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Sunday, March 27, 2022

2022 Oscar Predictions

 

There seem to be a lot of locks, especially in the acting & technical awards (Dune is going to clean up on these). I think Best Picture is going to get interesting though. This is the first time I’ve ever placed actual bets using DraftKings for the awards based on these predictions.

UPDATE: I only got 2 of my predictions wrong (both screenplay awards). The winners are below in blue.

BEST PICTURE

Belfast
CODA
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
Dune
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

What I want to/think should win: Dune...was THE BEST PICTURE OF 2021! It deserves the Return of the King treatment by sweeping everything it’s nominated for even though it won’t.
What I predict will win: I am making a last-minute prediction that CODA will win after originally predicting that The Power of the Dog would.

BEST DIRECTOR

Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)
Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)
Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

Who I want to/think should win: Denis Villeneuve for Dune...Oh wait, he was snubbed! The biggest snub of this year’s Oscars. He better win for Dune Part II.
Who I predict will win: Jane Campion

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)
Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)
Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)
Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Who I want to/think should win: Emilia Jones for CODA...oh wait, she was snubbed. Rachel Zegler for West Side Story...oh wait, she was snubbed too! How about Alana Haim for Licorice Pizza? Nope...SNUBBED! I like Olivia Colman, but did not like The Lost Daughter, so it’d be OK if anyone else wins here even though Nicole Kidman shouldn’t win for a movie that’s just OK.
Who I predict will win: Jessica Chastain

BEST ACTOR

Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick … Boom!)
Will Smith (King Richard)
Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

Who I want to/think should win and who I predict will win: Will Smith, who is awesome in King Richard.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter)
Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
Judi Dench (Belfast)
Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)
Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

Who I want to/think should win and who I predict will win: Ariana DeBose, who is amazing in West Side Story.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Ciarán Hinds (Belfast)
Troy Kotsur (CODA)
Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog)
J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)

Who I want to/think should win and who I predict will win: Troy Kotsur...I LOVE CODA and he’s fantastic in it.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Cruella (Jenny Beavan)
Cyrano (Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran)
Dune (Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan)
Nightmare Alley (Luis Sequeira)
West Side Story (Paul Tazewell)

What I want to/think should win: Dune
What I predict will win: Cruella

BEST SOUND

Belfast (Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri)
Dune (Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett)
No Time to Die (Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor)
The Power of the Dog (Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb)
West Side Story (Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson and Shawn Murphy)

What I want to/think should win and what I predict will win: Dune

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Don’t Look Up (Nicholas Britell)
Dune (Hans Zimmer)
Encanto (Germaine Franco)
Parallel Mothers (Alberto Iglesias)
The Power of the Dog (Jonny Greenwood)

What I want to/think should win and what I predict will win: Dune

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

CODA (screenplay by Siân Heder)
Drive My Car (screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe)
Dune (screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth)
The Lost Daughter (written by Maggie Gyllenhaal)
The Power of the Dog (written by Jane Campion)

What I want to/think should win: Dune
What I predict will win: The Power of the Dog

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Belfast (written by Kenneth Branagh)
Don’t Look Up (screenplay by Adam McKay; story by Adam McKay & David Sirota)
King Richard (written by Zach Baylin)
Licorice Pizza (written by Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Worst Person in the World (written by Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier)

What I want to/think should win and what I predict will win: Licorice Pizza

BEST FILM EDITING

Don’t Look Up (Hank Corwin)
Dune (Joe Walker)
King Richard (Pamela Martin)
The Power of the Dog (Peter Sciberras)
Tick, Tick … Boom! (Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum)

What I want to/think should win and what I predict will win: Dune

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Coming 2 America (Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer)
Cruella (Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon)
Dune (Donald Mowat, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh)
House of Gucci (Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras)

What I want to/think should win: Dune
What I predict will win: The Eyes of Tammy Faye

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Encanto (Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino, and Clark Spencer)
Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie)
Luca (Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren)
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (Mike Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Kurt Albrecht)
Raya and the Last Dragon (Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer, and Peter Del Vecho)

