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2015 Academy Award Nominees Predictions

January 14, 2015

Best Picture

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • Gone Girl
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Inherent Vice
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Wild

Best Actor

  • Steve Carell-Foxcatcher
  • Benedict Cumberbatch-The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton-Birdman
  • David Oyelowo-Selma
  • Eddie Redmayne-The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

  • Amy Adams-Big Eyes
  • Felicity Jones-The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore-Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike-Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon-Wild

Best Supporting Actor

  • Josh Brolin-Inherent Vice
  • Ethan Hawke-Boyhood
  • Edward Norton-Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo-Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons-Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Director

  • Ava DuVernay-Selma
  • David Fincher-Gone Girl
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-Birdman
  • Richard Linklater-Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller-Foxcatcher

Best Original Screenplay

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Foxcatcher
  • Selma

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Gone Girl
  • The Imitation Game
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Wild

Best Animated Feature

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

Best Foreign-Language Film

  • Force Majeure
  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Mommy
  • Two Days, One Night

Best Documentary Feature

  • 20,000 Days on Earth
  • Citizenfour
  • Life Itself
  • The Overnighters
  • Virunga

2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

August 25, 2014


The Emmy Awards is an extremely tough awards show to predict. You think you see an obvious winner among the nominees, but then they totally throw you for a loop and pick a winner that may seem completely random. But I’m going to give it a shot anyway.

  • Comedy Series: Veep
  • Drama Series: Breaking Bad
  • Variety Series: The Colbert Report
  • Miniseries: Fargo
  • Television Movie: The Normal Heart
  • Lead Actor-Comedy: Don Cheadle-House of Lies
  • Lead Actress-Comedy: Amy Poehler-Parks & Recreation
  • Lead Actor-Drama: Matthew McConaughey-True Detective
  • Lead Actress-Drama: Michelle Dockery-Downton Abbey
  • Lead Actor-Miniseries/Movie: Mark Ruffalo-The Normal Heart
  • Lead Actress-Miniseries/Movie: Cicely Tyson-The Trip to Bountiful
  • Supporting Actor-Comedy: Tony Hale-Veep
  • Supporting Actress-Comedy: Mayim Bialik-The Big Bang Theory
  • Supporting Actor-Drama: Aaron Paul-Breaking Bad
  • Supporting Actress-Drama: Anna Gunn-Breaking Bad
  • Supporting Actor-Miniseries/Movie: Colin Hanks-Fargo
  • Supporting Actress-Miniseries/Movie: Julia Roberts-The Normal Heart

2014 Primetime *Creative Arts* Emmy Awards Predictions

August 14, 2014


Yes, this post is for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. These winners are announced separately and earlier than the main awards. So without further ado, here are my predictions for the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (or at least the ones that i care about).


  • Variety Special: The Kennedy Center Honors
  • Guest Actor – Comedy: Bob Newhart-The Big Bang Theory
  • Guest Actress – Comedy: Uzo Aduba-Orange is the New Black
  • Guest Actor – Drama: Paul Giamatti-Downton Abbey
  • Guest Actress – Drama: Allison Janney-Masters of Sex
  • Children’s Program: One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp
  • Animated Program: South Park (Episode – “Black Friday)
  • Short-Format Animated Program: Adventure Time (Episode – “Be More”)
  • Character Voice-Over Performance: Harry Shearer-The Simpsons
  • Main Title Design: True Detective
  • Original Music & Lyrics: “Day is Gone” – Sons of Anarchy

Stay tuned for my predictions for the regular Emmy Awards.

5 Great Things to Watch on Netflix (that you may not have already seen)

August 6, 2014

So a little while back I read this article – And it got me thinking, what are some of the great things that Netflix actually does offer? I came up with a few, so I thought I’d share. So without further adue, here are 5 great things on Netflix that you might not have already checked out.


1. Barton Fink


The Coen brothers. John Turturro. John Goodman. Tony Shalhoub. How could you go wrong with a team like that?

2. A Bit of Fry and Laurie


A surprisingly funny 80’s British sketch comedy starring popular British comic Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie (best known for playing Dr. Gregory House on the popular medical drama House).

