Saturday, February 26, 2011

Matt's Picks - The 83rd Academy Awards


When the Oscar nominations were released on January 25, there were very few surprises, but the most vocal shock came at the Academy's failure to award Christopher Nolan a nomination for Best Director for Inception, even though the film reaped eight nominations total (including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay). I have been shocked, all award season, at the love bestowed to Winter's Bone, a fine film but hardly worthy of inclusion in my eyes. The same goes for The Fighter. Yet both films received Best Picture nominations. What about my favourite film of the year? Mike Leigh's Another Year? It received one nomination, for Best Original Screenplay, a tough category that includes frontrunners Inception and The King's Speech and indie favourite The Kids Are All Right.

And so, the night before the Oscars toast the best films of 2010, I offer you my predictions (and a few suggestions):

Best Picture:
My pick: The King's Speech
My preference: Black Swan
My suggestion: Another Year deserved a nomination instead of Winter's Bone

Best Director:
My pick: David Fincher, The Social Network
My preference: David Fincher, The Social Network
My suggestion: Mike Leigh, Another Year, instead of David O. Russell for The Fighter

Best Actor:
My pick: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
My preference: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
My suggestion: Can both Colin Firth and James Franco (127 Hours) both win?

Best Actress:
My pick: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
My preference: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
My suggestion: Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right, instead of Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone

Best Supporting Actor:
My pick: Christian Bale, The Fighter
My preference: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress:
My pick: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
My preference: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
My suggestion: Lesley Manville was heartbreaking in Another Year and deserved inclusion, at the expense of Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech.


Best Original Screenplay:
My pick: David Seidler, The King's Speech
My preference: Mike Leigh, Another Year

Best Adapted Screenplay:
My pick: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
My preference: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Foreign Language Film:
My pick: Incendies (Canada)
My preference: Incendies (Canada)
My suggestion: Having only seen Incendies and Biutiful I have little knowledge of the five films, but I Am Love should have been Italy's entry for the Academy Awards.

Best Animated Feature:
My pick: Toy Story 3
My preference: Toy Story 3

Best Animated Short:
My pick: Day & Night

Best Live Action Short:
My pick: Na Wewe

Best Art Direction:
My pick: The King's Speech

Best Cinematography:
My pick: True Grit

Best Costume Design:
My pick: Alice in Wonderland
My preference: I Am Love

Best Documentary Feature:
My pick: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Best Documentary Short:
My pick: Killing in the Name

Best Film Editing:
My pick: The Social Network

Best Original Song:
My pick: "Coming Home," Country Strong

Best Original Score:
My pick: The Social Network

Best Makeup:
My pick: Barney's Version

Best Sound Editing:
My pick: Inception

Best Visual Effects:
My pick: Inception

Best Sound Mixing:
My pick: The Social Network

1 comment:

  1. Having not accomplished the task of seeing as many of this year's Oscar nominated films as Matt, I thought it prudent only to weigh in on the six most sought after categories:

    Best Picture:
    My pick: The King's Speech
    My preference: 127 Hours
    My thoughts: The Social Network should not have gotten a nod in this category simply for being popular.

    Best Director:
    My pick: David Fincher, The Social Network
    My preference: David O. Russel, The Fighter
    My thoughts: I thought that the pacing and control with which this film was handled was superb and while I believe that the Social Network will win this category, I would much rather see Russel or even Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) win.

    Best Actor:
    My pick: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
    My preference: James Franco, 127 Hours
    My thoughts: While Colin Firth has done a fantastic job of playing the former King of England as complex and multi-layered, nothing will hold a candle (for me) to his performance in last year's A Single Man. While I believe that James Franco deserves the award, I think that Colin Firth will win. Not for this year's performance, but because we are still in the grips of last year's transformation.

    Best Actress:
    My pick/preference: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
    My thoughts: I completely agree with Matt that Juliane Moore was fantastic in the Kids Are All Right. It's too bad the Oscars haven't bowed to peer pressure and created a "Best Couple" category.

    Best Supporting Actor:
    My pick: Christian Bale, The Fighter
    My preference: Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
    My thoughts: Geoff honey, you're devine.

    Best Supporting Actress:
    My pick: Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech
    My preference: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
    My thoughts: Again we're seeing a holdover in this category from a previous year's nomination with Amy Adams. She really had no chance against La Streep for Doubt.

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