Saturday, February 26, 2011
A little known fairy tale is that the Academy Awards of Mot... The Oscars are called "The Oscars" is because, when a worker at the Academy first saw the award she said that it looked like, "My uncle Oscar." I am sure that they are also called "The Oscars" because the original title of the awards show is too long. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The A.M.P.A.S.? The Amps? Nope. The Oscars!
I am looking forward to watching The Oscars sometime next week. It will air live on Monday morning for us. I'll have to wait until it's over, then wait until I can get it off of the Internet, so sometime next week it is!
I plan on trying to not know the winners, its more fun that way. As of last night, when I watched The Fighter, I have now seen all 10 nominations for Best Picture. And with all of the 'King's Speech sweep' talk that I keep hearing , I thought I'd take a stab at guessing who will win the 5 most popular awards. Actually, this might be more about who I want to win then who should actually win.
I often bring up the fact that Shakespeare in Love won Best Picture over Saving Private Ryan many years back. Actually, I feel like I bring it up all of the time. Sometimes, while waiting for a bus, and in Chinese, I will discuss it with old Muslim ladies. After giving the Paltrow movie a shot I concluded that this was some sort of joke that went way too far, all the way up to putting the wrong name in the envelope. I'll keep believing that to the grave. "To the grave, Joseph Fiennes!"
With that, I will hold out hope for another day or two and believe that there will be a few surprises and that though The King's Speech is a wonderful, fulfilling movie, it is not, to paraphrase Elaine Benes, "sweep worthy".
***I must also add that I am just a fan and anything that I say is purely my opinion and based mostly on my personal reactions to these movies. It is also worth noting that though I have seen all of the films nominated for best picture I have yet to see a few of the other films that actors are nominated for in the other categories.***
UPDATE: From the categories I cover, I have yet to see Biutiful and Animal Kingdom.
So here they are:
Who will probably win - Colin Firth
Who I want to win - James Franco
I really liked 127 Hours. I thought that they did a lot with not a whole lot. And James Franco played the role really well. I don't think he will win but I want him to.
It seemed like only yesterday that I was complaining about how confused I was with his character in the Spider-man movies. I could never tell what the guy was thinking. Why his character swung so easily from trusting Peter to wanting to kill him to wanting his girlfriend and back to being buddies again. I guess I can't blame him there.
By the way, I did not purposely use the word "swung" in reference to a character from Spider-man. It just flowed naturally!
Anyways, my opinion on him has changed. I really like him in this movie and it would be cool if the young Oscar co-host could walk out of there with the award.
Who will probably win - Natalie Portman
Who I want to win - Natalie Portman
Pretty easy for me with this one. This is a great and memorable performance. The ballet moves were really nice to watch, the tension with the coach and her stubbornness. Her timid dancing compared to her Black Swan in the end is a fulfilling transformation. She's come a long way as well, from the monotone Queen Amidala.
And well, the competition? Jennifer Lawerence was really great in *whisper* Winter's Bone. My other choice would be Michelle Williams. I really didn't get Annette Benning's nomination, let alone the talk that she is a lock to win. Did they give her the "lead actress" nod because she played the masculine role in her lesbian relationship? I think that this card was improperly played. Julianne Moore is by far the lead in that movie. It's all about her and her family. She dominates the movie; in most scenes, has the affair, changes in the end. Her character development and evolution is very evident. Annette Benning spent most of her time with a wine glass in her hand. That's really all I remember about her character. Oh, and she had a good cry scene. That was nice, but not enough for me.
Best Supporting Actor:
Who will definitely win - Christian Bale
Who I want to win - Christian Bale
This guy nailed it. I think that this award is in the bag. A guarantee from me to you. Losing a ton of weight for a role is already a popular/smart move for these awards shows. Playing a guy with brain damage and a drug addiction seals the deal. But don't let all of those "how could he screw it up" aspects fool you, he could have screwed it up. But in the end, he made the movie great. Some of the little things I liked were the way him and Wahlberg sparred together like brothers, how he bounced along to the music before they entered the arena. I just thought it was a great character. Very enjoyable to watch. And the movie had a nice ending as well.
Mark Ruffalo? He was a walking cliche. He was a likable character that fell in love with his son's mom and then shouldered all of the blame in the end. Well, I talk more about it here.
Other than that, I like every other performance in this category. John Hawkes is great. Jeremy Renner I liked a lot more this year than last year when he was nominated for Hurt Locker.
Best Supporting Actress:
Who will probably win - Melissa Leo
Who I want to win - Hailee Steinfeld
I like that kid in True Grit. She did a really great job. She wasn't annoying at all, played the part of a kid that needed to mature quicker than she should have. Similar to Jennifer Lawrence, but it very different ways, of course.
Melissa Leo and Amy Adams were great in The Fighter. Helena Bonham Carter was good, but I think that the other ones left more of an impression on me. The King's Speech is more about Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush to me.
Who will win - The King's Speech
Who I want win - Black Swan
Of all of the nominees, Black Swan is the one that stays in my head. There were so many aspects of so many ideas thrown together in this one. It was dark, it had funny moments, it was scary, it was beautiful, it was offensive, it challenged me to think of what matters in life, what I want in life, and what is stopping me from getting it. Most of it I look at metaphorical, of course, but it was thought provoking none the less. The music is also great. I have since downloaded the soundtrack and some of the original Swan Lake pieces. They are very nice to listen to.
I will add my picks here as well. This week I finished the first draft of my first screenplay. I am a few tweaks away from sending it out to some selected/willing people to read it and give me their thoughts. It is called Spring Festival, the story of a Chinese boy who grows up under the rule of a strict father and the unexpected circumstances that lead to growth and freedom in his life. It is kind of a "coming of age". A drama, but funny in a lot of ways. I also try to capture some of the culture of this country in there as well, to give it a fresh look and unique background.
Anyways... I must also note that I have read 6 of the 10 nominated movies, so once again, I have not covered all of the ground.
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Who will probably win - Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)
Who I want to win - Aaron Sorkin
I had to look it up again because I did not believe myself. But, it's true! The Social Network screenplay is 164 pages long! So, that would make the movie 2 hours and 44 minutes long, give or take, right? Well, it's only 2 hours, but even still, it reads very fast. I sat down one afternoon and started reading. I ended up reading it the whole way through, skipping supper and everything! And I'm usually a very slow reader. If Barbara and I are reading something on the Internet together, she will make the "Ahh, is that so?" and "Isn't that interesting" noises much earlier than me. It is actually quite frustrating at times to have her go "huh. that I did not know" and then walk away while I am reading the first paragraph.
So, for me to read this straight through is something. Actually, it is also significant to mention that I read it AFTER I watched the movie, so I already knew how it went.
I must also mention that 127 Hours is great to read. I read it before watching the movie and I liked the screenplay better than the movie. Just by a little, though. I read Winter's Bone in about an hour. Good stuff.
Best Original Screenplay:
Who will probably win - David Seidler (The King's Speech)
Who I want to win - Christopher Nolan (Inception)
Other scripts were probably written better, but its amazing how an idea like Inception could be written out to even make a small amount of sense. The rules of how the movie works were weaved into the story very well. It didn't seem like Leo ever had to turn to the camera and explain things with a white board.
It's weird that Inception was not even nominated for best editing. But what do I know?