My Oscar Predictions, 2016

•February 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

People usually ask me for advice on how to fill out their Oscar ballots. For them, I have crafted this cheat sheet. I will pick the person/film I believe is the favorite to win, along with a dark horse selection– that way, if you want to roll the dice on a few categories, you can do so.

My picks:

BEST PICTURE:

The Revenant

Dark horse: The Big Short

BEST DIRECTOR:

Alejandro Inarritu

Dark horse: George Miller

BEST ACTOR:

Leonardo DiCaprio

Dark horse*: Bryan Cranston

*- this is a super super dark horse, Leo is basically a lock, but if you’re in Vegas, I’d drop 10 bucks on Cranston’s 80:1 odds. 

BEST ACTRESS:

Brie Larson

Dark horse: None

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Sylvester Stallone

Dark horse: Mark Rylance

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Alicia Vikander

Dark horse: Kate Winslet

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Spotlight

Dark horse: None

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

The Big Short

Dark horse: None

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

The Revenant

Dark horse: none

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

Carol

Dark horse: Cinderella

BEST EDITING:

Mad Max: Fury Road

Dark horse: The Big Short

BEST MAKEUP/HAIR:

Mad Max: Fury Road

Dark horse: The Revenant

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

Mad Max: Fury Road

Dark horse: The Revenant

BEST SCORE:

The Hateful Eight

Dark horse: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SONG:

“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground

Dark horse: “Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey

BEST SOUND EDITING:

The Revenant

Dark horse: Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SOUND MIXING:

The Revenant

Dark horse: Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Dark horse: Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

Inside Out

Dark horse: Anomalisa

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

Amy

Dark horse: What Happened, Miss Simone?

BEST FOREIGN FILM:

Son of Saul

Dark horse: Mustang

BEST ANIMATED SHORT:

World of Tomorrow

Dark horse: Sanjay’s Super Team

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:

Claude Lanzman: Spectres of the Shoah

Dark horse: Body Team 12

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT:

Ave Maria

Dark horse: Shok

The 2016 Academy Award Nominations (In an Ideal World)

•January 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Here are your 2016 Academy Award nominations… in an ideal world. (In my ideal world, anyhow.)

BEST PICTURE:

  • Anomalisa
  • The Big Short
  • Carol
  • Creed
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • Steve Jobs
  • Sicario
  • Spotlight

BEST DIRECTOR:

  • Ryan Coogler, Creed
  • Todd Haynes, Carol
  • Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Denis Villeneuve, Sicario

BEST ACTOR:

  • Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Michael B. Jordan, Creed
  • Josh Lucas, The Mend
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind

BEST ACTRESS:

  • Emily Blunt, Sicario
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Sarah Snook, Predestination
  • Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

  • Emory Cohen, Brooklyn
  • Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina
  • Alexander Skarsgård, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Rick Springfield, Ricki and the Flash
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

  • Rebecca Ferguson, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Greta Gerwig, Mistress America
  • Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
  • Alicia Vikander, Ex Machine
  • Kristen Wiig, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • Creed
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Steve Jobs

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • Ex Machina
  • Mississippi Grind
  • Mistress America
  • Sicario
  • Spotlight

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  • Carol
  • Creed
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Crimson Peak
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST EDITING:

  • The Big Short
  • Creed
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation
  • Sicario

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR:

  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mr. Holmes

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

  • Carol
  • Crimson Peak
  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Tomorrowland

BEST SCORE:

  • Carol
  • Creed
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Sicario
  • Steve Jobs

BEST SONG:

  • “Cold One,” Ricki and the Flash
  • “Don’t Look Down,” Danny Collins
  • “Feels Like Summer,” Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • “Love Me Like You Do,” Fifty Shades of Gray
  • “Squeeze Me,” The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water

BEST SOUND EDITING:

  • Creed
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation
  • Sicario

BEST SOUND MIXING:

  • Creed
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation
  • Sicario

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ex Machina
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Walk

My Oscar Nomination Predictions, 2016

•January 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Greetings, world! It has been a very long time since I posted– since last year’s Oscars, as a matter a fact. For those of you who don’t know me, I stopped maintaining this blog when I moved to Los Angeles, because writing all day long for work and simultaneously keeping this blog up-to-date would be impossible (if you check the dates on some of the older reviews, it was becoming quite difficult for me even before I began writing full-time).

However, as I’m an apt consumer of the joy and pain of awards season, I figured I would continue to dispense my predictions for the Academy Awards, both for the nominations and then later for the awards themselves. (Maybe I’ll also do what I did last year and post my ideal-world Oscar nominations tomorrow.)

If you’re interested in my very brief thoughts on the 110+ movies I saw in 2015, I strongly encourage you to follow my film-going diary, or at bare minimum to follow my Twitter, where I frequently post my insta-thoughts about films and/or anything else under the sun.

Without further ado, my picks for tomorrow’s Oscar nominations (with a dark horse that could sneak in for each category). Last year, I got 72.6% of my picks right (the sound categories always kill me). Here’s hoping I top that mark this time!

BEST PICTURE:

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight
  • DARK HORSE: Straight Outta Compton

BEST DIRECTOR:

  • Todd Haynes, Carol
  • Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • Ridley Scott, The Martian
  • DARK HORSE: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ACTOR:

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
  • DARK HORSE: Johnny Depp, Black Mass

BEST ACTRESS:

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
  • DARK HORSE: Lily Tomlin, Grandma

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short
  • Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
  • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed
  • DARK HORSE: Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
  • DARK HORSE: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Room
  • Steve Jobs
  • DARK HORSE: The Martian

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Ex Machina
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Inside Out
  • Spotlight
  • DARK HORSE: Straight Outta Compton

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • DARK HORSE: The Prophet

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • The Hunting Ground
  • Listen to Me Marlon
  • The Look of Silence
  • DARK HORSE: The Best of Enemies

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE:

  • The Brand New Testament
  • Labyrinth of Lies
  • Mustang
  • Son of Saul
  • Theeb
  • DARK HORSE: A War

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario
  • DARK HORSE: Bridge of Spies

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • Crimson Peak
  • The Danish Girl
  • DARK HORSE: Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST EDITING:

  • The Big Short
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
  • DARK HORSE: Bridge of Spies

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mr. Holmes
  • The Revenant
  • DARK HORSE: Black Mass

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • Crimson Peak
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • DARK HORSE: The Danish Girl

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Inside Out
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • DARK HORSE: The Danish Girl

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

  • “Love Me Like You Do,” Fifty Shades of Gray
  • “See You Again,” Furious 7
  • “Simple Song 3,” Youth
  • “Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground
  • “Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre
  • DARK HORSE: “Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Gray

BEST SOUND EDITING:

  • Mad Max: Fury: Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • DARK HORSE: The Hateful Eight

BEST SOUND MIXING:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • DARK HORSE: The Hateful Eight

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Walk
  • DARK HORSE: The Revenant

My Oscar Predictions, 2015

•February 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

People usually ask me for advice on how to fill out their Oscar ballots. For them, I have crafted this cheat sheet. I will pick the person/film I believe is the favorite to win, along with a dark horse selection– that way, if you want to roll the dice on a few categories, you can do so.

My picks:

BEST PICTURE:

Birdman

Dark horse: Boyhood

BEST DIRECTOR:

Richard Linklater

Dark horse*: Alejandro Inarritu

*- I think Pic/Director will split. If you feel so inclined, flip-flop the two, and pick Boyhood and Inarritu.

BEST ACTOR:

Michael Keaton

Dark horse*: Eddie Redmayne

*- this is a total coin flip.

BEST ACTRESS:

Julianne Moore

Dark horse: none

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

J.K. Simmons

Dark horse: none

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Patricia Arquette

Dark horse: none

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dark horse: Birdman

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

Whiplash

Dark horse*: The Imitation Game

*- another coin flip, really. I’m hopeful for Whiplash.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Birdman

Dark horse: none

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dark horse: Into the Woods

BEST EDITING:

Boyhood

Dark horse: Whiplash

BEST MAKEUP/HAIR:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dark horse: Foxcatcher

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dark horse: none

BEST SCORE:

The Theory of Everything

Dark horse: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST SONG:

“Glory,” Selma

Dark horse: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

BEST SOUND EDITING:

American Sniper

Dark horse: Interstellar

BEST SOUND MIXING:

American Sniper

Dark horse: Whiplash

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

Interstellar

Dark horse: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Dark horse: Big Hero 6

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

Citizenfour

Dark horse: none

BEST FOREIGN FILM:

Ida

Dark horse: Wild Tales

BEST ANIMATED SHORT:

Feast

Dark horse: The Dam Keeper

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:

Joanna

Dark horse: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT:

The Phone Call

Dark horse: Parvaneh

The 2015 Academy Award Nominations (in an Ideal World)

•January 15, 2015 • 3 Comments

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Wasn’t this morning’s announcement of the 2015 Academy Award nominations exciting? The best part about the proceedings? Every single deserving nominee was given their due recognition! How terrific is that? We all *knew* that Essie Davis would be nominated for The Babadook, Gugu Mbatha-Raw would be nominated for Beyond the Lights, and Ava DuVernay would pick up a Best Director nomination for Selma… but even when we know it’s going to happen, it’s still intensely gratifying to see justice served and to see the Academy make their choices with the deep wisdom and sophisticated taste that we’ve come to expect from them year in and year out.

