Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FINAL Oscar Predictions for 2015

BEST PICTURE
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Spotlight

BEST DIRECTOR
Adam McKay - The Big Short
Todd Haynes - Carol
George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott - The Martian
Alejandro G. Inarritu - The Revenant


BEST ACTOR
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo
Matt Damon - The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Brie Larson - Room
Jennifer Lawrence - Joy
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara - Carol
Rachel McAdams - Spotlight
Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
Spotlight

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Big Short
Carol
The Martian
Room
Steve Jobs

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Prophet
Shaun the Sheep Movie

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Brand New Testament
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Amy
Going Clear: The Prison of Scientology
The Hunting Ground
The Look of Silence
Winter on Fire

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Brooklyn
Carol
Cinderella
Crimson Peak
Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST FILM EDITING
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies
Crimson Peak
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SCORE
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SONG
"Waiting for My Moment" - Creed
"Love Me Like You Do" - Fifty Shades of Grey
"See You Again" - Furious 7
"Tis It Happens to You" - The Hunting Ground
"Simple Song #3" - Youth

BEST SOUND EDITING
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SOUND MIXING
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Ave Maria
Day One
Shok
Stutterer
Winter Light

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Body Team 12
Chau Beyond the Lines
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom
My Enemy My Brother

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
If I Was God
Love in the Time of March Madness
Prologue
Sanjay's Super Team
World of Tomorrow

TOTALS:
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - 10
THE REVENANT - 9
THE MARTIAN - 8
CAROL - 8
BRIDGE OF SPIES - 7
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS - 5
SPOTLIGHT - 5
THE BIG SHORT - 5
THE HATEFUL EIGHT - 5
EX MACHINA - 3
THE DANISH GIRL - 3

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FINAL Oscar Predictions for 2014

BEST PICTURE
Boyhood
Birdman
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Theory of Everything
Gone Girl
Whiplash
Nightcrawler
American Sniper

BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Alejandro G. Inarritu - Birdman
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game
James Marsh - The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTOR
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory Of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ACTRESS
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Jennifer Aniston - Cake
Amy Adams - Big Eyes

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
JK Simmons - Whiplash
Edward Norton - Birdman
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Emma Stone - Birdman
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Rene Russo - Nightcrawler

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Boyhood
Birdman
Nightcrawler
Mr. Turner

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash
American Sniper

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Lego Movie
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ida
Force Majeure
Leviathan
Wild Tales
Timbuktu

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Citizenfour
Life Itself
The Case Against 8
The Overnighters
Finding Vivien Maier

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman
Mr. Turner
Unbroken
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Theory of Everything

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Into the Woods
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Maleficent
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

BEST FILM EDITING
Boyhood
Birdman
Gone Girl
Whiplash
The Imitation Game

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Theory of Everything

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Birdman
The Imitation Game
Mr. Turner

BEST SCORE
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game

BEST SONG
"Glory" - Selma
"Lost Stars" - Begin Again
"Everything Is Awesome" - The Lego Movie
"Split the Difference" - Boyhood
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" - Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

BEST SOUND EDITING
American Sniper
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

BEST SOUND MIXING
American Sniper
Into the Woods
Unbroken
Whiplash
Interstellar

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Interstellar
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Carry on
The Phone Call
Boogaloo and Graham
Aya
Baghdad Messi

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
One Child
Kehinde Wiley
The Lion's Mouth Opens

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Feast
Duet
The Bigger Picture
Footprints
Symphony No. 42

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Oscar Predictions for the 2013 Oscar Nominations

Oscar Predictions for the 2013 Oscars

Gravity - 11 nominations
12 Years a Slave - 10 nominations
American Hustle - 10 nominations
Captain Phillips - 9 nominations
Her - 5 nominations
Nebraska - 4 nominations
The Wolf of Wall Street - 4 nominations
Dallas Buyers Club - 4 nominations
Saving Mr. Banks - 4 nominations (5 if in Best Picture)
Inside Llewyn Davis - 3 nominations (4 if in Best Picture)


BEST PICTURE
01. Gravity
02. 12 Years a Slave
03. American Hustle
04. Captain Phillips
05. Nebraska
06. The Wolf of Wall Street
07. Dallas Buyers Club
08. Her

IF NINE -- Saving Mr. Banks
IF TEN -- Inside Llewyn Davis

BEST DIRECTOR
01. Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
02. Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
03. David O. Russell, American Hustle
04. Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
05. Spike Jonze, Her

