Oscar Roundup – Winners, Predictions & Twitter

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So it’s all finally over.. The Oscars have come and gone, and everyone is now checking their office pools to see who won.

For a full list of the winners, go to: http://oscar.go.com/nominees

genericLooking back over the past couple days at the ‘Who will win‘ predictions I made, I got 9 out of the 10 categories I listed! Woohoo!!  Only missed Ang Lee for Best Director.. but did pick him for ‘Who should win‘, so almost had a clean sweep.  LOL

Think that’s the best I’ve ever done in my Oscar picks… which just goes to show how utterly predictably this year’s ceremony was!!

I’m not going to bother going over the show minute by minute like most of the other sites probably are… Instead, how about some Twitter fun??

Last night was probably the most I’ve used Twitter since I got an account.. a couple years ago.  Just never really got it before, even though I understood the concept of the whole thing.

Adele with the 'Best Original Song' Oscar

Adele with the ‘Best Original Song’ Oscar

Then last week I decided to look into using Twitter to promote this blog, and that’s when things finally clicked in place.. which was handy cause it allowed my old flatmate in Montreal and I to chat back and forth throughout the Oscar ceremony.. just like old times.

Other than the whole ‘being-on-a-different-continent-thing’ and all. LOL

So, just for a bit of fun, here’s a few highlights of our Twitter conversation.. and remember, it’s all just in good fun. 🙂

Note: For those unfamiliar with how Twitter works, @SS is my message to my friend, and @me is his message to me (not our actual Twitter usernames, obviously lol).

Musical Medley:movies-jennifer-hudson-at-oscars

  • @SS What, no #RockofAges medley? Oh right.. #Oscars
  • @me I was waiting for Equus!! #Oscars
  • @SS Russell Crowe should have stayed home .. ouch #Oscars
  • @me oouuufff!!! Nothing a few vodkas won’t cure!!! #Oscars
  • @SS Too bad he drank a whole bottle lol #Oscars
  • @me I LOVE Jennifer Hudson … Amazing!!! #nowthatsasinger #Oscars

Jennifer Garner’s dress:

  • @SS Did JenGarner skin Barney?!? #Oscars
  • @me hahahaha!!! Or Ben threw up red wine #Oscars
  • @SS Well he did look like he’d drank a couple bottles before getting on stage #Oscars

Anne Hathaway’s Acceptance Speech:

  • @me How does this sound? Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway????? Yuk!!! #Oscars
  • @SS Whys she crying like it was a shock? Everyone knew she’d win #oscars2013
  • @me I know?!?! lol #Oscars
  • @SS Anyone she forgot to thank? #annehathaway #oscars2013
  • @me she forgot Ted! #Oscars
  • @SS Lol Can’t believe she got an Oscar for getting a bad haircut on film #oscars2013 #annehathaway
  • @me I still think of Susan Boyle when Anne sang I dreamed a dream…. @SimonCowell #Oscars

The hot mess that was Kirsten Stewart:

  • @me did someone hit Kristen Stewart with a bus??? Wow she looks terrible… Even Daniel is looking at her strange #Oscar2013 #drunk
  • @SS She always looks drunk or stoned! And why was she limping, did she have too much fun backstage? #drunk #oscars201385th Annual Academy Awards - Show
  • @SS Does Kristen Stewart even own a brush? #makeafuckingeffort #oscars2013
  • @me hahahahahaha oh man that’s too funny!!! #Oscar2013 #brushthathair
  • @SS Who gives that girl movie roles? A brick wall gives better emotion #oscars2013 #thinkshesavampire
  • @me brutal!!!! I can only imagine what @Joan_Rivers will say about Kristen Stewart!!! #getabrush #oscars2013
  • @SS @joan_rivers Not sure. Can her face still move? Love her tho!! #oscars2013 #facedontmoveanymore

Seth MacFarlane’s Hosting:

