Thursday, February 27, 2014

To Let You Win

I suppose I should post this now to give anyone who wants to participate the time to play.

It's the 3rd Annual Oscar Guessing Game®.

It was Mike who challenged me three years ago into competing in an on-line Academy Award contest, with both of us inexplicably tying for two years in a row!!! (recaps here and here.) I'd say "unheard of", but there are certain odds, I suppose that made it so.

I was also hoping with this years Oscars I could tempt Mike back into blogging for at least two entries - a pre and post Oscar entry. But since Anne Hathaway is not nominated, his dander just isn't up enough to stomp his feet and rant / rave.

(you can read his witty entries at his site - as there aren't a ton of them - entries that is, let alone witty ones.)

As it is, it looks just due to a timing issue and Mike will not be participating this year.   (sad face.) Perhaps he'll prove me wrong.

So, just like from ages 13-50, I might just be playing with myself.  {sigh}

We (710 and I - not Mike and myself)  saw about half the 'best pic' selections - though we didn't make our goal of 12 movies last year. Hell, Her was out of the theaters, lickedy-split (sp?)

As for the nominees are a few sure winners out there, but most of mine are like throwing a dart at board while blindfolded.   ....and without the prospect of beating the pants off of Mike (hehehehe), where's the fun?

That's where you come in.  Engage me. Entertain me.  You've all been invited other years, and I know Mike looks scary, but he's really harmless. You can play along.

My choices are below in red. No doubt I'll leave some comments below as to my rationale.

Best picture
"12 Years a Slave" 
"American Hustle" 
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"The Wolf of Wall Street" 

Because Hollywood has 'black guilt' and will vote that way. Not enough so that it nominated the Butler for anything, but...     I liked Gravity, but when it came down to it, the woman was tethered to the man for life support, and the man even came back from the dead to help save her.  

Hollywood's message?? : Women are nothing without men.   True that!!!!  :)

Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
David O. Russell, "American Hustle"
Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Despite my message above: Cuarón did amazing things with direction, most detail, and CGI stuff. I still love his take on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  It's rare for a director to win without taking best film, but it happened last year, so......

Lead actor
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

The man gives me the creeps but he's won everything else, so.....

Lead actress
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"

All wrapped up, though I loved Dench's performance. I always do. 

Supporting actor
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Because Jordan Catalano deserves something other than that shitty 30 Seconds from Mars group. 

Supporting actress
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Because Jennifer Lawrence won last year. 

Animated feature film
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“The Wind Rises”

Didn't see a one of them. Haven't even heard of three of them. But since CB goes on and on about some shitty songs on Frozen, and it is Disney.........

“The Grandmaster,” Philippe Le Sourd
“Gravity,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Inside Llewyn Davis,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska,” Phedon Papamichael
“Prisoners,” Roger A. Deakins

Costume design
“American Hustle,” Michael Wilkinson
“The Grandmaster,” William Chang Suk Ping
“The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin
“The Invisible Woman,” Michael O’Connor
“12 Years a Slave,” Patricia Norris

Because Christian Bale was hot in his own certain way.  : )   ...and space suits and t-shirts/underwear are not technically "costumes". 

Documentary feature
“The Act of Killing”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Dirty Wars”
“The Square” 
“20 Feet from Stardom”

100% guessing. But Hollywood loves stardom, so.....

Documentary short subject
“Facing Fear”
“Karama Has No Walls”
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”

Um.  Ummmmm.   

Film editing
“American Hustle,” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips,” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club,” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity,” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave,” Joe Walker

Foreign language film 
“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium
“The Great Beauty,” Italy
“The Hunt,” Denmark
“The Missing Picture,” Cambodia
“Omar,” Palestine

I'd rather it be Omar, but it won't be. 

Makeup and hairstyling
“Dallas Buyers Club,” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger,” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

It's never going to a Jackass movie, or the biggest box-office bomb of 2013. 

