The Fourth Annual KohOscars

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The fourth annual KohOscars are here! With a brand new voting committee instated, this year’s awards capture a wide array of films and genres. Coming home with most nominations for a single film this year is Avengers: Infinity War, picking up fifteen nominations. A Star is Born came second with thirteen nominations, followed by Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse tying for third with twelve nominations. Disney was the studio with the most nominations with forty-one total nominations.

Best Picture:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Creed II
  • The Favourite
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • A Quiet Place
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • A Star is Born

Best Actor:

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  • Christian Bale, Vice
  • Jeff Bridges, Bad Times at the El Royale
  • John Cho, Searching
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
  • Michael B. Jordan, Creed II
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actress:

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  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
  • Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
  • Toni Collette, Hereditary
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  • Anna Kendrick, A Simple Favor

Best Supporting Actor:

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  • Mahershalla Ali, Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliot, A Star is Born
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Widows
  • Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed II

Best Supporting Actress:

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  • Lucy Boynton, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Elizabeth Debicki, Widows
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Blake Lively, A Simple Favor
  • Zoe Saldana, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Young Actor/Actress:

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  • Rohan Chan, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
  • Julian Dennison, Deadpool 2
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  • Abby Ryder Fortson, Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • Milly Shapiro, Hereditary
  • Millicent Simmonds, A Quiet Place

Best Director:

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  • Ryan Coogler, Black Panther
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Drew Goddard, Bad Times at the El Royale
  • John Kraskinski, A Quiet Place
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Infinity War

Best Adapted Screenplay:

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  • Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther
  • Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, & Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Jungmi Oh & Chang-dong Lee, Burning
  • Jessica Sharzer, A Simple Favor
  • Rodney Rothman & Phil Lord, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, & Will Fetters, A Star is Born

Best Original Screenplay:

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  • Drew Goddard, Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed
  • Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie & Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, & John Krasinski, A Quiet Place
  • Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian, Searching
  • Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You

Best Cameo:

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  • Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Stan Lee, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • Stan Lee, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies
  • Ross Marquand, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Brad Pitt, Deadpool 2
  • Ray Park and Sam Witwer, Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • X-Men, Deadpool 2 

Best Animated Feature:

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  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower
  • Mirai
  • The Night is Short, Walk On Girl
  • Ralph Breaks The Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Best Comic Book Movie:

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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Aquaman
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Deadpool 2
  • Incredibles 2
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Best Sequel:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Creed II
  • Halloween
  • Incredibles 2
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Paddington 2
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Best Remake/Reboot:

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  • Bumblebee
  • Christopher Robin
  • The Predator
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • A Star is Born
  • Suspiria
  • Venom

Best Cinematography:

Film Title: First Man

  • Annihilation
  • Black Panther
  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • Hereditary
  • Roma
  • A Star is Born

Best Film Editing:

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  • American Animals
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • Searching
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Best Production Design:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • Hereditary

Best Original Score:

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  • Alan Silvestri, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther
  • Ludwig Goransson, Creed II
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man
  • Nicholas Brittell, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
  • John Powell, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Original Song:

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  • “All the Stars,” Black Panther
  • “Is That Alright?” A Star is Born
  • “Maybe It’s Time,” A Star is Born
  • “Shallow,” A Star is Born
  • “Sunflower,” Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • “Suspirium,” Suspiria
  • “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Best Costume Design:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • The Favourite
  • Mary Poppins Returns

Best Hair & Makeup:

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  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Destroyer
  • The Favourite
  • Suspiria
  • Vice

Best Sound Design:

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • Halloween
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • A Quiet Place
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • A Star is Born

Best Visual Effects:

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  • Annihilation
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • First Man
  • Paddington 2
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Stunts:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Creed II
  • Hotel Artemis
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • The Night Comes For Us
  • Skyscraper 

Best Ensemble:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Black Panther
  • Blindspotting
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Best Soundtrack:

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  • Black Panther
  • Blindspotting
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Creed II
  • Ready Player One
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • A Star is Born

Best Post-Credits Scene:

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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Deadpool 2
  • Paddington 2
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
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Head Above Water: A VinylTap Review

Head Above Water: A VinylTap Review

Introduction:

It’s been a long time since the name Avril Lavigne was said in the same sentence as new music. The last we heard from her was 2013, when rocking self-titled album was released and she finalized her very public divorce from Nickelback’s Chad Kroger. Since then, she’s gone to war with her own demons and with her own body, contracting Lyme disease. Now finally healthy and back to full strength, Avril Lavigne returns with a record that is sure to reflect her own life, while also having something subtextual to say about pop music today.

