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ablogforblogging · 14 days ago
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I’m off work today and have a bunch of little things to get done. I’m pretty impressed with myself- it’s not even 10 am yet and I spent a good portion of the morning on the phone with my sister but still managed to make two phone calls I’ve been putting off. I scheduled my hospital pre-op appointment and got my credit limit increased finally. I had a $1k limit starter card in college and never bothered to request an increase- I really only use it for a couple bills to earn points but now I can pay those without hitting 80% credit usage.
Jimmy gets his 2nd vaccine today. He’s going to try to go a little early so we can go down to the river walk afterwards and walk the trails/have a picnic. In the mean time I need to return a couple things to Target & clean my house.
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chuckbass-love · 29 days ago
Cevansxfemale reader and they meet during jimmy fallon show? Maybe during a game? Idk i need something like that 😂
Hiya lovely anon... 
I thoroughly enjoyed writing this and it’s something i’ve wanted to write for a while. So i really hope i captured what you had in mind and that it’s been worth the long wait. I also added a little something extra because i couldn’t help myself😬
Disclaimer: My work is not to be posted anywhere else other than MY Tumblr, Wattpad and Ao3 without my permission. However, reblogs are welcome.
Pairing: Chris Evans x Fem!Reader
Warning: None, just cute and fluffy Chris.
Word Count: 6,297
GIF NOT MINE!!! Credit to @captainevans go check them out❤️
Sparks Fly At First Sight
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Chris’s POV
Come on Chris, pull yourself together. You got this, you totally got this. It’s just another interview, you do them all the time. Maybe not live tv ones but you’ve still been here before. It’ll be the same as it was the last time and besides it’s Jimmy. You know him well. It’ll be great.
Before i get the chance to work myself up more (if that’s even possible), there’s a knock at my dressing room door.
“Come in” i call out, slipping my jacket on and turning around to find Jimmy standing there smiling ”you ready? We’re about to start” he says, approaching me to give me a welcome hand shake followed by a hug.
“I think so” i chuckle nervously, trying my best to push my anxiety away and focus on the fun i’ll be having in just a few short minutes. After all, i always have fun with Jimmy. He’s a great host and interviewer. He leads me out towards the set of his show, leaving me backstage so he can go on first.
The audience roars as he steps out, i can see him waving, smiling and even bowing a little as he walks over to his desk. Once the noise settles and he’s able to talk, he starts to go over the latest news, cracking his hilarious jokes that have even funnier punch lines. And slowly but surely my nerves calm.
After zoning out for God knows how long a crew member pulls me back to reality by calling my name. I turn my head to see him tapping his watch “it’s show time” he smiles politely, as if i didn’t just make his job a little difficult by slipping into dream land. I flash him an apologetic smile before walking onto the stage.
Just like they did earlier when Jimmy walked on, the crowd go wild. All of them waving their hands in the air, screaming my name as they try to catch my attention and I do my best to make eye contact with as many people as possible before shaking Jimmy’s hand and taking a seat.
Readers POV
After waiting for what’s honestly felt like a lifetime, Jimmy starts changing the topic to superheroes and Marvel. Now it’s clear Chris is about to come out. “So without further ado, let’s give it up for Captain America himself, Chris Evans”
You watch as women and men alike all around you lose their cool when the tall Bostonian struts onto the stage, taking a seat on the sofa next to Jimmy’s desk. His hair is pushed up in a quiff and his suit is dark blue. God he truly is handsome...and tall. Seconds later you find yourself clapping loudly and cheering too.
Butterflies form in your stomach as you watch him in awe, smiling and laughing along with Jimmy and recounting some hilarious story from his childhood, something about his sisters Carly and Shanna and you can’t help the natural sweet smile that makes it’s way onto your face as you watch. You’ve been a fan of Chris’s movies for a long time now. His diverse roles that display his incredible range of acting skills have always had you either on the edge of your seat with suspense or grinning like a Cheshire cat as you drool over his flirtatious demeanour.
The one role in particular that has always drawn you in though is Frank Adler, the role he played in the movie Gifted. Every time you watch it you’re brought to tears, both happy and sad. The way he tapped into the emotion of Frank and was able to fully captivate you had you hooked. Since then, it’s your most watched movie with him in it. Well, that and Winter Soldier of course. Marvel is your number one baby
“So since you’ve beaten me the last couple times at the games, i demand a rematch which leads me to this next part of the show. If you’d like to follow me over here” Jimmy stands up, guiding Chris to the other side of the stage nearest your seat.
Jimmy begins to explain the rules of the game, it’s basically beer pong round two for them. They played it back when the first Captain America movie came out and if you remember correctly, Chris won. So it makes sense that Jimmy is feeling competitive and all the more determined to beat him. Before the game can even begin though he introduces his wife to the stage, announcing that it’ll be a pairs game this time around. Chris immediately looks around, confused and a little lost. He doesn’t have a partner.
“Now all we need to do is find your partner. And one lucky member of the audience will get to play with you” he then takes the matter into his own hands by running into the audience and searching around for someone who can play alongside Chris. And rather than give yourself a sore throat, you decide to sit this one out, looking around and giggling with anticipation on who he’ll choose.
“Oh i think we’ve found our player, right here” Jimmy smirks as he comes to a halt right next to your seat. You look up at him and the cameras automatically zoom in to you. You can quite literally feel the heat spreading through your cheeks and seconds later your body too. Shit. Now you have to play beer pong on tv with Chris Evans. No big deal Y/N just a game you’ve played a million times before, only this time you’re playing with a hot guy. It’s all good, relax. You got this.
Jimmy takes your hand, standing you up and walking you over to the game zone.
“Welcome to the show, what’s your name and age?” he asks, watching you intently, all eyes are literally on you right now. Fuck.
“Hi, i’m Y/N and i’m 28” you do your best to sound cheery rather than anxious and you actually manage to pull it of, or so you think. Chris smiles at you, his blinding white teeth showing as he shakes your hand. His hand feels so much bigger wrapped around yours and you can’t deny the shiver that just ran down your spin as your skin touched his.
Chris’s POV
My god she’s beautiful. As soon as Jimmy helped her out of her seat i felt my heart start to pound in my chest, almost as if it was about to explode.
Now she’s standing right beside me, looking all the more gorgeous and smelling incredible. Her sweet perfume fills my nostrils, instantly intoxicating me. She says her name and age and now i know i’m truly fucked. She’s not my age that’s for sure but she’s at an age that i like. I bet she’s had experience with relationships and life too. I wonder if she likes me....
Jimmy briefly explains the rules to the audience before we decide that Y/N is going first and the second she throws the ball, it immediately lands in the opposing teams cup. So she’s beautiful, sweet and can also play beer pong. This girl is checking out to be my dream woman.
I watch as Jimmy’s wife misses before i show my skills and get one in. Y/N turns to me, high fiving me in a competitive manner, i didn’t think it was possible to meet someone who gets so into games like me but she’s exactly like that. The way she cheers and claps and jumps when our team gets one and then boo’s when we don’t is adorable and funny simultaneously.
The score alters throughout the game, switching between us being in the lead to Jimmy and his wife being in the lead and right now, they are. But we only have another shot to go and it’s the decider. I let Y/N take this one since she’s not missed a shot once. She squats down a little and from where i’m standing, i have the perfect view of her ass. I know it’s wrong and i know i shouldn’t but one quick look won’t hurt, right? So i look a little, avoiding moving my head so it’s not extremely obvious. I am an ass man after all and i more than like what i see. I then look back to the ball in her hand, praying she gets it in, seconds later, she does. She cheers and runs over to me. I pull her in for a hug and the crowd goes crazy. Jimmy sighs and feigns sadness at the defeat.
“Beat ya again” i smirk, hugging him and Nancy.
“Alright guys, there you have it. We’re gonna take an ad break now, see you back here real soon” he announces, waving to the audience.
The cameras stop rolling and the crew members turn my mic off briefly. Jimmy’s wife exits with a swift goodbye to the audience and us, leaving me with Jimmy and Y/N who is about to go back to her seat.
I bite the bullet, calling her name before she can leave as Jimmy walks back to his desk, leaving us to it. She walks back over to me and raises her brow in question at what i could possibly want. 
“Good job with the game” i blurt, absolute fucking asshole. Way to go. It’s blatantly obvious that i’ve been out of the game for a long time. Can’t even get a girls number without getting anxious and stalling.
She nods her head in agreement, slipping her hands into the pockets of her jumpsuit “yeah, i can certainly say the same for you” a friendly smile appears on her face and i now know that it’s either i ask her right here or i miss my chance. Some members of the audience have left to go to the bathroom and everyone around us is wrapped up in their own conversations so i just decide to go for it.
“So i don’t know what the protocol for all this is or how to actually go about it. But i was wondering if i could get your number, m-maybe, i-i don’t know if you’re even.....” fuck. Pull yourself together Chris. Before i can even continue my train wreck way of asking her out, she interrupts “sure”.
