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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Genkina hito predicts the 2011 BAFTA Awards

With the BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) due to take place on the 13th February, the British film industry gets a chance to wave the flag for British talent and reward films from the rest of the world. The issue of what is or isn’t a British film depends upon the amount of British involvement but it is safe to say that Britain had a good year (apart from the UK Film Council getting axed).

Anyway, here’s what I think should win. When the results are read out on BBC One I’ll be able to compare and contrast. In the meantime I’ll probably change my mind after watching a few more films but first… 

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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.

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The Social Network

Directed and written by heavyweight talents David Fincher (Fight Club) and Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing), The Social Network opens in a busy bar, Mark Zuckerberg, soon-to be co-founder of Facebook, asks his girlfriend, Erica (Rooney Mara), 

“How do you distinguish yourself?”

Jesse Eisenberg in a scene from The Social Network

He’s desperate to join one of the universities exclusive clubs and in a fast talking conversation – with him mostly doing the talking, it is clear that he can’t socialise, dipping in and out of conversation leaving Erica adrift as he focuses on himself. Realising that Mark is self-obsessed, Erica admits, just before she dumps him,

“Dating you is like dating a stairmaster – it’s exhausting”

A scene from The Social Network

It’s a line typical of Sorkin’s wit but the opening scene and the question, “How do you distinguish yourself?” set the questions and tone for the movie.

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