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Help me. I’ve gotten sucked in to the MTV Awards voting thing and I kind of hate myself for it. I mean, they blatantly left Katniss out of the Best Hero category AND THEN made up a “Favorite Character” social vote category and put her up against that other dystopian series heroine. You don’t need even half a brain to see right through what they’re doing. They’re using the fervor of two fandoms to build buzz for their show and destroy everyone’s social feeds for two weeks. AND I HATE THEM FOR IT.
Yet even seething in hatred about it, I still made a new voting-only twitter account and tweeted the hell out of #votekatniss during the past few days. I know I shouldn’t care, but I want the magical internet pony for Katniss. So I do it, and hate MTV even more for using my love for this fictional character to build up their dumb ass awards show. [And how this will inevitably happen for the next two years as well. I hate when the media manipulates my love for things for their financial gain. Bastards.]
I’m trying to make peace with it and embrace the stupidity. So beyond the whole #votekatniss craziness, I’ve decided that the award I most want Catching Fire to win is…
BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE
It’s just Oh, So Capitol of MTV. MTV can try to class up their show by nominating Oscar winners like 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club, but it’s very off-brand of them to do so. The show made a name for itself by having silly categories like Best Shirtless Performance, Best Kiss, and Best WTF moment. No one’s tuning in for another Oscars so it amuses the hell out of me that they’re trying to mix both together and pretend it works. And with the silly categories, just the fact that they call it a shirtless PERFORMANCE feels like they’re trying to class that up somehow too? Hilarious.
Back to the all-important BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE category, Sam Claflin has some stiff competition among the likes of Chris Hemsworth (the amazingly gratuitous Thor-thinking-deep- thoughts-while-washing- up scene. If it sounds like I’m mocking it please know I’m mocking it with deep love and admiration.), Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston, and Zac Efron. Good job at not wearing shirts while acting, all of you.
Damn it though, Catching Fire/Sam needs to take this one home. Why?
- Vindication for Sam after all the crap he got when he was cast that he wasn’t “hot enough” for the role. Bam, go away haters. The guy pulled it off. Give the man some inedible popcorn to go with his chicken and asparagus.
- Because that scene is actually really iconic in the series. As much as I love seeing Thor pensively bathe, it can’t come close to sugarcubes.
- The unabashed mirroring of our world with the Capitol. Just as the Capitol paraded Finnick Odair as a shallow piece of meat, so does MTV.
Suck it, MTV. I can’t wait until next Monday when this is over.
Guys, let’s be honest now– there’s not a bloody decent thing to yammer on about right now where it comes to the productions of Mockingjay: Part 1 and 2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is out on DVD and Blu-ray, and everyone and their grandmother has seen it. Seriously, even my waxer has seen it! There is nothing of great interest going on right now, the lull is great, and vast, and boring as all get out, and I’m tapped out where it comes to topics that will engage, titulate, or even enrage you guys. Until we get news, and I mean real news, not grainy photos taken from thousands of feet up, or away from some pretty much indiscerible scene from either Mockingjay: Part 1, or 2. Yeah, I know, I know! To some people those shots are fuel that will keep you going for weeks on end, but I’ll be honest– I need a hell of a lot more than grainy shots to keep me engaged! I need freakin’ Sam Claflin huddled on the floor of a huge underground bunker, tying, and re-tying an endless string, of endless knots, hands steady, and sure– face stone like, eyes troubled. Well, until we get real news– I don’t know what we’re going to be able to joke, jab, or even write about! Oh yeah…
I could wax philosophic over the voting shenanigans surrounding the MTV Movie Awards, but I’ll be honest again– doesn’t interest me. ‘Cause I already know that Katniss is an awesome character, I also know that the Dowager Countess of Grantham is a great character, and so is Lars von Trier’s Joe from Nymphomaniac Volume I and II. We do not need a silly awards show to tell us this, do we? I know I don’t! Grand scheme guys, big-ass, screaming, loud, totally huge scheme– MTV is a zygote to the Academy Awards, the BAFTAS, hell most reputable and note worthy awards shows. Yeah, again– I know! “But the MTV Movie Awards are for fun!” Erm, I don’t think they’re fun– I didn’t even think they were fun when I supposedly fell into the age bracket they seem to still be shooting for. Also, when I was a teenager I didn’t have cable TV, and only ever saw MTV at friends houses, who’d more often than not would rather marathon watch Animal Planet– which we did, thank you very much.