Without further ado… here is the complete list of this year’s Oscar Nominees:

BEST PICTURE:

  • The Babadook
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inherent Vice
  • Nightcrawler
  • Selma
  • Under the Skin

BEST DIRECTOR:

  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ava DuVernay, Selma
  • Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin
  • Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood

BEST ACTOR:

  • Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
  • Tom Hardy, Locke
  • David Oyelowo, Selma
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice

BEST ACTRESS:

  • Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
  • Essie Davis, The Babadook
  • Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Beyond the Lights
  • Tessa Thompson, Dear White People

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

  • Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
  • John Goodman, The Gambler
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Toby Kebbell, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • JK Simmons, Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Jillian Bell, 22 Jump Street
  • Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
  • Minnie Driver, Beyond the Lights
  • Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  • The Double
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Trip to Italy
  • Whiplash

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Lego Movie
  • Nightcrawler
  • Selma

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Lego Movie

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Homesman
  • Inherent Vice
  • Mr. Turner
  • Selma

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

  • The Boxtrolls
  • Get On Up
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inherent Vice
  • Mr. Turner

BEST EDITING:

  • The Babadook
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inherent Vice
  • Whiplash

BEST MAKEUP/HAIR:

  • Beyond the Lights
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Inherent Vice
  • John Wick
  • Snowpiercer

BEST SCORE:

  • Godzilla
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Homesman
  • Nightcrawler
  • Under the Skin

BEST SONG:

  • “A Step You Can’t Take Back,” Begin Again
  • “Everything is Awesome,” The Lego Movie
  • “I’ll Get You What You Want,” Muppets Most Wanted
  • “Like a Fool,” Begin Again
  • “Something So Right,” Muppets Most Wanted

BEST SOUND EDITING:

  • The Babadook
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Lucy
  • Whiplash

BEST SOUND MIXING:

  • The Babadook
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Lucy
  • Whiplash

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Godzilla
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar

Congratulations to everybody! Truly these are the best results imaginable!

My Oscar Nomination Predictions, 2015

•January 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted (as you can see by my Recent Posts list on the right, nearly a year), but a lot of people ask me about the Oscars every year– who I think will get nominated, who I think will win– so I decided to come out of quasi-retirement to post up my predictions for tomorrow morning. These are who I think WILL be nominated, not who I think SHOULD be nominated (a future post, perhaps?).

Feel free to debate my picks with me on my Twitter, and for those of you interested in my reviews, I recommend you add my film-going diary to your bookmarks list. I don’t post reviews, but I post my thoughts on all the new releases I see. Thanks to everyone who continues to ask me about this blog.

Without further ado, my predictions for tomorrow morning. I’ve placed asterisks by any inclusion I consider a mortal lock. I’m also including a “dark horse” selection, someone who could sneak into the mix and bump one of my non-asterisked selections.

BEST PICTURE:

  • Boyhood*
  • Birdman*
  • The Imitation Game*
  • Selma*
  • The Theory of Everything
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Whiplash
  • American Sniper
  • DARK HORSE: Nightcrawler

BEST DIRECTOR:

  • Richard Linklater*
  • Alejandro G. Inarritu*
  • Morten Tyldum
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Wes Anderson
  • DARK HORSE: Damien Chazelle

BEST ACTOR:

  • Michael Keaton*
  • Eddie Redmayne*
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • David Oyelowo
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • DARK HORSE: Ralph Fiennes

BEST ACTRESS:

  • Julianne Moore*
  • Reese Witherspoon*
  • Rosamund Pike*
  • Felicity Jones
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • DARK HORSE: Amy Adams

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

  • J.K. Simmons*
  • Edward Norton*
  • Ethan Hawke*
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Robert Duvall
  • DARK HORSE: Miyavi

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

  • Patricia Arquette*
  • Emma Stone*
  • Keira Knightley*
  • Meryl Streep
  • Jessica Chastain
  • DARK HORSE: Rene Russo

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • Boyhood*
  • Birdman*
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel*
  • Selma
  • Nightcrawler
  • DARK HORSE: Foxcatcher

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  • The Imitation Game*
  • Gone Girl*
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash
  • Wild
  • DARK HORSE: American Sniper

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

  • The Lego Movie*
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2*
  • The Boxtrolls
  • Big Hero 6
  • The Tale of the Princess Kayuga
  • DARK HORSE: The Book of Life

BEST FOREIGN FILM:

  • Leviathan*
  • Ida*
  • Force Majeure
  • Wild Tales
  • Timbuktu
  • DARK HORSE: Tangerines

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

  • Citizenfour*
  • Life Itself*
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • Keep On Keepin On’
  • Virunga
  • DARK HORSE: The Case Against 8

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  • Birdman*
  • Unbroken
  • Interstellar
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Mr. Turner
  • DARK HORSE: Gone Girl

