|Alright, so the Academy Awards are coming up this week and that means the years best and over-hyped films will compete head-to-head to take home the coveted Oscar. Did all of them live up to the hype?
Well, I have seen all of the Best Picture nominees (except The Fighter and True Grit, although I have seen the original, and I heard this one isn't as good), so who better to judge then me? I mean, I am your everyday poor college student who escapes to movies to forget the reality of the world. Or something like that.
So, without further ado, lets talk about
sex the films.
SPOILER WARNING: Each review will most likely to contain spoilers, so please don't read the reviews for the films you haven't seen if you wish to remain unspoiled. Mmmkay? You were warned.
Brief Synopsis Based on a true story, a rock climber's life is changed forever after a rock falls on his arm, preventing him from moving. With the closest person miles away, Aron (played by James Franco) must fight to stay alive.
Why it should win? The film is simple, chilling, and presented in such a brilliant way. James Franco provides a chilling performance as Aron Rolston, and the scene where he cuts off his arm will have you speechless and really feel his pain..
Why it won't? Danny Boyle's first film since Slumdog Millionaire, which won Best Picture just two years ago. The Academy is unlikely to award him twice in a row. James Franco may be able to pull off a Best Actor upset against the favorite to win, Colin Firth, but the film itself is not strong enough to compete. Danny Boyle wasn't nominated for Best Director and usually, the person who takes home Best Director takes home the big prize, so, that's the biggest thing in 127 Hours way.
Also nominated for: Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song and Score, and Best Film Editing
Brief Synopsis Nina is the most dedicated ballet dancer, driven by perfection. But her willingness to let go may get in the way of her dream role as the star of the show. Once she lets go, Nina becomes consumed by the part, but her greatest role may be her downfall.
Why it should win? The film is haunting, yet brilliant. Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis are brilliant in the film as rival dancers, especially Natalie, who deserves to take home the Best Actress prize. Daren Aronofsky delivers another great film, and the parallel between the film and the original Swan Lake is tragically beautiful.
Why it won't? Black Swan may be too much of a thriller/horror film for the Academy to give it's due to it. Also, the creepy scenes between Natalie/Mila might hurt it as well, but I don't think the Academy will respect the film.
Also nominated for: Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing
Brief Synopsis The film revolves around an Irish boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his half-brother (Christian Bale). Micky sucks at boxing, used by other boxers as a punching bag. His brother is addicted to drugs, and drama ensues.
Why it should win? The film has strong performances from all the members of the cast, with strong directing and a moving story.
Why it won't? Much like last year's "best sport movie of the decade" The Blindside, this sport movie won't be taking home the best prize. However, Christian Bale is a shoe in to win Best Supporting Actor, even though I think John Hawkes is underrated and Geoffrey Rush was brilliant.
Also nominated for: Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo AND Amy Adams), Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing
Brief Synopsis A thief named Dom (Leonardo DiCaprio) who specializes in extracting secrets from his victim's dreams is given an assignment that will allow him to see his kids again. The job? Inception. Thought to be impossible, Dom knows otherwise, and sets up a team of people to help him with this final job. The lines of reality are blurred, and what is real and what is just a dream is not certain. But the team in unaware that Dom's biggest enemy is following them into the dreams, intent on killing them all: his past.
Why it should win? Such a great idea for a film, my mind was blown when I saw it in theaters, and I am still trying to wrap my brain around this. Joseph Gordan-Levitt floating in the hallway in the best fight scene ever is enough to give them the award.
Why it won't? Christopher Nolan was snubbed for a Best Director nom, so that is basically the kiss of death. Inception premiered in the summer, so the excitement around the film has died down significantly, and attention has shifted towards the more recent releases of the Social Network, The King's Speech, and Black Swan. Also, the acting wasn't so great, as evidenced by the lack of actors nominated in any of the acting categories, despite an all star cast of prior nominees.
Also nominated for: Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects.
The Kids are All Right
Brief Synopsis A lesbian couple (Annette Benning and Julianne Moore) and their two kids life is perfect. But when the children decide to meet their donor dad (Mark Ruffalo), their perfect life is turned upside down.
Why it should win? The entire cast deliver great performances, especially Annette Bening as the bitchy and controlling Nic. The film is original, yet the story hits home, since what we know as the traditional family is challenged with this film.
Why it won't? Like past comedy dramas like Juno and Little Miss Sunshine before it, The Kids Are All Right won't take home the big prize. Although it's more serious than the latter, it's just not strong enough compared to the other nominees. Also, the director is not even nominated, a clear indicator that it will not win. Annette MAY pull off an upset win over Natalie Portman though. We'll see..
Also nominated for: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay
Brief Synopsis Based on the true story of Prince Albert/King George VI (played by Colin Firth), it tells the story about how he overcame his uncontrollable stutter, with the help of speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).
Why it should win? A brilliant film, based on true events. The acting is superb, yet subtle, and it is a moving film about overcoming obstacles. Director Tom Hooper won over the Director's Guild, meaning he is the favorite to win at the Oscars. The person who takes home the Director nom usually goes on to win Best Picture, so it's very likely The King's Speech will walk away. As it deserves to.
Why it won't? Some may see it as just another film about the British royals and may decredit it based on that solely. Others may not see it as groundbreaking as the overly hyped The Social Network, which is the only film that may beat it.
Also nominated for: The King's Speech has the most nominations of any film this year, with 12. Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Director
Brief Synopsis Tells the events about how Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) created thefacebook (later named Facebook) and how those around him, like his best friend and co-founder, Eduardo (Andrew Savage) are betrayed and his peers accuse him of stealing the idea.
Why it will win? The Social Network is the most popular of the films with the public and is the favorite to win. But is it deserving? Well, the Golden Globes thought so, so it took home the prize there, Although The King's Speech should win, The Social Network will ultimately take home the grand prize,
Why it shouldn't? The story is mostly fabricated half-truths the movie ends on kind of a flat note. While I enjoyed the movie a lot, I don't think it was the best movie out of all of them, and I saw 8 out of 10 of these, and I don't think The Social Network is in the top 3 that I did see. Andrew Savage deserved a Supporting Actor nom though, especially over Mark Ruffalo's Paul in The Kids Are All Right, which is just Mark being Mark. Oh well.
Also nominated for: Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay
Brief synopsis: The third movie in the Toy Story trilogy, Andy is now all grown up and off the college. Andy's mom donates the toys to a local daycare, which everyone think is perfect, but Woody (Tom Hanks), is skeptical. It turns out Woody is right, and the toys must escape, before they are destroyed... or something?
Why it should? I don't think animated movies should be eligible when they have their own category to be recognized, especially since there is no other genre specific best picture categories.
Why it won't? It's animated and no animated film has won. Especially now that there is an Best Animated Picture category. Up was much better than TS3 and lost, so I don't expect TS3 to do any better. It will obviously take home the Best Animated Feature prize, as it should. It was a good film, but not the best Pixar has done, as everyone likes to say.
Also nominated for: Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Sound Editing
Brief Synopsis A young girl's father is murdered, so she hires a Deputy Marshall to hunt down her father's murderer.
Why it should win? The Coen brother's directed this and they have delivered good films in the past (except Fargo). It has a great cast, such as Jeff Bridges and Matt Daman, and has found a huge star in Hailee Steinfeld.
Why it won't? It's not getting much buzz, even though it has been nominated for 10 awards, the second most. I heard it sucked too, and it's a remake, which might hurt it. I am not aware of any remakes winning in the past (I'm probably wrong though), so I doubt this one will be any different. I have seen the John Wayne version countless times though, and it was okay. Not Best Picture worthy, and this one I heard is not as good.
Also nominated for: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Jeff Bridges), Best Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing
Brief Synopsis Ree Dolley is 17 years old, but has to take care of her two younger siblings and her depressed mother. Her father is wanted by the law, but he is no where to be seen. If Ree doesn't find him, her family and her will lose everything. But nobody seems to want to tell her where he is.
Why it should win? A gripping tale, that nobody really knows about. One of the best films I have ever seen and it really should get more recognition. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing as Ree as it John Dawes as Teardrop. It makes me want to play on hay bales.
Why it won't? It was only nominated for 4 awards, none of them for Best Director. Jennifer Lawrence will lose to either Natalie Portman or Annette Bening, who most feel like both are overdue. Jennifer will have to wait her turn, I guess. The film is vastly underrated, and unfortunately, I think it will walk away empty handed, save for maybe Best Adapted Screenplay.
Also nominated for: Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes),Best Adapted Screenplay
That's my little blog about Best Picture. I think The King's Speech is the Best Picture. Black Swan, 127 Hours and Winter's Bone are all a close second, so I would be happy with any of them winning. I don't think Inception, Toy Story 3, or The Kids are Alright have a shot, nor does Winter's Bone and 127 Hours, which both deserved Director nods (as does Inception). I haven't seen The Fighter or True Grit, but I doubt they will win. I think The Social Network will probably win, and if not, The King's Speech will. You never know. Some people may think The King's Speech is too safe of a choice, others may thing The Social Network is pulling a Titanic, and handing the award to the most popular, instead of most deserving. Oh well. I will be happy regardless, since I did enjoy all of the ones I did see.
P.S. Tangled was robbed of a Best Animated Feature nom and Buitiful is going to win Best Foreign film. Remember I told you!