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Hollywood’s High Holy Night is Here: Our Predictions for the 2017 Oscars

Hollywood’s High Holy Night is Here: Our Predictions for the 2017 Oscars

Oscar predictions

The 89th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday. Who are you rooting for?

Happy Oscar Weekend, all! Hollywood’s High Holy Night arrives this Sunday night on ABC. The big question on everyone’s mind is surely “How political will the acceptance speeches get?” and the answer is an indisputable “Very!”

So let’s move on to another question: How many Oscars will La La Land win? You don’t need any psychic gift to know that the answer is surely “the most!” but let’s get more specific. Damien Chazelle’s popular musical would need 12 Oscars to beat the record of 11 which was set by Ben-Hur back in 1959 and then tied by both Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) and Titanic (1997).

Technically speaking La La Land could win 13 Oscars; it has 14 nominations but two of those are in competition with each other in Original Song: Ryan’s big number “City of Stars” is up against Emma’s showstopper “Audition (Fools Who Dream)”. Sadly, neither of those movie stars will perform at the Oscars so their co-star John Legend will do the honors on both of the songs.

Let’s break down the categories with predictions and opinions after the jump


La La Land will be this weekend’s big winner. I’m predicting 9 Oscars.

BEST PICTURE: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Lion, and Moonlight

Will Win: La La Land already made history with its nomination count (tying All About Eve and Titanic for the most ever with 14) and will continue on into history as The official Best Picture of 2016. (Note: the internet loves to refer to the Oscars by the year in which they’re held but this is incorrect. These are officially the 2016 Oscars, they’re just held in 2017.

Should Win: La La Land and Arrival would both make very worthy winners but Moonlight is the most eye-opening and transcendent of the nominees and it would make such an unusual but worthy winner. Plus, Oscar owes us for Brokeback Mountain‘s loss.

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BEST ACTOR Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Denzel Washington (Fences)

Will Win: Casey Affleck won the lion’s share of the precursor prizes and is the broken heart of the popular grief drama Manchester by the Sea and he remains the safe bet.

Should Win: …but it’s probably very close with the beloved Denzel Washington doing towering work in Fences as a former baseball star who resents his lot in life. Some people think Denzel is too theatrical playing this larger than life man but those people are wrong. He’s perfect as this chatterbox charisma machine  who sucks all the oxygen out of every room and has drained quite a bit of life from his devoted wife, too. But more on her later.

Thirst Trap Trivia: Viggo Mortensen is the first male actor nominated twice for roles involving full frontal nudity –see also Eastern Promises (2007)

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BEST ACTRESS Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving), Natalie Portman (Jackie), Emma Stone (La La Land), and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Will Win: Emma Stone will float up to the stage like she’s reenacting La La Land‘s planetarium dance number. Actually, take that back. She’s so nerdy awkward at these events she’ll probably trip on the way up.

Should Win: But the year’s greatest nominated performance is Isabelle Huppert in Elle‘s bar none. She’s plays an impossible role (to sum up: ice cold video game entrepreneur with a worthless son and shameless cougar mom, who has been infamous since childhood due to her father’s crime, reacts but doesn’t  to being raped multiple times) and plays it like a Stradivarius at that.

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Will Win: Contrary to expectations, I’m predicting that suddenly hot Dev Patel upsets the frontrunner Mahershala Ali to take the statue. Why? Call it residual Slumdog love plus that the touching adoption drama Lion was surging at exactly the right time during voting.

Should Win: Mahershala Ali arguably doesn’t even give the best performance in Moonlight (how do you choose from that amazing ensemble?) but that doesn’t mean he isn’t worthy of the win. He’s terrific as the guilt-ridden drug dealer who plays role model to the son of one of his customers. Plus he had a stellar year also appearing in Hidden Figures and Luke Cage on Netflix

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Viola Davis (Fences), Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Will win: The Academy owes Viola Davis and surely they know it. (Meryl Streep’s Iron Lady mimicry over Viola’s deep soulfulness in The Help? I think not!) Plus she’s magnificent as the understandably resentful 50s housewife whose vision of her life is ripped apart when her husband confesses an affair.

