Oscar Prediction 2015

My Oscars 2015 winners predictions

Here comes the time for my long-lasting tradition of posting this year’s opinion based Oscar-predictions. And this time it comes with a bonus list of “to watch” and “don’t watch” movies selected from the nominees.

Best Picture

Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

  • American Sniper – Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • The Imitation Game – Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman
  • Selma – Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
  • The Theory of Everything – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten
  • Whiplash – Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster

Best Director

Winner: Richard Linklater – Boyhood

  • Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
  • Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Best Actor

Winner: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking

  • Steve Carell – Foxcatcher as John Eleuthère du Pont
  • Bradley Cooper – American Sniper as Chris Kyle
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game as Alan Turing
  • Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Riggan Thomson

Best Actress

Winner: Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland

  • Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night as Sandra Bya
  • Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything as Jane Wilde Hawking
  • Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl as Amy Elliott-Dunne
  • Reese Witherspoon – Wild as Cheryl Strayed

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: J. K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher

  • Robert Duvall – The Judge as Judge Joseph Palmer
  • Ethan Hawke – Boyhood as Mason Evans, Sr.
  • Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Mike Shiner
  • Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher as Dave Schultz

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Sam Thomson

  • Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans
  • Laura Dern – Wild as Barbara “Bobbi” Grey
  • Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game as Joan Clarke
  • Meryl Streep – Into the Woods as The Witch

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo

  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
  • Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson from Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

  • American Sniper – Jason Dean Hall from American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
  • The Imitation Game – Graham Moore from Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
  • The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten from Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking
  • Whiplash – Damien Chazelle from his short film of the same name

Best Animated Feature Film

Winner: Song of the Sea – Tomm Moore and Paul Young

  • 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
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: Ida (Poland) in Polish – Paweł Pawlikowski

  • Leviathan (Russia) in Russian – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Tangerines (Estonia) in Estonian – Zaza Urushadze
  • Timbuktu (Mauritania) in French – Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Wild Tales (Argentina) in Spanish – Damián Szifrón

Best Documentary – Feature

Winner:Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutsky

  • Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
  • Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
  • The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado and David Rosier
  • Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

  • Best Documentary – Short Subject

    Winner: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

    • Joanna – Aneta Kopacz
    • Our Curse – Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki
    • The Reaper (La Parka) – Gabriel Serra Arguello
    • White Earth – J. Christian Jensen

    Best Live Action Short Film

    Winner: Aya – Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis

    • Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
    • Butter Lamp (La Lampe au beurre de yak) – Hu Wei and Julien Féret
    • Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
    • The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

    Best Animated Short Film

    Winner: Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

    • The Bigger Picture – Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
    • The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo and Daisuke Tsutsumi
    • A Single Life – Joris Oprins
    • Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove

    Best Original Score

    Winner: The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson

    • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
    • The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
    • Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
    • Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon

    Best Original Song

    Winner: “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie – Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

    • “Glory” from Selma – Music and Lyric by John Legend and Common
    • “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights – Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
    • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
    • “Lost Stars” from Begin Again – Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

    Best Sound Editing

    Winner: Interstellar – Richard King

    • American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
    • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
    • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
    • Unbroken – Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

    Best Sound Mixing

    Winner: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

    • American Sniper – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
    • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
    • Interstellar – Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
    • Unbroken – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee

    Best Production Design

    Winner: Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

    • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
    • The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic (Production Design); Tatiana Macdonald (Set Decoration)
    • Interstellar – Nathan Crowley (Production Design); Gary Fettis (Set Decoration)
    • Mr. Turner – Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration)

    Best Cinematography

    Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Emmanuel Lubezki

    • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
    • Ida – Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski
    • Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
    • Unbroken – Roger Deakins

    Best Makeup and Hairstyling

    Winner: Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

    • Foxcatcher – Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

    Best Costume Design

    Winner: Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
  • Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
  • Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard
  • Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran

  • Best Film Editing

    Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling

    • American Sniper – Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
    • Boyhood – Sandra Adair
    • The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
    • Whiplash – Tom Cross

    Best Visual Effects

    Winner: Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
    • Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

    To watch

    • Into the Woods
    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • Interstellar
    • Whiplash
    • Nightcrawler
    • Song of the Sea
    • Maleficent
    • Gone Girl
    • Inherent Vice
    • The Lego Movie
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Feast
    • The Theory of Everything
    • Big Hero 6
    • The Bigger Picture
    • A Single Life
    • How to Train Your Dragon 2
    • Boxtrolls

    Don’t watch

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • American Sniper
  • The Judge
  • Foxcatcher
  • Remote control sockets

    Remote control sockets

    Last week I installed remote control sockets remote control sockets for light switches at home. It’s amazing such a little thing can make a difference.

    I like that it’s absolutely easy to install and use. You don’t really need an advanced “smart home” tech to have remote access to the switches. A socket (and an appliance connected to it) can be turned on/off at the touch of a button, and it’s both cool and convenient.

    The range of the remote control is about 30 meters. It operates on radio frequency, works through walls, doors & floors, no line of sight needed. LED lights indicate remote control signals and socket states. Multiple sockets can be grouped together listening on a single button click to create zones.

    Amazon Sockets

    The manual says that max load is 3120W per socket, so it’s good for lamps, lights, air conditioning, heaters and sound systems. If you google “remote control sockets”, you’ll see them avaliable on every major marketplace. I bought mine from amazon.co.uk, but they are also sold in electrical departments of convenience stores.

    Olloclip lens set for iPhone 6

    Olloclip review

    In the #2014 rewind my favourite gift of 2014 was lense set for iPhone 6 (olloclip). Here’s a little olloclip review that I wrote after using it for about 3 weeks.

