OK, due to technical difficulties, I lost my entire opening on these first 2 awards, so I’m kind of going to blow through them quickly. I apologies. But, here we go. First up is Viewers Choice. Due to a lack of votes, there was only one obvious choice, which was Pacific Rim. And a damn good choice. Next up was Best fight. We have Gypsy Danger Vs Otachi from Pacific Rim, Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto Vs Owen Shaw and Klaus from Furious 7. Kal El Vs General Zod from Man of Steel, Letty Ortiz Vs Riley Hicks from Furious 7, and Justice Forever Vs the Mega Cunts in Kick Ass 2. All amazing fights. I mean Zod and superman destroyed an entire city, MMA Badass Gina Carano vs Hollywood badass Michelle Rodriguez, Rock and Diesel vs a Body builder that almost makes The Rock look small and Luke Evans in a cargo plane. And a near 30 minute war culminating in Kick Ass’ final confrontation with The Mother F*cker. These were all epic and brutal. However, none more amazing then when Gypsy Danger picked up an Oil Tanker and used it as a baseball bat to beat the holy hell out of Otachi. I mean come on. Not only is it A GIANT ROBOT FIGHTING A GIANT MONSTER! But the Jaeger used an oil tanker as a baseball bat against the Kaiju! So of Corse the award goes to Pacific Rim!
Next up we will take a look at our Best Supporting Actress category. So many to choose from these ladies all commanded our attention while on the big screen. Our nominees are, Emma Watson for This is the End, Selena Gomez for Spring Breakers, Jena Malone for The Hunger Games Catching Fire, Evangeline Lily for The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug, and Jennifer Laurence for American Hustle. Jennifer Lawrence was the shining star in an already very bright movie. American Hustle one of the best movies of the year with one of the greatest casts ever put together, yet relative new comer Jennifer Lawrence steals the show in my opinion. Yet as much as Lawrence stole the show in American Hustle, I believe it was Jena Malone that stole it from her in Catching Fire! Her quirky comedy and sarcastic remarks were such a welcomed joy to Catching Fire. As someone who was only ok with the first Hunger Games film, Jena Malone is a big reason in why I am now a believer in this franchise. Likewise a character created for the movie itself not originally from the book, Evangeline Lily was a surprise to me. Again not a fan of Lord of the Rings, or the first Hobbit, Evangeline Lily was a fun character to get behind in Smaug. I look forward to the continuation of her storyline. Now this may be cheating a little, because I don’t know if you can really call Emma Watson a supporting actress in This is the End, her ole is kind of more a cameo. But come one, one of the best scenes in that movie is the one when Hermione robs them! It was so cleverly written! And finally Selena Gomez as the good girl in Spring Breakers. A break out role for her, I think Gomez has a very bright future and it began right here with Spring Breakers. Amazing performances by all these ladies, but honestly, it’s a no contest. Jennifer Lawrence was just too good in American Hustle, that’s why she takes the award.
Best Supporting Actor is a stacked award. So many great performances. The nominees are, Jim Carey as Col. Stars & Stripes in Kick Ass 2, Chris Pratt in Delivery Man, Michael Shannon as General Zod in Man of Steel, Terrance Howard for Prisoners, and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks. Saving Mr. Banks was one of my favorite films of the year. It was amazing and part of which was Tom Hanks’ spot on performance as Mr. Disney, he truly brought Walt Disney back to life in this film. In a mediocre yet fun film, Chris Pratt who I didn’t even realize was in the film, stole the show. Pratt was by far the best thing in the film and you almost cared more about his storyline then you did about Vince Vaughn’s. Despite Jim Carey not wanting to promote Kick Ass 2, his character as the mentor and founder of justice forever was a very well written character and fun to watch. Terrance Howard is always phenomenal. And Prisoners is no exception. The dynamics of how he dealt with the loss of his child the emotion he portrayed he made you feel every ounce of his pain. Michael Shannon is truly one of the best actors of today. And his performance of Zod helps prove that. There is nothing more terrifying then a villain who believes what he is doing is for the good of his people. And Shannon delivers his entire performance as a man fighting for his people doing whatever he has to survive. A very hard decision, but, I don’t think can give this award to anyone but Terrance Howard. He is by far, one of the greatest of our time.
