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Little Gold Men

I’ve always been a sucker for the Academy Awards. I can’t recall the last time I missed a ceremony, although with the advent of the DVR, I’m no sucker, and tape the thing so I can watch the boring bits on 2x speed. But, in the end, I feel there is still some prestige behind the award. Maybe, in reality there isn’t. It very well might just come down to politicking or who is the nicest/most popular. Either way, the members of the Academy usually do a pretty good job of highlighting great performances and sometimes giving a huge boost to a smaller, deserving film. So from a expert huge nerd, here are my thoughts on the big categories this year:

In red is the nominee who I’d like to win, and in bold who I think will win.


Best Documentary Feature

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job

I didn’t see Wasteland, so its not really fair to judge, but I will anyway, having seen all the others. I don’t know how this award goes to any other film. I loved all 4 that i saw. I think i enjoyed Exit Through the Gift Shop the most, but i still feel like Restrepo is a better film, better edited and more important.


Film Editing

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

127 Hours use of split screen, dynamic shot selection and pacing are integral in creating the mood of the film. It’s tough to create a charge to the air when the story never leaves one location.

true grit

Best Cinematography

Black Swan – Matthew Libatique
Inception – Wally Pfister
The King’s Speech – Danny Cohen
The Social Network – Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit- Roger Deakins

Is it a lock? It should be, especially if you’ve seen this video. Plus its an absolute crime that he wasn’t nominated last year for A Serious Man.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Another Year
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech

The dialogue in The Kids Are Alright was fantastic, it felt real, and wasn’t forced, and the screenwriters did a pretty good job straying away from cliché, which is almost impossible when you try to cram as many themes in as they did. But somehow it managed and formed a tight little story with amazing characters. Sure Inception was imaginative, a little, but underneath its ‘dreamy’ exterior is just a standard heist film, the script is much less impressive than the way Nolan brought it to life.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone
The Social Network should win, and is worthy of it, but the story in Winter’s Bone is grim, bleak, cold and absolutely captivation, the pacing of the conflict is perfect and each character is subtle and nuanced.

winters bone

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

I really this one is a shoe-in for Bale, but I really want John Hawkes to take it home. They are equally impressive performances, but it’s the smaller, quieter role that Hawkes envelopes that gives him the edge. His character is brutally frightening on so many levels, and Hawkes gets that feeling across with the most basic of acting techniques taken to the the most advanced levels.

melissa leo

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

This is the award I’d bet money on, Melissa Leo own this role, stealing the spotlight away from even Christian Bale in their scenes together.


Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

They should both win, bring back 1968 and let’s have a tie. Seriously, amazing stuff. I might give a slight lead to Franco just because he had so little to work with, it was all him, and some rocks, and he had to make us believe he was cutting his arm off! And i believed it, i really did. When he pulled away from that boulder, I felt a genuine sense of relief and loss. That all comes from Franco, who we should just start calling Superman from now on, the guy does everything, sorry Superman could host the Oscars without looking bored.


Actress in Leading Role

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

After watching Winter’s Bone, which seems like forever ago, I said to myself, “You’re not going to see a better performance all year.” And I didn’t.. until i watched Black Swan. There were heaps of praise ladled onto Natalie Portman, which as a skeptic, I was sure vastly over-exceeded their due. But that’s not the case, it turns out the hype was justified. She was amazing, its a deep, deep performance. Her character is so fractured, and so intense, I can’t imagine it was easy to let this role go afterward.



Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky
The Fighter, David. O. Russell
The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper
The Social Network, David Fincher
True Grit, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Do the Best Picture and Best Director categories always have to line up? Clearly not, how about when Chicago beat The Pianist for Best Picture, or when Gladiator topped Traffic. It happens, but not very often. Will it happen this year? I’m not sure, if it was up to me, yeah it would. How important are directors? Well, Natalie Portman as directed by George Lucas in the prequels… the worst. Natalie Portman in Black Swan, unbelievable, award-worthy, and however else you want to describe it. That should seal Fincher’s fate right there, its not like Portman went into the prequels saying, this performance is going to be so boring and flaccid, gosh, i hope i really suck. No, she just did as she was told and we all paid the price.

127 hours

Best Picture

Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

I haven’t made up my mind how i feel about ten nominees. On one hand it gives smaller more deserving movies a chance at the spotlight, like Winter’s Bone, on the other hand we have Toy Story 3 nominated. Sorry, I do not get the infatuation with that one. It was good, but great? Maybe its because when i was growing up my toys were little pieces of plastic I blew up with firecrackers, not my best-friends.

So there we have it, i think The King’s Speech will take this home. But my favorite film this year was 127 hours. I can’t put my finger on why I liked it the most, but it has something to do with how personal the story was, how Aron was able to overcome the his basic human instincts and do the impossible. Its a testament to the human will to survive.

That’s all i got. Let me know who you’re rooting for in the comments.

tags: 127 hours, black swan, kings speech, oscars 2011, restrepo, the fighter, the kids are all right, true grit, winter's bone

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