Why the Time is Now to be Bold and Audacious

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Summer’s here!

You should know how much I love summer. There is a certain free spirit and energy in the air. The sandals are out. A chance to try something new and fun. Well it’s been months since I shared a nice letter. One reason is that I have been working….hard….on something new, bold and beautiful (see BIG announcement later on). So this time, let that be the theme for everything I am sharing today, starting with…

1) The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type – Let’s start with some FUN! This article was jaw-dropping perfect! Most of us know Myers-Briggs. Heck, I have been an ENFP ever since I first found out in 1994. Knowing all the other types, including my friends who fit each type, this really had me laughing.

2) The Disease of Being Busy – This is a long one, but a VERY important topic. We’re all busy, but we all can make time for things that are important.

3) Teacher Has Best Response For Inappropriate Question – A fantastic response by teacher and motivational speaker when someone asked him “What do you make?”

4) Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives – This is huge part of how I work with people. If you really get the Growth Mindset, you can apply it to anything, including why bold and audacious moves are better for your life.

5) THE Monday Morning Video. *Warning a little Cursing* – YES! BOOM! I meet so many people who don’t like Mondays, or celebrate Hump Days or thank God it’s Friday. Each time I say, “You are in the wrong leadership path, if you feel this way”. Gary Vee hits hard, but hits a knockout.

6) Generation X’s Parenting Problem – My kids are now 4 and 6 so I would be re-miss if I didn’t share a bold parenting post. This also resonates with me since I am Gen X and I know way too many of the references here.

AND NOW THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT…
I mentioned in January I was working on something big. Well, it’s ready. It took me 6 months. But it’s ready. It’s bold, audacious and I am both excited and nervous. And it’s now ready.

Introducing “Networking Mastery: Turning ‘Lost Leaders into Thought Leaders”

If you have ever felt ‘lost’ personally or professionally, in your career, small business or academic path. If you want to live a purposeful life, yet you’re not sure how to best navigate and ramp things up. If you wish that someone could just ‘hold your hand’, show you what is possible and inspire you to ‘fly’ on your own. This is IT!

I took ALL the greatest content from the last 10 years of my work — in Authentic Networking, Deep Connection, Social Media, Personal Branding, Content Creation and Thought Leadership – and put it all into a comprehensive 12-week online platform.  I’ve essentially put 12 of my signature keynotes/workshops into one big package, designed to help ramp your career, boost your business and take your leadership engagement to the mastery level.

Interested? Check it out HERE.  My Special LAUNCH OFFER will not last long.

Have questions? Call/Email/Tweet me anytime. Know someone who could benefit from this? Please share with them.

WHAT’S NEXT AND MORE VALUE TO SHARE WITH YOU…

  • DYPB – Discover Your Personal Brand conference Aug 14-15 – This conference is happening again for the 3rd year in Toronto. We are now the biggest North American conference dedicated solely to personal branding. 2 days, 450 delegate, 50+ experts, 6 keynotes, 7 panels and 8 workshops. Those of you in my network get 40% off with my personal code BOBBYUVIP40. Early bird tickets end July 7 so get them now and save a further 30%. Register HERE.
  • Be Seen (Vulnerability) podcast – I recently was a featured guest for ‘Where There’s Smoke” and we talked about Vulnerability, one of my favourite topics. Check it out HERE.
  • “How to Land Your First TEDx Talk ~ Free Webinar series – I recently started doing free webinars on a variety of topics to support leaders. This one that shows people how to get on the TEDx stage (since I’ve done 4 TEDx talks) was the most popular. So I am doing it again on July 7 at two different times. You can register for either the 11am slot or the 5pm slot, ET.
  • #InspiredToPostIt and daily VIDEOS – One of my new initiative is to just share a daily thought on a post it note (on FB & Instagram here) and to share a video every day (via FB here) on something that inspired me. Let me know what you think of them?
  • #FitInMyLife at Body Invest As part of my health journey, I recently started working out at Body Invest, where they put you in a full bodied vest. This attached to a machine which uses EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation) to enhance your workout with less impact on your body and joints. So far in 1 month, I have lost 9 lbs and 2% body fat. We’ve been working together to offer special trial sessions to anyone in Toronto that is interested. If you are, please just message me back and I can hook you up so that they can literally hook you up! You can learn more at their website. I’ve struggled lately with a bad back for 2 months now, but I am getting better.
  • Power of Success Event, featuring Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Barbara De Angelis and Bob Proctor, Sept 16, 2015 — This event is coming to Toronto. If you like even ONE of those people mentioned (there are more speakers), I’ve been able to secure for you a limited number of advance tickets for $100 off – so only $97 for a general registration. Register through this link HERE.

