Archive for February, 2015

87th Academy Awards Predictions

February 22, 2015


It’s that time of year again! Here are my predictions (although not necessarily my preferred winners). I’ll try to update with the actual winners too!

Nominees Ryan’s Pick Actual Winner
Best Picture – – – – – –
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) X  x
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Actor – In a Leading Role – – – – – –
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) X  x
Actress – In a Leading Role – – – – – –
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice) X  x
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Actor – In a Supporting Role – – – – – –
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) x  x
Actress – In a Supporting Role – – – – – –
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) X  x
Lara Dern (Wild)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)



Farewell, ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’

February 11, 2015


As sad as I am to hear that Jon Stewart will be leaving The Daily Show, I have to admit it will be for the best. A long and successful career in satire is tricky, if not impossible. At best, you’re held in such high esteem that you become as institutionalized as the things you mock. At worst, you wind up Dennis Miller.

While I have no doubt that Stewart would have remained sharp, relevant, and truly funny on the show forever, I can’t fault him for wanting to depart while he’s on the top. Stewart leaves behind a phenomenal television legacy which has already been carried on by Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Larry Wilmore.

From his statement on the show tonight, it’s clear that Stewart has some ideas for what’s next. I’m excited to see where his post-Daily Show career will go. As for ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’ thanks for teaching America to take on politics and the news media with a critical eye. But more importantly, thanks for the laughs.

Here are a couple of my favorite tweets about Jon Stewart’s departure:

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