Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Julianne Moore 2015 Oscar Acceptance Speech for Best Actress in a Leading Role








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Eddie Redmayne 2015 Oscar Acceptance Speech for Best Actor







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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Oscars ratings were the lowest in 6 years

The numbers are in.. ...and they don't stack up to the previous years at The Oscars. According to Variety.com, The 87th Oscars show held on February 22, 2015 scored its lowest ratings in 6 years. This The Oscars award show is down 16% from last year. What really happened at The Oscars?

Why look to the host as the reason for this staggering drop? Neil Patrick Harris hosted a good award show. Maybe the types of movies nominated are the reason for lower than expected ratings. Aside from American Sniper, we admit there are no huge fan favorites drawing in moviegoers.

It could be the "pompous" label attached to The Oscars that is making people tired and uninterested. Or better yet, The Walking Dead fans didn't stay long enough to count as a rating. Instead, these The Walking Dead fans were more interested in watching fictional characters survive in a post-apocalyptic world rather than seeing celebrities parade around with designer clothing and celebrating nominated movies that most moviegoers have never watched in movie theaters.

Patricia Arquette used her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood to broadcast equal pay for women. How about equal pay for talented film college graduates who must move back home because the movie industry expects them to work for free to receive participation credit? What about struggling filmmakers/actors/screenwriters who have amazing talent and an unfair advantage? You have to be somebody before becoming somebody. Your work and/or voice won't be heard without support.

Equal pay in Hollywood relies on box office numbers and profits. Patricia Arquette's past movies have never broken the $100 million domestic box office barrier. Tell your equal pay demands to actors who draw millions of moviegoers into their past movies and make studios massive profit. We understand Patricia is pushing for equal pay for women in America. There are female executives collecting massive paychecks in tech positions. One name comes to mind is Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. Another tech name is Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! Female actors are also making a fortune, too.

This year's low ratings have nothing to do with lack of interest, Neil Patrick Harris, and nominated films (we beg to differ). We asked many people if they were going to watch The Oscars. Some didn't care, while others didn't have time since they work on Sunday. Survival disrupts the ratings, as people who can't make ends meet won't be watching an award show of wealthy Hollywood celebrities soaking-in the attention. People are tired of chasing after The American Dream under these dark conditions.

To really delve into the truth to these low ratings, the weak lineup of movies headlining The Oscars had a lot do with this double-digit drop. How many people have actually watched these Best Picture movies, besides American Sniper and The Imitation Game? The Best Picture category included the weakest lineup of movies ever.

We know this is not a box office discussion; however, past viewers are not as invested in seeing unpopular movies winning awards. Last year, the movies were far better. American Sniper was lucky to win a single Oscar because most of the talk was directed toward weak films. Nevertheless, Bradley Cooper will have to wait another year to win an Academy Award for Best Actor. Maybe his fourth nomination will be his lucky chance. He'll need to play a disjointed man to receive Oscar praise.

The nominated movies slowed down the pacing of this award show. Most viewers couldn't relate to these movies, which we admit is the primary reason we depended on Oscar updates rather than sit down and watch our favorite award show since the 80's. We did root for Bradley Cooper, but knew he had no chance to win a Best Actor Oscar this year. It was a two-actor race to win, but odds favored British actor Redmayne than sentimental favorite, Michael Keaton.

We heard that less movie clips were used this year, making The Oscars appear as the The Grammys. Films are all about films, so please convey what makes cinema most popular - 'film clips' to show appreciation for movie talents.

The Oscar-nominated movies consisted of mostly dark content. Sometimes we need to bypass the truth of depressing reality to smile and laugh. We watch movies to escape real life. Movies based on true stories are widely popular, but this lineup makes up think about the real suffering that goes on in the world and how some of these events continue to plague our reality.

It's noble to inspire movements. What moviegoers want at The Oscars is a few laughs. They want a Jack Nicholson joke about his overwhelming earnings (i.e. Billy Crystal). Look back to the funniest moments in past award shows. We didn't have that last night. What happened to The Oscars?

Oscar-nominated movies are just not the same. We didn't have that Will Smith and Forest Whitaker Best Actor race. The Best Actor category sported one return visit from last year - Bradley Cooper. There is no 2012 heavyweight lineup of top Hollywood actors competing for the Oscar statuette.

Snubbing female director Ava DuVernay for Selma probably had an impact. No historical race this year, nothing to keep glued to the Tv screen to witness history in the making. We don't have a Halle Berry first African American Best Actress moment. No Kathryn Bigelow first female director winner. No Ben Affleck winning an Oscar for Best Picture, especially when he got snubbed for his directing. Lets nominate Selma and leave out its African American female director. A historical fail!

Social Media may in fact hurt ratings. People are too focused on tweeting and posting comments and visiting blogs that they don't watch television as much. Most people are on the go. They don't have time to sit and wait for Oscar winners to be announced.