BEST ACTOR
01. Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
02. Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
03. Bruce Dern, Nebraska
04. Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
05. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ACTRESS
01. Sandra Bullock, Gravity
02. Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
03. Judi Dench, Philomena
04. Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
05. Amy Adams, American Hustle

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
01. Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
02. Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
03. Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
04. Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
05. John Goodman, Inside Llewyn Davis

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
01. Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
02. Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
03. Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels' The Butler
04. June Squibb, Nebraska
05. Scarlett Johansson, Her

BEST EDITING
01. Gravity
02. American Hustle
03. Captain Phillips
04. The Wolf of Wall Street
05. Rush

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
01. American Hustle
02. Her
03. Nebraska
04. Inside Llewyn Davis
05. Gravity

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
01. 12 Years a Slave
02. The Wolf of Wall Street
03. Philomena
04. Captain Phillips
05. Before Midnight

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
01. The Broken Circle Breakdown
02. The Great Beauty
03. The Hunt
04. Omar
05. The Grandmaster

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
01. Gravity
02. 12 Years a Slave
03. Inside Llewyn Davis
04. Prisoners
05. Captain Phillips

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
01. 12 Years a Slave
02. Gravity
03. The Great Gatsby
04. The Hobbit 2
05. American Hustle

BEST SOUND MIXING
01. Gravity
02. Captain Phillips
03. All is Lost
04. Rush
05. 12 Years a Slave

BEST SOUND EDITING
01. Gravity
02. Captain Phillips
03. All is Lost
04. Rush
05. Lone Survivor

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
01. American Hustle
02. The Great Gatsby
03. 12 Years a Slave
04. Saving Mr. Banks
05. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
01. Gravity
02. Saving Mr. Banks
03. The Book Thief
04. All Is Lost
05. Rush

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
01. Stories We Tell
02. 20 Feet From Stardom
03. The Square
04. The Act of Killing
05. Blackfish

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
01. Frozen
02. Monsters University
03. Despicable Me 2
04. The Wind Rises
05. The Croods

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
01. Gravity
02. The Hobbit 2
03. Pacific Rim
04. Iron Man 3
05. World War Z

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
01. American Hustle
02. Dallas Buyers Club
03. Bad Grandpa


BEST ORIGINAL SONG(name the song, not just the film)
01. "Let it Go" - Frozen
02. "Ordinary Love" - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
03. "Young and Beautiful" - The Great Gatsby
04. "The Moon Song" - Her
05. "So You Know What Its Like" - Short Term 12

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

2013 Emmy Predictions

Comedy Series
01. Modern Family
02. The Big Bang Theory
03. Girls
04. Arrested Development
05. Louie
06. New Girl

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
01. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
02. Lena Dunham, Girls
03. Tina Fey, 30 Rock
04. Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
05. Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
06. Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
01. Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
02. Louis C.K., Louie
03. Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
04. Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
05. Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
06. Jake Johnson, New Girl

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
01. Julie Bowen, Modern Family
02. Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
03. Jessica Walters, Arrested Development
04. Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
05. Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
06. Zosia Mamet, Girls

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
01. Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
02. Ty Burrell, Modern Family
03. Will Arnett, Arrested Development
04. Max Greenfield, New Girl
05. Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
06. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
01. Parker Posey, Louie
02. Kristen Wiig, SNL
03. Melissa Leo, Louie
04. Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family
05. Melissa McCarthy, SNL
06. Liza Minnelli, Arrested Development

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
01. Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
02. Justin Timberlake, SNL
03. Will Arnett, 30 Rock
04. Martin Short, SNL
05. Louis C.K., SNL
06. Patrick Wilson, Girls

Drama Series
01. Breaking Bad
02. Game of Thrones
03. Homeland
04. Mad Men
05. Downton Abbey
06. House of Cards

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
01. Claire Danes, Homeland
02. Julianna Marguilies, The Good Wife
03. Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
04. Keri Russell, The Americans
05. Kerry Washington, Scandal
06. Tatiana Masiany, Orphan Black

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
01. Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
02. Damian Lewis, Homeland
03. Jon Hamm, Mad Men
04. Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
05. Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
06. Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
01. Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
02. Dame Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
03. Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
04. Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
05. Monica Potter, Parenthood
06. Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
01. Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
02. Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
03. Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
04. Corey Stoll, House of Cards
05. Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
06. Vincent Kartheiser, Mad Men

