With last week’s scurrying to finalize our ADDY submissions, Sunday’s Golden Globes, yesterday’s Critics Choice winners, and the recent Oscar nominations, our studio has been buzzing about awards. So who gets our vote for the 2014 Academy Awards? Here are our winners.
Nominees: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall-Street
Roberts Creative Winner: Stoker
Stoker was the best movie I have seen all year. Mesmerizingly haunting and mysteriously spooky, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Stoker is a psychological thriller with cinematography that lends beauty to all the horror. Mia Wasikowska really shines as the protagonist, exploring good versus evil and embracing her power.
India Stoker: This is me. Just as a flower does not choose its color, we are not responsible for what we have come to be. Only once you realize this do you become free, and to become adult is to become free.
in a Leading Role
Nominees: Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
RC Winner: Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug)
Martin Freeman captured our hearts as Bilbo in the Hobbit. Bilbo really comes into his character in the Desolation of Smaug; heartfelt and courageous, Freeman really embodies the growth of his character since the beginning of his unexpected journey. While the 3-hour time of the Unexpected Journey dragged on, the DoS flew by with much more excitement and action (and a dragon!). Martin Freeman brought back the humor and the emotion typical of the Lord of the Rings films.
in a Leading Role
Nominees:Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August)
RC Winner: Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Jennifer Lawrence and the entire cast come back strong for the second installment of the Hunger Games series. Each scene is more compelling than the last, culminating in the ultimate emotional cliffhanger that leaves the audience begging for more. Jennifer perfectly embodies the emotions and strength of Katniss Everdeen, staying very true to the novel. Dark, captivating, and action-filled; Jennifer Lawrence took her great performance from the first film to another level in Catching Fire. Of course, her usual quirky and relatable interviews and talk-show appearances only add to the charm that is JLaw.
in A Supporting Role
Nominees: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
RC Winner: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Despite having pursued music for the last 6 years without working on a film, JLeto comes back stronger, and less aged, than Arnold Schwarzenegger. I have always thought that Jared Leto could not be a more beautiful man. Little did I know, he could not be a more beautiful woman, as well. Taking on a full transformation for this role, Leto starved himself for days to lose a magnitude of weight, waxed his whole body (OK, just most of his body as he reminded us in his Golden Globes acceptance speech- no Brazilian this time, although it can be left up to the imagination), wore heels, dresses, and wigs, and basically stayed in character as a woman for a month straight. As shown through his other works as a strung-out drug-addict in Requiem for a Dream, a 67-pound heavier Mark David Chapman in Chapter 27, and an athletic Steve Prefontaine in Prefontaine, Leto goes the extra mile (Pre pun intended) to truly transform into every character. And while he may not be a heart-throb in Dallas Buyers Club (or Chapter 27 for that matter) he will always have a special place in my heart as the most attractive man in the Universe.
in a Supporting Role
Nominations: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August: Osage Country), June Squibb (Nebraska)
RC Winner: Mila Kunis (Oz, the Great and Powerful)
Because when isn’t Mila Kunis perfect? Even transformed into the ugly Witch of the West she still remains my girl-crush. And despite the popularity of the Wizard of Oz storyline, I was thrown for a loop every time I tried to pick sides for who was the good witch/bad witch! Kunis and Franco have a great on-screen chemistry that leaves me extremely jealous (of Kunis, Franco is the Universe’s second most attractive man; however, Matthew Goode does take close third [reference Stoker]).
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Nominations: The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, Frozen, The Wind Rises.
RC Winner: Despicable Me 2
Apparently I have only seen sequels this year, but Despicable Me 2 comes in as the winner for 2013. Primarily because I have not seen another animated feature film, but also because it was lighthearted and funny. While DM2 did not live up to the glory of the original, it is to be expected as most sequels (that are not apart of a trilogy or book-turned-movie storyline) fall short of the originals. To be quite honest, the over-load of minion loving that followed this movie was a little too much for a college graduate in her mid-twenties; although I did partake in a few text message minion meme exchanges. Overall, Despicable Me 2 is definitely a funny and enjoyable animated movie worthy of viewing with a boyfriend or a family member on a weekday (or even alone on a Friday night- which may or may not be how I watched this movie).
Happy Awards Season! What are your picks for Best Pictures, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Animated Film, or Best Other Category?