Best Actress category is probably going to be off the wall with most the nominees, but again, this is only my opinion. And all film is subjective. The nominees are Emma Thompson for Saving Mr Banks, Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon, Chloe Grace-Moretz as Hit Girl in Kick Ass2, Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games Catching Fire, and Sandra Bullock in Gravity. Random nominee’s right? I know, I know. But think I’m a little enamored with Chloe Moretz because before Saving Mr. Banks came out I had her on this list twice for Kick Ass 2 and Carrie. But she owns the role of Hit Girl. It is so fun to watch her play this role, and though I don’t think a 3rd installment is coming, I really hope that it may come out someday. Scar Jo as well stole me in Don Jon. I think it was the Jersey girl that I had no idea she could play. The accent is on par and the character was so not what I was expecting it took me surprise. Jennifer Lawrence has proven time and time again that she is a top tier actress and has a very bright future. As Katniss Everdeen she is paving the way for future female badass in film. It is a true testament to an actress, or actor that can truly deliver on their own. And Sandra Bullock does just that in Gravity. She made us feel her terror, her struggle, in every second of this amazing film. But there was nothing more amazing this year than watching Emma Thompson command our respect as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks. Thompson takes us through Travers conflicting emotions giving us the portrait of a character who is hard to like, but commands our love and respect. And this why there is no other option but Emma Thompson for the best Actress.
Best Actor is by far the most stacked category there is. I wanted to limit my nominees to 5 on all categories’, so I will start off with honorary mentions, and those go to Christian Bale in American Hustle, Matthew McConaughey in Mud, and Collin Farrell for Saving Mr. Banks, and Idris Elba for Mandela A Long Welcome to Freedom. I didn’t get a chance to see Dallas Buyers Club so I can’t speak to Matthew McConaughey’s performance in that one, nor can I about Joaquin Phoenix in Her. So that brings us to our nominees. Hugh Jackman for Prisoners, Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave, Ashton Kutcher for Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf Of Wall street, And Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips. Hugh Jackman gave one of the most intense heartfelt performances I’ve even seen from him Prisoners. It was truly an amazing and award winning performance. In one of the few films to ever bring tears to my eyes Tom Hanks was on the top of his already a game for Captain Philips. As well in one of the hardest films to watch do to true passion and content matter, Chiwetel Ejiofor proved he is a force to be reckoned within 12 Years a Slave. In a pretty weak film, Ashton Kutcher truly did take make us believe we were watch Steve Jobs. Not once was I taken out of the film seeing the guy from punk’d, I always believed he was Steve Jobs. He did such a great performance bringing this character back to life. And what more can be said about Leo. Wolf of Wall street is such an epic film that Leo once again shows how much of a power house he is. So who takes the award? None other than Tom Hanks, hands down. The film was so amazing and such a heartfelt performance.
Next up is who do think deserves the Oscar? Now this is a little different than best film. Because I look at best film as what was my favorite film of the year, which movie true was amazing in every aspect. But the Oscars look for best film as on a whole direction, story, acting. Everything being the number one in its category and on whole the best. I can overlook the minor details and enjoy the movie for what it is and its entertainment value. So my nominees for best picture, and I won’t go into detail about all of them, cause some I haven’t even seen, I’m only giving them the nomination on their reputation alone. So, they are, Mud, Gravity, Captain Philips, Her, Prisoners, Seven Psychopaths, Wolf Of Wall street, Dallas Buyers Club, Parkland, American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years of Slave, Mandela A Long Walk to Freedom, and Out of the Furnace. Not all these films are actually nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars tonight but in my opinion are all worthy of nominations. Especially Seven Psychopaths, Mandela, 12 Years a Slave Captain Philips, and Mud. Tonight, my heart tells me 12 Years a Slave will take it though.
Alright time for the top of the game, Best Picture. So many great film this year, but these 5 were my favorite, the nominees are, Captain Philips, Furious 6, Star Trek into the Darkness, Thor 2 the Dark World, and Kick Ass 2. Very different then my Oscar picks huh? These films all had me leaving the theater wanting to immediately watch them again. Star Trek was a huge surprise to me. Marketing had me not caring to see this film, maybe that’s why when I went to see it I was so surprised and loved it so much. Captain Philips as I have said numerous times was just so amazing and heartfelt. Furious 6 right of the bat was my favorite film of the summer that was until Kick Ass 2 came out. And that pretty much held the top spot, until November. And this may seem like cop out, but Thor 2 was released. The Marvel cinematic Universe is running the film game and Thor 2 was no exception. Where some might say the villain lacked creativity and a real threat. Well honestly I felt he was just a plot device to further the story of our real villain, Loki. And he did just that. The film was funny, action packed and thoroughly entertaining. That’s why it wins for best film of the year. However, honorable mention will go to Pacific Rim, giant robots vs giant aliens, come on, that’s awesome!