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.

2016 Oscar Preview with Chris & Ron (Presented by Four Guys Drinking Podcast)

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Well, hello Fine People!! Welcome back to Trainwreck’d Society! We are making a one time only come back to present to you the 2016 edition of Oscar Preview with Chris & Ron. Although TWS is not going to be back in full form, we were pressured by our dear friends at Four Guys Drinking Podcast to do another round. So here we are!

2016 was sort of a lackluster year for Oscar related films. Sure, Leonardo DiCaprio is poised to FINALLY get his statue, and there were a few great films thrown in the mix, but overall it was a fairly mild year. But, that won’t stop Chris and I from battling it out for the fourth time. And just as in the year’s past, we tend to agree on some things, and totally disagree on others which makes this so much fun. After three years of fine tooth combing through the nominations, you would believe we would have this shit down by now, and be able to pick clear winners each time. You would think. But, you would be wrong. But, we have some damn fine educated guesses here for your perusal.

And as always, this is also a contest in which you get to decide which one of us chose the best overall! Head on over to the Facebook Event Page to take part in the fun, and even have the chance to win some cool(?) prizes, brought to you with the help of the finest Northwest based podcast that involves alcohol, Four Guys Drinking Podcast. Check out the podcast in the coming weeks to hear more about this awesome event. Cheers! And happy picking everyone!

Best Motion Picture of the Year
NOMINEES
Spotlight: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust
The Revenant: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
Room : Ed Guiney
Brooklyn: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
Bridge of Spies: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger
The Martian: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam
Mad Max: Fury Road: Doug Mitchell, George Miller
The Big Short: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon. This film represent the best in visual storytelling. If a person were to remove all the dialogue with the exception of the first sentence of the opening narration the understanding of the film would not be lot. This is not to say the film is simple, rather it is story focus is on depicting itself through visual elements incorporating long single take shots, amazing facial acting from Hardy and Leo, and creating cold and ominous atmosphere through sound mixing. Emotion and character motivations are at The Revenant’s core. This film best represents cinema in 2015.

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Big Short: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner. I want to be one of the cool kids and scream “Mad Max!!” but I am honestly not that series. I enjoy them as much as the next 80’s action film viewer, but not fanatical about it despite the nothing but positive reviews I have heard. It is my opinion that The Revenant is the only TRUE Oscar-like film in this category, and I am probably making a terrible (but totally honest) pick here. But, this film had me so enraged it was terrifying, and was by far my personal favorite among the batch.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Spotlight: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust. The film is a non-controversial “controversial” film. By that I mean, nobody was pro Priest seeing this movie. It’s easy to get behind this issue without being controversial. That is not to say the film is not deserving of the nomination, rather the Academy loves voting for these types of films – I’m looking at you Crash and no sane person is pro racism. This is an amazing peices of ensemble storytelling.

Spotlight

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon for The Revenant. I’ve been certain in the past, and I have been completely wrong in the past. But, I honestly cannot see any other choice here. Unless the early hype for that God-awful piece of shit Spotlight sticks, I don’t see another choice here.

Revenant

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
NOMINEES
Trumbo: Bryan Cranston
The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio
Steve Jobs: Michael Fassbender
The Danish Girl: Eddie Redmayne
The Martian: Matt Damon

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio. Why is Hardy not in this category? Not the best way to start my “Want’s to Win” section. Hardy created a character in this film while Leo dealt with a lot of bear pain. With that said, Leo is the nomination and Leo deserves a statue. I’m in this camp. Give him the damn Oscar. Although, Michael Fassbender with his performance of Jobs could steal the Oscar this year as the unfortunate set of events for Leo as one of the world’s best actors may still be the second best actor this particular year. As Scorsese winning for “The Departed” but not “Goodfellas” is an interesting insight here. “Tell the truth!” – Big Willie

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio. The Academy has had a laughable approach of giving awards to folks for their least desirable work after years of dismissiveness (Scorsese for The Departed, Spike Lee’s Honorary Award this year). But, I think they will do the right thing here, and Leo is deserved recognition, in what could arguably be considered his finest performance yet.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio. See Above. Hardy!

Revenant

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio. This may not be my favorite film DiCaprio film, but there is no denying how great Leo did with like 85% of the film being focused solely around his performance!

