Love movies as we do, you had to assume there would be a “mini-Oscar preview” from Margaret….so here it is; her predictions, faves…

First predictions;                                                                                                                                                           “Sunday night….The Oscars. My fave night of the year. I have seen all the nominated films. My predictions (see below for my faves/picks):Screen Shot 2015-02-21 at 1.57.18 PM

Best Picture: Boyhood; Best Actor: Michael Keaton; Best Actress: Julianne Moore; Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons; Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette; Best Director: Richard Linklater; Best Foreign Film: Ida; Best Cinematography: Birdman; Best Costume Design: Grand Budapest Hotel”

Her Faves;                                                                                                                                                              “Now……my Oscar “faves” for a few categories:
Best Picture: Whiplash – wonderful little movie with something for everyone and not a bit of controversy; Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything); Best Actress: Juliane Moore (Still Alice) no competition here; Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) she had NO vanity here, what woman would want to watch herself age over 12 years in “real time” and no botox/surgery?!; Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons (Whiplash) best SOB in years; Best Foreign Language: Ida (personally, one of the BEST of any category); Best Documentary: Life Itself (doc of Roger Ebert’s life – which btw was not even nominated – what a travesty!) Now on to 2015! ; )”

And Peter says; I mostly agree with Margaret’s predictions for winners in the big categories.  Unfortunately winners seldom mean they’re the best in a category; often it means the studio or producers spent the most to promote their film with the Academy voters, which I don’t agree with.  Let the films, actors and production people stand on their own merit (guess I’m an idealist).  That said, this year has no big studio blockbuster up for best picture….mostly smaller films, which is good.  We haven’t seen all the foreign or documentary films…regardless I agree that both Ida and Life Itself are excellent; see them!