The Oscars 2009: Predictions in Best Films

And finally and barely in under the wire, Part V of my Oscar predictions.Best Live Action Short Film, Best Animated Short Film, & Best Documentary ShortI haven't actually seen any of the films nominated in these categories (with the exception of Pixar's animated short, Presto, thanks to their inclusion of shorts on DVDs or with … Continue reading The Oscars 2009: Predictions in Best Films

The Oscars 2009: Predictions in Acting

Part IV!Best Supporting ActorNomineesJosh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount) Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax) Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage) ✔Predicted Winner: Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)Looking back on the … Continue reading The Oscars 2009: Predictions in Acting

The Oscars 2009: Predictions in Storytelling

Part III of my Oscar predictions begins... NOW!CinematographyThis is the blend of lighting and camera choices that come together to set a visual tone for a film beyond the sets and costumes.Nominees“Changeling” (Universal), Tom Stern“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Claudio Miranda “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister “The Reader” … Continue reading The Oscars 2009: Predictions in Storytelling

The Oscars 2009: Predictions in Visuals

Oscar.com tells me there are just nine days left 'til the big show, so I'd better get moving on this whole prediction thing. On to the visual categories.Costume DesignPretty self-explanatory, this one.Nominees“Australia” (20th Century Fox), Catherine Martin “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Jacqueline West “The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and … Continue reading The Oscars 2009: Predictions in Visuals

The Oscars 2009: Predictions in Sound & Music

Leading up the Oscars on Feb. 22, I'll be making my predictions for each of the categories. I've seen most of the nominated films, so I feel like I can actually offer informed opinions this year. Tonight, I'll tackle the sound and music categories.Sound EditingFrom my quick research (in lieu of easily-found descriptions on the … Continue reading The Oscars 2009: Predictions in Sound & Music

Recap: 25 January 2009

Where did January go? I'm barely able to comprehend that it's 2009, let alone almost February 2009. Sheesh.What I WatchedRevolutionary Road (3½ stars): Any movie that makes you think is probably worth seeing, and this one certainly falls into that category. That being said, I didn't think this film was as effectively put together as, … Continue reading Recap: 25 January 2009

Post Golden Globes Stream of Consciousness

Is David Duchovny getting hotter? I think so. Lots of love for John Adams. Haven't seen it, but no surprise as everyone involved rocks (Hanks, Giamatti, Linney, Wilkinson, etc.). I used to think Colin Farrell was kind of a douchebag, but now I'm finding him really quite charming. Wish Brendan Gleeson had gotten some recognition, … Continue reading Post Golden Globes Stream of Consciousness