It's our UPDATED 2015 Academy Awards show on "Here's a Thought with Charles Shaughnessy" Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

Hey there Thoughters!  This is an updated version of the Academy Awards blog, but it still has your comments from the last one on it.  Keep posting your comments and thoughts and welcome our special guest, Valerie Azlynn! I'm so happy to announce that our special guest sharing her thoughts and picks for the 2015 Academy Award nominees, will be Valerie Azlynn from Sullivan & Son

What do you think about this OUTSTANDING drawing by Janne Nordvang for our 2015 Academy Award OSCAR blog for our LIVE show "Here's a Thought with Charles Shaughnessy on Thursday, January 29th 2015 at 3pm PT on TradioV.com?


The nominated shows we are going to be discussing are all featured on the drawing & listed below. Anything that is nominated for a 2015 Academy Award is ok for you to comment on, or call in about.  


Click on the title of the movie to find out more information and see the trailers!

American Sniper                            The Grand Budapest Hotel

Boyhood                                        Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

The Imitation Game                       Selma

The Theory of Everything               Foxcatcher (Steve Carrell - Best Actor)

Into the Woods (Meryl Streep - Best Supporting Actress)

It has been a stellar year at the movies and we are excited to be talking about them.   What was your favorite movie this year? Who do you think should win the Academy Award?  Who do you think got left out?  PLEASE let us know your thoughts about the films you have seen in the comments section of the blog so we can include them in the LIVE show!! We know a LOT of people are watching the show, have seen at least some of these movies, and we want to hear from YOU!!!!!  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below! If you are in the US, the Oscars air LIVE on ABC Sunday February 22, 2015 at 7E, 4P, hosted by the very talented Neil Patrick Harris!  Here are some more of the nominees. You can see all the nominees and trailers at this Oscar nominees link.

Actor
Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”

Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”
Actress
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”
Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Laura Dern in “Wild”
Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”
Animated Feature
“Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
“The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
“Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura
Adapted Screenplay
“American Sniper” Written by Jason Hall
“The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore
“Inherent Vice” Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Theory of Everything” Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
“Whiplash” Written by Damien Chazelle
Original Screenplay
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
“Boyhood” Written by Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
“Nightcrawler” Written by Dan Gilroy

If you can, join us LIVE on Thursday January 29th 2015 at 3pm PT on tradiov.com/la or watch the show later on VOD at http://tradiov.com/la/videoscategory/thought

Here's to the movies!
Charlie





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  1. Hmm, finally...something I can talk about.

    I just wish I could defend my choice!

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  3. great job this will be fun to do this something i can talk about all good pictures Grand Budapest sound good they all look good , love to hear about your movies that's coming out i hope soon know that is something to chat about well looking forward to next week on oprah birthday and mine is the 26 what a cool week it will be both lady's are under the same sign as you Aquarius and the same age too chat soon with u 29th

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  4. Okay, I’ll be honest—I haven’t seen a single one of these films. I haven’t been to a movie theater to see a movie in several years, mainly because I can’t justify the expense when I can wait a few months and see it at a much lower cost at home through Netflix (and can drink my own beverage and eat my own popcorn at a much lower cost, too). Anyway, I will admit that I do plan on seeing a few of these films when they are available on DVD or Netflix.

    One generality I will make about this year’s choices for Best Picture is that 5 of the 8 are history-related movies (and a strong case could be made for a 6th). As someone who teaches courses on how history is portrayed (or, more accurately, distorted) in films, that is both good and bad. “Selma,” for instance—the film that had the greatest outcry for its few nominations (leading to the #OscarsTooWhite hashtag)—has considerable issues with historical inaccuracy. Even Representative John Lewis, who participated in the march, has noted that the film took liberties with history in telling the story. The fact that the director didn’t have access to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches (they’re the property of Dreamworks and Steven Spielberg) undoubtedly limited the film’s ability to portray King’s life and the Selma march accurately, although that doesn’t explain minimizing the contributions of LBJ to the success of the civil rights movement. Of course, the director has stated that this is the first film in which King was a protagonist, which is not true; he was a protagonist in “The Long Walk Home” (if you want to watch an overlooked movie about the civil rights movement, this is it—and it’s not often performances by Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg get overlooked).

    For the other history-related films (“Foxcatcher,” “The Imitation Game,” “American Sniper,” “The Theory of Everything”), these probably fall more into the category of biopics (as in they are biographies of the people portrayed in the film—and, in many ways, “Selma” is a biography of King). Filmmakers play fast and loose with the facts in these films, making them more dramatic than the “real” history and creating more conflict than actually existed. Just like historians have questioned the veracity of “Selma,” “The Imitation Game” (Turing didn’t work alone in breaking the Enigma code), and “American Sniper” (I’ll grant Eastwood a pass here, because even the book wasn’t historically accurate), scientists have questioned the accuracy of “The Theory of Everything” (why would anyone care about Stephen Hawking if he wasn’t a prominent physicist?). Sports historians are familiar with the plot of “Foxcatcher” and cringe at the way the film portrays the relationship between John du Pont, Mark Schultz, and Dave Schultz (it’s almost like they chose to make a homoerotic psychotic monster movie; the true story was horrific enough that they didn’t have to do that). Yes, we can nitpick and say that it’s not entirely possible to recreate the past accurately, but certainly it is possible to at least get the facts straight. Of course, the argument can also be made that these films shouldn’t be taken as portrayals of actual events but instead as dramatic interpretations of the events; unfortunately, the end result is that people watch them and think that is exactly what happened, not that the director and producers have taken liberties with “real” history when making “reel” history. Just try teaching history of the American Revolution to students who think “The Patriot” accurately portrays the war in the South; at least they do realize when watching “1776” that the Continental Congress didn’t break out into song during debates.

    By the way, my hope for Best Picture is “Boyhood.” What a creative film—and obviously one that doesn’t play fast and loose with historical accuracy as it provides a life history of Mason from ages 5 to 18 (although if it were a daytime drama, Mason would age 20+ years during that 12 year period). If there was one film I would pay money to see, that would be it.

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  5. I have yet to see American Sniper,or Birdman or even Into the Woods,but from everything i have seen from trailers about these 3 movies,i would feel foolish if i didn't go see them soon.They look reviting and spellbinding not to see them.i have also seen the movie previews for Selma and I also think it was a good Oscar nom,but for the Oscars to snub others that should have been nominated and didn't-pooh,pooh on the Academy for that.I wish we would hear more about The Wild with Reese Witherspoon.That movie is so worth going to.Filmed in the PNW,that movie was perfect! You should go see it Charlie,if you haven't already.I recommend that one for sure!

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  6. *Woohoo* a conversation about movies! I’m almost giddy with excitement 

    I love this time of year when we celebrate all things cinematic. It’s the season of heated debates over tubs of overpriced popcorn, when friends become enemies as we vie for the prize of sweepstake champion and we mercilessly judge the beautiful people as they’re paraded before us for our viewing pleasure.

    I haven’t seen ‘Selma’ or ‘American Sniper’ and probably won’t get the chance to before the show but my pick for Best Picture is ‘Boyhood’. It’s not the one I enjoyed most from the list - that would be ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ which was one of my favourite films last year and to be honest I’m surprised it made the cut as ‘favourite’ and ‘best’ tend to be mutually exclusive for the Oscars. I think that’s where a great division takes place between The Academy Awards and a typical movie watcher as the films we tend to watch, enjoy, watch again and buy for the home collection are not usually deemed “the best” by Academy Members, if they were movies like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ would win the lot....and ‘The Lego Movie’ would at least get a nomination for best animated film *cough*snubbed*cough*.

    I think ‘The Imitation Game’ will go home without burdening the ballot sheet with too many ticks. It’s a fine film, but a solid, well scripted, well acted, English spy thriller is not an uncommon beast. ‘Whiplash’ should get J.K. Simmons a well deserved Best Supporting Actor win as he was terrifying in the role but I can’t see it winning much else.

    I don’t think ‘The Theory of Everything’ deserves to be on the list. It’s a film that people think is great because of the outstanding performance by Eddie Redmayne should nudge past Michael Keaton to take home the pretty statue. If you take him out of the movie though, you’re left with an average film...at best. That seems harsh as I type it but I literally remember nothing from that movie except his performance.