  • @SS Seth’s sucking up too much to the producers #Oscar2013
  • @me Seth is kinda sucking period!!! #Oscars
  • @SS he’s more amused with himself than anyone in the room #Oscars
  • @me So true!!! When you get a chance rewatch the intro…. I honestly miss Billy!!! I’m so traditionalist… #Oscars
  • @SS knew you’d say that!! Baaaaad Lincoln joke there #Oscars
  • @me you know me. Seth is just awful…looks so uncomfortable… #Oscars
  • @SS of course. Can’t hide behind a cartoon character on this #Oscars
  • @me Nope! I love that the cutoff music is the Jaws theme!!!! Best part of the show so far… #Oscars

So many beards, so little time:Beardy Boys

  • @SS Lol What’s with all the guys in beards. Clooney looks good! #oscars2013
  • @me beards are the new ribbons!!! #Oscars #takingastand
  • @SS Does nobody in Hollywood own a brush? #Oscar2013 #bedheadshouldlookHOT
  • @me that’s how fast fashion looks change in Hollywood. From beards to bed head #Oscar2013
  • RT @AlecMapa: Daniel Day Lewis won because his beard was more convincing than Hugh Jackman’s. #Oscars
  • @SS lol it’s brilliant #Oscar2013 #Clooneysbeardisbetter (when Clooney & Affleck were accepting Best Picture for Argo)

Add to that (and much more.. it was a 4 hrs or so show) I was also following @ThatKevinSmith, @AlecMapa, @RottenTomatoes, @NewNowNext, @kathygriffin and @DinnerPartyShow (author Christoper Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn) throughout the ceremonies.. and I was laughing into the wee hours of the morning (finished at 5am… *yawn*).

Oscar Countdown – Foreign Film, Director & Best Picture

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So with the Oscars only a few hours away, here are my last couple of predictions of the major categories.

Foreign Language Film

  • “Amour” (Austria)
  • “Kon-tiki” (Norway)
  • “No” (Chile)
  • “A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
  • “War Witch” (Canada)

Who will win:  “Amour”

“Amour” has been the clear front-runner for the Foreign Language award throughout the season, and is easily the most widely recognisable entry in the category.  Personally I think all the buzz around this film is justifies, as it’s a beautiful, poignant and intense movie that pulls at your heart-strings right up to the last moments.  I was surprised to learn it was actually an Austrian entry, despite it being in French and set in Paris.

Who should win:  “Amour

Not to detract from any other entries, but this film will easily get the award.  Although it is nominated for Best Picture as well, I think instead it’ll win this category instead.  I do have an infinity towards the Canadian entry “War Witch”, but that’s only because it’s my home country. 🙂

The upset vote:  None

“Amour” is too strong a contender in my mind, but you just never know what may happen.

Directing

  • David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
  • Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
  • Michael Haneke – “Amour”
  • Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Who will win:  David O. Russell

Russell’s “Silver Lining Playbook” has been taking the awards season by storm, and his direction of the film is beautifully done with him getting amazing performances from his leads.

Who should win:  Ang Lee

“Life of Pi” was just gorgeously shot, and one of the few movies lately that actually looked better in 3-D than regular viewing.  He was also able to bring a story with many different religious aspects to it alive without it coming across as preachy or overly biased to any one religion.  However I think it is more likely for the film to win the cinematography or visual effects awards it’s also nominated in.

The upset vote:  Steven Spielberg

Spielberg is a legend when it comes to directors, and it wouldn’t really surprise me that he stole the prize away from the others.  The true upset would have been if Ben Afleck had been nominated for “Argo”, but sadly he wasn’t despite him winning the directing awards from other ceremonies.

Best Picture

  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Les Miserables”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Amour”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Argo”

Who will win:  “Argo

This film has been scooping up awards all over the place, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it pick up the big award tonight as well.. sort of as a ‘sorry’ to director Ben Afleck for not being nominated despite the positive reviews he’s received for his work.

Who should win:  “Life of Pi

This movie was just gorgeous.. And it be kinda cool to see a 3-D movie win the big prize.

The upset vote:  “Les Miserables” or “Silver Lining Playbook

To be honest, I think this category is hard to predict, as there are several strong contenders who’ve garnered a lot of praise and awards from other ceremonies.

