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2020 Golden Globes Nominations: 5 Exciting Surprises and 5 Outrageous Snubs

Where is the love for "Little Women" and Adam Sandler?

Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan, and Eliza Scanlen in Little Women

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Awards season is about to kick into high gear after the release of the 2020 Golden Globes nominations.

The Golden Globes are one of the more chaotic and entertaining award shows. Between the abundance of star power in the room and the amount of alcohol they consume, the Globes are a fun watch from start to finish. With that being said, the Globes and its voting body, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are also an important feature of awards season. If actors, actresses, and their films are hoping for an Oscar nomination, a successful stint at the Globes will strengthen their campaign.

After the 2020 film nominations were announced, Twitter users, not surprisingly, had their opinions. There were some great surprises involving Parasite and Knives Out. There were also some disappointing snubs regarding Little Women and Uncut Gems. Here are five exciting surprises and five outrageous snubs.

Surprise: Bong Joon Ho, Best Director for Parasite

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Choi Woo-shik, Song Kang-ho, Jang Hye-jin, and Park So-dam in Parasite.

Bong Joon Ho wrote and directed the masterpiece that is Parasite, but receiving a best director nomination was no guarantee. Remember that both Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig missed out on Best Director at the 75th Golden Globes (Peele and Gerwig received Oscar nominations for directing), so Bong receiving a nomination is a tremendous surprise. Parasite is not only one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year but of the decade.

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5 of the Best Films You Never Want to See Again

These films aren't the best for a date night.

Toni Collette in Hereditary

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Many great films have a high degree of rewatchability.

We all have those films that we can experience over and over without growing tired of them. A two-and-a-half hour violent crime drama such as The Departed can be just as critically acclaimed and rewatchable as an uplifting story about survival and hope like Slumdog Millionaire.

That being said, there are many great films that you're glad you saw, but you never want to see again. These films lack a rewatchability factor due to their difficult subject matter, gruesome images, or long run-times. Twitter user Rose Matafeo posed this question on her timeline: "What is the best film that you never want to see again? or at least for a very long time?"

Here are our picks.

Schindler's List

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Schindler's List is a film with a devastating premise, and is absolutely a piece of art that everyone should see at least once. Schindler's List tells the story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a German businessman who saves over a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust. It's a graphic and disturbing look at the Holocaust and it's not for the faint of heart. The film includes brutal executions and severe mistreatment of innocent bystanders. That being said, Schindler's List is a masterpiece and is absolutely worth your time.

Room

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Make sure a box of tissues are nearby when watching Room. The 2015 drama stars Brie Larson as "Ma," a woman who has been held captive in a tiny shed for seven years. She lives with and raises her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who has never been outside the shed he calls "room." The first half of Room is so emotionally traumatizing and exhausting that it's hard to watch. Though the ending is uplifting, the emotional roller coaster you have to ride to get there won't leave you eager to see it again.


Hereditary

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Hereditary is the type of movie that messes with your mind. It has so many WTF moments that its guaranteed to leave you speechless. The basic synopsis revolves around Annie Graham (Toni Collette) and her family as a mysterious presence begins to haunt them after a death in the family. Hereditary is a brilliant horror film that can mess with your overall well-being if consumed multiple times.

Requiem for a Dream

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If Requiem for a Dream is your favorite movie, then god bless your stomach tolerance for gruesome images. Requiem for a Dream exhibits how drug addiction negatively effects the lives of four characters. Their respective heroin addictions make them delusional and desperate until the point where they completely unravel. The strong imagery is memorable and powerful, but often difficult to endure. It's the definition of a "tough watch."

The Road

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If The Road becomes an accurate portrayal of a post-apocalyptic world, then all hope may be lost for the future. The Road stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and son trying to navigate across a desolate America after an extinction event. It's well acted and fully captures how catastrophic events can not only crush one's morale, but instill fear in generations to come. But its also slow at times, depressing, and bleak, meaning its not exactly something you want to put on for a casual movie night.

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

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Good luck finding a movie in 2019 that's sparked more public discussion than Todd Phillips' Joker.

