The 2017 Oscar Nominees


The 2017 Oscar Nominees are in! What do you think about these nominations? Any big surprises? Any disappointing shutouts? Will La La Land make another sweep like they did at the Golden Globes, or will someone else step up and take a surprise victory?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section. But meanwhile, here are your nominees…

Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals



La La Land




Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life Animated

OJ Made in America


Best Documentary Short Subject


4.1 mile

Joe’s Violin

Watami My Homeland

The White Helmets

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman


Toni Erdmann

Lead Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortenson, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Live Action Short Film

Enenemis Interieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights



Sound Editing


Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land


Sound Mixing


Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Production Design


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land


Visual FX

Deep Water Horizon

Dr. Strange

Jungle Book

Kubo And The Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Costume Design


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins


La La Land

Makeup and Hair

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek: Beyond

Suicide Squad

Original Score

Jackie, Mica Levi

La La Land, Justin Herwitz

Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

Moonlight, Nicolas Britell

Passengers, Thomas Newman

Original Song

“Audition” La La Land

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” Trolls

“City of Stars” La La Land

“The Empty Chair” Jim: The James Foley Story

“How Far I’ll Go” Moana

Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Adapted Screenplay



Hidden Figures



Animated Feature

Kubo And The Two Strings


My Life As A Zucchini

The Red Turtle


Animated Short

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes



Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomi Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Film Editing


Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land


Lead Actress

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins


Arrival, Denis Villeneuve

Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson

La La Land, Damien Chazelle

Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan

Moonlight, Barry Jenkins

Best Picture



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

Lala Land


Manchester by the Sea








Thimblerig’s 2015 Oscar Picks

It’s that time of year, when blogs and armchair critics all over the world make their educated (and uneducated) guesses of who will win the awards at the upcoming Big Dance on February 22.  Since Thimblerig’s Ark has become the internet’s #1 penultimate film review site, the place where industry insiders come on a daily basis to get the latest scoop on everything Hollywood, Thimblerig thought he’d take a stab at picking the winners.

Quite often, people base their predictions on what films and actors are most likely to win.  Thimblerig?  He’s basing his predictions mostly on the choices of who he wants to win, with a few exceptions.   If he hasn’t had the chance to see all the films in a particular category, then he’ll recuse himself and simply not vote.

So, without further ado, Thimblerig’s 2015 Oscar Picks.

UPDATE:  Thimblerig’s miserable score:  8/21

Best Costume Design:

Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White, Guardians of the Galaxy –  Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel

interstellar-movie-posters-04Best Sound Editing:

InterstellarAmerican Sniper

Best Sound Mixing:


Best Visual Effects:


Best Production Design:

Interstellar, Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis – The Grand Budapest Hotel


Best Cinematography:

Robert D. Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel – Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

How did Interstellar not get a nomination in this category?

WHIPLASH+onesheetBest Film Editing:

Tom Cross, Whiplash

Best Original Song:

“Glory” from Selma – Music and lyrics by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Live Action Short Film:

Aya, Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, directors – The Phone Call

Best Foreign Language Film:

Ida (Poland), Paweł Pawlikowski, director

Best Screenplay (Adaptation):

Damien Chazelle, Whiplash – Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Screenplay (Original):

Richard Linklater, Boyhood – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo,Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Original Score:

Hans Zimmer, Interstellar – Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

This soundtrack is on constant play on Thimblerig’s Spotify account.  He’s a big Zimmer fan, and thinks that Interstellar is one of his best.

Best Animated Feature Film:

How to Train your Dragon 2 – Big Hero 6

What Thimblerig wishes would win:  Song of the Sea.  Thimblerig hasn’t had the chance to see this yet, but The Secret of the Kells is one of his all-time favorite movies, and he guesses that Song of the Sea must be pretty spectacular, too.  But, it came out pretty late, and didn’t have the exposure of Dragon, so Thimblerig’s going with the safe bet.

matthew-mcconaughey-mackenzie-foy-interstellarBest Supporting Actress:

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Who Thimblerig wishes would win:  Mackenzie Foy.   This girl blew Thimblerig away in Interstellar, and he was really disappointed that she didn’t at least get a nomination.  Thimblerig expects great things from this young actress!

Best Supporting Actor:

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Thimblerig knows he’s the favorite to win, but he’s giving J.K. the vote because his performance blew him away in Whiplash:  the subtle changes in character from moment to moment; the way he owned every scene; the man was fantastic – or so says Thimblerig.

Best Actress:

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night – Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Thimblerig acknowledges that he should recuse himself from this category, because he hasn’t seen the majority of the films represented. However, he’s going with a gut vote and voting for Cotillard, because he loves her as an actress.

Best Actor:

Michael Keaton, Birdman – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Thimblerig did NOT like Birdman.  He appreciated what the filmmakers were doing, but the film just didn’t do it for him.  That being said, Thimblerig acknowledges that it was a commanding performance by Keaton, and considering that he’s been winning all the leadup awards, he would be absolutely shocked if Keaton didn’t get the statue.

Who Thimblerig wishes would have been nominated:   Yeah, Thimblerig and the rest of the world – David Oyelowo’s name should have been on that list. To make room for him, ThimbIerig would bump Carrell or Cumberbatch.  He loves both actors, but their performances didn’t come close to Oyelowo’s stunning portrayal of Martin Luther King in Selma.

Actually, go ahead and get rid of both Carrell and Cumberbatch, give one slot to Oyelowo, and the other to Brendan Gleeson for his powerful performance in Calvary.

Best Director:

Richard Linklater, Boyhood – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Who Thimblerig wishes would have been nominated:  Christopher Nolan for Interstellar and Ava DuVernay for Selma.   Take away Bennett Miller and and Morten Tyldum, as far as he’s concerned.  But Thimblerig knows that you have to admire Linklater’s work with Boyhood, even though it’s not his favorite movie of the year.  Either he or Iñárritu will win.

selma-poster Best Picture:


Thimblerig says that this choice has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with the fact that the film was a fantastic film, and had all the elements that make a worthy Best Picture film.  It was epic, powerful, passionate, amazingly well-acted and directed.  It was a beautiful, haunting film, and it made Thimblerig both appreciate and lament the actions of those who came before him.

That being said, Thimblerig has a feeling that Boyhood will probably win.

But Selma should.

Thank you for taking the time to read Thimblerig’s picks for the 2015 Academy Awards!  What about you?  What are your predictions?

And by the way, Thimblerig asked me to let you know that he had nothing to do with that groundhog in Pennsylvania seeing his shadow, so he says don’t blame him.