February 20, 2015
Alfie's Oscar Picks...
This Sunday is the Academy Awards, biggest night in Hollywood, the gay Super Bowl, the highest rated non-football TV event of the year... where a whole bunch of movies I haven't bothered to see may win big awards. And some of them may be flicks none of us really want to see.
Best part of the night will likely be host Neil Patrick Harris, fresh off a Tony win and a supporting role in Gone Girl, who has shown to be a fast and fun host of many events before. And the live tweeting is bound to be snarky and hysterical.
Looking past the big and perceived snubs --- haven't seen Selma yet, though it was probably mis-marketed and potentially dismissed as preachy (#OscarsSoWhite), can't believe The Lego Movie didn't even get a nod for best animated feature when it was one of the best films of the year, period -- there are some great things in here. And some stuff I still need to see.
Here are major category picks... how many will be bang on?
Nominated: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, Imitation Game, Selma, Theory Of Everything, Whiplash.
I've seen: Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, Imitation Game, Theory Of Everything.
Should & Will Win: I would give it to the amazing Imitation Game or the zany Grand Budapest Hotel, am thinking the critically loved Birdman gets this one.
Nominated: Steve Carrell, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne.
I've seen: Cumberbatch in Imitation Game, Redmayne in Theory Of Everything.
Should & Will Win: I'd give it to Redmayne for his amazing Stephen Hawking, the media seems to be all over Keaton for Birdman as his big comeback story... isn't he playing himself?
Nominated: Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Reese Witherspoon.
I've seen: Jones in Theory Of Everything, Pike in Gone Girl.
Should & Will Win: Neither of the two I've seen rocked me that much, so am going with the world consensus of Moore in Still Alice.
Best Supporting Actor
Nominated: Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo, JK Simmons.
I've seen: Ethan Hawke playing Ethan Hawke in Boyhood.
Should & Will Win: JK Simmons for Whiplash, so maybe he'll stop doing those annoying TV commercials for an insurance company...?
Best Supporting Actress
Nominated: Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Keira Knightley, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep.
I've seen: Arquette in Boyhood, Knightley in Imitation Game, Streep in Into The Woods.
Should & Will Win: Arquette for her graceful, honest 12 years of work in Boyhood.
Director - Richard Linklater for the vision behind Boyhood
Costume Design - Into The Woods
Original Song - "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie
Writing, Adapted - The Imitation Game
Writing, Original - Grand Budapest Hotel
And yes there is a bunch of stuff I haven't seen in the documentary and other categories, hopefully the better ones will come to Netflix soon...
What are your Oscar picks?