    This leaves ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Birdman’. I secretly (well I guess not so secretly) want ‘Birdman’ to win. It’s a crazy, well acted confused mess and I loved it. You have to watch it more than once, just so you can play ‘where’s the edit’ which, by the way I don’t recommend also turning in to a drinking game. It’s visually delicious and Keaton was perfect. It’s not a flawless film, but flawless only makes for a boring debate.
    What ‘Boyhood’ has against the other films this year is that it tricks you into thinking you’re just watching a movie about a boy and by the end frame you’ve been emotionally wrecked by beautiful storytelling that should have been impossible to make and what is really a journey disguised as a movie. It has a couple of flaws - it’s long. Very long. But you forgive that because you can’t take 12 years to film a 90 minute movie, what would be the point of that? And also the danger in having wonderful dialogue that feels unscripted is that when a particularly scripted moment comes along it’s quite jarring and almost painful on the ears. But luckily there are only a couple of those moments. No, ‘Boyhood’ is a special film. Will I watch it again? Probably not. Will I buy it? I don’t think so. Is it the best film from last year? Of those eight it is and you just can’t escape that.

    For some of the other awards –

    Best Actress - I think Julianne Moore should be clearing some extra space on the shelf as she was exceptional.

    Best Supporting Actress - I hope Patricia Arquette wins but come on...Meryl Streep....really! Does she have some rare disease, where if she’s not nominated for something she’ll die?? Because Into the Woods was the best couple of hours sleep I’ve had in months.

    Best Animated Film – The Lego Movie...oh wait....

    Best Director - Richard Linklater for Boyhood

    Best Original Screenplay – Wes Anderson for The Great Budapest Hotel.

    Best Adapted Screenplay - Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything (not because I think it deserves it though)

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    1. woohoo!! The reply I've been waiting for...better than Siskel and Ebert! I had to LOL at your comment "we mercilessly judge the beautiful people as they’re paraded before us for our viewing pleasure." How true is that?! We sit in our finest sweats and pj's, stuffing our face with junk food, while saying "Oh sweetie, who let you out of the house looking like that?"(often applied to Helena Bonham Carter), and wondering if Johnny Depp is too poor to afford shampoo. And please, Eileen--Rita's favorite film is by Wes Anderson???? GET OUTTA TOWN ;) Also add a 'me too' for the Lego Movie...too cute. Next year my cousin will be in the mix for "Minion Mayhem"(screenwriter), so we can only hope.
      I adore movies, but rarely ever see them in the theatre. I'll see most of these when they come out on video(though I am tempted to buy a ticket to "American Sniper" and go back home, just to piss off Michael Moore). I do not handle violence well at all, so AS and "Unbroken" will have to be on the no-go list. I'm looking forward to seeing "Grand Budapest Hotel", "Birdman"."The Imitation Game" and "Into the Woods"(even though it's the only musical I've ever hated, I want to see Meryl Streep's performance. Jersey Girls need to stick together.). I'm wishy-washy about "The Theory of Everything", I want to see Redmayne's performance, but not crazy about Hawkings(his ideas, not his struggles).
      Looking forward to the comments and this week's show!!!

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    2. Haha! I know right! I do try not to fall into my own cliche traps but I do adore Wes Andersons films. The way he sees the world just makes my heart giggle.

      You might be ok with 'The Theory of Everything' as although it does touch on his theories it mostly examines his relationship with Jane and the strength of their bond as her role gradually becomes that of a carer more than a wife.

      I am disappointed that Andy Serkis wasn't recognised for 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' as his performance was the most captivating I've seen in a very long time and I don't think these different voting bodies can keep hiding from motion-capture as it's no longer knocking quietly on the door - it's inside the house making a cup of tea and wearing your favourite slippers.

      I did want to add that I'm not anti Meryl Streep - I do think she's amazing....just not in everything.

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  7. Ok, I'll admit that I have not seen any of the movies up for best picture, and I was afraid that I was going to have to turn in my "geek card" because of the lack of movies that my husband and I went to see throughout all of last year. He then pointed out that it was because of the whole working two jobs and finishing a Master's degree along with student teaching, so I figured that gave me a "Get Out of Jail Free Card". Then, when I actually thought of the movies that we did see, I realized that two-thirds of them take place in one comic book universe or another. . .Geek card is safe, and I'm going to try not to wave the flag too horribly high. But, at least three of the ones I did see are on the list of nominees for visual effects, so, as per Charlie's rule, I can bring them up.
    Seriously, though, of the movies that I saw last year, I have to say that the one I enjoyed the most was "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" because, in my opinion, it is one of the few sequels that is just as good, if not better than the first. I very much enjoyed the visuals as well as the character development in this movie and believe that it is a great continuation of the rebooted series. Of the movies up for the award for visual effects, the only one that I haven't seen is "Interstellar" though it is on the list of movies I want to see. From the ones that I have seen, though, I can say that I think that "Dawn of the Planet of Apes" is the most visually appealing. Of the movies nominated for any Academy Award, I can say that the list of movies that I still want to see from last year include "Gone Girl", "Interstellar", "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything". There may be some other movies from that list,that I'd be willing to go see, and I am open to suggestions.

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  8. My favorite time of year! Oscar time! Ever since I was very young, I would watch the show, in Zimbabwe, even though it was probably a few weeks after the event,and love every minute of it. I would keep a list of all the winners for all the categories.
    This years's movies offer a wide variety of topics. I haven't seen all of the nominated films but I have seen some.
    American Sniper was excellent. I thought Bradley Cooper was terrific and has a very good chance of winning Best Actor. Either he, or Eddie Redmayne, who was excellent in The Theory of Everything. The movie was very good and pulled no punches in showing the horror of war.
    Boyhood was fascinating and also very good. I thought Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette were both awesome, and hope Patricia wins for Best Supporting Actress. Meryl Streep was amazing as usual, in Into the Woods, but I think Arquette will take it.
    Still Alice is not on the list of Best Pictures but it was so good, mainly because of the performance of Julianne Moore. I think she will take the Best Actress award.
    My favorite films from the list, and from what I have seen, are American Sniper, Boyhood, and Into a The Woods. Three completely different movies but all excellent in their own right.
    Looking forward to hear other opinions on all the nominated movies!

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  9. For many many -all mostly good ones- reasons, I didn't find the time to see many movies this year 2014.
    We only went to the theater to see some french films you don't know and the need-to-be-seen-selection of my *geeky* husband, a huuuuge fan of comics and fantasy as you will guess it LOL : Captain America - The Winter Soldier / The Amazing Spider-Man 2 / X-Men - Days of Future Past / The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies / Guardians of the Galaxy / Interstellar / Sin City - A Dame to Kill For / The Hunger Games - Mockingjay...

    Only blockbusters thus, no films from the Oscars List ;-)
    I particularly liked "The Guardians of the Galaxy".
    Although I am myself a big fan of Tolkien and loved Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings", I wasn't overwhelmed by his "Hobbit Trilogy"...

    On my booking list via my TV special subscription FOR SURE: Boyhood + American Sniper + The Grand Budapest Hotel.
    and MAYBE : Into the Woods & Wild.

    Also on my booking list, and selected by the Academy Members: "Timbuktu". A lot of my friends have recommended me to opt for it... Related to last week's topic ;-)
    Will you watch it?


    My turn to recommend you 2 movies from 2014:

    - Also on the 2015 Oscars List, "Whiplash" an american film by Damien Chazelle who already received prizes in the Deauville American Film Festival & The Sundance Film Festival.

    - "Mommy" a Canadian drama film directed by Xavier Nolan who won the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.


    So I haven't much more to write but will be thrilled to read all the comments here & listen to the show next thursday! :-)

    P.S. 1: I think I won't pay to watch "The Theory of Everything" even if I greatly admire Stephen Hawkins' Work & Personal Path!
    I know really pretty well the world of neuromuscular deseases, and have the impression by what I've seen from the trailer and read from the reviews from some critics that the movie is a bit "cliché"...

    P.P. 2: I am especially thrilled that the Coen Brothers will be the next Presidents of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival! Yay!!
    What do you think about it?

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    1. Hi Nadia,
      Your husband's list of need-to-be-seen movies matches very closely the list of movies that we went to see in theaters this last year. The only real differences are that we included "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Lego Movie". I admit, though, that we only went and saw "the Lego Movie" in theaters because we were taking my nephew, but we still enjoyed it. Had we not taken him to go see it, we very possibly would have seen it when it came to the dollar theater close to our home. We haven't seen "Interstellar" yet, though that's probably the next movie we will go to see. We missed "Sin City", that one might be something we watch on Netflix. As for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies", we couldn't make ourselves go see it. We are really big Tolkien fans and had a time with the fact that a three hundred page book originally written for children was being stretched into three movies that were two and half hours each. Personally, the first one was good and I was actually hopeful for the series of movies. The second one was far too drawn out with so much artistic license adding stuff into the story line that it actually destroyed any desire to see the third one. I recognize that Tolkien, himself, admitted that he never really felt that he had completed the story, and that he had wanted to revise and add things in himself. I also understand that the last movie is supposed to be a great way to wrap up the trilogy, but it still doesn't make me want to see it. Give me the 1970s cartoon of the Hobbit any day. Finally, with "Mockingjay" from the "Hunger Games", I saw the first "Hunger Games" movie and thought it was OK for what it was, though it was mostly forgettable. I even read the first book. If I do ever decide to see the second or third movies, I would probably want to read the books first. I should have more time this year to do so, so hopefully I won't be completely out of the loop. It's kind of sad to say, but the only other movies that we saw last year were live broadcasts of the guys from "Mystery Science Theater 3000" live making fun of really bad movies in the "Rifftrax Live" events. I think there were three or four of those that we attended throughout the year.

