Thoughts On 2019’s Oscar Nominations

Every year the Academy makes some sort of cock up with regards to the nominations, ordinarily it’s one or two or perhaps a few. One of the most recent instances is not giving Amy Adams (Arrival) a nod and rewarding a fairly middle of the road performance from Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). Come at me! However 2019 seems to be an utter shit show with regards to certain films being mostly or completely ignored and others being showered in undeserved praise.

Films like Beautiful Boy, Widows and First Man (how did this not get at least best score??) being mostly overlooked (the latter has a few in the technical categories so not a total loss) is somewhat odd. It’s the first year in a while when I’ve not really looked forward to what’s to come on February 25th. Somehow films which were being talked about for Oscar contention have been sidelined, Steve Carell should have been honoured with as Best Actor as well as Timothée Chalamet in the same category or at the very least Supporting for the drama Beautiful Boy. However we’re seeing the likes of the critically unacclaimed (but loved by audiences) Bohemian Rhapsody being nominated for best film AND best actor? It is neither of these things when you compare to what has come out in the same year. The fact that First Man didn’t even get a best score nod is absurd, as is ignoring Ryan Gosling’s subtle beauty as he portrays Neil Armstrong along with Claire Foy as his wife Janet.

Whilst the best actress and best supporting actress categories gets it pretty spot with nominees such as Lady Gaga, Olivia Colman, Amy Adams and Emma Stone it feels as if supporting actor could have included Brendan Gleeson or Hugh Grant both for Paddington 2, laugh all you want but they were superb in that. As was the film which was totally ignored. It’s not your typical Oscar contender but surely it’s one hell of an achievement to create a sequel which is this good??

Another film completely looked over is Widows which via Twitter got a mixed response. It’s odd that it did however it seems the performances should have been recognised. People have said that the film isn’t great but that those who starred in it were great. This as well as You Were Never Really Here are two films which have nothing to show for it even after performances from Joaquin Phoenix, Daniel Kaluuya, Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki to name but a few.

With Rami Malek recently winning the SAG for best actor it’s looking more and more likely that he will pick up the award at the Oscars too. Whilst it’s a good performance, it’s not up there with the likes of Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born and Christian Bale in Vice.

One final thought, it’s fantastic to see Black Panther up for best film. Perhaps it’s a token gesture but it certainly deserves to be in that category. And yes, it is better than Infinity War.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Christian Bale in Vice
  • Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born
  • Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate
  • Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Viggo Mortensen in Green Book

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Mahershala Ali in Green Book
  • Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott in A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell in Vice

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Yalitza Aparicio in Roma
  • Glenn Close in The Wife
  • Olivia Colman in The Favourite
  • Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in Vice
  • Marina de Tavira in Roma
  • Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone in The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz in The Favourite

Best animated feature film of the year

  • Incredibles 2 – Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle
  • Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • Mirai – Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet – Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Achievement in cinematography

  • Cold War– Łukasz Żal
  • The Favourite – Robbie Ryan
  • Never Look Away – Caleb Deschanel
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • A Star Is Born – Matthew Libatique

Achievement in costume design

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres
  • Black Panther – Ruth Carter
  • The Favourite – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

Achievement in directing

  • BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee
  • Cold War – Paweł Pawlikowski
  • The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • Vice – Adam McKay

Best documentary feature

  • Free Solo – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening – RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim
  • Minding the Gap – Bing Liu and Diane Quon
  • Of Fathers and Sons – Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert
  • RBG – Betsy West and Julie Cohen

Best documentary short subject

  • Black Sheep – Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn
  • End Game – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
  • Lifeboat – Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser
  • A Night at The Garden – Marshall Curry
  • Period. End of Sentence. – Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton

Achievement in film editing

  • BlacKkKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman
  • The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Green Book – Patrick J. Don Vito
  • Vice – Hank Corwin

Best foreign language film of the year

  • Capernaum – Lebanon
  • Cold War – Poland
  • Never Look Away – Germany
  • Roma – Mexico
  • Shoplifters – Japan

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • Border – Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks
  • Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
  • BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • All The Stars from Black Panther

Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe

  • I’ll Fight from RBG

Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

  • The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns

Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

  • Shallow from A Star Is Born

Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

  • When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Music and Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Best motion picture of the year

