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It is that time of the year again when some of us pay attention to America’s entertainment and sports industry. Normally the Golden Globe nominees are announced, more or less a week after that the Super Bowl takes place, then the Golden Globe awards take place followed by the Academy Awards nominees and the ceremony a few weeks later.
COVID-19 has been fucking up shit since early 2020 and everything got weird and has been weird ever since. Take the Super Bowl for instance. It is the the biggest and most anticipated annual sporting event in the USA but this weekend will see the smallest attendance in the history of the game. Only 30 percent of capacity will be filled at the Super Bowl in Tampa between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs, which means 22000 attendees. Of those seats, 7500 will be occupied by health care workers who are being given free tickets by the league. The rest? The will be coughing up a record average $7589 per ticket. That more than R110k per ticket!
So let’s do something waaaaay cheaper! The Golden Globe nominees were announced this past Monday, 3 February 2021. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return as hosts when the awards take place on Sunday, 28 February 2021 but you can stream the nominees from the comfort of the whatever the fuck you sit on slouch on at home, this weekend!
Nominated for: Best Limited Series or TV Movie, Best Actress (Nicole Kidman), Best Actor (Hugh Grant), and Best Supporting Actor (Donald Sutherland)
I’m 100% convinced that Nicole Kidman would take best actress for The Undoing. Her character, Grace Fraser, is a therapist whose idyllic existence is shattered by a violent death and a very public scandal. Her husband Jonathan (Hugh Grant) goes missing and Grace must face a series of horrible revelations and try to build a new life for herself and her laitie.
Nominated for: Best Drama Series
I fully expect Lovecraft Country to walk away with the award for best drama series because I agree with Newsday’s take on this series: “To call Lovecraft Country ‘wildly original’ seems almost a quaint understatement.”
Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s racist Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. It is a struggle of survival and overcoming the racist atrocities of white America. Oh and there are monsters as well. Fucking terrifying monsters!
THE COMEY RULE
Nominated for: Best Actor: Limited Series or TV Movie (Jeff Daniels) as well as Best Supporting Actor (Brendan Gleeson)
If Jeff Daniels doesn’t take Best Actor for his role, the reason would probably be sort of political in the sense that the majority of us are probably dealing with Trump-fatigue. This is a four-part series about two powerful men, FBI director James Comey and former president Donald J. Trump whose strikingly different ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course. I’m kind of in two minds with this series and it has to to with the aforementioned Trump-fatigue. I’m definitely going to watch it – I just don’t know when I will be ready to see Trump’s stupid ass face again, even if he is portrayed by an accomplished actor. This series is based on Comey’s autobiography, A Higher Loyalty, The Comey Rule.
I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
Nominated for: Best Actor: Limited Series or TV Movie (Mark Ruffalo)
Mark Ruffalo picked up an Emmy Award for best actor in this series, so I skiem he would walk away with a Golden Globe as well. This series follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey (Mark Ruffalo and Mark Ruffalo). It is a story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness. Ruffalo had to lose 20 pounds to play Dominic, then had to gain that back and put on an extra 20 pounds on to play Thomas! Give him TWO Golden Globes!
THE GOOD LORD BIRD
Nominated for: Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie (Ethan Hawke)
Four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke stars as abolitionist John Brown in this seven-part series based on the novel. “Onion” is a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s family of abolitionist soldiers and finds himself in the 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry.
“The series takes a brutish time in history frequently presented dryly out of respect, and dares successfully to capture the uproarious insanity of a righteous, outgunned rebel.”
Hmmm… I’m thinking Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo are going to arm wrestle for this one…
Nominated for: Best Actor: Drama Series (Matthew Rhys)
Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys) is an attorney who specializes in defending seemingly indefensible cases and sees the reboot the award-winning 1950s-60s series based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s detective stories. L.A. is booming while the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression but a kidnapping gone very wrong leads to Mason exposing a fractured city as he uncovers the truth of the crime.
Nominated for: Best Actor: Musical or Comedy Series (Don Cheadle)
Travel black to October 19, 1987, also known as Black Monday when the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street played out. To this day, no one knows who caused it – until now. This is the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine and the glass ceiling.
