TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Animated Movie

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will continue to be a reoccurring theme during each month. After having taken a break during October in favor of a Halloween theme, we are back with Best Animated Movies. I can’t really recall watching an animated movie BUT I can proudly say that I have watched every single movie that has won an Oscar for best animated feature. The category “only” exists since around 2000, so I didn’t have that much to comb through, but how exciting? I think I genuinely liked 90% of the movies, so narrowing it down will be hard.

Spirited Away

I highly doubt I understood what this movie really entailed when I watched it as a little kid, but I definitely knew right away that it was something special. I fell in love with the style of animation, the quirkiness and oddness of the story, the (to me) unexpected depth. To this day, it’s my favorite Miyazaki movie.

Big Hero 6

Baymax being absolutely adorable aside, I loved the family aspect of this, especially the relationship between Hiro and Tadashi. I don’t know what else to say. It was really good.

Inside Out

This movie wrecked me when I watched it. There are so many layers to it and still, it works for children just as well as for adults. I’ve seen it several times now and found something new to appreciate upon each rewatch.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The animation for this movie is impeccable. The characters amazing. Miles Morales being front and center is pure satisfaction. You know me to be a Marvel simp, but I never expected to be that much into the animation. I usually prefer live-action, but this might just be the best Spider-Man movie we have.

Soul

Not gonna lie, Soul put me into a bit of an existential crisis, but in a good way. Totally in a good way! Pixar … they get me every single time.

Some of my Favorite Nominees

As I’ve stated in the beginning, I really enjoyed almost all the winners. They are fantastic movies, but I also wanted to give a quick shout out to some of my favorite nominees:

  • Brother Bear
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Coraline
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Klaus

I’m pretty sure all of those movies also made me cry at one point or another. So, I kind of even had a theme within the theme? Still, movies like Finding Nemo, Shrek, Wall-E, Up and so many more would have just as equally deserved to be mentioned this week. What are some of your favorite Best Animated Feature winners?

TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Original Score and Best Original Song

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will continue to be a reoccurring theme during each month. As was evident from the post title, we are dealing with Best Original Song and Best Original Score this time around – another two for one post! Music is such an important component to filmmaking, as is sound design in general. I’m looking forward to diving into some good music today!

Best Original Score

Soul

(Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste)

Soul was a beautiful movie that lived off of music, so it only makes sense to mention it here. Jazz in general might not be for everyone, but I’m sure it can enchant you here. (Also, it’s not like it’s all “just” jazz.)

Black Panther

(Ludwig Göransson)

I’ve mentioned Black Panther a lot for these posts, but 1) I’m happy when superhero movies get recognition from the Academy and 2) the movie was fantastic/iconic/a whole movement. If I hear a certain rhythm of tribal drums, I immediately think of Wakanda and/or the Dora Milaje. The score did THAT!

Finding Neverland

(Jan A. P. Kaczmarek)

I was obsessed with this movie when I was like 11 years old. I’m sure I watched it 20+ times and I cried every single one of them. To me, that movie was pure magic and my Peter Pan loving heart was all in.

Best Original Song

Man or Muppet (The Muppets)

(music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie)

Is this song ridiculous? Absolutely! Did it still get stuck in my head? Yes, it sure did!

Remember Me (Coco)

(music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez)

My favorite song from Coco is actually “Un Poco Loco”, but this one made me tear up in the end. So, it deserves to be on this list.

Falling Slowly (Once)

(music and lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová)

I just love the song! All the more for getting covered on a show I love (Good Trouble), but that’s another story.

You’ll Be In My Heart (Tarzan)

(music and lyrics by Phil Collins)

I love the whole soundtrack. Phil Collins doing all the songs in dozens of languages, despite not speaking them, was just the cherry on top. I will admit to having grown up with mostly the German versions of the Tarzan songs, but it is (next to the Anastasia soundtrack) one of the most played CDs of my childhood.

Honorable Mentions

I couldn’t go without a little shout out to some more songs that I loved and that were nominated, however, didn’t win.