Should win: But it’s a leading role. I’m so exhausted by actors campaigning in the easier category just to win. It’s not fair to the actual supporting actors. So I would personally vote for either Nicole Kidman (sneakily brilliant in a role that lesser actors would have dutifully done justice to, but nothing more) or Naomie Harris, whose unnerving maximalism as the addict mom in Moonlight is not just a perfect style for the movie (since she’s playing a memory) but a fascinating counterpoint to Mahershala Ali’s minimalism.


It’s Damien Chazelle vs Barry Jenkins for Best Director. Regardless of who wins, we all win because these two fresh voices have great careers ahead of them.

BEST DIRECTOR Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Will Win: Damien Chazelle has this wrapped up for his dreamy hit musical. And he probably had it wrapped up by the time we left the freeway in that gleeful opening sequence. His momentum from his Whiplash breakthrough didn’t hurt. Of note: He will become the youngest winner in this category ever on Sunday night. He turned 32 last month. The current record is Norman Taurog who won at 32 (but closer to 33) way back in the early 1930s for Skippy.

Should Win: Villeneuve and Chazelle are eminently worthy nominees, but I’d vote for Barry Jenkins who infuses what could have been a standard coming-of-age memoir with haunting visual boldness and emotional specificity.


How fun were those tigers as go-go boy like back up dancers in “Zootopia”?

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle, and Zootopia

Will Win: Unless Zootopia‘s behemoth success turns off enough voters and makes them root for an underdog it will emerge triumphant. If there is an upset look to the under-rewarded studio Laika. Kubo is the fourth film and fourth nominee in this category but they’ve never won. Should Win: What a terrific batch of films!  There is something to recommend literally all of them. My Life as a Zucchini, about a small boy who ends up in foster care after his alcoholic mother dies in the opening scene, just now opened in theaters. It’s good and it will remind you of how “safe” American animated films are. The Europeans don’t pull punches in their films about childhood.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures, Lion, and Moonlight

Will win: Moonlight has the edge here — they need to reward the movie somewhere. Or do we confuse our “need” with theirs? But an upset is possible as each of these movies has a devoted fanbase. Arrival would also make a worthy winner, especially since it’s all about language, but attacks its theme in ways that extend beyond the verbal and written.

tumblr_oewutvzjof1vfii50o1_400ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Hell or High Water, La La Land, The Lobster, Manchester by the Sea and 20th Century Women

Will win: Some people think La La Land will take this in a sweep but musicals rarely win for Screenplay. Manchester by the Sea, which people perceive as a writer’s movie, is the safest bet.
Should win: But if I was voting I’d have to choose between The Lobster and 20th Century Women, which are both genius films and were both only nominated in this one category.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Arrival, La La Land, Lion, Moonlight, and Silence

Will win: La La Land‘s bold use of spotlights, saturated color, and realism veering off into fantasy will surely clinch this prize.

Should win: This is a gorgeous batch of movies. What a category! Can we have a five-way tie?

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Fire at Sea, I Am Not Your Negro, Life Animated, OJ: Made in America, and 13th

Will win: OJ Made in America has won prize after prize already. But if you ask me if shouldn’t even be eligible for an Oscar. It is NOT a movie. Yes, it played in one theater for a week to qualify but it’s a TV miniseries and, as such, should be relegated to the Emmys. There is a reason why there are different awards shows and that is that they judge different artforms. I’m rooting for a surprise upset from the James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro which hit movie theaters during voting to great success. And it’s always nice (and rare) to see gay heroes honored at the Oscars.


