A Day in the Life 5: And the Oscar Goes to…

By Mr. Fireplace

oscarHollywood California…Hot….Famous People…Traffic…A sign in the hills…Traffic…Award Shows??? Well just in case you have been living under a rock, THE OSCARS ARE THIS SUNDAY!!! I absolutely love the Oscars or as us in the know call it, The Academy Awards. Everybody gets dressed up like they are all attending the largest most star struck wedding in the history of time, categorize them and award gold to the most worthy of each of them in such category.

Welcome to another edition of “A Day in the Life of Mr. Fireplace”. I of course am thee Mr. Fireplace himself, in the flesh and as I am sure you also are aware I am live tweeting the Oscars, Sunday night on our twitter feed (follow me on twitter here). I am honoured to be writing today about my predictions for the winners on this #nightofnights. So be prepared for #hashtags and @atsigns and of course the occasional (follow me on twitter here) as I proudly present to you my “Mr. F’s 2015 Oscar Predication Spectacular”.




Animated Feature

“Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
“The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
“Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

We start with Best Animated Feature. I’m going to start by saying I #lovedboxtrolls, an under appreciated feature about trolls who wear boxes and such. On the other hand there is “Big Hero 6” which has the mega giants Disney and Marvel backing it. So there is that. #HmmmmOscars2015

And the Oscar goes to…

“How to Train Your Dragon 2”. While I loved these other films I thought the sequel to the 2010 hit “How to Train Your Dragon” was unbelievable. Speaking of unbelievable I wonder what Angelina Jolie will be wearing. Something divine I would imagine.

Original Song

“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie” Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson (This song is SOOOOOOO infectious, watch)
“Glory” from “Selma”
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

(Everything is awesome!)
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

(Everything is cool when your part of a team!)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

(Everything is awesome!)
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

(When you live in a dream. 4…3…2…1…)

Well this is a tough one (Everything is Awesome!), and no disrespect to the other nominees (Everything is Awesome!), But I am kind of partial to (Everything is Awesome)

And the Oscar goes to…

“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”. Whoops I mean “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie” Seriously once I read that it was nominated I couldn’t get the song outta my head, its that infectious. Seriously check the video out for yourself.

Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”

Now we are getting down to the heavy hitter categories of the night. Best Supporting Actor features some gems with Robert Duvall vs Ethan Hawke vs #EdwardNorton vs. Mark Ruffalo vs. J.K. Simmons. But lets face it this battle really comes down to Hulk vs. Hulk, or should I say Edward Norton (or old Hulk as his friends call him) vs. Mark Ruffalo (new Hulk).

And the Oscar goes to…

New Hulk, while he didn’t make an appearance in #Foxcatcher, Mark Ruffalo does an excellent job filling in for him (#noseriouslythisaprettygoodfilm).

Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Laura Dern in “Wild”
Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”

Nice contrast in this category between the acting royalty of the likes of Meryl and Laura (#firstnamebasis) and some big time up and comers Patricia Arquette, Keira Knightley, and Emma Stone. This might be the toughest call yet.

And the Oscar goes to…

Patricia Arquette. “Boyhood” was an unbelievably good film and Patricia’s role in the film was influential to that. This could be the start of a trend for the rest of the night for that film.


Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”

This is a tough one. I have hummed and hawed over this category for the last 2 weeks. I love Steve Carell’s role in “Foxcatcher” a film in which Steve shines in. Bradley Cooper made us all cry in “American Sniper” and Benedict Cumberbatch will have to battle it out with Eddie Redmayne for smartest in the grouping.

And the Oscar goes to…

Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”. Because Batman, or I mean “Birdman” would kick butt in that group. Until of course Bradley Cooper sniped him off so we will give it to him seeing as according to the tag line for the film he is fact “The Most Lethal Sniper in US History”.


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”

Well we saved the best for second last. As you will in no doubt realize when you watch my live tweeting of the #Oscars Sunday night by clicking (Follow me on twitter here) I am eagerly anticipating this category. All these ladies did incredibly great in their roles in these films. But I feel as though one of them steps away from the pack soooooo…

And the Oscar goes to…

Julianne Moore in here stunning portrayal of a doctor who discovers she has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Such a touching film and she was a huge part of it.

That brings us to the biggie of the night. This is the one you have all been waiting for, staying up way past your bedtime just so you can see who won to have that tiny bit of water cooler talk for the next day in the office. (Drum roll please!) …

Sound Editing

“American Sniper” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
“Interstellar” Richard King
“Unbroken” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Wow. Talk about an all-star team of sound editors there. Absolute hall of famers, like I mean this is like picking the better Yankee between Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth.

And the Oscar goes to…

Brent Burge and Jason Canovas of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”. Seeing as I just got my hearing back from seeing that movie I figured “wow, hearing loss must be worth something”.

Well there you have it. What a night it will be. The 2015 #Oscars will go down in history as the most awesome Oscars ever. Not just because of all the fabulous celebrities, or because of the live tweeting I will be doing (follow me on twitter here), but because after Sunday night so many dreams will be fulfilled, and of course many others will be devastatingly deflated (kind of like playing football against the Patriots #deflategate).

Until next time, Keep reaching for the stars, you can achieve your dreams, I am living proof…Mr. Fireplace out!

Check out my live tweeting of the 2015 Oscars here (follow me on twitter here) or by following @mrfireplaceltd.

Edit~ I guess the biggest category of the night is in fact Best Picture and not in fact Sound Editing. Sorry my bad #sadface. Lets go with hmmmm…. “Boyhood” produced by Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland.