Oscar Picks 2016

First, it’s been a really long time (like, exactly one year) from my last post. Sssssorry about that. There’s plenty I could have written about, but didn’t. So I hope to post more this year. However, there are more pressing matters at hand, like which Hollywood-types will receive an award from other Hollywood-types, which important social issues you should care about most, and of course, who wore it best!

Yes, it’s once again time for the Oscars. Below are my picks for who “will” win (vs. who “should” win). Notable standouts for who I think is more deserving instead of who I am actually predicting as a winner are “The Big Short” for Best Picture and George Miller for “Mad Max”.

I really loved both of these movies and Miller’s story recreating the action-drama after all these years is really something. However, I have the film winning a lot of technical awards (and you should read about the making of the movie itself, it’s pretty remarkable). And “Big Short” is able to tell such a complicated story in and easy, funny and jawdroppingly stunning manner (essentially no Wall Streeter has gone to jail over the financial crisis!) and was much better than the grunting, although grand “Revenant”.

So, without further ado, the envelope(s) please:

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Oscar Picks 2015

While I realize I haven’t updated this blog in quite a while, the 87th Annual Academy Awards are tonight and that seems a good time as any to get back into the habit.

While I did again see all the Best Picture nominees this year (please stop nominating so many!) this was another year of not suberb pictures. I’m not saying Birdman and Boyhood weren’t especially innovative or provocative or inviting, but, like last year, I doubt we’ll remember this past year as a great year in film.

In the end, the most interesting race this year, I believe, is the race for Best Director. Both Birdman and Boyhood were really superbly directed movies. Thus, I believe the academy will split that category with Best Pictures. Personally, I believe it’s Birdman for Best Picture (since the story was better) and Boyhood for Best Director since what Richard Linklater did really hadn’t been done before, but it could go the other way.

A special shout out to the whole internet for helping with basically all the “lesser” categories since I basically had no clue as to those.

Without further adieu, here are the picks:

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Oscar Picks 2014

This Sunday is the 2014 Academy Awards. I actually saw a lot of the films this year including all the best picture nominees. It’s been tough to do since the academy decided to allow up to ten nominations in the Best Picture category. But you do get to see a wide range of films and you feel a little better making Oscar picks.

Below are my full slate of Oscar picks. This year seemed more difficult than most because, well, it hasn’t really been a stand out year in movies. I doubt we’ll talk about whichever film wins best picture this time next year.

A few caveats to my picks:

1) These are who I think will win, not necessarily who should win.

2) Gravity was a horrible movie and I sorta can’t even bring myself to pick all the technical awards that I did pick for it to win. However, technically, cinematographically and visually speaking, the film was beautiful. If they would have just muted Sandra Bullock’s annoying complaining voice the whole film it could swept the awards, but I, I just couldn’t . . . no.

3) Can Leonardo DiCaprio just win an Oscar, please!?! I’m not saying The Wolf of Wall Street is even his best work – remember, you never win for the film you actually win for, you win for your body of work – and in that vein, come on! He was actually pretty good and I think if the academy didn’t hate him for some reason, he would be on the top of everyone’s list. And if we’re saying because he’s pretty and he played on that in his earlier roles, why are we even thinking of giving it to Matthew McConaughey? He only recently started doing anything serious and there have been way too many Ghosts of Girlfriends Past films to outweigh his recent foray into serious acting. (Yes, that is a real movie and it’s only from 2009!) Although I do think he will win, I’m really pulling for Leo!

4) Jennifer Lawrence is such a good actor! If you haven’t seen American Hustle yet, see it just for her performance (Christian Bale is superb, too). The scene where she has her gloves on and is cleaning her house singing Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is just superb. That kid’s goin’ places!

5) How do some of these films even get nominated? I’m not talking necessarily about the major award categories, but I saw all the animated shorts and a good three of the five were bad. Not like, I just didn’t get it and it’s more of an inside Hollywood thing, just bad! And the viewing of these shorts I saw included a few honorable mentions. Those three were easily better than three of the nominated ones. What should have won, but wasn’t even nominated, was The Blue Umbrella.

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