I know these picks are late. A lot has happened in my life over the past couple months. Won’t bore you with the details in this post, but I did follow along with the Oscars and I have my own thoughts on what I would have picked personally (from my own nominations) and what should have won from what I have seen from the true nominations.

For the record. For my own nominations…I do not play the political games of what was a supporting role and what was a leading role. I play by what my heart tells me. So for some wonky nominations…it’s my blog so I can go on my own whim.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Academy Nominations

  • Riz Ahmed – “Sound Of Metal”
  • Chadwick Boseman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • Anthony Hopkins – “The Father”
  • Gary Oldman – “Mank”
  • Seven Yeun – “Minari”

WINNER: Anthony Hopkins­ – “The Father”

  • I have not seen this movie of this performance so I can not comment. Needs to become cheaper to rent please!

My Nominations

  • Ben Affleck – “The Way Back”
  • Riz Ahmed – “Sound Of Metal”
  • Chadwick Boseman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • Gary Oldman – “Mank”
  • Lakeith Stanfield – “Judas And The Black Messiah”

MY WINNER: Chadwick Boseman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

  • This is not because Boseman unfortunately passed away. This is because his role as Levee is the best part of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. I have praised it before in previous blog posts, but the fact he took a step outside his normal “god-like heroism” and did so with such alluring venom should make everyone wish he was still with us.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Academy Nominations

  • Sacha Baron Cohen – “The Trail Of The Chicago 7”
  • Daniel Kaluuya – “Judas And The Black Messiah”
  • Leslie Odom Jr. – “One Night In Miami…”
  • Paul Raci – “Sound Of Metal”
  • Lakeith Stanfield – “Judas And The Black Messiah”

WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya – “Judas And The Black Messiah”

  • Absolutely nothing wrong with this pick! Kaluuya warps the entire screen around him, and whenever he orates, it changes everything in the most profound way. Kaluuya is going to be around the Academy Awards for a long time, winning with his second nomination (Get Out at 2017 Academy Awards)

My Nominations

  • Daniel Kaluuya – “Judas And The Black Messiah”
  • Frank Langella – “Trail Of The Chicago 7”
  • Delroy Lindo – “Da 5 Bloods”
  • Leslie Odom Jr. – “One Night In Miami…”
  • Robert Pattinson – “Tenet”

MY WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya – “Judas And The Black Messiah”

  • As said above, Kaluuya deserves this.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Academy Nominations

  • Viola Davis – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • Andra Day – “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday”
  • Vanessa Kirby – “Pieces Of A Woman”
  • Frances McDormand – “Nomadland”
  • Carey Mulligan – “Promising Young Woman”

WINNER: Francis McDormand – “Nomadland

  • I never bought into the rising stock for Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman. Francis McDormand has won THREE Oscars, and Nomadland is a more deserving win than the controversial Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). McDormand was very strong, just for me not the best. For record, I have not seen The United States Vs. Billie Holiday.

My Nominations

  • Viola Davis – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • Vanessa Kirby – “Pieces Of A Woman”
  • Frances McDormand – “Nomadland”
  • Elizabeth Moss – “The Invisible Man”
  • Carey Mulligan – “Promising Young Woman”

MY WINNER: Vanessa Kirby – “Pieces Of A Woman”

  • Vanessa Kirby as Martha in Pieces Of A Woman is a stir pot combination of strong, damaged, brave, beautiful and broken. After the opening 20 minutes of Pieces Of A Woman, it is Kirby who carries the picture and makes it impossible to turn away.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPRTING ROLE

Academy Nominations

  • Maria Bakalova – “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
  • Glenn Close – “Hillbilly Elegy”
  • Olivia Coleman – “The Father”
  • Amanda Seyfried – “Mank”
  • Yuh-Jung Youn – “Minari”

WINNER: Yuh-Jung Youn – “Minari”

  • Have not seen Minari. It is still too much to rent. This a a week category for my viewing; have only seen three, and only count two because Glenn Close should not have been nominated for Hillbilly Elegy.

