Also this is about the only time I’m happy I’m in a different time zone from most of the entertainment I watch. I can just go to sleep and wake up the next day and find out who won everything without having to watch the dreadfully dull event.
Oscars are this evening so here are my picks. I tried to write a cogent and insightful piece on my choices but all that did was bore myself and make for one giant text box. If you want further insight on my choices of who should win/who will win then send me a message and I will get back to you, otherwise here they are.
Category Who I think Will Win Who I think Should Win
Best Picture The Artist or Descendants The Artist or Descendants
Best Director The Artist The Artist
Best Actor George Clooney George Clooney
Best Actress Meryl Streep or Viola Davis Rooney Mara
Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer Christopher Plummer or
You gave no strings attached and friends with benefits the same score. Which did you like better?
They both had their good and bad points but I’d have to say Friends with Benefits. It had a better overall story, more interesting/believable characters, a better father character, better chemistry between the leads and a more realistic friendship. It was also edited a lot better and felt like a more complete movie. No Strings had a better supporting cast but that’s about it.
I’m actually in a position for once to comment on the Oscar nominations and who got left out. Usually I’ve seen 2 or 3 of the noms but this time I’ve seen 6 of the 7 films I was planning on seeing from the 9 nominations. All in all I was quite happy this year but there were a couple of people I felt were left out:
No love at all for 50/50? Really? I thought at least up for best picture with Gordon-Levitt maybe getting a best lead actor shout out.
There’s some stiff competition but I though maybe Shailene Woodley for the descendants as supporting actress.
No Dragon Tattoo, Drive, 50/50, Harry Potter 8 or, even at a long shot, Warrior love when there’s a 10th spot open in best pic and Oscar bait Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close took a spot?
No TinTin for best animated? I haven’t seen it yet but it’s a Spielberg/Jackson/Wright collaboration sweeping every other award up. Glad to see no Cars 2 though. Not liking the bile people are throwing over Kung Fu Panda 2 getting a nom though. That film was beautifully animated.
No dragon tattoo for score but John Williams is in there twice? I mean war horse’s score was nice but tattoo’s score got under your skin. I bought tattoo’s, I haven’t thought of war horse’s since the film finished.
No Fassbender of Gosling either. Those guys were everywhere last year and between them produced some great performances.
Well that’s my two cents. Maybe I’ll do a who I think will win and who should win closer to the actual show.
I've noticed all the highly-reviewed films you have are for kids films but anything mature gets a bland rating...?
Heh, I suppose that’s true if you look at my most recent posts. I didn’t care for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Midnight in Paris or Ides of March but I gave Puss in Boots and Arthur Christmas good reviews.
If you look a little further back though you’ll see I gave the Reader, a film about the holocaust, and 50/50, a movie about cancer, my number 1 spots of 2011 and watched in 2011 last year which I would say are two of the most mature topics you can have a film on. I also really liked the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Requiem for a Dream and the Killing Fields to name a few.
Overall I may be a little more forgiving of kids films because of who they were marketed to but that doesn’t make me any harsher of mature films as a result.
Thanks for the observation and look out for my next 3 reviews. They’re all positive reviews of movies with more mature subject matter.