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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2016 Final Oscar Predictions...

I realized too late between working and moving that I never properly posted by predictions of who would take home the Oscars this year. I ended up with 17 correct, 4 alternates, and 3 missed categories. For what it's worth, here were my final pix...


BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Should Win:  Piper
WILL WIN:  PIPER
Alternate:  Pear Cide & Cigarettes

WINNER:  PIPER (correct)

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
Should Win:  Timecode
WILL WIN:  ENNEMIES INTERIEURS
Alternate:  Timecode

WINNER:  SING (missed)

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Should Win:  Joe's Violin
WILL WIN:  JOE'S VIOLIN
Alternate:  The White Helmets

WINNER:  THE WHITE HELMETS (alternate)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Should Win:  O.J.: Made in America
WILL WIN:  O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
Alternate:  13th

WINNER:  O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA (correct)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Should Win:  Toni Erdmann
WILL WIN:  THE SALESMAN
Alternate:  Toni Erdmann

WINNER:  THE SALESMAN (correct)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Should Win:  "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" - La La Land
WILL WIN:  "CITY OF STARS" -- LA LA LAND
Alternate:  "How Far I'll Go" -- Moana

WINNER:  "CITY OF STARS" -- LA LA LAND (correct)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Should Win:  La La Land
WILL WIN:  LA LA LAND
Alternate:  Lion

WINNER:  LA LA LAND (correct)

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Should Win:  Star Trek Beyond
WILL WIN:  STAR TREK BEYOND
Alternate:  A Man Called Ove

WINNER:  SUICIDE SQUAD (missed)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Should Win:  The Jungle Book
WILL WIN:  THE JUNGLE BOOK
Alternate:  Kubo and the Two Strings

WINNER:  THE JUNGLE BOOK (correct)

BEST SOUND EDITING
Should Win:  Hacksaw Ridge
WILL WIN:  ARRIVAL
Alternate:  Hacksaw Ridge

WINNER:  ARRIVAL (correct)

BEST SOUND MIXING
Should Win:  Hacksaw Ridge
WILL WIN:  HACKSAW RIDGE
Alternate:  La La Land

WINNER:  HACKSAW RIDGE (correct)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Should Win:  Jackie
WILL WIN:  JACKIE
Alternate:  La La Land

WINNER:  FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (missed)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Should Win:  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
WILL WIN:  LA LA LAND
Alternate:  Arrival

WINNER:  LA LA LAND (correct)

BEST FILM EDITING
Should Win:  La La Land
WILL WIN:  LA LA LAND
Alternate:  Hacksaw Ridge

WINNER:  HACKSAW RIDGE (alternate)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Should Win:  Arrival
WILL WIN:  LA LA LAND
Alternate:  Arrival

WINNER:  LA LA LAND (correct)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Should Win:  Kubo and the Two Strings
WILL WIN:  ZOOTOPIA
Alternate:  Kubo and the Two Strings

WINNER:  ZOOTOPIA (correct)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Should Win:  Arrival
WILL WIN:  MOONLIGHT
Alternate:  Arrival

WINNER:  MOONLIGHT (correct)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Should Win:  The Lobster
WILL WIN:  MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Alternate:  La La Land

WINNER:  MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (correct)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Should win:  Viola Davis - "Fences"
WILL WIN:  VIOLA DAVIS - "FENCES"
Alternate:  Naomie Harris - "Moonlight"

WINNER:  VIOLA DAVIS - "FENCES" (correct)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Should Win:  Michael Shannon - "Nocturnal Animals"
WILL WIN:  MAHERSHALA ALI - "MOONLIGHT"
Alternate:  Dev Patel - "Lion"

WINNER:  MAHERSHALA ALI - "MOONLIGHT" (correct)

BEST ACTRESS
Should Win:  Isabelle Huppert - "Elle"
WILL WIN:  EMMA STONE - "LA LA LAND"
Alternate:  Natalie Portman - "Jackie"

WINNER:  EMMA STONE - "LA LA LAND" (correct)

BEST ACTOR
Should Win:  Casey Affleck - "Manchester by the Sea"
WILL WIN:  DENZEL WASHINGTON - "FENCES"
Alternate:  Casey Affleck - "Manchester by the Sea"

WINNER:  CASEY AFFLECK - "MANCHESTER BY THE SEA" (alternate)

