Queen M’s Oscar Predictions

If it were up to me, the following movies/people would win tonight at the Oscars. Unfortunately, the Academy doesn’t even have an inkling about who I am much less listen to me. So I had to temper my picks based on what I think the Academy will actually pick.

Queen M’s Picks

  • Best Picture: Room
    • Room made me feel all the feels and I empathized with the characters throughout the whole movie. Jacob Tremblay made the film with his excellent acting. In fact, I think Jacob should have been nominated for best actor, but that’s beside the point. Room should win.
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Leo in The Revenant…or Matt Damon in The Martian
    • I want Matt Damon to win because I thought he was fantastic, but in reality I think Leo will win. He was great but I’m worried that he’s going to get it simply because it’ll be a huge snub if he doesn’t.
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson in Room
    • I want her to win AND I think the Academy will pick her. ‘Nuff said.
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale in The Big Short
    • I don’t have any particular allegiance to any actor in this section, but I thought Christian played his role very well. I didn’t like his character, but he played it well!
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl
    • The movie wasn’t good, but Alicia was excellent. I almost cried during the scene where she’s asking to talk to her husband. Fantastic.
  • Animated Feature Film: Inside Out
    • This movie made me laugh, cry, and say “awww!” Seriously, this was so good I wish it was nominated for best picture. Plus it has Mindy Kaling, my favorite comedian/role model, as the voice of Disgust.
  • Cinematography: The Revenant
    • I’m no expert on cinematography, but damn it was good enough in this movie for me to notice it.
  • Directing: Spotlight

The other categories I don’t know enough about to make an informed opinion so I won’t even try. Now that you know what I want to win, I’d love to hear what you think!

 

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Queen K’s Oscar Predictions

Alright, now I don’t claim to be any superstar movie critic or anything, but I watched *most* of the Oscar nominated films this year so I feel that I have a pretty good handle on the movies. Here’s a rundown of who I think will/want to win the Oscars this year. Maybe this will help you win at your Oscars pool this year. Also, find a list of the nominees here.

Best Picture: Spotlight

Now while I want it to be Room because never have I ever thought continuously about a movie for over a month, I don’t think Room will win. I feel that movies like Room almost never win best picture, they usually win the top acting awards though. So, for my prediction, which I also want to win because I thought it was an excellent movie is Spotlight. Plus, I think they could give a really cool acceptance speech, which I always love to hear.

Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio

Hands-down if Leo doesn’t win it will be the biggest middle finger from the Academy in all the land in Oscars history (and they have given some pretty big ones in the past…cough, cough Ben Affleck for Argo). Leo deserves this win and he has won every major award this awards season so I really hope he wins the big one. Although, this does mean Internet memers will have to come up with some new Leo memes.

Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson

Again, no question, it should be Brie Larson. How could it be anyone else? Her portrayal of the truly unimaginable in Room was such a fabulous and gut wrenching performance that she deserves this honor. Also, I’m sorry, but if they give this award to Jennifer Lawrence I will personally be upset because she was just not very good in Joy (#SorryI’mNotSorry).

Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Ruffalo

I really loved his character in Spotlight, plus I really just love him so I definitely think he should take it home. I think it’s kind of an outside shot, but why  not root for the underdog?

Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander

While I would love for Rachel McAdams to take home this award I think that is too outside of a chance to even happen (sadly). But I really do love her and I thought she did a fabulous, Oscar worthy performance either way. Although Vikander’s role in The Danish Girl was weird and I didn’t particularly care for that movie, I did think she did a great job and I can easily see her walking away with the golden statue.

Animated Feature Film: Inside Out

Okay, one this was a fantastic film, and two it’s Pixar, so I mean does anyone else really even have a chance? No. And, honestly, in my opinion, they shouldn’t. The minds behind this movie are genius because this movie made me think and question things that I had never even considered. I mean they gave our feelings, feelings. WHAT. MIND BLOWN. I’ll never forget during the movie when Joy had her big realization that ‘oh wait, it’s okay to feel sadness because that will bring us happiness eventually.’ I mean WHAT. At that moment I just thought to myself ‘dang it Disney, you’ve done it again.’ What a great movie for all age groups to see.

