this year. I don’t think Jennifer Lawrence is going to win. AGAIN.Her speech was a bit off-putting. It was saying, “I’m not an actress. I don’t deserve this.” And the much more serious minded BFCA, and the Screen ACTORS guild, and esp. the Actor’s Branch of the Academy takes ACTING much more seriously. She’ll win another ~ Best Action Actress. And poor Amy Adams will win Best Comedy Actress. At the BFCA. But Amy Adams is in the predictment of winning awards for what is really a very poor performance. She may not even be nominated for Best Actress on Thursday morning. She could be pushed out by Meryl Streep. If Harvey Weinstein has his way and he usually does. 

I just noticed no Weinstein movie won ANYthing tonight. But hoorah hooray! “12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture Drama! And it will go on to win everything I said it would back in Toronto! 

Onwards and upwards!

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