2011-01-26

Academically Speaking.

The complete list of the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday and just like last year, I will put my desired win in bold and what I think will win in italics or both if they overlap.

1. Best Picture: "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."
Of this year's TEN best pics, I've only seen one of them, "Inception" but I don't think it's deserving of the main prize. So I'll take a guess at "The King's Speech" which I think will sweep this year's wins as well as nominations. But ya know what would be really cool if it won? True Grit!



2. Actor: Javier Bardem, "Biutiful"; Jeff Bridges, "True Grit"; Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"; Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"; James Franco, "127 Hours." He got the Golden Globe so I think Colin will get this nod as well. But ya know what would be really cool if he won? Jeff Bridges!


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3. Actress: Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"; Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"; Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"; Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"; Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine."
NO idea, but I like what Natalie Portman did in the preview, so that's good enough for me and I think the Academy will agree with me.



4. Supporting Actor: 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."
Bale won the GG for Rocky VI "The Fighter" but I love Geoffrey Rush. Here is his best role to date:



5. Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, "The Fighter"; Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech"; Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"; Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"; Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom."
Once again, I have no idea and haven't seen any of these performances. How about I choose HBC for Alice in Wonderland "The King's Speech" and I'll throw a dart at Amy Adams for the win.



6. Directing: Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"; David O. Russell, "The Fighter"; Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"; David Fincher, "The Social Network"; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "True Grit."

Nope, ain't seen any of them. The Academy jumps on the bandwagon with "The Social Network" and me, I'm gonna keep choosing this until it wins. "True Grit."

(Note to self: do a mashup of "The King's Speech" done by Tobe Hooper.)


7. Foreign Language Film: "Biutiful," Mexico; "Dogtooth," Greece; "In a Better World," Denmark; "Incendies," Canada; "Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)," Algeria.
Well, I simply must go with "Incendies" cuz it's Canadian but what wacky spelling...

Oh, it's French-Canadienne! Screw that, I'll go with Biutiful from Mexico, at least they know how to spell. How about "In a Better World" by those Danes.

8. Adapted Screenplay: Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, "127 Hours"; Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"; Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, "Toy Story 3"; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "True Grit"; Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, "Winter's Bone."



Wow, that's an awful lotta writers for "TS3" which I hear is a remake of the first two so I'll go with the Coens once again for TG and Aaron Sorkin will walk away with the prize.

9. Original Screenplay: Mike Leigh, "Another Year"; Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson and Keith Dorrington, "The Fighter"; Christopher Nolan, "Inception"; Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, "The Kids Are All Right"; David Seidler, "The King's Speech."

Wow, that's an awful lotta writers for "The Fighter" which I hear is a remake of the Rocky movies (actually I just made that up.) Since I've actually seen one of these movies, I'll vote for the incredibly confusing and cliff-hanging screenplay from Christopher Nolan.



10. Animated Feature Film: "How to Train Your Dragon," ''The Illusionist," ''Toy Story 3."
Haven't seen TS3 yet but I would love to see HtTYD win!!

I have NO IDEA why this movie was included in the Animated category!


11. Art Direction: "Alice in Wonderland," ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," ''Inception," ''The King's Speech," ''True Grit." I want to see AiW win something, so I'll vote for it but the powers that be may give it to Inception. I sure hope they don't give it to this:


12. Cinematography: "Black Swan," ''Inception," ''The King's Speech," ''The Social Network," ''True Grit."
Truly breathtaking Cinematography on Inception. Gotta win!



13. Sound Mixing: "Inception," ''The King's Speech," ''Salt," ''The Social Network," ''True Grit."
Let's throw Salt on an old wound and take a dark horse pick here (because who really cares about Sound Mixing, anyway?) Perhaps True Grit will finally win something.



14. Sound Editing: "Inception," ''Toy Story 3," ''Tron: Legacy," ''True Grit," ''Unstoppable."
Oooh, Tron was nominated for something? I gotta choose it. The Academy will go for TS3.
Just listen to the sound on this. How could it not win?



