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Oscar Predictions

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

Louise’s pick: 12 Years a Slave
Mary’s Pick: 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Louise’s pick: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Mary’s Pick: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Louise’s pick: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Mary’s Pick: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Louise’s pick: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Mary’s pick: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Louise’s pick: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Mary’s pick: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Best Director
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street
David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

Louise’s pick: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Mary’s pick: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

Best Adapted Screenplay
John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater (Before Midnight)
Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena)

Louise’s pick: John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Mary’s Pick: Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)

Best Original Screenplay
David O. Russell and Eric Singer (American Hustle)
Bob Nelson (Nebraska)
Spike Jonze (Her)
Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club)
Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)

Louise’s pick: Spike Jonze (Her)
Mary’s pick: Spike Jonze (Her)

Best Foreign Film
Denmark, The Hunt
Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown
Italy, The Great Beauty
Palestine, Omar
Cambodia, The Missing Picture

Louise’s pick: Italy, The Great Beauty
Mary’s pick: Italy, The Great Beauty

Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from Stardom

The Act of Killing
Dirty Wars
The Square
Cutie and the Boxer

Louise’s pick: The Act of Killing
Mary’s pick: 20 Feet from Stardom

Best Animated Feature
The Wind Rises

Frozen
Despicable Me 2
The Croods
Ernest & Celestine

Louise’s pick: Frozen
Mary’s pick: Frozen

Film Editing
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
12 Years a Slave

Louise’s pick: American Hustle
Mary’s pick: Captain Phillips

Best Song
“Alone Yet Not Alone” (Alone Yet Not Alone)
“Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
“Let It Go” (Frozen)
“The Moon Song” (Her)
“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Louise’s pick: “Let It Go” (Frozen)
Mary’s pick: “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Original Score
John Williams (The Book Thief)
Steven Price (Gravity)
Alexandre Desplat (Philomena)
Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks)
William Butler and Owen Pallett (Her)

Louise’s pick: Steven Price (Gravity)
Mary’s pick: John Williams (The Book Thief)

Best Cinematography
Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)
Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Roger Deakins (Prisoners)
Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)

Louise’s pick: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
Mary’s pick: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

Costume Design
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years A Slave

Louise’s pick: The Great Gatsby
Mary’s pick: The Great Gatsby

Makeup and Hairstyling
The Lone Ranger
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Louise’s pick: Dallas Buyers Club
Mary’s pick: Dallas Buyers Club

Production Design
American Hustle
Gravity
The Great Gatsby
Her
12 Years a Slave

Louise’s pick: Her
Mary’s pick: Her

Sound Editing
All is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

Louise’s pick: Gravity
Mary’s pick: Captain Phillips

Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor
Inside Llewyn Davis

Louise’s pick: Captain Phillips
Mary’s pick: Gravity

Visual Effects
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

Louise’s pick: Gravity
Mary’s pick: Gravity

Short Film, Live Action
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Helium
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Louise’s pick: The Voorman Problem
Mary’s pick: The Voorman Problem

Short Film, Animated
Feral
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Possessions
Room on the Broom

Louise’s pick: Mr. Hublot
Mary’s pick: Get a Horse!

Documentary Short Subject
CaveDigger
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Louise’s pick: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Mary’s pick: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Actresses More Thankful Than Actors

Your category is up. You sit in what would be a confortable chair any other day but today is different. Today is Oscar day and after sitting down for three hours, the chair is more of a torture device than a comfy seat. The nominees are listed. The envelope is opened. You hold your breath and then, you hear your name. You are flooded with emotions, mostly joy, but then fear sinks in because you remember you have to speak.  The Oscar Speech! Some keep it short like Joe Pesci, while others excitedly shout “I love you” long after the music has started playing like Cuba Gooding, Jr. Whether you are a regular Oscar attendee (ahem Meryl Streep) or a newbie, the acceptance speech is a difficult one. What do you say? Who do you thank in those 45 seconds before the music begins?

