The ‘Revenant’ Bear at the Oscars

Even if you haven’t seen The Revenant, you likely know two things about it:

Leonardo DiCaprio’s PRETTY good in it and there’s a big badass mama bear involved.

Actually, someone was dressed as the bear in the audience and really liked Chris Rock’s performance, probably.

…and SNL’s Leslie Jones got a crack at DiCaprio as “The Bear” for a minute too. It was awesome.

A few days prior to the awards show, The Hollywood Reporter published a series of cartoons of what it would be like for ‘Revenant’ Bear at the Academy Awards. Illustrator Tim Tomkinson imagined a pretty cool world where the bear was talking hair and makeup with Chewbacca, ordering dinner at Spago, and posing for photos with this year’s Best Actor in a Leading Role.

 

Revenant Bear ManiCam

 

Rev Bear and Chewie

Rev Bear Pizza

The Rev Bear and Leo

Considering it was a relatively good night for her movie, I would have liked to see how the Bear tore up the dance floor at the Governor’s Ball after the show.

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Oscars 2016: The Winners and The Scoreboard

Spotlight took home the big prize. Mad Max took many others. Chris Rock pulled off one of the best monologues in Oscars history.

…and here are the order of awards as they were presented, the winners, and the score.

Mad Max: Fury Road – 6 wins

The Revenant – 3 wins

Spotlight – 2 wins

Room – 1 win

Bridge of Spies – 1 win

The Big Short – 1 win

Ex Machina – 1 win

The Hateful Eight – 1 win

The Danish Girl – 1 win

Original Screenplay

Adopted Screenplay

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

 

Costume Design

 

Production Design

 

Makeup and Hairstyling

 

Cinematography

 

Film Editing

 

Sound Editing

 

Sound Mixing

 

Visual Effects

 

Animated Short Film

 

Animated Feature Film

 

Actor in a Supporting Role

 

Documentary Short Subject

 

Documentary Feature

 

Live Action Short Film

 

Foreign Language Film

 

Original Score

 

Original Song

 

Directing

 

Actress in a Leading Role

 

Actor in a Leading Role

 

Best Picture

 

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The Piffcast: The Fourth One – Netflix and Oscars

With the Academy Awards taking place this weekend, film critic Brian Chimino and I discuss our favorite films from the past year and the contending nominees. We wanted to debate every category, but that show would be too long…so we made our picks for each of the major prizes.

TJ and I also got our two cents in on TV revivals, Full House on Netflix, and what we would like to see brought back for another season. We also awarded the winner of our #SaddestPizza contest and we’re looking for recommendations for the Piffcast Book Club. We’ll post the Reading List to MichaelPiff.com on March 1st.

You can comment here with your suggestions or post them to Facebook and Twitter.

Make Your 2016 Oscars Picks Now

The 88th Academy Awards will take place Sunday, February 28th and 6:00 PM CT. Vying for the big prize of Best Motion Picture are films like Spotlight, The Revenant, The Big Short, and Bridge of Spies, and viewers are anxious to hear Chris Rock’s monologue.

In the meantime, you can make your picks beforehand here. All the films nominated were featured in my “Best of 2015” list and you can hear my picks on The Piffcast after Thursday night.

Update: We made our picks on The Piffcast, Thursday night. So make yours now!

Actress in a Leading Role

 

Actor in a Leading Role

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

 

Actor in a Supporting Role

 

Writing (Original Screenplay)

 

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

Visual Effects

 

Sound Mixing

 

Sound Editing

 

Animated Feature Film

 

Costume Design

 

Documentary (Feature)

 

Documentary (Short Subject)

 

Short Film (Animated)

 

Short Film (Live Action)

 

Production Design

 

Makeup and Hairstyling

 

Music (Original Score)

 

Music (Original Song)

 

Foreign Language Film

 

Film Editing

 

Directing

 

Best Picture

 

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‘The Revenant’ Gets ‘Park and Recreation” Theme Treatment

Tonight’s the night. (Dexter Morgan voice)

The first showings for Leonardo DiCaprio and  Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s highly anticipated revenge flick, The Revenant. 

Thankfully, the internet has concocted something amazing for you before you go check it out! Mashup artist and comedian Demi Adejuyigbe put together this bad boy, since Pawnee apparently gets a lot of love in the movie.

If I were to recast Parks and Recreation characters with Revenant actors, I’d have Tom Hardy as April Ludgate.

April Hates People

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Golden Globes Picks 2016

Award Show season is here and Ricky Gervais will be keeping everyone in check Sunday, January 10th at the Golden Globes on NBC, starting at 7 PM CT.

