Monday, February 25, 2013

2013 Oscar Winner Reactions

So, now that the Academy Award winners were announced at the ceremony last night, I figured I'd now post my reactions of the winners, and to how Seth MacFarlane did as host:

Best Picture:

While I was rooting for Silver Linings Playbook, even though the odds of it winning were VERY slim, I knew Argo was gonna win it. Although I haven't seen the film yet, I did enjoy Ben Affleck's acceptance speech. I'd say his words of wisdom are something I'll take with me as I try to become a writer. So, congrats Ben and congrats to Argo. *Note: Once I see Argo, I will post a review for it.

Best Director:

Ang Lee winning Best Director was a complete surprise, but I still liked that it was a surprise. It did seem like Steven Spielberg was gonna win, but I was happy with the outcome, even though I haven't seen Life of Pi yet.

Best Actor:

Like I said when I made my predictions, I knew it was Day-Lewis' Oscar from the getgo. I was a bit letdown, but to be fair, I haven't seen Lincoln, so I can't really decide whether he truly deserved the Oscar yet. But, I'll watch it one of these days when it comes out on DVD.

Best Actress:

Now, this is probably the category where I was the most happy with the winner, because the Oscar went to Ms. Jennifer Lawrence, as I hoped :)

Best Supporting Actor:

Christoph Waltz winning wasn't too much of a surprise, but I didn't mind, as I enjoyed his performance and was rooting for him to win. After his second Oscar win for starring in a Tarantino film, I envision he and Tarantino having a Burton-Depp-type filmmaking bond.

Best Supporting Actress:

Like with Day-Lewis, I knew the Best Supporting Actress Oscar was Hathaway's from the getgo. But she deserved it because she completely blew me away with the limited amount of screentime she had.

Best Original Screenplay:

Tarantino rightfully won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and still proves he is one of the most unique screenwriters in Hollywood. Keep writing, Quentin!

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Now, I'll be honest, while I did have a feeling O. Russell was going to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, I'll admit that Chris Terrio had a slighter edge to win his screenplay for Argo. Like I said, I haven't seen Argo yet, so I can't really decide whether he truly deserved it or not.


I loved that Brave won Best Animated Feature and Skyfall won Best Original Song. Plus, I thought Seth MacFarlane did a terrific job with hosting the Oscars. I know he had some people polarized, but I thought he did a fine job.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

2013 Oscar Predictions/Picks

In honor of the Oscars tomorrow, I figured I'd give my predictions on who will win and who I personally think should win.

Best Picture:

Should Win: The Silver Linings Playbook

While I have seen some moving pictures in 2012, none of them moved me as much as The Silver Linings Playbook. It is truly a remarkable film that inspired me to go out and find my own silver lining. It's heartwarming, emotional, and very realistic, and should take home the grand prize.

Will Win: Argo

Because Argo is killing it during awards season, I feel that it will take home the grand prize. Plus, it will be one of the few movies that will win Best Picture without winning Best Director because of Ben Affleck being snubbed. While I haven't seen it, so I can't really decide whether it deserves to win Best Picture, I feel that it will win Best Picture.

Best Director:

Should Win: David O. Russell, The Silver Linings Playbook

Because The Silver Linings Playbook is the only nominee for Best Director that I've actually seen, David O. Russell has my vote to win Best Director. Plus, I still loved the way O. Russell directed it.

Will Win: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

I have the feeling that Spielberg will win the Oscar for Best Director for a few reasons. One reason is because Lincoln is the most nominated film this year and because of that I think it will win big, and because Affleck isn't nominated for Argo, there is plenty of hype around Spielberg. So, I feel that Spielberg will win Best Director.

Best Actor:

Should Win: Bradley Cooper, The Silver Linings Playbook

While it seems pretty obvious who will win Best Actor, my vote still goes to Bradley Cooper. In Silver Linings Playbook, he truly showcases his dramatic acting chops and gives his best performance to date. While I always liked Bradley Cooper as an actor, in Silver Linings, his acting talents truly shine.

Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

This should come as no surprise, but Day-Lewis will win Best Actor. I personally feel that the Academy needs to pass the torch to someone else who's nominated because Day-Lewis already won Best Actor twice, but I don't see that happening. It definitely doesn't mean I don't like Day-Lewis as an actor, I just think it would be nice to see a surprise win and somebody different.

Best Actress:

Should Win: Jennifer Lawrence, The Silver Linings Playbook

Before I went to go see The Silver Linings Playbook, I already knew that Lawrence was a fantastic actress, but in this, she completely blew me away. She plays a character completely different from Katniss Everdeen and Mystique, and truly embodies the character she plays. Even if she doesn't win, then luckily she has plenty of time in her life to win an Oscar.

Will Win: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Now, this was actually a close pick, between Jessica Chastain and Emmanuelle Riva, but I feel that in this point in the Oscar race, Riva has the upper hand. I feel that the Academy will pick her because the awards are on her birthday, so she'll get the sympathy vote. Though if it doesn't go to her, it'll probably go to Chastain. But I guess, we'll see.

Best Supporting Actor:

Should/Will Win: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

I feel that in this point in the Oscar race, Waltz has now gained the upper hand in the race for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. But I'm glad because I think Waltz deserves the Oscar and I think he'll get it.

Best Supporting Actress:

Should/Will Win: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Hathaway has already won the Critic's Choice, Golden Globe, SAG, and the BAFTA. All that's left is the Oscar, and she rightfully deserves the Oscar.

Best Original Screenplay:

Should/Will Win: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Tarantino has already cleaned up pretty good with awards season and I feel that he should and will win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Loved Django Unchained and thought it was his best work since Kill Bill.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Should/ Will Win: David O. Russell, The Silver Linings Playbook

This is a tough one, but this category seems pretty open this year, but because O. Russell just won the BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay, I feel that he will win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and he definitely should.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Introductory Post

Hello, fellow Bloggers, Filmguy619 here, and here is the intro post to my segment known as Film Guy Reviews.

For each of my reviews, I will use a simple zero-to-five star rating, and I will talk about the acting, the story, etc. Also, on a side note, all of my reviews are 100% my opinion. If you agree, that's awesome, but if you disagree, then that's ok, just PLEASE be kind.

So that's it, and hope you'll enjoy my reviews!