The Oscars (89th Academy Awards)

Last night, the long-awaited 89th Oscars finally took place. There was some huge competition this year, despite some obvious winners, there were some surprises that I’ll get to later. Jimmy Kimmel did a great job hosting, and every joke he threw made me crack up. He was a fantastic choice to host the show. He poked at a lot of things, including his “rivalry” with Matt Damon and the president’s comments on the “overrated” Meryl Streep. We had great performances from John Legend, Auli’i Cravalho, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Justin Timberlake, and Sting. There were also some great segments including Jimmy Kimmel’s famous Mean Tweets, featuring stars from this year’s awards. Now, before I talk about the wins and awards, here are this year’s winners:

Best Picture: Moonlight
Best Director: Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Emma Stone – La La Land
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – Fences
Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Best Original Score: La La Land
Best Original Song: “City of Stars” (from La La Land)
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Production Design: La La Land
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Best Animated Short: Piper
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Best Sound Editing: Arrival
Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made in America
Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets
Best Live Action Short: Sing
Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman (from Iran)

I think that this year’s winners were mostly deserved. La La Land won 6 Oscars, the most of the night and I don’t think it won anything that it didn’t deserve. After some buzz that Denzel may make a surprise win for the third time, the award ended up going to the frontrunner, Casey Affleck. Affleck’s award was very well deserved for his brilliant work in Manchester by the Sea, which also won a well-deserving Original Screenplay award. I would have preferred Lucas Hedges or Dev Patel, but Mahershala Ali was also a great pick for Best Supporting Actor. One award I think was not well-deserved was Suicide Squad for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. I don’t think Suicide Squad is a good film at all, and even though it’s just the makeup/hairstyling category, I think the award should have gone to Star Trek Beyond. Another very well deserving win is for The Jungle Book, which brought some marvelous visual effects to the screen. Asghar Fahardi, the winner for Best Foreign Language Film for The Salesman (who also won this award five years ago for A Seperation), chose not to attend the Oscars in support of those from his nation and neighboring ones who have been affected by the recent immigration ban, which I believe was a brave thing for Fahardi to do.

Now, I’d like to talk about the biggest and most talked about event of the night, and that is the presentation of the Best Picture award. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came onstage to present the award, and after opening the envelope, and a long confused pause, Beatty gave the card to Dunaway, who announced that the winner was La La Land. After the crew came up to the stage, they started to make their speeches when people from backstage came up to tell the crew about the mistake. One of the producers of La La Land told the crowd that the wrong card was read and that Moonlight was the actual winner. According to Beatty, he had accidentally been given the Best Actress card to read from. This may be one of the biggest moments in Oscar history. I feel bad for the La La Land crew, having experienced a huge Oscar win only to lose it minutes later. However, I’m surprised by how humble everyone acted during this mix-up, even one of the La La Land producers said he’d be happy to give the award to Moonlight. Even after this, I think La La Land really deserved the award. Despite being a powerful and deep film, Moonlight was an exceptional movie but I think that La La Land had the true spirit, beauty, and perfection that deserved to win Best Picture. La La Land was my favorite film of the year and an incredible achievement that’s already a classic. It has been in the making for years, and it took Chazelle a long time to finally get the film picked up by a studio. It also took a lot of hard work, including shutting down a highway for the opening scene, tons of set buildings, and lessons for the singers, dancers, and instrument players for the film. Moonlight is an excellent movie that addresses realistic and heavy themes but I think La La Land is a much more universally acclaimed and viewed film. Honestly, I even think Manchester by the Sea deserves the award slightly more than Moonlight. I’m at least glad that Damien Chazelle won Best Director. I knew he was an exceptional filmmaker ever since I saw Whiplash over two years ago. He’s the youngest director to ever win that award, and without a doubt, he deserves such an honor. Despite this upset, it was a great night for La La Land, and I enjoyed watching the Oscars this year. At least it’s only an awards ceremony, and I guess we all learned that even the Academy can sometimes make mistakes.

