Meryl @ 68 – Happy Birthday, My Love

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I started becoming so passionate about film around 2008. I was thirteen years old.

I watched all the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars. I tried to watch as many Oscar nominees as possible.

That year, one film really stuck with me like no other, and I think it’s still my most watched film from that year. It was Doubt.

The entire cast was excellent – from Amy Adams’ delicately balancing nun, to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s emotionally charged priest, to Viola Davis’ rapturous one-scene wonder.

But of course, my eyes were on that nun, Sister Aloysius Beauvier.

Meryl Streep played her. Or to say it better, Meryl was Sister Aloysius.

I was just so attached on her quiet ferocity, that determination that simmers as she fights for what she believes is the right thing to do. And on repeated viewings, Meryl just stuck with me as, for lack of the better word, the definition of ‘great’.

When I say a performance is ‘great’, I always go back to Meryl and see if “has this person met her standards?”.

I know it’s not fair to do that to other actors, but that’s how she struck me. And then 2009 came – Julie and Julia and It’s Complicated. I loved her in both.

By that time, I was just fascinated by how she always does her best in acting but not seeming as if she was trying to hard.

She came at a crucial moment in my life – as my love for film was about to become serious (which eventually led me to taking Bachelor of Arts in Film as my course), she was there, reminding me of what excellence is and how a person can convey so much, can portray life within the limited time of a film.

Meryl Streep, in other words, was a godsend for me.

And I couldn’t be more thankful for her existence.

She’s a trailblazer – she showed through her work how her willingness to bare herself in camera can help us understand more about other people.

I know I’m not the only one who feels this. Meryl has influenced generations of actors, filmmakers, and artists not just in acting and in film, but also in life.

I haven’t met her yet. I don’t know if I ever will.

I really wish I could meet her one day and give her a big hug for everything she has done.

I know she’s just trying to do her best in her craft, but in doing so, she has touched so many lives.

And I’m no exception.

To (probably) my first true love in film.

I love you, Meryl.

And I thank you for what you have done to us.

Here’s looking forward to your future work (and Oscar nominations) while I also go back to your earlier works.

Here’s an altar of her twenty Oscar nominated roles, an all-time record (and I seriously doubt someone will break that anytime soon).

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Just for the fun of ranking stuff, here’s how I’d rank her Oscar-nominated works (performances, not the films; all good-to-all-time-great; purely subjective):

  1. Sophie’s Choice (1982) as Sophie Zawistowski
  2. The Iron Lady (2011) as Margaret Thatcher
  3. Doubt (2008) as Sister Aloysius Beauvier
  4. Ironweed (1987) as Helen Archer
  5. A Cry in the Dark (1988) as Lindy Chamberlain
  6. Silkwood (1983) as Karen Silkwood
  7. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) as Joanna Kramer
  8. The Devil Wears Prada (2006) as Miranda Priestly
  9. Postcards from the Edge (1990) as Suzanne Vale
  10. August: Osage County (2013) as Violet Weston
  11. Julie and Julia (2009) as Julia Child
  12. Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) as Florence Foster Jenkins
  13. One True Thing (1998) as Kate Gulden
  14. Adaptation. (2002) as Susan Orlean
  15. Music of the Heart (1999) as Roberta Guaspari
  16. The Deer Hunter (1978) as Linda
  17. Out of Africa (1985) as Karen Blixen
  18. The Bridges of Madison County (1995) as Francesca Johnson
  19. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) as Sarah/Anna
  20. Into the Woods (2014) as The Witch

Plus, her non-Oscar nominated performances:

  1. The Hours (2002) as Clarissa Vaughan
  2. Ricki and the Flash (2015) as Linda Brummel/Ricki Rendazzo
  3. Hope Springs (2012) as Kay Soames
  4. The River Wild (1994) as Gail Hartman
  5. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) as Mrs. Fox
  6. It’s Complicated (2009) as Jane Adler
  7. Suffragette (2015) as Emmeline Pankhurst
  8. The Homesman (2014) as Altha Carter
  9. Mamma Mia! (2008) as Donna Sheridan

There you go. Looking forward to more years to come for you.

