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Oscars 2015

Posted: February 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

Give me a few years and I will be considered to win an Oscar.

-Steven D. Jackson
SDJBooks.com

The Greatest Trick

oscars-universityobserver-ieSurprised, delighted and disappointed. That pretty much sums up my general response to this year’s Oscars, in which I got my predictions spectacularly wrong in almost every one of the main categories (in stark contrast to last year, which I predicted almost 100 per cent correctly).

Anyway, why surprised, delighted and disappointed? Surprised, for the afore-mentioned reason, delighted, because for once I agree with the Best Picture, and disappointed, because… well, you’ll see. There weren’t any Gandhi-beats-ET type outrages to get my blood boiling, but certainly a few winners raised my irritation levels. Here are my thoughts on most of them.

Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – For the first time since 2008, I agree with a Best Picture choice. That said, I wish to protest – again – at the continued snobbery the Academy demonstrates at the nomination stage. Genre fiction movies, however brilliant, continue…

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