Well, the Academy, is high up on that list of people/entities to thank. The Academy has been referenced 82 times by Lead and Supporting winners in the past 26 years, while God has been named 30 times. The ladies typically say “thank you” and/or “thanks” more times than the men, and moms get more love than dads. I guess this means P&G’s “Thank You, Mom” commercials are applicable to Oscars as well as the Olympics. I can see the commercial now: a mom is driving her young son to acting class, comforting him after a horrible audition, attending his first play then sitting in the audience as he walks to the stage to receive his first Oscar. The young boy is now Matthew McConaughey and he looks at his mom and smiles. Someone grab me a tissue.

Other notable people to thank are friends, the cast, crew, and spouse. While actresses are more generous with the “thank yous,” the guys actually take the crown in mentioning a spouse (“wife”) more times than the ladies have mentioned “husband.”

So, there you have it, a quick breakdown of the words commonly said in Oscar speeches from 1987 to 2012.

Oscar Speech Word Count

(1988-2013)/(60th – 85th Academy Awards)

Actor in a Leading Role

Actress in a Leading Role

Actor in a Supporting Role

Actress in a Supporting Role

Thank you/Thanks

156

205

108

144

Academy

19

20

20

23

God

19

11

8

12

Mom/Mother

11

21

6

6

Dad/Father

19

10

3

7

Parent(s)

2

5

1

2

Family(ies)

7

21

2

19

Friend(s)

20

22

7

13

Cast

11

9

7

10

Crew

5

11

4

8

Husband

0

5

0

8

Wife

10

0

13

1

More interesting facts:

Renee Zellweger is the only actress who said “wife” in her speech, thanking her brother’s wife
Jeff Bridges thanked his mom and dad the most times – Mom (4) Dad (4)
-Meryl Streep was mentioned 8 times
Cuba Gooding, Jr. used the word “love” 14 times

BestActorinaLeadingRole BestActressinaLeadingRoleBestActorinSupportingRole BestActressinSupportingRole

*Analysis used data from the Academy Awards Acceptance Speech Database

-Mary

All Oscar Roads Lead to Joss Whedon

It’s just about time to start preparing for the most important night in Hollywood. I’m referring, of course, to Meryl Streep’s birthday, which is only six months away. In the meantime though, let’s distract ourselves with the Oscars—you know, that really long ceremony thing where people in suits hand out little golden men, and everyone competes to see who can thank the most people before the orchestra drowns out their tearful cries of gratitude? And usually it involves some form of wardrobe malfunction, even if it’s just Jennifer Lawrence tripping on her dress as she walks up to the stage. (Easily one of my top five Oscar moments.) The one thing missing from the Academy Awards (except maybe a “Hanks cam” that stays on Tom Hanks’ face for the entire broadcast so you can see his amazing reactions) is Joss Whedon. Not only was he sorely under-awarded for his brilliant TV work, but he has yet to win an Oscar. (Although he did earn a nomination back in 1996 for co-writing Toy Story.) Sadly, Joss is once again absent from this year’s Oscar ballot. But that doesn’t mean the big night will be completely devoid of any Whedon magic. You see, Joss is more ingrained in Hollywood than you realize.

When we were in college, we used to play the “six degrees of separation” game with Joss Whedon. We would name an actor and try to link him or her to Joss in the most direct way possible. When we realized that several of this year’s acting nominees had been directly involved in Whedon works, we thought it would be fun to establish how almost all of them can be traced back to Joss through two or three degrees.

We did establish a few rules for this Oscar edition to make it more challenge:
-You can’t use another 2014 Oscar nominee (otherwise, Amy Adms would be the Whedon connection for everyone in American Hustle)
-Connections are made when actors are in the same film or television show. They are not required to be in the same scene.
Veronica Mars can’t be used as a connection. Yes, Joss was in an episode but he did not create the show. (We love Rob Thomas but this is about Joss’ world)

Best Actress:BestActressOscars_JossWhedon
Best Actor:BestActorOscars_JossWhedon

Best Supporting Actor: BestSupportingActorOscars_JossWhedon

*Technically, Barkhad Abdi is connected via Tom Hanks who was in Saving Private Ryan with Nathan Fillion but our rules will not allow it.