My Nominations

  • Candice Bergen – “Let Them All Talk”
  • Dominique Fishback – “Judas And The Black Messiah”
  • Kathryn Newton – “Freaky”
  • Aubrey Plaza – “Happiest Season”
  • Amanda Seyfried – “Mank”

MY WINNER: Candice Bergen – “Let Them All Talk”

  • Alright. I had fun with this category. There were not a options in my mind for performances that fit this category. Candice Bergen was the best part of Let Them All Talk, and her selfishness is put to screen in such a desperate way that her final sequence has you cursing her sorry ass out.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Academy Nominations

  • “A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”
  • “Onward”
  • “Over The Moon”
  • “Soul”
  • “Wolfwalkers”

WINNER: “Soul”

  • So I have only seen “Onward”, which I enjoyed quite a bit. I know not seeing “Soul” is detrimental, but I will be getting around to it whenever I need a good cry.

My Nominations

  • “Onward”

MY WINNER: “Onward”

  • It is the only animated movie I have seen this year that is worthy of any award consideration. Not nominating Scoob because it was terrible. No DC movies deserve the love either. Onward hits the classic beats with a touch of emotional resonance. Onward was good, not great, but definitely worth a watch.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Academy Nominations

  • Sean Bobbitt – “Judas And The Black Messiah”
  • Erik Messerschmidt – “Mank”
  • Dariusz Wolski – “News Of The World”
  • Joshu James Richards – “Nomadland”
  • Phedon Papamichael – “The Trail Of The Chicago 7”

WINNER: Erik Messerschmidt – “Mank

  • I think the Academy got this category right, much like Best Actress. Mank looks stunning and blends its own beauty while giving homage to the era of Citizen Kane and the politics of those movies. To anyone who thinks Black & White is boring, tell them to watch Mank.

My Nominations

  • Sean Bobbitt – “Judas And The Black Messiah”
  • Erik Messerschmidt – “Mank”
  • Dariusz Wolski – “News Of The World”
  • Joshu James Richards – “Nomadland”
  • Benjamin Kracun – “Promising Young Woman”

MY WINNER: Dariusz Wolski – “News Of The World”

  • This may just be my own personal preference, but the Western landscape is untouched in terms of its potential. The beauty of the sand storm is most striking. The visuals of Captain Kidd (Tom Hanks) and Johanna (Helena Zengel) riding into the landscape have stuck with me.

COSTUME DESIGN

Academy Nominations

  • “Emma.”
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • “Mank”
  • “Mulan”
  • “Pinocchio”

WINNER: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

  • It is has to argue against Ann Roth’s design for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. It personally would be number two on my list, but any argument for it understand. The only one of these nominations I have not seen is Pinocchio. It is cool that Ann Roth, who has been nominated five times for costume design, won her second award…24 years after winning her first for the The English Patient (1996).

My Nominations

  • “Emma.”
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • “Mank”
  • “Mulan”
  • “Tenet”

MY WINNER: “Emma”

  • The colors of Emma are what make it a salvageable movie. The majority of those colors come from the costumes that Aaron Taylor-Joy and her co-stars wore. It is classic time-period era flamboyancy, but it fits the self-centered and over-indulgent tendencies of the movie and its main character.

BEST DIRECTOR

Academy Nominations

  • Lee Isaac Chung – “Minari”
  • Emerald Fennell – “Promising Young Woman”
  • David Fincher – “Mank
  • Thomas Vinterberg – “Another Round”
  • Chloé Zhao – “Nomadland”

WINNER:

  • Again, like Costume Design, really hard to argue against this one. This is a 1A and 1B for me. Nomadland is a very well made movie, there is no denying that. Zhao is going to be around for a while, and with The Eternals (2021) coming out later this year, I can safely say I am more excited for her more individual, deeper movies than the blockbusters. Also I NEEEEDDD to see Another Round.

