Well, here we are. So I'm gonna timestamp this. The Oscars just finished. It is now past midnight, and I am very tired. But I love you guys, and I have a very busy week upcoming so if I want to write this I gotta do it now. So, y'all are coming on a magical journey with me through my mind. After typing basically non-stop for the last 7 hours, I'm gonna just let my brain run wild. Ok. There were two movie titles in that last sentence. I swear I did not plan for that. Hope you like what you see while you tour my mind!
We're gonna start with the picks. I'm kind of sad here. The Academy got every category before the Big 4 right. Well, they screwed up Documentary Feature but they screw that up every year so it's not a big deal. And they didn't give Best Animated Feature to The Lego Movie. Which they should've done even though it wasn't nominated. But OTHER THAN THAT, they nailed everything, including several big, and deserving, upsets. I think the biggest upset was the David v. Goliath battle in Sound Mixing that was Whiplash v. American Sniper. Never in a million years would I have thought Whiplash was going to win this category, even though it did a far better job in the mixing department. This was the only point in the evening that I actually screamed in disbelief when the names were called out. Everything was going so well! And then the Big Four happened. So I shouldn't do this, because I'll probably sound like a bitchy child, but I'm tired. So I think this is the best course of action to take right now. (I'll probably delete this too.) I'm gonna go through each of the Big Four, and talk about why the winners did not deserve the award and who instead did deserve it and why. Ok? Ok. Now for the record, I'm not saying any of the victors were bad. They are excellent choices by the Academy, and it's great that someone like Alejandro González Iñárritu is getting the recognition he absolutely deserves. The same goes for Eddie Redmayne. And Julianne Moore. And Birdman. But there were vastly superior choices in each category that I am honestly baffled as to why the Academy did not choose them. So first off, Best Director. Yes, Alejandro González Iñárritu was great. But I believe that his greatness was achieved by assembling an once-in-a-generation cast and just letting them do their thing. When Naomi Watts, a woman who has 2 Oscar nominations to her name, is in about 15 minutes of your film, you probably have something spectacular. When you hire Emmanuel Lubezki to do your cinematography, you basically let him do his own thing and say ok! that sounds good! On the other hand, you have Richard Linklater and Boyhood. That project was his brainchild. It was his name on the line. Not Ethan Hawke, or Patricia Arquette, or anyone else on that team. It was all Linklater. The amount of work he put into writing the story and executing it with a CRAZY 12 year production period is something we've never seen before, and may never see again. I think of every single category this evening, this is the biggest snub of all. Linklater's work on Boyhood was on a whole 'nother planet, man.
Then you have Actor and Actress. The Academy looooves their quantifiable acting, once again giving these awards to the best physical performances of the year. However, the Best Actor category was screwed up from the start so I don't feel like talking about it because I disagreed with most of it, (Eddie Redmayne and Bradley Cooper's performances didn't even show up in my Actors Awards last week-David Oyelowo and Jake Gyllenhaal AND Tom Hardy for Locke (which I just saw and HOLY CRAP GO SEE IT) deserved nominations over them) and I can understand the make-up call with Julianne Moore. Before this year, Moore had been snubbed too many times on Oscar night, so it was nice to see her finally take home a much-deserved Oscar. I'm just sad it came at the expense of both Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon. Oh well. You two are both winners in my heart, and we all know that's what matters. Obviously. And then there's Best Picture.
Dear Academy: why did you not split Director and Picture this year? Look I knew Whiplash wasn't going to win. Even though it was easily my number 1 film of 2014, there was simply no way the little Indie film that could was going to pull out the biggest upset in, well, ever. So the category was basically between Boyhood and Birdman. Both had impressive technical features going for them. So, why don't you split the two main awards for a film between them? Why you leave Boyhood on the side of the road with only a Supporting Actress win? Both of these films will be remembered, but I think Boyhood's technical achievements should've been highlighted more by the Academy than it was. Sigh....also I realize that was more picking on the fact that Boyhood didn't win Best Director but I don't care. I'm ok with Birdman winning Best Picture! It just should not have won both categories.
Then there's everything else. So, Neil Patrick Harris was funny. We all knew that was going to happen. However I must really give him credit for making the Academy feel super uncomfortable with some of his racist jokes, as well as being willing to run out onto the stage in just his undies. I'd be shocked if he's ever invited back to host the Oscars. However, apart from having the good joke here and there, nothing really stood out from him. Well, other than the Birdman/Whiplash homage which was the greatest moment ever BUT BESIDES THAT. Nothing! (Just imagine me being drunk right now. I'm not, but I am REALLY tired.) The only other truly memorable moment for me was Lady Gaga's song. Which, believe me, I did not think I would be saying this right now. But in a year where the Academy really screwed itself with its Best Original Song nominees and found itself scrambling to bring in notable pop icons of today's music, Lady Gaga absolutely delivered for them. It was just interesting that it was in an homage to a film that I think a lot of those under 25 have not seen in The Sound of Music. I think it's criminal that a large portion of our age has not seen it, but I think it's also true. It was not as memorable as last year's Bond tribute was or the musical tribute of the year before. Honestly most of this year was just full of meh. But I digress.
