Well…I lost. Again. To Joseph. Sad face.
The Oscars always seem to hold a few surprises. No matter how confident I am in my heavily researched picks, I always end the night with a “huh” look on my face.
Here is my selection process: First, I make a concerted effort to see every film nominated in every category. I follow up all my viewings with reading what every “expert” under the sun thinks will happen and their rationale and all that jazz. I then do my best to deduct their assured biases. And alas I come up with my picks.
Joseph and I only differed on two categories out of 24 this year. These were Best Makeup and Best Sound Editing. Logic originally told me The Iron Lady would win for makeup. But then there was the buzz for Harry Potter getting undeservedly shunned by The Academy. I figured they might throw them a bone in the visual section. The other difference was Sound Editing, which my gut told me would be Hugo. I again figured The Academy wouldn’t want to give Spielberg a sad face like mine and would throw him one bone for War Horse. I took two calculated risks and both backfired. I figured I’d at least get a split! So I finished getting 17/24 picks correct and Joseph got 19/24 correct. Congrats to Mr. Williams.
Now for what I would consider to be the Top 5 Oscar Surprises. Read more
Welcome to Clayton Martin and Joseph Williams’ Oscar Picks! This is the 6th year in a row we have done this but we finally have a good outlet to share it with you guys! We will be updating the winners on the webpage as the awards are given out and live tweeting our thoughts during the show. Joseph Williams is the defending champion. (By the slimmest of margins, Clayton would like to add)
Clayton would also like to publicly issue the following challenge: Starting next year, you can only select films you have seen. For instance, you can’t pick Christopher Plummer from Beginners unless you’ve seen Beginners. You can’t pick A Separation, unless of course you’ve seen A Separation. Just a thought.
For this year, picks were submitted at the same time to ensure no foul play. There are still only two variances so this has pretty much turned into here is who WILL win according to The Wise Guise. Here are our picks! Read more
“Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that’s why we’re all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it’s actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way.” -Tim Burton
Welcome to Part 2 of my 2011 movie rankings. As some of you know I absolutely love ranking things, so I’m sure ranking various film related topics will become a bit of a recurring theme. Also be sure to check back on Saturday for a special edition of The Imaginarium featuring Joseph Williams as we make our Oscar picks. This is a tradition we have done for many years on Facebook and I’m excited to have a new platform to display who is truly more knowledgable than who. If you would like to submit your picks feel free to do so to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a list of all nominees and, for your submissions, just predict the first 9 on that page and then Best Documentary to make 10 total. Anyone that beats me on those 10 will be recognized in next week’s post. Submissions must be in by noon on Saturday (or before my picks are posted). May the odds be ever in your favor.
Now let’s get down to the top 10… Read more
“Movies entertain us, and often they are nothing more than grab bags of gimmicks, gags, and gab. But those that continue to appeal to audiences over time and to lodge in our individual and collective memories do so because they reveal patterns of how we live our lives. Our hopes and fears, our aspirations and our failures, our longings and our frustrations, our loves and our hates are all embodied in the memorable popular films.”
I’m a big quote guy. And so as I sit here in my CTU Bauer shirt, pondering how to kick off “The Imaginarium” portion of this blog, I found this quote ever so relevant. I am admittedly one of those occasionally obnoxious people who views films as more than just a fun entertainment medium. Like Joseph said in his profile, “I’m not one of those guys that gets all jacked up to see Transformers 3 at midnight.”
I think of my boy Jack Bauer and his dedication to preserving all that is good. I like to think that I am dedicated to the same, just in a far less badass way. For me, a well-made film is a very powerful thing. Well-made films embody something in each of us that either forces us to confront something or stirs up an emotional inner response. I’m not implying that every movie made has to be some deep, cerebral melodrama. One of my all-time favorite movies is Sullivan’s Travels, which argues that there is the most power in comedies. (And yes the entire movie is on YouTube). I just think too many people tend to see movies that were made for a very specific purpose and they view them with a different agenda and are disappointed. A lot of the movies on my list have to be viewed with an open mind and with the understanding that they weren’t necessarily made for your enjoyment. But alas I will step down from my soapbox and save that post for another day.
So before we get too far into things here on The Imaginarium, I thought we should first recap what I considered to be my top movies of 2011. There is no specific set of criteria for ranking these. It’s basically just a combination of equal parts what I consider quality, combined with how much I enjoyed it. Also I have to admit I’ve only seen one movie nominated for Best Foreign Film and none of the Best Documentary nominees. Those are usually viewed the week leading up to the Oscars. I would love your feedback and we’ll go through 1-10 next week leading up to my Oscar picks.
So without further adieu, let’s do this thing! Read more