Why should the Oscar add nominees to the acting categories?

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I’m a big fan of the Oscars or also called The Academy Awards as they are commonly known. This award ceremony celebrates the best in cinema through each calendar year. The ceremony is usually held around late February or early March the next year. The Academy Awards usually have 5 nominees in each of the 24 categories. This awards ceremony is up to its 87th year in existence. Many of the awards in the show have been given out ever since the beginning. The number of nominees have been the same as well. During that time the number of film that have came out during a given year more then tripled. In 2009 the nominees of the Best Picture category were raised from five to ten nominees. This was largely in turn because quite a few people were upset that The Dark Knight, the second film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, didn’t get nominated for Best Picture the year before. Heath Ledger would win the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his riveting portrayal of the sadistic,psychotic arch nemesis of Batman,The Joker.

I’m just gonna use the last two years as an example of why I believe that the acting nominees in the Best Acting categories should be raised to six or more nominees. Last year the nominees in the Best acting category were Steve Carell for Foxcatcher, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, Michael Keaton for Birdman and Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. Eddie Redmayne won the award. I believe two of these nominees shouldn’t have been nominated. They are Bradley Cooper for American Sniper and Steve Carell for Foxcatcher. In my opinion David Oyelowo should have been nominated for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma. Steve Carell was more of a supporting role as John Dupont in Foxcatcher. He didn’t need to be in the Best Actor category. Last year there could have been up to eight nominees in my opinion. Ralph Fiennes definitely should have been nominated for his role in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

This year we have already had at least three or four actors who probably deserve a Best Actor nominee. Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, Matt Damon as Mark Watney in The Martian, Joeseph Gordon-Levitt as Phillipe Petit in The Walk and Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs. A fifth nominee could easy be chosen from from any of the performances coming out in the next three months or from Jake Gyllenhaal from South Paw or Tobey Maguire from Pawn Sacrifice. If you do the math before the end of the year there are easily five more legitimate performances that could or should be nominated. Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Tom Hanks for Bridge of Spies or Tom Hardy for Legend.

Just using the last two years is enough to see that there are just  to many films and to many actors who deserve nominations. These awards have been around for to long and as time goes bye things change and the Academy Awards should be able to change with the times. If they can add five nominees to the Best Picture category then they should def add one of more nominee to the Best Actor or another acting category. If one category has a lot of great performances that year then make that category more that year and other categories less that particular year.

Dan Skip Allen

My Oscar Predictions

I have watched over one hundred and seventy movies this past year so I believe this allows me to give a very informed opinion on what movies are good or bad. In this case I believe I have the best idea when it comes to making Oscar predictions. I have seen all but one Oscar nominee in the acting categories and all the nominees in all the Best Picture and directing categories. I however have not seen all the Animated movies nominated for the Best Animated Feature though. That being said here are my predictions on all the major categories.

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I strongly believe that Boyhood starring Ellar Colltrane as Mason and Ethan Hawke,(Oscar Nominee) Patricia Arquette and Loralie Linklater. This coming of age film directed by (Oscar Nominee) Richard Linklater is clearly the best film of the year in my opinion. I think this story has resonated with plenty of people all over the world. It does have a story of normalcy but one that I could relate to in a way that it reminded me of my childhood and upbringing. I would love for this film and its stars and behind the scenes people to be rewarded for such a wonderful film.

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In the Best actor category I believe that Micheal Keaton will win the Oscar for Best Actor. Micheal Keaton was so believable as this actor trying to make a play in New York but also trying to forget his past as a famous superhero in a series of films a decade before. This is a funny movie written by (Oscar nominee) Alejandro Gonzalez Inuritu about a Micheal Keaton type actor. I believe Micheal Keaton was the perfect actor to play this role because it resembled his career in the past and present.

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My pick to win the Best Actress Oscar is Julianne Moore for her role of Alice in Still Alice. I have recently watched this film about a women who has been diagnosed early onset alzhiemers. Julianne Moore has has several great performance over her career and has won and Emmy Award for Best Actress in a made for television movie or mini-series for portraying Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. I was shocked while watching this film because of the degrading of this women’s mind during the film. I definitely came to the conclusion that this was the Best performance by a lead actress.

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I saw Whiplash back in October and as soon as I got out of the theater I knew that J K Simmons was in my opinion gonna win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. I believed it then and I believe it now that J K Simmons is the closest thing to a lock in this years Academy Awards. He gives a performance like no other this year. As a strong willed band leader, Terrence Fletcher, Who tries to get the most out of his band members of this jazz band he is conducting.

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I have talked about Boyhood once in this article already but, this is the second time of three I will bring up this great movie. I believe Patricia Arquette should win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Patricia Arquette is the heart of this coming of age film. As Mason’s mom she really went through a lot for her kids. I really was on board with her performance as this mom struggling with abusive husbands and alcohol. Always being strong for her children the entire time.

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With everything I have said about Boyhood it goes without saying that I think Richard Linklater should and will win the Oscar for Best Director. He has crafted a great family film over twelve years. Nobody saw this coming. LInklater really got these actors and actresses to buy into this marathon of a movie about family and growing up.

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In a year of not so good Animated movies we had a few stand outs. One of those was Big Hero Six. This was an adapted movies from the comic book of the same name. Though a very different movie then the comic book. I fell in love with Baymax as did so many others I’m sure and the action and story swept me up. The animation was on par with some of the best animated films ever. I pick Big Hero Six as the Best Animated Feature Oscar winner.

