WOOOHHOOO Award Season is upon us! As I become more attached the idea of becoming a prolific filmmaker, I'm watching more and more films. This year I am ahead of the curve and spent my two week holiday vacation watching multiple films. I am still a few shy but have watched enough to give my thoughts on a few categories-this award show covers television and film so there are quite a bit of nominees so I'll just talk about a few. Nominations Best Motion Picture – Drama “Boyhood,” IFC Productions and Detour Filmproduction; IFC Films “Foxcatcher,” Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Classic “The Imitation Game,” Black Bear Pictures; The Weinstein Company “Selma,” Paramount Pictures and Pathé; Paramount Pictures “The Theory of Everything,” Working Title Films; Focus Features
I've seen three of these five films and plan to see "Boyhood" before the broadcast. Based on what I've seen, "Selma" is my favorite. I think that the filmmakers captured the story so vividly and beautifully. Also, I feel it is extremely timely for a historic picture. "Foxcatcher" was also extremely great and the performances from the actors were award worthy. With that said, I think the winner will be "The Theory of Everything" or "Boyhood" because both have been getting extreme praise from critics.
Nominations Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical “Birdman,” Regency Enterprises and M Productions and Le Grisbi Productions; Fox Searchlight Pictures “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” American Empirical Picture; Fox Searchlight Pictures “Into the Woods,” Disney; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures “Pride,” Pathé Productions Limited, British Broadcasting Corporation, The British Film Institute and Calamity Films; CBS Films Inc. “St. Vincent,” Chernin Entertainment; The Weinstein Company
I've only seen two films in this category and that was enough. "Birdman" will hands down win. It is a masterful work in cinematography. It is so original and took so many risks. The long, continuous, hand held shots were so atypical to what every one else is doing. It made me want to shoot something immediately!
Nominations Best Director – Motion Picture Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Ava DuVernay, “Selma” David Fincher, “Gone Girl” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman” Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Again I still need to see "Boyhood" but this is a really tough category. I'm putting all my energy behind Ms. DuVernay. She slayed "Selma". It was beautiful. It remained true to her previous work. I saw her style shine through. Now I do think "Birdman" was amazing but I'm going to go with Ava DuVernay in this category because I want more than anything for her to take home the award. Well that's my choices in three of the many categories tonight. I can't wait to tune in to hear inspiring speeches - that's my favorite part of course! I'll be live tweeting during the broadcast. Off to see "Boyhood" so I can be back in time for the big show!