2018 Oscar Preview with Chris & Ron [Exclusive]

On March 4th the 90th Academy Awards Ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will broadcast out from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood to an estimated 35 million viewers in the United States. The first Academy Awards were a private event hosted by Douglas Fairbanks and William C. deMille on May 16th, 1929 which lasted fifteen-minute to an audience of around 270 guests. William A. Wellman’s film “Wings” (1928) won the Academy’s first Best Picture award. By 1929, filmmaking had become an established industry and a profitable artform. Although, this was not the case initially. Film has existed for 122 years so far and will still exist for years beyond. Nearly every aspect of the film business has changed over those 122 years apart from one entrenched traditional element – the voting members of the industry’s most “prestigious” award ceremonies.

The brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere held the world’s first screening of projected motion on December 28th, 1895 in Paris, France. This event included the brother’s first film “Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory” (1895), a 50 second micro documentary of, workers leaving the Lumiere Factory. Fascinating, I know, but revolutionary for its time. While this video would be lucky to receive 100 views on YouTube today, that screening represents a paradigm shift in art for the 20th century. Early on film was considered radical by established artists. It would take many years for film to be recognized, let alone legitimized by a critical body. The Academy Awards remain the oldest film award ceremony beginning 34 years after the brothers Lumiere’s first screening.

The Lumiere Brothers

The technology used by 1895 filmmakers would not be recognizable by modern creators. The use of sound, the standardization of film rate, the use of widescreen in amazing Cinemascope, the addition of Technicolor, 3D, intercutting, the 180-degree rule, etcetera. All these advancements in technology pushed the boundaries of what film could be, a limitless possibility of imaginative storytelling.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has just over 6,000 voting members. Twenty-two percent of those voters are held by actors. Additionally, 91 percent of the members are white and 76 percent male. The average age of a voting member is 63 years of age. To simplify, the Academy voters who decided the “best” in a year’s film releases are old white guys. This is the problem of the Oscars.
Art is a living entity and reflection of the current generation. Art should push boundaries and brake established models. Artists should be recognized for experimentation and advancements in their craft.

The Academy is not designed to give this by its own limiting demographics. Superhero films get no love. Comedic actors are never recognized. Best Picture cannot be an animated film. Sean Bakers “The Florida Project” (2017) gets little recognition for its unique composition. I imagine Steven Soderbergh’s 2018 film “Unsane”, shot completely on an iPhone, will receive little acknowledgment from the Academy in 2019.The 90th Academy Awards represents great films. But they don’t represent everything cinematic for the year. The Oscars are very narrow and minuet in their reach. Many of our modern works are left behind. New approaches to film creation and narrative structure take a generation to be recognized. The best of year does not have to be a gritty drama. While I enjoy the Oscars, I understand that these few selected films are the cumulative “Best” of what film has to offer an audience.

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So here is what you do folks: Head on over to our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE from the Trainwreck’d Society Facebook page, and leave a simple reply anywhere stating that you are on “Team Chris” or “Team Ron” when you have decided who you believe made the best choice. The pointing system works as follows:

Correct “Want to Win” = 0.5 points

Correct “Going to Win” = 1.0 points

So tell us what you think, and if you choose the winner, you are entered into a pool to win an exceptionally mediocre prize of the finest Korean bootlegs from 2012-2013 (and before), a copy of Children of Mercy: Tales and Teachings From the World of Independent Music, and more!

So let’s have some fun!

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BEST PICTURE

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
DARKEST HOUR
DUNKIRK
GET OUT
LADY BIRD
PHANTOM THREAD
THE POST
THE SHAPE OF WATER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: The Shape of Water. Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is an experience in all the elements of filmmaking: story, character, cinematography, technical achievements, etcetera.  This is a theatrical film to be experienced using old Hollywood B Film tropes mixed with a modern context. There is a fascinating juxtaposition to the “classic” monster archetype and who the world’s monster are lurking in suits. “The Shape of Water” is a beautiful work of art. And fun. Fun is important too.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Get Out. Honestly, I’m certain that it will not win in this category, but in my heart of hearts, I truly loved this very original film.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: The Shape of Water. I believe there may be some history made in this year’s Oscars, but not so much so that it will deviate from the long standing coalition with the DGA that has determined the winner 95% of all years since 1948. So, yeah, good job del Toro, I guess, with your fish fucking film.


BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Timothee Chalamet for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Daniel Day-Lewis for PHANTOM THREAD
Daniel Kaluuya for GET OUT
Gary Oldman for DARKEST HOUR
Denzel Washington for ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Daniel Day Lewis for Phantom Thread. Daniel Day-Lewis is the greatest actor who has ever lived. My concrete answer. This is his final role before retirement. Daniel Day-Lewis has already won an Oscar before his “Phantom Thread” nomination. Like all his prior works, this is an amazing character analysis beautifully constructed. His characters are always complicated real people. There is little chance of this award going to Daniel Day-Lewis, but a nomination is a nice thank you for a body of work.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out. Again, not very confident that Daniel will win, or that he even deserves it more than the others. But, dammit, this was a great film.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Gary Oldman for The Darkest Hour (imaging me yelling his name like a Gary Oldman character would do). Oldman has been making films since 1986 with his portrayal of Sid Vicious in “Sid and Nancy” (1986). Oldman has been nominated only once before in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (2012). This win will be for his body of work. A lifetime achievement award but for Best Actor. Deserving for so many great characters. But Daniel Day-Lewis had already won one.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour. I believe that Oldman is probably rightfully poised to sweep the acting category this year, if not only for his contributions over the last 30 years or so. He may be the 2nd best character actor we have, but I don’t think he is going to the 1st this time around, in the hopes of ruining DDL’s plans of becoming a cobbler or some shit.


BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Willem Dafoe for THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Woody Harrelson for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Richard Jenkins for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Christopher Plummer for ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
Sam Rockwell for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINSam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This category is a very tight affair. Although Christopher Plummer was added as a fuck you to Kevin Spacey which is a fine reason in my book. While tough to decide, I must go with Sam Rockwell. Another actor who has never won an Oscar but has already won all the other awards for this category this year. Rockwell is great actor and deserving of the award even though this is not his best performance in long great career
Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Rockwell may be one of the greatest supporting actors we’ve had since Robert Duvall in his prime. Also I always think he is Giovanni Ribisi, so I feel kind of bad about that.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Mossouri. Three Billboards has received a lot of flack for being somewhat overrated, but the acting is always praised heavily. Sam and Francis are going to be the only winners for the film.


BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Sally Hawkins for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Frances McDormand for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Margot Robbie for I, TONYA
Saoirse Ronan for LADY BIRD
Meryl Streep for THE POST

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINSally Hawkins for The Shape of Water. Sally Hawkins deserves the win for her perfect performance. She speaks only seven words in the entire film due to her character being mute. Everything she does is through body expression and her eyes. I need to give Margot Robbie credit though. I saw “I, Tonya” very recently and her abilities to take on a role is also incredible. I forgot Margot Robbie was an actor portraying Tonya Harding.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Margot Robbie for I, Tonya. Being a Northwest kid, I feel obligated to support anything about the bad girl of competitive ice-skating, the great Tonya Harding.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. McDormand has been poised to win for quite a while, and I really don’t believe that the Academy will deviate from the plan.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mary J. Blige for MUDBOUND
Allison Janney for I, TONYA
Lesley Manville for PHANTOM THREAD
Laurie Metcalf for LADY BIRD
Octavia Spencer for THE SHAPE OF WATER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINLaure Metcalf for Lady Bird. I grew up watching Jackie on the show “Roseanne”. She played a mom then too. In “Lady Bird”, taking place in 2002 with her 17-year-old daughter Lady Bird, Lesley’s portrayal of a struggling lower middle-class family is so subtle and true and real and most importantly authentic. I don’t know of another actress who could have performed this character with so much care and understanding.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Laure Metcalf for Lady Bird. I know I literally just said I was obliged to choose all things Tonya Harding, but I really just meant Margot’s portrayal specifically. Metcalf is one of the most underrated actress of our time. She’s celebrated on the stage and on television, it’s time to round it all off!

