Another year, another Academy Awards telecast has come and gone. There were great moments, there were tedious moments, but you can’t deny the spectacle that is the Oscars. I’ll give my brief thoughts on the Oscars and its newly enshrined winners, but before that (and before we turned our focus to 2015 in film), let’s officially wrap up 2014 with my personal TOP 10 FILMS of 2014! You may have heard this list on the latest episode of FORCED PERSPECTIVE, but since the recording of that episode (and since my attendance at the 2015 AMC Best Picture Showcase last weekend), I’ve shifted a few films around. It’s still the same 10 films, but 7 of them now have different slots from when I first announced them on the show. Which films are they? Is there a NEW #1 film of 2014? Let’s find out!
SportsGuy515’s TOP 10 Films of 2013
–The Lego Movie
–The Grand Budapest Hotel
–Captain America: The Winter Soldier
–22 Jump Street
–The Imitation Game
–The Theory of Everything
–Big Hero 6
–Dumb & Dumber To
10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
7. Gone Girl
6. American Sniper
5. Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Quick OSCAR Thoughts
Overall, it was a pretty decent ceremony, albeit somewhat forgettable. Neil Patrick Harris didn’t seem on point with a lot of his comedy (minus his opening musical number, which was pretty awesome). Not sure if he was basically just reading from a script or if he had a hand in developing the jokes, but they were all pretty hit-or-miss. Although I will say, the part where he recreated the underwear scene from Birdman with a cameo by Miles Teller and his drum set from Whiplash was a great Oscar moment.
The Lady Gaga tribute to The Sound of Music was great. We all know Lady Gaga has a voice, but she’s never really showed it off in her songs, which basically sound like they are auto-tuned to death. But on this night, the world saw that she really does have an incredible voice, and she nailed that medley. Another great Oscar moment occurred right after, when Julie Andrews came onstage and hugged Lady Gaga before announcing the Oscar winner for Best Original Score.
The Oscars would be remiss without a few awkward moments sprinkled in. I don’t know how Terrence Howard was so overcome with emotion when introducing the final 3 Best Picture nominees, but it came off very weird. The “playing off music” was a little overdone as well. Idina Menzel seemingly got her revenge on John Travolta from last year’s infamous “ADELE DAZEEM” flub by introducing him as “GLOM GAZINGO,” which, honestly, wasn’t that funny and came off more forced than anything else.
As far as the winners go, no real surprises there, but there were disappointments. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVED Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything (in fact, as I said on the latest FORCED PERSPECTIVE, he’s the sole reason to see that film), but this was Michael Keaton’s year. When Redmayne was announced as the winner, I got deja vu all over again to 2009 and Mickey Rourke’s epic loss to Sean Penn. While Adolfo said that the Academy couldn’t resist the “Michael Keaton Comeback Story” angle, turns out, they did just that! Now, onto Best Picture – it seems that the popular opinion on the InterWebz is that either Birdman was the rightful winner, or that Boyhood should’ve won. There’s also the crowd that feels that American Sniper was “snubbed,” but you can find the people who feel that way relegated to Fox News and its forums – in other words, they have ZERO credibility.
In my opinion, I still feel that Boyhood was robbed, but I truly have no beef with Birdman being named BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR for 2014. I’ll admit, I was a little taken aback when it was announced as the winner, but it really is an excellent film that should be seen by all who love movies, and want to see a truly unique piece of filmmaking. I shouldn’t have been surprised, though – the Academy loves to reward films ABOUT HOLLYWOOD and ABOUT ACTORS/ACTING (see: Shakespeare in Love, Chicago, The Artist, Argo, etc.) even though it could be argued that there were other superior films in those years (to me, the only one out of the films that I named that deserved to win was Argo, although Django Unchained is a SUPER SUPER CLOSE 2nd). But again – nothing against Birdman as a film, because it really is an awesome film, but this should’ve been Boyhood‘s year. Period.
And that’ll do it for me. Any questions, comments, feedback, etc., send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
With Adolfo off being a new parent right now, FORCED PERSPECTIVE is taking a little hiatus. I am currently working on plans to bring the show back within a month’s time and lining up a few guest co-hosts to fill-in for Adolfo. But whatever happens, it is sure to be MUST-LISTEN! So, STAY TUNED!!!