The opening number of La La Land, the new musical from Whiplash director Damien Chazelle, is the appropriate first impression of Los Angeles: a gridlocked freeway of cars sitting idle. Only, instead of the frustration and cynicism that would arise from this situation, people burst into hopeful song and dance among the stalled cars. In a rush of agile choreography, a rainbow color scheme, and immense depth staging, a flurry of people dance on hoods and sing of the wonder of Hollywood sunshine.
At the culmination of this tune, we are introduced to Mia (Emma Stone), another hopeful going over audition sides in her car as she waits, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), who honks aggressively at her when she refuses to move once the congestion breaks up.
With the first few scenes, La La Land presents itself as a
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- American Sniper
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything
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Best Makeup & Hair-styling
The Grand Budapest Hotel started racking up the wins early on with their shoo-in win for Best Costume Design and a more surprising win for Best Makeup and Hair-styling. The transformations in Budapest, were fine, sure, but it doesn’t quite live up to the other nominees in my opinion. Guardians of the Galaxy should have taken this one by a light year for the intricate makeup work.
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The 2015 Academy Award ceremony will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22. Here is my breakdown of all 24 categories.
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- American Sniper — John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin
- Birdman — Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, Thomas Varga
- Interstellar — Gary Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten
- Unbroken — Jon Tayler, Frank A. Montano, David Lee
- Whiplash — Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley
Continue reading 2015 Academy Award Predictions — Best Sound Mixing
Damien Chazelle’s jazz drama (who would’ve thought those two words would ever be put together?) stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. It centers on jazz drummer Andrew (Teller). Andrew studies at Shaffer Conservatory and aspires to be one of the greatest drummers of all time. One day, Andrew is confronted in a practice room by intimidating Conductor Terrence Fletcher Continue reading Whiplash (2014) Movie Review
- Jason Hall — American Sniper
- Graham Moore — The Imitation Game
- Paul Thomas Anderson — Inherent Vice
- Anthony McCarten — The Theory of Everything
- Damien Chazelle — Whiplash
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- American Sniper — Joel Cox, Gary Roach
- Boyhood — Sandra Adair
- The Grand Budapest Hotel — Barney Philling
- The Imitation Game — William Goldenberg
- Whiplash — Tom Cross
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Note: I have covered all four acting categories in depth here.
- Robert Duvall — The Judge
- Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
- Edward Norton — Birdman
- Mark Ruffalo — Foxcatcher
- J.K. Simmons — Whiplash
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