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Allison Janney for I, Tonya. Allison Janney is a nasty villain. A nomination for best villain monologue “You think Sonja Henie’s mother loved her? Poor fuckin’ you. I didn’t stay home making apple brown bettys. No, I made you a champion knowing you’d hate me for it. That’s the sacrifice a mother makes. I wish I had a mother like me instead of nice. Nice gets you shit. I didn’t like my mother either, so what? I fucking gave you a gift”. Allison portrayal of this nasty woman makes you, as an audience member, chest tighten. A villain who believes she is right in her actions. A Villain of epic performance. Also comedic in a dark comedy kind of way. Weird contradiction feeling from Janney’s acting.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird. I really need to see Lady Bird, but I’m sure she was great. This will essentially be a lifetime achievement award for an actress who will probably never receive an actual lifetime achievement award for film work


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BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

The BOSS BABY
THE BREADWINNER
COCO
FERDINAND
LOVING VINCENT

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Coco from Pixar. This was one of their lowest performing films at the box-office. But the competition is not very good this year. Fuck you Boss Baby.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Coco. I really don’t have a dog in the race, but I’m certain it doesn’t matter. I’d like to be cool and say that Van Gogh thing, but I’d honestly never watch that. And with Trump in office, I’d say a win for our friends to the south is in order. So, “Coco”.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Coco

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Coco.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Roger A. Deakins for BLADE RUNNER 2049
Bruno Delbonnel for DARKEST HOUR
Hoyte van Hoytema for DUNKIRK
Rachel Morrison for MUDBOUND
Dan Laustsen for THE SHAPE OF WATER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINRoger A. Deakins for Blade Runner 2049. If Roger Deakins does not win, this year, yet again, this will be a tragedy. This is Deakin’s 14th nomination for Best Cinematography going all the way back to 1994 with “The Shawshank Redemption”. Deakin’s body of work is a top contender for best DPs who have ever worked. Every shot composition is unique and gorgeous. “Blade Runner 2049” is a gorgeous film like all Deakins prior work. Deakins should win for his body of work and for this film. Deakins should have won 7 of these awards already.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Roger A. Deakins for Blade Runner 2049. Even though Deakins is on his 14th nomination, I feel like I would be pleasantly surprised if he won this one. But, I believe he is the most deserving of the bunch.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Roger A. Deakins for Blade Runner 2049.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Hoyte van Hoytema for Dunkirk. A big ass war movie that was meant to be side on a super wide screen, in theatres that is also nominated for best picture? Seems obvious! Or not.


BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Jacqueline Durran for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Jacqueline Durran for DARKEST HOUR
Mark Bridges for PHANTOM THREAD
Luis Sequeira for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Consolata Boyle for VICTORIA & ABDUL

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINMark Bridges for Phantom Thread. “Phantom Thread” is about fashion and creating clothes. Yes, an extremely simple read of the film and a satirical comment, but come on now, the movie is about clothing and fashion and control, but not really. Please check out Paul Thomas Anderson’s work. This filmmaker is amazing. Just not “Inherent Vice” (2014).

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Jacqueline Durran for Beauty And The Beast. As a general rule, I like to choose a film I have seen. And I thought everyone looked pretty cool.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINLuis Sequeira for The Shape of Water. “The Shape of Water” is going to clean up at the Oscars. No more live action Disney remakes. Stop it. “Beauty and the Beast” better not win!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Luis Sequeira for The Shape Of Water. It’s the Oscar way: nominate a female twice, and still pick a male. It’s basically a throw away award to them. I can’t wait for the internet controversy about a film about making clothes not winning the clothing category. Or I will just be extremely wrong on all counts.

BEST DIRECTING

Christopher Nolan for DUNKIRK
Jordan Peel for GET OUT
Greta Gerwig for LADY BIRD
Paul Thomas Anderson for PHANTOM THREAD
Guillermo del Toro for THE SHAPE OF WATER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINGuillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water. Guillermo Del Toro should win for reason I spoke of for Best Picture. I believe these top awards are all going to be split up in a very rare action. “The Shape of Water” is not the same movie without del Toro’s direction.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Jordan Peele for Get Out. Same sentiment as before. Not even sure if you really deserves it more than the others, I just thought it was such an original and creative idea for a film, and hit all the right notes for me.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINChristopher Nolan for Dunkirk. Christopher Nolan will finally get an Oscar. “Dunkirk” in my opinion is phenomenal movie breaking some of the traditional approaches to film making like not having characters. Which I appreciated. Finally, “The Dark Knight” will get its best direct award. Superhero movies don’t get love.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape Of Water. Because apparently people like fish fucking films.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL
FACES PLACES
ICARUS
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO
STRONG ISLAND

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINFaces Places. French..? French Countryside? French New Wave. Ninety-five percent of people have not seen any of these films.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Faces Places. No dog in the race, really. I just like rural France. It’s pretty.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Faces Places

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Faces Places. The praise has been tremendous (by the 6 people who have seen it).


BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

EDITH+EDITH
HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405
HEROIN(E)
KNIFE SKILLS
TRAFFIC STOP

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINHeroin(e). Did not get a chance to see any of these films. Guess Time. Just like a lot of the Academy 6,000 members!

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Heroin(e). No reason really, I just like stuff about heroin. Is that weird?

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINKnife Skills. Did not get a chance to see any of these films. Guess Time. Just like a lot of the Academy 6,000 members!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Heroin(e). Same.


BEST FILM EDITING

Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos for BABY DRIVER
Lee Smith for DUNKIRK
Tatiana S. Riegel for I, TONYA
Sidney Wolinsky for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Jon Gregory for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINLee Smith for Dunkirk. “Dunkirk” is not an ordinary film. It does not rely on characters and narrative to tell its story. “Dunkirk” is more a kick to the stomach of raw feeling. This is accomplished through Hans Zimmer’s relentless score and the incredible editing of the film. The Film must balance three storylines taking place at three different times building towards a cumulative moment. “Baby Driver” would be a good win here for the same reasons. “Baby Driver” just had better use of characters and pop, and honestly, is a much more fun time at the theaters. “Dunkirk” makes you want to sit in dark room for an hour while “Baby Driver” makes you want to high five.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos for Baby Driver. This film was just so damn COOL! I would give every award for sound and editing to them, hands down. It wasn’t a better film than others, but it was extremely cool to watch. And that takes some damn fine editing.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINPaul Machliss and Jonathan Amos for Baby Driver. “Baby Driver’s” editing is very tight but still naturally fluid. The way the editing plays into the music, or the music plays into the editing. I don’t know. It is just a magical fun movie.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Sidney Wolinsky for The Shape Of Water. Old school mentality that film editing coincides with the Best Picture win.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chile)
THE INSULT (Lebanon)
LOVELESS (Russia)
ON BODY AND SOUL (Hungary)
THE SQUARE (Sweden)

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINThe Square. The Swedes have come to town in this satirical comedy “The Square”. If you want to watch something with subtitles, make it this film. Although, I didn’t see any of the other films here.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: The Square. I watched a shit ton of great films from all over the world (as reflected in our Top 20 Films of 2017 feature) but sadly, it was absolutely none of these. So, I like Sweden.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME. The Square.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME. The Square.

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick for DARKEST HOUR
Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard for VICTORIA & ABDUL
Arjen Tuiten for WONDER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINKazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick for Darkest Hour. Gary Oldman’s transformation into Winston Churchill was twofold. One, Oldman’s amazing acting ability and two, his prosthetic makeup is amazing! When dealing with celebrity, it is hard to forget about the actor playing the role. Oldman has made over 30 films and stands out as Oldman playing _______. In this case, thanks to amazing makeup, Gary Oldman gets lost and Winston Churchill comes to life. Amazing.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, & Lucy Sibbick for Darkest Hour. They recreated Winston Churchill to be even more frightening. Enough said.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick for Darkest Hour.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, & Lucy Sibbick for Darkest Hour. Hint: It’s in the Best Picture category.

BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Hans Zimmer for DUNKIRK
Jonny Greenwood for PHANTOM THREAD
John Williams for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Carter Burwell for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINJonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread. Hans Zimmer and John Williams have been nominated a lot. This is John Williams 51st nomination. His music defines multiple generations. Who I would like to see win this category is Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. His music compositions intrigue me. I can listen to his scores continuous without getting bored. Greenwood’s themes for the characters of “Phantom Thread” elevate the emotional element of the film.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Jonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread. I want something FRESH! I’m an established “Radiohead is overrated” kind of guy, but I’d still like to see Jonny get the W. I think we are done with John Williams, right? And Zimmer?

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINHans Zimmer for Dunkirk. Hans Zimmer will win this year for “Dunkirk”. The score is what drives that film and makes it work. Zimmer’s work builds through the entire film continually adding dread being felt by the audience. That is the singular goal of this film, to make the audience’s’ heart tighten. This movie had to have been seen in theaters to understand that build up. Home Theater does not work for this movie.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Jonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread. I really think this is going to happen. I think the Academy is a group of old rich white dudes who probably think that voting for Radiohead will make them seem pretty darned cool, as they would probably say.


BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, and Taura Stinson for “Mighty River” from MUDBOUND
Sufjan Stevens for “Mystery of Love” from CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Kristen-Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for “Remember Me” from COCO
Diane Warren and Lonnie R. Lynn for “Stand Up for Something” from MARSHALL
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for “This Is Me” from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINSufjan Stevens for “Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name. Give Sufjan Stevens love!

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, and Taura Stinson for “Mighty River” from Mudbound. M.J. and the dude from Tony, Toni, Tone!? Oh hell yeah, give me that!

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Sufjan Stevens for “Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Sufjan Stevens for “Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name. #OscarSoWhite


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Dennis Gassner & Alessandra Querzola for BLADE RUNNER 2049
Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer for DARKEST HOUR
Nathan Crowley & Gary Fettis for DUNKIRK
Paul Denham Austerber & Shane Vieau & Jeff Melvin for THE SHAPE OF WATER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:Dennis Gassner & Alessandra Querzola for Blade Runner 2049. “Blade Runner 2049” was world building at its finest. An incredible achievement, but “The Shape of Water” is going to clean up this year.  The finest and most minute details in “Blade Runner 2049” were never overlooked.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Dennis Gassner & Alessandra Querzola for Blade Runner 2049. From what I have seen, this whole damn film was JUST a huge production design. And for a 13 hour long movie, that takes some serious work!

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINPaul Denham Austerber & Shane Vieau & Jeff Melvin for The Shape of Water. “The Shape of Water” will dominate this year. 1950s Americana Cold War B movie monster film is modernized. It’s also a fairytale. The movie just works damn it.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Paul Denham Austerber & Shane Vieau & Jeff Melvin for The Shape Of Water. I’d like to say that the production design category is separating itself from other throwaway awards, but Wes Anderson didn’t have a film this year, so back to fish fucking.


BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

DEAR BASKETBALL
GARDEN PARTY
LOU
NEGATIVE SPACE
REVOLTING RHYMES

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINGarden Party. Did not see any of these films, but voting nonetheless, just like the Academy 6,000 members.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Dear Basketball. I honestly don’t even care what the other nominees are. I’m sure they are great, but…. ACADEMY AWARD WINNER KOBE BRYANT???

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINNegative Space. Did not see any of these films, but voting nonetheless, just like the Academy 6,000 members.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Dear Basketball. ACADEMY AWARD WINNER KOBE BRYANT!!!!


BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

DEKALB ELEMENTARY
THE ELEVEN O’CLOCK
MY NEPHEW EMMETT
THE SILENT CHILD
WATU WOTE/ALL OF US

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINThe Eleven O’ Clock. Did not see any of these films, but voting nonetheless, just like the Academy 6,000 members.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: DeKalb Elementary. Sure.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINThe Silent Child. Did not see any of these films, but voting nonetheless, just like the Academy 6,000 members.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: DeKalb Elementary. Go big or go home on a guess, I guess.


BEST SOUND EDITING

Julian Slater for BABY DRIVER
Mark Mangini and Theo Green for BLADE RUNNER 2049
Richard King and Alex Gibson for DUNKIRK
Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINNathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira for The Shape of Water. Sound editing is the creation of sound effects. The award is usually received by the Supervising Sound Editors of the film, sometimes accompanied by the Sound Designers. I am torn between “Blade Runner 2049” and “The Shape of Water”. Both films approach to sound editing help to build their interesting worlds. I want to see “Blade Runner 2049” win some awards, but I still feel “The Shape of Water” did it better with more nuance. The creature sounds and use of water as both a pool and rain were just amazing to experience in a theater.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Julian Slater for Baby Driver. They synchronicity was absolutely brilliant!

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira for The Shape of Water.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Nathan Robiataille and Nelson Ferreira for The Shape Of Water. I have a feeling that Dunkirk probably deserves the technical awards more, but may be largely ignored. Or I could be wrong.


BEST SOUND MIXING

Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, & Tim Cavagin for BABY DRIVER
Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, & Doug Hephill for BLADE RUNNER 2049
Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, & Gary A. Rizzo for DUNKIRK
Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, & Brad Zoem for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Stuart Wilson, Ron Klyce, David Parker, & Michael Semanick for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINMark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, & Gary A. Rizzo for Dunkirk. Sound Mixing is the best overall mixing or recording of a film and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers. I love the sound design on both “Blade Runner 2049” and “Dunkirk”. Both films were scored by Hans Zimmer. Both films are very loud with the use of their score. In the case of “Dunkirk”, Zimmer’s score builds so much tension through the film you think you will explode while Zimmer’s score in “Blade Runner 2049” helps build a dystopian future of long shots. I appreciated both approaches, but “Baby Driver” will come up on top. All the sound elements are mixed in such a fluid way that adds to the storytelling as if it was a character on set in its own terms.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, & Tim Cavagin for Baby Driver. Same sentiment as the Sound Editing category because I’m not really smart enough on the technicalities to really know what the difference is, but I am willing to admit that openly so it’s cool, right?

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINMary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, & Tim Cavagin for Baby Driver. The “Baby Driver” mix is just so perfect and balanced blending so many elements tighter to which all those pieces inform the story.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, & Brad Zoem for The Shape Of Water. Same sentiment as the Sound Editing category.


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, & Gerd Nefzer for BLADE RUNNER 2049
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, & Dan Suddick GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, & Mike Meinardus for KONG: SKULL ISLAND
Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, & Neal Scanlan for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, & Joel Whist for WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINJohn Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, & Gerd Nefzer for Blade Runner 2049. I want “Blade Runner 2049” to win a few awards. That film should have done better than it did. The visuals are gorgeous and photo real. There are several story elements which require the use of composition for other actors in interesting ways that expand the story. This is a bias choice.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, & Gerd Nefzer for BLADE RUNNER 2049. Less CGI, the better in my opinion.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINJoe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, & Joel Whist for War for the Planet of the Apes. There is no competition for this motion capture work. This team created photo real animals. It is incredible work. The eyes are what sell these creatures. It is a shame Andy Serkis was never nominated for any of his motion capture work. It is both his performance and this team which combined in such a way it is impossible to see where one part starts and the other ends. This is the same for costume and makeup people, here they are just working digital rather than practical.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, & Gerd Nefzer for Blade Runner 2049. It’s the only “film” on this list of “movies”.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

James Ivory for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber for THE DISASTER ARTIST
Scott Frank, James Mangold, & Michael Green for LOGAN
Aaron Sorkin for MOLLY’S GAME
Virgil Williams & Dee Rees for MUDBOUND

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINScott Frank, James Mangold, & Michael Green for Logan. “Black Panther” released on February 16th, 2018 and is the MCU’s 18th film. That number does not reflect any Fox Marvel films, Sony Marvel Films, DC films and etcetera. Superhero movies represent an absorbent amount of the yearly box-office but receive little recognition for what they accomplish in narrative storytelling. They are tentpole films of the modern age. “Logan” takes this modern genre and throws it back to the classic American Western. It is time for Superhero films to receive some credit for their accomplishments. Yeah, I cried at the end of this film. Because it’s good!

