Category Archives: OSCARS

THE 93RD ANNUAL OSCAR NODS ARE IN FOR 2021:

The following 8 movies are all Oscar-nominated for best picture and more. Click any movie title below, to see the associated review.

CLICK HERE to see a complete list of 2021 Oscar winners after 4/25/21


JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

 

Nominated for:

Best: Picture, 2 nods for Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Original Song, and Original screenplay

— Totaling  6  Nominations —

WON BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR AND BEST ORIGINAL SONG

 

 


MANK


Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Make-up and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Adapted Screenplay

— Totaling 10 Nominations —

WON BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AND BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

 


MINARI

 

Nominated for:

Best: Picture, Actress, Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Original Score, and Best Adapted ScreenPlay

— Totaling 6 Nominations —

WON BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

 


NOMADLAND



Nominated for:

Best: Picture, Director, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Film Editing, and Adapted Screenplay

— Totaling 6 Nominations — 

WON BEST PICTURE, BEST ACTRESS, AND BEST DIRECTOR

 

 


            SOUND OF METAL

 

Nominated for:

Best: Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, Film Editing, Sound, and Original Screenplay

— Totaling 6 Nominations –

WON BEST SOUND AND
FILM EDITING

 

 


      THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

 

Nominated for:

Best: Picture, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Song, and Original Screenplay

— Totaling 6 Nominations –

WON FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

 


    PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

 

Nominated for:

Best: Picture, Actress, Director, Film Editing, and Original Screenplay

— Totaling 5 Nominations –

WON ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 

 

 


THE FATHER

 

Nominated for:

Best: Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, Film Editing, Production Design, and Adapted Screenplay

— Totaling 6 Nominations

WON BEST ACTOR AND
ADAPTED  SCREENPLAY

 


 

CLICK ANY OF THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE CRITIQUES FOR OTHER OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIES:

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, One Night in Miami, Pieces of a Woman, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Hillbilly Elegy, News of the World, Emma, Mulan, Pinocchio, Another Round, Da 5 Bloods, Soul, Tenet, The White Tiger, Love and Monsters, The One and Only Ivan, Onward, Over the Moon, Wolfwalkers, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Formageddon, Greyhound, The Midnight Sky, The Life Ahead, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

 

 

THE 92ND ANNUAL OSCAR NODS ARE IN FOR 2020:

The following 9 movies are all Oscar-nominated for best picture and more. Click any movie title below, to see the associated review.

CLICK HERE to see a complete list of 2020 Oscar winners

FORD V FERRARI

 

 

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing

— Totaling  3  Nominations —

WON FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, AND FILM EDITING

 

 


JOKER

 

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Make-up and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Adapted Screenplay

— Totaling 11 Nominations —

WON FOR BEST ACTOR, AND BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

 


LITTLE WOMEN

 

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Adapted ScreenPlay

— Totaling 6 Nominations —

WON FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN

 

 


       1917


Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Screenplay

— Totaling 10 Nominations — 

WON FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST VISUAL EFFECTS, AND BEST SOUND MIXING

 


ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

 

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design,  Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

— Totaling 9 Nominations –

WON FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR AND PRODUCTION DESIGN

 

 


MARRIAGE STORY

 

 

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay

— Totaling 6 Nominations –

WON FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 


     THE IRISHMAN

 

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best TWO Supporting Actors, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Original Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design

— Totaling 10 Nominations –

 


JOJO RABBIT

 

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Adapted Screenplay 

— Totaling 6 Nominations

WON FOR ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 

 


PARASITE


Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best International Feature Film, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Original Screenplay

— Totaling 6 Nominations

WON FOR BEST: PICTURE, INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM, DIRECTOR, AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 


CLICK ANY OF THE AVAILABLE LINKS BELOW TO SEE CRITIQUES FOR OTHER OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIES:

The Two Popes, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Ad Astra, Avengers: Endgame, Knives Out, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Richard Jewell, Rocketman, The Lighthouse, The Lion King, Judy, Harriet, Bombshell, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Pain and Glory, Breakthrough

THE 91ST ANNUAL OSCAR NODS ARE IN FOR 2019:

The following 8 movies are all Oscar nominated for best picture and more. Click any movie title below, to see the associated review.