Asghar Farhadi (who won the Oscar for the masterpiece “A Separation”) and his actors are not coming to the Oscars this year for “The Salesman.” Give you one guess why.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM A Man Called Ove (Sweden), Land of Mine (Denmark), Tanna (Australia), The Salesman (Iran), and Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Will win: This is a difficult call. I’d argue that The Salesman from the Oscar winning Asghar Farhadi, is the best of this batch but there’s no clear frontrunner. A Man Called Ove about a grumpy Swede and an immigrant family he meets was the most successful film of these films in US theatrical release, Toni Erdmann was the darling for the critical community, and Land of Mine plays out most like a typical Oscar choice (it’s about the aftermath of World War II in Denmark and is moving in a traditional anti-war way). My guess is that President T****’s illegal and immoral Muslim ban which led to Farhadi cancelling his Oscar trip will tip the sentiment to Farhadi but please don’t assume that’s the only reason for the win if it comes to pass. It’s a very good film about a marriage on the rocks due to a home break in and the resulting shame and secrecy.

BEST FILM EDITING Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, La La Land, and Moonlight

Will win: La La Land‘s long takes as well as its great pacing, and musical pizazz will probably deliver it this win.

Should win: But Moonlight’s moody symmetries within its three acts and Arrival‘s cascading time shifts would also make them worthy winners


BEST SOUND EDITING Arrival, Deep Water Horizon, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, and Sully

Will Win: This category usually goes to an effects heavy movie or an action movie so unless La La Land tricks voters into equating sound effects with music, this is probably between Arrival‘s alien soundscapes and Hacksaw Ridge‘s wartime carnage. I’m guessing Hacksaw
but rooting for Arrival.

BEST SOUND MIXING Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Will Win: La La Land has the built in musical advantage.

Should Win: I’ve seen La La Land four times and in different theaters and circumstances and let’s just say that the sound mix is not always clear — especially in the great opening number “Another Day of Sun” when it’s hard to hear the lyrics sung. I’d vote Arrival.


La La Land’s going to lose somewhere. Will it be production design?

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN Arrival, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Hail Caesar!, La La Land and Passengers

Will Win: Unless Oscar voters realize that the Harry Potter universe has never won this prize despite consistent nominations and aims to correct that via Fantastic Beasts, this is probably La La Land‘s.

Should Win: Arrival‘s eery minimalism with circular language, stretched egg-like space crafts, and rectangular blocks of alien light make it the easy winner for me.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE Jackie, La La Land, Lion, Moonlight, and Passengers

Will Win: La La Land has this win sewn up since it’s a musical and the music is beautiful. If you doubt it, try listening to the soundtrack on Spotify. You’ll never stop. That’s not a threat but a promise. It’s so wonderful.

Should Win: La La Land‘s music is deserving but I’d be torn between that and Jackie‘s bizarre and beautiful score from Mica Levy. She also did the genius score to that creepy erotic Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien movie Under the Skin a couple of years back.


Lin-Manuel Miranda’s EGOT will have to wait. La La Land is going to win this one.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG Audition (La La Land), Can’t Stop the Feeling (Trolls), City of Stars (La La Land), Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story) and How Far I’ll Go (Moana)

Will Win: La La Land‘s chief ear worm “City of Stars” seems likely as a winner though if there’s a split with its other best song “Audition,” perhaps Justin Timberlake will emerge as a surprise victor for his Trolls hit?

Should Win: I’d vote Audition (Fools Who Dream)… with tears for How Far I’ll Go from Moana which is so underrated (as Disney songs go, other than the Frozen megahit “Let It Go”). Sorry Lin-Manuel Miranda but your EGOT will  have to wait. It will come.

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR A Man Called Ove, Star Trek Beyond, and Suicide Squad

Will win: Beats me. I’m predicting Star Trek Beyond but I’m not confident. Their nominations are mystifying this year.

jackie-costumes-planeBEST COSTUME DESIGN Allied, Fantastic Beasts, Florence Foster Jenkins, Jackie, and La La Land.

Will win: Jackie could well interrupt La La Land‘s winning streak in this category. When people think of Jackie O they think of fashion. That might help in a tight contest.

Should win: Jackie and Allied‘s costumes are both stunning but I’d vote for La La Land, the rare contemporary film that managed a nomination. Contrary to cheap dismissals like “costume design by the Gap” this is actually a thoughtful sophisticated piece of design. I was moved to write a whole piece on it.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, Jungle Book, Kubo, and Rogue One

Will win: Jungle Book‘s photorealistic animals will take this Oscar but…

Should win: Shouldn’t Doctor Strange‘s kaleidoscope hallucinations or Kubo’s amazing animated wonders emerge as the surprise champ? We’ve seen talking animals before after all.


