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Well, the oscars have been announced folks, let's see who made the list:

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

Possible win: Best bet is "Boyhood," Oscar voters might see giving a film that took 12 years to make "ground-breaking" and give it for all the work put into this film.
My choice: I'm between "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" for this.

Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Possible Win: Michael Keaton has been sweeping the award shows this year for his performance, so he seems like a safe bet for sure.
My choice: Why was Ralph Fiennes not chosen? I loved his performance in "Grand Budapest Hotel."

Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Possible Win: The award season for these ladies has been all over the place, with most going towards Julianne Moore, so she could win unless Felicity's weepy-eyed housewife performance wins over Oscar voters.
My choice: I dunno, too early to say.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Possible Win: J.K. Simmons has also been sweeping up at the award shows, so he too is a safe bet for the win unless the Oscars decides to pull a fast one on us.
My choice: well, Edward Norton did give some outstanding acting for "Birdman," but I'm set for J.K. Simmons to go home with an Oscar.

Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Possible Win: Patricia Arquette to say for sure, but Laura Dern being nominated is a surpass that could get voters to actually WATCH the movies sent to them.
My choice: Again, the cast of "Birdman" really pulled some outstanding performances and Emma Stone really shone through, she shone brighter here than in "Amazing Spider-Man 2," I'll say that for sure.

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Possible Win: Phew...tough, but I think Voters will lean to Richard Linklater, again, not so much for direction, but for having the patience to make a movie that took 12 years. Though another safe bet is Alejandro González Iñárritu.
My choice: Where are all the women directors? I had read somewhere that if Ava DuVernay was nominated, it would mark her as the first African American woman director in Oscar history. 
Either way, my personal choice is Wes Anderson, finally taking the nominated spot for directing.

Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Possible Win: If I've learned anything form last year, it's Oscar voters don't always watch all the movies sent to them, this was revealed from voter ballots that stated most voters just picked Frozen because it was popular and they didn't see any of the other nominated films. So by chance, "How to Train Your Dragon 2," might go home with the Oscar, unless "Song of the Sea" develops enough of a following for it to get chosen, but that's a long shot to say the least.
My choice: N/A,  I didn't see any of these movies so I'm not qualified to choose.

Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”

Possible Win: I dunno, choosing between the constant tracking long-shot of "Birdman" or the rich splendorous visuals of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" could really tug at voters.
My choice: "Grand Budapest Hotel," duh.

Costume Design
Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Mark Bridges, “Inherent Vice”
Colleen Atwood, “Into the Woods”
Anna B. Sheppard, “Maleficent”
Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”

Possible Win: Another win for the extravagant costume work provided by Milena Canonero for her work on "Grand Budapest Hotel," unless voters feel nostalgic for Coleen Atwood...
My choice: Say it with me, "Grand Budapest Hotel is the greatest movie of 2014."

Documentary Feature
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Finding Vivian Maier”

Possible Win: Probable choice could be "Last Days in Vietnam" for the sedimental voters.
My Choice: N/A didn't see these movies, though I did make the effort last year to see all the nominated documentary films. I'm disappointed however "Jodorowsky's Dune" is not nominated.

Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”

Possible Win: Gonna go out on a limb and say it may be "Crisis Hotline" from what it's described on the Oscar website.
My Choice: N/A

Film Editing
Joel Cox and Gary Roach, “American Sniper”
Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”
Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”
Tom Cross, “Whiplash”

Possible Win: Surprised "Birdman" isn't on here, but possible win could go to "Boyhood" for editing 12 years of footage or "Grand Budapest Hotel" for it's smooth editing along with it's smooth camera movements.

Foreign Language Film
“Wild Tales”

Possible Win: "Leviathan" has been sweeping at the award shows, so it's a safe bet, though "Timbuktu" looks beautifully shot.
My Choice: N/A

Makeup and Hairstyling
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, “Foxcatcher”
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White, “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Possible Win: hmm, between Steve Carrel's nose prosthetic, Tilda Swinton's old woman make-up and the red/grey skin of Dave Bautista, you could see what they have to go with.
My Choice: uhhhhhhhhhh, hmmm....I'll get back to you on that....

Music – Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
Gary Yershon, “Mr Turner”
Jóhann Jóhannsson, “The Theory of Everything”

Possible Win: Dunno why anyone would nominate the dull tunes of "The Theory of Everything" when the driving shrill of Hans Zimmer and the whimsical bounce of Alexandre Desplat are far more worth-while selections.
My Choice: Do I need to say it again? "Grand, Budapest, Hotel."

