The Oscars start in 3 hours, 48 minutes, and 14 seconds at 8 PM on ABC. I figured I might as well post my picks for the main awards! I wanted to write a much more in-depth post about them all, but alas I am running out of time!!
The King’s Speech
This year’s best picture nominees were some amazing movies. And this year is really the first year I’ve seen almost all the movies in the Oscars, so it’s the first year I can say that and mean it. My second pick would probably be The Social Network, then Inception, then 127 Hours, then Toy Story 3, then True Grit, then Black Swan, etc. The Social Network was pretty amazing, and I think it should win for some other awards I will mention later, but I really don’t think it deserves to win over The King’s Speech. The King’s Speech was just an amazing movie. A moving story with awesome direction, cinematography, and some of the best acting I’ve ever seen, it deserves the Best Picture Academy Award.
This one is kinda a given. Anyone who saw King’s Speech knows Colin Firth’s almost assured the award this year (plus he’s already won every other best actor award from basically every other award show). My second pick would be Jesse Eisenberg. No one could have pulled off Mark Zuckerberg’s character within the story so convincingly. And the constant babble of stuck-up dialogue was pretty amazing. Who would’ve thought that kid in Zombieland would be getting a Best Actor Oscar nomination that soon? My next pick would be James Franco. While I’m not a big fan of his acting, he did pretty great in 127 Hours.
He. Was. Amazing. He almost outshone Colin Firth, and that’s really saying something! He was perfect, and he deserves it. I’ve heard a lot of talk about Christian Bale, however. I never saw The Fighter, so I can’t speak for it, but I would also love it if Christian Bale got some recognition.
My money’s on her. Not actually that much to say about this category. I liked Black Swan a lot, but I didn’t love it like some people did. I thought it was a little overrated in terms of what people said about it. However, Natalie Portman did a fantastic job getting into the role and performing it. In fact it was scary seeing her that skinny! Oh yeah, plus she’s awesome.
Helena Bonham Carter
Honestly this one I chose simply because of how much I loved The King’s Speech. She did great in it, and totally is able to stand alongside Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush on stage and on camera. However, I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Melissa Leo from The Fighter. Though I almost want Hailee Steinfeld to win, because she did so amazingly great in True Grit. Ah, what the heck, who I really want to win is Chloë Grace Moretz! Too bad she’s not nominated…
Best Animated Film:
Toy Story 3
This is a given, and if anything else beats it I’m going to be extremely angry.
Alice in Wonderland
Yes, I know. I really want to choose Inception or Harry Potter since they both were so cool artistically. Even The King’s Speech had great direction here. I guess True Grit did as well, I just didn’t notice it. I thought Alice in Wonderland was good. Not amazing, just really good. But dang that movie LOOKED amazing. It was so cool to watch! Therefore it should win.
The King’s Speech
This one left me torn for a while. The Social Network would be my second choice, it looked so great. And there were a few scenes in particular that just really put it on a different level of great camerawork. However, in the end The King’s Speech won out for me. It was such a pretty film to watch. Every shot worked perfectly together, and you could almost take a still frame from any moment in the film to make a portrait out of it. And it would also probably perfectly represent the entire movie. The colors were beautiful, the depth of field with the wide-angle lenses gave everything a different sense of life. And the way all the characters were placed within each individual shot was just perfection. Each character is slightly off-center, almost in the corner of the frame at times. It really conveys the sense of loneliness, seclusion, fear of inability, and awkwardness the movie gives without ever actually looking awkward. Perfection! Also I’d like to say I’m super glad Christopher Nolan’s long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister is getting some recognition here.
Alice in Wonderland
I really don’t know who’s going to win this one. My bet is The King’s Speech, but I wanted to award my own fake-Oscar to Tim Burton’s movie. I do this simply because Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter is one of the weirdestly-cool character’s I’ve ever seen on screen. Seriously, I didn’t actually love Alice in Wonderland that much, and I’m surprised I’ve awarded it two Oscars already. However, I think it’s the most impressive and most original of the lot here. After Alice I’d choose The King’s Speech. Everything was perfectly period and looked absolutely natural.
Nothing, not even Colin Firth, could have worked so well in this film if it hadn’t been for Tom Hooper’s weird style of directing. He’s had some experience doing historical dramas with his pretty amazing John Adams series on HBO, but even that can’t compare to The King’s Speech. The era surrounding World War II is such a popular setting for movies and video games it’s long-since grown dull and pretty boring. Tom Hooper came along and wove a new, touching, intriguing story which really breathed new life into the entire era of history. However, I’ve also gotta give props to David Fincher’s work on The Social Network. It was also outstanding. He made a compelling, entertaining movie out of Facebook! Once it sinks in how crazy and weird that is, you’ll start to appreciate the film even more.
Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter – The Social Network
Wow. This film would have fallen flat on it’s face if it hadn’t been for the amazing editing team of Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter. I mean really, this film is almost constant quips, backtalk, and smart alecky babble by Jesse Eisenberg. Then later it turns into constant babble by Justin Timberlake. The perfect editing and cuts here were not just important, they were absolutely necessary. After The Social Network I would choose The King’s Speech, which was pretty great in this respect as well.
I really want this to win. The soundtrack here is quite possibly the most epic thing I’ve heard in years, and I’m pretty sure it blew-out a few theater’s speakers. My personal second choice would be Alexandre Desplat’s score for The King’s Speech. However, I think the soundtrack for The Social Network by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross would be more likely to win. Both of these movies’ scores were amazingly atmospheric, I just happen to like the happier sound of The King’s Speech. The opening scene from The Social Network is, however, one of the most perfect scenes in terms of music and filming I’ve ever seen. In fact now that I think about it, I might like it more! Yeah, I take that back. Now Social Network wins.
Re-thought Original Score Winner:
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network
Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb – Inception
My second choice here would be Alice in Wonderland, followed by Harry Potter. This should probably be the one category, if any, the Alice should win in. However, Inception was mind-blowingly awesome, and it should actually just win everything on this list.
Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network
This is a hard one. I want Toy Story 3 to win here, simply because Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich did the impossible. They took what was a perfect ending with Toy Story 2 and not only continued it, but made it even better! In fact, the ending to Toy Story 3 is the way the series always should have ended. It was better than perfect, it was beautiful. However, 127 Hours was also very well adapted. It had to be in order to not be boring. But as I mentioned earlier, The Social Network took Facebook and made an exciting movie about it.
Ohhhh this had better win! Christopher Nolan spent over 10 years writing Inception, and it’s fully apparent. It’s one of the most original ideas I’ve ever even heard of. It’s one of those ideas that’s so simple yet so complex, and it was written into one amazing movie. Some people complain about “not getting the whole Cobb/Mal creepy relationship,” but I loved it and thought it fit perfectly into the film. Honorable mention goes to The King’s Speech.
And there you go! We’ll have to wait and see who wins tonight!