Awards

That Golden Globes Fiasco

By now, you’ve all heard about it– because no one will shut up about it. Soooo let’s just confront this sucker head on!

In a not-so-surprising twist, Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe for Joy. The movie really wasn’t great, but Jennifer was great in it. She got noticed. The backlash from the hipsters who want to paint her as overrated was inevitable, because HATERS GONNA HATE, AMIRITE?! But then it happened.

The headlines were loud and sheer clickbait, all along the lines of “Jennifer Lawrence scolds foreign reporter”. There were lots of rumors and embellishments surrounding this short interaction. And then the Internet seriously lost its shit.

If you missed it, here’s the full video clip so you have some context.

Let’s start with the rumors. Right after this happened, all people knew is that the journalist has an accent and some sources reported he was using a translation app, making it look like Jennifer poked fun at a man because English wasn’t his first language. Even when we first heard it, accompanied by a ultra-edited version of the video from Variety, we thought “Man… this actually might be pretty bad…” But of course, more details came out, like this:

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O RLY. So it turns out that the media agencies and anti-Jen folks calling her a racist are actually kinda racist themselves for assuming a man with an accent can’t speak English without help from technology. Funny how that works! It turns out the guy was stumbling over his question because he was too busy trying to get photos/video of Jen looking directly at him.

Under the circumstances, we kind of agree with Jen– it was actually pretty rude of the reporter. He only had one question to fire off. He could have held the phone somewhere other than eye level when asking, if that was his only recording device. He clearly let himself get too distracted to ask his question succinctly. From someone with a journalism background who has interviewed actors, there wasn’t a whole lot of professionalism going on there. So why is she a brat for jokingly telling the guy to get out from behind his phone, again?

People were mad about Jen making the “This is the Golden Globes” joke in there, but perhaps people don’t realize the reporter’s folly that likely prompted her to cut her off. He was asking about The Oscars– and we would guess Jen knew that– and that is a HUGE FAUX PAS. Superstition runs high everywhere, even among actors. Discussing the Oscars at the Golden Globes is considered a jinx and just bad form. A lot of actors would blow off that topic.

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We’re not saying Jen handled to situation perfectly. But damn, the lady is human. And automatically jumping to the conclusion that she’s a spoiled brat bullying a foreign man for just trying to do his job is pretty ridiculous. How about instead we try to get all the details instead of biting an actresses head off for asking a guy to interact with her in a way that made her feel comfortable, k?

God Forbid Actors Want To Be Treated Like People!
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Jennifer & Joy

It’s awards season once again! And for the third year in a row, Jennifer Lawrence is nominated on the awards circuit for her work in a David O. Russell film!

You know what definitely doesn't get an award? That fake ass snow!

You know what definitely doesn’t get an award? That fake ass snow!

For those of you keeping track at home, Jennifer won the Critics Choice, SAG award, Golden Globe, and Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013, plus the BAFTA and Golden Globe for American Hustle last year. Those weren’t even her first big nominations, of course. She was nominated for the Oscar for Winter’s Bone in 2011, before she signed on for The Hunger Games.

It was absolutely no surprise to us that Jennifer was nominated once again for her latest, Joy. It’s become really hip to say she’s overrated these days, but that is PURE MELLARKY (See what we did there?! We’re proud.) The girl has more natural acting talent than some actors muster over a decades-long career. She’s acted the hell out of everything we’ve ever seen her in and we have no doubt that she’s great in Joy.

But here’s the kicker this time around: In early reviews, Joy is not doing too hot.

We try not to give too much credence to critics. There are just far too many snobs out there who hate just about anything, especially if its popular, because it distract too much from ~*~the art~*~. Like The Hunger Games or David O. Russell movies or Jennifer Lawrence or what have you! But many of the reviews we’ve seen seem pretty similar: They essentially say Jennifer acts the hell out of what she has to work with, but the script doesn’t offer much originality or do the story justice.

