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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Oscars 2015 [Updated]

- Best actor:
Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Steve Carrell in Foxcatcher
Michael Keaton in Birdman

My prediction: the Oscar is already in Eddie Redmayne's pockets; except Steve Carrell, because I haven't seen Foxcatcher, nobody in this category deserves the Oscar as much as he does. 

My wish: Eddie Redmayne is forgettable in The Other Boleyn Girl, ordinary in My Week with Marilyn and Les Misérables, but his performance as Stephen Hawking in this film is extraordinary, almost comparable to Daniel Day-Lewis's phenomenal performance in My Left Foot
Result: Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything


- Best actress:

Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Marion Cotillard in Deux jours, une nuit
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon in Wild

My prediction: Julianne Moore or Rosamund Pike. 

My wish: Julianne Moore deserves acclaim and the Oscar for her wonderful, heartfelt and moving portrayal of a successful linguistics professor battling with early-onset Alzheimer's disease; I don't mind if Rosamund Pike wins, because she's absolutely terrifying as the deceitful, calculating, ruthless woman, with a good and innocent look, in Gone Girl; it is also fine for Marion Cotillard to win, though I haven't seen the film, only because I love Marion and like the idea of a French actress getting 2 Oscars. 
Result: Julianne Moore in Still Alice


- Best supporting actor:

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

My prediction: J. K. Simmons, because of all the awards he has won for this role. 

My wish: none. 
Result: J. K. Simmons in Whiplash


- Best supporting actress:

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

My prediction: Patricia Arquette. 

My wish: anyone except Keira Knightley and Emma Stone, because there's nothing remarkable about their performances; I'm OK with Patricia Arquette winning, after all the mother's the best thing about Boyhood
Result: Patricia Arquette in Boyhood


- Best picture:

American Sniper
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
Selma
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

My prediction: Boyhood, because of the universal acclaim, the high ratings and all the awards. Or Birdman, for some magical reasons. But definitely not The Theory of Everything nor American Sniper nor The Grand Budapest Hotel, and perhaps not Selma either. 

My wish: Birdman or The Imitation Game; I'm among the 0,1% who don't see the magic of Boyhood (but for now, won't dwell on that) and, just to be perverse, I hope it won't win; Birdman is a creative, interesting execution of a simple, even ordinary, idea; The Imitation Game has my support for no reason than that I like it and find it good as a biopic, better than The Theory of Everything
Result: Birdman!!! 


- Best director:

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

My prediction: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, because he has won the Golden Globe and some other awards. Or perhaps Wes Anderson, because The Grand Budapest Hotel is a crazy film and Wes Anderson has a distinctive, recognisable style. Definitely not Morten Tyldum. Definitely not Richard Linklater. 

My wish: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, because Birdman is a fine example of how sometimes an idea is less important than the way it is executed; I especially like him to win in case Boyhood gets the Best picture Oscar. 
Result: Alejandro G. Iñárritu- Birdman


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Some other awards: 
Best foreign language film: Ida (Poland)
Best live action short film: The Phone Call
Beset animated short film: Feast
Best animated feature film: Big Hero 6
Best cinematography: Birdman
Best film editing: Whiplash
Best documentary feature: Citizenfour
Best original score: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best original screenplay: Birdman
Best adapted screenplay: The Imitation Game

52 comments:

  1. Alright I'm here :))

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    1. All right. The Grand Budapest Hotel just got 2 Oscars: best costume design and best make-up or hair styling.

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    2. Crisis Hotline... I haven't watched this, but it's nice that they won this :))

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    3. :))
      Neil Patrick Harris's been doing a good job.
      Unlike Ellen. Hahahahaha. You should watch his opening number when it's rebroadcast or uploaded to youtube.

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    4. How do you like his body? :D

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    5. Haahahahahahahahhahaa.

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    6. A small cheer for Seven Lives - his film won Sound Editing category.

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    7. Haha.
      Jared Leto's eyes are gorgeous. Oh my...

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    8. Yeah!!!

      One thing about Hollywood/Western actresses is that I can remember their faces and personality... unlike Korean and mainland Chinese actresses nowadays :-s

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    9. Visual Effects for Interstellar... same team that did Inception *sweet*

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    10. Stage đẹp nhở :))

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    11. Indeed :))
      Interstellar deserves it.

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  2. YAAAYYYY!!! Big Hero 6 won Featured Animation!

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    1. I haven't seen that one. Which film do you want to win best picture?

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    2. The Imitation Game

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    3. Guess what, I've just discovered that its director is Norwegian.

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    4. Production Design went to The Grand Budapest Hotel

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  3. Whoa. Production design. Another Oscar for Budapest.

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    1. Is that for Whiplash or for Benedict? :D

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    2. I kind of hoped for Last Days in VN for Documentary

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    3. I haven't seen that one.

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    4. Cái sàn stage nó bóng đến nỗi chắc con ruồi đậu lên cũng bị trợt té :D

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    5. Beijing is not happy :))

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    6. :))
      I like the HK reference :))

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    7. Another one for The Grand Budapest Hotel - Original Score

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  5. Whoa, Budapest Hotel again.

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    1. One of those films that I can't help but smile every time I think about it.

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    1. You notice all the different kinds of English accent... That says a lot :))

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    2. Best Adapted Screenplay went to The Imitation Game

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    3. Hmmm?
      And yay for Imitation Game.

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    4. Birdman for Best Director

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  7. WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
    Congrats, Alejandro.

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  8. As expected, Eddie :D

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  9. I KNEW IT I KNEW IT.
    Next time, Benedict.

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  10. Haha, I didn't expect him to act like that. That's cute.

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  11. But I'd say this was also a God-sent role for Eddie, for his appearance so much resembles that of S. Hawking :))

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    1. Oh come on, it's extremely difficult to play Stephen Hawking, considering his conditions and everything.

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    2. Yes, but the appearance helped a lot. I don't deny his talents, but there's some sort of luck on his side too. Just imagine someone with a large frame playing S. Hawking.

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    3. Oh yeah, role of a lifetime.

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  12. Congrats, J. Moore!!!!

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    1. Wow, Best Picture for Birdman :))

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  13. YES YES YES. WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
    I can celebrate.

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    1. You notice all the different kinds of English accent... That says a lot :)) << That's what I meant - US is where world talents converge.

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    2. Oh yeah.
      This year there are lots of Brits too.
      You can't imagine how happy I am that Boyhood lost.

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  14. I like Rosamund Pike. But then again, I never really keep up with the latest movies. I heard Redmayne was good. What do you think of Felicity Jones?

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    1. You should watch Still Alice. Julianne Moore's very good in it, and the film's deeply sad.
      Felicity Jones was pretty good in The Theory of Everything, but her performance is something you know will not win the Oscar when you place it next to the other nominees. Like Bradley Cooper in American Sniper.
      Eddie Redmayne was extraordinary, almost comparable to Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot. I can't say if he will ever surpass this, or reach this level again, or he will be like Adrien Brody, but he deserves the win.

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