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My Thoughts on the Oscars 2015

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen of the interweb, it seems like the Oscars has come and gone once again and I feel like I should give you my quick thoughts on it.

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Now I have to say, unlike last year, I didn’t have much interest in the awards season. I skipped the Golden Globes and the BAFTAS and I was almost going to skip the Oscars too, but after the nominations came out I was curious to see who would win. So before talking about the winners I have to say that I did not watch the Oscars this year because 1) I was too tired. 2) It feels more like something to watch with friends and I didn’t have my best mate with me like last year. And 3) It just didn’t feel the same kind of hype and unexpected mystery that came with last year’s event.

Anyways with all that being said here are the winners:

Best Picture

Winner: Birdman

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Best director

Winner: Alejandro G Inarritu, Birdman

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Actor

Winner: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress

Winner: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: JK Simmons, Whiplash

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Laura Dern, Wild

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: The Imitation Game

American Sniper

Inherent Vice

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Birdman

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nightcrawler

Best Animated Feature

Winner: Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Animated Short

Winner: Feast

The Bigger Picture

The Dam Keeper

Me and My Moulton

A Single Life

Best Cinematography

Winner: Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ida

Mr Turner

Unbroken

Best Costume Design

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Into the Woods

Maleficent

Mr Turner

Best Documentary Feature

Winner: CitizenFour

Finding Vivian Maier

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth

Virunga

Best Documentary Short

Winner: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Joanna

Our Curse

The Reaper

White Earth

Best Film Editing

Winner: Whiplash

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: Ida (Poland)

Leviathan (Russia)

Tangerines (Estonia)

Timbuktu (Mauritania)

Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best Live Action Short

Winner: The Phone Call

Aya

Boogaloo and Graham

Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)

Parvaneh

Best Make-up & Hairstyling

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Foxcatcher

Guardians of the Galaxy

Best original score
Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Mr Turner

The Theory of Everything

Best Production Design

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Into the Woods

Mr Turner

Best Song

Winner: Glory, Selma

Everything is Awesome, The Lego Movie

Grateful, Beyond the Lights

I’m Not Gonna Miss You, Glen Campbellā€¦ I’ll Be Me

Lost Stars, Begin Again

Best Sound Editing

Winner: American Sniper

Birdman

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

Unbroken

Best Sound Mixing

Winner: Whiplash

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken

Best Visual Effects

Winner: Interstellar

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Well what do I think of this year’s winners? Well it is a combination of happiness and lack of interest. The main winners I was happy about was:

  • J.K. Simmons Winning Best Supporting Actor: While it could be argued that he should have been in he Best Actor category, the fact that he won just makes me happy. His performance in Whiplash was one the best of last year and was too intense to ignore.
  • Eddie Redmayne Wins Best Actor: While his performance in Jupiter Ascending left people cringing, what he did in The Theory of Everything was too incredible to dismiss, the performance that he did was insanely good.
  • Patricia Arquette Wins Best Actress: All I have to say is that this woman did such a great job in Boyhood and was the clear winner, good stuff.
  • Big Hero 6 Wins Best Animated Film: While I could argue that How To Train Your Dragon 2 was a slightly better emotional experience, Disney’s latest animated feature was far too much fun to ignore.
  • Glory Wins Best Original Song: Of all the films that came out, Selma had the song that I remembered the most and felt an emotional connection to. While The Lego Movie has a very addictive and fun song, “Glory” is just far too touching to not have won.

Other than those awards specifically I’m not that fussed about anything else because it was either predictable or not that important to me. I am very happy for The Grand Budapest Hotel as it got so many awards, but since it was one of SUPER favourite films of last year I won’t be jumping over the moon about it. I didn’t see Still Alice so I can’t talk about how good Julianne Moore was and I STILL haven;t seen Birdman so I can’t tell whether it was a better film than Whiplash (my favourite film of 2014 if it had come out in the UK beforehand).

In conclusion I think I may have cared if I had watched the event on TV or online, maybe I would have cared more if some films haven’t been snubbed back in the Oscar nominations. But as it stands I am happy for some of the winners, but most of them were on the predictable side.

