Golden Globes 2019 Television Predictions: Who Should Win And Who Will Win?

We are in the era of Peak TV. It seems that a new, critically acclaimed show debuts every week. It’s becoming a (good) problem because there are so many shows to watch and not enough hours in the day. With the emergence of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, movie stars are now dipping their toes into television. It’s a great time for television. This year’s field is very strong so predicting each category will be difficult, but I managed to pick out the winners.

If Sandra Oh doesn’t win, we riot.

Note: Click here for my film predictions.

Best Television Series – Drama

Will The Americans finally be rewarded for being one of the best shows of the decade? Will the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) continue their trend of rewarding new shows by crowning Homecoming or Killing Eve as the top dog? Unfortunately, for fans of The Americans, only 1 show has won best drama for their final season in the last 20 years and that was Breaking Bad. I’m going with a newcomer to win the award. The best show I saw this year was Killing Eve so that’s my selection, but I would not be shocked if Homecoming won instead.

Who Should Win: Killing Eve

Who Will Win: Killing Eve

Best Television Series – Comedy

I know what you’re thinking. Atlanta should be nominated. That being said, every show in this category could win and I wouldn’t bat an eyelash. For predictions, I tend to side with new shows so my vote would go to Barry, the dark comedy from Bill Hader about an assassin trying to become an actor. However, even though the last show to win back-to-back in this category occurred 8 years ago, I’m putting my money on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to continue its run of awards show domination with a second straight win in this category.

Who Should Win: Barry

Who Will Win: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

One thing that the HFPA loves is star power. I take that into account when predicting. Which of these shows has the most star power? Ryan Murphy is a staple in this category for American Horror Story and American Crime Story, but Versace did not have the big A-listers like Sharp Objects, which is my selection to win. Plus, HBO has won in this category 3 of the last 6 years. The HBO trend continues.

Who Should Win: Sharp Objects

Who Will Win: Sharp Objects

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Remember when I said it’s tough for final seasons to win the series awards? Well, the HFPA does reward individual actors for their final season. Just ask Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad and Jon Hamm in Mad Men. My vote is for Stephan James in Homecoming, but this award is going to Matthew Rhys for his swan song in The Americans.

Who Should Win: Stephan James

Who Will Win: Matthew Rhys

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

This category is murderer’s row. I’m praying on my hands and knees that Sandra Oh wins, but as I mentioned before, the Globes loves star power. Julia Roberts is going to win. (I liked Homecoming a lot. I liked Killing Eve a lot more.)

Who Should Win: Sandra Oh

Who Will Win: Julia Roberts

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy

I have ZERO idea as to who is going to win this category. There’s a lot of star power among these five men. I have read multiple prediction articles and each author had a different winner. I loved both assassin shows this year so my vote is for Hader, but I believe my star power theory is relevant especially in this category so the biggest star in this category is… Michael Douglas.

Who Should Win: Bill Hader

Who Will Win: Michael Douglas

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is going to repeat its dominance again. The crowd pleasing show from Amazon will not only win best Comedy series, but its star, Rachel Brosnahan, will repeat as best actress.

Who Should Win: Rachel Brosnahan

Who Will Win: Rachel Brosnahan

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Darren Criss won the Emmy in this category for his chilling performance as the killer Andrew Cunanan in American Crime Story. I’ve always liked Criss dating back to his days on Glee, but his stock has skyrocketed ever since this show aired. Criss should win, but do not sleep on Hugh Grant in A Very English Scandal.

Who Should Win: Darren Criss

Who Will Win: Darren Criss

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

It’s Amy Adams vs. Patricia Arquette. Full disclosure, I have yet to fully watch Escape at Dannemora, but from the clips I’ve seen and the reviews I’ve read, Arquette is phenomenal. That being said, once I saw the pilot episode of Sharp Objects, the race for this award was over. Amy Adams should win this award for one of the best performances of her career. Note: Regina King won the Emmy for this category so I wouldn’t count her out as well.

Who Should Win: Amy Adams

Who Will Win: Amy Adams

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Side note: Why is supporting actor and actresses condensed into one category? If lead actor and lead actress are separated into drama and musical / comedy, then the same rules should apply for supporting. Anyway, there’s nothing to debate here. Henry Winkler is going to win for Barry. He’s great in Barry. Plus, the HFPA is not going to pass up their chance to see the Fonz onstage with gold in his hand. Ayyy.

Who Should Win: Henry Winkler

Who Will Win: Henry Winkler

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

In a perfect world, Yvonne Strahovski wins for her superb portrayal as Serena Waterford in The Handmaid’s Tale. That being said, there’s too much star power in this category to pass up. My bet is on Patricia Clarkson to win and wrap up a successful night for HBO.

Who Should Win: Yvonne Strahovski

Who Will Win: Patricia Clarkson

Enjoy the Golden Globes!

Golden Globes 2019 Film Predictions: Who Should Win And Who Will Win?

I love the Golden Globes. It’s my favorite awards show by far. For starters, it honors both film and television. More importantly, it’s a huge shitshow. Everyone drinks like it’s their last night on Earth and the mood in the room is very joyful. Plus, it provides a somewhat decent barometer for how the Oscars are going to pan out. Notice how I said “decent” because the Globes are not the be all, end all for Oscar predictions. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (organization who votes for the winners) tends to be unpredictable at times. Just look at last year. The Shape of Water won only two Golden Globes with none of them being for Best Picture. Fast forward to the Oscars and The Shape of Water takes home the top prize of Best Picture.

For this article, I’m covering the film categories. There’s no need for more introductions. It’s prediction time. Here are the actors / actress and films who I believe should win the Golden Globe and who will win the Golden Globe in each category.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

This is going to be a huge night for A Star Is Born. I don’t see it losing in most categories. The film lived up to the gigantic amount of hype surrounding it coming into the year. Bradley Cooper could not have had a better directorial debut and his chemistry with Lady Gaga was tremendous. A Star Is Born was the perfect homage to a classic Hollywood film with music, love, and legitimate, believable superstars. The road to the Oscars begins now. Plus, for prediction purposes, A Star Is Born‘s biggest competition (The Favourite, Green Book, Roma) is not in this category.

Who Should Win: A Star Is Born

Who Will Win: A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

This is a tough category to predict. Vice led the field with 6 nominations overall. Green Book picked up huge wins at TIFF and with the National Board of Review. The Favourite made its way to many top 10 lists and the trio of Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone have received acting nominations in almost every awards show. It would not surprise me if any of these three win the top prize. Green Book should win this for its crowd pleasing story, but a film that leads the field in nominations usually does not go home empty-handed. Vice wins.

Who Should Win: Green Book

Who Will Win: Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Lady. Gaga. There’s really nothing else to say. When the lights were brightest and all the attention was on her acting debut, Gaga delivered. I’m sorry, Glenn Close.

Who Should Win: Lady Gaga

Who Will Win: Lady Gaga

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

I have A Star Is Born fever and so does the HFPA. Cooper gave a tour de force performance as the aging country musician who battles with alcoholism and depression. Cooper’s performance was one of the best I saw all year. The best is yet to come for Cooper. If I have one concern, it’s that Rami Malek is slowly creeping his way to the top in terms of odds on sites like Goldderby.

Who Should Win: Bradley Cooper

Who Will Win: Bradley Cooper

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

The Musical / Comedy section is much more difficult to predict than the drama section. If I were voting, Elsie Fisher has my vote for Eighth Grade. Unfortunately, this is a two-way race between Emily Blunt and Olivia Colman. Colman’s performance may be more critically acclaimed, but I have a feeling voters are going to sway on the side of mass appeal, which would easily be Blunt as the iconic Mary Poppins. Blunt caps off a huge year with her second career Golden Globe.

Who Should Win: Olivia Colman

Who Will Win: Emily Blunt

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

A race between two actors who gained a lot of weight.

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney.

Christian Bale in Vice / Via Annapurna Pictures

Vs.

Viggo Mortenson as Tony Lip

Viggo Mortenson as Tony Lip / Via Universal Pictures

I enjoyed Mortenson’s performance as a tough-nosed Italian bouncer, but Bale was Dick Cheney’s clone. Bale nailed everything about Cheney from his physical appearance to his mannerisms. This is his award.

Who Should Win: Christian Bale

Who Will Win: Christian Bale

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Remember when I said that the Golden Globes can be unpredictable? This is a category where I could see the HFPA going against the grain. Regina King should win this award. Regina King should probably win the Oscar as well. However, I keep circling back to Vice because it led the field in nominations. Amy Adams was good in Vice, but it was nowhere near King’s performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. This reminds me of 2016 when Aaron Taylor-Johnson upset Mahershala Ali for supporting actor. However, Ali went home with the Oscar several weeks later. I believe that exact scenario is going to happen.

Who Should Win: Regina King

Who Will Win: Amy Adams

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Can Mahershala win two Oscars in the last three years? Before that happens, Ali will look to win a Golden Globe for the first time ever. As I mentioned before, Ali lost at the Globes a few years ago for his performance in Moonlight. Sam Rockwell has an outside chance for his hilarious turn as George W. Bush in Vice, but the Golden Globes will make up for their mistake from 2016 by rewarding Ali with the hardware.