BEST DIRECTOR
Should Win:  Damian Chazelle - "La La Land"
WILL WIN:  DAMIAN CHAZELLE - "LA LA LAND"
Alternate:  Barry Jenkins - "Moonlight"

WINNER:  DAMIAN CHAZELLE - "LA LA LAND" (correct)

BEST PICTURE
Should Win:  La La Land (or) Hacksaw Ridge
WILL WIN:  LA LA LAND
Alternate:  Moonlight

WINNER:  MOONLIGHT (alternate)

Monday, February 27, 2017

2016 ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS

Best Picture
MOONLIGHT

Best Director
DAMIAN CHAZELLE - "LA LA LAND"

Best Actor
CASEY AFFLECK - "MANCHESTER BY THE SEA"

Best Actress
EMMA STONE - "LA LA LAND"

Best Supporting Actor
MAHERSHALA ALI - "MOONLIGHT"

Best Supporting Actress
VIOLA DAVIS - "FENCES"

Best Original Screenplay
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Best Adapted Screenplay
MOONLIGHT

Best Animated Feature
ZOOTOPIA

Best Cinematography
LA LA LAND

Best Film Editing
HACKSAW RIDGE

Best Production Design
LA LA LAND

Best Costume Design
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Best Sound Mixing
HACKSAW RIDGE

Best Sound Editing
ARRIVAL

Best Visual Effects
THE JUNGLE BOOK

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
SUICIDE SQUAD

Best Original Score
LA LA LAND

Best Original Song
"CITY OF STARS" - LA LA LAND

Best Foreign Language Film
THE SALESMAN

Best Documentary Feature
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA

Best Documentary Short Subject
THE WHITE HELMETS

Best Live-Action Short Film
SING

Best Animated Short Film
PIPER

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2016 OSCAR NOMINATIONS!!!

Here are the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards. I will be giving my analysis afterwards, and a big congratulations to all the nominees!

La La Land retakes it's frontrunner status in a bigtime way with a record-tying 14 nominations! The only 2 other films to ever reach that amount were All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997).

Arrival & Moonlight follow in a tie for 2nd with 8 nominations apiece.

Hacksaw Ridge, Lion, and Manchester by the Sea with strong showing of 6 nods apiece.

Fences and Hell or High Water both break into the big race with 4 apiece.

Hidden Figures rides it's strong word of mouth and commercial buzz to grab a Best Pic spot of it's own, one of it's 3 nominations...which was also the nod total for Jackie, which grabbed 3 but is the most-nommed film not to be up for the big prize.