My Nominations

  • Kornél Mundruczó – “Pieces Of A Woman”
  • Emerald Fennell – “Promising Young Woman”
  • David Fincher – “Mank
  • George C. Wolfe – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • Chloé Zhao – “Nomadland”

MY WINNER: David Fincher – “Mank”

  • I know David Fincher does not give any credence to awards. He is a man of his own conviction. However Mank winning would be perfect little story generator in a real way. Mank deserves it because it is wonderfully crafted as an homage to Citizen Kane (1941) and a crisply made modern-day entertainment vessel. Imagine Fincher on the stage, talking about the corrupt movie industry of the past, and how he can relate it to today with production studios just wanting to make big blockbuster superhero movies. Also it’d have given Fincher a chance to talk about his father.

BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Academy Nominations

  • “Collective”
  • “Crip Camp”
  • “The Mole Agent”
  • “My Octopus Teacher”
  • “Time”

WINNER: “My Octopus Teacher”

  • My Octopus Teacher is the only one of these movies I have seen. I plan on seeing more, but by default it has to be the “winner” for me amongst the Academy nominations. My Octopus Teacher is good, but it is not great. I am surprised it actually won because it seemed simpler than the other nominees. It is a story about an octopus.

My Nominations

  • “Athlete A”
  • “Class Action Park”
  • “My Octopus Teacher”

MY WINNER: “Class Action Park

  • Class Action Park is the first think I watched on HBO MAX and it was a wonderful, rumpus riot. How this park was allowed and functional (debatable I guess) is beyond me. The crazy dangerous rides and lack for human care is honestly impressive. One can almost envy what it is like to live life in this way.

BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Academy Nominations

  • “A Concerto Is A Conversation”
  • “Colette”
  • “Do Not Split”
  • “Hunger Ward”
  • “A Love Song From Latasha”

WINNER: “Colette”

  • I have not seen any of these movies so I can not comment.

My Nominations

  • N/A

MY WINNER: N/A

  • I have not seen any short documentaries from this year. Yet!

FILM EDITING

Academy Nominations

  • “The Father”
  • “Nomadland”
  • “Promising Young Woman”
  • “Sound Of Metal”
  • “The Trail Of The Chicago 7”

WINNER: “Sound Of Metal”

  • This one I did not see coming. I think Sound Of Metal is well made, but it is not among my personal nominations below. Looking at the movie as a whole, it’s heavy weight is being bore by the audio editing and the performance of Riz Ahmed. I would say the screenplay is more important to Sound Of Metal‘s success than the editing within the movie.

My Nominations

  • “Judas And The Black Messiah”
  • “Mank”
  • “Nomadland”
  • “One Night In Miami…”
  • “Tenet”

MY WINNER: “Nomadland”

  • Nomadland edits through its screenplay with the ease of driving on a highway alone at night. It just goes forward with no bumps and every once in a while you notice something stunning that’ll catch your eye. One of the things most noticeable about Nomadland is how it flows through passages of time.

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Academy Nominations

  • “Another Round”
  • “Better Days”
  • “Collective”
  • “The Man Who Sold His Skin”
  • “Quo Vadis, Aida?”

WINNER: “Another Round”

  • This may have been the most sure fire bet of the entire Oscars. I really need to turn on Hulu and watch it.

My Nominations

  • N/A

MY WINNER: N/A

  • I really need to watch Another Round.

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Academy Nominations

  • “Emma”
  • “Hillbilly Elegy”
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • “Mank”
  • “Pinocchio”

WINNER: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

  • Zero problems with this. When watching Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, it is impossible not to notice the literal steam and sweat generated from the tension and the story. The plunge into madness is made permanent and resident by the sweat stains in the characters clothes.

My Nominations

  • “Emma”
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • “Mank”
  • “Nomadland”
  • “One Night In Miami”

MY WINNER: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

  • Everything I stated above. The aesthetic of this movie is as important as Boseman’s and Viola Davis’ characters.

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Academy Nominations

  • “Da 5 Bloods”
  • “Mank”
  • “Minari”
  • “News Of The World”
  • “Soul”

WINNER: “Soul”

  • Haven’t seen Soul, but everyone seems to be in agreement and happy with it.