What did you guys think about this year’s Oscars? Who deserved to win, and who didn’t? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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The 2017 Golden Slice Awards

The Oscars are coming up in two days, so over the past month, I held my own Oscar ceremony, the Golden Slice Awards. I’d like to thank my followers on Instagram for voting for these categories and determining these results. The nominees for the categories aren’t all the same as the Oscar nominees, as I also nominated popular films and performances on Instagram, as well as a few of my personal favorites that you guys also seemed to love. Many of these were close and nearly ties, but I was able to determine your favorites from each category. So without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s Golden Slice Awards:

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

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Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

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Best Editing: Arrival

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Best Scene: Vader Unleashed – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Best On-Screen Duo: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – La La Land

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Best Action: Hacksaw Ridge

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Best Animated Movie: Zootopia

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Best Superhero Movie: Deadpool

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Best Cinematography: La La Land

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Best Cast: Nocturnal Animals

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Best Character: Wade Wilson/Deadpool – Deadpool

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Best Score: La La Land

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Best Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea

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Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – Fences

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Best Director: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

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Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

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Best Actress: Emma Stone – La La Land

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Worst Picture: The Divergent Series: Allegiant

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Best Picture: La La Land

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Well, those are the winners you guys voted for to win this year’s Golden Slice Awards! Many of these winners were also nominated for the Oscars, so let’s see how these winners will do this Sunday! I had a blast holding these awards again, so thank you to everyone who voted and participated this year!

Nominations Announced for the 89th Academy Awards

The Oscars will finally take place next month, and today, the nominees were announced. La La Land leads with 14 nominations, tied with Titanic and Ben-Hur for the most of all time. Arrival and Moonlight fall behind with eight. I was surprised that some films were or weren’t nominated in certain categories, but I most of the nominations for larger categories didn’t surprise me at all. Here are the nominees this year (the ones in bold are those who I think will win the award):

Best Picture:
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Best Actor:
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress:
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Original Screenplay:
20th Century Women
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

Best Animated Feature:
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best Cinematography:
Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

Best Visual Effects:
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Film Editing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Sound Editing:
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Sound Mixing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Production Design:
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

Best Original Score:
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Original Song:
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls
“City of Stars” from La La Land
“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

Best Costume Design:
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

 

I am mostly content with the nominees this year, although some people or films in certain categories were unpresent. Although Arrival has a grand total of 8 nominations, three categories that it deserved to be nominated in and maybe even win were Best Actress for Amy Adams’ outstanding performance in the film, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. I’m at least glad it’s nominated for Best Picture and Director, as Denis Villenueve is one of the greatest and most underappreciated filmmakers working right now. After Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s win at the Golden Globes, I’m surprised that Michael Shannon is nominated instead in the Best Supporting Actor category for Nocturnal Animals. Both of these performances were fantastic, but I’m surprised that the Golden Globe-winning performance didn’t go on to get nominated for the Oscar. Nocturnal Animals was unfortunately only nominated for one Oscar, and I think its writing, score, and cinematography definitely should have been nominated. I’m also slightly disappointed that Tom Hanks didn’t get nominated for his performance in Sully, one of the most overlooked performances of the year. And I’m also not pleased by the fact that Finding Dory didn’t get a nomination for Best Animated Feature, as it was one of the best animated movies of the year, in my opinion. I’m glad La La Land got nominated in the deserving categories, and I guarantee it will win most of the big categories. There are still three Best Picture nominees that I haven’t watched (Hacksaw Ridge, Lion, and Manchester by the Sea), so I’ll hopefully get to seeing those before the actual Oscars ceremony comes around. So those are just my thoughts on this year’s Oscar nominations. I’d love to hear yours! Let’s see how these films do on February 26!