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber for The Disaster Artist. The hype sort of came and went for this one, but I am genuinely intrigued by the events that took place in making the well deservingly titled “worst film of all time”, The Room.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Scott Frank, James Mangold, & Michael Green for Logan

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: James Ivory for Call Me By Your Name. It was an insanely weak year for the adapted screenplay world. So, I truly believe that Ivory will sneak his way in through the back door on this one.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani for THE BIG SICK
Jordan Peele for GET OUT
Greta Gerwig for LADY BIRD
Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Martin McDonagh for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINGreta Gerwig for Lady Bird. To be honest, I have had a celebrity crush on Greta Gerwig for a long time. Both her and Jordan Peele are first time directors and filmmakers this year, although Greta has collaborated in the writing process for a few films now. Jordan Peel also has a long history of writing. Guillermo del Toro is going to clean up in most other categories but for this case Greta is my writer!

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Jordan Peele for Get Out. I am honestly saddened by the fact that The Big Sick and Get Out were released in the same year, and both nominated. It was like choosing my favorite kid, you know? Except choosing a kid would be easier. These two film s were wildly different, but both oh so original, and I loved them so much. But in the end, Get Out Just stuck with me a bit more. Either way, I’m just happy to see that comedy people are raking in some serious dough/awards.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINJordan Peele for Get Out. “Get Out” found its way into the zeitgeist and stayed there. Most films which come out in the first half of the year are forgotten about when award seasons begins. “Get Out” has stayed relevant for a long time. Jordan Peele must win for something. Why not an amazing narrative which takes genre and has fun with it. Also, social commentary is a thing for the Academy.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Jordan Peele for Get Out. Jordan Peele has done something no one has managed to do with a film. He told a brilliant story that mixed social commentary with just the right amount of suspense & comedy to tap into every human emotion possible to bring a very serious bit of subject matter out into the world. He deserves this so damn much.

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Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 20 Albums of the 2017 [Exclusive!]

Avid readers here at Trainwreck’d Society may have noticed a grand shift in culture here on the site since we made our triumphant(?) return this year after a short 15 month hiatus. Whilst TWS was once primarily a music related blog, with the occasional interview with some sort of beloved actor or filmmaker, we have almost swung the pendulum so far to the other side that it may actually come as a surprise that we are paying attention to music at all.

Yes, we only had a handful of album reviews to share on the site this year. But 2017 just happened to have some of our favorite artists putting out amazing records. In fact, 6 of our Top 10 are from artists that have topped our previous charts, and have been showcased here on several other occasions, including one artist who has hit the Number 1 spot, 2 years in a row, and another who was named Trainwreck’d Society’s Person of the Year.

And there were some other amazing albums released in both the independent and major label platforms that deserve to be showcased for bringing some lovely sounds to an otherwise pretty gloomy year. Whether it is a delightful singer/songwriter tune, or the resurgence of classic hip hop artists, or the showcase of one of the finest hip hop albums of all time brought to you from the legendary Strange Famous Records (that’s correct, I said “ALL TIME”), there was just some amazing records out this year that you have to know about. I know some of these choices may be controversial in their own right, so feel free to send us some love/hate mail on the subject.

So, Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy our Top 20 Albums of 2017 that Totally Features Eminem, So Fuck You Internet. Enjoy!

 

 

20. Lana del Rey – Lust For Life

19. Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome, & The Gone

18. Eminem – Revival

17. Wheeler Walker Jr. – Ol’ Wheeler

16. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

15. Fabolous & Jadakiss – Friday on Elm Street

14. Beck – Colors

13. Cary Illinois – Garage Sale

12. Brother Ali – All the Beauty in this Whole Life

11. Kendrick Lamar – Damn

10. Passenger – The Boy Who Cried Wolf

9. Sadistik – Altars

8. Ayron Jones & The Way – Audio Paint Job

7. Grayson Capps – Scarlett Roses

6. Sleep – Dark Arts of the Iron Age

5. Andrew Joslyn – Awake at the Bottom of the Ocean

4. Lotte Kestner – Off White

3. Robin Grey – From the Ground Up

2. Blitzen Trapper – Wild and Reckless

1. Cas One Vs. Figure – So Our Egos Don’t Kill Us

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 20 Films of 2017 [Exclusive!]

While 2017 may not have been the most entertaining year both politically and emotionally, it was a damn fine time for movie viewing! Across the globe, there were some pretty amazing works of art to be seen. 2017 was a year that Trainwreck’d Society decided that we were going to put a sharp focus on some of the amazing films we were able to check out. This year saw the birth of our “Sunday Matinee” and “Saturday Special” series, where we were able to regularly showcase some of the finest works in independent cinema from all over the world. In fact, most of the films you on this list were previously featured in one of these formats.

2017 was also a very diverse year as far as our viewing prowess. Our Top 20 films come from over 8 different countries, and feature over a dozen different languages. The one thing that they all share is a mesmerizing bit of quality that is damn near inconceivable. From exorcisms, to fast cars, to recollections of glory days of punk music, right down to good ole fashioned love stories, there is something amazing here for everyone!

So Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy our Top 20 Films of 2017!

20. Deliver Us
Written by: Andrea Osvald Sanguigni
Directed by: Federica Di Giacomo
Starring: Father Cataldo Migliazzo

19. After Love
Written by: Fanny Burdino, Joachim Lafosse, & Mazarine Pingeot
Directed by: Joachim Lafosse
Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Cédric Kahn, Jade Soentjens


18. Fast Convoy
Written by: Frédéric Schoendoerffer
Directed by: Frédéric Schoendoerffer
Starring: Benoît Magimel, Reem Kherici, Tewfik Jallab

17. Get Out
Written by: Jordan Peele
Directed by: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Lil Rel Howery

16. The Spiderwebhouse
Written by: Johanna Stuttman
Directed by: Mara Eib-Eibesfeldt
Starring: Ben Litwinschuh, Lutz Simon Eilert, Helena Pieske

15. Mighty Ground
Written by: Delila Vallot
Directed by: Delila Vallot
Starring: Ronald Troy Collins

14. Baby Driver
Written by: Edgar Wright
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm

13. The Confessions
Written by: Roberto Andò
Directed by: Roberto Andò
Starring: Toni Servillo, Daniel Auteuil, Pierfrancesco Favino

12. Playground
Written by: Bartosz M. Kowalski
Directed by: Bartosz M. Kowalski
Starring: Michalina Swistun, Nicolas Przygoda, Przemyslaw Balinski

11. Dalida
Written by: Lisa Azuelos, Orlando, & Jacques Pessis
Directed by: Lisa Azuelos
Starring: Sveva Alviti, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve

10. Tom of Finland
Written by: Aleksi Bardi
Directed by: Dome Karukoski
Starring: Pekka Strang, Jakob Oftebro, Jessica Grabowsky

9. The Big Sick
Written by: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter

8. Catfight
Written by: Onur Tukel
Directed by: Onur Tukel
Starring: Anne Heche, Sandra Oh, Alicia Silverstone

7. Mr. Roosevelt
Written by: Noël Wells
Directed by: Noël Wells
Starring: Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower,

6. The Problem with Apu
Written by: Hari Kondabolu
Directed by: Michael Melamedoff
Starring: Hari Kondabolu, Noureen DeWulf, Ajay Naidu

5. The Bill Murray Experience
Written by: Sadie Katz
Directed by: Sadie Katz
Starring: Sadie Katz, Joel Murray, P.J. Soles

4. Django
Written by: Etienne Comar & Alexis Salatko
Directed by: Etienne Comar
Starring: Red Kateb, Cecile De France, Bea Palya

3. Driving While Black
Written by: Dominique Purdy & Paul Sapiano
Directed by: Paul Sapiano
Starring: Dominique Purdy, Sheila Tejada, John Mead


2. Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk
Written by: Anthony Marchitiello & Corbett Redford
Directed by: Corbett Redford
Starring: Iggy Pop, Billy Joe Armstrong, Jello Biafra

1. D-Love
Written by: Dave Rogers
Directed by: Elena Beuca
Starring: Elena Beuca, Dave Rogers, Ditlev Darmakaya

Kevin Eastman’s Drawing Blood Kickstarter Launch [Exclusive]

Today is one of those days that makes me so happy to have become involved in this world of independent blogging and started Trainwreck’d Society in that hotel in Biloxi a half a dozen years ago. It is essentially the reason I do any of this. I love to showcase amazing works that posses a perfect amount of independent spirit and breaks away from the standard mold that has plagued the entertainment world for far too long. And starting today, we have just the perfect embodiment of such spirit to share with you all.