BEST PICTURE
  • ARRIVAL
  • FENCES
  • HACKSAW RIDGE
  • HELL OR HIGH WATER
  • LA LA LAND
  • LION
  • MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
  • MOONLIGHT
BEST DIRECTOR
  • DAMIEN CHAZELLE - "LA LA LAND"
  • MEL GIBSON - "HACKSAW RIDGE"
  • BARRY JENKINS - "MOONLIGHT"
  • KENNETH LONERGAN - "MANCHESTER BY THE SEA"
  • DENIS VILLENEUVE - "ARRIVAL"
BEST ACTOR
  • CASEY AFFLECK - "MANCHESTER BY THE SEA"
  • ANDREW GARFIELD - "HACKSAW RIDGE"
  • RYAN GOSLING - "LA LA LAND"
  • VIGGO MORTENSEN - "CAPTAIN FANTASTIC"
  • DENZEL WASHINGTON - "FENCES"
BEST ACTRESS
  • ISABELLE HUPPERT - "ELLE"
  • RUTH NEGGA - "LOVING"
  • NATALIE PORTMAN - "JACKIE"
  • EMMA STONE - "LA LA LAND"
  • MERYL STREEP - "FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
  • MAHERSHALA ALI - "MOONLIGHT"
  • JEFF BRIDGES - "HELL OR HIGH WATER"
  • LUCAS HEDGES - "MANCHESTER BY THE SEA"
  • DEV PATEL - "LION"
  • MICHAEL SHANNON - "NOCTURNAL ANIMALS"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  • VIOLA DAVIS - "FENCES"
  • NAOMIE HARRIS - "MOONLIGHT"
  • NICOLE KIDMAN - "LION"
  • OCTAVIA SPENCER - "HIDDEN FIGURES"
  • MICHELLE WILLIAMS - "MANCHESTER BY THE SEA"
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
  • 20TH CENTURY WOMEN
  • HELL OR HIGH WATER
  • LA LA LAND
  • THE LOBSTER
  • MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
  • ARRIVAL
  • FENCES
  • HIDDEN FIGURES
  • LION
  • MOONLIGHT
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
  • KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
  • MOANA
  • MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
  • THE RED TURTLE
  • ZOOTOPIA
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • ARRIVAL
  • LA LA LAND
  • LION
  • MOONLIGHT
  • SILENCE
BEST FILM EDITING
  • ARRIVAL
  • HACKSAW RIDGE
  • HELL OR HIGH WATER
  • LA LA LAND
  • MOONLIGHT
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
  • ARRIVAL
  • FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
  • HAIL, CAESAR!
  • LA LA LAND
  • PASSENGERS
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
  • ALLIED
  • FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
  • FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
  • JACKIE
  • LA LA LAND
BEST SOUND MIXING
  • 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI
  • ARRIVAL
  • HACKSAW RIDGE
  • LA LA LAND
  • ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
BEST SOUND EDITING
  • ARRIVAL
  • DEEPWATER HORIZON
  • HACKSAW RIDGE
  • LA LA LAND
  • SULLY
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
  • DEEPWATER HORIZON
  • DOCTOR STRANGE
  • THE JUNGLE BOOK
  • KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
  • ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
  • A MAN CALLED OVE
  • STAR TREK BEYOND
  • SUICIDE SQUAD
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
  • JACKIE
  • LA LA LAND
  • LION
  • MOONLIGHT
  • PASSENGERS
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
  • "AUDITION (THE FOOLS WHO DREAM)" - LA LA LAND
  • "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING" - TROLLS
  • "CITY OF STARS" - LA LA LAND
  • "THE EMPTY CHAIR" - JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY
  • "HOW FAR I'LL GO" - MOANA
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  • LAND OF MINE
  • A MAN CALLED OVE
  • THE SALESMAN
  • TANNA
  • TONI ERDMANN
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
  • 13TH
  • FIRE AT SEA
  • I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
  • LIFE, ANIMATED
  • O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
  • 4.1 MILES
  • EXTREMIS
  • JOE'S VIOLIN
  • WATANI: MY HOMELAND
  • THE WHITE HELMETS
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
  • ENNEMIS INTERIEURS
  • LA FEMME ET LA TGV
  • SILENT NIGHTS
  • SING
  • TIMECODE
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
  • BLIND VAYSHA
  • BORROWED TIME
  • PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES
  • PEARL
  • PIPER

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Beachhouse Awards 2015 by the numbers

For some reason, I realised that I never posted my personal Beachhouse Award winners from last year, 2015. So here they are in all their splendor.
A total of 59 films received at least 1 mention, with a whopping 16 taking at least 1 award. Here's how the winners played out.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - 5 Beachhouse Awards

  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Makeup & Hairstyling
  • Best Action Film
THE REVENANT - 4 Beachhouse Awards
  • Best Director (Alejandro G. Inarittu)
  • Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio)
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Shot -- Bear attack
EX MACHINA - 3 Beachhouse Awards
  • Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander)
  • Best Breakthrough Filmmaker (Alex Garland)
  • Best Breakthrough Performer (Alicia Vikander)
SPOTLIGHT - 2 Beachhouse Awards
  • BEST PICTURE
  • Best Ensemble Cast
INSIDE OUT - 2 Beachhouse Awards
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Animated Feature
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS - 2 Beachhouse Awards
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Visual Effects
BROOKLYN - 1 Beachhouse Award
  • Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan)
CREED - 1 Beachhouse Award
  • Best Supporting Actor (Sylvester Stallone)
THE BIG SHORT - 1 Beachhouse Award
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
CINDERELLA - 1 Beachhouse Award
  • Best Costume Design
THE HATEFUL EIGHT - 1 Beachhouse Award
  • Best Original Score
FURIOUS 7 - 1 Beachhouse Award
  • Best Original Song - "See You Again"
SON OF SAUL - 1 Beachhouse Award
  • Best Foreign Language Film
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS - 1 Beachhouse Award
  • Best Comedy Film
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE - 1 Beachhouse Award
  • Best Scene/Sequence -- The church shootout
99 HOMES - 1 Beachhouse Award
  • Best Overlooked Film

And the full list of films that received at any nomination, with nod totals for those receiving more than 1.


