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2016 Academy Awards Nominations Roundtable

Posted on by The Wise Guise in Entertainment, Featured, Movies, Roundtables | 2 Comments

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Joseph Williams

Friends:

The nominations are out and what we’re perhaps focusing most on this morning is just how sad the In Memoriam portion of the Oscars will be as we lost Alan Rickman, a great actor perhaps best known as Severus Snape by our generation but probably Hans Gruber for our parents’ generation.

For a complete list of nominees and to watch trailers go here

But on to the nominations. I have a lot of thoughts…

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Birdman flies high for 2015 Academy Awards

Posted on by Alex Beene in Awards Addict, Entertainment, Featured, Movies | 1 Comment

oscars-2015-stage-production_gallery_primaryIt’s a time-honored tradition of mine to provide an Oscar recap the day after the annual Academy Awards gala each year. It’s also becoming a regular ritual to summarize what a bore the telecast was. Read more

Alex’s Official Predictions for the 2015 Oscars

Posted on by Alex Beene in Awards Addict, Entertainment, Featured, Movies | Leave a comment

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The Oscars are set to take place Sunday night, and, as usual, most of the winners seem pretty clear-cut before the ceremony even starts. Despite the minor drama in Best Picture, the Academy’s yearly show should be fairly by the books. Read more

Inaugural 2015 Groucho Movie Awards

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Entertainment, Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | Leave a comment

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So over the past several years, as 10-15 of you have seen (thank you!), I’ve done my top movies of the year lists. I’ve ranked anywhere from my top 25 to my top 50. Even the year I did my top 50, I semi-embarrassingly felt I had to make some tough cuts. I clearly see too many movies. But in an attempt to avoid ever becoming this guy, or this guy, both of whom not only saw way too many movies in 2014, but also have a lot of super questionable choices, I’m going to try out a new, awards-style format to display my favorite films of the year. I think the people deserve an awards process that doesn’t pander to Hollywood campaigns and that’s what I aim to do here. The “Grouchos” name comes from the obvious resemblance of our logo here at The Wise Guise to Groucho Marx and the fact that I’m pretty unabashedly a movie snob that easily gets grouchy arguing about movies. Just seemed fitting.

These awards are a kind of hybrid combo version of my personal favorites and what I personally thought was the “best,” all leaning more heavily towards my personal favorites in each category. I am the sole voter for these awards and, as you will see, I reserved myself the right to have as many nominees as I saw fit for each category. In addition to the winners, I would urge you to take close note of the nominees in each category. I took a lot of time to put real thought into my personal nominees regardless of what the Academy or Hollywood Foreign Press or anyone else has done. 

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A Lego Movie-less Reaction to the 2015 Oscar Nominations

Posted on by Alex Beene in Awards Addict, Entertainment, Featured, Movies | Leave a comment

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For a full list of nominees, go here.

Alex: No “Lego Movie”? I mean, seriously Academy. No “Lego Movie”?

It was the snub of the morning we certainly didn’t see coming. Sure, things like “Nightcrawler’s” Jake Gyllenhaal getting the boot in favor of “American Sniper’s” Bradley Cooper were a surprise. We’re used to late-in-the-year flicks coming in and snatching of nominations from early releases, though. Read more

The Wise Guise Pick The Oscar Winners

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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