Cinematography: Mad Max: Fury Road

Now while I thought this was the weirdest movie maybe ever, I will say the cinematography was done beautifully so I think these people should win.

Costume Design: The Danish Girl

Now, while I do think it would be super cool if Cinderella won, and I would say they would be deserving of it, I still think it’s going to The Danish Girl. Those costumes were done so beautifully and although I didn’t like the movie, I did LOVE the costumes, as I wrote about in my post. I felt the costumes kept very well with the time period and I thought they were crafted to perfection. Read this cool article about the costume designs here.

DirectingAlejandro G. Iñárritu

Now, while I admit I don’t know much (anything) about directing, I do think it’s going to the director of The Revenant. If anything, I would think the sub-zero conditions in the wilderness that this guy shot in would be enough to get him the “W.”

Documentary (Feature): ?

Documentary (Short Subject): ?

Unfortunately, I was a little pressed for time this year and did not have time to see these movies. Hopefully I’ll have more time next year! (Although honestly documentaries are not my absolute favorites so watching all of these would probably be a struggle even if I had all the time in the world).

Film Editing: The Revenant

I am not even sure how to judge this one. I guess I need to brush up on my film editing knowledge. I’m going with The Revenant because I imagine that editing this film was no easy task. Although, I can really see any of these films walking away with this one.

Foreign Language Film: ?

Again, didn’t get around to any of these.

Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road

The makeup in this movie was done really well and I imagine that there was a lot of it to do. I could also see The Revenant walking away with this one, too.

Music (Original Score)Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

I have seen this name thrown around a lot as the winner in the (many) prediction articles I’ve read so I’m going with it.

Music (Original Song): “Til it Happens to You” from The Hunting GroundDiane Warren and Lady Gaga

I just see this one winning, don’t you?

Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Short Film (Animated): ?

Short Film (Live Action): ?

Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Brooklyn

Probably an outside shot, but I would love to see this one win.

Writing (Original Screenplay): Spotlight

I can’t wait to see how these predictions actually play out tonight. Hopefully there will be some surprises because I mean is it really any fun without?

Queen K

Red Carpet Breakdown: The Golden Globes

You can’t have an awards show without fashion, and you really can’t have an awards show without critiquing the fashion. Some people show up dressed to the 9’s, while other people look so awful I wonder how they made it through the door? (I mean, I think we all know who I’m talking about here, cough cough Jennifer Lawrence and the curtain dress). How did this dress come from the minds of Dior?

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Luckily J-Law does not have many of these blunders so I can forgive her and I choose to remember some of her better fashion moments, such as her outfit at this year’s Golden Globe Awards:

J-Law Golden Globes 2016

I really loved this Dior gown because I thought it defined her shape really well. She looked slender and tall, the color looked really nice against her skin, and the cutouts were definitely done right on this gown. I also appreciate that this outfit wasn’t over styled. She had a major statement piece necklace (which I thought was amazing) and her makeup was simple (she definitely doesn’t need a lot of makeup). The look came together really nicely and she shined on the red carpet, which is why I’m able to forgive her from her oversight the year before.

So let’s continue breaking down the BEST dressed of the Golden Globes 2016:

Brie Larson (Calvin Klein Collection)

Larson looks absolutely fabulous in this shimmery gown. It fits her very well and the cutouts are also not too much (or awkwardly placed). I like the minimalist styling with just a touch of jewelry and her hair very simply pulled back.

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Kate Bosworth (Dolce & Gabbana)

I have two favorite looks from the Golden Globes and this is without a doubt one of them. The color, the jewels, the hair, need I go on? This dress is exquisite and it looks like it was made just for Bosworth. This gown hugs her in all the right places and is just the perfectly classy look for an award show like the Golden Globes. She may not have won a golden status, but she definitely takes home top prize in the fashion category.

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Lady Gaga (Atelier Versace)

Lady Gaga has got that old Hollywood glamour down pat with this look. From the dress to the hair she could not have looked more stunning than she did in this gown. She even knows how to pose old Hollywood. Love it.

