First Look: The Great Gatsby movie poster. Eeeee-is it December yet?
Note: Those bolded are films that I have already seen. Obviously some of my picks for Best may change when I see the rest of the films in said category
*THE READ MORE ISN’T WORKING. I’M SORRY!*
(The lack of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in this category pains me. Seriously, I have a dagger in my heart right now. That movie is brilliant as is Fincher. )
(This is a great movie and provides something different. IMO it is the only that is nominated that can compete with Hugo)
(Even though this received Golden Globe for Best Picture I do not think it will win. It is a good movie but incredibly simple. A great vehicle for performances not so much for the overall picture.)
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
(I am really surprised to see this nominated for best picture. Aside from Max von Sydow is has been largely overlooked this season)
(Maybe I need to go back and rewatch this movie because I honestly did not see it as best picture quality when I saw it. It is a touching film it just did not make the big splash with me that it seems to have made with everyone else.)
(My pick for best picture. There has not been a quality film like this for sometime. It has heart, and wonder, adventure, excitement, mystery and a message. The performances (especially the two child leads) are fantastic. Also, it is a movie about movies. About how as a society some people love and forget them. But there are those of us who hold on. Who still love and see a need to preserve our film history. This movie made me cry several times and for various reasons both happy and sad. It is Scorsese’s love letter to cinema and it is a deep love he conveys)
Midnight In Paris
(This movie is so simple and brilliant. The dialogue is everything you except from a Woody Allen film.)
Tree of Life
(I knew this would get nominated because the Academy gets on its knees for Malick. Honestly, the short film in the middle of this mess is awesome but overall this film is awful. It was a movie made so that art house kids could feel superior to all others.)
(This is a beautiful film that did not leave a dry eye in the theater. It won’t win but it is just a fantastic piece)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
(Where is Ryan Gosling? WHERE IS RYAN GOSLING? DIDN’T THE ACADEMY KNOW IT IS HIS YEAR? He was not going to win but there were several superb performances to choose from.)
Demian Bichir - A Better Life
George Clooney - The Descendants
(My pick for Best Actor. Again, this is a great performance movie. Even Matthew Lillard brings it.)
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
(Go Gary! That is all)
Brad Pitt - Moneyball
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
(THIS CATEGORY IS A BEAST AND EVERYONE DESERVES THE AWARD THIS YEAR. I don’t even know what to say about most of these ladies aside from the fact that they were brilliant.)
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Rooney Mara - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
(Rooney Mara is who I think should win. She brought to life one of the most complex women I have ever read and did so to perfection. Mara’s Lisbeth is beautiful to watch and it was an incredibly complicated performance. Unfortunately I think she will be overlooked but I am glad that she was recognized)
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
(Let’s face it. There is a permanent Academy spot for Meryl because she is probably the best actress we’ve had since Katherine Hepburn. She always deserves the nom but because she is so consistently brilliant she has been nominated 17 times and only won twice. Futhermore she has not won since 1983! After seeing her performance as Margaret Thatcher I am led to believe that it is Meryl’s time again. Her performance as Thatcher from her 40’s through current times is magnificent. The movie itself leaves things to be desired but Meryl is spot on.)
Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn
(Marilyn Monroe is a difficult woman to do justice to. She was not the one dimensional sex-bomb that people like to reduce her to. She was a complicated women with A LOT of issues. Michelle Williams brings all of that to just-under the surface in this movie. You can see her trying to keep up her facade while falling apart. It is brilliant and the performance has the fragility that Williams brings to her roles)
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Max von Sydow - Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
(She is great as film star Peppy Miller. Unfortunately for Bernice the competition is too hot this year.)
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
( I have been so proud of the recognition that McCarthy and Bridesmaids has been getting this year. It is nice to see that it has extended to the Academy. It feels as if they are making efforts to not be as out of touch as people felt they were 5 years ago.)
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer - The Help
(My pick for Best Supporting Actress. Octavia Spencer serves so many different roles in this movie. Not only does she provide comedy but her character also shows a bravery that very few people do in the movie.)
(Steven Spielberg. Baby. Don’t worry. Next year they won’t snub you when motherfucking LINCOLN comes out! NEXT YEAR YOUR BRILLIANT-NESS WILL BLOW THEIR FACES OFF!! 2013 OSCARS! THE YEAR OF SPIELBERG!!!!!!!!!!!!)
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
(Some of thee shots in this movie blew me away. Just. Ugh.)
The Descendants - Alexander Payne
(Alexander provides us with a beautiful movie but in a year like this I just do not think that his simplistic style stands out.)
Hugo - Martin Scorsese
(My pick for Best Director. From the opening shot of this movie I was blown away. Literally getting goosebumps from the things on screen before me. Just. Yes. SCORSESE FOR THE WIN!!)
Midnight In Paris - Woody Allen
The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick
(I’m sorry, but no. The cinematographer of this film should win but Malick should not even be nominated. Especially since neither Fincher or Spielberg are nominated. This is just bullshit. BULLSHIT!! sorry guys, I have a lot of feelings when it comes to Steven.)
There are obviously more categories, and trust me, I have feelings in most of them, but I will leave you with these. If you would like to talk movies with me then please do. I love film discussions.
You’ll never know flawless acting or beautiful cinematography. And I feel sorry for you.
I watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo tonight and I really have no words. As someone who has read all of the books, but admittedly only watched the first Swedish film, I have to say that this was PERFECT! I’ll actually write a review on my review blog but I must say a few short things.
Okay. I’m going to stop. I’ll put more critical thoughts into words later but… God, go see it. Just don’t expect Fincher to treat you nicely.
Yes, Ron Weasley made an appearance at my wedding. We also called our handfasting the Unbreakable Vow in the programs and our wedding party screamed “Mischief Managed” after we kissed.
To see part one go here.
A fine romance with no kisses
A fine romance, my friend, this is.
Which means ten years ago today I got to sit in a math class I was not in for the afternoon while the rest of my eighth grade Honors English class went on a field trip to see the movie because my mom thought/thinks Harry Potter is evil.