CLICK HERE to see a complete list of 2019 Oscar winners.


            A STAR IS BORN

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Original Song, Adapted Screenplay and Sound Mixing

— Totaling 8 Nominations —

WON FOR BEST Original Song – (Shallow)


           BLACK PANTHER

Nominated for:
BEST: Picture, Costume Design, Original Score, Original Song, Production Design, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

–Totaling 7 Nominations —

WON FOR BEST: Production Design, Costume Design and Original Score

 


  BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Nominated for:

BEST: Picture, Actor, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing

— Totaling 5 Nominations —

WON FOR BEST: Actor, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing

 

 


             GREEN BOOK

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing

— Totaling 5 Nominations —

WON FOR BEST: Picture, Supporting Actor and Original Screenplay

 


             THE FAVOURITE

Nominated for:

BEST; Picture, Director, Actress, 2 Supporting Actress Nominations, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, and Original Screenplay

— Totaling 10 Nominations —

WON FOR BEST Actress
(Olivia Coleman)


       BLACKkKLANSMAN

Nominated for:

BEST: Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing and Original

— Totaling 3 Nominations —

 

WON FOR BEST Adapted Screenplay

 


                        VICE

Nominated for:

BEST: Picture, Supporting Actress, Actor, Supporting Actor, Director, Original Screenplay, Makeup & Hairstyling and Film Editing

— Totaling 8 Nominations —

WON FOR BEST Makeup and Hairstyling

 


                       ROMA

Nominated for:

BEST: Picture, Director, Actress, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Foreign-Language Film,  Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing

— Totaling 10 Nominations —

WON FOR BEST: Director, Foreign-Language Film & Cinematography


CLICK ANY OF THE BLUE LINKS BELOW TO SEE CRITIQUES FOR THESE OTHER OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIES: 

NOTEALL MOVIES BELOW WILL BE CRITEQUED SHORTLY AS I SEE THEM AND WRITE THEIR REVIEW.

The Wife, At Eternity’s Gate, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mirai, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Cold War, Never Look Away, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, RBG, Shoplifters, Capernaum, Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Robin, First Man, Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story, First Reformed

 

THE 90TH ANNUAL OSCAR NODS ARE IN FOR 2018:

The following 9 movies are all Oscar nominated for best picture and more. Click any movie title below, to see the associated review.

CLICK HERE to see a complete list of 2018 Oscar winners


            DARKEST HOUR

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best  Actor, Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling and Production Design

— Totaling 6 Nominations —

WON FOR:  BEST ACTOR AND MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

 


                  GET OUT

 

Nominated for:
BEST: Picture, Actor, Director and Original Screenplay

–Totaling 4 Nominations —

 

WON FOR: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 


           LADY BIRD

 

Nominated for:

BEST: Picture, Director, Actress, Supporting Actress, and Original Sceenplay

— Totaling 5 Nominations —

 

 


                  THE POST

 

 

Nominated for:

Best Picture and Best Actress

— Totaling 2 Nominations —

 

 


      THE SHAPE OF WATER

Nominated for:

BEST: Picture, Director,  Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Original Screenplay

— Totaling 13 Nominations —

WON FOR: BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTOR, ORIGINAL SCORE AND PRODUCTION DESIGN


THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOUI

Nominated for:

BEST: Picture, Actress, 2 Supporting Actor Nominations, Film Editing, Original Score and Original Screenplay

— Totaling 7 Nominations —

WON FOR: BEST ACTRESS AND BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

 


     CALL ME BY MY NAME

Nominated for:

BEST: Picture, Actor, Adapted Screenplay and Original Song

— Totaling 4 Nominations —

 

WON FOR: ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 


                  DUNKIRK

 Nominated for:

BEST: Picture, Director,  Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing

— Totaling 8 Nominations —

WON FOR:  FILM EDITING, SOUND EDITING AND SOUND MIXING

 


