Oscars 2015 To-Do-List - Updated 2/11/15!

Hi folks!  Here's an update since my original post on Jan. 22.  Here's what I've knocked off from my list of movies to see:
  • American Sniper
  • Selma
  • Whiplash
  • Foxcatcher
  • Two Days, One Night
  • Still Alice
  • Inherent Vice
  • Nightcrawler
So, I've now seen all of the best picture nominees.  Honestly, the movie I liked the best, which literally left me saying "Wow," at the end was Whiplash.  After that, my next pick is The Theory of Everything.  I didn't really care for Birdman much, though the acting was fantastic.  Boyhood was excellent in concept and deserves all the awards for movie-making.  Selma and The Imitation Game were both good, interesting, and educational, but I didn't love them. And I also didn't care much for The Grand Budapest Hotel, although it is a gorgeous movie to look at with all the costumes, makeup, and rich colors.  So, my pick for Best Picture is Whiplash, but I don't think it will win.  I think with all the hype surrounding them, either American Sniper, Birdman, or Boyhood will get it.  I'll make a more definitive prediction closer to Oscar night.

Other thoughts at this time:  

  • The director for Whiplash should have been nominated over the director for Foxcatcher.  
  • All the nominees for Best Actor deserve the award.  I think it'll go to Michael Keaton though.
  • J.K. Simmons should definitely get the award for Best Supporting Actor.

Wow people. It's Oscar time AGAIN! Where does the time go? So, it's time to figure out what movies I need to see in my quest to see the Oscar nominees from the major categories. Here are the nominees, and I've bolded the movies I need to see by the Oscars ceremony on February 22:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

  • Steve Carell  (Foxcatcher)
  • Bradley Cooper  (American Sniper)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
  • Michael Keaton  (Birdman)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

  • Robert Duvall  (The Judge)
  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

  • Marion Cotillard  (Two Days, One Night)
  • Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Laura Dern (Wild)
  • Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

  • American Sniper (Jason Hall)
  • The Imitation Game (Graham Moore)
  • Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  • The Theory of Everything (Anthony McCarten)
  • Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)

  • Birdman (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo)
  • Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
  • Foxcatcher (E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness)
  • Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)

This year's to-do list isn't too bad.  I need to see:
  • American Sniper
  • Selma
  • Whiplash
  • Foxcatcher
  • Two Days, One Night
  • Still Alice
  • Inherent Vice
  • Nightcrawler
I think all but "Two Days, One Night" and "Nightcrawler" are in the theaters near me.  I got this.  I'll start work on these this weekend. 


Not-so-deep thoughts by Valerie

I'm watching the Golden Globes and what's on my mind this second is "The Affair"?! Really? Over "The Good Wife?" Over "Downton Abbey"? I don't think so.

Anyway, I'll carry on.

I did a double header today (with lunch in between)...and saw Big Eyes and then Into the Woods. I enjoyed both, but am confused as to why Big Eyes is in the "Comedy or Musical" category for the Golden Globes. (Into the Woods is where it belongs...) I laughed out loud once during that movie and it was in the last 15 minutes.

In other news, I watched the pilot episode of "Empire" and am intrigued. Some of the acting leaves a little to be desired, but I love Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. And the music has been great so far. If you don't know, the show is about a music mogul (Terrence) who's about to go public with his company when his ex-wife gets out of jail and comes back wanting to claim half. On top of that, Terrence has been diagnosed with ALS....no one else knows that, but he is looking for one of his three sons to take over the company. The main thing that bothered me about this show though, is that Terrence & Taraji are MY age and they're playing parents of kids who are well into their twenties. I'm having a hard time with that. I'm sure I'll get over it.

Watching George Clooney's speech now. Swoon. He's a fantastic human being.


Year in review (bookwise)

Here's what I read in 2014.  Overall, it was a good reading year.