83rd Academy Award Winners & Recap

83rd Academy Award Winners & Recap

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards came and went, and overall it was business as usual. No real huge upsets, no real huge shockers. The main topic of conversation however was the actual program, and their hosts. Hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway, the Oscars certainly were going after a wider demographic. I’d say they would have had better luck with a pair that had better chemistry. James Franco is great, but I just kept getting the vibe that he had no desire to be there. His chill relaxed demeanor was not a compliment to Hathaway’s peppy excited cheerleader.

I think my favorite moment was Kirk Douglas presenting, he may have been difficult at times to understand, but charming none the less. Another thing being buzzed about was leaving out Corey Haim in the Memoriam section, not sure if it was intentional or not, but clearly folks are upset about it. My favorite part of the Oscars were also absent this year, I look forward to the great montages of film history they tend to have. Perhaps cutting this was also part of the effort to reach a wider demographic. For shame.

Here’s looking forward to next year!

83rd Academy Award Winners

  • Best Picture: “The King’s Speech”
  • Best Actor: Colin Firth – “The King’s Speech”
  • Best Actress: Natalie Portman – “Black Swan”
  • Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale – “The Fighter”
  • Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo – “The Fighter”
  • Best Director: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
  • Best Foreign Language Film: “In a Better World” (Denmark)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin – “The Social Network”
  • Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler – “The King’s Speech”
  • Best Animated Feature Film: “Toy Story 3”
  • Best Art Direction: “Alice in Wonderland”
  • Best Cinematography: “Inception”
  • Best Sound Mixing: “Inception”
  • Best Sound Editing: “Inception”
  • Best Original Score: “The Social Network” (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
  • Best Original Song: “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3” (Randy Newman)
  • Best Costume Design: “Alice in Wonderland”
  • Best Documentary Feature: “Inside Job”
  • Best Documentary (short subject): “Strangers No More”
  • Best Film Editing: “The Social Network”
  • Best Makeup: “The Wolfman”
  • Best Animated Short Film: “The Lost Thing”
  • Best Live Action Short Film: “God of Love”
  • Best Visual Effects: “Inception”


Ben’s 2011 Oscar Picks

So it’s Oscar time again, and I guess the little experiment of having 10 Best Pictures worked from last year. Once again, they have taken a crappy year in general and milked 10 movies from it. I have mixed feelings on this 10 Best Picture thing. On one hand, I like it because it gives some great, great movies that probably wouldn’t have cracked the top 5 (i.e. True Grit) a chance at glory. On the other hand, however, 10 movies don’t seem to have the prestige that 5 movies had. You had to be really, really good to make the top 5 (with the exception of Juno). So I’m mixed, but all in all I don’t mind it too much.

Last year you could tell there was a lot of filler. The Blind Side, are you kidding me? That said, this year actually has 10 movies I really enjoyed! I would say all 10 of them had a legit shot at a Best Picture nomination even if there were only 5 this year. Some are stronger than others, of course, but all 10 really gave me something this year, and that is rare, trust me.

I’m betting on The Social Network to take the top prize. Even though when I first heard about it, I was like “wha-?” Who wants to see Facebook the Movie if you are over 22? But as soon as Fincher signed on, I knew this was going to be a little different, and, of course, it was. Excellent movie.

Now out of these 10, my favorite would have to be Black Swan. I was expecting a mind fuck, yes, but not THIS much of a mind fuck. It had all the classic elements that made old school David Cronenberg and David Lynch so terrifying. Meaning, you didn’t know what the fuck was going on. It captures the confused atmosphere so well, that I was on the edge of my seat. I love body horror, and this was body horror I have not seen since The Fly. Loved it! It won’t win, and to be honest, I’m glad. A movie like that shouldn’t be shared with any idiot who sees “BEST PICTURE WINNER” on the box. This is a special movie, and should only be viewed by people who will appreciate it.

However…it was not my favorite movie of the year. In fact, my favorite movie wasn’t even nominated. Now I am a self confessed Martin Scorsese whore, I know this. But we had our differences for a few years. In fact, I felt that The Departed, while good, was immensely over-rated and not even close to his best movie. One of his
bottom movies, I would have to say. It just felt like he wasn’t trying, and he pretty much admitted that in multiple interviews. But, I don’t want to get into a 10 page ramble of The Departed. I’m talking about the forgotten movie of 2010, Shutter Island. Even though this was his highest grossing movie to date, the February release destroyed it. What a stupid idea to release it in Feb. Yes, I understand that their strategy was to mimic Silence of the Lambs
success, but that was fucking 20 years ago!! (Holy shit, it was, wasn’t it??) I feel that Shutter Island would have been given a bit more Oscar love if it had stuck with its original release date of October 2009. People don’t like this movie. That’s fine. People say the “twist” was predictable. I say, the movie wasn’t about the “twist”. I say the movie was much much MUCH more than that. This isn’t going to be a Shutter Island review, but if anyone hates this movie because of the supposed “twist” ending, then please go back to enjoying The Mechanic, because this is simply not for you. The movie had style that I haven’t seen in a movie this century. It just had so much going on…the music being my favorite part. The musical buildup to them arriving at the island almost gave me a heart attack. I loved it!! Every bit of it!! And it has my vote as Best Picture of the Year!!!!! But watch…King’s Speech will take it all. Bummer.

