Friday, February 6, 2015

Jupiter Ascending (2015) Review


Eddie Redmayne....hahahahahaha. Give me a minute......hahahahaha. Sorry, I had to get that out of the way. Wow, Redmayne really embodied his inner Tommy Wiseau. After I got out of the movie, I really had to make sure Tommy Wiseau wasn't on the cast list.
Despite the negative buzz; I'd be lying if I said I wasn't somewhat excited for Jupiter Ascending because I'm a fairly big fan of The Wachowskis. Before I watched Speed Racer, I had heard almost nothing positive about it. Well I watched it and ended up loving it. I also really like Cloud Atlas, while that film received better overall reception than SR; there are still plenty who did not like it and claimed it to be a bad film. So regardless of what I heard about this film, there's no doubt I was going to give it a chance.
Well it turns out I somewhat liked Jupiter Ascending. I had a semi good time watching it. When there is action and Channing Tatum is kicking ass, it's enjoyable to watch. Visually this film is very impressive. There is also a fair share of bad about this film. I cringed a couple of times and laughed at others. As you can guess by my intro, yes Redmayne is really bad. I kid you not, I laughed every time Eddie spoke. The delivery was so utterly ridiculous. The dialogue is also pretty bad all around, laughable at times. And the overall story is weak. The film is also an absolute mess. After all of that, I still liked the movie more than I disliked it because of the action, visuals, and Channing Tatum. Maybe I'm just cutting this movie too much slack :P. It's a pretty goofy movie. But I had fun, so whatever.
Rating: 3/5

Monday, February 2, 2015

Mortdecai (2015) Review


You've got to feel bad for Johnny Depp. Once a well regarded actor is now nothing more than a joke. He plays the same role in every single movie. The only difference is the costume he wears from film to film. He's nothing more than a cash grab at this point.
This movie also wants to be a Wes Anderson film so bad and fails miserably.
Rating: 1/5

Friday, January 30, 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Review


2015 has just begun, but I can almost guarantee Kingsman: The Secret Service will be the biggest surprise of the entire year. This movie is seriously insane and I mean that in the best way possible.

Scott Pilgrim meets James Bond meets John Wick. Yeah, that's one way to describe  Kingsman: The Secret Service.

This film is an absolute blast. The action sequences are so well done. It makes you feel as though you are part of them. I literally felt like I was standing right next to these guys watching them go to town on each other. When you have an action set piece with this song playing in the back ground, you know the movie is awesome.

Along with this being a great action film, it's also pretty damn hilarious. I laughed out loud countless times through out the film and a lot of those scenes involved Samuel L. Jackson. Mr. Jackson is the best James Bond villain we will never get. He was absolutely hysterical as Richard Valentine. Colin Firth is as bad ass as he's even been. I also think we will be seeing a lot more of Taron Egerton in these upcoming years. He does a pretty fantastic job.

Up until about a week ago I had no idea Matthew Vaughn directed this movie. When I first saw a trailer for this film, I pretty much just wrote it off as a shitty beginning of the year action film (was I ever wrong). I was also unaware this was based on a comic book. Once I found out Vaughn was the director, this was based on a comic book, and the really good early reviews; I myself became very excited to see this film. Lucky for me, I was able to get a ticket to a free screening. And I am beyond glad I did. A little word advice to everyone out there: GO SEE THIS MOVIE.! I'm off to go buy myself a suit.

Rating: 4.5/5

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Top 10 of 2014


2014 was an amazing year for film. I remember at the end of 2013, I said to myself there is no way 2014 will be as good as 2013. Well I was wrong ;).
The only 2014 I need to see still is Mommy, so this list could possibly be updated once I see that. Anyway, without further adieu here is my Top 10 of 2014: 

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Birdman
3. Interstellar
4. Gone Girl
5. Guardians of the Galaxy 
6. Boyhood
7. Nightcrawler
8. Whiplash
9. Under the Skin
10. The Raid 2

Honorable mentions that just missed my top 10:
Inherent Vice
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Guest

