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.

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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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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Oscars: Final Nominee Predictions – 2015

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What a year it has been. The films of 2014 were unique which made the awards race a little tough to follow. In the end two films that came out earlier in 2014 will uncommonly be center-stage: “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is set to take home a bundle of technical awards while “Boyhood” is securely ready to take home the Best Picture/Director categories.

It was tough to find five to fit each category, with very few films “secure” in each one. But here is what we predict will get nominations in each category. Go to the Oscar page to see alternates.

Best Picture
Boyhood
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Selma
Gone Girl
American Sniper
Whiplash
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2nd Annual M10 Award Nominations

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Here they are! Last year we started compiling our own award nominations based on user reviews and critic reviews. We have some excellent contenders for films, video games, and television shows.

In FILM “Birdman” leads the way with 10 nominations, “Inherent Vice” follows with 7 nominations, and “Boyhood” with 6.

In TELEVISION “Game of Thrones” leads with 12 nominations, “True Detective” with 9 nominations, while “Fargo” and “The Knick” tie with 8 nominations.

In VIDEO GAMES “Dragon Age: Inquisition” and “Child of Light” lead with 4 nominations.

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Golden Globes: Updated Film Predictions – November

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We have completely updated all of our film categories for our Golden Globe Predictions.

The HFPA thinks a little differently from the Academy. It’s not really a copy/paste situation. In the past few days we have had some momentum shifts, from the strong premiere of “Selma” at the AFI Fest to the strong presence of “The Imitation Game” at the Hollywood Film Awards.

Most of our Television categories haven’t really changed. We will have one more full updated before the nominations are announced on December 12th.

Click “More” to see our entire list of a category’s front-runners and long shots. And click on our Golden Globes page for all categories including Television categories.

Here are our updated film predictions:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Imitation Game
Boyhood
Selma
Unbroken
Gone Girl
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Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
Into the Woods
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Top Five
Big Eyes
More
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SideNote: Managing Expectations

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The most peculiar thing about “Interstellar” coming out hasn’t been its lukewarm 73% on Rotten Tomatoes or that it came up short to “Big Hero 6” in the box office over it’s opening weekend, it’s the apologetic reaction from fans of director Christopher Nolan, most of which defended the film even before its release.

“Interstellar” isn’t the first movie to fall victim to hype. But its worth discussing how a person’s reaction to the film is almost set in stone before they even see it. I have always liked Nolan’s films, but since I’m trying to offer an objective opinion on a blog I try to clear my mind of any good, or bad, expectations before watching a film. The same goes for games and television shows.

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Oscar: Full Updated Predictions – November

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We have fully updated all of our Oscar Predictions. Now including the categories: Original Song, Documentary Feature, and Foreign Feature.

With “Interstellar’s” reviews not quite being raves, it has been knocked down a few levels. The close we draw to the end of the year, the safer films like “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman,” and “The Theory of Everything” look.

There are still some movies to be seen. “Unbroken” has a lot of potential. Others would include “A Most Violent Year,” “The Gambler,” “Selma,” and “Into the Woods.”

So here is where we are right now. After the jump, we have our ranked listings for all of the contenders. Click the “More” links to expand on the category and see other potential contenders.

Best Picture
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Birdman
Foxcatcher
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
Interstellar
Gone Girl
Whiplash
Into the Woods
More

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Oscar: 2015 Oscar Predictions post-TIFF

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Now that the Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close, we have to all look back and reconstruct our Oscar predictions. The next big festival is the New York Film Festival where mysterious Paul Thomas Anderson film “Inherent Vice” will premiere.

We’re still quite early into doing all of this. But contenders are starting to fill out in various categories. Next Oscar update will include Original Song, Foreign Film, and Documentary as well.

So here is where we stand with our current predictions. Click on the category to see our full list of ranked predictions with alternatives and dark horses. Contenders are listed here alphabetically. You can see all of our full predictions here.

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Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
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