On a brief personal update, my ‘Super Daddy Time’ has gone very well. I stopped teaching a night class and every day, my smartphone alarm goes off at 5:30 to focus on my purpose. I love spending every morning, evening and weekend with my family – Ananda, Nyal (6.5) & Ryah (4.5). Father’s day was incredibly fun, with oodles of notes, gifts and more. This summer we’re exploring a variety of camps with them – musical theatre, dance, science, gymnastics, French and adventure – to see where their passions lie. I can’t wait!

As always, I am here to support you on your leadership journey. However, I do hope you check out Networking Mastery, because I truly believe I can help folks build a huge thought leadership brand for themselves. In fact, you know how much I love getting a response from you. The first 50 people to respond will be entered in a draw to attend my Deep Dive Personal Branding workshop in September ($400 value). Let me know how else I can help you and I will. Reflect and engage with every incredible moment this summer, make a difference for yourselves and please invest in others.

Bobby


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“Networking For Introverts: Turning Anxiety into Achievement”

TOMORROW!! ~ Raeallan-Webinar3-IntrovertedNetworkingDo you ever feel shy, anxious or nervous when at networking events, meetings or one-on-one conversations?

Do you find that your introversion can sometimes be a barrier to maximizing your engagement or impact?

Join me for my 3rd FREE Webinar – “Networking For Introverts: Turning Anxiety into Achievement”

June 17, 11am & 9pm ET.

REGISTER: http://raeallan.com/networkingforintroverts

Here is what we will cover:
– Why it’s perfectly okay to be nervous or feel shy.
– Why Introverts should network.
– How Introverts can prepare, meet people, create winning conversations and excel at the follow-up.
– How to boost your confidence and get people to remember you.
– How Introverts can make an impact.
– Introverts vs. Extroverts: How you can best them.
– How to talk to fellow Introverts and how to talk to other Extroverts.

Hope you can join us. If you know someone who will benefit from this valuable, please SHARE with them.

REGISTER: http://raeallan.com/networkingforintroverts

My First Foray into Free Webinars For Folks

I’ve done Lunch n’ Learns. I’ve done free live seminars11224329_961496873884458_6818171820279797424_n. I’ve done thousands of coffees. But now I am heading into a new arena of business. They are called Webinars.

I am slowly realizing the power of scale, reach and accessibility. The other ones above that I mentioned are great for creating connection, sharing knowledge, building brand awareness and thought leadership, generating business leads and more. But webinars, as I am learning from some of the best content experts in the world, is a great way to go. These experts include people like Brendon Burchard, Lewis Howes, Marie Forleo — entrepreneurs who have given people tremendous value and information while expanding their reach and influence.

Here is why Webinars rock.

1) You can do it from home – Not that I am going to be in my pyjamas (or maybe I will! Don’t hold me to that), but it’s comfortable and great to have less travel time or costs.

2) Huge Scalability – Webinars have way more scale potential than any other method. Think about it. I may have only 10 or 20 in the beginning. But if I keep delivering value, then more will come. The biggest live audience I ever had was 1,000 people. With a webinar I can eventually have 100,000 people. Okay, that’s Wembley stadium. But the point is, it’s limitless.