So, y’all want to get all wrapped up in an awards show that’s already done a bang up job of pissing us off by snubbing the heroine of our series out of the category she should be included in, be my guest. I’m gonna go watch Game of Thrones, which has real news being released about it on a regular basis!
Them There Eyes
The Magical Internet Pony has let us down. Well, not really, but it has stung us a little. The MTV Movie Awards nominations were announced a few days ago, and Catching Fire got a bunch of them. Best movie, Best Female Performance (Jen, duh), Best Male Performance (Josh), Best Fight (Jen/Josh/Sam vs. the monkey mutts), Best Shirtless Scene (Go Sam! No need to be self-conscious), Best On Screen Transformation (Elizabeth Banks), and Best Villain (Donald Sutherland). Very impressive. And a nice job of spreading out of the love to several actors.
However, Catching Fire was not included in two categories that had fans crying foul. Best Hero and Best Kiss. I agree that there is a tremendous case for CF to be nominated in these two categories as well, but I’d guess that it was left out as a way to include other movies in the show. You nominate more movies, you have a better shot of having more actors come, more movie fans are inclined to watch and you make more movie studios happy. If Catching Fire and Jennifer Lawrence won everything, it might be a bit too much for some people. Not me, but I could see it annoying other people.
Looking at some of the nominees in those two categories irritates me though. Channing Tatum, you are adorable and lovely and quite the strong buff guy. But MTV, are you seriously telling me that his role in White House Down deserves a Best Hero nod over Katniss Everdeen in Catching Fire? No. The only reason he’s nominated is they want to include him in the broadcast for a reason other than just promoting 22 Jump Street. The other noms are Marvel/DC superheroes and Bilbo Baggins. Fine, I can understand you picking superheroes and another beloved literary figure. But you leave out Katniss Freaking Everdeen when Catching Fire was the number one domestic release of 2013 MTV? Tsk, tsk. That is one big miss, and it kind of stinks of sexism, which makes it even more uncomfortable.
For what it’s worth, some fans have channeled their outrage into online petitions. The Best Hero one already has over 11,000 signatures and I even saw E! News posting on it today. I mean, I don’t know what would possibly come of it, but it makes me smile to see fans support Katniss. It’s nice.
[I don’t even want to dwell the Best Kiss category because we all know it’s a travesty that the beach kiss was not included. Completely ridiculous oversight made for some of the reasons mentioned above. It makes me angry. And then I get angry at myself for being mad about a silly MTV awards show. It’s a cycle of just bad feelings so I must stop.]
Yes, I’m very annoyed at myself for even writing this post because really, the true value of the MTV Movie Awards for Hunger Games fans is that last year it gave us the Catching Fire teaser trailer premiere. And maybe this year, it will give us something else (purely rumor at this stage). I can’t say I enjoy watching the rest of the show. So why am I wasting my life writing about this. Damn you, MTV and your Movie Brawls, Movie Awards, etc. Just. Ugh.
After all this MTV, I hope for your sake that Lionsgate is hooking you up with something Mockingjay-related to make us forget.
It’s okay, people. It’s okay.
There’s a lot of us bumming out because Jennifer Lawrence didn’t win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle. The award went to Lupita Nyong’o from 12 Years A Slave, who gave a really wonderful, stirring acceptance speech. Shortly after, Twitter broke. The world had THAT many Oscar feels just then.
While we’re a bit bummed, Lupita also gave a stunning performance and either way, it’s not the end of the world. In case you’re hopes are so squashed that you’re forgetting that, here’s why:
1) No one’s career is over.
Nothing is ever decided by an Oscar win. As much as everyone wants to win, it won’t ruin careers. Hell, there are some great movies and performances that don’t even get nominated. Despite not winning, she got herself a huge recognition. She’s got plenty of roles lined up. She’ll still get all sorts of movie offers after this. So why are people worried again?
2) Jennifer Lawrence is still Jenny from the… stables?
She grew up with horses, right? We’re not just making the up? ANYWAY, losing out this year won’t make her less perky or less lovable. It certainly won’t make any any less talented! And she’s still Katniss. Freaking. Everdeen. We just can’t see a thing like this sucking the life out of her. Girl knows a thing or two about real life priorities, from what we’ve seen.
3) Other movies.
East of Eden, anyone? How about rumors of another with David O. Russell (who comes off as somewhat creepily obsessed with her, but WHATEV)? Those will probably get some love from the awards world. And frankly, we don’t need all her films to be Oscar nominated. We will see them anyway.
4) We still got to see Jen looking fab on the red carpet.
Damn, that girl can rock a dress AND a hairstyle that’s questionable on most people!
So rock the good vibes, Jen! You’ve earned ‘em, girl! Don’t mind any downers, we’re just busy living vicariously through movie stars.
The Girl With The Pearl
According to a recent article in some random tabloid that claims to be business related, Jennifer Lawrence is totally ungrateful for her Best Supporting Actress nominations this awards season.
Why? Because she been working instead of sitting around obsessing over them. No, really! Here’s what Jen told Deadline:
“I didn’t remember that the BAFTAs were happening that day. I certainly did not think I was going to win one so I put it out of my mind. So there I was, in the middle of being painted blue, and someone said, ‘You just won the BAFTA!’ And I said, ‘Oh, go f*ck yourself!’ And then it turned out they were serious.”
This combined with a quote in which she said she was glad to be away from the pressure of awards season, according to International Business Times, is a surefire sign that she is totally ungrateful for her awards and nominations.
To which we say… WHAT FUCKERY IS THIS? Have you ever been invited to an event that you know you can’t attend, then you get busy about things and forget about it? Hell, we get busy and forget about events we plan to attend! So why is it a shock that as she bounces back and forth between two movies, Jennifer Lawrence might have lost track of the date of the BAFTAs?
We have to laugh, because as much as David O. Russell wants to make snarky comments about the Mockingjay films enslaving Jen, she was on the X-Men set when she missed this event. But otherwise, it’s just RIDIC. The alternative is Jen obsessively forcing someone else to constantly update her on the BAFTAs as she’s supposed to be focused on her current job, running around set like “I’m nominated for an award! People are busy talking about me and I couldn’t be there! Wah!” Thankfully, Jen is not like that, which is why we don’t feel the desire to punch her in the face.
And let’s face it, folks: As much as WE love the glitz and glamour, we get to enjoy it from our homes in our snuggies. Yes, I have a snuggie. It has the Hogwarts house crests on it. STOP JUDGING ME.
We get why Jen feels relieved because she missed out on some of the pressure of awards seasons. For stars, it goes a little something like this:
1) Be pressured by your team of a bazillion people to look better than you’ve ever looked before, which is not an easy task. Meetings, dieting, fittings, and lots of stressing.
2) Go on the red carpet with said great look, have many critics and fans tear it apart.
3) Get interviewed about everything under the sun, including things you probably don’t want to share with the world. Get judged by millions based on the few sentences you say.
4) Worry for several hours about the chances of winning, your facial expressions, tripping, any presenting duties, and the chances you’ll have to stand up on front of an outrageously sized audience and spill your guts.
5) Get interviewed again about previous winning or losing. Get judged some more based on reaction.
Yes, it’s fun for us. Stars do get perks like wearing beautiful gowns, holding shiny statues, and getting some extra time in the spotlight that may open up the opportunity for new roles. But they’ve also got a salivating audience just waiting for them to reveal their flaws and embarrass themselves. As a star, you have to be a strange combination of perfectionist and attention whore to enjoy the awards season without any qualms. Hence why the ones who are always like “OMG I LIVE FOR THIS!” are usually the ones who seem to live in an alternate dimension of entitlement.
