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Cinema Chat: 2021 Golden Globes Predictions And More

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The Golden Globes award ceremony will be held this weekend. There are some favorites but there are always surprises to! In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair connects with Michigan Theater Foundation executive director Russ Collins to discuss the latest movie news and the films now showing in Ann Arbor and online. 


The 78th Golden Globe Awards are Sunday, February 28.  Amy Poehler and Tina Fey host the ceremony, which should make it extra fun.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Best Motion Picture, Animated

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language


  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama – Win: Carey Mulligan, "Promising Young Woman." Davis and McDormand have already won their Globes -- and recently, back-to-back in 2017 and '18.
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama – Win:Chadwick Boseman, "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom."  It would be a performance of a lifetime even if he hadn't gone too soon.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Maria Bakalova, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm." Borat's prospects become much longer shots after the Globes, save for Bakalova, who appears to have what it takes to make it all the way to the Oscars.
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy - Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm." That's his and hers Globes for Borat 2.  It would be naïve to not hedge our bet with a disclaimer that Lin Manuel-Miranda could spoil here, especially because SBC is also nominated in Supporting Actor.
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture – Amanda Seyfried, "Mank."  Seyfried may have stumbled on the road to an Oscar nomination -- with an eyebrow-raising snub from SAG -- but she is still firmly the frontrunner here.
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture – Daniel Kaluuya, "Judas and the Black Messiah."  Kaluuya's excellent portrayal of Black Panther Party revolutionary Fred Hampton deserves the Golden Globe, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Asso. are an unpredictable bunch.
  • Best Director – Motion Picture – Chloé Zhao, "Nomadland."  The Globes made history this year by nominating a majority of female directors, and the HFPA will make good on that promise with a win for Nomadland's Zhao, an indie auteur who is quickly becoming Hollywood's most sought-after filmmaker.  She will become only the second woman to ever win the Globe for Best Director, joining Barbra Streisand, who won in 1984.
  • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture – Aaron Sorkin, "The Trial of the Chicago 7."While Sorkin is doing steady as a director -- earning his first directing nod at the Globes, it is as a screenwriter he will win his third Globe.  However, the HFPA may double down on their love for Promising Young Woman with a win for Emerald Fennell.


And just for fun -- TV


  • Best Television Series – Drama – "The Crown" is the clear favorite to take home a second Golden Globe, following its inaugural win in this category in 2017.  Could there be spoilers?  Of course. Being unpredictable is what makes the Globes interesting.  Look for "The Mandalorian" or "Ozark" to crash the party.
  • Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy – And the"Schitt's Creek"celebration continues!  The beloved series swept the Emmys in September, and it seems sure to win the Globes' top comedy category, too, as it approaches the awards season finish line.  This category shouldn't produce any real surprises.
  • Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television – "The Queen's Gambit." Double nominee Anya Taylor-Joy had a big year with "Emma" and "The Queen's Gambit," so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Netflix's limited series is the odds-on favorite to win this category.  Could the Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman-starring "The Undoing" or "Normal People" swoop in for an unexpected win?



The Michigan and State theater’s management is confident that safety protocols implemented when the theaters were briefly reopened in October makes customers as safe as possible when they are in these lovely historic theaters.


On Friday at 7:00, plumb the depths of your movie knowledge once again and win prizes in our weekly Virtual Movie Trivia night.


"Judas and the Black Messiah"-- OPENING SATURDAY, MARCH 6

FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya).  A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons).  Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback).  Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. W ill he align with the forces of good?  Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) commands?


"17 Blocks"

Don't miss our exclusive Q&A with 17 Blocks director and native Ann Arborite Davy Rothbart next Friday, March 5 at 7 PM via Zoom.  Watch the movie in our Virtual Movie Palace and register for the event now!
In 1999, filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart (Community High graduate and Ann Arbor native) met Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his older brother, Smurf, during a pickup basketball game in Southeast Washington, D.C.  Davy began filming their lives, and soon the two brothers and other family members began to use the camera themselves.  Spanning 20 years, this story illuminates a national, ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring and deeply personal saga.  Made from more than 1,000 hours of footage, it all starts on the street where they lived in 1999, 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol.



Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.  The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, this film features real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.


Nominated for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language at the 2021 Golden Globes!

If you liked the indie hit “The Farewell” (starring Awkwafina), you will like this film.  A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, the film follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream.  The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother.  Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really builds a home and family.  Starring Steven Yeun ("Burning") and Yeri Han ("Champion").

"Blithe Spirit"

Starring Judi Dench and based on the delightful and record-setting Noel Coward play (nearly 2000 performances in its 1941 Wed End theatrical premiere), this is a farcical story of best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) suffers from terrible writer’s block and is struggling to finish his first screenplay.  His picture-perfect new wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focused so they can fulfill her dream of leaving London for Hollywood.  Charles’ quest for inspiration leads him to invite the eccentric mystic Madame Acarti (Judi Dench) to perform a séance in his home.  He gets more than he bargained for when Madame Acarti inadvertently summons the spirit of his first wife: the brilliant and fiery Elvira (Leslie Mann).  Ready to pick up her life right where she left off, Elvira is shocked to discover the prim and proper Ruth is now married to her husband and running her household.  Charles finds himself stuck between his two wives and their increasingly over-the-top attempts to outdo one another in this lethally hilarious comedy.

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu

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