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post Apr 1 2016, 06:13 PM
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Hi there and welcome to the final round of Buzzjack's Oscars of the Decade! Please thoroughly inspect the list of finalists in each of the six categories below and send me a PM with your ordered top three from each shortlist by April 10th 2016.

Something along the lines of this please:
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BEST PICTURE
Little Miss Sunshine
Juno
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Toy Story 3
The Help
Les Misιrables
Her
Boyhood
Room

BEST DIRECTOR
Martin Scorsese – The Departed
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
James Cameron – Avatar
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Lenny Abrahamson – Room

BEST LEADINING ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond
Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
Sean Penn – Milk
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker
Colin Firth – The King's Speech
Brad Pitt – Moneyball
Hugh Jackman – Les Misιrables
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

BEST LEADING ACTRESS
Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal
Marion Cotillard – La Vie en rose
Kate Winslet – The Reader
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Judi Dench – Philomena
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Brie Larson – Room

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson's War
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Geoffrey Rush – The King's Speech
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
J. K. Simmons – Whiplash
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal
Saoirse Ronan – Atonement
Amy Adams – Doubt
Mo'Nique – Precious
Helena Bonham Carter – The King's Speech
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Anne Hathaway – Les Misιrables
Lupita Nyong'o – 12 Years a Slave
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

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Will do this later!
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post Apr 7 2016, 05:41 PM
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I'd love at least one other vote in this other than my own laugh.gif May have to extend the deadline on this then...
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post Apr 7 2016, 05:57 PM
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post Apr 7 2016, 07:34 PM
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Oops. I shall do this some point tonight.
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post Apr 7 2016, 09:39 PM
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Done biggrin.gif

Supporting Actor was insanely difficult! I wish I coulda voted Christoph Waltz for both those films, but Michael & Heath were just FAR too good to ignore!
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post Apr 9 2016, 01:09 PM
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Thanks to all the new voters, four votes is better than one but more please sad.gif
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I'll definitely vote later today!
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Some of those were so tough!
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Results might start tonight with the two supporting categories so get any last minute votes in if you like. Got six so far.
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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


4. Jessica Chastain – The Help (4)
=. Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave (4)
6. Cate Blanchett - Notes On a Scandal (3)
7. Mo'Nique – Precious (2)
=. Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl (2)
9. Patricia Arquette - Boyhood (0)
=. Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech (0)

So our first non-medal winners of the night come in the form of these seven supporting actresses. I'm sure they won't be too sad though as they all have Buzzjack Oscars in their awards cabinets now and most of them real Oscars as well laugh.gif
Two ladies ended up finishing with no votes at all unfortunately. Patricia Arquette actually won the Oscar, a very touching performance playing a mother across 12 years of time. I remember being flawed by her monologue on how quick life goes by which was definitely the hardest hitting moment of that film although I can see why she failed to pick up votes here as her role is not the most showy. Queen HBC also failed to get any love in the final here either, a well-performed role but she didn't have much to work with other than being royal and posh (although she did do it well). I'm much more a fan of her kooky roles.
The next two actresses also tied for seventh place. Mo'Nique was my top choice for a while but I changed it at the last minute, she's petrifying throughout the majority of the film but then she knocks it out of the park with her monologue towards the end as to why she treated Precious like that all along. A suprisingly touching moment despite you despising her still, it's not hard to see why she won the real Oscar with such an emotional scene. Talking of emotion, Alicia Vikander brought that in spades to her performance in The Danish Girl. The story really focuses on her life just as much and you feel completely conflicted as you want Einar to be in the body he belongs in but at the same time, you feel terrible for Gerda's life being altered so dramatically too. She had some great emotional crying scenes but was also a lot of fun in the role and had some funny moments too.
Cate Blanchett is one of my favourite actresses still working as she never fails to put in a good performance. I thought she was fantastic at playing a rather shy school teacher for most of this film but the moment she realises she's been betrayed, she completely flips and that's when she really gets her moment to shine.
Just missing out on a medal are two other very touching performances. Jessica Chastain received more love here than Octavia Spencer (the eventual real-life winner) and I certainly agree with that decision. I've always really liked her as an actress and she blew me away in this when she has a miscarriage in The Help, I really started to tear up and a lot of that was down to her performance. I think Lupita probably has one of the more universally critically acclaimed performances of the decade, she plays an abused slave and the only bad thing I can say is that it's a shame she's not in more of the movie. I think her soap monologue is the moment she clinched the Oscar, an incredibly powerful moment. I've been sad that she's only really done voice roles since her win but I hope we get to see her return to the Oscars as a nominee soon.

