All posts filed under: Oscars

My Thoughts on the 2017 Oscar Nominees

THE OSCARS ARE THIS SUNDAY. THIS ARTICLE IS NOT PREDICTING WHO WILL WIN. YOU CAN GO READ THAT SORT OF THING ON LITERALLY ANY NEWS SITE RIGHT NOW (Peter Travers of Rolling Stone is my personal favorite). I’M ONLY HERE TO TELL YOU WHAT I THINK, AS IF IT MATTERS. MAP KEY: If you are the type of person who likes to know other people’s opinions on things, usually to validate your own opinions, then read on! (I’m the same way) At the end of this article, I provided a list of movies that came out in 2016 that I thought were great even if the Academy did not think so. An underline means that you can click on the movie title and be led to my review of the movie. If I have not yet seen the movie, I put an * by it. Only read the below statement if you have a cold heart: ###################If you get worked up over this article, cool it. All of these filmmakers are incredible, and I would give …

A Lesson in Production Design

USC came through for the millionth time this weekend when students were invited to the 10th annual panel for Oscar-nominated production designers to talk about their work in the films. The nominated films this year are: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Interstellar, Into the Woods, Mr. Turner, and The Imitation Game. I have an Intro to Cinema essay to write, so I’ll get straight to the point. Production designers are artists who don’t act like it. They are, from what I could tell, humble, working people who just want to do their job right. They shied against talking about their “story breaking into the industry” and were the first to admit it came with a lot of luck and connections. During the questions portion of the panel, they dodged every pretentious question with grace and a lot of silence. My lecture in Intro to Cinema a few weeks ago on production design was full of theory, meaning, and depth. These production designers were practical and to the point. For example, in class, Dr. Casper spent a great …

Oscar Awards

The Academy Awards are the most prestigious awards in the film industry. Yeah they get it wrong sometimes, but they often get it right. Here are my predictions for the 2015 Oscars. Best Picture {given to the producer(s)}- American Sniper, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel,The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash Who will win: Birdman Who I want to win: Birdman Best Director: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Boyhood- Richard Linklater, Foxcatcher-Bennett Miller, The Grand Budapest Hotel- Wes Anderson, The Imitation Game, Morten Tyldum Who will win: Richard Linklater Who I want to win: Richard Linklater Best Actor: Steve Carrell- Foxcatcher, Bradley Cooper-American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch-The Imitation Game, Michael Keaton- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Eddie Redmayne- The Theory of Everything Who will win: Eddie Redmayne Who I want to win: Michael Keaton Best Actress in a Leading Role: Marion Cotillard –Two Days, One Night, Felicity Jones-The Theory of Everything, Julianne Moore –Still Alice, Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl, Reese Witherspoon- Wild Who will win: Julianna Moore Who do I want to win: Don’t really care, sorry, I only saw Felicity Jones in Theory of Everything. She was fantastic in …

AWARDS SEASON IS FINALLY HERE

The Golden Globes nominations and SAG (Screen Actor Guild) nominations have been announced, the end of December is near, and we, my friends are, are well on our way to the blessed Oscars in March! First and foremost–awards are no substitute for personal opinion and you should NEVER base your favorite anything (actor, director, movie, etc) based off of most Oscar wins. There have been PLENTY of Oscar snubs since they were first handed out in 1929. However, an Oscar usually signals a pinnacle in achievement in movie making giving anyone a sense of pride when a personal film idol wins for a role. The awards are highly political which generate a great deal of criticism. For example, the Golden Globes, which are considered to be the second most prestigious award for a filmmaker, are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In case you were were wondering, the HFPA is made up of around ninety journalists and photographers. Who put them in charge of such a renowned award I have no idea. You …