Her eyes lights up as they stare directly into my own and i feel shy almost. Like i said, i’ve not done this for a long time, i’m out of practice.
Readers POV
At first you thought he was joking. But then as you started the notice his stuttering and the way he was twiddling his thumbs, it became obvious that he was being serious. But why would a celebrity like him want your number? Little old you would never fit in with his lifestyle. Despite Chris being extremely down to earth, you still don’t feel good enough. He’s dated a lot of women, from Jessica Biel to Minka Kelly and you’re just, well you’re you. But it doesn’t mean that you won’t take this opportunity whilst it’s being presented to you. You like him, always have and knowing he likes you too is utterly mind blowing.
You pull your phone out and so does he, both of you exchanging numbers and typing them into your phones. Once they are saved he just shakes his head chuckling.
“That was embarrassingly harder for me than it usually is” god he’s so sweet. 
“You did just fine” you both laugh and a strand of his hair falls onto his forehead, without thinking you push it back up into his hair before ripping your hand away and widening your eyes. Did you really just touch his hair? God what is wrong with you? If anyone finds out, they need to let you know because that was a stupid move.
Despite the intrusion on his personal space, he doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of caring about it, he just brings his tongue out to wet his lips before his teeth dig into his bottom one.
“Well, i guess i better go then” he says, gesturing back to the sofa on the stage where Jimmy is sat ready for the next part of the show. You agree with him, bidding him goodbye before heading back to your seat. Shortly after your friend gets back, taking a seat beside you and handing you a bottle of water.
“Look at you mingling with the stars” she nudges you and you can’t help but giggle, a little too loudly in fact but you don’t care at this point. You just got Chris Evans’s number, chatted to him and he was obviously flirting back. This night just got a whole lot better.
Chris’s POV
I take my seat next to Jimmy, making a little small talk before a laugh causes me to turn my head. I look over to see her sitting pretty in the front row next to who i’m assuming is her friend and she’s holding her stomach as she rocks back and forth. She’s so adorable, i can’t help but stare. The way her hands felt tangled in my hair as she pushed that little strand back, i can’t explain it. I got goosebumps and i never get those.
Soon enough the show comes back on air and myself and Jimmy continue a chat about my role in the MCU. I’ve been asked a thousand times over if i’m planning a return and my answer is always the same. No. I explain to Jimmy that being apart of that world was incredible and i had the best time, even made some great friends for life but going back wouldn’t be in my best interest. I find that once a time in my life is over, there’s no use going back. 
Captain America was quite possibly the biggest role i’ve ever played and it helped me get other roles. One of them being my most recent movie, Knives Out. It was a big leap from Steve Rogers the good guy and it was one of those roles that i thoroughly enjoyed playing.  
As i explain all of this, Jimmy is nodding and occasionally laughing at my jokes about the character that i played, Hugh Ransom Drysdale. An arrogant playboy.
The whole time i’m speaking i can’t get Y/N off my mind. Every time i glance over to her, her eyes are glued to me.
She quickly looks down, fiddling with her clothes and finding any excuse to look away. So i do the same, redirecting my attention back to Jimmy as the conversation changes to family.
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As the the show comes to an end and the cameras stop rolling, i head back stage to get ready to leave. I pull my phone out once my car arrives outside and i type as i get in.
‘Hi, just checking you gave me the right number and wasn’t pulling a prank. - Chris x’
My phone buzzes seconds later
‘Now why would i do that when you were so adorable as you asked me? - Y/N x’
‘Adorable? A stuttering mess more like. - Chris x’
‘Aw, give yourself some credit. You only stuttered twice ;) - Y/N x’
I can’t help but smile like a little kid and i have a feeling she’s the exact same right now.
‘Was that supposed to make me feel better? If so, you’re doing a terrible job - Chris x’
‘Well then perhaps i might need a second chance to do better - Y/N x’
Is she asking to see me? On a date? God i truly am useless at this.
‘Like a date? - Chris x’
‘Exactly like a date, if you’re up for it that is - Y/N x’
‘Tell me more about this date and i’ll consider - Chris x’
We continue back and forth with the flirty messages and eventually decide on a date. I ask her round to my place here in L.A to which she accepts and now the true panic is setting in. I agreed to cook dinner, i never cook. All i know is basic pasta dishes and as far as drinks go, if she likes beer then she’ll be in for a treat.
This isn’t just any date, it’s my first date in years.
I really hope i don’t fuck this up....
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Readers POV
It’s been a week since you last saw Chris and the more days that have passed, the more nervous you get. Your date is tonight and you’re clueless about what to wear. What’s the dress code for dinner at a celebrities house? Hmm...
Maybe if you just play it smart casual. Jeans and a cute halter? No, that’s an awful idea. Oh, maybe a LBD, can never go wrong with that, you could pair it with some black heels. 
That’s it, that’s the outfit. Now all that’s left is to shower, do your hair and makeup and change.
Right. The date is at 7:00 and it’s almost 5 now. So it’s high time you moved your ass to the shower.
You just need to relax and trust that everything will be fine.
Chris’s POV
Time: 6:30
I quickly check on the food, making sure it’s all ready to go in the oven when i return with my date before taking my keys and heading to the garage. I text her quickly to get her address and the second she texts back i tap it into the car and pull out of the garage and down my drive. My hands are shaking uncontrollably and i don’t know how i’m going to do this. First dates have always terrified me but they rarely go wrong. 
If this is one of those rare nights where it does go bad, i’m hoping and praying to whoever will listen that she’s not one of those women who take life too seriously. More so because of the dinner than anything, i only cooked bolognese but i’ve found ways to fuck up even the simplest of dishes before. So anything is possible.
The drive to her place isn’t the shortest but not too long either, it’s about 20 minutes since she lives on the other side of the city and that’s without traffic.
I eventually arrive, pulling up just outside of the apartment complex and shooting her a quick text...
‘I’m here - Chris x’
To pass the few minutes away before she comes i turn the sound up on the music. I left one of my CD’s in the car, 80’s rock to be exact. Def Leppard. I tap my fingers on the steering wheel to the beat, bopping my head a little when i notice a figure out of the corner of my eye. As soon as i turn my head, she’s walking toward the car. Her black dress rests just above her knees, black matching heels on her feet. Her makeup is dark but it suits her, goes with the outfit. Fuck, she looks incredible.
I unlock the car door for her to open, swiftly turning down the music so i can talk to her.
“Hey” she greets, smile wide on her adorable face as she gets in and shuts the door.
“You look, beautiful” i gulp, giving her another once over before turning away, attempting to avoid looking weird and creepy. “Thank you, you scrub up nicely too” i feel my cheeks heat up, no doubt blushing and turning red like a tomato. This date hasn’t even begun and i’m already weak for her.
The drive back to my house starts off silent, a comfortable silence though and then she turns the radio up when the song ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds comes on, a true classic. I hear her start to hum and as i look over she’s dancing in her seat
“Didn’t peg you for an 80’s music kinda girl” i admit, stealing more glances her way “are you kidding? I’ve seen the breakfast club a million times and i can appreciate great music” she’s actually my dream woman.
I nod in agreement with her. I don’t even know what type of music i pictured her being into but this wasn’t it, though i’m glad she does. 80’s music is my favourite and my ultimate go to. However, by listening to it i feel like i show my age... A LOT.
She doesn’t seem to think that though since she’s singing along with me and it’s nice. It’s been a long time since i’ve connected with someone on this level and the date hasn’t even started. Since i first met her i’ve felt this spark and i can’t describe it, it’s just there. I hope she feels it too.
Once we arrive back at my place and get out of the car in the garage, i turn to her to warn her of Dodger. I know that a lot of people tend to be scared of dogs so i like to let them know first.
“Dogs are like my favourite people” she laughs and the sound is like music to my ears, my lips curl up into a smile and the skin next to my eyes crinkle as i scrunch them closed.
We enter and of course, right on queue, Dodger comes trotting out into the hallway, instantly spying my date and darting over to her. He jumps up, resting his paws on the top of her thighs and attempting to lick her which only leads to her dropping down to her knees so he can greet her properly. I watch in awe as she fusses him, allowing him to lick her neck. She diverts his head whenever he tries to get her face, not wanting her makeup to ruin but he doesn’t seem to mind that.
Eventually he calms down and she’s able to stand up. “I’m gonna have to steal him away at the end of the date unfortunately” she declares, following me into the dining room. Her hand brushes mine briefly and i take the opportunity to hold it, leading her to one of the chairs at the table and breaking the connection only so i can pull her chair out for her to which she thanks me.
“So all the prep is done, i just need to put it in the oven. I hope you like bolognese. I know it’s not really that exciting but i didn’t want to screw....”
“Chris, relax. I love bolognese” she turns in her chair to face my nervous self as i stand in the kitchen. I quickly turn my back on her to pre heat the oven before opening the fridge to assess the drinks i have available.
“I hope you like beer because that’s literally all i have to drink oh and water of course”
I hear another giggle escape her mouth as she hums “beer is fine, thanks” i take two out, pulling the caps off and handing one to her before sitting down too.