Look, not every word an actress says will ever be perfect, but let’s not go looking for excuses to tear it apart. Jennifer Lawrence has been astoundingly down-to-Earth about the awards season and other media endeavors meant to swell up an actor’s ago til it’s nice and obese, ignoring the hype and focusing on actually acting. And frankly, if that’s being “ungrateful,” we wish more stars were ungrateful.
We’ll Can That Universe Entitlementia! Lots Of Pretty People Hang There.
The Girl With The Pearl
Every now and again, we like to pretend we’re super fashionable. It’s not a real thing (at least for this gal), but it’s good to pretend. And with Jennifer Lawrence hitting the Academy Awards red carpet this weekend, that part of our brain thinks “What is she going to wear?!”
In case you missed it, Jen will be wearing Dior on the red carpet this year. Probably next year too. Why? Because Dior is paying her roughly a gajillion dollars to be their representative and wear only their stuff. To which we say “GET IT, GURL.” Though it’s a shame they decided to make her look like a 12-year-old boy in the most recent round of ads, because the typical Photoshop abuse wasn’t bad enough.
ANYWAY… The Dior connection helps us narrow down her potential look!
Unfortunately, we weren’t exactly thrilled with what Dior has shown the world this year. The Spring Couture collection involved puffy fits and eyelets, making the collection look like a mesh basket had a baby with a shower curtain. Though not all of it is awful, it’s not our favorite. Observe one of the better pieces from the bunch:
Different? Sure! Red carpet? Uhhhh… no thanks.
There’s also the “ready to wear” Spring/Summer collection, which is too informal for The Academy, but there’s room for inspiration in there. In this line, there’s lots of bunchy fabrics, funky designs, and cutouts. To the not so fashionable or au couture inclined (aka ME!), these styles are a little more bearable. Yet they’re borderline tacky and seem more likely to be worn by a prom date than an actress up for a prestigious honor:
Thankfully, we’re likely to see Jen in a CUSTOM number. Dior wouldn’t do that for every event (as evidenced by Jen wearing several designs that have been seen on the runway in the past), but we’re talking about the freaking Oscars. It could be a completely different look from these two most recent collections, but we’re imagining an intermingling.
Jen’s been very muted and plain– style-wise!– this awards season, so it would be nice to see her in some color. Something that makes her look like she’s in her 20s and not her 60s, because stuff that ages up young stars too much will forever drive us crazy. Jennifer Lawrence is not plain and shouldn’t dress that way, either!
We can’t all have a stellar fashion streak like Lupita Nyong’o did this year, but Jen’s looked fabulous and has the potential to wear something kickass. Just go for form fitting. And avoid the cheesecloth look. And be perfect. IS THAT SO HARD, DIOR?!
Living Vicariously Through Total Strangers Since FOREVER,
The Girl With The Pearl
Fast forward to November 2014 and all those Mockingjay Part 1 premieres. What will our leading lady Jennifer Lawrence be wearing? Well if you believe Page Six, it will continue to be Dior. And then some more Dior a year later for Mockingjay Part 2. While not confirmed by Jennifer Lawrence’s reps or Dior, Page Six claims that an additional 3-year deal with Dior (worth $15-$20 MILLION) is imminent. Since becoming a spokeswoman for the brand in 2012, we’ve gotten used to seeing her wear Dior for all her many red carpet events. So much so that it’s become a game to predict which of the Dior looks she’ll be wearing, and some of you out there are getting really good.
I am by no means a “fashion person,” but in my unscientific poll of Jennifer Lawrence fans, the feelings about Dior are pretty negative. The 2014 Golden Globes dress became an internet meme of bedsheets and black belts. The dresses for the various Catching Fire premieres had very mixed reviews. Before this year’s SAG red carpet, Twitter and Tumblr was full of comments of people dreading the Dior dress that she would be “forced” to wear. And yeah, I was one of them. (And sighed with relief at the SAG dress. Miracles can happen, guys).
In the interest of fairness, I will now put on my devil’s advocate hat and try to explain why she would look to extend this relationship. 1) Did I mention $15 to $20 million dollars? I don’t care if you’re also making bank as a movie star, you don’t just sniff away that kind of cash lightly. You think it over seriously. 2) Even if people have been unhappy with the dress selections, Dior is an upscale fashion brand. In terms of endorsements, a high-end fashion brand is a good choice. It’s worlds better than, say, those drugstore fragrance deals that so many celebrities have (PLEASE, NO, NEVER). 3) Ease of dress selection and those pesky red carpet interview questions. If she’s always going to wear Dior, that winnows down the potentially overwhelming options a lot, and makes it a lot easier to answer Guiliana Rancic’s inevitable “what are you wearing” question without flubs. And finally 4) Maybe she actually likes the looks? You never know, we all have different taste in fashion. Ok, this is where the devil’s advocate thing starts to break down.
With that out of the way, why is the prospect of an extended deal with Dior breaking my heart? Because as a fan, I want her to look beautiful and fabulous and have the options that the whole world of the design community offers to her. No doubt if she was a free agent fashion-wise, she’d have almost first pick of any dress at any big event. And also, variety. Isn’t variety nice and liberating? Or at least liberating in the sense of not having to pull up your strapless gown throughout the night? And maybe if Dior didn’t have an exclusive to all your red carpet fab-ness, they would work harder to get the right look for YOU.
But I know. $15-$20 million dollars is damn tempting. I can’t say I would turn it down either.
We always have high apple pie in the sky hopes for The Hunger Games franchise, but we know that Catching Fire wasn’t going to get a shot at anything but technical awards, thanks to that “We don’t recognize anything that’s popular with the peasants” Academy attitude we’ve discussed before.
So you can imagine our reaction as we read down that list of nominees…
*scanning the acting categories*
JENNIFER LAWRENCE GOT NOMINATED FOR AMERICAN HUSTLE! AYYYYYYYYY!
Admission: We haven’t actual seen American Hustle yet. We’ve heard from others that Jen was fantastic, though the movie on the whole was a bit overrated. So YAY J-LAW!
We knew it would be the coldest day in hell when the Academy considered any actor for their role in a fantasy blockbuster aimed at young adults, even ones they love like Jen, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Stanley Tucci. Thus we’ll take little victories like actors we love getting nominated for other things.
*scanning the technical categories*
Bad Grandpa? The Lone Ranger… TWICE?! We don’t know what Disney is putting in that Academy kool-aid but DAMN, it must be powerful! But wait… No Catching Fire?!
Let’s talk costumes. Many media outlets have repeatedly discussed the possibility of Catching Fire winning the Academy Award in this category as if the nomination itself was a no-brainer. And they’re right! Trish Summerville created a showcase of brilliantly crafted designs that not only looked spectacular on film, but told the story of each individual character. The intricate detail is honestly some of the most impressive costume design we’ve ever seen. Instead, pretty but same-y era movies got the recognition instead.
How about makeup and hairstyling? Are they really giving a nomination to The Lone Ranger for throwing sloppy face paint on Johnny Depp and Jackass for making Johnny Knoxville look geriatric? Yet the outrageous Capitol hair and makeup is totally overlooked! Then again, these are the same people who said the makeup that made Meryl Streep look like Margaret Thatcher was more award-worthy than the hundreds of intricate, unique designs found in the seventh Harry Potter film.
A small part of me wonders if Capitol Couture marketing hype, including the push into clothing and makeup sales (even going back to the nail polish line for the first film) , put a bad taste in the mouths of prominent Hollywood voters. Or maybe they don’t like that the style kinda mocks them. Who knows?
Don’t even get us started on visual effects! We’re glad Peter Jackson’s WETA got nominated for Desolation of Smaug, their work alongside the rest of the FX team on Catching Fire should also get recognition over most of the films actually nominated, which probably featured MORE special effects, but not necessarily effects of the same quality.
Alas, we should just accept that we’re talking about a bunch of old white guys making picks based off studio politics and this year, there was even less variety than usual. They stuck to their faves and they stuck to them HARD. Too bad it makes them look like total asses.
OH OH OH OH OH and MUSIC! Coldplay practically tailored ‘Altas’ specifically for the Academy. Plus, they tend to get attention of awards circuits in general. Now NOTHING? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Go Home, Academy. You’re Drunk.