My Nominations

  • “Da 5 Bloods”
  • “Judas And The Black Messiah”
  • “Mank”
  • “News Of The World”
  • “Tenet”

MY WINNER: “Tenet”

  • Christopher Nolan movies move at a fast pace, and it is not just the action that does that. It is the music. It is the motion of that ocean. As am I am typing this, I have found out that Ludwig Göransson, who did The Mandalorian, also did Tenet. and It all makes sense.

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Academy Nominations

  • Fight For You – “Judas And The Black Messiah”
  • Hear My Voice – “The Trail Of The Chicago 7”
  • Husavik – “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”
  • Io SÌ – “The Life Ahead”
  • Speak Now – “One Night In Miami…”

WINNER: Fight For You – “Judas And The Black Messiah”

  • I never have much to say about this category. I would be perfectly fine if it left the Academy Awards.

My Nominations

  • Fight For You – “Judas And The Black Messiah”
  • Hear My Voice – “The Trail Of The Chicago 7”
  • Speak Now – “One Night In Miami…”

MY WINNER: Speak Now – “One Night In Miami…”

  • Again, not much to say here. Leslie Odom’s character actually sings the song and he belts it well.
  • BEST PICTURE

    Academy Nominations

    • “The Father”
    • “Judas And The Black Messiah”
    • “Mank”
    • “Minari”
    • “Nomadland”
    • “Promising Your Woman”
    • “Sound Of Metal”
    • “The Trail Of The Chicago 7”

    WINNER

    • There is no doubt that Nomadland is beautifully made and wonderfully acted. I recommend everyone see it. However, there is a “but” coming. Nomadland is not the best movie of the year. It is a very good movie. It is one that everyone should watch. However, it is not atop my pedestal.
    • Here are my rankings from the movies I have see
      • N/A. “The Father” (Become cheaper to rent please)
      • N/A. “Minari” (Become cheaper to rent please)
      • 6. “The Trail Of The Chicago 7”
      • 5. “Promising Young Woman”
      • 4. “Nomadland”
      • 3. “Sound Of Metal”
      • 2. “Mank”
      • 1. “Judas And The Black Messiah”

    My Nominations

    • “Judas And The Black Messiah”
    • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
    • “Mank”
    • “Nomadland”
    • “Pieces Of A Woman”
    • “Promising Young Woman”
    • “Sound Of Metal”
    • “Trail Of The Chicago 7”

    MY WINNER: “Judas And The Black Messiah

    Judas And The Black Messiah is a true drama with an important and complex message, wrapped in a truly entertaining blockbuster type movie. It has performances that you will remember and a conflict where you can understand both sides. It is a movie that can make you think or you can melt into it and wave through its emotions

    PRODUCTION DESIGN

    Academy Nominations

    • “The Father”
    • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
    • “Mank”
    • “News Of The World”
    • “Tenet”

    WINNER: “Mank”

    • It is not easy creating an old movie set, and it appears the Academy Awards that. In 2019 Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood won for best production design, and again we have a Hollywood backdrop taking the top prize. Mank was my number two among the five nominated, and even my own nominations

    My Nominations

    • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
    • “Mank”
    • “News Of The World”
    • “Nomadland”
    • “Tenet”

    MY WINNER: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    I said in the makeup and hairstyling award that the claustrophobic nature of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is as important to the movie as any of its characters. The dank, dewy, and old feel of the recording studio and its basement is a mood that persists.

    SHORT FILM ANIMATED

    Academy Nominations

    • “Burrow”
    • “Genius Loci”
    • “If Anything Happens I Love You”
    • “Opera”
    • “Yes People”

    MY WINNER: “If Anything Happens I Love You”

    • I have not see any of these movies.

    My Nominations

    • “Canvas”

    MY WINNER: “Canvas”

    I have only seen one animated short film this year and it is a sad one. No Doubt. Canvas is definitely worth it, but I can not compare to the other films nominated.

    SHORT FILM LIVE ACTION

    Academy Nominations

    • “Feeling Through”
    • “The Letter Room”
    • “The Present”
    • “Two Distant Strangers”
    • “White Eye”

    MY WINNER: “Two Distant Strangers”

    • Two Distant Strangers is not easy to watch. It is a bonkers combination of funny, smart and sad. Showing the hidden and blatant racism in the world and portraying it through a police officer gives it a deeper meaning for obvious reasons. I recommend not looking at anything about Two Distant Strangers before firing it up on Netflix.

    My Nominations

    • “Two Distant Strangers”
    • “White Eyes”

    MY WINNER: “Two Distant Strangers”

    Everything as above. A unique look at a real problem with no easy resolution.

    SOUND

    Academy Nominations

    • “Greyhound”
    • “Mank”
    • “News Of The World”
    • “Soul”
    • “Sound Of Metal”

    WINNER: “The Sound Of Metal”

    • A movie based of sound, hearing loss, and relearning how to communicate better with the best sound award! If Sound Of Metal did not win, then the movie was not a success. The silence is a character in the movie, and it evolves like the characters; the silence grows, changes, disappears but emerges victorious.

    My Nominations

    • “Judas And The Black Messiah”
    • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
    • “Sound Of Metal”
    • “Tenet”
    • “Trail Of The Chicago 7”

    MY WINNER: “Sound Of Metal”

    Maybe the best use of sound in a movie since Dunkirk (2017) or A Quiet Place (2018).

    VISUAL EFFECTS

    Academy Nominations

    • “Love And Monsters”
    • “The Midnight Sky”
    • “Mulan”
    • “The One And Only”
    • “Tenet”

    WINNER: “Tenet”

    • Visual effects does not mean CGI. Practical effects and genius minds working to a tee. Christopher Nolan showed his master class with the car chase sequence in both the proper and backwards time. Tenet is stunning to look at, and it deserves this award.

    My Nominations

    • “Love And Monsters”
    • “Mulan”
    • “Nobody Sleeps In The Woods Tonight”
    • “Tenet”
    • “Wonder Woman 1984”

    MY WINNER: “Tenet”

    The winner is Tenet but I have some thoughts on others. Love And Monsters is solid movie and better than should be expected. Mulan‘s only redeeming quality was the visual effects. Nobody Sleeps In The Woods Tonight just had two abominations of monsters which haunt me and I am only putting Wonder Woman 1984 for the car chase statement.

    WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

    Academy Nominations

    • “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
    • “The Father”
    • “Nomadland”
    • “One Night In Miami”
    • “The White Tiger”

    WINNER: “The Father”

    • I have not seen it yet but I WILL. I PROMISE! JESUS!

    My Nominations

    • “The Devil All The Time”
    • “Pieces Of A Women”
    • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
    • “Nomadland”
    • “One Night In Miami…”

    MY WINNER: “Nomadland”

    It takes skill to make trauma and heartbreak look beautiful and that is what Chloé Zhao did transporting Jessica Bruder’s book to screen. Zhao won for best director and deservingly so. I think that her being involved in writing for the screen gave her the necessary knowledge and immediate recognition of importance for the story on the silver screen. Nomadland has no right to pass by as fast as it feels, and that is a credit to the screenplay.

    WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

    Academy Nominations

    • “Judas And The Black Messiah
    • “Minari”
    • “Promising Young Woman”
    • “Sound Of Metal”
    • “The Trail Of The Chicago 7”

    WINNER: “Promising Young Woman”

    • This movie is the most controversial and talked-about of the entire bunch. Promising Young Woman deserves to win almost purely on the conviction and bravery to write it and present it to a studio. The entire screenplay plays on a bit of reality vs. fantasy. Even if the ending doesn’t stick the landing, the journey this movie takes you on is one of a kind.

    My Nominations

    • “Judas And The Black Messiah”
    • “Mank”
    • “Promising Young Woman”
    • “Sound Of Metal”
    • “Trail Of The Chicago 7”

    MY WINNER: “Promising Young Woman”

    I promise you, if you have not seen Promising Young Women and don’t know what happens…you will never be able to predict it.

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