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American Sniper

Final 2015 Oscar Predictions

Final 2015 Oscar Predictions

It’s show time! Here are my final 2015 Oscar predictions for all 24 categories: Best Picture American Sniper Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything Whiplash Predicted winner: Boyhood Alt: Birdman (Click here for my thoughts on all eight 2015 Best Picture nominees.) ***** Best Director Alejandro G. […]

Ranking the 2015 Best Picture Nominees

Ranking the 2015 Best Picture Nominees

It occurred to me the other day that, despite seeing every film nominated for the 2015 Best Picture Oscar, I’ve only formally reviewed one. What?!? And it was a dud of a film—The Theory of Everything. Maybe that speaks to my general indifference toward this crop of nominees; after all, it’s easier and way more […]

If I Had a 2015 Oscar Ballot

If I Had a 2015 Oscar Ballot

I’m pretty far along when it comes to catching up with every 2015 Oscar nominee. (The foreign-language films are mostly blind spots, but what else is new.) So now is as good a time as any to share my choices for the best in show. It’s been a weird year for me watching the Oscars […]

So, About Those 2015 Oscar Nominations…

So, About Those 2015 Oscar Nominations…

What in the name of Dick Poop just happened?!?!?!? It was a wild morning that saw the announcement of the 2015 Oscar nominees, and I just can’t get past Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ all-time great mispronunciation of a name. Congratulations to Mr. Turner cinematographer Dick Pope on your Oscar nomination. I’m sorry you’ll live […]

2015 Oscar Predictions: Nominations Eve

2015 Oscar Predictions: Nominations Eve

I’m not going to say too much up front because this post should speak for itself. I’ll have more to say when we know something tomorrow. Some people are super down about awards this year, but I’m excited! Here goes nothing: Best Picture American Sniper Birdman Boyhood Gone Girl The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation […]

2015 Golden Globes Nominations Predictions

2015 Golden Globes Nominations Predictions

The ultra-prestigious and never ridiculous Hollywood Foreign Press Association is on the cusp of announcing its nominees for the 2015 Golden Globes. We should take these nominations very seriously, as the many, many dedicated and serious-minded members of this fine organization consider only the artistic merits of each film, performance, and craft achievement in a […]

2015 Oscar Predictions: The Calm Before ‘Unbroken’

2015 Oscar Predictions: The Calm Before ‘Unbroken’

One of the things I’m thankful for this year is a relatively pleasant Oscar season. Granted, it’s only Thanksgiving, and we haven’t yet gotten into the guilds and critics groups. We don’t yet know what awful narratives will be made up to drag down competing films. We don’t yet know who will win the second-annual […]