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On 12/9/2019 at 9:31 AM, Shannon L. said:

I'm so happy to hear it, but, sadly, based on what I've been hearing, these will probably be the only nominations it gets this year. 

Not quite. SAG Awards nominations announced this morning. 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Leonarod DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

I have to say I was definitely very stunned but kudos to him. I think Taron and his team may be doing a lot more hardcore behind the scenes campaigning than people realize. 

This year's Best Actor category is actually shaping up to be very interesting. Last year at this time, the question was who would win between Bale vs Malek vs Cooper. But the nominees at least was a lock, except for maybe the fifth spot, which was a toss up between William Dafeo or John David Washington. 

This year, the only locks seem to be Adam Driver and Joaquin Phoenix. I guess some could say maybe Leo just because he's now gotten the Globe and the SAG nominations. But there are two spots up for grabs.

Antonio Banderas is the huge snub here as he's been cleaning up with the critics (but we saw that last year with Ethan Hawke who got a bunch of critics' awards and got snubbed by the Globes, SAG and of course Oscar).

Bale is now heavily in the mix for Ford v Ferrari where previously he was considered a maybe. And now both Globes and HFPA have snubbed DeNiro but you have to wonder if the Academy would really ignore him. So all that to say, Taron's chances aren't dead yet for an Oscar nom. 

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Two Golden Globe Awards!

  • Best original song — Motion picture - "I'm Gonna Love Me Again" Elton John, Bernie Taupin
  • Best performance by an actor in a motion picture — Musical or comedy - Taron Egerton
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I probably shouldn't underestimate Taron, since to be honest, I didn't even think he would still be in the conversation at this point (though the Globe win is actually not as surprising to me as it was to others, just because it was the Comedy/Musical category) and he somehow pulled out that SAG nomination.

That said, I will still fall down on the floor stunned if he can somehow upset Joaquin Phoenix AND Adam Driver to actually win the Oscar. Guess SAG will be the true test, as that's the first major one pre-Oscars, that he's going to go up against those two. 

I do think Elton and Bernie are heavy favorites for Original Song.

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The most surprising thing from the Rocketman Golden Globes wins was learning that the John/Taupin writing team had never won an award, not even a Grammy. Mind truly blown.

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I'm thrilled at any awards going to Rocketman.  Just one of my all times favorites.  Very well deserved. 

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BAFTA nominations:

Outstanding British Film
Leading Actor - Taron Egerton
Make Up & Hair - Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
Sound - Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan

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To me, the testament of a film is how it touches my heart.  With this movie, I was deeply touched. Plus, my love for Elton and his music goes back to my childhood, so, it already holds such a special place for me.  I'm glad that so many others liked it too. 

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I'm really bummed about it.  Taron deserved to be nominated.  And not even Best Hair/Makeup and Costumes?  Really?

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Too strong of a year in terms of movies and acting. IMO if Taron were going against Malek, Taron would have won... but last year was... last year...

bummer, I really wanted at least a nom for him. not too surprised, unfortunately.

Costumes is a more surprising snub though...

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Streamed it last night, loved it. Far more creative than I expected.

There were moments when it struck me that the model for this movie was not other movie musicals, but the fairly recent "genre" of biographical stage musicals--Jersey Boys, Beautiful, Cher, the like. Of those, the only one I've seen was Beautiful, but I assume it's a typical example of the genre. While Rocketman is very much a film, the fantasy/surrealism in it seemed like what I would expect from a Broadway bio-musical. And I think the filmmakers had it in the back of their minds that a mint can be made--serious money, to cause the movie money to pale by comparison--by translating the property into a stage musical that will run for years and spawn companies all around the world. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

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My verdict: loved it! Rocketman is just as great as Elton John's music. Bohemian Rhapsody was good and Rami Malek was great, but overall, Rocketman is better. While Malek deserved his Best Actor Oscar, as Elton John, Taron Egerton's performance is a revelation. Egerton richly deserves the Golden Globe he won for it. That Egerton wasn't  even nominated for the Best Actor Oscar was one of the biggest snubs of the year. That it wasn't even nominated for the costumes when they were designed by the same designer for Bohemian Rhapsody was just as shitty. Not as shitty as Elton John's parents, but shitty nonetheless.

Speaking of whom, it's a wonder that poor little Reginald Dwight even survived his folks, let alone thrived. Reg's Nana was the only one in that house who loved/believed in him, unconditionally. 

 Then there were the two biggest relationships in the film: writing partner Bernie Taupin, who brought out the best in Elton and John Reid, Elton's now ex-manager/ex-lover, who not only brought out the worst in Elton, he was a physically, mentally and emotionally abusive asshole who cheated on Elton and probably cheated Elton out of millions. In other words, Reid was just as ugly inside as he was pretty outside. Then again, what else could be expected from the creep who basically forced Elton to perform when he tried to kill himself hours before?

 Then there's the music, which was brilliant, from start to finish, whether it was the title track, "The Bitch Is Back," "I Want Love," "Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting," "Your Song," "Tiny Dancer,"  "Honky Cat," "Pinball Wizard," "Benny & the Jets," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" & "I'm Still Standing," the latter song which, when Egerton first performed it in Sing reportedly not only helped Egerton get Rocketman, it's become Egerton's theme song.

  

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6 hours ago, DollEyes said:

That it wasn't even nominated for the costumes when they were designed by the same designer for Bohemian Rhapsody was just as shitty.

Bohemian Rhapsody wasn't nominated for costume design. 

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On 2/27/2020 at 10:04 AM, truthaboutluv said:

Bohemian Rhapsody wasn't nominated for costume design. 

I know, I was just saying that both films shared the same costume designer, who did a great job on both films.

  IMO, Rocketman was not one, not two nor three nor even four, but five love stories: Elton and his grandma, Elton and music (his first love), Elton & John Reid, the platonic love between Elton and Bernie Taupin and, most of all, Elton and Reg Dwight.

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