Music – Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”
“Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”
“Grateful” by Diane Warren, “Beyond the Lights”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, “Begin Again”

Possible Win: People have been going for the John Legend tune, seems a safe bet to say the least, though listening to the songs on youtube will give anyone else a possible choice.
My Choice: Why the f*ck did anyone nominate "Everything is Awesome?" It's one of the most obnoxious songs I've heard in a very long time, and damn it, Nicki Minaj has made more obnoxious songs than that! I'm sorry, I really don't like that, I'll give it to "Glory," mostly cause it's the only tune that at least feels large in scale rather than dull.

Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Production design: Adam Stockhausen, Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“The Imitation Game,” Production design: Maria Djurkovic, Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
“Interstellar,” Production design: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
“Into the Woods,” Production design: Dennis Gassner, Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“Mr. Turner,” Production design: Suzie Davies, Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Possible Win: Tricky choice...but I imagine it being slimmed down between "Interstellar" and "Grand Budapest Hotel."
My Choice: What do you think? Another choice for the Budapest.

Short Film – Animated
“The Bigger Picture,” Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
“The Dam Keeper,” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
“Feast,” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
“Me and My Moulton,” Torill Kove
“A Single Life,” Joris Oprins

Possible Win: hard to say, but I'm going to say it may be "The Bigger Picture" for it's distinctive art style.
My Choice: Call me sedimental, but I'm picking Torill Kove's "Me and My Moulton," also, if you got the time, check out her previous work "The Danish Poet."

Short Film – Live Action
“Aya,” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
“Boogaloo and Graham,” Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
“Butter lamp,” Hu Wei and Julien Féret
“Parvaneh,” Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
“The Phone Call,” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Possible Win: uhhhhhh, you choose!
My Choice: N/A

Sound Editing
“American Sniper,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
“Birdman,” Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
“Interstellar,” Richard King
“Unbroken,” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Possible Win: Haven't "American Sniper" yet, but chances are it or "Interstellar" might take it. 
My Choice: same as above

Sound Mixing
“American Sniper,” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
“Birdman,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
“Interstellar,” Garry A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
“Unbroken,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
”Whiplash,” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Possible Win: Hmm, tough call, but it could go between "American Sniper," "Interstellar" or "Whiplash."
My Choice: I'm gonna go on a limb with "Whiplash."

Visual Effects
“Captain America: Winter Soldier,” Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
“Guardians of the Galaxy,” Stephanie Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
“Interstellar,” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

Possible Win: "Interstellar," you'll see.
My Choice: Man did I love me some "Guardians of the Galaxy" for making a talking raccoon seem like you could pet it.

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”
Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Win: Poooooooooossiblyyyyyyyyyyy "The Theory of Everything" but again, I haven't seen "American Sniper" yet. 
My Choice: anything but "The Theory of Everything."

Writing – Original Screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

Possible Win: Tough call, it could go between "Boyhood" or "Birdman"
My Choice: While I greatly enjoyed "Grand Budapest Hotel," I would't be upset if "Nightcrawler" took the gold either.

and there you have my thoughts. Comments anyone?

Who saw "American Sniper" and thought of it as "pro-war propaganda?" 

4 deviants said I didn't see "American Sniper" but I don't think it is Pro-war propaganda
3 deviants said I saw "American Sniper" and thought to it as pro-war propaganda, not a war film
2 deviants said I will not see "American Sniper" because it is pro-war propaganda
2 deviants said Truth be told, I can only ask you see it yourselves and make your own conclusions, I'm only here to tell you what I thought of it and I watched it as a movie first, not a representation of war glorification (cause if it did, this movie would not show war'
1 deviant said I saw "American Sniper" but didn't think of it as propaganda, just a war film
1 deviant said (screw it, you want pro-war propaganda, just watch John Wayne's 1967 "The Green Berets")
No deviants said What the hell is pro-war propaganda and why do you keep repeating it?
No deviants said Honestly, I just went into this to see if it deserved it's nominations and the only one I wouldn't be upset with winning is Best Editing, the movie is well edited and well directed, I'll give it that.


Alec or Voltz suits me
Artist | Hobbyist | Film & Animation
United States

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Me? Well, to be frank; I'm just an 21 year old film-making student who is hoping to learn the arts of the trade so I can create and receive an Academy Award for making a film that will make you all think.

I am 21 years old and I have a few student films under my belt, very little experience but I'd be damned if I didn't tell you I am an incredibly bright person who wants to offer the world something unique and something that isn't tired and cliched.

I have Autism but I am a very high-functioning person who uses his disability as a gift even when there are days it feels like a curse.

I enjoy playing video games, watching movies with a good well-written story with great actors and good music, reading good books when I feel like it and otherwise trying to motivate myself to actually do some damn work around here.