3) Better control because it’s your control – One of the challenges of going somewhere else to speak managing everything, from content direction, to tech and logistics. Once I get into a rhythm, it’s going to be that much easier.

4) Easier Accessibility – I always try to make my talk accessible. Often when I speak, there are people in the audience who don’t get a chance to ask a question or they don’t feel comfortable seeing me afterwards, especially when I am surrounded by people who have questions. I can make myself accessible comfortably for as long as I want AND I can capture any and all questions for later. Even better, if someone misses your webinar, you can send them a link to watch it again.

SO….I am ready to try my first webinar. I may not get it right, but I will learn and grow. Are you ready to try one with me and join in? I hope so.

Here are my first 3 Free Webinars happening TODAY, TOMORROW and NEXT WEEKBobby Free Webinar v2

1) “7 Secrets to an Elite 700+ GMAT Score” ~ Many of you know I have been teaching GMAT to thousands of potential MBA students and I am an international author of a GMAT book. Well everyone wants to know how to get a top score, so I’m sharing my 7 best secrets TONIGHT at 9pm ET. Interested? Register here.

2) “How to Land Your First TEDx Talk” ~ I have done 4 (that’s right, F-O-U-R) TEDx talks. I get asked alot how I made this happen. So I am going to share that in another webinar starting TOMOROW May 21. Do you have a big idea that you would love to share with the world? Is it one of your dreams to do a TED talk? Register here.

3) “How to Be Memorable at Any Event” ~ I wrote a book last year on ‘How to Network Anytime‘ with my 3d-webfriend Ryan Coelho. I also recently put together a new 12-week program called Networking Mastery. This May 28 Webinar takes some of the best ideas from these two projects and delivers some specific tactics and strategies to help you gain confidence, trust and impact. If you are interested, just sign up for the 2nd Webinar above and you will get an e-mail to register for it later. Or you can wait until I announce the registration early next week on my FB page or Twitter.

As I always say, the first step to generating value is to create tremendous value for others. I hope you find this valuable. Let me know your thoughts and comments. I know I would value them.

Offer Amazing Value to Generate Greater Value

Recently, I shared an event that I am speaking at via social media and e-mail. It’s a 2-day business conference called a “Wealth Building Retreat” and I am doing a 90-minute presentation on ‘Social Media Mastery. This was the image below that I sent along with it. Now most people were pretty excited. But I did get one or two messages questioning the purpose.

Have you ever sent or received an invite to some sort of ‘free event’? If you have, you are probably familiar with the variety of reactions. In particular, some people get overly suspicious, thinking:

“Well they’re probably trying to sell something.”

“It must not be worth much if it’s free.”

You should realize that these freebies have been around for a very long time. They exist for a reason and it’s not just about selling. It’s also about giving. They also come in many different yet related forms.

  1. Online webinar
  2. Live seminar
  3. Lunch n’ Learn
  4. Live conference
  5. Free 1-hour coaching/consulting (live, phone or Skype)
  6. A breakfast/lunch/coffee

I’ll freely admit that I have done each and every single one of those above. Why? Because any business, especially a service business, needs to get in front of people. But it’s not like we’re doing one of those high-pressure sales tactics to sell a timeshare. (although those who run those may argue that they work too). For me, the more important piece is to demonstrate incredible value such that you can sell more business. That is what branded thought leadership is all about!

When I first launched my speaking and training company Raeallan, I tried lunch n’ learns as a means to access corporate professionals. The funny thing was, some who went to these things got all hot and bothered the moment you went in for the up sell. (A few just wanted a free lunch.)

What do these people think? That I am spending my own personal time during business hours to prepare, deliver and engage you with my value-added content just to build good will. Yes, there is some of that. But as a business, I have something to offer that I believe in and I have a desire to build and grow my business. 