15. Original Score: "How to Train Your Dragon," John Powell; "Inception," Hans Zimmer; "The King's Speech," Alexandre Desplat; "127 Hours," A.R. Rahman; "The Social Network," Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Once again, I want to give HtTYD a heads-up so John Powell gets my nod. As for those guys who seal the envelopes...I dunno...Desplat because his name sounds like a Don Martin sound effect.



16. Original Song: "Coming Home" from "Country Strong," Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey; "I See the Light" from "Tangled," Alan Menken and Glenn Slater; "If I Rise" from "127 Hours," A.R. Rahman, Dido and Rollo Armstrong; "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3," Randy Newman.
I just listened to "I See the Light" and my ears began to bleed, so I'm sure it'll win. I'm going to forgive Randy for "Short People" and give him another chance for "We Belong Together."



17. Costume: "Alice in Wonderland," ''I Am Love," ''The King's Speech," ''The Tempest," ''True Grit."
One of my favourite aspects of AiW is the Costuming, so you know what I'm picking. Off the top of my Edith Head, though, I'll choose "The King's Speech" but it would be acceptable if this won...




18. Documentary Feature: "Exit through the Gift Shop," ''Gasland," ''Inside Job," ''Restrepo," ''Waste Land."
Huh? I dunno, how about "Waste Land" because I once read TS Eliot's poem and "Gasland".



19. Documentary (short subject): "Killing in the Name," ''Poster Girl," ''Strangers No More," ''Sun Come Up," ''The Warriors of Qiugang."
Once again, Huh? It's the only Asian choice this year, so "The Warriors of Qiugang" for all the marbles. (Trailer here.)

20. Film Editing: "Black Swan," ''The Fighter," ''The King's Speech," ''127 Hours," ''The Social Network."
The Editors were working hard to get "127 Hours" down to 94 minutes, so that's my choice. "The Social Network" is the longest movie of the five, so it'll get chosen.



21. Makeup: "Barney's Version," ''The Way Back," ''The Wolfman."
It has to be "The Wolfman", the back and forth from reality to CGI was seemless.

22. Animated Short Film: "Day and Night," ''The Gruffalo," ''Let's Pollute," ''The Lost Thing," ''Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)."
Cool, "The Gruffalo" looks pretty good. But let's get political and "Let's Pollute."



23. Live Action Short Film: "The Confession," ''The Crush," ''God of Love," ''Na Wewe," ''Wish 143." No Way will Na Wewe win but I like bongos. I was rather surprised to see this nominated...



24. Visual Effects: "Alice in Wonderland," ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," ''Hereafter," ''Inception," ''Iron Man 2."
As much as I liked "Iron Man2", it wasn't Oscar material. So I'm all for Alice in Wonderland but won't be disappointed if Inception wins.



Well this year must be a new record for me. I have seen a total of 6, Alice in Wonderland, Inception, Iron Man2, How to Train Your Dragon, Wolfman and Tron Legacy. I wonder if any of the will win. We shall see...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Winter's Bone is a good flick- Hillbilly Meth Labs and a great female lead. I wouldn't be surprised if it wins best picture, it seems like the type of film that would pull off that upset. Social Network is good but while watching it I couldn't help thinking how much overly-dramatized they made the events (apparently in reality it was a bunch of computer nerds plugging away on keyboards and occasionally ordering pizza). Anyways, Fincher should have won for Zodiac.

Everybody but me loves TS3, but its really the Return of the Jedi to TS's New Hope and TS2's Empire Strikes back: nice, sentimental tear-jerky closing out of the series with alot of good bits but not great or as original.

The King's Speech- I have no desire to watch this movie whatsoever. Justsayin'

Michael Jones said...

I fear Winter's Bone will be a dark horse for best pic since there are 10 entries these days. Hopefully she'll get a nod for Best Actress though.
I still want to see TS3 but I won't be disappointed to see it lose. I would love HTTYD to win it!!
I find The Illusionist to be a very unlikely winner. (At least there's no Shrek this year.)

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