She strikes up a conversation about work, telling me all about what she does. She’s a lawyer. Which takes me by surprise because i always imagined lawyers to be very serious and boring and she’s far from that. She’s the polar opposite of boring.
We then start talking about my career and she lets slip that she’s actually a big fan of my acting. I ask her more about that and what her favourite movie of mine is. When she tells me it’s Gifted i’m a little surprised but she quickly follows with Captain America being her second favourite and i gotta say talking with women about my career is normally a bit old and i always feel like that’s all they want from me, especially women who aren’t in the industry but she’s very calm about it all. She’s not overly excited. Instead she actually wants to talk about my career as opposed to other women just wanting to know about my workout regime and my topless scenes. She cares more about the messages in the movies and how i prepared for each role emotionally.
Like with Gifted, she was so intrigued about how i was able to play a role so different from ones i’d played previously and how working with a kid like Mckenna Grace influenced the way i approached acting or how it influenced my role as Frank. She’s asking me all of these smart and interesting questions, making me know for certain that she’s not like other women that i’ve met. She’s clever and has a lot of depth to her. The night is far from over but i already know i want to see her again.
Reader’s POV
The food is done and as Chris presents it to you, you near enough drool at the sight. It smells amazing and after the first bite you discover it tastes just as great as it looks and smells.
You both take the first few bites in silence, hums of satisfaction make the both of you laugh.
“So, how is it?”
“Incredible, thank you for cooking for me”
He smirks as he continues to shove pasta into his mouth, eventually responding with a simple “you’re welcome”
You’ve barely been here an hour and you already know you want to see him again. The chat has flowed so smoothly, the laughter has been endless and you can’t get enough of the way he answers all of your questions, using all the fancy words your friends mock you for using. The way he doesn’t moan at your prying into his life and lets not get started on Dodger. He’s the most adorable and precious dog ever, he’s also incredibly fluffy and friendly.
Every now and then he’ll walk over to you, rubbing his head up against your leg. Chris almost tried to stop him the first time he did it but he soon saw how much you loved it and he stopped worrying.
A lot of people are scared of dogs but how could anyone hate or be scared of this guy. He’s tame, funny and so huggable. Dogs like Dodger are the reason you developed such a love for animals.
“So have you had many pets in your life?” Chris mumbles as he finishes chewing before washing the food down with a swig of beer.
“Yes, i had a Chihuahua growing up, don’t ask why it was my moms dog. Then when i got older and moved out i got a cat and when she passed i avoided getting more. Though i’d love another dog, bringing myself to let another pet in is too hard. I get so attached and when they are gone it leaves this big void. But i’ve always loved animals i guess so it won’t take much longer before i cave in and adopt another fur ball” you respond, looking over at him and catching his eyes fixed on you as you talk. He’s so present and alert. It’s honestly refreshing.
It’s a huge change from your ex. Who did nothing but make you repeat yourself, knew next to nothing about you and more or less broke your heart every time he came in and out of your life. You can already sense that Chris pays attention to a woman he’s dating and you feel butterflies fill your stomach up as he asks more questions about your life. Normally you’d avoid talking about yourself but with him, it comes naturally, the ease to ramble about anything and everything. He makes you feel calm and content. Like nothing you say could ever divert his attention from you or make him stop liking you.
The two of you devour the rest of the food and gulp down the beer like it’s water, completely forgetting to keep track of the time and the fact that he has to drive you home. Being that he’s drank now, you can’t see that being possible.
More conversation flows as you move to the lounge. He takes a seat on the sofa, slouching on it with his legs wide open as he taps the spot next to him for you to take. Which you do. You put your almost empty beer bottle on the coffee table in front before kicking your heels off and sitting with one leg over the other next to him.
As expected, Dodger jumps up next to you rather than Chris, nestling his head into your lap “looks like he loves me more” you shake your head in a smug way, smirking up at him as you fuss the dog enthusiastically.
“Did you want to watch a movie or something?” he asks causing you to look back up at him and the look in his eyes makes your knees turn to jelly all of a sudden and you feel this urge to kiss him. 
Before you can overthink it though, your lips touch his. He jolts a little out of surprise but soon recovers, moving in his spot to cup your face. His lips move expertly with yours, like they were always supposed to touch and the way he grips your face turns you on all the more. You’re so into him, more than you’ve ever been into a guy before and it’s bizarre to say that at the age of 28 but it’s true. It feels like the sparks have existed between the two of you since the moment you shook hands last week.
As soon as you part, his forehead rests on yours and the two of you let out deep breaths, hoping to calm the way your chests are rising and falling so rapidly.
The seconds pass and the more you look at him the more you just want to risk it all and kiss him some more. You’ve got nothing to lose after all but you decide against it, wanting to take your time with him.
Once the moment passes, you cuddle into him and he drapes his arm around your back. He picks up the remote for the tv, scrolling through Netflix for a while before switching to Disney+. As soon as he gets onto it you manage to convince him to watch 10 Things I Hate About You. It’s a classic and one of your all time favourites. An adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew.
Chris presses play, pulling you closer to him if that’s even possible as the movie begins. The famous intro has him laughing and suddenly remembering the movie himself. At first he wasn’t sure he’d seen it but as the first few minutes tick by he’s certain he has.
You’ve always loved this movie, Kats sarcastic banter and moody attitude is always amazing to watch and the way Heath Ledger (god rest his soul) smiles has you melting into a puddle.
Chris’s POV
Watching this movie is fun but watching her watch it is even better. Her cute little giggles and the way she tightens her grip around my waist every now and then has me ready to risk it all and go all the way tonight but i want to take my time with her. I want to be a gentleman for her, though that’s kind of hard to do tonight being that i’ve had at least 2 beers and i was supposed to drive her home. I want to bring it up but instead i continue with the movie, letting her just relax for the time being.
More iconic scenes come and go that have us laughing hard until that one scene comes around. The one where Kat reads her poem aloud to the class and it’s obvious that she’s talking about Patrick. As she reads, Y/N recites every single word, even wiping a few tears away as it ends.
The credits roll up the screen after the final kiss as the two leads make up and we both yawn before sitting up.
“I guess now is probably the best time to tell you that driving you home won’t be possible” i chuckle nervously, nodding towards the empty beer bottle on the coffee table “i figured as much” she says, smiling lazily at me as she stretches her arms out in front of her, yawning some more.
“I have the guest room made up for you if you want or you could share my bed, it’s up to you, no pressure”
The way she grins and laughs at my anxious state is enough to soothe me and stop my hands from shaking. “I’ll share the bed with you, if that’s okay? Um, but i don’t have anything with me”
“That’s fine, i keep spare toiletries just in case and you can borrow some of my clothes to sleep in” I suggest, standing up from the sofa and clearing the beer bottles from the coffee table, taking them into the kitchen to put in the trash. 
She follows quietly behind me before i lead her to the bathroom and hand her one of the spare toothbrushes, still in it’s packet. I then give her some space as i go and strip down to my boxers before slipping on some pyjama pants. I pick out a white shirt and a pair of my boxers for her to wear, handing them to her as i enter the bathroom again. She wiped her makeup off, i’m guessing with the makeup wipes i keep under the sink for my sisters and best friend Tara. I like to be organised for whenever women stay. Not even romantically but just in general. I even keep some tampons and sanitary towels too. It’s good to be organised and to make any of the women in my life feel comfortable.
She looks so much better without makeup and i find myself staring again, probably creeping her out. But rather than looking away she stares back, giving me the once over this time and ogling my tatted body. She bites her lip as she looks before turning away to brush her teeth so I join her and do mine too.
Afterwards, i leave her to change whilst i check the house over, locking up and turning lights off. Dodger practically gallops back to my room with me, jumping on the bed to cuddle with my date. Who by the way looks so good in my clothes, the sight alone is enough to turn me on. I insist that Dodger can sleep on the floor if she’s not cool with him sharing the bed with us but she soon declines.
“Don’t be silly, he’s fine on the bed. Who would i be to kick him off when he lives here? Plus he makes the perfect cuddle buddy” she says, laying down and wrapping her arms around my baby. I turn the lamp off and join her, fussing Dodger as he rolls around in between us, clearly soaking up all of this extra attention.
“Dodge, calm down buddy” i laugh, not really getting through to him. So i give up.
“I had a great night, tonight. Thank you”
“So did i, i gotta say i was so nervous” i admit, carelessly. I’m not afraid to be vulnerable now, maybe that’s because of the beer.
“Me too but that soon left the more we talked”
I agree with her, explaining how i was worried she wouldn’t like the food or Dodge. She soon tells me she gets why i would but that the food was great and she’s still planning on stealing my dog.
We talk a little more before finally deciding to sleep. I lean over, feeling my way to her so i can kiss her. I capture her lips in a heated kiss, earning a soft whisper like moan but before it can go any further, we stop it to say goodnight. As i lay here, i can’t help but think about the weird but amazing turn tonight has taken. It’s nice to share a bed with someone again and it not just be about fooling around but just to have them there. I like it and could definitely get used to having her around the place. Who knows where this could lead?