Set in 1981, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a mentally-ill, failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. Despite the film spawning debates on mental health, mass shootings, and the value of comic book movies, Joker is a box office smash, becoming the highest earning R-rated movie ever.

One thing isn't up for debate, and that's the dancing ability of Joker. Honestly, Phoenix's dancing is downright impressive. While The Joker displays dark, sadistic, and creepy intentions, Phoenix's moves are dazzling, sophisticated, and majestic. NY Times dance critic Gia Kourlas said Phoenix is a "great dancer" and "moves with uncultivated finesse — dreamily, animalistic, like a rock star."

In Joker, Phoenix has two memorable dance numbers: One takes place in the bathroom and the other on a set of now iconic stairs. The bathroom scene takes place after Arthur kills three men on the subway. While in his faded clown makeup, Arthur runs into a disgusting public bathroom, embraces his inner demons, and celebrates his new love for chaos with a spell-binding dance routine.

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If you've been on the Internet in the past month, you've probably already seen the second dance number, which takes place on a set of now infamous Bronx stairs. Fresh off another kill, Arthur celebrates his new love of violence by chaotically dancing down the stairs on his way to guest star on his favorite late-night talk show.

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Both dances are expertly crafted, but where do they stand among cinema's most memorable dance scenes?

Dirty Dancing, Final Dance

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Nobody puts Baby in a corner, and nobody out dances Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Joker's dance scenes might be memorable, but Dirty Dancing has an enrapturing dance number that culminates with the iconic lift during "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." In regards to the lift, New York City-based choreographer Sydnie Mosley said to not try it at home because of the difficulty in "finding that point of balance in the air." Good luck trying to mimic Swayze and Grey. Edge: Dirty Dancing

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"Looking for Alaska's" Best Musical Moments

This article contains spoilers for Hulu's "Looking for Alaska."

Denny Love, Kristine Froseth, Charlie Plummer, and Jay Lee in Looking for Alaska

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After more than a decade in developmental hell, John Green's 2005 novel Looking for Alaska has finally been adapted for television, having premiered on Hulu Oct. 18.

Set in 2005, Looking for Alaska tells the story of Miles "Pudge" Halter (Charlie Plummer), a high school junior obsessed with famous last words, who transfers to Culver Creek Academy from Orlando, Florida. At his new school, Miles begins to come out of his shell thanks to his roommate, Chip "The Colonel" Martin (Denny Love), and friend Takumi Hikohito (Jay Lee). However, it's the mysterious and passionate Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth) who captures Miles' affection.

The eight-episode Hulu series is quite good. It's a sincere, heartfelt, and tragic adaptation of the award-winning novel, and it's a quality throwback to the successful teen dramas of the mid-2000s. A lot of the show's success can be credited to the creator, Josh Schwartz, and his creative and producing partner, Stephanie Savage. Schwartz and Savage are the team behind iconic teen shows like The O.C. and Gossip Girl.

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But just like with the The O.C., the music featured on Looking for Alaska is arguably better than the show itself. While working on The O.C., Schwartz and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas perfectly crafted an indie pop/rock soundtrack that featured up-and-coming bands like Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, and The Killers. Schwartz and Patsavas reunited on Looking for Alaska to curate a nostalgic and eclectic playlist featuring throwbacks from The Strokes, Bloc Party, 50 Cent, and Gorillaz.

1. The Killers, "All These Things I've Done"

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The song is used in the first episode as Miles leaves Florida for an unknown future at Culver Creek Academy. More importantly, it's the song playing when Miles gets his first glimpse of his eventual crush, Alaska.

Listen to the entire Looking for Alaska soundtrack on Spotify.

Looking for Alaska (Music from the Original Series)

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Before "Uncut Gems": Why Does Adam Sandler Choose Bad Movies?

The Sandman will remind the world why he's one of today's best working actors in Uncut Gems.

Adam Sandler

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With his role in the Safdie Brothers' Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler is ready to make his Oscars push. More importantly, Sandler is reminding the world that he's one of the world's best actors.