1. Head Above Water

The blend of pianos and vocals is gorgeous. It’s a really moving song to start the album with. The inclusion of guitars and strings makes the build to the chorus even more powerful. Lyrically, the song is simple in structure, but I really appreciate the imagery. I think the arrangement of instruments and vocals is the really shining part of the song. It’s a moving, powerful song that feels very real and it’s very different for what we’ve heard Avril Lavigne do in the past.

Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

2. Birdie

This song has a more alternative vibe to it with ringing organs and deep, echoing drums. Built on its pianos, this song comes across more as a traditional Avril Lavigne rock anthem and it kicks. She uses poignant imagery to show struggle. It’s an anthem with a heartbeat. While less rebellious and antagonistic than previous anthems, Lavigne stills show defiance in the face of what adversity she faces. It’s a new sound for Avril Lavigne, but I really dig it.

Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

3. I Fell In Love With The Devil

With a title like this, we knew we were in for an emotional song. I figured it would be more upbeat than the ballad we got. Utilizing the booming drums and moving strings, as well as layered vocals, Lavigne delivers another moving song. While the first was a plea for help and the second was a declaration of freedom, this one is a letter of forbidden love and a realization of a painful situation. It is also well-made and another solid entry to the album.

Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

4. Tell Me It’s Over

The second single off the album has a blues rock vibe with really funky guitars and horns. It’s a very different song than anything Lavigne has ever made and it feels really fresh. Another declaration of freedom or a questioning of status? The answer is the song works as both at times. Lyrically, the song is probably the most well-constructed of the album thus far. This song feels like a Sunday morning church ballad, but this isn’t subject matter you’d air in a church. The piece builds and grows with each refrain as she grows more and more independent from the mystery partner that’s playing with her emotions in the song. It’s a strong entry into the album.

Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

5. Dumb Blonde (feat. Nicki Minaj)

With a drumline and booming bass, this song sounds like a school fight song. Lyrically, this is classic Lavigne. It’s an anthem of self-confidence and identity. It’s infectious fun. The production is really solid, with biting guitars and a drum section that just kicks. This is the most fun song on the album so far and it is infectious. Nicki Minaj’s feature only solidifies the toughness of the song and she brings the exact right tone to this fight song. It’s an infectiously fun tune.

Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

6. It Was In Me

We slow things back down with another piano ballad, which we’ve had a few of this record. The strings and guitars help make this song feel grander and more moving. The lyricism feels genuine to her emotions and struggle and like a genuine realization song. It just feels a little much and I’d like to hear maybe a little more diversity in subject matter. Not to take anything away from this piece, which is a very moving and inspirational song about the epiphanies one has about themselves as they grow old. I really appreciate the sentiment and craft of the song. It brings tears to my eyes.

Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

7. Souvenir

I love the summer road trip vibe this song gives off. The guitars and drums are standout. The song feels bright with the memory of love and discovery of new love. It’s glowing with this fun, summer anthem radiance. The lyricism isn’t necessarily deep, but it crushes the purpose. It’s poppy and fun and the kind of anthem that the past few summers have been desperately missing.

Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

8. Crush

Going back to the swinging blues guitars and echoing snares, Lavigne has backed off the darker, more real songs about personal struggle and presented a lighter relief as alternative. This love song is really well produced, giving a black and white, Chicago vibe. Lyrically, Lavigne crushes. Pun fully intended. It’s a really sweet love song that I really dig.

Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

9. Goddess

The acoustic guitars that open up this track are beautiful. Avril Lavigne sings about being found and coming out the other side of tragedy and the new found love, both romantic and self, that she’s found. It’s a beautifully crafted song with a really sweet sentimentality. From the lovely lyrics to the enchanting production, this song steals my heart and reaches the top spot on my personal rankings.

Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

10. Bigger Wow

Going back to the summer love song vibe, this one takes a more straightforward approach to the anthem and crushes it again. The catchy, well-crafted lyrics are filled with poppy flare. It’s ultimately another sweet love song that is a breath of fresh air from the recent pop records. It’s stellar for all the same reasons as “Souvenir”.

Rating: 9/10

Grade: A=

11. Love Me Insane

Continuing the trend of poppy love songs, this one takes a slower, groovier approach. While it doesn’t land as strongly as the previous songs, it’s another solid entry. Well-produced and well-written. Its ultimately candy fluff, but delicious nonetheless.

Rating: 7/10

Grade: A-

12. Warrior

Capping off the record is one last piano ballad about overcoming adversity. Her vocal performance is strongest on this effort, as well as the songwriting. The strength of her lyricism is apparent on this final ballad. Well-produced and layered with strings, this caps off the album pretty strongly. It summarizes the album’s ultimate message well and is a good finale for the record.

Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

Conclusion:

I think the biggest issue with Lavigne’s record is track listing. It feels unbalanced, with the first half of the album being front-loaded with ballads of struggle and love lost, while the second half is filled with pop songs about new love. The tone of the album is a little mixed, but every song contains the theme of rebirth, exactly reflecting the difficulty that Lavigne faced these last six years. It’s genuinely the best pop record I’ve heard since 2014. There isn’t one bad song on this album and it’s ultimately not for the fans. This album is for her and I respect that immensely. It’s a poignant window into her life, while also being a true pop record and using a style of production that I haven’t heard since early 2010s. Rather than coming back and adopting the new music trends, she stays planted in the era she left and, thusly, reinvigorates an increasingly stale genre with new life; which is only fitting with her rebirth record.

Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

The Oscars 2019: My Picks

The Oscars 2019: My Picks

I. Best Picture:

  • Black Panther – Will Win
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Dark Horse
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born – Should Win
  • Vice

Winner:

II. Best Actor:

  • Christian Bale, Vice – Dark Horse
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born 
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody – Will/Should Win
  • Viggo Mortenson, Green Book

Winner:

III. Best Actress:

  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
  • Glenn Close, The Wife – Will Win
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born – Should Win
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Winner:

IV. Best Supporting Actor:

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book – Will/Should Win Win
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman – Dark Horse
  • Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice

Winner:

V. Best Supporting Actress:

  • Amy Adams, Vice
  • Marina de Tavira, Roma
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk – Will/Should Win
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Winner:

VI. Best Director:

  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman – Should Win 
  • Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma – Will Win
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Winner:

VII. Best Animated Feature:

  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirari
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Will/Should Win

Winner:

VIII. Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Joel and Ethan Coen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Should Win
  • Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman – Will Win
  • Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, A Star is Born

Winner:

IX. Best Original Screenplay:

  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite – Will/Should Win
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed
  • Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, and Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Winner:

X. Best Cinematography:

  • Łukasz Żal, Cold War
  • Robbie Ryan, The Favourite
  • Caleb Deschanel, Never Look Away
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma – Will Win
  • Matthew Libatique, A Star is Born – Should Win

Winner:

XI. Best Film Editing:

  • Barry Alexander Brown, BlacKkKlansman
  • John Ottman, Bohemian Rhapsody – Should Win
  • Yorgos Mavropsaridis, The Favourite
  • Patrick J. Don Vito, Green Book
  • Hank Corwin, Vice – Will Win

Winner:

XII. Best Production Design:

  • Hannah Beachler & Jay Hart, Black Panther – Should Win
  • Fiona Crombie & Alice Felton, The Favourite – Will Win
  • Nathan Crowley & Kathy Lucas, First Man
  • John Myhre & Gordon Sim, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Eugenio Caballero & Bárbara Enrı́quez, Roma

Winner:

XIII. Best Original Score:

  • Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther – Will/Should Win
  • Terence Blanchard, BlacKkKlansman
  • Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
  • Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Winner:

XIV. Best Original Song:

  • “All the Stars,” Black Panther
  • “I’ll Fight,” RBG
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
  • “Shallow,” A Star is Born – Will/Should Win
  • “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Winner:

XV. Best Costume Design:

  • Maty Zophres, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Should Win
  • Ruth E. Carter, Black Panther – Will Win
  • Sandy Powell, The Favourite
  • Sandy Powell, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Alexandra Byrne, Mary Queen of Scots

Winner:

XVI. Best Hair & Makeup:

  • Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer, Border
  • Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, and Jessica Brooks, Mary Queen of Scots
  • Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney, Vice – Will/Should Win

Winner:

XVII. Best Sound Editing:

  • Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker, Black Panther
  • John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan, First Man
  • Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl, A Quiet Place – Will/Should Win
  • Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay, Roma

Winner:

XVIII. Best Sound Mixing:

  • Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin, Black Panther
  • Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali, Bohemian Rhapsody – Should Win
  • Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis, First Man
  • Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García, Roma
  • Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow, A Star is Born – Will Win

Winner:

XVIX. Best Visual Effects:

  • Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick, Avengers: Infinity War – Will/Should Win
  • Chris Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones, & Chris Corbould, Christopher Robin
  • Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J. D. Schwalm, First Man
  • Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler, & David Shirk, Ready Player One
  • Rob Bredow, Pat Tubach, Neal Scanlan, & Dominic Tuohy, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Winner:

XX. Best Foreign Language Film

  • Capernaum (Lebanon)
  • Cold War (Poland) – Dark Horse
  • Never Look Away (Germany)
  • Roma (Mexico) – Will Win
  • Shoplifters (Japan) – Should Win

Winner:

XXI. Best Documentary Feature

  • Free Solo – Should Win
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Minding The Gap – Will Win
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • RBG

Winner:

XXII. Best Animated Short

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Bao – Will/Should Win
  • Late Afternoon
  • One Small Step
  • Weekends

Winner:

XXIII. Best Live Action Short

  • Detainment – Will/Should Win
  • Fauve
  • Marguerite
  • Mother
  • Skin

Winner:

XXIV. Best Documentary Short

  • Black Sheep – Will Win
  • End Game – Should Win
  • Lifeboat
  • A Night in the Garden
  • Period. End of Sentence.

My Score: /24

Multiplex Entertainment Presents: Fandom Awards 2019

Multiplex Entertainment is a YouTube channel dedicated to making quality shows in the vein of the Movie Trivia Schmoedown, as well as none-trivia related content. Fandom Fight, the premier show of Multiplex, is an expanded Innergeekdom trivia league tailored to more geek and largely followed franchises. The show combines theatrics and storylines with legitimate knowledge and game skills to bring a unique experience. Now, Fandom presents their year end awards for the players, personalities and matches who stood above the rest this season. The Fandom Awards will be broadcast on January 5th, 2019, on Multiplex Entertainment’s YouTube Channel and hosted by Kaleb Koho and Cain McMillan.

Overall Player of the Year:

  • Kees Cornelisse
  • Paul Oyama
  • Robert Parker
  • Dominic Rizzi
  • Lucas Schildbach

Singles Player of the Year:

  • Kees Cornelisse
  • Jen Kempe
  • Robert Parker
  • Dominic Rizzi
  • Alex Worden

Team of the Year:

  • Arkham Knights
  • Kings of Winter
  • Nuclear Option
  • Silver Shamrocks
  • The Usual Suspects

Face of the Year:

  • Jeremy Adams
  • Jen Kempe
  • Robert Parker
  • Nico Suave Regoli
  • Dominic Rizzi
  • Sandy Robinson

Heel of the Year:

  • Jim Green
  • Kaleb Koho
  • Cody Newberry
  • Paul Oyama
  • Ryan Permison
  • Lucas Schildbach