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    2. Hi Becky!
      Phil (my hubby) agrees with all what you just wrote! :-D
      I am not sure that Eileen will agree... Maybe she'll come and tell us what she is thinking about The Hobbit Trilogy... that would be very interesting...

      Comics, fantasy, sci-fi were the "genre" that I didn't know well before I met Phil ;-)
      I was more a kinda classic intellectual lover, both for books and movies.
      Now I have discovered an all other segment which I consider at the same time as entertaining & profound!
      Asimov and Herbert + many new authors from today are among my masters now lol!

      Anyway we also took time to see many TV series as GoT for example...that is also one of the reasons we didn't take the time to go to the theater!

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    3. Oh gosh I feel I need to step in and support team Hobbit ;) There were a lot of things wrong with the adaption. But I feel most of that blame is with the studio behind it - trying to please movie audiences more than book fans which you can almost understand given that it's a movie they're trying to make money out of, and secondly pushing for the multiple movie out of a book franchise which is so popular at the moment (Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games) which does drive me crazy and I don't think worked with this particular movie as the formula really seems best applied to the teen based films that can be fluffed up more effectively.

      In saying all that I do love Peter Jackson's version of the Tolkien world and if you can try and separate it from the book you know and love it is a good watch. Not as good as Lord of the Rings I'll be the first to admit but I think a solid couple of hours entertainment and can you really pass up the opportunity to see Ian McKellen as Gandalf for the very last time??

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    4. Hi Eileen,
      Don't get me wrong, I love Tolkien and have enjoyed Peter Jackson's interpretation of the Middle Earth universe. I have just gotten tired of the money-grabs that we see in the multi-movie to a single book scenario. I think it was unnecessary in the Harry Potter series, even though I like all of the "Harry Potter" books. I'd rather eat jagged shards of glass than put up with watching "Twilight"- I've had too many students and sisters-in-law tell me the plot so I don't need to read any of them, and the only way I could even tolerate it is with the MST3K guys making fun of it in Rifftrax- so I can't fairly comment there. From what people tell me about the third "Hunger Games" book, making two full-length movies out the content of the book is a stretch. I do believe that I'll get around to reading that one, though.
      From what I understand, the third "Hobbit" movie is actually supposed to be one of the best of the series. Just personal preference more than anything. But I'm also not knocking anyone who liked it, as did a lot of people I know. I might be able to sit through watching it at some point, but I admit I don't see that day coming any time soon. I really liked the first movie, though, as you said, it's not quite as good as "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The second movie, however, was disappointing and just destroyed my desire to see the third movie. Personally, I think that it would have been better had Jackson completed the story in two movies rather than three. Making it a trilogy just seemed to be nothing but a money-grab and required far too much artistic license in order to fill up the specified time. At the same time, though, I also am not a purist to the point where I believe that everything in the book needs to be included in the movie because then just become mundane and makes me think that I'd rather read the book.
      And if I do end up desiring to see Ian McKellen as Gandalf one last time, it will be based on your advise and that simple fact that "(I) SHALL NOT PASS!". . .Sorry, couldn't resist.
      Nadia- I definitely understand. I was interested in comic book movies, fantasy and sci-fi before I met Jake (my husband), but he even out-does me in geekdome. I've always enjoyed the classic and intellectual books and movies as well. I love works that make me think as well as the ones that are strictly for entertainment purposes. All I ask is that they have a good story to them, and that they are not purely agenda-driven propaganda from any side of any spectrum. I also love Asimov, as well as Pratchett, Eddings and Bear.

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    5. I agree I think two movies would have been better and that was the original intention. I don't know if you know the story - and apologies if you do as this will just be boring - but it was decided very late in production to make it a 3-piece and it was announced to the cast during the wrap party after they finished production of the second film that they had to come back for more filming. I think...if I remember correctly...that Smaug flying to Lake Town was meant to be the end of the first film.

      With all these multiple movie deals I'm surprised that '50 Shades of Grey' hasn't been split into one film per shade ;)

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    6. Interesting, Eileen! And well said!

      My big satisfaction too: seeing Ian/Gandalf again! Such a pleasure!
      Concerning Phil, he is a bit strict/purist indeed but you should know that he was the first to run a few weeks ago to the shop to buy the DVDs of the "Hobbit 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition" with extras and bonuses (waiting for the 3rd coming) hahahaha! LOL! :-p

      Becky, did you read D.Simmons, S.Baxter & P.F.Hamilton? I especially love the 2 last ones! :-D

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    7. Nadia, I have not read any of their works yet, but I am always looking for something good to read.
      Eileen, I didn't know that about the Hobbit trilogy, but it makes plenty of sense, given the stretched out feel of the second movie, anyway. And you have a point about "50 Shades of Grey". The sad thing is that there would be an audience who would pay to see every single one of them. But then you have to ask, would the math work out or, by the end of it all, would it completely backfire and we end up with 2500 shades and the world not be ready for them all? :)

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    8. May I recommend you to start with the british author S.Baxter's Trilogy : Time - Space - Origin !? :-D

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    9. Absolutely! I'm putting them on my to-read list right now. I'll be finishing what I'm currently reading soon, so perfect timing.

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  10. There are two movies that I would like to see. One is American Sniper and the second is The Theory of Everything. I think that The Theory of Everything would be great to see because I believe that Stephen Hawking has the most brilliant mind of our time.
    I did see Guardians of the Galaxy which is nominated for a visual effects award. I must say that the visual effects are really good in it. The humour is also funny. You can never go wrong with a talking racoon that has a bad but funny attitude. LOL!

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    1. LOL indeed! :-p

      You're right, some of these geeky films are nominated for some technical categories! :-)

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    2. You are very right, Tracy. "Guardians of the Galaxy" is a really fun and visually appealing movie. It's definitely one of the lesser known comic franchises, but I think that it was represented really well. The humor was appropriate, though there were times when it seemed that someone was trying to crack a joke and, even though I could tell the movie was trying to be funny, no one in the theater was really laughing. Other than that, though, I still very much enjoyed it and think that it was a worthwhile popcorn flick where we could just sit and watch it in order to escape from our own daily grind for a couple of hours.

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  11. the movies i like to see is the ones charlie movies that i hope to see real soon Maiden of the sea and Audrey and moontrap love to know when will we see them and were & where the tv or movies theater!? ;)

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  12. Boyhood" used an interesting and original technic. "Into the woods" – I love Disney films and Meryl Streep is the undefeated queen of Hollywood. I'd also love to watch "American sniper".
    But let's admit that the most intriguing question for the 2015 Academy Awards is who will be Clooney's date on the red carpet…

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    1. Hey Galit! Clooney is now married! To Amal Alamuddin, a Lebanese-British lawyer & activist! :-)

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    2. Nadia, I read today about the possible 200 mil $ divorce... so..

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    3. It was reported in a tabloid...I won't believe it until it's reported by a reputable magazine. After all, if they were on the verge of divorce, would Clooney have mentioned her in his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes?

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    4. so Karen, what you're saying is that I should return the designers dress I just bought? ;-)

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    5. Galit, I say no, don't return it. Put up a fair fight. You never know. . .
      Karen, you mean to tell me that tabloids aren't known for fact checking??!! So much of what I know is now a lie. . .

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    6. Thank you Becky. Going out to buy me a pair of matching shoes..

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    7. Galit! Go for it! I doubt the tabloids is true but you never know. This just might be your big chance!
      Getting back to The Hobbit! I just never could get into these movies like I could for The Lord of the Rings series, and this is coming from a person who just saw the movies and did not read the books!
      Nadia, I am a big sci fi fan, and even though there have been great Science Fiction movies over the years with terrific performances, they rarely get nominated in the Best Picture/Best Actor categories which is a shame!
      This year, only American Sniper , out of the nominated movies is a big hit at the Box Office! What does that say about the viewing public? Is it that the public, in general, prefer movies that are not deemed "good" by the Hollywood establishment? Any ideas?

