Buns On The Oscars – Part One: The Picks

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

It’s that time of the year, folks! Whether you hate Hollywood, love it, or genuinely don’t really care about what’s going on there, you’re probably aware of the Academy Awards-related shenanigans going on for almost two months until the glorious ceremony. Everybody holds their breath until the nominees are announced, after which everybody is annoyed, rolls their eyes, and curses the Academy for being pretty much what it has been for the past 87 years: a bunch of grumpy killjoys with very specific -and infuriating- taste. The phrase “Oscar bait” wasn’t created for nothing.

But anyway! Whatever we think of the Academy, festivals and award ceremonies will always be a part of our lives as film lovers and members of the industry. So what do the Buns think of this year’s picks? Who do we think should win that little golden naked man?

Let’s find out.

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Best Picture

Nadin

Fair warning – I quite often vote/root for the films that I enjoyed the most, regardless of their epicness or lack thereof. That said, I’m currently torn between Birdman and The Imitation Game – again primarily because I found them the most engaging and dynamic in terms of story progression and the ‘sitting on the edge of my seat’ effect. Both Birdman and The Imitation Game were unique and showed an interesting perspective of their respective themes.

Roz

I’m pulling for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel for best picture. That film has everything. Amazing, quirky characters, a thrilling murder mystery plot, cross country caper, prison escape, and it is goddam motherfucking beautiful. I love the romanticism of age in the film. The hotel is like that old murdered lady’s vagina, it doesn’t have the glorious vitality of its youth but someone still wants to be inside it.

Anais

I want to root for Ava DuVernay just for being the only non-white, non-male person in there, even though I haven’t seen Selma yet. But I really hope that The Grand Budapest Hotel will win. In any case, I’ll feel content as long as American Sniper doesn’t win. Sorry Bradley Cooper. I still love you, though, don’t worry.

Rachel

I haven’t seen any of the nominated films. I know, shoot me now. I am actually so disappointed with myself I can’t even bring myself to pretend I’m a fan of film anymore. I AM A DISGRACE. However, if I had to choose based purely on bias, what I’ve heard from family and friends, and the premise of the film alone, I’d have to pick The Imitation Game.

 

Actor in a Leading Role

Roz

My best actor pick is Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything because his transitional transformation blew me away. He was phenomenal as a degenerating Hawking and the physical and mental stamina required to do that with such subtle optimism was heartbreaking and wonderful. Seriously, he deserves all that mad award cheddar.

Nadin

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, hands downs. Thematic aspect considered, the film wasn’t easy to watch, but Cooper did an incredible job, and I hope it’ll be recognized accordingly.

Rachel

Benedict Cumberbatch, because he’s been on a roll. Sherlock, Star Trek, The Hobbit, PENGUINS. All that, plus him getting engaged to a woman that isn’t me this year. It only makes sense that he gets an Oscar too. It. Only. Makes. Sense. /bitter weeping/

Anais

Eddie Redmayne. I’m biased because a) I know for sure that he’s a good singer, and b) I have a thing for nerdy boys and he makes an adorable nerdy boy. Also, I’m sorry, but whoever has seen The Theory of Everything knows that he deserves that damn award. I don’t even care about any of the other actors on this list, not even the ever-great Benedict Cumberbatch, or even Michael Keaton, who made an astonishing come back with Birdman, by the way. But nope. Eddie. Fucking. Redmayne. Because to play the role of Professor Hawking didn’t just require skill. It required genius. I will forever be in love with his work in that movie.

 

Actress in a Leading Role

Nadin

A close tie between Felicity Jones in The Theory Of Everything and Julianne Moore in Still Alice. Both were brilliant, but given the difference of the film genres, it’s really hard to choose just one.

Roz

I’m big on characters that mentally and physically break down, I guess, because I’m voting for Julianne Moore in Still Alice. Another amazing performance as her character begins to literally lose her mind, her memories slipping away as her early onset Alzheimer’s aggressively destroys her sense of self. It’s horrible to imagine the disease and watching Moore degenerate for two hours left me in a heap of tears and shame tissues. She was good. So good I hated her for making the feels so real. Why do we watch these fucking movies? I’m putting The Lego Movie on again and shoving my fingers in my ears so I can hum “everything is awesome” over and over…

Rachel

Rosamund Pike. How is this even a question? Granted, I haven’t seen any of the films the other ladies were in, but Rosamund Pike blew me out of the water in Gone Girl. Not everybody can pull off being a psycho, crazy bitch hellbent on revenge while looking so fabulously frosty at the same time.