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Saoirse Ronan  (Saint Laurent)

Now normally I would call a look like this nothing more than exactly what I saw 50 other girls wearing at my high school prom. However, the cape in the back makes such a statement that I absolutely love it. The whole look ties together and gives Ronan an almost angelic look. I also love that the stylist gave her no necklace and really let the deep V neckline be the star.

SR GG

Amy Adams (Atelier Versace)

I normally wouldn’t like the red on red but I think it works here (or maybe I’m blinded by my love for her? Either way, I like it.) This dress compliments Adams body extremely well and fits her like a glove. I love the high neckline and the slender fit. It doesn’t hurt that she clearly knows how to pose with this gown.

Amy Adams GG

Jenna Dewan Tatum (Zuhair Murad)

I said I had two favorite dresses and this is definitely my second favorite. Not only is Jenna Dewan Tatum absolutely drop dead gorgeous, but she is for sure a fashionista. She knows how to wear clothes that make her look good. I love the color of this gown and all of the detail that went into the shimmery aspects. I also think how the designer left the shoulder straps thick was a really great idea and it definitely completes the look. Keeping her hair pulled back and up was a great decision because I definitely wouldn’t want anything distracting me from this dress.

Jenna Dewan GG

Sophia Bush (Narciso Rodriguez)

You can never go wrong with a simple black dress and subdued jewelry and Sophia Bush reminded us all of that with this look. Also, it should be noted that Sophia Bush is one of Queen M’s queens.

Sophia Bush GG

Talking fashion wouldn’t be fun unless we also included the train wrecks (okay not all of these are train wrecks per say, but they aren’t great). Let’s take a moment and talk about the WORST dressed at the 2016 Golden Globes:

Cate Blanchett (Givenchy):

Cate Blanchett GG

Oh Cate. Cate, Cate, Cate. I really want to love everything you wear because I usually find your fashion so effortless and your looks usually come together so well. While I liked the color of this Givenchy gown, I found that every time I saw this dress I couldn’t help think of really outdated furniture that I might find in my grandmother’s house (sorry Grandma). The fringe (but really let’s just call them tassels because I mean come on, did you see them?) just dated this look and it wasn’t your best work. I hope that you really up your game at the Oscars because I would love to see your great fashion come back! Please know that I still love you.

Melissa McCarthy (Melissa McCarthy Seven7)

I really want to like this look but I just can’t. I feel like McCarthy is hiding her fabulous shape by draping loads of fabric over herself, making it look as if she threw a curtain on instead. I love the color of this dress, but seriously what is this material? I really hope she can shine a little more at the Oscars (I’ll definitely be looking out to see what she wears). I will say I loved her shoes so hopefully she can get the dress to match the chicness of the shoes!

Melissa McCarthy GG

Alicia Vikander (Louis Vuitton)

While I think Vikander looks stunning (excellent make up and hair) I really just can’t get on board with this dress. The ruffles and weird stripe pattern on this dress make it look way too casual. It almost looks like an apron and the red carpet is no place for that. I also think the dress would have been much better without the cutouts on the side.

Alicia Vikander GG

Rooney Mara (Alexander McQueen)

I’m sorry but this dress straight up looks like it has been through a shredder. The gown looks extremely messy and thrown together and does not give her the definition she needs. Also, the pale color of this gown nearly blends in with her skin and looks awful. Tip: Never choose a gown the same color as your skin because then you obviously look naked (not good).

(looked like it had been thoruhg a shredder and the color did not go with her already pale skin)

Rooney Mara GG

Natalie Dormer (J Mendel)

There is nothing particularly wrong with this dress, but that’s the problem. There is absolutely nothing special about this dress. It looks like something you wear to the prom, not to a classy awards show. Also, I am not particularly keen with the cutout in the middle of the dress and the off the shoulder thing happening.

Natalie Dormer GG

 

Lily James (Marchesa)

This is just another boring gown with nothing special about it. It tries to special with the cape and the cutout and maybe it could be, but I am too distracted by her terribly styled hair and makeup. I wish they had done something else with her hair (anything really). Maybe they could have braided it up or pulled it back somehow. Really, anything but these messy waves and middle part would have been better.

Lily James GG

Help! I can’t decide whether to love or hate these looks! You be the judge:

Amy Schumer (Ben Hanisch)

Amy Schumer GG

Viola Davis (Marchesa)

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Now I’m sure many of you will disagree with my fashion opinions, so please feel free to share. Can’t wait for the Oscars fashions. Hopefully the stars will pull out all the stops.

Queen K

Why Jacob Tremblay was Snubbed for an Oscar: A Breakdown of Room

Nominations

Best Picture

Actress in a Leading Role, Brie Larson

Directing, Lenny Abrahamson

Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Emma Donoghue

Roomhttp://www.sbs.com.au/movies/article/2015/09/18/brie-larson-talks-making-captive-movie-room

Movie Summary


The movie Room stars two fantastic actors,Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. They both portray the unimaginable: being held captive in a single room with no access to the outside world, but a small TV. Brie Larson’s character, “Ma,” was kidnapped by Old Nick (Sean Bridgers) at the age of 17. Her parents searched for her, but were never able to find her due to the disgustingly savvy ways of her kidnapper. 2 years after her kidnapping, she gave birth to her son, Jack, played by Tremblay. Even though she knew they were in a terrible situation together, she did not want the innocence of her son to be tainted and wanted to give him the best childhood she could under these circumstances. The entire first half of the movie takes places in Room and the audience is given a look into their lives in this confined space. As awful as their situation is, the two still manage to have fun together. They bake, play games, do crafts and other activities that any other child would do. Once Ma has finally reached her breaking point after she is abused again by Old Nick, she figures out an escape plan. They both pretend that Jack has died and Ma rolls him up in a rug so Old Nick will take out the dead body. While in the back of Old Nick’s pickup truck, Jack jumps out onto the sidewalk. Old Nick tries to catch him, but becomes too afraid once a bystander questions the situation. Jack is obviously startled, but is able to give the police just enough information to lead them back to Room so Ma can be saved too.

Now, as if the first half of the movie wasn’t riddled with emotions, the second half will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. Ma has been in this Room for 7 years and her only access to the outside world was through the TV. Jack, on the other hand, has never experienced the outside world for himself. He is struggling understanding that he is in the “real world” and that the world is a massive place. We see them and the rest of their family adjust to having them back. The relationships are not easy as there is a lot of resentment between Ma and her own mother, and Ma’s father and Old Nick. Ma’s father is unable to even look at Jack, knowing that he is a product of his daughter’s kidnapping. The second half of the movie really shows the struggles the mother and son have of adjusting to life in the “real world.” After enduring one of the most depressing movies of the Oscar season, the end finally delivers a heartwarming moment. Jack has made some friends, after having no contact with any other children his entire life, and Ma looks out on him and his friends enjoying their childhood together. The audience finally gets the feeling that she is starting to heal and take control of her own life again.

Nomination Breakdown

Brie Larson 100% deserves to win the Oscar this year. The way she portrayed such a horrific event really showcased her talent as an actress. I can’t wait to see what other movies she will be cast in in the future. (Also, momentary shoutout to her role in Sleepover as Liz, the best friend to the mean girl.) While The Academy did an excellent job in nominating Larson for the golden statue, they unfortunately made a massive blunder in their oversight of nominating Jacob Tremblay. I’m not really sure why they didn’t nominate him, maybe because they thought he was just a child and it’s “easy” for children to act because they just act like themselves, but I strongly disagree with this oversight. Here are the reasons he should have been nominated:

  1. I would argue he was the main character. He was in every single scene, while there were scenes where Larson’s character was not involved.
  2. The raw emotion that he was able to deliver is definitely not something that he could have just pulled from his own childhood…unless of course he happened to be stuck in a room for the first five years of his life with no access to the outside world…which we know is not true.
  3. He held his character for the entire movie. His acting never swayed and he did an excellent job the entire time.
  4. He really let the audience into the feelings and emotions of the innocence of a child in his situation.
  5. He is the most adorable child on the planet, HOW COULD THEY SNUB HIM?
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Leave a comment letting me know if you agree or disagree! I’d love to hear.

Queen K