The legendary comic book creator Kevin Eastman has hitting the digital airwaves to to tell us all about his new Kickstarter campaign for his amazing project entitled Drawing Blood. The campaign starts today, and I honestly can not recommend a project to support more than this one. I have consistently loved the idea behind Kickstarter, going all the way back to late 2010 when the pre-curser to TWS, Children of Mercy, was successfully backed financially, long before crowd-funding projects became a social norm. At it’s most core, this is a brilliant and organic process to reach out directly to the people who love your work, and make them feel like they are a part of the process.

While on his most recent media crusade, Kevin was kind enough to sit down for a few words with the program we adore and sponsor entitled Super Geeky Play Date. Kevin gave some beautiful insight into the Drawing Blood, calling it a story of “creativity lost, and creativity found” and a bit like “Breaking Bad meets Spinal Tap, Amadeus, & Comic Book Confidential”. Or even simply just “Breaking Bad meets comic books”. Which absolutely has been sold to say the least! Drawing Blood is obviously a project that avid Eastman and comic book fans in general are bound to enjoy. But, I will say that I am certain it is for everyone! How do I know this? Well, I love the hell out of this idea, and I haven’t read a comic book in over 20 years! I respect and admire the art form all to hell, but it’s just not entirely my bag. But Drawing Blood’s fictional but based around real events about early success in the world of comic books is a fascinating story line that I will definitely be wanting to follow!

Check out the full interview with Kevin Eastman on Super Geeky Play Date at the link above, and visit the Eastman Studios website for links and details on some of the exciting offerings happening with the Drawing Blood Kickstarter. Get in on the ground floor folks! The odds of success for this campaign and extremely high, and may as well consider every pledge a purchase into something fantastic that you will be sure to enjoy for a life time!

You can download “Mini Episode #4: Kevin Eastman” from Super Geeky Play Date via the Gonna Geek Network, or on all streaming services like iTunes or Podcast Garden.

 

 

The Voices of Fallout 4: A Showcase [Exclusive!]

Original art by Martin Gao

Since the tail end of 2015, I will admit that the majority of my “me time”, that hasn’t involved work, family, Trainwreck’d, vacations, etc., has been spent in the ruins of the area that the future would know to be called The Commonwealth. I have spent so many hours roaming the ruin streets of this city, that I feel like it is almost a second home. A dangerous, filthy, and bloody violent second home. And the truth is, I’ve never even been to present day Boston. Hell, I’ve never stepped foot in the state of Massachusetts! In fact, I have become engrossed with this version of the Commonwealth, I feel like I would be highly disappointed if I actually went into Fenway Park, and realized I was going to run into Travis Miles down in the Dugout chatting about his new found self esteem with his crazy buddy Vadim. I wouldn’t want a damn hotdog or Cracker Jacks, I would want some delicious Mirelurk meat from Polly near the first base line hand, and pretend that I didn’t break into her apartment once and read her weird poetry. Yes, this would be my Fenway Park, my Diamond City.  The whole city would be like this for me. I could yammer on with more examples, but I know deep in my heart that true fans of the Fallout series, especially Fallout 4, will understand exactly what I am talking about here.

What is worth getting into further detail is the people of the Commonwealth. While Fallout 4 is visually stunning in all of its amazing details, the thing I have always found the most fascinating is the people. The character development of so many different individuals in one setting is absolutely incredible. This is likely due to the fact that Fallout 4 is so beautifully written, with an amazing interactive story to be told. And as cliche and ridiculous as it may sound, the characters of this story truly take on a life of there own. You almost start to feel for these characters as if they are own friends, maybe even family. Great friends and family….some of which you would murder in cold mood at a moment’s notice for the mere idea of a great reward.

Original concept art courtesy of Bethesda.

So, with that, I decided I wanted to try to honor some of the characters of the Commonwealth, by getting to know some of the fine people who helped bring them to life….the voices of Fallout 4. The people that obsessed individuals such as myself have been “talking” to for the better part of the last 16 months. And before the “Internet Hero” in some of you starts to jump directly down to the comment section….I know this has been done before. It had to have been done, because it is a fascinating idea, and I would never lay claim to having many truly original and fascinating ideas. Long time readers of Trainwreck’d Society could certainly attest to this! We simply like to take concepts of the old and put our twist on them.

And what is the twist here? Well, it isn’t really that complicated. While we were busting at the proverbial seems to ask the talent behind the voices of Fallout 4 all about the world of the game, we wanted to scale it back a bit. We wanted to ask things like: Who are these people? Where else have I heard them? Why has it taken by Dad 23 years to come back from grabbing a pack of smokes?

Alright, we didn’t ask that last one, but you get the point. We really wanted to get to know the people behind the characters, rather than simply throwing a plethora of questions about one subject at them.  And I have to tell you folks, through this concept, I personally feel like I have met some of the most fascinating individuals in the world of acting, voice over, and overall entertainment, and built some great relationships along the way.

Original concept art by Ray Lederer

What else did we do to make this a bit more interesting, you are surely asking? Well, I am glad you asked! We also desperately attempted to dig a bit deeper into the character well here. As I mentioned before, there is an incredible (our orange leader might say “HUGE”) amount of very interesting characters in the world of Fallout 4. And I wanted to talk to every single damn one of them. Of course, we didn’t quite do that, but we did reach out to many of the voice over actors behind some of our favorite characters that may not get nearly enough credit (i.e. the aforementioned Travis Miles and Vadim). And with that, I tended to notice that several of the actors tended to voice characters that were actually susceptible to death, which I was likely to have obliged them with during my “darker” runs throughout the Commonwealth. Am I making amends here? Am I trying to bring back the dead in a way? Am I rambling? Absolutely.

So, here is what is going to happen folks! Starting tomorrow (Monday, March 13th 2017), every single one of regular posting days (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for all of the new reader(s) out there) is going to feature a great interview with a voice over actor from Fallout 4 throughout the month of March.  Right to the end of this very long month! If you don’t feel like doing the math, that is 9 of them! 9 amazing actors, covering over 20 different characters from the world of Fallout 4 that you know and love. Who will these characters be? Well, I gave you two of them already, why would I ruin more of the surprise? You are just going to have to come back around each day to find out what amazing talent we will be talking with on each day!

I am seriously very excited to get this showcase going. It is something I have been wanting to do for a very long time, and I finally decided it was time to pull the trigger on this concept. And I am very proud of what we here at Trainwreck’d Society have managed to pull off, and will be eternally grateful for the brilliant voice over artists who were kind enough to share a few words with us to tell us a bit about their lives, their work, and what they thought about their work on one of the finest art projects of all time, Fallout 4.

So please enjoy the Showcase everyone, keep on coming back here to find out who we are talking with today. I hope you are excited to pull up our terminals each week to find out who provided the hard work and voice behind some of your favorite people from another world.

 

TWS Week of Horror Interlude with Tony “Tex” Watt [Exclusive!]

