On with the next. Three down, only 87 to go. Help…
Here are the films I had left from this ceremony that I watched:
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, Wild, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Selma, Inherent Vice, Into the Woods.
And here are my opinions:
Best Supporting Actor: J. K. Simmons for Whiplash
I agree. He is a powerhouse in this film.
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
I agree again. So creative and fun costumes. I also liked that the understated costume design for Inherent Vice got nominated.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Absolutely. Just all the moustaches alone is deserving the win
Best Foreign Language Film:
Hands down the best of the bunch. Ida is an amazing movie and should be nominated in the Best Picture category.
Best Live Action Short: The Phone Call
Although not that great of a short in my opinion, the performances are great. Butter Lamp and Parvaneh were my favorites.
Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
I’m having a hard time remembering these shorts, but I remember Joanna making an impact on me.
Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash
Whiplash works so well, mostly because of three things: Simmons, the film editing and the sound mixing. Those three ingredient makes the film palm sweating intense.
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper
Can’t really remember, so it’s hard for me to say.
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Yes! Fantastic performance
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar
I love the organic effects in Interstellar. It blends perfectly with the rest of the movie
Best Animated Short: Feast
Agreed. Sweet and moving. Better than the animated feature that followed during its run in the cinemas. Speaking of…
Best Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6
For me Big Hero 6 was in the middle of the pack. The oscar should have gone to either Song of the Sea or The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Both enchanting, moving and sweet movies that will stay with you for a long time. Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, since it’s an unpopular choice, but I think i enjoyed Boxtrolls the most.
Best Production Design: Grand Budapest Hotel
Yes, absolutely. I love the squeezed jail set fit for the 4:3 aspect ratio. Very creative… as the rest of the movie
Best Cinematography: Birdman
A no-brainer. If the cinematography wasn’t top notch, the movie would have fall apart.
Best Film Editing: Whiplash
As stated before, the editing makes Whiplash.
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Salt of the Earth is one of the most profound and engaging movie experiences I have ever had. Hands down, Salt of the Earth should have won. Citizenfour is important, but The Salt of the Earth is a wonder.
Best Original Song: “Glory” from Selma
Yeah, I know music is the most subjective thing there is, but Selma does nothing for me. It’s just very bland and predictable and pompous. And all those things are the perfect ingredients for winning an oscar in this category. My choice would be Lost Stars from Begin Again, NOT the Maroon 5 version, but the sweet version from the film. Sigh, I love Begin Again…
Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel
As long as Interstellar didn’t win I was pleased with whatever. Good scores all around.
Best Original Screenplay: Birdman
Yes. Fun choice
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game
I would not rob the screenwriter Graham Moore his great oscar moment, but I feel that his script in places were pretty weak when it comes no unnecessary drama. I think I would give this to Inherent Vice, because it is non-sensical, but still totally engaging and makes sense inside its own universe.
Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
This is a coin toss for me between Iñárritu and Richard Linklater, and it is almost impossible to compare the who. Both did impressive directing in very different ways.
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
I cannot stand Redmayne. His acting is just so… “acty”. Did i just invent a word? This was not his worst performance (*cough* The Danish Girl. More on that in a later post), but this was without a doubt Michael Keaton’s win. David Oyelowo not being nominated for Selma is a crime. Jake Gyllenhaal could have easily traded out one of the nominees for his work in Nightcrawler. A weak category overall.
Best Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alive
I agree. Not an overwhelming good category this year, but solid performances overall.
Best Picture: Birdman
I was kinda bummed out that Boyhood didn’t win, although Birdman is a good second choice. In an ideal world Ida would have been nominated and win this statue. Or Begin Again. Just kidding. Not really… I love Begin Again.