  • Black Panther – Kevin Feige, Producer
  • BlacKkKlansman – Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Graham King, Producer
  • The Favourite – Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers
  • Green Book – Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers
  • Roma – Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers
  • A Star Is Born – Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers
  • Vice – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers

Achievement in production design

  • Black Panther – Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart
  • The Favourite – Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton
  • First Man – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
  • Roma – Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez

Best animated short film

  • Animal Behaviour – Alison Snowden and David Fine
  • Bao – Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
  • Late Afternoon – Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco
  • One Small Step – Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
  • Weekends – Trevor Jimenez

Best live action short film

  • Detainment – Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon
  • Fauve – Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon
  • Marguerite – Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset
  • Mother – Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado
  • Skin Guy – Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

Achievement in sound editing

  • Black Panther – Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
  • First Man – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • A Quiet Place – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • Roma – Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

Achievement in sound mixing

  • Black Panther – Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
  • First Man – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis
  • Roma – Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García
  • A Star Is Born – Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow

Achievement in visual effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War – Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick
  • Christopher Robin – Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould
  • First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm
  • Ready Player One – Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story – Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

Adapted screenplay

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • BlacKkKlansman – Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins
  • A Star Is Born – Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

Original screenplay

  • The Favourite – Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
  • First Reformed – Written by Paul Schrader
  • Green Book – Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
  • Roma – Written by Alfonso Cuarón
  • Vice – Written by Adam McKay

Keep. It. Reel.

Pros And Cons Of THAT New Oscar Award

The Academy has decided to change things up with a few announcements this week including shortening the length of the Oscars ceremony (good news fir people like me in the UK because it will no longer require staying up until 5am) and adding a new accolade called the Popular Film Award. There’s been a lot of talk about this and rightly so. What are the requirements to be nominated? Will it be based on box office numbers as well as filmmaking? Is this to make the Oscars seem less pretentious? Lots of thoughts and unanswered questions at the moment so here are the pros and cons of the biggest Oscars shake up in years.


The Oscars has always been looked to for esteem and prestige during the awards season. It’s main categories which come towards the end of the evening include best actor and actress, best film and so on. To include “popular” films will take away some of the esteem and the way the Academy seemingly looks down on other award shows.

For a number of years now, those who have won these awards have been part of a certain selection of films which are traditionally released between October and February, depending on which country you currently reside. It’s always come across as incredibly unfair that because of a handful of films launched at a particular time of the year they are the ones to receive most of the praise. As a frequent film goer it’s a treat to have a huge selection of good quality movies in a short period of time, especially since there have been instances in which the choice of blockbusters during the summer months has been sub par at best. 

However this year we’ve had the likes of Black Panther and Mission: Impossible Fallout which have dominated the box office with the former recently surpassing the $700m in the US domestic box office. Take away the financial successes of films like this and you still have something incredible and award worthy. Including movies like this will widen the net for more to apply for these awards without the assumption of rejection. But is this the right way to become more inclusive? 


Without question there are more cons than pros. Having said all of the above, it seems as if filmmaking isn’t appreciated on a whole by the Academy. Big CGI movies should still be considered great movies (assuming we’re not considering the likes of Sharknado etc.) due to the fact that the art should be appreciated. Very clearly it isn’t.

First things first, why can’t so-called popular films be nominated in the prestigious categories to begin with? Time and time again they have proved that a lot of them have great writing, direction, acting and so much more to offer. Logan which was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay was the first superhero film to be nominated in this category. How you can ignore the performances in that film especially in a year when Gary Oldman won (separate issue, justice for Chalamet) is beyond me! A film with huge action set pieces should still be considered if it is in fact a good entertaining movie.

Another issue is that it feels more like a consolation prize than a genuine award. Imagine winning one of these because it’s popular and not being appreciated for the work you have created. Yes you’ll have an Oscar but no real acknowledgement, it feels insulting when you should be eligible for any award. This is not how it was back in 2004 when a film of an epic scale and part of one of the biggest trilogies of all time won 11 Oscars including Best Director and Best Film. It’s considered a modern time great in which you can see real filmmaking taking place, someone’s passion comes through on screen and another example of exemplary acting and direction proving that large scale movies have what it takes. The film in question? Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. 

