Oscars 2015 – Best Picture

Eight films are going to be battling for the title of Best Picture on Sunday and I managed to see them all at the cinema before the end of January, which must be a record for a UK-based person. We usually end up with one or two films that don’t come out until March. That has still happened this year but not for any of these nominated films. I wasn’t as bothered by the Oscars last year as missed quite a few of the films. But back on track for the 2015 awards, I am going to offer some thoughts and try to pick which is my favourite but what I think will win . . . If that turns out to be different. Here it goes . . .

American SniperReview

 

A Clint Eastwood film always has be interested before hand and this one was no different. Bradley Cooper’s career has grown pretty strong over the past few years as well, so the reasons were building up for wanting to see this film. Especially with how on edge the trailer gets you. You want to know if he takes that shot! Very clever in terms of building up the suspense before even seeing the full film. The story moves at a good pace and has some very good use of flashbacks to help tell the whole story. While I enjoyed it and thought it was Eastwood’s best since Million Dollar Baby, I don’t truly understand why it is getting as much praise as it has done. Maybe that is coming more from America than anywhere else? This is the highest grossing from its cinema release of all the nominations!

BirdmanReview

 

Michael Keaton. Mentions of a comic book character. Yes I am sold on those two, but Birdman is so much different to how I ever imagined it. That is by no means a bad thing at all, it is unique and off the wall. Totally different and does something very special. It looks like it is all in one shot and real-time events happening. Keaton’s now famous dash through Times Square was just filmed without closing the area due to costs. Add in a fantastic support cast especially Edward Norton and Emma Stone and you certainly have a film worthy of picking up Best Picture. Did I mention Michael Keaton giving a career best performance in what could be argued as playing a version of his own life?

BoyhoodReview

 

This came out very early in terms of Oscar films, I watched it back in July! I had heard so much about it being filmed over a 12 year period and that it was ground breaking film making. It certainly is that and they really did manage to put together something extremely special by doing that. But does it actually deserve a Best Picture Oscar? It certainly deserves the nomination but I am unsure about actually winning. It is groundbreaking and has good performances but the flow of the story is not fantastic as it is more snippets from a boy’s life as he is shown growing up and the challenges this brings.

The Grand Budapest HotelReview

 

I have to admit that I did not like this film at all. I was actually quite surprised to see it pick up so many nominations come awards season. I just did not follow the film and even the performance from Ralph Fiennes couldn’t save it for me. I have thought about giving it another chance and watching the film again, but it just felt so painful and confusing the first time that I haven’t managed to convince myself to watch it again. Maybe someone can let me know what exactly I was missing with this one?

The Imitation GameReview

 

A film about the part of the war no-one really knew about. Cumberbatch makes this film so engaging and the story will pull at your heart-strings as well. Another plus and good thing about this is that it seems Keira Knightley has started to win me over and I thought she was very good in a supporting role. The film flows well and another which has flashbacks used to help fill in the gaps and this happens from start to finish. It paints a full picture of the man we are learning about Alan Turing.

SelmaReview

 

An extremely powerful film from start to finish. I will admit that I did not have the biggest amount of knowledge on Martin Luther King before this film other than this “I had a dream” speech so this helped to show another very important moment in US history which happened with Luther King at the helm. It is inspiring and does not feel as long as the running time is, if that makes sense. I didn’t feel like I was sat in the cinema watching for that long.

The Theory of EverythingReview

 

Probably the most talked about film over the awards build up and season. Eddie Redmayne’s performance as Stephen Hawking has pretty much won him every award going. The film shows his early life and how he faced the battle of Motor Neurone Disease but also the great love story which we may not have actually known about. It shows how he managed to keep his humour and that he defied all medical odds to still be alive to this day. Another truly inspiring film and good to watch and see how a person can really do the impossible. It does feel a little long at times which is probably the only negative I can really give about this film.

