The college movie Oscars

The Oscars are behind us, and wow, what a ride. We at BlogDailyHerald’s unofficial Academy, however, noticed a disconnect between the people with whom we were watching and the show — none had seen the majority of the nominees. While this didn’t matter for categories like “Best Documentary Short,” people were saltier than Skewers’ horrible pita chips over Boyhood‘s loss, if they had yet to see Birdman. Therefore, we decided to create our own Academy Awards featuring college-themed films: because everyone loves a good college movie. The nominated films and our predictions are as follows…

Best Picture

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Nominees:

21 & Over
22 Jump Street
Accepted
Animal House
Legally Blonde
Neighbors
Old School
Pitch Perfect
Social Network

Verdict:

There are lots of worthy movies in the running for best college movie of all time, but one movie clearly stands head and shoulders above the pack. The case for the others: 21 & Over features Miles Teller at his most charismatic; 22 Jump Street makes us cry with laughter upon each viewing; Accepted’s premise is hilarious and well-executed; Legally Blonde, though technically a law school movie, features the smartest lead character and tons of memorable moments (bend and snap anyone?); Neighbors has Rogen’s schlub up against Efron’s ultimate bro; Old School makes Will Ferrell streak through the quad and it invented “earmuffs”; Pitch Perfect has Fat Amy; and, the Social Network nearly won Best Picture at the (real) Oscars. All these films owe a great deal, however, to Animal House: the OG of university films. Upon rewatching, this movie feels like it could have been made within the last decade, and the toga party scene still stands as the best-ever party scene (besides maybe Project X). Eminently quotable quotes, impossible to replicate performances, and memorable hijinks, all add up to make Animal House the gold standard of college movies, and very deserving of the Best Picture Oscar.

Winner: Animal House

Runner-Up: Legally Blonde

Best Actor

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Nominees:

Miles Teller – 21 & Over
Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street
Justin Long – Accepted
Nick Cannon – Drumline
Adam Sandler – Waterboy

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BlogDH’s guide to Oscar season

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November brings the promise of turkey, an upcoming winter, and lots of holiday sweaters. But, more importantly, it brings ***Oscar Season***. For those of you who are confused, Oscar season is distinctly different than awards season, which comes a bit later. Oscar season, or “good movie” season as I affectionately call it, is the beautiful time of the year in which Hollywood stops making endless superhero movies and sequels and instead opts for Academy bait and the like. You know what that means: intense thrillers, avant-garde filmmaking techniques, and Amy Adams. Below is a list of the movies that most people (critic-y people, anyways) have cited as having a shot at winning anything come January and February. Don’t worry, no one actually expects you to see all these movies, but knowing they exist will make you feel ~ahead of the game~ when your pretentious informed MCM friend talks about them.

Movies You Already Should’ve Seen

I’m not going to spend too much time on these because, as stated, you really should’ve already seen these movies. Whether you loved or hated Boyhood (did anyone hate this movie?), the movie directed by Richard Linklater promised audiences something they’d never seen before. Its revolutionary process of filming the same actors over an eleven year period had critics across the globe basically jizzing themselves. Love is Strange also got lots of critic love, but won’t be remembered like The Grand Budapest Hotel will. Can you believe Wes Anderson has never been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards? Not even for Moonrise Kingdom? Me neither. People think The Fault in our Stars may get nominated for things, which, I have to admit, would be pretty disappointing.

Movies You Can See Right Now

Skeleton Twins

What the New York Times called the “angsty” tweedledee and tweedledum, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig remind you why they’re awesome and sort of/maybe leave you feeling a little bit sad. The screenplay won at Sundance, too, as if you needed more reasons to see this.

Gone Girl

I’m just going to put this out there: I love Ben Affleck. While I’ll admittedly call his acting so-so, it’s hard not to like a guy who can resurrect himself from the media catastrophe that was Bennifer. I’m not sure how much that can save him for his upcoming role as Batman, but in Gone Girl, it works. Plus, it seems like director David Fincher is capable of anything (or at the very least, snagging another Best Director nomination). Continue Reading


The 86th Annual Academy Awards: #suckit, you know what I mean?

If you read the title of this post and didn’t get the hilarious reference, you obviously did not watch last night’s Oscars. But you’re in luck, because we are more than willing to prioritize watching the rich, beautiful, and famous be recognized for their world-changing achievements in movies over our own ever-growing reading. Here is a quick recap of the highlights of the evening:

The Fashion:

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Based on thorough online investigation, it appears that no celebrity other than Kelly Osbourne appeared on the red carpet with an umbrella, nor was any rain apparent during pre-show red carpet footage. All of which begs the question, was it even raining or was this an actual fashion decision?

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We’re live blogging the 86th Academy Awards!

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Just because you’re holed up in a Rock carrell or freezing in the Scili basement doesn’t mean you can’t know what’s happening at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Check out our coverage beginning at 8 p.m.!

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Everything you need to know to watch the Oscars

Who is this old guy hosting? Why is it suddenly okay to make jokes about racism? Dogs can go to the Oscars?

These may be the questions you ask yourself tonight during the Oscars if you haven’t been following Hollywood closely this season. Not to fret! I’m here with everything you need to know to follow the show and understand all the poorly-delivered presenter jokes. Continue Reading