SideNote: Poll Results – Favorite Film of 2014

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Last night the Academy proclaimed “Birdman” the best film of 2014. Our readers, however, were unanimous in voting “Boyhood” the title.

Out of 143 Voters, spanning from the beginning of January to now, 29 people voted for “Boyhood,” distancing itself from the second place film “Whiplash” which received 16 votes. The Oscar-winning film “Birdman” tied “Nightcrawler” for fourth place each with 11 votes.

1 – Boyhood (29 Votes)
2 – Whiplash (16 Votes)
3 – Interstellar (13 Votes)
T4 – Birdman (11 Votes)
T4 – Nightcrawler (11 Votes)
6 – Gone Girl (8 Votes)
7 – The Grand Budapest Hotel (7 Votes)
8 – Guardians of the Galaxy (6 Votes)
T9 – American Sniper (5 Votes)
T9 – Inherent Vice (5 Votes)
T9 – Unbroken (5 Votes)

Check out our new SideBar Poll to the right to vote for Your Favorite “Best Picture” Oscar winner of the decade so far.

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Oscars: 2015 Winners – Complete List

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It was awesome watching two of the most ambitious films of this decade (Birdman, Boyhood) fight it out for Best Picture.

In the end “Birdman” won the top prize and picked up a total for 4 Oscars. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” also picked up 4 Oscars in the technical categories and “Whiplash” picked up 3.

Those were the only multiple winners. It’s really sad thinking “Boyhood” only won one Oscar, but I have a feeling it will be remembered in history for a long time.

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Oscars: Final Predictions – 2015

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The 2015 Academy Awards ceremony begins this Sunday, February 22nd at 8:30 p.m. ET.

This will be the first year that The Media 10 will live blog the ceremony. We will create a post on the Home Page just before 8:30 p.m. ET. Keep hitting refresh for updates on the ceremony, winners, and monitor how the Oscar prognostication world is handling this year’s potential, unpredictable, Oscar outcome.

Two of the most unpredictable categories this year are Best Picture and Best Director. They rarely go separate, and not since 1996 has a film won all 3 major guilds (SAG, PGA, DGA) and lost the Oscar. We predict this year will be a repeat of ’96 and “Boyhood” will ultimately dethrone “Birdman.”

Here are our FINAL picks for each category:

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Boyhood
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Whiplash
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

What Will Win: Boyhood

What Could Win: Birdman

What Should Win: Whiplash

We’re torn 50/50 between “Birdman” and “Boyhood,” two incredibly ambitious films that were able to survive the slime of this bizarre awards season. A “Whiplash” win is incredibly unlikely, if it were to win it may be the biggest surprise in Oscar history, but it was a perfect film.
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SideNote: “The Wes Anderson Collection” author Matthew Soller Seitz analyzes “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

SideNote: “The Wes Anderson Collection” author Matthew Soller Seitz analyzes “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

I grabbed a copy around Christmas 2013 of Matthew Soller Seitz’s “The Wes Anderson Collection” and it is easily one of the greatest coffee table books I have ever purchased.

Being a huge fan of Wes Anderson’s films I have followed all of Seitz’s promotional videos that spend 10-15 minutes analyzing the works of Wes Anderson. This analysis of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” can be perspective-shifting to those who weren’t originally converted by the films charm and wit.

As another sidenote, dear God the production design in this film is perfect. Absolutely perfect. You don’t have to be a Wes Anderson fan, but just a fan of cinema, to admire “The Grand Budapest Hotel” as an aesthetically strong film.

You can grab Matthew Soller Seitz’s new book “The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel” here.

2015 M10 Award Winners

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A lot of M10 Award categories were really close this year. 2014 was a great year for movies, video games, and television shows alike. In the end “Boyhood,” “True Detective,” and “Dragon Age: Inquisition” won the top 3 prizes.

See all our winners below listed along their competitors in bold.

Best Film
Birdman
Boyhood
Citizenfour
Goodbye to Language
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Nightcrawler
Selma
Under the Skin
Whiplash
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SideNote: BAFTA Best Picture Nominee Posters

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SideNote: BAFTA Best Picture Nominee Prints

On Sunday “Boyhood” finally beat out “Birdman” winning a “Best Film” title from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Before the ceremony there were 5 prints released at baftaprints.org create by illustrator Malika. You can purchase these limited edition Glicée prints on Archival paper signed by the artist and embossed with a BAFTA mask for a cost of £50.

There is a print for each “Best Film” nominee inculding “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” and “The Theory of Everything.”

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SideNote: “Boyhood” vs. “Birdman” for the Oscar, DGA may decide.

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SideNote: “Boyhood” vs.”Birdman” for the Oscar, DGA may decide.

“Boyhood” was supposed to win. In a nice, calm, predictable world “Boyhood,” having snatched the majority of Critic’s group precursor awards, would be the easy front-runner.

The alternate? The Weinstein’s have been fairing well in Guild nominations with “The Imitation Game,” so that could be your alternate. What about the strong box-office results of “American Sniper”? Hell, some people may have even ranked Wes Anderson’s likable “Grand Budapest Hotel” over “Birdman.”

But when it came time for the Producer’s Guild to decide what was best? It was “Birdman.” The last time the PGA winner didn’t line up with the Oscar best picture winner was in 2006 when “Little Miss Sunshine” took the title from Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.”
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Editor Picks: Top 10 Favorite Films of 2014

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This year was particularly difficult when naming a top 10. In the end there were some movies that just stuck with me more than others.

Honorable mentions include “Gone Girl,” “Selma,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Foxcatcher,” and “The Imitation Game.” All six of which I highly recommend you see, and definitely try and find a way to watch these top 10 unique and impactful films.

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I cannot argue against some of the complaints about “The Lego Movie,” but in life there are just some forms of art that impact you personally. For me, a young man who grew up enjoying Legos and still loves Legos today; “The Lego Movie” nailed it. I could relate to every joke, to every serene moment, and I was cackling in the theater so much I sounded like I was choking on popcorn.

For a movie that could’ve been a commercialized disaster, “The Lego Movie” was one of the most original and fun movies, not only of 2014, but of this entire decade.
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Oscars: The Nominees – 2015

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We have the complete list of the 2015 Oscar nominations, ranked by contenders most likely to win. Also we wanted to post this so we could comment on each category individually to voice our just concerns!

Best Picture
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Birdman
The Theory of Everything
American Sniper
Whiplash

The only real surprise in Best Picture is the lack of “Gone Girl,” but it was already a bubble contender since people weren’t sure how many first place votes it would receive. “Boyhood” is easily winning this though.
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