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  1. That same group of friends and I are doing our annual "If We Were Chosing the Oscars" business that we did last year (albeit with a couple of tweaked categories). This was my entry:

    BEST PICTURE

    1. HER
    2. DISCONNECT
    3. RUSH
    4. SAVING MR. BANKS
    5. PHILOMENA
    6. 12 YEARS A SLAVE
    7. GRAVITY
    8. THANKS FOR SHARING
    9. FROZEN
    10. THE WAY WAY BACK

    BEST DIRECTOR

    1. SPIKE JONZE, Her
    2. HENRY ALEX RUBIN, Disconnect
    3. RON HOWARD, Rush
    4. ALFONSO CUARÓN, Gravity
    5. STEPHEN FREARS, Philomena

    BEST ACTOR - DRAMA

    1. JOAQUIN PHOENIX, Her
    2. CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, 12 Years a Slave
    3. MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY, Dallas Buyers Club
    4. ROBERT REDFORD, All is Lost
    5. HUGH JACKMAN, Prisoners

    BEST ACTRESS - DRAMA

    1. JUDI DENCH, Philomena
    2. EMMA THOMPSON, Saving Mr. Banks
    3. SANDRA BULLOCK, Gravity
    4. JULIANNE MOORE, What Maisie Knew
    5. GEMMA ARTERTON, Byzantium

    BEST ACTOR – COMEDY/MUSICAL

    1. LEONARDO DI CAPRIO, The Wolf of Wall Street
    2. JAMES GANDOLFINI, Enough Said
    3. BEN STILLER, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    4. CHRISTIAN BALE, American Hustle
    5. SAM ROCKWELL, The Way Way Back

    BEST ACTRESS – COMEDY/MUSICAL

    1. JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUSS, Enough Said
    2. AMY ADAMS, American Hustle
    3. TONI COLETTE, The Way Way Back
    4. RACHEL McADAMS, About Time
    5. ALLISON JANNEY, The Way Way Back

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - DRAMA

    1. WOODY HARRELSON, Out of the Furnace
    2. DANIEL BRÜHL, Rush
    3. MICHAEL FASSBENDER, 12 Years a Slave
    4. JARED LETO, Dallas Buyers Club
    5. MAX THIERIOT, Disconnect

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - DRAMA

    1. LUPITA NYONG’O, 12 Years a Slave
    2. SCARLETT JOHANSSON, Her
    3. ANDREA RISEBOROUGH, Disconnect
    4. SAOIRSE RONAN, Byzantium
    5. EMILY WATSON, The Book Thief

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – COMEDY/MUSICAL

    1. JOSH GAD, Thanks for Sharing
    2. JONAH HILL, The Wolf of Wall Street
    3. BILL NIGHY, About Time
    4. STEVE CARELL, The Way Way Back
    5. TIM ROBBINS, Thanks for Sharing

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – COMEDY/MUSICAL

    1. JENNIFER LAWRENCE, American Hustle
    2. GWYNETH PALTROW, Thanks for Sharing
    3. MARGOT ROBBIE, The Wolf of Wall Street
    4. KRISTEN WIIG, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    5. MARY STEENBURGEN, Last Vegas

    BEST YOUNG ACTOR OR ACTRESS (born since 1992)

    1. SHAILENE WOODLEY, The Spectacular Now
    2. SOPHIE NÉLISSE, The Book Thief
    3. TYE SHERIDAN, Mud
    4. LIAM JAMES, The Way Way Back
    5. ONATA APRILE, What Maisie Knew

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    1. HER, Spike Jonze
    2. DISCONNECT, Andrew Stern
    3. RUSH, Peter Morgan
    4. THE WAY WAY BACK, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
    5. THANKS FOR SHARING, Stuart Blumberg and Matt Winston

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    1. PHILOMENA, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
    2. 12 YEARS A SLAVE, Steve McQueen and John Ridley
    3. THE BOOK THIEF, Michael Petroni
    4. BYZANTIUM, Moira Buffini
    5. WARM BODIES, Jonathan Levine

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    1. HER, Hoyte Van Hoytema
    2. PRISONERS, Roger Deakins
    3. 12 YEARS A SLAVE, Sean Bobbitt
    4. GRAVITY, Emmanuel Lubezki
    5. RUSH, Anthony Dod Mantle

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

    1. THE GREAT GATSBY
    2. 47 RONIN
    3. GRAVITY
    4. HER
    5. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

    BEST EDITING

    1. GRAVITY, Marc Sanger and Alfonso Cuarón
    2. DISCONNECT, Lee Percy and Kevin Tent
    3. RUSH, Daniel Hanley and Mike Hill
    4. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, Jabez Olsson
    5. ALL IS LOST, Pete Boudreau