I can’t wait to find out...
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March 13, 2021: Kwaidan (Review)
How do you review an anthology?
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Either I go section by section, or I review it all in one shot. Since it’s all one director and writer, the latter seems appealing, so I probably will go with that...but maybe not for all five sections. Hmm...an idea occurs. I think I’ve got it. But, before I go into that, what did I think of Kwaidan on first recall?
Also, real talk, the above GIF is now one of my favorites, and I WILL be using it in the future.
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Kwaidan is an understates masterpiece, and one of the many reasons I’m glad I’m doing this misguided film project of mine. It’s genuinely great, and also a wonderful ghost story in its own right. I don’t get scared easily, and I can’t say that this film particularly frightened me, but I can say that it was an unnerving movie in many instances. As for which segment was my favorite...oof, genuinely a tough question to answer. I love how In A Cup of Tea ends, and The Woman of the Snow is a gorgeous fever dream of a sequence. The Black Hair is EASILY my least favorite, but it’s still a good starting point. 
But as for my favorite...
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And in truth, I’m not completely sure I can articulate why. It’s close between this and The Woman of the Snow. Tea was a little too short for my tastes (even though I think it had the best ending), and Hair was...well, just fine, like I intonated above. Snow has some amazing visuals, and a great story, which may have been ruined for my by Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, but still was wonderful. But Hoichi...Hoichi was magnificent.
I love Hoichi himself, the opening kabuki theater is amazing in sound and appearance, and the reappearances of the visuals is stunning throughout. All I gotta say is, I loved every single part of this one. And yeah, it’s arguably the only one with a mostly happy ending, all things considered. But I may get more into that in the Review.
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Yeah, speaking of that, how are we doing this? Well, some segments will be broken up by...segment, while others won’t be. Depends, you’ll see. So, let’s get to it! Below are listed the four segments, and their recaps. Click on them to read them in full!
The Black Hair (黒髪, Kurokami)
The Woman of the Snow (雪女, Yukionna)
Hoichi the Earless (耳無し芳一の話, Miminashi Hōichi no Hanashi)
In A Cup of Tea (茶碗の中, Chawan no Naka)
Without further ado, then...
Review
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Cast and Acting: 9/10
Breaking this one up! Not a single shared cast member amongst any of the shorts, so this one is broken up by necessity.
Hair (8/10): Sorry to say, but this is arguably the weakest cast in the group. Granted, it’s not that many people, but it’s still not the strongest of these stories. The lead here is Rentarō Mikuni, and he’s fine. My only problem is that it feels like he’s acting. Which, to be fair, is very kabuki theatre. You know, over-exaggerated movements and emotions, all that jazz. But, without the physical trappings of kabuki, it just feels like, well...overacting. Again, not the worst, but not the best. Michiyo Aratama and Misako Watanabe are good as well, but they’re parts aren’t hefty enough for me to properly judge. Well, actually, Aratama is quite good, real talk.
Snow (10/10):  Amazing. Keiko Kishi is absolutely enrapturing as the Yuki-onna, and Tatsuya Nakadai ain’t bad as Minokichi either, lemme say. Again, limited cast for this one, but they definitely manage to excel. Seriously, they’re great.
Hoichi (10/10): This one has some of the best, though, both in terms of the kabuki scene, and in the regular scenes. The range of performances here is interesting, considering that you have the overdramatic stylings of kabuki on when end, the gentle nature of Katsuo Nakamura’s Hoichi on the other end, and the actually entertaining comedy relief monks in the middle. Yeah, I never mentioned it, but there are comedy relief monks in this segment, and they’re funny! This one is, all-around, a really strong cast, and the best in the film for sure.
Tea (8/10): This one is strong too, don’t get me wrong. Nakamura Kan'emon is a strong lead, but he’s not...perfect. Nor is Nokobu Nakaya as the ghost of Shibuku Heinai. Even the three samurai are a bit stiff. But in truth, it doesn’t interfere with the short, even a little bit. The 8 out of 10 is how I feel about it, but I genuinely don’t have a problem with it.
Average score’s a 9/10, which feels totally accurate to me. Moving on!
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Plot and Writing: 10/10
I was going to break this one up, since they all have different plots. But, first of all, they all have the same writers. And second of all, they’re all...basically perfect? Like, real talk, I love all of these fuckin’ stories, dear Lord. And it’s Japanese folklore, which is basically always great. But OK, let’s break it down. These stories were originally collected for publishing by Lafcadio Hearn, a Greek-Irish man who lived in the United States for a decade, wrote about New Orleans, then moved to Japan and married a Japanese woman, eventually becoming a citizen and spending the rest of his life there as Koizumi Yakumo. Yeah. Dude has a STORY. He collected these stories in multiple books, and these stories were adapted by Yoko Mizuki, a female screenwriter, and one of the most accomplished female Japanese screenwriters ever, with 34 screen credits under her name. And this movie was relatively late in her career, too. Neat, all around. And yeah, these stories are WELL adapted, with the last one as a standout for me. In any case, this one is basically perfect.
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Directing and Cinematography: 10/10
Yeah, this one’s perfect, too. I mean, come on, the fuckin’ SHOTS in this movie are fantastic. Director was Masaki Kobayashi, and the cinematographer was Shigeru Wakatsuki, and...yeah, it’s great. I don’t even have to say anything here, just watch the trailer for the movie. If there’s any specific standouts, though, they’d be The Woman in the Snow for Cinematography, and Hoichi the Earless for Direction. Amazing, and those two are the best examples.
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Production and Art Design: 9/10
Um...yeah. Of course this one’s high, not even a question. LOOK AT THIS GODDAMN MOVIE. No more needed here, it’s a 10/10, it’s gorgeous all around. Well...OK, maybe it isn’t perfect. And that all basically falls at the feet of The Black Hair. I meant it when I said that this was the weakest short. Because...yeah, it is. From the initial old-age make-up, to the weirdly plain kimonos worn by an extremely wealthy woman who should be able to afford more ornately patterned kimonos, this one was...weaker, atmospherically. Still great, mind you...but weaker. So, OK, maybe not perfect, but still good.
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Music and Editing: 8/10
And the music by Toru Takemitsu is definitely memorable as well...but is the editing perfect? Eh. Not really. Sorry, Hisashi Sagara, I know you’re working with 1965 technology here, but it’s not...perfect. There was some work needed throughout each short, to be honest, but it was still all pretty solid. Music really holds up this category, though.
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OK, Japanese spirits, you’ve got a 92%! Don’t haunt me.
I really want to go to Japan, by the way. Like, I’ve always been interested, and I never would’ve turned down a trip there, but I REALLY want to go to Japan one day. I’d love to visit a temple or a shrine (respectfully, of course), I’d love to experience the people and the atmosphere...I just think it’d be very cool, to be honest with you. And movies like this have only heightened that desire.
Man, I loved this one! What comes next in the pattern? Right, surrealist films written by well-known and influential directors! Cool, I’m pumped! Let’s jump right into it! What could go wrong?
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March 14, 2021: The Holy Mountain (1973)
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Hey bestie! could i get a ship for that 70s show?
i’m a 5’6 nonbinary (she/they) with short hair and curtain bangs my hair colour is done to look like narcissa malfoys (dark brown with platinum blonde on the underside). I have blue/grey eyes.
i’m an INFP, Ravenclaw, and a Taurus. My hobbies are making music, and playing pranks on my sister lol. I love marvel, harry potter, and criminal minds.
ive been told i’m very cocky and my ego is through the roof. I’d consider myself a very kind person who’s easy to talk to. i like to joke around a lot with my friends and sarcasm is my first language,
My aesthetic conveniently is very 70s/vintage, and my music taste is also a lot of throwbacks.
what i want to do when i’m older is forensic psychology!
hope you get to mine but if not that’s fine! Love your writing!
-M
Thank you bestie! You sound like an amazing, interesting person! (And gorgeous too) I got you! And thank you SO much for reading my content. You, are amazing <3 
Who’s Up For A Challenge?
Michael Kelso x reader
-Y/n L/n was new in town and found enjoyment in messing with the players of the town.
-She was known as “that chick”
-She was incredibly witty, sarcastic, cocky, but so kind and beautiful.
-She may have accidentally had a couple of good guys fall in love with her.
-She had to gently turn them down and that actually broke her heart.
-She loved a good challenge though.
-She was sitting in the Hub with her college lab partner, Donna, when the none other than himself, Michael Kelso, walked in.
-Y/n had heard about him.
-The infamous Michael Kelso. Playboy of Point Place.
-Donna called him over and as he sat down, he noticed her.
-Of course, he had to hit on her.
-When he asked her out, she, of course said yes.
- “Alright, I’ll be here to pick you up tonight.”
-Y/n smiled as he walked away.
