If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Why hello all you Spillios out there! JamesB here. I'm kind of new to this whole 'writing blogs' thing, but I thought I would give it a try.
As many of you know, tomorrow night is the OSCARS. It is a celebration in which pretty celebrities come to give each other awards, compare clothing, have a host tell some funny jokes amongst plenty of lame ones, and occasionally reward filmmakers/ actors for their talent.
I personally love the Oscars. Tis a night where you can root for your favorite movies. Sometimes they get the appreciation they deserve (Return of the King) and some get nearly no appreciation at all (The Dark Knight) And although I do realize that winning an Oscar doesn't necessarily mean that the winner deserved it (I'm looking at YOU Crash) but every year I still get hyped up for the big night.
SO, without further ado, I bring you my list of who I think will win and should win at tomorrow nights ceremony.
REMINDER TO ALL Y'ALLS: this is strictly my opinion. If yours is different, GREAT! Let me know what you think. Just remember to respect that others have different opinions than you do
Best Original Screenplay
Who will win: The King's Speech
Who should win: Inception
This category is kind of up in the air for me. With all the recent press about King's Speech sweeping the awards, I wouldn't be surprised if the Academy voters gave it the screenplay award. But seriously, Nolan's screenplay for Inception was one of the most creative this year and certainly the most complex. It took a director like Nolan to make sense of it all, but the fact that, in the end, it did all come together so greatly, I think he deserves the award. (Not to mention the fact that it took him around 10 years to write it)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Who will win and who should win: The Social Network
There is no questioning the winner this year. Aaron Sorkin's script was one of the big reasons why the movie was so great, and it would be a crime not to give him the award.
Best Visual Effects
Who Will Win: Alice In Wonderland
Who Should Win: Inception
This one is also a toss up. A part of me can see the Academy being complete idiots and giving Alice the award. Although imo the only thing that movie had going for itself was the visuals, I still think that they looked EXTREMELY fake and uncreative. One needs to remind the Academy that this isn't an award for who used the MOST effects, but who used them the most efficiently. That movie, I think, would be Inception. Although Nolan did much of the effects in camera, he made some of those sequences look even more spectacular with the addition of seamless effects that aren't as 'in your face' as the other nominations.
Best Original Score
Who Will Win: The Social Network
Who Should Win: Inception
As much as I really enjoyed the soundtrack to The Social Network, I don't think it's exactly the most memorable of soundtracks. But, unfortunately after winning at the Golden Globes, I wouldn't be surprised if they gave it to The Social Network. But, honestly people. If there is one score that we have all celebrated, parodied, put as our ringtones, and made youtube clips with even before the freaking movie came out, it is Hans Zimmer's score for Inception. After being snubbed in 2008 for his brilliant score for the Dark Knight, Zimmer deserves this more than ever. Also, ask yourselves, 20 years from now, which score are you going to remember the most? That's what I thought
Best Animated Feature
Who will and should win: Toy Story 3
As much as I loved How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3 was the movie that had the biggest emotional effect on me in the theaters. You know when cheesy commercials describe a movie with "you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be scared, and you'll cheer for joy"? More than any movie this year, Toy Story 3 did that for me and I'll never forget it.
Who will win: Melissa Leo
Who should win: Hailee Stienfeld
Only recently seeing True Grit, Steinfeld was great in it. Especially considering how young she is (she's like 13 or something). But I do realize that the Academy often likes to give older actors their due, and Melissa Leo has been getting many awards already for her great performance in the Fighter. Honestly, I would be happy with either of them winning
Who will and should win: Christian Bale
Freaking Christian Bale in 'The Fighter'. From even the first 5 minutes of the movie, you can tell that Bale had gone through a complete physical and emotional transformation for this role. He BECOMES his character and after al these years of him being praised as one of the great actors of this generation, he deserves to get the reward for it. Now get to bulkin up for TDKR plz
Who will and should win: Natalie Portman
Another no brainer. Portman was great in the movie, and it was certainly the best performance of her career. Plus, she has already pretty much gathered the acting prize in every awards show leading up to this so it would be a GIGANTIC upset if she didn't win
Who Will Win: Colin Firth
Who Should Win: Jesse Eisenberg?
Now, I truly believe that Colin Firth did an amazing job in King's Speech, but I think that Eisenberg did an equally great job in The Social Network. Ultimately I still think that Firth should go home with the prize simply because he has had a long career of great performances and he deserves to finally get rewarded for it. With Eisenberg, his career hasn't been that long and he has only shown a small amount of range as far as his acting ability goes, and although his was a great performance, it may be best to wait and see if this is all the actor has to offer.
Who Will Win: David Fincher
Who Should Win: Darren Aronofsky or Christopher Nolan (yes I know he isn't nominated)
First I must address how completely ridiculous it is that Nolan wasn't nominated this year. Even more than the Dark Knight, critics everywhere raved about how this will be the year that Nolan will get his due nomination for best director, especially after shafting him in 2008 for TDK. But no. For some reason the Academy has some sort of vendetta against Nolan. Ask yourself, could anybody other than Nolan really have pulled off Inception like he did? NO. It would be a completely different movie. That is what I think matters when choosing the nominations for this category. The Directors who had the most influence and made each movie their own should be nominated, NOT the ones in which anybody could have directed it. That's what makes those particular directors special. But even with my complaints I still won't mind that Fincher will win, for no one could have made a movie about facebook seem so.......dark, other than him. Although, deep down, I really want to see Aronofsky get recognized, being one of the most original, and important directors of today.
Who will win: The King's Speech
Who should win: Black Swan or The Social Network
How did the frontrunner for Best Picture within only the past few weeks switch from The Social Network, to The King's Speech? One could argue that is one of those "Oscar" movies in which it is a period piece dealing with fine British folk, dressing in fine British royalty clothes, and dealing with a guy that has some sort of physical/mental problem. Look, I really liked The King's Speech. Especially the underrated Geoffrey Rush in it. But seriously guys? Was the King's Speech the most memorable movie this year? Will the King's Speech be a movie that people will be talking about for years to come? Are we going to be analyzing and enjoying The King's Speech with our friends in the comfort of our homes? I personally don't think so. Instead I think that movies like Black Swan, The Social Network, and even Inception will do all of those things. Will I be upset if The King's Speech wins? Not really. But, it will strike me as an odd choice that out of all these nominees, The King's Speech was the one to win over the Academy
Well, there you go. Again, this is all opinion, so if your pick's didn't make it on this list, don't be frustrated. Plus, I know that we can all agree on one thing that will happen on Oscar night.
We'll all be waiting to see these ladies show up looking their best. One can only hope that they arrive in these clothes.