    BEST SCORE AND BEST SONG

    To be revealed wink

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN

    1. THE GREAT GATSBY, Catherine Martin
    2. AMERICAN HUSTLE, Michael Wilkinson
    3. 47 RONIN, Penny Rose
    4. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, Richard Taylor
    5. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, Trish Summerville

    BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIR

    1. RUSH
    2. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
    3. AMERICAN HUSTLE
    4. THE LONE RANGER
    5. OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

    1. GRAVITY
    2. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
    3. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
    4. THOR: THE DARK WORLD
    5. ELYSIUM

    BEST SOUND

    1. GRAVITY
    2. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
    3. RUSH
    4. ALL IS LOST
    5. SAVING MR. BANKS

    SOUND EFFECTS EDITING

    1. GRAVITY
    2. RUSH
    3. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
    4. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
    5. EVIL DEAD

    BEST STUNT CO-ORDINATION

    1. THE LONE RANGER
    2. FAST AND FURIOUS 6
    3. GRAVITY
    4. THOR: THE DARK WORLD
    5. WHITE HOUSE DOWN

    This is based on me having seen these 95 films this year: 12 Years A Slave; 42; 47 Ronin; About Time; Admission; All Is Lost; American Hustle; Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues; Beautiful Creatures; The Bling Ring; The Book Thief; Broken City; The Butler; Byzantium; The Call; Captain Phillips; Carrie; Closed Circuit; Dallas Buyers Club; Dark Skies; Dead Man Down; Delivery Man; Disconnect; Don Jon; The East; Elysium; Ender’s Game; Enough Said; Escape From Tomorrow; Escape Plan; Evil Dead; The Family; Fast And Furious 6; Frozen; G.I. Joe Retaliation; Gangster Squad; A Good Day To Die Hard; Gravity; The Great Gatsby; Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters; The Heat; Her; The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Identity Thief; The Incredible Burt Wonderstone; Instructions Not Included; The Internship; Iron Man 3; Jack The Giant Slayer; Jobs; Kon-Tiki; The Last Stand; Last Vegas; The Lone Ranger; Man Of Steel; Mama; Mud; Nebraska; Now You See Me; Oblivion; Oldboy; Olympus Has Fallen; Out Of The Furnace; Oz The Great And Powerful; Pacific Rim; Philomena; The Place Beyond The Pines; Prisoners; The Purge; Red 2; R.I.P.D.; Rush; Safe Haven; Saving Mr. Banks; The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty; Side Effects; Snitch; The Spectacular Now; Star Trek Into Darkness; Stoker; Thanks For Sharing; This Is The End; Thor: The Dark World; Trance; Warm Bodies; The Way Way Back; We’re The Millers; What Maisie Knew; White House Down; The Wolf Of Wall Street; The Wolverine; World War Z; and The World’s End.

    A note to say that I haven’t seen some of the major Oscar-bait films like August Osage County, Before Midnight, Blue Is The Warmest Color, Blue Jasmine, Frances Ha, Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Lone Survivor, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and Short Term 12, or any animated film other than Frozen, so none of those films feature in any of my nominations.
  2. Thor wrote
    Blockbusters are fine. Plenty on my list too. I need a little bit of both, as it were. Curious to hear franz' list this year, though. We both seem to enjoy films that aren't always the biggest American productions.


    It's coming. I might try and put it on my blog and post a link here.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2014
    Edmund Meinerts wrote
    I usually do end up seeing a handful of the year's more acclaimed smaller pictures, but not until a while after the fact. I tend to limit my big screen expenditure to films that really justify it with spectacular cinematography/imagery/effects.


    It's interesting that you say that, because a film like LA GRANDE BELEZZA by Paolo Sorrentino is a typical artfilm in many ways (with its references to Fellini, Antonioni, Bunuel, Resnais etc), but at the same time ripe with 'spectacular cinematography/imagery/effects' that can best be viewed on a big screen.
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  3. I'm very much looking forward to LA GRANDE BELEZZA. While I have a copy of it, I notice it's getting a brief cinema release in Sydney in late January. smile
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      CommentAuthorchristopher
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2014 edited
    Jon Broxton wrote
    That same group of friends and I are doing our annual "If We Were Chosing the Oscars" business that we did last year (albeit with a couple of tweaked categories).


    I won't quote the whole thing smile. I liked seeing GRAVITY in so many of your categories. I think it deserves not only to be nominated in all of those categories, but to win them. I haven't seen nearly as many films as you have this year, but I haven't seen anything even close to GRAVITY in quality.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2014
    Eric wrote
    My little list in no particular order ... wink

    * Gravity
    * World War Z
    * Captain Phillips
    * Thor: The Dark World
    * Kick-Ass 2
    * You're Next
    * Star Trek Into Darkness
    * Mama
    * Gangster Squad
    * Evil Dead


    You're Next? What's this about.
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2014
    Thor wrote
    Blockbusters are fine. Plenty on my list too. I need a little bit of both, as it were. Curious to hear franz' list this year, though. We both seem to enjoy films that aren't always the biggest American productions.

