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The 2015 Oscar Nominations or (Look At All These Crackers)

selma-movie-david-oyelowoSo, now we see where things stand. The Oscar nominations always provide great fodder because you can give with one hand (“Kudos to the Academy for nominating this under-seen indie gem!”) and take away with the other (“How could they not have noticed this other movie?!”).

I have to start with the acting categories, aka Hurray For White People!

Okay, seriously though… All white people? No David Oyelowo, no Gugu Mbatha-Raw? I don’t have the ammo to get properly worked up about this, since I haven’t yet seen Selma, or Beyond The Lights. But given the critical reaction to both films, it seems odd not to see them represented here. Issues surrounding race have dominated the headlines in the last year, so you’d think Oscar voters would’ve made sure to recognize some of the fine performances by actors of colour in 2014. Makes sense right? Apparently not.

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THE MARQUEE: The Onion said something mean about Quvenzhané Wallis and people are mad!

I don’t editorialize much here on SOA. Okay, that’s not true – pretty much the entire thing is one long editorial. But usually I’m saying things like, “I liked this actress in blahblahblah, so I’m looking forward to her next movie.” You know, simple stuff.

But sometimes in this silly old world, controversies so ridiculous pop up that I feel like I should say something. I present you the following tweet posted during the Oscars last night (only a screengrab, because the original tweet has since been deleted):

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The 2011 Academy Awards – Predicting the winners

Last year was a pretty good year for me in terms of predicting the Oscars, as I wound up going a respectable 18/24, including correctly picking the winners for best picture, best director, and the four major acting awards. I don’t know if I’ll be able to top that this time around, but here goes nothin’…

Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Actor: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale for The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo for The Fighter
Best Director: David Fincher for The Social Network
Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler for The King’s Speech
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins for True Grit
Best Editing: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for The Social Network
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Post-Oscars Review: Bigelow Makes History

So, all the little golden men have been handed out. Some dreams have been crushed, others have been realized. Now it’s time to pore over the night that was, in needless detail. Because that’s just how I roll. So let’s see what I got right and what the Academy got wrong (and vice versa), and where it all goes from here.

In terms of picks, it was a decent night for me. I went a respectable 18/24 in the end. The six that I missed fall into three categories. There’s “Oh my God, what was I thinking?!” “Oh my God, what were they thinking?!” and “I really just have no idea what’s going on here”.

In the “my mistake” category, I chose Avatar to win best score and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to win art direction. As the mash-up dance thingy immediately before the best score award was going on, I remember hearing the piano theme from Up and knowing right away that I was wrong to bet against Giacchino, because that was just a great theme. And going against Avatar for art direction was probably not a stroke of genius on my part either.

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The 2010 Academy Awards

It’s that time of year once again, so here are my picks for who’ll be bringing home the hardware on Oscar night.

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique for Precious
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
Best Screenplay, Written Directly for the Screen: Mark Boal for The Hurt Locker
Best Screenplay, Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air
Best Cinematography: Christian Berger for The White Ribbon
Best Editing: Bob Murawski and Chris Innis for The Hurt Locker
Best Art Direction: David Warren, Anastasia Masaro and Caroline Smith, for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell for The Young Victoria
Best Makeup: Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow for Star Trek
Best Original Score: James Horner for Avatar
Best Original Song: T-Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham for “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart
Best Sound Mixing: Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett for The Hurt Locker
Best Sound Editing: Paul N.J. Ottosson for The Hurt Locker
Best Visual Effects: Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andy Jones for Avatar
Best Animated Feature Film: Up
Best Foreign Language Film: A Prophet
Best Documentary, Features: The Cove
Best Documentary, Short Subjects: Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher for The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
Best Short Film, Animated: Nicolas Schmerkin for Logorama
Best Short Film, Live Action: Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson for The New Tenants

So there you have it. Now that I’ve doomed all of the people above to losing, my work is done. Oh, I should also mention I’m in the process of compiling a list of my 10 favourite movies of 2009. It’ll be up sometime soon.