Nominated for: Best Actor: Musical or Comedy Series (Ramy Youssef)
Ramy, the son of Egyptian immigrants, is on a spiritually conflicting journey in his New Jersey neighborhood, pulled between his Muslim community that thinks life is a constant test, his millennial friends who think life is full of endless possibilities and a God who’s always watching. Heralded as ground-breaking and masterful, Ramy is in its second season and already renewed for a third one. I totally agree! This show is very unique, the main character is something fresh and Ramy Youssef should easily win his nominated category at the Golden Globes.
Need more? Check out our top 10 list of movies and TV series picks from the Plumlist. It is my to-go-to website when I’m stuck for streaming ideas:
|#10. Where to binge-watch all seasons of Superstore in South Africa
Calling all quirky-comedy devotees! Season 6 of Superstore has just landed on DStv online, with new episodes hitting our screens every Wednesday night. If you’ve never dropped by Superstore before, catch Seasons 1 through 4 on either Showmax or Netflix, and then cruise by Season 5, also on DStv.
|On DStv Now, Netflix & Showmax
|# 9. The latest season of Fargo delivers quirky characters and mobsters in cahoots
The 1996 film, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, pretty much put these brothers on the cinematic map. Fargo was followed by The Big Lebowski and O Brother Where Art Thou?, which both became cult classics.
|#8 Seven gorgeous British period dramas to watch after Bridgerton
Landing on Christmas Day 2020, Netflix’s Bridgerton captured audiences and had them in raptures around the world. Narrated by Julie Andrews, produced by Shondaland, and based on the bestselling novels by Julia Quinn, the series is set in London high society between 1813 and 1827, when the Bridgerton siblings are on their quest for love and marriage, along with the security and status ensured by the right match.
|On Netflix & Showmax
| #7 Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer is a “terrifying watch”
Serial killers fascinate us. Fact. Type those words into the search field, on Netflix in particular, and you’ll get dozens of results, from documentaries to scripted series and movies. The topic shows no sign of abating (simple supply and demand), and the latest addition to the platform is Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer, which tells the story of Richard Ramirez, who terrorised Los Angeles in the summer of 1985.
|#6 Stream the M-Net Sunday Night movies in February 2021
Now that lockdown restrictions have eased a little, we may not always be guaranteed to be home on a Sunday night around 8pm. But since it’s possible to watch the M-Net Sunday Night movie online from the Monday after they air, that’s A-okay with us!
| #5 The most notable 2021 Golden Globe snubs to stream
For some reason, the Golden Globe nominees seem to pop up every year, yelling “surprise!” in a shower of confetti and balloons. Coming two months later than usual on account of the pandemic, they still caught us unawares, probably because we were looking at cat videos in our pajamas while day drinking.
|On Netflix & Showmax
| 4# Borat’s latest outing is a circus of a mockumentary
Borat Margaret Sagdiyev is the fictional Kazakhstani TV personality and journalist made famous by comedian, writer and actor Sacha Baron Cohen. He’s now onto his second film, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
|On Amazon Prime
| #3 Interview: Tiffany Barbuzano on her addiction-themed drama series
In 2020, local drama Still Breathing had us glued to our M-Net screens as we watched the heartbreaking story of a stolen baby unfold. If you’ve not seen it, stream it on Showmax now. Then take yourself on over to Netflix to watch another drama from the same team: Sober Companion.
| #2 Watch: The first trailer for upcoming South African thriller series DAM
Silwerskerm Best Actress winner Lea Vivier (Wonderlus) stars as Yola Fischer, who returns from Chile to the Eastern Cape to bury her father. She discovers he’s left his farm to her, to the irritation of her sister, Sienna. It turns out that this may be more of a curse than a blessing, as the house seems to be trying to tell her something. But with her mother institutionalised, and her own meds running out, Yola has to wonder if the spirits are real or just in her head?
| On Showmax
| #1 Raised by Wolves: set on a far-flung planet, shot in Mzansi
HBO’s epic sci-fi series Raised by Wolves, shot in Cape Town with Film Afrika, follows two androids tasked with raising human children on a virgin planet, after Earth has been destroyed in a religious war.
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Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 1 spot, “Raised by Wolves: set on a far-flung planet, shot in Mzansi”
The biggest TV series ever shot in South Africa, Raised by Wolves is an HBO sci-fi show which centres on two androids tasked with raising human children on virgin planet Kepler-22b after the Earth was destroyed in a great war. :
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