We have Anne Hathaway, Saoirse Ronan and Amy Adams battling it out in the final three so make sure to check in later and see who steals the Buzzjack Oscar of the Decade!


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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


04. Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies (4)
05. Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds (2)
=. Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech (2)
07. Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained (1)
08. Alan Arkin - Little Miss Sunshine (0)
=. Philip Seymour Hoffman - Charlie Wilson's War (0)
=. Jonah Hill - Moneyball (0)

Quite a lot of these I haven't seen so my commentary here may be a bit scarce, sorry!
Our first drop-out comes from Jonah Hill who managed to discard his usual funny man character and get in a few serious films, so far earning him two Oscar nominations. I haven't seen Moneyball but my Dad owns it on DVD so I'll get around to it one day. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman also receives no votes, I've not seen this film either but I do think he's incredibly talented and I would like to see it one day soon. Alan Arkin also finishes joint last, I wasn't really impressed with his performance in Little Miss Sunshine. I know this is the supporting category but he hardly had any lines and didn't do anything special with the ones he did have so eh, not shocked to see you all leave him out of your top three.
The two Oscar-winning Christoph Waltz performances drop out in the next three, I've not seen either of them in full but I do quite like him in some films so I'm sure he's very deserving of winning two.
Although outshined by Colin Firth in the majority of his scenes, Geoffrey Rush manages to inject a lot of heart into The King's Speech. Not the most special performance ever but I voted for him as I've not seen that many from this list.
Rounding up this part is recent winner Mark Rylance, a good performance but probably my least favourite of the recent year apart from Tom Hardy. He was impressive but I don't know if his character was the most interesting ever and I usually tend to gravitate towards the more showy or emotional roles. He also does the voice for a character on Bing which my two year-old sister is addicted to so I'm a bit annoyed by his voice now laugh.gif He seems like a very nice guy in interviews and awards ceremonies though so I'm glad he won.

Fighting it out for first place are Michael Fassbender, J.K. Simmons and Heath Ledger!
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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


01. Anne Hathaway – Les Misιrables (10)
02. Amy Adams – Doubt (5)
=. Saoirse Ronan - Atonement (5)

So our winner is Anne Hathaway, I'd sort of forgotten how great she was in this as I haven't seen it in a while but I recently watched I Dreamed a Dream on YouTube and realised how fantastic she is. It's not easy to cry and sing at the same time anyway but she manages to bring so much emotion to the role. A very stunning performance and definitely one of the highlights of the film in mine and Buzzjack's opinion.
Joint silver goes to both Amy Adams and Saoirse Ronan, evidently Regina's campaigning has worked to get Amy Adams some recognition. I've seen four of her Oscar nominations (not seen The Master) and I must admit that Doubt is my least favourite performance of hers. She's still very good but certainly she gets a bit whiny in my opinion, she has a good distraught face though which she utilises well in this, I just feel like Meryl Streep did the better job throughout this film. Junebug is definitely my favourite of her performances, so heart-breaking :'(
New favourite Saoirse Ronan also manages to do well here, she does a solid job for a child actress and you do come away properly hating her character for being a silly child so props to her for that. Not her best performance though imo as she's way better in Brooklyn for me.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


01. Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight (12)
02. J. K. Simmons – Whiplash (7)
03. Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave (5)

I bet it comes as a shock to nobody but Heath Ledger wins by quite a way here, I've never seen The Dark Knight but the whole Nolan trilogy is high on my watchlist (I've seen TDKR but obvs I didn't rly get it). I've seen a few clips of Heath's performance though and it does look very interesting, he seems to play the crazy baddie fantastically and I love the scene of him walking away from the exploding hospital in his nurse's outfit a lot.
My first choice, J.K. Simmons places in second here. An utterly petrifying music teacher, he really puts you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Full of quick and witty insults and plenty of rage, this was definitely one of the highlight supporting performances of the decade.
Finally, coming in third is the equally scary Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave, playing an abusive slave owner, he is scary due to the way he treats them with such little guilt. Perhaps sometimes forgotten due to the powerhouse performances from Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o, I'm sure he'll be grateful that Buzzjack has placed his performance this high.
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Heath fully deserving! However, Lupita was royally robbed of that cry.gif (As good as Anne was <3)
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Amy >>> irrelevant others.
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post Apr 13 2016, 10:04 AM
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QUOTE(Jonjo @ Apr 12 2016, 10:06 PM) *
Heath fully deserving! However, Lupita was royally robbed of that cry.gif (As good as Anne was <3)