One last thing is how exactly can you categorise a popular movie? Will it actually be by box office? Will it need to be a franchise film such as a Marvel, DC, Star Wars etc? A lot of the times it’s these films which reach fans who want to see any movie they can and it goes on to inspire them to become the next generation of talented filmmakers. The Academy can look down on films like this and when you see those who have unreservedly won award for their work you wonder how right will they get it.

Bottom line, it’s insulting to not be included in with other films. Whilst trying to be inclusive the Academy has just become more separated.

One more thing, if you want to add an award, how about Best Stunt? What are your thoughts?

Keep. It. Reel

Oscar Nominations 2018

It’s award season again and with that comes the biggest movie awards of the year. It’s time for the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards. It seems mostly predictable, very happy to see Greta Gerwig and her film Lady Bird receive so much attention. Get Out has done incredibly well and one of my favourites of the year, The Big Sick getting a nod for Original Screenplay is wonderful.

If anything it’s a real shame to see Blade Runner 2049 not in the Best Picture or Best Director and nothing for Wonder Woman. Christopher Plummer getting nominated for a part which he had about 4 days to prepare for might be some sort of record in the Academy Awards!

In total, there’s 13 for Shape of Water (beautiful film and incredibly moving), Dunkirk has received 8 (a true film makers film) and Get Out has 4 (one of the best horror movies ever)

Here are the nominees in full:

Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, Get Out


Best Actor

Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.


Best Actress

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Meryl Streep, The Post


Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Best Supporting Actress

Mary J Blige, Mudbound

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Animated Film

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner



Loving Vincent


Best Documentary

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Faces Places


Last Men in Aleppo

Strong Island


Best Documentary Short


Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405


Knife Skills

Traffic Stop


Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman

The Insult


On Body and Soul

The Square


Best Song

Mighty River, Mudbound

The Mystery of Love, Call Me by Your Name

Remember Me, Coco

Stand Up for Something, Marshall

This Is Me, The Greatest Showman

Best Score


Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name

The Disaster Artist


Molly’s Game



Best Original Screenplay

The Big Sick

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour



The Shape of Water

Best Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast

Darkest Hour

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Victoria & Abdul


Best Editing

Baby Driver


I, Tonya

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Best Makeup and Hair

Darkest Hour

Victoria & Abdul



Best Production Design

Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour


The Shape of Water

Best Animated Short

Dear Basketball

Garden Party


Negative Space

Revolting Rhymes


Best Live Action Short

DeKalb Elementary

The Eleven O’Clock

My Nephew Emmett

The Silent Child

Watu Wote/All of Us


Best Sound Editing

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049


The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Best Sound Mixing

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049


The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Best Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War for the Planet of the Apes

Taking place on March 4th, I’ll be watching live on whatever channel it’s on (Sky Cinema right??) and I’ll be tweeting, Instagramming (not as much as last year as certain complaints) and Facebooking throughout the night. It’s being presented by Jimmy Kimmel who hosted last year’s ceremony. Hope you can join me. If not, I’m sure you’ll have a nice sleep instead.

Keep. It. Reel.

Jimmy Kimmel To Host The Oscars Again

He was a farely leftfield choice to begin with but once he got onto that stage he knocked the Oscars out of the park. After doing such an amazing job this year (minus that very odd tour bus prank), Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the biggest movie awards show once again in 2018. His return is one few saw coming but it seems most are happy with.

For the 90th Academy Awards, who knows what he’ll have in-store but with this year’s smart and sharp opening monologue, poking fun at Hollywood’s elite, as well as adding in his own brand of comedy with Mean Tweets and his consistent piss taking of Matt Damon off stage, it’s sure to be equally entertaining. 

Jimmy will be the 23rd presenter who has hosted the Oscars more than once, joining a list which includes Bob Hope, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Sinatra, Jon Stewart and many more.

The 90th Academy Awards takes place on Sunday 4th March and I will be live tweeting them as always. But maybe not live Instagramming…

Keep. It. Reel. 

