2015 Oscar Predictions

Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6″
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”
Prediction: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Should win: The Lego Movie (Of the nominees Big Hero 6)

Best Documentary Feature
“Citizenfour”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Salt of the Earth”
“Virunga”
Prediction: Citizenfour
Should win: Citizenfour

Best Film Editing
Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”
Tom Cross, “Whiplash”
William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”
Joel Cox and Gary Roach, “American Sniper”
Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Prediction: Barney Pilling “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Should win: Tom Cross “Whiplash”

Best Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Interstellar”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”
Prediction: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Should win: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Animated Short Film
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Feast”
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”
Didn’t see any of them. Sorry about it.

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1″
“Joanna”
“Our Curse
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”
Forgot to watch these too. Oops.

Best Live Action Short Film
“Aya”
“Boogaloo and Gram”
“Butter Lamp”
“Parvaneh”
“The Phone Call”
Look I’ve been busy lately, okay?

Best Original Song
“Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”
“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood, “Begin Again”
“Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” by Glen Campbell, “Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
“Grateful,” “Beyond the Lights”
Prediction: “Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”
Should win: “Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”

Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”
Prediction: Interstellar
Should win: American Sniper

Best Sound Mixing
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”
“Whiplash”
Prediction: Interstellar
Should win: Whiplash

Best Visual Effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Prediction: Interstellar
Should win: Interstellar

Best Actor
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Prediction: Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Should win: Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
Prediction: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Should win: Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Prediction: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Should win: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
Prediction: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Should win: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”
Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida”
Prediction: Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Should win: Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Costume Design
Colleen Atwood, “Into the Woods”
Anna B. Sheppard, “Maleficent”
Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”
Mark Bridges, “Inherent Vice”
Prediction: Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Should win: Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Director
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”
Prediction: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
Should win: Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida”
“Leviathan”
“Tangerines”
“Timbuktu”
“Wild Tales”
Prediction: “Leviathan”
Should win: “Leviathan”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
Prediction: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Should win: “Foxcatcher”

Best Original Score
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gary Yershon, “Mr. Turner”
Prediction: Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Should win: Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”
Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”
Prediction: Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”
Should win: Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Best Original Screenplay
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”
Prediction: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Should win: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”
Prediction: “Boyhood”
Should win: “Whiplash”

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The 29 Movies I Saw in 2013

So far, I’ve seen 29 movies that came out in 2013. Here they are from best to worst.

The 10 Movies I Wish I Had Seen: Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis,  Man of Steel, Philomena, Rush, and Saving Mr. Banks.

29. Admission: It’s weird that I disliked this movie so much. I’m usually all-in for Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, but poor writing just sucked everything out of this movie. I didn’t expect it to be that good, but I didn’t expect it to be this bad. I barely finished this movie OnDemand, and was so happy when it was done.

28. Movie 43: Cool concept gone wrong. I can’t believe how many people agreed to be in this movie. If it didn’t try so hard to be offensive it might have worked. But pushing the boundaries for the sake of pushing the boundaries doesn’t work.

27. Spring Breakers: I have no idea what goes on in this movie. A complete art-house film to say the least, the plot is muddled, out of order, and confusing. Almost none of the dialogue has to do with the plot, and other than watching James Franco go way outside the box on a character, there’s not too much to see here. Unless, of course, you’re into that kind of thing.

26. Kick-Ass 2: The first movie was a kick-ass comedy featuring some parodies on the superhero genre. This movie spent around 2-hours trying to one-up itself with the “I didn’t see that coming” violence and random character deaths.

25. The Hangover Part III: I didn’t mind watching any of the Hangover movies. This one I appreciated for breaking the mold that screwed over the first sequel, but then it forgot to add in any jokes. Oops.

24. We’re the Millers: A dumb comedy. But I laughed. Watching it would have been completely worth it if it was free.

23. Gangster Squad: I liked the stylized shooting of this movie, and really thought most of it was pretty cool. I can’t think of any overt criticisms other than I can’t really remember any specific scenes from this movie. There’s just nothing in it that’s memorable.

22. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: I had such high expectations for the Ben Stiller directorial debut parenthesis not comedy category. While it was a good idea, and filled with good special effects and amazing cinematography, poor writing and overly exaggerated characters pulled it way down. When I left the theater the best comment I heard was that it might have been a better movie if it was a silent film.

21. World War Z: I could point out many, many small flaws with this movie. Mainly the issue I had is that it was so clearly a book. Some parts were so rushed, but obviously had to be left in because it was in the book. I feel like I’d like the book, though. Half of the scenes were actually pretty good.

20. Frozen: While I appreciated everything that it did, I personally did not enjoy this as much as I’m sure kids did. It was extremely formulaic in almost everything that it did, and while I think this was the best animated film this year, I’d be stretching to say that it was my favorite. I would give it a 10/10 rating, but would think twice before seeing it a second time.