Face Team of the Year:

  • Arkham Knights
  • Arrowverse Champions
  • Ranger Force
  • Team 80’s
  • The Usual Suspects

Heel Team of the Year:

  • Kings of Winter
  • Knights of Hydra
  • Nuclear Option
  • Pat Out of Hell
  • Silver Shamrocks

Rookie of the Year:

  • Tim Brzakala
  • Kees Cornelisse
  • Chris Dohmen
  • Jen Kempe
  • Dominic Rizzi
  • Sandy Robinson
  • Lucas Schildbach

Manager of the Year:

  • Jeremy Adams
  • Michael Campbell
  • Cody Newberry
  • Ryan Permison
  • Nico Suave Regoli

Surprise Player of the Year:

  • Tim Brzakala
  • Eli McCaig
  • Kaleb Koho
  • Paul Oyama
  • Lucas Schildbach

Singles Match of the Year:

  • Alex Worden vs Jim Green
  • Alex Worden vs Kaleb Koho vs Eli McCaig
  • Cain McMillan vs Jeremy Adams vs JD West vs Matthew Rosa
  • Jim Green vs Nico Suave Regoli
  • Kaleb Koho vs Eli McCaig
  • Kees Corneliise vs Dominic Rizzi vs Jen Kempe
  • Robert Parker vs Kees Cornelisse

Team Match of the Year:

  • Arkham Knights vs Knights of Hydra
  • Arkham Knights vs Nuclear Option vs Silver Shamrocks
  • Kings of Winter vs Team 80’s
  • Nuclear Option vs Silver Shamrocks
  • Ranger Force vs The Odd Couple
  • Siver Shamrocks vs Usual Suspects
  • The Usual Suspects vs The Odd Couple

Entrance Song of the Year:

  • “Go The Distance,” Nico Suave Regoli
  • “Happy Halloween,” Silver Shamrocks
  • “Immigrant’s Song,” Cain McMillan
  • “The Show Must Go On,” Eli McCaig
  • “Victorious,” Kaleb Koho

Promo of the Year:

  • Kaleb Koho – Alex Worden vs Kaleb Koho vs Eli McCaig
  • Kings of Winter – Kings of Winter vs Team 80’s
  • Cody Newberry – Arkham Knights vs Smartacus
  • Silver Shamrocks – Arkham Knights vs Nuclear Option vs Silver Shamrocks
  • Silver Shamrocks – Killer Nerd Squad vs Silver Shamrocks

 

Schmoedown Awards 2018-19: My Picks

The nominees have been officially announced and here are my predictions for who will win, as well as a dark horse pick and my own personal choice.

I. Singles Entrance of the Year

  • William Bibbiani vs Jeff Sneider (Clue) – Will/Should Win
  • William Bibbiani vs Marc Andreyko (MST3K)
  • Brianne Chandler at Free4All 2 (Buffy)
  • Andrew Ghai as Free4All 2 (as Dan Murrell) – Dark Horse
  • Jeannine The Machine vs Ben Bateman (Misty Knight)

Winner: Andrew Ghai

II. Teams Entrance of the Year

  • Critically Acclaimed & MODOK (Bill & Ted)
  • Self-Righteous Brothers & Take the Cannoli (Hellraiser & Logan) – Should Win
  • Shirewolves vs Sick in the Head (Thor: Ragnarok) – Dark Horse
  • Shirewolves vs Who’s The Boss (Girls Run The World) – Will Win
  • Wait, I Know This vs Founding Fathers (Jurassic Park)

Winner: The Shirewolves (Thor: Ragnarok)

III. Innergeekdom/Star Wars Player of the Year

  • Rachel Cushing
  • Alex Damon – Dark Horse
  • Jason Inman – Will Win
  • Mike Kalinowski – Should Win
  • Mark Donica

