Posts Tagged ‘2014’

My 2014 Oscar Picks

Last year, I did horribly at picking winner.  Let’s see if I do any better this year.

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My most-educated picks are highlighted in bold, orange.  And, I’ve included a picture of what I want to win.

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor

Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

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Best Actress

Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

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Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Judi Dench (Philomena)

Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

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Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street)

Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Jared Leto

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

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June Squibb (Nebraska)

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Best Director

Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

David O. Russell (American Hustle)

Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

Alexander Payne (Nebraska)

Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

Best Adapted Screenplay

John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater (Before Midnight)

Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena)

Best Original Screenplay

David O. Russell and Eric Singer (American Hustle)

Bob Nelson (Nebraska)

Spike Jonze (Her)

Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club)

Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)

Best Foreign Film

Denmark, The Hunt

Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown

Italy, The Great Beauty

Palestine, Omar

Cambodia, The Missing Picture

Best Documentary Feature

20 Feet from Stardom

The Act of Killing

Dirty Wars

The Square

Cutie and the Boxer

Best Animated Feature

The Wind Rises

Frozen

Despicable Me 2

The Croods

Ernest & Celestine

Film Editing

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

12 Years a Slave

Best Song

“Alone Yet Not Alone” (Alone Yet Not Alone)

“Happy” (Despicable Me 2)

“Let It Go” (Frozen)

“The Moon Song” (Her)

“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Original Score

John Williams (The Book Thief)

Steven Price (Gravity)

Alexandre Desplat (Philomena)

Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks)

William Butler and Owen Pallett (Her)

Best Cinematography

Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)

Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Roger Deakins (Prisoners)

Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)

Costume Design

American Hustle

The Grandmaster

The Great Gatsby

The Invisible Woman

12 Years A Slave

Makeup and Hairstyling

The Lone Ranger

Dallas Buyers Club

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Production Design

American Hustle

Gravity

The Great Gatsby

Her

12 Years a Slave

Sound Editing

All is Lost

Captain Phillips

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor

Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor

Inside Llewyn Davis

Visual Effects

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Iron Man 3

The Lone Ranger

Star Trek Into Darkness

Short Film, Live Action

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)

Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)

Helium

Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)

The Voorman Problem

Short Film, Animated

Feral

Get a Horse!

Mr. Hublot

Possessions

Room on the Broom

Documentary Short Subject

CaveDigger

Facing Fear

Karama Has No Walls

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life Prison

Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Enjoy the Oscars!

Anthony

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2014: New Year Thoughts & Snow

Happy New Year!  If you partied last night, I hope you had fun and got home safely.

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I went to bed about 9 p.m. to get up for work at 1 a.m.  I sure know how to live it up!  With that being said, I may have some champagne today.

Many people are thinking of snow today and I’ll get to that.  However, I want to reflect a bit on the past year and the upcoming year.

I started 2013 unemployed, which wasn’t fun.  Luckily, I was hired last February to be the morning meteorologist for the CBS affiliate in the Quad Cities. I’m very grateful to be starting this year doing what I love to do — forecasting weather on television.

Green Screen Weather

But, it does come with its own challenges — no sleep and I’m making about one-half of what I was making at my last job.  I’m bringing this up because of what I overheard recently, something said to me, and some Facebook comments.

Recently, while out to lunch, I overheard a conversation about the forecast of snow and one man said, “they get paid so much money”.  And, then the server said, “I noticed you changed stations.  It must have been for a big pay raise”.  I shook my head at the overheard conversation and thought “if you only knew” and I corrected the server!

And, I’ve had Facebook friends comment that I’m always traveling, which seems true.  It also implies to me that some must think I’m wealthy or that I make so much money.  I honestly think many people would be shocked to know how much money people make in local television news.  It’s not the multimillion dollar salaries you hear for the national news anchors!

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Money isn’t everything, but it does make life easier.  I traveled last year and my savings took a big hit.  You can’t take it with you when you die and I plan on spending what I can to travel.  I’m not getting any younger and we have no guarantees in life.

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My mother died at the young age of 47.  That was almost 25 years ago and she was making $3.80 an hour!  The only time she traveled was a road trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, to visit an aunt, and to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when I lived there.

With that being said, I want to do things with my family and my sister, Tammy, while I can and that takes money.

I know life is hard for many people.  I see the comments about the rough financial times on Facebook.  And, I feel for those people.  I really do.  It does make me feel a little guilty when I plan a small getaway, a bigger trip, or buy tickets to a concert.

However, I have to tell myself that I cannot save the world.  I cannot take away everyone’s pain, misery, and hardships.  But, that is why I donate money to charities and I donate my time for charity events to raise money and awareness.

My friends, I wish all of you the very best in 2014.  If last year wasn’t that great, I pray that this year is better for you.  If you had a nice 2013, I hope 2014 is even better.

On a lighter and fluffy note, let’s talk about snow!

Morning Radar

It’s on the way today and tonight.  That radar shot was from very early this morning and it was already snowing across central and western Iowa.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect for much of the area today and part of tonight.

Winter Weather Advisory

Several inches of snow are on the way.  Here is my latest snowfall forecast through tonight.

Wednesday Snow Totals

My friends, be safe, smile, and have a great 2014.

Anthony