Joy vs. The Revenant vs. The Hateful Eight
As all of the main festivals – NYFF, TIFF, Telluride – conclude, there is no clear front-runner. By this time last year it was known that “Boyhood” and “Birdman” were prominent. Two years ago it was “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.”
Great films out of those festivals this year include “Steve Jobs,” “Spotlight,” and “Room” all of which receive accolades similar to: “Fantastic movie… won’t win Oscar, but will be nominated.”
Three major players are left now: “Joy,” “The Revenant,” and “The Hateful Eight.” All pitted with rumors, but only “Joy” has concrete evidence.
The last two Oscar “Best Picture” winning films, “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman,” I saw at the Enzian Theater in Winter Park, Florida. It’s a movie theater that hosts a lot of neat “special” showings, and usually only shows one current film at a time. It’s usually a film that doesn’t have much popular demand like “Boyhood,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” etc.
It’s nice because most regular theaters don’t show those films until they blow up with award recognition.
Anyways, the Enzian is one of those theaters set up like a restaurant with a strong, classy menu. You sit at these tables and dine, ordering your food just before the film starts. Their food is excellent, but on this particular occasion we weren’t looking for anything too extravagant. We ordered the “Chips and Salsa” appetizer.
The food isn’t brought to you until about 1/4th of the way through the film. And if you remember “12 Years a Slave,” shit was getting pretty real around that time in the movie. It was around the time that Solomon Northup was being kidnapped and turned into a slave that we received our food.
According to our monthly poll, out of the five “Best Picture” Oscar-winning films this decade (“The King’s Speech,” “The Artist,” “Argo,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Birdman”) “Birdman” has the edge.
Out of 67 voters 48% of Media 10 viewers voted for “Birdman” as the best. 2nd place went to “12 Years a Slave” with 19%, but “The Artist” missed a tie by one vote, earning 3rd place 18% of the votes. “Argo” and “The King’s Speech” tied for 4th place with only 7% each.
In five years time we will be able to have 10 unique films in this poll.
Our next poll is going to ask viewers what they think has the edge to win “Best Television Comedy” at the Primetime Emmy Awards this year. Check it out in the sidebar.
The interpretation is yours, but some of these side by sides of the first and final frames of popular movies are pretty surreal.
We have compiled the top 20 films of the decade every year as the decade has gone on. See last year’s list here. This time the list is special for two reasons:
The decade is now halfway complete. So it is very likely that half of these films will end up on the final lists. Also, we have a new leader: “Boyhood.” Topping just about every critic’s top 10 list this year, and scoring an amazing 100 on Metacritic, “Boyhood” was able to dethrone “12 Years a Slave,” “The Social Network,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
New 2014 inductees include: “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Birdman,” “Selma,” and “Whiplash.”
Here is our list of the Top 20 films of the decade so far:
Top 20 Films 2010 – 2015
12 Years a Slave
The Social Network
Zero Dark Thirty
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Tree of Life
Toy Story 3
Now that all the big summer blockbusters are simmering down, we can begin to settle into the warmth of studios putting their best films on display to garner awards-attention. December is jam-packed this year, and many potentially great movies have yet to even produce a trailer.
What we have put together here is a list of ten films that are either receiving too little advertisement, or no advertisement at all. However, some have been seen at festivals and given strong reviews, and others have a lot of potentially gifted talent both in front of and behind the camera.
So here are our Top 10 Upcoming 2014 Films you may not have heard of, but should of, keep in mind with such little advertisement so close to release, sometimes studios push their films forward into next year, a lot of films on this list could have that happen to them at any given moment.
Every year the summer blockbusters begin to simmer down. September comes along and studios start the long campaigning for their chosen films. Historically, the Venice Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival can jump the award season.
Last year, Oscar rivals “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” exploded out of Telluride with rave reviews. This year there are two films sharing the word “Oscar” in many tweets from Colorado. Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman.”
Other notable films that met some positive feedback were Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild” and Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater.”
It’s been quite a battle this year. There were many unique and great films to come from 2013. There are several categories where the front-runner isn’t exactly clear cut. With our final predictions we have the following films winning:
“Gravity” wins 7 Oscars
“12 Years a Slave” wins 3 Oscars
“Dallas Buyers Club” wins 3 Oscars
“Frozen” wins 2 Oscars
The following notable films will win one Oscar: “American Hustle,” “Her,” “Blue Jasmine,” and “The Great Gatsby.”
So here are our final Oscar Predictions for the 2014 season. Stay tuned to the Oscar page for our 2015 Nominee Predictions. (more…)
2014 Oscar Best Picture Nominees performed by kids
We finally have the annual video that shows us what the best picture nominees would be like if they were performed by kids. The “12 Years a Slave” one is especially funny. Not to mentioned the knock to “Philomena” at the end. Definitely worth watching.
“12 Years a Slave,” “The Last of Us,” and “Breaking Bad” are the best of 2013. Here is the full list of the 1st Annual M10 Award Winners.
Click More to see the nominees and the highlighted winners: