Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Oscars 2011...10 Noms for Best Pic, only 5 for Best director??

So its Oscar time again, and again for the second year, there will be 10 nominations for Best Picture. What is very interesting about this and for those who are betting or have some sort of "Oscar pool" going on,that there are still only 5 nominations for Best Director. Never mind about Actors or Actresses,(though my bets are on Portman for best actress-she has got to be the hardest working actress of late)the fact is that in the 83 years that the Oscars have been around, I believe and I could be wrong that only once has it happened where The Best Pic and Best Director were different films..Most of the time they go hand in hand as it was proven again last year with The Hurt Locker's win as Best Pic and Kathryn Bigelow's win as Best Director...Its also important to remember who the President of the Academy is and which one he makes the deciding vote for..Last year, when Tom Hanks strolled across the stage to do the announcement,I knew right then that The Hurt Locker had won..Tom Hanks is an avid military/history buff,so it was no surprise that that film was going to win along with Mrs. Bigelow as director.

So like i have discussed, its important to narrow down the Top 10 films to just 6.
Why 6,you might wonder??
Well the sixth being the wishful,maybe it might win and be the "what if" moment again.

Of the Ten films, the main five because their directors are nominated and then the one film that may or may not win:

BLACK SWAN, The Fighter, The King's Speech, TRUE GRIT, The Social Network
and Inception(Chris Nolan wasn't nominated,B.S.).

So the following is list of Noms and then my picks..
Don't be afraid to use my picks for betting purposes,they're usually right.


Best Motion Picture of the Year

Black Swan (My pick,with Natalie Portman riding high in her career and a best actress nom and Aronofsky's Best Director Nom, this could be the sure winner for 3 top awards,Aronofsky was nominated last year too for The Wrestler,so this could be the year for him)

The Fighter (possible winner,David O Russell has been a hollywood favorite for a
while, tends to do the impossible film and impossible script and make good, this also has Bale nominated for Best Supporting Actor and two actresses fighting it out for the same supporting award for the same film..what's the odds of that?)
Inception

The Kids are All Right...nope, Annette Benning and Mark Ruffalo are noms for this film-which is nice but Benning has won before,Ruffalo hasn't but he has stiff competition from notably Bale and Hawkes..

The King's Speech (Late favorite in most circles,however not a great film, Firth will win Best Actor though)

The Social Network ( If this wins,which I think it won't because honestly Hollywood doesn't like Fincher,even though Eisenburg is nominated,that's not enough to carry this film to the finish line)

127 Hours James (James Franco is hosting the Oscars and Boyle has already won before,so no.)

Toy Story 3 (really???c'mon..this isn't Lord Of The Rings, no)

True Grit (Jeff bridges won last year-he should've won for Iron Man,but he's been all over the place this year but the Coens got snubbed as well as Bridges did at the GG awards so if anything this may be a surprise win thanks to Hanks' vote)

Winter's Bone (great film, if anything may rob Portman's chance at winning Best Actress to Jennifer Lawrence (or even Michele Williams for Blue Valentine),but Lawrence's career is comin up-plenty of projects this year so maybe next season??

Performance by an 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)(my pick)
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem (Biutiful)(would be a surprise,but did anyone see the flick??)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)Nope
Colin Firth (The King's Speech)(may beat out Franco,he's English,duh)
James Franco (127 Hours)(My pick,the guy cuts his arm off!hellooo)
Jeff Bridges (True Grit)(Been there done that)

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale (The Fighter)(My Pick)
John Hawkes (Winter's Bone)hmm...not this year..great actor
Jeremy Renner (The Town)(maybe a surprise win to beat out Bale,great flick)
Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are All Right)eh..nah,needs better roles
Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech)(possible winner,heard he was the one that saved the film)

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams (The Fighter)(possibly,but its going to be a cat fight between her and Leo)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech)(My Pick but that's only because she has cred.other than that she's worth it)

Melissa Leo (The Fighter)(Now the Academy likes to award folks every year that have been in the biz busting their ass, Ms.Leo and Weaver have done it for a long time so i'm sure one of them may win it instead of Adams or Carter)

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)(she's too new in the biz, like Bale when he was nominated for Empire of The Sun,just to be nominated is nice)

Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

How to Train Your Dragon (my Pick)
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3 (Will Win)

Achievement in Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland (my pick)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Inception
The King's Speech
True Grit

Achievement in Cinematography

Black Swan (Matthew Libatique)
Inception (Wally Pfister)(My pick)
The King's Speech (Danny Cohen)
The Social Network (Jeff Cronenweth)
True Grit (Roger Deakins)

Achievement in Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland (Colleen Atwood)(will win)
I Am Love (Antonella Cannarozzi)
The King's Speech (Jenny Beaven)
The Tempest (Sandy Powell)(should win)
True Grit (Mary Zophres)

Achievement in Directing

Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)(my pick,he's consistently making films and he's impressing each time-he hasn't fallen into a niche like others have gone like Fincher or Boyle)
David O. Russell (The Fighter)(my second choice,great cast,great acting,great story)
Tom Hooper (The King's Speech)(if he wins, it would be a great accomplishment for a guy who started directing BBC films and tv shows..)
David Fincher (The Social Network) (he should've won years ago for Seven,but has been on the comeback trail ever since,may win for his surprise hit)
Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)(they've won before but have been running out of steam lately..hmm dont think so)

Best Documentary Feature

Exit through the Gift Shop Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)
Gasland Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)
Inside Job Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)
Restrepo Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)(My pick)
Waste Land Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)

Achievement in Makeup

Barney's Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman (really..this one duh)

Achievement in Film Editing

Black Swan (Andrew Weisblum)(Will win)
The Fighter (Pamela Martin)
The King's Speech (Tariq Anwar)
127 Hours (Jon Harris)
The Social Network (Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall)

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
(I haven't a clue,though Bardem in Biutiful seems a good pick..)
Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Incendies (Canada)
Hors la Loi (Algeria)

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
Inception (Hans Zimmer)(WillWin)
The King's Speech (Alexandre Desplat)
127 Hours (A.R. Rahman)
The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

"Coming Home" from Country Strong Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

"I See the Light" from Tangled Music and Lyric by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
(If this doesn't win,they should just get rid of this category altogether)

"If I Rise" from 127 Hours Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

"We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Achievement in Sound Editing

Inception
Toy Story 3
TRON: Legacy (my pick,but could lose to either Inception or ToyStory)
True Grit
Unstoppable

Achievement in Sound Mixing

Inception(will win)
The King's Speech
Salt (why is this nominated???)
The Social Network
True Grit

Achievement in Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Hereafter
Inception (will win)
Iron Man 2

Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours (Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle)
The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin) (possible win,he's overdue)
Toy Story 3 (Michael Arndt, story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
Winter's Bone (Debra Granik and Anne Rossellini)

Original Screenplay

Another Year (Mike Leigh)
The Fighter (Paul Attanasio, Lewis Colich, Eric Johnson, Scott Silverand Paul Tamasy)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
The Kids are All Right (Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko)(My pick)
The King's Speech (David Seidler)

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