Merci, Isabelle!

So, to wrap up: I will never apologize for my Oscar obsession and list-making frenzies this time of year. I’m also predicting La La Land takes 9 Oscars and only Manchester by the Sea manages 2 wins among the scraps. The rest of the films will have to settle for 1 win or the pleasure of being nominated. Now I must jet to prepare for my Oscar party. There’s nothing like Oscar night and it comes but once a year.

Happy Oscar Weekend!

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Hollywood’s High Holy Night is Here: Our Predictions for the 2017 Oscars

And the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees are… #glaadawards

And the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees are… #glaadawards


GLAAD announced today the nominees for the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

Take a look at the nominees below!:

Among the nominees: Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Moonlight; Film Independent Spirit Award-nominees Other People and Spa Night; ABC’s The Real O’Neals and Black-ish; The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Supergirl; Netflix’s The OA, Grace and Frankie, Black Mirror, and Easy; Amazon’s Transparent and One Mississippi; Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse;  USA Network’s Eyewitness; Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe; Nickelodeon’s The Loud House; Oxygen’s Strut; HBO’s The Trans List; The Ellen DeGeneres Show;, and Tampa Bay Times for interviews with Orlando shooting survivors; ESPN’s E:60 and SC Featured; Brandy Clark for her Grammy-nominated Big Day in a Small Town album; and Frank Ocean for his album Blonde.

For the first time, GLAAD expanded the Outstanding Music Artist and Outstanding Comic Book categories from five nominees to a maximum of 10 nominees each. Disappointingly – but reflective of the mainstream film industry’s dearth of LGBTQ-inclusive storylines  – Outstanding Film – Wide Release counts the fewest number of nominees (two) since 2003.

“For nearly 30 years, the GLAAD Media Awards have set the bar for media representations of LGBTQ people,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “At a time when progress is at a critical juncture, it is imperative that Hollywood tell more LGBTQ stories that reflect the community’s rich diversity – and build understanding that brings all communities closer together. This year’s nominees have created images and storylines that challenge misconceptions and broaden understanding, accelerating acceptance and equality for LGBTQ people across the globe.”

Spanish-language nominees include Kany García, the Grammy-nominated singer who came out as a lesbian in 2016, for her new album Limonada. Also nominated was Univision’s Aquí y Ahora, which received nominations for its interviews with Xander, the transgender son of Venezuelan pop star Karina Moreno; and with transgender advocate Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his supportive mom, U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Univision’s Al Punto earned a nomination for its interview with Gina Parody, Colombia’s now-former Education Minister who is a lesbian.

CNN en Español’s Conclusiones picked up a nomination for its segment on the Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub and its impact on Latinx LGBTQ communities. Local affiliate stations continue to garner nominations, including WZDC-Telemundo 25 for its two-part profile of a Nicaraguan mom supporting her transgender daughter. This year, there were no nominations in Outstanding Novela, reflecting the dire need for more inclusive representation in Spanish-language media’s most popular entertainment format.

GLAAD announced 115 nominees in 21 English-language categories and 41 Spanish-language nominees in 11 categories.

In the English-language categories, cable networks earned 31 nominations, and broadcast networks garnered 17 nominations. Streaming services received seven nominations. Netflix picked up four nominations, including its second for Grace and Frankie; and first-time nominations for The OA, Black Mirror, and Easy. Amazon received its third nomination for Transparent, and a first-time nomination for One Mississippi. Seeso, NBCUniversal’s new streaming comedy channel, received its first-ever nomination for Take My Wife.

For a complete list of nominees, click here

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBTQ community and issues that build support for equality and acceptance.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 1, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 6 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Find out how you can buy tickets or host a table here.

To receive the latest updates on the GLAAD Media Awards, follow @glaad on Twitter and use the hashtag #glaadawards.