So what do you think of the results of this year’s Oscars? Did the films that won deserve to win or not? If you watched it this year did it live up to your expectations or were you disappointed? Leave your comments below and I’ll catch ya later. šŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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Boyhood Review

Howdy people and welcome to the final film review of today. So after checking out American Sniper and Taken 3, I had the most lucky opportunity of seeing Boyhood in my local cinema. Now as some of you regular readers know, in my home town their aren’t many opportunities to see certain films normally due to the film being independent or not being a massive blockbuster. I thought I’d never see Boyhood until it came out on DVD, but I got lucky with this random screening on Wednesday. So what do I think of the film? Well read on and find out.

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The film’s story pretty follows the life of a young man called Mason Evans, from age 5 to age 18. And while Mason is primarily the main character there is also a focus on the other members of his family including his sister Samantha, his mother Olivia and his father Mason Sr. The best way for me to describe this film is like a long-running TV show. You come into it at the start, you get your established characters and with each year that passes, its like changing seasons, and while the setting and scenarios are different each time, the main characters are still the same, they’re the main focus and because of the long time you spend with them, you get emotionally invested in them (for the most part).

This film covers a lot of details for not only Mason, but the other members of his family and some of it is happy and some of it is bad, I can’t talk about the details specifically, but suffice to say it felt realistic and relatable especially as a person who has lived through similar events in life. One of the main things that I loved about the film is the nostalgia factor. As a person who grew up in the earlier years of the film I just felt a great load of happiness when it came to some of the music in the soundtrack, seeing certain events that the characters went to or other small things like the merchandise that Mason owned or what he watched on TV. It was like a game trying to guess the specific time periods and I loved the crazy attention to detail that came with specific aspects of each year. The only nitpicks I have with the film is the story direction and the conclusion. The story covers a lot of ground and to be honest it is hard to say what it is about without reading about it online, so while watching the film, while I was invested in the story, characters and drama, I did think to myself on a few occasions, “Where is the story going and what is the ultimate goal?” And when it came to that ending, I mean damn, talk about anticlimactic. Sure, I understood it in the context of the story, but it felt a bit abrupt.

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Ellar Coltrane does a great job as Mason Evans Jr. We get to see him in his early years, then grow up, discover the joys and pains of life as part of a family, in school, in relationships and further education and it is just fascinating to see him evolve and change so much over time. As he gets older the guy becomes a little less likeable because of his lack of ambition and there’s a cynical and pessimistic side of him that makes me dislike him incredibly. Though it is a little justified considering the state of his life and the things that he’s endured. Patricia Arquette I think is the real star of this film as she does such an incredible job as Olivia Evans. This is a woman who has lived a complicated life, she has ambitions for herself, but also for her children. however not everything goes her way and life ends up taking a lot of unexpected ways, but she does everything possible to live. Arquette I’ve mainly seen in Boardwalk Empire so I was surprised to see her in this film so much younger, but besides that, her acting was so good. It was impactful and emotional and you can’t help but sympathize with her. The other great performance comes fromĀ Ethan Hawke asĀ  Mason Evans Sr. Now Hawke is an actor that I’ve always liked mainly since I saw him in Gattaca and he does a great job in this film, Mason Sr. is a little more carefree, laid-back and realistic about the way in which life works and while he has made mistakes in his life, he tries to do right by his children because he wants them to grow up correctly. Hawke gives such an engaging, charismatic and humourous performance that it makes you want more of him when he’s not on-screen. Lorelei Linklater was also great as Samantha Evans, as a child Samantha is very perceptive, funny, but is also a bit mean and is an attention-seeker. As she gets older, Samantha just becomes a lot less interesting and more reserved in personality. Also wanted to mention that Marco Perella is great as Bill Welbrock.

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In conclusion Boyhood was a very interesting and beautiful film with some awesome performances from the cast and a delightful sense of nostalgia. That being said the film’s story direction wasn’t completely clear and the ending left me wanting a more satisfying conclusion, but overall it is a film worth watching just for the experience.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Boyhood and if so what do you think of it? How do you feel about the whole 12 year gimmick and how do you feel about the story as well? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review. šŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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