Now I did skip 3 categories only, because I've seen non of the contenders for them. I was also asked in amidst writing this and that was "How do you feel about the 'Oscars so white' thing that's been going around?" and my awnser to that is I could care less. I saw creed and despite enjoying it, I can't say it really deserved many of the Oscar nods seeing as it was pretty sub-par. I don't believe in the concept of nerfing the world in order to serve a minority nor do I believe that there were any African-Americans that really deserved it. Not to mention that Chris Rock is hosting the event either to please the African-American community or just because he is a funny guy who I expect to do a pretty good job.
Best Animated Film
Anomalisa. If Anomalisa does not win I will be exceptionally upset. The beauty that spills out of this movie is beyond beautiful and every aspect of this movie managed to be awe-inspiring. There was a scene where they did a tracking shot that stretched over a couple minutes. With puppets. That is what I'd call legendary. Not to mention the stellar writing by Charlie Kaufman which extends the meaning of the film beyond that of just "a puppet movie". Now, the only film that might win against it would be Inside Out, just because of how biased The Academy is towards Pixar. The amount of effort put into Anomalisa compared to any of the others is more than Oscar worthy.
Best Foreign Language Film
I hate to say this but I've seen one of the five movies in this category and that was Son of Saul which was very excellent and based on what I've seen from all of them (which is not much) I expect Son of Saul to win.
Best Costume Design
I'm hoping that The Danish Girl, The Revenant or Mad Max: Fury Road. Of course all three can't win so if I were to think one would win, it'd probably be Mad Max: Fury Road just because of the sheer girth of the production and the absurdity, of course.
Best Make-up and Hairstyling
Now, in this category it's kind of hard to say which one should win seeing as I've only seen 2/3 of the movies, but I'm going to have to base The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared off of what I've seen which is essentially your typical old man make-up. Between the others I'd say they are pretty much even. The Revenant's make-up was much more subtle than Mad Max: Fury Roads but still managed to be much more effective which really counts.
Best Original Score
At this point in time, I'm really hoping for The Hateful Eight. I know that I may be slightly biased towards Ennio Morricone, but a good score is a good score no matter who wrote it and needless to say I've yet to hear a Morricone song that I wouldn't call excellent.
Best Original Song
To be honest I can't really create a valid opinion here because the only one of the five movies I've seen is Spectre and that song was pretty eh. I know I could go and just listen to the songs but part of this category is how well the songs are used and I can't really say having not seen them.
Best Sound Editing
If I had to choose, I would probably give it to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Being able to use such an iconic score to your advantage in such a fan fueled film is particularly difficult due to how easy it would be to use it either too much or too quickly and you really need to get the best in order to please rabid fans and they definitely got it for Star Wars.
Best Sound Mixing
Once again I would probably give this to Star Wars for the same reasons above. I don't really have much else to say.
This one is a tough on just based on those contending in the category. There are 3 that I'm stuck between on which wins. Those are Sicario, the Revenant and The Hateful Eight. All of these were particularly excellent and I'll have no difficulty accepting if one wins over another because they were all brilliantly shot films.
Best Film Editing
For best editing, I imagine that it will either be Star Wars: The Force Awakens or The Revenant. No matter how much I loved Spotlight it's editing really wasn't anything special, despite being really well put together. But if one were to win from the two, I'd bet on Star Wars, seeing as the Revenant didn't have nearly as much computerized editing as Star Wars.
Best Production Design
Would probably have to say either The Revenant or Mad Max: Fury Road. Mostly because both had very stylized and interesting looks to them which both changed the tones of the two movies, but also made them stand out as to what movie you were going to see.
Best Visual EffectsOdds are, it will be Star Wars: The Force Awakens who wins this award. Mostly because I feel like the Academy has in the past failed to acknowledge that subtlety is worth more than size and Star Wars was like 90% CGI and that will win it for them which is okay for me only because it was impressive.
Best Original Screenplay
Out of the nominees, without a doubt it would be Spotlight, however I imagine that because the Academy has a fetish for seeing Pixar win awards, I am slightly worried that Inside Out may win (despite being pretty sub-par in my honest opinion). Nevertheless hopefully the brilliance of Spotlight will be recognized here.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Right now in my opinion, it looks like either Room or Brooklyn will win the Oscar. However I do feel, having read Room, that they did a fairly poor job adapting it. Of course I can't say what kind of job they did on Brooklyn seeing as I've yet to read the original book. On terms of which I enjoyed more, I'd say Brooklyn.
Actor in a Leading Role
Essentially, there are three that I would like to win, but without a doubt Dicaprio will win. As much as I would like to have Bryan Cranston win for Trumbo or Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl, there is no way that they'll win justdbecause of exposure or lack thereof. On top of that, I imagine that the Academy just wants to put the whole "No Oscars for Leo" thing to rest.
Actress in a Leading Role
I'm actually not sure on a prediction for this category but out of what there are, I really hope that Saoirse Ronan wins for Brooklyn. Her depiction of the dilemma she was presented with in that movie was excellently done and in all honesty quite a bit better than the others.
Actor in a Supporting Role
As much as I'd like for Mark Rylance to win for his depiction of a Soviet spy in Bridge of Spies, I do really think that Mark Ruffalo really deserves the Oscar for Spotlight. The dialogue in that movie is of legendary quality and anyone who can deliver the lines as snappy as this movie managed to portray definitely deserves to win.
Actress in a Supporting Role
In my opinion, just like I said above, anybody who can pull off that legendary dialogue deserves to win the Oscar thus Rachel McAdams deserves the win.
Being a fan of movies and that the Oscar Nominations have now been released, I'd like to provide some insight on firstly, what to look for and secondly what I think really deserves the award.
This year the nominations for Best Picture has some pretty heavy competition in this category but in my opinion their are really only 3 contenders. Those would be The Revenant, Spotlight and Room. If I had to choose which one of these I enjoyed most I would without a doubt say Spotlight. When it comes right down to it, a movie can have shock value (Room) it can be tense (The Revenant) but nothing beats clever writing, excellent dialogue and brilliant cinematography. However if I were to speculate on which one of the three would win, odds are it's going to be the Revenant. Spotlight was better but it wasn't as mainstream as some of the other
Right now for the Best Director, I fully expect Alejandro G. Inarritu to win. Based on the nature of The Revenant and the amount of effort and use of practical effects. Despite in my opinion Spotlight being a better movie, I do think that The Revenant deserves it based on the sheer amount of effort put into it.
Recently I've fallen deeply in love with some of the most astonishing series in all fields, from shot composition to musical prowess. David Attenborough's naturist documentaries are a crowning achievement in both film-making and zoology. The amount of work that he does research-wise and the power of a handful of people with a passion for beauty will never cease to produce a world of wonder and enjoyment.
Most know him for his series "Life" but there are some lesser known ones that I feel like everyone should be aware of. Two of my favorites are Great Migrations and Micro Monsters.
With Great Migrations, I find that what draws me to it is the idea that these animals are working in complete unison with their ancestors. Their are so many wonders involved in migration that are so astonishing that I can't help but think that they have a whole world we just aren't seeing.
Micro Monsters was a documentary series based around the world of arthropods and their struggles, journeys and adventures in making sure their genes pass on to the next generation. What fascinates me about this series is what is said during the opening sequence in that "80% of species on this planet, are arthropods". That is truly astonishing because it just goes to show how little we know about that bug on the wall or that ant that we step over.
To be honest, it's pretty hard to choose even just two of these as my favorite because I've yet to see one that hasn't shown me some otherworldly footage and great score (by the London Philharmonic Orchestra by the way). I strongly encourage you check out all his stuff and please don't watch one with some shitty famous western person they got because they think you're too stupid to understand a British accent.
Most people are familiar with Beethoven, yes? You know, the world's most revolutionary composer? Good, but how many people know that his famous "Moonlight Sonata" was completely improvised?
While I was researching harmonic structure for my Music Theory class, I came across a man who claimed that Moonlight Sonata, Beethoven's 3 part masterpiece of technicality and beauty was completely improvised and was just written as notated improvisation. I, in disbelief not only listened to what he had to say but researched for myself as well.
I went about reading several pages and articles only to come to no conclusion beyond a page or 2 and of course the guys word of mouth. I then took a look at the song itself and knowing how to go about improvising and go about harmonics and improvisation above certain progressions, it was rather clear to me at this point that the piece was most likely improvised.
But what comes from this information? Well, knowing Beethoven had been a pianist since he was a boy and a prodigy at that so it is apparent that his knowledge of chord structure and musical prowess would be beyond that of anyone alive at that point, let alone his immense creativity. On top of that if you look at the original score for the song it uses very typical patterns and the beginning part of the piece called Quasi Una Fantasia was used to cement the chord pattern at the beginning in order to do more with it.
It should also be noted that Moonlight Sonata had been written when his deafness slowly began coming into fruition. So it is possible that he could not here what he was playing, thus the simple chord structure. What this could mean is that many of his other famous pieces could have been improvised as well, which of course would be truly extraordinary.
The Video that Introduced it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCYYGMI1UxU