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CablaGoobla 2016 Academy Awards Extravaganza Wrap-Up!

If you think the title of this post is long you should consider it relative to the length of the Academy Awards Ceremony, it’s no joke. Also strap yourselves in because this is going to be a big read in general.

Firstly we would like to officially lay the “Leo needs an Oscar” meme / joke to rest with a haiku eulogy in italics for emphasis;

Rest well Leo meme,
Greatness has been achieved,
Sixth time is the charm.

What a beautiful sentiment.

Now onto all the other glorious outcomes and reveals of the ceremony. We would like to format this post in the same nonsensical way the Academy Awards themselves tried to pass off their order of events; The order in which a film is made. This was of course a lie, unless now films are edited before they are directed and acted in by some kind of movie making wizardry. Let’s be honest Oscars your real order is “save the best for last” but you just don’t want to say that because everyone would complain about you valuing Best Actor above everything except Best Picture. So we have decided to throw your bullshit format out the window and reveal the winners our way. #OscarsSoBadAtFormatting

We didn’t watch the red carpet because the hosts make us blind with rage every year so the entirety of our coverage will be this one photograph.

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Red Carpet Highlights! Presenting the two most ridiculously good looking people alive.

Firstly our host; Chris Rock. Admittedly when we heard Chris Rock was going to host we both let out a long frustrated sigh, but he brought the goods and actually had us laughing, a rare thing to achieve at the Academy Awards. There was a lot of attention brought to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy (I really hate having to reference a hash tag it feels about as bleak as putting your drug dealer down as a character reference on your resume, it’s unreliable and you are bound to get some batshit crazy rants if you follow through and look it up). In fact most, if not all of the jokes surrounded the controversy of a lack of diversity in the nominees and this caused even more controversy as the only minority mentioned by Chris Rock was African Americans with no references to other minorities until they actual won (Thank you Alejandro). So look, if you found that confusing here’s a quick summary.

  1. 88th Academy Awards had ZERO African American Nominees
  2. Everyone starts talking about a lack of diversity in the Oscars
  3. #OscarsSoWhite becomes a thing
  4. Chris Rock makes a million (funny) jokes about African Americans being excluded from the Academy Awards.
  5. The Academy throws literally every single African American they have in their phone book into a presenting role on stage to overcompensate.
  6. The internet who started #OscarsSoWhite gets mad because other minorities are still being ignored.
  7. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu wins Best Director and makes a fantastic speech about the issue but the only coverage of this topic you will get is Chris Rock being controversial.
  8. Nothing gets achieved because as usual, “spreading awareness” was the goal of an internet campaign with no real solutions on how to bring about change.

Now the last part of the flow chart is a future prediction because we here at CablaGoobla are extremely cynical of any and all “slacktivism” and “clicktivism” movements. We genuinely hope to see more diversity next awards season and believe it is an important topic, but knowing the world we live in this will be forgotten by April when a new shiny thing to tweet about appears.

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A truly rare sighting of an actually entertaining host of the Oscars, for the Pokedex.

 

So we got a bit carried away there so let’s get to some God damn awards already!!

Best Picture went to Spotlight, which was an unexpected win. Even the presenter Morgan Freeman looked genuinely confused and surprised at the result. Because of his long pause after opening the envelope we came up with a conspiracy theory that Mad Max Fury Road actually won but Freeman liked Spotlight best so he just said that instead. By the time the backstage crew realised the mistake they were in too deep, the cast of Spotlight was on stage and the confetti was flying so they just gave them a free kick instead of trying to do damage control.

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Spotlight cast & crew after winning Best Picture as decided by Morgan Freeman alone.

Best Actor went to the one the only Leonardo Dicaprio for his role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape no sorry The Aviator, nope not that one.. Blood Diamond? no… it definitely wasn’t Wolf of Wall Street, oh yeah of course THE REVENANT. Kate Winslet cried and he got a standing ovation, sweet Leo. We’re starting a rumour that at the after party Winslet drank champagne straight from the bottle and forced Leo to re-enact the spinning dance from Titanic.

Best Actress was awarded to Brie Larson for Room. To be completely honest we are yet to see this movie… so.. we’re just going to awkwardly move on after congratulating Brie and adding that it does look like a really good movie.

Best Supporting Actor went to Mark Rylance for his fifteen minutes of screen time in Bridge of Spies. The internet was pissed that Sly Stallone didn’t win for Creed and we are bitter because we are committed to supporting Batman, I mean Christian Bale.

Best Supporting Actress went to Alicia Vikander AND RIGHTLY BLOODY SO. She was, after all, literally the only good thing about The Danish Girl. I’m not saying that because I’m transphobic or hate the issue, I am a very liberal, very supportive and very transfriendly person but THE MOVIE WAS PAINFULLY DULL AND AWFUL. Vikander SHOULD have been nominated for Best Actress considering the film mostly follows her character’s story rather than Eddie god damn Redmayne’s but oh no Eddie needed that Best Actor nomination. Vikander was absolutely amazing in this movie so we were delighted she got the recognition she deserved, even if it was the wrong award.

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Vikander WINS!! Ex Machina fans paranoid thinking this proves she does indeed pass the Turing Test.

Best Director went to Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu for The Revenant, which is his second year running winning this award! While watching this film with it’s long tracking shots and intensely choreographed scenes you can tell Alejandro knows his shit (to put it bluntly) and is one of the best directors of our time.

Best Original Screenplay went to Tom McCarthy an Josh Singer for Spotlight an Best Adapted Screenplay went to Adam McKay and Charles Randolph for The Big Short. Two very different styles of screen writing and both deserving of the award, although we had our fingers crossed for Alex Garland and Ex Machina to take out Best Screenplay.

CUE MAD MAX FURY ROAD CREW RAMPAGING THROUGH THE DOLBY THEATRE TO CLAIM WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS!!

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Actual photo of the Mad Max crew at the after party.

Yes Mad Max Fury Road took away the most awards for the night and also brought us the best acceptance speeches. The speeches included swear words, good old Aussie drongos shouting their faces off with excitement and an all around good time. here are the winners for Mad Max;
Mark A. Mangini and David White for Sound Editing
Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudolph and Ben Osmo for Sound Mixing
Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson for Production Design
Lesley Vanderwalt, Erika Wardega and Damian Martin for Makeup and Hair Styling
Jenny Beavan  for Costume Design
Margaret Sixel for Editing

As this post gets on I’d like you offer you a brief video reprieve. This was hands down the funniest skit of the evening.In a segment made to address diversity, African American actors were added into all the nominated films, I give to you Tracy Morgan in The Danish Girl…

Onto the Best Original Song category, not much can be said as they were essentially all terrible. That being said Lady Gaga’s performance was full of passion and feels so we were hoping she would take the award but alas Sam Smith won for his Bond theme “writing’s on the wall” my comments at the time were something along the lines of”just because your boring song has violins does not mean it’s Oscar worthy.” Other nominees include the dishwashing sponge attached to The Weeknd’s head and a weird song about Manta Rays.

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Lady Gaga brings the feels.

Best Cinematography went to Emmanuel Lubezki for the third consecutive year! His work on The Revenant was some of the most beautiful and immersive cinematography I have ever seen so this was an absolutely correct choice!

Best Original Score was another upset of the night going to Ennio Morricone for his work on The Hateful Eight. I think most people were expecting John Williams to have this one in the bag for Star Wars The Force Awakens and Ennio did specifically give honours to Williams in his acceptance speech because, well, the guy is a legend. We wrote down the nominees wrong and were hoping the Revenant would take this one out because the score for that film was amazing, so it was a disappointing reveal when it wasn’t even actually nominated and we felt like pretty significant bozos.

So now as we wrap up our wrap up we would like to give out our awards for the evening!

Best Presenter – Hands down Louis CK for presenting Best Documentary Short, we love Louis and him stressing how much more important this award would be to the winners considering how their films would have made them zero dollars was hilarious. Honorary mention to Tina Fey and Steve Carell.

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Classic Lemon

Best Winner – Leo. He finally won an Oscar and yet he spent most of his time talking about Climate Change the plight of the world’s indigenous peoples. Respect the Leo.

Best Dressed – HANDS DOWN JENNY BEAVAN. She won for Best Costume Design for Mad Max and was wearing a dope leather jacket and seemed to give approximately zero fucks about the dress code.

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Jenny Beaven 100% realness, 200% boss.

Drunkest – The Australian guy who screamed “FUCKING MAD MAXXXEERSSS” when accepting his award, we aren’t sure exactly who you were but you sir are a national treasure.

Best Audience Reactions – The kid from The Room when the Star Wars robots came on stage was adorable and Kate Winslet watching Leo accept his award.

So that’s it, if you’ve made it this far in the post I would like to thank you sincerely for reading this entire spiral! We would also like to hear if you have any of your own awards from the ceremony like our list above or if you would like to start a campaign against us for criticising the use of twitter for activism please use the hashtag #CablaGooblaSoAccurateItHurts and direct all tweets to @BruceyWillis

CABLAGOOBLA OUT.

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Probably the last photo taken of Leo wearing a shirt and sober this holy night.

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Travolta: The journey.

Travolta is the Hollywood equivalent of that weird neighbour who you never want to speak to, but kind of have to because he is always *around.*

At the Academy Awards this week he seemed to accelerate his decline into madness by being the creepiest dude in attendance. In the photo below Travolta can be seen trying to kiss Scarlett Johansson, who looks completely unaware of the nightmare that is happening beside her.

He showed off, splashin around.

He showed off, splashin around.

With the current state of Travolta in mind, we would like to take you on an in depth analysis of the man,the myth, the enigma that SOMEHOW still gets invited to big events. Come with us now,on a journey up Mount Revolta.

Phase 1: Dreamboat Travolta
Before John descended into weirdsville he was quite the dreamboat, adored by many both in and out of the business after taking the lead role in the classic TV series “Welcome back Kotter.” That show was awesome, and Travolta was HILARIOUS in it. Next up came box office mega success stories Grease and Saturday Night Fever. If you were alive in the late 70s you probably wanted to bone or be John Travolta (even if he was already a Scientologist).

Phase 2: The Dark Times
Ummm anyone who has seen “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” will surely agree with me that it was one of the lamest, most terrible films ever made. I have seen it many times,purely for the lols at the bleak acting and tacky storyline. It’s a masterpiece of straight to VHS/DVD film-making. After this came One of a Kind and Perfect (yep we also have a “wait, what movie?” face on right now). While Travolta was busy swimming in a sea of shitty movie scripts he turned down roles in both American Gigolo AND An Officer and a Gentlemen.. mistake.. these films solidified the career of who we will now official knight as Travolta Rival #1 – Richard Gere. TO BE FAIR Travolta married his Boy in the Plastic Bubble co-star Diana Hyland in the 70s, and she did tragically die of Breast Cancer in 1977, so Travolta had bigger things on his mind, we’ll let this one slide Johnny.

Phase 3: Attempting Serious Career
This is where things started to get interesting. The nineties were an awkward time for everything, but the roles Travolta was choosing were more sporadick than Naomi Campbells mood. We got Look Who’s Talking (ugh) followed by a string of far more serious roles like Pulp Fiction, Face/Off (glory) and Get Shorty. It seems like he was aiming for a legitimate acting career… things were maybe going his way, he could be taken seriously! On a personal note he had married again and had baby Jett, it’s all coming up TRAVOLTA.

Johnny Cool.

                          Johnny Cool.

Phase 4: It all ends here, it all ends… today
Swordfish came out in 2001.

I really want to let Swordfish resonate with you all.

Okay, so that movie was the worst, I think we are all in general agreement here. It’s cliched, poorly written and I honestly don’t know how it attracted so many big names. Maybe it was the fact we had all just survived the dawning of the (age of aquarius) new millennium? Hacking is a thing? Right? I think those were the only two questions the producers of this movie asked during the pitch. Somehow Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry were seemingly unaffected by this gargantuan pile of rancid dung though, so what happened to Travolta?

Battlefield Earth happened. I just, I can’t even be mad about this movie, I’m just so deeply deeply disappointed. This movie received BULK terrible reviews and was, if you’ll excuse my French, a real kick in the vagina for SciFi lovers.

Meanwhile in the 2000s Travolta had two more kids and became pretty obsessed with flying planes.

In all seriousness though in 2009 things took a truly tragic turn with the death of John’s first son Jett in the Bahamas. As much as I wanted to write a truly “Mean Girls” type expose on Travolta I really can’t ignore the fact his child died. What a fucking nightmare.

So, I take a respectful (metaphorical) four year pause before plunging into the years 2013, 2014 & 2015…

Phase 5: Commencing Launch Sequence
Well, I think we all kind of didn’t notice the Travolta movies for the past few years, but we sure have noticed his truly bonkers behaviour at various events and awards ceremonies. I honestly think his main problem is saying words. He just, really struggles with those words! The 2013 Oscars he word vomited Les Miserables incorrectly, in 2014 I think we all remember the trainwreck that was him trying to pronounce Idina Menzel,in case you missed it… here is the special little treat…

Between the Academy Awards Travolta enjoyed hobbies such as (alleged) sexual assault and battery.. Yeah that masseur suing him thing was pretty pretty bad. BUT the case was dismissed by the judge. So… we cool? Not quite. In 2014 Travolta’s pilot (wait I thought HE was a pilot? So why.. whatever) made claims that they had a sexual relationship (affair) which Travolta denied repeatedly. NOTE they were not assault claims, just claims the two had a consensual homosexual relationship.

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Now we are in 2015 and I think Travolta has made it his secret mission to just try and weird the absolute fuck out of everybody. He’s got nothing to lose. I’m not kidding the only movie he has coming out this year is “Gummy Bear The Movie 3D.” If your only job this year was doing a voice for a movie about a highly addictive CANDY, you would probably feel like Travolta too.

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This years Oscars were simply a precursor to the glorious insanity that we can probably expect to see from Travolta, forever. Oh and if you need closure on the whole Idina Menzel name screw up, he tried his best this year too…(trust me, if nothing I have said in this has made sense to you so far, I really feel like this will clarify).

It’s been real Johnny-T and I can’t wait to see what new world of awkward we enter as the year progresses, CablaGoobla OUT.

Oscars 2015 Wrap-Up!

The Oscars just finished and what an amazing year it was!!!

First off here is the soundtrack to the post, the Oscar winner for Best Original Song – “Glory” from Selma, this performance was so moving it gave us all the feels and the speech that followed the win was just as powerful.

Before the Awards kicked off we had the classic red carpet show, which was a little different this year thanks to the organisation Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.The Smart Girls introduced the #AskHerMore campaign a while back but it really took off today across social media! The campaign encourages the media to ask better questions of female  nominees rather than simply questioning their fashion choices.

Neil Patrick Harris was our host this year, and despite not being a huge fan I think he did a pretty good job, there were countless awkward moments but I think we can all agree that every award show is riddled with them anyway!

I’d like to start with the writing awards, which in my eyes are INCREDIBLY important but so often severely overlooked. These are the people who think up, write down and imagine the stories behind the films we love so much.
Best Original Screenplay went to Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo for Birdman, not surprising given the snappy dialogue and incredible conversations in this film.
Best Adapted Screenplay went to Graham Moore for The Imitation Game, this was one of the most moving films (in my opinion) of the year and Moore did a brilliant job of adapted the story of Touring onto the silver screen. His speech was also incredibly touching, just FYI.

Next up I will give you THE BIG ONES to save all of you who just want the info ASAP.
Best Director went to Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Birdman, really the amount of attention to detail, timing and skill involved in directing that film was PHENOMENAL.

Best Actor went to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything Just as we predicted using the Winslet rule… we are pretty cheesed off about this #TeamCumberbatch
Best Actress was awarded to Julianne Moore for Still Alice, classic Moore.

And the biggest of the big, the mother of all awards BEST PICTURE went to…

birdmanA huge congratulations to Birdman, winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture.

And here come the rest of the awards..

JK Simmons followed through with our predictions by taking out Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash. Patrcia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and made a speech that turned twitter into overdrive demanding gender equality in the United States.

The Grand Budapest Hotel took out four awards; Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hair, Best Production Design, Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat).

Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman) took out Best Cinematography and Tom Cross (Whiplash) took Best Editing,but we saw both of these coming from a mile away,  each was outstanding and much deserving of it’s win!

Unfortunately for Leo fans everywhere his documentary did not win Best Documentary Feature but the award went to CitizenFour, a film about Edward Snowden and other whistle blowers.

Best Animated Movie went to *cough* The Lego Movie *cough* Big Hero 6.

The Sound of Music was honoured as a classic and none other than Lady Gaga gave us an ON POINT tribute medley covering the best songs from the film..seriously, it was obscenely good.

If you didn’t watch I highly recommend you check out the performance of Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie. Tegan and Sarah and The Lonely Island brought down the house in what was(by far) the funnest moment of the whole evening!

Oscars 2015 BINGO!

Hello!

Academy Awards fever has hit us here at CablaGoobla and we are so so excited for the big event!

We will be Live Tweeting from our Twitter (@cablagoobla) and playing Academy Award Bingo made by us in good old MSPaint! Pick a sheet, print the little fella out and play along! Because who doesn’t love bingo and MSPaint?!!

Enjoy!

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The 87th Academy Awards in Bulk, Biased and Brutal Review.

Every year the Academy Awards scrutinise the years “BEST PICTURE” nominees to advise us which they think is the top of the pops, the king of the mountain, the cream of the crop if you will. And, almost every year they pick the worst movie to get Best Picture.Last year with the selection of “Gravity” the Academy betrayed us all, some are now too afraid to even bother watching the nominated films in case they are traumatised by yet another colossal disappointment. But we say not this year, never forgive and never forget.

SO, here at CablaGoobla we have taken the metaphorical bullet for you all and trudged through every single film  nominated for Best Picture. Eight films, sixteen hours in total. There were eye rolls, tears shed, joyous laughter and violent cursing, so here I present you with the fruits of my labour. Enjoy.

Now we can all wait for the results on February 22nd hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

grand budapest

Directed by Wes Anderson, Written by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

If you haven’t seen this film yet, I recommend you view it ASAP! Another wonderful masterpiece by Wes Anderson, who I know isn’t to everyone’s tastes but is one of my favourite directors.

Focusing on the history of The Grand Budapest Hotel this film follows the tales of Anderson’s rich and delightful characters. Through misadventure, deaths, war, prison breaks and first loves this film is a journey that will have you laughing at the wit of M. Gustave (played by Ralph Fiennes) one minute than gasping at the ingenious climaxes the next.

The detail and precision that went into this film is up to the usual Wes Anderson standard of finesse, I would go so far as to say this is now my favourite of all his films (a title that has been held by Rushmore for a decade).

Academy Award chances; although highly deserving of Best Director and in my opinion a top two for Best Picture, I am doubtful the Academy will justly present The Grand Budapest with this honour (based purely on past winners and also Eastwood being nominated for American Sniper).But, it has my vote and let’s not forget Margaret and David from the movie show (RIP) also sung many a praise in it’s direction.

the imitation game

Directed by Morten Tyldum, Written by Graham Moore (adapted from the book by Andre Hodges)

If you’re not a history aficionado here’s what you need to know; during the Second World War the Nazi’s developed and used the most sophisticated system of encryption ever seen on Planet Earth. Their machine (named Enigma) encoded all important communications between German operations, it had a number of settings that were changed each day, a possible 150 million million (that’s not a typo) different settings existed; the code was widely believed to be unbreakable.

Cue Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Alan Touring aka the most brilliant mind in 1940s Britain / the world. But this isn’t just a movie about spies, war and breaking the most difficult code in history – it is HIS story. A story that was overlooked, buried and hidden from the world until a few years ago.

This film is brilliantly made, a bit slow at times and don’t expect an all out war or spy film, it’s a very personal and touching story of one man who became entangled with the likes of Churchill and MI6. The plot is thrilling in the sense of a seemingly impossible code needs to be broken, but changes every day, and every day the Nazi’s are conquering Europe and tens of thousands of lives are lost, it is not a deadline that I envy. Alan Touring was a genius, that can not be debated, but this film also follows his personal struggles as a Homosexual man in an era where being gay was a criminal offence.

In summary – Cumberbatch is fantastic, Keira Knightley (who I hate with a passion) is actually bearable in a supporting role, killer score / soundtrack, challenging, inspiring and exceeding clever, just like Touring himself.

Oscar chances – This was a very very good film, however I am unsure it will get the “Best Picture” award. My cynicism lays within the fact that it is a depiction of the Allied Victory of WWII that does not come with the sub heading “How America Saved the World.” Yes I do believe the Academy is that fickle. Best Original score is a possible win for this as well as well as Best Actor (which is a tough one this year) but Cumberbatch is much deserving of the title.

theory of everything

Directed by James Marsh, Written by Anothony McCarten (adapted from the book by Jane Hawking)

A film about the life and work of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, oh sorry did I say it was about his work, I meant it focuses purely on his debilitating disease and personal life.
I try to avoid being cruel or harsh with my reviews, but this was BY FAR the dullest and least brain stimulating film I have seen in a long long while. This is surprising (and I mean this seriously) considering it follows the life of one of the most brilliant minds of our age and his groundbreaking theories on time and space.

Noooooo, this movie decided that the genius work of Hawking was pretty non-pertinent and decided instead to be a two hour montage of Eddie Redmayne portraying a man losing all of his bodily functions. Neither touching nor inspirational The Theory of Everything is 100% bleak, the only part I liked was a montage at the end that had the highlights of the film backwards, which was very cleverly edited. I recommend instead of drudging your way through the swamp that is this film, you just watch that single five minute section. Again, you would think this movie would pull on the heart strings, WRONG AGAIN.This is coming from a woman who cried in “Real Steel” (yes I mean the Hugh Jackman robot boxing moving). The relationship between Jackman and his fighting robot was scripted better and more intense than any of the character relationships in The Theory of Everything.

I would also like to add that it felt like it went FOREVER. I kid you not, at one point in the movie I was distracted by thinking about doing the dishes… a chore that I am sure you will all agree is THE WORST. So, like it’s good friend dishwashing, this movie is a front-runner for the category of “Most painful and boring two hours spent this week.”

Academy Award chances, ummm I honestly can’t find a positive, but I will leave this clip of the wise and powerful Winslet to sum up my thoughts…

Ah Winslet, so wise.
whiplash

Directed & Written by Damien Chazelle

Whiplash is a story about a young drummer Andrew (Miles Teller) who is enrolled in a high standard,high pressure music conservatory in New York City. The film follows his pursuit of greatness as a jazz drummer under the guidance of his brutal mentor Fletcher (J.K Simmons).

I went into this movie very skeptical, I am not a fan of jazz and didn’t know much about the story before the film started. But I was pleasantly surprised, I absolutely LOVED this movie. The music,  and tension that fills this film is absolutely electric. The script, cinematography and editing suck you in to the close up world of aspiring musicians in what is arguably the most competitive and cut-throat city in the world. If Tom Cross doesn’t take the Best Editing gong it will be a crime against perfectionism.

The two leading actors are brilliant, the young Miles Teller who plays Andrew is 100% convincing and in my eyes, one to watch in future.

Academy Award chances, well this ones a bit tricky.. I think it is certainly deserving of recognition, for Best Picture I think the lack of big names in the cast may hold this little guy back, but for me it’s the editing that truly sets this film apart from all the others, Tom Cross; consider yourself backed. I truly think JK Simmons (who many of you will know as Schillinger the neo nazi from “Oz”) deserves Best Supporting Actor!

birdmanDirected by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo.

If slow burn drama is your jam than this film is going to be right up your alley! Starring Michael Keaton as a washed up actor famous for his youthful role as the superhero “Birdman” this movie is a rollercoaster of fierce words and fiercer delivery.

Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone deliver their lines like punches to the face and the whole film has a backing track scored by Antonio Sanchez that hits every beat as hard. The cinematography is beyond brilliant, leading and luring you through the lives of the main players, backstage and on stage of the play the film centers around.

As I mentioned earlier this is a slow burn drama, without significant events or even a real climax so it’s not going to be for everyone, I’ll admit towards the end I did find myself becoming distracted. But it kept pulling me back in with those long tracing camera shots and punchy, fast dialogue, one of my favourites this year.
In terms of it’s Academy Award chances I would rate this as a high chance, specifically for it’s Direction and Cinematography.

boyhood

Directed & Written by Richard Linklater

Most of you have probably already read my review of Boyhood which can be found (here).

But for the sake of continuity I will wrap it up in this bulk piece. Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise Trilogy) wrote and directed this film which was made over twelve years. I loved this movie (except the terrible characterisation of the main characters mother, played by Patricia Arquette) and found it touching, engaging and beautifully made.

HOWEVER, my co-contributor here at CablaGoobla was really not a fan and I can totally understand why. This is a film that you will either love or hate, and it seems like the big wigs in Hollywood are leaning towards love.

Academy Award chances; well Boyhood took the Best Picture (Drama) award at the Golden Globes and is tipped to do pretty well for itself at the Academy Awards. Given the film was made over a decade I feel a few Oscars are definitely deserved for this hard working and dedicated ensemble. Also Patricia Arquette has my backing to take out Best Supporting Actress; just because her character is in my opinion a pretty terrible cop out doesn’t mean she didn’t play her exceedingly well!

SelmaDirected by Ava DuVernay, Written by Paul Webb.

Selma follows Martin Luther King Jnr leading a campaign for equal voting rights for African Americans in Alabama 1965. This is a VERY brief explanation of the setting but being the history nerd that I am (and having coincidentally written a major essay about this last year) I really have to restrain myself from going on a full blown history lesson here. After the Birmingham Church bombing perpetrated by the KKK that killed four young girls, the eyes of the world were on Alabama and it’s disgustingly racist Governer; George Wallace (played by Tim Roth).

The film followes the strategy, campaigning and protests surrounding this explosive era in the Civil  Rights Movement led by the incredible Martin Luther King Jnr. (played very well by David Olelowo)

Although an incredibly powerful story the movie somewhat misses the mark. That being said how can any recreation truly capture the powerful spirit of MLK and his associates. It felt like this film was just banking on the power of it’s real life characters and events rather than working to create a movie that could do them true justice.

Also, as with most movies based on history there are many true life characters who were involved in this epic series of demonstrations that are regretfully not included.But that’s just me being a historical accuracies fanatic.

All in all, if you’re really interesting in MLK and the Civil Rights Movement in general there are much better ways to learn about it than this film. It’s oooookay but it lacks charisma, which is really unfortunate given it is about one of histories most charismatic and inspirational characters.

Awards chances; well given the competition I don’t think this is going to take out Best Picture. I think it does have a good chance for taking out best original song; “Glory” by John Legend and Common.
American SniperDirected by Clint Eastwood, Written by Jason Hall (adapted from the book written by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & James Defelice.

Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper); the real life Navy SEAL sniper remembered as the greatest marksman in US military history in this raw, heart wrenching and anxiety provoking film.

I’m generally not a fan of war films, but Clint Eastwood has done a phenomenal job with this film. It had me gripped from start to finish. Not only about the military life of Kyle, the movie follows his journey at home and the strain his commitment to the Navy Seals puts on his marriage to Taya (Sienna Miller). Sienna Miller was ROBBED with her lack of nomination for this role, and I think Cooper might be a shoe in for best actor with this.

Well played Clint Eastwood, you had my crying like a baby and breaking out in cold sweats, this film was by far the most surprising of all the nominees for me.Ye be warned though, it will leave you in emotional turmoil and is not for the faint of heart.

Award chances; well aside from Sienna Miller not being nominated (which is bullshit) I think Eastwood has a pretty good shot at Best Director, I think this may take out Best Picture as well.

In summary, each of these films is incredibly original (except The Theory of Wasting Time) and it is going to be difficult to judge them in a parallel fashion, I do not envy the Academy this year but I am confident they will probably make the wrong choices…. I think Best Actor is going to be a very hard one to watch as Cumberbatch & Cooper are closely matched….Can they defeat the Winslet rule of Oscars? Best Director is another category that I will be biting my nails over, can’t wait for the big night!

I have my list of predictions for each and every category but I am going to keep them to myself, I feel like if I publish them and get them all wrong it will tarnish the great name of CablaGoobla forever.

For those of you who committed to reading this entire blog, I would like to thank you all, and leave you with a special gift 🙂