2015 Oscar Predictions in All Categories! 


The question on everybody’s mind is will it be “Boyhood” or “Birdman?” The Oscars this Sunday will be one of the most nail-biting Academy Awards in recent history. In the beginning of the awards season, Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was winning the best picture category in many of the award-giving bodies.

And then, the Producers Guild and Directors Guild Awards happened where Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman” took the top prizes.

Same can be said with Michael Keaton. The actor was a surefire bet to win until the Screen Actors Guild decided to crown Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything.”

So this Sunday, it’s all up in the air. But this is my Super Bowl and so I analyzed all the statistics which led me to my predictions below. Beware! I am not a fortune teller, only a movie buff. But don’t forget me if you win your Oscar pool. I just want a dollar! Read More...

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The Worst Movie of 2014  

Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas" singlehandedly won the Worst Movie of the Year title at the recently concluded Razzies! The film also won Worst Screenplay, Worst Actor (Cameron), and Worst Screen Combo (Cameron and his ego).

But Ben Affleck has been redeemed. Previously on the "Gigli" kind, the actor/director has since moved on to "Argo" and "Gone Girl" hence, Affleck received the first ever Razzies Redeemer Award. Awww...

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Razzie Awards:

Worst Picture
"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" - WINNER

"Left Behind"
"The Legend of Hercules"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction"

Worst Director
Michael Bay, "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" - WINNER

Darren Doane, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
Renny Harlin, "The Legend of Hercules"
Jonathan Liebesman, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Seth Macfarlane, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

Worst Actor
Kirk Cameron, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" - WINNER

Nicolas Cage, "Left Behind"
Kellan Lutz, "The Legend of Hercules"
Seth Macfarlane, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"
Adam Sandler, "Blended"

Worst Supporting Actor
Mel Gibson, "Expendables 3"
Kelsey Grammer, "Expendables 3," "Legends of Oz," "Think Like a Man Too," "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" - WINNER
Shaquille O'Neal, "Blended"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Expendables 3"
Kiefer Sutherland, "Pompeii"

Worst Actress
Drew Barrymore, "Blended"
Cameron Diaz, "The Other Woman" and "Sex Tape" - WINNER
Melissa McCarthy, "Tammy"
Charlize Theron, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"
Gaia Weiss, "The Legend of Hercules"

Worst Supporting Actress
Cameron Diaz, "Annie"
Megan Fox, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - WINNER
Nicola Peltz, "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction"
Susan Sarandon, "Tammy"
Brigitte Ridenour (nee Cameron), "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"

Worst Screenplay
"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas," written by Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey - WINNER

"Left Behind," screenplay by Paul LaLonde and John Patus, based on the novel by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
"Sex Tape," screenplay by Kate Angelo and Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller
"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction," written by Ehren Kruger, based on Hasbro's Transformers action figures
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," written by Evan Daugherty and Andre Nemec & Josh Applebaum, based on characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman

Worst Remake, Sequel, or Rip-off
"Annie" - WINNER

"Atlas Shrugged #3: Who Is John Galt?"
"The Legend of Hercules"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction"

Worst Screen Combo
Any two robots, actors, or robotic actors, "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction"
Kirk Cameron and his ego, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" - WINNER
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, "Sex Tape"
Kellen Lutz and either his abs, his pecs, or his glutes, "The Legend of Hercules"
Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

Redeemer Award
Ben Affleck: From Razzie "Winner" for "Gigli" to Oscar darling for "Argo" and "Gone Girl" - WINNER

Jennifer Aniston: From four-time Razzie nominee to SAG award nominee for "Cake"
Mike Myers: From Razzie "Winner" for "Love Guru" to Docu Director of "Supermensch"
Keanu Reeves: From six-time Razzie nominee to the critically acclaimed "John Wick"
Kristen Stewart: From six-time Razzie "Winner" for "Twilight" to the art house hit "Camp X-Ray"

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"Birdman," "Boyhood" Top 2015 Independent Spirit Awards 

And the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the winners and it's looking a lot like the Academy Awards! "Birdman" beat "Boyhood" for the Best Feature trophy but Richard Linklater took away the Best Director award from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.

Is this a sign of what's going to happen at the Oscars tonight?

Stay tuned...