Who Should Win: Mahershala Ali

Who Will Win: Mahershala Ali

Best Director – Motion Picture

Any other year and Bradley Cooper takes home this prize. However, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma has been described as a “masterpiece” from many critics. The black-and-white tribute to Cuarón’s childhood in Mexico City will be an unstoppable force in directing categories this awards season, and rightfully so.

Who Should Win: Alfonso Cuarón

Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Unlike the Oscars where screenplays fall into two categories, the Globes condense screenplays into one category. Your guess is as good as mine in this category because all five have a chance to win. Adam McKay is a solid choice, but my money is on Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara for their surprisingly funny, strange, and ridiculous screenplay for The Favourite.

Who Should Win: The Favourite

Who Will Win: The Favourite

Best Picture – Animated

If you asked me over the summer who would win, I would’ve said this category would go to The Incredibles 2 in a landslide. Now, I’m not so sure with the skyrocketing surge of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. However, the smart bet is Pixar. From 2006-2017, 10 Pixar films have been nominated for Best Picture – Animated at the Golden Globes. 8 of those films won the award (2 Pixar films were nominated in 2015).

Who Should Win: The Incredibles 2

Who Will Win: The Incredibles 2

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

Next question.

Roma / Via Netflix

Who Should Win: Roma

Who Will Win: Roma

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Out of all the films this year, five years from now, First Man is the film that people will look back at and say, “We messed up big time.” First Man faded into oblivion throughout the fall season despite being a very good film. Justin Hurwitz is becoming one of the best composers in all of Hollywood. Hurwitz will win this award and I have no problems with that selection. However, when sound is the main character and it’s treated masterfully onscreen, your film deserves to win an award CC: A Quiet Place.

Who Should Win: A Quiet Place

Who Will Win: First Man

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Just use your head on this one.

Who Should Win: “Shallow”

Who Will Win: “Shallow”

Tune in Sunday Night! I’ll be active on Twitter @danny_giro so follow along!

Movie Reviews: Bird Box And Vice

The holidays are the perfect time to catch up on some movies, which is exactly what I have been doing these past couple of days. We’re approaching January and awards season is about to take off. In the past two days, I watched two movies that are on the complete opposite sides of the spectrum. One was about a blindfolded Sandra Bullock fighting shadow demons and the other involved Christian Bale gaining 50 pounds to play a former Vice President. Here are my reviews for each film.

Bird Box

Bird Box / Via Netflix

What if your worst fear caused you to commit suicide? That fear makes up the premise of Bird Box, Netflix’s latest original film. Bird Box follows Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock) and her two children, named “Boy” and “Girl,” as they travel down the river to reach a new community that protects them from the supernatural entity that causes people to kill themselves. The only problem is that the trio must make this trip blindfolded because once you view the evil spirit, you will die. The movie flashes back to the initial outbreak of the entity and how Malorie along with a group of survivors (Trevante Rhodes, Machine Gun Kelly, John Malkovich, Rosa Salazar, and more) deal with the tragedy under one roof.

It’s not fair to compare Bird Box with this film, but you can’t help but think that Bird Box is “A Quiet Place with no sight instead of sound.” However, A Quiet Place was significantly better than Bird Box. After having a few days to think about Bird Box, I’m still struggling to form a concise opinion. I’m not sure if I liked Bird Box or if I hated it. Bullock was solid and the premise was innovative. However, the middle of the movie felt predictable as it went through the motions of a typical horror movie (ie. everyone dies one by one). Once again, I hate to compare it to A Quiet Placebut one of the best moments in John Krasinski’s masterpiece was the reveal of the creatures up close and in the flesh. In Bird Box, I was waiting for the shadow to take on a supernatural being or shape throughout the entire movie, revealing its true form to the world. However, this never happened, which was a huge letdown.

Bird Box kept my attention for two hours, but with a predictable plot and a huge letdown, I felt relieved when the movie ended.

6.7

Vice

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Vice / Vis Annapurna Pictures

During the film, Vice, the following quote runs across the screen: “Beware the quiet man. For while others speak, he watched. And while others act, he plans. And when they finally rest… he strikes.” That quote sets the stage for Adam McKay’s scorching takedown of Dick Cheney and his impact on American politics in Vice. The film tells the story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) and his unprecedented rise to power in Washington D.C. From Yale dropout to a political intern to becoming one of the most powerful Vice Presidents in history, Cheney rise to the top was somewhat under-the-radar. Bale portrays Cheney as a quiet, but dangerous politician who was obsessed with power. A “silent assassin” or “puppet master” could be used to best describe Cheney.