Our conclusions: Oscar-nominated movies of 2014 are not as good as previous years. Past viewers are choosing to use Social Media to monitor Oscar results rather than watch Tv. The Walking Dead probably had a huge impact on Oscar ratings because Rick and his crew glue viewers to the screen. Neil Patrick Harris lacks the comedic range to carry The Oscars. People don't have time to watch The Oscars; they have to work on Sunday to survive in real life. Furthermore, people may not care about pompous Hollywood.


What are your thoughts on The Oscars award show shown on February 22, 2015?


   

Who anchored 2015 The Oscars "In Memoriam" posthumously?

Last night at The Oscars (2015), we paid tribute to wonderful people who lightened up our lives through the movies. We honor their memories through the legacies they behind in their body of work. We will look up to your shining bright stars to remember your contribution to movies and to humanity.

Their dramas, their laughs, their magic; we all have a place in our hearts for these special, defining moments these talented people shared with us in movies. The Oscars paid tribute to these amazing people who connected us with the magic of movies through their vision.

Your dreams inspire us to live ours. We miss you all. We thank you for your beacon of hope.

Which star anchored The Oscars "In Memoriam" posthumously?

-Mike Nichols (The Graduate director - Oscar Winner)


Oscar Winners 2015

Oscar Winners 2015: Who are now Academy Award Winners?


Best Picture: 

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 


Actor in a Leading Role:

Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything


Actress in a Leading Role:

Julianne Moore - Still Alice


Actor in a Supporting Role:

J.K. Simmons - Whiplash 

Actress in a Supporting Role:

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood

Animated Feature Film:

Big Hero 6

Cinematography:

Emmanuel  Lubezki - Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 

Costume Design:

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero

Directing:

Alejandro G. Inarritu - Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 

Documentary Feature:

Citizen Four

Documentary Short:

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Film Editing:

Tom Cross - Whiplash

Foreign Language Film:

Ida

Makeup and Hairstyling:

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Bill Corso and Mark Coulier

Music (Original Score):

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Alexandre Desplat

Music (Original Song):

"Glory" in Selma - John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Production Design: 

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Adam Stockhausen for production design and Anna Pinnock for set decoration. 

Short Film (Animated):

Feast - Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Short Film - Live Action:

The Phone Call - Matt Kirby and James Duncan

Sound Editing:

American Sniper - Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Sound Mixing:

Whiplash - Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Visual Effects:

Interstellar - Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, and Scott Fisher

Writing (Adapted Screenplay):

The Imitation Game - Written by Graham Moore

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue or Ignorance)

-Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicholas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo




Friday, February 20, 2015

No African American/Black Female Directors have ever been nominated for an Oscar®

Academy Awards® are up for grabs in the Best Director category. African American male/female directors have never won an Oscar® in the Best Director category. Nevertheless, no African American/female director has received an Oscar nomination in directing.

We assumed Selma director Ava DuVernay would represent the first African American female director to receive an Oscar® nomination, but she got snubbed for her great work in this historical film following the rise of Martin Luther King Jr., in his influential role leading the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's.

This was an epic fail in leaving out this inspiring African American female director, Ava DuVernay. Imagine the positive publicity that could have come along with having this historical nomination and possible win waiting in the balance. Could it be that Ava would have won and that an African American male must win first? Should history follow a gender order? Does this remind people of the historical 2008 Democratic race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton?

Must an African American male win an Academy Award® as Best Director before a black female director will be given a shot at winning the top directing award of the year? Selma got nominated for Best Picture, but its director couldn't receive an Oscar® nod.

Ben Affleck got snubbed for directing Argo, though he won Best Picture. Are we missing something here? Is there a trend going on where some great directors are overlooked and the films they direct are making the cut in the Best Picture category and vice versa?

In any case, it is disappointing to see Ava DuVernay passed over for her brilliant directing in Selma. Nevertheless, Selma is an amazing film that involves the greatest human movement in the last century. Watch the historical significance of this film unfold, being told, helping people digest the real historical facts and understanding the journey to overcome social/political barriers.

Ironically, African American directors face this hurdle and must continue to jump higher. There is no limit to the greatness African American/black directors can deliver in their inspiring movies. Keep your vision moving forward and history will rewrite itself in the Best Director category.



Who is the First Mexican American to win an Oscar® for Directing?

Last year, 2014, The Oscars® made history yet again. Director/Writer/Film Editor/Producer Alfonso Cuaron was the first Mexican American to win an Oscar® for Best Director ever.

That's right movie dreamers, The Academy® will issue awards for excellent work no matter your background. Never stop trying to become the greatest as what you do. One day, you can become the first to win an Oscar® statuette.

Alfonso Cuaron earned two Oscars® last year in film editing and directing. He definitely deserved to be honored for his amazing work in Gravity. He single handedly guided Oscar® winners George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in space. This is no easy accomplishment when zero gravity produces weightlessness.

Weightlessness occurs whenever any Hollywood talent wins their first Oscar®. They're essentially floating in space, living a dream most people will never achieve. One in a while, we can all dream and believe the impossible is possible to reach.

Congratulations Alfonso Cuaron for your historical accomplishment!