(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
WINNER: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole

Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland
Love is Strange
Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy
Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey
Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak

WINNER: Richard Linklater

Damien Chazelle
Ava DuVernay
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
David Zellner
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

WINNER: Dan Gilroy

Scott Alexander &Larry Karaszewski
Big Eyes
J.C. Chandor
A Most Violent Year
Jim Jarmusch
Only Lovers Left Alive
Ira Sachs &Mauricio Zacharias
Love is Strange

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
WINNER: Nightcrawler
Director: Dan Gilroy
Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah
Dear White People
Director/Producer: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Lena Waithe
Obvious Child
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Producer: Elisabeth Holm
She's Lost Control
Director/Producer: Anja Marquardt
Producers: Mollye Asher, Kiara C. Jones

WINNER: Justin Simien
Dear White People

Desiree Akhavan
Appropriate Behavior
Sara Colangelo
Little Accidents
Justin Lader
The One I Love
Anja Marquardt
She's Lost Control

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - Given to the best feature made for under
$500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.
WINNER: Land Ho!
Writers/Directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens
Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy

Blue Ruin
Writer/Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Producers: Richard Peete, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani
It Felt Like Love
Writer/Director/Producer: Eliza Hittman
Producers: Shrihari Sathe, Laura Wagner
Man From Reno
Writer/Director: Dave Boyle
Writers: Joel Clark, Michael Lerman
Producer: Ko Mori
Writer/Director/Producer: Chris Mason Johnson
Producer: Chris Martin

WINNER: Julianne Moore
Still Alice

Marion Cotillard
The Immigrant
Rinko Kikuchi
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Jenny Slate
Obvious Child
Tilda Swinton
Only Lovers Left Alive

WINNER: Michael Keaton
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

André Benjamin
Jimi: All Is By My Side
Jake Gyllenhaal
John Lithgow
Love is Strange
David Oyelowo

WINNER: Patricia Arquette

Jessica Chastain
A Most Violent Year
Carmen Ejogo
Andrea Suarez Paz
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Emma Stone
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

WINNER: J.K. Simmons

Riz Ahmed
Ethan Hawke
Alfred Molina
Love is Strange
Edward Norton
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

WINNER: Emmanuel Lubezki
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Darius Khondji
The Immigrant
Sean Porter
It Felt Like Love
Lyle Vincent
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Bradford Young

WINNER: Tom Cross

Sandra Adair
John Gilroy
Ron Patane
A Most Violent Year
Adam Wingard
The Guest

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)
Director/Producer: Laura Poitras
Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

20,000 Days on Earth
Directors: Iain Forsyth &Jane Pollard
Producers: Dan Bowen, James Wilson
Stray Dog
Director: Debra Granik
Producer: Anne Rosellini
The Salt of the Earth
Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders
Producer: David Rosier
Director/Producer: Orlando von Einsiedel
Producer: Joanna Natasegara

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Force Majeure
Director: Ruben Östlund
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Director: Xavier Dolan
Norte, the End of History
Director: Lav Diaz
Under the Skin
United Kingdom
Director: Jonathan Glazer

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - (Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast)
Inherent Vice

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Casting Director: Cassandra Kulukundis
Ensemble Cast: Josh Brolin, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom,Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Serena Scott Thomas,Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Michael Kenneth Williams, Owen Wilson,Reese Witherspoon


Director/Producer: Bennett Miller
Producers: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik
Writers: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Actors: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum

18th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 18th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
WINNER: Chris Ohlson ("Kumiko The Treasure Hunter")

Chad Burris
Elisabeth Holm

21st ANNUAL KIEHL'S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 21st annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl's Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a
$25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl's Since 1851.

Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
The Retrieval
Director: Chris Eska

20th ANNUAL LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 20th annual Truer Than Fiction Award, sponsored by LensCrafters, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a
$25,000 unrestricted grant funded by LensCrafters.
WINNER: The Kill Team

Director: Dan Krauss
Approaching the Elephant
Director: Amanda Rose Wilder
Evolution of a Criminal
Director: Darius Clark Monroe
The Last Season
Director: Sara Dosa

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Beat My Oscar Predictions, If You Dare! 

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My Fun “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” Interview 

John Cusack may be gone but the “Hot Tub” magic lives on! Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson return to the franchise and joining the cast for the first time is Adam Scott as Cusack’s estranged son.

I sat down with Duke, Corddry, and Scott to talk about:

*** Why they want to return, or in Scott’s case, join the franchise – It’s all about money!
*** The funny Choozy Doozy scene hosted by Christian Slater
*** Do they miss Cusack at all?
*** What does Corddry, a “Daily Show” veteran, think of Jon Stewart leaving the show?

Here you go, have fun!

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