A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Amy, Bear, Bridge of Spies, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, Son of Saul, Spectre, Spotlight, Stutterer, The Big Short, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, The Revenant
You know that one lyric Statler and Walforf always sing in the theme to The Muppet Show about watching the show despite how boring it is in their opinion, their opinion on that aforementioned show is exactly how I felt watching last night’s Academy Awards ceremony 🙂 The only difference is The Muppet Show (not the new one, but I love that one too) is a work of genius and the Oscar show (this year’s included) is just a complete bore. Maybe I watch just to see If my predictions are correct and this year seemed to be no exception. I apologize If that sentiment sounded arrogant because I am not trying to come off that way, but If Hollywood can have one night of self-congratulation then so can I 🙂 I do not know how everybody else felt about Chris Rock hosting the Oscars, but I was bored out of my mind. I can’t blame him because hosting an Awards ceremony does grant one a paycheck, but I do not think their was anything memorable about last night’s ceremony. The only bright spots for me was seeing Mad Max: Fury Road take home six technical awards and Inside Out taking home the prize for Best Animated Film. The rest was not even close. Now without further ado, here is how I kept track of last night’s results below 🙂
7:30-7:54: Best Original Screenplay went to the boring Spotlight and the speech by the winners was typically preachy considering that it is a message movie. The Big Short won Best Adapted Screenplay and while the speech was not as unbearably bad, it was still just as sanctimonious. So far 2/24 predictions correct.
7:57-8:14: The song from Spectre was sung and Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl. Her speech was short and sweet which was relieving. So far 3/24 predictions correct.
8:18-8:30: Nothing much to say except I was correct on all three predictions this time since I predicted that it would be any of the nominees. Aside from that, I was more than happy to see one of my favorite films of the year Mad Max: Fury Road take home the prizes for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Makeup. 6/24 predictions correct.
8:34-8:43: Emmanuel Lubezki won the prize for Best Cinematography for The Revenant and Margaret Sixel won the prize for Best Film Editing for Mad Max: Fury Road. As with the other speeches for this film, I loved her speech and also because Mad Max: Fury Road is such a great film ☺ 8/24 predictions correct.
8:47-9:01: The Prizes for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing went to Mad Max: Fury Road (Yay) and the prize for Best Visual Effects went to Ex Machina (Boo). As with some of the other ones, I predicted that any of the nominated films in these categories would win so I now have 11/24 predictions correct.
9:05-9:18: The Annoying Minions presented the award for Best Animated Short that went to Bear. Toy Story’s Woody and Buzz presented the award for Best Animated Film which thankfully went to Inside Out which was another one of my favorite films of 2015 ☺ I love the speech the winners gave and it was very inspiring too ☺ 13/24 predictions correct.
9:22-9:33: My first incorrect prediction of the night. The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies. His performance might have been good, but the film itself was disappointing.
9:37-9:45: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness won Best Documentary Short and Amy won Best Documentary. Since I predicted that all of the films nominated in those categories would win, I am correct once again twice. 15/24 predictions correct.
9:48-9:59: Nothing much except Chris Rock showing that his two daughters girl scout team raised a lot of money with their cookie sales. Footage is shown from an awards show in November that honored Gene Rowlands, Spike Lee and Debbie Reynolds. We were also given a montage of every celebrity who died in 2015.
10:03-10:16: Stutterer wins Best Live Action Short and Son of Saul wins Best Foreign Language Film. Again, I predicted that either of the nominees would win here so I got two more right predictions. 17/24 predictions correct. Joe Biden’s appearance introducing Lady Gaga’s Oscar nominated song and the song itself was a complete bore.
10:19-10:32: Ennio Morricone wins the prize for Best Original Score for The Hateful Eight while the song from Spectre wins the prize for Best Original Song. 19/24 predictions correct.
10:35-10:40: The Oscar for Best Director goes to Alejandro G. Inarritu for The Revenant which is a film I did not care for. 20/24 predictions correct.
10:42-10:49: Brie Larson wins Best Actress for Room. 21/24 predictions correct.
10:51-11:02: Leonardo DiCaprio wins Best Actor and Spotlight wins Best Picture. As with Inarritu and DiCaprio’s speeches, the speeches of the winners for Spotlight were long-winded and boring in different ways that made me cringe. 23/24 predictions correct.
Overall, I got 23/24 predictions correct. Not bad 🙂 Next to each Best Picture nominee below is how many awards it won:
The Big Short– 1 Win (Best Adapted Screenplay)
Bridge of Spies- 1 Win (Best Supporting Actor)
Brooklyn- 0 Wins
Mad Max: Fury Road- 6 Wins (Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing)
The Martian- 0 Wins
The Revenant- 3 Wins (Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography)
Room- 1 Win (Best Actress)
Spotlight- 2 Wins (Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay)