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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

oscar predictions -2011- acting awards

  • Best Actor
Most likely winner : Colin Firth as King George VI in 'The King's Speech'. Firth commands attention in every scene. Warm is the overused adjective to describe his performance as the King but it's accurate too.

Backup Pick : James Franco as Aron Ralston in '127 Hours'. For most of the film it's Franco alone in the scene. And it's an excellent film, so that alone should be a gauge for the strength of his acting. He manages to portray a man who's self-confident enough to cause him to make his own problems but self-reliant enough to get out of them.

Most deserving (My pick): I'm all for Colin Firth. I think period pieces are immensely watchable and I think Firth deserves this. He had a lot of help from the supporting cast but he really made the movie good.

  • Best Actress
Most likely winner : Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers in 'Black Swan'. Captivating performance. She gets it all down. Shy and repressed but then embraces her new role as a star with the temptations and emotions that go with it. And all the ballet training is sure to count too.

Backup Pick : Annette Bening as Nic in 'The Kids are All Right'. She's had a long career and been passed over. The academy loves to give make-up awards. He performance is very good, especially for a character who's exceptionally complicated to portray. She has a lot going for her to win.

Most deserving (My pick): Natalie Portman. Because she's awesome. And Black Swan was great too.

  • Best Supporting Actor
Most likely winner : Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund in "The Fighter". Lost about sixty pounds and studied the real Eklund to get the Boston accent right. Always a hard worker, Bale gets his character. A crack addict, jailbird, boxing trainer isn't easy to pull off without it looking false (even when it's based on a real person). But he manages.

Backup Pick : Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue in "The King's Speech". A real person isn't always easy to plan, especially when they're famous. And famous for being strange. Rush plays the unorthodox Logue especially well, keeping with the established view of him but still adding something of his own to the role.

Most deserving (My pick): Jeremy Renner as James 'Gem' Coughlin in "The Town". He comes off as exceedingly violent and aggressive. A total crazy person, even crazier than the other criminals he's friends with. I think crime movies are extremely underrated and it'd be great if he won.

  • Best Supporting Actress
Most likely winner : Melissa Leo as Alice Ward in 'The Fighter'. Mean, selfish and catty. Trying to play it off as being a devoted mother. Leo gets the audience to believe she's self serving but also that she cares about her sons. Complex role to play but she gets it done.

Backup Pick : Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in "The King's Speech". Can't be easy to play someone as famous as the Queen Mother. Because it'll be plain when you get anything wrong. But she doesn't get anything wrong.

Most deserving (My pick): Jacki Weaver as Janine 'Smurf' Cody in 'Animal Kingdom'. Another crime-drama. Jacki Weaver as the matriarch of and Australian crime family is ruthless and unrelenting in her performance.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

(my) Favorite Films of 2010

I'm only picking from what I've seen (because that's the only way). So I'm sure True Grit or The King's Speech might have made the list,since the reviews are great and they're on a lot of lists (and the original True Grit was excellent) , but I've haven't seem them yet.

15. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - Edgar Wright

Why: A great comic book adaptation. Anyone over 30 is probably going to hate it but the nonsensical, minimal attention span style of the film makes it an excellent watch.

14. Exit through The Gift Shop - Bansky - UK/USA

Why: A documentary? Or a farce. It works well either way, though probably better as a farce. It's strange and it's entertaining. And the ambiguousness only helps to make it better.

13. Lung Bunmi Raluek Chat (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) - Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Thailand

Why: Don't go looking for a plot. Less of a film than a mindtrip. Visually beautiful journey through a sometimes inscrutable world. Expect to laugh and be confused in sequence.

12. How to Train Your Dragon - Chris Sanders/Dean Deblois - USA

Why: Brilliant animation. Somewhat predictable storyline but there's a lot of character depth (for an animated movie). One of the few films that used 3D well instead of a gimmick.

11. Easy A- Will Gluck - USA

Why: Teen comedy. Why do we even watch them when 90% are junk? Because every now and then there's a one like this. Creative and witty with a thoroughly original plot and an engaging star.

1o. Animal Kingdom -David Michod -Australia

Why: Crime-Drama about a family. Sound's familiar? This isn't The Godfather. It's a complex and sometimes confusing look inside the (very) dysfunctional family, that the young protagonist finds himself in.

9. The Town -Ben Affleck - USA

Why: Lots of tension. Affleck shows that Academy Award-winning writing talent. The action scenes are memorable (which isn't easy to do considering how much action movies there are) and the final shootout is the best one in a long time.

8. The Fighter - David O. Russell - USA

Why: Sports movie of the year. This decade needed a boxing movie, every decade does. Brilliant performances from almost everyone in the movie. It's a bit predictable but you wouldn't have it any other way.

7.The Kids are All Right -Lisa Cholodenko - USA

Why: Comedy-Drama and family values generally come together to form a disastrous movie. But this film beats that stereotype. Of course family values are different for the children of two mothers, but that's the part that doesn't make things feel boring.

6. Biutiful - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Mexico/Spain

Why: A very bleak tale showing the love a criminal has for his family. The entire film is beset by the specters of mortality and punishment making it very heavy watching.

5. Inception - Christopher Nolan -USA

Why: It's everything. A action movie, sci-fi, there's romance and there's the fact that it's (literally) all in someone's head. It's reality and dreams fighting and merging till they can't be told apart, all with brilliant visuals.

4. Winter's Bone - Debra Granik -USA

Why: Very bleak and dark, though ultimately triumphant. The cinematography gives us a view of life in the Ozarks which at times veers from familiar to completely alien.

3.The Social Network - David Fincher - USA

Why: The brilliance of this movie was completely unexpected by me. (I somehow thought it was a comedy). Great performances and screenplay that manages to show the lead character's feeling of lacking even in total success.

2. Toy Story 3 -Lee Unkrich - USA

Why: The perfect trilogy about growing up; ten years was worth the wait for this finale. Overcoming adversity, jailbreak scenes and action are all there but it's the scenes with toys interacting with humans that are most poignant.

1. Black Swan - Darren Aronofsky -USA

Why: Psychological thriller, extremely intense and compelling even though it's at times unbelievable. Definitely one that draws you in and really what's expected from an Aronofsky movie. Natalie Portman is (even more) amazing (than usual).