Revenant

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
NOMINEES
Carol: Cate Blanchett
Room: Brie Larson
Brooklyn: Saoirse Ronan
Joy: Jennifer Lawrence
45 Years: Charlotte Rampling

Who Chris Wants To Win: Room: Brie Larson for Room. There may be some Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence fatigue in regards to voting. Room is a hard watch but an amazing peices of character driven film making. I just can’t see this going any other way. I do not see how anyone else could have pulled this roll off. Watch Room!

Room

Who Ron Wants To Win: Room: Brie Larson for Room. This woman blew my mind with this seriously emotional performance. I still cannot believe how impressive “that girl from 21 Jump Street” was portraying an extremely conflicted character like this. Unless J-Law is the next Meryl Streep, she’s a clear winner.

Room

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Brie Larson for Room. See Above. Watch Room.

Room

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Room: Brie Larson for Room. Unless J-Law is the next Meryl Streep, she’s a clear winner. Carol & Brooklyn were just dollar store romance novel pieces of dog shit (no offense to Nick Hornby, but what the hell, Man?).

Room

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
NOMINEES
Bridge of Spies: Mark Rylance
Creed: Sylvester Stallone
The Revenant: Tom Hardy
Spotlight: Mark Ruffalo
The Big Short: Christian Bale

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Tom Hardy. Hardy out shines Leo in Leo’s movie. Mark Ruffalo is amazing in Spotlight, Mark Rylance is a standout in a forgettable Bridge of Spies (Seriously Bridge of Spies, what are you doing with these nomination?), and Stallone will always be my Italian Stallion. This is one of the tightest races this year. Ruffalo probably should have won last year, but this year Hardy steals the film with a character I do not agree with but can understand why he does what he does in the film.

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Tom Hardy for The Revenant. There was a bit of conflict in this choice for me. Two actors that I thought gave great “supporting” performances are not on this list, one of them being Steve Carell for The Big Short, yet Christian Bale sits in his place on the actual nomination list (who was really the most lackluster, Steve Jobs impersonating performer of the cast). The other was Stanley Tucci in Spotlight, who was the only thing great about that HIGHLY over-rated trash heap of a film. I did dig Tom Hardy’s performance, but would have easily gone with different characters from Spotlight or The Big Short. But, alas, my vote goes to Bane.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win:The Revenant: Tom Hardy. You got lucky Leo. Hardy should be nominated for best actor but it has not been done since “The Bounty” with multiple actors from the same movie nominated against each other in the same category.

Revenant

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Tom Hardy. If Bale gets an award for appearing in like 20 minutes of a 2 & ½ film, that would a shame. And I don’t believe the Academy actually likes Mark Ruffalo as much they pretend to. And I seriously do not think they Oscars could withstand the backlash (beyond what they are already receiving) if they gave the legendary meathead Sly Stallone an award for a performance in a film about Apollo Creed’s son. That would easily shut these crackers down.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
NOMINEES
The Hateful Eight: Jennifer Jason Leigh
The Danish Girl: Alicia Vikander
Steve Jobs: Kate Winslet
Spotlight: Rachel McAdams
Carol: Rooney Mara

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Danish Girl: Alicia Vikander. These five women are great and deserving of their nominations. Similar to best supporting actor, this is a very close race. Alicia Vikander should have been nominated for “Ex Machina” but that’s not on the list but I’ll take her equally talented work here.

Danish Girl

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Hateful Eight: Jennifer Jason Leigh. I honestly have not seen The Hateful Eight, and I am not happy with myself for this fact. I am honestly picking Leigh as just another Tarantino fan boy. I can only imagine that she was great. Also, Jennifer Jason Leigh had the first pair of boobs I can remember seeing, when I saw Fast Times at Ridgemont High when I was 9 years old. I have to support that.

Hateful Eight

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Danish Girl: Alicia Vikander. See Above.

Danish Girl

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Steve Jobs: Kate Winslet. This one could be easily split between Winslet or McAdams in my opinion. It is the first award given in the night, and I am certain this comes into play. Steve Jobs only has 4 nominations, and this seems like the easiest one for this film to win with ease, and start provide an inadvertent twist in the night’s events. And how delightfully cheesy would it be to have the infamous Titanic couple both win in one night?

Steve Jobs

Best Achievement in Directing
NOMINEES
The Revenant: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Spotlight: Tom McCarthy
Mad Max: Fury Road: George Miller
Room: Lenny Abrahamson
The Big Short: Adam McKay

Who Chris Wants To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: George Miller. First, Ridley Scott should be on this list and Adam McKay should probably be bumped. Shot fired Ron! The Martian is mostly built around one actor in one location doing what a director should be doing – getting the best performance from their actor. It has not been senes John Ford that a director has won back to back best directing Oscars. It’s a safe bet Alejandro is out for that reason although still could. Now I’m going to be a hypocrite for my Ridley Scott argument and stay with George Miller that effect driven over character driven. That movie had so many complicated elements but remains simutanialsy so simple. It is a very short list of directors who could have pulled this technical feat that is unique in practical spectacle here in the 21st Century.

Mad Max

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Big Short: Adam McKay. This movie was downright frustrating yet cleverly done. It was an amazing blend of comedy and drama in a truly unique fashion in which McKay should be completely proud of. And I want to someday hear the sentence: “Adam McKay, Academy Award winning director of The Big Short and Step Brothers.”

Big Short

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Spotlight: Tom McCarthy. This film should win for best ensembles with well balanced elements. There be no technical awards here.

Spotlight

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Alejandro González Iñárritu. I truly think Inarritu is the new love child of the Academy and will be treated as such.

Revenant

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
NOMINEES
Bridge of Spies: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Ex Machina: Alex Garland
Inside Out: Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie Del Carmen
Straight Outta Compton: Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus
Spotlight: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy.

Who Chris Wants To Win: Spotlight: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy. Spotlight could have become very convoluted with out this screenplay roadmap. The dark horse chance to win is Inside Out. Ex Machina got nominated which was a bit of surprise given the film’s early release.

Spotlight

Who Ron Wants To Win: Straight Outta Compton: Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus. I am honestly so disappointed with this category, which is usually my favorite by far. I am a huge fan of the writing in film, and this year simply failed to excite. Three of these “original” screenplays, are based on real events which leave little to the imagination, one is a god damned Pixar movie, and the other one I hadn’t heard of, until I looked it up, and then decided to hate Alex Garland all over again. So, I guess I will go with the NWA movie!

Straight Outta Compton

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Spotlight: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy. See Above.

Spotlight

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Spotlight: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy. Because, whatever.

Spotlight

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
NOMINEES
The Big Short: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay
Brooklyn: Nick Hornby
The Martian: Drew Goddard
Room: Emma Donoghue
Carol: Phyllis Nagy

Who Chris Wants To Win:The Big Short: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay. Numbers and the events surrounding these events are hard for a general public to digest. The writing created some interesting and unique ways to show those events in an average viewer could understand. This story could easily had become lost in its own message, but finds a way to tell a compelling story.

Big Short

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Big Short: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay. I think I’ve dick rode this movie enough already, you get it. But, props have to be given to Room, which is a very unique story, and even The Martian, which wasn’t nearly as terrible as I whole-heartedly expected it to be. And even if Brooklyn was about as terrible as Nick Hornby can do, it’s still Hornby, and I can accept that.

Big Short

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Martian: Drew Goddard. Steve Jobs isn’t nominated and nobody else knew these other projectors were adaptations. I’m told the humor from the book transferred amazing well which is a difficult thing to do especially given the context of the book being so internal dialogue driven.

Martian

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Big Short: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay. “Academy Award winning screenwriter Adam McKay (The Big Short, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby). Brace yourselves.

Big Short

Best Achievement in Cinematography
NOMINEES
Carol: Edward Lachman
The Hateful Eight: Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road: John Seale
The Revenant: Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario: Roger Deakins

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Emmanuel Lubezki. This could be Lubezki’s third in row win for this category – Gravity, Birdman and now The Revenant. This film went 20 million dollars over budget and was filmed nearly with 100 percent natural light. This film is 24 frame poetry in motion incorporating long single take shots which does not lose its spacial awareness. There are shots in this film I could stare out at for long periods of time without becoming board.

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Hateful Eight: Robert Richardson. Again, just dick riding Tarantino a bit more, but also kissing up to Richardson himself. Dude spent years as a whipping boy to Oliver Stone, before moving on to work with far superior filmmakers like QT and Scorsese.

Hateful Eight

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Emmanuel Lubezki. See Above.