Tough lady wields a shotgun trope!

Tough lady wields a shotgun trope!

It’s definitely something we’re having trouble reconciling. Joy has a significantly worse score on Rotten Tomatoes than Mockingjay Part 2– which got a hefty chunk of critical hate– and it was still nominated in the Best Musical Or Comedy category. And generally, even if an actor is superb, they don’t often get nominated for films that aren’t critically-acclaimed on the whole. Perhaps its just one of those rare cases were the film appeals to the Hollywood Foreign Press, but not necessarily the industry of professional critique on the whole? Or is David O. Russell still somehow riding the perks of his last two successes? It’s hard to know!

One thing is sure: We’re going to have to figure this mystery when Joy hits theaters in a couple weeks!

Joy To The World, We Guess?
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The Hunger Games Tribute… And That Non-Tribute That Snuck In

Yesterday was the launch of THE HUNGER GAMES TRIBUTE campaign.  Per Lionsgate, this is “a celebration of the dedicated fans that have made this franchise a global phenomenon.”  Participants get a chance to win tickets to a Global Fan Appreciation Event in Los Angeles in late October (contest is US only but we presume a livestream will make it “global”). To participate, you can go the easy route and just vote in some of the categories, or you can submit your own fan works.

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We were some of the lucky few who were asked to help whittle down the nominees, and it was tough because there’s a lot of great fan work out there. Each week will have different categories and we’re happy with 4 of the 5 this week.  There’s some awesome fan art whether it’s drawing/painting or people channeling their inner Peeta with the edible variety. And there’s movie scenes to vote for – Best Katniss Moment and Best Action Sequence. It’s all good fandom fun.

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Well, it’s nice, fandom fun until we get to the Best Trailer Parody category. Most of these we enjoyed – they exaggerate and poke a little fun at the movies, but harmlessly. The Lego one is creative and lots of fun. “Jon Snow Must Die” is a great crossover if you’re a Game of Thrones fan. Literal Hunger Games, a little biting, sure, but still funny. The Honest Trailers Catching Fire video takes a lot of jabs at the movie but doesn’t come from a hugely mean place.

The Honest Trailers Mockingjay Part 1 video though. Why on earth is this a part of this awards? We have to wonder if anyone at Lionsgate actually watched this video before adding it to the contest. We almost don’t want to bring it to anyone’s attention. Just let it lose and hopefully not another soul watch it. But since it’s up there we have to think it’s getting some good extra exposure by being a part of this campaign, so we’ll address it. It’s so out of place. This video is four + solid minutes of hating on the movie. That it’s boring, a waste of time, Katniss cries too much, etc.  Bottle up all the overblown negative reactions from that movie and put it in a video, that’s this one. You really get the sense that the video makers HATED the movie. Oh, and just for good measure, throw in a gross joke about Jennifer Lawrence’s picture hacking at the end. We can handle people hating on Mockingjay Part 1, some people aren’t as invested in this journey as us, we get it. But adding in Jen’s picture hacking as a joke at the end really pisses us off.

Sure, Lionsgate could argue that “fans” nominated the video, but I’m sure somewhere in the extensive official rules, you’d think Lionsgate & Samsung would put in the ability to have some control over the nominations in cases such as these. And you’d think they wouldn’t want to include a video that makes light of a serious crime that happened to their lead actress. Moreover, Honest Trailers does videos for practically every big movie. It’s not that they are Hunger Games fans, they’re in it for the views. And the views may be why they included that awful joke, but it’s so out of place in a fan celebration.

So go have fun and vote, for anything but THAT.

JJ

“I Don’t Have A Fuck To Give!”: The Hunger Games and Fan Award Shows

As massive Hunger Games fans, we try to be active in all facets of fandom. But man, it’s just not as simple as it seems! That’s especially true with one fairly regular fandom happening: Fan voting based award shows.