Always wishing you the success you deserve and the health that you need to do great work, on and off-screen.

Happy birthday, My Love.

Love you, Meryl.

Best Picture Nominees (2009-2016), RANKED

Since the Academy Awards reinstated the expanded Best Picture field in the 82nd Academy Awards (2009 in film), a system implemented during from 1930s to mid-1940s, the Academy has nominated 72 films for the awards’ highest honor.

Now in its eighth year, this new system has produced some of the most out-there choices, films that would not have gone anywhere near the Best Picture race had it stayed the traditional five nominees, as well as some stinkers that benefitted from the increased number of slots in the category.

Here is my ranking of the 72 Best Picture nominees from 2009 to 2016:

Gravity (2013) and Spotlight (2015) – the best nominee and the best winner of this category since the expanded category began in 2009.

BEST OF THE BEST
1. Gravity (2013)
2. Spotlight (2015) – WINNER
3. La La Land (2016)
4. Arrival (2016)
5. Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) – WINNER
6. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
7. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
8. Amour (2012)
9. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
10. The Tree of Life (2011)
11. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
12. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
13. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
14. Inception (2010)
15. Black Swan (2010)
16. Whiplash (2014)
17. The Artist (2011) – WINNER
18. The Hurt Locker (2009) – WINNER
19. Up (2009)
20. Hell or High Water (2016)
21. 12 Years a Slave (2013) – WINNER
22. Les Miserables (2012)
23. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
24. The Revenant (2015)
25. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
26. Selma (2014)
27. Up in the Air (2009)

Relatively young production/distribution company A24 scored back-to-back nominations with Room (2015) and Moonlight (2016), with the latter becoming a landmark Best Picture winner.

GREAT CHOICES
28. The King’s Speech (2010) – WINNER
29. Room (2015)
30. Moonlight (2016) – WINNER
31. The Martian (2015)
32. The Fighter (2010)
33. Her (2013)
34. The Social Network (2010)
35. Toy Story 3 (2010)
36. Brooklyn (2015)
37. Hugo (2011)
38. Midnight in Paris (2011)
39. Nebraska (2013)
40. District 9 (2009)
41. Captain Phillips (2013)
42. Lincoln (2012)
43. Lion (2015)
44. An Education (2009)
45. True Grit (2010)

EARNED THOSE BEST PICTURE NOMINATIONS
46. Life of Pi (2012)
47. Boyhood (2014)
48. Hidden Figures (2016)
49. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
50. A Serious Man (2009)
51. Winter’s Bone (2010)
52. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
53. Fences (2016)
54. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
55. Philomena (2013)
56. The Imitation Game (2014)
57. Moneyball (2011)
58. The Kids are All Right (2010)
59. The Help (2011)
60. 127 Hours (2010)
61. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
62. American Hustle (2013)

STRIKING MERITS DESPITE MY INDIFFERENCE (ON VARYING LEVELS)
63. Argo (2012) – WINNER
64. The Big Short (2015)
65. American Sniper (2014)
66. Django Unchained (2012)
67. Avatar (2009)
68. War Horse (2011)

I WON’T CHOOSE THEM, BUT I UNDERSTAND THE MENTION
69. The Theory of Everything (2014)
70. The Descendants (2011)

THOSE BAD APPLES FROM THE BUNCH – WHY?
71. Bridge of Spies (2015)
72. The Blind Side (2009)

RANKED: Academy Award-Nominated Performances (2010-2015)

As you may have noticed, the blog has been in an indefinite hiatus (are you still there?). Now having some free time, I’ve decided to take things slowly and start writing a bit more. I haven’t stopped watching films, but I’ve ventured on a project that went way out of control (specifically, the Annual TFO Awards).

Meanwhile…

Nathaniel Rogers of The Film Experience have posted his personal ranking of all the 120 Academy Award-nominated performances from 2010 to 2015. For your enjoyment, here is the (very well-edited) video ranking of Ali Benzekri posted on Vimeo accompanying his post:

After reading their fascinating rankings, I was like “why not?” I have seen all 120 performances, and here is my ranking as of August 22, 2016; I’m quite sure this ranking would change any other day.