The 89th Academy Award Nominations and My Predictions

And the nominees are…

Here we have it, the Oscar nominations for 2017. What we have is a mostly predictable list of nominations. However there seems to be something wrong with the Best Actress category. It would seem Meryl Streep’s standard middle of the road performance is better than that of Amy Adams’ in Arrival. Really?? It’s such an insult to what is one of the best performances of the past 12 months but that’s merely my opinion.

With 14 nominations, La La Land has matched the most nominations ever garnered by one film and it’s now the most Oscar nominated musical. It’s no real surprise after it’s been so well-received by critics and audiences alike as well as gaining other awards and nominations during this season. Anyway, with that said, see below for the fill list of nominations as well as my predictions in bold.

The ceremony takes place on the 26th February and is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Stay tuned for my live blog taking place on the night for those of you willing to stay up until around 5am, GMT.


Best Picture



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land


Manchester By the Sea



Best Director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)


Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea)

Dev Patel (Lion)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)


Best Actor

Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Denzel Washington (Fences)


Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis (Fences)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea)


Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)


Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester By the Sea

20th Century Women


Best Adapted Screenplay



Hidden Figures




Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life As a Zucchini

The Red Turtle



Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes




Best Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

OJ: Made in America



Best Documentary Short

4.1 Miles


Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets


Best Score


La La Land





Best Song

Audition (La La Land)

Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)

City of Stars (La La Land)

The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)

How Far I’ll Go (Moana)


Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman


Toni Erdmann


Best Costume Design


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins


La La Land

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Best Production Design


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail Caesar

La La Land



Best Cinematography


La La Land





Best Sound Editing


Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land



Best Sound Mixing


Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours


Best Film Editing


Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land



Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Best Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad


Keep. It. Reel.

The Oscars 2016 – Live Stream

So it begins, the biggest night of the year in the movie industry, I’m looking forward to seeing how Chris Rock does as host of the 88th Academy Awards and I’m curious to see how I do with regards to my predictions. Maybe I’ll get it a little bit more spot on this year. I wanted to share a video with you all to ease you into the celebrations with a wonderful bit of humour from the folks at Screen Junkies. They have created a fantastically glib and accurate portrayal of the actors and movies nominated, check it out and have a look at their other other Honest Trailers.

Chris Rock will most likely be poking fun at the fact that the hash tag #Oscarssowhite has taken off due to the fact that all of the nominees are white. I hope to be laughing a lot more than last year. We’ll see! I’ll be covering it right here in London with lots of snacks, I cant wait to rip into these. See you all later tonight.


29/02/2016. 01.30. Here we go! Let’s see how Chris Rock gets on. This is a great opening montage of the years finest movies.

Chris Rock

29/02/2016. 01.44. A really good, really funny and very apt opening monologue from Chris Rock. Well done!

Chris Rock 1

29/02/2016. 01.45. First award is for Best Original Screenplay

And the winner is Spotlight


/29/02/2016. 01.52. Up next is Best Adapted Screenplay. And the winner is The Big Short

Big Short

29/02/2016. 02.03. Sam Smith performing Writing’s on the Wall, presented by Sarah Silverman.

Sam Smith

29/02/2016. 02.10. JK Simmons presenting the Best Supporting Actress award. And the winner is Alicia Vikander.


29/02/2016. 02.20. Time for Best Costume Design, presented by Cate Blanchett. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road. Well deserved!

Mad Max Fury Hill

29/02/02016. 02.23. Steve Carell and Tina Fey presenting the award for best production design. Oh I love these two. SO funny! And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max

29/02/2016. 02.28. Margot Robbie and Jared Leto presenting the award for Make-Up and Hairstyling. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max Fury Road

29/02/2016. 02.27. Michael B. Jordan and Rachel McAdams presenting the award for Cinematography. And the winner is The Revenant.


29/02/2016. 02.39. And up next, Best Editing. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road. Well done to this film, really well deserved!

Mad Max

29/02/2016. 02.50. Now for the sound awards: Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Both Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road. Well done!

Mad Max Fury Road

29/02/2016/. 02.56. Time for one of my favourites, Visual Effects presented by Andy Serkis. Love him! And the winner is Ex Machina. Well done!

Ex Machina

29/02/2016. 03.08. Best animated short film, presented by The Minions. And the winner is Bear Story!