Winner: Alex Damon

IV. Upset of the Year

  • Marc Andreyko vs Ethan Erwin – Dark Horse
  • Ben Bateman vs Lon Harris
  • Emma Fyffe wins the Commissioner Bowl
  • Andrew Ghai vs Mark Reilly
  • Harris Bros vs Take The Cannoli
  • Adam Hlavac vs Hector Navarro
  • Mara Knopic vs Rachel Cushing
  • KOrruption vs Founding Fatyjer
  • Andrew Ghai vs Dan Murrell – Will/Should Win
  • World’s Finest vs Trek

Winner: Andrew Ghai vs Dan Murrell

V. Podcast/Aftershow of the Year

  • Dedicated to Art
  • Late to the Party – Dark Horse
  • Schmoedown Central
  • Schmoedown Rundown – Will Win
  • Take 3 Productions – Should Win

Winner: Schmoedown Rundown

VI. Manager of the Year

  • Finstock – Dark Horse
  • Emma Fyffe – Will/Should Win
  • Ken Napzok
  • Roxy Striar
  • Jay Washington

Winner: Emma Fyffe

VII. Babyface Team of the Year

  • Above The Line – Dark Horse
  • Founding Fathers
  • Shirewolves – Will/Should Win
  • Take The Cannoli
  • The Wildberries

Winner: Shirewolves

VIII. Heel Team of the Year

  • The Harris Bros – Dark Horse
  • The Kingsmen
  • KOrruption – Should Win
  • The Patriots
  • Team Action – Will Win

Winner: Team Action

IX. Babyface of the Year

  • Rachel Cushing – Dark Horse
  • Samm Levine – Should Win
  • Mark Reilly
  • John Rocha
  • Clarke Wolfe – Will Win

Winner: Clarke Wolfe

X. Heel of the Year

  • Ben Bateman
  • Finstock
  • Andrew Ghai – Will/Should Win
  • Lon Harris
  • Mike Kalinowski – Dark Horse

Winner: Andrew Ghai

XI. Rookie Team of the Year

  • The Harris Bros
  • KOrruption
  • Scream Queens
  • Shirewolves – Will/Should Win
  • Who’s The Boss – Dark Horse

Winner: Shirewolves

XII. Rookie of the Year

  • Mark Donica
  • Chance Ellison – Should Win (Biased)
  • Ethan Erwin – Will Win
  • Eric Zipper
  • Jeannine The Machine – Dark Horse

Winner: Ethan Erwin

XIII. Comeback Player of the Year

  • Marc Andreyko – Dark Horse
  • William Bibbiani – Will Win
  • Mike Kalinowski – Should Win
  • Dan Murrell
  • Clarke Wolfe

Winner: William Bibbiani

XIV. Moment of the Year

  • Andrew Ghai Tackles Ben Bateman – Should Win
  • Andrew Ghai’s Entrance at Free4All 2 – Dark Horse
  • The 5 Horsemen Revealed – Will Win
  • Samm Levine Becomes Double Champion
  • Shirewolves “We Are The League”

Winner: The 5 Horsemen Revealed

XV. Match of the Year

  • Above The Line vs Patriots II
  • Clarke Wolfe vs Samm Levine
  • Ethan Erwin vs Clarke Wolfe
  • Lon Harris vs Ethan Erwin
  • Mara Knopic vs Rachel Cushing – Dark Horse
  • KOrruption vs Founding Fathers
  • Take the Cannoli vs Self-Righteous Brothers
  • Top 10 vs Top That
  • Who’s The Boss vs Shirewolves
  • William Bibbiani vs John Rocha – Will/Should Win

Winner: Mara Knopic vs Rachel Cushing

XVI. Team of the Year

  • Above The Line – Dark Horse
  • Critically Acclaimed
  • The Harris Bros
  • The Shirewolves – Will/Should Win
  • Who’s The Boss

Winner: Shirewolves

XVII. Singles Player of the Year

  • William Bibbiani
  • Ethan Erwin – Will Win
  • Samm Levine
  • John Rocha – Should Win
  • Clarke Wolfe – Dark Horse

Winner: Ethan Erwin

XVIII. Overall Player of the Year

  • Ben Bateman
  • Rachel Cushing – Will/Should Win
  • Ethan Erwin – Dark Horse
  • Samm Levine
  • Clarke Wolfe