This movie is going to be very decisive. You’re either going to love it or hate it. From a performance standpoint, Christian Bale shines. Bale is one of the most talented actors on Planet Earth (top 5 for my money). From the physical transformation to his methodical presence, Bale successfully became the quiet one who ended up secretly running the country. Rounding out the cast are Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, and a memorable performance from Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, who for all intents and purposes, is portrayed as a drunk that’s easily manipulated. Also, in terms of structure, McKay stole a page from his previous film, The Big Short, by using comedic segments to explain difficult topics to the audience. (Ex. Selena Gomez explaining synthetic CDOs at the poker table in The Big Short).

Political movies are always hard for me to review because it’s almost impossible to separate grading the actor’s performance from the message the film is trying to portray. It’s clear that Vice is a takedown of Cheney, his decisions, and the American political system. 9/11, The War on Terror, Global Warming, and oil are policies shaped by Cheney that still effect America today, for better or in a lot of cases, for worse. A lot of the film is based on facts, but with most biopics, it is dramatized because it’s impossible to display accurate conversations without actually having been there. After leaving the theater, the film left me angry, sad, and confused.

My biggest problem with Vice involves the title character. It’s a ruthless look into Cheney’s rise to power, but you hardly learn about Cheney personally and what makes him tick. Part of that has to do with Cheney’s preference to attack from silence, which resembles his personality. The audience gets a small glimpse of Cheney’s personal life with is family, but the film rarely goes into detail about personal life, which is what I look for in biographical films. Also, this film is clearly told from one point of view with the intention of exposing Cheney. If that is not part of your political agenda, you will probably be turned off from the start as the Bush era is not presented in a positive manner.

Vice was a clever, revealing look into Dick Cheney and how he might have been the one pulling all of the strings throughout the Dubya era. Bale was the standout, but Rockwell’s interpretation of George Bush might be what the audience remembers the most. Despite being a one-sided viewpoint, Vice is an interesting portrayal of a man the public knows little about, which is why I wanted to know more about Cheney the man in addition to Cheney the politician.

7.6

Killing Eve: My Favorite Television Show Of 2018

Do yourself a favor and google, “Best shows of 2018.” I would bet my life that the show on every single Top 10 list is Killing Eve.

Coming into 2018, Killing Eve wasn’t on too many radars. The fact that is was on BBC America probably lead to the lack of hype. That being said, after it’s premiere this Spring, audiences and critics began to fall in love with this sleeper hit.

Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (creator of Fleabag and voice of L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story), Killing Eve presents a cat-and-mouse game between a British Intelligence Agent, Eve (Sandra Oh), and a highly-skilled assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Eve’s job is to track down Villanelle and stop her from murderous path of assassinating a bounty full of high ranking European officials. As the two begin to learn more about each other, what started out as an assignment becomes an obsession for both women as they are attracted to each other both physically and mentally.

What makes this show so addicting is its chemistry between Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. On one side, Eve lives a safe, content life with her husband and boring desk job, but it’s lacking excitement as Eve yearns for a thrilling assignment in the field. Villanelle is a stone-faced killer who makes assassinations exciting and commonplace, but because of her deadly occupation, she lacks the normalcy of a “real life.” Both women begin to acquire characteristics from each other, and realize that their fascination with each other becomes a mutual attraction with respect for one another’s talents.

I don’t want to spoil too much, but there are quite a few moments that made my jaw drop. There were times where I said, “Holy shit.” There were scenes where I wanted to look away in fear. Killing Eve is violent, but not too gory. It’s thrilling and scary, but has soft and romantic gestures. It’s a show that poses questions regarding morality as you begin to battle with yourself if you can feel sympathy for a killer. Every episode builds on the previous storyline and the plot moves and thickens with every scene. The initial meeting between Eve and Villanelle will go down as one of my favorite scenes of the year.

Full disclosure, I did not sit down to watch Killing Eve until it arrived on Hulu a few weeks ago (Thank my tv subscription for not having BBC America). I was addicted from the first scene. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer’s performances were magnificent and deserve every award imaginable. (It is a CRIME that Comer continues to get snubbed in acting categories. Oh deserves her praise, but so does Comer. You can’t have one without the other. Killing Eve should win Best Drama Series and Best Actress for Oh at the Golden Globes.) With tremendous acting and an addictive storyline, Killing Eve became my favorite show of 2018.

Game Of Thrones Season 8 Set To Premiere In April 2019

Variety – HBO has announced the final season of “Game of Thrones” will launch this April.

The news was revealed in a promotional video released by HBO on Tuesday, which teased that all of the conflict fans have seen in the show thus far has all been building to this final confrontation with the White Walkers.

Our prayers have been answered. Game of Thrones is coming back to our screens this April. I don’t even care that the teaser did not show any new footage from the upcoming season. We finally have our date so plan accordingly.

Game of Thrones is so cocky. They’ve barely shown any footage from the final season and yet they have fans in the palm of their hand. If I’m the creators, I don’t show any footage of the upcoming season. Drag out the anticipation even more. Don’t give us any clues whatsoever. Make myself and the rest of the world wait for these final six episodes.

I’m giddy thinking about Jon Snow, Daenerys, and her army arriving at Winterfell as they’re greeted by Sansa and Arya. They all hug and embrace until all of a sudden, a dragon flies over Winterfell for everyone to see. Excuse me, I’m going to need some time alone right now to think about that scene. Enjoy this scene while we wait for Season 8!

Official DMR 2018 NBA Season Preview

The 2018-2019 NBA Season starts tonight as teams will fight all year long to lose to the Golden State Warriors in five games in the NBA Finals. If you’re like most fans, you’re hoping for a competitive regular season and entertaining playoffs in order to counteract the fact that the Warriors will win another NBA title. To prepare you for the upcoming season, LordTreeSap and DG listed their over / unders for certain teams, individual awards, and how each conference will finish. Enjoy.

Over/Unders

LordTreeSap:

Spurs Over 43.5 Wins 

The Spurs haven’t won less than 47 games since the lockout of 1998 and that was due to a shortened season. San Antonio notched 47 wins in 2017 with 0 help from Kawhi Leonard. Now, Pop and Co. can move past the Kawhi saga with the addition of DeMar DeRozan leading the Texas franchise to yet another winning season. I loved this bet just a week ago, prior to Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker IV going down with injuries, but I’m riding with the Spurs until the wheels fall off.

Knicks Under 29.5 Wins

It’s going to be a tough season for us Knicks fans, but it’s ultimately for the best, looking toward better days in 2019. Kristaps Porzingis should be in no rush to return, and with the Knicks owning their first round pick in 2019, this is going to be another rebuilding team. Harvesting the young talent on the roster will sit atop Fizdale’s priorities (besides his smoking wife Natasha). Let Ntilikina, Robinson, Knox, and the rest of the neophytes learn on the job, while keeping the tank moving forward. It’s for the best.

Wizards Over 46 Wins

Throughout the turmoil of 2017, the Washington Wizards still managed to pull out 43 wins, even though John Wall only managed to log half a season. The Wizkids should return to their 2016 form in a weaker Eastern Conference, where they put together a 49-win campaign. Washington quietly retooled their roster, finally shoring up their backup guard spot with Austin Rivers. They also acquired the polarizing yet productive Dwight Howard. Jeff Green could provide support in spots as well. Solid year coming for the win-now Wizards.

DG

Spurs Over 43.5 Wins 

I hate to agree with LTS for fear of a jinx, but this one is a no-brainer for me. The Spurs are the Patriots of the NFL. Until they fall off the wagon, how can you bet against them? Last season was their first “down” year in over 20 years and they still registered 47 wins without Kawhi Leonard. The injury to Dejounte Murray was not ideal, but DeMar Derozan is going to score 25 points per game and lead this team past 43.5 wins. Plus, when in doubt, they have Pop.

Miami Heat Over 43.5 Wins

The Heat won 44 games last year and return almost the exact team from a year ago. However, they are going to be a better thanks to the rebirth of Hassan Whiteside. Last season was a step back for Whiteside and at times, he looked lost on the court. This is the same Whiteside who lead the league in rebounding in 2017. If Whiteside returns to his 2017 form, the Heat will compete for a top 3 seed in the East. Plus, Dwyane Wade’s final ride will motivate this team throughout the year to make the playoffs.

Utah Jazz Under 50.5 Wins

This has more to do with the strength of the conference more than the talent of the Jazz. I love the Jazz. Drafting Donovan Mitchell was a home run for the organization. Just like the Heat, the Jazz return close to their entire core from a 48 win team. However, the West is the superior conference in the NBA and the Lakers, Nuggets, and Pelicans will all be better. I expect the Jazz to win 48 wins again so bet the under.

Individual Awards  

LordTreeSap:

Most Valuable Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo (+500)

It seems like to win the MVP award nowadays, your season numbers have to be accompanied by a cinematic narrative. LeBron should probably win the award again with his narrative juicy as ever, heading west to lead a possible 50-win Laker team to prominence. AD is definitely in the conversation this year as well, but I’m going with the Greek Freak to take home the hardware. He should be able to dominate a middling Eastern Conference with multiple moments wow fans and voters. A more uptempo system implemented by Mike Budenholzer makes the sky the limit, with a stat line eclipsing 30-10-5 well within reach for the year. Milwaukee just has to win more than 45 games.

