89th Academy Awards predictions

Quick post this year, nothing too elaborate like last year’s! Just my predicted winners. This is not what I want to happen, mind you.

Best Original Screenplay — La La Land (I’m copying that right now and getting ready to paste it many, many times.)

Best Adapted Screenplay — Hidden Figures

Best Visual Effects — The Jungle Book

Best Sound Mixing — La La Land

Best Sound Editing — La La Land

Best Live Action Short — Sing

Best Animated Short — Pearl

Best Production Design — La La Land

Best Original Song — “Audition” from La La Land

Best Original Score — La La Land

Best Makeup and Hairstyling — Suicide Squad

Best Foreign Language Film — Toni Erdmann

Best Film Editing — La La Land

Best Documentary (Short) — Watani: My Homeland

Best Documentary (Feature) — O.J.: Made in America

Best Directing — La La Land

Best Costume Design — La La Land

Best Cinematography — La La Land

Best Animated Feature — Zootopia

Best Supporting Actress — Naomi Harris

Best Supporting Actor — Dev Patel

Best Actress — Emma Stone

Best Actor — Casey Affleck

Best Picture — La La Land

Not a Review: TOM JONES

Tom Jones — ★★★☆

Before I got busy in the last few days, and my blog briefly became inaccessible for reasons unknown to me, causing me to miss a day of posting, I watched a new-to-me Best Picture winner: the English sex comedy/costume farce Tom Jones (1963), starring Albert Finney.

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How my Oscar bracket failed in the right ways

Did anyone have a worse Oscar bracket than me? I got a mere 8 out of 24 picks correct! But I actually feel pretty good about the ways in which I was wrong. Here’s a run-down of my shameful failures and the silver linings I’m finding in them:

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Results for the 5th Flickcharters’ Choice Awards

A while back I posted about a ballot you could vote on for the Flickchart Awards, and now the results are in. I wasn’t thrilled with some of the nominee fields, but given what we had to work with, I think it turned out OK. Here are the winners: http://www.flickchart.com/blog/the-5th-annual-flickcharters-choice-awards-winners/

Contributed to a Favorite Best Picture post on Flickchart

I happen to have the same favorite Best Picture winner as the American Film Institute AND the weighted majority of Flickcharters. I wrote about it for our Best of the Best Picture piece, which you can see here: http://www.flickchart.com/blog/the-best-of-the-best-picture-winners-ranked/

Vote in the 5th Annual Flickcharters’ Choice Awards

I was a nominator, but only one of dozens. I helped get Jurassic World on the Worst Of shortlist, but I couldn’t get any of the prestige dramas on the Best Picture list. Check it out and vote as best you can by following the link at the bottom: http://www.flickchart.com/blog/vote-now-for-the-5th-annual-flickcharters-choice-awards/

Flickchart post about new Oscars categories

I contributed to this piece on Oscars categories we wish existed. If the length of the broadcast could accommodate them, that is.

Would adding these categories improve the Oscars, or just make a long show longer?

Posted by Flickchart on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

88th Academy Awards predictions

I already posted my personal picks for the major categories, irrespective of actual qualification requirements or, goodness knows, likelihood. Those can be seen by clicking here. Now it’s time to predict what will happen at the 88th Academy Awards for films from 2015. I’ll go whole hog and predict every category.

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The Best of 2015

Chloë Moretz in CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
Chloë Moretz in CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

A few of these may not be eligible for the real awards, but let’s ignore Oscar guidelines for now; we’ll do a separate post predicting the actual winners. These are the Best of 2015 as I see it.

Best Picture: Clouds of Sils Maria — ★★★★ — See my Flickchart review here. I neglected to compare it to Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, but the similarities are great. A quick edit may be in order before the Oscar nominations make the review relevant again. Kristen Stewart is getting the buzz, thanks in part to Cannes voters’ enthusiasm for her performance, but my own preference is seen in the picture above.

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