2015 Oscar Winners Thoughts

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So I watched the Academy Awards last night (OBVIOUSLY) and despite some mixed reception (which I will discuss another time), I really enjoyed it.  Most of the awards given out were the right choices (in my opinion) and I was generally satisfied.  Let’s do a quick overview of the winners, shall we?

Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
I called it and I’m happy.  In a perfect world, Whiplash would have won, but I knew that was never going to happen.

Best Directing: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
I thought Richard Linklater would take it for Boyhood, but I’m cool with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu winning.

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
All I can say is, THANK GOD.  I wanted Eddie to win so bad; this was definitely the most tense moment for me of the night!

Best Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Excellent choice.  I knew she would win and it was well deserved.

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
So obvious, his was the most locked in of the night and again, VERY DESERVED.

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
I’m happy with this; I knew she was going to win, and I’m glad.  Her role was almost more of a main role than it was supporting.

Best Original Screenplay: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
I knew this was going to win, and definitely a good choice.

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game
This one was a shock to me as I thought Whiplash would win, but hey, Imitation Game was a good film.

Best Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6
I am utterly disgusted by this choice and by the fact that majority of the Academy who voted for this hadn’t seen the other films or even cared really.  Something needs to be changed with the voting process, or here’s a crazy idea…actually have people vote who understand and appreciate animation.  That’s like asking someone who HATES country music pick the best country music of the year…like what the?  Big Hero 6 was a fucking travesty of a film.  Yes, my feelings are strong.  The winner should have been either Song of the Sea or The Tale of Princess Kaguya.  If you had seen them, you would know that either one deserved the win.  It would have been like if Birdman had lost to Guardians of the Galaxy for Best Picture.  The rage inside me…the rage.

Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Definitely okay with this; I saw Ida and it was good.  I didn’t see the other nominees, but only because they were almost impossible to see.  It begs the question…did the academy voters only see Ida like myself because the other ones were impossible to find?  If so, that is terrible.

Best Documentary Feature: CitizenFour
Only saw two of the five nominated, but CitizenFour was excellent, so I’m okay with this.

Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
Shocked on this one as I thought Johann Johannsson’s score for The Theory of Everything would win; however, my second favourite score was The Grand Budapest Hotel, and dammit, Desplat needed a win!!!  I am so happy for him because he is easily in my Top 5 composers of all time.

Best Original Song: Glory from Selma
Meh, this song was just so-so for me, but I knew it was going to win.  I would have wanted “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from the film “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” to win, but again, I knew that would never happen, and that’s okay.

Best Sound Editing: American Sniper
Disappointed that Interstellar did not win in this category…but American Sniper is also a good choice.

Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash
Thank goodness Whiplash won in this category.  This movie SOUNDS amazing.

Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Well deserved, but it is typically West Anderson stuff here.  I would have preferred Interstellar to have won.

Best Cinematography: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
I knew this was going to win, but I was sort of cheering for Ida.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wanted Foxcatcher to win, but hey, The Grand Budapest Hotel is another good choice.

Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Excellent choice, exactly what I wanted.

Best Film Editing: Whiplash
Woo!!!  More for Whiplash?  I’m happy!  Loved that this won in this category; however, I did think that Boyhood was going to win.

Best Visual Effects: Interstellar
Thank God, lol.  Seriously.

That pretty much sums it up!  I really enjoyed the show, not a lot of memorable moments, and I wished that there would have been a Robin Williams tribute, but hey, I can’t have everything.  Can’t wait for the Tony’s and the Emmy’s next!!!

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