Watching The Oscars is an exhausting experience. So many thoughts. Just so many.

But how did I do on my predictions?

In the end…I went 16 for 23.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

My Nominations

  • Javier Bardem – “Being The Ricardos”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Power Of The Dog”
  • Andrew Garfield – “tick, tick…BOOM!”
  • Will Smith – “King Richard”
  • Denzel Washington – “The Tragedy Of Macbeth”

Who Won: Will Smith – “King Richard”

WE ARE ALL FREAKING OUT BECAUSE WHAT HE IS GOING TO SAY???

It is happening. It is happening.

“”Richard Williams as a fierce defender of his family.”Will Smith’s First Words of His Acceptance Speech


ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

My Nominations

  • Ciarán Hinds – “Belfast”
  • Troy Kotsur – “Coda”
  • Jesse Plemons – “The Power Of The Dog”
  • J.K. Simmons – “Being The Ricardos”
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee – “The Power Of The Dog”

Who Won: Troy Kotsur – “CODA”

He won and rightfully so. His speech was incredible, and it was so sweet. The story about his father becoming paralyzed and not being able to sign…I mean tears all the way around. His speech is for sure a highlight, if not the major highlight of the night.


ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

My Nominations

  • Jessica Chastain – “The Eyes Of Tammy Faye”
  • Olivia Coleman – “The Lost Daughter”
  • Penélope Cruz – “Parallel Mothers”
  • Nicole Kidman – “Being The Ricardos”
  • Kristen Stewart – “Spencer”

Who Won: Jessica Chastain – “The Eyes Of Tammy Faye”

I took my shot with Olivia Coleman winning here in a long shot. Not surprised by the result at all. Chastain campaigned her ass off and build up steam just the right way. Also this is no shots on Chastain because she very very very good in The Eyes Of Tammy Faye.

Who Should Win: Kristen Stewart – “Spencer”

I have flip-flopped on this category a lot as well, and I still can’t land on what I want too. I have struggled with Being The Ricardos in the weeks after I have seen it, and my mind keeps wandering to the silent acting of Spencer. The horror movie performance wrapped in a drama sticks with you like glue.


ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

My Nominations

  • Jessie Buckley – “The Lost Daughter”
  • Ariana DeBose – “West Side Story”
  • Judi Dench – “Belfast”
  • Kirsten Dunst – “The Power Of The Dog”
  • Aunjanue Ellis – “King Richard”

Who Won: Ariana DeBose – “West Side Story”

Easy money….it all led to this. I hope that Jessie Buckley gets nominated again and soon. Still think she deserved it.


ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

My Nominations

  • “Encanto”
  • “Flee”
  • “Luca”
  • “The Mitchells Vs. The Machines”
  • “Raya And The Last Dragon”

Who Win: “Encanto”

Encanto got a massive ovation when it won. The speech was nice and short.


CINEMATOGRAPHY

My Nominations

  • “Dune” – Greig Fraser
  • “Nightmare Alley” – Dan Lausten
  • “The Power Of The Dog” – Ari Wegner
  • “The Tragedy Of Macbeth” – Bruno Delbonnel
  • “West Side Story” – Janusz Kaminski

Who Won: “Dune” – Greig Fraser

When Dune won for best cinematography, you had to begin thinking really seriously about Best Picture.


COSTUME DESIGN

My Nominations

  • “Cruella” – Jenny Beavan
  • “Cyrano” – Massimo Cantini Parrini, Jacqueline Durran
  • “Dune” – Jacqueline West
  • “Nightmare Alley” – Luis Sequeira
  • “West Side Story” – Paul Tazewell

Who Won: “Cruella” – Jenny Beavan

I dare you to not star at all of outfits of Cruella when you watch it. This movie is a ton of fun and it is worthy of your attention.


BEST DIRECTOR

My Nominations

  • Kenneth Branagh – “Belfast”
  • Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – “Drive My Car”
  • Paul Thomas Anderson – “Licorice Pizza”
  • Jane Campion – “The Power Of The Dog”
  • Steven Spielberg – “West Side Story”

Who Won: Jane Campion – “The Power Of The Dog”

Her speech was very prepared…no mistakes this time. With that being said, she absolutely deserved it. 110%.


BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

My Nominations

  • “Ascension”
  • “Attica”
  • “Flee”
  • “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”
  • “Writing With Fire”

Who Won: “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

Nobody cares about this award because it came right after Will Smith legit slapped/punched Chris Rock.


BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

My Nominations

  • “Audible”
  • “Lead Me Home”
  • “The Queen Of Basketball”
  • “Three Songs For Benazir”
  • “When We Were Bullies”

Who Won: “The Queen Of Basketball

I am so happy that I was wrong with this!!! The Queen Of Basketball won!!


