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alisonfaith
28 February 2016 @ 08:19 pm
My predictions are in bold. Personal picks are italicized.

Best Picture

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

This is a tough category this year. I have been bouncing back and forth all day between Spotlight and The Revenant. I wound up selecting The Revenant because, while Spotlight is an outstanding film, I feel that The Revenant is a better cinematic achievement. Also, the grim matter surrounding the plotline of Spotlight could hurt its chances.

Best Actor

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

All I have to say about this category is that it is Leo's year... and if he doesn't win, then there truly is a conspiracy against him.

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett- Carol
Brie Larson- Room
Jennifer Lawrence- Joy
Charlotte Rampling- 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan- Brooklyn

It wouldn't be the Oscars if Jennifer Lawrence wasn't nominated. My apologies, but Jennifer Lawrence has deserved half of her Oscar nominations, in 2011 for Winter's Bone and 2012 for Silver Lining's Playbook. Since then, she has gotten nominations for both American Hustle and Joy, which I will never understand. I realize that Jennifer Lawrence provides great award show entertainment, but the Academy Awards are about recognizing the most worthy performances, and I do not feel that her performance in Joy measured up to some others this year. Thank goodness Brie Larson has this category on lock.

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale- The Big Short
Tom Hardy- The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo- Spotlight
Mark Rylance- Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone- Creed

Stallone has the nostalgia factor.

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh- The Hateful 8
Rooney Mara- Carol
Rachel McAdams- Spotlight
Alicia Vikander- The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet- Steve Jobs

Everyone knows that Kate Winslet is my favorite, so I'm rooting for a win for her tonight. After nabbing the Golden Globe and BAFTA, I feel that the chances of a win tonight are solid. Fingers crossed!

Best Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best Documentary Feature

Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Best Director

Lenny Abrahamson- Room
Alejandro Inarritu- The Revenant
Tom McCarthy- Spotlight
Adam McKay- The Big Short
George Miller- Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Original Song

"Earned It"- Fifty Shades of Grey
"Manta Ray"- Racing Extinction
"Simple Song #3"- Youth
"Til It Happens to You"- The Hunting Ground
"Writing's on the Wall"- Spectre

"Earned It" has a real shot of winning here... I just refuse to select it because nothing from Fifty Shades of Grey should ever win an Oscar

Best Original Score

Carter Burwell- "Carol"
Johann Johannson- "Sicario"
Ennio Morricone- "The Hateful 8"
Thomas Newman- "Bridge of Spies"
John Williams- "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Best Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Theeb (Jordan)
A War (Denmark)

Achievement in Cinematography

Carol
The Hateful 8
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

I'm very glad to see Sicario getting some recognition somewhere, as I enjoyed that film tremendously. However, The Revenant is an incredible achievement for cinematography. For a film to be shot in entirely natural lighting is a huge feat and it was accomplished beautifully.

Achievement in Costume Design

Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyle

Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Achievement in Production Design

Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Achievement in Sound Mixing

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

Achievement in Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Achievement in Visual Effects

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

As much as I would love to see Ex Machina win something, this category belongs to Star Wars.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Let me know what your predictions are for the 88th Academy Awards! Do you agree with me or do you disagree? I'll be back after the show to update each category with the actual winner. Good luck to all of the nominees!
 
 
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alisonfaith
22 February 2015 @ 05:05 pm
My predictions are in bold. Personal picks are italicized.

Best Picture

American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

"Boyhood" was my personal favorite film of last year. I feel that it should win, not only because of the extraordinary content of the film, but also the time and effort and dedication that it took to even create this film. The creative approach that Richard Linklater took while making this film and the willingness of the cast to revisit this special project every year for twelve years are things that should be rewarded.

Best Actor

Steve Carell- Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper- American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch- The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton- Birdman
Eddie Redmayne- The Theory of Everything

First of all, I'm not sure what Bradley Cooper is doing here. Jake Gyllenhaal should have been nominated in his place for "Nightcrawler." However, looking at the group of nominees that we do have, I strongly believe that Eddie Redmayne should win. He gave a brilliant portrayal of Stephen Hawking, where he had to act not only with words, but with movement and manneurisms and he was nothing short of incredible. However, we all know that the Academy favors older actors and Eddie Redmayne is a first-time nominee. If you ask me, I think that gives the edge to Keaton.

