Friday, 18 February 2011
The Oscars are 10 days away, I'm so sure it's been taking so long to happen this year. For some strange reason I always thought that it was near the very beginning of a year. Anyway, I'm just jotting down some of my favourites from this year's Oscars. Not necessarily who should win, just what movies I loved. There probably will be some pig-headed opinions because all movie viewers are a bit like that.
I have no clue about sound editing and the like, so I'm not going to pick anything in those categories. Apparently the Wolfman is the frontrunner for best makeup. Unlike the Oscar community, I found it quite hard to find anything good about that movie, let alone giving it an Oscar. I digress, I cannot discuss movies without dissing movies I hate I realise, I don't want but anyways without further ado:
Best Movie: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter's Bone
Among all these movies, I think it is expected from pretty much everyone that King's Speech will win. But I didn't think it was that great compared to some other movies nominated this year, specifically Social Network, True Grit; King's Speech about on par with Winter's Bone.
This year there are so many good movies. I mean, even Toy Story 3 in all its amazingness could have won the Oscar in any other year! I love pretty much every movie that has been nominated, and I think all of them really deserve an Oscar really. Push comes to shove, I would want Winter's Bone to win. It's exactly my type of movie, sombre in feel, but ultimately hopeful. And Jennifer Lawrence puts in a really great performance in it as well, altogether a pretty successful indie. One of my favourite movies anyway, but King's Speech is the better movie from an Oscar point of view.
Actor in a Leading Role: Javier Bardem, Jeff Bridges, Jesse Eisenberg, Colin Firth, James Franco
I really want James Franco to win this. If you've seen 127 Days, he is amazing in it. Though, I suspect that Colin Firth will win it actually and he totally deserves it--his stutter is so authentic in King's Speech. But on the other hand, how fantastic is James Franco? I would love him to win this award because he definitely earns his nomination in the movie. In my opinion, he was the one of two reasons why 127 Days was so effective, the other being the mastery of Danny Boyle. I think it would be a fantastic coup if he won this.
Actress in a Leading Role: Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams
I think Natalie Portman wins this hands down. Second place would go to Jennifer Lawrence, who put in a strong performance as well, but the whole premise of Winter's Bone is nowhere near as challenging as in Black Swan. I'm still bitter that Mickey Rourke didn't win for The Wrestler, so second time lucky for the Aronofsky films! But yeah, I don't think any of the other actresses are in the same league as the two I mentioned above.
Adapted Screenplay: 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter's Bone.
I can't say I've read the original book that Winter's Bone is adapted from, so I'm not sure about that. But True Grit was surely a masterful adaptation. Compared to the John Wayne classic which is slightly closer to the original book, it's been totally Coen-ified into an almost comedic drama. I must say I quite like what they have done, the other movie adaptation seemed to be just book translated to moving pictures in comparison.
Original Screenplay: Another Year, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech.
Hm, yeah, King's Speech is going to win. Inception might be a dark horse, but it's not really snobbish enough, if you understand what I'm saying. King's Speech is not entertainment, it is totally movie-minded as much as Inception was entertaining to watch. I don't know how to describe it, I think if Nolan really wanted an Oscar, he could totally make a movie which probably won't earn as much as Inception but will win here. The Kids Are All Right is pretty fantastic too, but I don't know if it really matches up to King's Speech.
Directing: Black Swan, The Fighter, The King's Speech, The Social Network, True Grit
As for directing, I haven't seen "The Fighter", mind you. Out of the ones that I've seen, I actually think Social Network will win. While I'm not an uber-crazy fan of the movie, it's truly got that David Fincher-flavour, open-ended and moody arthouse style. I don't think it worked completely on Zodiac, but with a subject as touchy as the origins of facebook, I think it really complements the ambigiuity of the legal process juxtaposed with the story. It's really quite visionary, his style, and I think it was quite successfully carried out.
What do you think will win best movie at the Oscars this year? What do you disagree/agree with from my predictions?