69 Years of Meryl Streep

It’s Queen Meryl’s birthday!

If you know me, you know how much she means to me. One of the biggest inspirations in my life. An artist that has continually raised the standards of her craft.

I couldn’t articulate enough how much she means to me, as much as she does to millions of filmgoers around the world.

I am happy to be living in a time when she is still continues give her life to film.

I would love to meet her someday.

Meanwhile, to celebrate her birthday, here is a rundown of her 21 Academy Award nominations. (She has the most nominations for an actor, by the way).


The Deer Hunter (1978) as LindaKramer vs. Kramer (1979) as Joanna Kramer

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) as Sarah/Anna

Sophie’s Choice (1982) as Sophie Zawitowski

Silkwood (1983) as Karen Silkwood

Out of Africa (1985) as Karen Blixen

Ironweed (1987) as Helen Archer

A Cry in the Dark (1988) as Lindy Chamberlain

Postcards from the Edge (1990) as Suzanne Vale

The Bridges of Madison County (1995) as Francesca Johnson

One True Thing (1998) as Kate Gulden

Music of the Heart (1999) as Roberta Guaspari

Adaptation. (2002) as Susan Orlean

The Devil Wears Prada (2006) as Miranda Priestly

Doubt (2008) as Sister Aloysius Beauvier

Julie & Julia (2009) as Julia Child

The Iron Lady (2011) as Margaret Thatcher

August: Osage County (2013) as Violet Weston

Into the Woods (2014) as The Witch

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) as Florence Foster Jenkins

The Post (2017) as Katherine Graham


Which Meryl Streep performance is your favorite?


Nine Years of Blogging

Yep, that’s me now, nine years after I first started this blog.

Back then, I was a sophomore in high school, watching films almost every day after school. With all the films I’ve been watching, I found it necessary to look online for other cinephiles as I was not contented with writing on my own journals about the films I’ve watched.

In this search, some of the first blogs I discovered were The Film Experience (whose comprehensive discussion of the Oscar race that time really interested me), Nick’s Flick Picks (whose coverage of film and actresses is something to aspire), and Alex in Movieland (whose discussion of different Best Actress years tapped into my love for acting and actresses).

Also, something happened around that time: Meryl Streep delivered her two-punch performances that forever changed things. Her work in Doubt and Julie & Julia made me realize that wow, I think this actress is fantastic. Playing characters distinctively different from each other – one a guarded depiction of traditionalist paradigm, one a joyous celebration of life and love – Queen Meryl has opened a wide array of possibilities of what film and film acting can do. She has set the standards of excellence for me, and she still continues to do so.

Feeling the need to join the discussion, I decided to put up my own blog. With no clear vision on what to do, I just started writing random posts (reviews, predictions, etc). And with the sea of bloggers discussing Best Actress around that time period (there were a lot), I felt I wasn’t alone in my love for film.

I hosted two Smackdowns (with the idea originating from Stinkylulu), pitting Best Picture nominees per year and having different bloggers vote, and then coming up with a consensus on what was the eventual winner. I did two of those: 2008 and 1995. I was so happy being able to host two, but school caught up, and I had to do less hassle things for my blog.

Then came the Best Picture Project: a seemingly deranged attempt to watch the Best Picture nominees per year and then ranking them, in the style of Alex in Movieland‘s discussion of Best Actress. I admit originality was not by strongest suit, and since I didn’t know how to do things, I just emulated what other bloggers were doing. But while almost all did Best Actress, I was doing Best Picture. It lasted for a long time: I was able to do twelve Best Picture years (you can find the link at the sidebar).

While this is all happening in my blog, I’ve started making short films in high school, and then perhaps the biggest step in my love for film happened: I applied (and eventually got in) to a film school. I got to meet so many people, became a part of a student film organization, and was able to make ‘serious’ short films, including my thesis film that I’m still very proud of.

