2015 Oscars Predictions

The Oscars!  One of my favorite times of the year!  It was tough predicting the awards this year but I have narrowed down the nominees that I believe will win. It will be a toss up between Boyhood and Birdman for Best Picture but I think Boyhood will prevail.  Some story goes to the Best Director Category but I think Richard Linklater (Boyhood) will beat out Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman).  The acting categories are pretty much locked in besides Best Actor.  I believe Michael Keaton will win for Birdman but Eddie Redmayne will give him a run for his money for his performance in The Theory of Everything.  I wouldn't be upset if either of them won, they both gave amazing performances.

2014 was a great year for films and this should make it an interesting night for the Oscars.  So without further ado, here are my predictions for this years Oscars!


Ellar Coltrane growing up in Boyhood

Ellar Coltrane growing up in Boyhood

Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Ellar Coltrane (left) and Richard Linklater (right) on the set of Boyhood

Ellar Coltrane (left) and Richard Linklater (right) on the set of Boyhood

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
**“Boyhood” Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
“The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum

Michael Keaton in Birdman

Michael Keaton in Birdman

Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
**Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
**J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”

Julianne Moore in Still Alice

Julianne Moore in Still Alice

Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
**Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”

Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood

Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood

Supporting Actress
**Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Laura Dern in “Wild”
Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”

Animated Feature
“Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
“The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
**“How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
“Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Adapted Screenplay
“American Sniper” Written by Jason Hall
“The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore
“Inherent Vice” Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Theory of Everything” Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
**“Whiplash” Written by Damien Chazelle

Original Screenplay
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
“Boyhood” Written by Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
**“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
“Nightcrawler” Written by Dan Gilroy

**“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
“Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
“Mr. Turner” Dick Pope
“Unbroken” Roger Deakins

Costume Design
**“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
“Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
“Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
“Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
“Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran

Documentary Feature
**“CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
“Finding Vivian Maier” John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
“Last Days in Vietnam” Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
“The Salt of the Earth” Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
“Virunga” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
“Joanna” Aneta Kopacz
**“Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
“The Reaper (La Parka)” Gabriel Serra Arguello
“White Earth” J. Christian Jensen

Film Editing
“American Sniper” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
“Boyhood” Sandra Adair
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling
“The Imitation Game” William Goldenberg
**“Whiplash” Tom Cross

Foreign Language Film
**“Ida” Poland
“Leviathan” Russia
“Tangerines” Estonia
“Timbuktu” Mauritania
“Wild Tales” Argentina

Makeup and Hairstyling
“Foxcatcher” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
**“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Original Score
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat
“The Imitation Game” Alexandre Desplat
“Interstellar” Hans Zimmer
“Mr. Turner” Gary Yershon
**“The Theory of Everything” Jóhann Jóhannsson

Original Song
**“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

“Glory” from “Selma”
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Production Design
**“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“The Imitation Game” Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
“Interstellar” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
“Into the Woods” Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“Mr. Turner” Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Animated Short Film
“The Bigger Picture” Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
“The Dam Keeper” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
**“Feast” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
“Me and My Moulton” Torill Kove
“A Single Life” Joris Oprins

Live Action Short Film
“Aya” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
**“Boogaloo and Graham” Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)” Hu Wei and Julien Féret
“Parvaneh” Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
“The Phone Call” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Sound Editing
“American Sniper” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
**“Interstellar” Richard King
“Unbroken” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Sound Mixing
“American Sniper” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
**“Interstellar” Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
“Unbroken” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
“Whiplash” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Visual Effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
**“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
“Interstellar” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

Matt's Top 10 Films of 2014

It's been a great year for film! I made a list of my favorite films and narrowed it down to ten.  Here is my list of top ten movies of 2014.

10. Blue Ruin

One of the best low budget indie films I saw this year. I had no knowledge of the film when viewing it.  I heard great things about it from several movie podcasts and ended up loving it. I won't say much about it but it's a brutal revenge film with blood to fill your screen.

