Stan Robinson’s Oscar® choices
Traditionally, movie reviewers predict who will take home the gold for the 87th Annual Academy Awards® on ABC-TV on 22 February 2015! This year, I will break from the norm and pass along ‘Who should receive the gold statues’ for the best in the top five categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor & Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor & Actress.
Best Picture and Best Director: ‘Boyhood’ ~ With a 12 year commitment by the cast and director Richard Linklater for the coming of age presentation of a boy named Mason (an award caliber performance by Ellar Coltrane) from age 5 to age 18 is an amazing on-screen transformation as we see the young actor grow up before our eyes.
Best Actress: Julianne Moore ‘Still Alice’ ~ A stunning performance of a highly successful person’s decent into Alzheimer’s Disease and its affect on those in her orbit. Over and above the powerful dramatic presentation, the film also serves as a guide for the reality of how to cope should someone close to us show the tell tale signs.
Best Supporting Actress: Keira Knightley ‘The Imitation Game’ ~ A mesmerizing performance as the only woman who assisted the English mathematician and logician Alan Turing, to help crack the famous Enigma code during World War II, can be attributed to being in the forefront to the women’s movement to independence and official recognition/fairness in the workplace.
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne ‘The Theory of Everything’ ~ Presenting a portrait of a life, from his teen to his 80s, health to physical debilitation, career to genius, and never giving up on living life as it was handed to him, Eddie Redmayne captures the essence of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and the decades it covers in a remarkable performance.
Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton ‘Birdman’ ~ Reflective of the ego of ‘Birdman’ (Michael Keaton) years ago, the up and coming co-star of the play featuring the return of the egotistical Birdman, Edward Norton’s character portrayal is the perfect balance as the two vie for creative control of the play that each hopes will propel them to current stardom in a clash of wills.
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The History of the “Oscar®” By Stan Robinson
The Oscar® statue is movie’s greatest prize, as the motion picture industry prepares for its biggest awards presentation: Annual Academy Awards®, commonly known as the Oscars®.
The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, formed in 1927, is a professional honorary organization of motion picture artists and craftsmen, with the primary goal to advance the arts and science of motion pictures.
The gold statue depicts a knight holding a crusader’s sword, standing on a reel of film with five spokes, signifying the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians. The award is 8.5 pounds in weight, 13.5 inches tall, and cast in Britannia metal and plated in 24-karat gold, with a round, black marble base.
When the statute was created in 1928, it was referred to as the Academy Award of Merit. Several stories lay claim to naming the statue Oscar. The one that the Academy supports is then Academy librarian Margaret Herrick remarked that the statue looked a lot like her Uncle Oscar (Pierce). The name stuck, and the Academy staff began referring to the statue as ‘Oscar’.
Margaret Herrick and her Uncle Oscar
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