See, we should be really excited about Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Musical Moment and Elizabeth Banks winning Best Transformation at this year’s MTV Movie Awards. They’re great! Maybe we should even be bummed about the other awards the film didn’t win. But like Effie says in the show’s opening monologue…

I don’t have a fuck to give!

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We’ve mentioned this one part time and time again: Voting-based award shows that don’t limit voting in any way are pointless. Winning isn’t even based on who has the most fans. It’s based on who has the most fans willing to sit in front of the computer all day and vote repeatedly. We’re too busy and important for that shit! We got stuff to do! NO. *mic drop*

Of course, some members of The Hunger Games fandom still get really caught up in winning fairly meaningless awards, so we get comments on the MTV site like this:

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YOU HEARD HER, FANDOM! YOU DIDN’T DO YOUR JOB! Bill Belichick would be very disappointed in you!

But really? What is the job of a fandom, other than to like the stuff their fandom is based around? We certainly advocate for the series plenty, but we also talk about the things we don’t like. We don’t always jump up and down screaming every time the series is mentioned, nor do we care enough to vote for every award the fandom or movies are nominated for. Does that mean we’re not doing our “job”? WHOOPS!

There’s also lots of people bashing the actual winner of that category, Shailene Woodley. Which will forever drive us crazy, because seriously guys, the rivalry between Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley and their various movies is NOT REAL. There’s also a fair amount of hate for The Maze Runner and The Fault In Our Stars for beating out Mockingjay Part 1, which is equally silly. Why hate on everything that beat out the THG fandom? It’s okay, really! Hell, you can even like all three of those fandoms without a nitpicky bitchfest! We know it’s a novel idea for many, but you should try it sometime!

If this is your thing, that’s cool! Let it be your thing! But please, respect those of us who aren’t going to take up fandom arms around every corner just for the sake of doing so.

And THIS Is Why These Awards Drive Us Cray Cray,
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Liam Hemsworth’s Awkward Phase

Everybody goes through some awkward phases, even celebrities. And after his appearance last night at the Kids Choice Awards… Man oh man, is Liam Hemsworth going through one RIGHT NOW.

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First off, don’t get us wrong! Liam Hemsworth is a wonderful actor and a total hottie no matter what. He also seems like a nice dude, though we don’t actually know from experience because it’s not like we hang out with him every other Saturday night or something. But as we sit here, occasionally having a bad outfit day or in desperate need of a haircut, it’s nice to know IT’S NOT JUST US ALL THE TIME!

Clearly. nobody takes the Kids Choice Awards seriously and it’s really not a dressy event– even though a celebrity’s “dress casual” shirt probably cost more than all of our wardrobes combined. The event is also known for being obscenely orange. Hemsy took that to heart and wore a faded orange t-shirt that we’re pretty sure he left on after working on his radiator or carburetor or some other -ator located under the hood of a older model, slightly beat-up-but-classic car.

And then there’s the hair. Oh man, the hair!

Your input is requested! Is it a bowl cut or not?!
Bowl cuts were all the rage in middle school and we definitely think this qualifies. We’re confident that if we stuck a bowl on someone’s head and cut around it, it would look similar. However, some site friends say it’s just more of a surfer dude haircut. We’ve no consensus, but we all agree it’s wonderful and terrifying all at once.

We figure there’s a couple possibilities for the hair:
1) He’s styling it that way for a role or an audition. We can’t imagine it’s for Independence Day 2, though, unless his “former president’s son-in-law” character is a real rebel
2) He’s growing back his longer sexy Jesus hair and it’s just in that not-long-enough-but-not-short-enough growth stage.

We can’t help it, okay?! When news dies down, weird things start happening in our heads! You all know we love Hemsy, but it’s good know that just like everyone else, even studly actors have their off days. They’re human after all!

Remind Me To Get A Haircut Next Week, Y’all!
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Brawlin’ With The Mockingjay

This will be the first and last time I talk about the MTV Movie Brawl. Except for social media, possibly. We swear!