Revenant

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: John Seale. This is a rough category for me. It has seemed systematically impossible for a film to win both Best Picture and nag the Cinematography trophy as well (It has happened just twice since 2000). And there really doesn’t really seem to be a completely green screen all to hell terrible movie like Life of Pi or Gravity to throw in there, so I am willing to believe that Seale’s all natural yet exhilarating vision on Mad Max might actually come through on this one.

Mad Max

Best Achievement in Costume Design
NOMINEES
Carol: Sandy Powell
Cinderella: Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl: Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road: Jenny Beavan
The Revenant: Jacqueline West

Who Chris Wants To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Jenny Beavan. We are all War Boys now.

Mad Max

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Jacqueline West. Because I don’t really care. I honestly don’t know how to judge this category. At one point Leo wore a goddamned elk as a sleeping bag, so, that was a good costume!

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Jenny Beavan. Post-apocalyptic tribal costumes which tell the audience who these people are without narration telling the audience. People in bird costumes on stilts in a bog? Why not! It’s a bog, why wouldn’t you start using stilts to get around?

Mad Max

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Jacqueline West. There really isn’t another option.

Revenant

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
NOMINEES
Mad Max: Fury Road: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, Ben Osmo
The Martian: Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth
The Revenant: Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, Chris Duesterdiek
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson
Bridge of Spies: Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Drew Kunin

Who Chris Wants To Win: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson. This is a very tough category for me coming down to two choices, the second being The Revenant. Each represents a different approach in sound mixing. Star Wars is battle driven loud but mixed is well. Tie Fighters, X-Wings, music score, dialogue all layered on top of each other but not over shadowing one another. The Revenant is a quiet film relying on the creation of atmosphere. It is not the absence of sound but the creation of feeling through the small sounds of nature.

Star Wars

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Martian: Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth. I was surprised I liked this movie, so I would like to see it win one of these technical awards.

Martian

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson. See Above.

Star Wars

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Martian: Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth. Because space.

Martian

Best Achievement in Editing
NOMINEES
Mad Max: Fury Road: Margaret Sixel
The Big Short: Hank Corwin
Spotlight: Tom McArdle
The Revenant: Stephen Mirrione
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey

Who Chris Wants To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Margaret Sixel. There is not one wasted cut in this film. Large action set pieces flow operatic together retaining spacial continuity. A difficult accomplishment given a 30 plus car chase across the desert with attackers and heros leaping from vehicle to vehicle.

Mad Max

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Stephen Mirrione. Honestly I just don’t want Spotlight to win anything.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Big Short: Hank Corwin. The film is creative in its editing to take very big ideas and give them visual understanding. This movie also has no fat. If you cut anything else it would fundamentally change the way the audience would understand the work.

Big Short

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Stephen Mirrione. I am committed to The Revenant being the big winner, which was not found in any of the writing categories, but has great potential for nabbing the Best Director spot. I think that editing will be the precursor to the bigger award.

Revenant

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
NOMINEES
Mad Max: Fury Road: Mark A. Mangini, David White
The Martian: Oliver Tarney
The Revenant: Martín Hernández, Lon Bender
Sicario: Alan Robert Murray
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Matthew Wood, David Acord

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Martín Hernández, Lon Bender. The approach to this film was realism. From the visual to the sound, this film makes a person feel cold. The line between sound editing and sound mixing is a blurred one. The Sound Editing is that of created elements and Sound mixing is taking those elements to make a delicious soup. The elements here may be small but has the larger emotional punch.

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Martian: Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth. I was surprised I liked this movie, so I would like to see it win one of these technical awards.

Martian

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Matthew Wood, David Acord. See Above.

Star Wars

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Martian: Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth. Because space.

Martian

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
NOMINEES
Ex Machina: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett
Mad Max: Fury Road: Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams
The Martian: Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Steven Warner
The Revenant: Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith, Cameron Waldbauer
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Roger Guyett, Pat Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould

Who Chris Wants To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams. Practical effects are still visual effects and those were real cars slamming into real cars in the middle of a real desert with minimal CGI additions. With the exception of the final crash (Stupid 3D reason because the really wrecked the War Rig with a specially built room – dude almost died), deserves the award.

Mad Max

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Martian: Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Steven Warner. I’m sure that Mad Max was great, but I’ve got to support Matt Damon Gets Saved Again.

