87th Annual Oscar Bowling

The Oscars. This year we truly have some of the most boring and predictable picks while totally ignoring some of the finest cinematic gems..yet again. But there is still some value to be had in this masturbatory hollow pageantry. Namely, some better-than-usual films gain notoriety and people make an effort to see them simply because they are part of this parade. And despite my best efforts, I will be watching the Oscars with some interest. Which also means that it's Oscar Bowling time again. The rules are simple: you pick the winner and assign a confidence score between 1-24 using each value only once (24 being most confident, 1 being Least) which makes a total of 300 points possible. Some pro tips in picking the Oscar Winners: Replace Best with Most (i.e. most acting, most visual effects, most costumes) and keep in mind that the Oscar voting group is 97% Caucasian, 77% Male and the median age is 62 so just think what is appealing to an old white man and you're probably not too far off.

Here is my historical and (probably) this year's scores:

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My picks (for who will win, not who should win):

24 - Best Actress - Julianne Moore
23 - Best Supp. Actor - J.K. Simmons
22 - Best Cinematography - Birdman
21 - Best Production Design - The Grand Budapest Hotel
20 - Best Supp. Actress - Patricia Arquette
19 - Best Costume Design - The Grand Budapest Hotel
18 - Best Song - Glory (Selma)
17 - Best Documentary Feature - Citiz en Four
16 - Best Animated Feature - How to Train Your Dragon 2 [Big Hero 6]
15 - Best Film Editing - Boyhood [Whiplash]
14 - Best Foreign Film - Ida
13 - Best Sound Editing - American Sniper
12 - Best Original Screenplay - The Grand Budapest Hotel [Birdman]
11 - Best Makeup - The Grand Budapest Hotel
10 - Best Animated Short - Feast
 9 - Best Documentary Short - Crisis Hotline
 8 - Best Score - The Theory of Everything [Grand Budapest Hotel]
 7 - Best Live Action Short - The Phone Call
 6 - Best Adapted Screenplay - The Imitation Game
 5 - Best Director - Alejandro Iñárritu
 4 - Best Picture - Birdman
 3 - Best Visual Effects - Interstellar
 2 - Bet Actor - Eddie Redmayne
 1 - Best Sound Mixing - Whiplash

Final Score: 249

86th Annual Oscar Bowling

It's Oscar Bowling time again. The rules are simple, you pick the winner and assign a confidence score between 1-24 using each value only once (24 being most confident, 1 being Least) which makes a total of 300 points possible. In 2012 I scored 233, in 2013 I upped the ante to 257 and this year, will be the year of the elusive 300. Post your picks somewhere public and let's compare because everything should be a competition! My picks (for who will win, not who should win):

24 - Visual Effects - Gravity
23 - Cinematography - Gravity
22 - Best Actress - Cate Blanchett
21 - Makeup and Hairstyling - Dallas Buyers Club
20 - Sound Editing - Gravity
19 - Sound Mixing - Gravity
18 - Live Action Short Film - Get a Horse!
17 - Best Supporting Actor - Jared Leto
16 - Animated Feature Film - Frozen
15 - Directing - Alfonso Cuaron
14 - Best Actor - Mathew McConaughey
13 - Original Score - Gravity
12 - Adapted Screenplay - 12 Years a Slave
11 - Original Song - Let it Go - Frozen
10 - Documentary Short Subject - The Lady in Number 6
9 - Foreign Language Film - The Great Beauty
8 - Best Picture - 12 Years a Slave
7 - Film Editing - Gravity
6 - Animated Short Film - The Voorman Problem
5 - Documentary Feature - The Act of Killing
4 - Costume Design - The Great Gatsby
3 - Production Design - The Great Gatsby
2 - Original Screenplay - Her
1 - Best Supporting Actress - Lupita Nyongo

Final Score: 271

TFTP AD004: Breaking Bad, Part 2

The Film Tome Podcast - After Dark 004: Breaking Bad, Part 2

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In this After-Dark conversation J.S., Brother-In-Law Bryson and I discuss the first four of the final episodes of Breaking Bad. Also, we talk about a lot of spoilers. We talk about spoilers.

SHOWNOTES:
The Film Tome Podcast - After Dark 004: Breaking Bad, Part 2
Recording Date: 09/2/13
Runtime: [45:13]
MUSIC:
Breaking Bad Remix