And The Oscar For Best Director Goes To:

  • Lenny Abrahamson-Room
  • George Miller-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu-The Revenant
  • Adam McKay-The Big Short
  • Tom McCarthy-Spotlight

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2016 Oscar Predictions Part III

Image by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Image by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Buckle-up and here we go! We’re out of the technical achievement woods and now focus is upon six of the biggest categories of the night! Let’s begin!

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Alicia Vikander-The Danish Girl
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh-The Hateful Eight
  • Kate Winslet-Steve Jobs
  • Rachel McAdams-Spotlight
  • Rooney Mara-Carol

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Alicia Vikander-The Danish Girl

Image by Focus Features

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Christian Bale-The Big Short
  • Mark Ruffalo-Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance-Bridge of Spies
  • Tom Hardy-The Revenant
  • Sylvester Stallone-Creed

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Sylvester Stallone-Creed

Image by MGM

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Cate Blanchett-Carol
  • Brie Larson-Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence-Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling-45 Years
  • Saiorse Ronan-Brooklyn

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Brie Larson-Room

Image by A24

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Bryan Cranston-Trumbo
  • Matt Damon-The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio-The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender-Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne-The Danish Girl

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Leonardo DiCaprio-The Revenant

Image by 20th Century Fox

Best Director:

  • Lenny Abrahamson-Room
  • George Miller-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu-The Revenant
  • Adam McKay-The Big Short
  • Tom McCarthy-Spotlight

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Alejandro González Iñárritu-The Revenant

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Best Picture:

I predict that the Oscar will go to:

Image by Participant Media

Chris Rock will host the Oscars on February 28th. The full list of nominees can be found here. Click here for Part I of my predictions and here for Part II. I will be blogging throughout the ceremony, so be sure to check my social media outlets.

The Critics Choice for Best Director Is:

Nominees:

  • Todd Haynes, Carol
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott, The Martian
  • Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies

Winner: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Image by Warner Bros. Pictures, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Behold! The Nominees for the 88th Annual Academy Awards!

oscar-guyAfter months and months of waiting, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have spoken! This morning, President of the Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs, along with Guillermo Del Toro, Ang Lee and John Krazinski unveiled the nominees in the 24 categories for the 88th Academy Awards! Let’s dive right into those categories shall we?

Foreign Language Film:

  • A War (Denmark)
  • Embrace of the Serpent (Columbia)
  • Mustang (France)
  • Son of Saul (Hungary)
  • Theeb (Jordan)

Documentary:

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • The Look of Silence
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Visual Effects:

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Animated Feature Film:

  • Anomalisa
  • O Menino eo Mundo (Boy and the World)
  • Inside Out
  • Shaun the Sheep
  • When Marnie Was There

Costume Design:

  • Sandy Powell-Carol
  • Sandy Powell-Cinderella
  • Jenny Beavan-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Paco Delgado-The Danish Girl
  • Jacqueline West-The Revenant

Makeup and Hairstyling:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Original Song:

  • Earned It-Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Manta Ray-Facing Extinction
  • Simple Song #3-Youth
  • Til it Happens to You-The Hunting Ground
  • Writing’s On the Wall-Spectre

Original Score:

  • Thomas Newman-Bridge of Spies
  • Carter Burwell-Carol
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson-Sicario
  • John Williams-Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Ennio Morricone-The Hateful Eight

Production Design:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Film Editing:

  • Margaret Sixel-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Tom McArdle-Spotlight
  • Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey-Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Hank Corwin-The Big Short
  • Stephen Mirrione-The Revenant

Cinematography:

  • Edward Lachman-Carol
  • John Seale-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Roger Deakins-Sicario
  • Robert Richardson-The Hateful Eight
  • Emmanuel Lubezki-The Revenant

Adapted Screenplay:

  • Nick Hornby-Brooklyn
  • Phyllis Nagy-Carol
  • Emma Donoghue-Room
  • Charles Randolph and Adam McKay-The Big Short
  • Drew Goddard-The Martian

Original Screenplay:

  • Matt Charman, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen-Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland-Ex Machina
  • Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley-Inside Out
  • Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy-Spotlight
  • Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff-Straight Outta Compton

Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Alicia Vikander-The Danish Girl
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh-The Hateful Eight
  • Kate Winslet-Steve Jobs
  • Rachel McAdams-Spotlight
  • Rooney Mara-Carol

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Christian Bale-The Big Short
  • Mark Ruffalo-Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance-Bridge of Spies
  • Tom Hardy-The Revenant
  • Sylvester Stallone-Creed

Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Cate Blanchett-Carol
  • Brie Larson-Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence-Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling-45 Years
  • Saiorse Ronan-Brooklyn

Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Bryan Cranston-Trumbo
  • Matt Damon-The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio-The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender-Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne-The Danish Girl

Direction:

  • Lenny Abrahamson-Room
  • George Miller-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu-The Revenant
  • Adam McKay-The Big Short
  • Tom McCarthy-Spotlight

Best Picture:

The full list of nominees can be found via the provided link. Later I will provide my analysis of the Oscars’ class of 2015 and I will post my predictions in the coming weeks. Chris Rock will host the festivities and the 88th Annual Academy Awards will be televised on ABC on February 28, 2016.

My Predictions for the 21st Critics Choice Awards

Image by BFCA

Image by BFCA

One of my favorite awards shows of the year is days away which makes it a perfect time to unveil my predictions for the 21st Annual Critics Choice Awards. Last week, I posted my predictions for the Golden Globes, and not to toot my own horn I f***ing CRUSHED IT in the film categories!!! Anyway, I will make my predictions on a different criteria than I did the Golden Globe Awards, since both guilds have different standards for determining the best of the year. Here are the nominees for the Critics Choice Awards:

Best Foreign Language Film:

  • The Assassin
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Mustang
  • Son of Saul
  • The Second Mother

Projected Winner: Son of Saul

Image by Laokoon Film Arts

Best Score:

  • Carter Burwell, Carol
  • Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, The Revenant
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario
  • Howard Shore, Spotlight

Projected Winner: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Image by Georges Biard, via Wikimedia Commons

Best Song:

  • “Love Me Like You Do,” Fifty Shades of Grey
  • “See You Again,” Furious 7
  • “Til It Happens to You,” The Hunting Ground
  • “One Kind of Love,” Love and Mercy
  • “Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre
  • “Simple Song #3,” Youth

Projected Winner: “Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre

Best Documentary Feature:

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  • He Named Me Malala
  • The Look of Silence
  • Where to Invade Next

Projected Winner: Amy

Image by A24

Best Visual Effects:

  • Ex Machina
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • The Walk

Projected Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Image by Warner Bros.

Best Animated Feature:

  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep

Projected Winner: Inside Out

Image by Disney

Best Hair and Makeup:

  • Black Mass
  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Danish Girl

Projected Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Image by Warner Bros

Best Costume Design:

  • Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Brooklyn
  • Sandy Powell, Carol
  • Sandy Powell, Cinderella
  • Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl
  • Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road

Projected Winner: Sandy Powell, Cinderella

Image by Disney

Best Editing:

  • Hank Corwin, The Big Short
  • Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Pietro Scalia, The Martian
  • Stephen Mirrione, The Revenant
  • Tom McArdle, Spotlight

Projected Winner: Pietro Scalia, The Martian

Image by 20th Century Fox

Best Production Design:

  • Adam Stockhausen and Rena DeAngelo, Bridge of Spies
  • François Séguin, Jennifer Oman and Louise Tremblay, Brooklyn
  • Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler, Carol
  • Eve Stewart and Michael Standish, The Danish Girl
  • Colin Gibson, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Arthur Max and Celia Bobak, The Martian

Projected Winner: Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler, Carol

Image by The Weinstein Company

Best Cinematography:

  • Edward Lachman, Carol
  • Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight
  • John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Dariusz Wolski, The Martian
  • Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
  • Roger Deakins, Sicario

Projected Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant

Image by 20th Century Fox

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
  • Drew Goddard, The Martian
  • Emma Donoghue, Room
  • Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs

Projected Winner: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short

Image by Plan B Entertainment

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland, Ex Machina
  • Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight
  • Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley, Inside Out
  • Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Projected Winner: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Image by Participant Media

