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The biggest award show in movies is just hours away now; so last minute with my picks this year! Anyway, minus a few categories I still haven’t seen or decided among nominees, here are my favorites to win.

  • Best Picture: “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Lady Bird” or “The Post”
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman – “Darkest Hour”
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Saoirse Ronan – “Lady Bird,” Meryl Streep – “The Post” or Margot Robbie – “I, Tonya”
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer – “All the Money in the World”
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney – “I, Tonya”
  • Director – Christopher Plummer – “All the Money in the World”
  • Animated Feature – “Coco”
  • Animated Short: ?
  • Adapted Screenplay: “Molly’s Game”
  • Original Screenplay: “Lady Bird”
  • Cinematography: “Dunkirk”
  • Documentary Feature: ?
  • Documentary Short Subject: ?
  • Live Action Short: ?
  • Foreign Language Film: ?
  • Film Editing: “Dunkirk”
  • Sound Editing: “Dunkirk”
  • Sound Mixing: “Dunkirk”
  • Production Design: “Beauty and the Beast”
  • Original Score: “Dunkirk”
  • Original Song: ?
  • Makeup and Hair: “Darkest Hour”
  • Costume Design: “Beauty and the Beast” or “Victoria and Abdul”
  • Visual Effects: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Any thoughts on this year’s nominees? Which are your favorites?

Now that the SAG awards are coming up next, it seems as though the year’s top honors will be here before we know it. I still have some catching up to do in choosing Oscar favorites until then. Except for a few categories I’m unsure of, here are the nominees I hope will win this weekend.


  • Male Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman – “Darkest Hour”
  • Female Actor in a Leading Role: Saoirse Ronan – “Lady Bird”
  • Male Actor in a Supporting Role: ?
  • Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney – “I, Tonya”
  • Cast in a Motion Picture: “Lady Bird”


  • Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Geoffrey Rush – “Genius”
  • Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Jessica Lange or Susan Sarandon – “Feud: Bette & Joan”
  • Male Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones”
  • Female Actor in a Drama Series: Claire Foy – “The Crown”
  • Male Actor in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Female Actor in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Ensemble in a Drama Series: “The Crown”
  • Ensemble in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: “Game of Thrones”
  • Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: “Dunkirk” or “Wonder Woman”

Any thoughts on this year’s SAG nominees?

Now that this year’s top awards for the big screen are just around the corner, my favorites in most categories have been decided. A few of these seem difficult to pick every year, not always
hearing about nominees until last minute. Documentary, foreign language and the short films
don’t often play in theaters near where I live. So, it’s just a matter of which one tends to be
leading the pack. Technical category favorites aren’t usually the easiest to choose, either. Anyway, here are the nominees I’ve picked out so far to win.

  • Best Picture: “La La Land”
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea” or Ryan Gosling – “La La Land”
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone – “La La Land”
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight”
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Directing: Damien Chazelle – “La La Land”
  • Adapted Screenplay: “Fences” or “Hidden Figures”
  • Original Screenplay: “La La Land”
  • Animated Feature: “Zootopia”
  • Documentary Feature: ?
  • Foreign Language Film: ?
  • Cinematography: “La La Land”
  • Costume Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Jackie” or “Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Documentary Short: ?
  • Film Editing: “La La Land”
  • Makeup and Hair: “Suicide Squad”
  • Music for a Motion Picture (Original Score): “La La Land” or “Passengers”
  • Music for Motion Picture (Original Song): “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – “Trolls” or “City of Stars” – “La La Land”
  • Production Design: “Arrival,” “La La Land” or “Passengers”
  • Animated Short: ?
  • Live Action Short: “Sing”
  • Sound Editing: “Sully”
  • Sound Mixing: ?
  • Visual Effects: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Which nominees do you hope will take home the big award?

Award season wraps up this weekend with the top honors in movies. In several categories, it has been sounding more and more like sure wins for particular nominees. Others, however, are a guessing game of which I’m curious to see the results. Either way, I’m looking forward to how this year’s great choice of movies fare and who among my favorites in acting will take home the Oscar. With that, here are my favorites to win:

  • Best Picture: “The Revenant” or “Spotlight”
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Revenant”
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson – “Room”
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Tom Hardy – “The Revenant”
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Kate Winslet – “Steve Jobs”
  • Directing: Alejandro G. Inarritu – “The Revenant”
  • Adapted Screenplay: “The Martian”
  • Original Screenplay: “Spotlight”
  • Animated Feature: “Inside Out”
  • Documentary Feature: ?
  • Foreign Language Film: ?
  • Cinematography: “The Revenant”
  • Costume Design: “Cinderella” or “Mad Max: Fury Road”
  • Documentary Short: ?
  • Film Editing: “The Revenant”
  • Makeup and Hair: “The Revenant”
  • Music for a Motion Picture: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
  • Music for Motion Picture (Original Song): “Manta Ray” – “Racing Extinction”
  • Production Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian” or “The Revenant”
  • Animated Short: “Bear Story”
  • Live Action Short: ?
  • Sound Editing: “The Martian”
  • Sound Mixing: “The Martian”
  • Visual Effects: “The Martian”

I was surprised that the following were not among the nominees:

Actor: Will Smith – “Concussion”
Visual Effects: “Jurassic World”
Music: “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth – “Furious 7”

Which movie do you think will be the big winner this year? Who are your picks to win in the acting categories?