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The 74th Golden Globe Awards

Tonight was a great night for all the winners and nominees at the 74th Golden Globe Awards. There were many cheers, tears, and surprises at the awards tonight, which Jimmy Fallon did a pretty good job hosting, although he wasn’t really involved as a host as much as I thought he would be. The opening of the ceremony was an awesome tribute to La La Land, which won all seven awards in which it was nominated in, which is truly quite revolutionary. Without further ado, here are the winners in the movie categories:

Best Picture – Drama: Moonlight

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy: La La Land

Best Director – Damien Chazelle: La La Land

Best Actor – Drama: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress – Drama: Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy: Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy: Emma Stone – La La Land

Best Supporting Actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – Fences

Best Screenplay: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz – La La Land

Best Original Song: “City of Stars” – La La Land

Best Animated Feature: Zootopia

Best Foreign Language Film: Elle (France)

I am very glad that La La Land was able to win 7 Golden Globes out of 7 nominations, and it has just set the record for the most Golden Globes won by a single film. I am so happy that it’s already becoming the classic that it deserves to become, and I can already imagine how much love the Academy will give it at the Oscars. I can’t see any other film winning Best Picture this year. I’m also glad that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Viola Davis won awards for their fantastic work in their supporting roles in Nocturnal Animals and Fences. The winner for Best Animated Feature was a close battle between Moana and Zootopia, but Zootopia ended up taking home the award, which I have nothing against because Zootopia is a terrific animated film with great themes and animation. I am very surprised, however, that Isabelle Huppert won the award for her performance in a foreign language film, over Amy Adams’ wonderful performance in Arrival, as well as Natalie Portman’s performance in Jackie which has been getting a lot of buzz as well. I still need to watch Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight before the Oscars come around. Also, the recipient of this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award was Meryl Streep, an award that she has deserved since the beginning of her career. Streep delivered a great acceptance speech,saying that Hollywood is the definition of arts. Well, I think it’s safe to say that this year’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony was a great one. Let’s see how these films do at the Oscars.

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The Oscars (88th Academy Awards)

Yesterday, the 88th Oscars took place. I really enjoyed this year’s Oscars, as Chris Rock was a mostly entertaining host, and the awards were delivered in a clever way. I really enjoyed Louis C.K. and Jacob Tremblay as presenters, Louis was especially hilarious! C3P0 had a great moment with his pals R2D2 and BB-8, perhaps one of them should host next year! Some wins really fulfilled our expectations, but others disappointed some of us. In this post, I will share my full thoughts on the wins and awards, but first, here are the winners:

Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu – The Revenant
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Best Actress: Brie Larson – Room
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
Best Original Score: The Hateful Eight
Best Original Song: “Writing’s on the Wall” (from Spectre), by Sam Smith
Best Cinematography: The Revenant
Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Animated Short: Bear Story
Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina
Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Documentary Feature: Amy
Best Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Best Live Action Short: Stutterer
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (from Hungary)

I was satisfied with most of these winners, especially the fact that Leo DiCaprio finally win his first Oscar! He definitely deserved the prize for his painfully realistic and marvelous performance in this year’s The Revenant. It’s about time he earned such an award for not only his performance the film, but for his fantastic career, as he is definitely one of my favorite actors alive, and was already nominated five times before this year! Brie Larson definitely earned her Oscar for how moving and deep she was in Room. Mark Rylance was very good in Bridge of Spies, but I don’t see how he won over Tom Hardy in The Revenant. Although I have yet to see The Danish Girl, and although I really wanted Kate Winslet to win for her outstanding performance in Steve Jobs (the year’s most underrated movie), I find it quite awesome that Alicia Vikander won an Oscar for a movie in her breakthrough year in film. I am surprised by how many technical awards Mad Max: Fury Road swept away, almost as much as Gravity two years ago! Fury Road is a great action adventure, but it really only deserved half of the awards it won. Film Editing should have gone to The Big Short or The Revenant, the latter of which should have won at least one of the sound categories. I am also disappointed that Don Hertzfeldt’s beautiful animated short World of Tomorrow didn’t take home the trophy for its category, as it’s by far the greatest animated short I’ve ever seen. Ex Machina winning Visual Effects over Star Wars and The Martian was a surprise as well, although Ex Machina was a great film in its own way, but much less deserved to win the category. Inarritu deserved a second directing Oscar for this year’s The Revenant, but I was taken aback when Best Picture was lost to Spotlight, a story about the Boston Globe’s uncovery of a scandal within the Catholic Church. I have yet to see Spotlight, but I feel that The Revenant took so much effort and had so much emotional power and incredible filmmaking, and that it was suited to win Best Picture more than any other movie. I’ll definitely have to see Spotlight to find out which one was actually worth it, but I feel disappointed that such a difficult and incredible movie filmed in a desolate location lost over a movie filmed in a comfortable location and made for a low budget.