Apart from that, I don't try to reveal too much about myself, I'm choosing to try and keep myself below the radar. Have fun with all my deviant crap! ^^

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This is my 100 Films/100 parodies challenge. These are all the films I have or have to parody. Follow the links to the ones availble if you want to know what I did for that film:
100. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) =
99. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
98. Unforgiven (1992) =
97. Bringing Up Baby (1938) =
96. The Searchers (1956) =
95. Pulp Fiction (1994) =
94. Goodfellas (1990) =
93. The Apartment (1960)
92. A Place in the Sun (1951)
91. My Fair Lady (1964)
90. The Jazz Singer (1927) =
89. Patton (1970)
88. Easy Rider (1969) =
87. Frankenstein (1931) =
86. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
85. Duck Soup (1933) =
84. Fargo (1996)
83. Platoon (1986) =…
82. Giant (1956)
81. Modern Times (1936) =
80. The Wild Bunch (1969) =
79. The Deer Hunter (1978)
78. Rocky (1976)
77. American Graffiti (1973)
76. City Lights (1931) =
75. Dances with Wolves (1990) =
74. The Gold Rush (1925) =
73. Wuthering Heights (1939)
72. Ben-Hur (1959)
71. Forrest Gump (1994) =
70. The French Connection (1971) =
69. Shane (1953) =
68. An American in Paris (1951)
67. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
66. Network (1976) =
65. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) =
64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
63. Stagecoach (1939) =
62. Tootsie (1982)
61. Vertigo (1958) =
60. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) =
59. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) =
58. Fantasia (1940) =…
57. The Third Man (1949) =
56. M.A.S.H. (1970)
55. The Sound of Music (1965) =
54. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) =
53. Amadeus (1984) =
52. From Here to Eternity (1953)
51. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
50. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) =
49. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937) =…
48. Jaws (1975) =
47. Taxi Driver (1976) =…
46. A Clockwork Orange (1971) =
45. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
44. The Birth of a Nation (1915) =
43. King Kong (1933) =
42. Rear Window (1954) =
41. West Side Story (1961) =
40. North by Northwest (1959) =
39. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
38. Double Indemnity (1944)
37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
36. Midnight Cowboy (1969) =
35. It Happened One Night (1934) =
34. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) =
33. High Noon (1952)
32. The Godfather Part II (1974) =
31. Annie Hall (1977) =
30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) =
29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) =
28. Apocalypse Now (1979) =
27. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) =…
26. Dr. Strangelove (1963) =…
25. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
24. Raging Bull (1980) =
23. The Maltese Falcon (1941) =
22. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) =
21. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) =…
19. Chinatown (1974) =
18. Psycho (1960) =
17. The African Queen (1951) =
16. All About Eve (1950)
15. Star Wars (1977) =
14. Some Like it Hot (1959) =
13. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
12. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
11. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) =
10. Singin’ In the Rain (1952) =
9. Schindler’s List (1993) =
8. On the Waterfront (1952) =
7. The Graduate (1967) =…
6. The Wizard of Oz (1939) =
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) =
4. Gone with the Wind (1939) =
3. The Godfather (1972) =
2. Casablanca (1942) =
1. Citizen Kane (1941) =

Current Residence: Seattle, Washington
Favourite genre of music: Any genre will do if I like it, but I'm picky-choosy on that end.
Favourite style of art: Anime! and fanart is quite a good style of art...
Wallpaper of choice: have lightning bolts flashing all over my wall and we're gold
Favourite cartoon character: Bart Simpson, Homer Simpson, Wall-E, Edward Elric
Personal Quote: "You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone"


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Mojaramask Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on winning my Favorite Death Battle of All Time! You deserved it!
Volts48 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I did? (Checks your list) huh, well how about that, I'm flattered! Thank you very much! ^^
Fishlover Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merry Christmas! :holly:
Volts48 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks Maggie! ^^
Jarvisrama99 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Hey, I just watched the 1977 Rankin/Bass Hobbit after seeing the final Peter Jackson movie. I was wondering, do you still plan on reviewing the cartoon or do you plan not reviewing it since you were facing computer problems? 
Volts48 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I was hoping to release it before the last movie but it seems moot now.
Still trying to get a Christmas review out of the way and I think I found one, an obscure Hallmark special with Tim Curry and Ed Asner.
It's also easy to make fun of it.
Jarvisrama99 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Okay. Looking forward to it. :)
Volts48 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Here's something that blew my mind to find out for the minimal research I've done (minimal because there isn't a lot I can find on this movie), the guy who directed this one, is Toby Bluth, who also directed another animated Christmas movie I tore into back in 2012; "Babes in Toyland."…
This feels like I'm going full circle...
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