Here is my personal ranking of the nominated performances:

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BEST OF THE BEST

  1. Cate Blanchett as Jeanette “Jasmine” French in Blue JasmineWINNER
  2. Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron LadyWINNER
  3. Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliott-Dunne in Gone Girl
  4. Marion Cotillard as Sandra Bya in Two Days, One Night
  5. Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird in Carol
  6. Jean Dujardin as George Valentin in The ArtistWINNER
  7. Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers in Black SwanWINNER
  8. Joaquin Phoenix as Freddie Quell in The Master
  9. Emmanuelle Riva as Anne Laurent in Amour
  10. Michelle Williams as Cindy Heller in Blue Valentine
  11. Rooney Mara as Therese Belivet in Carol
  12. Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark in The Help
  13. Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson in Birdman
  14. J.K. Simmons as Terence Fletcher in WhiplashWINNER
  15. Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in Gravity
  16. Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street
  17. Naomi Watts as Maria Bennett in The Impossible
  18. Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers ClubWINNER
  19. Brie Larson as Joy “Ma” Newsome in RoomWINNER
  20. Jacki Weaver as Janine “Cody” Smurf in Animal Kingdom
  21. Saoirse Ronan as Eilis Lacey in Brooklyn
  22. Bradley Cooper as Patrizio “Pat Solitano, Jr. in Silver Linings Playbook
  23. Charlotte Rampling as Kate Mercer in 45 Years
  24. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd in The Master
  25. Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass in The RevenantWINNER
  26. Nicole Kidman as Becca Corbett in Rabbit Hole
  27. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave
  28. Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network
  29. Javier Bardem as Uxbal in Biutiful
  30. Patricia Arquette as Olivia Evans in BoyhoodWINNER
  31. Edward Norton as Mike Shiner in Birdman
  32. Sally Hawkins as Ginger in Blue Jasmine
  33. Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener in The Danish GirlWINNER
  34. Meryl Streep as Violet Weston in August: Osage County
  35. Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Les MiserablesWINNER
  36. Jessica Chastain as Celia Foote in The Help
  37. Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Creed
  38. Melissa Leo as Alice Eklund-Ward in The FighterWINNER

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ROCK SOLID

  1. Julianne Moore as Alice Daly-Howland in Still AliceWINNER
  2. Demian Bichir as Carlos Galindo in A Better Life
  3. Tom Hardy as John Fitzgerald in The Revenant
  4. Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano in Joy
  5. Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  6. Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue in The King’s Speech
  7. Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings PlaybookWINNER
  8. Bradley Cooper as Richard “Richie” DiMaso in American Hustle
  9. Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave
  10. Julia Roberts as Barbara Weston-Fordham in August: Osage County
  11. Jessica Chastain as Maya in Zero Dark Thirty
  12. Emma Stone as Sam Thomson in Birdman
  13. Max von Sydow as The Renter in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  14. Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild
  15. Helen Hunt as Cheryl Cohen-Greene in The Sessions
  16. Colin Firth as King George VI in The King’s SpeechWINNER
  17. Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables
  18. Christoph Waltz as King Schultz in Django UnchainedWINNER
  19. Mark Ruffalo as Michael “Mike” Rezendes in Spotlight
  20. Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs
  21. Jared Leto as Rayon in Dallas Buyers ClubWINNER
  22. Matt Damon as Mark Watney in The Martian
  23. Melissa McCarthy as Megan Price in Bridesmaids
  24. Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser/Edith Greensly in American Hustle
  25. John Hawkes as Teardrop in Winter’s Bone
  26. Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in LincolnWINNER
  27. Annette Bening as Nicole “Nic” Allgood in The Kids are All Right
  28. Lupita Nyong’o as Patsey in 12 Years a SlaveWINNER
  29. Gary Oldman as George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  30. Bruce Dern as Woodrow “Woody” Grant in Nebraska
  31. Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs
  32. Amy Adams as Charlene Fleming in The Fighter
  33. Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund in The FighterWINNER
  34. Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson in The HelpWINNER
  35. Ethan Hawke as Mason Evans, Jr. in Boyhood
  36. Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff in The Wolf of Wall Street
  37. James Franco as Aaron Ralston in 127 Hours
  38. Jennifer Lawrence as Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone
  39. Eddie Redmayne as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl
  40. Benedict Cumberbatch as Aaron Turing in The Imitation Game
  41. Brad Pitt as Billy Beane in Moneyball
  42. Barkhad Abdi as Abduwali Muse in Captain Phillips
  43. Rachel McAdams as Sacha Pfeiffer in Spotlight
  44. Christopher Plummer as Hal Fields in BeginnersWINNER
  45. Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild
  46. Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game
  47. Jacki Weaver as Dolores Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook

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GOOD CHOICES, THOUGH NOT MY FAVORITES

  1. Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde-Hawking in The Theory of Everything
  2. Judi Dench as Philomena Lee in Philomena
  3. Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of EverythingWINNER
  4. George Clooney as Matthew King in The Descendants
  5. Laura Dern as Bobbi Grey in Wild
  6. Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight
  7. Meryl Streep as The Witch in Into the Woods
  8. Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in American Sniper
  9. June Squibb as Kate Grant in Nebraska
  10. Steve Carell as John Du Pont in Foxcatcher
  11. Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs in Albert Nobbs
  12. Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle
  13. Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn
  14. Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln
  15. Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross in True Grit
  16. Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn
  17. Berenice Bejo as Peppy Miller in The Artist
  18. Denzel Washington as William “Whip” Whitaker, Sr. in Flight
  19. Robert De Niro as Patrizio “Pat” Solitano, Sr. in Silver Linings Playbook
  20. Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit
  21. Mark Ruffalo as David Schultz in Foxcatcher
  22. Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech
  23. Nick Nolte as Paddy Conlon in Warrior
  24. Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle

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I’M OKAY WITH THEM… I GUESS?

  1. Amy Adams as Margaret “Peggy” Dodd in The Master
  2. Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln
  3. Christian Bale as Michael Burry in The Big Short
  4. Jeremy Renner as James “Jem” Coughlin in The Town
  5. Mary Rylance as Rudolf Abel in Bridge of SpiesWINNER
  6. Janet McTeer as Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs
  7. Mark Ruffalo as Paul Hatfield in The Kids are All Right

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NOT BAD, BUT UNNECESSARILY NOMINATED

  1. Robert Duvall as Joseph Palmer in The Judge
  2. Jonah Hill as Peter Brand in Moneyball
  3. Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo
  4. Alan Arkin as Lester Siegel in Argo

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NOTES ON THE RANKING:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Highest-ranked nominee: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine (# 1)
Highest-ranked  winner: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine (# 1)
Lowest-ranked nominee: Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn (# 101)
Lowest-ranked winner: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook (# 45)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Highest-ranked nominee: Jean Dujardin in The Artist (# 6)
Highest-ranked winner: Jean Dujardin in The Artist (# 6)
Lowest-ranked nominee: Bryan Cranston in Trumbo (# 119)
Lowest-ranked winner: Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything (# 88)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Highest-ranked nominee: Rooney Mara in Carol (# 11)
Highest-ranked winner: Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (# 30)
Lowest-ranked nominee: Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs (# 115)
Lowest-ranked winner: Octavia Spencer in The Help (# 73)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Highest-ranked nominee: J.K. Simmons in Whiplash (# 14)
Highest-ranked winner: J.K. Simmons in Whiplash (# 14)
Lowest-ranked nominee: Alan Arkin in Argo (# 120)
Lowest-ranked winner: Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies (# 114)

Strongest Year in…
Best Actress: 2015 (# 5, # 19, # 21, # 23, # 43)
Best Actor: 2011 (# 6, # 41, # 68, # 80, # 89)
Best Supporting Actress: 2015 (# 11, # 33, # 70, # 82, # 91)
Best Supporting Actor: 2013 (# 47, # 48, # 60, # 75, # 81)

