My Picks for The Oscars

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the next big event on our radar is the Oscars.

Peter and I love going to the movies. Every year we try to view as much as we can from many genres. By the way, yesterday afternoon we saw “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and I am happy to report it was actually quite good. Another movie based on a comic book but in this one, no one has special powers, just pure grit. It was also pretty cool to recognize our old neighborhood of Fulham in the movie and some scenes take place around Imperial College, our backyard. And let’s face it, the bonus for me was Colin Firth in a perfectly tailored suit….nothing better to watch than a man in a great suit.

Anyways, back to the Oscars and my pick and what I think will actually win.

Best Motion Picture of the Year: The only movies I have yet to see in this category are “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything”. I feel like both movies have subject matter that have been done to death and I will wait to view them on an upcoming BA flight.

My pick: Birdman. Actual win: Boyhood. I think Boyhood will win it simply because it was filmed over a 12 year period and that in itself is quite a feat. I thought the movie was good and acting was good but I have to admit I got a little bored in the middle. All in all a good movie but “Birdman” and even Whiplash for that matter were also very well acted and entertaining. Still, I think the academy will play it safe and pick Boyhood.

Best Actor:

My pick: Michael Keaton in “Birdman”. Actual win: Eddie Redmayne. I really hope Michael gets it. Great performance from him in “Birdman” but again, academy will play it safe and pick the British actor who overcomes terrible illness while falling in love and figuring out the Big Bang Theory.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

My pick: J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash” Actual win: J.K. Simmons. If he doesn’t win it I will be upset. Great performance.

Best Actress:

My pick and the actual win: Julianne Moore. She won the Golden Globe and this is her 5th Oscar nominations without winning. She is due. The other ladies in the category, Marion Cottillard, already won it, Reese Witherspoon, already won it, Rosemund Pike and Felicity Jones are both young, they will be back, the will have other chances to win it.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

My pick and actual win: Patricia Arquette: This is a tough category. Laura Dern was excellent in “Wild” and so were Kiera Knightley in “The Imitation Game” and Emma Stone in “Birdman” but I think Patricia’s rendition of the mom in Boyhood was the best. Little upset they put Merryl Streep in this category, really? “Into the Woods” wasn’t that good. They could have picked Naomi Watts from “Birdman” instead. I realize she is a great actress but I don’t think that everything she plays deserves a nomination.

Best Animated Feature Film:

My pick and the actual win: “How to Train your Dragon 2”. Little disappointed that “The Lego Movie” is not in this category. What the heck?

The rest of the categories are MY PICKS only. I have no idea what the Academy will pick. These are my picks according to what I have seen, read about and heard of.

Achievement in Cinematography: “Birdman”. (Mr. Turner is a close second).

Achievement in Costume Design: “Into the Woods”. 

Achievement in Directing: Richard Linklater “Boyhood”. If he doesn’t win it, I hope Alejandro G. Inarritu wins it for “Birdman”. The camera work walking around that old theater on Broadway was pretty cool.

Best Documentary Feature: “Citizenfour” by Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky.

Best Documentary Short Subject: “Crisis Hotline:Veterans Press 1”. I have no idea I randomly picked one.

Achievement in Film Editing: “Boyhood”.  Think about it, 12 years of film roll to go through.

Best Foreign Language of the Year: “Leviathan” (Russia). With what is happening in Russia I think the subject matter of the film is very a propos and will win it. Also, it won the Golden Globe…

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling: “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Original Score: “The Theory of Everything”.

Original Song: Glory from “Selma”.

Achievement in Production Design: “Interstellar”. 

Best Animated Short Film: “Feast”. I have no idea!

Best Live Action Short Film: “The Phone Call”. Again No Clue!

Achievement in Sound Editing: “American Sniper”.

Achievement Visual Effects: “Interstellar”. 

Adapted Screenplay: “The theory of Everything”.

Original Screenplay: “Birdman”.

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