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 30 Most Anticipated Films of the Fall and Winter 2015 Pt. 2

15;Trumbo

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In 1947, successful screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) and other Hollywood figures get blacklisted for their political beliefs.

14:Creed

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Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky’s help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.

13:Bridge of Spies

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During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative (Scott Shepherd) to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get convicted spy Rudolf Abel, who Donovan defended in court years earlier.

12:Suffragette

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In late 19th and early 20th century, the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state in the quest for equal rights.

11;Joy

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A story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Facing betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, Joy becomes a true boss of family and enterprise in a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.

10:The Walk

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In 1974, French high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) attempts to walk on a tightrope attached to the north and south towers of the World Trade Center.

9:The Martian

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When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

8:The Danish Girl

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Artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) undergoes a sex-change operation in the early 1900s.

7:The Hunger Games:Mocking Jay Pt 2

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Realizing the stakes are no longer just for survival, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) teams up with her closest friends, including Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Finnick for the ultimate mission. Together, they leave District 13 to liberate the citizens of war-torn Panem and assassinate President Snow, who’s obsessed with destroying Katniss. What lies ahead are mortal traps, dangerous enemies and moral choices that will ultimately determine the future of millions.

6:Sicario

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After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), the team travels back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino) to flush out a bigger one (Julio Cesar Cedillo).

5:Black Mass

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While his brother Bill (Benedict Cumberbatch) remains a powerful leader in the Massachusetts Senate, Irish hoodlum James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) continues to pursue a life of crime in 1970s Boston. Approached by FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), the lawman convinces Whitey to help the agency fight the Italian mob. As their unholy alliance spirals out of control, Bulger increases his power and evades capture to become one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history.

4:The Revenant

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In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. (Leonardo DiCaprio) Hugh Glass, (Tom Hardy) John Fitzgerald,(Domhnall Gleeson) Andrew Henry

3:The Hateful Eight

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While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man (Walton Goggins) who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. After encountering four strangers, they may not make it to their destination.

2: Spectre

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A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.

1:Star Wars: A Force Awakens

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The further adventures of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). (Daisy Ridly Rey,(John Boyaga) Finn,(Oscar Issac) Poe Dameron, (Adam Driver) Kylo Ren, (Gwendline Christie) Captain Phasma,(Domhnall Gleeson) General Hux.

These are the 30 Films I am most looking forward to in the next for months. A few films I left off of my list I am still interested in seeing are Youth, Bye the Sea,Room,Our Brand is Crisis,33,Legend and Truth. I hope everyone finds this list informative and enlightening. There area lot of great films coming out in the near future so go to the theater and watch.

Dan Skip Allen

Why Marvel/Disney could do the Infinity story-line from the comics.

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Marvel was bought by Disney a few years ago. Since then they have been trying to, and succeeded in setting up a cinematic universe. With the success of Iron Man/Robert Downey Jr. this process was started. In the end credits there was a scene where Nick Fury/Samuel L. Jackson is in Tony Stark’s/Iron Man house and he says we need to talk about the Avengers initiative. From there the whole idea for a shared cinematic universe started. Marvel/Disney hired a man to oversee this cinematic universe and his name was Kevin Fiege. Kevin Fiege set out to make multiple Marvel movies. First there was The Hulk/Edward Norten and then there was Thor/Chris Hemsworth, then there was Captain America/Chris Evans. Within the films of Thor and Captain America we were introduced to other two other characters The Black Widow/Scarlet Johansson and Hawkeye/Jeremy Renner. All these movies would culminate in an Avengers movie. This would be known as phase one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Phase two would be announced at the San-Diego Comic-Con in  2012. After phase one was complete and was a huge success Kevin Fiege would start work on phase two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With sequels of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America phase two would be off and running. Fiege would add a different group to the mix with the introduction of The Guardians of the Galaxy out in August 2014. Then the sequel to the Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Adding two more Avengers, Joss Whedon broke the news that a brother sister duo will be introduced in Avenger 2: The Age of Ultron,. Quicksilver/Aaron Taylor-Johnson and The Scarlet Witch/Elizabeth Olson. Knowing how smart the comic book fans were Fiege decided to add a popular character who plays prominently in the creation of Ultron/James Spader to the Cinematic Universe. That character is Ant-man/Paul Rudd. The Ant-man movie wouldn’t come before Avengers 2 though. It would be the beginning of phase three.

Phase three has pretty much been announced even though there hasn’t been an official announcement yet. Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron would lead into phase three which starts off with Ant-Man. The films announced so far for phase three besides Ant-Man are Captain America 3, Thor 3, Avengers 3 and a rumored Doctor Strange movie. The Falcon/Anthony Mackie has been introduced in Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier. So the tally of characters introduced so far into the Marvel Cinematic Universe are Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye, The Falcon, Ant-man,Quicksilver, The Scarlett Witch and The Guardians of the Galaxy. Tentatively Doctor Strange, who was spoken of in Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier. So if my total is right we would have fifteen characters. With The Black Panther,The Wasp, and The Inhumans looming in the near future and Marvel/Disney probably getting the rights back for Namor The Sub Mariner from Universal Pictures. This would make twenty five characters they already have in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Using these twenty five characters and some of the great villains and aliens races already alluded to Marvel/Disney could do The Illuminati. A group of elders or leaders of all the super heroes in the universe. They could go into space with the technology we have seen so far in the movies. In the story-line more characters like Ms. Marvel could appear. This story is a great Marvel story and its a lot newer then the Infinity Gantlet story. With all the established characters you wouldn’t need the X-Men or Fantastic Four or even Spider-Man. This is a far reaching story and Marvel/Disney could use all kinds of special effects to bring this awesome story-line  to the big screen and all the fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Dan Skip Allen

The Oscars are Sunday March 2nd. Who do you think will win in all the major categories?

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