I love this time of year where we get to talk about our favorite movies of the past year. Oscar nominations day is one of my most anticipated of the entire year. Oscar Sunday is always my favorite day of the year. I am sad when its over because I have to wait an entire year for all of this to start again. In between though I have a whole year of movies to watch and that’s always a great thing.

Dan Skip Allen

Well its Oscar Nomination week so here are my picks for the movies that will get nominations for Best Picture

This week is Oscar nomination time so here are my picks for the movies I think that will get nominated  for the Oscar this year. The Oscar nominations are this Thursday morning at 5:30 Pacific time and 8:30 Eastern. The obvious picks are Boyhood,Birdman,Whiplash and Slema. These three movies have done great with the critics and and film goers alike. Boyhood has a 98% rating from the critics and 88% percent from the audience. Birdman has a 92% percent from critics and 86% percent from the audience. Whiplash has a 95% percent from critics and 96% from the audience. Selma has a 98% from the critics and 87% percent from the audience.

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The second batch of films I think should or might get a Best Picture Oscar nomination are Interstellar,The Theory of Everything,The Imitation Game. Interstellar has a 72% percent from the critics and 86% percent from the audience. The Theory of Everything has 78% percent from the critics and 84% percent from the audience. The Imitation Game has a 90% percent from the critics and 95% percent from the audience.

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My picks for probably will get a Oscar Nomination for Best Picture but not sure are Gone Girl,Foxcatcher and A Most Violent Year. Gone Girl has 89% percent form the critics and 89% percent from the audience. Foxcatcher has 87% from the critics and 75% percent from the audience. A Most Violent Year has 89% percent from the critics and 78% percent from the audience.

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Some movies I think that are really good and will get a lot of buzz but won’t get Oscar Nominations for Best Picture are The Grand Budapest Hotel,American Sniper and Nightcrawler. The Grand Budapest Hotel has 92% percent from the critics and 78% percent from the audience. American Sniper has 74% from the critics and 99% from the audience. Nightcrawler has 95% from the critics and 87% from the audience.

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These are my predictions for the Oscar nominations and the movies that won’t get nominated. Obviously I could be way off base but its fun to speculate. Whatever happens we will see on Thursday January 15th.

Dan Skip Allen

Mexican movie directors in Hollywood.

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Guillermo Del Toro was born Oct,8th,1964 and is from Guadalajara,Mexico. He is a Mexican movie director,producer,screen writer and novelist. In his filmmaking career Del Toro has transitioned for Spanish language dark-fantasy pieces such as The Devil’s Backbone(2001) and Pans Labyrinth(2006) to more main stream American movies like Blade II(2002), Hellboy(2004), Hellboy II:The Dark Army(2008) and Pacific Rim(2013).

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In addition to his directing credits Del Toro is a prolific producer. He has produces such movies as Orphanage(2007),Julia’s Eyes(2007),Biutiful(2010),Kung Foo Panda and Puss and Boots in (2011) and Mama in (2013). Ted Toro has based his career on fantasy and sci-fi horror movies. He almost directed The Hobbit films but, he left after creative differences. He still has a writers credit on the films do to his large contradictions to the story and script. Most of his movies are based on horror and sci-fi motifs but he also has a pertinent for religious and clockwork imagery as well. He has collaborated with Ron Perlman and Doug Jones on frequent occasions.

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Currently Guillermo Del Toro has an animated movie he produced Book of Life out now the third Hobbit movie The Hobbit:The Battle of Five Armies out just before Christmas and Crimson Peak his haunted  house movie starring Tom Hiddleston,Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska out in 2015.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was born on August 15th 1963in Mexico City, Mexico. He is the first director form Mexico who has been nominated for an Academy Award. He has also won the directors guild award and the best director award during the Canne film festival(2005). His four feature films to date Amores Perros(2000),21 Grams(2003),Babal(2006) and Biutiful(2010) have garnered him critical acclaim worldwide including two Academy Award Nominations.

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Inarritu has worked with some of the best actors and actresses in Hollywood including Benicio Del Tor,Sean Penn and Naomi Watts on 21 Grams. Brad Pitt and Kate Blanchett on Babal and Javier Bardem on Biutiful. He also launched the career of Gael Garcia Bernal in Amores Peros while getting his film nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award in 2001. This month his latest movie comes out. Birdman has been critically acclaimed widely by many film critics and fans alike. Once again Inarritu works with a stellar cast of actors from Micheal Keaton, Edward Norton,Emma Stone and Naomi Watts to Zach Galifianakis. Birdman is about a man who is directing a play based on a man who has been cast as super hero and can’t get out of the shadow of that character. Just started film Inarritu’s next film is called the Revenant. A period piece starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter. Its based on a book of the same name and it about a man who seeks revenge on some men who rob and abandon him after he is mauled by a bear.

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Alfonso Cuaron was born on November 28th,1961 in Mexico City. Cuaron is a director,screenwriter, producer and editor of such movies as The Little Princess(1995),Y Tu Mama Tambien(2001), Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban(2004),Children of Men(2006) and Gravity in (2013). Most of Cuaron’s work has been widely praised by audiences and critics alike. He has been nominated for six Adeacemy Awards including one for screenwriting for Y Tu Mama Tabien in 1996. Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing for Children of Men in 2006. He won the Best Director Academy Award,Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best directing for his film Gravity in 2013 and 2014. Cuaron was named one of Time’s most influential people of the year last year well.

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Collectively Tel Toro,Inarritu and Cuaron are known as the “Three Amigos of Cinema” These guys are gonna be around for plenty of years to come. I will be looking forward to their films for many years. I can’t wait to see Birdman in the weeks to come.

Dan Skip Allen