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The 5th Annual Edgy Awards Winners

January 28, 2016 Leave a comment

5th Annual Edgy Collage

Let’s get this show on the road. Below are my picks for the best in each category from the 2014 movie season. I threw in a slew of fun categories at the end, for shits and giggles. Feel free to enjoy and comment if you like. Soon, I’ll be moving on to the current year at hand.

And the winners of the 5th Annual Edgy Awards are:

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Lost Stars” featured in “Begin Again”

Music and Lyrics by Gregg Alexander (1st win) and Danielle Brisebois (1st win)

Runner-Up: “Glory” featured in “Selma”

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BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

“Foxcatcher”

Rob Simonsen (1st win)

Runner-Up: “Interstellar”

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BEST MAKEUP and HAIRSTYLING

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Eizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (1st win) and David White (1st win)

guardians_of_the_galaxy_makeupRunner-Up: “Foxcatcher”

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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

“Interstellar”

Scott Fisher (1st win), Paul J. Franklin (2nd Win), Ian Hunter (1st win) and Andrew Lockley (2nd win)

Runner-Up: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

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BEST SOUND EFFECTS EDITING

“Godzilla”

Erik Aadahl (2nd win) and Ethan Van der Ryn (3rd win)

Runner-Up: “Edge of Tomorrow”

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BEST SOUND EFFECTS MIXING

“Interstellar”

Greg Landaker (4th win), Gary Rizzo (2nd win) and Mark Weingarten (2nd Win)

Runner-Up: “Whiplash”

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Milena Canonero (3rd win)

Runner-Up: “Inherent Vice”

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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

“Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”

George DeTitta Jr. (1st win) and Kevin Thompson (1st win)

birdman_production_design

Runner-Up: “Snowpiercer”

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BEST EDITING

“Boyhood”

Sandra Adair (1st win)

Runner-Up: “Edge of Tomorrow”

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”

Emmanuel Lubezki (3rd win)

Runner-Up: “A Most Violent Year”

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“The Overnighters”

Amanda McBaine (1st win) and Jesse Moss (1st win)

Runner-Up: “Virunga”

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“Inherent Vice”

Paul Thomas Anderson (2nd win)

Runner-Up: “Gone Girl”

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Boyhood”

Richard Linklater (1st win)

Runner-Up: “Interstellar”

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BEST ENSEMBLE CAST PERFORMANCE

“Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”

Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Merritt Wever

Runner-Up: “Pride”

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BEST ACTRESS in a SUPPORTING ROLE

Patricia Arquette – “Boyhood”

1st Win

Runner-Up: Carrie Coon – “Gone Girl”

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BEST ACTOR in a SUPPORTING ROLE

J.K. Simmons – “Whiplash”

1st win

Runner-Up: Edward Norton – “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”

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BEST ACTRESS in a LEADING ROLE

Rosamund Pike – “Gone Girl”

1st win

Runner-Up: Julianne Moore – “Still Alice”

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BEST ACTOR in a LEADING ROLE

Michael Keaton – “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”

1st Win

Runner-Up: Jake Gyllenhaal – “Nightcrawler”

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BEST DIRECTOR

Bennett Miller – “Foxcatcher”

2nd Win

Runner-Up: Richard Linklater – “Boyhood”

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BEST MOTION PICTURE of the YEAR

“Boyhood”

Runner-Up: “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”

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Some say that this movie is all hype; a cinematic stunt that’s quality doesn’t measure up to the bar set by it’s premise. This could not be further from reality. The truth is that there has never been anything quite like this film and likely will not be again. Beyond the 12 year hook, which in and of itself is something to marvel at, “Boyhood” is a phenomenal collaboration between Richard Linklater’s extraordinary vision and the dedicated performers bringing it to life. The film takes what someone might consider insignificant moments in the life of an adolescent boy, and proves them to not only be the moments that matter, but a window into the soul. This may be the most impacting and influential film of the decade. Bravo.

As mentioned, here’s a collection of victors whose feats can’t really be honored in traditional categories. Therefore, the only way to give due props is to make up all new ones. I’ll then close it out with my ranked top ten list, which closes out 2014 and moves us on to what’s currently playing at a theater near you.

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FUNNIEST FILM

“The Lego Movie”

MOST EXCITING FILM

“Edge of Tomorrow”

MOST EMOTIONALLY MOVING FILM

“Boyhood”

MOST SURPRISING FILM

“Pride”

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

“American Sniper”

MOST UNDERRATED FILM

“A Most Violent Year”

MOST OVERRATED FILM

“The Theory of Everything”

BEST PROTAGONIST

Alan Turing – “The Imitation Game”

BEST ANTAGONIST

Amy Dunne – “Gone Girl”

BEST ANTI-HERO

Louis Bloom – “Nightcrawler”

BEST ROMANCE

John and Alice Howland – “Still Alice”

BEST RIVALRY

Mark Schultz, David Schultz and John du Pont – “Foxcatcher”

BEST OPENING

“Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”

BEST ENDING

“Whiplash”

BEST SCENE

Bread and Roses – “Pride”

BEST LINE OF DIALOGUE

Terence Fletcher: “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘good job’.”

FILM I REALLY WANTED TO SEE BUT NEVER GOT AROUND TO

“Mr. Turner”

MY TOP TEN FILMS OF 2014

1. “Boyhood”
2. “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”
3. “Interstellar”
4. “Foxcatcher”
5. “A Most Violent Year”
6. “Gone Girl”
7. “Whiplash”
8. “The Overnighters”
9. “Pride”
10. “Inherent Vice”

Stay tuned….

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2015 Oscar Predix or The Inevitable End of the Precedent

February 22, 2015 Leave a comment

OSCARS 2015 The Oscars are down to minutes away and I was unbearably close to not even posting my predictions, and not just because I expect to do terrible in my guesses. There’s a number of reasons that predicting this year’s big night just seems a mute point and it has been a growing fundamental for the last couple of years. That precedent is, well, the end of all precedents.

Outside of gut instinct and sticking a wet finger up to feel which way the wind is blowing, the strongest aid in predicting the Oscars is looking back at what history as taught us. And no matter which way you roll the dice, this year, history goes right out the window.

For example, it’s clear that the two frontrunners in this year’s Best Picture race are “Birdman” and “Boyhood,” the attack of the killer Bs. Both are stellar films finding themselves at the tip-top of my favorites list, however, both films have a lot stacked against them, at this point in the race. “Birdman” has racked up wins with the Producers Guild, the Directors Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. The last time a film won that trifecta and lost the big prize was 19 years ago when “Apollo 13” lost to “Braveheart” in 1996. Meanwhile, “Boyhood” recently won the British Academy Award for Best Picture, an award that has lined up with Oscar for 6 years straight.

Perhaps the biggest precedent of them all is the one that Oscar prognosticators like myself can always fall back on for comfort, and that is the editors. As of this year, no film has won Best Picture without a nomination for Best Editing in 34 YEARS. “Birdman” would be the first since “Ordinary People” took down “Raging Bull” in 1981. Some might consider this a technicality with the whole “one shot” concept and that the editors simply didn’t understand or notice the intricacy and complexity of making such seamless cuts, but I think the editors are smarter than that.

Meanwhile, if the frontrunners manage to split and either “Selma,” or “The Grand Budapest Hotel” manages to upset, than one has to ask what they hell we’re all even doing here, from a predictions standpoint.

Anyway, I rail all this out, but we all know I’ll still be here trying my luck for years and years to come. But first things first, see below for my predicted winners, my runner-up guesses and my picks for if I had a vote. These favorites, of course, come just from the nominees. I’ll be doing my overall picks at the 5th Annual Edgy Awards over the next few weeks.

Here’s to the night and the history:

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BEST MOTION PICTURE of the YEAR

WILL WIN: “Boyhood”
MIGHT WIN: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
SHOULD WIN: “Boyhood”

BEST DIRECTOR

WILL WIN: Richard Linklater – “Boyhood”
MIGHT WIN: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
SHOULD WIN: Bennett Miller – “Foxcatcher”

BEST ACTOR in a LEADING ROLE

WILL WIN: Eddie Redmayne – “The Theory of Everything”
MIGHT WIN: Michael Keaton – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
SHOULD WIN: Michael Keaton – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

BEST ACTRESS in a LEADING ROLE

WILL WIN: Julianne Moore – “Still Alice”
MIGHT WIN: NOPE
SHOULD WIN: Julianne Moore – “Still Alice”

BEST ACTOR in a SUPPORTING ROLE

WILL WIN: J.K. Simmons – “Boyhood”
MIGHT WIN: Edward Norton – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
SHOULD WIN: Edward Norton – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

BEST ACTRESS in a SUPPORTING ROLE

WILL WIN: Patricia Arquette – “Boyhood”
MIGHT WIN: Emma Stone – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
SHOULD WIN: Patricia Arquette – “Boyhood”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

WILL WIN: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
MIGHT WIN: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
SHOULD WIN: “Boyhood”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

WILL WIN: “The Imitation Game”
MIGHT WIN: “Whiplash”
SHOULD WIN: “Inherent Vice”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

WILL WIN: “Wild Tales”
MIGHT WIN: “Ida”
SHOULD WIN: “Ida”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

WILL WIN: “Citizenfour”
MIGHT WIN: “Virunga”
SHOULD WIN: “Virunga”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

WILL WIN: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
MIGHT WIN: “Big Hero 6”
SHOULD WIN: N/A

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

WILL WIN: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
MIGHT WIN: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
SHOULD WIN: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

BEST EDITING

WILL WIN: “Boyhood”
MIGHT WIN: “Whiplash”
SHOULD WIN: “Boyhood”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

WILL WIN: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
MIGHT WIN: “Into the Woods”
SHOULD WIN: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

WILL WIN: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
MIGHT WIN: “Mr. Turner”
SHOULD WIN: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

BEST SOUND MIXING

WILL WIN: “Whiplash”
MIGHT WIN: “American Sniper”
SHOULD WIN: “Interstellar”

BEST SOUND EFFECTS EDITING

WILL WIN: “American Sniper”
MIGHT WIN: “Interstellar”
SHOULD WIN: “Interstellar”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

WILL WIN: “Interstellar”
MIGHT WIN: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
SHOULD WIN: Either of the Above

BEST MAKEUP and HAIRSTYLING

WILL WIN: “Guardians of the Galaxy”
MIGHT WIN: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
SHOULD WIN: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

WILL WIN: “The Theory of Everything”
MIGHT WIN: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
SHOULD WIN: “Interstellar”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

WILL WIN: “Glory” from “Selma”
MIGHT WIN: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
SHOULD WIN: “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

WILL WIN: “Aya”
MIGHT WIN: “The Phone Call”
SHOULD WIN: N/A

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

WILL WIN: “Feast”
MIGHT WIN: “The Bigger Picture”
SHOULD WIN: N/A

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

WILL WIN: “Joanna”
MIGHT WIN: “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
SHOULD WIN: N/A