this one goes to eleven…

I have new glasses. Those oh-so-trendy black frames that everyone seems to be wearing now. I had to have them refitted today.

Work started out as a decent time but then slowly descended into a bitter clusterfuck, with movies and an irritating overabundance of customers. Look, it’s 30 degrees outside. Make some dinner, gather the family, and spend some time together. Don’t expect new releases to be in on this pre-holiday week. Plus there’s the added bonus of the brats being out of school for almost two weeks.

I recently bought the 1991 novel by Sebastien Japrisot, A Very Long Engagement. It is set during and after the first World War. It’s the story of a young woman’s search for her fiance, whom she believes might still be alive despite having officially been reported as “killed in the line of duty”. Unable to walk since childhood, fearless Mathilde Donnay is undeterred in her quest as she scours the country for information about five wounded French soldiers who were brutally abandoned by their own troops. A Very Long Engagement is a mystery, a love store, and an extraordinary portrait of life in France before and after the War.

A Very Long Engagement is now a major motion picture from Warner Independent Pictures –

http://wip.warnerbros.com

Here’s the movie’s official website –

http://www.averylongengagement.com

It stars Audrey Tautou from Amelie and is co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director of Delicatessen, The City Of Lost Children, and Amelie. I cannot wait to read this book and see the movie. The movie is in very limited release but it’s rumored to have Oscar buzz all over it, so we should be getting it after the holidays. I had a coupon from Media Play, so a $14 book became $9.

Lastly, here’s the awesome trailer for the movie.

A Very Long Engagement

http://www.apple.com/trailers/warner_independent_pictures/averylongengagement.html

As promised, here are my thoughts on the upcoming 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards…



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My choices are denoted with an asterisk – *

The ones I think will win are denoted with a plus sign – +

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast LIVE Sunday, January 16th at 8PM Eastern on NBC.

Here they are!

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Drama

  • Michael Chiklis – The Shield
  • Denis Leary – Rescue Me
  • Julian McMahon – nip/tuck+
  • Ian McShane – Deadwood
  • James Spader – Boston Legal*

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy

  • Jason Bateman – Arrested Development*+
  • Zach Braff – Scrubs
  • Larry David – curb your enthusiasm
  • Matt LeBlanc – Joey
  • Tony Shaloub – Monk
  • Charlie Sheen – Two And A Half Men

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama

  • Edie Falco – The Sopranos+
  • Jennifer Garner – Alias
  • Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Christine Lahti – Jack & Bobby*
  • Joely Richardson – nip/tuck

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Marcia Cross – Desperate Housewives+
  • Teri Hatcher – Desperate Housewives*
  • Felicity Huffman – Desperate Housewives
  • Debra Messing – Will & Grace
  • Sarah Jessica Parker – Sex and the City

Best Television Series – Musical Or Comedy

  • Arrested Development*
  • Desperate Housewives+
  • entourage
  • Sex and the City
  • Will & Grace

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made For Television

  • American Family – Journey of Dreams
  • Iron Jawed Angels*
  • The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  • The Lion In Winter
  • Something The Lord Made+

Best Performance By An Actress In A Miniseries Or A Motion Picture Made For Television

  • Glenn Close – The Lion In Winter
  • Blythe Danner – Back When We Were Grown Ups
  • Julianna Margulies – The Grid
  • Miranda Richardson – The Lost Prince
  • Hilary Swank – Iron Jawed Angels*+

Best Performance By An Actor In A Miniseries Or A Motion Picture Made For Television

  • Mos Def – Something The Lord Made*
  • Jamie Foxx – Redemption
  • William H. Macy – The Wool Cap
  • Geoffrey Rush – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers+
  • Patrick Stewart – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made For Television

  • Drea De Matteo – The Sopranos
  • Anjelica Huston – Iron Jawed Angels*
  • Nicolette Sheridan – Desperate Housewives+
  • Charlize Theron – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  • Emily Watson – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made For Television

  • Sean Hayes – Will & Grace
  • Michael Imperioli – The Sopranos+
  • Jeremy Piven – entourage*
  • Oliver Platt – Huff
  • William Shatner – Boston Legal

MOTION PICTURE

Once again my picks are denoted with an asterisk – *

Who I think will win is denoted with a +

I believe Sideways may win in a few surprise categories as the industry buzz is at full-tilt on this one.

It screened at the Savannah Film Festival and is from the writers and director of Citizen Ruth, Election and About Schmidt

Here they are! The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast LIVE at 8PM Eastern Sunday, January 16th on NBC.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama

  • Scarlett Johansson – A Love Song For Bobby Long*
  • Nicole Kidman – Birth
  • Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake
  • Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby+
  • Uma Thurman – Kill Bill Vol. 2

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Annette Bening – Being Julia
  • Ashley Judd – De Lovely
  • Emmy Rossum – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera+
  • Kate Winslet – Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind*
  • Renee Zellweger – Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason

Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy

  • Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind*
  • The Incredibles
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera
  • Ray+
  • Sideways

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby
  • Marc Forster – Finding Neverland
  • Mike Nichols – Closer*
  • Alexander Payne – Sideways+
  • Martin Scorsese – The Aviator

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture -Drama

  • Javier Bardem – The Sea Inside
  • Don Cheadle – Hotel Rwanda*
  • Johnny Depp – Finding Neverland+
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Aviator
  • Liam Neeson – Kinsey

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • The Aviator
  • Closer*
  • Finding Neverland+
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • Kinsey
  • Million Dollar Baby

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture -Musical Or Comedy

  • Jim Carrey – Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind*
  • Jamie Foxx – Ray+
  • Paul Giamatti – Sideways
  • Kevin Kline – De Lovely
  • Kevin Spacey – Beyond The Sea

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Chorus (Les Choristes) – France
  • House Of Flying Daggers – China
  • The Motorcycle Diaries – Brazil+
  • The Sea Inside – Spain
  • A Very Long Engagement – France*

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role – Drama

  • Cate Blanchett – The Aviator
  • Laura Linney – Kinsey
  • Virginia Madsen – Sideways+
  • Natalie Portman – Closer*
  • Meryl Streep – The Manchurian Candidate

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role – Drama

  • David Carradine – Kill Bill Vol. 2
  • Thomas Haden Church – Sideways*+
  • Jamie Foxx – Collateral
  • Morgan Freeman – Million Dollar Baby Clive Owen – Closer

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Charlie Kaufman – Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  • John Logan – The Aviator
  • David Magee – Finding Neverland
  • Patrick Marber – Closer*
  • Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor – Sideways+

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby
  • Jan A.P. Kaczmarek – Finding Neverland+
  • Rolfe Kent – Sideways*
  • Howard Shore – The Aviator
  • Hans Zimmer – Spanglish

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “Accidentally In Love” – Shrek 2
  • “Believe” – The Polar Express
  • “Learn To Be Lonely” – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera+
  • “Million Voices” – Hotel Rwanda
  • “Old Habits Die Hard” – Alfie*
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