Opinion: 2018 Oscars Predictions

Nearly ninety years have passed since Douglas Fairbanks took the stage of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to host the first Academy Awards. “Wings” won the first best picture statue in 1929, but who will take home the Oscar this year?

Best Picture:

“The Shape of Water” produced by Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale

Although “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” took home the Golden Globe in this category, the academy’s selection typically differs from that of the Hollywood Foreign Press. “The Shape of Water” received 13 nominations, only one nod behind the record holders: “La La Land,” “All About Eve” and “Titanic.” Both “All About Eve” and “Titanic” won the Oscar for best picture. If nominations alone are any indication, “The Shape of Water” may be immortalized with a win.

Actor in a Leading Role:

Gary Oldman “Darkest Hour”

Oldman’s portrayal makes him the clear-cut favorite for this category. His performance as Winston Churchill earned him the awards for best actor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes.

Actress in a Leading Role:

Frances McDormand “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

McDormand took best actress at both the SAG Awards and Golden Globes. Saoirse Ronan of “Lady Bird” sits at a close second. Ronan won the Golden Globe for Leading Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Meryl Streep, who just broke her own record for the most nominations (21), might win yet another award. However, McDormand still stands as the favorite. McDormand previously won the Oscar for her performance in “Fargo.”

Actor in a Supporting Role:

Willem Dafoe “The Florida Project”

Yet to win an Oscar, Dafoe’s moment is overdue. This category could be the only win of the night for “The Florida Project.” Perhaps the academy will look to reward the film with a Dafoe win.

Actress in a Supporting Role:

Winner: Allison Janney “I, Tonya”

Janney continually proves her consummate skill in her craft. She received the SAG Award and the Golden Globe for best supporting actress. With only one other nomination for “I, Tonya,” Janney may well chalk up a win for the biopic about figure skater Tonya Harding.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name” screenplay by James Ivory

Based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman, this independent film is projected to win because of its flawless transition to the screen. This film also won the SAG Award in the same category. Ivory is tied for the record of oldest man nominated for a competitive Academy Award at age 89.

Best Original Screenplay:

“Get Out” written by Jordan Peele

Peele is only the fourth African American man to be nominated in this category. A win for “Get Out” would make him the first black man to do so. This film revolutionized societal perception through parallels Peele created to show how little society has actually evolved.

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air at 8:00 p.m. this Sunday, March 4.


Featured photo: Flickr

Edited by Lexie Little

2015 Oscars recap and reactions

The 87th annual Academy Awards aired Sunday, Feb. 22 on ABC and brought out all of Hollywood’s A-list stars.

Host Neil Patrick Harris opened the show with a musical tribute to movies featuring guest performances by Anna Kendrick, Jack Black and some Stormtroopers from “Star Wars.”

Many students from the University of Tennessee expressed their thoughts and opinions through Twitter.

Oscar Screen Cap

Last year’s Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o presented the first award of the night for Best Supporting Actor to J.K. Simmons for his performance in “Whiplash.” Simmons thanked his wife and children and reminded everyone about the importance of parents.

“If you’re lucky enough to have a parent on this earth, call them,” he said.

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 8.47.41 PM

Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Boyhood.” Her acceptance speech excited the internet (and Meryl Streep) with her mentions of the importance of equal pay for men and women.

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 10.05.20 PM

The awards also featured performances from all of the nominees for Best Original Song. John Legend and Common’s performance of “Glory” from the movie “Selma” proved to be an emotional one, producing tears and a standing ovation from audience members. The song went on to win the category and was presented by Idina Menzel and John Travolta.

Tegan and Sara and the Lonely Island’s performance of “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie” appeared to be a hit with viewers at home.

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 9.46.00 PM

Best Actor went to first-time nominee Eddie Redmayne for his role as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everthing.” His speech was a highlight of the night, filled with excitement and enthusiasm.

“I will be its custodian,” said Redmayne referring to his new Oscar statue.

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 12.13.07 AM

Best Actress went to Julianne Moore for her role in “Still Alice.” Moore said she was glad to have “been able to shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease.” This was her fifth nomination and first win.

Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won awards in many categories including Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.

“Birdman” was the night’s big winner. The film took home awards for  Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director Alejandro Gonzàles Iñárritu and Best Picture.


Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 11.40.45 PM

To see a full list of winners, go to the official Oscars website.

 Edited by Courtney Anderson

Opinion: Taylor’s Oscar Predictions 2015

The most important awards show of the season, the Academy Awards, will air this Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC. You’ve seen the movies, you’ve formed opinions and now it’s time to make some predictions.

Here are the winners based on my predictions for the five major categories:

Best Picture- “Birdman”

Nominees: “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash”

While there has been much buzz about a number of films this year, you can expect “Birdman” to come out on top. So far, it has won 138 awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and the Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. “Boyhood” was a favorite early on and “American Sniper” was a box-office hit, but the writing and talented cast of this dark and quirky film has that little something extra.