As the rest of this are all happening, the Best Picture project waned. I’ve become more interested in doing the TFO Awards, honoring excellence in film for a specific year. This one was the most interesting for me since it forced me to watch films that I wouldn’t have normally seen. Driven by my strong opinions of shoulda been nominated, I challenged myself saying go ahead, watch more films and then you make your own awards. I’ve been doing this now for seven years, with the recently concluded 7th TFO Awards honoring 2015 in film.

Imagine that: awarding 2015 films in 2018.

The backlog was insane. Truthfully, it’s an insane task to even try watch all the best of a specific year. There is not enough time to even watch the best of a year, let alone all the best films of all time. And look at what I said:

This one was the most interesting for me since
it forced me to watch films that I wouldn’t have normally seen.

Yes, there were moments when I do feel I’m just forced to watch films since it’s for the blog. And there aren’t even a lot of readers here. But I was doing it as personal closure for years in film. Now, I’m on to hopefully finishing 2016 in film by December. But just imagine the daunting task.

Truth be told, it’s taxing to do it anymore. I mean I love film and I always will, but I miss those younger years when I was watching films because I want to and not because I have to. And no one’s even forcing me: it’s all self-inflicted responsibilities for this blog.

Add to that the fact that I’ve fallen out of my love for filmmaking and film in general due to burnout after making my thesis film. Basically, the latter half of 2016 was confusing times for my relationship with film.

Something happened in January 2017 that reignited my love for film(making): watching La La Land on the big screen.

So for the big part of 2017, I felt recharged. I got a full-time job for the first time, and it has afforded me to watch films on the big screen when I want to. I started writing scripts again, I’ve met with my friends from film school semi-regularly. Basically, just to bring the spark back to my dream while keeping it all grounded in reality.

My thesis film got minimal film festival exposure, which was nice (and it still does). But at that point, filmmaking wasn’t the biggest dream anymore. How ironic for someone who cannot dream of anything to do except making films when I was still in high school.

However, after more than a year, something happened again. In February of 2018, I:

  • watched I, Tonya on the big screen and discovered this thing called figure skating and it just thrilled me;
  • watched the 2018 Canadian Nationals free skate of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge!, and;
  • watched the 2018 US Nationals short program of Adam Rippon. You know, just owning the ice and being out and proud.

You do get to watch a lot of things when you are unemployed. I discovered something that I really love now: figure skating.

I even enrolled in figure skating lessons, and I intend to pursue doing the higher levels. It’s taking most of my time now, and I’d rather do off-ice exercises than watch a film.

I’ve even done this just for fun.

And we go back to the 7th TFO Awards: just like its previous edition, it was supposed to have video presentations, just like the Academy Awards. However, I grew tired of it. Was my love of film starting to dissipate?

I don’t think so, but now I’m starting to prioritize more.

Obviously, I think I’m over the phase of doing the Best Picture Project. Watching the pantheon of Best Picture nominees at the Oscars doesn’t interest me that much anymore (even if I memorized all the nominees just for fun).

Do I still want to watch films per year to determine my personal choices, hence the TFO Awards? Yes, although I won’t be as crazy as watching 200+ films, I hope.

I found myself asking this question: what’s something in film that still has my passion and interest?

There are two categories at the Academy Awards that has interested me the most: Best Foreign Language Film and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

The former because there is so much cinema has to offer rather than just sticking yourself to Hollywood. Representation matters, and in this world we live in right now where there is so much divisiveness and othering, it’s important to know and discover how multi-faceted the human experience is.

Human experience is not just the white American experience.

There is the European experience, the Latino experience, the Asian experience, the African experience, the Australian experience, the indigenous peoples’ experience. And cinema has the capability to do that. And while the Best Foreign Language Film category is not without its flaws, it’s a great starting point to explore what is going on around the world in relation to world cinema. Special mention also to the Best Documentary Feature category.

Now, the latter. Best Actress.

Again, representation matters. With the colossal shift caused by the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, we are having conversations about women now more than ever. Lack of (leading) roles for women, gender pay gap, sexual harassment allegations – issues of women, LGBTQ+, and minorities have been put to the center of spotlight for the first time in Hollywood, and let’s do our best to keep the conversation going and the change coming.

