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Oscars 2017 Winners

Did you guess the winners? Are you disappointed by the results? See the full list of winners here.

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Oscars 2017 Nominations

What are your picks for this year’s Academy Awards? Check out the full list here and decide.

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Oscars 2016 results

Find out this years Oscar wins, losses and snubs right here.

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Oscars 2016 Nominations

Is this the year that Leonardo DiCaprio has been waiting for or will the Oscar go to someone else? Will Mad Max: Fury Road race off with the award for Best Picture? Check out the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards right now and see what you think.

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Oscar Nominations 2013

Check out this years Oscar nominations and let me know who you think is going to win or who you think should have been nominated in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to vote on your favourite film award ceremony at the end of the post.

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Oscar Predictions

I didn’t want to do another post about the Oscars until they were closer, but then I thought about how hard I’d kick myself if all my predictions are right and I have no evidence of making them, so here we are.  Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short and just stick to the categories I understand most and tomorrows post will be something much more interesting.

Best Picture
‘The Artist’ – It’s that I think it’s better than the others in the category; it’s just a gut feeling.  If I’m honest it’s not even the one I would like to see win, it’s just the one I think will get it.

Actor in a Leading Role
George Clooney ‘The Descendants’ – Again, it’s just a feeling I have and doesn’t necessarily represent who I’d like to see win the award.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Jonah Hill ‘Moneyball’ – My only reasoning for this one is ‘why not Jonah Hill’ you go think about that.

Actress in a Leading Role
Meryl Streep ‘Iron Lady’ – Though I think Rooney Mara should win, I feel that the academy will vote in favour of Meryl Streep.

Actress in a Supporting Role
Melissa McCarthy ‘Bridesmaids’ – I really think she deserves it, but that doesn’t mean that she has a chance, though getting nominated is a good start and I hope she gets it.

Animated Feature Film
‘Rango’ – Johnny Depp is in it, it’s going to win.

Art Direction
‘The Artist’ – It has the word art in the title, it’s like destiny.

Cinematography
‘The Tree of Life’ – For this one I asked my friend, who studied Cinematography, so if you put money on it and lose, take it up with him.

Directing
Michel Hazanavicius ‘The Artist’ – If I keep guessing ‘The Artist’ I’m bound to get it at least once, right?

I know there are plenty of other categories, but to avoid this post being as long as the nominations one, I’m going to leave it there.  One final point though, Tintin should have been nominated for Animated Feature Film, it was robbed.

Those are my wacky theories, what are yours?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, unless you don’t like this post.


The 2012 Oscar Nominees

This years marks the 84th annual Academy Awards Ceremony, which will take place on the 26th of February.  The Oscar will be hosted by Billy Crystal, after Eddie Murphy stepped down.  Take a look at the full list of the nominations below and leave a comment saying who you would like to see win.

BEST PICTURE

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

‘The Help’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘Moneyball’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

Actor in a Leading Role

Demián Bichir ‘A Better Life’

George Clooney ‘The Descendants’

Jean Dujardin ‘The Artist’

Gary Oldman ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

Brad Pitt ‘Moneyball’

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Jonah Hill ‘Moneyball’

Nick Nolte ‘Warrior’

Christopher Plummer ‘Beginners’

Max von Sydow ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close ‘Albert Nobbs’

Viola Davis ‘The Help’

Rooney Mara ‘The Girl with the Drag on Tattoo’

Meryl Streep ‘The Iron Lady’

Michelle Williams ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo ‘The Artist’

Jessica Chastain ‘The Help’

Melissa McCarthy ‘Bridesmaids’

Janet McTeer ‘Albert Nobbs’

Octavia Spencer ‘The Help’

Animated Feature Film
‘A Cat in Paris’

‘Chico & Rita’

‘Kung Fu Panda 2’

‘Puss in Boots’

‘Rango’

ART DIRECTION

‘The Artist’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘War Horse’

CINEMATOGRAPHY

‘The Artist’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

COSTUME DESIGN

‘Anonymous’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Jane Eyre’

‘W.E.’

DIRECTING

Michel Hazanavicius ‘The Artist’

Alexander Payne ‘The Descendants’

Martin Scorsese ‘Hugo’

Woody Allen ‘Midnight in Paris’

Terrence Malick ‘The Tree of Life’

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

‘Hell and Back Again’

‘If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front’

‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’

‘Pina’

‘Undefeated’

Documentary Short Subject

‘The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement’

‘God Is the Bigger Elvis’

‘Incident in New Baghdad’

‘Saving Face’

‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’

FILM EDITING

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

Foreign Language Film

‘Bullhead’ (Belgium)

‘Footnote’ (Israel)

‘In Darkness’ (Poland)

‘Monsieur Lazhar’ (Canada)

‘A Separation’ (Iran)

MAKEUP

‘Albert Nobbs’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘The Iron Lady’

Music (Original Score)

‘The Adventures of Tintin’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

‘War Horse’

Music (Original Song)

‘Man or Muppet’ The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

‘Real in Rio’ Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Short Film (Animated)

‘Dimanche/Sunday’

‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

‘La Luna’

‘A Morning Stroll’

‘Wild Life’

Short Film (Live Action)

‘Pentecost’

‘Raj u’

‘The Shore’

‘Time Freak’

‘Tuba Atlantic’

SOUND EDITING

‘Drive’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

SOUND MIXING

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

VISUAL EFFECTS

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Real Steel’

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

What do you think?  Who would you like to see win?  Are you favourite actors or films there?  Is there anyone you just know is going to win?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.  If you want to follow me on Twitter my profile is https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1, I follow back providing it’s not spam.