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Defensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard

A rejuvenated Kawhi Leonard should be a treat to watch this year. After only appearing in 9 games last season, the Spurs shipped the 2-time Defensive Player of the Year north of the border to hang with Drake in exchange for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl. I believe the 27-year-old returns to form in Toronto, leading the NBA in steals and absolutely dominates the rest of the East in his lone year suiting up for the Raptors.

6th Man of the Year: Lou Williams

We’re going back to back (Drake voice) with Lou Williams, who would tie Jamal Crawford as the only player to win the award three times in their career. Sweet Lou was nothing short of unbelievable, playing at the level of a possible all-star leading into the February break. I expect a similar stat line from Lou Will once again, with his unique lead guard role solidified as the top scorer in Clipper land.

Rookie of the Year: DeAndre Ayton

Simply put, Ayton can do it all on the basketball floor. It’s being reported that Devin Booker will actually be ready for the opener, so we could see the next Kobe-Shaq type of duo begin to take shape this year. Amid turmoil at the top of the organization, the Suns have one of the brightest young cores in all of the NBA and should be a fun team to land on for all my League Pass fans out there.

Most Improved Player: Markelle Fultz

After essentially taking a redshirt year to fix his shooting stroke (mindset), Markelle Fultz comes into 2018 as the 76ers starting shooting guard and the expectations are sky high for the former No. 1 overall pick. As someone who was heavily on the Fultz bandwagon coming out of Washington, I’m staying put with him possessing too much talent to not make it work.

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Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens finally breaks through in 2018 with a loaded Celtics team to notch his first of many Coach of the Year honors. Boston should relatively cruise to the top seed in the Eastern Conference and be around the 60-win mark. He’ll ultimately be judged on playoff execution, as most expect this Celtic team to meet the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals.

DG

Most Valuable Player: Anthony Davis (+300)

It’s time for the “LeBron can win this every year, but let’s give to to someone else” award. If LeBron puts up the same numbers from last year and the Lakers make the playoffs, it’s a wrap. LeBron wins the MVP. However, the NBA loves to reward players on teams that improve significantly. That’s why I’m going with Anthony David. The numbers are there.. Last year, Davis averaged 28.1 points and 11.1 rebounds despite a slow start to the season. If both of those numbers remain the same or improve and the Pelicans snag a top 4 seed, Davis will be holding the MVP trophy at the end of the year.

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert

The Jazz shocked the entire NBA community last year by not only making the playoffs with Gordon Hayward, but defeating the Thunder in the first round. Donovan Mitchell had a lot to do with the team’s success, but the team’s anchor is Rudy Gobert, thanks to his toughness and ability to defend the rim. Gobert won this award last year after only playing 56 games. If Gobert plays a full year and the Jazz are just as successful, he will repeat.

6th Man of the Year: J.J. Redick

This award all depends on if Redick consistently comes off the bench all year. Right now, Markelle Fultz is slated to start for the Sixers. If Redick comes off the bench, his only responsibility will involve putting the ball in the basket. Redick averaged a career best 17.1 points per game last year. However, if Redick becomes the leader of the second unit of a Philly team that wins 55 games, I could see voters rewarding Redick over Lou Williams.

Rookie of the Year: Luka Donic

Dallas, it’s time to meet the foreigner who will lead your franchise for the next 20 years aka Dirk 2.0. At first, I wasn’t completely sold on Luka Donic. I felt that because of his age and lack of playing experience in the US, it would take time for Donic to adjust to the NBA game. After watching Donic dazzle in the preseason, I can safely say I was wrong. Donic is ready for the bright lights of the NBA. Donic was drafted to the perfect system for his skillset in Dallas and will have Dirk Nowitzki as his mentor. The sharpshooter will win over many fans right away.

Most Improved Player: Josh Jackson

First of all, Josh Jackson said he wants to win this award. Motivation? Check. All kidding aside, Jackson has the potential to have a monster season. In his rookie season, Jackson averaged 13 points and 4.6 rebounds. This year, Phoenix should be one of the more exciting young teams to watch with Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Jackson has a chance to cement himself as a top ten two-way player this year. Expect both his points and rebounds to improve dramatically. If Phoenix can somehow compete for a playoff spot and Jackson takes the next step to prominence, he will be in the running for this award.

Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens

In my opinion, this is the easiest award to pick. The Eastern Conference now belongs to Brad Stevens. Frankly, this award is long overdue. Stevens has increased his win total every year as the coach of the Celtics. With LeBron gone and Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward returning from injury, it’s 60 wins or bust for the Celtics. Plus, he’s my doppelgänger so I have to support the brotherhood.