FILM EDITING

My Nominations

  • “Don’t Look Up” – Hank Corwin
  • “Dune” – Joe Walker
  • “King Richard” – Pamela Martin
  • “The Power Of The Dog” – Peter Sciberras
  • “tick, tick…BOOM!” – Myron Kerstein, Andrew Weisblum

Who Won: “Dune” – Joe Walker

HAPPY TO BE WRONG AGAIN!!!! DUNE!!!! Taking a surprise!! I personally would have cast my ballet for The Power Of The Dog, but my favorite movie taking home a surprise award is awesome.


INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

My Nominations

  • “Drive My Car”
  • “Flee”
  • “The Hand Of God”
  • “Lunana: A Yak In The Classroom”
  • “The Worst Person In The World”

What Won: “Drive My Car”

Maybe the locky of all locks.


MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

My Nominations

  • “Coming 2 America” – Mike Marino, Stacey Morris, Carla Farmer
  • “Cruella” – Nadia Stacey, Carolyn Cousins
  • “Dune” – Donald Mowat, Love Larson, Eva von Bahr
  • “The Eyes Of Tammy Faye” – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, Justin Raleigh
  • “House Of Gucci” – Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras

Who Won: “The Eyes Of Tammy Faye” – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, Justin Raleigh

I want to know how much hairspray was gone through making this movie.


ORIGINAL SCORE

My Nominations

  • “Don’t Look Up” – Nicholas Britell
  • “Dune” – Hans Zimmer
  • “Encanto” – Germaine Franco
  • “Parallel Mothers” – Alberto Iglesias
  • “The Power Of The Dog” – Jonny Greenwood

Who Won: “Dune” – Hans Zimmer

HANSSS. I love his tweet.


ORIGINAL SONG

My Nominations

  • “Be Alive” – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson (King Richard)
  • “Dos Oruguitas” – Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)
  • “Down To Joy” – Van Morrison (Belfast)
  • “No Time To Die” – Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell (No Time To Die)
  • “Somehow You Do” – Diana Warren (Four Good Days)

Who Won: “No Time To Die” – Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell (No Time To Die)

Hmphh, I just don’t agree with this one. The song did not resonate with me. I never went back to listen to it.


BEST PICTURE

My Nominations

  • “Belfast”
  • “CODA”
  • “Don’t Look Up”
  • “Drive My Car”
  • “Dune”
  • “King Richard”
  • “Licorice Pizza”
  • “Nightmare Alley”
  • “The Power Of The Dog”
  • “West Side Story”

Who Won: “CODA”

WOW. ACUTALLY SHOCKED. THIS IS REMARKABLE. WHAT A CRAZY NIGHT! Apple+ gets the award that so many others dreamed of before them when they started last. Wow oh wow.


PRODUCTION DESIGN

My Nominations

  • “Dune”
  • “Nightmare Alley”
  • “The Power Of The Dog”
  • “The Tragedy Of Macbeth”
  • “West Side Story”

Who Won: “Dune”

Just magical things are happening on my Twitter. Dune is winning everything.


SHORT FILM ANIMATED

My Nominations

  • “Affairs Of The Art”
  • “Bestia”
  • “Boxballet”
  • “Robin Robin”
  • “The Windshield Wiper”

Who Won: “The Windshield Wiper”

This was a total guess, and I guessed wrong. I had guessed Robin, Robin, and I do have that queued up in Disney+


SHORT FILM LIVE ACTION

My Nominations

  • “Ala Kachuu – Take and Run”
  • “The Dress”
  • “The Long Goodbye”
  • “On My Mind”
  • “Please Hold”

What Won: “The Long Goodbye”

I now need to check out The Long Goodbye.


SOUND

My Nominations

  • “Belfast” – Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri
  • “Dune” – Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson, Tod Maitland, Shawn Murphy
  • “No Time To Die” – Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, Paul Massey
  • “The Power Of The Dog” – Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie, Tara Webb
  • “West Side Story” – Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson, Shawn Murphy

Who Won: “Dune” – Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson, Tod Maitland, Shawn Murphy

Once you hear Dune, you never unhear it.


VISUAL EFFECTS

My Nominations

  • “Dune” – Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer
  • “Free Guy” – Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Dan Sudick
  • “No Time To Die” – Charlie Noble, Chris Corbould
  • ““Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” – Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker, Dan Oliver
  • “Spider-Man: No Way Home” – Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein, Dan Sudick

Who Won: “Dune” – Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer

Dune winning all the technical awards, as it should.


WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

My Nominations

  • “CODA” – Siân Heder
  • “Drive My Car” – Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
  • “Dune” – Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth
  • “The Lost Daughter” – Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • “The Power Of The Dog” – Jane Campion

Who Won: “CODA” – Siân Heder

All the momentum was building towards this. Happy for CODA. More people should see it.


WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

My Nominations

  • “Belfast” – Kenneth Branagh
  • “Don’t Look up” – Adam McKay, David Sirota
  • “King Richard” – Zach Baylin
  • “Licorice Pizza” – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • “The Worst Person In The World” – Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier

Who Won: Kenneth Branagh – “Belfast”

It was between Belfast and Licorice Pizza and I went with the movie I liked more. Not upset about this winning at all. Happy for Brannagh.


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