One last thing to mention were the speeches. This. This is what the recipients of the awards got right this year. This year we saw several men and women get up on the stage and use their 45 seconds to make a powerful statement. From Patricia Arquette's statement on women's inequality, to Common and John Legend's powerful statement on the mistreatment of African Americans, to Graham Moore from The Imitation Game absolutely wrecking me with his statement to the LGBT community, (which, by the way, Tegan and Sara absolutely would've done too had they won Best Song over Common and John Legend, so I'm glad Moore did it for them) the speeches were far and away the most memorable part of the Oscars this year. In the last few years, we've seen a criminally small amount of powerful speeches like these made by those given the spotlight for 45 seconds on a stage being watched by millions. And, most of the time, the Academy knows they're coming so they might start the music early or something. For example, they knew that Common and John Legend were going to make a political statement, but, after the #OscarsSoWhite chant that's been trending forever they knew they had to let them have their say. But Patricia Arquette and Graham Moore? Safe to say that was not expected. So I'm glad we made up for it this year. Also, wanna talk about moving? How about the cut to David Oyelowo balling his eyes out after Common and John Legend's performance of Glory? That made me tear up too. Also Meryl Streep's introduction to the In Memorandum portion of the broadcast. Even though....there were a lot of problems with this year's In Memorandum. It lacked a lot of emotion surprisingly on top of the fact that they didn't include Joan Rivers for some reason unbeknownst to me at the time of this writing. And now that I'm about to release this, I STILL don't know why they didn't include her! She kind of invented the red carpet. And is something of a household name. Oops.
Well, that's all I got. Overall, this year's Oscars were almost good, but due to a surprising lack of memorability out of anything other than the speeches, I'm hesitant to actually say the Oscars were good. But, they were definitely a step backwards from last year. Now, if only we could get a host to be as memorable as Ellen was ON TOP OF some great speeches. Next year, right?
MY VERDICT FOR THE 2015 OSCARS: 6.5/10 Almost Good.
OHHHHHHH YA. I forgot about the musical number that opened the Oscars with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black.Well, that was cool, but obviously it was not the most memorable thing in the world seeing as, at 1:30 in the morning after the Oscars, I had already completely forgotten about it. But, that's just me. It was good, yes, but it could've been so much better. Just meh. Ok. That's all I got. For real this time. Thanks for reading and following me on this wonderful trip inside my brain, and following me for the entire run of Oscar season. I'm actually a little sad at the moment, because now II don't get to do this again for another 10 months. Oh well. I'm looking forward to it already. See ya next time, Internet! DEUCES!
Well, here it is! The moment you (I'm sure) have been waiting for! Last year, I did this list and successfully predicted every category except for two (Best Documentary Short and Sound Mixing I think) so I'd say, you know, that I'm a pretty big deal. Anyway, we are going to go with the same system as we did last year: I'll give you each category, the Vegas prediction, (which is almost always right at this point-the link to the site I'm using is here) and then who I think deserves the category. Now, there's a lot of controversy surrounding this year's Oscars and the nominations included on it, and if you want my take on the controversy and others click here, but this list is just an analysis of the picks that the Academy made. Mostly. So, are ya ready? Let's go!
Well, there you have it! My 2015 Oscar predictions! Thanks for reading, guys. Seriously. I love you. This has taken me about 7 hours to write, but it was worth it. Now onto the rest of my lists....anyway, I'll see ya on Oscar Sunday!
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Well, this is it! The nominations for the 2015 Oscars have been announced! There's a lot of interesting choices from the Academy here, some big winners and losers, and definitely some surprises. Here are my thoughts on the list of nominations for the Academy Awards!
First off, here's the list in case you missed it: http://oscar.go.com/nominees
Big Winners: Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game
My dad and I had a discussion the other day about how the Oscars recently have become much more political than they once were. Everything they do is interpreted one way or another, and as a result, they have been playing things really safe in recent years. Particularly in the post-Dark Knight era, as we'll call it. Well, this year they have completely thrown safe out the door, instead focusing on some of the ACTUAL best movies of the year, with the comedies Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel leading the way. Which, to me, is AWESOME. Kudos to the Academy on these choices.