If you’re caught up on all your film and TV watching for the last year, you are probably like me and feel that they will be spreading the wealth…at least they should be. Whomever the Hollywood Foreign Press decides to recognize on awards night isn’t always indicative of how the rest of the season will go, but it is a fun start (and extremely entertaining on Twitter).

Here are my picks for Sunday. Let me know who you’re rooting for to win some hardware after!

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Carol

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

  • The Revenant

  • Room

  • Spotlight

My Pick: Spotlight

Spotlight Golden Globes

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Cate Blanchet, Carol

  • Brie Larson, Room

  • Rooney Mara, Carol

  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

My Pick: Brie Larson

Brie Larson GG

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

  • Will Smith, Concussion

My Pick: Leonardo DiCaprio

THE REVENANT

 

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • The Big Short

  • Joy

  • The Martian

  • Spy

  • Trainwreck

My Pick: The Martian

(from left) Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara, and Aksel Hennie portray the crewmembers of the fateful mission to Mars.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

  • Melissa McCarthy, Spy

  • Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

  • Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

  • Lily Tomlin, Grandma

My Pick: Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin GG

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short

  • Steve Carell, The Big Short

  • Matt Damon, The Martian

  • Al Pacino, Danny Collins

  • Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

My Pick: Matt Damon

Matt Damon GG

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  • Anomalisa

  • Inside Out

  • The Peanuts Movie

  • Shaun The Sheep

My Pick: Inside Out

Inside Out GG

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

  • The Brand New Testament

  • The Club

  • The Fencer

  • Mustang

  • Son of Saul

My Pick: Son of Saul

Son of Saul GG

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Jane Fonda, Youth

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

  • Helen Mirren, Trumbo

  • Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

My Pick: Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander GG

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

  • Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

  • Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed

My Pick: Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon GG

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Todd Haynes, Carol

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

  • Ridley Scott, The Martian

My Pick: George Miller

George Miller Mad Max

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Emma Donoghue, Room

  • Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight

  • Charles Randolph & Adam McKay, The Big Short

  • Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs

  • Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

My Pick: Aaron Sorkin

Film Title: Steve Jobs

Best Original Score

  • Carter Burwell, Carol

  • Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl

  • Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

  • Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs

  • Ryuich Sakamoto & Alva Noto, The Revenant

My Pick: The Hateful Eight

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Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “Love Me Like You Do” – Fifty Shades of Grey (Ellie Goulding)

  • “One Kind of Love” – Love & Mercy (Brian Wilson)

  • “See You Again” – Furious 7 (Wiz Khalifa)

  • “Simple Song #3” – Youth (David Lang)

  • “Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre (Sam Smith)

My Pick: “One Kind of Love” – Brian Wilson

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Best Television Series – Drama

  • Empire

  • Game of Thrones

  • Mr. Robot

  • Narcos

  • Outlander

My Pick: Game of Thrones

Thrones GG

Best Actress in a TV Series- Drama

  • Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

  • Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

  • Eva Green, Penny Dreadful

  • Taraji P. Henson, Empire

  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

My Pick: Robin Wright

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Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama

  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men

  • Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

  • Wagner Moura, Narcos

  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

My Pick: Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm GG

 

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Casual

  • Mozart in the Jungle

  • Orange is the New Black

  • Silicon Valley

  • Transparent

  • Veep

My Pick: Transparent

Transparent GG

 

Best Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

  • Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

  • Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin

  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

My Pick: Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez GG

 

Best Actor in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Aziz Ansari – Master of None

  • Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle

  • Rob Lowe – The Grinder

  • Patrick Stewart – Blunt Talk

  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

My Pick: Aziz Ansari

Aziz GG

Best TV Limited Series or Movie

  • American Crime

  • American Horror Story

  • Fargo

  • Flesh & Bone

  • Wolf Hall

My Pick: Fargo

Fargo GG

 

 

Best Actress in a Limited TV Series or Movie

  • Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

  • Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel

  • Sarah Hay, Flesh & Bone

  • Felicity Huffman, American Crime

  • Queen Latifah, Bessie

My Pick: Kirsten Dunst

FARGO -- Pictured: Kirsten Dunst as Peggy. CR: Mathias Clamer/FX

 

Best Actor in a Limited TV Series or Movie

  • Idris Elba, Luther

  • Oscar Isaac, Show Me A Hero

  • David Oyelowo, Nightingale

  • Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

  • Patrick Wilson, Fargo

My Pick: David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo GG

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series or Movie

  • Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

  • Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

  • Regina King, American Crime

  • Judith Light, Transparent

  • Maura Tierney, The Affair

My Pick: Regina King

REGINA KING

Best Supporting Actor in TV Series or Movie

  • Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

  • Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

  • Tobias Menzies, Outlander

  • Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

My Pick: Ben Mendelsohn

Ben Mendelsohn GG

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The 2016 SAG Award Nominations and My Thoughts

