Genkinahito Decides the 2011 Academy Awards

Here are the results

The Academy Awards or Oscars are on the 27th of February, the nominations were released on the 25th of January. I’ll list them here. It may change because I’m going to watch True Grit and Black Swan but this is the list and what I think should win. If you want to read what I thought about the films then check the reviews section.

Buuuuut before that, a little section I’d like to call, Really? What the hell? A section that points out the glaring stupidity that are some of the decisions.

Really? What the hell?

No Nolan… People are beginning to compare Nolan being M.I.A. from the best director category as similar to Scorsese being overlooked year after year.

Where is Nicolas Cage in the Best Actor Category? The Bad Lieutenant was a return to form… It restored my faith in the man. 

Where’s Summer Wars in Best Animated Feature? Toy Story 3 would still win but still…

Where’s Andrew Garfield? You better lawyer up Academy because… well I can’t do anything.

BEST PICTURE

127 Hours

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

Winter’s Bone

True Grit

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

BEST DIRECTOR

Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

David O Russell – The Fighter

Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech

David Fincher – The Social Network

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – True Grit

Where’s Christopher Nolan academy? I mean, this is the second time the guy has saved Hollywood’s balance books by creating a blockbuster that was genuinely intelligent and worth watching instead of the usual garbage involving CGI dumb-bells hitting each other.

 

BEST ACTOR

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network

James Franco – 127 Hours

Javier Bardem – Biutiful

Jeff Bridges – True Grit

I’ve only seen two of these films but I was impressed by both performanes. Eisenberg had a tough job creating an anti-social genius but Firth edges it by creating a sympathetic royal worth rooting for. The family scenes and his difficulty in public speaking were well conveyed.

BEST ACTRESS

Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right

Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Jennifer Lawrence was the film. Her performance was convincing and gripping. Annette Bening grew over the course of her film and had a hard role to act but Lawrence edges it.

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

The second part of what makes The King’s Speech so good.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams – The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech

Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

Ask me after I watch True Grit.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Biutiful – Mexico

Dogtooth – Greece

In a Better World – Denmark

Incendies – Canada

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) – Algeria

I like the fact that a film involving Greeks, lesbianism, incest, violence and parents abusing the perception of their children (a comment on the Greek film industry) managed to sneak on. That said, I haven’t seen any of them.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Mike Leigh – Another Year

Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (screenplay), Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson (story) – The Fighter

Christopher Nolan – Inception

Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg – The Kids Are All Right

David Seidler – The King’s Speech

Watching it was easy, having to write the thing must have been mind-bending.

BEST ANIMATION

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist

Toy Story 3

Where’s Summer Wars? Other than that, it would be nice to see the UK/French co-production, The Illusionist win (it’s had glowing reviews everywhere).

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy – 127 Hours

Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network

Michael Arndt – Toy Story 3

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – True Grit

Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini – Winter’s Bone

It made unpleasant people sitting in rooms arguing about Facebook interesting.

BEST ART DIRECTION

Alice in Wonderland

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Inception

The King’s Speech

True Grit

The King’s Speech relayed history so well whilst Inception managed to map out some of the most exciting dream-spaces ever. 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Black Swan

Inception

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

True Grit

The King’s Speech managed to relay history… wait, I’m repeating myself.

BEST SOUND MIXING

Inception

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Salt

True Grit

Nice to see Salt nominated for something but The King’s Speech has this wrapped up. Every stutter and thoat spasm was like a stab to the heart, every awkward cough and sigh at the King speaking was like a slap to the face and when he performed his war-time speech… Euphoria. We’re going to war chaps but we’re happy.

BEST SOUND EDITING

Inception

Toy Story 3

Tron: Legacy

True Grit

Unstoppable

Where’s The King’s Speech? Inception then although I liked Unstoppable.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Coming Home (from Country Strong) by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

I See the Light (from Tangled) by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater

If I Rise (from 127 Hours) by AR Rahman, Dido and Rollo Armstrong

We Belong Together (from Toy Story 3) by Randy Newman

I haven’t heard any of them.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell

Inception – Hans Zimmer

The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat

127 Hours – AR Rahman

The Social Network – Trent Reznor and Atticus

The score for The Social Network was incredible and managed to make programming tense and thrilling stuff but Hans Zimmer has got to take this as it was so distinctive and iconic. Hell, the first thing I purchased in 2011 was the soundtrack to Inception.

BEST COSTUMES

Alice in Wonderland

I Am Love

The King’s Speech

The Tempest

True Grit

Europeans know how to dress. That is all.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Gasland

Inside Job

Restrepo

Waste Land

BEST FILM EDITING

Black Swan

The Fighter

The King’s Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Programming and social networking have never seemed so exciting or important.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM 

Day & Night

The Gruffalo

Let’s Pollute

The Lost Thing

Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Alice in Wonderland

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Hereafter

Inception

Iron Man 2

The corridor fight, fold-up Paris. Need I say more?

For anybody who managed to read all of that… I can accept the fact that The King’s Speech and The Social Network are the most nominated with 12 and 8 nominations respectively and it’s great that American indies The Kids are All Right and Winter’s Bone are exposed as well but where the hell is Nic Cage for Bad Lieutenant?

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