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Oscar Nominations = Let down

So the Oscar nominations were announced and across the board they were kind of a let down. I almost have problems across the board with the nominations. Let me get this off my chest, I already know The Social Network will win most of the awards. I feel most people know this and I expect ratings to drop because of it. The Globes ratings rose because of their host, Ricky Gervais. The Social Network was a very good movie, but does not deserve everything it’s winning. I believe these awards shows believe the “Young generation” have some connection to The Social Network and awarding it dozens of awards will connect these shows with the internet generation. It’s just not happening, most people think the movie is “alright” and not brilliant. Anyway here is the list of nominations and I’ve added my thoughts to a couple of them.

Actor in a Lead Role:

Javier Bardem – Biutiful

Jeff Bridges – True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

James Franco – 127 Hours

– I have no real issue with this group. If they were not going to nominate Mark Wahlberg then they should have given it to Christian Bale. I would also drop Eisenberg for Ryan Gosling for his performance in Blue Valentine. I also think it was pointless to nominate James Franco, since the dude is co-hosting I doubt he’ll win, even though I hope he does.

Actor in a Supporting Role:

-Christian Bale – The Fighter

John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone

Jeremy Renner – The Town

Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

– Christian Bale should walk away with this award, Geoffrey Rush is a dark horse though. I dig this list.

Actress in a Leading Role:

Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right

Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

– Natalie Portman will probably win but will see if her recent movie choices will sway voters to give it to Kidman or possibly Lawrence. Good list here but Hailee Steinfeld should have one of these spots… I’ll get to that in a second.

Actress in a Supporting Role:

– Amy Adams – The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech

Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

– So it should go to Adams or Leo or Carter. It could go to Steinfeld but I have a serious problem with her being nominated for best supporting actress here. She was in every scene of True Grit. If anything Jeff Bridges was supporting her role. So having her placed here is a cop out and might take the award away from other great performances.

Animated Feature Film:

– How to Train Your Dragon

– The Illusionist

– Toy Story 3

Only three nominations here? What about Tangled? Toy Story 3 will win here and then instantly not stand a chance in the best picture category. Remember Up?

The list of course is longer but I’m skipping to the major awards…

Best Director:

– Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

– David O. Russell – The Fighter

– Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech

– David Fincher – The Social Network

– Joel and Ethan Coen – True Grit

– All worthy nominations, but where is Christopher Nolan? The man made the most complex sci-fi movie ever and he gets ignored here. I thought the whole reason why they expanded best picture category because The Dark Knight got dissed. I love the Coen Brothers but they are not going to win. That slot should have went to Nolan. Fincher will win it but it’s for the wrong movie, he should have won the award for Zodiac.

Best Picture:

– Black Swan

– The Fighter

– Inception

– The Kids Are All Right

– The King’s Speech

– 127 Hours

– The Social Network

– Toy Story 3

– True Grit

– Winter’s Bone

– The Social Network will win this but it doesn’t deserve it, I’d give it to Inception or The King’s Speech. The Fighter is also worthy of the award but I don’t think it will win.

So I have a bigger problem with the awards and it has to do with what I think is a huge snub. Tron: Legacy, I know it’s a silly movie but the soundtrack by Daft Punk was the best of the year. The graphics were also amazing and yet the movie gets no attention. Oscars are the fail this year really but will see once it airs.

Warner Brothers came out and made the announcement that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy has been cast as Bane. This has created a stir online, since many wrote off Bane as a possible villain for the film. The sequel to the mega hit The Dark Knight is one of the most anticipated films and many fans have their point of view of how the films should be done. Anne Hathaway is a very interesting choice for Selina Kyle, now many of course will expect that Catwoman will follow but this has not been confirmed. Her character alone could be a huge fake to the audience but will see. Hathaway in my opinion is one of the best actresses out there so landing her is just great. Selina Kyle is a necessary character in Batman, this doesn’t mean for sure that Catwoman will be involved, if she is then expect a crazy ride. Tom Hardy was cast very early but even though he’s not well known, his talent is huge and him playing Bane is just brilliant. Many Batman fans who don’t read comics will only remember the character from the film Batman and Robin. There he was shown as a mindless monster who barely had any lines and was a simple henchman. In the comics Bane was very smart and was one of Batman’s biggest villains in the rogue gallery. I mean the dude straight broke Batman’s back in the comics. So I’m very interested in seeing how Christian Bale will play off Hardy on screen and how great this thing could be. So write me down as pumped because I believe Nolan will deliver of us another great Batman film. Also this will be his last, so one would imagine he plans to leave the franchise on a good note.

Is anyone surprised Bale doesn’t plan to do more than one more Batman film? I mean we all know Nolan is not coming back. Unless the WB can make some sort of deal to fund any movie he ever wants to make I don’t ever see him coming back. Bale for me has been the best Batman we’ve had but I’m sure someone else can fill his shoes. I’ve always loved this guy ever since I saw him as the pathetic white boy villain in the Sam Jackson Shaft film. From there he was in hands down the best dragon movie ever made in Reign Of Fire. So when Batman Begins was in pre-production and Nolan announced Bale would be playing Bruce Wayne/Batman I was thrilled. Many people have tried to make fun of him for the voice he uses as Batman and his general acting style, he has silenced all of these people with just giving performances film after film.

The departure of Nolan won’t be all bad, his trilogy will be a staple mark for comic book films from now on. Still a new take on Batman might not be too bad. Nolan’s ultra real vision of Batman eliminated some cool characters I know fans would love to see. In his Batman universe villains like Clay Face or Man Bat would never be possible. I still believe a super cool version of Mr. Freeze would be very possible. The problem is after the Dark Knight Rises whoever takes the reigns to make the next picture will have a lot of pressure on them to make a solid product. Who knows what will happen though maybe WB can lay down some sort of deal that could make both Bale and Nolan return. If not we should all just be thank full we got these movies and hopefully more great Batman films down the road.