I’d like to thank the Academy…

Academy Awards 2015

In case you have not yet figured this out, I am a huge movie fan. From the date the Academy Awards nominees are announced until the evening of the show, I am doing my best to see as many of the nominees as possible. This year, I am going to post about each of them I am able to see. I have a list narrowed down at this point that includes that include the movies that swept the nominations as well as films from the specific categories that are the most important to me. Included in this post, will be the links to all of the posts about nominated films I have seen so far this year.

And the Nominees are:

Best Picture

Lead Actor

Lead Actress

  • Two Days One Night (Marion Cotillard)
  • The Theory of Everything (Felicity Jones)
  • Still Alice (Julianne Moore)
  • Gone Girl (Rosamund Pike)
  • Wild (Reese Witherspoon)

Best Supporting Actor

  • The Judge (Robert Duvall)
  • Boyhood (Ethan Hawke)
  • Birdman (Edward Norton)
  • Foxcatcher (Mark Ruffalo)
  • Whiplash (J.K. Simmons)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Boyhood (Patricia Arquette)
  • Wild (Laura Dern)
  • The Imitation Game (Keira Knightley)
  • Birdman (Emma Stone)
  • Into the Woods (Meryl Streep)

Best Cinematography

  • Birdman (Emmanuel Lubezki)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Robert Yeoman)
  • Ida (Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski)
  • Mr. Turner (Dick Pope)
  • Unbroken (Roger Deakins)

Best Costume Design

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Milena Canonero)
  • Inherent Vice (Mark Bridges)
  • Into the Woods (Colleen Atwood)
  • Maleficent (Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive)
  • Mr. Turner (Jacqueline Durran)

Best Director

  • Birdman (Alexandro G. Iñárritu)
  • Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
  • Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
  • The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum)

Best Film Editing

  • American Sniper (Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach)
  • Boyhood (Sandra Adair)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Barney Pilling)
  • The Imitation Game (William Goldenberg)
  • Whiplash (Tom Cross)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Foxcatcher (Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White)

Best Production Design

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock)
  • The Imitation Game (Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald)
  • Interstellar (Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis)
  • Into the Woods (Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock)
  • Mr. Turner (Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay

  • Birdman (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo)
  • Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
  • Foxcatcher (E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness)
  • Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)

Best Visual Effects

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick)
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould)
  • Interstellar (Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer)

This is not a complete list of the nominees, just a list of the films I intend to see and the categories for which the are nominated.

Valentine’s Day

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I love Valentine’s Day. I never really understood why people hate it so much. I get it: you’re single, or (God forbid) just broke up with someone. But, Riddle Me This? How can anyone hate a day that’s sole purpose in our modern society is to celebrate all things pink and chocolate. Let’s be honest here, these are my two favorite things. Relationships come and go, crushes will always crush, but chocolate and painting everything pink will last forever.

This year, I will do what I have done almost every year. I will curl up in my pink pajamas, with something chocolate (in a shiny pink wrapper) and spend my evening with my favorite leading man, Cary Grant. It is not a day to be sad or to sit at home alone and cry. To be clear, I will be sitting at home alone, and I will absolutely cry, but not because I am sad. It will be because I will be watching An Affair to Remember and I possess human emotions (not so hidden meaning: if you do not cry during An Affair to Remember you DO NOT possess human emotions). It is a day that was meant to celebrate love. Love that was and love that is and love that is yet to come.

So for the single ladies: cheer up, pop in a mid-century classic, and remember this: Valentine’s Day when in a relationship is often a let down. Crowded restaurants are not very romantic, the wait staff is trying to hurry you because there is a two-hour wait for all the people who forgot to make a reservation, and prix-fixe menus often leave much to be desired. But Cary Grant will never let you down.

Need a suggestion? An Affair to Remember is the ultimate Valentine’s classic. In case you are not aware, it is the film the women are constantly referencing in Sleepless in Seattle. My all time favorite is The Philadelphia Story co-starring Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stuart (for which Stuart won his only Oscar for Best Actor). If you are more of an Audrey than a Katharine, go for Charade a bit more of a thriller than a romance (often referred to as “the best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never made”), but plenty of mush for those who still hold to romantic notions. Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief, which I ESPECIALLY recommend if you have not yet fallen in love with Grace Kelly, whose real life love story is one for the fairy tale books. If you are hoping for more of an anti-Valentine movie, North by Northwest. Also Hitchcock, but I would argue, more Hitchcockian than To Catch A Thief. And finally, in honor of the very recently departed, The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer starring a lovely, 19 year old, Shirley Temple in a charming tale of puppy love.

Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day either with the love of your life or the love of mine.