I'm pretty sure I've never watched the Oscar ceremony nor really had any interest. However, I bet it is a heck of a show and my loss for never seeing it. No doubt, the tradition will continue, but had a few moments thought I'd weigh in on my pics (which invariably won't pan out but still fun
Didn't see "Still Alice" yet so I'm going with Reese Witherspoon in "Wild" where was totally captivating in a role and film I was barely interested in seeing, yet took me along for a terrific ride.
Toughest category for sure. Folks I didn't get/like Birdman so I'm not showing any love for Mr. Keaton. Candidly, I'm totally perplexed on this category as I could support Mr. Carell, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Cumberbatch or Mr. Redmayne as they were all spectacular and loved their roles. Decision time, Mr. Redmaybe was technically brilliant in "The Theory of Everything" and is most deserving. However, Mr. Carell's role in "Foxcatcher" made you physically uncomfortable and stayed with you for days. I'm going with him
SUPPORTING ACTRESS :
Not a real strong category this year and clearly Patricia Arquette in "Boyhood" easily rises to the top.
SUPPORTING ACTOR :
Lots of good candidates, but J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash" ripped this memorable role and deserves this award hands down.
BEST PICTURE :
And excellent year for top shelf movies, "American Sniper" is one of my all time favorite films …stunned how much I loved this film. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was remarkably enjoyable but since it was back in the spring, I think many folks forget this movie making magic with a high dosage of quirkiness and just fun. But "Boyhood" because of the incredible simpleness of telling a story of our life while filming, coordinating and keeping the same cast for 12 years…12 YEARS!! is unlike anything we have ever seen in a major motion picture. As the movie grew in length, it grew on the audience. "Boyhood" no question.
GLORY in "Selma" is the quintessential "powerful" song. Common/John Legend - wow!
SLIGHT OF THE YEAR
Utterly remarkable to me that the documentary "Alive Inside - A Story of Music and Memory" was not even nominated. I think it was the most important insight on our lives, our families, our loved ones and what we can simply do to bring out the best for folks (might even be us) on the back end of our lives.
It was remarkable and warm!!!! Never smiled "so much" at a film.