89th Academy Awards: Predictions & Everything you need to know about the Oscars

Host: Jimmy Kimmel

Time: 8:30 pm EST & 5:30 pm PST

Pre-show: 7pm EST. & 4pm PST

Channel: ABC

Presenters & Performers

Alicia Vikander
Amy Adams
Auli’i Cravalho
Brie Larson
Charlize Theron
Chris Evans
Dakota Johnson
David Oyelowo
Dev Patel
Dwayne Johnson
Emma Stone
Faye Dunaway
Felicity Jones
Gael Garcia Bernal
Hailee Steinfeld
Halle Berry
Jamie Dornan
Janelle Monáe
Jason Bateman
Javier Bardem
Jennifer Aniston
John Cho
John Legend
Justin Timberlake
Kate McKinnon
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leslie Mann
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Mark Rylance
Matt Damon
Meryl Streep
Michael J. Fox
Octavia Spencer
Riz Ahmed
Ryan Gosling
Salma Hayek
Samuel L. Jackson
Scarlett Johansson
Seth Rogen
Shirley MacLaine
Sofia Boutella
Sting
Taraji P. Henson
Vince Vaughn
Warren Beatty

Nominees & Predictions:

Best Picture

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Moonlight

Who Should Win: Arrival

Directing

Who Will Win: Damien Chazelle

Who Could Win: Barry Jenkins

Who Should Win: Damien Chazelle

Actor in a Leading Role

Who Will Win: Casey Affleck

Who Could Win: Ryan Gosling

Who Should Win: Casey Affleck

Actress in a Leading Role

Who Will Win: Emma Stone

Who Could Win: Isabelle Huppert

Who Should Win: Amy Adams…. Er… Emma Stone

Actress in a Supporting Role

Who Will Win: Viola Davis

Who Could Win: Michelle Williams

Who Should Win: Naomie Harris

Actor in a Supporting Role

Who Will Win: Mahershala Ali

Who Could Win: Jeff Bridges

Who Should Win: Lucas Hedges

Adapted Screenplay

  • Arrival, Eric Heisserer
  • Fences, August Wilson
  • Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • Lion, Luke Davies
  • Moonlight, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney

Who Will Win: Moonlight

Who Could Win: Arrival

Who Should Win: Arrival

Original Screenplay

  • Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan
  • La La Land, Damien Chazelle
  • The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
  • Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
  • 20th Century Women, Mike Mills

Who Will Win: Manchester by the Sea

Who Could Win: La La Land

Who Should Win: Manchester by the Sea

Animated Feature Film

Who Will Win: Zootopia

Who Could Win: Kubo and the Two Strings

Who Should Win: Kubo and the Two Strings

Foreign Language Film

Who Will Win: The Salesman

Who Could Win: Toni erdmann

Documentary Feature

Who Will Win: O.J.: Made in America

Who Could Win: I am not your Negro

Cinematography

  • Arrival, Bradford Young
  • La La Land, Linus Sandgren
  • Lion, Greig Fraser
  • Moonlight, James Laxton
  • Silence, Rodrigo Prieto

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Arrival

Who Should Win: Arrival

Film Editing

  • Arrival, Joe Walker
  • Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert
  • Hell or High Water, Jake Roberts
  • La La Land, Tom Cross
  • Moonlight, Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Moonlight

Who Should Win: Arrival

Production Design

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Arrival

Who Should Win: La La Land

Costume Design

Who Will Win: Jackie

Who Could Win: La La Land

Who Should Win: Jackie

Makeup and Hairstyling

Who Will Win: Star Trek Beyond

Who Could Win: Suicide Squad

Who Should Win: Star Trek Beyond

Original Score

  • Jackie, Mica Levi
  • La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
  • Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  • Moonlight, Nicholas Britell
  • Passengers, Thomas Newman

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Moonlight

Who Should Win: Moonlight

Original Song

  • “Audition (The Fools who Dream),” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls, music and lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster
  • “City of Stars,” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story, music and lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
  • “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana, music and lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Who Will Win: City of Stars

Who Could Win: How Far I’ll Go

Who Should Win: Audition (The Fools Who Dream)

Sound Editing

  • Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare
  • Deepwater Horizon, Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
  • Hacksaw Ridge, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
  • La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • Sully, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Who Will Win: Arrival

Who Could Win: Hacksaw Ridge

Who Should Win: Arrival

Sound Mixing

  • Arrival, Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
  • Hacksaw Ridge, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace
  • La La Land, Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Mac Ruth

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Hacksaw Ridge

Who Should Win: La La Land

Visual Effects

  • Deepwater Horizon, Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Justin Billington, and Burt Dalton
  • Doctor Strange, Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould
  • The Jungle Book, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, and Neil Corbould

Who Will Win: The Jungle Book

Who Could Win: Doctor Strange

Who Should Win: The Jungle Book

Animated Short Film

Who Will Win: Piper

Who Could Win: Borrowed Time

Live Action Short Film

Who Will Win: Ennemis Interieurs

Who Could Win: Sing

Documentary Short Subject

Who Will Win: Joe’s Violin

Who Could Win: The White Helmets

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The 3rd Hollywood Persona Awards

The 3rd Hollywood Persona Awards

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Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem

Welcome all to the Third annual Hollywood Persona Awards, Where we celebrate the best in film. If you’re looking for the worst of 2016, click here!

I, Mitch Burns, work Tirelessly throughout the year to watch as many movies as possible; with two kids, one of which came this year, that’s not always an easy task. Some films I missed this year are Miss Sloane, Rules don’t Apply, Queen of Katwe, Toni Erdmann, The Sea of Trees, Paterson and Knight of Cups. It does bother me, but I can’t watch them all.

Let’s run through all the categories we will be awarding In this article:*

  • Best Films of the Year
  • Best Director
  • Best Male Actor – Lead
  • Best Female Actor – Lead
  • Best Female Actor – Supporting
  • Best Male Actor – Supporting
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Young Actor
  • Best Newcomer/Breakout Performance
  • Best Animated Film
  • Cinematography
  • Costume Design
  • Editing
  • Writing – Original Screenplay
  • Writing – Adapted Screenplay
  • Makeup & Hair styling
  • Music – Original Score
  • Music – Best original song
  • Production Design
  • Visual Effects
  • Best Blockbuster
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Horror
  • Best Voice Acting
  • Best Characters in a Movie

*No one Actually gets an award

Most categories are in order of the top 5 or top 10, the first on the list being the best, some categories have honorable mentions.

I’ll take this opportunity to say thank you to all my readers, I’m sticking with it.

Without Further ado, here are the winners (and runner-ups) of the Hollywood Persona Awards.

Best Films of the Year

Let’s begin with my top films of the year. 2016 was a bummer of a year, the films I expected to be great were not, my favorite of the year are films I didn’t see coming. 2016 boasted lackluster films from The Coen Bros., Antoine Fuqua and Woody Allen. Most blockbusters and Comedies from 2016 were worse than could have been foreseen.

2016 seems to belong to the unforeseen indies, and smaller fare. While films from Denis Villeneuve and Damien Chazelle could have been expected, Green Room, Sing Street, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople were welcome surprises.

Arrival takes my number one spot, my top three could very well have shaken up at any moment, any one of them could have landed in the number one spot. Arrival takes it for it’s sheer uniqueness and heartfelt emotion. Arrival is a film that will be talked about for years to come, as are the other two, but a great Sci-fi film is hard to come by.

If you have seen all the films on my lists I think you’ll understand their placement. If you haven’t seen them, I suggest you watch them, I guarantee they will evoke something. See beyond my number 10 for more honorable mentions, films that may have been on my top ten at one point in the year.

  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. La La Land
  4. Nocturnal Animals
  5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  6. Green Room
  7. Sing Street
  8. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. Don’t Think Twice

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Kubo and the Two Strings
  2. Captain Fantastic
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. The Edge of Seventeen
  5. Deadpool
  6. Zootopia
  7. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  8. A Monster Calls
  9. The Neon Demon
  10. Moana
  11. 20th Century Women
  12. Tickled
  13. American Honey
  14. Lion
  15. Tower
  16. Deepwater Horizon
  17. Don’t Breathe
  18. The Light Between Oceans
  19. The Accountant
  20. The Wave

Honorable Mentions: Loving, Pete’s Dragon, Hell or High Water The Girl with All the Gifts, Train to Busan, The Ivory Game, King Jack, The Witch, The Jungle Book

Best Director –

Chazelle created something so breathtaking, so astounding, modern yet had a feeling of a bygone era. The movie, like his previous film Whiplash, must have taken blood sweat and tears to create.

  1. Damien Chazelle – La La Land (Winner)
    Runner-ups (In order)
  2. Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
  3. Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
  4. Derek Cianfrance – The Light between Oceans
  5. Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
  6. Tim Miller – Deadpool
  7. Jeremy Saulnier – Green Room
  8. Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
  9. Travis Knight – Kubo and the Two Strings
  10. John Carney – Sing Street

Best Male Actor – Lead

If we can separate the art from the artist, It’s safe to say that Casey Affleck gave the best performance of the year, hands down.

  1. Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
  2. Ryan Gosling – La La Land
  3. Viggo Mortenson – Captain Fantastic
  4. Joel Edgerton – Loving
  5. Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
  6. Denzel Washington – Fences
  7. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nocturnal Animals
  8. Shia Lebouf – American Honey
  9. Michael Fassbender – The Light Between Oceans
  10. Andrew Garfield – Silence

Honorable Mentions: Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls,Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge, Andrew Garfield – Silence, Ben Affleck – The Accountant, Colin Farrel – The Lobster, Joseph Gorden Levitt – Snowden, Julian Dennison – Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Paul Dano – Swiss Army Man, Taron Egerton – Eddie The Eagle, Tom Hanks – Sully

Best Female Actor – Lead

In my opinion, there is no Arrival without Amy Adams, Adams gave the film its heart. It’s crazy to think that every woman in my top six is deserving of the Oscar, it could go to any of them and I would be happy. Portman gives the best performance of her career, She probably did the most heavy lifting out of the bunch, yet Stone and Adams outrank her.

  1. Amy Adams – Arrival
  2. Emma Stone – La La Land
  3. Natalie Portman – Jackie
  4. Annette Benning – 20th Century Women
  5. Viola Davis – Fences
  6. Ruth Negga – Loving
  7. Isabelle Huppert – Elle
  8. Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures
  9. Amy Adams – Nocturnal Animals
  10. Elle Fanning – The Neon Demon

Honorable Mentions: Hailee Steinfeld – Edge of Seventeen, Blake Lively – The Shallows, Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train, Felicity Jones – Rogue one: A Star Wars Story, Jane Levy – Don’t Breathe, Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins, Sasha Lane – American Honey, Shailene Woodley – Snowden

Best Female Actor – Supporting

I’ve found myself having trouble with this category, this year and in the past, as when women  are antiquated to a supporting role they aren’t given as much to do as their male counterparts in a supporting role. My list of male supporting roles are stronger performances, It’s hard to believe that Spencer was even nominated for her performance in Hidden Figures, and Michelle Williams has very little screen time. The Academy seems to have brushed over 20th Century woman, as Gerwig and Benning both gave terrific performances, but the year belongs to Harris and her incredible work in Moonlight.

  1. Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  2. Nicole Kidman – Lion
  3. Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
  4. Felicity Jones – A Monster Calls
  5. Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
  6. Sigourney Weaver – A Monster Calls
  7. Elle Fanning – 20th Century Women
  8. Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
  9. Anya Taylor-Joy – The Witch
  10. Janelle Monae – Moonlight

Honorable Mentions: Jena Malone – The Neon Demon, Janelle Monae – Hidden Figures, Hayley Bennet – The Girl on the Train, Kirsten Dunst – Hidden Figures, Margo Martindale – The Hollars, Rebecca Ferguson – The Girl on the Train

Best Male Actor – Supporting

Mahershala Ali kind of came out of nowhere and delivered a swoonworthy, memorable performance in Moonlight, a film full of terrific performances. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who I’ve had mixed feelings for before, gives an amazing performance in Nocturnal Animals, it’s too bad him and Shannon couldn’t have gotten the nomination for an Oscar.

  1. Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
  2. Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
  3. Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals
  4. John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  5. Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
  6. Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
  7. Sam Neil – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  8. Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight
  9. Ashton Sanders – Moonlight
  10. Hugo Weaving – Hacksaw Ridge

Honorable Mentions: Ben Foster – Hell or High Water, Chris Pine – Hell or High Water, Daniel Radcliffe – Swiss Army Man, Jovan Adepo – Fences, Michael Fassbender – X-men: Apocalypse, Stephen Henderson – Fences, Stephen Lang – Don’t Breathe, Thomas Jane – The Veil, Vince Vaughn – Hacksaw Ridge, Zac Efron – Neighbors 2

Best Ensemble –

Harris, Monae, Ali, Rhodes, Sanders, etc. almost every performance in Moonlight is Awards worthy.

  1. Moonlight
  2. Sing Street
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Captain Fantastic
  6. Hacksaw Ridge
  7. Hidden Figures
  8. Hell or High Water
  9. Nocturnal Animals
  10. Don’t Think Twice

Best Young Actor –

The actor playing the lead character in A Monster calls makes or breaks that film, and MacDougall Makes it. His performance had to be heartfelt, without overacting, emotional without being whiny, and he nailed it.

  1. Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
  2. Sunny Pawar – Lion
  3. Neel Sethi – The Jungle Book
  4. Julian Dennison – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  5. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo – Sing Street
  6. Lucas Jade Zumann – 20th Century Women
  7. Alex Hebert – Moonlight
  8. Kelly Thornton – Sing Street
  9. Oakes Fegley – Pete’s Dragon
  10. Angourie Rice – The Nice Guys
  11. Lulu Wilson – Ouija: Origin of Evil
  12. Jaeden Lieberher – Midnight Special

Best  Newcomer/Breakout Performance-

My list here is alphabetical, hard to pick who “Broke Out” the most, I think we’ll see as these actors below make an appearance in more and more films.

  • Alex Hebert – Moonlight
  • Angourie Rice – The Nice Guys
  • Ashton Sanders – Moonlight
  • Ferdia Walsh-Peelo – Sing Street
  • Haley Lu Richardson – Edge of Seventeen
  • Julian Dennison – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Kelly Thornton – Sing Street
  • Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
  • Neel Sethi – The Jungle Book
  • Oakes Fegley – Pete’s Dragon
  • Sunny Pawar – Lion
  • Tami Sagher – Don’t Think Twice

Best Animated Film –

 

  1. Kubo and the Two Strings
  2. Moana
  3. Zootopia
  4. Finding Dory
  5. The Secret Life of Pets
  6. Kung Fu Panda 3
  7. Storks
  8. Sing
  9. Trolls
  10. The Angry Birds Movie

Cinematography –

  1. Moonlight
  2. Arrival
  3. Nocturnal Animals
  4. La La Land
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Hacksaw Ridge
  7. Lion
  8. American Honey
  9. The Light Between Oceans
  10. Loving

Costume Design –

  1. La La Land
  2. Nocturnal Animals
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. Sing Street
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. The Light Between Oceans
  7. Jackie
  8. The Witch
  9. Hidden Figures
  10. 20th Century Women

Editing –

  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. Nocturnal Animals
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Arrival
  6. Jackie
  7. Deepwater Horizon
  8. Hardcore Henry
  9. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  10. 20th Century Women

Writing – Original Screenplay

  1. 20th Century Women
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. The Lobster
  4. Don’t Think Twice
  5. Sing Street

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. Deadpool
  4. Nocturnal Animals
  5. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Deadpool
  2. The Neon Demon
  3. X-Men: Apocalypse
  4. Jackie
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. La La Land
  7. Star Trek: Beyond
  8. Suicide Squad
  9. Swiss Army Man
  10. The Witch

Music – Original Score

  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Lion
  4. Arrival
  5. Jackie