Best Acting Ensemble:

  • The Big Short
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Trumbo

Projected Winner: Spotlight

Image by Participant Media

Best Young Actor/Actress:

  • Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
  • R.J. Cyler, Me and Earl and The Dying Girl
  • Shameik Moore, Dope
  • Milo Parker, Mr. Holmes
  • Jacob Tremblay, Room

Projected Winner: Jacob Tremblay, Room

Image by IsabellaSilentRose

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
  • Helen Mirren, Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Projected Winner: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Paul Dano, Love and Mercy
  • Tom Hardy, The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Projected Winner: Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Image By Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saiorse Ronan, Brooklyn
  • Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road

Projected Winner: Brie Larson, Room

Image by Nikki Nelson/WENN

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Johnny Depp, Black Mass
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Projected Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Image By Christopher William Adach from London, UK (WP – random_-26), via Wikimedia Commons

Best Director:

  • Todd Haynes, Carol
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott, The Martian
  • Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies

Projected Winner: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Image by lionheartTV

Best Picture:

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Sicario
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Projected Winner:

Image by Participant Media

T.J. Miller will be the Master of Ceremonies when the 21st Annual Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast on Sunday January 17, 2016 on A&E. I will be on Twitter covering the event, check back on the blog then.

Review: The Revenant

For the record, let me make it clear that Leonardo DiCaprio was not raped by a bear! In the discussed sequence, I found that he was more chew-toy than plaything.

Anyway, the new film from last year’s Oscar winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu is a visually gorgeous and heart-racing endeavor; a character driven feature about survival, revenge and family set in the American frontier called The Revenant.

Oscar hopeful Leonardo DiCaprio stars as 19th century trapper Hugh Glass, who after a vicious bear attack is left for dead in the wilderness at the hands of John Fitzgerald, played by Tom Hardy, who tried to cover-up his wicked transgressions by killing Glass’ son Hawk, played by Forest Goodluck. After digging himself out of Fitzgerald’s shallow grave, Glass embarks on a harrowing trek through the wilderness, dodging marauding Natives, to find Fitzgerald and savor sweet satisfaction.

I’ve been looking forward to The Revenant for a long time and it was everything I expected it would be. The Revenant is a powerful accomplishment from director Alejandro González Iñárritu carried by Leonardo DiCaprio who is at his most phenomenal, and enhanced by the graceful and stirring cinematography of the legendary Emmanuel Lubezki; virtually everything about this film gets your heart racing and you can’t look away for a second! Heavy on the wow-factor.

Alejandro González Iñárritu has undoubtedly delivered a successful follow-up to his Oscar-winner for Best Picture Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) with this gritty and intense drama about a man who will go to great lengths for family as well as his own survival. Adapted from Michael Punke’s novel, The Revenant is a masterstroke from Iñárritu and screenwriter Mark L. Smith.

Iñárritu sits at the helm of one of 2015’s most emboldened and technically well-endowed features. Obviously, the cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki can speak for itself; you could take this movie frame-by-frame blow them all up as individual tableaus and museums could dedicate a wing to showcase The Revenant’s gorgeous visual artistry through the cinematic eye of Lubezki and his camera.

Stephen Mirrione was robbed of an Oscar nomination for his editing last year (Birdman) but I feel that he has a solid chance for recognition this year.

I felt that the music from Bryce Dessner, Carsten Nicolai and Ryuichi Sakamoto felt a little out of place at certain intervals of the film but I will recognize how distinct it was.

Jack Fisk’s production design, Michael Diner, Isabelle Duay and Laurel Bergman’s art decoration all exhibited the raw power of shooting in a natural location, Hamish Purdy’s set decoration was amazing, the costumes of Jacqueline West were as authentic as you could ask for, the sound, makeup, the special and visual effects, I was impressed with everything. What’s more is that I’ve heard about the stories recalling how grueling this production was but I must admit that this movie was an example of how suffering creates art and this was stunning to behold!

