Hello fellow moviegoers!
The 87th annual Academy Awards were this previous weekend and there is definitely a lot to talk about. 2014 was such a great year for movies that a lot of the categories this year had no obvious winners! Who won that shouldn't have? Who lost that should have won? Here is what you should know.
Just as it was for my Oscar Predictions post, only the major awards are going to be discussed here. So no short films, or editing, or things like that. That's not to say they're no important. There just not major. There were so many great films and performances this year. Just because I don't think someone should have won does not mean that they did a bad job. I just disagree with the choice.
There was really only one category that legitimately upset me with the choice of winner. That category was...
The Grand Budapest Hotel won the award for Original Score this year and in my opinion it shouldn't have. The score in that movie was alright but definitely not Oscar winning. That trophy should undeniably have gone to Hans Zimmer for his score in Interstellar. One of the best ways to decide which film had the best score is to think about which one was stuck in your head the most, or, which one did you actually go out of your way to purchase and listen to. That was definitely Interstellar. The music in that movie was extraordinary! Listening to that score definitely made you feel like you were actually in space! The Grand Budapest Hotel was just a fun little soundtrack for a fun little movie, but it didn't deserve this!
Alejandro G. Inarritu won the Directing Oscar for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) this year, and I was thrilled that he won it! In my predictions post I said that he should and would win the award. But the closer we got to the actual award, the more and more I started to think the trophy would go to Richard Linklater for Boyhood. If Linklater would have won, I wouldn't have been too upset because it takes quite a vision to make a film over 12 years. But the way Inarritu shot Birdman and the performances he got out of his entire cast was mind-boggling. Definitely a good choice.
Animated Feature Film
Although I don't think I am ever going to fully get over the LEGO movie's snub, it is time to look beyond that and discuss the category for Animated Feature Film. Big Hero 6 happened to surprise us all and win the award for Animated Feature Film this year. It seemed like How to Train Your Dragon 2 was pretty much a lock to win this award because nobody thought the Academy would give an award to Big Hero 6 because it was a superhero movie. But boy were we wrong! I was honestly shocked when they announced Big Hero 6 as the winner! How to Train Your Dragon 2 should have won the award, but there's no need to complain about it going to Big Hero 6.
Now for the two big ones that really need discussion. Best Picture, and Best Lead Actor. We all knew that the Supporting Actor award would go to J.K. Simmons, and that Best Supporting Actress would go to Patricia Arquette. I didn't see Still Alice so I am not going to comment on Best Lead Actress. But these two really need discussion.
Best Lead Actor
Eddie Redmayne won the award for Best Lead Actor this year. He was definitely well-deserving of the award. But Michael Keaton was just a little higher up on the list than he was. Don't get me wrong, Eddie Redmayne was magnificent in The Theory of Everything! The way he was able to portray Stephen Hawking as the condition of his disease worsens was awe-inspiring. But Michael Keaton for Birdman was on another level. He definitely should have won instead of Redmayne, but still not a lot to complain about.
Finally, here's the big one. The Academy Award for Best Picture went to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)! Wow! Honestly, I believed that Boyhood was going to take that award. But Birdman winning is so exciting! Very,very well deserved. When they officially announced Birdman had won the award, I literally jumped up out of my chair with excitement! I truly cannot put into words how much this film deserved to win! It was especially surprising because quite often the Academy likes to give Best Picture to a historical film, but apparently not this year. Nicely done Academy, nicely done.
What did you think of the Oscars this year? Who do you think should have won? Let me know by commenting on this post!
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