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My 2015-2016 Oscar Predictions – Part 5: The Results

February 28, 2016

Well, they certainly didn’t shy away from the controversy, did they?  Chris Rock had a pretty funny opening monologue, but after a while he kinda beat the thing to death.  Oh well. BEST PICTURE: Winner: Spotlight My Pick: The Big Short You know, my gut told me it would be Spotlight, but I over-analyzed the […]

My 2015-2016 Oscar Predictions – Part 4: The Majors

February 6, 2016

Now I finish my predictions with the “big 6”: the acting categories, director and of course Best Picture. BEST PICTURE: The Martian The Revenant Room Bridge of Spies Spotlight The Big Short Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road So it seems to be coming down to Spotlight vs. The Big Short.  From my limited research, The […]

My 2015-2016 Oscar Predictions Part 2: The Technicals

February 6, 2016

These next categories are usually the categories I am most interested in when watching the Oscars, because they can have a tendency to honour films that would usually be overlooked in the more prominent categories. These are the categories which focus on the video and audio details of the film. VISUAL EFFECTS: Ex Machina – […]

My 2015-2016 Oscar Predictions Part 1: The Outliers

February 6, 2016

Part 1: The Outliers This group is made up of the categories celebrating whole films which are not up for Best Picture.  These involve the shorts and the special full-length features.  These can usually be the toughest predictions to make, considering the films are not that well known. ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Anomalisa Boy and the […]

My 2014-2015 Oscar Predictions – Part 5: The Results

February 22, 2015

Another year, another Oscars.  Neil Patrick Harris made me laugh a few times, but he seemed to be falling flat a lot at the theater.  Oh well.  I also thought how it was interesting how there was a mini-rebellion against the play-off music.  Which is good.  The people who win these awards work hard for […]

My 2014-2015 Oscar Predictions – Part 4: The Majors

February 6, 2015

Now I finish my predictions with the “big 6”: the acting categories, director and of course Best Picture. BEST PICTURE: American Sniper (Warner Bros. Pictures) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Boyhood (IFC Films) The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures) The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company) Selma (Paramount Pictures) The […]

My 2014-2015 Oscar Predictions – Part 3: The Story Aspects

February 5, 2015

The third part of the predictions involves the storytelling through screenplays, editing, and then I threw in cinematography and the music categories just so they fit somewhere. Lets take a look! ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo Boyhood, Written by Richard […]

My 2014-2015 Oscar Predictions Part 2: The Technicals

February 4, 2015

These next categories are usually the categories I am most interested in when watching the Oscars, because they can have a tendency to honour films that would usually be overlooked in the more prominent categories. These are the categories which focus on the video and audio details of the film. VISUAL EFFECTS: Dan DeLeeuw, Russell […]

My 2014-2015 Oscar Predictions Part 1: The Outliers

February 3, 2015

Is it just me, or does this seem like a really tough year to pick from?  Well, lets give it a shot anyhow… This will be the first of my 4 sets of predictions, as usual. Part 1: The Outliers This group is made up of the categories celebrating whole films which are not up […]

My 2013-2014 Oscar Predicitons – Part 5: The Results

March 2, 2014

And so we have another batch of Oscar winners added to the list.  I would comment on Ellen as host, but honestly I missed her opening monologue as we got home from dinner late.  But from what I saw she seemed to be pretty comfortable, sometimes a little shaky though. So last year I only […]

My 2013-2014 Oscar Predictions – Part 4: The Majors

February 6, 2014

Now I finish my predictions with the “big 6”: the acting categories, director and of course Best Picture. BEST PICTURE: American Hustle (Sony), Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers Captain Phillips (Sony), Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features), Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, […]

My 2013-2014 Oscar Predictions – Part 3: The Story Aspects

February 5, 2014

The third part of the predictions involves the storytelling through screenplays, editing, and then I threw in cinematography and the music categories just so they fit somewhere. Lets take a look! ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen Dallas Buyers Club, Written by […]

My 2013-2014 Oscar Predictions Part 2: The Technicals

February 2, 2014

These next categories are usually the categories I am most interested in when watching the Oscars, because they can have a tendancy to honour films that would usually be overlooked in the more prominent categories. These are the categories which focus on the video and audio details of the film. VISUAL EFFECTS: Gravity, Tim Webber, […]

My 2013-2014 Oscar Prediction Part 1: The Outliers

February 1, 2014

Wow, I’ve been doing this for 5 years now?  Crazy.  I didn’t even realize my blog was that old… Well here we go, another year another Oscars.  Lets see what predictions I can make this year. Part 1: The Outliers This group is made up of the categories celebrating whole films which are not up […]

My 2012-2013 Oscar Predicitons – Part 5: The Results

February 24, 2013

Another year, another Oscars.  Seth MacFarlene was okay.  He had some good stuff, he had some jokes that just fell flat.  His opening with Shatner was… pretty dumb, honestly.  But his Sound of Music joke was quite funny, so some ups and downs. But man, were there ever a lot of men with long white […]