The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
‘71
99 Homes
The Age of Adaline
Anomalisa
Ant-Man
The Assassin
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Beasts of No Nation -- 2
The Big Short -- 4
Black Mass -- 3
Bridge of Spies -- 4
Brooklyn -- 6
Carol -- 5
Cinderella
Creed -- 5
Crimson Peak
The Danish Girl -- 2
The Duff
The End of the Tour
Ex Machina -- 5
Far From the Madding Crowd -- 2
The Final Girls
Furious 7 -- 2
The Gift
The Good Dinosaur
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out -- 6
It Follows
Jurassic World
Kingsman: The Secret Service -- 2
The Last Five Years
Love & Mercy -- 4
Macbeth
Mad Max: Fury Road -- 10
The Martian -- 4
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Mississippi Grind
Mustang
The Peanuts Movie
Phoenix
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
The Revenant -- 7
Room -- 6
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Sicario -- 8
Sisters
Slow West
Son of Saul -- 2
Spectre -- 2
Spotlight -- 5
Spy -- 3
Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- 8
Steve Jobs -- 4
Testament of Youth
Trainwreck
The Walk
What We Do in the Shadows
When Marnie Was There

BEACHHOUSE AWARDS 2015 -- Best Picture

And the Beachhouse nominees for BEST PICTURE 2015 are...

BROOKLYN

INSIDE OUT

ROOM

SPOTLIGHT

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

BEACHHOUSE AWARDS 2015 -- Best Director

And the nominees for BEST DIRECTOR are...

RYAN COOGLER -- "Creed"

ALEJANDRO G. INARRITU -- "The Revenant"

TOM MCCARTHY -- "Spotlight"

GEORGE MILLER -- "Mad Max: Fury Road"

RIDLEY SCOTT -- "The Martian"

BEACHHOUSE AWARDS 2015 -- Best Actor

And the nominees for BEST ACTOR are...

JOHNNY DEPP -- "Black Mass"

LEONARDO DICAPRIO -- "The Revenant"

MICHAEL FASSBENDER -- "Steve Jobs"

MICHAEL B. JORDAN -- "Creed"

JACOB TREMBLAY -- "Room"

BEACHHOUSE AWARDS 2015 -- Best Actress

And the nominees for BEST ACTRESS are...

CATE BLANCHETT -- "Carol"

EMILY BLUNT -- "Sicario"

BRIE LARSON -- "Room"

ROONEY MARA -- "Carol"

SAOIRSE RONAN -- "Brooklyn"

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

BEACHHOUSE AWARDS 2015 -- Best Supporting Actor

And the nominees for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR are...

STEVE CARELL -- "The Big Short" 

PAUL DANO -- "Love & Mercy"

BENICIO DEL TORO -- "Sicario"

MARK RYLANCE -- "Bridge of Spies"

SYLVESTER STALLONE -- "Creed"


BEACHHOUSE AWARDS 2015 -- Best Supporting Actress

And the nominees for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS are...

ELIZABETH BANKS -- "Love & Mercy"

ROSE BYRNE -- "Spy"

RACHEL MCADAMS -- "Spotlight"

ALICIA VIKANDER -- "Ex Machina"

KATE WINSLET -- "Steve Jobs"

BEACHHOUSE AWARDS 2015 -- Best Ensemble Cast

And the nominees for BEST ENSEMBLE CAST are...

THE BIG SHORT

BLACK MASS

THE MARTIAN

SPOTLIGHT

STEVE JOBS

BEACHHOUSE AWARDS 2015 -- Best Original Screenplay

And the nominees for BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY are...

BRIDGE OF SPIES

EX MACHINA

INSIDE OUT

SICARIO

SPOTLIGHT

BEACHHOUSE AWARDS 2015 -- Best Adapted Screenplay

And the nominees for BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY are...

THE BIG SHORT

BROOKLYN

THE MARTIAN

ROOM

STEVE JOBS

BEACHHOUSE AWARDS 2015 -- Best Animated Feature

And the nominees for BEST ANIMATED FEATURE are...

ANOMALISA

THE GOOD DINOSAUR

INSIDE OUT

THE PEANUTS MOVIE

WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE