Lady and Gentleman (my 2 readers…which happen to be my parents…whom I pay to read this), it’s time for the Super Bowl of my year….The Oscars! There’s nothing more exciting in the months of January and February than watching the shameless campaigning and rivers of thespian tears that lead up to this pinnacle of the cinematic year. And while I have often kept my love of movies off of here because it is technically a music blog, this little lady wants to have it all. So we are gonna talk about some movies today!
Let me first start by saying that I have failed in my journey to the Oscars this year. For the past 6 or 7 years, in all my nerdy glory, I have prided myself on seeing all Best Picture nominees, but this year I am missing one from my resume. I must admit that I could not bring myself to watch “127 Hours” because unlike “Black Swan”, I knew in advance that the disgusting factor would be too much for me to bear. So here are some completely biased predictions based on my incomplete knowledge of the categories.
“The Kids are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
My pick: I am rooting for “The King’s Speech” this year. Normally I don’t like cheering on the front-runner, but this was just such a wonderful movie and the dynamic between Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth is so understated and magical that it’s impossible not to be wooed by its charm. And it also stands to mention that I just love period dramas, so in my mind, it was always going to come down to TKS and True Grit (which is also an excellent movie).
Will Win: The King’s Speech. Not so long ago, it looked like “The Social Network” was the shoo-in for Best Picture, and perhaps it just peaked too soon, but all the buzz seems to be surrounding this sweet little movie about stuttering. I saw this film at 2 pm on a Sunday and it was a sold out show. And I keep hearing similar stories from friends in various cities, which goes to show how much we all want an uplifting movie to finally win Best Picture. (Go check out the past 7-8 years of Best Picture winners, and apart from “Slumdog Millionaire” you will understand what I’m talking about.)
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”
My Pick: Much like my Best Picture picks, I’d like to see Hooper or the Coens take it home.
Will Win: This is still a tricky race as far as I can tell. It’s down to Aronofsky and Fincher and I’ve got a feeling they might give it to Fincher if “The Social Network” loses out to “The King’s Speech.” I’m just making up stuff now, I have no idea.
Javier Bardem- “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges- “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg- “The Social Network”
Colin Firth- “The King’s Speech”
James Franco- “127 Hours”
My Pick– Colin Firth. It’s hard not to let my love of this man weigh too heavily on my decision. I mean, he has played BOTH of my favorite Mr. Darcy’s for crying out loud. And apart from that one bad detour into “What a Girl Wants,” he’s built a nice little resume for himself. Last year’s “A Single Man” really showcased his abilities as a dramatic actor and this year I think he’s sealed the deal for himself with his role as King George.
Will Win: Colin Firth. See above. Not to mention he’s taken home every other award under the sun for this performance. It’s time Colin, it’s time.
Annette Bening- “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman- “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence- “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman- “Black Swan”
Michele Williams- “Blue Valentine”
My Pick– Jennifer Lawrence. I am probably more passionate about this performance and this category than any of the others this year. Lawrence turned out one of the most flawless performances that I have seen in the past few years. She carried this gut-wrenching film from start to finish, And unfortunately she won’t win the Academy Award for it, but she’s walking away with something infinitely better: my stamp of approval (which is worth like $2-$5 American dollars).
Will Win: Natalie Portman. Looks like the preggo is takin’ the gold man home. Let this be a lesson to you aspiring actresses: if you have a fairly recognizable name, a production company that will spend millions to campaign for you and the discipline to starve yourself for your “art,” you too can win an Oscar. Annette Bening is chomping at her heels, but I think it is Portman’s to lose.
Best Supporting Actor
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”
My Pick– I am so torn in this category. I think Geoffrey Rush and Christian Bale both deserve it. Bale is the more flamboyant character, which makes him a more obvious pick, but Rush’s silences in “The King’s Speech” can break your heart. I’d happily take either of them.
Will Win: Christian Bale. Let’s face it, Bale is probably not the nicest guy in Hollywood, but the man can act. And however crazy he is in real life, he turned out a layered and truly interesting performance in “The Fighter”. It’s not really until the end of the film, when the clips of the real Dicky Eklund are shown, that you realize how brilliant Bale is in this role.
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams- “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter- “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo- “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld- “True Grit”
Jackie Weaver- “Animal Kingdom”
My Pick– Hailee Steinfeld. Understanding my pick in this category really requires you having actually seen “True Grit.” This 14 year old demands your attention every moment she is on the screen and she holds her own against previous Oscar winners Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. Her winning would be the most deserved upset in the past few decades of The Oscars.
Will Win: Melissa Leo. Sometimes I think The Academy rewards actors and actresses for the roles they did not win for in previous years. Example: Renee Zellweger won Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for “Cold Mountain” as an acknowledgment for her role in “Chicago” which she did not receive Best Actress for the year before. It’s messy, but that’s how the system seems to work. That being said, I keep wondering it Leo will win this award more for her role in “Frozen River” than her performance in “The Fighter?” Don’t get me wrong, she’s good. Very good. But the hype feels forced.
Okay, I will stop here because I have no real opinions on the technical awards and I probably had you bored to tears at Best Picture. I am excited for Sunday’s show and I will hopefully post my feedback after it is all said and done.
Happy Oscar’s Weekend!