Often, the Best Costume Design category goes to the film that is a period piece with the most lush costume choice. This year is no different (most likely).
An argument can be made for why Mad Max is a frontrunner in this category, but I find it highly unlikely that such a film will win. And the furry 1800s chic of The Revenant is far from the gold here, as well.
What we are left with are three period pieces with decadent costuming. Between them, it appears to be a battle between Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Costume Design
Editing was crucial to the success of some of the films in this category. In others, it was less crucial, and I feel that hurts the chances of these films.
Mad Max: Fury Road is the Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Editing
Best Makeup & Hairstyling comes down to grit rather than elegance in 2016. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a nomination that came out of nowhere, and it will likely be left behind in favor of the other two movies, which are both up for the biggest awards of the night.
Will it be the scalp-caps and wound makeup from The Revenant or the dirty or otherwise pale-faced warriors of Mad Max? That is the real question of this category. The Revenant makes a Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Makeup & Hairstyling
The Best Director Oscar is already in the bag. The group of five all have their directorial merits (though some of the nominations were surprising to me). The five movies represented are all worth seeing. But only one person is truly the standout to earn the golden statue.
That person is Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Director
This is it. The big kahuna burger. The film from 2015 that will (theoretically) be remembered for ages. The Best Picture of the year.
This is a hard year to predict the most coveted award of the night. Eight films were selected and each one has its merits. There are standout favorites, but Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Picture
This is one of my personal favorite categories. Cinematography is the infrastructure of the art of cinema. When a film is beautiful you just know. There’s just something about it that strikes you. That’s probably cinematography awing you with miraculous shots.
2015 was no slouch when it came to cinematography. Lush films dominated the year. Every film in this category is beautiful. But, of course, there can be only one.
That one is Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Cinematography
Lists are always difficult. I find it nearly impossible to whittle down a large body of films into a list of ten. An honorable mention addendum would be longer than the top ten itself.
Additionally, I haven’t seen all the films I want/need to see from 2015. For example, as it stands now, The Revenant is in limited release, and won’t be widely available until after the New Year. It very likely could wind up being one of my top ten favorites of the year, but it can’t show up on this list.
Here are my top ten movies of 2015.
The gritty crime drama Sicario was completely Continue reading Top Ten Movies of 2015