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

  • Into the Woods*
  • Maleficent*
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel*
  • Mr. Turner
  • Belle
  • DARK HORSE: The Imitation Game

BEST EDITING:

  • Boyhood*
  • Birdman*
  • Whiplash
  • Interstellar
  • The Imitation Game
  • DARK HORSE: Gone Girl

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR:

  • Foxcatcher
  • Maleficent
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • DARK HORSE: Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

  • The Theory of Everything
  • Gone Girl
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • DARK HORSE: The Homesman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

  • “Glory,” Selma*
  • “Lost Stars,” Begin Again*
  • “Everything is Awesome,” The Lego Movie*
  • “Big Eyes,” Big Eyes
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat,” Mockingjay Part 1
  • DARK HORSE: “Mercy Is,” Noah

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel*
  • Into the Woods*
  • Birdman*
  • Interstellar
  • The Imitation Game
  • DARK HORSE: Mr. Turner

BEST SOUND EDITING:

  • Interstellar*
  • Whiplash*
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Unbroken
  • Fury
  • DARK HORSE: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

BEST SOUND MIXING:

  • Interstellar*
  • Into the Woods*
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash
  • DARK HORSE: Fury

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

  • Interstellar*
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes*
  • Guardians of the Galaxy*
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Godzilla
  • DARK HORSE: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Who To Root For In Sunday’s Academy Awards

•February 28, 2014 • 1 Comment

My hiatus from extended review writing sadly continues, but with the Academy Awards coming up, I wanted to reveal who I’ll be rooting for during the ceremony. These are not my predictions of who WILL win (which can be found right here, if you need to win your Oscar pool), these are ranked lists of my personal preferences. 1 is what will send me leaping from my seat and overflowing my champagne flute in celebration; the higher the number, however, the less I want it to win. Without further ado:

Best Picture:
1. The Wolf of Wall Street
2. Her
3. Captain Phillips
4. Gravity
5. Nebraska
6. 12 Years a Slave
7. Philomena
8. Dallas Buyers Club
9. American Hustle

Best Director:
1. Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
2. Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
3. Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
4. Alexander Payne, Nebraska
5. David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Actor:
1. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
2. Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
3. Bruce Dern, Nebraska
4. Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
5. Christian Bale, American Hustle

Best Actress:
1. Sandra Bullock, Gravity
2. Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
3. Judi Dench, Philomena
4. Amy Adams, American Hustle
5. Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
2. Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
3. Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
4. Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
5. Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
2. Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
3. June Squibb, Nebraska
4. Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
5. Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Her
2. Nebraska
3. Blue Jasmine
4. American Hustle
5. Dallas Buyers Club

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Before Midnight
2. The Wolf of Wall Street
3. Captain Phillips
4. 12 Years a Slave
5. Philomena

Best Animated Feature:
1. The Wind Rises
2. Frozen
3. The Croods

Best Documentary Feature:
1. The Act of Killing
2. 20 Feet From Stardom

Best Score:
1. Gravity
2. Her
3. Philomena
4. Saving Mr. Banks

Best Song:
1. “Let It Go,” Frozen
2. “Happy,” Despicable Me 2
3. “The Moon Song,” Her
4. “Ordinary Love,” Mandela

Best Production Design:
1. Her
2. 12 Years a Slave
3. Gravity
4. The Great Gatsby
5. American Hustle

Best Cinematography:
1. Prisoners
2. Gravity
3. Inside Llewyn Davis
4. The Grandmaster
5. Nebraska

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:
1. The Lone Ranger
2. Bad Grandpa
3. Dallas Buyers Club

Best Costume Design:
1. The Grandmaster
2. 12 Years a Slave
3. The Great Gatsby
4. American Hustle

Best Editing:
1. Gravity
2. Captain Phillips
3. 12 Years a Slave
4. Dallas Buyers Club
5. American Hustle

Best Sound Editing:
1. Gravity
2. All Is Lost
3. Captain Phillips
4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Sound Mixing:
1. Gravity
2. Inside Llewyn Davis
3. Captain Phillips
4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Visual Effects:
1. Gravity
2. Iron Man 3
3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
4. The Lone Ranger
5. Star Trek Into Darkness

Until I return full-time, please follow the following:
1. On Letterboxd, I briefly review every movie I see, even movies that aren’t new releases.
2. On Twitter, I tweet during nearly every work break I have.
3. On iTunes, I host a podcast called The Long and Late Movie Show, in which weekly we review all the new releases.
4. On Instagram, I post pictures of my dog and, on occasion, my own wacky hijinks.
5. Unrelated to cinema, I love college basketball and also take part in a weekly podcast called 2.1 Seconds to Madness, reviewing the previous week in NCAA hoops.

Thanks again for reading, everyone. I hope to be back very soon.

Russell

 
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