With only a few hours to go until the obviation of all 2013-14 Oscar predictions, the Watching Between the Lines Gang thought it would be worth posting their collective predictions. The politicisation of the Oscars is often touted (and abundantly apparent), and these predictions don’t necessarily reflect what our team thinks should win, but what films we predict the academy will award. For some categories, favourites clearly emerged, but some distinctions of opinion appeared. Hopefully between us, we get ’em all right.
Let’s get this awards show on the road, from last to first.
Michael Bay is a filmmaker who has received a vast amount of criticism from cinema-goers and critics over the years. Personally, I feel Michael Bay is given far too much money to make his films, as his ‘blockbusters’ always seem to turn out very disappointing results on the screen. I don’t understand the psychology behind film executives that continue to fund him. Is their belief that the more money thrown at him, the better his films will become? This may seem like an outright attack on Michael Bay, but I am simply demonstrating how Michael Bay fails to deliver any films of quality despite being overindulgently funded. Out of the twenty films he has either directed or produced, only two of them have scored above 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, therefore it is safe to conclude that the majority of them are rotten if not worse. However, one cannot be too critical of Bay given his accolades, as he is the recipient of five MTV Movie Awards and four nominations for Worst Director at the Golden Raspberry Awards. Clearly, he is about as well-decorated as an igloo.
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ is a film that explores Greenwich Village in 1961 and follows the struggling career of musician Llewyn Davis. With Bob Dylan about to explode into music, we instead witness Llewyn go from couch to couch whilst also enduring the wrath of Carey Mulligan. At least he has a cat to keep him company (for the most part). This latest release from the Coen Brothers stands apart from their previous pictures such as ‘No Country for Old Men‘ and ‘True Grit‘, in the sense that it isn’t filled with action and eye-patches but rather with a story that never quite takes off.