This year for the first time ever, I managed to watch every Oscar Nomination for Best Picture, and most of the Actor/Actress contenders with the exception of Foxcatcher and Two Days, One Night. Next year I am determined not to punk out and watch them all. Anyway, I’m no critic, but here are my thoughts on this Sunday’s results.
Boyhood is my first choice, as well as the first film I saw on the list last summer. Being a big fan of Linklater’s other work, specifically the Before trilogy, I knew I’d be in for some wonderful writing and performances that would make my jaw drop with their accuracy. Some of the scenes in Before Sunset, phoof… I remember some wide eyed exclamations coming out of me on that one. Boyhood wasn’t much different, this time focusing more on growing up and family life than on pretty much the best on screen couple of all time… Obviously, I’m a little biased.
I went into Birdman without much prior knowledge and I was blown away by the crazy artistry of director, Alejandro González Iñárritu. The performances were wonderful, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis surprised me in the best way and the peek inside of the theatre world was awesome to see. Bravo.
The Imitation Game didn’t initially interest me when I watched the trailer but after watching it I was shocked at how wrong I was! This movie was the most surprising of all for me – thinking I would hate it and ended up loving it so much. I’m so torn between Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor. I loved both of their performances so much. I’m getting weepy just thinking of it.
Redmayne’s performance of Stephen Hawking was out of this world. I know I just said I’m torn but.. Holy shit. Wow.
I’ll be honest, this moving terrified the hell out of me. The thought of losing your memory is one of the scariest things in the world, truly brought to light (and brought to tears) to me in 2004’s The Notebook. This fear is expected by me as most great Oscar nominated films make you feel something and like Redmayne, oh boy, did Julianne Moore’s depiction of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease make me feel something. The movie itself I think could have used a little more character development, but Moore was great and deserving of the award.
BEST SHORT – ANIMATED
While I can’t make judgement on most of the other categories, missing some or all of the nominees, last week I had the pleasure of watching the Best Animated Shorts at the IFC Center. The Dam Keeper is a beautiful animation about a pig dealing with bullying, friendship, and society getting him down. I went through the gamut of emotions with this one. I laughed! I cried! I was both angry and afraid. That being said, please seek this out. Also, the soundtrack is quite lovely, which I didn’t notice at the time but am enjoying at this very moment. Reminds me a little of the To The Moon game soundtrack which is wonderful, but also gives me some anxiety after playing that game through in one sitting and FEELING SO MUCH.
Who do you think is going to win this year? I can’t wait to see!