Saturday, February 21, 2015
If I Chose the Oscars
Best Picture-BIRDMAN (Although my favorite picture of the year might be CALVARY, which was not nominated. Also snubbed were NIGHTCRAWLER and BABADOOK-the most original movie of the year.
Best Actor-Michael Keaton. Although these were all great performances, I liked his the most of the nominees. Jake Gyllenhaal gave my favorite performance in NIGHTCRAWLER but was not nominated.
Best Actress -Marion Cotillard-Although Julianne Moore was very fine, I never forgot who she was as I did with Cotillard in TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT. Reese Witherspoon was also totally believable in WILD.
Best Supporting Actor-J.K. Simmons - Ruffalo a close runner-up but in a much less showy role.
Best Supporting Actress-Patricia Arquette-who played a fairly complex mother in BOYHOOD. Nobody else impressed me nearly as much.
Best Director-Alejandro Inarritu (BIRDMAN)
Best Adapted Screenplay-Damien Chazelle-WHIPLASH
Best Original Screenplay-Inarritu et al for BIRDMAN
Best Doc. FINDING VIVIAN MAIER