Best Supporting Actress:BestSupportingActressOscars_JossWhedon

*Again, if our rules allowed it, Lupita Nyong’o would be connected via Chiwetal Ejiofor. Her next film is Non-Stop with Liam Neeson who was in Before and After with Meryl Streep who was in The Iron Lady with Anthony Stewart Head (our favorite watcher)

So there you have it. When you’re watching the Oscars on March 2nd, I hope you remember that no matter which actors take home the awards, Joss is the real winner. And while I doubt we’ll hear anyone mention him in their acceptance speeches, they all have Joss Whedon to thank in some small way for getting them here.

-Mary and Louise

Photo Credit:
Christian Bale: Aby Baker/Getty Images
Cate Blanchett: Allstar/Sony Pictures Classics/Sportsphoto Ltd.
Sandra Bullock: Warner Bros. Pictures
Bradley Cooper: Aby Baker/Getty Images
Bruce Dern: Merie W. Wallace/Paramount Vantage
Leonardo Dicaprio: Paramount Pictures
Chiwetel Ejiofor: Associated Press
Michael Fassbender: Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight
Nathan Fillion: Serenity: Universal
Andrew Garfield: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic
Seth Green: Richard Lewis/WireImage.com
John Hawkes: John Shearer/ Getty Images
Sally Hawkins: Sony Pictures Classics
Anthony Head: Twentieth Century Fox
Daniel Dae Kim: danieldaekim.com
David Krumholtz: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images
Shia LaBeouf: Elena Barry Entertainment News Examiner
Bianca Lawson: ABC Family
Matthew McConaughey: Anne Marie Fox/ Focus Features
Ewan McGregor: Just Jared, Inc.
Lupita Nyong’o: Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight Pictures
Julia Roberts: Weinstein Co.
Mark Ruffalo: Donald Traill, Invision for Park City Live
June Squibb: Paramount Vantage
Meryl Streep: Weinstein Co

Argo Reimagined

If Argo was produced by Joel Wyman…

Original Photo: clea-duvall.net

Original Photo: clea-duvall.net

2013 Oscar Nominations

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Good morning, world! Here are the nominees for this years Academy Awards, announced this morning by the charming Emma Stone and the tolerable Seth MacFarlane…

Best Picture:

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

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Meryl Monday: Fans react to Streep’s Oscar win

Meryl Streep is a BELOVED actress so when she won her third Oscar in February after 29 years, it was really a win for all her fans. Don’t believe me? Watch the videos below.

Devon jumps on the couch Tom Cruise style after hearing Streep’s name.

This first year theatre major from Canada couldn’t contain her excitement as she watched the Oscars with friends.

Stephen is on pins and needles as he waits to hear Firth announce the winner.

Adriana cries as Streep walks to receive her award.

Colin Firth’s introduction for Meryl is enough to make Tim emotional.

Meryl Monday: Relive the moments from the Academy Awards

Meryl Streep had a wonderful evening last night taking home her third Oscar. Want to watch it again? Now, you can.

Colin Firth introduces Meryl for the Best Actress Category

Meryl wins her third Oscar

Twitter Reactions: Meryl Streep Wins Third Oscar

Meryl was dressed to match her golden statuette on Oscar night. Read the reactions on Twitter following her win.

