It seems to me that lately The Oscars have gained a lot of ground through the movies that they nominate. Apparently, the Oscars’ day in February is becoming a big day even for average Joe(s) around the world. That’s what I call TRADITION. Well done, dear Academy! 🙂
Speaking of, let’s discuss a little bit about the movies that entered the big race this year. We’ll concentrate on the categories that arouse more interest. Personally, I’m quite surprised and happy for the indie films and directors that made it there (e.g. Two Days, One Night), but some of the viewers might misinterpret the indie message (Birdman has this kind of a message) and get the wrong idea about the film in question. Still, it is comforting to see that there’s a inclination towards this genre.
The Academy Award for the Best Picture this year will most certainly go to Boyhood. Like I said before, there was much ado about Boyhood and at a second thought you will realise that 12 years of work deserve at least an Oscar althought the result wasn’t as great as many expected. Birdman could also win this award. Actually, this is super duper extra close if you ask me, but to my mind, The Academy will probably give the Best Picture to Boyhood and the Best Achievement in Directing will be Iñárritu’s. Altough Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu is one of my favorite directors and with Birdman he managed to impress me once again, my secret crush this year is Whiplash, but there are weak chances that it will win. By the way, check this Damien Chazelle guy. He’s 30 and he’s about to have a grand film career. Concerning the other nominees, I find The Grand Budapest Hotel visually appealing, American Sniper disappointing and the other three are very well done biographies. The stories are actually rich in useful general knowledge information.
The Best Actor in a Leading Role this year will be Eddie Redmayne. I’m 95% sure. I don’t particularly have a thing for this guy; he actually looks quite annoying sometimes, but his performance was absolutely amazing. It reminded me of Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown who also won an Oscar for this role. I don’t know if Eddie actually resembles Stephen Hawking or he was just THAT good, but the body decay was beautifully performed! Michael Keaton could also win this award but it is less likely. Eddie Redmayne’s opponent in this category is definitely Steve Carell, but since Foxcatcher is more the indie type than the commercial one, I don’t think that The Academy would risk giving the award to Carell so the actual fight is given between Redmayne and Keaton. Back to Steve Carell, it is needless to say that his role is the most surprising and astonishing one this year. The funny guy proves us wrong and does drama in a mind blowing way. There’s no doubt: Carell totally nailed this one! Too bad he won’t get the Oscar. Julianne Moore will probably be the Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2015. She had quite a year with Still Alice and Maps to the Stars. The next in line for this award are Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), but Marion Cotillard undoubtedly deserves it. She was absolutely natural and startling in Two Days, One Night, but I’m surprised that she was even nominated given the fact that Two Days, One Night is more a Cannes type movie. The most interesting category this year is Best actor in a Supporting Role. And when I say interesting, I say it because The Academy’s choice intersects with mine and most probably everybody else’s. Shall we name him all at once? Come on! One, two… three: J.K. Simmons! That’s right! After a long-lasting career, this dude shows us the right tempo and proves that he could’ve easily played Kubrick‘s Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. Edward Norton could also win the award but… naaah!
In the beginning, I had some doubts about the Best Actress in a Supporting Role, but now I’m sure that we are talking about Patricia Arquette in Boyhood. She wasn’t controversial but since there are no notable performances in this category, she must be it and she is most certainly followed by Emma Stone in Birdman.
I’ll quickly go through some of the other categories and tell a long story short.
The screenplay awards are both very tight and interesting races, but The Best Original Screenplay probably belongs to Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness with their Grand Budapest Hotel and The Best Adapted Screenplay should be Damien Chazelle’s. There are very good stories in these categories and I personally believe that The Immitation Game deserves some recognition too, but I’ll stick to my crush for the moment: Whiplash.
Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Best Foreign-Language Film of 2015 will most probably be Ida which is, technically speaking, perfect! There is no filling frame in this movie. To my mind, Ida could’ve easily been a silent movie. The beauty lays in the (apparent) simplicity of the image. The actors are well chosen and the setting is amazing. This movie is a masterpiece, a bless to our eyes and it is closely followed by Leviathan, the Russian drama whose action is largely developed at a psihological level. Best Film Editing: Whiplash or The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar. It’s a must!
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Best Original Song: Glory- Selma
Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer is responsable for Interstellar’s feeling. I get goosebumps everytime I listen to its soundtrack, but I have big doubts concerning this category. Alexandre Desplat might be the lucky one.