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My Final Predictions for 90th Academy Awards


Best Picture: Lady Bird
Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour 
Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 
Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 
Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya 
Animated Feature Film: Coco
Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049 
Costume Design: Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread 
Directing: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water 
Documentary (Feature): Icarus
Documentary (Short Subject): “Heroin(e)”
Film Editing: Lee Smith, Dunkirk
Foreign Language Film: The Insult 
Makeup and Hairstyling: Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick, Darkest Hour 
Music (Original Score): Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water 
Music (Original Song): Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “Remember Me” (Coco)
Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, and Jeffrey A. Melvin, The Shape of Water 
Animated Short Film: “Revolting Rhymes”
Live Action Short Film: “DeKalb Elementary”
Sound Editing: Richard King and Alex Gibson, Dunkirk 
Sound Mixing: Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, and Mark Weingarten, Dunkirk 
Visual Effects: John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, and Richard R. Hoover, Blade Runner 2049 
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name 
Writing (Original Screenplay): Jordan Peele, Get Out 




Best Picture: La La Land 
Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea 
Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land 
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight 
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences 
Animated Feature Film: Zootopia 
Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land 
Costume Design: Mary Zophres, La La Land 
Directing: Damien Chazelle, La La Land 
Documentary (Feature): O.J.: Made in America 
Documentary (Short Subject): “The White Helmets”
Film Editing: Tom Cross, La La Land 
Foreign Language Film: The Salesman 
Makeup and Hairstyling: Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo, Star Trek Beyond 
Music (Original Score): Justin Hurwitz, La La Land 
Music (Original Song): Justin Hurwitz and Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, “City of Stars,” La La Land 
Production Design: David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, La La Land 
Animated Short Film: “Piper”
Live Action Short Film: “La Femme et le TGV”
Sound Editing: Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan, La La Land 
Sound Mixing: Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow, La La Land 
Visual Effects: Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon, The Jungle Book 
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight 
Writing (Original Screenplay): Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea 

My Final Predictions for 88th Academy Awards

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My Final Predictions for 87th Academy Awards

Michael Keaton in BIRDMAN (photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight. © 2014. All rights reserved.)

Best Picture — Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole (Birdman)
Director — Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman)
Actor — Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Actress — Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Supporting Actor — J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Supporting Actress — Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Original Screenplay — Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Adapted Screenplay — Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
Animated Feature — Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon 2)
Foreign Language Film — Ida
Documentary Feature — Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky (Citizenfour)
Cinematography — Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
Production Design — Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Costume Design — Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods)
Makeup and Hairstyling — Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Film Editing — Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
Original Score — Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything)
Original Song — John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn (“Glory,” Selma)
Visual Effects — Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher (Interstellar)
Sound Editing — Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman (American Sniper)
Sound Mixing — John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin (American Sniper)
Documentary Short — Aneta Kopacz (“Joanna”)
Animated Short Film — Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (“The Dam Keeper”)
Live Action Short Film — Matt Kirkby and James Lucas (“The Phone Call”)

My Final Predictions for 85th Academy Awards

Tune in to the Oscars this Sunday, February 24 at 7pm EST on ABC.




Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Misérables

Life of Pi


Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

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Analysis: The 85th Annual Oscar Nominations

This past Thursday, nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced. In a new twist, the ceremony’s host, Seth MacFarlane, joined Emma Stone on stage at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in LA to read the nominations. It’s rare for the ceremony’s host to present the nominations, as that position is usually filled by the Academy’s President, but clearly, AMPAS had something new and original in mind. It paid off. The comedic banter between the two worked well, as their chemistry felt natural and fresh. It also helped to paint the Academy in a younger, more vibrant light. Could this be a shadow of things to come when the golden statuettes are distributed on February 24?

One thing the Oscars definitely has going for itself this year is that many of 2012’s nominated films are movies that the general public have actually seen. The Oscar telecast is likely to see a bump in ratings after several years in decline. On to my analysis …

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My Final Predictions for 84th Academy Awards

Tune in to the 84th Academy Awards, this Sunday, February 26 at 7pm EST on ABC.

Best Picture

The Artist

Other Nominees:

The Descendants

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The Help


Midnight in Paris


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Other Nominees:

Alexander Payne (The Descendants)

Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)

Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)

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84th Annual Academy Award Nominations & Analysis

The 84th annual Academy Award nominations were announced today. Here is the complete list of nominees and my analysis along the way. Stay tuned for the Oscars on Sunday, February 26.

Best Picture

The Artist – Following its PGA win, this film is primed to win the big prize on February 26.

The Descendants – I’m not surprised by this nomination, though I don’t think the film is deserving of it. It’s a flawed film, but AMPAS likes Alexander Payne.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – This is one of two surprise nominees in this category and the only one I have not yet seen.

The Help

Hugo – If it were up to me, this would win Best Picture. In my opinion, it’s the strongest and best-composed of the nine nominated films.

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball – Overall, a terrific film and deserving of this honor.

The Tree of Life – This is the second surprise nominee in this category. Arguably the most polarizing film of the year, don’t expect Tree to win here.

War Horse – Spielberg gets a Best Picture nomination, but is snubbed for Best Director. This doesn’t bode well for War Horse‘s chances.

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