2014 Oscar Nominations Not-Remotely-Live Blog

Oscar Nominations

I wasn’t quite organised enough to have a liveblog up and running when the Oscar nominations were announced this lunchtime but I made myself a post so I’m damn well going to put something in it. I will forgo listing all the nominations as they can be found everywhere else on the internet. The important facts are these…

  • Gravity and American Hustle lead the pack with ten nominations each, closely followed by 12 Years a Slave with nine. Nebraska has a pleasing six nominations and Her continues to taunt me with five nominations and a UK release that has yet to arrive.
  • Judi Dench and Meryl Streep are competing for the Best Actress award, a title that Dench has never won and one that Streep has taken twice and been nominated for fourteen(!!!) times.
  • The only nomination for Saving Mr. Banks is for its music and this upsets me greatly.
  • Blue is the Warmest Colour has completely failed to be nominated for Best Foreign Film and that is a tragedy as it clearly is the best foreign film and if you ask me the best film overall. So there.
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa has been nominated for an Oscar. Take that in. It’s for Best Makeup and Hairstyling but still, it just feels wrong. Weirdly American Hustle is not nominated in this category despite the hair being the best bit.
  • David O Russell and American Hustle continue to rhyme and sound incredibly satisfying.
  • Jonah Hill has received his second Oscar nomination. Who would have thought he’d ever be an Oscar contender considering his former career in broad comedies? Ditto for Matthew McConaughey who has moved so far away from his Romantic Comedy background he is barely recognisable.
  • Best Live Action Short is not normally a category I can comment on but somehow I have seen nominee The Voorman Problem twice and it is worthy of the win. The short stars Martin Freeman as a psychiatrist called to a prison to deal with an inmate who is convinced that he is God (Tom Hollander). It is short, clever, funny, and has famous people in it.
  • There are really only three nominees for Best Film. For the past three years I have seen the winner of the top prize at the previous year’s London Film Festival therefore this year’s winner must come from the films I saw back in October. The real list of nominees is as follows:

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her

Nebraska
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

Let’s meet back here on 2nd/3rd March to discuss the winners.

Out Now – 25th October 2013

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

Bad Grandpa
Johnny Knoxville plays an elderly man travelling across the country with his grandson in a Jackass film with a plot. I’m imagining something like Borat but with more violence and self-harm. The film is a 15 which pretty much sums up the target demographic.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Flint Lockwood’s food generating machine is wreaking havoc again but this time the food isn’t taking the form of weather, it is coming out in weird animal/food hybrids. Reviews are moderately positive.

Ender’s Game
A sci-fi film that takes itself very seriously based on the book of a self-confessed homophobe. And yet I can’t over the fact that the evil alien race in the film are known as “the Buggers”. “They blew up Earth! The little buggers!”

Closed Circuit
“A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team – testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.”

One Chance
A few years ago Paul Potts surprised everyone on Britain’s Got Talent by managing to be both unattractive and a good singer a full two years before Susan Boyle. Now he is played by James Cordon in a film that wants so badly to be Billy Elliot so badly they’d probably rather we just stayed home and watched it on DVD.

The Selfish Giant
No plot synopsis so let’s see if the IMDb keywords are any help: junkyard | working class | northern england | friendship | domestic violence

The Reef 2: High Tide
A strange off-brand animated feature about a fighting fish.

The Taste of Money
“Newly-hired gofer Young-Jak Joo becomes a key pawn in a powerful South Korean corporate-crime family obsessed with sex, money, and intrigue.” I love the idea of a crime family being obsessed with intrigue. Sex and money I can understand but intrigue sounds like a lot of effort to maintain for no good reason.

It’s a Lot
No synopsis, no plot keywords. All we have to go on is that the film is a British comedy with a 15 certificate and estimated budget of £2,000,000. Tempted?

Muscle Shoals
Documentary celebrating the work of Rick Hall an all round music legend person who founded and owns FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

A Belfast Story
Terrorism, murder, and Belfast. For a film supposedly taking the subject of terrorism seriously they took a serious misstep when they sent journalists a press kit including a balaclava and some nails. Naturally we didn’t get the press pack anyway.

A Magnificent Haunting
Italian comedy drama about an aspiring actor who moves into a haunted house. What makes the haunting magnificent remains to be seen. By you. In the cinema.

Project Wild Thing
Documentary about a concerned father who decide to try to market nature to families.

Nosferatu : A Symphony Of Horrors
Re-release of the silent German classic that first brought a version of Dracula to the silver screen. Amazing to think that this film is now 91 years old.

The Exorcist
Another classic horror re-release for Halloween week as a young girl gets possessed by a demon in Mark Kermode’s favourite film.

Wolf Children
Japanese animation about… wolf children?

Skylab
“In July 1979, during the Summer holidays, in a house somewhere in Brittany, a whole family (parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and other relatives) are gathered to celebrate Granny Amandine’s sixty-seventh birthday. Albertine, who was ten years old at the time, vividly recounts this brief but life-changing experience.”