January 31, 2017

Golden Globe Preview and Predictions: Lion and Ryans and Moonlight

Golden Globe Preview and Predictions: Lion and Ryans and Moonlight

Jimmy Fallon hosts the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night

What do Ben and Casey Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Naomi Campbell, Steve Carell, Jessica Chastain, Priyanka Chopra, Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gal Gadot, Hugh Grant, Jon Hamm, the “Chris”s Hemsworth and Pine, Felicity Jones, John Legend, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Kidman, Brie Larson, Diego Luna, Sienna Miller, Mandy Moore, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Timothy Olyphant, Eddie Redmayne, Ryan Reynolds, Zoe Saldana, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers, Sting, Emma Stone, Justin Theroux, Carrie Underwood, Vince Vaughn, Milo Ventimiglia, Sofia Vergara, Kristen Wiig, and Reese Witherspoon have in common?

They’ll all be gowned and tux’ed up for your viewing pleasure to present the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night (Live on NBC. 5 PM PST/8 PM EST). Here’s a look at what to expect in the top categories…


just happy to be nominated?



  • moonlight-threeHacksaw Ridge
  • Hell Or High Water
  • Lion
  • Manchester By The Sea
  • Moonlight


While Lion has the benefitted of the Weinstein Company’s skill with Golden Globe string-pulling and would definitely benefit most from a win in terms of a commercial boost, it feels like a stretch as a potential winner. Hell or High Water and Hacksaw Ridge are both probably just happy to be nominated.

This contest likely narrows down to the grief drama of Manchester by the Sea and the soul searching of Moonlight, the only movies currently giving La La Land any night sweats on its road to a Best Picture Oscar win. My guess is Manchester by the Sea but it’s truly a toss up and I’m rooting for the one of a kind memoir moodiness of Moonlight.



Isabelle Huppert considering her competition

Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

You might think this one is an easy call since the Globe voters are obsessed with Amy Adams who they’ve given 7 nominations and 2 wins in the past 10 years. On the other hand they’ve also given Natalie Portman two wins but they didn’t nominate either of their films in the Best Picture race.

I think Adams has the slight edge, but given the Globes capacity for surprise (historically speaking shocking wins are part of their legend unlike their more prestigious elder sibling, the Oscars) I’m rooting hard for Isabelle Huppert. She’s reminded the world of exactly what makes her such an inimitable and very French movie star in Elle. She just took the National Society of Film Critics Prize for Best Actress, so she’s won all three of the most important critics awards. Only ten other women in history have accomplished that and seven of them went on to win the Oscar as well.

Red Carpet Watch: Expect Ruth Negga to steal the “best dressed” prize. She’s been turning it out this year, making the most noise possible of her quiet breakthrough in the interracial marriage drama Loving.



  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Joel Edgerton, Loving
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences


I’m partial to Viggo Mortensen’s counter culture cockiness (literally… “it’s only a penis.”) but he’s not going to win for Captain Fantastic. Casey Affleck has been buried in an avalanche of critics awards for his grieving uncle in Manchester. Given his sour onscreen persona, he’s surprisingly funny and relaxed on the campaign trail. That’s a combo that will probably mean a win.

Potential spoiler of note: The Globes have a long history of worshipping Denzel Washington who does his best work since Malcom X in Fences. They’ve given Denzel their lifetime achievement award (the Cecil B DeMille) as well as two previous Globe wins for acting AND they even gave his previous directorial effort The Great Debaters (2007) a surprise Best Picture nomination in its year. In other words: if he surprises, don’t be too surprised.


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    Your Oscar Best Picture frontrunner, LA LA LAND

    20th Century Women

  • Deadpool
  • La La Land
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Sing Street

While the Globes sometimes go wild in the comedy category with unexpected wins (and nominations) there’s no beating La La Land this year. Of Note: 20th Century Women is the least seen of these films (expanding soon in theaters) and it’s just sublime and you really must see it the first chance you get.



Annette does her arguable best work ever in “20th Century Women”

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

My heart is with Annette Bening’s career-crowning moment (thus far… I mean she does have a history of constantly topping herself) as an unconventional single mother in 20th Century Women but there’s probably no way she could wrestle this win from the ambitious hands of Emma Stone who is a charm bomb in that  buzzy original musical. Meryl Streep is not a threat this year; the Globes have her trip to the stage covered to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Meryl always gives great speech and this one will hopefully be a doozy.