Best Actor- Michael Keaton

Nominees: Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”)

This category is a tough one. Eddie Redmayne has received rave reviews (and a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award) for his role as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” and Bradley Cooper has been nominated for either Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for the past three years. Either of these talented men could take home the prize, but it’s Michael Keaton who will have that honor. He was a clear frontrunner early on, and while this seems to have slipped a bit, he has still taken home numerous awards for his performance as Riggan. This category will be one to watch.

3. Best Actress- Julianne Moore

Nominees: Marion Cotillard (“Two Days, One Night”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”), Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”) and Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”)

Julianne Moore has become a standout actress in recent years, appearing in both television and movies in comedic and dramatic roles. In “Still Alice,” Moore plays a 50-year-old women diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Her performance is riveting and raw. Moore has been the clear winner all awards season, and while the other actresses are talented, she is expected to be the clear winner.

4. Best Actor in a Supporting Role- J.K. Simmons

Nominees: Robert Duvall (“The Judge”), Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”), Edward Norton (“Birdman”), Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) and J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”)

You may have recently seen J.K. Simmons from that Farmer’s Insurance commercial, but his performance as Terence Fletcher in “Whiplash” is receiving widespread critical acclaim. Simmons is another who has been having a successful awards season, and that should continue with an award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Academy Awards.

5.  Best Actress in a Supporting Role- Patricia Arquette

Nominees: Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Laura Dern (“Wild”), Kiera Knightly (“The Imitation Game”), Emma Stone (“Birdman”) and Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods”)

It’s hard not to pick Meryl Streep to win every award, but the fact is she hasn’t been the name on everyone’s lips with role as the Witch in “Into the Woods.” She’s always talented, that’s a given, but Patricia Arquette seems to be the favorite this year. The novelty of “Boyhood” hasn’t proven to be much of a success in awards season, but Arquette has been a standout, winning a Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe for her performance. It is likely to be a repeat this Sunday.

To see a list of all of the Academy Awards nominees, check out the official website. Don’t forget to tune in on Sunday night at 8 p.m. to see who leaves with an Oscar.

Edited by Jessica Carr




5 movies to see this weekend (1/31)

As the Oscar train gets closer and closer, it’s the time of year to catch up on some of the Best Picture nominations and see if what the critics are saying line up with your own thoughts. Knoxville is carrying many of the nominations with a handful of new releases and re-releases that should pique the interest of everyone looking for a cinematic escape this weekend.

1) “Her”

Spike Jonze’s fantastic drama is showing at the Downtown West theater and is a must-see for those looking for 2013’s finest. The best film I saw all year, “Her” is an emotional romance that leaves you with many questions to ask yourself but can also be a spark or challenge to do more in life. Joaquin Phoenix is in his most vulnerable role yet and completely sells the role, but Scarlett Johansson steals the show with her voice work as the OS device that Phoenix’s character falls in love with. If you are looking to take in one of the year’s best films, this is one you can’t miss.

Theater(s): Downtown West


2) “Frozen” Sing-Along

While “Frozen” has gone on to dominate the box office and become one of 2013’s biggest hits, it will make a triumphant return to cinemas in the form of a sing-along version of the film. If that doesn’t say their fans know the songs too well already, then I don’t know what it means. This version of the film is exactly the same but will allow the Broadway star in all of us the opportunity to show our stuff in the midst of complete strangers, so sing at your own risk.

Theater(s): West Town Mall, Carmike 10 on Millertown Pike, Carmike Foothills 12 in Maryville


3) “Lone Survivor”

A hit with both critics and audiences, “Lone Survivor” seems to be a movie that doesn’t care about the stigma of bad products coming out in January. Led by Mark Wahlberg, the cast includes Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana in the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The action is intense and the story is incredibly powerful and is one not to miss.

Theater(s): Carmike Wynnsong on North Peters Road, Carmike Foothills in Maryville


4) “Inside Llewyn Davis”

A film that I will continue to try and promote because it has been grossly under seen to this point, “Inside Llewyn Davis” is one of the best representations of a struggling musician to ever hit the screen. One of the best work by some of America’s best directors, the Coen Brothers, “Inside Llewyn Davis” is a driving force of melancholy that coupled with an amazing soundtrack is one of 2013’s best films. Oscar Isaac was snubbed at the Oscars for his work in this film as he completely sells the sad sack Llewyn as not all the bad that people think he is. Add in scene-stealing turns by John Goodman and Justin Timberlake and you have an amazing film.

Theater(s): Downtown West


5) “Gravity” IMAX Experience

In a return to theaters to help with its Oscar push, “Gravity” is once again gracing IMAX screens, which is the best way to see one of 2013’s best films. An ambitious masterpiece by director Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity” is a film that was made for the giant screen and is well worth the high price to go see it in IMAX 3D. The scenes feel real and the feeling of being space is not something that is overstated about the experience. Unlike anything you’ve experienced at a movie theater, “Gravity” is worth the money.

Theater(s): Regal Pinnacle at Turkey Creek


Edited by Jennifer Brake