Adam Sandler is a modern day Renaissance Man. The 53-year-old first made us laugh as "Opera Man" and "Canteen Boy" on Saturday Night Live. Then, he serenaded us with his witty verses and smooth guitar playing on "The Hanukkah Song" and in The Wedding Singer. Sandler has become one of the biggest box office stars of the last 30 years, with his movies grossing over $2 billion worldwide.

Now, Sandler is positioned to be in contention for Best Actor at the Oscars thanks to his upcoming role in Uncut Gems. Sandler stars as Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous in the diamond district of New York City. When his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers, Ratner must find a way to pay his debts. The growing consensus around Sandler's performance is that it's one of the best of his career and will most certainly be a factor this awards season.

Uncut Gems | Official Trailer HD | A24 www.youtube.com

While Sandler is known for his comedic roles, it's his dramatic turns that are most impressive. In particular, Sandler excels as a psychologically troubled entrepreneur who falls in love with an English woman in 2002's Punch Drunk Love; in 2009, he embodied a depressed, terminally ill comedian who tries to fix the relationships in his life in Funny People. Both performances were met with critical acclaim and proved that Sandler could reach dramatic depths as an actor.

But as talented as Sandler is, he's equally as frustrating with his career choices. Sandler poignantly played a man who lost his family in 9/11 in Reign Over Me, but he also played an alcoholic, dimwitted father in the disturbing That's My Boy. Sandler beautifully played a divorcé who must confront his personal failures in The Meyerowitz Stories, which makes it hard to believe he's the same actor who played a set of twins (one of them female) trying to reconnect with one another in the awful Jack and Jill.

One obvious reason why Sandler continues to do silly and critically panned films: They make money. Sandler signed four-picture deals with Netflix in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Regardless of the movies' quality, it seems that Netflix users keep watching Sandler's movies. While 2016's The Ridiculous 6 has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, it was the most-watched movie on Netflix in the first 30 days of release at the time. His most recent work for Netflix, Murder Mystery, which received mixed to negative reviews, had the biggest opening weekend ever for the streaming service, with over 30 million accounts tuning in.

But there's a reason why some of the best directors in the world work with Sandler; when Sandler turns on that switch from silly to dramatic, magic can happen. Academy Award-nominated director Paul Thomas Anderson ( Punch-Drunk Love) and Academy Award winner James L. Brooks (Spanglish) both crafted entire films around Sandler. Judd Apatow (Funny People) cast Sandler because of his dramatic turn in Reign Over Me. Noah Baumbach (The Meyerowitz Stories), who will be in the awards race this year with Marriage Story, helped garner Sandler some of the greatest reviews of his career. Clearly, some of the most talented and well-respected filmmakers today work with Sandler because he's a phenomenal actor. Too bad he has a history of choosing bizarre and preposterous cash grabs, as well as meaningful roles.

Maybe Sandler will go back to making terrible and unfunny films like Jack and Jill after this year. Maybe he won't, and Uncut Gems could start a career revival for Sandler as a dramatic powerhouse. Either way, we'll never fully heal from seeing him play his own, frumpy twin.

Adam Sandler playing two roles in Jack and Jill Adam Sandler in Jack and JillSony Pictures Entertainment

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Comeback Season: How Jennifer Lopez and Brad Pitt Ruled 2019

Jenny from the Block and People's two-time Sexiest Man Alive are back.

Jennifer Lopez and Brad Pitt

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Two larger-than-life stars of the 1990s, Jennifer Lopez and Brad Pitt, are having the best year of their careers. 2019 has been so good to them that it might end with Oscar gold.

Thanks to the streaming era, the number of financially successful original movies has dwindled at the box office. During the summer months, it's rare for studios to put anything that's not a sequel or a superhero film in theaters. Critically acclaimed hits like Long Shot and Late Night failed to get butts in seats, and even big franchise features like Men in Black: International and Godzilla: King of the Monsters performed poorly (overall box office numbers are down 6.4% from last year).

Are superhero flicks, franchise sequels, and reboots the only films that make money? Not necessarily, but it's much harder for a an original screenplay to compete. However, the one element that counteracts this pattern is star power. Name recognition still matters; A-list stars can still sell movies.