  • deadpool-beaarthurColin Farrell, The Lobster
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jonah Hill, War Dogs
  • Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool


If you believe the current hype and hard driving campaign of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds could well surprise with a win in this category for leading the year’s biggest viral hit. On the other hand he’d have to maneuver around the traffic jam over in LA caused by Ryan Gosling who is just as strong as Emma Stone in La La Land in the acting department while handily beating her in the singing and dancing. Plus Gosling plays piano! If (and it’s a big if) there’s a vote split between those two hunky movie stars, watch for Colin or Hugh to take it. They’re both excellent in their movies but more importantly the Globe voters like them: Colin Farrell was a surprise winner in this very category several years ago with his terrific work as a guilt-ridden hitman in In Bruges (2008) and Hugh Grant won this category on his first nomination for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Red Carpet Watch: Make your predictions. Which Ryan is going to look the most delicious on Globe night?



  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea


This is a fine fine lineup of performances but the year belongs to Viola Davis, just honored by Meryl Streep on the Walk of Fame, even though she’s category frauding her way to supporting wins with this leading role which previously won her the Tony on Broadway.


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    Can Dev Patel (Lion) surprise and take the Globe?

    Jeff Bridges

  • Simon Helberg
  • Mahershara Ali
  • Dev Patel
  • Aaron Taylor Johnson


Super talented and suddenly ubiquitous Mahershara Ali (he’s also in Hidden Figures, Luke Cage, and House of Cards) is the Oscar frontrunner. He has come to represent the whole stellar Moonlight cast in awardage (funny how the praise usually zeroes in on one person in ensemble movies) but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Dev Patel is the night’s surprise Globe winner for Lion. He has the advantage of the leading role (even if he doesn’t show up til the second half of the movie) and if the Globes are true to form there will be one surprise winner so why not a tear-jerking leading role in a movie they won’t be able to award elsewhere? Plus he’s a charming eager hand-shaker at Hollywood events and, yes, that helps.



Barry Jenkins (37) vs Damien Chazelle (31) for Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea


Sometimes the Globes preference for honoring celebrities wherever they can nominate results in really good Best Director lineups. Other times, as with this year it can leave you with a case of the eyerolls. It just depends on whether “celebrity” directors were doing the best work in a given year.

Mel Gibson’s direction may curiously be the weakest aspect of Hacksaw Ridge, since his gore-loving emotional broad strokes are in direct opposition to the movie’s spiritual resolve and pacificism. And don’t even get me started on Tom Ford and Nocturnal Animals, to my mind the year’s most repulsive movie. I realize the movie has passionate fans but no. Just no. Have you seen the soundtrack cover which further fetishizes the movie’s violent misogyny. No thanks.

But no matter: This is a race between two thirtysomething men near the start of what should should be gigantic careers. It’s Barry versus Damien for the win with the La La Land director probably taking this home.

For a full list of Golden Globe nominations, they also cover TV and prefer new series to long running hits (unlike Emmy), hit their website.

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Golden Globe Preview and Predictions: Lion and Ryans and Moonlight

The most intriguing new LGBTQ characters of 2016

The most intriguing new LGBTQ characters of 2016

Photo Credit: Freeform

This year was a mixed bag for LGBTQ representation in entertainment media. While there has been a general uptick in the quantity of LGBTQ characters appearing in entertainment in the past year, these characters and stories have not all been particularly groundbreaking or original. There were some, however, whom audiences and critics connected with and noted for telling rare or never-before-seen stories.

Here are just a few of the newly introduced LGBTQ characters in 2016 that stood out from the crowd in film and documentary, television, video games, and comics. Check out our 2015 list here.