WhiplashReview

 

A truly hidden gem. While J. K. Simmons has been getting all of the plaudits, I think more should be said for the film. It creates such tension and shows how much determination is needed if you want to succeed in something you’re so passionate about. I think out of all of the films this will be one of them that will still be talked about in years to come, or even appreciated more in years to come. It has a very original and unique feel to it and the drumming will be in your head for hours after. I have to admit that I wasn’t actually expecting to like this film as much as I did, it didn’t last very long at cinemas but I think this has a sneaky outside chance of picking up the Oscar!

What I want to win – Birdman

Basically because I thought it was the most unique, thought-provoking and interesting film I have seen in a very long time!

What I think will win – Boyhood

Outside chance – Whiplash

 

What do you think will win?Β 

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23 thoughts on “Oscars 2015 – Best Picture

    • I think Whiplash has a good outside chance if it isn’t Boyhood or Birdman. I would think Boyhood is nailed on for best director. Really rooting for Birdman and Keaton this year. (More Oscar posts to come).

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  1. I’m gonna be completely honest and say I didn’t like Boyhood. Of all these movies, it’s the only one I’ve seen where nothing happens. It just felt like a three hour string of home videos with no plot or interesting characters (except for the mom). I want Birdman to win so bad!!!

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  2. Saw Boyhood and it’s the only one of the nominees I’ve seen. I think it an amazing idea, to film a movie over a time span and all of your cast can remains faithful to the project, agreeing to be in it for the long haul. However, it got to be a bit boring near the end, and I thought the boy, as a high schooler about to head off to college, got awfully whiney. My mom saw The Immitation Game and really liked it a lot. My oldest saw American Sniper and that’s his choice for Best Pic.

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  3. I’m rooting hard for “Boyhood” and at first I thought it was going to win. I completely fell for the film and I actually thought the flow was incredibly smooth and effective. It pulled out a much stronger response than Birdman which is great to look at and the performances are good, but thinks it is more profound than it really is.

    But now I’m starting to think Birdman may win which would make sense. Richard Linklater just doesn’t make Oscar-type films. Losing to a showier picture would be sad (to me) but it would almost make sense.

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    • Yeah it’s such a tough year isn’t it! As a couple of films deserve to win for different reasons, which is what I guess I ended up saying in this post. Maybe we will all be wrong and something else will pick it up?

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  4. I’ve only seen two of these so far, and of those I found Grand Budapest Hotel entertaining. It strikes me as an acquired taste, though, so I can see why some wouldn’t like it. For me, it was just the right kind of quirky and funny.

    The other is Boyhood, which feels like the kind of worthy achievement the Academy would reward. It’s a very good film, but also extremely understated — also not for everyone, but in a very different way!

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    • Yeah I understand your points about those two films, makes perfect sense. Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned as people’s favourites on the comments for this post, so maybe I should give it a second chance!

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  5. I think we all have that one movie that everyone is loving and we just don’t get. For me that was Boyhood..I saw it last year in about June..way before the hype & while I found it a brilliant idea/concept – the film itself was so average for me aka you with Grand Budapest which I also like a lot. πŸ™‚ I’ve been doing my ‘Countdown to the Oscars’ so hope you’ve caught some of them.. and Best Picture is tomorrow!! πŸ˜€ ps.. I love upsets and my only one I really really wish for is Whiplash..I would be shouting from the rafters if that won! ha!

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    • I certainly think Whiplash has an outside chance to win. I am looking forward to it this year as have seen most of the films and actually liked them (Grand Budapest the exception, but going to watch it again).

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  6. I also think Boyhood will win this one which is a bit of a pity. It was a good film but not great, Birdman should win it. I guess Birdman was too far from mainstream to win this one. But I do think Michael Keaton has a great chance on winning the Oscar for best actor in leading role. He surely deserves it!

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    • Birdman is favourite with the bookies to win this and has been for the past couple of weeks now, I was surprised with that. Really keeping everything cross for that and Keaton to win!

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