Guest Actress in a Drama Series
01. Shirley MacLaine, Downton Abbey
02. Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
03. Stockard Channing, The Good Wife
04. Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
05. Margo Martindale, The Americans
06. Linda Cardellini, Mad Men

Guest Actor in a Drama Series
01. Nathan Lane, The Good Wife
02. Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
03. Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
04. Ray Romano, Parenthood
05. Rupert Friend, Homeland
06. Jim Beaver, Justified

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

My 2013 Emmy Ballot -- Drama & Comedy

2013 TV AWARDS

Best Drama Series
***House of Cards (Season 1)***
Breaking Bad (Season 5.1)
Mad Men (Season 6)
Downton Abbey (Season 3)
Game of Thrones (Season 3)
Hannibal (Season 1)

Best Actor in a Drama Series
***Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad***
Kevin Spacey House of Cards
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damien Lewis, Homeland
Hugh Dancy, Hannibal
Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead

Best Actress in a Drama Series
***Claire Danes, Homeland***
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
***Corey Stoll, House of Cards***
Vincent Kartheiser, Mad Men
Mads Mikkelsen, Hannibal
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
***Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad***
Kate Mara, House of Cards
January Jones, Mad Men
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
***Rupert Friend, Homeland***
Eddie Izzard, Hannibal
Dallas Roberts, The Walking Dead
Harry Hamlin, Mad Men
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Raul Esparza, Hannibal

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
***Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones***
Gillian Anderson, Hannibal
Marin Ireland, Homeland
Alison Brie, Mad Men
Shirley MacLaine, Downton Abbey
Linda Cardellini, Mad Men

Best Comedy Series
***Louie (Season 3)***
New Girl (Season 2)
The Mindy Project (Season 1)
Modern Family (Season 4)
Arrested Development (Season 4)
Veep (Season 2)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
***Louie C.K., Louie***
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Jake Johnson, New Girl
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Chris Messina, The Mindy Project

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
*** Zooey Deschanel, New Girl***
Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Portia de Rossi, Arrested Development
Lena Dunham, Girls

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
***Simon Helberg, The Big Bang Theory***
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Will Arnett, Arrested Development
Taran Killam, SNL
Bill Hader, SNL

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
***Jessica Walter, Arrested Development***
Cecily Strong, SNL
Kate McKinnon, SNL
Zosia Mamet, Girls
Allison Williams, Girls
Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
***Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory***
Martin Short, SNL
Bob Odenkirk, The Office
Henry Winkler, Arrested Development
Bruno Mars, SNL
Rob Riggle, Modern Family

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
***Parker Posey for Louie ***
Melissa Leo for Louie
Liza Minnelli, Arrested Development
Melissa McCarthy, SNL
Isla Fisher, Arrested Development

Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family


A few notes: I don't watch The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire, or Parks and Rec this season.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Final Oscar Predictions

MY FINAL Oscar Predictions heading into nomination morning. 01/07/2013.

Best Picture
01. Lincoln
02. Argo
03. Zero Dark Thirty
04. Les Miserables
05. Silver Linings Playbook
06. Life of Pi
07. Django Unchained
08. Amour
--- if more than 8---
09. Beasts of the Southern Wild
10. Skyfall

Best Director
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ben Affleck, Argo
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Tom Hooper, Les Miserables

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Javier Bardem, Skyfall

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Sally Field, Lincoln
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Maggie Smith, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Ann Dowd, Compliance

Best Original Screenplay
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty
Amour
Django Unchained
Looper

Best Adapted Screenplay
Lincoln
Argo
Silver Linings Playbook
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Best Animated Feature
Wreck-It-Ralph
Frankenweenie
The Painting
Brave
ParaNorman

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour
The Intouchables
Kon-Tiki
No
A Royal Affair

Best Documentary Feature
How To Survive a Plague
Searching for Sugar Man
The Invisible War
Mea Maxima Culpa
The Gatekeepers

Best Production Design
Les Miserables
Lincoln
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Anna Karenina
Skyfall

Best Cinematography
Lincoln
Skyfall
Life of Pi
Django Unchained
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina
Mirror Mirror
Les Miserables
Lincoln
A Royal Affair

Best Film Editing
Lincoln
Argo
Zero Dark Thirty
Life of Pi
Skyfall

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Men in Black 3
Lincoln

Best Score
Lincoln
Life of Pi
The Master
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Argo