Weakest Year in…
Best Actress: 2011 (# 2, # 12, # 44, # 96, # 101)
Best Actor: 2015 (# 25, # 48, # 61, # 78, # 119)
Best Supporting Actress: 2011 (# 36, # 62, # 73, # 102, # 115)
Best Supporting Actor: 2012 (# 24, # 57 # 104, # 111, # 120)

Ranking the categories be like:
Best Actress: 2015 > 2010 > 2012 > 2014 > 2013 > 2011
Best Actor: 2011  > 2014 > 2012 > 2010 > 2013 > 2015
Best Supporting Actress: 2015 > 2014 > 2013 > 2010 > 2012 > 2011
Best Supporting Actor: 2013 > 2015 > 2010 > 2014 > 2011 > 2012

Over-all ranking be like:
Actress > Supporting Actress > Actor > Supporting Actor

A little something to shake things up…..

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If not for the Oscar predictions I posted last January, this blog has been long dead.

Not because I did not want to blog anymore, but I’m currently in my last year in film school, and my thesis film has taken every energy that I have in film.

I’m still 190+ films away from finishing 2014 in film before I can post my choice for the best of that year (or the TFO Awards, as I call it). And yes, I have 250+ films to watch before I can even end 2015 in film. I’m still determined to finish that, though.

As I am currently in the post-production of my film, I find myself trying to revive my enthusiasm in watching films and not just making films (trust me, film students have this struggle), I’ll try to do something non-committal but surely has my interest.

I’m planning to do a brief performance profile, in random order, of all the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role from 2009 to 2015 (because this is the most exciting category at the Oscars). Here they are:

best actress

Amy Adams in American Hustle
Annette Bening in The Kids are All Right
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett in Carol
Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock in Gravity
Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night
Viola Davis in The Help
Judi Dench in Philomena
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
Brie Larson in Room
Jennifer Lawrence in Joy
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone
Rooney Mara in The GIrl with the Dragon Tattoo
Helen Mirren in The Last Station
Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Carey Mulligan in An Education
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn
Gabourey Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Meryl Streep in August: Osage County
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia
Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts in The Impossible
Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn
Reese Witherspoon in Wild

I have watched all of these performances, so I’ll rewatch them, review them, and rank them. Some of the performances I’ve watched repeatedly (Pike), some of them I’ve only seen once (Close), some of them I’ve seen just recently (Larson), some of them I haven’t revisited in years (Bening).

This would be a nice refresher for me to at least accommodate if there are any new insight on these performances or if they would feel the same way too. Again, don’t expect constant posting here; this is all for fun and for me to get my groove back in writing and doing things related to film for fun and not because I am a film student.

Meanwhile, I’ll post here some of my productions during my stay in film school. Feel free to share your thoughts.

Blind Spots (experimental)

Away from Home (documentary)

Sa Pag-uwi (Coming Home) (narrative)

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I hope you’re still there reading this. Let me know if you still are. 🙂

Coming soon (and other things)…

There is something coming really soon to this blog… 🙂

TFO 2011

I know, it’s way too late, but it’s my way to close each year for film. Start of awards will be mid-July. After this, the 4th edition will soon follow.

Regarding the profiles of the nominees for Best Picture 2013, I am still trying to decide whether to continue to the individual profiles or just simply post the conclusions for me to save time. This will also apply to future posts if ever I implement this.

Nevertheless, this blog will be a bit more active these coming days, more or less. 🙂

Making some changes with the Best Picture Project…..

I know that I haven’t updated this blog for months now (and with that, I mean the Best Picture Project: 2005). I still have CRASH to review, so watch out for that. But for now, I am announcing that I am going to make some changes regarding the project. I will change the ratings of those who earned grades with .5 (2.5, 3.5, 4.5). I will change majority of the ratings. So, from now on, you will only see 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 whole Meryls in the reviews – no .5!

The New Rating System – No .5s

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1 Meryl – worst of the worst

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2 Meryls – very problematic, spots of greatness

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3 Meryls – acceptable, but could have been better

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4 Meryls – strong, a slip or two, but very worthy

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5 Meryls – best of the best, quality wise – deserves to win Best Picture

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Now, back to reality…… of the busy college life 😉

Final Predictions for the 84th Academy Awards Nominations!

