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Predictions – 2015 Oscar Winners

February 22nd 2015 06:53
Oscar statuette at sunset. Image: @TheAcademy, Twitter.

Playful Predictions by Linh

The Academy Awards ceremony is fast approaching and at least I have seen all of the eight nominated Best Picture films. However, this does not make me an expert or the best tipper on which nominees will win Oscar awards this year. The following list is for fun and is seriously bias! Best of luck to all the nominees!

Predictions for 87th Academy Awards winners -

Best Picture:
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Director:
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Leading Actor:
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

Best Leading Actress:
Julianne Moore in Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor:
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

Best Original Score:
Jóhann Jóhannsson for The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song: (a tie between two nominees)
'Everything is Awesome' written by Shawn Patterson, Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton and The Lonely Island trio (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone) , performed by Jo-Li, Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island trio for The LEGO Movie

'Glory' written by John Legend and Common, performed by John Legend (John Stephens) and Common (Lonnie Lynn Jr.) for Selma

Best Original Screenplay:
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything

Best Film Editing:
Sandra Adair for Boyhood

Best Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezski for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Visual Effects:
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Best Foreign Language Film:
Ida (Poland); directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Pawel Pawlikowski

Best Documentary Feature:
Finding Vivian Maier

Best Documentary Short Subject:
Crisis Hotline

Best Animated Feature:
Song of the Sea

Best Animated Short:
Feast written by Nicole Mitchell, Raymond S. Persi and Patrick Osborne, directed by Patrick Osborne

Best Live Action Short:
The Phone Call written by Matt Kirkby and James Lucas, directed by Matt Kirkby

Best Sound Mixing:
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Sound Editing:
Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Production Design:
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Costume Design:
Colleen Atwood for Into The Woods

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Host Nicole Kidman and AACTA president Geoffrey Rush open the 4th AACTA International Awards at the G'Day USA Gala in Los Angeles on 31 January 2015. Image: Jonathan Leibson, Getty Images.

Global Gains by Linh

The AACTA International Awards have partnered with the G’Day USA Gala in December 2014 to collaborate on a special presentation to honour the work of Australian performers working overseas and international performers, directors and screenwriters. As part of the 2015 G’Day USA Gala in Los Angeles, the 4th AACTA Awards will form the centrepiece of the gala event and also present a special award to one prominent Australian from the entertainment industry who has contributed to the strong US-Australian partnership in film-making and foreign relations.

Attendees at the 4th AACTA International Awards include actresses Jackie Weaver, Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Griffiths, Nicole Kidman, Sharni Vinson, Elizabeth Debicki, comedian/actress Rebel Wilson, actors Geoffrey Rush, Jonathan LaPaglia, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Russell Crowe, singer Helen Reddy, chefs Neil Perry and Tom Colicchio and politicians Kim Beazley and Malcolm Turnbull.

There are seven categories and this year fourteen films have been nominated in the various categories. Australian actresses have been nominated this year, with Essie Davis for Best Lead Actress in The Babadook and Naomi Watts for Best Supporting Actress in Birdman. Birdman was nominated in six categories and won four including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Lead Actor. Boyhood was nominated for five awards and won one for Best Supporting Actress.

The AACTA International Awards segment of G’Day USA Gala event will be broadcast on Foxtel’s ARENA network on Sunday 1 February 2015.
The official *list of nominees and winners (in bold type):

BEST FILM
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash


BEST DIRECTION
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game
Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

BEST SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Graham Moore for The Imitation Game
Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

BEST LEAD ACTOR
Michael Keaton in Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler

BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Essie Davis in The Babadook
Reese Witherspoon in Wild
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore in Still Alice

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Edward Norton in Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Andy Serkis in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Meryl Streep in Into The Woods
Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone in Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Naomi Watts in Birdman
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

*Courtesy of www.aacta.org

Chris Hemsworth accepts his G'Day USA Award for Excellence in Film from Scarlett Johansson at the 4th AACTA International Awards, the G'Day USA Gala in Los Angeles on 31 January 2015. Image: Jonathan Leibson, Getty Images.


Patricia Arquette accepts her AACTA Best Supporting Actress award for the film Boyhood at the 4th AACTA International Awards, the G'Day USA Gala in Los Angeles on 31 January 2015. Image: Jonathan Leibson, Getty Images.


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HAPPY HOSTS: Cate Blanchett arrives wearing no knickers with Deborah Mailman to host the 4th AACTA Awards in Sydney on 29 Jnauary 2015. Image: Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images.


Success Stories by Linh

The 4th AACTA Award winners were announced at a ceremony on Thursday 29 January 2015 in Sydney, hosted by Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman, while AACTA President Geoffrey Rush made a few appearances throughout. Cate admitted to wearing no knickers and even took off her shoes while onstage as the ceremony was drawing to a close. Although the ceremony went overtime, the overall broadcast on Network Ten was commendable. There were a few poor editing choices where the broadcast ended abruptly in order to accommodate advertising spots such as the special mentions for the winners of technical production and design categories from the AACTA Awards Luncheon and the 'In Memoriam' segment.

