Zootopia will arrive in theaters one year from today, and in anticipation Walt Disney Animation Studios released this image and a synopsis of their 55th feature-length animated film.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia, a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons) and co-directed by Jared Bush (Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.
My predictions for what the OSCAR voters would choose was off by a few, but I was pleased with most all the choices. I published my choices two days prior to the awards night and came up with 17 right out of the 24 possible. It was a lot of fun guessing who and what film would be honored for the actors, producers, directors and crew of the selected films. Maybe next year I will improve to 18 of 24, the score my son achieved to win the night.
Here is a list of “and the Oscar goes to”:
What I guessed the Academy voters would choose last night: (published in ACED magazine Friday February 20th, 2015 and My Facebook)
BEST PICTURE: “Birdman” (Won)
BEST ACTOR: Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything” (Won)
BEST ACTRESS: Julianne Moore for “Still Alice” (Won)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash” (Won)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood” (Won)
BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater for “Boyhood” (Went to Alejandro G. Inarritu for “Birdman”)
CINEMATOGRAPHY: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Went to “Birdman”)
ANIMATED FEATURE: “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (Went to “Big Hero 6”)
COSTUME DESIGN: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Won)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: “Citizenfour” (Won)
DOCUMENTARY SHORT: I only saw the trailers (“White Earth”) (Went to “Crisis Hotline:…” )
FILM EDITING: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Went to “Whiplash”)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “Ida” (Won)
MAKE-UP & HAIR STYLING: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Won)
MUSIC Original Score: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Won)
MUSIC Original Song: “Glory” from the movie “Selma” (Won)
PRODUCTION DESIGN: “Interstellar” (Went to “The Grand Budapest Hotel”)
SHORT FILM Animated: “Feast” (Won)
SHORT FILM Live Action: I only saw the trailers (“The Phone Call”) (Won)
SOUND EDITING: “American Sniper” (Won)
SOUND MIXING: “Whiplash” (Won)
VISUAL EFFECTS: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Went to “Interstellar”)
WRITING Adapted Screenplay: “The Imitation Game” (Won)
It comes down to the last day before the reveal of who will take home the Oscars for best in motion pictures. I actually didn’t wait this long to make my choices of who should win the coveted statues as my mind was made up months ago when the list was first published. I believe in entertainment in movies. You know, it’s about who will like a movie and walk out of the theater knowing they invested in a good feeling, whether it be a romantic moment, a belly laugh, a blast from the past, a look at the future, a wild ride or a historical event, from what is depicted on the screen. It’s the films that are worth seeing and each one of us has our favorites. The following are my picks from the films the Academy of Arts and Sciences saw fit to choose for their 2015 “BESTS” that moved me, made me happy, created excitement, told a story I could remember, brought a tear to my eye, took me on a journey and in general, entertained. Read more
Choosing the best films for 2014 got a little difficult this year because I liked several in each of the categories of Action/Adventure/Sci-fi, Drama, Animation and Comedy. While I did not choose a Documentary in my top 10, the most revered this past year is Life Itself, the story of film critic Roger Ebert. The foreign film category had a couple of stand outs like Ida and Two Days, One Night, but unless you attend film festivals or have a local art house that shows foreign films, you possibly would not have seen many this past year. Read more
The Oscar race is getting ravenous with a number of films opening for the holidays looking to get an edge on this year’s awards.
Already out on a limited release slate is The Theory of Everything a film about genius Stephen Hawking who an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge, England. Lead actor Eddie Redmayne who plays Hawking and actress Felicity Jones who plays his wife Jane will probably get a nod for major awards.
Opening next week with a major public buzz is another movie about a genius called The Imitation Game. The star of the film is Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Alan Turing who was credited for breaking the Nazi German communications code to help win WWII. Also look to Keira Knightley as a supporting actress for the same film.
Interstellar has already been release a couple weeks ago and it’s visually a stunner. It’s the frontrunner for several cinematography awards and maybe a supporting actress award for Mackenzie Foy who plays young Murph the daughter of Matthew McConaughey‘s character in the film.
Gone Girl a film about the disappearance of a woman that opened in October to get a jump on the season has excellent performances by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike so the two actors should be available when their numbers are called for nominations. Neil Patrick Harris in a surprise support performance that should garner him a nod by the MPAA as well. Best Picture should also be considered.
Bill Murray who plays an outspoken war veteran in St. Vincent. The role may get him a nod for his second chance to win an Oscar. The sweet film should not be missed.
Nightcrawler that opened recently has an outstanding performance by Jake Gyllenhaal as a demented accident chaser. The very dark story has all the trappings for a dark horse nod at Best Picture. Look for a nomination for Rene Russo for supporting actress.
While I am not a big fan of the film, Birdman, a weird film with a superb performance by Michael Keaton who plays a washed-up actor, may slide in for a Best Actor nod.
Finally if you are a fan of war films the movie Fury featuring sold acting, cinematography and story should not be missed.
That’s all for now. I welcome comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org