Academy Awards

A Few Thoughts on the Craziest Oscars I Can Remember

Posted by Matthew on February 27, 2017
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The 89th Annual Academy Awards took place last night. It was an … interesting show. While Simon and I live-blogged the whole thing I have a few follow-up thoughts on the spectacle.

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89th Academy Awards Liveblog!

Posted by Matthew on February 26, 2017
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Greetings all! Tonight is the night of the 89th Annual Academy Awards and for the sixth year we will be live blogging the night! We’ll be posting some updates to twitter but the bulk of it will be right here.

We’ll be updating the winners below, and here are Matt’s predictions.

The show starts in 40 minutes, we’ll see you then!

The Winners:

  • Best Picture: Moonlight La La Land
  • Best Director: Damien Chazelle for Moonlight.
  • Best Actor: Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Actress: Emma Stone in La La Land
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali in Moonlight
  • Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis in Fences
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McRaney for Moonlight
  • Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman (Iran)
  • Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
  • Best Animated Short: Piper
  • Best Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made In America
  • Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets
  • Best Live Action Short: Sing
  • Best Cinematography: La La Land
  • Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
  • Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
  • Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Best Production Design: La La Land
  • Best Original Song: City of Stars from La La Land
  • Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz for La La Land
  • Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
  • Best Sound Editing: Arrival
  • Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

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Matt’s 2017 Oscar Thoughts and Predictions

Posted by Matthew on February 15, 2017
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The Academy Awards are upon us once again. It’s easy to be cynical about the Oscars, whether it’s because your favourite films never win or because of the endless campaigning, or because it’s, or because of the whole “rich people giving each other statues” thing, but I still kinda like them.

This year the nominees are mostly good, so here they all are along with some thoughts, opinions, and a prediction or two.

The Oscars are being held on the 26th of February. Join us on the day for our 6th annual liveblog of the ceremony!

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2016 Academy Awards Liveblog

Posted by Matthew on February 28, 2016
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Is the 88th Annual Academy Awards, and the 5th Annual Awesome Friday Oscars Liveblog! Newer updates are at the top!

Winners so Far: (y or n for my predictions)

  • Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight (y)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short (y)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (n)
  • Best Costume Design: Mad Max (n)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Production Design: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (y)
  • Best Editing: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Sound Editing: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina (n)
  • Best Animated Short: Bear Story (-)
  • Best Animated Feature: Inside Out (y)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (n)
  • Best Documentary Short: A Girl in the River (-)
  • Best Documentary Feature: Amy (y)
  • Best Live Action Short: Stutterer (-)
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (-)
  • Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone (y)
  • Best Original Song: The Writing’s On The Wall (n)
  • Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu (y)
  • Best Actress: Brie Larson (y)
  • Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (y)
  • Best Picture: Spotlight (n)

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Matt’s Oscar Predictions

Posted by Matthew on February 28, 2016
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The Oscars are tonight and as usual we’ll be live blogging them! Just so they’re on the record ahead of time here are my predictions for each category.

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87th Academy Awards Live Blog

Posted by Matthew on February 22, 2015
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This is a live blog. Newest posts at the top.

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INCOMING: The Annual Awesome Friday Oscars Liveblog Starts Soon

Posted by Simon on February 22, 2015
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It’s been a slow start to 2015 for all of us. That changes today. Here comes the 2015 Oscars or, as Matt so eloquently refers to it, rich people giving their friends golden statues. And we’ll be there every step of the way.

The main show starts at 5:30pm PT, and we’ll start wittering away from twenty minutes or so beforehand on the site liveblog. As you can image from Matt’s reaction to the nominations, it’s likely to be a rather sarcastic affair that is sure to reference the absence of The Lego Movie roughly 2,428 times. Join us and join in!

Kat’s going to be giving her own spin on the event on her Twitter, and Matt and I will more than likely be posting to the Awesome Friday Twitter too, so you have many options for your Oscars viewing pleasure.

See you soon!

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The 2015 Oscar Nominations (Or The Year I Fall Out Of Love With The Oscars)

Posted by Matthew on January 15, 2015
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This morning the nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards wre announced and boy howdy were they ever bull-fucking-shit. You can take to my twitter stream to see some of my immediate reactions but basically the nominations don’t make a lot of sense to me.

Selma, a movie that is critically acclaimed and features an amazing performance by David Oyelowo and fantastic direction by director Ava DuVernay was nominated for best picture and best song, but literally nothing else.

The Lego Movie was left out of the best Animated Feature race, but Big Hero 6 made it in.

The Academy can nominate as many as ten films for best picture but nly nominated 8. They included The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything, (which are both fine, but not great) but left out Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, The Lego Movie, and tons of others.

Tilda Swinton, who had three amazing performances this year, didn’t get nominated. Bradley Cooper is nominated for the third year in a row despite being in a film that as far as I can tell is a bore. Someone must really like him.

All 20 acting nominees are white. 7 of the 8 best picture nominees are about white male heroes. That’s bad even by the standards of the old mens “we hate change” club that is the Academy.

I could go on but I won’t. I will say that there are some good things happening. JK Simmons is nominated! Wes Anderson has his first ever Best Director nod! I’ve always liked the oscars and I’ve enjoyed live blogging the ceremony the last few years but this years nominees are all… “safe”. Which is a real shame. This might be the year I finally fall out of love with the Oscars.

Hit the jump to see the full list but despair as the good is far outweighed by the bad.

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Awesome: Watch The Final Shot Of Every Best Picture Oscar Winner

Posted by Matthew on November 04, 2014
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The last shot of a film is the one that sticks on your brain, and the best final shots stick in your brain for a long time. Here are 86 final shots from the 86 Best Picture Oscar winners.

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Host the Oscars? NPH Would Totally Do That.

Posted by Katherine on October 15, 2014
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced that Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Academy Awards (the Oscars) on February 22, 2015.  Last year Ellen Degeneres hosted and had the most viewers in 14 years.  Here’s hoping NPH can keep the streak alive.

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Awesome: Check Out The Nominee Title Cards from This Years Oscars

Posted by Matthew on March 09, 2014
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One of the cooler things at this years Academy Awards wasn’t anything that happened on stage, it was on the monitors as nominees were announced. Sounds silly but each nominee had an amazingly designed title card for each category. They were created by Mill+, the firm which has been doing design work for the show for the past few years.

I’ve included some of my favourites (including the Best Screenplay Card for Blue Jasmine above).

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86th Academy Awards Liveblog

Posted by Matthew on March 02, 2014
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86th Oscars

It’s that time again folks for us to sit in judgement of choices that millionaires make as they give each other solid gold statues.

You can check Matt’s predictions here but in the mean time sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight.

Newest updates at the top of the page.

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Matt’s 2014 Oscar Predictions

Posted by Matthew on March 01, 2014
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86th Oscars

The Oscars are tomorrow! We’ll be live blogging them for the third year running and last year it was fun to have my thoughts out there ahead of time, so I’m going to lock myself into a few predictions again.

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Oscar Madness: Academy Rescinds Nomination In Original Song Category

Posted by Matthew on January 29, 2014
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And not just because it’s a bad song either.

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86th Oscars Awards Nominations Announced: Gravity and American Hustle Lead The Pack

Posted by Matthew on January 16, 2014
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The Academy Awards Nominations were announced this morning and, unsurprisingly, American Hustle leads the pack with ten nods. Slightly surprisingly, Gravity has the same number of nominations. Also slightly surprisingly, 12 Years a Slave has one less with nine. Also unsurprisingly, The Wolf of Wall Street has just five.

Hit the jump to see the full list of millionaires who might receive the most coveted golden statues.

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