Ways to Watch: Netflix, VOD, Blu-ray

Blue Ruin Trailer

9. Starred Up

This is one of the lasts films I watched before I put my list together and it snuck in at number 9. A prison film about the  relationship between a father and son. Amazing performances from Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn. Mendelsohn is a very underrated actor and shines in this film. Another great indie to check out but I recommend putting on subtitles because a lot of the cast use heavy British accents.

Ways to Watch: Amazon Instant Video, VOD

Starred Up Trailer


8. Edge of Tomorrow

I would say this is the most underrated and underappreciated movie of the year.  It was marketed horribly and did terrible at the box office.  This is a smart, funny and action packed movie that is designed like Groundhogs Day where a man is living the same day over and over having the chance to save humankind.  Please give this movie a chance!

Ways to Watch: VOD, Blu-ray

Edge of Tomorrow Trailer


7. Birdman

This is a unique film that does something that is rarely seen movies. It was shot as if its one continuous take. The camera work is absolutely stunning, complete with great performances from its ensemble cast especially Michael Keaton. I'd say he is the frontrunner for Best Actor at the Oscars this year.

Ways to Watch: In Theaters

Birdman Trailer

6. The Babadook

It was a very disappointing year for horror movies but one stood out above them all, The Babadook. It is a low budget indie horror/thriller that came from Australia that almost didn't finish getting made if it wasn't for a last minute Kick starter campaign. Don't let him in...

Ways to Watch: VOD

The Babadook Trailer


5. Boyhood

This is the most ambitious movie of 2014 that took an incredible 12 years to make.  The story follows a young boy and his family over the course of a decade or so. You watch these actors mature throughout the movie, aging right before your eyes.  Richard Linklater, writer and director, is a great storyteller and this film will go down as one the greatest cinematic achievements ever. This is currently the frontrunner for Best Picture for the Oscars.

Ways to Watch: VOD, Bluray

Boyhood Trailer


4. Interstellar

Christopher Nolan is a director that isn't afraid to go big.  Interstellar was big in every way possible creating one the best science fiction films this year.  The visual effects still amaze me because Nolan wants it to look as real as possible by using as little CGI as he can. I had that chance to watch Interstellar on a 70mm IMAX screen and holy shit was it amazing.  Nolan wants to give the audience an experience when watching his movies and he certainly delivers with this film.

Ways to Watch: In theaters

Interstellar Trailer


3. Guardians of the Galaxy

At the beginning of the 2014, I would have never guessed this movie would be the highest grossing film of the year with $333 million. Guardians of the Galaxy was so entertaining that it brought me back to the theater a second time. It was hilarious and gave a great introduction to these unknown Marvel comic book super heroes. I can only hope that one day we will see them on the same screen as the Avengers.

Ways to Watch: VOD, Bluray

Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer


2.  Whiplash

I didn't care for Jazz music until I watched this movie about a guy enrolled in an elite music school in hopes to become a great jazz drummer.  He is pushed to extreme by a prestigious teacher who wants nothing but the best.  Miles Teller and JK Simmons are electric on screen together and Simmons gives a powerful yet scary performance. The director, Damien Chazelle, is very young at the age of 29 and he is a bright future ahead of him.

Ways to Watch: VOD soon, Bluray 2\24

Whiplash Trailer


1.  Nightcrawler

What a year for Jake Gyllenhaal! He was in two great movies giving 3 fantastic performances. Yes, 3. He had two roles in Enemy which was an honorable mention. He was amazing in Nightcrawler and it was my favorite performance this year. He character was scummy, creepy and manipulative which made him so interesting to watch.  Nightcrawler is a satire of the media and how they report the news.  I knew after I saw this film that it would be hard to beat as my favorite film in 2014.  

Ways to Watch: VOD soon, Bluray 2\10

Nightcrawler Trailer


There are my top ten films of 2014.  Here are some honorable mentions.

The Lego Movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Cheap Thrills, Under the Skin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Locke, Neighbors, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Snowpiercer, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Frank, Gone Girl, St. Vincent, John Wick, American Sniper