Martian

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Roger Guyett, Pat Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould. The film made over two billion dollars in two months. It needs to win something? Like more money? The CGI is great with a return to a lot of practical effects. What they pulled off is incredible, but I guess if you have all the money you should probably be able to pull it off. Not my first choice but still deserving of the award.

Star Wars

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams. I think the Academy might surprise us all with this one.

Mad Max

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
NOMINEES
Mad Max: Fury Road: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, Damian Martin
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared: Love Larson, Eva Von Bahr
The Revenant: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini. Hardy is a beautiful man and looks terrible in the film. I don’t even know how you make such a handsome man look so bad. Plus, all the bear attack wounds. That make-up was really good too.

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini. Just a WAG.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini. See Above.

Revenant

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini. Just a WAG.

Revenant

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
NOMINEES
Spectre: Sam Smith, James Napier (as Jimmy Napes)
Song: “Writing’s On The Wall”
Youth: David Lang
Song: “Simple Song #3”
Fifty Shades of Grey: The Weeknd (as Abel Tesfaye), Belly (as Ahmad Balshe), Jason ‘DaHeala’ Quenneville, Stephan Moccio
Song: “Earned It”
The Hunting Ground: Diane Warren, Lady Gaga
Song: “Til It Happens to You”
Racing Extinction: J. Ralph, Antony Hegarty
Song: “Manta Ray”

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Hunting Ground: Diane Warren, Lady Gaga
Song: “Til It Happens to You”. Lady Gaga is one of the Best Pop artists today. Pop is short for Popular and she will probably win.

Hunting Ground

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Hunting Ground: Diane Warren, Lady Gaga
Song: “Til It Happens to You”. This was a pretty shitty year for this category. I’m not a huge fan of any of these songs, but I do dig Lady Gaga, so I will go with her.

Hunting Ground

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Hunting Ground: Diane Warren, Lady Gaga
Song: “Til It Happens to You”. See Above.

Hunting Ground

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Hunting Ground: Diane Warren, Lady Gaga
Song: “Til It Happens to You”. The Globes gave her an award for acting, and the Academy WILL give something to her for her music. The next Madonna, everyone.

Hunting Ground

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
NOMINEES
Carol: Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone
Sicario: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: John Williams
Bridge of Spies: Thomas Newman

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone, Morricone scored John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” The Hateful Eight is “The Thing” without aliens (Illegal Aliens, I’m looking at you Bob the Mexican). That Score should win too!

Hateful Eight

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone. Tarantino!!!!

Hateful Eight

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone. John Williams has been nominated 42 times and won four. Ennio Morricone has never won, and the score is worthy of the victory. Carter Burwell for Carol could be an upset but I think Morricone has the edge.

Hateful Eight

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: John Williams. Lucky number 42 will lead to his 5th win! I truly think this will be the only nod to Star Wars.

Star Wars

Best Short Film, Animated
NOMINEES
Bear Story: Gabriel Osorio Vargas, Pato Escala Pierart
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos: Konstantin Bronzit
Prologue: Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton
Sanjay’s Super Team: Sanjay Patel, Nicole Paradis Grindle
World of Tomorrow: Don Hertzfeldt

Who Chris Wants To Win: World of Tomorrow: Don Hertzfeldt. Sadly, did not get to this category and this is just a draw from the hat.

World of Tomorrow

Who Ron Wants To Win: Sanjay’s Super Team: Sanjay Patel, Nicole Paradis Grindle. Just a WAG.

Sanjay's Super Team

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: World of Tomorrow: Don Hertzfeldt. See Above.

World of Tomorrow

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: World of Tomorrow: Don Hertzfeldt. Another WAG.

World of Tomorrow

Best Short Film, Live Action
NOMINEES
Ave Maria: Basil Khalil, Eric Dupont
Day One: Henry Hughes
Everything Will Be Okay: Patrick Vollrath
Shok: Jamie Donoughue
Stutterer: Benjamin Cleary, Serena Armitage

Who Chris Wants To Win: Everything Will Be Okay: Patrick Vollrath. Sadly, did not get to this category and this is just a draw from the hat.

Everything Will Be Okay

Who Ron Wants To Win: Ave Maria: Basil Khalil, Eric Dupont

Ave Maria

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Everything Will Be Okay: Patrick Vollrath. See Above.

Everything Will Be Okay

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Ave Maria: Basil Khalil, Eric Dupont. Sure why not.