-As Donna leaned in and started to warn Y/n about him, Y/n cut her off.
- “I know.”
- “You know?”
- “Yes. I’ve heard of this dillhole and I’ve got a plan.”
-Donna was intrigued as Y/n started unraveling her plan. 
- “I’m going to make him fall in love with me. Then I’m going to break his heart and make him feel what he makes every girl here feel.”
-Donna wasn’t so into it, but knew she couldn’t stop her.
-So, Y/n went through with the plan and met up with Kelso that night.
-He got her a burger from Fatso Burger and took her to Mt. Hump.
-He started kissing her neck and making out with her.
-She knew she was good at sex and everything else.
-But she refused to give it to him on the first date.
-She was a classy person after all.
-Kelso had set up a challenge to get in the sack.
-She already knew that though, because well duh.
-She ended up befriending Donna and Jackie over it.
-Jackie was thrilled and squealing.
- “Finally, he’s going to feel the hell that he put me through,” Jackie said.
- “You scare me,” Donna said. “Besides, you’re with Hyde now. It shouldn’t matter.”
- “Oh, whatever. Revenge is dish best served cold.”
- Y/n laughed and threw an arm over Jackie’s shoulders. “Don’t worry, girl. I got you. I’m going to drag him through the mud and then hang him out to dry.”
- “Oh, I love you!” Jackie squeaked and hugged Y/n tightly.
- “Okay, now you both scare me,” Donna said.
-Donna tried to warn Kelso, but of course he didn’t listen to her.
-He just took it as her being jealous that he wasn’t going to nail her.
-Even though she was back with Eric.
-Kelso this time took Y/n to a drive in and bought her the classic: popcorn and a coke.
-Y/n was down to date 2 out of 10.
-He started kissing her again, softer, gentler, but started getting handsy again.
-Y/n smacked his hand away multiple times before he finally up.
- “Well, damn, Y/n!” he cried out, shaking his hand. 
- “Keep your hands to yourself, lover boy,” she threatened.
- “Yeah, or what?” he challenged.
- “Trust me, you don’t want to challenge me.”
- “Maybe I do.”
- “Trust me, sweetie, you don’t. I can snap you in half.”
-His eyes lit up. “You must be hot in the sack!”
-Y/n couldn’t help but laugh. “Take me home, you jerk.”
- He chuckled. “Yes, dear.”
-When he dropped her off, she turned to him. “Pick me up Friday for dinner at 8pm.”
- Kelso nodded and smiled at her.
-Eric, Hyde, and Fez caught onto the challenge and decided to make it a bet.
-Hyde said Kelso would make a fool out of himself and end up being dumped.
-Eric said Kelso would actually score.
-Fez said he just wanted to be part of the action and said Y/n would win.
-Doesn’t mean Hyde didn’t try to sabotage the bet by giving Kelso wrong information.
-For example, he told him to pick up Y/n late instead of on time because it shows that he’s desperate and clingy.
-Which is what the idiot did.
-Y/n was NOT pleased.
-She made him buy her lobster and flowers.
-At the end of the night she ended up giving him a hot make out sesh, but left him to take care of himself.
-Date 3 out of 10 down.
-Now, Eric was trying to sabotage the bet by giving Kelso tips how to get laid.
-Which Kelso laughed at until Donna spoke up.
- “You got to invoke her mind, man,” Eric said. “People like her like to be intellectually challenged.”
- “Yeah right,” Michael scoffed.
- “No, Eric is actually right for once,” Donna said, bored. “Y/n isn’t like the other girls in this town. She actually has a brain.”
- “And some nice jugs,” Fez said earning a glare from the group.
- “Try talking to her about literature and psychology and music. She likes that kind of stuff. And leave out any kinds of ‘doing it.’ Intelligent people like her don’t like that.”
- “But I wanna do it.”
- “I know, but you got to make her think you want her mind, not her body.”
- “Yeah, that’s a good idea!” Kelso said and ran out the door to spontaneously surprised Y/n at her house with flowers and a...book.
- “Donna, what the hell are you doing?” Hyde asked.
- “I know, I’m such a bad friend to her,” Donna said. “I’m going to hell.”
- “No, not that. I’m trying to get her to dump him for being stupid. Don’t give the guy pointers!”
-Kelso showed up at Y/n’s door with a picnic basket, a blanket, flowers, and a gift.
-She was definitely surprised.
-He found the perfect spot under the tree and laid out the blanket. 
- “I got you something” he said and gave her a gift sloppily wrapped in paper. 
-She opened it up and it was a vintage psychology book from the late 1800′s.
-She was genuinely impressed. “Where did you find this?”
-Well, I heard you talking about your love of psychology and vintage things and found this at an antique store. Thought you’d might like it.”
-Her eyes actually filled with tears.
-Even thought it was their fourth date, she felt touched by the gift and allowed 2nd base.
-The next few dates ended going the same flow. 
-He’d take her out, hoping for sex, she would tease him and then leave him to take care of himself.
-By their 7th date, he was beginning to grow frustrated.
-So, far Fez was winning the bet.
-On the eighth date, Y/n introduced Michael to her parents.
-They were spectacle, but polite to him nonetheless.
-Eighth date consisted of the carnival.
-As the lights shown down on y/n’s beautiful face, he realized he might actually feelings for her.
-Y/n knew she started developing feelings for him after the fourth date, but she refused to say anything. It was just a reaction to the sweet gift.
-Even though she knew he had a kid with another woman, it didn’t stop her from feeling the way she did.
-He won her a stuffed elephant, a goldfish, and bought her a hotdog.
-Back in the car, they were making out again. “I think I really like you.”
-She smiled into the kiss. “I like you too, but you’re still not getting any.”
- “That’s okay,” he whispered, shocking both of them.
-He ended up panicking to the guys later on that night.
- “So? Just go bang the next chick you see. You did that to Jackie a lot when she didn’t want to sleep with you,” Hyde said.
- “That’s the problem. I can’t,” Kelso said and ran a hand through his hair. “I tried but every time I went to, I just couldn’t find myself to do it. They’re not her, man.”
-The guys gave him crap and started taunting him.
- “You love her!” Fez said and tried to make kissy faces with Eric.
- “Yeah, we don’t do that,” Eric said, pushing Fez’s face away from his.
- “What’re you going to do?” Hyde asked seriously.
- “Just...try to make her mine at this point.”
-On the ninth date, Y/n was freaking out.
-How could she have fallen for him?
-She’s never felt this way after messing with a guy like this.
-Why?
-Why?
-WHY?!
-Stupid, stupid, stupid--
-The doorbell rang.
-He stood there with a dozen red roses.
- “I got something special,” he said.
-He ended up taking her to the lake with a complete romantic dinner.
-Candles, wine, chocolates, and pasta that he had help from mom make.
-Y/n’s eyes pricked with tears.
-No one has ever done this for her before.
-Throughout the evening, he had actually engaged in intelligent conversation and opened up to her.
-He talked about his hopes and dreams, his fears, and his loves.
- “People don’t give you enough credit,” she said. “You have a lot going for you. You just don’t show this side to people. Why?”
- He shrugged. “It’s funnier this way. I don’t want them knowing this side of me, Then they’ll start...expecting stuff from me and I don’t want that pressure.”
- “Well, you’re secret is safe with me,” she said, taking a sip of wine.
- “Well, come on, you have a lot more going for you. You want to be a forensic psychologist. That’s awesome, whatever that is.”
-Y/n chuckled and explained it to him while he actually listened to her!
-She actually changed the playboy of the town!
-Y/n wasn’t sure if it was the wine, but she couldn’t take it anymore and brought him for a hasty kiss. “I want to go all the way with you tonight.”
-At this point, she didn’t care if he broke her heart, she just needed him before he could.
-The moment was actually beautiful.
-He was so gentle and and sweet, making sure she was actually okay with it.
-And it was the best sex either one of them ever had.
-As they laid down in the back of the car, they confessed they ended up confessing their feelings towards each other, including the plans they each had for each other.
- “I’ve never felt this way towards anyone before,” y/n said. “This really bit me in the ass this time.”
- “I’ve never felt this way before period,” he chuckled. “I guess it bit me in the ass too.”
- “Are we dumb for doing this?” she whispered.
- “Totally.”
-They laughed together and ended up doing it again the second time that night.
-On their tenth date, he took her to the carnival again, but he had something more special planned.
-He took her to the top of the Ferris wheel and when it got to the top, he grabbed her hand and nervously asked her if she’d officially be his.
-She grinned at him brightly and nodded yes.
- “Great, now I can give you this,” he said and took off his hoodie that he was wearing. “You’re my girl now and I want you to have it. It’s my favorite hoodie.”
-She kissed him deeply and put it on.
-She wore it everyday from then on.
-One day she was over at the Forman’s and while they were waiting for everyone to join them, they started making out on the couch.
-The door opened, revealing Hyde, Eric, and Fez.
- “DAMMIT!” Hyde shouted.
- Fez laughed. “Pay up!”