What did you think about this year’s Oscars? Do you agree or disagree with the Academy? Let me know what you thought by commenting below! Hopefully we’ll have much less to complain about next year!

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The 2016 Golden Slice Awards

The Oscars are coming up tomorrow night, so over the past month, I held my own Oscar ceremony! Instead of simply the FilmToppings Oscars, I have decided to call my Oscar ceremonies the Golden Slice Awards from now on, as it’s a fun name that also relates to my site’s name and theme! I’d like to thank my followers on Instagram for voting for these categories, so you guys are the ones who determined these results! Not all my nominees for categories that are also in the Oscars are exactly the same, I took some movies and performances that you guys especially loved as well. I held most of the same categories as last time, including a new category that I started this year. So without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s Golden Slice Awards:

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander- Ex Machina

Best Action: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Cinematography: The Revenant

Best Character: Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Scene: The Bear Attack – The Revenant

Best On-Screen Duo: Rey and Finn – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Animated Movie: Inside Out

Best Visual Effects: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Screenplay: Steve Jobs

Best Score: The Hateful Eight

Best Supporting Actor: Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant

Best Actress: Brie Larson – Room

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio- The Revenant

Worst Picture: Jupiter Ascending

Best Picture: The Revenant

Those are the winners that you guys selected! I feel that the results of the Oscars will be very similar to most of these, although some of the performances/movies that won here weren’t nominated in that category by the Academy. Anyway, the Oscars are tomorrow night, and hopefully all our predictions are right!

Nominations Announced for the 88th Academy Awards

Today, the nominations for this year’s Oscars ceremony were announced. I am surprised by a few of the nominees and snubs, but I overall was fond of these nominations. Here are the nominees for most of the categories (the ones in bold are the ones I believe will win the category):

Best Picture:
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Best Director:
Adam McKay – The Big Short
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson – Room
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Best Actor:
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saiorse Ronan – Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale – The Big Short
Tom Hardy – The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara – Carol
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Best Original Screenplay:
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Best Animated Feature:
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best Cinematography:
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

Best Visual Effects:
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Film Editing:
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Production Design:
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Costume Design:
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Original Score:
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing:
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I am mostly satisfied with these nominees, although I have a few concerns, and found some snubs on the list. First off, I don’t understand why Christian Bale is credited as a Supporting Actor, for he was the main star of his film The Big Short. Also, I feel that Aaron Sorkin should have been nominated for writing Steve Jobs, and although I have yet to see the film, he won the Golden Globe for writing the film, and Sorkin always knows how to write fantastic screenplays. Also, Quentin Tarantino probably deserves a nomination for writing The Hateful Eight, although it would be cool to see Ex Machina, an excellent, underrated science fiction movie that exceeded expectations in every way, win that award. I am also very surprised that neither Carol nor Steve Jobs received Best Picture nominations. It seems like The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens may end up sweeping up most of the awards this year. There is only one way to find out: to watch the Oscars on February 28 to determine if my predictions were right!