Honorable Mentions: Moonlight, Kubo and the Two Strings

Music – Best original song

  1. “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” by Emma Stone – From La La Land
  2. “Drive it like You Stole it” by Sing Street – From Sing Street
  3. “Never Give up” by Sia – From Lion
  4. “Up” by Sing Street – From Sing Street
  5. “How Far I’ll Go” Auli’I Cravalho or Alessia Cara – From Moana
  6. “Shiny” by Jemaine Clement – From Moana
  7. “City of Stars” by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – From La La Land
  8. “Try Everything” by Shakira – From Zootopia
  9. “Start a Fire” by John Legend – From La La Land
  10. “Another Day of Sun” by La La Land Cast – From La La Land

Honorable Mentions: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake – From Trolls, “Good Girls” by Elle King – From Ghostbusters, “Heathens” by Twenty-One Pilots – From Suicide Squad, “Just Like Fire” by Pink – From Alice through the Looking Glass, “Not Today” by Imagine Dragons – From Me before You, “Someone in the Crowd” by La La Land Cast – From La La Land, “You’re Welcome” by Dwayne Johnson – From Moana

Production Design –

  1. La La Land
  2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. Kubo and the Two Strings
  4. The Light Between Oceans
  5. Jackie

Visual Effects –

  1. The Jungle Book
  2. Arrival
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. A Monster Calls
  5. Deepwater Horizon

Honorable Mentions: The Wave (Bolgen), Sully, X-Men: Apocalypse, Captain America: Civil War,

Best Blockbuster (Action, Sci-Fi, Superhero, etc.) –

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. Deadpool
  3. The Accountant
  4. Hardcore Henry
  5. X-Men: Apocalypse
  6. Civil War: Captain America

Best Comedy –

  1. Don’t Think Twice
  2. The Edge of Seventeen
  3. Deadpool
  4. The Nice Guys
  5. Neighbours 2

Best Horror –

  1. Green Room
  2. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  3. The Neon Demon
  4. Don’t Breathe
  5. Train to Busan
  6. The Witch
  7. Ouija: Origin of Evil
  8. The Conjuring 2
  9. Lights Out
  10. Hush

Best Voice Acting –

  1. Ginnifer Goodwin as Officer Judy Hops – Zootopia
  2. Dwayne Johnson as Maui – Moana
  3. Alan Tudyk as K-2S0 – Rogue One: a Star Wars Story
  4. Auli’I Cravalho as Moana – Moana
  5. Art Parkinson as Kubo – Kubo and the Two Strings
  6. Liam Neeson as The Monster – A Monster Calls
  7. Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde – Zootopia
  8. Zooey Deschanel as Bridget – Trolls
  9. Ben Kingsley as Bagheera – The Jungle Book
  10. Andy Samberg as junior – Storks

Honorable Mentions: Ellen DeGeneres as Dory – Finding Dory, Mark Rylance as The BFG – The BFG, Taron Edgerton as Johnny – Sing

10 Best Character in a Movie –

  1. DeadPool (Ryan Gosling) – Deadpool
  2. Chirrut Imew (Donnie Yen) – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. Bobby Andes (Michael Shannon) – Nocturnal Animals
  4. Brendan (Jack Reynor) – Sing Street
  5. Hank (Ed O’neill) – Finding Dory
  6. Juan (Mahershala Ali) – Monlight
  7. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  8. K-2S0 (Alan Tudyk) – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  9. Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) – Zootopia
  10. The Cast of 20th Century  Women

Honorable Mentions: The Monster (Liam Neeson) – A Monster Calls, Flash (Raymond S. Persi) – Zootopia, Jesse (Elle Fanning) – The Neon Demon, HeiHei (Alan Tudyk) – Moana, Mauia (Dwayne Johnson) – Moana.

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Oscar Nominees: Surprises, snubs and my score

Best Picture:

La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Fences
Arrival
Lion
Hidden Figure

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Silence would get in over Lion.

Snubs/Surprises: This category barely has a snub in it, People will say Deadpool is a snub but it’s only a snub if you really thought it’d nominated, and I don’t think anoyone really thought it’d be nominated.Silence Might be considered a snub.

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Viggo Mortenson (Captain Fantastic)

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Joel Edgerton (Loving) would get in over Viggo Mortenson.

Snubs/Surprises: I thought Edgerton would get in over Mortenson considering the films they were in, but I’m happy, Viggo gave the better performance in my opinion. Some may say Tom Hanks is the snub here for Sully.

Best Actress:

Emma Stone (La La Land)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Ruth Negga (Loving)

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Amy Adams (Arrival) would get in over Meryl Streep.

Snubs/Surprises: It’s a God damn travesty that Meryl Streep got in for Florence Foster Jenkins over Amy Adams. Meryls performance was just fine, in a movie that was just fine. Arrival gets a Best Picture nom, but there is no Arrival without Amy Adams. Anette Bennings performance in 20th Century Women is supposed to be incredible, and Oscar worthy.

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”)
Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”)
Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Dev Patel (“Lion”)
Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Aaron-Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) would get in over Michael Shannon.

Snubs: No snubs, either one of them would get in for Nocturnal Animals, sucks for Johnson, but both great performances.

Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis (“Fences”)
Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”)
Nicole Kidman (“Lion”)
Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”)
Michelle Williams (“Manchester By the Sea”)

My Score: 0 Wrong

Snubs/Surprises: None really for me, I haven’t seen 20th Century Women yet, but people say Greta Gerwigs performance should have been nominated.

Best Director

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Dennis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

My Score: 1 wrong, I had guessed Denzel Washington (Fences) would get in over Mel Gibson.

Snubs/Surprises: I can’t believe Mel Gibson got in, In my opinion I think he deserved it over Denzel, but his history makes it a big surprise. Denzel deserves it because he directed himself to an Oscar nomination, but Mel Gibson definitely had a lot more work on his film and delivered a great product.

Animated Feature

“Kubo and the Two Strings” (Laika/Focus Features)
“Moana” (Disney)
“The Red Turtle” (Studio Ghibli/Sony Pictures Classics)
“Zootopia” (Disney)
“My Life as a Zuchinni”

My Score: 1 Wrong, I had guessed Sing over My Life as a Zuchinni

Snubs/Surprises: Finding Dory is a snub, although I haven’t seen The Red Turtle or My Life as a Zuchinni. I knew Finding Dory wouldn’t get in, yet I still got one wrong, by guessing Sing would get the nom.

Best Documentary:

“13th”

“Life, Animated”

“OJ: Made in America”

“I am Not your Negro”

“Fire at Sea”

My Score: 2 wrong. I had guessed The Ivory Game and Zero Days over Fire at Sea and I am not your Negro.

 

My Final Score: 36/44


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My Oscar Predictions

Predicting the 89th Academy Award Nominees

Best Picture:

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Fences

Arrival

Silence

Hidden Figure

Upsets: Lion, Deadpool

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

Joel Edgerton (Loving)

Upsets: Viggo Mortenson, Tom Hanks

Best Actress:

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Amy Adams (Arrival)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Best Director

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Dennis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”)

Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”)

Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”)

Dev Patel (“Lion”)

Aaron-Taylor Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”

Upsets: Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Kevin Costner (“Hidden Figures”)

Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis (“Fences”)

Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”)

Nicole Kidman (“Lion”)

Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”)

Michelle Williams (“Manchester By the Sea”)

Upsets: Greta Gerwig (“20th Century Women”)

Animated Feature

“Kubo and the Two Strings” (Laika/Focus Features)

“Moana” (Disney)

“The Red Turtle” (Studio Ghibli/Sony Pictures Classics)

“Zootopia” (Disney)

“Sing” (Illumination/Universal)

Upsets: “Finding Dory” (Pixar/Disney), “Trolls” (DreamWorks/Fox)

Best Documentary:

“13th” (Ava DuVernay)

“Life, Animated” (Roger Ross Williams)

“OJ: Made in America” (Ezra Edelman)

“The Ivory Game” (Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani)

“Zero Days” (Alex Gibney)

Upsets: “Cameraperson” (Kirsten Johnson), “Gleason” (Clay Tweel)

The Oscar Rundown: Predictions, Start time, Presentors and more

The Academy Awards Rundown

The Nominees, My predictions, Who’s hosting and presenting, and start time!