My Predictions:

BEST PIC: The Social Network
BEST ACTOR: Colin Firth – King’s Speech
BEST ACTRESS: Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
BEST S. ACTOR: Christian Bale – The Fighter
BEST S. ACTRESS: Melissa Leo – The Fighter
BEST DIRECTOR: David Fincher – The Social Network

Brandin’s 2011 Oscar Picks

Brandin’s 2011 Oscar Picks

Hollywood has returned once again to celebrate their overwhelming achievements of 2010.  As always there are plenty of notable omissions from the nominee list, but we can discuss why The Last Airbender missed out on Best Original Screenplay (besides its obvious flaw off being an armpit of of movie and further evidence that M. Night has never actually watched his own movies, or else he would stop making them) at a later time.  Right now we need to focus on those that earned nominations … well at least the nominations we care about.  I mean Best Foreign Language Film? What am I?  Some sort of reading scientist?

Anyway, these are my picks for who I think will win.  I may hedge a bet and say who I want to win at some point, but I will decide when I get there.

Best Director
David Fincher

Best Actor
Colin Firth

Best Actress
Natalie Portman

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo

And the Best Picture goes to …

The King’s Speech

I think this film is tailor made for BP.  It has an outstanding performance by Colin Firth, historical context, elegance of costume design, the sets were amazing, the cinematography, while not mind blowing, was beautifully structured in its commitment to geometric integrity.  While my preference would be to see a Black Swan/Aronofsky combination win (I believe the journalistic term to what I have just done is I have given myself “wiggle room”), I think The King’s Speech will take home the night’s top prize.  And while I would be more than joyous if Black Swan took the gold man home, that does not make Tom Hooper’s effort any less deserving in my eyes.  It was a great film and a worthy winner.

2011 Golden Globe Results

2011 Golden Globe Results

The results are in! And The Social Network walks home with Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Soundtrack. Honestly, I’m not surprised, it certainly what I expected, though, not my own favorite of the year. (Still working on seeing everything so I can do my own top 10).

Golden Globe Winners:
Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • The Social Network
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The King’s Speech

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
  • Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
  • James Franco – 127 Hours
  • Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine
  • Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical

  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Burlesque
  • Red
  • The Tourist

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Natalie Portman – Black Swan
  • Halle Berry – Frankie and Alice
  • Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
  • Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical

  • Paul Giamatti – Barney’s Version
  • Johnny Depp – Alice in Wonderland
  • Johnny Depp – The Tourist
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Love & Other Drugs
  • Kevin Spacey – Casino Jack

Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

  • Glee (FOX)
  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • The Big C (Showtime)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Nurse Jackie (SHOWTIME)

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • David Fincher – The Social Network
  • Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
  • Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
  • Christopher Nolan – Inception
  • David O. Russell – The Fighter

Cecil B. DeMille Award

Robert De Niro

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Melissa Leo – The Fighter
  • Amy Adams – The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
  • Mila Kunis – Black Swan
  • Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

  • Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Steve Carell – The Office (NBC)
  • Thomas Jane – Hung (HBO)
  • Matthew Morrison – Glee (FOX)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

  • Laura Linney – The Big C (Showtime)
  • Toni Collette – United States Of Tara (SHOWTIME)
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie (SHOWTIME)
  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Lea Michele – Glee (FOX)

Best Foreign Language Film

  • In A Better World (Denmark)
  • Biutiful (Mexico, Spain)
  • The Concert (France)
  • The Edge (Russia)
  • I Am Love (Italy)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Jane Lynch – Glee (FOX)
  • Hope Davis – The Special Relationship
  • Kelly MacDonald – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Julia Stiles – Dexter (SHOWTIME)
  • Sofia Vergara – Modern Family (ABC)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network
  • Simon Beaufoy, Danny Boyle – 127 Hours
  • Christopher Nolan – Inception
  • Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko – The Kids Are All Right
  • David Seidler – The King’s Speech

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Claire Danes – Temple Grandin (HBO)
  • Hayley Atwell – Pillars Of The Earth (STARZ)
  • Judi Dench – Return To Cranford
  • Romola Garai – Emma
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt – The Client List

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Al Pacino – You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)
  • Idris Elba – Luther
  • Ian McShane – Pillars Of The Earth (STARZ)
  • Dennis Quaid – The Special Relationship
  • Edgar Ramirez – Carlos (Sundance C)

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Toy Story 3
  • Despicable Me
  • How To Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Tangled

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network
  • Alexandre Desplat – The King’s Speech
  • Danny Elfman – Alice in Wonderland
  • A. R. Rahman – 127 Hours
  • Hans Zimmer – Inception

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” – Burlesque, Music & Lyrics By: Diane Warren
  • “Bound To You” – Burlesque, Music By: Samuel Dixon
  • Lyrics By: Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler, “Coming Home” – Country Strong, Music & Lyrics By: Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges,
  • “I See The Light” – Tangled, Music By: Alan Menken,  Lyrics By: Glenn Slater
  • “There’s A Place For Us” – The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, Music & Lyrics By: Hillary Lindsey, Carrie Underwood and David Hodges

Best Television Series – Drama

  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Dexter (SHOWTIME)
  • The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

  • Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
  • Michael C. Hall – Dexter (SHOWTIME)
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men (AMC)
  • Hugh Laurie – House (FOX)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Chris Colfer – Glee (FOX)
  • Scott Caan – Hawaii Five-O
  • Chris Noth – The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family (ABC)
  • David Strathairn – Temple Grandin (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Christian Bale – The Fighter
  • Michael Douglas – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Andrew Garfield – The Social Network
  • Jeremy Renner – The Town
  • Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Carlos (Sundance C)
  • The Pacific (HBO)
  • Pillars Of The Earth (STARZ)
  • Temple Grandin (HBO)
  • You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

  • Katey Sagal – Sons Of Anarchy
  • Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men (AMC)
  • Piper Perabo – Covert Affairs
  • Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer (TNT)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical

  • Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
  • Anne Hathaway – Love & Other Drugs
  • Angelina Jolie – The Tourist
  • Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right
  • Emma Stone – Easy A