  • Mystery of Love by Sufjan Stevens (Call Me by Your Name)
  • Lost Stars from the movie Begin Again (performed by Keira Knightley and Adam Levine in different versions)
  • Coming Home from the movie Country Strong (which has a fantastic soundtrack in general)
  • A LOT of Disney songs …
  • Tron: Legacy was snubbed for Best Score, because it was never even nominated. You can fight me on that, but I’ll stick to that opinion.

Which songs and scores would have made it onto your list? What did you think of my selection? Let’s talk about that!

TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will continue to be a reoccurring theme during each month. As you were likely able to see because of the title, today’s topics will be Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. I’m alright with doing two categories per Oscar post, to be completely honest, especially when they fit together so well. I’ll once again try not to double the movies in both categories though, as that tends to be something they get nominated for at the same time. Let’s dive right in!

Best Costume Design

Little Women

I will never pass up a chance to praise this movie, I loved it with all my freaking heart. It’s literally my most favorite iteration of the story and I cannot get enough of it. The costumes seemed fitting for every character, either making them more prim or chaotic, depending on their personality, while still making it fit the time period.

Black Panther

I love when superhero movies get recognition from awards. I guess costumes would be one of the easier wins, but still, Black Panther was a whole moment. And the costumes were fire – especially the suits for T’Challa and Killmonger.

The Great Gatsby

I know the movie has its flaws and not everyone appreciated the anachronistic approach at times, I won’t argue with that. But I loved the look of it all. It was so lavish and golden, I was really drawn to it all.

Alice in Wonderland

Not a Burton fan necessarily, but I am a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. I really enjoyed the costumes in this one and like Mia as the lead very much. I remember seeing it several times, no joke.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

This movie – I was so sad they never continued with the series. Yes, it’s not a 100% faithful adaptation, but it was really fun and I loved it regardless. I put it on this list today, because I was out there wanting to copy Violet’s hairstyle for months. It never looked like hers, but I tried.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson movies have a certain look and the costume and make up and hair is a big part of that. I don’t know if JUST the hair and make up stood out on this one particularly, but I’d still like to honor it.

Pan’s Labyrinth

This movie was beautiful and gruesome at the same time. It was real and fantastical. So many contradicting elements working together and I loved it for it.


What did you think of the movies I picked? Did you agree with me? Let’s talk about it!

TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will continue to be a reoccurring theme during each month. Today specifically is about Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay, which are actually categories I’m kind of fond of. Maybe it’s the writer in me. Here we go with my picks!

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell)

I adore this movie with all my heart. Even if you don’t take into consideration the absolute fantastic cinematography and style choices, the way this story was told was simply fantastic. Emerald Fennell took such great care with every single aspect of this movie, doing research about minute details, I love it. Just plain love it.

Get Out (Jordan Peele)

I was so happy to see Get Out be as successful as it turned out to be. Social commentary entertaining horror is a whole genre in itself and Jordan Peele really showcased his range with this project and all the things that followed.

Honorable Mention: The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani)

The Big Sick was nominated the same year that Get Out won, which is obviously a very worthy winner. Still, I watched The Big Sick when it was only shown on limited release in selected cities and I fell head over heels in love with the movie. The fact that it’s based on the lives (albeit dramatized) of Gordon and Nanjiani just makes it all the better.

Honorable Mention: Knives Out (Rian Johnson)

Knives Out had no chance running against Parasite, but I still think it was such a fun and lively script for a genre that is often played out and predictable. I’ve watched this movie more than five times and never felt bored, which can only be attributed to great storytelling (and acting).

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi)

Taika really did something when he decided to do this project. Talking about the atrocities of WWII and making it funny, heartfelt, emotional and entertaining is not an easy task, but he did it. The trailer doesn’t even begin to show the depth of this movie, while still having incredibly hilarious elements. I know it’s quite different from the source material, but I’m glad Taika made it his own.