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    8. Those tabloids are about as accurate as some of the exam answers I get. About the designer dress--hold onto it. You know how long some of those Hollywood marriages last...Charlie's is the exception rather than the rule.

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    9. Sharon, in my opinion, it seems that most of the movies that we see nominated most frequently nominated for the Academy Awards tend to be movies that are written and produced with the critics in mind. I'm not saying that as a bad thing in any way. Every film is made for a specific audience. In a lot of film festivals, the same thing happens where many of the films are geared toward a specific audience, and the members of the awards committees for each of those festivals look for a specific set of criteria for movies deserving of the specific awards. I would imagine that the same general rule applies to the nominees for Best Picture. That specific criteria obviously does not include the amount of money that a movie makes in the box office or movies that are strictly made for entertainment purposes. At least to me, it seems as though the criteria used by the awards nominations committee includes things like the progressing the medium of film or telling an important story on film. While comic book movies, action movies, comedies or a lot of family movies may be fun and great chances for people to temporarily escape their own reality, they are not designed to progress the medium and they are not super important stories (my geek side may beg to differ, but I'm sticking with that). But that definitely does not mean that the movies that viewing public, in general, prefer are not to be deemed "good". They just meet different criteria and are written for a different audience than the awards committee. I don't believe that it says anything bad about either the Hollywood establishment or the viewing public, only that we are looking for different criteria at the time of viewing the movies. Of course, this is just my own opinion and I would be interested in hearing what Charlie and Valerie have to say about it.
      Galit, when you make it work out, please just remember the little people who supported you along the way to fame and fortune.

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    10. I agree Becky, that certain films are made with award season in mind. They are released at a certain time and have the criteria you mentioned. Hence, the idea they have been snubbed when they are not nominated in a category they were aiming for!
      Thanks for your input, and I too, will be interested what Charlie and Valerie have to say on this subject.

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  13. If Clooney has political aspirations(and I think he does), he's not going to let this one go. Isn't it funny, for years he's had a 25 yo tall, leggy blonde on his arm(until she tells him to poop or get off the pot), and just when he decides to explore politics, he meets the love of his life, a well-educated attorney and activist, familiar with the Middle East, who speaks several languages!!! What are the chances? LOL.
    As for "American Sniper", I suspect that people who would normally not see movies in the theatre, or who boycott some of Hollywood, are making it a point to go see AS. And these people who are coming out to criticize Chris Kyle are just more motivation to go. I could be wrong though, maybe it's just a story people want to see, but the conservative pages I follow have all said they are seeing this "deliberately".

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    1. You could be right Jo, and I'm sure that is part of the reason it is doing so well. But it is a very good, extremsely well acted, well directed movie with an interesting story. I am sure it would be doing well at the Box Office even without the controversy surrounding it.

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    2. I suspect that you're right, Sharon....but I'm still curious why it broke box office records on day one? That was before the nominations and the hoopla/controversy.

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  14. I was wondering the same thing about what made American Sniper such a success right away. I think a lot of credit should go to the marketing campaign, that first trailer they released was one of the most compelling I've seen in a very long time. I also like to think word of mouth has done it a lot of good. Controversy can turn some people off, but there is so much in American Sniper to talk about. I've had dozens of great conversations about it, and I think those kinds of conversations (not just arguments, actual conversations) are happening and have made the film even more intriguing to more and more viewers.

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  15. Everything was awesome on Here's A Thought today! It was very interesting to hear Charlie and Valerie's takes on the nominated movies and performances! I totally agree with Valerie that The Lego Movie should have garnered a nomination in the animated category.
    Fun show guys and definitely a break from the serious topics we have had recently!

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  16. What a delightful show! It was a joy to watch. Valerie is absolutely darling, and I loved her take on "The Lego Movie" and her support for the USO and "American Sniper". And fun to watch Charlie play 'beat the clock' as he speed-read through the nominees.
    The commentary from the 3 of you has me looking forward to seeing these movies soon. Well, except for "Still Alice" because SOMEONE WHO SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS gave away the ending ;-) (teasing, I'll see it anyway). I had as much fun "tweeting" with Eileen-Rita as I did watching the show, she's a hoot.
    Hope you enjoyed making the show as much as I enjoyed watching it.

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    1. Are you calling Charlie Voldemort??? I mean I know he forgot to mention the spoiler alert, but that might be a little harsh. . . ;-)

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