Oscar Trivia

Tomorrow is the day that they reveal the Oscar nominations so today I thought it’d be fun to learn a little Oscar trivia.

Though it is a great honour, in the entertainment industry, to win an Oscar, three people have refused the Oscar.  The first was Dudley Nichols, a writer who refused on the basis that there was a writers strike going on against the film studios.  The second was George C. Scott, who said that the politics around the awards made the whole thing demeaning.  He also added that the ceremony was a ‘two hour big meat parade’.  The third person to turn down an Oscar was Marlon Brando, a year after Scott.  He won for The Godfather and rejected the Oscar due to the poor depiction of Native Americans by Hollywood.

People who win Oscars must sign an agreement stating they will not sell the Oscar.  This is called The Winners Agreement.

Actress Maggie Smith won an Oscar by playing an Oscar losing actress in California Suite.

The Best Picture award once went to an X-rated movie, Midnight Cowboy.

Walt Disney has received the most Oscar nominations to a single person.

Hopefully this trivia will tide you over until the nominations are released tomorrow.

Are you excited about the Oscars?  Do you watch them?  Which is your favourite piece of Oscar trivia?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, if you liked this post.


The Oscar Winners 2011

Winning an Oscar is pretty much the best thing that can happen to an actor, director or anyone in the film industry.  The winners are selected by other members of that field e.g. Best Director is picked by directors.  It’s basically like all your co-workers saying ‘you’re the best’.  It’s the high point of their career, they’ve peaked and it’s all downhill from there.  With the exception of those who win multiple Oscars, those bastards.

Here are the results of some of the more well known categories:

Best Picture
The Kings Speech

Best Director
Tom Hooper – The Kings Speech

Best Actor
Colin Firth – The Kings Speech

 Best Actress
Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Melissa Leo’s speech was interesting; she managed to say the ‘F’ word on, what’s probably, the most elegant event there is.  This is the first year that I’ve actually watched the Oscars, granted I didn’t get to see it all because of the time difference, but I’ll catch a repeat.  To be honest, I was expecting it to be overly formal and boring, but it wasn’t (which is a good thing).  I’ve annoyed people all day, as I desperately try to describe the opening clip that, hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway made.  It was hilarious, but the funniest part was Franco’s grandmother who stood up and proclaimed ‘I seen Marky Marky’.

Do you agree with the results?  Leave a comment and vote below.


New Grit

True Grit was originally a book by Charles Portis.  In 1969, a year after the books release, a movie adaptation was made, this movie starred John Wayne as, a character with true grit, Reuben (Rooster) Cogburn.  John Wayne won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award (Oscar) for his performance; this was the only time, in his entire career, that Wayne got an Oscar.  Although the book was a standalone story, the movie had two sequels.  The first, of these sequels, also starred John Wayne and followed the same basic story as its predecessor.  The second, on the other hand, starred Warren Oates; this sequel was made-for-TV, which shows the decline in popularity from the first, which did so well, and its sequels.

The 2010 version is not just a simple remake.  It’s the reopening of a genre of movie that hasn’t really been explored in film lately; hopefully it will be more successful than when Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino brought back Grindhouse.  Even if you’re not a fan of westerns, it’ll be interesting to see how modern technology affects the genre.

The movie is about a fourteen year old girl called Mattie, who hires Cogburn, an aging US marshal, to help catch Tom Chaney, the man that killed her father.  Mattie is determined to go along on the search, even though Cogburn tries to stop her.  A Texas Ranger called La Boeuf, is also looking for Chaney and goes along with Mattie and Cogburn, against Mattie’s will.

This version is closer to the book than the first one.  The book is narrated by Mattie, as an old woman who is retelling the events of how she avenged her father’s death.  The new movie is also narrated by an older Mattie, but this was left out of the original movie, possibly to leave it open for sequels.

The new True Grit, and its cast, has already been nominated for many awards, including the Oscar for best actor (Jeff Bridges is nominated).  Winning awards isn’t anything new for the cast, Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges play La Boeuf and Cogburn respectively, both of which already have an Oscar.  The movie is already been released in the US, but it doesn’t come out in Ireland until the 11th of February, the day after it opens for the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.

What do you think of this movie?  Do you think this is the return of westerns?  If so, do you think it’s a good think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.