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Oscar Predictions 2020

UNLIKE LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME, I am right on track to have a perfect Oscars day. I am going to the movies early in the weekend and luckily, I can see my choices back to back. My shopping list is completed; all I need to do is pickup the ingredients for the treats to have on Oscar day. There will be a creamy dip accompanied by cinnamon sugar chips, pretzels baked with caramel chocolate pieces and topped with a pecan half and of course the main chocolate item: a chocolate brownie bread loaf; no stepping on a scale for 2 weeks for me. Household chores will get done long before the telecast and I do not plan on leaving the house several hours before the show; so, I have little concern on what the weather will be. My extra soft afghan is already on the sofa and I wiped clean any dust from my television screen; as you can see, I am all set to reap the rewards from this past year of watching movies.     NOW DESPITE MY EVERY BEST EFFORT to cover as many films as possible, this year’s nominees caused me some distress. There are a couple of categories where there are nominated films I not only did not see, but I never even heard of them. I do hope this is an anomaly and will not happen again. Because of this situation, in the category where I have not seen all the nominees, I will only list what I think should win and not what will win. With that being said, I want to take this moment and wish everyone a happy and fun Oscar viewing time. Once again there will be no host and I am totally fine with it. So, here we go; below please find my predictions on who should win and who will win this year’s Oscar awards.

 

BEST PICTURE

 

MY CHOICES:                                                                                    OSCAR PICKS:

1917                                                                                                1917

 

LEAD ACTOR

 

JOAQUIN PHOENIX                                                                        JOAQUIN PHOENIX

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR

 

BRAD PITT                                                                                    BRAD PITT

 

LEAD ACTRESS

 

RENEE ZELLWEGER                                                                        RENEE ZELLWEGER

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

KATHY BATES                                                                                    LAURA DERN

 

ANIMATED FEATURE

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

1917                                                                                                1917

 

DIRECTING

 

SAM MENDES                                                                                    BONG JOON HO

 

FILM EDITING

 

FORD V FERRARI                                                                        PARASITE

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

PARASITE

 

ORIGINAL SONG

 

STAND UP                                                                                    “(I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 

JOJO RABBIT                                                                                    THE IRISHMAN

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 

KNIVES OUT                                                                                    ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Oscar Nomination Picks 2017

THE time has come to put all of your worries aside, forget the chores, make your favorite food dishes and do something special for yourself. It is that time of year, after twelve months of movie watching, where I can relax and stretch myself out on the sofa to experience the blessed event—the Oscars telecast. My menu is set, all I have to do is pick-up the ingredients this weekend. I will be eating dinner early; the reason being it is not healthy to eat something then go lie down. It is bad for one’s digestion. I have declined all invitations to be part of an Oscar party since those attending tend not to devote all their attention to the show compared to me. Talking can only be tolerated during the commercial breaks. If everyone is settled in and there are no questions, let the show begin. I have listed below those nominees I think should win compared to those I think will win. Have a joyous night of fun and laughter everyone. So without further adieu, good luck to everyone and let the show begin.

 

SHOULD WIN:                                                                        WILL WIN:

 

Best Picture:

Hidden Figures                                                                           La La Land

 

Best Actress:

Natalie Portman                                                                         Emma Stone

 

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck                                                                               Denzel Washington

 

Best Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis                                                                                  Viola Davis

 

Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali                                                                            Jeff Bridges

 

Best Director:

Barry Jenkins                                                                            Damien Chazelle

 

Best Original Screenplay:

Manchester by the Sea                                                             La La Land

 

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Hidden Figures                                                                          Moonlight

 

Cinematography:

Silence                                                                                         La La Land

 

Best Animated Feature:

Kubo and the Two Strings                                                       Zootopia

 

Best Original Song:

How Far I’ll Go                                                                          City of Stars

Oscar Telecast

The telephone loudly pierced the purposeful silence that descended upon the house. It was less than 5 minutes prior to the Oscars telecast, so it was obvious the caller did not know me. Everyone who knows me knows not to call me on Oscar Sunday. I need the day to take care of life’s chores before settling in to watch the show and see how my predictions will fare. With the controversy over this year’s nominations I commend host Chris Rock tackling the subject head-on, with a mixture of humor and seriousness. I felt he found the perfect balance to carry off the monologue. As the show progressed I would have preferred it if Chris expanded beyond this one subject. Yes, there was the Girl Scout cookie moment but it seems ever since Ellen DeGeneres took that selfie shot in the audience, every telecast now has to have some kind of interaction with the audience. The cookie gag was funny for a moment but was not necessary in my opinion.

 

Though I just heard on the news that this telecast had the lowest television ratings of the past 8 years, I thought the news ticker running across the bottom of the screen listing the people the winners wanted to thank was a good idea; their speeches certainly seemed shorter to me. As far as I could remember this telecast was the closest to end on time compared to recent past shows. My favorite acceptance speeches were given by Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, though I wished the music was not playing during Alejandro’s speech like it did not for Leonardo. I also enjoyed the quick informational blurbs that appeared next to the presenters, despite them being a bit small to read at times. Since I am a big fan of music, I was looking forward to the singing of the nominated songs. Lady Gaga did not disappoint; I thought her performance was a highlight of the show and was surprised her song did not get an Oscar. The two presenters that stood out for me were Louis C.K. for Documentary Short Subject and Toy Story’s Woody and Buzz Lightyear for Best Animated Film. Oh and I cannot forget the robots from Star Wars and the Minions.

 

If you know me you probably realize there would have to be something startling inappropriate or poorly thought out for me to dislike an Oscar telecast. There have been hosts that were quickly forgettable, speeches that dragged on forever and presenters that used the opportunity for personal gain; but I do not care, the bottom line for me has always been the celebration of the movies I love. Ever since I was a little boy, sitting on the floor in front of the TV with my bowl of popcorn, the Oscars has been my favorite show to watch. So with that being said, it is time to close the chapter on this year’s Oscar telecast and begin seeking out what will get the nod for next year’s show.

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