Best Original Song
"Skyfall" - Skyfall
"Learn Me Right" - Brave
"Suddenly" - Les Miserables
"Ancora Qui" - Django Unchained
"Still Alive" - Paul Williams: Still Alive

Best Sound Editing
Zero Dark Thirty
Skyfall
Django Unchained
Lincoln
The Dark Knight Rises

Best Sound Mixing
Zero Dark Thirty
Lincoln
Les Miserables
The Avengers
Skyfall

Best Visual Effects
Life of Pi
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Cloud Atlas
Prometheus
John Carter

Best Animated Short
Paperman
Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare
Adam and Dog
Fall of the House of Usher
The Eagleman Stag

Best Documentary Short
Open Heart
Mondays at Racine
Education of Mohammad Hussein
Inocente
Parasio

Best Live Action Short
when you find me
Henry
Curfew
9meter
Death of a Shadow



Monday, January 23, 2012

Final Oscar Predictions, 2/23/12

Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive

Best Actor
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actress
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay
The Artist
Bridesmaids
50/50
Midnight in Paris
A Seperation

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants
The Help
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Score
The Artist
Extremely Loud and Incredible Close
Hugo
Moneyball
War Horse

Best Original Song
"Picture in My Head" - The Muppets
"Life's a Happy Song" - The Muppets
"Lay Your Head Down" - Albert Nobbs
The song from The Help
"Hello, Hello" - Gnomeo and Juliet

Best Editing
The Artist
Hugo
Drive
Moneyball
The Descendants

Best Art Direction
Jane Eyre
The Artist
Hugo
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Cinematography
The Artist
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Costume Design
The Artist
Hugo
The Help
My Week with Marilyn
Immortals

Best Makeup
The Artist
Gainsbourgh: A Heroic Life
The Iron Lady

Best Sound Editing
Drive
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Sound Mixing
Super 8
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Hugo
The Artist

Best Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Tree of Life
Hugo
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Best Animated Feature
The Adventures of Tintin
Rango
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Cars 2




Friday, September 2, 2011

UPDATED September 1 Oscar predictions

It's about that time again.  In the weeks since my initial, first of the year predictions, not all that much has changed but a few hits and misses have been identified.  In particular, Tate Taylor's racial drama The Help was helped by decent reviews and a surprisingly stellar box office.  Given the Academy's "feel good" nature of late, this is the first certified Best Picture nominee of the year, and with it the one-two performances of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (however, the category whereabouts of Miss Davis has yet to be identified, but many are speculating Lead, though this type of role typically lands a win in Supporting).

Others interesting notes, Roman Polanski's Carnage, George Clooney's political drama The Ides of March, and David Cronenberg's S&M-laced A Dangerous Method have made an interesting splash at the Venice Film Festival, but none have registered quite the level of enthusiasm granted towards Black Swan last year.  In the meantime, I've personally begun to turn more speculative towards Clint Eastwood's too-good-to-be-true J. Edgar.  Clint hasn't been hitting on all cylinders since he made a surprise splash into the 2006 Best Picture race with Letters from Iwo Jima.  That is one I'll wait for the payoff to predict.  Techs coming soon.


BEST PICTURE
The Artist
*The Descendants
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Help
The Ides of March
*J. Edgar
Midnight in Paris
*My Week with Marilyn
Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy
War Horse
(* indicates those I'm predicting only in an overflow capacity)

BEST DIRECTOR
Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist
David Cronenberg, A Dangerous Method
Stephen Daldry, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Steven Spielberg, War Horse
(Eastwood out, Allen in)

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Jean DuJardin, The Artist
Michael Fassbender, A Dangerous Method
Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
(Unchanged)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
(Felicity Jones out, David in)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Christoph Waltz, Carnage
(Seymour Hoffman out, Waltz in)

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Zoe Caldwell, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Marisa Tomei, The Ides of March
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
(Tomei out, Spencer in; Redgrave new projected winner)

Friday, August 26, 2011

"The Artist" trailer arrives



This monumental hit at Cannes this year has finally been given a trailer.  After the poster landed a few days ago, we've been blessed with moving images from this silent picture.  The Weinstein Company is distributing this film, which means it will likely be a huge player come Oscar season.  I'm currently predicting it for Best Picture, Michel Hazanavicius for Best Director, and Jean Dujardin for Best Actor.  I've never experienced something like this in the Oscar race before, so it'll be interesting to see how a Buzzed-About throwback film fares.  Thoughts?


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