The 2016 SAG Award nominations were announced Wednesday morning, and two things struck me:

  1. The Screen Actors Guild LOVED Trumbo, maybe a bit more than me.
  2. I don’t think they’ve seen Fargo yet on FX. Seriously…

This is just one of several award shows (which airs Jan. 30th on TNT and TBS), but it’s one of the few that gauges my interest more than others because it acknowledges both the film and TV world. Here are the nominees and some quick thoughts on each category.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
  • Johnny Depp – Black Mass
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

I really have no problem with this category. I have yet to see Revenant or The Danish Girl, but I don’t doubt the performances of DiCaprio or Redmayne carry their films like the other nominees. If there was someone that I would like to see get more credit, it’s Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in End of the Tour. It didn’t take much transforming, aside from the obvious hair and glasses, but Segel’s performance is as engaging and natural as any from the summer…especially in his interactions with Jesse Eisenberg.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Helen Mirren – Woman In Gold
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  • Sarah Silverman – I Smile Back

I can’t get upset about this category because I think it’s Brie Larson’s award to lose, and hers alone. However, I’m surprised Jennifer Lawrence was left out after another highly anticipated David O’Russell  role. Of course the film hasn’t hit theaters yet, so I can’t really talk..Alicia Vikander deserves more love for Ex Machina because she still haunts my dreams for her performance.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale – The Big Short
  • Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
  • Jacob Tremblay – Room

This category is HEAVY. Even without Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Sylvester Stallone (Creed) or Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), it looks stacked…but I’d like to see them all in it.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
  • Helen Mirren – Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Helen Mirren has 3 nominations here and I’m not sure she’s winning any of them. It will be fun to see what her batting average is though by the night’s end. I would be interested to see what kind of buzz Jennifer Jason Leigh gets after Hateful Eight is released.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • Beasts of No Nation
  • The Big Short
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Trumbo

Spotlight is my favorite film from this year and it deserves all the good things that come its way. I am surprised both The Martian or Steve Jobs were left out of this category, considering how star studded their casts were. Their performances didn’t disappoint either.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • Idris Elba – Luther
  • Ben Kingsley – Tut
  • Ray Liotta – Texas Rising
  • Bill Murray – A Very Murray Christmas
  • Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall

I don’t have many thoughts on this other than (1) Luther rules, (2) I turned off A Very Murray Christmas after 10 minutes and (3) Where is Oscar Isaac for Show Me A Hero. 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • Nicole Kidman – Grace of Monaco
  • Queen Latifah – Bessie
  • Christina Ricci – The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
  • Susan Sarandon – The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
  • Kristen Wiig – The Spoils Before Dying

I literally have zero thoughts about this one, because I haven’t seen any of the nominated performances yet.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
  • Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

I’m happy to see Rami Malek get props for playing the best introvert on TV, but this is Don Draper’s victory lap and I don’t see anyone getting in his way. I’m also always shocked to not see Mads Mikkelsen ever nominated for Hannibal. I guess that’s for fringe loving types like me.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Claire Danes – Homeland
  • Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder
  • Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
  • Robin Wright –House of Cards

Viola Davis has the momentum from the Emmys but I will always maintain that the past two seasons of House of Cards have been great nearly because of Robin Wright as much as Spacey.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Ty Burrell – Modern Family
  • Louis C.K. – Louie
  • William H. Macy – Shameless
  • Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Modern Family to me is “What Will Phil Dunphy Do Next?” because that’s all I watch for now, but Jeffrey Tambor holding a torch for the transgender community has become way more important.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
  • Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

Poehler Thug

That is all.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mad Men

If you’ve been watching the second season of Fargo, you’re probably wondering if perhaps the actors didn’t know how to spell it filling out their nominations, considering every Monday night feels like the show’s best episode…If you’ve been watching Homeland this seasonyou might be wondering why it’s on here. The season finale is in a week and I still have no idea if it was good or not this year.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Key & Peele
  • Modern Family
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Transparent
  • Veep

I would love to see Key & Peele ride off into the sunset with some hardware.

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Everest
  • Furious 7
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Fury Road is one of the best films of this year and a modern classic. Pick against it and you lose.

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

  • The Blacklist
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Marvel’s Daredevil
  • The Walking Dead

I just watched end Episode 2 of the first season again. This is why I love Daredevil.

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