- “Wait,” Eric asked. “Did you guys do it yet?”
- Kelso smiled. “Totally.”
-Eric turned to Hyde with his palm turned upwards. “Pay up, bitch.”
- “What’s that not fair!” he bitched.
- “Oh, it totally is,” Fez laughed.
- “No, I’ll tell you what’s not fair. Michael didn’t get hurt like he was supposed to!” Jackie said.
- “No, he got something better,” Donna said. “True love! And someone to kick his ass into shape.”
- “A matchmade in Heaven,” Fez joked while Hyde handed him his cash. “Thank you Hyde.”
- “Yeah, shut up.”
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Oscars 2021: Frontrunners and Predictions
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This is weird, right? In a normal year this kind of article would have been written closer to New Year’s Day, and the awards season red carpets would’ve been rolled up weeks ago. But 2020 really was a weird experience, to put it mildly. And among other problems, it caused the Oscars race to bleed all the way into April. Indeed, it’s mid-March and the weekly Sunday night ceremonies have barely begun.
Nevertheless, and despite hand-wringing from this time last year about whether there would even be anything worthy of nomination in 2020, we’ve just come through a resilient and even hopeful period for quality cinema. Movie theaters remain largely closed throughout the U.S. and Europe, yet filmmakers have found a way to get their passion projects out via streaming, video-on-demand, and for a precious few in limited capacity movie theaters. Through it all, the industry endured and quality work found an eager audience anxious for the catharsis of shared art—or at least a good Borat joke.
Thus the weekend before Oscar nominations are officially announced, we are providing our final predictions of who’s leading the race for Best Picture, and where the frontrunners might also stand in other Academy Award categories. The movies below are ranked from most likely to get a Best Picture nod to least likely.
Nomadland
The obvious frontrunner has long been Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland. This held true months before the Searchlight Pictures release picked up Best Picture prizes at the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards in the last two weeks… but those certainly helped.
As a beautiful and lyrical elegy to the people America has left behind, and the fascinating American Nomad culture that has flourished from these hardships, Nomadland struck us as a modern day Grapes of Wrath when we saw the film at TIFF last year. In fact, the movie won the coveted People’s Choice Award at that festival, a feat achieved by recent Best Picture frontrunners La La Land and Green Book, with the latter succeeding at winning the top prize.
More impressive than tea leaves derived from historical precedent though is that Nomadland is the rare major Hollywood release from a studio (Searchlight Pictures, which is the prestige arm of the now Disney-owned 20th Century Studios) that opened in theaters for a limited period of time before debuting on Hulu last month. That commitment to the theatrical experience—although not absurdly so—will play well to Academy voters who’ve long resisted awarding streaming originals the Best Picture over the last decade.
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Additionally, Nomadland is an achievement wherein the line between narrative storytelling and documentary filmmaking is blurred. That unusual alchemy has become Zhao’s specialty, and in a year of acute self-consciousness, finally awarding the talented Chinese filmmaker with Best Picture and probably Best Director is a refreshing nigh inevitability. Also expect nominations for Best Actress thanks to the ever riveting Frances McDormand’s haunting turn, as well as nods in Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, and other technical categories.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The new old adage of “if it wasn’t a Netflix movie…” applies heavily to Aaron Sorkin’s otherwise Academy-friendly The Trial of the Chicago 7. A truly terrific drama that recounts a gross miscarriage of justice enacted against eight men deemed “radical” for protesting the Vietnam War by the Nixon administration, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a life-affirming period piece about a subject near and dear to Baby Boomers’ hearts: the culture war of the 1960s. The fact Sorkin finds direct parallels between its story about civil unrest and social injustice during the Civil Rights movement and modern demands for social justice at the tail-end of the Trump Years makes it doubly potent.
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(It probably also doesn’t hurt its chances that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s powerhouse performance as Black Panther Bobby Seale is supporting while Eddie Redmayne’s all-American embodiment of the New Left is the closest the film’s ensemble has to a lead). Sorkin’s ability to turn dialogue into spectacle has long appealed to the Academy, with his scripts previously earning him three Oscar nominations, and one win for The Social Network. We imagine though that he’ll again have the best chance to win in the Best Original Screenplay category, as Chicago 7’s Netflix status might just make it first runner-up, as Roma was to Green Book. However, don’t be surprised if Sacha Baron Cohen also pulls an upset in the Best Supporting Actor category for his resurrection of Abbie Hoffman’s ghost.
The movie is also a near lock for the Best Editing prize.
Minari
One of the best films of 2020, Minari has had a quiet ascent to the top. In actuality, the film has been cruelly misrepresented by other awards bodies. Categorized as a “foreign language film” by the Golden Globes’ Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as well as the Critics Choice Awards, this all-American story about Korean American immigrants attempting to make a go of it as Arkansas farmers is as American as Apple pie. And Lee Isaac Chung’s visibly semi-autobiographical portrait of his young family in the 1980s heartland, complete with a nuanced empathy for the plight of his parents and even his grandmother, make this one of the most beautiful triumphs about the human spirit committed to cinema this year.
The film was snubbed by the Globes from the Best Picture race, but the much more prescient Hollywood guilds, including the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the Directors Guild of America (DGA), and the Producers Guild of America (PGA), have all recognized Minari’s brilliance. Indeed, Chung getting into the competitive DGA short-list speaks highly of its competitiveness. One year after Parasite shocked the world by winning Best Picture, here’s an American story that supported the theatrical experience thanks to A24, and whose inclusion speaks well about the future of American cinema. Putting it in its rightful place at the top of the ticket, as opposed to Best International Film, is also a very good look. Hopefully, nominations will also include Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Perhaps showing the relative sparseness of this year’s cinematic offerings, I suspect we’re already past the point on this list where contenders have a sincere shot at winning Best Picture. However, a movie like Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will surely be nominated. As a sledgehammer film about the pressures on Black artists in America, and the corrosive influence of white money used to appropriate that art, George C. Wolfe’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom hits like a ton of bricks.
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This is in no small part due to the harrowing performances of both the late great Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis. Expect both to be nominated in the Leading performance categories, with Boseman as close to a lock as possible for winning the Best Actor prize with his final, heartbreaking performance. The movie should also do well in the Adapted Screenplay, Costume, Makeup, and Production Design categories. 
Mank
A personal favorite of mine from 2020, Mank is an admittedly acquired taste. A meticulously researched and authentic portrait of the creative process and the uglier side of Hollywood’s Golden Age, David Fincher’s Netflix production is less a love letter to the industry than an affectionate middle finger. That abrasiveness has rubbed some audiences the wrong way, as does its expectation you know about the the debate of authorial credit on Citizen Kane. Nonetheless, this is a swaggering triumph of presentation and performance.
Ergo expect a large amount of nominations for Best Director (Fincher), Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried), Best Original Screenplay (Jack Fincher), and multiple technical nominations including Cinematography, Editing, Score, Costumes, and Production Design. For above the line nominations though, the best shot at a win may be Seyfried’s enigmatic turn as Marion Davies. Although, given the chances of two performances below, she’s now the underdog in that race.
Promising Young Woman
One of the most original and talked about movies of 2020, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman is a pitch black comedy/tragedy that’s as intentionally uncomfortable as it is bleakly amusing. A passion play for the post-#MeToo era that examines our culture’s treatment of women through the gaze of an avenging loner named Cassandra (Carey Mulligan), this soon-to-be millennial cult classic may honestly be too outside-the-box and ballsy (pardon the phrase) for the the typically more conventional, older sensibilities of Academy voters when considering the top prize.
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Still, expect Fennell to also get nominated for Best Director while also being the frontrunner to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar over Sorkin. It is a long established tradition for the Academy to award the most challenging (and stylish) Best Picture contenders a Screenplay Oscar over Picture or Director. Meanwhile, Carey Mulligan is likewise the frontrunner in the Best Actress category—deservedly so.
One Night in Miami
Despite premiering on the globally accessible Amazon Prime, Regina King’s One Night in Miami feels like it’s fallen a bit under the radar for most folks. Which is a shame, because this is a superb directorial debut for King and one of the most thought-provoking movies of 2020. Another adaptation of a play about the intersection between the soft power of celebrity and the hard responsibility of Black art, we personally argue One Night in Miami is the more challenging and intriguing adaptation: one that imagines what words might’ve been said on a mysterious night shared by Cassius Clay (soon to be renamed Muhammad Ali), Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown.
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With this being such an actor’s showcase, as well as one directed by a great actress herself, expect the Academy’s large thespian wing to power this into a Best Picture nomination. Leslie Odom Jr. also appears to likely be nominated for Best Supporting Actor due to his turn as Sam Cooke, as will Kemp Powers’ adaptation of his own play likely land him in the Best Adapted Screenplay race. However, after the DGA snub, I fear King will be ignored in the Best Director category.
