Oscar Nominations 2014

Oscar Nominations came out this past Thursday!

complete list: http://oscar.go.com/nominees

Surprises: 

  • Philomena got four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Actress for Judi Dench, I never really heard about this film before awards season, same with Nebraska which got 6 nominations, but it looks very good
  • Jonah Hill’s Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination for Wolf of Wall Street. Whaa?? He wasn’t even nominated for the Golden Globe, SAG, etc. Seems very random
  • Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips for Best Picture, I don’t know, I was surprised

SNUBS:

  • Saving Mr.Banks only got nominated for Original Score. What about Emma Thompson or Tom Hanks for Best Actress and Best Actor? Also for Tom Hanks: nothing for Captain Phillips
  • Inside Llewyn Davis only got two nominations for Cinematography and Sound Mixing. This film seemed like a perfect nominee for so many categories especially Original Song and screenplay. Even though it topped many critics list, the Cohen brothers have been almost shut out this year.
  • Monster’s University for Best Animated Feature. I do admit this movie was a little weak but I thought the Academy loved Pixar.
  • Out of American Hustle‘s 10 nominations, it  lost out on a Best Makeup and Hair styling nomination. I feel like half that movie was the hair!
  • Robert Redford for All is Lost, early front-runner too
  • actually a lot of the early front-runners like Lee Daniel’s The Butler (Oprah was awesome!) and Fruitvale Station got no love from the Academy

That’s all I can think of, again check out the complete list for the other nominations! Closer to the actual show on March 2nd, we’ll reveal our predictions!

Argo

One more day!!!!!! AHHHH!!!! I cannot wait for the Oscars and to release some of my pent-up energy, I decided to do one more post until the show. Argo: my prediction for Best Picture. I saw it last week and I can only say that it rightfully deserves the Oscar.

Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, is a dramatization about the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation in which Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), a CIA operative, led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis by creating the alibi of a phony film being shot in Tehran. Also starring Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman, the film is up for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor(Arkin).

I thought Argo was great. The casting was excellent. Ben Affleck did a good job as Tony Mendez, and Alan Arkin and John Goodman were hilarious! The film was also very tense and suspenseful. Very suspenseful. I was practically rocking back and forth during the climax scene at the airport. It was hair raising! The sound mixing added all the suspense and should win the Oscar it’s nominated for.

It  is not rare to see a historical film like this have so much of an impact on audiences everywhere, but really my favorite part of the movie was actually learning about this secret operation that would not have otherwise known about. The mission was declassified for such a long time and until 1997, when former President Bill Clinton declassified it, many people were oblivious to the whole thing. It’s so amazing how brave all those involved in the operation were especially Mendez, who had all the pressure thrown on his back, and the six diplomats, who had to presume complete fake identies in order to not get caught. They could get killed, but they still went ahead with it. If that was me, I think I would have collapsed with fear and anxiety. Kudos to Ben Affleck for bringing this amazing story to light.

ALL IN ALL: Argo is suspenseful, thrilling film that tells the story of a ground-breaking operation, and deserves all the acclaim.

image from: http://latino-review.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Argo-Poster.jpg