       PHANTOM THREAD

Nominated for:

BEST: Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Costume Design and Original Score

— Totaling 6 Nominations —

 

WON FOR: COSTUME DESIGN

 


CLICK ANY OF THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE CRITIQUES FOR THESE OTHER OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIES:

The Florida Project, All the Money in the World, Roman J. Israel, ESQ., Mudbound, I, Tonya, The Boss Baby, The Breadwinner, Coco, Ferdinand, Loving Vincent, Blade Runner 2049, Beauty and the Beast, Victoria & Abdul, Baby Driver, Wonder, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Marshall, The Greatest Showman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, War for the Planet of the Apes, The Disaster Artist, Logan, Molly’s Game

THE 89TH ANNUAL OSCAR NODS ARE IN FOR 2017:

The following 9 movies are all Oscar nominated for best picture and more. Click any movie title below, to see the associated review.

CLICK HERE to see a complete list of 2017 Oscar winners


HIDDEN FIGURES


Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

— Totaling 3 Nominations —

 


WON FOR: Best Actress, Best Director, Cinematography, Original Score, Original Song, Production Design

      LA LA LAND
La La Land

Nominated for:
Best: Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Screenplay, 2 Original Songs: Audition/Can’t Stop the Feeling Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing

–Totaling 14 Nominations —


       LION
lion

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Cinematography, Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Original Score

— Totaling 6 Nominations —


WON FOR: Best Actor and Original Screenplay

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

manchesterbythesea

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Support Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Original Screenplay

— Totaling 6 Nominations —

 
 


WON FOR: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay

     MOONLIGHT
moonlight

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing and Original Score

— Totaling 8 Nominations —

 


HELL OR HIGH WATER
hellorhighwater

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Film Editing, and Original Screenplay

— Totaling 4 Nominations —

 

 


WON FOR: Best Supporting Actress

      FENCES
fences


Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Adapted Screenplay

— Totaling 4 Nominations —

 


WON FOR: Sound Editing

    ARRIVAL
arrival

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing

— Totaling 8 Nominations —

 


WON FOR: Film Editing and Sound Mixing

HACKSAW RIDGE
hacksawridge

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing

— Totaling 6 Nominations —

 

 


CLICK ANY OF THE TITLES BELOW TO SEE CRITIQUES FOR THESE OTHER OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIES:

Captain Fantastic, Nocturnal Animals, Loving, Jackie, Florence Foster Jenkins, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Life Animated, A Man Called Ove, Star Trek Beyond, Suicide Squad, Passengers, Hail Caesar!, Sully, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, Kubo and the Two Strings, 20th Century Women, The Lobster, The White Helmets, 13th, OJ: Made in America, Silence, Zootopia, Trolls, Moana

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THE 88th ANNUAL OSCAR NODS ARE IN FOR 2016:

 

The following 8 movies are all Oscar nominated for best picture and more. Click any movie title below, to see the associated review.

CLICK HERE to see a complete list of 2016 Oscar winners.


WON FOR: Best Supporting Actor

  BRIDGE OF SPIES
BridgeOfSpies


Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay

— Totaling 6 Nominations —

 


   BROOKLYN
Brooklyn


Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Actress and Adapted Screenplay

–Totaling 3 Nominations —

 
 


WON FOR: Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
MadMax_FuryRoad

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design, Best Director, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects

— Totaling 10 Nominations —

 


WON FOR: Best Actress

    ROOM
Room

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director and Adapted Screenplay

— Totaling 4 Nominations —

 

 


WON FOR: Best Picture and Original Screenplay

   SPOTLIGHT
Spotlight

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Support Actress, Best Director, Film Editing and Original Screenplay

— Totaling 6 Nominations —

 
 


WON FOR: Adapted Screenplay

   THE BIGSHORT
TheBigShort

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay

— Totaling 5 Nominations —

 
 


  THE MARTIAN
TheMartian

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Adapted Screenplay

— Totaling 7 Nominations —

 


WON FOR: Best Director and Best Actor

   THE REVENANT
TheRevenant

Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Costume Design, Best Director, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects

— Totaling 12 Nominations —

 


CLICK ANY ONE OF THE TITLES LISTED BELOW TO SEE CRITIQUES FOR THESE OTHER OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIES:

Trumbo, Steve Jobs, The Danish Girl, Carol, Joy, 45 Years, Creed, The Hateful 8, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Spectre, Ex Machina, The Hunting Ground, Cinderella, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared, Amy, What Happened, Miss Simone?  Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, Fifty Shades of Grey, Straight Outta Compton,  Inside Out Cartel Land

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THE 87th ANNUAL OSCAR NODS ARE IN FOR 2015:

The following 8 movies are all Oscar nominated for best picture and more. Click a movie title link to see the associated review.

Click Here to see a full list of Oscar winners

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 Won For:   Sound Editing

AMERICAN SNIPER

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NOMINATED FOR:

Best Picture, Best Actor, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay (writing)

— Totaling 6 Nominations —

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Won For:  Best Picture / Best Directing / Cinematography / Original Screenplay (Writing)

BIRDMAN

Birdman

NOMINATED FOR:

Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Sound Editing, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Original Screenplay (writing)

— Totaling 9 nominations —

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Won For:   Best Supporting Actress

BOYHOOD

SmallBoyhood

NOMINATED FOR:

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Directing, Film Editing,, Original Screenplay (writing)

— Totaling 6 nominations —

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 Won For:   Adapted Screenplay (Writing)

THE IMITATION GAME

SmallTheImitationGame

NOMINATED FOR:

Best Picture, Directing, Best Actor, Best Actress,Film Editing, Music: Original Score, Production Design, Adapted Screenplay (writing)

— Totaling 8 Nominations —
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Won For:   Costume Design / Makeup & Hair Styling                        / Music: Original Score / Production Design

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

TheGrandBudapestHotel

NOMINATED FOR:

Best Picture, Directing, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup & Hair Styling, Music: Original Score, Production Design, Original Screenplay (writing)

— Totaling 9 Nominations —
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 Won For:   Music: Original Score

SELMA

Selma

NOMINATED FOR:

Best Picture and Music: Original Song

— Totaling 2 Nominations —
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Won For:   Best Actor

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

TheTheoryOfEverything

NOMINATED FOR:

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Music: Original Song, Adapted Screenplay (writing)

— Totaling 5 Nominations —
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Won For:   Best Supporting Actor / Film Editing /                             Sound Mixing

WHIPLASH

Whiplash

NOMINATED FOR:

Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay (writing)

— Totaling 5 Nominations —
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CLICK ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES TO SEE CRITIQUES FOR THESE OTHER OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIES:

BEGIN AGAIN, BEYOND THE LIGHTS, CAPTAIN AMERICAN: THE WINTER SOLDIER, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, FOXCATCHER, GONE GIRL, GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY, THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE 5 ARMIES IDA, INHERENT VICE, INTERSTELLAR, INTO THE WOODS, THE JUDGE, MALEFICENT, MR. TURNER, NIGHTCRAWLER, STILL ALICE, UNBROKEN, WILD, XMEN: DAYS OF THE FUTURE PAST

 

 

THE 86th ANNUAL OSCAR NODS ARE IN For 2014:

 

The following 9 movies are all Oscar nominated for best picture and more. Click any movie title to see the associated review.  Winning categories among these 9 best picture nominees are now in  and displayed in blue, below.

 Click Here to see a full list of ALL 86th Annual Oscar Winners.

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WON FOR:  Best Picture / Best Supporting Actress / Adapted Screenplay

12 YEARS A SLAVE – Nominated for:
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Best Picture
, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Production Design, Adapted Screenplay

 

— Totaling 9 Nominations — 

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AMERICAN HUSTLE – Nominated for: 

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Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Production Design, Original Screenplay

 — Totaling 10 nominations —

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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Nominated for:

SmallCaptailPhillips

 

Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay

 

— Totaling 5 nominations —

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WON FOR:  Best Actor / Best Supporting Actor / Makeup and Hairstyling

 

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB – Nominated for:

SmallDallasBuyersClub

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Film Editing, Makeup and Hair Styling, Original Screenplay

 

— Totaling 6 Nominations —

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WON FOR:  Directing / Cinematography / Achievement in Film Editing / Original Score / Sound Editing / Sound Mixing / Visual Effects

 

GRAVITY– Nominated for:
SmallGravity

 

Best Picture, Best Actress, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects

— Totaling 10 Nominations — 

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WON FOR: Original Screenplay

HER– Nominated for:
Her

 

Best Picture, Original Score, Production Design, Original Screenplay

— Totaling 4 Nominations —

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NEBRASKA
– Nominated for:

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Directing, Original Screenplay

— Totaling 6 Nominations —

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PHILOMENA– Nominated for:
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Best Picture, Best Actress, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay


— Totaling 4 Nominations — 

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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – Nominated for:
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Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Directing, Adapted Screenplay


— Totaling 5 Nominations — 

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CLICK EITHER OF THE 2 WINNING MOVIES, DISPLAYED IN BLUE BELOW,  TO SEE WHAT CATEGORIES THEY WON OSCARS.

CLICK ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES TO SEE REVIEWS FOR THESE OTHER OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIES:

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTYBLUE JASMINE, PRISONERS, THE GREAT GATSBY, THE LONE RANGER, LONE SURVIVOR, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, IRON MAN 3, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, SAVING MR. BANKSTHE BOOK THIEF, ALL IS LOSTINSIDE LLEWYN DAVISTHE GRANDMASTER, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

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THE 85th ANNUAL OSCAR NODS ARE IN FOR 2013!

There are 9 nominees for Best Picture this year and I must say, I can’t decide on a winner.  These 9 movies are truly Oscar worthy.  The nominees are:
Lincoln,  Argo,  Zero Dark Thirty,  Life of Pi,  Silver Linings Playbook,  Les Misèrables, Amour,  Django Unchained  and  Beast of the Southern Wild.

CLICK HERE to see a complete list of 2013 Oscar winners.

LINCOLN:      My rating:  10/10     Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor!
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I picked Lincoln to win Best Picture because I was mesmerized from the onset of the movie.  I was in tears by the time the Gettysburg address was recited.  By the time Tommy Lee Jones came on the scene, I was frozen to my seat and taking in every word.  By the end of the movie I was totally engrossed not wanting Lincoln to end.  Performances by Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Daniel Day-Lewis were extraordinary.   I finally understood what it takes to pass a bill.  The entire process is just amazing.  Lincoln was a real history lesson and an insight into current day issues.  Washington is just one big courtroom trying our life’s issues where everyone believes they’re a chief and we the people are the Indians!  I loved this movie the most out of all the other Oscar nominations.  I believe it should win.

AND THE WINNER FOR BEST PICTURE IS:
ARGO:           My rating:  9.5/10
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Argo ran a close second for me, as it told a true story that everyone knew the ending of but managed to keep you on the edge of your seat.  I found Argo exciting, well acted, well cast and quite humorist in all the right places.  Argo is up for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score), Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).  Considering this was Ben Affleck’s first directing endeavor, “he done good”.  I’m sorry to see that he was snubbed by the Academy for a director’s nod but am glad to see that he won other awards for this project.  Argo was another history lesson that showed us what determination and team work can do, even with an impossible situation like this one.  Even though Lincoln is my first pick, I wouldn’t be upset if Argo won.

ZERO DARK THIRTY:         My rating:  8.5/10
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In my humble opinion, Zero Dark Thirty was not as good as Argo or Lincoln but none the less, entertaining and well acted.  Up for Best Picture as well as Best Actress and Sound Editing, Zero Dark Thirty didn’t spark my interest as much as I thought it would.  Most of the focus was concentrated on Jessica Chastain’s character which didn’t seem credible in the real world.  Since this is a true story I think it should basically stick to the facts.  I have nothing to base any misinformation on, so I will focus on the entertainment factor rather than the factual aspect.   Zero Dark Thirty told a pretty good story for the most part, I just didn’t think it was truthful.

