I’ll take it! I guessed 11 out of 24 categories correct. That’s better than I did last year, when I only got 8.
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
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.
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:
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/
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/
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/
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.
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.