In any given year, documentary films often slip past my attention until award season nominations are revealed. That genre is one of which I don’t usually find playing at local theaters. However, I found out about “Living in the Age of Airplanes” via a National Geographic e-newsletter. The trailers hint at a stunning film and is one which I hope to see on a nearby IMAX screen. It’s not only the visual aspect, but the element of aviation history to today’s accomplishments in flying as well.  The Wright Brothers’ Monument says it all: “In Commemoration of the Conquest of the Air.”

Wright Bros Conquest Air

The closest city in which this film has showtimes is Harrisburg; much too far away for a movie outing. However, based on the official website, it looks to be in early stages of release. There is also information provided on how to build interest in having the film, narrated by Harrison Ford, show in more theaters around the country. I want to take part in getting it onto big screens in the Philadelphia region. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if this documentary is named as an Oscar-nominated film for its genre category. Or short, depending on the length; maybe technical ones as well.

I can relate to the sense of fascination for airplanes and flight expressed in the film’s trailers. When I was much younger, it occurred more often that commercial jets appeared to fly rather lower over my neighborhood compared to present day. They were approaching PHL and I would always look up at them, watching in awe.

A SW In Flight

In talking with a friend recently, movies and even a little bit about award seasons were among shared topics of interest. At one point, I said how I’ve always wanted to have an Oscars-themed party. Maybe one for next year. Of course, it’d be fun to have small get-togethers for movie nights throughout the year; whoever could make it on any such occasion. That’s why I’d love to have a designated entertainment room for movie gatherings and I’ve got a lot of ideas for how I want it to look.

Popcorn Machine

A popcorn machine with a vintage design is a must; I love them! Depending on space, I imagine having a mini kitchen area with a few small appliances. One section of a counter and 50s-diner-style stools can serve as extra spots to eat and watch movies. My DVDs / Blu-Rays would all be kept in storage that’s built into the wall, saving floor space. The same goes for cinema-themed books, of which I have a lot from film classes and those I’ve bought out of my own interest. A large, comfortable sectional couch and a few individual chairs will be ready for my movie fan guests to relax in and enjoy the show. Or guess at award winners when it’s that time of year.

Various items such as the “King Kong climbing the Empire State Building” statue will decorate shelves.

King Kong Statue

Also, I don’t have one yet, but I’ve seen a little model of the cool Mustang that Steve McQueen drives in “Bullitt.”

Then there are posters to liven up the walls with Hollywood flair, some depicting favorite stars as well as movies. Of course, it’d be difficult to narrow down the choices. However, I recently saw a poster sale on the TCM store website and found over a dozen that I’d buy right now if I had the wall space. Or, at least, one or two at a time whenever poster prices are marked down again:

  • “Creature from the Black Lagoon”
  • “East of Eden”
  • “Giant”
  • “King Kong”
  • “Rebel Without a Cause”
  • “Singin’ in the Rain”
  • “The Artist”
  • “The Blob”
  • “The Day the Earth Stood Still”
  • “The War of the Worlds”
  • “The Wizard of Oz”
  • “Them”
  • “Titanic”
  • “West Side Story”

Altogether, they’d be great decorations, with the movies featuring talented stars and spanning multiple genres and decades. I’d have to add one of those artist-rendition posters showing a group of classic stars (James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Humphrey Bogart, etc.) together in a particular setting. It’s difficult to decide on a favorite among those scenes featuring such iconic faces.

Now that we’re just hours away from this year’s top honors in movies, it seems as though the award season zipped by. Like previous years, certain categories are so tight between potential winners. I’m particularly curious to see which nominee wins Best Picture and Best Actor this time. However, I have many favorites again and I’m looking forward to the show.

  • Picture – “American Sniper,” “Boyhood” or “The Theory of Everything”
  • Director – Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
  • Actress – Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” or Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
  • Actor – Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” or Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
  • Supporting Actress – Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
  • Supporting Actor – Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
  • Adapted Screenplay – “American Sniper”
  • Original Screenplay – “Nightcrawler” or “Boyhood”
  • Foreign Language Film – “Leviathon” or “Ida”
  • Documentary Feature – ?
  • Animated Feature – “Big Hero 6” or “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
  • Film Editing – “Boyhood”
  • Original Song – “Glory” (“Selma”) or “Lost Stars” (“Begin Again”)
  • Original Score – Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
  • Cinematography – “Unbroken,” “Birdman” or “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • Costume Design – “The Grand Budapest Hotel” or “Into the Woods”
  • Makeup and Hairstyling – “Foxcatcher”
  • Production Design – “Interstellar” or “Into the Woods”
  • Sound Editing – “American Sniper” or “Interstellar”
  • Sound Mixing – “American Sniper” or “Interstellar”
  • Visual Effects – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” or “Interstellar”
  • Short Film, Live Action – ?
  • Short Film, Animated – ?
  • Documentary Short – “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

Which nominees are you rooting for? If you had to pick one movie to be the big winner, which one would you guess?