So now you know why we business leaders do this. But what is the best way to do this? It all comes down to delivering incredible mind-blowing high-end world-class value. if you position yourself as a thought leader in your field and your brand promise is to deliver the exact results the attendees need, then you are no selling, you are helping. The ultimate sale comes from the desire to help people solve their problems.

So when I meet up with someone for lunch, coffee or a consult, I do all I can to help them in that time. When I create a webinar, I put in tons of fantastic information. If I present live, you can be sure you are getting some of my best world-class content. More importantly, you are getting access to me. In every case, I make myself accessible and responsive because I am also building a relationship.

Speaking of relationships, when one of those two friends e-mailed me, he said that ‘live events’ looked a bit ‘scammy’ to him but because I was posting, he trusted it. Good thing then, as this proves the power of relationships. But I also noticed another thing.

Live events like this one were more suspicious to digital savvy people. They often prefer free webinars. Many in corporate prefer the lunch n’ learns so they don’t have to leave work. Meanwhile more Gen X and Boomer entrepreneurs preferred the free live events. My point to all of them is that each one of these free events are doing the exact same thing. It’s just a different vehicle.

They each deliver amazing value in order to generate even greater value. How? By getting new business for them and helping people add more value to their personal and professional lives, by solving a problem or addressing a need.

Either way it’s win-win. Even if you don’t want to ‘buy’ anything, you will learn a ton. If it’s a live event, you will make some great networking connections. Finally, if it’s a coffee or lunch, you might create an even deeper connection. There is tremendous value in that.

So if you ever get an invite to any of my free events, webinars or conferences (like the Wealth Building Retreat here), please do check them out. I’d value your support and will do all I can do deliver tremendous value for you. Is there any value in that for you?

— Bobby

Bobby Umar, P.Eng, MBA
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My First Wealth Building Retreat…and YOU are invited too!

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Hi Friends!
Forgive me for the short notice on this. I realize some of you may have already been contacted by Wright Thurston’s office. I asked Wright if some of my associates could attend his Retreat as my guest, at no cost, to hear and get to know Wright better. Wright agreed that you may attend, at no charge, if you would like.
See details below: Bobby Umar @raehanbobby
P.S. I will be teaching at this event!

Unless you want to throw Two Thousand Dollars into your wastebasket, please read this letter and Respond Immediately.

We have made special arrangements with friend and partner, Wright Thurston, to invite some of our friends to one of Wright’s upcoming Wealth Building Retreats. This is two full days of powerful instruction with some of the top instructors in the North America. Wright normally charges Two Thousand Dollars a couple, we have asked Wright if we could make available, at no cost, a few complementary scholarships for our friends and business associates. (Seating is limited & on a  “First Come First Served” Basis. When the no cost scholarships are gone, they’re gone!)

At no cost to you and your guest, you will receive all ten (10) bonuses listed below. Again I repeat, there are no charges of any kind for these items which include:

– A Fifty Dollar Gift Certificate
– Special recognition at the Retreat
– Photograph with various faculty members
– Additional special gifts
– Gift Drawings each day 
– Customized Workbook
– Two full days of wealth building instruction
– Graduation gift
– Tuition for Two, a Two Thousand Dollar Value
– Grand Drawing, a Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollar value

The BEST WAY to REGISTER:

Register online at: InternationalSuccessGroup.com  Your confirmation code isBOBBY UMAR VIP 

Please provide us with the following information so we can update our records and finalize your registration:A. Name
B. A complete mailing address
C. Best e-mail address. **Very Important.
D. Best telephone numbers, both home and work
E. The name of your guest, if you are bringing one
F. Which Retreat location?
Please mention you received this special invitation and that your confirmation code number is: BOBBY UMAR VIPWe realize you are busy, but if you can make yourself available to attend this Wealth Building Retreat, please act before it’s too late. We don’t want you to miss out.Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.Massive Success: Bobby Umar @raehanbobby

P.S. The Retreat is being held at:

 
May 1st & 2nd (8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily. New information is taught each day.)
THE TORONTO AIRPORT MARRIOTT HOTEL
901 Dixon Road
Toronto, ON M9W 1J5
Look for the Wright Thurston Business Meetings.

