So it’s that time of the year when the very prestigious award is handed out to only the most important of people. This year we had some ups and downs when it came to cinema but don’t let that be a burden to the awards givers. Hopefully The Tourist didn’t get any nominations to this awards ceremony. For the 83rd consecutive year the Oscar will be handed out and as we get closer and closer to year 100 we have to look back each year at the films that made that year and defined us as a culture. After the jump we get our nominees as well as my thoughts on the major awards.
Actor In A Leading Role:
- Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
- Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
- Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
- Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
- James Franco in “127 Hours”
My Thoughts: For once I have seen almost all of these films. No offense to Bardem but I didn’t see your film. I really did enjoy True Grit I felt that Bridges delivered a strong performance in that role and may deserve another award. Eisenberg is too young in all honesty, and that may not be a hindered but his performance as compared to the others was not as impressive. Firth’s role as the stammering prince to be king was pretty damn good even in a movie I wasn’t as impressed with but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him walk away with it nor would i be surprised to see Franco take it after having to carry an entire movie with him. They’ll pick Firth and I’ll go with Bridges on the account that Franco didn’t have strong writing going with him.
Actor in a Supporting Role
- Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
- John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
- Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
- Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
- Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”
My Thoughts: Once again I had seen all but Winter’s Bone. I think Renner, last year’s best actor winner, has a very little shot even though he did a good job in his film. Ruffalo stands no shot as I personally thought the film was not as great as people were clamoring that it was. I think the two actors that stand out in this nomination are Rush, who was brilliant and Bale, who was phenomenal. I say both myself and the Academy agree on this one and hand it to Bale.
Actress in a Leading Role:
- Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
- Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
- Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
- Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
- Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”
My Thoughts: Didn’t see Rabbit Hole or Winter’s Bone and Blue Valentine is on my list of things to see. This makes this a bit easier to decide. Bening was alright in a below average film that is getting the comments and award nods because it’s pro gay or something like that. So in reality I think after the Golden Globe people did the same thing I would have done and hand the award to someone who carried a movie virtually on their own acting wise and say hey Ms. Portman here is the award.
Actress in a Supporting Role:
- Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
- Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
- Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
- Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
- Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”
My Thoughts: While Adams and Leo were pretty damn good in their film I have to see one clear cut winner in this category. Sorry Weaver it’s not you while I did not even see nor hear of your movie until now. While Bonham Carter did a good job as Elizabeth she didn’t have a huge enough role for me to consider her for the award. I give it to the newcomer Steinfeld and the Academy hands it to Leo.
Animated Feature Film:
- “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
- “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
- “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich
My Thoughts: Sorry to the other films listed here but we all know who wins this easily, Toy Story can’t lose, it’s a Pixar film and by that status alone it makes it impossible to lose. Fortunately it was a good film this year so I’ll let that slide…a bit.
I’m going to skip a handful of awards, not saying they aren’t important enough because they are it’s just I don’t have the time to sit here and do every award hahah.
- “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
My Thoughts: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO shit, Christopher Nolan once again gets snubbed by the academy. This is outrageous! Russell did a good job but not a great job to get a nom. Hooper’s film was carried by acting and writing, not so much by the actual directing. I’ll give the Coen’s credit because they did good work. Fincher is only nominated and no offense but it’s because his movie was about Facebook. Aronofsky is my pick but Fincher is theirs.
Writing: Adapted Screenplay
- “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
- “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
- “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
- “True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
- “Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
My Thoughts: Interesting choices here. Toy Story won’t win, I’m sorry the story doesn’t hold up. True Grit while phenomenal doesn’t really hold that much of a candle against who they will choose. While I got with True Grit, the Academy will be all over The Social Network in this category.
Writing: Original Screenplay
- “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
- “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
- “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
- “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
- “The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler
My Thoughts: The Fighter is not original, nope not at all. The Kids was god awful. King’s Speech also was not original (based on a book). Meaning one thing has to win Inception but I’m sure King’s Speech wins it.
and finally the big one, the one that we all have been waiting for….
- “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
- “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
- “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
- “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
- “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
- “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
- “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
- “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
- “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
- “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
My Thoughts: Ten films…while some deserve it more than others some films got snubbed. Toy Story doesn’t stand that much of a chance and it can’t hold a candle to our other noms. Winter’s Bone is another long shot in the long list. While the Academy may hand it off to Black Swan or even True Grit it’s doubtful that anything other than Social Network or even King’s Speech here will win it for them. I want Inception to win it so badly because of how horrible Nolan’s luck has been in the Academy Awards season.
That wraps it up, when the Awards are handed out expect to see a full raging report of how Nolan’s film took home 0 awards.