I'm also very impressed by the solid showing from The Imitation Game. Coming in third with 8 nominations, The Imitation Game is easily the biggest winner of the nominations because there really wasn't that big of a marketing campaign behind it. I'm sure that's about to change, though.
Big Losers: Selma, Unbroken, The Lego Movie, Big Eyes
So there's a whole outcry already going on how the Academy is racist for not giving Selma more than its 2 nominations. I may address this issue in an editorial at a later date, but I may not. To me this group of individuals has a "if you're not with us, you're against us" type of mentality, so it may be best to avoid this. However, I will say the reason it was snubbed was, in large part, because of its depiction of LBJ, which is not even remotely historically accurate. The movie portrays LBJ in a very negative light, when in fact he was very controversial for supporting the Civil Rights movement more than any other president before him. It reminds me a lot of Saving Mr. Banks historically inaccurate story that received a lot of criticism which lead to only two or three nominations. And no wins. So please. Selma's snubbing is not the end of the world. I promise.
Also, I'm sure Angelina Jolie is feeling a little hurt, too. Easily the most heavily marketed Christmas Day release this year, Unbroken was a major snub with its meager three nominations. I have not viewed this movie yet, however it was something of a bust at the box office, and when you combine that with the criticism it received, you have a snub. But still. What a shame.
Look. I haven't seen Big Hero Six, the HEAVY favorite to win Best Animated Feature. But, why wasn't The Lego Movie even nominated??? I get that it was a February release. I understand that we can forget those movies. But The Boxtrolls? Seriously? SERIOUSLY???? There is no universe in which Boxtrolls is a better movie than Lego Movie. None. What a truly damn shame.
Can we also take a moment to talk about how Big Eyes was completely snubbed? I know I had my quarrels about this movie and it was kind of imperfect, but it still deserved a nominations for Best Supporting Actor and original song if nothing else. But that's just me. And I feel bad for Amy Adams still....
Big Surprises: Whiplash, The Grand Budapest Hotel
OH MY GOD WHIPLASH GOT 6 NOMINATIONS. I can't believe this little indie film that virtually no one has heard of got 6 nominations. But I just saw it, and I gotta say....it deserves each and every one of them. Not only that, but it deserves to win all six of these categories. Including Best Picture. You heard that right. Now we'll see how many wins the Academy decides to hand this little indie film that is also the best film of the year.
So the reason why The Grand Budapest Hotel is a big surprise, to me, is its release date. Very rarely do you see a March release receive so many nominations at the end of the year. Hell, look at the lack of nominations this year for The Lego Movie. And yet...here's a movie released in March with 9 nominations. Tied with Birdman for the most nominations from the Academy this year. That is very impressive. And a big surprise. We'll just have to wait and see how many wins it actually gets.
Big Disappointments: The Theory of Everything, Best Original Song category, Where's Jake Gyllenhaal?
Ok so Theory of Everything is down here because it's Oscar bait. I thought this movie was merely good, and I'm really worried that it's actually going to win some of these categories. This movie is Oscar baiting to the MAX. Which is really freaking frustrated to see this movie achieve its entire purpose for being, because it will always lead to more movies with this strategy. Whatever. I don't think it will win anything. It shouldn't. But God if this wins Best Actor and Best Score like it did at the Globes....
Best Original Song was a surprisingly disappointing category. The Academy had a chance to get major figures in the music industry like Lorde and Lana Del Rey to show up and perform at the show, (increase their numbers a bit!) but instead we get random nominations for several movies that don't even show up in any other category.
Jake. Gyllenhaal. Easily the biggest snub of these nominations was a lack of a nomination for Gyllenhaal's work in Nightcrawler. Yes, the movie is not perfect. Yes, the movie might not deserve much of anything in terms of other nominations. However, Jake Gyllenhaal absolutely deserved a spot in the Best Acting category for Nightcrawler. Remember when I said in my review of the movie that it was likely going to be forgotten about come Oscar season? Ya....it really makes me sad to be right in this instance. I think he should've been nominated instead of Steve Carell, who instead should've been nominated for Best Supporting Actor because.....well....his character is a supporting actor! IT GRINDS MY GEARS, PEOPLE. GRINDS. MY. GEARS. He didn't even have to win too! I would've just been happy with a nomination. But nope! Sigh....
So there you have it. My thoughts on the Oscars. Overall I am impressed with the list. To me, the Academy has really given the art films a chance this year, focusing on them instead of the Oscar-baitey movies. (Despite Theory of Everything getting five nominations) I just hope that this trend continues from the nominations to the actual wins. We'll just have to wait and see!
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