THE WINNER FOR BEST DIRECTOR IS:
LIFE OF PI:   My rating:  9/10
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This story was told with all the guts and hardship one could muster.  Life of Pi is up for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score), Best Music (Original Song), Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).  I loved the graphics and technical aspects of this movie.  Based on one man’s powerful imagination, a tragedy emerged that was pushed to the background so that we could be a part of a story of all stories.  I found Life of Pi exciting, entertaining, well acted and well directed.  This movie was a relief and an escape from some of the not so good stories I’ve seen lately.  Oscar worthy, I highly recommend Life of Pi.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK:      My rating:  10/10   Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress!
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I saw this movie on my birthday.  What a birthday surprise.  I laughed out loud throughout the movie.  I was so entertained I had to see it twice.  Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (both nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively) were incredible.  I was being hit from every angle of this movie (in a good way).  I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything away.  I think the element of surprise was one of this movie’s strong points.  I think this movie is a “must see”.  I would not be upset if Silver Linings Playbook won for Best Picture.  Comedies usually don’t win so I don’t hold out much hope and Lincoln is still my pick.  Silver Linings Playbook is also up for Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

LES MISÈRABLES:   My rating:  8/10      Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress!
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Les Misèrables is up for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Music (Original Song), Best Production Design and Best Sound Mixing.  I saw Les Misèrables on Broadway and loved it.  On the big screen, I think it losses some of its misery.  Russell Crow was amazing, as was Hugh Jackman and Ann Hathaway.  Don’t get me wrong, the story was still sad and unfortunate and I still fell in love with the actor’s singing and ability to tell such a sad story in song.  I just didn’t fell the misery as I did on Broadway.  This just could be inclusive of my feelings but that’s all I have to go on.  I also felt Les Misèrables was done to death.  Part of me was a little tired of the same old songs.  Overall,  Les Misèrables was a very good musical that deserved the Oscar nod because of the acting and talent it took to bring it to the big screen.

AMOUR          My rating:  8.5/10
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What a story.  Up for Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Writing (Original Screenplay).  Amour dealt with a problem we will all experience if we continue to live.  So in love and compatible were these two people.  Old age problems struck and the rest was Amour telling the story of two elderly people who depended on each other for survival.  This is a story I can relate to since my parents were in a similar situation.  I think these actors deserve kudos for their performances and the director, Michael Haneke did a brilliant job bringing a much needed issue to the audience’s attention.  There is a twist to the story that really deserves deep thought.  I found the movie a little slow at times but overall, it was well done!

DJANGO UNCHAINED:       My rating:  9.5/10    Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor!
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Oh my, what shall I say?  I went on a fantasy, gun totting, America at its worse, wanted for bounty killing spree ride that hasn’t been seen since the likes of Natural Born Killers.  And I was rooting for the killers all the way.  Django (the D is silent) is up for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best sound Editing, Best Writing (Original Screenplay) and Best Cinematography.  Django is an action packed thrill ride and a feel good movie that I don’t expect will win Oscar.  However, this movie will go down in history as one of a kind.  The entertainment factor is endless.  The acting was superb and the German, played by Christoph Waltz was unsurpassed.  I don’t believe he will win Oscar but I can tell you this character was unforgettable.  I loved the movie and highly recommend it.

BEAST OF THE SOUTHERN WILD:         My rating:  10/10
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Beautifully told, this movie was quite a surprise.  Its raw footage and documentary styled format will hit you right where it hurts.  It’s hard to believe people actually live like the folks in this story but they do and if we didn’t know it before, we know it now.  The amazing talent of the star of this movie was very moving.  Only 5 years old when she auditioned and 10 now, Quvenzhanè Wallis is youngest actress to be nominated for an Oscar.  I found it hard to believe how well she portrayed her character.  I was duly impressed.  The movie was real and told a pretty harsh story of a little girl who had no mother and only a very sick father to raise her in the back woods of Louisiana.  Her journey is Oscar worthy as this movie is up for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).  Overall I loved this movie and highly recommend it to all.