So, here it is. Arrangement of nominees is by the chances of getting the nominees nominated.

PICTURE

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Hugo
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Help
  • Midninght in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • War Horse
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Bridesmaids

Possibilities: Drive, The Ides of March, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

DIRECTOR

  • Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist)
  • Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
  • Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
  • Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)
  • Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)

Possibilities: David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Steven Spielberg (War Horse), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Bennett Miller (Moneyball)

L.  ACTOR

  • Jean Dujardin(The Artist)
  • Geroge Clooney (The Descendants)
  • Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar)
  • Michael Fassbender (Shame)

Possibilities: Michael Shannon (Take Shelter), Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March), Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Ryan Gosling (Drive)

L. ACTRESS

  • Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
  • Viola Davis (The Help)
  • Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
  • Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
  • Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

Possibilities: Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene)

S. ACTOR

  • Christopher Plummer(Beginners)
  • Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn)
  • Albert Brooks (Drive)
  • Nick Nolte (Warrior)
  • Jonah Hill (Moneyball)

Possibilities: Armie Hammer (J. Edgar), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method), Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris)

S. ACTRESS

  • Octavia Spencer (The Help)
  • Jessica Chastain (The Help)
  • Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
  • Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
  • Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)

Possibilities: Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Carey Mulligan (Shame), Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus)

O. SCREENPLAY

  • The Artist
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Bridesmaids
  • Young Adult
  • A Separation

Possibilities: 50/50, Margin Call, Win Win, Beginners

A. SCREENPLAY

  • The Descendants
  • Moneyball
  • Hugo
  • The Help
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Possibilities: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, War Horse

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • War Horse
  • The Artist
  • Hugo
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Possibilities: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Drive

F. EDITING

  • The Artist
  • Hugo
  • Moneyball
  • War Horse
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Possibilities: The Descendants, The Tree of Life, Drive, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

S. MIXING

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Hugo
  • War Horse
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Moneyball

Possibilities: Transformers 3, Hanna, Super 8, The Adventures of Tintin

S. EDITING

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Super 8
  • Transformers 3
  • Hugo

Possibilities: Hanna, War Horse, Drive, The Adventures of Tintin

O. MUSIC SCORE

  • War Horse
  • The Artist
  • Hugo
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Possibilities: The Skin I Live In, The Adventures of Tintin, The Help, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Hugo
  • The Tree of Life
  • Captain America
  • Harry Potter 2

Possibilities: Transformers 3, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, X Men: First Class

MAKE UP

  • The Iron Lady
  • Albert Nobbs
  • Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
  • The Artist
  • Anonymous

Possibilities: none

COSTUME DESIGN

  • Hugo
  • My Week With Marilyn
  • The Help
  • The Artist
  • Jane Eyre

Possibilities: The Iron Lady, WE, Anonymous, War Horse

ART DIRECTION

  • Hugo
  • The Artist
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • The Help
  • War Horse

Possibilities: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Tree of Life, A Dangerous Method

ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Lay Down Your Head” – Albert Nobbs
  • “The Living Proof” – The Help
  • “Life’s A Happy Song” – The Muppets
  • “Star Spangled Man” – Captain America
  • “Pictures in My Head” – The Muppets

Possibilities: “Coeur Volant” – Hugo, “Man or Muppet” – The Muppets, “Hello Hello” – Gnomeo and Juliet, “The Backson Song” – Winnie the Pooh, “So Long” – Winnie the Pooh

FOREIGN FILM

  • A Separation (Iran)
  • Pina (Germany)
  • In Darkness (Poland)
  • Footnote (Israel)
  • Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)

Possibilities: Superclasico (Denmark), Bullhead (Belgium)

ANIMATED FEATURE

  • Rango
  • Arthur Christmas
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Chico and Rita
  • Puss in Boots

Possibilities: A Cat in Paris, Rio, Kung Fu Panda 2, Cars 2, Happy Feet 2

I’m going to watch the Oscar nominations in Oscars’ live streaming in Youtube. Just so excited. Let’s see. =)))