Oscar Movies

If you never read my #OscarsStillSoWhite post, here it is. Sure, this is most "diverse" year in history, but until Hollywood accepts that there is diversity beyond black and white, I'm going to leave that post at the top of this page. So, forever?


2017 Oscar Nominees [winners]:


I managed to watch more of the nominees this year before the actual show, which is small sort of accomplishment. One day, I may actually get to all of them in a timely manner. But that would probably require me to be a voter, so I could get the movies mailed directly to my house. We can start a campaign for that? Anyway, here are how my predictions stacked up against the results:
  • 13th (Documentary Feature)
  • Arrival (Best Picture, Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Production Design)
  • Elle (Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert)
  • Fences (Best Picture, Best Actor: Denzel Washington, Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Adapted Screenplay)
  • Hacksaw Ridge (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Andrew Garfield, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing)
  • Hell or High Water (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges, Original Screenplay, Film Editing)
  • Hidden Figures (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, Adapted Screenplay)
  • La La Land (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Ryan Gosling, Best Actress: Emma Stone, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Costume Design, Original Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Original Song: Audition (The Fools Who Dream), Original Song: City of Stars, Production Design)
  • Lion (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: Dev Patel, Best Supporting Actress: Nicole Kidman, Adapted Screenplay. Cinematography, Original Score)
  • Loving (Best Actress: Ruth Negga)
  • Manchester by the Sea (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Best Supporting Actor: Lucas Hedges, Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, Original Screenplay)
  • Moana (Best Animated Feature)
  • Trolls (Original Song: Can't Stop the Feeling)


2016 Oscar Nominees [winners]

Sadly, there was no competition this year. It was probably for the best, as I was a bit behind and didn't get to quite as many of the nominees. But I still saw enough to make some pretty accurate guesses in my annual Oscar predictions post. All I can say, is go see Room. And The Big Short. And Spotlight.

  • The Big Short (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing)
  • Bridge of Spies (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Sound Mixing, Production Design)
  • Brooklyn (Best Picture, Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Adapted Screenplay)
  • Creed (Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone)
  • The Martian (Best Picture, Best Actor: Matt Damon, Adapted Screenplay, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects, Production Design)
  • Room (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress: Brie Larson, Adapted Screenplay)
  • Spotlight (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo, Best Supporting Actress: Rachel McAdams, Original Screenplay, Film Editing)
  • Steve Jobs (Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet)
  • Trumbo (Best Actor: Bryan Cranston)


2015 Oscar Nominees [winners]:

The 2015 Oscars were fairly predictable, which made my picks looks especially smart. Also helping make me look good? Friends with bad picks. I know you were all waiting to know if I won another bet this year and I'm pleased to report I will get getting a large side of guac with my fish tacos. Because it's just not authentic Mexican food without guac. Especially if you call it guac.

Anyway, here is a handy guide to the Oscar nominated movies I have reviewed this year:
  • American Sniper (Best Picture, Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing)
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton, Best Supporting Actress: Emma Stone, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing)
  • Boyhood (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor: Ethan Hawke, Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Original Screenplay, Film Editing)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Best Picture, Best Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score
  • Ida (Foreign Language Film, Cinematography)
  • The Imitation Game (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Best Supporting Actress: Keira Knightly, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Production Design, Original Score)
  • Into the Woods (Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep, Production Design, Costume Design)
  • The Judge (Best Supporting Actor: Robert Duvall)
  • The Theory of Everything (Best Picture, Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, Best Actress: Felicity Jones, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score)
  • Whiplash (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Mixing)


2014 Oscar Nominees [winners]:

My 2014 Oscar predictions were slightly less successful than 2013 (I tried get too creative with my upsets), but still managed to finagle free fish tacos from a bet. And really, if you can't win free fish tacos, then predicting Oscar winners just isn't worth it.

But if you're lazy (like the 67% of Americans who said they hadn't seen a single Best Picture nominee), you probably never got around to reading the predictions in the first place (and may never do it). So here is a full list of all the 2014 Oscar nominated movies I got around to watching this year.

  • American Hustle (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor: Bradley Cooper, Best Actress: Amy Adams, Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Original Screenplay)
  • Blue Jasmine (Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins, Original Screenplay)
  • Captain Phillips (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (Best Picture, Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Screenplay)
  • Frozen (Best Animated Feature, Original Song)
  • Gravity (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects)
  • Her (Best Picture, Original Score, Original Song, Production Design, Original Screenplay)
  • Nebraska (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Best Supporting Actress: June Squibb, Cinematography, Original Screenplay)
  • Philomena (Best Picture, Best Actress: Judi Dench, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Supporting Actor: Jonah Hill, Adapted Screenplay)


2013 Oscar Nominees [winners]:

Of course, you could just read my 2013 Oscar predictions, which contains a little snippet about each movie, but in case you're lazy and/or looking for a nominee outside of the major categories, here is a complete list below of every nominee I've watched and reviewed:

Side note: It also serves as a nice reminder that Hollywood likes to pick a handful of a movie and just nominate them in every category, whether or not they deserve it. Case in point: Lincoln, who went 2 for 12, with one of their wins being production design. And what's with Ted getting a nomination?!?

  • Amour (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, Foreign Language Film, Original Screenplay)
  • Anna Karenina (Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Score, Production Design)
  • Argo (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, Film Editing, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay
  • Brave (Best Animated Feature)
  • Flight (Best Actor: Denzel Washington, Original Screenplay)
  • Les Miserables (Best Picture, Best Actor: Hugh Jackman, Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Production Design, Sound Mixing)
  • Life of Pi (Best Picture, Best Director, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay)
  • Lincoln (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay)
  • The Master (Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actor: Robert DeNiro, Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Film Editing, Adapted Screenplay)  
  • Skyfall (Cinematography, Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing)
  • Ted (Original Song)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (Best Picture, Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Original Screenplay)

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