Bear Story

29/02/2016. 03.11 OH MY GOD!!! Buzz and Woody presenting the award for Best Animated Feature! I’m so happy, I love them so much! And the winner is Inside Out. WOOP WOOP!

Disney?Pixar's "Inside Out" takes us to the most extraordinary location yet - inside the mind of Riley. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling), Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Directed by Pete Docter and produced by Jonas Rivera, "Inside Out" is in theaters June 19, 2015.

29/02/2016. 03.16. Presented by Kevin Hart, The Weekend perform Earned It from Fifty Shades of Grey. Sounding good!

Earned it

29/02/2016. 03.29. Patricia Arquette presenting the award for Best Supporting Actor. And the winner is MARK RYLANCE! YES! So unbelievably well deserved, I’m so happy! GO MARK!

Mark Rylance

29/02/2016. 03.39. Okay, back to it. Louis CK presenting the Best Documentary Short Film. And the winner is A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. Congratulations.

A Girl in the River the Price of Forgiveness

29/02/2016. 03.41. Dev Patel and Daisy Ridley presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature. And the winner is Amy. Well done!


29/02/2016. 03.58 A beautiful performance by the immensely talented Dave Grohl. In memoriam this year is truly one of the saddest in years. You will not be forgotten.

Dave Grohl

29/02/2016. 04.06. Time for the Best Live Action short film award. And the winner is Stutterer!


29/02/2016. 04.07. The award for Best Foreign Language film is next. And the winner is Son of Saul!

Son of Saul

29/02/2016. 04.14. Presented by the popular Joe Biden, Lady Gaga performs her song from The Hunting Ground, Til It Happens To You. Great performance!

Lady Gaga

29/02/2016. 04.21. Now Pharrell Willaims (blonde, why??) and Quincy Jones present the award for Best Original Score. And the winner is The Hateful Eight. WHY?!

Hateful Eight

29/02/2016. 04.27. Now it’s time for Best Original Song, presented by Common and John Legend. And the winner is Writing’s on the Wall, by Sam Smith from Spectre.

Writings on the Wall - Spectre

29/02/2016. 04.30. Ali G has made a come back, still pretty funny! Who would have thought that?? Maybe my sense of humour is terrible.  Or maybe he is actually funny!

29/02/2016. 04.37. Oh boy, it’s time for Best Director, presented by JJ Abrams. And the winner is Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant. Woop woop!


29/02/2016. 04.47. Getting close to the end and close to bed time! The Best Actress award is next and presented by Eddie Redmayne. And the winner is Brie Larson. WOOP WOOP! So well deserved, what a performance, well done, no one deserves it more than you Brie!


29/02/2016. 04.53. Right, it’s time. Will he get it? Best Actor award presented by Julianne Moore. And the winner is LEONARDO DICAPRIO! YES! FINALLY! Your wait is over! Well done! It’s about bloody time! No more poor Leo!

Leonardo DiCaprio

29/02/2016. 05.01. The final award for tonight. Best Film presented by the awesomely voiced Morgan Freeman. And the winner is Spotlight! Wow! Genuinely shocked but very happy for such a terrific film, it does deserve this award! Congratulations!


29/02/2016. 05.04. Okay, it;s just gone 5am, I don’t have work until Tuesday (yay!) So I’ll be recovering from this late sober night. Congratulations to all of the winners, especially Mad Max, Spotlight, The Revenant and of course to Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s good night from me. Until next time.

Keep. It. Reel.

Oscar 2016 predictions

Tonight sees the red carpet rolled out once more for the biggest award ceremony in the movie industry, the Academy Awards, which is the 88th celebration so far. This year has been unfortunately marred with controversy, many claiming that the Oscars are racist. It’s a shame when this happens as it takes something away the great work done by so many tremendously talented people. However, I’m sure it won’t get in the way of tonight’s festivities, especially with Chris Rock hosting. I’ll be live blogging the whole event through the night, I’m so glad I’ve got Monday off, staying up until 5am and then working all day? No thanks.


So here are my predictions of a few awards being handed out this weekend, let’s see how close I come to getting them right, for once!

Best Film


The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant



And the winner is The Revenant

Out of those which have been nominated, no film is better. The story, screenplay, shots, costume, acting and more make this the best film of the year. Alejandro González Iñárritu has done incredible job, each sequence shot is a masterpiece in its own right, the attack on the beach is a particular favourite of mine. Hearing that he shot only at a certain time of the day to get the right light, putting Leonardo DiCaprio through such a hellish ordeal, the track shots throughout, the cinematography that made you feel just a bit colder than normal in a movie theatre, it’s all a testament to on of the best films ever made. 

Best Director


Adam Mckay – The Big Shiort

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G Inarritu – The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson – Room

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

And the winner is Alejandro G Inarritu for The Revenant

Well, what more can I say? He has created a masterpiece that has been talked about for so long now, it feels like this movie has been with us for quite some time. Inarritu has had a very solid history of making acclaimed movies from last years Birdman, to 2010’s Biutiful, to 2000’s Amores Perros and several more. He’s got a brilliant eye for what makes a good story and then executes it with perfect diction and a lot of the time his work will really make you think.

Best Actor


Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Matt Damon – The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

And the winner is Leonardo DiCaprio

As much as I enjoyed almost all of these performances, there’s no doubt at all that this is Leo’s year. It’s his fifth nomination and it’s finally going to happen for him. For those of you who have seen The Revenant, you would have witnessed a man being put through some very trying circumstances in which he not only had to endure but he had to act through as well, it’s a really superb performance. Well done Leo, you finally did it.

Best Actress


Cate Blanchett – Carol

Brie Larson – Room

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

And the winner is Brie Larson

I have loved every single performance in this category but for me, my money is on Brie Larson who starred in the incredible Room, bringing an emotional performance like no other. The story involves a mother and son, locked in a room together for years with no way out. The mother, Ma, has been kidnapped and given birth to Jack whilst in this dungeon. Larson gives a deeply emotional performance in which she depicts the trauma of a kidnapping victim in a remarkably realistic way and she has a bond with Jack that’s different to any other mother and son relationship. A really amazing film with a superb performance by its lead actress.

Best Supporting Actor


Christian Bale – The Big Short

Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

And the winner is Mark Rylance

He won the BAFTA for his performance in Bridge of Spies and there’s no question that he not only deserves the Oscar, but that he has earned it. His performance as Rudolf Abel is smart, witty, understated and surprisingly funny. He delivers some incredible lines, written by Matt Charman along with the Cohen brothers, no wonder there are so many oddly humorous moments in this spy thriller. But the lines would be nothing without Mark Rylance. He is working with Spielberg again on The BFG and I’m sure we can expect yet another stellar performance.

Best Supporting Actress


Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara – Carol

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

And the winner is Kate Winslet

This is the most difficult one to predict however I’ve gone with Kate Winslet as it does feel like she has the edge over my second choice of Rachel McAdams. She’s brilliant as Joanna Hoffman in the extremely underrated Steve Jobs (I can’t tell you how annoying it is that this film has not received the appreciation it deserves, especially when it comes to the screenplay. How was Aaron Sorkin not nominated?!) She’s the voice of reason when Jobs (Michael Fassbender) is losing it with his staff, the mother of his daughter and his daughter. Winslet does a great job of keeping her accent (what is it with some actors who try and fail this so many times) and keeping her cool with each escalating situation. Let’s hope she wins.

Best Animated Feature


Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep

Boy and the Wild

When Marnie Was There

And the winner is Inside Out

No question when it comes to this one, Inside Out was a stand out film in so many ways. Pixar have a history of making us feel something very real for animated characters, no other studio can compare with their current work.But this time they have used emotions to make us feel emotional. The concept of using the emotions within a girl going through a major change in her life really hit home for a lot of older viewers who can see themselves in Riley. It’s a very relatable story which anyone who has ever had something big in their life completely change and anyone who has ever grown up! Moving on from your imaginary friend, going through changes, making new friends, it’s all in there and it’s all why this film will win the Oscar this year.

Keep. It. Reel.

The Oscars 2015 LIVE

Tonight, Hollywood’s greatest party takes place. The 87th Academy Awards will play host to the crème de la crème of the best talent we have in cinema today, each wondering who will win what. I will be live blogging the ceremony, provided my evening diet of crisps, chocolate, fizzy drinks and maybe ice cream can keep me awake like it did last year. Oh, actually no ice cream this year, but I do have chocolate covered pretzels…

Cocaine Oscar

Neil Patrick Harris is this year’s host and what a host I’m sure he’ll be. He will be presiding over tonight’s festivities, whilst the golden statues are handed out to (hopefully) the most deserved winners. From Harris, you can expect fun, frivolity and

NPH oscars

For those of you who will be staying awake with me, follow my blog for live updates on the ceremony. I’ll be including who wins what, who tweets what and everything else in between. And just so you know, there will be no pointless who wore what during my live blog. I mean, who actually cares?

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

23/02/2015. 00:15. Well the red carpet segment has begun and it’s dull so I wont be watching that. What I will be doing it eating some of this junk. Oh yes, it’s one of those nights!



23/02/2015. 01:30: And it begins. Neil Patrick Harris looking great! Love this guy, what a start. Great song with himself, Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. Very fun, funny and fabulous.

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23/02/2015. 01.40: It’s the first award of the night, Best Supporting Actor. The nominees are:

Robert Duvall. The Judge

Ethan Hawke. Boyhood

Ed Norton. Birdman

Mark Ruffalo. Foxcatcher

JK Simmons. Whiplash

And the winner is JK Simmons for Whiplash! 


23/02/2015. 01:50. First performance of the night by Maroon 5 from the underrated film Begin Again.

begin again

23/02/2015. 01:55. Chris Pine and Jennifer Lopez present the award for Best Costume Design, the nominees are:

Grand Budapest Hotel. Milena Canonero

Inherent Vice. Mark Bridges

Into the Woods. Colleen Atwood

Maleficent. Anna B. Sheppard

Mr. Turner. Jacqueline Durran

And the winner for best costume design goes to Grand Budapest Hotel for Milena Canonero


23/02/2015. 02:00. The nominees for Best Makeup and Hairstyling presented by Dakota Johnson. The nominees are:

Foxcatcher. Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

Guardians of the Galaxy. Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

And the winner is The Grand Budapest Hotel. Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier


Best Foreign Language film nominees presented by Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor:

Ida. Poland; Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Leviathan. Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Tangerines. Estonia; Directed by Zaza Urushadze

Timbuktu. Mauritania; Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Wild Tales. Argentina; Directed by Damián Szifron

And the winner is Ida. Poland; Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski


23/02/15. 02:17. The ever stunning Marion Cottilard presenting the next performance: Everything is Awesome from the Lego Movie.


23/02/2015. 02.20. Tweet from @itsWillyFerrell Oprah gets a Lego Oscar, pretty cool!



23/02/2015. 02.30. “It takes a lot of balls to wear a dress like that!” Thanks NPH, loving your wit!

23/02/2015. 02:33. NPH talking to David Oyelowo about being British. Is this really the best accent? I hope so!  

23/02/2015. 02:35. Gwyneth Paltrow introducing the next performance which is by Tim McGraw.

23/02/2015. 02:35. Tweet from @DIYFilms. Too true



23/02/2015. 02: 42. NPH with his own version of Keaton’s almost naked performance from Birdman, mixed with Whiplash. Delightful!

23/02/15. 02:45. The nominees for sound mixing presented by Sienna Miller and Chris Evans

American Sniper. John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga

Interstellar. Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten

Unbroken. Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee

Whiplash. Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

And the winner is Whiplash. Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley


23/02/2015. 02:50 The nominations for best sound editing:

American Sniper. Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Brent Burge and Jason Canovas

Interstellar. Richard King

Unbroken. Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

And the winner is American Sniper

American Sniper

23/02/15. 02.53. Jared Leto is now presenting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The nominees are:

Patricia Arquette. Boyhood

Laura Dern. Wild

Keira Knightley. The Imitation Game

Emma Stone. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Meryl Streep. Into the Woods

And the winner is Patricia Arquette! What a great speech! You are fucking wonderful! 

