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Alright, NOW it’s officially the holiday season!

Time to drink that hot cocoa (yes even in L.A. it’s a little chilly…)

Time to throw on your favorite carols (which will be the next couple Sundays…)

And of course, time to watch your favorite holiday themed spoofs (starring the Prince of Gotham!)





Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actress:

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Laura Dern – Wild

Keira Knightley – the Imitation Game

Emma Stone – Birdman

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Who Should Win: Hm.  Meryl is the definition of ‘legacy nominations’, I felt like Laura Dern’s character was more important to the story than the actual performance.  I’d argue Arquette’s was really a lead performance, so that leaves two.  I’d barely put Keira over Emma because of what each character meant to the story that was being told.

Who I’m Cheering For: As I noted in my reviews, both Keira and Emma showed things in their performances that were new (and good).  I’d be happy for either of them, but…

Who Will Win: Has Patricia Arquette lost any award yet?  I don’t think so…

Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actor:

Robert Duvall – the Judge

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Edward Norton – Birdman

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Who Should Win: It would be really hard to go wrong with any choice this year, but really Simmons stands above the rest.

Who I’m Cheering For: The first ballot Character Actor Hall of Famer of course!  Go J.K.!

Who Will Win: The worthy ‘congrats on a great That Guy career’ star of the moment, J.K. Simmons.

‘The Imitation Game’


For better in this case, I knew next to nothing about Alan Turing going into ‘The Imitation Game’, so I could watch this film with fresh eyes.  The Cumberbatch headlines an all star English cast in this story of a man who is considered the father of the computer.

Set in World War II England, the film tells the tale of how Turing, clearly a brilliant mathematician, had to overcome his complete lack of social skills to lead a team of geniuses in their quest to crack the Nazi code system known as Enigma.  And he had to do this while masking his homosexuality (which at the time was still an actual crime).  The film isn’t about that per se, but I did find it interesting that it took the time to touch on how much things have changed, or not changed in terms of our attitudes on homosexuality and sexism (through the use of the Keira Knightley character).

Anyway, I liked this one more than I was expecting.  My attitude on this may be ‘colored’, but I always associate Cumberbatch with Sherlock and Khan, so this was a nice reminder that he’s also capable of playing brilliance as a different type of outcast.  And I know Keira does a lot of period dramas, but she had some (different) notes to play here as an actor besides being pretty, which was a welcome sight.

Favorite scene in this one was the scene where he actually explains the title.  I won’t spoil it for you; check out the film if you want to know.



Before we get too far away from it…

‘Santa’s Third Wheel’ was (barely) finished before Christmas, I put it out here (and there and everywhere), and you guys liked it, shared it, retweeted it, gave me and everyone involved a ton of compliments.  Thank you.  As I told some of my conspirators when I saw the rough drafts, this project was one of those times where I had that Kanye feeling even before I gave it to the Universe.  In other words, I knew every joke, every reaction, every close up that was coming before it happened, and it still made me laugh, so I was pretty confident that it ‘worked’ before anyone else saw it.  But everybody who puts their time and talent into it usually feels that way; you really don’t know until the audience reacts to it.  So again, thank you.

I could truly a 10 hour director’s commentary on this, but for brevity’s sake, since I got the ’10 percent fishing for insight into my real personal life, 90 percent sarcastic jokes’ about me and Gwen, here’s Samuel L. Jackson and Keira Knightley breaking down EVERYTHING I can cosign about the reality of shooting and playing ‘love/sex/intimacy’ for the screen.

What?  Oh…

Yeah, OK.  I appreciate the irony.  But seriously, here’s Keira and Samuel L…