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pain & Gain (2013) Review


After a re-watch, I have concluded that Pain & Gain is Michael Bay's best film; as well as my favorite film of his.
I like Pain & Gain because Bay finally embraces who he is as a director. Which is brainless entertainment (as harsh as that sounds, it's the truth). Most of his other movies suck because there is so much forced and unnecessary crap through the film; like forced romances *cough*Armageddon&PearlHarbor*cough*. Most all of his other films have no idea what they want to be, they're a flat out mess. Also the length, why the hell does this guy have several films that are nearly 3 hours long?
Everything mentioned above does not apply here. Pain & Gain knows exactly what it is. It's stupid, ridiculous, hilarious (I laughed out loud several times), and entertaining. His other films drag so much during the unnecessary long run time, but this film flows quite nicely because IT ISN'T 3 HOURS LONG! While watching this I was never bored like I am during all other Bay movies. A Bay movie that's actually paced well, is this real life? Why a lot of his other movies are close to 3 hours in length, I will truly never understand. Please keep making movies like this Michael Bay, I beg you. Let me have fun without having to sit through forced romance and long run time.
Sadly, he went back to his old self. The Evidence: Transformers: Age of Extinction....*sigh*
Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Zack Snyder: Ranked


A lot of people dislike Zach Snyder, but personally I'm a pretty big fan. I think he's a very solid director. The only film of his that I dislike is Dawn of the Dead. Which is weird because most people consider that one of his best. Watchmen is my favorite comic book film of all-time, as well of my favorite movies of all-time.

1. Watchmen (2008)


2. Man of Steel (2013)


3. 300 (2006)


4. Sucker Punch (2011)


5. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole  (2010)


6. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Review


I'll start off by saying, I went into this with zero expectations and the hope I would come out liking it. Transformers: Age of Extinction is truly a horrible movie. I almost can't even put into words how bad this film was and how much I hated it. The dialogue is horrendous; I was dumbfounded at what was coming out of these people's mouths. The script is embarrassingly bad. For example, "Put your hands on my stick; she's got the best hands in town." Believe it or not, that is actually a line in this movie. There is virtually no story. Why the hell is this movie almost 3 hours long? I cannot wrap my mind around that in the slightest bit. In what way, shape, or form does it make sense for a Transformers movie with no story to be just short of 3 hours in length? That's right, because it doesn't. It makes no sense at all.
I was expecting to be able to go in and turn my brain off and enjoy some mindless action, but I just couldn't because of how long the movie is. By the time it got to the main action sequences, I was already bored to death. Had this movie been an hour shorter, then sure maybe I would have been able to mildly enjoy it. This is just a flat out empty film.
There are only two positive things I can say about this "movie", 1. Shia LaBeouf isn't in it. 2. Some of the action sequences were actually well done, but those were far from and in-between.
In all honesty this is one of the worst theater experiences that I've ever had. I cringed in my seat for nearly 3 hours. When I walked out of the theater my friend said, "I know you hated it because you wouldn't sit still for the last hour." He was absolutely right.
Rating: 1/5

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Watchmen (2008) Review


Ladies & Gentlemen: I have found a Super Hero movie that is better than The Dark Knight. Yes, I just said that and I truly mean it.
Watchmen is bold, intriguing, and captivating. Visually it's outstanding. The cinematography is stunning, everything looks so crisp. It's got some gnarly action set pieces, with sweet special effects. The soundtrack too, damn that was great. And to top it all off, Watchmen is a comic book film masterpiece.
Jackie Earle Haley was phenomenal as Rorschach. He embodied the character like no other. He drove the film with authority. Jeffrey Dean Morgan was real solid as The Comedian and Billy Crudup made a great Dr. Manhattan. Malin Akerman and Patrick Wilson were very good as Silk Spectre and Nite Owl. I am very impressed with the entire cast. The standout is clearly Jackie Earle Haley. He literally is Rorschach and I mean literally.
Zach Snyder, I've got to hand it to you man. You've made one hell of a film here. I actually just finished reading the Graphic Novel 2 days ago, which I absolutely loved. This film really stays true to the book. If you haven't read the comic, I can see someone not liking this film in that case. But if you've read the book and loved it, what's not to love with this film? I don't see how a fan could complain about this movie.
Along with Christopher Nolan's Batman films, this film proves why DC is superior to Marvel. Quality over quantity, people. Marvel movies in my opinion are just way too childish. There are silly jokes about people not wearing pants, etc. DC movies have some freaken balls, let me tell you! This movie and The Dark Knight Trilogy are not made for kids!! And that's why I love these movies. While Man of Steel wasn't great, at least it had a pair of balls and took risks. Marvel films are way too safe in my opinion. Their studios are more worried about huge paycheck, rather than making quality Super Hero films. I just love the dark tone that the Dark Knight Trilogy and Watchmenhave. I have nothing against Marvel, I just don't find their movies to be that good. I like most of them honestly, but they are almost all either a 3/5 or 3.5/5 in my book.
Not only is Watchmen my favorite comic book (Super Hero) films of all time, it's also one of my favorite movies of all time period.
Rating: 5/5