Judas and the Black Messiah
At this point, we are examining films on the bubble of actually getting a Best Picture nomination. One contender that may yet squeeze in is Shaka King’s fearless depiction of the death of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton. Executed by police officers working on intelligence gathered by the FBI, the film of Hampton’s life is told from the vantage of William O’Neal, the man who betrayed Hampton to the feds.
A film with a more revolutionary heart than the similarly themed The Trial of the Chicago 7—in fact, Hampton is a supporting character in the Sorkin picture—Judas might be too zealous for more conservative Oscar voters; it also is a little narratively messier. It should be nominated for Best Picture, and its odds grew with a nod from the PGAs, which remains the best prognosticator for this category. However, it very well may wind up with only nominations for Daniel Kaluuya in the Best Supporting Actor category and a nod for Best Original Song.
On the plus side, Kaluuya is the clear and away frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor after winning in the same race at the Globes and CCAs.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Borat 2 is a legitimate Oscar contender. Brave new world, indeed. While I’m still skeptical about it actually getting into the Best Picture race, that idea doesn’t seem impossible after Borat Subsequent Moviefilm earned a dark horse nomination at the PGAs. Granted the producers guild is always more eager to shower love on successful audience entertainments than the Oscars, hence Deadpool and Wonder Woman also getting recent PGA nominations while being shut out by the Academy. But those movies didn’t have a scene where a fictional character unmasked Rudy Giuliani as a dishonest creeper with his hand down his pants. So…
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Either way, expect Borat 2 to pick up a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Maria Bakalova’s star-making turn as Borat’s daughter, Tutar. It’s a performance that demanded as much spontaneity and improvisation as Baron Cohen’s, with Bakalova arguably being even more impressive as she also creates a sincere heartbeat underneath the snark. The performance was snubbed from winning a category it should’ve been a shoo-in for at the Golden Globes—Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical—but Bakalova recovered momentum by winning in the more 1:1 Supporting Actress category at the Critics Choice. She faces steep competition from Olivia Colman in The Father and Amanda Seyfried in Mank, but neither of them embarrassed Donald Trump’s personal lawyer weeks ahead of the election he was trying to undermine.
The Father
As someone who has watched a loved one suffer from dementia and the effects of aging, I can attest that Florian Zeller’s The Father is an accurate, and arguably too devastating of a portrait of a mind in deterioration. For that depressing element, I suspect Zeller’s film will play too tragically for Academy voters, who tend to prefer life-affirming stories in the Best Picture category. But The Father has an outside shot for nomination. And it will definitely get nominations for Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman), and Best Adapted Screenplay. The odds makers similarly say Colman’s the frontrunner in her category (even though she’s lost the major awards thus far), although I still have my doubts about that too.
Sound of Metal
Darius Marder’s depiction of a punk rock drummer going through early hearing loss got a boost of confidence from the PGAs nominating it for Best Picture. I could also see it sneaking into a Best Picture slot over Judas and the Black Messiah and Borat 2, especially with its story of a man learning to live again. However, it will most likely walk away solely with a nomination for Riz Ahmed in the Best Actor category.
Da 5 Bloods
Spike Lee’s follow-up to BlacKkKlansman may be one Netflix film too many for Academy voters this year. Which is a shame since this is an underrated slice of cinema that merges Vietnam War dramas with Treasure of the Sierra Madre thriller elements, and Lee’s singular dreamlike stylizations. At the very least, Delroy Lindo should be nominated for Best Actor. However, I fear Da 5 Bloods will be shut out, save for perhaps a Best Cinematography nomination.
News of the World
An underrated Paul Greengrass Western starring Tom Hanks, this is old school moviemaking that I suspect would’ve found a larger audience in a normal year. Instead it opened to mostly closed theaters and has gone strangely overlooked. At the very least child actor Helena Zengel should be considered for Best Supporting Actress for her poignant turn as a child torn between two worlds. However, this may only end up nominated in a handful of technical categories, with its best chance at a nod being for James Newton Howard’s rousing score.
Soul
Pixar’s Soul is excellent and will almost certainly pick up Oscars for Best Animated Film and Best Original Score. That might also be the extent of its nominations.
The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Lee Daniels’ by the numbers musical biopic about one of the defining voices of jazz being hounded to her death by the federal government will not be nominated for Best Picture. Sadly, this is a movie that should’ve been much better. Still, Andra Day will definitely be nominated for Best Actress.
Pieces of a Woman
An interesting (if somewhat cold) piece of cinema, Kornél Mundruczó’s Pieces of a Woman was always a long-shot before allegations of abuse against star Shia LaBeouf took it entirely out of the Best Picture running. Yet you can expect Vanessa Kirby to be nominated in the fifth spot for Best Actress for her raw essay of a woman who’s lost her child. Ellen Burstyn also has a dark horse shot at getting in for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her ruthless depiction of a grandmother denied.
Academy Award nominations are announced on Monday morning, March 15.
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Oscars 2021: Frontrunners and Predictions
This is weird, right? In a normal year this kind of article would have been written closer to New Year’s Day, and the awards season red carpets would’ve been rolled up weeks ago. But 2020 really was a weird experience, to put it mildly. And among other problems, it caused the Oscars race to bleed all the way into April. Indeed, it’s mid-March and the weekly Sunday night ceremonies have barely begun.
Nevertheless, and despite hand-wringing from this time last year about whether there would even be anything worthy of nomination in 2020, we’ve just come through a resilient and even hopeful period for quality cinema. Movie theaters remain largely closed throughout the U.S. and Europe, yet filmmakers have found a way to get their passion projects out via streaming, video-on-demand, and for a precious few in limited capacity movie theaters. Through it all, the industry endured and quality work found an eager audience anxious for the catharsis of shared art—or at least a good Borat joke.
Thus the weekend before Oscar nominations are officially announced, we are providing our final predictions of who’s leading the race for Best Picture, and where the frontrunners might also stand in other Academy Award categories. The movies below are ranked from most likely to get a Best Picture nod to least likely.
Nomadland
The obvious frontrunner has long been Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland. This held true months before the Searchlight Pictures release picked up Best Picture prizes at the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards in the last two weeks… but those certainly helped.
As a beautiful and lyrical elegy to the people America has left behind, and the fascinating American Nomad culture that has flourished from these hardships, Nomadland struck us as a modern day Grapes of Wrath when we saw the film at TIFF last year. In fact, the movie won the coveted People’s Choice Award at that festival, a feat achieved by recent Best Picture frontrunners La La Land and Green Book, with the latter succeeding at winning the top prize.
More impressive than tea leaves derived from historical precedent though is that Nomadland is the rare major Hollywood release from a studio (Searchlight Pictures, which is the prestige arm of the now Disney-owned 20th Century Studios) that opened in theaters for a limited period of time before debuting on Hulu last month. That commitment to the theatrical experience—although not absurdly so—will play well to Academy voters who’ve long resisted awarding streaming originals the Best Picture over the last decade.
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Additionally, Nomadland is an achievement wherein the line between narrative storytelling and documentary filmmaking is blurred. That unusual alchemy has become Zhao’s specialty, and in a year of acute self-consciousness, finally awarding the talented Chinese filmmaker with Best Picture and probably Best Director is a refreshing nigh inevitability. Also expect nominations for Best Actress thanks to the ever riveting Frances McDormand’s haunting turn, as well as nods in Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, and other technical categories.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The new old adage of “if it wasn’t a Netflix movie…” applies heavily to Aaron Sorkin’s otherwise Academy-friendly The Trial of the Chicago 7. A truly terrific drama that recounts a gross miscarriage of justice enacted against eight men deemed “radical” for protesting the Vietnam War by the Nixon administration, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a life-affirming period piece about a subject near and dear to Baby Boomers’ hearts: the culture war of the 1960s. The fact Sorkin finds direct parallels between its story about civil unrest and social injustice during the Civil Rights movement and modern demands for social justice at the tail-end of the Trump Years makes it doubly potent.
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(It probably also doesn’t hurt its chances that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s powerhouse performance as Black Panther Bobby Seale is supporting while Eddie Redmayne’s all-American embodiment of the New Left is the closest the film’s ensemble has to a lead). Sorkin’s ability to turn dialogue into spectacle has long appealed to the Academy, with his scripts previously earning him three Oscar nominations, and one win for The Social Network. We imagine though that he’ll again have the best chance to win in the Best Original Screenplay category, as Chicago 7’s Netflix status might just make it first runner-up, as Roma was to Green Book. However, don’t be surprised if Sacha Baron Cohen also pulls an upset in the Best Supporting Actor category for his resurrection of Abbie Hoffman’s ghost.
The movie is also a near lock for the Best Editing prize.
Minari
One of the best films of 2020, Minari has had a quiet ascent to the top. In actuality, the film has been cruelly misrepresented by other awards bodies. Categorized as a “foreign language film” by the Golden Globes’ Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as well as the Critics Choice Awards, this all-American story about Korean American immigrants attempting to make a go of it as Arkansas farmers is as American as Apple pie. And Lee Isaac Chung’s visibly semi-autobiographical portrait of his young family in the 1980s heartland, complete with a nuanced empathy for the plight of his parents and even his grandmother, make this one of the most beautiful triumphs about the human spirit committed to cinema this year.