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Toronto-based Schlockmeister Tony ‘Tex’ Watt delayed ‘Frankenpimp’s Revenge:The Romeo and Juliet Massacre (2017-approx.)’, has had filming and post-prodution, slowed, as Watt has been handed an editorial position with the Canadian WE LOVE MONSTERS magazine and renovating and opening his popular downtown Vivita Spa [a holistic clinic, also run by his actress wife & Canuck Scream Queen: Vivita], in Toronto.
The Filmmaker/Actor/Cartoonist had to concentrate on juggling his time, friends and family; in between the pressures creating another campy B- Feature/Cult-Masterpiece.

So, as of the moment, he is now PREVIEWING said movie, episodically [ before an eventual full Theatrical/DVD release; on VIMEO On DEMAND], at this link: Frankenpimp’s Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre (Feature-Film Episodic SNEAK PREVIEW Chapters)
Frankenpimp’s Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre (Feature-Film Epis…
-IMDb cast/crew info- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1590031/?ref_=tt_rec_tt – StarringVivita (Canada’s #1 …
Tex is also filming and doing pre-prodcution on his next underground retro-‘exploitation’ film feature slasher thriller: ‘Violet is Blue (2018)’ and monster chiller: ‘Scream, Spermula, Scream!: The Rise of the Ghoul Squad (2019)’!

Filming on his ‘motion comix’ feature-film dream project: ‘Bird of Steel (????)’, has also been delayed, so Watt is also considering the Vimeo VOD episodic option, for the fans, as well.

Trainwreck’d Society’s 2015 Oscar Preview with Chris & Ron [Exclusive]

 

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Introduction by Ron:

With Trainwreck’d Society coming to an end, I can’t think of anything else that I am going to miss more than this segment right here.  One of the reasons I started this site back in that Biloxi hotel room was to incorporate the world of film into my rants.  And Chris Eaves has been there every step of the way.  When it comes to the world of film, Chris is my go to guy.  We don’t always see eye to eye on some things (see our obvious disagreements on last year’s Gravity, and this year’s Interstellar.  I don’t like science fiction, I am sorry.  But Chris does, and he articulates his thoughts in such a great manner that I have to respect it.)  But alas, there is nobody I would like to discuss current events in the world of film with than Sir Christopher Eaves.  It has been a wonderful experience to bring this annual nod to the the most under appreciated awards ceremony in existence.  I still look back in awe of the year 1998 when it seemed like every film in that was nominated was fantastic, and I still hold faith in the Academy if not just for that year alone.  And I have been so honored to create this annual event to help showcase this amazing event.  Plus, any time I get to work with Chris on anything, that is a special time for me.  Thanks for reading!  Now check out Chris’s far superior comments:

 

Introduction by Chris:

For the last two years my Oscar pick approach was more about passive aggressive cynicism against the Oscars than an honest conversation about movies. Hollywood is a system and such representative of a machine that typically overlooks great work in place of the level of connection and sway a producer may hold. The leaked “For Your Consideration” prints we have all “Obtained” being an example of this power. This is not to say the Oscars are not deserving of cynicism, but for these picks, I choose instead to hold a conversations around movies and the culture they represent. Mostly.

Movies are entertainment first, followed by everything else. If the movie does not entertain all other goals and reasons are made impossible. Raising heart rates, horror filled sweat sliding down the neck or side breaking laughter are the physical reactions of an audience being entertained by the movies. The spectacle of the cinema facilitates this connection. I was lucky enough in my life to had been born in the final days of a traditional cinema experience – front lobbies, smells of popcorn, film projection sounds, red velvet rails, and creaky seats. I found my love from the movies of the 90’s and their flickering spectacle. This movie/audience relationship is where the humanism is found – our ability to empathize and sympathize with characters and apply their journey to our own world. The movies are in this way not just about the story’s quality but how the form of the story can cause reaction from the audience from that spectacle.

Hal Douglas (September 1, 1924 – March 7, 2014) was the man who narrated many of the trailers that got us to go to the movies. Douglas never took himself too seriously believing no matter which movie he was narrating, that movie was going to be, for someone in the world, their favorite film. In Douglas’s memory, this is my approach to the Oscars this year. For the love of film and going to the movies I choose from the choices given via the academy not as a calculation but rather how I felt in my own experience watching their spectacle on screen.

The movies are about love. Let us love the movies and the experiences they give us. Not just the experiences we have with the movie but the experience we have with the people we watch them with. Film is a collaborative work and so should be the viewing.

 

And make sure you make your way over to the Trainwreck’d Society Facebook Page to cast your vote for either Team Ron or Team Chris, and partake in the chance to win some pretty cool swag.  Who wouldn’t love some free stuff, amiright?

 

Best Motion Picture of the Year

…And the nominees are:

American Sniper

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).  It was a tough year, and not one individual film really stood out for me.  Each of the films in this category had something special about it, with the exception of American Sniper which brought absolutely nothing to the table and is undeserving of anything.  But, in the end, I think I enjoyed Birdman the most.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – I loved this film. The creative approach to the cinematography while dealing with a fully developed range of characters centered around a unique story makes for an immensely entertaining film that works on many levels. The field is very strong this year such as Boyhood, which was an undertaking of over 12 years, which needs to be appreciated but as storytelling goes Birdman left me the most entertained.

Birdman

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Boyhood.  While the hype for this film seems to have died down a bit, I still believe it is the clear winner.  And good for Mr. Linklater.  An honor well deserved.

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Same.

Birdman

Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role

…And the nominees are:

Steve Carell for Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper for American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Eddie Radmayne for The Theory of Everything

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game.  My gut tells me that this is a win for the OG Batman, but I really dug Cumberbatch and thought he turned out the best performance.  Although, I would not be disappointed to see the 40 Year Old Virgin be an Oscar winner.  But alas, Benedict did the best job.

Imitation Game

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Keaton was a powerhouse in the 80s through the mid 90s to which I feel ended with Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997). In the past few years Keaton has been poking up in smaller parts across a variety of different genres. Like Matthew Mcconaughey resurgence, Keaton continues to be one of the best actors working today, again.

Birdman

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).  I think we are going to see a whole new side of Michael Keaton in the years to come.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Same.

Birdman

Best Performance By An Actress in a Leading Role

…And the nominees are:

Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore for Still Alice

Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon for Wild

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything.  Jones was the most impressive part of The Theory of Everything.  The film really centered around her, which I found surprising yet wonderful.

Theory of Everything

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Julianne Moore for Still Alice – When watching celebrity actors versus unknown actors it is difficult to shake the actor’s persona over the character they are playing. In the case of Julianne Moore I was able to forget Julianne Moore the person and instead watch Dr. Alice Howland the character. This a tribute to Julianne Moore continued relevance as an actress and her range of ability. She was the actress who had to act bad in Boogie Nights (1997).

Still Alice

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Julianne Moore for Still Alice.  I’m guessing it is about her time.  I think she earned this long ago, probably around Bennie & Joon timeframe, but I still don’t believe this should really be her year.  But, that is the Academy, I suppose.

Still Alice

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Reese Witherspoon for Wild. Wild is Witherspoon’s passion project. Witherspoon got this film moving and she brings the acting to match. I found the film harder to relate to personally, but the quality of the performance is not in question. In a very beauty driven industry where even in war you have to look good, especially for an actress, to pull back on the physical beauty is what will help Witherspoon lead for a win.

Wild

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall for The Judge

Ethan Hawke for Boyhood

Edward Norton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash.  I honestly wasn’t as impressed with Whiplash as I felt I should have been.  Simmons was really the only highlight of the film.  Also, I recently marathoned the series Oz, and discovered a whole new love for Juno’s dad.

Whiplash

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  J.K. Simmons for Whiplash – Simmons portrayal of the hardass jazz teacher Terence Fletcher gives the dynamic range necessary for the acting work of Miles Teller portail of Andrew Neiman, an ambitious young jazz student. The better the villain the better the story and Simmons was a great antagonist in Whiplash.

Whiplash

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash.  He really stole the show as this year’s Nurse Ratchet.

Whiplash

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  J.K. Simmons for Whiplash – Same.

Whiplash

Best Performance by and Actress in a Supporting Role:

…And the nominees are:

Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Laura Dern for Wild

Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game

Emma Stone for Birdman or (The Unxpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Meryl Streep for Into the Woods

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.  This was her best performance since her role as Alabama in True Romance.

