OSCARS - By Army 1601
Yet again it is time for the most worthless, and overhyped award show on the planet, the OSCARS. Not to shy to give a snub, major snubs this year include Christopher Nolan in the directing department, Andrew Garfield in supporting acting, Scott Pilgrim in Visual effects, and DAFT PUNK in Tron Legacy (while it was probably a long shot, they did amazing stuff in 2010). Just because I like sharing my opinion, here are the nominations, and my predictions on who will win, and should win in my opinion.
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Iron Man 2
Who will Win/Should win: Inception
What suprises me the most here is the snub for Tron Legacy and Scott Pilgrim. Both were F-X heavy and relied on it for their stories and ideas. Hereafter was also met with lukewarm reception and the F-X were, for the most part, not the highlight. But at the end of the day, the technical awards are where Inception will shine this year, so this one belongs to the team that flipped Paris on to itself.
Toy Story 3
The King's Speech
The Social Network
Who will win/Should win: Inception
The technical departments such as sound are all lined up for Inception (with the exception of Editing). The only nominees I see giving Inception a run for it's money are Tron and Toy Story in Editing, and the King's Speech or The Social Network in Sound Mixing. It seems like an odd category for those movies to win, but their giving everything to those movies anyways?
"Coming Home" from Country Strong, Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
"I See the Light" from Tangled, Music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Glenn Slater
"If I Rise" from 127 Hours, Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
"We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3, Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Who will win: If I Rise - A.R Rahman and Dido
Who Should Win: If I Rise or We Belong Together from Toy Story 3
A.R Rahman's work on Slumdog Millionaire shined and it's no different here. I'm personally glad to see something good get nominated instead of all the Burlesque crap at the Globes, but really who cares. It would be nice to see Randy Newman get it for a song that brings back memories of You've got a friend, but it really belongs to AR Rahman and Dido here.
How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell
Inception, Hans Zimmer
The King's Speech, Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours, A.R. Rahman
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Who will Win: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Who Should win: Hans Zimmer
I'll mention again, DAFT PUNK! They should have at least got a nod for their terrific work in Tron, in place of the score for How to Train your Dragon. The Social Network had a great score in my opinion and deserves to win, but I would personally love to see Hans Zimmer take for, in my opinion, some of the best work he's ever done. That score was epic, and truly had original sound.
Black Swan, Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter, Pamela Martin
The King's Speech, Tariq Anwar
127 Hours, Jon Harris
The Social Network, Angus Wall
Who will Win: The Social Network
Who Should Win: The Social Network or 127 Hours
YET ANOTHER SNUB FOR INCEPTION! It seems hopeless to believe that any recognition will be giving to a movie that deserves it the most. It was honestly Inceptions award to win at the Oscar's, the story telling RELIED on the editing of the film, but the Academy are retards, so forget it. If wasn't gonna be Inception, I'd have to say Social Network, for the well done editing between courtroom setting to the tale of Facebook, or 127 Hours for Aron's life changing premonitions.
Black Swan, Matthew Libatique
Inception, Wally Pfister
The King's Speech, Danny Cohen
The Social Network, Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit, Roger Deakins
Who will win: The King's Speech
Who should win: Inception
While Inception seems like the clear winner for the great shots it had, with the Oscar's anything is possible. So I'd have to say the King's Speech since it is the critic's favorite and did have a lot of great shots itself. Although, the movie that does deserve it, should have a great shot of getting it still.
How to train your Dragon
Toy Story 3
Who Should win and will win: Toy Story 3
It's a shame Tangled didn't get the third spot, it was a great film. But this category needs to explanation, Go Toy Story or go Home.
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Who Will win: Melissa Leo
Who Should Win: Hailee Steinfeld
Given the pre Oscar awards, I'd say Melissa Leo from the Fighter is the frontrunner, she was pretty good. But it would be nice to see the witty and emotional performance of a youngster, that being Hailee Steinfeld, take it away. She proved that age matters not as she might be better than most of the actors in this category
Actor in a Supporting Role
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)
Who will win and should win: Christian Bale
There are so few times where you know an actor OWNED the movie, but Christian Bale did in the Fighter and truly deserves recognition now. Although, Geoffrey Rush might prove an upset here, he was one of my favorite parts of the King's Speech. Andrew Garfield got the snub here and probably deserves the spot over Jeremy Renner, he gave the most sympathetic performance of the year and it would have been nice to see him go into the Spider-Man movie with an oscar nod on his belt.
Best Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours (Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle)
The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
Toy Story 3 (Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich)
True Grit (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Best Original Screenplay
The Fighter (Paul Attanasio, Lewis Colich, Eric Johnson, Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
The Kids are All Right (Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko)
The King's Speech (David Seidler)
Adapted: Who will win - The Social Network Who should win - The Social Network or Toy Story 3
Original Who will win - The King's Speech Who should win - Inception
For adapted, it's hands down Aaron Sorkin's award, they might as well just send him the award now. However, it would be nice to see Toy Story 3 get recognition for a really well told tale about growing up and loss. For Original, it seems like the critic's favorite will win over Inception. While at this point it may just seem like I'm some Nolan fanboy, don't get me wrong I love his movies, but when a screenplay with a whole bunch of exposition and many layers and emotion works, it is a sight see and must be awarded. The King's Speech is great and all, but it doesn't hold a candle to the screen writing work done on
Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening (The Kids are All Right)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)
Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
Jeff Bridges (True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
James Franco (127 Hours)
For Actress - Who will win and should win - Natalie Portman Actor - who will win and should win - Colin Firth
These two are locks in my opinion. No further explanation is needed as to why these two should win, and I feel is one of the few categories the Academy got right this year. The only word I might offer is that the only one giving Colin Firth a run fro his money would be James Franco, however, an upset is going to be really rare this year in this category.
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
David O. Russell (The Fighter)
Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)
David Fincher (The Social Network)
Tom Hooper (The King's Speech)
Who will win and Should win: David Fincher Who should even be nominated : Christopher Nolan
The snubs continued as the seemingly obvious choice to include in this category, Inception, is yet again snubbed. Forgive me as I am a big fan of the movie, and feel recognition must be given to this truly original film. But why bother asking from the Oscar's who seem to have questionable prestige when they don't nominate half the right people. If Inception is not gonna win it, David Fincher must take it home for his brilliant work on the Social Network. Turning the facebook movie in to something to be taken seriously is no easy task, yet Fincher pulls it off.
The Kids are All Right
The King's Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
Who will Win: The Social Network or the King's Speech
Who Should Win: Toy Story 3 or Inception or Black Swan
It seems like a long shot for either of my should be's to win it, but if any average movie goer wants their faith restored in any award show, I would take that direction. The art of film is in originality, and truly original and compelling storytelling which can be found in those 3. However, if the Social Network or the King's Speech were to take it home it would still be satisfying, but not nearly as much as seeing an originality be rewarded, one thing that is severely lacking in Hollywood these days.
There it is, SOUND off if you have your own opinions on who might win or who should win, or who even should be nominated in the first place!