Lived a lot. Just trying to get it all down now.
The Martian should have got Directing, if anything, but the movie was a popcorn flick. I didn't like Hateful Eight, but you're so right about Anomalisa. I think Inside Out should have been nominated in this category as well. But at least Star Wars wasn't nominated.
Bear Grylls is on the Discovery channel, and he's British.
The Coen Brothers never had a kick starter.
Kickstarter is pretty lame in general. But if it can help actually new and exciting art that wouldn't get made otherwise then it is good. If it's celebrities like Zack Braff or Veronica Mars who could pay for that lame movie with money from one of her stupid Samsung commercials, well you can feel good saying she duped her naive fans.
Find new and important artists to give money to. Don't give it to local bands so they can play (party) in Europe, and don't give it to a celebrities' vanity projects. Studios take a bath on movies they finance all the time. So can the residents of Malibu and Park Avenue.
Not trying to sound snarky, but how is that different than starting with a beginning and an ending? Seems to me that's usually the best way to start crafting a story.