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  Patricia Arquette for Boyhood – Boyhood was filmed over a 12 year period showing the true aging of the family portrayed. Having to return to a character periodically and adapt to where the character is now in their own live versus where the actor is now in their own life is challenging enough of an undertaking. For Patricia Arquette there is no question this is the same character growing over time without question or gap.

Boyhood

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.  Although Keira Knightley’s empowered woman performance in The Imitation Game was rather impressive, I still think we will finally see an Arquette with a statue.

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Laura Dern for Wild – Laura Dern is a talented woman who writes, directs and acts in film. Her talent is unquestioned. I enjoyed Patricia performance more than Derns but I feel the Hollywood machinery will be at work here. I can’t escape all cynicism. I am human and a contradiction.

Wild

Best Animated Feature

…And the nominees are:

Dan Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conli for Big Hero 6

Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable, and Travis Knight for The Boxtrolls

Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold for How To Train Your Dragon 2

Tomm Moore and Paul Young for Song of the Sea

Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimuna for The Tale of Princess Kaguya

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable, and Travis Knight for The Boxtrolls.  Surprisingly enough, as a father of three small children, I didn’t see many of these.  And the ones I did, I wasn’t that impressed with overall.  But, The Boxtrolls had music by Loch Lomond, so let’s go with that one.

Boxtrolls

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  Lego Movie – Wait, this wasn’t nominated? Okay… Big Hero 6 I had fun watching this.

Big Hero 6

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Dan Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conli for Big Hero 6.  Why not?

Big Hero 6

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold for How To Train Your Dragon 2 – How to Train Your Dragon was a great movie but the sequel does not hold up as well to the original. Big Hero Six doesn’t have the built in voting bracket of Dragon, and Dragon 2 is still good.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Best Achievement in Cinematography

…And the nominees are:

Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unxpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Robert Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Lukass Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida

Dick Poop for Mr. Turner

Roger Deakins for Unbroken

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).  This film was one long, swooping real of film.  it felt like the On The Road of digital technology.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – The movie is just beautiful. The visuals are necessary to tell this story. The camera work is just as important as the acting in this work. I loved Grand Budapest Hotel, but in thinking about the shot composition, what I loved in the visual is not the shot itslef but rather the art design. In the case of Birdbman, just go and see this movie!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).  Since the Academy seems to only take Wes Andersen films seriously, I’d say it’s a given.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Same.

Birdman

Best Costume Design

…And the nominees are:

Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mark Bridges for Inherent Vice

Colleen Attwood for Into the Woods

Anna B. Sheppard for Maleficent

Jacqueline Durran for Mr. Turner

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I’ve been working on this list for some time now, and it feels like The Grand Budapest Hotel needs to make an appearance.  Plus I know dick about costume designs.

Grand Budapest Hotel

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel – The look is so stylish. I know little of style but the Grand Budapest tenets look so damn good. The costumes are just so memorable. I’ve never been a big fan of fantasy in this category. Complicated costume design seems to be just a given with that type of gener. This is probably me being ignorant on the subject, but in watching Budapest Hotel every character was so unique in their look, no other film held up.

Grand Budapest Hotel

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Colleen Attwood for Into the Woods.  It was like a fairy tale thing, right?  Sure, I’l go with that one.

Into the Woods

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel – Same.

Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Achievement in Directing

…And the nominees are

Alejandro G. Inarritu for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Richard Linklater for Boyhood.  It took 12 years to make this film.  12 damn years.  Same actors, different ages.  His patience alone is worthy of this award.

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Richard Linklater for Boyhood – I’ve already said a lot here in being directed over 12 years. This is unique and chances in form deserve recognition, especially in the era of the Hollywood remake.

Boyhood

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Richard Linklater for Boyhood.  12 YEARS!!!!

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Richard Linklater for Boyhood – I’ve already said a lot here in being directed over 12 years. This is unique and chances in form deserve recognition, especially in the era of the Hollywood remake.

Boyhood

 

Best Documentary Feature

…And the nominees are:

Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefry and Dirk Wilutzky for Citizenfour

John Maloof and Charlie Siskel for Finding Vivian Maier

Rory Kennedy and Kevin McAlester for Last Days in Vietnam

Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier for The Salt of the Earth

Orlando von Einsedel and Joanna Natasegara for Virunga

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefry and Dirk Wilutzky for Citizenfour.  A doc about Americans getting spied on?  Yeah that is a no-brainer.

Citizenfour

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  Rory Kennedy and Kevin McAlester for Last Days in Vietnam – Guess, I didn’t see any of these…

Last Days In Vietnam

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefry and Dirk Wilutzky for Citizenfour.  I can already see the Fox News headlines about the Oscars “honoring” Edward Snowden and snubbing Chris Kyle.  This should be fun.

Citizenfour

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier for The Salt of the Earth – Womp Womp…

Salt of the Earth

Best Documentary, Short Subject

…And the nominees are:

Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry for Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Aneta Kopacz for Joanna

Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki for Our Curse

Gabriel Serra Arguello for The Reaper (La Parka)

J. Christian Jensen for White Earth

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry for Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.  Didn’t actually see any of them, but I believe this one touched on some pretty serious stuff.

Crisis Hotline

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki for Our Curse – Guess, I didn’t see any of these…

Our Curse

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry for Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.  It’s like the Academy’s “see, we don’t hate America” laugh at American Sniper.

Crisis Hotline

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: J. Christian Jensen for White Earth – Womp, Womp.

White Earth

Best Film Editing

…And the nominees are:

Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach for American Sniper

Sandra Adair for Boyhood

Barney Pilling for The Grand Budapest Hotel

William Goldenberg for The Imitation Game

Tom Cross for Whiplash

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  William Goldenberg for The Imitation Game.  I just really dug this movie so much, I want it to win something.

Imitation Game

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Barney Pilling for The Grand Budapest Hotel – Simply, the editing is really tight. No shot was wasted. Every cut needed.

Grand Budapest Hotel

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Sandra Adair for Boyhood.  Seriously…..12 YEARS!!!

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Barney Pilling for The Grand Budapest Hotel – Same.

Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Foreign Language Film

…And the nominees are:

Pawl Pawlikowski for Ida (Poland)

Audrey Zvyagintsev for Leviathan (Russia)

Zaza Urushadze for Tangerines (Estonia)

Abderrahmane Sissako for Timbuktu (Mauritania)

Damian Szifron for Wild Tales (Argentina)

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Pawl Pawlikowski for Ida (Poland).  This was an amazingly powerful movie, in any language.

Ida

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Audrey Zvyagintsev for Leviathan (Russia) – Film is culture and there will be a bit of irony with a Russian win here given the events in Ukraine. Russia, as reported by NPR is not promoting this film at the moment in Russia but giving it a big push internationally as Russian culture. For me as entertainment, I enjoyed seeing an old story and remixed through those cultural differences.

Leviathan

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Pawl Pawlikowski for Ida (Poland).  Just that good.

Ida

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Audrey Zvyagintsev for Leviathan (Russia) – Same.

Leviathan

 

Best Make up and Hairstyling

…And the nominees are:

Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard for Foxcatcher

Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White for Guardians of the Galaxy

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard for Foxcatcher.  It probably took a lot of work to make Steve Carell look like a caricature of himself.

Foxcatcher

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White for Guardians of the Galaxy – Makeup is hard and Guardians of the Galaxy offers a whole lot of aliens. Makeup is hard and the work here is really good and for blockbuster a lot of practical alien make up, Raccoons not counting.

Guardians of the Galaxy

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard for Foxcatcher.  I don’t think there are any other options.

Foxcatcher

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White for Guardians of the Galaxy – Same.

Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Best Music, Original Score

…And the nominees are:

Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat for The Imitation Game

Hans Zimmer for Interstellar

Gary Yenshon for Mr. Turner

Johann Johannsson for The Theory of Everything

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Alexandre Desplat for The Imitation Game.  It has to be awesome to be nominated twice, right?  While I love me some Wes Andersen, I think this was the better film.  Good music too, I guess.