Winner: Samm Levine

Total: 14/18

Critic’s Choice Awards 2018-19: My Picks

I. Best Picture

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • First Man
  • Green Book 
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Roma – Will Win
  • A Star Is Born – Should Win
  • Vice

Winner: Roma

II. Best Actor

  • Christian Bale, Vice – Dark Horse
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born – Will Win
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Ryan Gosling, First Man
  • Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody – Should Win
  • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book 

Winner: Christian Bale, Vice

III. Best Actress

  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma 
  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Toni Collette, Hereditary
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite 
  • Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born – Will/Should Win
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Dark Horse

Winner: Glenn Close, The Favourite & Lady Gaga, A Star is Born (tie)

IV. Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book – Will Win
  • Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman – Should Win
  • Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther – Dark Horse

Winner: Mahershalla Ali, Green Book

V. Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams, Vice
  • Claire Foy, First Man
  • Nicole Kidman, Boy Erased
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk – Will Win
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite – Should Win
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite – Dark Horse

Winner: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

VI. Best Young Actor/Actress

  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade – Will/Should Win
  • Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • Ed Oxenbould, Wildlife
  • Millicent Simmonds, A Quiet Place
  • Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give
  • Sunny Suljic, Mid90s – Dark Horse

Winner: Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

VII. Best Acting Ensemble

  • Black Panther – Should Win
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite – Will Win
  • Vice – Dark Horse
  • Widows

Winner: The Favourite

VIII. Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle, First Man
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born – Should Win
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma – Will Win
  • Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

IX. Best Original Screenplay

  • Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade – Should Win
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Adam McKay, Vice 
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed
  • Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, Green Book – Will Win
  • Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski, A Quiet Place

Winner: First Reformed

X. Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther – Should Win/Dark Horse
  • Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, A Star Is Born
  • Josh Singer, First Man
  • Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman – Will Win

Winner: If Beale Street Could Talk

XI. Best Cinematography

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma – Will Win
  • James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Matthew Libatique, A Star Is Born
  • Rachel Morrison, Black Panther – Dark Horse
  • Robbie Ryan, The Favourite
  • Linus Sandgren, First Man – Should Win

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

XII. Best Production Design

  • Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart, Black Panther – Will/Should Win
  • Eugenio Caballero, Barbara Enriquez, Roma
  • Nelson Coates, Andrew Baseman, Crazy Rich Asians
  • Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas, First Man
  • John Myhre, Gordon Sim, Mary Poppins Returns

Winner: Black Panther

XIII. Best Editing

  • Jay Cassidy, A Star Is Born – Should Win
  • Hank Corwin, Vice
  • Tom Cross, First Man – Will Win
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough, Roma
  • Yorgos Mavropsaridis, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Joe Walker, Widows

Winner: First Man

XIV. Best Costume Design

  • Alexandra Byrne, Mary Queen of Scots
  • Ruth Carter, Black Panther – Dark Horse
  • Julian Day, Bohemian Rhapsody – Should Win
  • Sandy Powell, The Favourite – Will Win
  • Sandy Powell, Mary Poppins Returns

Winner: Black Panther

XV. Best Hair & Makeup

  • Black Panther – Dark Horse
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Should Win
  • The Favourite
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Suspiria
  • Vice – Will Win

Winner: Vice

XVI. Best Visual Effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War – Will/Should Win
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Ready Player One – Dark Horse

Winner: Black Panther

XVII. Best Animated Feature

  • The Grinch
  • Incredibles 2 – Dark Horse
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Will/Should Win

Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

XVIII. Best Action Movie

  • Avengers: Infinity War – Will/Should Win
  • Black Panther
  • Deadpool 2
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Dark Horse
  • Ready Player One
  • Widows

Winner: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

XVIV. Best Comedy

  • Crazy Rich Asians – Will Win
  • Deadpool 2 – Dark Horse
  • The Death of Stalin
  • The Favourite
  • Game Night – Should Win
  • Sorry to Bother You