Honorable Mention: Little Women (Greta Gerwig)

This is my favorite adaptation of Little Women ever. I loved the interwoven timelines and how Gerwig took elements from other stories by Alcott and included it here, because they still felt fitting and relevant (like my favorite monologue).

Honorable Mention: Arrival (Eric Heisserer)

Eric Heisserer is amazing at adapting material. Be it short stories or a whole book series, he just knows how to take the material and bring it to life on screen, change it to make it work for the new medium, but still stay true to the essence of the story and characters.


As you could see, I mostly focused on recent releases, but that’s just the way I am. What are some of your favorite original and adapted Oscar nominated screenplays? Let’s chat!

TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Director

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will continue to be a reoccurring theme during each month. We already talked about Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress as well as Supporting Actor/Actress, but today is all about Directors. As I like to do so often, I’m going to feature my favorite winners, but also include a little section with nominees I think also deserved the award.

Bong Joon-ho with Parasite

Bong Joon-ho made history with Parasite for a reason. Despite this movie not really being in a genre I love, I could not not feature it on the list. I really thought it would open up future award shows for more representation and diversity in the films and people they select, but they still have miles to go.

Danny Boyle with Slumdog Millionaire

I know this movie isn’t flawless, but I had a great time watching it. Many people know Dev Patel from Skins, but this movie is actually how I got introduced to him as an actor and I have loved his journey and following his career ever since.

Kathryn Bigelow with The Hurt Locker

Can you believe that the first woman director who won an Oscar was Kathryn Bigelow in 2010? Looking at the nominees of the past decades was a sobering experience. I’m glad that Chloé Zhao has won now too, although I haven’t seen Nomadland yet.

Nominees Who Would Have (Also) Deserved the Win

As mentioned above, it’s not that I want to take the award away from the actual winners of any particular year, but sometimes I just liked other nominees as well. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Jordan Peele (Get Out)
  • Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot)
  • Peter Weir (The Truman Show)
  • Steven Spielberg (E.T.)

What are some of your favorite directors? Not even necessarily just some that have won the Academy Award. Let’s talk!

TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Supporting Actor/Actress

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will continue to be a reoccurring theme during each month. I think I have thoroughly proven that I am no Oscar fiend and barely watch any of the movies, so bear with me with my selection. Today is all about the best Supporting Actors and Actresses, however, since I found myself struggling to find movies I actually watched and/or liked among the winners of the category (this is not a judgment on the performances, I really don’t watch a lot of Oscar stuff), I chose to feature performers I think would have deserved the award also (!!!not instead of, but ALSO!!!)

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Amy was never the most likable character to me and maybe she didn’t have to be, but Florence Pugh really brought a dimension to her that I adored. I wanted to root for her just as much as for Jo and means something in my book. Then again, Little Women just remains a favorite for me in general.

Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

I’m not even sure how Laurie Metcalf’s character was only a supporting character, but her dynamic with Saoirse Ronan is what made this movie work. They sparred off each other and showed a complicated mother-daughter-relationship in the process.

Saoirse Ronan – Atonement

Saoirse was still so young back then, but she was such an important vehicle for the plot of Atonement to work and her performance made it believable. Even at a young age, I bought into every tear she shed, her acting was that good.

Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine

I just love this movie and Abigail is a lead to me, but whatever. Another brilliant kid actress at the time and I think it’s always fascinating when young children understand the nuances of so many emotions and know how to portray them.

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The movie was literally about Fred Rogers and Tom Hanks managed to convey the same warmth and aura that he did, but okay … supporting actor nomination is fine, I guess?

Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones

Stanley Tucci is one of my all time favorite actors and he shines in every role, no matter how big or small. This is one of the few movies, however, where I was terrified of him. His performance made me feel so uncomfortable, maybe especially because I knew the source material and knew what was ahead. It was chilling!


If this list didn’t clue you in that I would watch basically ANYTHING Saoirse Ronan is involved in, I don’t know what more to do? What are some of your contenders?