Who’s hosting: Chris Rock (2nd time hosting)

Where: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood California

When: Sunday, February 28th 2016
Time: 7pm Est. (4pm pt)

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Presenters:

JJ. Abrams

Patricia Arquette

Abraham Attah

Sacha Baron Cohen

Cate Blanchett

Emily Blunt

Steve Carell

Henry Cavill

Priyanka Chopra

Louis C.K.

Common

Russell Crowe

Chris Evans

Tina Fey

Morgan Freeman

Jennifer Garner

Whoopi Goldberg

Ryan Gosling

Louis Gossett, Jr.

Kevin Hart

Quincy Jones

Michael B. Jordan

Lee Byung-hun

John Legend

Jared Leto

Rachel McAdams

Julianne Moore

Olivia Munn

Jason Segel

Dev Patel

Eddie Redmayne

Daisy Ridley

Margot Robbie

Andy Serkis

Sarah Silverman

J.K. Simmons

Charlize Theron

Benicio del Toro

Jacob Tremblay

Sofía Vergara

Kerry Washington

Pharrell Williams

Performers:

Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground

Sam Smith – “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre

The Weeknd – “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey

Dave Grohl – Special performance

Best Picture

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

Who Will Win: The Revenant

Who Could Win: Spotlight

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Director

Adam McKay, “The Big Short”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

Who Will Win: George Miller

Who Could Win: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Who Should Win: George Miller

Best Actor

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

Who Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio

Who Could Win:N/A

Who Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Actress

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

Who Will Win: Brie Larson

Who Could Win: Cate Blanchett

Who Should Win: Brie Larson

Best Supporting Actor

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

Who Will Win: Sylvester Stallone

Who Could Win: Mark Rylance

Who Should Win: Mark Rylance

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Who Will Win: Alicia Vikander

Who Could Win: Kate Winslet

Who Should Win: Alicia Vikander

Best Original Screenplay

“Bridge of Spies”
“Ex Machina”
“Inside Out”
“Spotlight”
“Straight Outta Compton”

Who Will Win: Spotlight

Who Could Win:Inside Out

Who Should Win: Spotlight

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Big Short”
“Brooklyn”
“Carol”
“The Martian”
“Room”

Who Will Win: The Big Short

Who Could Win:Room

Who Should Win: The Big Short

Best Foreign Film

“Embrace of the Serpent”
“Mustang”
“Son of Saul”
“Theeb”
“A War”

Who Will Win: Son of Saul

Who Could Win:Mustang

Who Should Win: Son of Saul

Best Documentary Feature

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

Who Will Win: Amy

Who Could Win:The Look of Silence

Who Should Win: Amy

Best Animated Feature

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

Who Will Win: Inside Out

Who Could Win: Anomalisa

Who Should Win: Inside Out

Best Film Editing

“The Big Short”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”
“Spotlight”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: The Revenant

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Song

The Weeknd – “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“MANTA RAY”  J. RALPH and Antony “Racing Extinction”
Sam Smith – “Writing’s on the Wall” From “Spectre”
Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens to You” From “The Hunting Ground”
Simple Song #3 from Youth – Music and Lyric by David Lang

Who Will Win: Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens to You” From “The Hunting Ground”

Who Could Win: Simple Song #3 from Youth – Music and Lyric by David Lang

Who Should Win: “See You Again” From Furious 7 … oh wait

Best Original Score

“Bridge of Spies”
“Carol”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Sicario”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Who Will Win: The Hateful Eight

Who Could Win: Sicario

Who Should Win: The Hateful Eight

Best Visual Effects

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

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Cinematography

“Carol”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”
“Sicario”

Who Will Win: The Revenant

Who Could Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Should Win: The Revenant

Best Costume Design

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

Who Will Win: Carol

Who Could Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: The Revenant

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Production Design

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

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: The Revenant

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Editing

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

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: The Revenant

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Mixing

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

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Who Could Win: The Revenant

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Short Film, Live Action

“Ave Maria”
“Day One”
“Everything Will Be Okay”
“Shok”
“Stutterer”

Who Will Win: Ave Maria

Who Could Win: Shok

Best Short Film, Animated

“Bear Story”
“Prologue”
“Sanjay’s Super Team”
“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”
“World of Tomorrow”

Who Will Win: World of Tomorrow

Who Could Win: Sanjay’s Super Team

Who Should Win: World of Tomorrow

Best Documentary Short Subject

“Body Team 12”
“Chau, Beyond the Lines”
“Claude Lanzmann”
“A Girl in the River”
“Last Day of Freedom”

Who Will Win: Body Team 12

Who Could Win: A Girl in the River


 

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Best Director, Writing, Music,Visual Effects, Cinematography and more, of 2015

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Today I reveal who my top 5-10 in 11 categories. These are 11 categories that The Academy Awards recognize each year. Including Director, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Costume Design and more.

Best Director –

  1. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – The Revenant
  3. Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  4. Lenny Abrahamson – Room
  5. Alex Garland – Ex Machina

Honorable Mentions: David Robert Mitchell – It Follows, Danny Boyle – Steve Jobs, Adam McKay – The Big Short

Writing – Original Screenplay

  1. Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  2. Youth – Paolo Sorrentino
  3. Mommy – Xavier Dolan
  4. Mistress America – Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig
  5. The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino

Honorable Mentions: Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh cooley, Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  1. Steve Jobs – written by Aaron Sorkin based on the book “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
  2. Room – Screenplay and book written by Emma Donaghue
  3. The Revenant – Written by Alejandro Inarritu and Mark L. Smith, based on the book “The Revenant by Michael Punke
  4. The End of the Tour – Screenplay by Donald Margulies based on the book “Although of Course you end up becoming yourself” by David Lipsky
  5. Brooklyn – written by Nick Hornby based on the novel “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin

Honorable Mentions: Me, and Earl and the Dying Girl – based on book of the same name, both written by Jesse Andrews, Anomalisa – written by Charlie Kaufman based on a play by Charlie Kaufman

Cinematography –

  1. Adam Arkapaw – Macbeth
  2. Yves Belanger – Brookyln
  3. Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant
  4. John Seale – Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Roger Deakins – Sicario

Honorable Mentions: Ed Lachman – Carol, Robbie Ryan – Slow West

Costume Design –

  1. Odile Dicks-Mireaux – Brooklyn
  2. Jenny Beavan – Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Jacqueline Durran – Macbeth
  4. Kate Hawley – Crimson Peak
  5. Kelli Jones – Straight Outta Compton

Honorable Mention: Courtney Hoffman – The Hateful Eight, Paco Delgado – The Danish Girl, Janet Patterson – Far From the Madding Crowd, Sandy Powell – Carol

Editing

  1. Margaret Sixel – Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Stephen Mirrione – The Revenant
  3. Tom McArdle – Spotlight
  4. Elliot Graham – Steve Jobs
  5. Billy Fox & Michael Tronick – Straight Outta Compton

Honorable Mentions: Joe Walker – Sicario, Kyle Patrick Alvarez – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Nathan Nugent – Room

Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Danish Girl
  3. Black Mass
  4. Carol
  5. Star Wars: the Force Awakens

Special Mention: Backcountry makeup team for one scene

Music – Original Score

  1. Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson
  2. Far from the Madding Crowd – Craig Armstrong
  3. The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
  4. It Follows – Rich Vreeland
  5. Spotlight – Howard Shore
  6. Creed – Ludwig Göransson
  7. Macbeth – Jed Kurzel
  8. Steve Jobs – Daniel Pemberton
  9. Ex Machina – geoff barrow & ben salisbury
  10. Brooklyn – Michael Brook

Music – Best original song

  1. Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” (from Furious 7)
  2. David Lang, “Simple Song #3″ (from Youth)
  3. Jessie J, “Flashlight” (from Pitch Perfect 2)
  4. Eminem, “Phenomenal” (from Southpaw)
  5. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do” (from Fifty Shades of Grey)
  6. Ester Dean, “Crazy Youngsters” (From Pitch Perfect 2)
  7. Keegan DeWitt, “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (from I’ll See You in My Dreams)
  8. Meghan Trainor, “Better When I’m Dancin’” (from The Peanuts Movie)
  9. Rihanna, “As Real As You and Me” (from Home)
  10. Leon Bridges, “So Long” (from Concussion)

Bonus: Best Soundtrack of 2015: “Mommy” Soundtrack

 Production Design

  1. Room – Ethan Tobman
  2. The Revenant – Jack Fisk
  3. Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Rick Carter & Darren Gilford
  5. Brooklyn – François Séguin
  6. Jurassic World – Rick Carter & Ed Verreaux
  7. Jupiter Ascending – Hugh Bateup
  8. The Martian – Arthur Max
  9. Steve Jobs – Guy Hendrix Dyas
  10. Trumbo – Mark Ricker

Visual Effects

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Ex Machina
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. The Martian
  5. The Revenant

Honorable Mentions: The Walk, Furious 7, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys

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The Academy Award Nominees

The Academy Award (Oscar) Nominees

by Mitch Burns


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Below are the Nominees for the 88th Academy Awards, which will be awarded February 28, 2016. Under each category heading I have the nominees, my thoughts, and then what I predicted along with how many I guessed wrong.

BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

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

I guessed 9 nominees, last year there were 8, but in 2012, 2013 and 2014 there were 9 nominees, and this years seemed to me, to be a year destined for 9 nominees. The Carol snub seems odd to me, I actually thought that Carol would get in before Brooklyn, but that’s the way it goes.

My Guesses:

  1. Spotlight
  2. The Revenant
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Carol
  5. The Big Short
  6. The Martian
  7. Bridge of Spies
  8. Room
  9. Brooklyn

1 wrong guess

BEST DIRECTOR NOMINEES

Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”
Alejandro Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

My thoughts: I can honestly say, I’m so happy to see Lenny Abrahamson here for Room, I just didn’t think it would happen. Abrahamson did a terrific job I thought Ridley Scott would get in, on his name alone, but I’m very happy to be wrong.

My Guesses:

  1. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu– The Revenant
  2. Thom McCarthy – Spotlight
  3. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Ridley Scott – The Martian
  5. Adam McKay – The Big Short

1 wrong guess

BEST ACTOR NOMINEES

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

My thoughts: This has been a pretty locked category for a while, to be honest you could have probably guessed this whole category last January.

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  2. Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
  3. Matt Damon – the Martian
  4. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  5. Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

0 wrong guesses

BEST ACTRESS NOMINEES

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

My thoughts: To all the Rampling deniers I say “ha ha”. This is a category, besides Lawrence, I couldn’t have guessed last year. It is full of pleasant surprises, the category itself isn’t a shocker, but I’m happy with the category.

  1. Brie Larson – Room
  2. Cate Blanchett – Carol
  3. Saorise Ronan – Brooklyn
  4. Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
  5. Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

0 wrong guesses

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR NOMINEES

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

My Thoughts: I battled with this category, in my first draft I accidentally left out Rylance who was a shoe-in, because I was battling between Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Jacob Tremblay (Room) and Ruffalo (Creed). I was happy with it until I realized I left Mark Rylance out (Bridge of Spies), and then Elba and Tremblay were both snubbed. I personally, hate not seeing Tremblay here, but that’s fine. I thought Hardy did a terrific job in The Revenant, but never thought he would get the nominations.

  1. Sylvester Stallone – Creed
  2. Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  3. Christian Bale – The Big Short
  4. Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
  5. Jacob Tremblay – Room

1 wrong guess

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS NOMINEES

Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

My Thoughts: I almost left Vikander out here but didn’t really have anyone to put in her place, so I left her. We all seem to have fallen in love with Vikander this year, and I don’t have a problem with it. I’m glad to see McAdams nominated as well, I think Spotlight is one of her better roles in a long time, but I think this may be Winslet’s to lose.

  1. Rooney Mara – Carol
  2. Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
  3. Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  4. Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
  5. Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

0 Wrong Guesses

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY NOMINEES

“Spotlight,” written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
“Bridge of Spies,” written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
“Ex Machina,” written by Alex Garland
“Inside Out,” screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
“Straight Outta Compton,” screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

My Thoughts: I can’t believe The Hateful Eight was left out, but this being Straight Outta Compton’s only nomination, I’m fine with it.

  1. The Hateful Eight
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Spotlight
  4. Inside Out
  5. Ex Machina

1 wrong guess

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY NOMINEES

“The Big Short,” Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
“Brooklyn,” Nick Hornby
“Carol,” Phyllis Nagy
“The Martian,” Drew Goddard
“Room,” Emma Donoghue

My Thoughts: I was tired yesterday when I did my predictions, and I royally fucked up the Screenplay categories, luckily my friends Will Ashton and Mike Shutt pointed it out and I fixed it before the deadline. As I did with the entire Oscars, I underestimated “Brooklyn”.

  1. Steve Jobs
  2. Room
  3. The Martian
  4. Carol
  5. The Big Short

1 wrong Guess

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE NOMINEES

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

My Thoughts: I can’t comment on this category, I’ve haven’t seen “When Marnie was There” and I’ve never heard of “Boy and the World”. I’m surprised, but not displeased, that The Good Dinosaur was not nominated just because it is a Pixar titles. Althought, I am sad at a lack of “The Peanuts Movie.

  1. Inside Out
  2. Anomolisa
  3. Shaun The Sheep Movie
  4. The Peanuts Movie
  5. The Good Dinosaur

2 Wrong Guesses

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM NOMINEES

“Embrace of the Serpent”
“Mustang”
“Son of Saul”
“Theeb”
“A War”

  1. Son of Saul – Hungary
  2. Mustang – France
  3. The Brand New Testament – Belgium
  4. A War – Denmark
  5. Labyrinth of Lies – German

2 Wrong Guesses

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE NOMINEES

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

My Thoughts: What was I thinking? Why did I put Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief in my predictions on my list? The Oscars aren’t going to take a stance like that.

  1. Amy
  2. The Look of Silence
  3. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  4. The Hunting Ground
  5. Cartel Land

2 Wrong Guesses

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY NOMINEES

“Carol,” Ed Lachman
“The Hateful Eight,” Robert Richardson
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” John Seale
“The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Sicario,” Roger Deakins

  1. The Revenant
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Sicario
  5. Carol

1 Wrong Guess

BEST FILM EDITING NOMINEES

“The Big Short,” Hank Corwin
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel
“The Revenant,” Stephen Mirrione
“Spotlight,” Tom McArdle
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

  1. The Revenant
  2. The Big Short
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Spotlight
  5. The Martian

1 Wrong Guess

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN NOMINEES

“Bridge of Spies,” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
“The Danish Girl,” Production Design: Eve Stewart ; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration:  Lisa Thompson
“The Martian,” Production Design: Arthur Max ;Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
“The Revenant,” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

My Thoughts: I think Carol not getting a nomination here is almost a snub, the Cinderella omission is just fine.

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Carol
  4. The Danish Girl
  5. Cinderella

2 Wrong Guesses

BEST COSTUME DESIGN NOMINEES

“Carol,” Sandy Powell
“Cinderella,” Sandy Powell
“The Danish Girl,” Paco Delgado
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan
“The Revenant,” Jacqueline West

My Thoughts: Personally, I’d give The Revenant the nomination over Bridge of Spies every time, and truth be told Jacqueline West did a terrific job.

  1. Cinderella
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Carol
  4. The Danish Girl
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road

1 wrong guess

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE NOMINEES

“Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman
“Carol,” Carter Burwell
“The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone
“Sicario,” Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” John Williams

My Thoughts: I should have stuck with my gut, Jóhannsson’s score for Sicario was wonderfully eerie and set the mood for the film well.

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. The Hateful Eight
  4. The Danish Girl
  5. Carol

1 Wrong Guess

BEST ORIGINAL SONG NOMINEES

“Earned It,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray,” “Racing Extinction,” Music by J. Ralph; Lyric by Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song 3,” “Youth,” Music and Lyric by David Lang
“Til it Happens to You,” “The Hunting Ground,” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre,” Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

My Thoughts: In my honest opinion, See You Again not being nominated is fucking ridiculous. A number one top billboard hit for 12 weeks, Wiz Kalifa’s biggest song ever and one written in the memory of the late Paul Walker? That’s a huge disappointment. A friend of mine, Travis, commented on how it feels like another situation, The song “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the film of the same name which was nominated at last years Oscars and then disqualified later. I don’t see that happening again, but it still feels very off.

As my Friend Will Ashton put it ” Is “See You Again” this year’s Lego Movie?

  1. See You Again – Furious 7
  2. Love Me Like You Do – Fifty Shades of Grey
  3. Simple Song 3 – Youth
  4. Writings on the Wall – Sam Smith
  5. ‘Til it Happens to you – Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

2 Wrong Guesses

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS NOMINEES

“Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
“The Martian,” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
“The Revenant,” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

My Thoughts: I went with my gut, The Academy tends to nominate one stupid popcorn CGI fest, and Jurassic World felt like it this year, Glad Ex Machina recieved it though

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Mad Max: Fury road
  3. The Martian
  4. Jurassic World
  5. The Revenant

1 wrong guess

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING NOMINEES

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared,” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
“The Revenant,” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

My Thoughts: Well, I’m not saying Black Mass not recieving a nom is a bad thing, but what the hell is “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared,”…

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Revenant
  3. Black Mass

1 wrong guess

BEST SOUND MIXING NOMINEES

“Bridge of Spies,” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
“The Martian,” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
“The Revenant,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. The Revenant
  4. The Martian
  5. Straight Outta Compton

1 Wrong Guess

BEST SOUND EDITING NOMINEES

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White
“The Martian,” Oliver Tarney
“The Revenant,” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
“Sicario,” Alan Robert Murray
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Matthew Wood and David Acord

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. The Revenant
  4. The Martian
  5. Straight Outta Compton

1 wrong guess

I predicted nominees for 21 categories, 5 nominees in each category, excluding Best Picture (8) and Makeup (3). I didn’t predict The short film categories. I made 23 wrong guess in total.


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Predicting the Academy Award Nominees

Predicting The Oscar Nominees

by Mitch Burns


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I didn’t have a lot of time to make my predictions, and I’m fairly confident in my choices, but I’m excited to see how things shake out tomorrow morning. I did put a few hours into my predictions, and they may turn out to be quite reliable, but I promise I will put a lot more time into my predictions of the actual show. My Predictions are in a general order of who I think are safer bets, to who aren’t as guaranteed.

The Oscar Nominees will be announced live Thursday, January 14th, at 8:30 am ET (5:30 am PT). You can watch the nominees be announced on Youtube (Click Here). There will be two rounds of nominee announcements: The first round of nominees will be announced by Directors Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee, these will be the more technical awards. The Second round of nominees will be announced by Academy Award President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and John Krasinski, and these will be the acting awards, Best Picture nominees and more.

Good Luck to everyone else predicting, can’t wait to bitch with everyone tomorrow about who was snubbed!

BEST PICTURE

  1. Spotlight
  2. The Revenant
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Carol
  5. The Big Short
  6. The Martian
  7. Bridge of Spies
  8. Room
  9. Brooklyn

BEST DIRECTOR

  1. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu– The Revenant
  2. Thom McCarthy – Spotlight
  3. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Ridley Scott – The Martian
  5. Adam McKay – The Big Short

BEST ACTOR

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  2. Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
  3. Matt Damon – the Martian
  4. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  5. Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

BEST ACTRESS

  1. Brie Larson – Room
  2. Cate Blanchett – Carol
  3. Saorise Ronan – Brooklyn
  4. Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
  5. Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  1. Sylvester Stallone – Creed
  2. Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  3. Christian Bale – The Big Short
  4. Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
  5. Jacob Tremblay – Room

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  1. Rooney Mara – Carol
  2. Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
  3. Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  4. Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
  5. Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  1. The Hateful Eight
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Spotlight
  4. Inside Out
  5. Ex Machina

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  1. Steve Jobs
  2. Room
  3. The Martian
  4. Carol
  5. The Big Short

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  1. Inside Out
  2. Anomolisa
  3. Shaun The Sheep Movie
  4. The Peanuts Movie
  5. The Good Dinosaur

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  1. Son of Saul – Hungary
  2. Mustang – France
  3. The Brand New Testament – Belgium
  4. A War – Denmark
  5. Labyrinth of Lies – German

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  1. Amy
  2. The Look of Silence
  3. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  4. The Hunting Ground
  5. Cartel Land

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  1. The Revenant
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Sicario
  5. Carol

BEST FILM EDITING

  1. The Revenant
  2. The Big Short
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Spotlight
  5. The Martian

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Carol
  4. The Danish Girl
  5. Cinderella

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  1. Cinderella
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Carol
  4. The Danish Girl
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. The Hateful Eight
  4. The Danish Girl
  5. Carol

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  1. See You Again – Furious 7
  2. Love Me Like You Do – Fifty Shades of Grey
  3. Simple Song 3 – Youth
  4. Writings on the Wall – Sam Smith
  5. ‘Til it Happens to you – Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Mad Max: Fury road
  3. The Martian
  4. Jurassic World
  5. The Revenant

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Revenant
  3. Black Mass

BEST SOUND MIXING

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. The Revenant
  4. The Martian
  5. Straight Outta Compton

BEST SOUND EDITING

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. The Revenant
  4. The Martian
  5. Straight Outta Compton

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The Hollywood Persona Awards

By Mitch Burns

Welcome to the First Annual Hollywood Persona Awards! I’ve done variations of this before, but this is the first time on the new site, and I’ve never done it quite this big! 25 categories, with some deep thought going in to each winner, and the runner ups!

In most categories, I tried my best to slim it down to one winner, and five nominees. Although, as you’ll see, in some categories I got a little ahead of myself. I had a hard time paring it down, as I feel there were many aspects of film, especially in the acting areas, that deserve more attention than they’ve received.

24 categories (plus one bonus), many categories borrow their titles from The Academy, Golden Globes, or other awards show, but I have put my own spin on everything. If you’re looking for my picks for best picture, well you can find my top ten list by clicking here!

Best Male Actor – Lead

When it comes to the acting categories, I find myself a sucker for good acting. It’s hard for me to not notice great performances, and I feel like they all deserved to be mentioned. I tried to cut it down a bit, but for the most part if I liked the performance, I noted it and made sure they showed up here.

For me, You could interchange Redmaybe or Keaton in this spot. Hawking and his family have applauded Redmayne for his performance, and Keaton has created something new and exciting. It’s a tough call, but I’d give it to Redmayne, as you can clearly see that he put a lot of work into the performance. Gyllenhaal was cruelly left out of the Oscars, for probably the best performance of his career. Fiennes was hilarious in “Budapest“, and it’s amazing how he can switch between dramatic and comedic so easily. It’s surprising Hardy was completely left out of any Oscar conversation even though he had two great performances in “Locke“, and lesser, “The Drop“.

  1. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything – Winner
  2. Michael Keaton – Birdman
  3. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
  4. Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Tom Hardy – Locke (& The Drop)
    Honorable Mentions:
  6. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
  7. David Oyelowo – Selma
  8. Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
  9. Brendan Gleeson – Calvary
  10. Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar
  11. Miles Teller – Whiplash
  12. Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
  13. Tommy Lee Jones – The Homesman
  14. Bill Hader – The Skeleton Twins
  15. Peyman Moaadi – Camp X-ray

Best Actor

Best Female Actor – Lead

Like I’ve said before, if Julianne Moore didn’t give such a spot on performance as a woman dealing with early onset Alzheimer’s, Rosamund Pike would have had the award in the bag. Felicity Jones is now someone who I will look forward to seeing in anything. Tilda Swinton is my number 4, for one of 3 great performances last year. Jenny Slate, a fairly newcomer, really surprised me with a beautiful, understated, but funny performance.

  1. Julianne Moore – Still Alice – Winner
  2. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
  3. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
  4. Tilda Swinton – Only Lovers Left Alive
  5. Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
    Honorable Mentions:
  6. Jennifer Aniston Cake
  7. Reese Witherspoon – Wild
  8. Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
  9. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
  10. Shailene Woodley – The Fault in our Stars
  11. Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
  12. Hilary Swank – The Homesman
  13. Agata trzebuchowska – Ida
  14. Amy Adams – Big Eyes
  15. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

Best female leadBest Female Actor – Supporting

I felt Patricia Arquette’s performance was real, watching her in “Boyhood” you probably saw your own mother in Arquette’s performance several times throughout. Emma Stone gets my number 2 spot, basically for one amazingly brilliant speech. Rene Russo, who we had all but forgotten, comes out of no where and gives a terrific performances in “Nightcrawler”. Tilda Swinton gave three great performances this year, “Budapest’s” was not a s great as her performance in “Snowpiercer”, but still good. Kim Dickens surprised me twice last year, one: for her role in “The Walking Dead’s” 5th season, and Two: as detective Boney.

  1. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood – Winner
  2. Emma Stone – Birdman
  3. Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
  4. Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer & The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Kim Dickens – Gone Girl
    Honorable Mentions:
  6. Mackenzie Foy – Interstellar
  7. Laura Dern – Wild
  8. Jessica Chastain – Interstellar
  9. Agata Kulesza – Ida
  10. Kristen Stewart – Still Alice
  11. Katherine Waterston – Inherent Vice
  12. Naomi Wats – Birdman & St. Vincent

Female Supporting actor

Best Male Actor – Supporting

Okay, my number 1 pick for all the acting categories has been the exact same as what the Academy chose, but it’s really hard to argue with them this year. It is the same reason why the acting categories had been basically locked up since for months, because the performances were so great. With that, I award my number 1 spot too J.K. Simmons for his

  1. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash – Winner
  2. Edward Norton – Birdman
  3. Steve Carrel – Foxcatcher
  4. Robert Pattinson – The Rover
  5. Shia LeBouf – Fury
    Honorable Mentions:
  6. Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
  7. Jon Bernthal – Fury
  8. Adrien Brody – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
  10. Tony Revolori – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  11. Chris O’Dowd – Calvary
  12. Adam Pearson – Under the Skin
  13. James McCavoy – X:Men – Days of Future Past

Supporting Actor maleBest Ensemble –

  1. Birdman – Winner
  2. Fury
  3. Interstellar
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Gone Girl

Best of 20143

Best Director –

  1. Richard Linklater – Boyhood – Winner
  2. Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
  4. Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
  5. Steven Knight – Locke

Best DirectorBest Animated Film –

  1. How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Winner
  2. The Boxtrolls
  3. The Lego Movie
  4. Penguins of Madagascar
  5. Big Hero 6

Animated

Cinematography –

  1. Robert D. Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
  2. Jeff Cronenweth – Gone Girl
  3. Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
  4. Hoyte Van Hotema – Interstellar
  5. Robert Elswit – Nightcrawler

Best of 20144

Costume Design –

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
  2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  3. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
  4. Into The Woods
  5. Inherent Vice

Best of 20145

Foreign Language Film

  1. Tangerines (Mandariinid) – Winner
  2. Two Days, One Night
  3. Force Majeure
  4. Ida
  5. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Foreign

Editing

  1. Boyhood – Winner
  2. Birdman
  3. Nightcrawler
  4. Wild
  5. Whiplash

editing

Writing – Original Screenplay

    1. Boyhood – Winner
    2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    3. Birdman
    4. Locke
    5. Nightcrawler

Original Screenplay

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  1. Whiplash – Winner
  2. The Imitation Game
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Under the Skin
  5. Edge of Tomorrow

Adapted Screenplay

Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy – Winner
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Snowpiercer
  4. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
  5. Only Lovers Left Alive

MAkeup

Music – Original Score

  1. Hans Zimmer – Interstellar – Winner
  2. Still Alice – Ilan Eshkeri
  3. Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Johan Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
  5. Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game

Score

Music – Use of song in film

Click on each song to go to youtube and listen!

  1. Hero – Family of the Year & Yellow – Coldplay – Boyhood – Winner
  2. Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  3. Killing Strangers – Marilyn Manson – John Wick
  4. The Entire Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack
  5. Everything is Awesome – Tegan and Sara ft. The Lonely Island – The Lego Movie
  6. El Condor Pasa – Simon & Garfunkel – Wild
  7. Trapped by a thing called love – Denise Lasalle – Only Lovers Left Alive
  8. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship – The Skeleton Twins
  9. Halo – Gary Lightbody – Cake
  10. Kettering – The Antlers – Camp X-ray

Production Design

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
  2. Ida
  3. Interstellar
  4. Inherent Vice
  5. Only Lovers Left Alive/Foxcatcher

Production Design

Visual Effects

  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Winner
  2. Interstellar
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Godzilla
  5. Noah

Visual Effects

Best Blockbuster (Action, Sci-Fi, Superhero, etc.)

  1. Interstellar – Winner
  2. Edge of Tomorrow
  3. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  4. Noah
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. John Wick
  7. Godzilla
  8. Lucy
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Blockbuster

Best Comedy

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
  2. Obvious Child
  3. Top Five
  4. Bad Words
  5. Chef
    Honorable Mentions
  6. St. Vincent
  7. Neighbours
  8. The Muppets: Most Wanted
  9. 22 Jump Street

Comedy

Best Horror

  1. Blue Ruin – Winner
  2. The Babadook
  3. Willow Creek
  4. The Guest
  5. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Horror

Best Young Actor

  1. Mackenzie Foy – Interstellar – Winner
  2. Tony Revolori – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Noah Wiseman – The Babadook
  4. Rohan Chand – Bad Words
  5. Jaeden Lieberher – St. Vincent
    Honorable Mentions
  6. daniel Huttlestone – Into the Woods
  7. Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood
  8. Lorelei Linklater – Boyhood
  9. charlie tahan – Love is Strange
  10. Emjay Anthony – Chef

Young Actor

Best Voice Acting –

  1. Ben Kingsley – Archibald Snatcher – The Boxtrolls – Winner
  2. Dee Bradley Baker – Fish/Wheels/Bucket – The Boxtrolls
  3. Bradley Cooper – Rocket – Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Cate Blanchett – Valka – How to Train Your Dragon 2
  5. Gerard Butler – Stoick – How to Train Your Dragon 2
    Honorable Mentions
  6. Alison Brie – UniKitty – The Lego Movie
  7. Tom McGrath – Skipper – Penguins of Madagascar
  8. Bill Irwin – TARS – Interstellar
  9. Matt Vogel – Constantine (Etc.) – The Muppets Most Wanted
  10. Benedict Cumberbatch – Smaug – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Voice Acting

Best Character in a Movie

  1. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
  2. Eve (Tilda Swinton) – Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. Sam (Emma Stone) – Birdman
  4. Bobbi (Laura Dern) – Wild
  5. Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) – Nightcrawler
    Honorable Mentions
  6. TARS (Bill Irwin) – Interstellar
  7. Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan (Shia LeBeouf) – Fury
  8. Baymax (Scott Adsit) – Big Hero 6
  9. Rita (Emily Blunt) – Edge of Tomorrow
  10. Groot (Vin Diesel) – Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Characters

Bonus Category:

Worst Character in a Movie

  1. Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) – Tusk – Loser
  2. Alfrid (Ryan Gage) – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  3. Dave Skylark (James Franco) – The Interview
  4. Gus (Ansel Elgort) – The Fault in Our Stars
  5. Electro/Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  6. Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  7. Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) – Annie
  8. Albert (Seth MacFarlane) – A Million Ways to Die in the West
  9. Jay (Jason Segel) – Sex Tape
  10. Gally (Will Poulter) & Chuck (Blake Cooper) – The Maze Runner

Worst Characters


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The Best and Worst of the 87th Academy Awards! Plus, full list of Winners.

by Mitch Burns

Last night were the 87th Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and overall the night was a resounding MEH. Let’s go over the night with some Best and Worst moments:

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Best: Opening Number

With Neil Patrick Harris on board, I think we were all expecting singing, and he was smart to wrangle in the world’s sweetheart at the moment, Anna Kendrick. The song was not only serviceable, but actually catchy and well done. It was funny, lively and cameo from Jack Black worked great.

Worst: Neil Patrick Harris’ Predictions Box

I thing we all knew this was a bad idea as soon as it started. Neil Patrick Harris locked up his predictions for the night, in a glass cage that sat on stage all night. He had Octavia Spencer, who was sitting close by, keep an eye on it. He continued to go back to Spencer throughout the night, asking her if anyone had tampered with the box. There is a way this could have been funny, like letting poor Octavia Spencer know about this gag beforehand, and giving her something to do. They also should not have gone back to the well with the joke 5 or 6 times, as it just became glaringly annoying. This was the worst part of the night, as the payoff was not that great. The only good part about it was a John Travolta joke, because John Travolta is one big joke at this point.

Best: Everything is Awesome

Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island, joined forces to sing their song from “The Lego Movie”. The sketch was incredibly interesting, and full of craziness. People dressed as cowboys, astronauts and possums danced around the stage, while cowboys handed out Lego statues of Oscars to the likes of Oprah and Channing Tatum. We also got to see Will Arnett, who voiced Batman in “The Lego Movie” dressed in full Batman costume. It was Awesome.

Worst: Almost Every Neil Patrick Harris Joke

The humor throughout the show was pretty limited to Neil Patrick Harris himself. It seemed as if we got way more of him than we did Ellen last year, as Harris would come out before almost every award was announced. Harris’ jokes, outside of the opening number, fell flat for the most part. I don’t entirely blame him, because he is a likeable guy, but I don’t think the writing behind him was strong enough.

Best: Graham Moore, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette’s speeches

We had some great speeches last night! In my opinion, Graham Moore’s speech was the best, it was emotional and empowering. Moore, who wrote the script for “The Imitation Game”, gave a speech discussing his own suicide attempts and urging kids to “Stay weird” and to be themselves.
Redmayne was excited, and it was nice to see some genuine excitement up on that stage. J.K. Simmons told people to call their parents, which was funny yet poignant.
Patricia Arquette got political up on stage, like many of the speech givers. Arquette used her speech to bring up an issue that’s plaguing the entire world, and Hollywood, equality for women and equal pay. Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez’s reactions were also the best, but why were those two seated next to each other?

Worst: John Travolta and Terrence Howard presenting

Idina Menzel is such a trooper, I couldn’t believe how well she handled the situation of having the very creepy, plastic looking John Travolta put his hands all over her face. Audiences around the world felt very uncomfortable, but probably not as uncomfortable as poor Adele Dazeem.
Not much later, Terrence Howard got up to introduce 3 of the Best Picture winners, and I think he thought he could win an Oscar for best Award presentation. Either that, or he was little drunk, as he got overly emotional trying to discuss “The Imitation Game” and had pauses long enough to hear crickets chirping.

Best: Glory and all that emotion!

John Legend and Common performed their song “Glory” from the film “Selma”, about Dr. Martin Luther King. I like the song, but seeing it done live on stage was spectacular, it was a wonderful performance with a choir and group of people reenacting the walk through Selma. It caused quite the emotion through the crown, David Oyelowo had tears streaming down his face, as Oprah embraced him, Chris Pine was quite visibly moved and the entire crown were on their feet clapping. It’s almost enough to forgive the Academy for all but forgetting “Selma”.

Worst: Boyhood is almost forgotten

What most people assumed was a frontrunner all awards season long, went home (almost) empty handed. Patricia Arquette went home with the only award for “Boyhood” for Supporting Actress, she didn’t have too much competition and she’s been the frontrunner all along. I was extremely happy for “Birdman” taking home Best Picture, Director and more, but “Boyhood” was my favorite film of the year and it would have been nice to see it take home a few more awards. I still love you “Boyhood”.

Best: Lady Gaga does “The Sound of Music”

The show was running long, so when I heard Lady Gaga would be coming out to do a “Special Song”, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. Then, she came out looking radiant, and did a wonderful medley of the songs from “The Sound of Music”, reminding everyone how amazing her voice is. She was a perfect fit for the songs, and Julie Andrews seemed thrilled.

Worst: The Length

There was a lot they could have cut, slimmed down. The show went almost 45 minutes too long, and there were some moments that could have been cut, trimmed down. Obviously the Neil Patrick Harris Lock box joke could have gone, the Team Oscar moment got it’s due during the red carpet and could have gone, We didn’t really need to hear from Cheryl Boon Isaac’s, the Academy president, and we could have done with out the Academy of Scientific and Technical awards. The Awards are long enough as they are, and need to be trimmed down in any way possible.

Best: Tim McGraw

When Country and Movies mix, I’m happy! Tim McGraw was handpicked by Greg Campbell and his family  to sing “‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, the song from the Documentary “Greg Campbell: I’ll be Me”. It was a touching moment, McGraw nailed it, and definitely did Greg Campbell’s family proud. Campbell’s family was in the audience, Campbell was not as he is too sick to attend.

Worst: Joan Rivers and Elaine Stritch left out of the “In Memoriam”

Both Joan Rivers and Elaine Stritch, who sadly passed away in 2014, were not shown on the screen during the in Memoriam segment. I didn’t notice at first, as I was awaiting seeing Robin Williams name and preparing myself to be really sad, but afterwards I knew someone was missing. I took to Twitter and saw that not only was Joan Rivers not in it, Elaine Stritch who i enjoyed on 30 Rock was left out as well. Both Rivers and Stritch were in many films, and it doesn’t take much research to see who died in a year, thanks to Wikipedia.

Consensus:

Some decent moments, but overall I won’t remember too much from the night. The show was extremely memorable, I think we’ll see changes next year as it was the least watched show since 2009. If only we could get Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, but I wouldn’t complain if we see Ellen again.

Show Grade: C+

The Winners and how I did with my predictions:

They should revoke my right to run a movie website, I predicted all 24 categories here and I didn’t do so hot. My final score was 15/24. My bias for Boyhood threw me off, I didn’t expect the Academy to basically shun it. There were also some surprises, like Score, Animated Picture, Sound Mixing, and Editing. All the winners and my predictions are below.

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

Winner: “Birdman”

My Prediction: “Boyhood”

Best Director
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

My Prediction: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

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”

Winner: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

My Prediction: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

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

Winner: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

My Prediction: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

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

Winner: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

My Prediction: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

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

Winner: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

My Prediction: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

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

Winner: Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

My Prediction: Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

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

Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

My Prediction: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Leviathan”
“Ida”
“Tangerines”
“Timbuktu”
“Wild Tales”

Winner: “Ida”

My Prediction: “Ida”

Best Documentary Feature
“CITIZENFOUR”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Virunga”

Winner: “CITIZENFOUR”

My Prediction: “CITIZENFOUR”

Best Animated Feature
“Big Hero 6”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”

Winner: “Big Hero 6”

My Prediction: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Best Film Editing
“American Sniper”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Whiplash”

Winner: “Whiplash”

My Prediction:”Boyhood”

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

Winner: “Glory” from “Selma” (written by Common and John Legend)

My Prediction: “Glory” from “Selma” (written by Common and John Legend)

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”

Winner: Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”

My Prediction: Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Robert Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, “Ida”

Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman” 

My Prediction: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Inherent Vice”
“Into the Woods”
“Maleficent”
“Mr. Turner”

Winner: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

My Prediction: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Winner: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

My Prediction: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

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

Winner: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

My Prediction: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

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

Winner: “American Sniper”

My Prediction: “American Sniper”

Best Sound Mixing
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”
“Whiplash”

Winner: “Whiplash”

My Prediction: “American Sniper”

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”

Winner: “Interstellar”

My Prediction: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

Best Short Film, Live Action
“Aya”
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp”
“Parvaneh”
“The Phone Call”

Winner: “The Phone Call”

My Prediction: “Butter Lamp”

Best Short Film, Animated
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Feast”
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”

Winner: “Feast”

My Prediction: “Feast”

Best Documentary, Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
“Joanna”
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”

Winner: “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

My Prediction: “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”


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