Barry Jenkins’ hit film Moonlight, inspired by the short play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, has raked in over $12 million at the box office since its October 21st release and garnered awards nominations and critical praise. The film follows a young black man named Chiron living in a rough neighborhood of Miami in three acts from childhood to teen years to adulthood. Over this time, Chiron struggles with his own sexual identity, the concept of masculinity, and his feelings for his friend Kevin, all set against a challenging home life and bullying at school. Moonlight deftly balances telling a very intimate story about love, identity, family, and friendship with painting a picture of the larger experience of what it means to be a young, black, queer male. The film features a cast of very strong ensemble characters, anchored by the three actors who portray Chiron through his life (Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes). Studios that may be looking for a box office hit should look to Moonlight as an example of the kind of intersectional, inclusive stories audiences are hungry for.

The documentary Southwest of Salem opened in theaters this year before premiering on Investigation Discovery. The award-winning doc follows the “San Antonio Four,” a group of four Latina lesbian friends who were wrongfully convicted in 1994 of aggravated sexual assault and indecency against two young girls. In 2012 and 2013, after one of the accusers recanted and the forensic evidence used during the trial was debunked, the four women were released from prison but were still denied freedom. Last month, the four were officially cleared on all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The documentary includes poignant scenes showing the impact of the amount of time the women have served and how that has affected them and their families. You can watch the full documentary Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four now on Investigation Discovery’s site.


Freeform’s new supernatural drama Shadowhunters premiered in January, and features bisexual warlock Magnus Bane (Harry Shum, Jr.) as one of the central characters. Magnus, as the centuries-old High Warlock of Brooklyn, begins working alongside his current love interest Alec Lightwood (a half-angel, half-human shadowhunter) to recover a relic that in the hands of the villain Valentine will send the shadow world into chaos and war. During the series’ first season, Magnus low-key affirmations of his sexuality and references to his past relationships have made it clear that he is bisexual without his sexuality being his sole defining characteristic or story. It is rare enough for a television series to include a well-written and nuanced bisexual male character, and it is even more rare for that character to be one of the leads. Hopefully, characters like Magnus (and Daryl (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) who came out early this year) will lead the way for increased and improved representation. Shadowhunters returns January 2, and the season will build the new relationship between Alec and Magnus.

This fall saw the premiere of Oxygen’s new docuseries Strut, executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg. Strut follows the lives and careers of transgender models Dominique Jackson, Ren Spriggs, Laith De La Cruz, Isis King, and Arisce Wanzer as they work to make names for themselves in the fashion industry. The models are all represented by Slay Model Management, the world’s first exclusively transgender modeling agency. The series gives an all-access look at the model’s lives; from booking jobs and navigating the highly competitive fashion world to conversations with family, coming to terms with themselves, and breaking down barriers. When only 16% of Americans say they personally know someone who identifies as trans, the majority of this country learn about trans people and their lives through what they see in the media. This is why Strut – and other shows which speak to the wide diversity of the trans experience and community – are so critically important.

Sundance TV premiered the new series Hap and Leonard this spring, adapted from the novel series of the same name by Joe R. Lansdale. The show is set in 1980’s East Texas, and follows best friends and Vietnam War veterans Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. They decide to try their luck at private investigating when Hap’s ex proposes a get-rich-quick scheme involving finding $1 million supposedly buried at the bottom of a river, and shenanigans ensue. The two men are near opposites – Hap is a straight, white, former hippie while Leonard is black, openly gay, and struggles with anger issues –  but their friendship grounds a premise that could have easily gone too absurd. Hap and Leonard will return for a new season in 2017.

Although they only appeared in one episode, Kelly and Yorkie from Netflix’s Black Mirror made quite the impact on the year’s queer TV landscape, and their episode “San Junipero” has received near unanimous critical acclaim for its originality and story. The two women meet in a seaside town in 1987 and “form a powerful bond that seems to defy the laws of space and time.” The episode is one of the only episodes of Black Mirror to have a happier ending, and was a refreshing change from the overwhelmingly depressing year for queer female characters on television.


