This post features the following categories:
- Best Picture
- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Supporting Actor
- Best Supporting Actress
Today is Oscar Day!!!
This begins Part 1 of my Oscar predictions. This post features:
Directed by: John Crowley
Written by: Nick Hornby based on the book by Colm Toibin
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson
Summary: A young Irish woman immigrates to Brooklyn where she falls in love with a young Italian man. After tragedy strikes back in Ireland, she is forced to choose between the life she left behind and the new life she has built in America. (more…)
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Written by: Drew Goddard (based on the novel by Andy Weir)
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristin Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Summary: An astronaut, Mark Watney (Matt Damon), is stranded on Mars by his mission team who believe him to be dead. Through determination, wit, and creative thinking he survives alone on the planet for over a year. (more…)
Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
Written by: Emma Donaghue
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay
Summary: An imprisoned young woman and her son grapple with the realities of life outside of captivity.
So…life happens. New job. New apartment. I’ll spare you the boring details – but for the first time EVER life has gotten in the way of my ability to dive head first into Oscar season.
The season kicked off to a VERY disappointing bang with Golden Globe nominations. My problems were mostly with the TV nominees, but any award show that is going to deem Empire worthy of a Best Drama nomination over both The Leftovers AND The Knick has got their head way too far up their ass for me to take them seriously with TV or film.
I’m not kidding. I’m still irate. This might be the biggest snub in awards history since the “Daniel-Day-Lewis Not-Winning-For-Gangs-of-New-York” disaster of 2003.
In any case, with just two weeks to go before Oscar night, I’ve decided to make a mad dash to the finish line and play catch-up. In the next two weeks I’ll be posting ‘bite size’ reviews of the Oscar contenders for this year along with my predicted wins in each award category.
More to come soon!
Will Win: Birdman
Could Win: Boyhood
Should Win: Whiplash
Statistically speaking, this is a tight, tight race between Boyhood and Birdman with a little possibility of The Grand Budapest Hotel sprinkled in. The cinematic community loves to praise Boyhood, and with good reason, but it’s hard to separate the film from the way it was made. After I watched Boyhood I found myself asking “Would I have liked this as much if I had not known it was filmed over 12 years?” and I’m not sure I can answer that. If the answer to that question is no, is my evaluation of the film as a final product fair? These are questions that Academy voters have had to grapple with as well. That flicker of doubt aside, I thought Birdman was the better film. It was more entertaining and daring in a different way. It’s not without its flaws but definitely makes sense as the Best Picture winner this year. I still stand by my claim that Whiplash was the best movie made in 2014, but that’s just not how the Academy will vote. History has shown that Academy voters love movies about the artistic process and Birdman is all over that.
This is one of the first years since the new ‘up to 10 nominees’ system that I’ve been really, really pleased with every movie nominated. Usually there are 3 that are so clearly not in the same league as the winners that I sometimes never even bothered to see those films, but the spread is pretty even this year. American Sniper, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, and the Theory of Everything are all great films but haven’t struck me with the kind of excitement that Birdman, Boyhood, and Whiplash have.
That wraps up all of the predictions! For one final look at other awards ceremonies you can check out last night’s results of the Independent Spirit Awards.
Red Carpet coverage on E! starts today at 12:30pm (even I think that’s excessive) with the show being broadcast on ABC at 7:30pm! (All times are CST). I will be live tweeting the show as well.
Along with foreign films and sometimes the documentaries, the nominated short films are always difficult to find before the Oscars. However, RIGHT NOW you can rent the live action and animated shorts via Vimeo! It will cost about $3.50 for each set of nominees, so you shouldn’t have to spend more than $7 or $8 to watch these in your living room.
Many theaters are hosting special screenings of the shorts as well. If you’re in Madison, you can catch the shorts at the AMC Fitchburg theater.
2 MORE DAYS!
This is the first of three posts highlighting my Oscar picks and predictions for this Sunday’s show.
Part 1 includes: Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Foreign Language Film, Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Music (Original Score), Best Music (Original Song), Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing.
Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert D. Yeoman
Ida, Ryszard Lenczweski; Lukasz Zal
Mr. Turner, Dick Pope
Unbroken, Roger Deakins
Will Win: Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
Could Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert D. Yeoman
Should Win: Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
This should absolutely go to Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman was nothing short of brilliantly framed choreography. His odds of winner are very good and if he does take home the Best Cinematography Oscar this will be his second year in a row. The Grand Budapest Hotel is great to look at, but I think that’s more of a testament to the production design than the cinematography. However, should the Academy lose their minds before voting, The Grand Budapest Hotel would make an excellent second choice to Birdman. (more…)