Last year, I introduced the Hallmark Star of the Year Award. This part of the Gold Sally Awards gave my readers, followers, and visitors the opportunity to nominee someone with the Hallmark community. Out of those nominees, I chose one recipient to receive this honor. This year, I’m bringing this award back with two major changes. The nominees will no longer be limited to people associated with Hallmark. You can also nominate movie critics, movie bloggers, and movie related Youtubers. Other than that, the guidelines are still the same as the previous year. If you would like to learn more about those guidelines, you can visit the link to the previous year’s post here:
Happy April! We’re almost finished with the acting division as the Best Supporting Actor poll arrives. This poll will help us determine who will be crowned the Best Supporting Actor of the 2nd Annual Gold Sally Awards! You’re allowed to vote for more than one nominee. However, you can only vote once per person. This poll starts today, April 3rd, and ends on April 9th.
Now that we have a determined winner for the Best Actress category, it’s time to move on to the Best Supporting Actress division. Like the previous two acting polls, this specific poll is for choosing the Supporting Actress that was the best of the year! You’re allowed to vote for more than one nominee. However, you can only vote once per person. This poll starts today, March 27th, and ends on April 2nd.
Today is the day for the last acting division of the Gold Sally Awards to begin! In these polls, you will determine which is the Best Ensemble from a Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film! Like with the previous polls, you are only allowed to vote once per person. But you are allowed to vote for more than one nominee. Your votes can be placed in the comment section of this post. This round of the Gold Sally Awards will conclude on May 10th. After that day, two casts will receive the title of Best Ensemble from the Gold Sally Awards!
Best Ensemble from a Hallmark Channel Movie
Royally Ever After
The Beach House
Cooking with Love
Once Upon a Prince
Wedding of Dreams
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
It’s Christmas, Eve
When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing
A Gingerbread Romance
Best Ensemble from a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie
Hi everyone! I just wanted to remind you that voting for the Best Supporting Actor from a Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie ends on April 29th. The polls for the last acting division will begin on April 30th. Happy voting!
Because I was participating in Easter festivities, I didn’t get around to reviewing Easter Under Wraps over the weekend. However, I was able to watch the movie on the Monday after Easter. When I discovered that Hallmark was creating their first Easter movie, I was so excited! I even talked about the film in a Word in the Street story last month. As I shared the movie’s official synopsis in that post, I expressed my feelings of disappointment about how it sounded. To me, the premise felt like it would focus more on the corporate side of Easter than the holiday itself. But I still chose to watch the movie with an open mind and give it a fair chance. Did Easter Under Wraps disappoint or triumph? I’m glad you hopped on over to this review, as we’re now about to find out!
Things I liked about the film:
The acting: The cast of Easter Under Wraps is, so far, the strongest I’ve seen in any Hallmark movie this year! Every actor and actress did such a great job at portraying their characters, making them feel like real-life individuals. From the lead stars to even the only prominent child actor in the cast, all of the performances seemed so natural and genuine. This helped the characters maintain a sense of likability. It also helped me stay invested in what was happening to the characters. The acting was one of the things that made my movie-viewing experience so enjoyable!
The on-screen chemistry between the characters: In most Hallmark films, the on-screen chemistry between the lead characters is emphasized. This is partly the case with Easter Under Wraps. Fiona Gubelmann and Brendan Penny’s on-screen chemistry was really good! What helped make this on-screen relationship feel so genuine was the quality of Fiona and Brendan’s performances. A pleasant surprise in Easter Under Wraps was the on-screen chemistry between all of the characters. The various relationships in this film were not only portrayed well by the actors, but they were also well-written. This component helped make the story that much more interesting.
The writing: In Easter Under Wraps, the writing was such a great element to this narrative! Through the movie, conversations amongst the characters felt like real-life conversations. The comedic timing in this film was perfect, making the funnier moments feel effective. All of the sub-plots blended in really well with the main plot. Easter Under Wraps was an engaging movie because of how good the writing was. This component elevated the story into a truly memorable narrative!
The messages and themes: Like any Hallmark movie, Easter Under Wraps was filled with good messages and themes! These pieces of the story added to the relatability of the movie. Characters learning about personal growth, incorporating important traditions, and effective problem solving can be found in this film. Something that I found interesting was how chocolate was included in Easter Under Wraps. While the main plot revolved around a chocolate factory, the characters found ways to attach interesting messages to the candy itself. It, honestly, made me think about chocolate in a different way.
