Some links and info for tonight’s Oscars. But first, my predictions for the two most important awards. Why, screenwriting, of course!
Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
Best Original Screenplay: Her, Spike Jonze
Okay, some links!
The Week: Your definitive Oscar prediction list.
And in case you missed my Saturday Hot Links yesterday:
The Oscars will piss you off, but you’ll keep watching.
The 2014 hater’s guide to the Oscars.
5 shocking statistics about gender inequity and the Academy Awards.
10 fun and fascinating facts about the 2014 Oscar nominated movies.
58 Oscar stats you may not know.
Why are the Academy Award statuettes called Oscars.
Oscars 2014: Take a look at every visual effects winner ever.
20 celebrated directors who never won a Best Directing Oscar.
ABC to stream Oscars online for the first time.
Stream early films from Oscar nominees online for free.
10 Oscar winners whose speeches were under 11 words.
Oscar presenters and performers list.
Kareem: The Oscars addiction to lame historical dramas.
Best Picture math from Nate Silver and 538.
Supercut: The early roles of Oscar nominees [video].
Let me end with two videos. The first celebrates a really solid year in film:
And this: Every year TCM does a really classy video tribute for many of the notable men and women who have been involved in the film business who have passed away that year. Here is that video for 2013:
To everyone who works in the movie business and all of us who love movies, enjoy the 86th Academy Awards!
UPDATE: Jimmy Kimmel slams mean Tweeters:
UPDATE #2: Jared Leto’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor:
UPDATE #3: Darlene Love belts it out.
UPDATE #4: Congratulations to John Ridley and Spike Jonze for their Oscars.
UPDATE #5: I was supremely happy to see 12 Years a Slave win Best Picture as it is the best, most important movie of the year. But all 9 Best Picture nominated movies are strong stories and dozens more that were not on the Academy list. 2012 and 2013 have been good years for movies. Thanks to all the storytellers. To that end – and I know this is a commercial selling a product – just listen to the words, spoken by Andrew Stanton, a writer and director (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E) match up with some wonderful imagery.
Here’s to all you storytellers out there. May you find the Words… and may the Words find you!