Anais

Gawd, all these women playing such great roles! Yay us! … Oh, and also Marion Cotillard. Oh well. Reese Witherspoon was definitely good in Wild, but her performance was a still a little too polished for me. Felicity Jones was good in The Theory of Everything, but compared to the others, she didn’t have much to do. I’d say it’s between Rosamund Pike and Julianne Moore, but as brilliantly sociopathic as Amy Dunne’s character was in Gone Girl, I’m still all about our glorious British redhead. If you’ve seen Still Alice, you’ll know why.

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His Cumberness. He wins the Most Dapper Award.

 

Actor in a Supporting Role

Roz

Ethan Hawke in Boyhood. Another performance of change, only with temporal challenges. I love listening to Hawke talk about this role, about how much people evolve over time and the way we grow. This category is a pretty tough race, should be an interesting once to watch.

Nadin

Edward Norton – mainly because I generally liked Birdman.

Actress in a Supporting Role

Nadin

I want it to be Laura Dern for her role in Wild! Oh, how I want it to be Laura Dern because I love her! My vote, however, goes to Emma Stone for her role in Birdman simply because it was a bit more prominent.

Anais

I still have to see Boyhood and The Imitation Game, and I’m seeing Into The Woods very soon. So far though, Emma Stone has my vote. I’m probably going to fall in love with Meryl Streep’s Witch but Meryl, come on, you have tons of awards already. Leave some for cunning, stunning Emma.

Roz

Usually, I hate KK, so when I saw her be clever, charming, and tough in The Imitation Game, Keira Knightley surprised me. For making me not loathe her character in every way, I hope she wins this category. I think we’ve turned a corner, Keira. Now I can cheer for your boobies online.

Animated Feature Film

Roz

I vote for The Lego Movie. Excuse me, someone is just leaning in to tell… What? It’s not nominated? What do you mean, it’s not… Oh. Well. Then The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Nadin

Big Hero 6 – how is this even a question? No offence to the other nominees, but in my very humble opinion, the only real ‘threat’ to Big Hero 6 could be The Lego Movie, but guess what? It wasn’t nominated! Big Hero 6 was perfect in every single way – the storyline, the characters, the dialogue, and amazing visual and sound effects. Please, oh please, oh please, let it win!

Rachel

Big Hero 6. I agree with Nadin, the biggest contender for this year would’ve been The Lego Movie, but it was completely snubbed for some unfathomable reason. However, it did earn a nomination for Best Song for “Everything Is Awesome”, so there’s that. But still, RAGE.

Anais

The Lego Movie hasn’t been nominated. This. UGH. What the hell, Hollywood? Have you seen those visuals? Have you heard those jokes? HAVE YOU AWED WITH THE REST OF US AT THE END? I DON’T THINK SO. THAT’S WHY, HOLLYWOOD. THAT’S WHY YOU’RE DOING THIS TO US. And why is Boxtrolls in there? You don’t have to nominate every movie Laika makes. Anyway, I’ll save my rants for another article. Just know that in my ideal world, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya will win this award. If Dragons 2 wins, I’ll be fucking annoyed.

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If this doesn’t get you off, I don’t know what will.

 

Cinematography

Roz

The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Robert Yeoman has my vote.

Anais

The Grand Budapest Hotel. I mean, I generally want that movie to win everything. Birdman‘s cinematography was excellent, but anybody who even just licked the set of The Grand Budapest Hotel would deserve an award.

Nadin

Birdman – it was beautiful, and the combination of fantasy world and reality mixed together led to a very interesting effect. It reminded me, in a way, of a Secret Life Of Walter Mitty which allowed us to step into Mr. Mitty’s daydreaming, only Birdman took this technique to a whole new level.

Costume Design

Nadin

Definitely The Grand Budapest Hotel. Have you seen it? Have you seen the perfection of the visual representation of the characters?

Roz

Come on Into the Woods!

Directing

Nadin

As someone who knows next to nothing about directing, I’ll go with Birdman. Kind of starting to see a pattern here. It had interesting shots and angles, and in general it was quite flawless. (Amateur, remember?)

Roz

Again, if I think best picture, it’s because of Wes. So, definitely his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel should land him on Oscar.

Anais

Again, I’m thinking this is between my beloved Iñarritu and my dearest Wes Anderson, but I’m still rooting for Wes Anderson. Granted, Iñarritu accomplished a phenomenal work with his Birdman, so I wouldn’t mind him winning at all.

Editing

Roz

I think the quick comedy of The Grand Budapest Hotel wouldn’t have been possible without sharp choices by Barney Pilling. Shiny awards all around!

Anais

I’m with Roz here, because the editing of The Grand Budapest Hotel was a big part of its contagious energy.

Nadin

Boyhood – if only because I deeply and endlessly admire someone who managed to keep this project going for 12 years. I may not have enjoyed the film much, but shooting it and cutting it together sure was one hell of an impressive work.

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Hi, I’m Eddie Redmayne. I’m here to break your heart with my puppy face and my MAD ACTING SKILLZ.

 

 

Makeup and Hairstyling

Nadin

Oh, this one definitely goes to Guardians Of The Galaxy in my book! What their makeup and hairdressing department did was pure magic, to put it mildly.

Roz

Obviously, it’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Why even bother announcing this one. Just give them all of the trophies for forever.

Anais

Guardians of The Galaxy. I mean come on, there are only three competitors in that category and we all know who made Drax The Destroyer, Gamora, and Nebula happen.

Music – Original Score

Roz

He’s nominated twice, so if I say Alexandre Desplat the odds are in my favor.

Nadin

The Theory Of Everything, no doubt about this one. I’m big into OSTs, and The Theory Of Everything was perfect in that department. If I didn’t like it for what it was – and I did! – I’d still love it for its score.

Anais

As a lover of music, I thought last year was really good for film music all around. I haven’t seen Mr Turner, but all the other films on this list have either spectacular (Interstellar), heartbreaking (The Theory of Everything), or plain awesome (The Grand Budapest Hotel) scores. Alexandre Desplat is nominated twice, though, so he’s probably going to win. I want him to win for The Grand Budapest Hotel though.

Music – Original Song

Nadin

“Glory” from Selma – because it was amazing.

Roz

It was the ear worm you couldn’t cure. “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, with Music and Lyrics by Shawn Patterson.

Rachel

I was going to pick “Everything Is Awesome”, because, well, it’s awesome. However, I took a listen to “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” on Youtube and was reduced to a blubbering mess within seconds, just because of how heartbreaking it is to hear a man sing about his slow and terrifying descent into full-blown Alzheimer’s. And I don’t even like country!

Anais

“Let It Go”.

… What?

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Wish granted. Whatever it is.

 

Production Design

Nadin

Will probably go with Into the Woods here. Despite the film not being particularly impressive in terms of plot, and character development, for that matter, it definitely was beautiful.

Roz

In my perfect world, The Grand Budapest Hotel would sweep the awards this year, with Adam Stockhausen (Production Design) and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration) taking home this category.

Sound Editing

Roz

Despite the hubbub about Interstellar, I thought the sound was phenomenal. Mad props for the risks and rewards, Richard King.

Nadin

American Sniper – no comment here. If you saw the film, you know what I’m talking about.

Sound Mixing

Nadin

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – because I’m biased. And because I tend to write while listening to music from Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit films. It’s always been fascinating, and regardless of what The Battle Of Five Armies turned out to be, its sound was impeccable.

Roz

Similarly, Interstellar’s Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarten did amazing work on that film.

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We’re your new favourite team. You know it. We know it. Have some more Chris Pratt.

Visual Effects

Nadin

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! How the hell am I supposed to choose between Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: Days of Future Past?! And don’t even get me started on Interstellar! Ugh!! Okay…. Either Captain America (because it’s Captain America, duh?) or X-Men, primarily because of naked Hugh Jackman Quicksilver’s scenes.

Roz

If I could give Guardians of the Galaxy even more awards, I would. But they totes deserve VFX, Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, and Paul Corbould.

Anais

Guardians of The Galaxy. Just. Guardians of The Galaxy.

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

Nadin

The Theory of Everything – because it was perfect. Frankly, if Wild was on the list, I’d go with it, if only because it sure was one of the most complex projects I’ve seen recently, but The Theory of Everything makes a good candidate as well!

Roz

Tough category this year, but I’m going with The Theory of Everything by Anthony McCarten. A challenging story to condense and capture, with two leads to contend with, I thought the script did an excellent job of taking us through both stories. In their strange and evolving marriage, no one is a hero, and no one is a villain. Facebook status update, it’s complicated. The script was manipulative and punched us in the face or heart at all the right times. I hate crying in public. Screw you guys, I’m going home. But you can have an Oscar.

Anais

“I have loved you.” – That is all.

Writing – Original Screenplay

Nadin

The Grand Budapest Hotel – for all the obvious reasons. Quite frankly, this film deserves all the awards in the world in every possible category. It was beautiful, original, unique, hilarious, dynamic, and a million other things – everything a good film should be.

Roz

The Grand Budapest Hotel screenplay by Wes Anderson and story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. AMAZING. Love this story. Love the script. Love the film. Love it.

Anais

I remember seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel at the theatre and curling into a little ball with a child-like expression of wonder on my face, completely swept away by the universe, the characters, and the story. It’s my best theatre memory of 2013, before even Guardians of The Galaxy and The Lego Movie. It’s storytelling at its purest. It deserves to be recognized as such.

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