What I didn’t like about the film:
Lack of Easter specific messages and themes: Because this is Hallmark’s first Easter movie, I kind of figured this would be an issue. While Easter Under Wraps had good messages and themes, they really didn’t correlate directly with the Easter holiday. A few of these messages and themes were sprinkled into the story, but they weren’t explored as thoroughly as I had hoped. If Hallmark continues to create Easter themed movies (which I hope they do), I hope they take the time to explore the messages and themes that the Easter holiday has to offer.
My overall impression:
For their first Easter themed movie, Hallmark did a really good job with Easter Under Wraps! While there were a few “Hallmark movie clichés” in this film, the overall quality of the other components made me overlook them. There was so much about this movie that I liked, from the acting to even the festive decorations. This is, so far, the best Hallmark movie I’ve seen this year! I really hope that Hallmark continues to make Easter themed movies, as there are some interesting stories that can be told. I also wouldn’t mind if this movie got a sequel, since it definitely has the potential for another chapter. There’s no doubt that I had an egg-cellent time watching Easter Under Wraps!
Overall score: 8.6 out of 10
Which 2019 “Spring Fever” movie was your favorite? Would you like to see more Easter themed movies from Hallmark? Let me know in the comment section!
Hi there! The time has come for the arrival of the Gold Sally Awards’ Best Supporting Actor division! For these set of polls, you will decide which actor will receive the title of Best Supporting Actor in a Hallmark Channel Movie and Best Supporting Actor in a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie. Like the previous polls, you will be able to vote for more than one nominee. However, you can only vote once per person. All votes can be left in the comment section of this post. Voting for the Best Supporting Actor division will end on April 29th.
Best Supporting Actor in a Hallmark Channel Movie
Dewshane Williams – One Winter Weekend
James Brolin – Royal Hearts
Preston Vanderslice – Cooking with Love
Barry McGovern – Royally Ever After
Rob Kipa-Williams – Pearl in Paradise
Dennis Haysbert – Christmas Everlasting
Cole Gleason – Christmas at Pemberley Manor
Laurie Murdoch – It’s Christmas, Eve
Nicholas Banks – Christmas at the Palace
Giles Panton – A Gingerbread Romance
Best Supporting Actor in a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie
Bill Dow – Marrying Father Christmas
Giles Panton – A Godwink Christmas
Jordan Dean – Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
Mark Humphrey – Christmas Bells Are Ringing
Curtis Tweedie – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game
Edward Ruttle – Garage Sale Mysteries: Picture a Murder
Viv Leacock – Hailey Dean Mysteries: 2+2=Murder
Chris William Martin — Garage Sale Mysteries: Murder in D Minor
Geoff Gustafson – Darrow & Darrow: In the Key of Murder
Hi everyone! I just wanted to remind everyone that the last day to vote for the Gold Sally Awards’ Best Supporting Actress from a Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie is on April 18th. The next round of polls will begin on April 19th. Have fun voting!
Hello, everyone! Today starts the Best Supporting Actress division of the Gold Sally Awards! In honor of this occasion, I decided this would be the perfect time to introduce 18 Cinema Lane’s new logo! This version will be the official logo of the blog from now on. It was created by K from K at the Movies. Make sure you check out their blog for more reviews and insights about film!
Now, on to the voting! These polls are to determine who will be the Best Supporting Actress in a Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie! Like with the previous polls, you can only vote once per person. However, you are allowed to vote for more than one nominee. You can place your votes in the comment section of this post. The Gold Sally Awards’ Best Supporting Actress division will conclude on April 18th. After that date, two actresses will receive this honor of being named Best Supporting Actress from the Gold Sally Awards!
Best Supporting Actress in a Hallmark Channel Movie
Brittany Bristow – Christmas at the Palace
Gwynyth Walsh – It’s Christmas, Eve
Maddie McCormick – Christmas at Pemberley Manor
Rukiya Bernard – One Winter Weekend
Naomi Sequeira – Pearl in Paradise
MacKenzie Vega – Love, Of Course
Andie MacDowell – The Beach House
Kayla Wallace – Once Upon a Prince
Jordana Lajoie – A Gingerbread Romance
Elva Mai Hoover – Entertaining Christmas
Best Supporting Actress in a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie
Sarah Grey – Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Marriage Made for Murder
Wendie Malick – Marrying Father Christmas
Laura Leighton – Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
Rebecca Staab – Christmas Bells are Ringing
Colleen Winton – Hope at Christmas
Sitara Hewitt – Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery
Nicola Lipman – Garage Sale Mysteries: Murder in D Minor
Jessica Sipos – Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar
Kelly Hu – Christmas Wonderland
MacKenzie Porter – Darrow & Darrow: In the Key of Murder