My 2015 Oscar Picks


We’re just minutes away until the first Oscar for 2015 is given out so here are my quick picks…

Best Picture

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BIRDMAN

Do I think this is the best picture of the year? Maybe, but I thought THE IMITATION GAME was damn good too.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

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Michael Keaton for BIRDMAN

Same as above. I thought Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job in THE IMITATION GAME but Michael Keaton has paid his dues longer.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

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Julianne Moore for STILL ALICE

A great film and a great performance from a great actress.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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J.K. Simmons for WHIPLASH

Same as above.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

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Patricia Arquette for BOYHOOD

I did not like this film but I did like her performance. Linklater should have made a film about her character and called it MOTHERHOOD. It would have been more interesting.

Best Foreign Language Film

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LEVIATHAN

This is a very heavy film with a very heavy message. Given the recent events going on in Ukraine, this film will win for the political statement alone. IDA was also a good film and I wouldn’t be upset if it won. My big disappointment in this category comes from not seeing the Swedish film, FORCE MAJEURE, on this list.

Best Director

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Richard Linklater for BOYHOOD

Spend 12 years making a film and you, too, can win an Oscar.

Enjoy the show!

5 thoughts on “My 2015 Oscar Picks

  1. You did pretty well! I don’t agree with the honors for Birdman, one of the films I liked least last year. Obviously, I am in the minority when it comes to the Academy. Pleased Eddie Redmayne won even tho I have been a Michael Keaton fan for years. Very fun being at the Polish ambassador’s Oscar party with IDA’s win!

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    1. I’ve written in my blog and said on the radio a few times that Academy voters love actors who play medically and/or physically tragic characters. (If you haven’t read it yet, check out my review of DALLAS BUYERS CLUB.) Nevertheless, I didn’t think they’d vote for Eddie Redmayne because he’s too young and because Michael Keaton was the sentimental favourite. I was wrong! Regarding IDA, I watched it last night and I thought it was an excellent film. I didn’t think it would win because I thought it was too short (a scant 82 minutes) and I felt that more time could have been devoted to the aunt’s story. (I would like to see a sequel set in 1968.) I also thought the Academy voters would choose LEVIATHAN just to stick it to Putin.

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