"27 Days of Oscar," a preview




A couple of days ago I began working on a piece that I was truly proud of.  I discussed my take on the Best Picture race and the controversies surrounding the nominations of “American Sniper” and lack of nominations for “Selma.”  How I consider “Boyhood” and “Birdman” the frontrunners and contemplated whether Harvey Weinstein would let the two battle it out only to sneak in with a win for “The Imitation Game.”  But divine intervention stepped in and all my words and thoughts were lost.

I mentioned a few months ago that I was going to use Phase 2 of the Oscar race as a means of getting Awards Wiz back to basics.  And I believe that lack of autorecovery was a saving grace.  Keep it simple, stupid.  I will certainly address the issue of the Oscar voting demographic and whether or not a middle aged white guy can actually appreciate films not centered around middle aged white guys.  (A stereotype  I didn’t really think about being taken too far until I realized that I am an almost 40 year old white guy and that my tastes were being brought into question by many of my well respected…by me at least… peers.) More on that later, of course when I get to the films in questions.  The films will drive the direction of this site.  For this Oscar season, at least.

I have always discovered gems of films thanks to the Academy’s nominations and this year I am determined to, yet again, to watch all of the nominated films in every category.  Using my knowledge of both the Academy and my own personal taste and gut I hope to navigate us through a fun season.

I am going to begin my very fun and somewhat exhausting 27 Days of Oscar series beginning on January 27th.   I plan on getting my predictions out a little earlier than the 10 minutes before the show from last year. And I still plan on publishing my Top Performances and of course my Top 10 Films of 2014.  Just like the good old days I plan on publishing those right before the Oscars.  A little late, but again, back to the basics.  I couldn’t have, with clear conscious made any type of list this year having not made more of an effort to see certain films that had eluded me.

Below is the list of films that I need to see in order to make a truly sound prediction for every category nominated for the Oscars.  And below that is a list of films I hope to squeeze in to make a proper Top 10 List.  Believe it or not, it is about the same as last year.

I plan to go deep into the Documentary Feature category as well as Foreign Film, two categories I have always loved delving into.  But the Best Picture and Acting categories are looming heavily over me, especially considering this is one of the first years that I haven’t already been ahead of the game in the majors.

Let’s have a fantastic race to the finish line. Expect my Documentary Features picee as well as my Top Television of the year before the 27th.

PICTURE
American Sniper
Selma
The Theory of Everything

PERFORMANCES
Foxcatcher
The Judge
Two Days, One Night
Wild

DOCUMENTARY
CitizenFour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
Virunga

FOREIGN
Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

ANIMATED
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguyu

SCREENPLAY
Mr. Turner
Unbroken
Inherent Vice

BELOW THE LINE
Intersteller
The Lego Movie
Beyond the Lights
Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
Begin Again
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Nightcrawler

The SHORTS!

Additional Films:
Cake
Snowpiercer
St. Vincent
Big Eyes
Mommy
Life Itself

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