Back around my 25th birthday, I decided to finally join the actors union. I’m glad I did for a variety of reasons, but one that makes it WORTH IT is the free screeners I get in order to vote in the SAG Awards (excuse the exorbitant joining fee and yearly dues) ;p. I’m exaggerating a bit here (not about the money), but I love to watch movies. And getting to watch the “best” films of the year for free? I’ll take it. I don’t love to write reviews, as I hate spoilers and want people to make their own judgments, but I thought I’d share a few of my (vague) thoughts on some of these films and who I think should be the frontrunners in the nominee lists.
Birdman : This is probably my favorite film of the year. It is shot beautifully and to appear as if it was shot in one take, which is reason enough to go see it. And because I’m an actor, it’s highly relatable. Such a cool film, and Edward Norton is my favorite.
The Imitation Game : This one stands out to me and is probably my second favorite. I knew absolutely nothing about the film or its subject matter (which is true) and thought it was so interesting. Plus, who doesn’t love Benedict Cumberbatch?
Boyhood : I had to simmer with this one for a while. Obviously, a film shot over the course of 12 years is an outstanding feat in itself. Even though I’m not a boy (obviously?), it was relatable to me on so many levels. And the more I thought about it, the more I LOVED what Linklater did with the parent characters. I just wasn’t a fan of the “boy” as he grew older (sorry!), which made the film fall a little short for me; I personally need to either love or appreciate the main character (and his/her acting). But I did love how the film portrayed Texas (we don’t all wear cowboy hats and ride horses to school), and it was so fun to see familiar places.
Lead Male Actors:
The male leads were ON POINT this year. Seriously, such amazing work. It’s really difficult for me to narrow this one down, but Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) are standing out to me right now.
Lead Female Actors:
Unfortunately, I wasn’t as moved or excited by the female leads this year, but Julianne Moore (Still Alice) was fantastic and has my vote. Funny story: I chose to read Still Alice five years ago and do a project on it about making the book a film. Little did I know, it would actually be made into a film all these years later! I found the coverage and film potential I wrote on it, and I have to admit, I think I did a pretty great job. Maybe I should be a producer? 😉
Supporting Male Actors:
Again, LOVED these guys. Edward Norton (Birdman) was such a fun character that it will be hard for me not to vote for him. And Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) was my favorite part about the whole film.
Supporting Female Actors:
Why oh why can’t I love the female actors more this year? I’m not saying they all didn’t do a great job; I just haven’t been WOWed (and maybe it’s the characters, not them). I haven’t seen Into the Woods yet, but it’s Meryl Streep…so…let’s just say Meryl Streep. ;p
Birdman. Just go see this movie already.
I admittedly haven’t watched most of the television shows and actors nominated this year. But all I have to say is : KEVIN SPACEY AND ROBIN WRIGHT FOREVER (House of Cards).
This was all super helpful, right (wrong)? I told you I’d be vague. I don’t usually like to read reviews because they confuse me and either amp up or lower my expectations. It’s great to go in with zero expectations and be blown away, so that’s really all I’m trying to do for you. 😉
Hurray for awards season! You’ll see me on that stage soon (ish).
P.S. For a full list of the nominees, go here. It must also be noted all of these films are worth seeing (the only ones I felt disappointed about were Gone Girl, Cake, and The Judge, but to each his own).