I haven’t got the time to watch Selma and Wild, and I’m not going to comment on them yet. Maybe I’ll do it another day, long after the Oscars 2015. Not a big deal, I suppose. None of them are big favorites for the Best Picture, and Selma, for sample, doesn’t have a nomination on other important categories either. Too bad for them.
All in all, it wasn’t a spectacular year for Oscars. There is one exception though, The Grand Budapest Hotel, my only full 10 on the whole eight nominees. This is the closest to a spectacular movie, I loved Wes Anderson’s minutious assembling, I loved the story, the action, and the play. It won the Golden Globe for best comedy & musical, which is rarely a ticket for Oscar. The Academy members who vote for this category are producers who vote for themselves and the lobby seems to be what counts more than the movie itself. I suspect American Sniper has the greater chance only because Clint Eastwood is one of the most respected producers in Hollywood at the moment and the movie wasn’t that bad. The problem with it was that it wasn’t a movie I necessarily wanted to watch. I watched it for review and for sheer curiosity, because it was too praised by establishment puppets and contested by “independents”.like Chomsky. I do not trust Mr. Chomsky anymore, after the enormous gaffe of sustaining and supporting “The Arab Spring”, the “freeing new markets” hidden directed concerto.
Very god performance for Bradley Cooper, I don’t care about the other movie veridicity contestants, claiming that the sniper’s personal life was less cleaner than showed on screen. Doesn’t matter. Bad luck for Cooper. I think this is the closest race for Best Actor, all of them are really god. Steve Carell as du Pont, Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawkings, Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, and the Golden Globe winner for comedy & musical, Michael Keaton. Keaton wasn’t spectacular. The favorite seems to be Redmayne, he has already a BAFTA, the SAG and the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama, so his red carpet to the Academy Award seems to be clean.
For the girls, the great favorite seems to be Julianne Moore in Still Alice. I don’t know if any of the others can top her performance. Rosamund Pike is nominated for starring in a very praised production, David Fincher (with his clearly marked fan base, similar to Tarantino’s) and all, best selling novel, blah, blah. Nor the movie, nor the girl’s act are in my heart.
Reese Witherspoon and Marion Cotillard are nothing more than we know them (I’ve partially watched some of their performance even if I haven’t watched the whole movies), great lobby for them, I suppose, they are Oscar winners, so they are “proved”. Not even the slighter chance for Felicity Jones, I don’t consider that to be an Oscar nominee’s performance.
For the supporting actor, J.K. Simmons is the great favorite, even if Mark Rufallo is coming close. Simmons won a lot of the other awards. It’s “written”, like Moore.
Supporting actress award seems to be already in Patricia Arquette‘s hands. Not bad, of course, but Emma Stone was also very good in her few minutes of acting.
Best Directing will be hard to decide, Richard Linklater, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and Wes Anderson are favorites, the first for his tenacity and effort, otherwise for a movie without a proper plot and extremely boring, the second and the third for a really catchy presentation, both of them very artful. My favorite is Wes Anderson, but in the last five years, my favorite has not coincided with the winners.
I have to come back to Best Picture. Boyhood won BAFTA, Birdman won SAG (actually the actors team won the award, so it has nothing to do with producing). I understand all the idea of that boring movie, it depicts life as it is, sometimes boring for the ones not living it, not spectacular or really great.
I have been very rudely asked what is “puerile” in Whiplash. I didn’t bother to answer there, but I’ll answer here. If throwing with heavy objects toward a big band member, risking to hurt him and others just because your drum stick beats once a quarter of a second faster (and wow, what a cat’s hearing has that maniac) is puerile. To show bloody hands after drum practice is puerile, to want to participate in the contest after your car has been crashed in an accident which turned it upside down is puerile, to be afraid all the time you’ll be dismissed from your dream, breaking up with your girlfriend because you’re “believing” she’ll distract you from being “perfect” is puerile, to live continuously under stress (not really knowing you’re very good, you’re actually the best in your position), to accept to perform again with the maniac is puerile, and all the movie’s final is puerile. Anyway, I have expressed my opinion in the presentation post.
Have a nice evening or morning, watching the Oscars!
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