Imitation Game

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Hans Zimmer for Interstellar – Zimmer’s score has received some criticism over the use of synthesiser. For me, I bought the soundtrack. Watching the same scene on a film projection system in a crowded theater, the use of score punctuated the spectacle which made my heart race during a docking sequence. If I’m excited over docking, something is being done correctly.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Hans Zimmer for Interstellar.  I think the Academy is dying to give this piece of shit as many Oscars as it can without seeming desperate.

Interstellar

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Hans Zimmer for Interstellar – Same. Maybe The Theory of Everything. Good score there too.

Interstellar

 

Best Music, Original Song

…And the nominees are:

Shawn Paterson for The Lego Movie, “Everything Is Awesome”

John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Selma, “Glory”

Diane Warren for Beyond The Lights, “Grateful”

Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond for Glen Campbell….I’ll Be Me, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois for Begin Again, “Lost Stars”

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Selma, “Glory”.  Granted, Selma wasn’t as good of a film as it should have been, but so much credit has to be given to wonderful voices that came out of it.

Selma

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Selma, “Glory” – Full synicall mode. It’s civil rights and the academy will always vote for civil rights. At least about music. I’m looking at you Three 6 Mafia and Crash (2004). Oscar winning Three 6 Mafia.

Selma

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Selma, “Glory”.  #OscarsSoWhite

Selma

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Selma, “Glory” – Same.

Selma

 

Best Production Design

..And the nominees are:

Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald for The Imitation Game

Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis for Interstellar

Dennis Bassner and Anna Pinnock for Into the Woods

Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts for Mr. Turner

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about production design.  But, I do know that Wes Andersen films have a look all of their own and are very distinctive.  I think it is time to acknowledge this. Even if Budapest wasn’t Andersen’s greatest effort.

Grand Budapest Hotel

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis for Interstellar – Science Fiction is not easy. This is a film that has to deal with a future dust bowl Earth, advance space ships in motion, and alien worlds in the model of practical realism.

Interstellar

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis for Interstellar.  Gravity 2 will probably grab another unwarranted win.

Interstellar

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel – A Wes Anderson film has style and a look, and not an easy look to get right. I’m okay with this win because this film is great just as a visual work.

Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Short Film – Animated

…And the nominees are:

Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees for The Bigger Picture

Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi for The Dam Keeper

Patrick Osborner and Kristina Reed for Feast

Torill Kove for Me and My Moulton

Joris Opring for A Single Life

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi for The Dam Keeper.  It’s a WAG.  I seriously have no idea.

Dam Keeper

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees for The Bigger Picture – Guess, I didn’t see any of these…

Bigger Picture

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi for The Dam Keeper.

Dam Keeper

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Patrick Osborner and Kristina Reed for Feast – Womp, Womp!!

Feast

 

Best Short Film – Live Action

…And the nominees are:

Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis for Aya

Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney for Boogaloo and Graham

Hu Wei and Julian Feret for Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beaurre de Yak)

Talkhon Hamzani and Stefan Eichenberger for Parvaneh

Mark Kirby and James Lucas for The Phone Call

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Mark Kirby and James Lucas for The Phone Call.  It’s the one with Sally Hawkins in it.

Phone Call

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Talkhon Hamzani and Stefan Eichenberger for Parvaneh – I really tried to see as many things as I could but I have a day job. I’m sorry.

Parvaneh

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Mark Kirby and James Lucas for The Phone Call.

Phone Call

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Mark Kirby and James Lucas for The Phone Call – I have bills okay, a job, I had to make sacrifices.

Phone Call

 

Best Sound Editing

…And the nominees are:

Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman for American Sniper

Martin Hernandez and Aron Glascock for Birdman or (The Uxpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Brent Burge and Jason Canovas for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Richard King for Interstellar

Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro for Unbroken

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Martin Hernandez and Aron Glascock for Birdman or (The Uxpected Virtue of Ignorance).  I have to stick with my favorite film of the year, I suppose.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Richard King for Interstellar – There is no sound in space but Interstellar wins best Sound Editing. I loved this film but the story is heavy handed, but as technical work goes, the film is just outstanding. Sound being a pivotal pillar of this work.

Interstellar

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Richard King for Interstellar.  Seriously, fuck this movie.  But, alas, another win.

Interstellar

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Richard King for Interstellar – Same.

Interstellar

 

Best Sound Mixing

…And the nominees are:

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, and Walt Martin for American Sniper

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, and Thomas Varga for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarter for Interstellar

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, and David Lee for Unbroken

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, and Thomas Varga for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).  I will feel bad for David Lee, whoever that is.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarter for Interstellar – Same as Sound Editing.

Interstellar

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarter for Interstellar.  Maybe I will get lucky and this won’t happen?

Interstellar

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarter for Interstellar – Same as Sound Editing.

Interstellar

 

Best Visual Effects

…And the nominees are:

Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barnett, and Erik Winquiest for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Stephen Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould for Guardians of the Galaxy

Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher for Interstellar

Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie, and Cameron Waldbwer for X-Men: Days of Future Past

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Stephen Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould for Guardians of the Galaxy.  I actually didn’t see any of these films. But, I really like Chris Pratt’s face.

Guardians of the Galaxy

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher for Interstellar – Again, I love Interstellar and the space work is seamless in execution.

Interstellar

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher for Interstellar. Probably the most obvious choice there is. Sorry Marvel fans.

Interstellar

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barnett, and Erik Winquiest for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Space is so 1970s but apes are so, 1970s…? Motion capture suits are the future and Planet of the Apes pushes the technology further for our ape masters.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

 

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

…And the nominees are:

Jason Hall for American Sniper

Graham Moore for The Imitation Game

Paul Thomas Andersen for Inherent Vice

Anthony McCarter for The Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Graham Moore for The Imitation Game.  The writing categories have always been my favorite.  And this year was a rough one to choose from.  Although it was a pretty mild year for great films, there still were some great stories to be told.  It really did boil down to three of these for me, but I have to stick with my love for The Imitation Game.  You guys should seriously watch it.

Imitation Game

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  Anthony McCarter for The Theory of Everything – The Theory of Everything needs some love – cynicalness kicking in. The move is worthy of the award. Imitation Game could sneak this based on the subject matter in question, especially given our current culture and the court decision of late and on the horizon.

Theory of Everything

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Graham Moore for The Imitation Game.  I might just be full of hope, but I have to go with it.  I just really don’t like nazis, I guess.  I shall go on record as saying that The Theory of Everything stands a solid chance, but I like to gamble a little.  We shall see.

Imitation Game

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Anthony McCarter for The Theory of Everything – Same.

Theory of Everything

 

Best Writing, Original Screenplay

…And the nominees are:

Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armand Bo for Birdman or (The Unxpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Richard Linklater for Boyhood

E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman for Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armand Bo for Birdman or (The Unxpected Virtue of Ignorance).  This is probably one of the first years that I was more impressed in the Adapted Screenplay category.  But, again, Birdman and The Imitation Game were the best films of the year, so I will divide them into their respected categories.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness for The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson has a style about him. For good or bad you can tell when you are watching a Wes Anderson film. I have contradiction in this. I am not a fan of Tim Burton starting after Sleepy Hollow. My complaint is Burton movies are all the same wacky films. With that said I love Wes Anderson films, they all have that same vibe and feel. On some inner level Wes Anderson tends to keep my attention and with that my entertainment. Plus as writing goes Anderson may be doing similar things already done, but man, what a thing though.

Grand Budapest Hotel

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Richard Linklater for Boyhood.  I really really really want Birdman to win, about as much as I really really really wanted to like Boyhood more than I did.  It was a great film, and Linklater is a legend.  That is why I think it will win.  But, my hope is still on Birdman.

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armand Bo for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Birdman runs away with most of bigger awards. Why, the form of the movie is new and refreshing but still telling a story we all know dealing with losing relevance. The dialogue is sharp and and the story has no fat.

Birdman