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

From what I hear, this category is a lock for Julianne Moore. I have not had the opportunity to see Still Alice yet, but I have a bit of a hard time believing that any performance can top Rosamund Pike's twisted and demented turn as Amy in Gone Girl. I just don't believe it.

Best Supporting Actor

Robert DuVall- The Judge
Ethan Hawke- Boyhood
Edward Norton- Birdman
Mark Ruffalo- Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons- Whiplash

This category is a lock.

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette- Boyhood
Laura Dern- Wild
Keira Knightley- The Imitation Game
Emma Stone- Birdman
Meryl Streep- Into the Woods

Best Animated Feature Film

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Now, don't get me wrong. Big Hero 6 was one of my favorite movies last year. However, objectively speaking, I feel that How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a stronger film with better animation.

Best Director

Wes Anderson- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro G. Inarritu- Birdman
Richard Linklater-Boyhood
Bennett Miller- Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum- The Imitation Game

If the Academy does not give this award to Linklater, I will be the first to begin the Twitter riots.

Best Original Song

"Everything is Awesome" - The LEGO Movie
"Glory" - Selma
"Grateful" - Beyond the Lights
"I'm Not Gonna MIss You" - Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me
"Lost Stars" - Begin Again

The entire "Begin Again" soundtrack was one of the greatest musical achievements of last year (the movie itself is also amazing, please see it if you haven't!), and Keira Knightley's voice on "Lost Stars" is so soothing and haunting at the same time. However, I'll admit that I have headbanged along to "Everything is Awesome"... once or twice.

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat- "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Alexandre Desplat- "The Imitation Game"
Johann Johannsson- "The Theory of Everything"
Gary Yershon- "Mr. Turner"
Hans Zimmer- "Interstellar"

Come on now.

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

Achievement in Cinematography

Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

Achievement in Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyle

Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Achievement in Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Unbroken

Achievement in Sound Mixing

American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

Achievement in Sound Editing
American Sniper
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

Achievement in 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

Best Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

Let me know what your predictions are for the 87th Academy Awards! Do you agree with me or do you disagree? I'll be back after the show to update each category with the actual winner. Good luck to all of the nominees!
 
 
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alisonfaith
15 January 2015 @ 12:05 pm
So, for those of you who don't already know, I am a bit of a movie fanatic and, thus, live and breathe for awards season. The Academy Awards are like a steak and potatoes dinner... they're the top of the food chain. Maybe that's why I force myself out of bed at 5:00 in the morning the day that the nominations come out (which was today, if you haven't guessed). Like every year, I went in this morning with high expectations and, like every year, I was a bit let down. It's sad, but true. The reality is that there is no such thing as a perfect Oscars. If there were, "The Babadook" would have received a nomination for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress... I could continue.

Anyway, let's get into the reason that we're all here: to talk about the snubs and surprises from the nominations this year. I'll kick things off with a snub because, hey, I'm positive like that. One of the things that annoys me the most about the Oscars, especially in recent years, is when they nominate a strange number of films for Best Picture. I appreciate that the Academy wanted to extend the amount of nominees to acknowledge more great films, but extend it to a certain amount of films. Last year, it was nine films. This year, it's only eight! Certainly they could have come up with two other films deserving of a Best Picture nomination. How about I name a few films that the Academy overlooked in this category? "Gone Girl," "Nightcrawler," "Wild," "Foxcatcher," "Interstellar"... I think I have proven my point.

Now, for a pleasant surprise. One thing that the Academy did right, concerning the Best Picture category, was nominate "Whiplash." I think most film fans expected to see "Whiplash" in a few select categories (Best Supporting Actor), but I did not expect to see it among the Best Picture nominees. The Academy isn't always the friendliest to independent films. It usually only selects one or two independent features as nominees for Best Picture. I fully expected "Boyhood" and "Birdman" to receive nominations, but expected the Academy to fill the rest of the slots with commercial picks (American Sniper), period pieces, and critical darlings. I'm glad to see the Academy switching things up a bit.

