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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rothman's Picks For The 2015 Oscars. Part One.

Once again, this is not a reflection of who I think will win.
It reflects who I would vote for, having Seen most of the nominated films and performances, except "Selma", and "Two Days, One Night", which were never sent to me. Most Academy voters have seen far fewer of the films than I have, so I feel that my opinion is no less worthy than anybody else's.

We'll begin with:

Best Supporting Actor.

There are really no bad nominations here.
But some are better than others.

Robert Duvall - The Judge---Your typical first-class wonderful performance from Duvall. I think he raised the level of the film by his mere presence.

Ethan Hawke - Boyhood---Very effective in a thankless part. And he certainly convinced me that he was aging.

Edward Norton- Birdman---Pretty much along for the ride.

Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher---See Edward Norton.

JK Simmons - Whiplash---Easily unsurpassed in this category.

My choice--J.K. Simmons

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood--Rather effective. Interesting watching her age, but not an acting asset.

Laura Dern - Wild---always affecting. In a weaker field, I'd vote for her.

Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game---Didn't add all that much.

Emma Stone - Birdman--I found most of her scenes tedious.

Meryl Streep - Into the Woods---Absolutely incredible. Still the best we have.

My choice---Streep, running away.

Next time---Best Actor and Best Actress.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."