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Category: 2014 Oscars Challenge

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86th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

And with the final film viewed for this Oscar Season, I complete the challenge of 42 films in 46 days. Now to put out some predictions, which, for the second year in a row I am not completely confident in, as some of the categories feel way too close to call including the Best Picture, which all of us will be waiting for with … Read More 86th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [42] The Wind Rises – One Nomination

Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki In the very last film of my Oscar challenged I viewed the sub-titled and animated feature “The Wind Rises”, set to be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film. Marking his third nomination with previous nods for “Howls Moving Castle” (2005) and even a win for “Spirited Away” (2002), the Academy does love to honor Miyazaki and could even pull off an … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [42] The Wind Rises – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [41] The Grandmaster – Two Nominations

Philippe Le Sourd With two nominations, I’m surprised that Wong Kar-wai’s wasn’t nominated for more, like Best Foreign Language Feature or even Best Picture, but this kung-fu epic does grab Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design nominations and even though it will probably not be winning either of these, it is nice to see films like this breakthrough in some competitive categories. Filled with … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [41] The Grandmaster – Two Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [40] The Wolf Of Wall Street – Five Nominations

Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff Martin Scorsese is no stranger to the Best Picture category and with “The Wolf Of Wall Street” becoming one of his best films in an illustrious career, it’s no question that it deserves all the recognition that it’s receiving. Yes, the film is not about nice people and most of the main characters are … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [40] The Wolf Of Wall Street – Five Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: Oscar Nominated Shorts – Documentary

“CaveDigger” – Jeffrey Karoff The Documentary Shorts are well represented this year with the many different types of documentaries. “CaveDigger” is a casual documentary with zero urgency that brings a man’s hobby and attempt at employment to the screen as he digs extravagant caves in New Mexico, all without plans. With just an idea in his mind and some hand tools, he works alone … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: Oscar Nominated Shorts – Documentary

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [39] Nebraska – Six Nominations

Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa “Nebraska”, a black-and-white jaunt into the lives of a family residing in Montana, the entire film follows lead Bruce Dern playing an aging man named Woody Grant that believes he’s won $1,000,000 from a sweepstakes, all he has to do is make it to Lincoln, Nebraska to accept the money. Heartwarming and laced with a dark comedic element that … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [39] Nebraska – Six Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [38] Iron Man 3 – One Nomination

Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick “Iron Man 3” was one of my favorite films of 2013 and a lot of that had to do with the amazing visual effects. Whether you’re watching missiles being shot from helicopters and destroying Tony Stark’s Malibu mansion, knocking it off the hillside into the ocean, or whether it’s the amazing visuals of Iron Man … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [38] Iron Man 3 – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [37] The Square – One Nomination

Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer Distributed by Netflix, “The Square” is one of two documentaries that got the most exposure this Oscars season, thanks to billboards and constant advertisement from the growing instant streaming company. Second to only “The Act Of Killing”, which was a huge draw this awards season, the film is available on Netflix instantly (as were three of the other contenders) … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [37] The Square – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas “12 Years A Slave” is the film that will be remembered from 2013. It does matter if this wins or “Gravity” wins or even “American Hustle”. What matters is that this film explored the nature of history and of slavery unlike any film before its time, from a black director who makes an … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [35] Omar – One Nomination

Palestine Every year the Academy Awards brings to light films that I otherwise would have never seen and more often than not, it is in the Best Foreign Feature category that I discover these amazing films. Most notably, I remember seeing “Dogtooth” (2009) and being absolutely blown away by how much I loved the film. This year, three foreign films have blown me away. … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [35] Omar – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [34] The Missing Picture – One Nomination

Cambodia Cambodia’s foreign film entry “The Missing Picture” is a multi-media exploration of the Kampuchean Revolution in 1975, of which very few images remain. To counteract these “missing pictures”, the film-makers create clay models of himself and many of the surrounding Cambodians to reenact the damage done by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. The real marvel is the inclusion of the archival footage … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [34] The Missing Picture – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [33] All Is Lost – One Nomination

Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns “All Is Lost” is the epitome of sound design. With Robert Redford having a handful of lines throughout the entire piece, the film completely relies on the sounds surrounding the character, whether it be the waves crashing against the boat while Redford is down below in the living quarters, whether it be the growing storm around Redford and the … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [33] All Is Lost – One Nomination