That leads me to what I’m about to do in this blog.

I’m tracking the Best Actress contenders per year, starting back from 2009 (the first year I blogged) all the way to 1927/28, the first year of the Academy Awards. Yes, from the supposed snubs, runners-up, long shots, up to the longer shots with eligible films.

And no, I’m not attempting to watch them all. Of course, I cannot. However, I want to take a look at how the roles of women in film have evolved. And I’m talking about the quality, quantity, and diversity of roles eligible for the Academy Awards.

From the years called the strongest (1950, 1962, 1969, 1974, 1987, 1995, 2006) to the weakest (1953, 1970, 1975, 1984, 1994, 2003, 2005), I would like to see how far we have come in terms of representation of women in film vis-à-vis the Academy Awards.

And I would want to see: are those “weak years” a result of lack of good performances of women in film? Or perhaps good roles for women? Or perhaps it’s the laziness of the Academy to look for outside-the-box choices to fill the final five? Or perhaps the laziness of Hollywood to even make films with women at the center? Or maybe the critical reception at time affected it (remember: majority of film critics are white male)?

Part of me thinks there is a smidge of sexism in these claims, but we’ll see. With that, I’ll try doing something

I’m calling this non-committal project (of sorts):

Best Actress nominees as well as contenders will be reviewed and given performance profiles. I’m still thinking whether it would be a written blog post (normal, easier) or a video essay (time and effort consuming; I haven’t tried it).

Performances will then be rated, with increments of 0.5 (if only necessary), but here’s the general grading system (with some random rambling about the rating):

achieves high level of excellence in film acting
with skill and over-all emotional impact

my enthusiasm isn’t as sky high as the ones above,
but distinctive and remarkable in its own right

there is so much to respect and even like with
the work despite noticeable flaws and/or limitations

major problems exist, but okay to good OR
lacking but with shining moments

either squandered potential with objectionable acting choices
or not even trying to elevate awful material; despicable

I’m not really hard to please, so you may notice if I would get too generous, but I’ll do my best to keep things in perspective. (Objectivity in film criticism is almost a myth).

I’d want to watch films because I want to, not because I need to. And that is how I would roll with this endeavor. I’ve seen myself getting exhausted of the rigid per year thing (and I’ve seen other blogs struggle with that as well), and I’d just want to do something that I would like to do.

Props to the wonderful blog Oscargasms who does diligent Oscar coverage, starting from the 1920s as he works his way to the present years. I have come across his blog during my blogging drought and has truly inspired me to write again (I hope).

So I’m hoping to revive this blog. Yikes, I wouldn’t even be able to regularly post here (I’ve tried to do that several times since this blog went dormant).

And just to quote the legendary film critic Roger Ebert, another inspiring figure of film criticism:

I’ll see you at the movies.


Juan Carlos Ojano

The Final Oscar

Coming soon on The Final Oscar…

Hello! Are you still there?

I am.

Aside from a few posts about the first Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino and some film reviews, I haven’t been able to post anything post-6th TFO Awards.

In the film world, the awards season for #Oscars2018 is fast approaching. This is one of the most exciting Best Picture, and especially, Best Actress races ever, loaded with a large amount of solid contenders. The 90th Academy Awards will take place on March 4, 2018.

Meanwhile, something’s happening at this blog come March-April next year. I want to keep it a surprise until then.

For now, let’s get back to watching more films (and TV series, if you please).

How about you? How are you?


Juan Carlos Ojano
Writer, The Final Oscar

Meryl @ 68 – Happy Birthday, My Love

meryl.jpgPhoto from Variety.

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).

meryl @ 20.png

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.

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.

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)

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)

63. Argo (2012) – WINNER
64. The Big Short (2015)
65. American Sniper (2014)
66. Django Unchained (2012)
67. Avatar (2009)
68. War Horse (2011)

69. The Theory of Everything (2014)
70. The Descendants (2011)

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).


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:



  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



  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



  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



  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




  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



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…..


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)


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