    What does olloclip do?

    Olloclip is a lense for mobile devices. It allows you to take photos with settings that are not originally shipped with a smartphone camera: fisheye or macro pictures for example. It’s made from aircraft grade aluminum and precision-ground, coated glass optics. Custom lense sets exist for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch & Samsung Galaxy S. Olloclip family includes fisheye, wide-angle, macro and telephoto lenses.

    Olloclip — wearable lens set for iPhone 6


    Olloclip started on KickStarter. The concept campaign founder Patrick O’Neill evolved his olloclip product idea into a reality. Since then, olloclip modifications have been released for a variety of devices and has attracted a legion of passionate users.

    How does olloclip work?

    First, you need to attach a lens on top of the phone camera. For iPhone 6 it works really smooth, considering that you device doesn’t have any case on.

    After attaching the lens olloclip lenses the camera autofocuses through the olloclip lens. It’s pretty straight forward: fisheye displays a fisheye picture, wide angle gives you wide angle (kind of like what you can achieve with the panorama option, but the camera doesn’t have to be rotated) and macro lenses produce a magnified image.

    Case study

    I’m using a basic thin transparent phone case, and olloclip surprisingly works with it (although, they don’t guarantee any support for phone cases on the website). The clipping process is just no very smooth with a case (obviously) and you have to adjust the position of the camera manually. Unfortunately, it won’t work with most cases being designed to work with a naked, caseless mobile device. However, there’s a case designed by olloclip team themselves with a rotating corner that allows to instantly clip on an olloclip lens without removing the case.


    There’s a variety of products in olloclip family. Different lens sets, different colours, and different phone models to be installed onto.

    My model specifically is the 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus. It features front and rear-facing camera design. One lens system contains four unique lenses that work with both iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and the larger iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inch). The package also includes a wearable pendant.

    The lenses included into my 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus are:

    • Fisheye
    • Wide-Angle
    • 10x Macro
    • 15x Macro

    Pictures taken with olloclip

    Examples of pictures that I made with these lenses. Hundreds of pictures are posted under Instagram #olloclip hashtag and on flickr link given at the bottom of this article.

    Eye — Olloclip Macro by Jucke

    Olloclip — Macro lens 15x on iPhone 6 by Jucke

    Pigeon portrair with olloclip fisheye lens by Jucke

    Hair — Olloclip Macro by Jucke


    Olloclip is a great gadget for mobile photographers. I definitely recommend to check it out!

    Also, I’m probably not the only person who is expecting the telephoto lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus to come out next, and I’m looking forward to try it!


    2014 rewind

    #2014 rewind

    From 2013 resolutions: moved from Moscow to London. Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels. Dover, Cambridge, Chester, Coventry. New job. Plane spotting. Got a bike, but take a train (this is a south-west train service to Waterloo only), tube (please, mind the gap between the train and the platform) and a night bus (seats are avaliable on the upper deck).


    City of the year: London, Amsterdam
    People of the year: colleagues, new people in London
    Language of the year: British English
    Food of the year: fish&chips, cheddar, wild rocket, danish waffles
    Drink of the year: ale
    TV series of the year: Fargo, Black Mirror, True Detective
    Accomplishment of the year: moving to London
    Songs of the year:
    “Far From Any Road” by The Handsome Family (http://youtu.be/Sp0BjFl-a1Y)
    “Take me to church” by Hosier (http://youtu.be/tR8b-3FqQqE)
    “Once Upon A Dream” by Lana Del Rey (http://youtu.be/TZ44x0GnKh4)
    Книга года: “What I talk about when I talk about running” by Haruki Murakami
    Perfume of the year: Chloe
    Beauty product of the year: Lolly Tint by Benefit, More Brows by ModelCo
    Store of the year: Uniqlo, Hema
    Quote of the year: “Hey, dude, you really shouldn’t drink and horse.”
    Purchase of the year: iPhone6
    Gift of the year: ollo clip
    Evil of the year: nationalism
    Concert of the year: Six Organs of Admittance (25th October, London)
    App of the year: Slack
    Clothes of the year: plaid shirt
    Luck of the year: getting a visa in March in a closed visa centre in Kiev
    Fail of the year: fitness
    Game of the year: Monument Valley
    Animal of the year: fox
    Technology of the year: grunt
    Amusement of the year: spotting planes from a bridge
    Place of the year: Cineworld, Wetherspoon, Pure Gym, Shakespeare’s Globe
    Museum of the year: Museum of Brands (http://www.museumofbrands.com/)
    Performance of the year: Skylight by David Hare (http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/produ…/ntlout6-skylight)
    Website of the year: github.com
    Gadget of the year: drone
    Desktop app of the year: Mou, Text Expander
    Event of the year: Farnborough Airshow 2014
    Loss of the year: voluntary
    Actor of the year: Matthew McConaughey
    Actress of the year: Emily Blunt
    Powersong of the year: “Firework” by Katy Perry (http://youtu.be/QGJuMBdaqIw)
    Movie of the year: Nymphomaniac, Million Ways to Die in The West, Gone Girl, Boyhood, Only Lovers Left Alive, Lego, Edge of Tomorrow
    Meme of the year: ice bucket challenge (remember that?)
    Youtube video of the year: Action Movie Kid http://youtu.be/34Q0BB8-2nA
    Cover song of the year: “Wrecking Ball (The Country Version)“ Gregory Brothers http://youtu.be/X7JgVqbh8nE

    Jesus is now 2014 y.o. Hurray!