The 83rd Academy Awards – Results

(If you just want the results, scroll down past the wittering to the last section – oh, and my predictions were totally off)

The 2011 Oscars

So the awards season has peaked with the Oscars and the results are in – The King’s Speech was the big winner. It took home Best Film, Best Director for Tom Hooper and Best Actor for Colin Firth. Natalie Portman picked up an Oscar for Black Swan, Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor, Aaron Sorkin deservedly picked up Best Adapted Script and evil witch Melissa Leo stole the Best Supporting Actress from Hailee Steinfeld who was in the wrong category anyway.

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AMV of the Week. Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children

I’m not a fan of Final Fantasy VII. I never really understood what made the game so popular because it seemed like overblown nonsense and the environments were drab and dark what with the industrial/steam-punk aesthetic and the enemies weren’t interesting enough to wade through thousands of random battles.

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True Grit's Mattie and her Father's Hat

True Grit

I love this film. This is the first film of 2011 I’ll probably go back to the cinema to watch again.

1870, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 14 year old girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) is out for revenge after her father is shot by a man named Tom Cheney (Josh Brolin). With nobody chasing after Cheney, Mattie takes it upon herself to hunt Chaney by hiring a brutal US marshal by the name Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges). With Cheney linking up with the outlaw Ned Pepper and heading deep into Indian country and others joining the chase, Mattie and Rooster head out.

The Group Ride Out in True Grit

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Natalie Portman and Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers in Black Swan

Black Swan

Princess Tutu this is not. This is much more Paranoia Agent or Perfect Blue. A dark, melodramatic take on the fractured psyche of an outwardly perfect person and the pressure that makes them crack. Darren Aronofsky, the director, has crafted a psychological-horror story about ballet that is worth watching.

Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers in Black Swan

 Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is an extremely dedicated ballerina with the New York City Ballet Company. She is desperate for the lead role of Swan Queen in Swan Lake but despite giving her the part, demanding Principal Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) thinks she is too innocent to portray the Black Swan and must work harder. Pressure is mounting with a company of fellow dancers prone to jealousy, and an obsessed mother (Barbara Hershey). Things are made tougher when Lily (Mila Kunis) from San Francisco arrives and proves to be effortlessly sexual, vivacious and a good dancer, easily able to be the Black Swan. Nina finds her personality fracturing and a doppelganger emerging.

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