Racing for the Gold (or, How Everyone is Playing Catch Up with Jesse)

Posted: December 16, 2014 in Films, Top Films, Uncategorized
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Man, I LOVE this time of year! Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, and SAG nominations have been announced in the past week and that only means one thing…all the movie award “experts” are going to have to start changing their predictions to go along with the ones I’ve had on the board the entire time! The folks at Gold Derby, with their inexplicable love for American Sniper and Top Five, and befuddling list of “shocking” snubs that included four or five names in each category, Rope of Silicon, who went hook, line, and sinker for the hype surrounding Unbroken, and many more movie lovers and critics are included in the ranks of those who were left surprised by many a nomination this week. Their prediction charts are quickly morphing into near copies of mine, yet again. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, lets take a closer look at all the nominations.

Best Picture

So here we have the respective grand prizes. These aren’t all determined the same. The critics pick ten films, the Globes five dramas and five comedies and/or musicals (I know, odd pairing), and the SAG picks Best Cast, not Film, but close enough.


No real surprises here. I forgot that Pride existed, but it won’t be up for any Oscars anyway. The big winners here are BirdmanBoyhood, “Budapest,” “Imitation,” and “Theory.” Just like last year with American Hustle, people were all ready to crown Unbroken the Oscar champ. Now its gasping for breath (comparatively speaking) and my dark horses Nightcrawler and Whiplash stick around. Many folks were dismissing “Budapest” because of its early release. I laugh at them because a good film is a good film, and its been on my list for probable nominees since its release.

If you’ve been following my Oscarwatch, you’ll know that right now, my Oscar nominee predictions are once again forecasting things accurately so far. Currently I have Boyhood, Birdman, Selma, Whiplash, Grand Budapest Hotel, Nightcrawler, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Foxcatcher. I also need to point out that Interstellar is absent from any nomination. That’s because its just not as good as these, and while now you’ll be seeing people scrambling to ditch that film, along with Unbroken, in favor of NightcrawlerWhiplash, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, I won’t be one of them, since I had them picked all along.

Best Actor


Nothing to see. Pretty much as expected. Gyllenhall does have staying power, but it won’t matter with Keaton and Redmayne duking it out.

Best Actress


Of course the big surprise here is Aniston. I really don’t think she, or anyone, has a chance to beat Julianne Moore in Still Alice. Some folks were surprised to see Amy Adams left out of most of the nominations. I wasn’t, although I look forward to seeing Big Eyes. You can’t go off hype.

Best Supporting Actor and Actress

These last two acting categories are pretty uneventful. I really like Swinton’s nomination, although its probable that she and Watts will be missing out on Oscar nominations. Simmons should win the Oscar with Norton having an outside chance.



I won’t get into the other categories, but stay tuned. The award season picks back up later this month!


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