What I predict will win: I haven’t seen any of these, but I predict that Encanto will win.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Be Alive” — music and lyrics by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (King Richard)
“Dos Oruguitas” — music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)
“Down to Joy” — music and lyrics by Van Morrison (Belfast)
“No Time to Die” — music and lyrics by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell (No Time to Die)
“Somehow You Do” — music and lyrics by Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

What I want to/think should win and what I predict will win: “No Time to Die”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Dune (Greig Fraser)
Nightmare Alley (Dan Laustsen)
The Power of the Dog (Ari Wegner)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Bruno Delbonnel)
West Side Story (Janusz Kaminski)

What I want to/think should win and what I predict will win: Dune

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

Drive My Car (Japan)
Flee (Denmark)
The Hand of God (Italy)
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan)
The Worst Person in the World (Norway)

What I want to/think should win and what I predict will win: Drive My Car

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Dune (production design: Patrice Vermette; set decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos)
Nightmare Alley (production design: Tamara Deverell; set decoration: Shane Vieau)
The Power of the Dog (production design: Grant Major; set decoration: Amber Richards)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (production design: Stefan Dechant; set decoration: Nancy Haigh)
West Side Story (production design: Adam Stockhausen; set decoration: Rena DeAngelo)

What I want to/think should win and what I predict will win: Dune

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Dune (Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, and Gerd Nefzer)
Free Guy (Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, and Dan Sudick)
No Time to Die (Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner, and Chris Corbould)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker, and Dan Oliver)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein, and Dan Sudick)

What I want to/think should win and what I predict will win: Dune

Friday, March 25, 2022

Reviews & Ratings for the 2022 Oscar Best Picture Nominees

 

I liked all of this year’s Best Picture nominees and even loved some of them as 4 of them were my 4 favorite movies from 2021. It’s rare that my favorite movies of the year are nominated for Best Picture, much less 4 of them.


Dune (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1160419)


I saw Dune in a theater (Emagine Rochester Hills, MI EMAX) with my nephews & their girlfriends. It's visually astounding with incredible sound effects and a kick-ass score by Hans Zimmer. It really should be seen in a theater and I am glad I got to experience it in that setting. It’s a fantastic movie and was my favorite movie from 2021...9.5/10 stars.


Licorice Pizza (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11271038)


This was my 2nd favorite movie from 2021. It was just a fun movie to watch and the soundtrack is great. It has a lot of funny moments and some great needle drops. I really loved Licorice Pizza...9.0/10 stars.


West Side Story (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3581652)


Remakes never live up to the original movie...until now. I think THIS version of West Side Story is better than the original (which I finally watched in 2021 & is great). It blew me away and was my 3rd favorite movie from 2021...9.0/10 stars.


CODA (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10366460)


And finally, my 4th favorite movie from 2021. After I watched it, I posted this on Facebook about the movie and it still holds true: Give yourself a break from the noise of the world and watch this wonderful movie on Apple TV...9.0/10 stars.


Drive My Car (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14039582)


Don’t be intimidated by a Japanese 3-hour movie because Drive My Car is really good. It was a great way to spend an afternoon for me and I never felt bored by it or that it dragged at all...8.5/10 stars.


Belfast (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12789558)


Kenneth Branagh's Belfast is an excellent & charming semi-autobiographical movie about his childhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland...8.0/10 stars.


King Richard (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9620288)


Will Smith's fantastic performance as Richard Williams (Venus & Serena's dad) really carries this one...8.0/10 stars.


Don’t Look Up (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11286314)


This movie was very controversial and polarizing. I took it at face value and didn’t read into its underlying message too much. I did like it...8.0/10 stars.


Nightmare Alley (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7740496)


This movie is good, not great, but it’s entertaining. Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, and Willem Defoe are all very good in it...7.5/10 stars.


The Power of the Dog (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10293406)


I liked this movie, but didn’t love it. It has great performances and a good twist at the end. But it’s a bit of a slog and I really wish it’d actually been filmed in Montana instead of New Zealand...7.0/10 stars.