Patricia Arquette

23/02/2015. 03:05. I’ve been looking forward to this, the award for VFX, let’s see who wins. Nominees presented by Chole Grace Moretz and Ansol Elgort:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist

Guardians of the Galaxy. Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould

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

X-Men: Days of Future Past. Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

And the winner is Interstellar!

interstellar 2

23/02/2015. 03:10. Oh, so The Lego Movie didn’t even get a look in, let’s see who wins Best Animated Feature, here are the nominees:

Big Hero 6. Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

The Boxtrolls. Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight

How to Train Your Dragon 2. Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold

Song of the Sea. Tomm Moore and Paul Young

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

And the winner is Big Hero 6!

big hero 6


23/02/2015. 03:22. Tweet from @RottenTomatoes. There are no more people named Chris left!


23/02/2015. 03:30. Best Cinematographer presented by Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain. The nominees are:

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

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Robert Yeoman

Ida. Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski

Mr. Turner. Dick Pope

Unbroken. Roger Deakins

And the winner is Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Emmanuel Lubezki


23/02/2015. 03:38. It’s time to see who we have unfortunately lost this year. In Memoriam 2015.


23/02/2015. 03:53. The nominations for Best Documentary feature are:

CitizenFour. Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Finding Vivian Maier. John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

Last Days in Vietnam. Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester

The Salt of the Earth. Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier

And the winner is CitizenFour

citizen four

23/02/2015. 03:58. The next performance of the night with Common and John Legend, performing a song from Selma

23/02/2015. 04:05. It’s time for Best Original song where The Lego Movie could win an award. The nominees are:

“Everything Is Awesome” from THE LEGO MOVIE. Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

“Glory” from SELMA. Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

“Grateful” from BEYOND THE LIGHTS. Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME. Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

“Lost Stars” from BEGIN AGAIN. Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

And the winner is “Glory” from SELMA. Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn



23/02/2015. 04:15. Good performance by Lady Gaga of The Hills are Alive as part of the tribute to the Sound of Music. AND JULIE ANDREWS SHOWS UP! WOW!!

23/02/2015. 04:25. And now JULIE ANDREWS is presenting the award for best score, the nominees are:

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Alexandre Desplat

The Imitation Game. Alexandre Desplat

Interstellar. Hans Zimmer

Mr. Turner. Gary Yershon

The Theory of Everything. Jóhann Jóhannsson

And the winner is The Grand Budapest Hotel. Alexandre Desplat

Grand budpest hotel

23/02/2015. 04:30. Eddie Murphy presenting the award for Best Original Screenplay, let’s see who wins. The nominees are:

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

Boyhood. Written by Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher. Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler. Written by Dan Gilroy

And the winner is Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

Birdman 2

23/02/2015. 04:35. The nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay:

American Sniper. Written by Jason Hall

The Imitation Game. Written by Graham Moore

Inherent Vice. Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything. Screenplay by Anthony McCarten

Whiplash. Written by Damien Chazelle

And the winner is The Imitation Game. Written by Graham Moore

imitation game

23/02/15. 04:40. One of the main awards we’ve been waiting for, best director.

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

Boyhood. Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher. Bennett Miller

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes Anderson

The Imitation Game. Morten Tyldum

And the winner is Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Birdman_small_1024x102423/02/2015. 04:50. Now it’s time for Best Actor in a Leading Role, here are the nominees:

Steve Carell. Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper. American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch. The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Eddie Redmayne. The Theory of Everything

And the winner is Eddie Redmayne, what a excitable young man! Well deserved! 

Eddie Redmayne

23/02/2015. 04.55. We’re almost done now! Best actress nominees are:

Marion Cotillard. Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones. The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore. Still Alice

Rosamund Pike. Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon. Wild

And the winner is Julianne Moore for Still Alice. Congratulations! 

juulieanne moore

23/02/2015. 05:00. And the final award of the night, Best Film, 2015. Let’s see who takes the final gong. The nominees are:

American Sniper. Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood. Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game. Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman

Selma. Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

The Theory of Everything. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten

Whiplash. Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster

And the winner is the undeserving Birdman. How can this get best director and best picture? This is a joke! 

Birdman 3

Well, that’s me done for the night, it’s just gone 5am, I’ve eaten a stunning amount of food that will now attempt to kill me in my sleep. Until next time, Keep. It. Reel.