Highlights of the broadcast included special appearances from some of Hollywood’s biggest names in stage and screen such as Kristen Wiig and Glenn Close congratulating Rose Byrne for her Trailblazer AACTA Award; Ryan Gosling declaring himself as an "honourary Australian" and presenting an award alongside Russell Crowe from the set of their film The Nice Guys; Ethan Hawke in a camera close-up to support the film Predestination in which he co-starred with Best Lead Actress winner Sarah Snook. An unusual special guest nicknamed Geoffrey was on hand to co-present the Best Light Entertainment TV Series AACTA Award, prompting onlookers to wonder if it was one of Mia Wasikowska’s camel co-stars in the film Tracks.

In the film categories, The Babadook was the big winner with three AACTA awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director award for Jennifer Kent and tied with The Water Diviner for Best Film. The Water Diviner won two of the major awards, one for Best Film and Yilmaz Erdogan won the Best Supporting Actor AACTA award.

In the television categories, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) won a total of 19 AACTAs in recognition for diverse programming and production of drama, comedy and documentary for television. The ABC’s six-part drama series The Code earned four AACTA awards and two AACTAs for comedy series Please Like Me.

In addition to the Australian AACTA award ceremony, a special presentation for the AACTA International awards to recognise the efforts of Australians working overseas and their international co-stars, will take place in Los Angeles, in conjunction with the official G’day USA Gala on 1 February 2015.

The official *list of winners:
Winners of special recognition categories:
AACTA Longford Lyell Award
Andrew Knight

Byron Kennedy Award
Amiel Courtin-Wilson

AACTA Trailblazer Award
Rose Byrne

Winners in FEATURE FILM categories:
BEST FILM (tied)
The Babadook - Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere
The Water Diviner - Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger and Troy Lum

BEST DIRECTION

Jennifer Kent for The Babadook

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Jennifer Kent for The Babadook

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson for The Railway Man

BEST LEAD ACTOR
David Gulpilil - Charlie's Country

BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Sarah Snook - Predestination

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Yilmaz Erdogan - The Water Diviner

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Susan Prior - The Rover

BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY

Ukraine is not a brothel - Kitty Green, Jonathan auf der Heide and Michael Latham

Winners in TELEVISION categories:
BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES

Utopia - Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Michael Hirsh and Rob Sitch (ABC)

BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION SERIES

Hamish & Andy's Gap Year South America - Tim Bartley, Sophia Mogford, Frank Bruzzese and Ryan Shelton (Nine Network)

BEST REALITY TELEVISION SERIES
The Voice Australia - Julie Ward (Nine Network)

BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
The Code - Shelley Birse, David Maher and David Taylor (ABC)

BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES
Devil's Playground - Helen Bowden, Penny Chapman and Blake Ayshford (Foxtel – Showcase)

BEST DIRECTION IN A TELEVISION DRAMA OR COMEDY
The Code, Episode 1 - Shawn Seet (ABC)

BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
Please Like Me, Episode 2/07: Scroggin - Josh Thomas (ABC2)

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Ashley Zukerman - The Code (ABC)

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Marta Dusseldorp - Janet King (ABC)

BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Eamon Farren – Carlotta (ABC)

BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Chelsie Preston Crayford - The Code, Episode 1 (ABC)

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION COMEDY
Debra Lawrance - Please Like Me (ABC2)

*Courtesy of www.aacta.org

Special guest presenter Geoffrey the camel at the 4th AACTA Awards in Sydney on 29 January 2015. Image: @AACTA, Twitter.


David Gulpilil is excited to win his Best Lead Actor AACTA award for the film Charlie's Country at the 4th AACTA Awards in Sydney on 29 January 2015. Image: @AACTA, Twitter.


Rose Byrne accepts her AACTA Trailblazer award with grace and appreciation at the 4th AACTA Awards in Sydney on 29 January 2015. Image: @CelebrateAwe, Twitter.


Ryan Gosling is an honourary Aussie as he presents an AACTA award alongside co-star Russell Crowe at the 4th AACTA Awards in Sydney on 29 January 2015. Image: @AACTA, Twitter.

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Technical production and design winners at the AACTA Awards luncheon on 27 January 2015 in Sydney. Image: aacta.org

Early Excitement by Linh

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Part One - 2015 AACTA Nominees List

January 28th 2015 05:06
Deborah Mailman and Cate Blanchett are hosts for the 2015 AACTAs. Image: Wenn

Aussie AACTAs by Linh

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2015 Oscars Nominees List

January 16th 2015 05:57
J.J Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón announce the 2015 Oscars nominees in the first part of the presentation. Image: oscars.org

87th Academy Awards nominees *list:

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2015 Oscar nominees announcements

January 15th 2015 03:48

Fresh Format by Linh

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2015 Oscars Contenders - Part Two

December 18th 2014 07:05


Co-creators and collaborators by Linh


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2015 Oscar Contenders - Part One

November 20th 2014 05:43

Guessing Game by Linh

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2014 Korean Film Festival in Australia poster artwork.

South Australia is the festival state, so it’s long overdue that Adelaide finally gets to screen its first Korean Film Festival, following screenings in the eastern states. In its fifth year, the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) again delivers some of the best and popular contemporary Korean films from some of the most prolific directors. In 2014, Adelaide may only have a four-day long schedule, but the selection is diverse and appeals to a broad audience.

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