LordTreeSap:

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics
  2. Toronto Raptors
  3. Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Washington Wizards
  5. Milwaukee Bucks
  6. Indiana Pacers
  7. Miami Heat
  8. Detroit Pistons

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Houston Rockets
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder
  4. Utah Jazz
  5. Los Angeles Lakers
  6. San Antonio Spurs
  7. Denver Nuggets
  8. New Orleans Pelicans

Conference Finals/Champions:

East – Boston Celtics over Toronto Raptors

West – Golden State Warriors over Houston Rockets

Finals – Warriors over Celtics in 6

DG

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics
  2. Toronto Raptors
  3. Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Milwaukee Bucks
  5. Miami Heat
  6. Indiana Pacers
  7. Washington Wizards
  8. Charlotte Hornets

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Houston Rockets
  3. Utah Jazz
  4. New Orleans Pelicans
  5. Oklahoma City Thunder
  6. Los Angeles Lakers
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves
  8. San Antonio Spurs

Conference Finals/Champions:

East – Boston Celtics over Toronto Raptors

West – Golden State Warriors over Houston Rockets

Finals – Warriors over Celtics in 7

Enjoy the season.

A Star Is Born: Can Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga Both Win An Oscar?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, the entertainment world has been captivated by A Star Is Born. From Bradley Cooper’s direction to Lady Gaga’s first performance on the big screen, audiences can’t get enough of this tragic love story. The film has been in theaters since October 5th and has already grossed over $135 million worldwide. Let’s be honest with ourselves. Once Lady Gaga let out her famous “HAAAA AHHHHHH ahh ahh ahhhhhh” in the trailer, this movie was going to be a hit.

Here is my quick review of the film in one tweet.

The hype was real. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut exceeded my expectations. His ability to craft a fresh take on a story that has previously been told three times was magnificent. Cooper’s dedication to the role and three year transformation to become Jackson Maine was insane. Cooper learned how to play guitar and piano as well as lower his voice down a whole octave to play the aging superstar. It also helps that Lady Gaga shined in her debut on the big screen. In simplest terms, Gaga was born to play this part.

With the movie in theaters, the topic of conversation shifts towards awards season. Can A Star Is Born win big at the Oscars? The film is a lock to receive multiple nominations. However, will Cooper and Gaga walk away with acting hardware come February? Here’s how they stack up against the field.

*All odds are taken from Goldderby.com. I’m going to focus on Best Actor and Best Actress. A Star Is Born will win for Best Original Song and will most likely receive nominations in Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture.*

BEST ACTOR

Can Cooper finally win an Oscar for acting? Cooper was previously nominated in the best acting category for Silver Linings Playbook and American Sniper as well as the best supporting category for American Hustle. Is the year he finally breaks through with the Academy? Right now, Cooper is the favorite on Goldderby with 9/2 odds. Second place is at 6/1. If A Star Is Born continues to explode at the box office, his campaign will only gain traction and stability with voters. Other contenders for the prize will be Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), Ryan Gosling (First Man), and Christian Bale (Vice). However, I believe the biggest disruptor to Cooper’s campaign could be Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody. No official reviews have been released, but if Malek puts on a tour de force performance as Freddie Mercury, voters will then have to choose between two musical performances for the top prize. This conflict may split the vote and someone like Mortensen or Bale might emerge when the dust settles. If I had to guess on October 15 as to who wins Best Actor, I’m choosing Bradley Cooper, but that could change in a few short months.

BEST ACTRESS

Lady Gaga is going to win Best Actress at the 2019 Oscars. Full disclosure, I have not seen all of Gaga’s competition yet because the films have yet to be released, but I can’t see anyone overtaking her lead. Right now, she’s a 39/10 favorite. The next closest odds are 9/2 so that’s not an insurmountable lead, but it’s solid for now. Her biggest competition will be Glenn Close (The Wife) and Olivia Colman (The Favourite). In my opinion, these roles are not as flashy in the public’s eye as Gaga’s. Gaga plays an up-and-coming singing sensation alongside Bradley Cooper. Close plays a wife attending the Nobel Prize ceremony with her husband and Colman plays Anne, Queen of Great Britain. Critics have lauded both Close and Colman for their scene-stealing performances. Plus, Close is a six-time nominee with zero wins. Is it time to reward Close with an Oscar to make up for lost times? Close deserves an Oscar, but it’s not going to be this year. Gaga’s star power and glamour alone will be on full display during the huge Oscar campaign the studio will build for her. Plus, let’s not forget about the heart of the matter, which is her magnificent performance. Between her strong chemistry with Cooper and her electrifying musical numbers, Gaga injected such life and vulnerability into a character that felt so personal and real. Gaga should start practicing her acceptance speeches now.

Do you think Cooper and Gaga will win Oscars?

Why The First Season of The O.C. Remains One Of My Favorite Seasons Of Television

California, here we come. Once the opening credits rolled, it was time to travel to Orange County to visit the Cohens on The O.C.