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Review


I am officially back onboard with Marvel. First they give me The Winter Soldier and now Days of Future Past. Not to mention Guardians of the Galaxy comes in August.....Wow 2014 is truly the year of Marvel Comic Book films.
Rarely do you see a comic book film where you genuinely care about most of the characters in the movie. Sure you might care about the main hero, but besides him or her typically I don't really care about many others. In Days of Future Past, I truly cared about almost every character in the movie and that was due to their character development! Take notes other comic book directors, character development goes a LONG way! And this movie does it brilliantly, especially considering the amount of characters in the movie. Sure there could have been a little more focus here and there on certain X-Men, but you can only do so much in 2 hours.
Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine, and he does a mighty fine job as always. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are solid once again as old Magneto and old Professor X. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy were damn good as the younger versions of Magneto & Professor X. Jennifer Lawrence is awesome as the ass-kicking Mystique. Nicholas Hoult is well a beast as Beast. Also major credit to my favorite actor in Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage; he did a great job as the villain and I am now an even bigger fan of him.
Days of Future Past works so well because of the extremely interesting story that I was totally invested in and the fact that there was more than one character that I cared about. I like movies where I would actually be sad if someone on screen died.
My only real complaint about DOFP is it could have used more action. The movie does have action but each sequence doesn't last very long. Which is why I choose Captain America: The Winter Soldier over this when comparing the two. Regardless, both are EXCELLENT entries from Marvel. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best X-Men film to date.
One last note: QUICKSILVER!!! dhfjhsdjkfbsdjkbvkjsddfks
Rating: 4/5

Friday, January 16, 2015

American Sniper (2014) Review


American Sniper is a well directed engaging war drama filled with some very impressive set-pieces. Bradley Cooper once again shows us why he is one of the best working actors in the industry today. Do I think he should win the Oscar for his performance? No, I do not. Do I think he deserved to be nominated? Yes, I do. Cooper really embraced this role and he did a fantastic job doing so.

Clint Eastwood does a great job at the helm. He is able to show us the life of a very flawed and conflicted man. The film itself is put together very nicely. Everything looks great and it flows pretty well for the most part. My biggest complaint is that it is somewhat slow at parts. However, I was never disinterested or bored at any point. The film is definitely quite engaging. 
Going in, I knew absolutely nothing about this military sniper. I hadn't even heard of him until I heard about this film a few months ago. Even at that I knew nothing but this man's name going into the film. So you could say I went in blind. War puts a huge toll on anyone involved and the film shows us just that. Whether you view the man Chris Kyle as a hero or not, that's totally up to you. In my opinion the movie doesn't take either side. I found it to be quite neutral and in the end it allows you to decide for yourself what you think of him. The purpose of this film was to tell us the story of Chris Kyle and in my eyes the American Sniper did just that.
Rating: 4/5

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My 2015 (87th) Oscar Predictions


Please note: all of these picks aren't necessarily what I hope wins. These picks are based on what I think will win. If I had it my way, I would have The Grand Budapest Hotel winning almost everything it was nominated for :).

Best Picture:


American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash


Well this is a difficult decision. I'm going to go with my gut and choose Boyhood. Although I do think Linklater has Best Director on lock. So perhaps Best Picture will go to another film.


Best Director:


Birdman - Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood - Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher - Bennett Miller
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson
The Imitation Game - Morten Tyldum

I would love to see Wes Anderson win. I think it will come down to Richard Linklater or Alejandro Iñárritu. I'll go with Richard Linklater though. The whole 12 years to film thing is too impressive to ignore.


Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Steve Carell in Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton in Birdman
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

In the end, I think it's either going to be Michael Keaton or Eddie Redmayne. I personally hope Michael Keaton wins, but there's no doubt Eddie Redmayne deserves to win. He did an amazing job portraying Stephen Hawking. Where is Ralph Fiennes nomination!? >:[


Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Robert Duvall in The Judge

Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Edward Norton in Birdman
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

In my opinion J.K. Simmons has this in the bag. Maybe Ethan Hawke could give him a run, but I don't think so.


Best Actress in a Leading Role:

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

I think it'll come down to Julianne Moore and Rosamund Pike. I made this choice more on who I hope wins. I do think Pike has a legitimate chance to win. Reese Witherspoon might be able to sneak in and steal the win as well. Don't sleep on Felicity Jones either, this is a very tough category. Great performances all around.


Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

Laura Dern in Wild
Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone in Birdman
Meryl Streep in Into the Woods

Patricia Arquette is a lock imo. I'll be pretty surprised if she doesn't win this category. I would be more than ok with Emma Stone winning. I thought she was so great in Birdman.