Because of the meeting room space at each location, we are limited to the number of complementary scholarships we can offer at no cost. This will be on a first come first serve basis.

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From: Wright ThurstonIn case we haven’t met before, my name is Wright Thurston. My wife Janett and I have now built over a seven figure net worth in five different areas.We have been investing in Real Estate for over 30 years. We currently own Real Estate in three different countries. (apartment buildings, shopping mall, hotels, etc.)We are doing our world famous Wealth Building Retreat for nearly 25 years with some of the top faculty instructors in the world. Two full days of powerful instruction in such areas as real estate, social media, and asset protection, as well as other investing topics with some of the finest minds in North America. It is important to have multiple streams of income and you will be introduced to several at this event. Many of our friends and students worldwide have taken advantage of these wealth building Retreats. Some of these graduates are now making as much as Thirty Thousand Dollars a month because of the ideas received.We hope you will be able to join us. Best wishes: Wright Thurston

P.P.S. If not already registered, you and your guest can still contact us while the no cost, complementary scholarships are still available.

**The Best Way is to Register online at: InternationalSuccessGroup.com
**Please use the confirmation code number: BOBBY UMAR VIP 

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Be part of the Toronto @DYPBTO Conference Leadership Team

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We don’t want you to work. We want you to lead the way. We want you to create a legacy.

1JOIN THE TEAM! DYPB – Discover Your Personal Brand conference in Toronto is recruiting for a full-scale leadership team to continue building the event and a sustainable plan in 2015. In 2013, we had 120 people, last year we had over 300 people and now we want to make it even bigger.

We are looking for passionate individuals who want to build incredible skills, gain solid mentorship, collaborate and network with leaders and organizations in Toronto. It’s an amazing opportunity for the right people and very high profile right in the downtown core of the vibrant city of Toronto.

Visit the website http://raeallan.com/dypbteam for Detailed Role Descriptions.

We are looking for:
2 Co-Chairs
Director of Marketing
Director of Operations
Director of Logistics
2 Co-Directors of Partnerships & Sponsorships
Director of Programming
Director of Events – Pre and Post
Director of Technology
Director of Digital Media
2 Project Managers

Simply send a resume to raehanbobby@gmail.com

 

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Oscar Predictions 2015: The American Sniper known as Birdman may spoil my Boyhood dream!

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OSCAR PREDICTIONS: The American Sniper known as Birdman may spoil my Boyhood dream!

Here they are, hopefully to help you win your Oscar pools. In giving you my 1st pick, 2nd pick, %’s and brief commentary with maybe a dark horse or upset pick. My normal article would have had much more to say, but sadly, the time did not #FitInMyLife, haha. Some real craziness this year especially in the ever-changing Best Picture, Director and Actor races. It’s somewhat exciting to have 3 major races be so tight. Please comment, debate, share your picks and I’ll share more, telling you why you are right or way wrong. Remember, it’s not about who YOU think should win or was best, but who the academy will vote for. Here goes…

BEST PICTURE:

51           Boyhood

49           Birdman

American Sniper

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

This is really tough for me to say. But my bias is really getting to me. Boyhood is an incredible cinematic achievement. To try something for 12 years with the same actors and have it turn out so well is so incredibly risky. It’s never been done before and when I watched the movie, it was so relatable to anyone, even if you weren’t a parent. Because it was about life and how all the small moments add to something amazing. But I digress. Boyhood had all the momentum and then Birdman snagged the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Directors Guild Award (DGA) and Producers Guild Award (PGA). So it is a safe bet. However, I will predict that because it is so close, I expect a split between this and Best Director. Another thing to consider is the unique voting system where 2nd and 3rd place votes counts when there is no majority. So who do you think voters will vote for with their other votes if the top two are not first? Yup, you guessed it, BOTH of them! But this is where I would give Boyhood a slight edge. And quite frankly, if they don’t give it to Boyhood, I will be completely devastated. THAT is how much I think that Boyhood is epic and so deserving.

 

BEST DIRECTOR:

51           Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

49           Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Again, this should go to Boyhood for the sheer audacity and vision to do a film over 12 years and still be good. However, Iñárritu won the DGA. Although the Oscars are voted on by everyone, so Linklater still has a chance. I really want him to win because Iñárritu can at least do another great movie, while Linklater spent 12 YEARS on his! Regardless, I am going for the Best Picture and Director split. Even if Linklater wins this, I am more certain of the split that Birdman would then take Best Picture.

 

BEST ACTOR:

51           Michael Keaton, Birdman

49           Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Again, the betting money is on Redmayne, after he took home the SAG, not to mention Golden Globes (GG) and BAFTA. In fact, the SAG has predicted the Best Actor for the past 10 years. However, we need to consider that the SAG is just the actors voting, who usually go for the performance. The Oscar voters are writers, producers, directors, cinematographers, hair & makeup, editors, etc. How many of them do you think Michael Keaton has worked with, chummed up with and do they like him? I am betting they do, they hardly know Redmayne and they will reward Keaton for his lifetime of work.

 

BEST ACTRESS:

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Julianne Moore is a lock. She’s won almost everything, has been nominated 4 times before and never won. Plus she plays a devastating part, which is another reason that may go against Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

100         JK Simmons, Whiplash

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Another lock. Simmons has won every single major pre-cursor. Plus it’s a great story of a favourite character actor. Who didn’t love him in Juno or as James Jonah Jameson in Spiderman?

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

100         Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Laura Dern, Wild

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Another Lock. Again, Arquette has won every single major pre-cursor. This time, an incredible and authentic feat over 12 years as the mom in Boyhood. Kudos to Meryl Streep for her 19th acting nomination. Wow!

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

55           Birdman

45           The Grand Budapest Hotel

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

Nightcrawler

A tight race. Most people are going for Grand Budapest Hotel since it won the Writer’s Guild Award (WGA). However, Birdman has quite a bit of momentum behind it. If it doesn’t win, then that would give me more hope for future Boyhood victories. If you want to win your Oscar pools, this is a good place to take a risk and surpass your competition.

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

60           Imitation Game

30           Whiplash

10           Theory of Everything

American Sniper

Inherent Vice

Another two-way race, but Imitation Game got the WGA, giving it the edge. Whiplash already has the win for Simmons, but you can look to Theory of Everything as a potential upset if Redmayne doesn’t win Best Actor.

 

BEST ANIMATED FILM:

75           How to Train Your Dragon 2

25           Big Hero 6

Boxtrolls

Song of the Sea

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Another two-way race. I have to go with How to Train Your Dragon 2 even though I thought it was weak. If the sequel factor is distasteful, then Big Hero could sneak by. Can someone explain to me how The LEGO Movie missed even getting in?!

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

70           Ida

20           Wild Tales

10           Leviathan

Tangerines

Timbuktu

Ida is the only film here that has nominations in another category. Enough said.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM:

80           Citizenfour

15           Virunga

5              Finding Vivian Maier

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth

We only have the BAFTA to help us here.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

65           The Theory of Everything

35           The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

75           “Glory” (Selma)

20           “Everything Is Awesome” (The Lego Movie)

5              “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me)

“Lost Stars” (Begin Again)

“Grateful” (Beyond the Lights)

Glory, Martin Luther King, and the fact that Selma was snubbed in quite a few categories like Actor and Director. Everything is sadly not awesome for the LEGO movie. Glen Campbell could be a dark horse upset here.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

65           Birdman

20           The Grand Budapest Hotel

15           Unbroken

Mr. Turner

Ida

Same person who did Gravity and won has done Birdman. Enough said. Look for a dark horse upset with Unbroken’s Roger Deakins, who has been nominated 12 times and never won.