Winner: Crazy Rich Asians

XX. Best Actor in a Comedy

  • Christian Bale, Vice – Will/Should Win
  • Jason Bateman, Game Night
  • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
  • John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie
  • Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2 – Dark Horse
  • Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry to Bother You

Winner: Christian Bale, Vice

XXI. Best Actress in a Comedy

  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns – Dark Horse
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite – Will Win
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade – Should Win
  • Rachel McAdams, Game Night
  • Charlize Theron, Tully
  • Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Winner: Olivia Colman, The Favourite

XXII. Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie

  • Annihilation
  • Halloween – Should Win
  • Hereditary – Dark Horse
  • A Quiet Place – Will Win
  • Suspiria

Winner: A Quiet Place

XXIII. Best Foreign Film

  • Burning
  • Capernaum
  • Cold War – Dark Horse
  • Roma – Will/Should Win
  • Shoplifters

Winner: Roma

XXIV. Best Song

  • “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar & SZA (Black Panther) – Dark Horse
  • “Girl in the Movies,” Dolly Parton (Dumplin’)
  • “I’ll Fight,” Jennifer Hudson (RBG)
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns)
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) – Will Win
  • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns) – Should Win

Winner: Shallow

XXV. Best Score

  • Kris Bowers, Green Book
  • Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
  • Ludwig Göransson, Black Panthern- Should Win
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man – Will Win
  • Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Winner: Justin Hurwitz, First Man

Score: 19/25

 

Golden Globes 2018-19: My Picks

With the Golden Globe nominees out, it’s time to make my predictions! Check back on January 6th to see how I did!

I. Best Picture – Drama

  • Black Panther – Dark Horse
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A Star Is Born – Will/Should Win

Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody

II. Best Actress – Drama

  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Lady Gaga, A Star is Born – Will/Should Win
  • Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Dark Horse
  • Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Winner: Glenn Close, The Wife

III. Best Actor – Drama

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born – Should Win
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased – Dark Horse
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody – Will Win
  • John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Winner: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody 

IV. Best Picture – Comedy or Musical

  • Crazy Rich Asians 
  • The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Green Book – Will/Should Win
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Vice

Winner: Green Book

V. Best Actress – Comedy or Musical

  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns – Dark Horse
  • Olivia Coleman, The Favourite – Will Win
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade – Should Win
  • Charlize Theron, Tully
  • Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Winner: Olivia Coleman, The Favourite

VI. Best Actor – Comedy or Musical

  • Christian Bale, Vice – Will Win
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viggo Mortenson, Green Book – Dark Horse
  • Robert Redford, The Old Man & The Gun – Should Win
  • John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Winner: Christian Bale, Vice

VII. Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams, Vice – Will Win
  • Claire Foy, First Man
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk – Dark Horse
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite – Should Win
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Winner: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

VIII. Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book – Will Win
  • Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman – Should Win
  • Richard E, Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice – Dark Horse

Winner: Mahershala Ali, Green Book

IX. Best Animated Feature

  • Incredibles 2 – Dark Horse
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Will/Should Win

Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

X. Best Foreign Language

  • Capernaum
  • Girl
  • Never Look Away
  • Roma – Will/Should Win
  • Shoplifters – Dark Horse

Winner: Roma

XI. Best Director

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born – Will/Should Win
  • Alfonso Cuaron, Roma – Dark Horse
  • Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Winner: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

XII. Best Screenplay

  • Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk – Will/Should Win
  • Adam McKay, Vice
  • Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, & Brian Currie, Green Book – Dark Horse

Winner: Green Book

XIII. Best Original Score

  • Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
  • Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
  • Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther – Will/Should Win
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man – Dark Horse
  • Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Winner: Justin Hurwitz, First Man

XIV. Best Original Song

  • “All the Stars,” Black Panther –Dark Horse
  • “Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin’
  • “Requiem for A Private War,” A Private War
  • “Revelation,” Boy Erased
  • “Shallow,” A Star is Born – Will/Should Win

Winner: Shallow

Score: 8/14