Original Screenplay:

Birdman

Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

Was there anything more original than Birdman this year? I don't think so. If it's not Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel deserves to win.


Adapted Screenplay:

American Sniper

The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Foreign Language Film:


Ida - Poland

Leviathan - Russia
Tangerines - Estonia
Timbuktu - Mauritania
Wild Tales - Argentina

Best Animated Feature Film:


Big Hero 6 
The Boxtrolls 
How to Train Your Dragon 2 
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 


Last year I thought The Wind Rises more than deserved to win. This year I think The Tale of the Princess Kaguya deserves to win. I do not think that is going to happen though sadly enough :(.


Best Documentary Feature:

CitizenFour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga


Film Editing:


American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash


Cinematography:


Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken


Production Design:


The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner


Costume Design:


The Grand Budapest 
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner


I can honestly see anything one of these choices winning. I hope it's Budapest though!


Makeup and Hairstyling:

Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy


Steve Carell was totally transformed in this movie. For that reason I think Foxcatcher will win. However, I would not be surprised if any of these nominations were to win.


Visual Effects:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past


It's got to be Intersellar right?


Music (Original Score):

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Alexandre Desplat

The Imitation Game - Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar - Hans Zimmer
Mr. Turner - Gary Yershon
The Theory of Everything - Jóhann Jóhannsson

Can The Theory of Everything steal this away from Intersellar again? I sure hope not.


Music (Original Song):

Everything Is Awesome - The Lego Movie

Glory - Selma
Grateful -  Beyond the Lights
I’m Not Gonna Miss You - Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
Lost Stars - Begin Again

Sound Editing:


American Sniper
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken


Sound Mixing:


American Sniper

Birdman 
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

Best Live Action Short Film:


Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak) 
Parvaneh
The Phone Call


Best Animated Short Film:


The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life


Best Documentary (Short):


Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gravity (2013) Review


Oh my God. This movie was fucking phenomenal. I was totally blown away. Like Sandra Bullock I didn't want to let go.
Not only is Gravity by far the best movie of 2013, but it's also one of the best movies I've seen from the 2000s era. The visuals are surreal. Seriously if you don't see this in IMAX 3D you are doing yourself a huge injustice. Oh yeah and the special effects....WOW! From a visual/special effects standpoint Gravity is the best film. I've ever seen. Absolutely beautiful and breath-taking. It literally felt like I was in space.
The visuals and special effects aren't the only amazing things about this movie. The story, the execution, the performances, and everything in between is great. Awesome performances by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Sandra Bullock will definitely be around come Oscar time. For the time being no female performance has even come remotely close to hers in the current year. I was on the edge of my seat in awe for the entire run time of the film. The score was also outstanding, it added so much to the movie.
Once the movie ended and the credits began to roll; I just sat there staring at the screen with my mouth opened wide for about 10 minutes. I didn't just see a movie, I had one hell of an experience.
Gravity is EPIC and so is Alfonso Cuaron.
Rating: 5/5

The Theory of Everything (2014) Review


Well color me surprised. Going into The Theory of Everything, I had the idea in my head that this film was going to be pure Oscar Bait. I was wrong. I actually genuinely enjoyed this movie quite a bit.
The leads were so believable. Eddie Redmayne was outstanding as Stephen Hawking. In my eyes he deserves to win the Oscar. However, I will be rooting for Michael Keaton because I enjoyed Birdman and his performance better. Felicity Jones without a doubt deserves an Oscar Nomination. I am truly impressed.
Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

John Wick (2014) Review


Johnny Utah is back!
Theon Greyjoy proves once again that he's a huge A-Hole.
Keanu Reeves haters just cut it out.
Up until about a month ago, I had never heard of this film. When I first heard about it, I had no plans to see it because I figured it was just going to be another Jack Reacher type of movie. Early reviews starting coming in, and my interest certainly grew. Well, I'm very glad that my initial perception was completely wrong.
John Wick is right up there with The Raid 2 as the two best action films of 2014. It's no secret that I'm a big fan of action films. Give me an adequate story and bad ass action and I will be satisfied. The movie effectively makes us want Reeves to succeed and makes us really hate the person/people he's after. Although, the event that set him on his path of revenge really pissed me off. Keanu Reeves owns this role. Very glad to see him excel in a film. It's certainly been a little while, but his old 90s self is back and hopefully here to stay!

