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My Oscars 2015

The 87th Academy Awards are taking place this Sunday and it’s easily the biggest night of the year that Hollywood has to offer. Some great talent is sure to be honored, but I’m also sure that the Academy will fail to honor some of the more worthy individuals. Since I am not a member of the Academy and can’t actually choose who gets to take home the gold on Sunday, I decided to create my own awards. They may not be quite as prestigious as the Oscars, but maybe some of this year’s nominees will appreciate the praise that I’m giving them. Agree with my choices? What categories would you do differently? Let me know in the comments below!

Best Director

Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

David Fincher – Gone Girl

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

Denis Villeneuve – Enemy

Best Actor

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

Tom Hardy – Locke

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

Scarlett Johannson – Under the Skin

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Shailene Woodley – The Fault in our Stars

Best Supporting Actor

Riz Ahmed – Nightcrawler

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Edward Norton – Birdman

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Carrie Coon – Gone Girl

Rene Russo – Nightcrawler

Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer

Naomi Watts – Birdman

Best Original Screenplay

Calvary – John Michael McDonagh

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness

Locke – Steven Knight

Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Best Adapted Screenplay

Enemy – Javier Gullón

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson

Under the Skin – Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer

Wild – Nick Hornby

Best Cinematography

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki

Enemy – Nicolas Bolduc

Foxcatcher – Greig Fraser

Gone Girl – Jeff Cronenweth

Interstellar – Hoyte Van Hoytema

Best Original Score

Enemy – Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans

Godzilla – Alexandre Desplat

Gone Girl – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Interstellar – Hans Zimmer

The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson

Best Original Song

“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie

“Glory” from Selma

“I’ll get you what you Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)” from Muppets Most Wanted

“Split the Difference” from Boyhood

“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

 

Best Editing

Boyhood – Sandra Adair

Gone Girl – Kirk Baxter

Interstellar – Lee Smith

The Raid 2 – Gareth Evans

Whiplash – Tom Cross

Best Production Design

Exodus: Gods and Kings – Arthur Max

Foxcatcher – Jess Gonchor

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen

Interstellar – Nathan Crowley

Snowpiercer – Ondrej Nekvasil

Best Sound

The Babadook – Frank Lipson

Edge of Tomorrow – James Boyle and Dominic Gibbs

Fury – Paul N.J. Ottosson

Godzilla – Erik Aadahl, David Alvarez and Ethan Van der Ryn

Interstellar – Gary Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten and Richard King

Best Visual Effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Edge of Tomorrow

Godzilla

Guardians of the Galaxy

Interstellar

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The Muppets give off such a lovable charm that it’s almost impossible to imagine someone not loving them. They’re lovable characters who always manage to entertain and garner big laughs. Every Muppet character gets at least one memorable moment in Muppets Most Wanted, the follow-up to 2011’s The Muppets. Although this entry may be missing Jason Segel and Amy Adams, audience members will hardly notice; director James Bobin, working from a savvy script that he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller, keeps the proceedings light and fast paced. With the aid of some fantastic songs by Bret McKenzie, Muppets Most Wanted is a film that will put a smile on the face of every viewer, regardless of age.

Muppets Most Wanted picks up quite literally where the previous installment left off: The Muppets have just finished their newest film and are trying to decide what to do next. This leads into the film’s first song, the hilarious, toe-tapping “We’re Doing a Sequel”. The Muppets hire a new tour manager, Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) and he suggests that they go on a world tour. While in Berlin, Kermit the Frog is ambushed by Constantine, an escaped felon who looks like Kermit in practically every way, except for the mole on his right cheek. Constantine frames Kermit by gluing a mole onto his cheek and soon Kermit is in custody and headed toward a Siberian gulag run by Nadya (Tina Fey). Constantine replaces Kermit in The Muppets, which allows him and Dominic to team up and execute their long planned heist. As The Muppets continue to travel across Europe, they arouse the suspicions of CIA Agent Sam the Eagle and Interpol Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell, in a ridiculous French accent), just as they themselves begin to grow suspicious of the frog that is now claiming to be Kermit.

Muppets Most Wanted is gloriously self-aware, poking fun at heist films, conventional plot structures and even the previous Muppets film. The film makes references to everything from 1957’s The Seventh Seal to 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption and one can’t help but marvel at the sheer level of ingenuity that Bobin and Stoller put into the script. Being forced to set up the characters and get everybody in place, the film’s first act is the least humorous, but once the film enters its second act, the jokes come fast and furiously. This is a film that will demand a second viewing, if only to catch all the jokes that rapidly fly across the screen.

One of the highlights of The Muppets was the fantastic songs written by Bret McKenzie and, once again, the songs in Muppets Most Wanted do not disappoint. The previously mentioned “We’re Doing a Sequel” starts the film off on an exuberantly positive note and its follow-up, “I’m Number One”, is a fun duet between Constantine and Gervais. “The Big House” is an enjoyable number that features Tina Fey singing in a Russian accent and Miss Piggy’s “Something so Right” is surprisingly moving. But without a doubt, the film’s best number is “I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)”. Sung by Constantine to Miss Piggy, the song is one of the film’s funniest moments and it isn’t difficult to imagine the song being featured on McKenzie’s hilarious show, Flight of the Conchords.

With so many obscure references and subtle jokes, it’s difficult to imagine children understanding most of the film’s humor, but they will likely enjoy all the fun that is appearing on screen. Packed with loads of star studded cameos and an exciting finale, Muppets Most Wanted is a film that adults may enjoy even more than kids. Bobin has once again done a great job with the material and brought back The Muppets in a sweet, smart and savvy fashion.

“We’re doing a sequel, that’s what we do in Hollywood. And everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good,” sing the Muppets early on in the film. Thankfully, in the case of Muppets Most Wanted, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Muppets Most Wanted receives 3/4