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87th Academy Award Winners

Proving to be one of the toughest years yet for completing the Oscar Challenge since I started 6 years ago, with life getting in the way in the best possible ways, I was still able to see every film that was readily available to me, viewing 43 of the 45 films nominated and all 15 short films. The two missing films were “Glen Campbell: … Read More 87th Academy Award Winners

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87th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

Having fallen behind on the Oscar Challenge, today will be my last ditch effort to see all the films I have yet to see. There are also two films as of today that I cannot find; “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” and “The Salt Of The Earth”. There’s still a dead heat between “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and “Boyhood”, Alejandro G. … Read More 87th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [18] Gone Girl – Best Actress In A Leading Role

ROSAMUND PIKE “Gone Girl” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Rosamund Pike plays Amy Dunne, a young wife whose disappearance causes suspicion to fall on her husband. When a particular film finds itself with almost zero support whatsoever, despite many indicators that state that it should have, you can bet that any nomination that comes out of that film will be up against the wall in terms … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [18] Gone Girl – Best Actress In A Leading Role

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [17] Leviathan – Best Foreign Language Feature

“LEVIATHAN” Russia Russia is no stranger to the Academy Awards, with plenty of nominations and wins all around. This year, “Leviathan” tells the story of a family, all dealing with their own challenges, yet intertwining in the sense that their actions all effect one another. Kolya (Aleksei Serebryakov), a husband and father, is dealing with a court ruling forcing him to sell his family’s … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [17] Leviathan – Best Foreign Language Feature

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Production Design

“MR. TURNER” Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration) The elaborate sets and detailed production design are on full display in “Mr. Turner”. One set in particular that comes to mind is Turner’s workspace in his father’s mansion. Tables covered with paint and cups holding brushes, an easel standing next to a giant open window, and actual paintings lining the walls, this imagery … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Production Design

2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Original Score

“MR. TURNER” FROM “MR. TURNER” Gary Yershon The score in “Mr. Turner” is the equivalent of giving a nomination to good elevator music. Not to say Gary Yershon’s score is bad, by any means, in fact it fits the period piece nature of the film perfectly, but that being said, there are multiple composers every year that put out similar original scores, offering to … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Original Score

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Costume Design

JACQUELINE DURRAN “Mr. Turner” Producing the costumes for an entire set during the production of a period piece has to be overwhelming. Not only does everyone have to fit the era, but they also have to be presented in a way that is accepted by the viewing public. The costumes must stand out in some pleasant way that causes one to follow along the … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Costume Design

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Cinematography

  DICK POPE “Mr. Turner” Watching the cinematography of Dick Pope in “Mr. Turner” is not that different from viewing the paintings of the title character. The composition of each shot comes off like Turner’s paintings, capturing the nature around the title character with a grandeur that elevates the film as a whole. Along the same lines as Robert Yeoman’s work on “The Grand … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Cinematography

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2015 Oscars Challenge: Best Documentary Shorts

CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1 || The first short shown in the series, the HBO produced “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” also set the bar for the shorts to follow. Building suspense with each telephone conversation, the employees at this crisis hotline paint terrifying and sometimes heartbreaking situations, with the veterans on the other line, suffering from PTSD. This being the only crisis hotline … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: Best Documentary Shorts

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [15] Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – Best Visual Effects

“DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist Here’s how good the visual effects team on “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” is: for two straight films now, critics and audiences alike have been rooting for Andy Serkis to be nominated for an acting award for his motion capture performance as Caesar the ape. Let … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [15] Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – Best Visual Effects

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [14] X-Men: Days Of Future Past – Best Visual Effects

“X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST” Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer Even if it does showcase prominent visual effects, “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” was a surprise nomination in the Best Visual Effects category (I had picked “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies” or “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” for the fifth spot). The reason for surprise is not because … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [14] X-Men: Days Of Future Past – Best Visual Effects

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Picture

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is like your favorite rock band. You probably started off going to their shows at intimate venues with hardly any crowds and the next thing you know, they’re selling out the Staples Center and winning Grammys. Everyone is listening to them now and tickets that used to cost $10-$20 are more like $80-$100 or more. That’s what I feel like … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Picture