Yesterday, I gave a beating to a movie you all inexplicably love as part of the Against the Crowd Blogathon and exhalted one you should. That got me in a contrarian mood. What better way to keep that going than by joining another blogathon that asks us to go against, not just conventional wisdom, but what actually happened. Matt at Film Guy Reviews is hosting his very first blogathon. He calls it the Oscar Re-Do Blogathon. I'm loving this just from the title. All I need to know now is what to do. Matt laid down some simple rules for us to follow.
For this blogathon, you guys pick one of your favorite films over any particular year that didn't get a lot of Oscar love and to make up for that injustice, nominate it across the board. The rules are fairly simple:
1. You must only pick one film from one year.
2. When nominating it in different categories, you must take out one actual nominee to make room for yours.
Ex: Shame (2011)
-Who goes off: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Best Director (Steve McQueen):
-Who goes off: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
3. After including it in each category you chose, give a short blurb as to why you would've entered it in the different categories that you chose and why you would've nominated it over the nominees that you replaced.
4. It can be a film that is already nominated. But one that only has about one or two.
5. After posting on your blog, you can post the link in the comments section of this page or tweet me @filmguy619.
You guys have two weeks to take part in this blogathon and I look forward to what you guys come up with. Have fun!
Okay. I can do this. To make it work, we're only going back to the most recent Oscars. We must so that we can correct one of the greatest injustices in Academy Award history. At least, I think so. And that's all that counts.
Yup, it's time to give this movie it's just due...
Let's start with the obvious and give it the nomination it so richly deserves for...
Best Animated Feature
Since The LEGO Movie is in, something has to go. We're getting rid of...
Sorry, Hiccup. It's a cute movie and all, but no. You gotta go.
We're not done yet. To make this feel even better, we're going to pick on one movie in particular. Let's see if you can guess which one. The LEGO Movie is going in all over the place.
Best Original Screenplay
Best Original Song
Out: Lost Stars from Begin Again
(I know this will give it two nominations in this category. So?)
Best Supporting Actor
Out: Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
If you haven't figured it out, I hated Boyhood. To quote my own review "the movie drones on and on, showing us the same thing over and over with people who are progressively a year older than in the prior scene." It does this in the most boring manner, possible, too. How it got a nod for Best Original Screenplay, I'll never know. Where's the skill in writing a script with no plot, no conflict, no rising action, no climax, you know, script stuff. This gives its actors nothing to work with. As much as it pains me to say this, I'll give Patricia Arquette a pass. It's not that she was so great, but I couldn't quite justify dropping her, or any of the other nominees, for Elizabeth Banks who voices Wild Style in The LEGO Movie. Still, I can't let the performers of Boyhood off scot-free. That means, Ethan Hawke gets the axe. He wasn't bad, but Will Arnett as Batman in The LEGO Movie was just so much better. He was perfect. I was tempted to also give a nod to Morgan Freeman, but there were no more Boyhood actors to get rid of. I kid, I kid. Sorta. Freeman was great. I was