86th Academy Awards Predictions

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[Insert Bob Saget's voice here] Kids, it’s that time a year again. The time to pick the best of the best…in film. The 86th Academy Awards were announced on January 16th, and being only two days away from the big show (March 2nd), I’ve decided to give this prediction thing another go, since I did so well last year.

I’ve seen most nominated films, so I have a good idea of the ambiance this year. I admit I wasn’t able to see any documentaries or foreign films, so I’m not going to comment on those categories. There were some great films and performances last year, so as you will see in a few seconds, I had some tough decisions to make. Nevertheless….I’m taking the risk. Feel free to comment on any of my picks. I’m always game for a movie/Oscar talk.

Let’s see how my hunch does this year, shall we?

Best Picture
Will Win: 12 Years a Slave
Should Win: The Wolf of Wall Street
12 Year has all the ingredients to win: historic biopic with a strong script and outstanding performances. However, The Wolf of Wall Street should be given a chance for its versatility.

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Will Win: Matthew McConaughey
Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio
This decision was hard to make. Both performances were highly memorable and well performed. Leo deserves it more, he has been wanting this for a long time, but The Academy will reward McCounaghey
for his life-altering role.

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Will Win: Cate Blanchett
Should Win: Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett surprised me very much in her ‘Blue Jasmine’ role. Funny at time and very emotional in others.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Will Win: Jared Leto
Should Win: Barkhad Abdi
This category was another difficult one. Abdi was the revelation of the year with his performance in such a serious role, but sadly my vote will go for Leto in this one, especially for his commitment.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence
Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o
Jennifer Lawrence is everyone favorite girl right now. I think she did an incredible job in American Hustle, but not as strong a Lupita in 12 Years. Could we maybe skip JLaw this year?

Best Animated Feature
Will Win: Frozen
Should Win: Frozen
Finally a film with the old-school techniques: beautiful story, fun characters and Disney-style songs.

Best Cinematography
Will Win: Gravity
Should Win: Gravity
The question here is why Gravity SHOULDN’T get this award. Slow pace? I don’t think so. All space shots and scenes were amazing and beautifully made.

Best Costume Design
Will Win: American Hustle
Should Win: The Great Gatsby
The early 20′s vs. the 70′s. Tough choice. The outfits for The Great Gatsby are more elegant and sophisticated, on the other hand the dresses in American Hustle were also sophisticated, but in a sexier way. I really want Gatsby to win, but I’m thinking voters will go for Hustle instead. Let’s hope I’m wrong in this one.

Best Directing
Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Should Win: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Alfonso Cuaron deserves this award. Period.

Best Original Score
Will Win: Her (William Butler, Owen Pallett)
Should Win: Her (William Butler, Owen Pallett)
Arcade Fire did an excellent job in this film. The score is so futuristic and mellow to the ear, you could easily listen to it any time a day.

Best Original Song
Will Win: Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
Should Win: Let It Go (Frozen)
This one was another difficult decision. ‘Let It Go’ has all the ingredients to win and SHOULD win, but I fear the political and humanitarian story behind ‘Ordinary Love’ and ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ will win this one. Another prediction I hope I’m wrong.

Best Visual Effects
Will Win: Gravity
Should Win: Gravity
Gravity will win this one for all the quality effects done for this film.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Will Win: 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
Should Win: The Wolf of Wall Street (Terence Winter)

Best Original Screenplay
Will Win: Her (Spike Jonze)
Should Win: Her (Spike Jonze)

You can also read my picks in The Young Folks page HERE and compare them with picks of my other staff colleagues. See you on Sunday!

The 30′s Playlist

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As the hours and minutes keep getting closer and closer to my 30th birthday, I decided to create a list all my favorite songs that ALSO turn thirty this year. You wouldn’t believe all the titles I found. 1983 was a very busy year for a lot of bands.. I figured that, if these great songs turn the big 3-0, me turning that age could not be so bad, right? I should be proud to have been born in such a great year!

I actually enjoyed doing a little research about these songs, trying to decide which ones to put on the list, that is another story. After hours of listening to a-lot of New Wave and Rock n’ Roll….I think the list below sums up pretty well that year, don’t you think? From The Police, U2, UB40, Styx and a little from Hombres G, 1983 was…and still is a great year for music.

Happy Birthday Cris.

Saying Goodbye to Breaking Bad…with Music

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Breaking Bad‘ is coming to an end in a few hours, so how about, while we wait for it, we listen to a little music from the show? I’ve prepared a little playlist with the best songs used in the show. So, push play and get into your ‘Heisenberg’ mode while we wait for the last episode of the series. Are you ready?