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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:

The Wolf of Wall Street - Title Card (more…)


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:

12 Years a Slave - Title Card (more…)