Analysis: Benedict Cumberbatch’s toxic cowboy spurs ‘The Power of the Dog’ toward awards season

That’s right — it’s time to begin thinking who and what tasks will be chosen for numerous strangely called prizes.

You are barking up the ideal tree if the very first movie in our seeing suggestions listed below is on your list of awards season competitors.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in "The Power of the Dog."

Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t opting for likability in his newest function, however he absolutely is coming for some elections.

He stars as Phil Burbank, a curmudgeonly cowboy who does not take kindly to his more youthful bro, George (played by Jesse Plemons), weding a gorgeous widow called Rose Gordon (Kirsten Dunst).

Phil basically imitates something that rhymes with glass bowl. However the movie, by writer-director Jane Campion, has effective things to state about masculinity, modification and relationships.

Our critic, Brian Lowry, wrote that “Netflix clearly harbors awards aspirations for the movie, and the film earns a place in that conversation” — and I agree.

It has been in select theaters since November 17 and is currently streaming on Netflix.

‘The Great’ Season 2

(From left) Catherine (Elle Fanning) and Peter (Nicholas Hoult) are at odds in the Hulu series "The Great."

If, like me, you enjoy your history served with a side of naughtiness and little accuracy, I’ve got just the series for you.

Season two of “The Great” just dropped, and I talked to its stars, Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, who play Catherine the Great and Peter III, aka empress and emperor of 18th century Russia, about what’s in store.

This comedy is super bawdy. It even makes fun of that infamous — and false — story that Catherine the Great died while attempting to have sex with a horse, an urban legend Hoult said does disservice to her legacy.

“That’s kind of a bizarre thing when you break it apart and realize that this woman achieved so many wonderful things, changed a country, moved science forward and education,” Hoult added. “She was so progressive.”

Season two of “The Great” is currently streaming on Hulu.

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’

A scene from animated film "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" is shown.

This one is family-friendly.

Disney+ has transformed the beloved children’s book series by Jeff Kinney into an animated adventure.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” centers on seventh grader Greg Heffley (voiced by Brady Noon), a kid with an active imagination and a determination to become rich and famous.

But first he has to survive middle school.

There are plenty of fun and interesting characters, including Greg’s best friend, Rowley Jefferson (Ethan William Childress), to help Greg fill the pages of his journal.

It’s currently streaming on Disney+.

Two things to listen to

Issa Rae stars in season five of "Insecure."
One of the coolest things about the HBO hit series “Insecure” is its music — which is why I was hyped when the star and creator, Issa Rae, announced on Instagram that the soundtrack to season five drops on Friday.

So get ready to dance your … cares away with some music that will probably definitely be, like the show, for grown folks only.

Jonathan Van Ness arrives for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, August 26, 2019.

“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness is curious about so many things — and aren’t we lucky for that?

His podcast, “Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness,” features experts and tastemakers discussing topics he’s interested in, like vaccine misinformation and figure skating.

And it’s not just that he has questions. He encourages his audience to be curious about life as well.

The podcast is currently streaming on multiple platforms including Apple.

One thing to talk about

Rihanna (third from left) was named a national hero during a ceremony to declare Barbados a republic and the inauguration of the country's first president, at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, November 30.

Rihanna has made Barbados so very proud.

That’s why her homeland, which had already appointed her as an ambassador, recently honored the singer-mogul with the designation “national hero.”

RiRi gives back to her country and reps them with total pride.

Well done, ma’am. Now, if we could only get a new album.

Something to sip on

Ryan Reynolds attends the premiere of "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" at Military Island in New York City's Times Square, May 2, 2019.

Speaking of being honored by your people: I try not to put celebs on pedestals, but honest-to-goodness Ryan Reynolds seems like a lovely human being.

Canada thinks so, too.

His native country recently honored the “Deadpool” actor and entrepreneur with a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

Our neighbors to the north also put together a pretty funny and touching video of Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page belting out a tribute to the star in the form of the song “Canada Loves You Back.”

Reynolds shared footage of himself watching the tribute on his verified Instagram, and we got to see him both laugh and cry.

“I’m not crying,” Reynolds joked in the caption. “It’s just maple syrup.”

Ryan Reynolds in his feels is all we need to be in ours. Oh, Canada.

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