For the first few months into 2014 I wasn’t sure there even would be some Oscar worthy films. But then came Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood followed soon. By the end of the year the list became even longer making it again a tough choice to choose a favorite. Today I am sharing with you some last minute choices you might still catch before the Oscars night on Sunday.
There are few great films in this category but looking at the previous wins during the award season it seems that the winner could be only one – Boyhood. The movie directed by Richard Linklater has been 12 years in making and simply based on this truth it is going to make a history. Now it will also probably receive an Academy Award. It’s a story seen though eyes of one boy whom we see as a child and follow him until his adulthood - such simple but impactful story with a great cast. It’s one of those movies that will stick with you forever. If you haven’t watched it yet – don’t waste any more minute.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
This one was one of the biggest surprises this year. Birdman - a new film by Alejandro G. Iñárritu featuring a great come back – Michael Keaton as an old action film star making again a name for himself on a Broadway. It’s a brilliant movie stuck somewhere in between of a real and imaginary world. We participate in preparation of the opening night following the actors around, main character trying to create a closer relationship with his estranged daughter (amazing Emma Stone) and decision about what’s the most important thing in his life. I strongly recommend!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
My third favorite movie of the year has to be Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. If you’re a fan of Anderson’s wicked mind, beautifully created environments and intriguing characters – you won’t be disappointed. With a dreamy cast of incredible actors we are being taken once again on a crazy journey following an eccentric concierge (Ralph Fiennes) who seeks help from one his employees in order to solve a mystery case to prove his innocence in a theft and murder case. It’s an extremely magical and visually appealing story!
ACTOR in a Leading Role
I doubt there will be any surprises here. Even though Bradley Cooper was great in American Sniper, Eddie Redmayne of The Theory of Everything will be leaving the party as winner. His portrayal of Stephen Hawking is truly remarkable – the way he acts with his body, emotions and expressions. It’s a true Oscar worthy performance. And the whole movie is equally enjoyable. The story itself, Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking, the music, pictures and general message. One of those films not to be missed.
ACTRESS in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore in Still Alice proved she’s one of the best actresses of her generation and Still Alice was one of the best movies this year as well. Moore’s played a language professor who starts to observe signs of early Alzheimer’s. The movie is all about fighting the illness, learning about our limits, family’s support and about just how precious a life can be. Julianne Moore does an amazing job creating this unforgettable character that starts to forget all herself.
ACTOR in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash is a golden candidate to win this year. He’s won in this category during every award ceremony leading to the Oscars night and I think we’re all sure he’ll be the winner again during Academy Awards event. And I agree with it 100%.
Simmons plays an instructor at a jazz school where Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) goes and would love to have an opportunity to study under Fletcher (Simmons). Genius instructor is famous both for his genius as well as terror methods. Brilliant!
ACTRESS in a Supporting Role
I wrote before about Boyhood. The movie has the biggest chance of winning in the main category. It also has big possibilities in winning for the best original script, director and actress in a supporting role. Patricia Arquette has done an amazing role creating a character of Mason’s (Ellar Coltrane) mom. Through 12 years of making a film her character changes so much that it seems she’s played several characters in the process. She’s a mom, a single mom, a victim of violent husband, single mom again, college student and finally a successful career woman. She’s done an amazing job during her work on Boyhood and she definitely deserves this recognition.
Are you ready for the Sunday night? Who are your favorites? Let me know! I cannot wait for the ceremony and the Red Carpet of course J