The film was snubbed by the Globes from the Best Picture race, but the much more prescient Hollywood guilds, including the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the Directors Guild of America (DGA), and the Producers Guild of America (PGA), have all recognized Minari’s brilliance. Indeed, Chung getting into the competitive DGA short-list speaks highly of its competitiveness. One year after Parasite shocked the world by winning Best Picture, here’s an American story that supported the theatrical experience thanks to A24, and whose inclusion speaks well about the future of American cinema. Putting it in its rightful place at the top of the ticket, as opposed to Best International Film, is also a very good look. Hopefully, nominations will also include Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Perhaps showing the relative sparseness of this year’s cinematic offerings, I suspect we’re already past the point on this list where contenders have a sincere shot at winning Best Picture. However, a movie like Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will surely be nominated. As a sledgehammer film about the pressures on Black artists in America, and the corrosive influence of white money used to appropriate that art, George C. Wolfe’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom hits like a ton of bricks.
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This is in no small part due to the harrowing performances of both the late great Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis. Expect both to be nominated in the Leading performance categories, with Boseman as close to a lock as possible for winning the Best Actor prize with his final, heartbreaking performance. The movie should also do well in the Adapted Screenplay, Costume, Makeup, and Production Design categories. 
Mank
A personal favorite of mine from 2020, Mank is an admittedly acquired taste. A meticulously researched and authentic portrait of the creative process and the uglier side of Hollywood’s Golden Age, David Fincher’s Netflix production is less a love letter to the industry than an affectionate middle finger. That abrasiveness has rubbed some audiences the wrong way, as does its expectation you know about the the debate of authorial credit on Citizen Kane. Nonetheless, this is a swaggering triumph of presentation and performance.
Ergo expect a large amount of nominations for Best Director (Fincher), Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried), Best Original Screenplay (Jack Fincher), and multiple technical nominations including Cinematography, Editing, Score, Costumes, and Production Design. For above the line nominations though, the best shot at a win may be Seyfried’s enigmatic turn as Marion Davies. Although, given the chances of two performances below, she’s now the underdog in that race.
Promising Young Woman
One of the most original and talked about movies of 2020, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman is a pitch black comedy/tragedy that’s as intentionally uncomfortable as it is bleakly amusing. A passion play for the post-#MeToo era that examines our culture’s treatment of women through the gaze of an avenging loner named Cassandra (Carey Mulligan), this soon-to-be millennial cult classic may honestly be too outside-the-box and ballsy (pardon the phrase) for the the typically more conventional, older sensibilities of Academy voters when considering the top prize.
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Promising Young Woman: Director Emerald Fennell Breaks Down the Ending
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Mank and Amanda Seyfried’s Quest to Save Marion Davies from Citizen Kane
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Still, expect Fennell to also get nominated for Best Director while also being the frontrunner to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar over Sorkin. It is a long established tradition for the Academy to award the most challenging (and stylish) Best Picture contenders a Screenplay Oscar over Picture or Director. Meanwhile, Carey Mulligan is likewise the frontrunner in the Best Actress category—deservedly so.
One Night in Miami
Despite premiering on the globally accessible Amazon Prime, Regina King’s One Night in Miami feels like it’s fallen a bit under the radar for most folks. Which is a shame, because this is a superb directorial debut for King and one of the most thought-provoking movies of 2020. Another adaptation of a play about the intersection between the soft power of celebrity and the hard responsibility of Black art, we personally argue One Night in Miami is the more challenging and intriguing adaptation: one that imagines what words might’ve been said on a mysterious night shared by Cassius Clay (soon to be renamed Muhammad Ali), Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown.
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With this being such an actor’s showcase, as well as one directed by a great actress herself, expect the Academy’s large thespian wing to power this into a Best Picture nomination. Leslie Odom Jr. also appears to likely be nominated for Best Supporting Actor due to his turn as Sam Cooke, as will Kemp Powers’ adaptation of his own play likely land him in the Best Adapted Screenplay race. However, after the DGA snub, I fear King will be ignored in the Best Director category.
Judas and the Black Messiah
At this point, we are examining films on the bubble of actually getting a Best Picture nomination. One contender that may yet squeeze in is Shaka King’s fearless depiction of the death of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton. Executed by police officers working on intelligence gathered by the FBI, the film of Hampton’s life is told from the vantage of William O’Neal, the man who betrayed Hampton to the feds.
A film with a more revolutionary heart than the similarly themed The Trial of the Chicago 7—in fact, Hampton is a supporting character in the Sorkin picture—Judas might be too zealous for more conservative Oscar voters; it also is a little narratively messier. It should be nominated for Best Picture, and its odds grew with a nod from the PGAs, which remains the best prognosticator for this category. However, it very well may wind up with only nominations for Daniel Kaluuya in the Best Supporting Actor category and a nod for Best Original Song.
On the plus side, Kaluuya is the clear and away frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor after winning in the same race at the Globes and CCAs.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Borat 2 is a legitimate Oscar contender. Brave new world, indeed. While I’m still skeptical about it actually getting into the Best Picture race, that idea doesn’t seem impossible after Borat Subsequent Moviefilm earned a dark horse nomination at the PGAs. Granted the producers guild is always more eager to shower love on successful audience entertainments than the Oscars, hence Deadpool and Wonder Woman also getting recent PGA nominations while being shut out by the Academy. But those movies didn’t have a scene where a fictional character unmasked Rudy Giuliani as a dishonest creeper with his hand down his pants. So…
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Either way, expect Borat 2 to pick up a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Maria Bakalova’s star-making turn as Borat’s daughter, Tutar. It’s a performance that demanded as much spontaneity and improvisation as Baron Cohen’s, with Bakalova arguably being even more impressive as she also creates a sincere heartbeat underneath the snark. The performance was snubbed from winning a category it should’ve been a shoo-in for at the Golden Globes—Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical—but Bakalova recovered momentum by winning in the more 1:1 Supporting Actress category at the Critics Choice. She faces steep competition from Olivia Colman in The Father and Amanda Seyfried in Mank, but neither of them embarrassed Donald Trump’s personal lawyer weeks ahead of the election he was trying to undermine.
The Father
As someone who has watched a loved one suffer from dementia and the effects of aging, I can attest that Florian Zeller’s The Father is an accurate, and arguably too devastating of a portrait of a mind in deterioration. For that depressing element, I suspect Zeller’s film will play too tragically for Academy voters, who tend to prefer life-affirming stories in the Best Picture category. But The Father has an outside shot for nomination. And it will definitely get nominations for Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman), and Best Adapted Screenplay. The odds makers similarly say Colman’s the frontrunner in her category (even though she’s lost the major awards thus far), although I still have my doubts about that too.
Sound of Metal
Darius Marder’s depiction of a punk rock drummer going through early hearing loss got a boost of confidence from the PGAs nominating it for Best Picture. I could also see it sneaking into a Best Picture slot over Judas and the Black Messiah and Borat 2, especially with its story of a man learning to live again. However, it will most likely walk away solely with a nomination for Riz Ahmed in the Best Actor category.
Da 5 Bloods
Spike Lee’s follow-up to BlacKkKlansman may be one Netflix film too many for Academy voters this year. Which is a shame since this is an underrated slice of cinema that merges Vietnam War dramas with Treasure of the Sierra Madre thriller elements, and Lee’s singular dreamlike stylizations. At the very least, Delroy Lindo should be nominated for Best Actor. However, I fear Da 5 Bloods will be shut out, save for perhaps a Best Cinematography nomination.
News of the World
An underrated Paul Greengrass Western starring Tom Hanks, this is old school moviemaking that I suspect would’ve found a larger audience in a normal year. Instead it opened to mostly closed theaters and has gone strangely overlooked. At the very least child actor Helena Zengel should be considered for Best Supporting Actress for her poignant turn as a child torn between two worlds. However, this may only end up nominated in a handful of technical categories, with its best chance at a nod being for James Newton Howard’s rousing score.
Soul
Pixar’s Soul is excellent and will almost certainly pick up Oscars for Best Animated Film and Best Original Score. That might also be the extent of its nominations.
The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Lee Daniels’ by the numbers musical biopic about one of the defining voices of jazz being hounded to her death by the federal government will not be nominated for Best Picture. Sadly, this is a movie that should’ve been much better. Still, Andra Day will definitely be nominated for Best Actress.
Pieces of a Woman
An interesting (if somewhat cold) piece of cinema, Kornél Mundruczó’s Pieces of a Woman was always a long-shot before allegations of abuse against star Shia LaBeouf took it entirely out of the Best Picture running. Yet you can expect Vanessa Kirby to be nominated in the fifth spot for Best Actress for her raw essay of a woman who’s lost her child. Ellen Burstyn also has a dark horse shot at getting in for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her ruthless depiction of a grandmother denied.
Academy Award nominations are announced on Monday morning, March 15.
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