  • @TheRock Congratulations Meryl Streep. Beautiful and gracious speech.#OscarTitan
  • @jaredcraft that acceptance speech was her best, it was kind, it was humble, it was gratuitous, it was honest. #merylstreep
  • @TatianaRebaza10 that acceptance speech was her best, it was kind, it was humble, it was gratuitous, it was honest. #merylstreep
  • @mary_morri LOVED the oscars tonight! #MerylStreep totes diserved best actress(:just think… next year, everyone will be talking about@TheHungerGames
  • @briannablaney The reaction of #MerylStreep when her name was announced; so demonstrative of her humility. Phenomenal win, brilliant actress.
  • @SilviaVazquez Estoy SÚPER feliz porque #MerylStreep se ha llevado su tercer#Oscar 😀
  • @StevieJ1066 My wife won an Oscar!!!!! Ahhh I’m so proud of her! Love you Meryl! You totally deserve it! 😀 #MerylStreep
  • @LaneMcDougall #HAILTOTHEQUEEN #MERYLSTREEP
  • @UkeTheWorld I CAN’T GET OVER HER ACCEPTANCE SPEECH. #merylstreep#iloveyou
  • @Digger_2011 #MerylStreep that was truly awesome !!!!!
  • @rnvj My favorite actress #MerylStreep absolutely deserved her third#Oscar for #TheIronLady! She was outstandingly amazing even while accepting.
  • @TheDafner that was History ….#MerylStreep
  • @HauteSimmons Who we really should feel sorry 4 is #glennclose though a great talent she has always been in #merylstreep ‘s shadow
  • @CodyCiara_xoxo My bestie #MerylStreep won yet again! Love you homegirl!
  • @namratagogoi Our future gen will surely think that #MerylStreep was a mythological legend.Hats off to the Iron Lady
  • @markiejanks a little let down by #MerylStreep‘s speech… I mean she had 17 tries @ it!… I wanted it to last longer and feel epic! #OSCARS
  • @SukanyaRangaraj The brightest star wore gold! #MerylStreep for #TheIronLady dazzled at the #Oscars. Cheers diva! ❤
  • @llene_Lim shooot! #MerylStreep win was quite expected. I mean her performance in the IronLady is flawless! But #GlennClose shes my fav.
  • @ShreyaDuttweets #Merylstreep‘s speech thanking her husband first – very heartfelt#oscars. Waiting even more eagerly to see #theironlady now.
  • @AndreaRajacic Can’t say I’m surprised.. All the grace and talent in the world.#MerylStreep #Oscars
  • @missyboxdorfer #MerylStreep…I actually got emotional during her speech. #classy#waytoacceptanoscar #deserving #bestactress
  • @Joey_Raney21 #merylstreep could play Superman and still take home a Oscar! So happy she won!! 🙂
  • @KattyShack21 Congratulations to #MerylStreep!! #ViolaDavis, you deserved it too… Wonderful work, wish 2 could have won Best Actress tonight.#Oscars
  • @heyitskelsey1 I love how #MerylStreep still acts surprised when she wins an award. Of course you won you’re Meryl Streep!
  • @LisaOClock She Meryled it. #MerylStreep #oscars2012
  • @iLikeYouTo Well done! #merylstreep Pulling the rabbit out the hat on that one… 17 time nominee too!
  • @Laurenk83 I am very happy, beyond happy that #MerylStreep won an #Oscar ! I guess that the last time that she won one was before I was born.
  • @Crissy1234 #merylStreep made me cry! Way to go on #3
  • @SuchetaSingh Best part of Oscars? #MerylStreep speech
  • @sarahhoku #MerylStreep what an incredible acceptance speech! Can’t help but love her #Oscars #BestActress
  • @Dave_idP FINALLY!! After 29 years and 13 nominations #MerylStreep wins her 3rd Oscar, and what a wonderful speech. It was perfect…just like her.

Relive all of Meryl Streep’s Oscar Nominations and Wins

No other actor has been nominated as many times as Meryl Streep (16 Oscar nominations, 2 wins).

Meryl Monday: The Iron Lady

And the nominees for Best Actress are…

Meryl Streep. Meryl Streep. Meryl Streep. And Meryl Streep.

Let’s face it. When you think of Meryl, you think of the Oscars. The two are synonymous, however, many people forget that Meryl has only won two times. She holds a record 16 nominations but the last time she won was in 1982 for Sophie’s Choice. That was 29 years ago! Like any actor, Meryl has done her share of “mediocre” roles but for the past few years she has been delivering remarkable performances (Doubt, Julie & Julia, The Devil Wears Prada). And I think it is time she receives the golden statute. Is there any reason she should not win this year? The UK trailer alone for her new film, The Iron Lady, is proof that this is her year. She plays a historical figure, physically changes her appearance, and performs with an accent. The role fits the criteria for the Oscar, however, there are always surprises at the star studded event. All I know is that I will be at home watching the Oscars rooting for Meryl.

Do you think Meryl Streep will take home the Oscar this year?

On a different note, the scene in which Meryl glides in the hallway like a vampire reminds me of Gary Oldman in Dracula. Do you see the resemblance?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Iron Lady premieres in the United States on January 13, 2012.

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