No, it hasn’t started yet. It’s still in the nomination phase. Yet… the heat is already on for the MTV Movie Brawl and Mockingjay Part 2. For some reason, this sucker always seems to be the one to get fans all sorts of riled up.

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And honestly, y’all? We don’t know if we’re with it this year.

How I Met Your Mother had a funny little gag called The Murtaugh List, aka a mental catalog of things that make you say the infamous line from Lethal Weapon’s Roger Murtaugh: “I’m getting too old for this shit.”

The MTV Movie Brawl is on our Murtaugh list. And it’s pretty easy to see why, as evidenced by a fellow VV writer and a friend of the site:

As we’ve pointed out before, these awards have more to do with which fans are most likely to vote repeatedly than which fandom is actually the most beloved. Sure, Catching Fire won in 2013. But in 2012 and 2014, the franchise lost to films that we very mildly popular by comparison.

See, we don’t mind losing in these races. It’s gonna happen, especially since we’re not all screaming from the rafters about voting like other fandoms will. And that’s okay! But it would feel a little more realistic if the results reflected the actual box office opening weekends a little more closely. For instance, losing to Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, or even Divergent last year would have made some sense, as clearly large numbers of people were actually anticipating these films. We know this because they had solid opening weekends and a big box office pull. Veronica Mars was an indie and had a limited release including VOD so obviously the numbers weren’t going to as big, but the film didn’t even make back its $6 million budget. And while we definitely appreciate the Marshmallows enthusiasm, it didn’t leave much space for accuracy.

Surely, there’s quite the possibility that we’ll lose again because another crowd because there’s so many hardcore fangirls out there, people. Though it makes us slightly cringe-y, we’re betting on the Fifty Shades of Grey crowd to be the over-enthusiastic one this year.

So Yeah… We’re Murtaugh Listing It,
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Awards Season and the Hunger Games Fandom

The new year brings new opportunities for the entertainment industry to get together and receive AWARDS. So many types of awards. There are the most prestigious awards: The Oscars, SAG, BAFTA, Golden Globes, Writers’ Guild, Producers’ Guild, etc.

There are a lot of highly lauded actors in the Hunger Games franchise, but their fancy awards are all for non-Hunger Games movies, sadly, because big blockbuster movie performances are rarely considered by these groups to be worthy of recognition. (One caveat – The Critics Choice Awards which has an “Action Movie” category, but those awards are somewhere down the line in terms of prestige). Some of our favorite actors will no doubt be in attendance for these prestigious awards. Julianne Moore is in awards contention for her role in Still Alice. Jennifer is a past winner of pretty much every award so she may present at some of these awards (definitely at the Golden Globes, where she won last year). Lorde will no doubt be at the Golden Globes since Yellow Flicker Beat has the sole Mockingjay-related nomination there. The Hunger Games movies only seem to get love in the original song category, so it seems that will continue again this year. We’re used to it. We know how it goes. We’ll be watching them in all their Capitol-esque glory where everyone comments on the dresses, the hair, shoes, jewels, and the inane interviews that go along with it. But some are a good time, especially the Golden Globes, because Tina Fey and Amy Poehler make it soooo fun.

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The Good ‘Ol Days, when Lionsgate forced these guys to do these type of appearances.

There are also highly corporately sponsored entertainment events masquerading as “awards” like the People’s Choice Awards brought to you by seemingly every single brand P&G owns (It’s a lot). The fandom seems to get really excited about the People’s Choice Awards, but I think it’s only because in 2013, the big three attended and were cute buddies together. Ever since the franchise moved to debut movies in November however, the movies have been too off-schedule to be “nominated” (the “nominations” began before Catching Fire or Mockingjay came out in theaters).  Jennifer Lawrence has nominations this year, and there are rumors that she could attend, but my money is on a tapped “thank you appearance” at best. She doesn’t need these type of appearances anymore, the events need her to get ratings. So we’ll see how that ends up.