Well.. that’s my predictions for tonight.  We’ll see how I did in those 10 categories after tonight’s broadcast, and I’d be interested to hear how your predictions panned out as well.

Enjoy the show! 🙂

Oscar Countdown – Animated Feature & Original Song

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As we continue to inch towards tonight’s big ceremony, here are a few more of my Oscar predictions… with an added bonus category at the end 😉

Admittedly, other than Original Song, these aren’t the most popular categories, but they are one’s that I enjoy watching out for.

Btw.. I’m not going to bother with things like the technical, production or style & wardrobe awards, in case anyone was wondering. lol

Animated Feature Film

  • “Brave” – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
  • “FrankenWeenie” – Tim Burton
  • “Paranorman” – Sam Fell and Chris Butler
  • “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” – Peter Lord
  • “Wreck-it Ralph” – Rich Moore

Who will win: Brave

Brave image‘Brave’ was very beautifully made and had a lovely storyline.  It even gives a slight twist on the normal ‘Disney Princess’ (well.. Pixar really), which is technically what she is.  The main character is brash, bold, and tried to get away from her destiny, but in the end goes on a journal of discovery.  I think the best parts of this film were how they showed the relationship between the mother and daughter, and each of their discoveries of who the other really were.  As much as I liked this movie, I think it’s a safe choice for the award.

Who should win: Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-it_RalphNow we’re talking my language!  Although at times predictable, Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ (no Pixar this time) gives the movie goers something different than the usual fare.. and gives those of us who grew up in the 80’s arcades a bit of nostalgia.  The titular character feels unappreciated in his own game, so goes on a quest to win a medal in another one thinking it’ll made the characters from his game respect him more.  Instead of something straight forward, we get mayhem and mischief when he’s accidentally thrown into the ‘Sugar Rush’ game, where most of the movie takes place.

The upset vote: Paranorman

ParanormanAlthough I’ve yet to see this one, the trailer looks amusing and, as usual, allows for the ‘different kid’ to stand out from the crowd.  I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about ‘Paranorman’ so will be looking forward to watching it very soon.. plus the animation looks amazing.  Ultimately though I do think it’s between ‘Brave’ and Wreck-It Ralph’… just a matter of whether the Academy voters want straight-up Disney or mixed with a bit of Pixar.

Music (Original Song)

  • “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice” – music and lyric by J. Ralph
  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted” – music by Walter Murphy, lyric by Seth MacFarlane
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi” – music by Mychael Danna, lyric by Bombay Jayashri
  • “Skyfall” from “Skyfall” – music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • “Suddenly” – “Les Miserables” – music by Claude-Michel Schonbergm, lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Who will win: Adele

AdeleI think this one is pretty much a given.  Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ song has been the early front-runner to win this before it was even nominated.  As soon as the song came out, it was like a no-brainer that it would be nominated.  The song itself is very reminiscent of Bond themes of old, which was done on purpose to coincide with the anniversary of the series.

Who should win: Adele

I admit, I love this song.  And it’s the only one from the list that I would buy and consider listening to over and over again… and have.

The upset vote:  ‘Pi’s Lullaby’

Life_of_PiIf the Academy want to do something completely different and buck the popularity vote, then maybe they’ll give the award to ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ from ‘Life of Pi’.  It’s not your typical Top 40 song, or even anywhere near the same genre, but it’s a beautiful song.. and who knows, after ‘Jai Ho’ won from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, maybe the Bollywood love affair will continue.  (yes, I know ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ isn’t a Bollywood song.. but it is from the same culture..)

Short Film (Animated)

  • “Adam and Dog” – Minkyu Lee
  • “Fresh Guacamole” – PES
  • “Head Over Heels” – Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
  • “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'” – David Silverman
  • “Paperman” – John Kahrs

Who will win:  “Paperman”

paperman-walt-disney-yatzer-9“Paperman” is the clear front-runner in this category, and it’s for good reason (not just because the clip went viral a little while back).  This clip is Disney getting back to what they do best, proper animation.. though this does have some CG thrown in as well.  Sure, the story is a little heavy-handed, and not as fun as ‘The Simpsons’ entry, but it makes you realise that things happen for a reason and fate will guide you where you need to go.

