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Academy Awards: Final Thoughts

Okay, so I definitely didn’t end up watching every movie nominated for Best Picture. Why? I realized I didn’t really want to in reality. Maybe another time? We’ll see.

I did end up watching Moneyball, which was surprisingly good. The ones I didn’t watch? War Horse, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Hugo and The Tree of Life. I can live with that.

Before I get down to business and name a few predictions, I have to say that when I am (most likely) proven wrong in these guesses, it’s usually because I always vote on who I wish would win, rather than who I think was the most cinematically the best choice.

That being said, let’s proceed.

Actor in a Leading Role: This one is really, really tricky. I want to say Gary Oldman, because I love him. But Jean Dujardin did an amazing job in the artist. George Clooney was fantastic as well, and I was impressed with Brad Pitt. Going with my gut instinct, I’m going to say Gary Oldman.

Actress in a Leading Role: So I’ve actually only seen one movie listed in this category (the Help). I’m intimidated by the number of nominations that Albert Nobbs got, so that may have a fair chance (hey, maybe it’s really good!). I heard from my parents that Meryl Streep was fantastic, from a friend that Michelle Williams was great, but I’m intrigued by Rooney Mara…Anyways, I might go with a safe bet and say Meryl Streep. Or Michelle Williams. I can’t decide!

Actor in a Supporting Role: Okay, this one is even trickier because I have once again only seen one movie (Moneyball) in this category, and I really don’t think Jonah Hill will win, although he was great. I’m going to go right ahead and vote with my love for Harry Potter and say Kenneth Branagh.

Actress in a Supporting Role: Only one movie here that I haven’t seen! Yay! Bérénice Bejo was great in the Artist, I don’t really think anyone from the Help will win (just in comparison to the others), Melissa McCarthy, although I’m so pleased she was nominated, will not win…I think that brings it down to The Artist vs. Albert Nobbs (the ever so mysterious Albert Nobbs! It’s in every freaking category except Best Picture). Gonna go ahead and say Bérénice Bejo.

Animated Feature Film: Rango.

Directing: I’m only saying Woody Allen because I’m obsessed (read: in love) with him.

Original Screenplay: Let’s go with Midnight in Paris (see above reasoning), although I would faint with happiness if Bridesmaids won.

Best Picture: I’m still so conflicted! And haven’t watched all the movies! Although the Artist was really cool, I don’t think it deserves to win. If life were fair, Midnight in Paris would win, because it was my favourite of them all. It’s really anyone’s game, though.

Other Thoughts: I hope John Williams wins best original score, and that Harry Potter wins in every category (3 of them!) that it’s nominated for.

Oh dear, I really do bring too much personal bias into my predictions…

Happy viewing!


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The Oscars

I’ve been on my reading week (or, “winter break”) for four days now, and so far I feel like I haven’t been living up to what I had imagined I would accomplish. I did set a fun goal to accomplish this week, however, which is to watch all of the movies nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year. Both my brother and I share this goal, but after a discussion today, I’m not so sure I even really want to watch them all!

Here’s a list of all the movies nominated: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse.

My first thought when seeing this list was “Okay, i really don’t want to watch Warhorse…”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it’s a great film, but why should I force myself to watch something just so I can say that I’ve seen it?

I’ll give a general run-down of what my thoughts on the other films I’ve watched so far are, as well as some added commentary from my brother:

1. The Artist: I watched this last night. What makes this movie unique is that it is a black and white silent film, which is coincidentally about a silent film actor in the late 1920s. There’s some great music, and the actors really had to give their all in order to make a full-length movie with no spoken dialogue compelling. However, while the general art of it was great, the plot was…dull. Predictable. Nothing special. I think the actors deserve awards, but definitely not the script or “best movie” status.

2. The Descendants: I watched this one last week, and loved it. Kind of a bittersweet tale. Set in Hawaii, starring George Clooney (I’m already intrigued), and is just a really interesting, compelling story that hooks you right from the start (yes, really). Definitely recommended.

3. The Help: Possibly the most popular one on the list, I actually didn’t watch this one until tonight. It was great! Easy to understand, great story, excellent acting, and one of those movies that just makes you feel motivated and thankful. Probably not best picture material, but definitely enjoyable.

4. Midnight in Paris: I LOVED this one. Definitely my favourite nominated movie in this category. I saw it in theatres, and watched it once again over Christmas break. The imaginative plot is absolutely incredible, the acting is brilliant, and the story is quirky, funny, intriguing, and captivating. Nothing else to say but high fives forever to Woody Allen.

That’s the extent of my viewing thus far! Tomorrow night I have Moneyball lined up (as my brother said it was also one of his top favourites he’s watched).

In terms of further commentary from the brother, apparently Hugo is a good film, but definitely not going to win (or so he says…). Only watch if you really want to see it, not if you’re just wanting to check it off a list (like me…whoops!). I’ve heard mixed things about The Tree of Life…most people I’ve seen coming out of the theatre have just commented “that was really weird!” or “I’m still confused”, so we’ll have to see about that one..

And War Horse…I really just don’t think I can do it. I’d rather watch Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (which is nominated in a few other categories)!

I’m excited to see who gets those coveted Oscars on Sunday night, and crossing my fingers for Harry Potter!

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