So as you might know the Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) were held last night in Hollywood and it was quite a show once again.
I have tried to watch as many movies as I could before this event and just as last year, I’m going to compare my favorites to the people/ movies who actually won. I won’t be discussing every category as I’m not that much of a film connoisseur, and because I simply (and sadly) haven’t seen enough movies. I’ll just go over those categories in which I have an opinion about who should have won.
Who won: Birdman
My favorite: The Imitation Game
This was the most difficult one for me as the nominees were all so different in genre and I loved many of the movies. But as I enjoyed ‘The Imitation Game’ best, that one got my vote. It had the best plot and I simply adored that one most. So to say I’m disappointed that my least favorite one of the nominees won, would be an understatement. Of course, Birdman wasn’t a bad movie. It was a strong one performance-wize, but to me it wasn’t the best movie of them all. I guess I must have misunderstood certain things in this movie considering it did win many Oscars.
Who won: Eddie Redmayne
My favorite: Eddie Redmayne
To me, Eddie totally deserves this Oscar. His portrait of Stephan Hawking was spot on. Of course the other performances were great as well (even the performance of Miles Teller which should have been nominated as well!) but to me there was no doubt about Eddie being the best. So yup, happy about Eddie being able to take that little statue home.
Who won: Julianne Moore
My favorite: Julianne Moore
Although I haven’t seen ‘Still Alice’ yet, I still wanted Julianne to win so I’m dilirous to see that she won. I’ve seen many clips and trailers and she just blew me away in those little bits. I can’t wait to see the actual movie. I guess I’ll keep my kleenex within reach. Oh, and how adorable was she accepting the award? Such a sweet woman!
Best Supporting Actor
Who won: J.K Simmons
My favorite: J.K Simmons
I had hardly seen any of the movies for which the actors in this category were nominated, but as I was completely blown away by J.K. Simmons performance in Whiplash I just needed him to win this award.
Best Supporting Actress
Who won: Patricia Arquette
My favorite: Emma Stone
I’m just biased. I’ve always loved Emma Stone and I especially liked her rebel character in this movie which is why my vote goes to her. So yeah, I’m sad she didn’t win, but on the other hand Patricia deserved it as well.
Who won: Birdman
My favorite: The Grand Budapest Hotel
This category winner upsets me most. To me, The Grand Budapest Hotel had the best cinematography by far. I get it, Birdman was a single-shot and that’s pretty hard to do, but I never liked those. So yeah, I definitely don’t agree with the academy on this one.
Best Original Score
Who won: The Grand Budapest Hotel
My favorite: The Theory of Everything
“The Theory of Everything’ has such a beautiful score. Why oh why didn’t it win? But on the other hand, The Grand Budapest Hotel would have probably been my second choice so it’s okay as well.
Who won: Whiplash
My favorite: Whiplash
There was no doubt for me about this one. Whiplash had the best editing and the last few minutes of this movie was just perfect. I’ve heard many people saying they wanted Boyhood to win this awards because it can’t be easy to edit 12 years of material into a two hour (or something) movie, but to me Whiplash deserved this win.
So that was it. A few disappointments for me, but many of my favorites won, so overall I’m happy with the outcome. Can’t wait to watch Still Alice – which I will finally see March 13th – and a few of the other Oscar-winning and nominated movies.
Until next time,
With love, Ellen