Back to the snubs. Those who know me well know that I have two favorite actresses, Kate Winslet and Jessica Chastain, who have both been repeatedly wronged by the Academy (in my humble opinion, of course). In 2013, Jessica lost out against Jennifer Lawrence in the Best Actress category, which was one of the biggest Oscar snubs of all time (again, in my humble opinion). This year, the Academy overlooked her completely by not even giving her a nomination! "A Most Violent Year" was a fine film, and Jessica did what Jessica always does. She was fantastic. Was it her best work? No. Did it deserve a nomination? Hell yes, it did! What makes it even more of an injustice is that they gave the last spot to Meryl Streep for "Into the Woods". Look, I'm no fool. I know that Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actresses of all time. I know that she is beloved by the Academy. But is she so loved by them that they will nominate her for anything? "Into the Woods" was a mediocre film and I believe that the Academy knows that. Hence, why they ignored it in basically every other category. That nomination should have been Chastain's.

One of the biggest surprises this year was Marion Cotillard's Best Actress nomination for "Two Days, One Night". Now, I'll admit that I have not seen the film yet (although I am anxious to see it!), but I love Marion Cotillard. What an elegant, classy lady! Since I have not seen "Two Days, One Night" (yet), I cannot judge her performance. However, I have seen Marion in "La Vie En Rose," "Rust and Bone," "Inception," "The Dark Night Rises," etc. So, I am familiar with her work, both native and foreign. The fact that she's receiving this nomination for a foreign film is also exciting to me, because I am a strong advocate for foreign films (*cough* The Babadook *cough*) and I love to see foreign films garner positive attention from the Academy.

Another big snub this year happened in the Best Animated Feature category. This snub probably provoked more outrage than anything else in the list of nominations. Everybody wants to know the same thing, where is The LEGO Movie? We're still waiting for your answer, Academy! Song of the Sea? Nobody even knows what that is. That film is playing in three theaters right now nationwide. Three theaters! I'm really curious to know how that film even qualified for a nomination. Basically, everything is NOT awesome in this category.

On the other hand, one really cool surprise in the Best Animated Feature category is the inclusion of the Tale of Princess Kaguya. Now, I have not seen the film yet, but it is exciting to see Studio Ghibli films being recognized by the Academy.

Now, back to the snubs. The snubs were abounding in the Best Director category. No love for David Fincher this year. No directing nomination and no nomination for Gone Girl in the Best Picture category. He has to be having a pretty rough day. Also, a big snub for Ava DuVernay for Selma. I also would have liked to see James Marsh get a nomination for The Theory of Everything, but I'm not surprised at all that he didn't. Other notable snubs include David Oyelowo being overlooked in the Best Actor category. Many critics are citing historical inaccuracy for Selma, which is always damaging to films during the Oscars. I fully believe that the contraversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty two years ago is what kept Jessica Chastain from her rightful (in my opinion) Oscar win. And, how about Jennifer Aniston? I have not seen Cake yet, but many people were expecting to see her get nominated for her performance. Jennifer, herself, expressed disappointment at not receiving a nomination. Do you think that she deserved a Best Actress nomination over Cotillard? Let me know! Also let me know what you think the biggest snubs and surprises were this year!
 
 
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alisonfaith
10 January 2015 @ 05:03 am
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alisonfaith
12 January 2014 @ 07:27 pm
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Tonight is the night! It's the night of the 71st annual Golden Globes. As a film buff, awards season is one of the funnest times of the year for me, and I love doing predictions each year. Last year I scored 17/24, which is much lower than my standard average.

Let's see if I can top that this year!

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alisonfaith
02 January 2014 @ 04:33 am
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alisonfaith
01 January 2014 @ 01:00 am
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alisonfaith
24 February 2013 @ 06:15 pm
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Well everybody, it's finally here.. Oscar night! As many of you know, I live for awards season. So, these are my predictions for who will take home the golden statues tonight. I'll edit it after the show with a complete list of the winners

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alisonfaith
13 January 2013 @ 04:09 pm
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The Golden Globes are on tonight (yay for the start of awards season!), and one thing I like to do with this journal each year is post my awards show predictions. I usually just do the Oscars, but I thought I'd show the Globes some love this year too. Let me know if you're going to watch tonight!

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So, I got 17 right out of 24.. which, I'll admit, is a bit lousy compared to how I usually do. Oh well. Looking forward to redeeming myself at the Oscars!
 
 
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