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Our 2019 Oscar Nominations Predictions: And The Nominees Are…


It’s award season again and all of Hollywood elite is on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the 2019 Oscar nominees. From actors who transformed themselves for biopics to crime fighters to magical nannies who fly over houses.  This year’s nominees may be eerily similar to this year’s Golden Globe nods, but we can never pass up an opportunity to give our take on who we’d like to see nab a trophy.  

In the ‘Best Motion Picture’ category we foresee at least eight films being nominated this year.   Our picks include: “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Green Book,” “BlacKkKlansman,” Bohemian Rhapsody,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Vice,” and “A Star Is Born.” Our money is on the critically acclaimed “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which has received rave reviews and support from theater goers and critics. 

This year’s “Best Actor in a Motion Picture” category will likely feature a mix of actors who took on real-life portrayals and actors who poured their heart into innovative roles.  Our picks are: Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Christian Bale (“Vice”), Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”), and John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”).  The Academy could put a twist on things and nominate Robert Redford for his outstanding role in “The Old Man & the Gun,” but our guess is that they’ll nominate John C. Reilly for his uncanny portrayal of Oliver Hardy in “Stan & Ollie” instead. 

This year’s “Best Actress in a Motion Picture” category will be a nail-biter.  Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) have both been receiving praise and awards for their respective roles.  The duo even tied for the “Best Actress” trophy at the Critics’ Choice Awards, so it would come as no surprise if the Academy opted to give the statue to both ladies – an occurrence that hasn’t happened since both Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand took home the trophy 50 years ago. Rounding out the rest of our picks for this category include Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”), Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”), and Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”). 

For the “Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture” category there’s no need to list all of our choices, as there is only one woman who we have our money on; it’s none other than Regina King for her phenomenal performance in  “If Beale Street Could Talk.”  King has been a standout actress from the first time she appeared on the screen in the hit 1980s series, “227.” She emerges herself into every role she takes on and she did the same here. 

The Best Actor in a Supporting Role” category will have some familiar winners this year.  Mahershala Ali who won for “Best Actor” in 2016 for “Moonlight” is a big contender for his work in the movie “Green Book.”  He already won the Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor” for the film, so he seems to be the likely winner here.  Another familiar face we know we’ll see on the roster this year is Sam Rockwell. The actor won this award in 2018 for the film,  “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Rockwell’s performance in “Vice” has created a lot of buzz this season, but sadly we don’t see a repeat win here. Some other notable favorites of ours for this category include Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”), Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”). 

For “Best Animated Film,” the Academy will give nods to “The Incredibles 2,” “Small Foot,” “The Grinch,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and “Hotel Transylvania.”  We are fully backing a win for “The Incredibles 2” in this category!

We are also giving honorable mention to the song “Shallow” from the movie “A Star is Born.”  There is no doubt that the track will take home “Song of the Year.” Both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were a match made in heaven to collaborate on singing the song. 

With the Oscars not having a host this year, viewers can look forward to seeing some of their favs that took home awards at the Golden Globes,  do the exact same thing here. Repetition can be annoying in everyday life, but when you’re an actor, it’s a great thing.

Don’t forget to see who takes home a coveted statue, when the 2019 Oscars airs on Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

Album Review: Maroon 5 – “Overexposed”

Maroon 5 serves up a medley of toe-tapping, and mesmerizing songs on their brand new album, Overexposed.

Instead of giving fans the same mundane sound that so many bands tend to do these days, Maroon 5 delivers a fresh and exciting sound with every album they release.  Overexposed is laced with insightful lyrics that will tug at your heartstrings, make you want to move your body and send you on a non-stop roller coaster ride of emotion.

The album features such hits as “Payphone” and “One More Night.”  Overexposed includes collaborations  with Benny Blanco and Shellback (“Moves Like Jagger”) and OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder.

Just as the song suggests, “One More Night” goes hard and kicks off the album with a bang.The song is about not being able to resist the person you love. Even though you promise yourself you’re only going to spend one more night with your beloved, the physical attraction is too strong to just let go. The lyrics for “One More Night” are relate-able and the uptempo reggae beat makes you want to move in your seat. The official music video for the song was released on June 25, 2012.

The album’s lead single “Payphone” debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and made its way to number two shortly thereafter. The song has been met with both praise and criticism for adding rapper Wiz Khalifa, but judging by the track’s chart performance, across the country, the positive outweighs the negative.

The Trance and Disco-like feel of “Doin’ Dirt” will make you want to dance from the moment you hear those chimes.  The band sings “So right now, I wanna leave with you right now…I wanna be with you all night, in the car let’s go.”  The lyrics are slightly provocative, but delivered in a subtle  tone by leaving things up to the listener’s imagination. Most albums tend to taper off towards the end, but with the appearance of “Doin’ Dirt” towards the end of the album, it leaves you yearning for more Maroon 5.

The ballad “Sad” showcases frontman Adam Levine‘s amazing range and vocal ability. The song was written by Levine and James Valentine. Levine’s raw emotion can be heard as he belts out the song over a beautiful piano selection. The song’s powerful lyrics of regret and being afraid to move forward are issues that almost anyone can relate to.
The album fittingly closes with “Beautiful Goodbye” and even though the song pertains to a completely different topic, it’s mellow and soft  tone is the perfect way to close-out the album.

It’s not often where you can find an album that’s playable from beginning to end. Overexposed is absolutely addictive! It’s the type of album you can listen to over and over again and never skip a single track.

Overexposed is an exceptional album. Maroon 5 took a gamble and infused their own unique sound with hints of Pop. The album is one of, if not, their best effort to-date. If you’re looking for a tasteful album that evokes emotion, then Overexposed is it. If you want an album with meaningful lyrics, then look no further. And finally if you want an album that mixes an array of genres in a way to produce its very own unique sound, then Overexposed is the next album that should be added to your music collection.  Some fans may be missing the Maroon 5 circa Songs About Jane, but with any great artist, the band has evolved with the changing times and it works!

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Special thank you to A&M Octone, Adam Friedman, and Elissa of Total Assault.

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