Over the summer, Electronic Arts (EA) announced an upgrade to the popular The Sims 4 game which allowed players a greater range of gender customization options for their created sims. Players are now able to create sims with more varied body shapes; all voice, hairstyle, and clothing options are available to every sim regardless of gender; and players can now modify their Sim’s gender later in the game. GLAAD consulted with EA on the enhanced options in the “Create A Sim” menu. “It was a pleasure working with developers who were committed to updating the game so that all players can create a Sims world that more accurately reflects the world in which we live today,” said Nick Adams, the director of GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program.

This year, Blizzard released the massively successful multiplayer first-person shooter game Overwatch, which was initially unveiled in 2014 as a closed beta. Players are grouped into teams and then choose to play as one of four classes of heroes, including “Offense” class character Tracer who has the power to teleport and travel through time. Tracer, a fan favorite character and the only to be featured on the cover of the game, was revealed to be a lesbian earlier this month in the tie-in comic Reflections which further develops the lore of the game’s world. The comic includes Tracer gifting her girlfriend Emily with a new scarf and the two sharing a kiss, and later attending a team party together. Blizzard said in a statement, “As in real life, having variety in our characters and their identities and backgrounds helps create a richer and deeper overall fictional universe.” Given that this reveal came so recently and in a tie-in product, it’s yet to be seen how Tracer and Emily’s relationship will be integrated into the source material. Still, the inclusion of a lesbian lead in such a huge franchise is notable. Overwatch won Game of the Year at the 2016 Game Awards, and in October passed 20 million registered players across PC, Playstation, and Xbox markets.


The Backstagers, an ongoing all-ages comic series from out bi writer James Tynion IV (Memetic) and trans artist Rian Sygh, premiered in August and features several gay, bi, and trans characters. The series kicks off with Jory transferring to a private, all-boys high school where he decides to join the stage crew, and is pleasantly surprised to find there is a door backstage leading to different worlds. “Kids, more than anyone, use fiction to figure themselves out, and when they can’t find themselves in the media they consume, they don’t feel like they have a place in the world. So we wanted to show them they do have a place. We wanted to write the book we desperately needed when we were young, queer, and didn’t feel like we belonged,” Tynion told The Advocate. Issue six will hit shelves January 18, previous issues are available online.

This summer, Black Mask Studios released the limited run comic series Kim + Kim. The book follows a trans girl and her best friend, both named Kim, as they set out to make a name of themselves in the world of interdimensional bounty hunting. The four issues see the Kims taking on complicated cases, trying to beat another bounty hunting team (whom they have a complicated past with) to the reward, and the Kims bonding over their pasts and exploring their identities. All four issues have been compiled into one volume, available to read now.

Though not new characters, several established LGBTQ characters starred in their own comic series this year after being introduced in earlier projects. DC Comics brought out the six-issue miniseries Midnighter and Apollo in October, from bi writer Steve Orlando, which gets further into the superheroes’ relationship as Midnighter works to recover Apollo’s soul from a hell dimension. In November, Marvel launched World of Wakanda from bi writer Roxane Gay. The series is a spin-off from the Black Panther title and focuses on Ayo and Aneka, two lovers who were formerly part of the all-female security force Dora Milaje.

Who were your favorite new LGBTQ characters of 2016? Let us know!

December 30, 2016

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LGBT community members and their supporters (Gay, Lesbian, transgender) taking part in ninth annual Delhi Queer Pride Parade 2016 in New Delhi on November 27, 2016 .
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LGBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and transgender) community members and their supporters taking part in ninth annual Delhi Queer Pride Parade 2016 in New Delhi on November 27, 2016.
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PHOTOS: These Guys Make Voting Sexy On This Historic Election Day

PHOTOS: These Guys Make Voting Sexy On This Historic Election Day


After months and months (and months and months) of nonstop mudslinging, name calling, finger pointing, and general nastiness, one of the most contentious, stomach-turning, panic-inducing Presidential campaigns in modern history is finally–finally!–coming to an end.

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To mark this momentous occasion, we’ve gone a roundup of hot guys casting their votes and showing their support for their chosen candidate. Scroll down for pics and don’t forget to cast your vote today!

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In the wake of the tragic Orlando shooting last week, filmmaker Kai Stänicke shared a short film called ‘Golden’ which has touched hearts across …

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