My Picks – Oscars 2017

As per the rules for my Online Oscar Contest, here are my picks. It’s not too late to join in and win a book or some sweet Amazon monies! For those who enter, know that I’m going to watch the show tomorrow night (recorded), so results will go out some time on Tuesday.

I saw almost all of the Best Picture nominees this year. Tough choices. When in doubt, Hollywood loves a good movie about Hollywood. La La Land to sweep!

Best Picture (3 pts): La La Land

Directing (2 pts): Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Original Screenplay (2 pts): Manchester by the Sea

Adapted Screenplay (2 pts): Arrival

Leading Actor (2 pts): Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Leading Actress (2 pts): Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Supporting Actor (2 pts): Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Supporting Actress (2 pts): Viola Davis – Fences

Production Design (1 pt): La La Land

Documentary Feature (1 pt): O.J. Made in America

Documentary Short(1 pt): The White Helmets

Animated Short(1 pt): Piper

Live Action Short Film (1 pt): Silent Nights

Foreign Language Film (1 pt): The Salesman (Iran)

Animated Feature (1 pt): Kubo and the Two Strings

Film Editing (1 pt): La La Land

Sound Editing (1 pt): La La Land

Sound Mixing (1 pt): La La Land

Cinematography (1 pt): La La Land

Visual Effects (1 pt): Kubo and the Two Strings

Costume Design (1 pt): Jackie

Makeup and Hairstyling (1 pt): A Man Called Ove

Original Score (1 pt): La La Land – Justin Hurwitz

Original Song (1 pt): City of Stars – La La Land

Oscars 2016 – My Picks

The 88th Academy Awards are tonight! As promised, below are my picks. And if you haven’t joined in yet, you have until the first award is announced to submit your own for a chance to win free books or Amazon money. Good luck, participants!

Best Picture (3 pts): The Big Short
Directing (2 pts): George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Original Screenplay (2 pts): Spotlight
Adapted Screenplay (2 pts): The Big Short
Leading Actor (2 pts): Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Leading Actress (2 pts): Brie Larson – Room
Supporting Actor (2 pts): Tom Hardy – The Revenant
Supporting Actress (2 pts): Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Production Design (1 pt): Mad Max: Fury Road
Documentary Feature (1 pt): Winter on Fire: Ukraines Fight for Freedom
Documentary Short(1 pt): Body Team 12
Animated Short(1 pt): World of Tomorrow
Live Action Short Film (1 pt): Shok
Foreign Language Film (1 pt): Embrace of the Serpent – Colombia
Animated Feature (1 pt): Inside Out
Film Editing (1 pt): Mad Max: Fury Road
Sound Editing (1 pt): Mad Max: Fury Road
Sound Mixing (1 pt): Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Cinematography (1 pt): The Revenant
Visual Effects (1 pt): Mad Max: Fury Road
Costume Design (1 pt): Cinderella
Makeup and Hairstyling (1 pt): The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Original Score (1 pt): The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
Original Song (1 pt): “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground

Oscar Excitement

In case you missed it, I’m hosting an Online Oscar Pool. You should get in on that.

The Big Day is this Sunday, and I’m excited. I’d like to share a little bit of that excitement with you.

First off, this is probably the funniest (and most adorable) Les Mis parody ever. Check it out:


Then we have some incredibly well done fan-art of the best picture noms by Jason Adams.

Beast of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

So… What’s your favorite poster? I love the way the title in Django is a chain being “unchained”and how the Life of Pi title hides seamlessly in the tiger’s stripes.

Anyone else out there excited for the “Superbowl of the Cinephiles”?

Don’t forget to submit your picks before 5:30 pacific time on Sunday, Feb 24th!