3. Greenberg


Yes, Ben Stiller can actually act. Who would’ve thunk it? And he really shows off his skills in the indie dramedy film from writer-director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale). Watch it.

4. The Trip


If you enjoy simple, witty, comedies, then this is the film for you. See my full review here:

5. The Wonder Years


The defining coming-of-age series. Funny, heartfelt, and genuine. I absolutely love watching this show.

2012 Academy Award Winners Predictions

February 22, 2012

Here’s my predictions for what will win in the major categories at the 2012 Academy Awards this Sunday.

Best Picture: The Artist

Best Director: Michael Hazanavicius – The Artist

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Best Actress: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer – The Help

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris

Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource – The Artist

Best Original Song: Bret McKenzie – “Man or Muppet” – The Muppets

Best Animated Feature: Rango

Best Foreign-Language Film: A Separation

By: John D’Amico

2012 Academy Awards Nominee Predictions

January 22, 2012

Best Picture: The Artist, The Descendants, Drive, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse

Best Director: Michael Hazanavicius-The Artist, Terrence Malick-The Tree of Life, Alexander Payne-The Descendants, Martin Scorsese-Hugo, Steven Spielberg-War Horse

Best Actor: George Clooney-The Descendants, Leonardo DiCaprio-J. Edgar, Jean Dujardin-The Artist, Michael Fassbender-Shame, Brad Pitt-Moneyball

Best Actress: Glenn Close-Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis-The Help, Meryl Streep-The Iron Lady, Tilda Swinton-We Need to Talk About Kevin, Michelle Williams-My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branaugh-My Week with Marilyn, Albert Brooks-Drive, Jonah Hill-Moneyball, Nick Nolte-Warrior, Christopher Plummer-Beginners

Best Supporting Actress: Berenice Bejo-The Artist, Jessica Chastain-The Help, Janet McTeer-Albert Nobbs, Octavia Spencer-The Help, Shailene Woodley-The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen-Midnight in Paris, Diablo Cody-Young Adult, Michael Hanazavicius-The Artist, Terrence Malick-The Tree of Life, Will Reiser-50/50

Best Adapted Screenplay: Lee Hall and Richard Curtis-War Horse, John Logan-Hugo, Alexander Payne-The Descendants, Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zailan-Moneyball, Tate Taylor-The Help

Best Animated Feature: Arthur Christmas, The Adventures of Tintin, Kung Fu Panda 2, Rango, Winnie the Pooh

Best Foreign-Language Film: Footnote, In Darkness, Monsieur Lazhar, Pina, A Separation

The 2011 JohnJamesDAmico Awards

January 20, 2012

These are the nominees for the first ever JohnJamesDAmico Awards. The winners are in bold.

• Best Picture: The Artist, Beginners, Cedar Rapids, Drive, The Ides of March, Midnight in Paris, The Muppets, Super 8, Source Code, The Skin I Live In

• Best Director: JJ Abrams-Super 8, Pedro Almodovar-The Skin I Live In, Michael Hazanavicius-The Artist, Mike Mills-Beginners, Nicholas Winding Refn-Drive

• Best Actor: Jean Dujardin-The Artist, Ryan Gosling-Drive, Ryan Gosling-The Ides of March, Jake Gyllenhaal-Source Code, Owen Wilson-Midnight in Paris

• Best Actress: Viola Davis-The Help, Britt Marling-Another Earth, Michelle Monaghan-Source Code, Amy Ryan-Win Win, Emma Stone-The Help

• Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks-Drive, Bryan Cranston-Drive, Jonah Hill-Moneyball, John Lithgow-Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Michael Parks-Red State

• Best Supporting Actress: Berenice Bejo-The Artist, Jessica Chastain-Take Shelter, Anne Heche-Cedar Rapids, Elle Fanning-Super 8, Ellen Page-Super

• Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen-Midnight in Paris, JJ Abrams-Super 8, Michael Hazanavicius-The Artist, Phil Johnston-Cedar Rapids, Mike Mills-Beginners

• Best Adapted Screenplay: Pedro Almodovar-The Skin I Live In, Hossein Amini-Drive, Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller-The Muppets, Steve Zailan and Aaron Sorkin-Moneyball

By: John D’Amico

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