Who should win:  Head over Heels

Head Over Heels was financed and made by students of the National Film and Television School.To be honest, I don’t think any of the other films have much of a chance against “Paperman”, though things are never as obvious as they may originally seem.  If one of the others does take the prize away, it’ll probably be “Adam and Dog” (though it’s hard to say as it’s been a bit difficult to find clips of all these nominees online in order to make an informed decision…) as it’s gotten a lot of critical praise.  But if they want to go old-school and give it to the next generation of animation, then it should go to “Head over Heels”, which was made by students – that’s right, it is a graduation film from the National Film & Television School, United Kingdom.

The upset vote:  “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”

longest-daycare-poster001f-704x365I didn’t realise until I Googled this short film that it was from ‘The Simpsons’, featuring baby Maggie in an outing of her own.  Perhaps it’s just my love of the tv show talking, but this was beautifully made.  Loved how there wasn’t a single word uttered in the clip, and how you never fully saw Marge’s face.. this was all about Maggie’s adventures at daycare, and it left me wanting to see more of it.  In a good way.

Right.. so what categories are left to predict?  Well, the big three (to me anyway)…

Next – Final Predictions – Picture, Director & Foreign Film

Oscar Countdown – Leading Actor & Actress

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So here’s the next part of my Oscar predictions.  Today we look at the categories of Actor and Actress in a Leading Role.

Actor in a Lead Role

    • Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
    • Denzel Washington – “Flight”
    • Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
    • Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
    • Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”

Who will win: Daniel Day-Lewis

daniel-day-lewis-lincoln4I think this one is a no-brainer.  Daniel Day-Lewis completely transforms himself in ‘Lincoln‘, just like he does in most of his roles.  He totally immersed himself into the characterization of the US President, and I believe stayed in character even when not on camera (at least I recall reading that somewhere awhile back).  It’s not surprising Day-Lewis has gotten such acclaim for this role.

Who should win: Daniel Day-Lewis

silverlinings7This is one category that I believe the front-runner is the one who’ll win, even if Day-Lewis has won before.  Although I did enjoy Bradley Cooper in ‘Silver Lining Playbook‘, and think it has been best role yet, I don’t think he’ll take away the prize.  Same goes for Hugh Jackman in ‘Les Miserables‘.  He gives a terrific performance and this is a massive departure from playing ‘Wolverine‘, but is it Oscar-worthy?

The upset win: Denzel Washington

I’m not a huge fan of Denzel Washington, but he has gotten a lot of praise for ‘Flight‘.  Admittedly I haven’t seen the film though I have heard/read a lot of praise about him in this.  Personally I’m not a big fan of his work, but that’s just me.

Actress in a Lead Role

    • Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
    • Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
    • Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
    • Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
    • Quvenzhane Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence

jennifer-lawrence-talks-silver-linings-playbookIf we’re going solely on some of the recent award winners and current popularity, the winner will be Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in ‘Silver Lining Playbook‘.  Just like Anne Hathaway for ‘Les Miserables‘, Lawrence is the obvious front-runner and she’s very popular these days.  I admit, this was easily her best work yet, and she brought a depth to her character we haven’t seen in some of her other roles.  However, I’d have liked to see her go even deeper with the character, because at times it seemed like she was just there.

Who should win: Emmanuelle Riva

Emannuel RivaIf you haven’t seen ‘Amour‘ yet, then you need to right away!!  Emmanuelle Riva‘s performance of a woman living through a stroke is absolutely captivating, and you can’t help but watch her every move.  As her health further and further deteriorates, it’s amazing to realise you’re still watching the same woman because she’s almost physically unrecognisable at times.  Don’t let the fact that the film is in French put you off, which could prevent her from taking this category .. although she did win the BAFTA (http://www.bafta.org/), and has been picking up steam buzz-wise.