Image By Siebbi (Leonardo DiCaprio), via Wikimedia Commons

Leonardo DiCaprio has always been an actor who I could count on to deliver an outstanding performance but he went above and beyond with The Revenant as Hugh Glass. The lengths that he went to for this film, were it eating raw bison liver, or sleeping in a carcass or getting mauled and maimed by a possibly 300 lb bear, I could tell that he came committed to this role and he was determined to have the Best Actor Oscar on lock with a performance that touched something primal and fearless. Bravo Mr. DiCaprio!

Tom Hardy has certainly enjoyed 2015 and with The Revenant, he himself turned in a resounding performance as John Fitzgerald, the callous, greedy and deceptive opportunist who would do what needed to be done to save his own skin and make a profit.

The rest of the cast including Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forest Goodluck, Paul Anderson, Melah Nakehk’o are minor roles but all is compatible with their performances.

The word “revenant” means “one who has returned.” It applies to Hugh Glass, for he was a man who was left for dead and he returned to exact his revenge. The term “revenant” can also apply to several individuals who had a hand in crafting this gorgeous thriller that will have hearts racing in theaters.

I foresee that Alejandro González Iñárritu, Emmanuel Lubezki and Leonardo DiCaprio will return to the Oscars this February for they should be recognized for their contributions to The Revenant. The Revenant is one of 2015’s most distinguished and exhilarating achievements in film.

My 2016 Golden Globe Predictions

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards are imminent. It may be a little last minute, but now I can finally post my predictions on who will go home happy at the end of Sunday Night (specifically the film categories). Let’s begin:

Best Original Song:

  • Love Me Like You Do, Fifty Shades of Grey
  • One Kind of Love, Love and Mercy
  • See You Again, Furious 7
  • Simple Song #3, Youth
  • Writing’s On the Wall, Spectre

Projected Winner: Writing’s On the Wall, Spectre

Best Original Score:

  • Carter Burwell, Carol
  • Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl
  • Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
  • Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto, The Revenant

Projected Winner: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Image by The Weinstein Company

Best Motion Picture Screenplay:

  • Emma Donoghue, Room
  • Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight
  • Charles Randolph & Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
  • Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Projected Winner: Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight

Image by Participant Media

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language:

  • The Brand New Testament (France, Belgium and Luxembourg)
  • The Club (Chile)
  • The Fencer (Germany, Finland and Estonia)
  • Mustang (France)
  • Son of Saul (Hungary)

Projected Winner: Son of Saul (Hungary)

Image by Lakoon Film Arts via Sony Pictures Classics

Best Animated Motion Picture:

  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep

Projected Winner: Inside Out

Image by Disney

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Paul Dano, Love and Mercy
  • Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Projected Winner: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Image by By Garry Knight from London, England (Don’t Bomb Syria – Mark Rylance), via Wikimedia Commons

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Jane Fonda, Youth
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Helen Mirren, Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Projected Winner: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Image By https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyshek/, via Wikimedia Commons

Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Musical or Comedy:

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short
  • Steve Carell, The Big Short
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Al Pacino, Danny Collins
  • Mark Ruffalo, Infinity Polar Bear

Projected Winner: Matt Damon, The Martian

Image by Georges Biard, via Wikimedia Commons

Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role, Musical or Comedy:

  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Melissa McCarthy, Spy
  • Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
  • Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
  • Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Projected Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Image By Kurt Kulac, via Wikimedia Commons

Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role, Drama:

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Saiorse Ronan, Brooklyn
  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Projected Winner: Saiorse Ronan, Brooklyn

Image By Siebbi (Ipernity:Saoirse Ronan), via Wikimedia Commons

Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Drama:

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
  • Will Smith, Concussion

Projected Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Image By Siebbi (Leonardo DiCaprio), via Wikimedia Commons

Best Director:

  • Todd Haynes, Carol
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott, The Martian

Projected Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Image By Focus Features (Wikimedia submission), via Wikimedia Commons

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy:

  • The Big Short
  • Joy
  • The Martian
  • Spy
  • Trainwreck

Projected Winner: The Martian

Image by 20th Century Fox

Best Picture, Drama:

  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

Projected Winner: The Revenant

Image by 20th Century Fox

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards will bring back Ricky Gervais to host and will be televised on NBC Sunday January 10, 2016. The full list of nominees is here and I will be on Twitter following the event. Can’t wait!