A study in 2017 showed the two biggest age demographics of moviegoers were 25-39 and 60+. Which group of stars do these demographics identify with more easily: 20-something-year-olds like Ansel Elgort and Ashleigh Cummings or wizened Hollywood veterans like Jennifer Lopez and Brad Pitt? The resounding answer is Lopez and Pitt.

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In fact, Elgort and Cummings' recent film, The Goldfinch, bombed at the box office, making just $2.6 million on a $40+ million budget. You know whose films didn't bomb? Lopez's (Hustlers) and Pitt's (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood and Ad Astra). Lopez and Pitt have only been in a total of five films since 2017, but if box office success serves as evidence, their names still carry weight.

Both Lopez and Pitt are experiencing a career renaissance in 2019. To be clear, neither of them has ever vanished from the public eye. As long as they are living and breathing on this Earth, their names will still have currency in celebrity gossip circles and entertainment forums. Although Lopez hasn't starred in a lot of films since the end of 2015, she's just as relevant as ever. Lopez starred on NBC's Shades of Blue, held both a Las Vegas residency and world tour, and currently judges on World of Dance. On top of that, Lopez is in a high-profile relationship with Alex Rodriguez, has over 100 million followers on Instagram, and will co-headline the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show with Shakira.

Now, thanks to Hustlers, J-Lo has the Oscars in her sights, too. Based on the The Cut article by Jessica Pressler titled "The Hustlers at Scores," Hustlers follows a group of New York City strippers who steal money from wealthy Wall Street executives and businessmen. Lopez stars as Ramona, a feisty veteran stripper who helps lead the scheme with her coworker, Destiny (Constance Wu). Hustlers is already Lopez's highest opening weekend of her career at the box office (for a live-action film), as well as the highest opening weekend for the film's studio, STX Entertainment. In fact, the 50-year-old actress has generated Oscar buzz in the supporting actress category, which would be her first ever nomination.

Pitt is, without a doubt, one of the best actors of the last 30 years. At the turn of the 21st century, Pitt was arguably the biggest movie star on the planet. In the 1990s, Pitt had been nominated for an Oscar, won People's Sexiest Man Alive, starred in Fight Club, and dated Jennifer Anniston. And that was before his charming character in the Ocean's series stole America's heart.

Unfortunately, Pitt doesn't act a lot anymore. Instead, he's chosen to produce more films with his company, Plan B. From 2015 to the release of Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, Pitt was only in four movies. Then, Pitt decided 2019 was the time to remind the world that he's "Brad Effin Pitt," one of the last movie stars we have. For the first time in almost a decade, Pitt starred in two movies in one year, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood and Ad Astra. Let's start with the flashy role in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, which, as of Sept. 26, has grossed over $340 million worldwide. Pitt plays Cliff Booth, a stuntman to Rick Dalton (Leonard DiCaprio) who navigates the changing landscape of Hollywood in 1969 Los Angeles. Pitt is so fantastic in the role that he's one of the favorites to win Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times said Pitt killed it and "turns in one of the most memorable performances of his career."

Ad Astra | IMAX Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX www.youtube.com

However, Pitt's true powers were on full display in James Gray's Ad Astra. Pitt plays Major Roy McBride, an astronaut who goes into space to search for his father, whose experiment threatens the entire solar system. It's a father-son love story disguised as a sci-fi epic. Ad Astra is a character study in what it means to be alone and how to find the true meaning of life. Pitt successfully channels these emotions of solitude and grief and gives one of the best performances of his career (again). The film recently launched overseas and grossed $26 million.

The changing of the guard is inevitable when it comes to Hollywood. New stars will eventually surpass the old ones. Maybe the box office will eventually sway back towards original movies and away from flashy superheroes and unwanted sequels. Lopez and Pitt are much-needed reminders that the reign of superhero franchises and reboots is temporary: The Old Guard of Hollywood is still a powerful creative force. And maybe, just maybe, A-listers of the 90s are the key to scaling back the pit of recycled material that Hollywood has fallen into.