The upset win:  No one

To be honest, I think this is clearly a race between the popular vote (Lawrence) and the critically acclaimed (Riva).  They’ve both picked up awards for their performances, but I am unsure if ‘Amour’ has seen much release in the US.

Well, that takes care of all of the acting categories.  Do agree with my predictions, or do you have other predictions of your own?

Next up – Animated Feature & Original Song

Oscar Countdown – Supporting Actor & Actress

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For anyone who knows me, they know I love movies.. I always have.

genericMy love of movies intensified back when I worked my way through college at a local video store.  And I’ve especially loved the award shows.

When I lived in Montreal, my flatmate (and former boss) SS and I used to make an event out of every award show – Grammy’s, People Choice Awards, and so on – with the Oscars (http://oscar.go.com/nominees) being the ultimate show.  We’d arrange take outs and munchies, and stay glued to the screen for the entire program, regardless of what time we had to get up the next morning.

Ahhh.. I miss that living in London.  The only way to watch the Oscars live here is if you have a certain premium channel.. and can stay up all night due to the time difference.  I’ve also heard of a couple pubs who show the ceremony, but have never been.

Instead I usually wait until the next morning to see who’s won what, how that year’s host did, and of course , who was wearing what.  It’s not the same, but it works I suppose. lol

So I figure it wouldn’t hurt to give my predictions on who will win – and who should win – in the main categories.

Today, let’s start with Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role.

Actor in a Supporting Role

    • Alan Arkin in ‘Argo’
    • Robert De Niro in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
    • Phillip Seymour Hoffman in ‘The Master’
    • Tommy Lee Jones in ‘Lincoln’
    • Christopher Waltz in ‘Django Unchained’

Who will win: Christoper Waltz

DJANGO UNCHAINEDGoing on the buzz and recent wins from other award shows, I think the front-runner is Christoph Waltz.  I’ve yet to see ‘Django Unchained‘ as I’m not a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, or recent Quentin Tarantino films.. but have heard a lot of good stuff about Waltz’s performance and the movie itself.

Who should win: Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro – Silver Linings PlaybookWell, personally I’d like Robert De Niro to win this one.  I found, for once, he wasn’t just mugging to the camera, playing the same old character again like he seems to have since ‘Meet the Parents’.  In ‘Silver Lining Playbook‘, I found he was much more expansive in his interpretation and really seemed to get to the heart of the character, who technically had the same issues as his son, but masked it in a different way.

The upset win: Anyone

To be honest, all 5 nominees are previous winners with strong performances this year, and any one of them could steal the prize.

Actress in a Supporting Role

    • Amy Adams in ‘The Master’
    • Sally Field in ‘Lincoln’
    • Anne Hathaway in ‘Les Miserables’
    • Helen Hunt in ‘The Sessions’
    • Jacki Weaver in ‘Silver Lining Playbook’

Who will win: Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway - Les MiserablesThe easy front runner, and the one picking up all the statues lately, is Anne Hathaway in ‘Les Miserables‘.  She definitely gave an amazing heart-wrenching performance, but to me this just seems too obvious.  I’m a fan of her work, but I think this is more about being the popular choice than anything.

Who should win: Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings PlaybookAgain I have to turn to ‘Silver Lining Playbook‘.  Jacki Weaver‘s performance seems to get overlooked compared to the rest of the more well-known stars.  I found her much more engaging than Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence combined (though both were fantastic in this film).  She came across as a long-suffering wife and mother, but how she was dealing with her son and husband’s eccentricities was kept boiling just under the surface.

The upset win:  Anyone

I think it’s unlikely any of the other nominees will snatch the prize from Hathaway.  If there an upset, I think the golden statue would be more likely to go to Academy favorites Sally Field or Helen Hunt (though I don’t really get the appeal of her..).  Who knows, maybe Amy Adams will come out of nowhere and take it away.

To be honest, so far there doesn’t seem to be much competition but instead clear front-runners.  Maybe there’ll be tons of upsets on the night itself.

Let me know what you think and who you’re predicting to win these awards.

Tomorrow – Leading Actor and Actress