Rating: 4/5

Monday, January 12, 2015

Boyhood (2014) Movie Review


While Boyhood didn't impact me as much as I'd hoped; there's no denying that this film is an incredible cinematic achievement. Most everyone who's heard about this movie, knows that it took 12 years to film/make. How can you not be impressed with a movie that was in the making for 12 years with all the same actors? Not to mention all these individuals were making and staring in other films. To me, that's just mind blowing.
Don't get me wrong I loved this movie, but I wouldn't call it a personal favorite. I was never bored or uninterested during the film, it just wasn't as eventful as I had imagined. It's pretty basic to be quite honest, aside from some family issues that arose. Which all in all really isn't a problem because my life growing up was even more basic. I never had to deal with divorce, having a parent remarry, or switching schools because of a move.
What I really loved about this film is the memories that came to me while I was watching. Certain things would happened that made me think back to the which would put a huge smile on my face. I am 2 years older than the boy (Mason), so I was really able to compare my life experiences with a lot of the stuff he experienced. The nostalgia factor was really off the charts. This movie is also surprisingly hilarious at times.
Another highlight of the film was the conversations and the dialogue between actors. There were some truly amazing conversations that took place. I also thought the acting was great from everyone. The performances were so true and sincere.
My absolute favorite part of the film was the ending and it's message, which I will not spoil :). The mixture of the ending message, reflecting on the movie, and also reflecting on your whole life is some really special stuff.
Rating: 5/5

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Most Violent Year (2014) Review


Oscar Isaac is quickly becoming one of my favorite working actors. It wasn't until his performance in Inside Llewyn Davis where he truly jumped on my radar. Him and Jessica Chastain carry this film. I can't lie if it weren't for these great performances; I probably wouldn't have cared all that much for the film overall.

Rating: 3.5/5

2015 Golden Globes Predictions


RED if I got it wrong. Overall I didn't predict that well, especially when it came to TV.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

I think this category could go either way with Boyhood or Selma winning. However, I am going to go with Boyhood.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

I think Jake Gyllenhaal should win it, I've just got a feeling that it's going to be Eddie Redmayne. 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Rosamund Pike deserves it! She was amazing as Amy. The only other person I see having a chance is Reese Witherspoon. 

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

As much as I love The Grand Budapest Hotel, I think Birdman is going to take it. 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Ralph Fiennes – Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

What a category! I haven't seen St. Vincent, but the other four are all amazing in my opinion. I think Michael Keaton will win, but I will not be surprised if someone else took it. I would be satisfied with any of these men winning

Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are my finalists, I'm going to take Emily Blunt by a hair.

Best Director
Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Ava DuVernay – Selma
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Another incredibly tough category to predict. I honestly think anyone of these directors could win. I'm going to go with Richard Linklater since Boyhood was filmed in a 12 year span.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

If J.K. Simmons doesn't win, I'll be very very shocked. 

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Whether she'll win it or not, I'm not sure. But I hope its Emma Stone. She was fantastic in Birdman and I think she deserves to it. The safe pick in my opinion would be Keira Knightley.

Best Screenplay
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Another tough group to decide, I'm picking what I think is the safe choice. But I think any one of these movies could take it. 

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

It will surely be How to Train Your Dragon 2 or The Lego Movie.

Best Foreign Film
Force Majeure (Turist), Sweden
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett, Israel
Ida, Poland/Denmark
Leviathan, Russia
Tangerines (Mandariinid), Estonia

I have yet to see any of these films, so this is a completely blind guess. 

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Big Eyes – Big Eyes (Lana Del Ray)
Glory – Selma (John Legend, Common)
Mercy Is – Noah (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye)
Opportunity – Annie (Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck)
Yellow Flicker Beat – Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 1 (Lorde)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

I'll be quite surprised if Hans Zimmer doesn't take it. The score for Interstellar was fantastic.

Best TV Drama
The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Best Actor – TV Drama
Clive Owen – The Knick
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
James Spader – The Blacklist
Dominic West – The Affair

Best Actress – TV Drama
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson – The Affair
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best TV Miniseries or Movie
Fargo
The Missing
True Detective
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge

Fargo might have a chance. 

Best Actor – TV Miniseries or Movie
Martin Freeman – Fargo
Woody Harrelson – True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo

How does one pick between McConaughey and Harrelson is True Detective? Both did an amazing job. 

Best Actress – TV Miniseries or Movie
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor – The Missing
Alison Tolman – Fargo

This is a complete guess. The only show I've seen on the list is Fargo.

Best TV Comedy
Girls
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent

Best Actor – TV Comedy
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Ricky Gervais – Derek
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Louis C.K. – Louie
William H. Macy – Shameless

Best Actress – TV Comedy
Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Julia Louis Dreyfus – Veep
Taylor Schilling – Orange Is the New Black

Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Colin Hanks – Fargo
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Allison Janney – Mom
Michelle Monaghan – True Detective