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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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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An unusually relevant Reel Rumble, and today’s news

I’d like to do more Reel Rumble pieces for Flickchart that feature two current movies. It’s a good way of putting our own spin on reviews. The problem is that I’d have to see more new movies, and I prefer watching older ones. But perhaps in 2016 I’ll make an effort to do a few more like this.

The Hateful Eight vs The Revenant

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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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