Outside of the glamour of these award shows, the popularity of our Hunger Games movies means that so many websites want to draw us in with their own magical internet pony voting awards where usually you can vote as many times as you want to encourage hits on the site.  (Yes, the People’s Choice is like that too, though most other magical internet ponies don’t get televised on CBS).There were a few of these in December, and there will no doubt be more soon to come, like MTV’s Movie Brawl, which I bet they’ll do again this year. And it’s so exhausting. But we get it. You want the thing that you love to be recognized in some way as “the best” so you get sucked in and vote and vote and vote. Just don’t let it take over your life and your social accounts too much.

At least it fills the dark time when there is no movie news.

JJ

The Hunger Games Cast and Emmy-Worthy TV

Tonight is the Emmy Awards, celebrating “the best in television.” The Emmys can be frustrating because the voters have a tendency to give the same shows and actors awards year after year.  Will this behavior continue this year? Probably. But some our favorite actors from the Hunger Games movies are on shows that are being recognized. Which means they know how to repeatedly pick good projects, or maybe good projects are smart enough to pick them. Ok, both.

true detectiveWoody Harrelson is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on True Detective. He plays a ….detective (shocking, I know) working on a very horrific case and dealing with a lot of personal demons as well. Meaty stuff that Emmy voters love, however he faces stiff competition from his fellow detective played by Matthew McConaughey, whose character was so odd it probably gives him an advantage that could lead him halfway to an EGOT. There’s also Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, who  is really awesome and has won several times before in this role, and tonight is his last shot to win again for the role of Walter White. So who will win? Don’t even try to guess.

Though not nominated himself, House of Cards with Mahershala Ali (Boggs) is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. The show is also up for lead actor, actress, directing, writing, and basically everything. It got a lot of nominations. People love this show because you can watch it all weekend and and still feel like it was a good use of your weekend.

Boardwalk Empire also received a couple nominations. Jeffrey Wright plays a quiet but utterly menacing gangster on this show about Prohibition-era Atlantic City. Boardwalk does an amazing job at recreating the time and place with the gorgeous costumes and sets too. The violence is pretty traumatizing, but I suppose that’s the point.

If you haven’t seen any of these shows, it could be a nice use of the Mockingjay down time. (And the final season of Boardwalk Empire starts September 7!)

Remember what they say about JUST being nominated.

JJ

 

Donald Sutherland Saves the Teen Choice Awards by Being THE BEST

We admit it. We may mock the Teen Choice Awards, but due to our addiction to everything in this fandom, we watch this award show for “teens,” even though we haven’t been teens for quite a few years.

Our fan hearts were happy early on, because Josh was there and he won and was his adorable, sexy self.  I think this calls for another picture of him in his moment of glory.

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But after he won, the show went majorly downhill. It’s okay, this show is not meant for us adult people. But I was debating turning the show off since Jennifer was not there and the only other category besides hers was “Best Villain” and no way Donald Sutherland was going to bother to…

WAIT

HOLD UP

Donald Sutherland is on the TV. Wearing a tux and a white rose.

Throwing berries to the audience.

Such a great (and badly needed) surprise. THANK YOU for saving the night. It’s these type of moments that make us really love the cast. When they take the time to play along with us fans. Donald Sutherland is an actor with a long, distinguished career who I doubt cares about winning a brightly painted surfboard. He didn’t need to take time out of his life to show up at this silly award show, but he did. And it was glorious. The visual of seeing fans give a three finger salute to “President Snow” was a unique experience but ABSOLUTELY DESERVED. And he definitely is “nice, sweet-tempered and generous” for that appearance.

Three Finger Salutes Forever, Mr. Sutherland.

JJ

The Most Important Award Ever

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.

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Go get it, Sam.

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

JJ