Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wishful Oscar Thinking.

Since The King's Sweep is practically inevitable, I won't bother with predictions this year and just stick to who I would be ecstatic to see win...

Best Picture
I prefer Black Swan as a film but The Social Network just screams Best Picture of the year and would make things like Crash and Driving Miss Daisy seem like tiny missteps when compared to such a masterpiece.

Best Director
David Fincher. Because this might be his masterpiece and those never are recognized by AMPAS. He'll probably lose to Tom Hooper and then win for something like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2.

Best Actor
Jesse Eisenberg for making assholeness and loneliness two heartbreaking sides of the same coin.

Best Actress
Natalie Portman simply because of that final breakdown scene in her dressing room. She did things with her face I thought only Nicole Kidman and Greta Garbo could do.

Best Supporting Actor
John Hawkes, simply because no one else in that category could do what he did with such dexterity and cruel simplicity.

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams because she supports. She doesn't try to steal the spotlight and yet she does in the end. That tacky MTV girl is the one character that leaves the theater with you after The Fighter think Charlene would've hated such a movie just makes her more perfect.

Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3 just happens to be the best movie of the year in almost every category...

Art Direction
As much as I love porn The King's Speech's got nothing on the marvelous sets Inception has. Yes, there I said it...

Roger Deakins should win for something where he shows why he's a master, True Grit could've been done in his sleep. My vote goes to Black Swan's beautifully strange camera work. those closeups! The way the camera menaces Nina...

Costume Design
I Am Love was the year's fashion orgasm.

The Social Network's editing work is so subtle that it took me three viewings to realize the film is indeed a courtroom flick with flashbacks. Its layers are so rich and embedded with such mastery that I still can not get enough of it.

Foreign Language Film
Dogtooth. Although I've only seen two and hate being so partial...

No preference here.

Original Score
I still am humming the opening theme for The Social Network...besides electronica needs to be embraced by AMPAS!

Original Song
All of them make me yawn but Coming Home is kinda sweet...

Sound Editing
Toy Story 3 because EVERYTHING is sound effects! People seem to forget this about animated features.

Sound Mixing
That club scene in The Social Network should seal the deal without thinking it twice.

Visual Effects

Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network has perhaps the best screenplay of the decade and I don't say things like that just to say them.

Original Screenplay
My favorite is The Fighter but I don't really love any of the nominees.

How about you? What are you hoping will take the naked golden guy home?


Dan O. said...

As much as I would kill for Nolan to win for screenplay, the fact remains the Academy has an unreasonable hard on for The King’s Speech so original screenplay will probably go to that movie rather Inception, despite it should win. Check out my list and opinions when you can!

Luke said...

All right - I'm dying to find out your thoughts on the show. (See mine over at my blog.) In particular, I'm dying to see your commentary on the dresses that will inevitably come today? Hopefully?? I know it's Monday and not Sunday, but just this once? :)