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The Academy Awards (and Genesis Series update)

It’s that time of year again, where the brightest stars descend upon the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.  This year more than any in recent memory the competition has been fierce, with lots of great contenders at all the top awards.  I will be live tweeting the event (OTheAnthem on Twitter) but I figure there was no better time than now to give my predictions, and who I would pick to win.

Original Screenplay

Prediction: Dallas Buyers Club (Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack)

My Pick:  Her (Spike Jonze)

Adapted Screenplay

Prediction: 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)

My Pick:  The Wolf of Wall Street

Acheivement In Sound Mixing

Prediction: Gravity (Skip Livsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Bernstead and Chris Munro)

My Pick: Gravity (Skip Livsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Bernstead and Chris Munro)

Acheivement in Sound Editing

Prediction: Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)

My Pick: Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)

Achievement in Visual Effects

Prediction:  Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould)

My Pick:  Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould)

Best Live Action Short Film

Prediction:  Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras)

My Pick:  The Voorman Problem (Mark Gill and Baldwin Li)

Best Animated Short

Predition:  Get A Horse! (Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim)

My Pick:  Get A Horse! (Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim)

Original Song

Prediction:  “Happy” Despicable Me 2 (Pharrell Williams)

My Pick:  “Let it Go” Frozen (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)

Original Score

Prediction:  Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman)

My Pick:  Her (William Butler and Owen Pallett)

Achievement in Production Design

Prediction:  Gravity (Production Design: Andy Nicholson, Set Decoration:  Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard)

My Pick:  Her (Production Design:  Catherine Martin, Set Decoration: Beverly Dunn)

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

Prediction:  Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee and Robin Matthews)

My Pick:  Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee and Robin Matthews)

Best Foreign Language Film

Prediction:  The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)

My Pick:  The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)

Achievement in Film Editing

Prediction:  Gravity (Alfonson Cuaron and Mark Sanger)

My Pick:  Gravity (Alfonson Cuaron and Mark Sanger)

Best Documentary Short Subject

 Prediction:  Prison Terminal:  The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (Edgar Barens)

My Pick:  The Lady in Number 6:  Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed)

Best Documentary Feature

Prediction:  20 Feet from Stardom (Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitlin Rogers)

My Pick:  The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sorensen)

Achievement in Costume Design

Prediction:  American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson)

My Pick:  American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson)

Best Animated Feature

Prediction:  Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho)

My Pick:  Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho)

Achievement in Cinematography

Prediction:  Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)

My Pick:  Inside Llewyn Davis (Bruno Delbonnel)

Achievement in Directing

Prediction:  Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)

My Pick:  Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Prediction:  Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

My Pick:  Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Prediction:  Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

My Pick:  Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Prediction:  Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

My Pick:  Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Prediction:  Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

My Pick:  Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Prediction:  12 Years a Slave

My Pick:  Her

In my honest opinion, I didn’t like 12 Years a Slave that much (I would have ranked it seventh out of nine) but it feels like it will be the runaway winner.  I do think that Gravity will take home the most statues based off of the scale and magnitude of the project, but won’t take home the top prize.  It will be shocking if the Academy doesn’t choose 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, or American Hustle; though I think Her was a near flawless film.  Still a little bummed that Inside Llewyn Davis was snubbed out of a spot in Best Picture, even if it didn’t have an honest shot at winning.

Genesis Series Update!

O The Anthem Genesis SeriesSo here is the deal cats and chicks, It took way longer than I ever hoped to get the Genesis Series posted because I was at the will of music rights holders for an incomprehensible amount of time.  I am happy to say that the light is at the end of the tunnel and I will be able to release this sucker in the next 10 days.  While I don’t believe that the first 10 films I have made are the best representation of me at the top of my game, I think it is an important part of being an artist to share your work, and to (when applicable) share what you learned from the process.   Regardless, I knew I promised the Genesis Series soon as of December, but I am ready to roll it out and I hope you all enjoy it.

Enjoy the Academy Awards, and be sure to follow me on Twitter if you want to join in on the discussion on film’s biggest night!

The Empire Business (and Big News!)

This is the third and final part of my story about my adventure to and from LA.  To catch up read part one here, and part two here.  Otherwise, please enjoy!

Looking out on LA

Looking out on LA

It was an amazing time, it was a once in a lifetime oppurtunity and I was ready to get back home and make things happen for myself.  I said goodbye to Motaz, dropped off a bunch of stuff and said goodbye to Zach, and I was on my way back east.

I wanted to get home quick, so I made the trip back to Baltimore filled with longer drives and less stops.  Since I had taken a northern route on my way out, I figured I would make a southern swing on the way back.

Day 1:  Albuquerque

It was a long drive, but I picked the ABQ as the first stop on my trip back because of my fanatical love of Breaking Bad.  So after a long drive and a fast sleep (as Buck Showalter would say) I hit up some classic locations with the help of a google search.


Walt’s House

Have an A-1 Day

Have an A-1 Day

I even had the oppurtunity to pick up a souvenier for my friends and family

Science bitch!

Science bitch!


Most of the reason I picked Arlington was it gave me the oppurtunity to drive through my mothers birthplace and check out the Texas plains.  When I left in the morning, I saw Rangers ballpark and the single largest structure I have ever seen in my life…

Everything is bigger in Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas

Day 3:  Memphis

I loved my time in Memphis, it was without a doubt one of my favorite cities during my entire trip.  It felt like home, and it had a true city feel that I certainly hadn’t experienced in Arlington or Albuquerque.  After checking into the hotel I walked down to Beale Street and had a blast doing karaoke and scoping the scene.  The next morning I had lunch at Corky’s BBQ which I highly recomend to anyone who is ever in the area.

Day 4:  Durham

My favorite movie of all time is Bull Durham, so Durham was a must stop on the way home.  Going to the old Durham athletic park was awesome, and it was nice to see how they paid homage to the movie in there new ballpark.

He hit the fuckin' bull, guy wins a free steak

He hit the fuckin’ bull, guy wins a free steak

Day 5:  Homeward bound

Finally, after three months I was finally on my way home.  It was a long and amazing journey, and I learned so much.  I felt I was ready to conquer my dreams and make the films I have always wanted to make.  Once I arrived back in Baltimore, the rest of my life would begin…well, after I finally got a chance to see Erin again…

God I missed her face

God I missed her face

Overall, I would rate the cities of my roadtrip as such…

1.  Denver

2.  Los Angeles

3.  Memphis

4.  Detroit

5.  Las Vegas

6.  San Diego

7.  Chicago

8.  Durham

9.  Albequerque

10.  Kansas City

11.  Arlington

And now, some big news…

O The Anthem Genesis Series

The next post from me will be the Genesis Series.  Every short I have ever made up until this point.  From this moment on I feel I am in a new stage, but I am proud of the films I have made from the day I picked up my camera.  So here they are, all together with commentary and background and hopefully you will enjoy the works that helped shape the writer/director I have become.  Stay tuned!

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