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83rd Academy Award reaction

Last night was an Academy Awards that had a lot of good moments and a lot of, well weird moments. To me the right movies won, some great people won. Yet there were moments last night that made the Oscars look like a poor man’s Golden Globes. They tried to make them “fun” and “younger” but all of this lead it to be messy. The voters also I believe ruined the party the Oscars was planning on. This “younger” vibe they pushed I think was backed on the belief The Social Network would end up winning everything. Instead The King’s Speech basically stole the show and rocked the boat by winning not only a lot of awards but the big one’s including: Screen play, Director, Best Actor, Best Picture.

The biggest surprise was the hosts being as bad as they were. Well let me slow down, Anne Hathaway brought her charm and smile. James Franco frankly looked high the entire time, he also looked like he didn’t want to be there. So the entire show felt off balanced. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Oscars learned from this and bring back an older comedian. Besides that the show actually flowed quickly and went beat for beat. The montages worked very well but the main surprise I guess was the lack of surprise. The Oscars did it to themselves though by nominating people who won last year(Jeff Bridges, Coen Brothers). If Nolan and Inception had been in more nominations I think the race would have been tighter. Don’t talk to me about The Social Network losing that film is great and it won the awards it should have: Screenplay and Editing. Sadly the only thing people will really remember will be Melisso Leo tossing class out the window and cursing during the show, which doesn’t matter because ever since the 2004 Super Bowl everything is on tape delay. Still the Oscars probably enjoyed that because the show wanted to be “edgy” to get ratings. Still the show was different but yet the same somehow. So this will fade from memory soon and next year they will change it up because I’m sure this will look like a failure in the eyes of Hollywood.

So if I had to grade the show I would give it a…. B-…. Could have been a lot better. But serious congrats to The King’s Speech the right movie won the right awards.

The Oscars is always highly rated and watched but for some reason this year has a lot of buzz about it. Many speculate the Oscars move to having ten Best Picture nominees is a part of this, I disagree actually I believe that has very little to do with it. This year I believe movie audiences simply grew up. Fantastic films like True Grit, The King’s Speech, Black Swan, The Fighter and others are all huge hits. Other films like Social Network, 127 Hours and Winters Bone might not have been huge hits but were talked about a lot in different media outlets. On top of that two summer hits have multiple nominations like Inception and Toy Story 3. Just like in sports if more people have horses in the race then more people care who wins. I hope this year proves to Hollywood that good and smart movies actually are better than cookie cutter nonsense that usually clutters each month in theaters. Return to this blog after the Oscars for my thoughts on who got snubbed and who won. Also Chris Nolan should have been nominated straight up.

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.

Wikileaks the movie…

So the Social Network(over rated) will most likely win best picture this year at the Oscars. I have theories why it will, mainly because these award shows have pushed away from awarding people for good work and moved towards just getting big ratings. They believe The Social Network speaks to the “young generation”, sure the movie was decent but not ground breaking. Still it has proved that if done well topics that are relevant now can be made into award winning films. So of course a Wikileaks movie about Julian Assange is being pushed through. Not sure what kind of movie it would be, maybe mix in how almost every major government wants him dead. No doubt though if it comes out in the next year and half to two years the movie would be huge. All they have to do is find a good script and a solid team to make a dark film that should balance the character of Assange. It could be done, should it be done? That’s a different debate.

The Golden Globes are the drunk cousin to the Academy Awards but they are fun to watch. Usually the winners of the Globes go on to win the golden boy for the Academy. Big surprise though is the leader, The King’s Speech leads the pack with seven nominations over all. The nominations though leave me worried, The Social Network landed six… SIX nominations! I’m afraid voters will vote for this film for best picture(which it’s not) and other awards just to get “young people” interested in the awards. Problem is the Social Network is more interesting for the thirty and over types. Most “young people” seemed to find Social Network kind of boring and long winded. My problem with the Social Network is it’s very weak message. Sure the concept that he looses his friends while making a social networking site is interesting but his complete and utter lack and caring as he makes millions just bothers me. The country we live in now is trying to fight against the greed that destroyed the country, now we’re going to award a movie which it’s major theme was “just make money”? Shows Hollywood just isn’t on the level most Americans are on. Oh well I will predict that Social Network will have a huge night and they will proclaim it’s a new era in the awards… Which it won’t be. Remember when Lord of the Rings won all those Academy Awards and people thought the award show would never recover? Well no one really cared. Same will happen here when they give awards to the Social Network to try and get the social media crowd interested, in the end people will shrug it off because the movie just wasn’t that good. Other odd things to stand out was Love and Other Drugs being considered a comedy, it’s not a comedy. Maybe there was just not enough room in drama so they pushed it into comedy section. Anyway here are the nominations for drama and comedy or musical. You can see the rest of the nominations most likely at the Golden Globes web site.

BEST MOTION PICTURE: DRAMA

-Black Swan

-The Fighter

-Inception

-The King’s Speech

-The Social Network

BEST MOTION PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

-Alice in Wonderland

-Burlesque

-The Kids Are All Right

-RED

-The Tourist

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE: DRAMA

-Halle Berry in “Frankie and Alice”

-Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”

-Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”

-Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

-Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE: DRAMA

-Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”

-Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

-James Franco in “127 Hours”

-Ryan Gosling in “Blue Valentine”

-Mark Wahlberg in “The Fighter”

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

-Annette Benning in “The Kids Are All Right”

-Anne Hathaway in “Love and Other Drugs”

-Angelina Jolie in “The Tourist”

-Julianne Moore in “The Kids Are All Right”

-Emma Stone in “Easy A”

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

-Johnny Depp in “Alice in Wonderland”

-Johnny Depp in “The Tourist”

-Paul Giamatti in “Barney’s Version”

-Jake Gyllenhaal in “Love and Other Drugs”

-Kevin Spacey in “Casino Jack”

BEST DIRECTOR

-Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan”

-David Fincher for “The Social Network”

-Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”

-Christopher Nolan for “Inception”

-David O. Russell for “The Fighter”