I do think Anne was my favourite on the list but Lupita really should have done better than fourth. Way more powerful / moving / real than Amy and Saoirse imo.
In fact I think they were my two least favourites on the shortlist despite both being very good still!
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Perfect winner in each section, especially Anne heart.gif
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post Apr 17 2016, 08:18 PM
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BEST LEADING ACTOR


03. Hugh Jackman – Les Misιrables (3)
=. Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave (3)
=. Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker (3)
06. Colin Firth - The King's Speech (2)
07. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant (1)
=. Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond (1)
09. Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood (0)
=. Brad Pitt - Moneyball (0)

We have a few actors coming in joint third, Hugh Jackman for his excellent emotion and singing, Chiwetel Ejiofor for his very powerful performance and Jeremy Renner thanks to Regina too (not seen this).
Colin Firth's portrayal of a real character earned him the Oscar in real life but only sixth place here. He was very impressive at changing himself into a royal and pulled off the stutter very well too.
Leo has a lot of fans but neither gained much love here. I've seen Blood Diamond before but don't remember much about it. The Revenant earned him his first ever Oscar but apart from a lot of physical acting, I can understand why it's not as loved as the others here.
I've not seen either of the nul-pointers here but Moneyball is sitting on my DVD shelf waiting to be watched so...

Sean Penn vs. Eddie Redmayne: Dawn of the Buzzjack Oscar (COMING SOON!)
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BEST LEADING ACTRESS


04. Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side (4)
05. Brie Larson - Room (3)
=. Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook (3)
07. Judi Dench - Philomena (2)
08. Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal (1)
09. Kate Winslet - The Reader (0)
=. Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady (0)

Sandra Bullock tends to get bad reviews nowadays for her performance in The Blind Side but you guys seem to like it, she was very likeable and had a good accent but I understand why people have turned against it in comparison to other recent winners.
Brie Larson, the most recent winner manages fifth place here. She gave a very touching performance in Room showing all the emotional range of a kidnapped mother struggling with her own problems whilst looking after her soon too. Jennifer Lawrence also comes in fifth, her performance in SLP made her one of the youngest ever winners, she is pretty great in this and a very funny character so I'm glad she won although I prefer her in American Hustle.
Two Judi Dench performances drop out next, Philomena is the more moving of the two making me tear up a few times but Notes on a Scandal is my personal favourite where she plays a very scheming old lady excellently (you never really know whether to hate her or feel bad because she just doesn't want to be lonely).
Finally, in joint last is Kate Winslet (just ordered this online today so will have to watch it soon) and Meryl Streep. Much like Colin Firth, her performance as a historical figure gained a lot of praise for their transformations.

Julianne Moore, Marion Cotillard and Natalie Portman left to battle it out now!


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BEST LEADING ACTOR



01. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything (8)
02. Sean Penn – Milk (6)

So Eddie Redmayne is the winner of your Oscar of the decade. He was definitely my first choice because you can really tell he thinks of each little movement he makes. He managed to make the disability scenes seem so real with the right balance of charm and humour too. Definitely one of my favourite performances in a long time.
I haven't seen Milk yet although I bought it the other day and it's top of my watchlist. I'll get around to it but it is apparently another big transformation. I remember people being upset that he won though, apparently it should have been Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler that year or something?

BEST LEADING ACTRESS


01. Marion Cotillard - La Vie en Rose (9)
02. Natalie Portman – Black Swan (7)
03. Julianne Moore – Still Alice (6)


I wasn't expecting enough people to have seen La Vie En Rose for Marion to win here despite it being regarded as one of the best performances of all time but luckily for her, I watched it last week and ended up falling in love with her performance and tipping it to #1. If I'd delayed watching it then Natalie Portman would have actually won. Marion perfectly captured Edith at all stages of our life, especially impressive during the scenes of her in her later years (also because she was so funny as she got older). Definitely one of the best actresses around at the moment, I watched Two Days, One Night last week too and she was so impressive in that as well.
Poor Natalie Portman losing out due to my last minute voting changes but she's still really fantastic in Black Swan. Another universally acclaimed performance due to her unnerving portrayal of Nina's slowly crumbling due to the immense pressure of her ballet role. The film is so suspenseful and the erratic behaviour of Nina is only made more compelling by Natalie.
Julianne Moore slots into the bronze medal position. She seems to get lots of 'she only won because she's not won before' comments but she would have been my pick that year too and I actually put her in my top three of the decade too. It was just one of those performances that moves you so much because you see how much she loses from being a gifted linguistics professor to struggling to remember things which is so frustrating for her. This also had one of the most emotional scenes in a movie ever for me (the filming of the video of where all of her tablets are hidden in case she can't recall the information :'( ) and Julianne delivered it all in such a heart-breaking way.


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