Ave Maria

Best Documentary, Short Subject
NOMINEES
Body Team 12: David Darg, Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the Lines: Courtney Marsh, Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah: Adam Benzine
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman

Who Chris Wants To Win: Last Day of Freedom: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman. Short subject with low stakes but has a very Humanistic theme most can relate to. A Girl in the River could be an upset but I think it won’t quite make it there due to the the academy voting block being mostly white older men.

Last Day of Freedom

Who Ron Wants To Win: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

A Girl In The River

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Last Day of Freedom: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman. See Above.

Last Day of Freedom

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

A Girl In The River

Best Documentary, Feature
NOMINEES
Amy: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
Cartel Land: Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
The Look of Silence : Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen
What Happened, Miss Simone?: Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, Justin Wilkes
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom: Evgeny Afineevsky, Den Tolmor

Who Chris Wants To Win: Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom: Evgeny Afineevsky, Den Tolmor. Because politics and documentary “are like shoe and lace, both are nothing without each other.” Good documentary but international politics are a pretty low priority today, unless it’s animal stuff.

Winter On Fire

Who Ron Wants To Win: What Happened, Miss Simone?: Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, Justin Wilkes. This was a wonderful documentary, about somebody I always thought I knew, but learned so much about. What an awesome lady!

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Amy: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees. The Academy has a history of giving statues to music documentaries, so easy points. Also, this film has probably been seen by the most people.

Amy

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Amy: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees. I don’t think this really deserves anything, but it did have the most eyes on it, I suppose.

Amy

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
NOMINEES
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
A War (Denmark)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Theeb (Jordan)

Who Chris Wants To Win: Son of Saul (Hungary). The film has won the most awards internationally, although this category is the most unpredictable because Hollywood is the center of the universe and subtitles are *stupid. HIgh Five.
*Subtitles are not stupid. To quote John Waters, “Give me white subtitles in a snowstorm.”

Son of Saul

Who Ron Wants To Win: Theeb (Jordan) . This was honestly the only one I saw. And it was good.

Theeb

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Son of Saul (Hungary). Mustang could take it, but will not.

Son of Saul

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Theeb (Jordan) . This was the easiest one to find on the Internet. That’s all I am going off of here.

Theeb

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
NOMINEES
Anomalisa: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Rosa Tran
Inside Out: Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera
Shaun the Sheep Movie: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
When Marnie Was There: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiaki Nishimura
Boy & the World: Alê Abreu

Who Chris Wants To Win: Shaun the Sheep Movie: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak. The film has little to no dialogue. It’s Claymation and British and therefore superior. All hail our Wallace and Gromit Overlords! Really, claymation is the best. Adam, “A Town Called Panic.” Am I right?

Shaun The Sheep

Who Ron Wants To Win: Anomalisa: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Rosa Tran. I’m gonna say it….THIS WAS THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR!!! I shit you not, I absolutely loved Anomalisa. I never would have imagined that they best film at the Oscars would be an animated film. But, with a genius like Charlie Kaufman on board, it’s pretty much to be expected. Seriously, watch this one. Hands down the best of the year.

Anamolisa

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Inside Out: Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera. Should have been nominated for Best Picture, but the Academy is still years away for nominating color.

Inside Out

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Anomalisa: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Rosa Tran. The Academy has a very reasonable hard-on for Charlie Kaufman. I’m almost willing to bet my 2nd favorite child on the fact this film wins. Again….BEST FILM OF THE YEAR!!!

Anamolisa

Best Achievement in Production Design
NOMINEES

Bridge of Spies: Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich
Mad Max: Fury Road: Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson
The Martian: Arthur Max, Celia Bobak
The Revenant: Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy

Who Chris Wants To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson. I want Mad Max to win more awards, but the film’sWho Ron Wants To Win: Anomalisa: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Rosa Tran. I’m gonna say it….THIS WAS THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR!!! I shit you not, I absolutely loved Anomalisa. I never would have imagined that they best film at the Oscars would be an animated film. But, with a genius like Charlie Kaufman on board, it’s pretty much to be expected. Seriously, watch this one. Hands down the best of the year.

Mad Max

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy. Just trying to collect some more points for my big pick of the year.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson. See Above.

Mad Max

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy. Even if I am completely wrong about The Revenant stealing the show, I’m pretty sure this will at least be a pity win.

Revenant

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