In a time where television is at an all-time high in terms of quality, I find myself in the middle of rewatch. The show is The O.C., Fox’s teen drama that debuted in 2003. When The O.C. first aired, I was 10 years old. I watched the show during its first season because it was “the show” to watch. I didn’t know it then, but I now realize that I was watching great television. In fact, The O.C.‘s first season is one of my favorite seasons of all-time and it remains a classic to this day.

If you have never seen the show, The O.C. is about a teenager from Chino named Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), who is taken in by Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher), his wife Kirsten (Kelly Rowan), and son, Seth (Adam Brody). The Cohens are from Newport Beach, Orange County, California, hence the title of the show. I’m a sucker for a good teen drama, but so many shows seem to miss the mark and forget that the premise is about teenagers in high school. Let high school kids be high school kids! There’s no need for murder mysteries or dramatized crimes. I want to watch kids deal with issues over alcohol, drugs, sex, popularity, parental pressure, etc. The O.C. incorporated what it was like to be a high school teen (even if your parents weren’t millionaires).

The heart of the first season dealt with the inner workings of a family. Ryan was the kid from the “wrong side of the tracks, who was brought into a rich family, which is a tale as old as time. However, The O.C. was able to put its own spin on it that made it relatable to so many. The characters were relatable teens people that mimicked people in our own lives. Ryan was the troubled kid with a heart of gold. Seth was the lovable nerd. Marissa was the popular girl with insecurities. Summer was the beautiful ditz that had a soft side. I’m sure everyone can put a name to all of these characters with people in their own lives.

Now, I’m not going to say that season 1 was without its flaws. In the middle episodes, things were a little rocky thanks to this guy.

I understand that for every hero, there needs to be a villain, but Oliver was too over-the-top for my liking. Although compared to the villains in later seasons (looking at you, season 3), Oliver was manageable. There was also the Luke / Julie Cooper storyline, which is cool if you’re into fantasies with your friend’s mom, but I preferred the Ryan vs. Luke rivalry.

There are so many iconic moments you can look at that took place in the first season. For starters, a holiday was invented.

The most memorable line of the series happened in the pilot episode, bitch.

There was Summer Roberts as Wonder Woman.

I have to mention Anna Stern, who won Seth’s heart over before Summer gave him the time of day. Summer turned out to be a great character, but in the beginning, how could you not be Team Anna?

There’s so many other plot points and moment that I haven’t mentioned. I haven’t even gotten into the all-star relationship between Sandy and Kirsten. Seth standing on the coffee cart and Ryan kissing Marissa on the ferris wheel will always get a smile out of this guy. Did I mention that Marissa Cooper was the “it girl?” I can also write a dissertation on “Why Marissa Cooper was The Worst Person Ever.”

Overall, the season had multiple high-quality episodes. The finale had the perfect mix of tying up loose ends, but also kept the imagination going with its cliffhangers. It’s hard to find a better 4 minutes to end a season than this montage. The shot of Ryan looking at Marissa as he drives away (which happens in the pilot) is one of my favorite shots of the season. It’s symbolic of their relationship. No matter how hard they tried, there will always be space between them that neither can fill.

Finally, I want to end by focusing on one episode, which happens to be the best episode of the series and remains one of my favorite episodes of television.

The pilot.

It’s hard to mention the best pilots of all-time without mentioning The O.C. It’s as close to perfect as you can get. What am I looking for in a pilot? The story has to grab your attention within the first couple of minutes. Right away, when Ryan is hesitant to steal the car with Trey, you could tell that there is more to Ryan than meets the eye. We meet Sandy Cohen, the generous lawyer who takes in a kid that needs a break in life. From there, we’re introduced to the “will they, won’t they” couple when Ryan has encounter with the girl next door, Marissa. That’s not even the most important relationship in the show because that title belongs to the brotherhood between Seth and Ryan.

The pilot ends with a twist as Ryan travels back to Chino only to see that his mother has abandoned the place, and Sandy takes Ryan back in. The rest is history. It’s an unbelievable pilot that ranks as the best pilot of the 21st century according to The Ringer.

Despite the fact that the show declined (became way too soapy and serious) as the seasons went on, the fact remains that season one is an all-time classic. The legacy of The O.C. was so vital to the mid 2000s because of the young adult shows it inspired. The O.C. created this rich teen sub-genre of shows like Gossip GirlLaguna Beach, and The Hills. 

So if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to hang with the kid with a troubled past, the quirky geek, the girl next door, and a princess.

P.S. I started my rewatch on August 26. It’s September 19 and I am on episode 14 in the third season. If my calculations are correct, that’s 64 episodes in about 3 and a half weeks. That’s not bad, but I can do better.