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86th Academy Awards: The Recap

We can close the book on 2013 now. The Oscars are over, and the winners have been announced. I won’t waste time talking about how many I got right (22), but rather am just gonna spend my time going through all the categories and talking about the decisions and everything that happened. (I already live-blogged the ceremony. So there’s no need to go back over that.)

I was very pleased with how the ceremony turned out, even though it was pretty much as-expected, with no surprises whatsoever (the only surprises being that certain things we hoped would happen actually did happen and weren’t spoiled). The show clocked in the same time as last year, 3 hours and 35 minutes. And that’s even with all the added fat they put onto it (Pink, Bette Midler). And they didn’t play anyone off. Good for them.

Oh, and one more thing before I get into the recap — now’s a good time for me to remind everyone of my Oscar Trivia article that I posted two years ago. It’s a giant article with a bunch of facts and trivia and such, the likes of which probably don’t exist in a single place anywhere else. (Probably. Not that I’m bragging or anything.) I keep updating it before and after each ceremony, and keep adding things every time I find them out or think of them. If you like the Oscars and you like trivia, you’ll like that article.

So anyway, let’s get into the recap of the Oscars: (more…)


86th Academy Awards Live-Blog

So I sat down to watch the Oscars and decided to live-blog it.

So, here is everything I wrote down while watching the Oscars:

The Live-Blog

Monologue was all right. Mostly safe, but it worked. Not a fan of Ellen as a host.

The crowd is lively. I like it.

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Classy speech. Good job. (more…)


Oscars 2013: The Winners

Here’s a quick list of winners for the Oscars:

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity 

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave (more…)


Oscars 2013: The Quick Picks

All right, here’s an abridged version of all my Oscar picks. Basically — what I’m picking, what I want to win, what you should pick, and what will win if my pick doesn’t win (the alternate, essentially). I’ll write a brief blurb underneath explaining the deal with the category.

Oh, and here’s a link to the giant picks article. For reference.

So anyway, here are the picks: (more…)


Oscars 2013: Picks, Votes, Analysis, Rankings

It’s that time again.

For some reason, during the most competitive (at least, Best Picture-wise) year in a long time, I find myself less excited about this night than I have been in a while. Honestly, I think it’s because most of the technical awards are pretty much sewn up. It takes the element of surprise out of most of the night and saves it for the very end, as opposed to knowing the end and being excited along the way.

I’m also glad I’m out doing this on my own. I don’t even want to think about the kind of bitterness and hatred and blind campaigning that’s going on at all those Oscar blogs and sites I used to read.

This will be the same as every year. I’ll guess each category. What I think will win, what I think its main competition is, what the spoiler is, what I’m picking, and what you should probably pick if you want to win your Oscar pool. I also color-code everything to make it as easy to follow as possible.

I’m expecting to do pretty horribly this year. If I can manage 16 correct, I’ll be pleased. So take my opinions as they are: opinions. I have no idea what’s going to happen. Let me also specify that while this (obviously) is all my personal opinion it also will not include my personal opinion. This is all what I think will happen. Whether or not I think that’s a good decision is something else entirely. I’m in the picking business, not the deciding business. I also don’t need to know your opinion. I have a difficult enough time deciding my own as to who’s gonna win. More would be chaos.

So, with that, let’s roll up the sleeves: (more…)


My Favorite Moments in the 2013 Best Picture Nominees: The Wolf of Wall Street

Our final Best Picture nominee is The Wolf of Wall Street.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from The Wolf of Wall Street:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2013 Best Picture Nominees: 12 Years a Slave

Our next Best Picture nominee is 12 Years a Slave.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from 12 Years a Slave:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2013 Best Picture Nominees: Philomena

Our next Best Picture nominee is Philomena.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Philomena:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2013 Best Picture Nominees: Nebraska

Our next Best Picture nominee is Nebraska.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Nebraska:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2013 Best Picture Nominees: Her

Our next Best Picture nominee is Her.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Her:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2013 Best Picture Nominees: Gravity

Our next Best Picture nominee is Gravity.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Gravity:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2013 Best Picture Nominees: Dallas Buyers Club

Our next Best Picture nominee is Dallas Buyers Club.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Dallas Buyers Club:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2013 Best Picture Nominees: Captain Phillips

Our next Best Picture nominee is Captain Phillips.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Captain Phillips:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2013 Best Picture Nominees: American Hustle

This has become an annual tradition now. It’s one of my favorites.

Every hour, for the next 9 hours, I’m going to post my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition, and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

We begin with American Hustle:

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Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Picture

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is the big one — Best Picture. (more…)


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Director

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Director. (more…)


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Actor

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Actor. (more…)


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Actress

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Actress. (more…)


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Supporting Actor

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Supporting Actor. (more…)


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Supporting Actress

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today, we’re doing Best Supporting Actress, which seems like it has an obvious winner, but we still have to sweat it down to the wire, just because we’re never quite sure if the Academy will revert back to “safe” choices. (more…)


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Original Screenplay

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Original Screenplay. You know, the other screenplay category. (more…)


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Adapted Screenplay

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today, we do Best Adapted Screenplay. Which… yeah. (more…)


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Cinematography

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Cinematography, probably my favorite category. (We’re assuming the big six don’t count, since they’re their own thing. But outside of those six, this is my favorite category.) I love it. I love cinematography. As we all should. We like when films look beautiful. I have 32,000 screenshots rotating on my desktop, and almost all of them are there because of the work of a cinematographer. And, despite what this category is slowly becoming, it’s still the best for me, since what better and more pure thing to argue than which film was the most beautiful? (more…)


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Editing

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Editing, a category that could illuminate which way Best Picture is going to go. Or it could go whichever way it wants, or go the way we expect it to go, and still possibly tell us which way Best Picture is going to go. You never really know. (more…)