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Post-Oscars Thoughts
  • I liked Ellen Degeneres as the host. She’s fairly safe, but she had some really funny moments, I thought.
  • There weren’t any big surprises, really, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
  • I’m fine with 12 Years a Slave winning best picture. It wasn’t my favourite, but at least neither American Hustle nor Gravity won.
  • Gravity did get a lot of the technical awards, and I’m absolutely fine with that. It deserves them.
  • I knew it would be either Leonardo DiCaprio or Matthew McConaughey for best actor and the result makes sense.
  • No shock about Cate Blanchett for best actress, but I was happy.
  • Same deal with the supporting actor awards - Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o were pretty sure things.
  • I was truly pleased with the decision of the screenplay award going to Her. I thought it was thoroughly deserved.
  • Frozen winning best animated film was obvious, but appropriate.
  • Yeah, it was a pleasant ceremony and apart from a few of the musical performances, I enjoyed watching all of it.
  • Oh, and John Travolta absolutely butchering Idina Menzel’s name was incredible.
2014 Oscar Predictions

Okay, I’ve seen all 9 nominees for Best Picture at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, so it’s time to make some thoughts and predictions on the main categories. Here’s the full list, by the way.

Best Motion Picture of the Year:

I think the most likely recipient might be 12 Years a Slave. American Hustle is also a possibility, but I really hope not. Personally, I’d give it to either The Wolf of Wall Street or Her, both of which may be a little out there for the Academy.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

I think Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey are the front-runners here, and I’d be happy with either of them winning. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:

I haven’t seen Meryl Streep’s performance, so I can’t comment on that. I hope Cate Blanchett gets it, and she probably will.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

I’d be perfectly happy with any of the nominees winning this, except for Bradley Cooper. Jared Leto feels like a pretty safe bet, but perhaps Jonah Hill will shake things up.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

I also haven’t seen Julia Roberts’ performance. I’m thinking possibly Lupita Nyong’o, but it’s a tough call.

Best Achievement in Directing:

The Academy do seem to love David O. Russell, but I hope he doesn’t get it. Martin Scorsese would be a good choice. I’m not sure if I can see them giving it to any of the others, but maybe.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:

I definitely think Her should get this, but who knows? They could go for American Hustle or Blue Jasmine.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:

I’d really like it if Before Midnight won, but I think The Wolf of Wall Street is more likely.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:

I’d be incredibly surprised if Frozen didn’t win.

And just some extra thoughts: I haven’t seen the other nominees, but I’d like it if The Hunt won for Best Foreign Language Film of the year. And again, although I haven’t seen the others, The Act of Killing should absolutely be considered for Best Documentary, Feature.

Post-Oscars Thoughts
  • I liked Seth MacFarlane as the host a lot. I’d be happy if he hosted again sometime.
  • Argo was a bit of a surprise, but nice. I can easily understand why it won.
  • We all knew Daniel Day-Lewis was going to win, and that’s great.
  • I like Jennifer Lawrence a lot, but I didn’t really think she should’ve won for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.
  • I’m happy about Christoph Waltz. He’s awesome. Same with Quentin Tarantino.
  • Ang Lee winning was a bit of a surprise too. Life of Pi isn’t my favourite film from him, but he’s still a great director.
  • I didn’t do that well in predicting the major awards, but I guessed a lot of the others. It’s nice that it can be surprising though.
  • I’m already looking forward to next year’s awards!
2013 Oscar Predictions

Since I have now seen all 9 nominations for best picture at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, I think it’s time to once again give my thoughts and predictions on the winners. For a full list, go here.

Best Motion Picture of the Year:

Lincoln is a safe bet, and Zero Dark Thirty and Argo also have chances. I think it’d be cooler if Amour or Django Unchained won, but it’s unlikely.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

Daniel Day-Lewis is pretty much sure to take this, and I have no problem with that. Denzel Washington may have a chance too. I think I’d like Joaquin Phoenix to win though.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:

The Academy will probably give it to Jessica Chastain (which I support) or Naomi Watts (which I don’t support). I think it’d be cool if Emmanuelle Riva won.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

I think Philip Seymour Hoffman should take it, but it’ll more likely be Alan Arkin or Tommy Lee Jones.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

Anne Hathaway will almost definitely win this and I have no problem with that.

Best Achievement in Directing:

I suppose Steven Spielberg is the obvious choice here. I’d like it if Michael Haneke won, however.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:

While I don’t think it’s the best screenplay Tarantino has written, I’d like Django Unchained to win. I also wouldn’t mind if Moonrise Kingdom won. I think Zero Dark Thirty is the most likely though.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:

I think perhaps Argo will take it, but I’m not really sure.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:

Probably Wreck-It Ralph, but Brave certainly has a chance too.

Once again, I don’t have strong feelings one way or another about the other categories, except that I’m sure Adele will win for Skyfall.

This year’s awards are a bit more difficult to predict than other recent years, for sure. I can’t wait to find out who wins tomorrow!

Post-Oscars thoughts
  • No big surprise about The Artist taking out several of the big awards. Not my pick, but I understand why it was so well-liked.
  • Oh my god, on the red carpet, Sacha Baron Cohen as his new character, The Dictator, spilling what he claimed were Kim Jong-il’s ashes all over Ryan Seacrest? One of the best things I’ve ever seen.
  • Like I said, Meryl Streep was the safe choice for best actress, but she’s brilliant, so I don’t care.
  • I’m really happy about Christopher Plummer’s win. He’s had such a long career and has never won an Oscar until now. He deserves it.
  • Emma Stone and Robert Downey Jr. were hilarious.
  • I said Midnight in Paris would win best original screenplay, and it did.
  • I hoped The Descendants would get best adapted screenplay, and I was very pleased to see that it did.
  • It was nice having Billy Crystal back. Last year’s hosts just did not work. Crystal is classy, funny and charming.
  • Like I said, Rango.
  • Yay! Bret McKenzie won for best original song! It was so cool to see him get an Oscar. Plus, you know, fellow New Zealander = pride.
2012 Oscars predictions

Since I have now seen all 9 nominations for best picture at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, I think it’s time to once again give my thoughts and predictions on the winners. For a full list, go here.

Best Motion Picture of the Year:

I think the Academy will give it to either The Artist, The Descendants or possibly The Help. I suppose Midnight in Paris may be in with a chance too. My vote would go for either The Descendants or The Tree of Life.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

I’m thinking maybe Jean Dujardin or George Clooney will get this. Even though I haven’t actually seen his performance in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I’d be happy if Gary Oldman got it.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:

I really have no idea about this one. From what I’ve seen or just read, all these actresses gave amazing performances. Meryl Streep is the safe option, of course. I love Streep, but I’d personally like it if Glenn Close or Rooney Mara won.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

I’ve only seen two of the performances, so I don’t really know. But maybe Christopher Plummer?

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

I haven’t seen a couple of the performances, but I think perhaps Octavia Spencer will win. I’d be quite happy with Jessica Chastain, myself.

Best Achievement in Directing:

I think this is a little up in the air but it’s quite likely that this will go to Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist). I’d be happier with Terrence Malick, Martin Scorsese or Alexander Payne, personally.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:

It’ll probably go to Midnight in Paris, I think. Although, I haven’t seen 3 of the nominees for this, so I’m not too sure.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:

I’d like this to go to The Descendants, and it very possibly could. I’d also be fine with Hugo. To be fair though, I haven’t seen Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or The Ides of March.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:

Kung Fu Panda 2 was probably a bit more fun, but they’ll probably give it to Rango. I haven’t seen the other nominees though.

Again, I don’t have many strong feelings about the other categories. I really hope Bret McKenzie gets the award for best original song though.

Alright, there we go. I look forward to show in a few days!