The Girl With The Pearl
The Golden Globes were last night – one of my favorite nights of the year. I love Awards Season. It’s the little bright spot in the middle of the dark, frozen gloom of January and February. And fortunately, with so much talent in the Hunger Games franchise, our favorite actors, writers, etc. are often nominated or sometimes even win… for work they do outside the franchise. I mean, last year’s Jennifer Lawrence Awards Bonanza was sweet. I loved watching every minute of it. And last night, she did it again with her Best Supporting Actress win in American Hustle! It’s amazing that she is getting recognized two years in a row.
Still, in my excitement for this year’s awards season, I get a little twinge of annoyance. The Girl With the Pearl wrote about the two different types of awards; ones selected by people within the entertainment industry, and the awards from fans voting obsessively over and over again on the internet. The fan awards will likely give Catching Fire some love, but I have to agree with her and Them There Eyes that the industry ones are probably going to be few and far between for our beloved movie.
Catching Fire got lots of well-deserved critical praise when it premiered and may get awards recognition in the music, makeup, and costume categories. It was a fantastic movie on all counts and is breaking records at the box office. I should be satisfied and happy with this. But I’m not.
I want the acting to be recognized too. While Jennifer Lawrence gave a fantastic performance in American Hustle, it seems odd to be talking about this role when I think many of us would argue it’s not her top performance of the year. It was her role as Katniss. The emotional range she goes through in Catching Fire and the authenticity she brings to the role is stellar. She OWNS this role. This is the role that should be standing out for her this year, shouldn’t it?
Listen, I know how the awards process works. And Catching Fire is a sci-fi blockbuster movie with a female lead. The odds of Catching Fire and Jen’s performance as Katniss getting recognition with the highbrow industry awards set were never in their favor. And I’m happy she’s getting such praise for her work in other films. At least the Critics’ Choice Awards are kind enough to have a “Best Action Movie” and “Best Actress in an Action Movie” category. So look out for that on January 16.
And yes, it’s a good thing to spread around the award season love to smaller films and other actors. I get it.
The movie-going public certainly voted for Catching Fire with their wallets, so I guess that should be enough.
But nah, STILL NOT ENOUGH. All the awards of my heart to Catching Fire.
Tis the season for awards! Now the question is this… Which type of award would mean the most for The Hunger Games franchise and its actors?
There are two basic types of award shows:
1) The “We’re Too Prestigious for Whatever These Peasants Find ‘Popular’” kind like The Academy Awards and The Golden Globes
2) The Magical Internet Pony voting-based kind like The People’s Choice Awards and the MTV Movie Awards
Both definitely have their faults. For instance, The Academy Awards are sometimes considered Hollywood politics that aren’t really based on the actor’s/director’s worthiness in one particular film. The MTV Movie Awards is based on whose crazed fans are more inclined the vote over and over again and not necessarily on the quality of the work. But in both cases, doesn’t just being nominated mean you’re doing SOMETHING right?!
Catching Fire has already snagged Golden Globe nominations for music, Coldplay’s “Atlas”, and Jennifer Lawrence is up for Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle. Both noms are expected to carry over to The Oscars, with additional Catching Fire nominations for Hair, Makeup, and Costumes. Of course, the movie and its team are expected to be nominated for a whole slew of voter based awards and just picked up a People’s Choice Award last night.
But what makes the Golden Globes and Academy Awards prestigious? Because critics and people in the movie industry so? And what about those Magical Internet Pony awards? Are they important because the fangirls pump up the adrenaline to support movie that are typically already successful? CAN WE GET A HAPPY MEDIUM?
We’re competitive. When Catching Fire or the actors get nominated, we want to WIN ALL THE THINGS! And we do tend to put more stock in the snooty award shows, maybe because they’re not also rewarding Britney Spears and that Beauty and the Beast sci-fi show. But even so, we’re trying to understand the appeal of both.
As long as Team Hunger Games beats out all those other bitches. Yup!
“It’s An Honor Just To Be Nominated”… LIES!
The Girl With The Pearl