 

BEST FILM EDITING:

70           Boyhood

20           Whiplash

10           American Sniper

Grand Budapest Hotel

Imitation Game

12 YEARS! Can you imagine how much footage they had?

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

85           The Grand Budapest Hotel

15           Into the Woods

Mr. Turner

Interstellar

The Imitation Game

Grand Budapest won both the BAFTA and the Art Directors Guild. This is a pretty good lock.

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

85           The Grand Budapest Hotel

15           Into the Woods

Maleficent

Mr. Turner

Inherent Vice

Again, Grand Budapest won both the BAFTA and the Costume Designers Guild

 

BEST MAKEUP & HAIR:

60           The Grand Budapest Hotel

25           Foxcatcher

15           Guardians of the Galaxy

This is one of those categories where anyone could win. But Grand Budapest has tons of nominations and is a Best Picture contender, so let’s give it the edge. Steve Carell’s nose shouldn’t really be enough to win.

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

60           Interstellar

40           Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

X:Men: Days of Future Past

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Another tight two-way race. It’s space versus the apes in CGI.

 

BEST SOUND EDITING:

65           American Sniper

30           Birdman

5              Interstellar

Unbroken

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

American Sniper is in the lead, but Birdman is getting momentum from its Cinema Audio Society win. Could be a good upset here.

 

BEST SOUND MIXING:

40           Whiplash

35           American Sniper

25           Birdman

Unbroken

Interstellar

Historically these 2 categories of Sound Editing and Sound Mixing have gone hand-in-hand 95% of the time, except in the last few years. This is tough three-way race. If Birdman wins Sound Editing, it will likely take this one too.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:

75           “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1″

25           “Joanna”

“Our Curse”

“The Reaper (La Parka)”

“White Earth”

What? You don’t support our veterans….shame on you.

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT:

65           Feast

30           The Dam Keeper

5              The Bigger Picture

Me and My Moulton

A Single Life

Well Me and My Moulton is from Canada so Yay! But the real winner that everyone is talking about is Feast. That said, I find this category is ripe with upsets, so Dam Keeper is a good bet. Plus some people don’t like Disney.

 

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT:

65           The Phone Call

20           Boogaloo and Graham

10           Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)

5              Aya

Parvaneh

Any one of the top 4 could win. But I’m going with the stats, odds and what most people are picking.

 

There you have it. So who gets the most Oscar love?

Birdman                                             4

Boyhood                                             3

Grand Budapest Hotel                   3

Whiplash                                           2

Still Alice                                            1

Imitation Game                                1

Theory of Everything                      1

Selma                                                 1

American Sniper                              1

Interstellar                                         1

How to Train Your Dragon 2         1

Wow, talk about spreading the love!

Biggest losers: Boyhood, because it really should win both Picture and Director. 12 YEARS!! C’mon!

So now….who is gonna be BEST DRESSED?!  Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon!  Worst dressed will be Meryl Streep, but she is allowed, because….well she’s Meryl Streep. Eddie Redmayne will swoon for the men.

 

Here is the full list of Oscar picks (with my close alternate picks in brackets)

Best Picture: Boyhood  (or Birdman)

Best Director: Alejandro Iñárritu, Birdman  (or Richard Linkater, Boyhood)

Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman  (or Eddie Redmayne)

Best Actress: Julianne Moore

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette

Best Original Screenplay: Birdman (or Grand Budapest)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Imitation Game

Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best Score: Theory of Everything

Best Song: Glory, Selma

Best Foreign Language Film: Ida (Poland)

Best Documentary Film: Citizenfour

Best Cinematography: Birdman

Best Film Editing: Boyhood

Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Make-up & Hair: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Visual effects: Interstellar (or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Best Sound Editing: American Sniper

Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash (or American Sniper or Birdman)

Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Best Animated Short: Feast

Best Live-Action Short: The Phone Call