19. The Place Beyond the Pines: A well-acted, well-crafted thriller. Everything about it was cool, exciting, and held my attention. It’s just one of those movies that you can’t connect to. The characters are too quiet and distant to feel any emotions towards, and the third act feels way too forced.

18. Elysium: 2013’s prime example of good, not great. Fun, exciting, and featuring two well-versed actors in semi-different roles, it was a good film overall. If it was trying to be revolutionary for any reason though, it certainly missed.

17. Lee Daniels’ The Butler: While I got excited every time a well-known actor played a president of choice, this movie was a biopic that felt close to a documentary. It struggled to be it’s own stand alone movie, and it felt like listening to an extravagant story told beautifully by someone with a monotone voice. Something about how it was made just didn’t wow anybody.

16. Don Jon: If you don’t mind porn jokes and watching a movie that is a satire on degrading women, then this comedy is pretty darn good.

15. Warm Bodies: The first thing I thought of when I walked out of the theater is that I wanted to see it again. It’s a movie that’s really funny without any real “jokes.” It’s just a blast to watch with great action sequences, a fun plot line, and some great acting from some young actors who I wouldn’t have otherwise recognized.

14. Mud: Awkward, Southern, and Slow. And yet, somehow perfect. When I heard that this movie got 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, that made total sense to me. It’s a really great movie, and I don’t know if there’s a person who really wouldn’t like it.

13. The Great Gatsby: If you don’t mind stylization, and you really want to stick closely to the book when you watch a movie, then you probably didn’t have a problem with this movie. It was almost a word for word translation of a classic into the screenplay, and I had no problem with the over the top visuals and effects put into place. Throw in another great Leonardo DiCaprio performance, and I think this film nailed the story.

12. The Heat: Mismatched cops? The slob and the uptight one? It is a little bit too much like the same films that have been made before, and I don’t really want to say it’s special just because there are two women in the leads. I guess the reason it was so good was because Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock really went all out on this one. Well done all around.

11. Pacific Rim: Maybe I only thought it was this good because I had such low expectations. I really thought this film was great though, boosted by a great performance by Charlie Day. The concept wasn’t amazing by anyone’s standards, but it was a good time at the movies.

10. American Hustle: I really wanted to like this movie more than I did. I could never tell when it was trying to be funny though. It was certainly enjoyable, and the acting was brilliant, but whenever Bradley Cooper was off-screen I never felt like I was watching a comedy, which, apparently it is.

9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Nearly a complete repeat of the first film in terms of it’s storyline. We go from the districts, to the train with Peeta and Katniss, to the Capital, to the games. Somehow this film does manage to be different and incorporate all of the things we loved about the first one.

8. Monsters University: There was not a better time in my life for this movie to come out. Pledging a fraternity and being at college would not be nearly as funny for kids as it was to me. It has Pixar’s usual style and cadence to it, and I love watching it. I can see how people would think it’s a step down for the animation company, but I might say it’s one of my favorites that they’ve ever done.

7. Anchorman 2: If it wasn’t so self-aware it would be terrible. Luckily, it is. I can see why they waited 10 years to make this because the script really does feel perfect. It enhances all of the characters that we’ve grown to love, and some of the best jokes from either of the two movies come from this one. And for a sucker for cameos, this one has plenty.

6. The Wolf of Wall Street: It could have been my favorite movie of the year if it wasn’t three hours. Two of those hours were great. It definitely felt like Scorsese had way to much power over the editing process and didn’t feel like anything could be left out. But a good chunk of it could have.

5. This Is The End: This was easily one of the best comedies ever created. A slew of cameos and ridiculous situations puts this movie into one of my favorites of all time.

4. 12 Years a Slave: I would vote for this if I had any say in what wins Best Picture. I’ve seen many movies that deal with the topic of slavery, and while it feels a little bit like all of them combined, it also feels like the best one. If you had to explain slavery to someone and only had 2 hours, I’d just tell them to watch this movie. It just captures everything so perfectly.

3. The Way, Way Back: While I normally don’t care for movies that I consider “formulaic” this is my one exception. An out of character performance from Steve Carrell, and a completely in character performance from Sam Rockwell highlight an ensemble cast that deliver a perfect comedy/drama from the guys who wrote The Descendants.

2. Nebraska: This was my favorite movie of the year, but I still can’t put it at #1. Mainly because it’s a little too corny to be the best. However, a completely original script, unbelievable performances, and some humor that hit home so well makes this an undeniable must see. Great call by Alexander Payne picking Will Forte and Bruce Dern in the leads over apparently Bryan Cranston and Jack Nicholson who auditioned. Could not be more pleased with the cast of this amazing picture.

1. Gravity: The list almost has to culminate here. This year’s movies were so good, but this is one that completely stands out. Why? It’s different. I’ve really never seen anything like it before. The plot, the characters, and everything is pretty flawless (and apparently accurate), and so I felt completely immersed while watching it. I would not have thought this way if I had not seen it in IMAX 3D, which I normally hate.