Original score
“The Book Thief,” John Williams
“Gravity,” Steven Price
“Her,” William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena,” Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks,” Thomas Newman

As much as I'd like Butler and Pallett to win, no one saw the movie.  It's going to Price because, other than voices it was the only sound in the movie - since you know, it's space.  But Price did a good job at making the music sound like there were sounds in space. You had to pull back to think that the music indicated (impeding) action. 

Original song
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Love "Happy" and if I were voting because I'm trying to win an imaginary competition, I'd select it, but it's U2 and their seemingly do-gooder persona along with a movie about a legend who died a few months ago.  Sorry Pharrell. 

Production design
“American Hustle,” Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
“Gravity,” Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
“The Great Gatsby,” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
“Her,” Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
“12 Years a Slave,” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

It was over the top - and Jay Z produced it and apparently you can't do anything without Jay Z being in-fucking-volved. 

Animated short film
“Get a Horse!”
“Mr. Hublot”
“Room on the Broom”

Um. Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm. 

Live action short film
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)”
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)”
“The Voorman Problem”

Just because I want to hear a presenter, someone like Cameron Diaz,  fuck up this pronunciation .

Sound editing
“All Is Lost,” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips,” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity,” Glenn Freemantle
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Brent Burge
“Lone Survivor,” Wylie Stateman

I don't know why - I'm just guessing. All the movie had was sound - almost no dialogue. 

Sound mixing
“Captain Phillips,” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity,” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis,” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor,” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Visual effects
“Gravity,” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger,” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness,” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

Because it's a space movie without being a sci-fi space movie. Yes, the distance between space stations is unrealistic, but it's about the visuals of the space debris hitting the International Space Station. Period. 

Adapted screenplay
“Before Midnight,” written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips,” screenplay by Billy Ray
“Philomena,” screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave,” screenplay by John Ridley
“The Wolf of Wall Street,” screenplay by Terence Winter

Because I saw it?  

Original screenplay
“American Hustle,” written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine,” written by Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club,” written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
“Her,” written by Spike Jonze
“Nebraska,” written by Bob Nelson

That's it. That's all I got. Good luck to all - if you wish to participate. No prizes other than bragging rights. Sorry.

BTW - I totally stole the title image from Mr. Mike, that he totally doctored last year!  I was actually going to make a new one but ran out of time - and possibly interest.

Song by: a-ha


Unknown said...

I do mean this with affection and respect. LMAO

Mike said...

OK, OK…enough with the pressure. I am here to reclaim my rightful Oscar crown. I am taking the lazy man's approach, just entering my (sure-to-be-correct) predictions here as a comment, instead of firing-up my own blog. But hey -- baby steps, right?

One horrible realization: I'm am going to Orlando this coming week on business…and because the weather-weenies are kicking and screaming about yet another snowstorm coming our way, I changed my Monday afternoon flight from Boston to a late Sunday night flight. Only later did i realize that this means, because of a quick layover in Atlanta, that I'll miss the ENTIRE Oscar broadcast for the first time in history. BOO HISS.

I'll rely on you, Blobby, to keep a tally of our contest (honesty counts). Here goes nothing:

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave

Alfonso Cuaron

Lead actor
Mathew McConaughey

Lead actress
Cate Blanchett

Supporting actor
Jared Leto

Supporting actress
Lupita Nyong'o


Costume design
The Great Gatsby

Documentary feature
The Act of Killing

Documentary short subject
The Lady in Number 6

Film editing

Foreign language film
The Great Beauty

Dallas Buyers Club

Original score
Saving Mr. Banks

Original Song
Ordinary Love

Production design
The Great Gatsby

Animated short film
Get a horse

Live action short film
Avant Que De Trout Perdre

Sound Editing

Sound mixing

Visual effects

Adapted screenplay
12 Years a Slave

Original screenplay
American Hustle

PS: SOOO sorry you didn't select "12 Years a Slave" as best adapted screenplay. Could be your downfall. But I'm going to assume you fall down WAAY before they announce that prize.