    Me too! Although I have no idea anymore what I've seen in the first half of the year.... La Grande Belezza is on my list but running times are not very good here, too early during the day (because it's such a long film). As for the best film and experience, I'd go with Gravity too.
    Kazoo
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      CommentAuthorEric
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2014 edited
    Demetris wrote

    You're Next? What's this about.


    You're Next is a horror / slasher film Demetris , directed by Adam Wingard and starring Sharni Vinson amongst others . During a family reunion getaway , the Davison family comes under a sadistic attack. When Crispian Davison brings his new girlfriend along to celebrate the wedding anniversary of his parents , the family’s evening together is shattered when a gang of mysterious killers begin to hunt the family down with brutal precision. Unfortunately for the killers however, one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back...

    For me it was a brilliant horror movie. It's smart , clever and stylish and has lots of black humor. It was a breath of fresh air amongst all the terrible slasher movies out there . Sharni Vinson was great as Erin. She was smart , fierce and an all around bad-ass. smile If you're a fan of the genre , give this one a look you won't be disappointed ... wink

    Click here if you wanna see the trailer ...
    "Simplicity is the key to brilliance"
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      CommentAuthorErik Woods
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2014
    Demetris wrote
    Eric wrote
    My little list in no particular order ... wink

    * Gravity
    * World War Z
    * Captain Phillips
    * Thor: The Dark World
    * Kick-Ass 2
    * You're Next
    * Star Trek Into Darkness
    * Mama
    * Gangster Squad
    * Evil Dead


    You're Next? What's this about.


    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=You%27re+Next

    -Erik-
    host and producer of CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO | www.cinematicsound.net | www.facebook.com/cinematicsound | I HAVE TINNITUS!
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      CommentAuthorEric
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2014
    biggrin
    "Simplicity is the key to brilliance"
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2014 edited
    Thanks Eric! Looks pretty nice, and very nicely shot too, i will check it out.
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2017 edited
    Seems like we didn't update this thread for the last three years, so I'm going to do an update now. Better late than never.

    These are my top 20 favourite fims of 2014:

    http://montages.no/2015/01/thor-joachims-topp-20-2014/

    And here's the full list of 2014 movies (137 in total), in ranked order:

    https://mubi.com/lists/2014-films-ranked--3

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    These are my top 20 favourite films of 2015:

    http://montages.no/2016/01/thor-joachims-topp-20-2015/

    And here's the full list of 2015 movies (147 in total), in ranked order:

    https://mubi.com/lists/2015-films-ranked

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    These are my top 20 movies of 2016:

    http://montages.no/2017/01/thor-joachims-topp-20-2016/

    And here's the full list of 2016 movies (162 in total), in ranked order:

    https://mubi.com/lists/2016-films-ranked
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  4. I'm pleasantly surprised to see Nerve so high on the list - really enjoyed that one, and it felt like a rare film that really understands and engages with the sort of social dynamics that are created and fueled by social networks. Cool score, too - the sort of all-electronic effort I can really get behind.

    The high marks for Jason Bourne (thought it was boring as hell) and low ones for The Jungle Book and Civil War (both solidly crafted pieces of entertainment) surprise me a bit though.

    Also, how do you manage to watch 162 movies and still not see Kubo and the Two Strings? Get on that!
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2017
    Edmund Meinerts wrote
    Also, how do you manage to watch 162 movies and still not see Kubo and the Two Strings? Get on that!


    I've seen it, but only THIS year. Didn't care for it, I'm afraid. Looked and felt cheap.
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  5. Is that a reaction to this particular film or do you feel similarly about all stop-motion? I can assure you that the immense amount of work it takes to produce a feature-length stop-motion film with that level of detail is everything but "cheap".
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2017
    I know. But the execution felt cheap to me. But the major point was the lack of any involving drama (the little there was, felt clichéed and forced). That's also a form of 'cheapness' (cheapness of content). It felt like something that could be presented as kiddie TV.
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      CommentAuthorCaliburn
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2017
    My favorite movie in 2016 was by far Deadpool. :P I like to be entertained when I am watching a movie, and that movie did just do that!
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2017
    Caliburn wrote
    My favorite movie in 2016 was by far Deadpool. :P I like to be entertained when I am watching a movie, and that movie did just do that!


    Pretty good film, yes. Also has one of the best scores of the year (yeah, I know I'm in the minority on that one).
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