Screen Junkies » oscars http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:43:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The 7 Most Miserable Oscar Moments http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-7-most-miserable-oscar-moments/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-7-most-miserable-oscar-moments/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:19:02 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=30650 For a show that was supposed to appeal to a younger audience, it sure did rely heavily on comedic cliches.

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Anne Hathaway and James Franco have been roundly panned for their performance at last night’s Academy Award ceremony. And while I hate to jump on the snarky anti-Oscar bandwagon, the fact remains that last night’s broadcast sucked more than one of Charlie Sheen’s house guests. For a show that was supposed to appeal to a younger audience, it sure did rely heavily on comedic cliches, and that’s coming from a guy who just made a Charlie Sheen joke. But what it lacked in originality it more than made up for in geriatrics. If that sounds exciting, you’re going to love the seven most miserable moments of the 83rd Academy Awards.

Moms and Grandmas

Hey look, Anne Hathaway’s mom is in the audience, and so is James Franco’s grandmother. Isn’t that adorable? Sure, I suppose it is, if you’re a 60-year old woman. Otherwise, watching a celebrity’s family reunion is about as exciting as watching a Staten Island children’s choir.

Kirk Douglas

I was happy to see Kirk Douglas alive and kicking. He’s a living legend who commands respect. But he’s also a 94-year-old stroke victim. This isn’t “Harrison Bergeron.” Maybe it wasn’t the best idea in the world to have him speak for a prolonged period. It would be one thing if he was accepting a lifetime achievement award. In that situation, you let the man talk as long as he wants. But watching him present an award was just painful, and would have killed the show’s momentum if there had been any. Next year, why not have Michael J. Fox hold the boom mic?

James Franco In Drag

Putting a man in drag is the comedic equivalent of shrugging your shoulders and saying “f*ck it.” Honestly, what could be more uninspired. This is the Oscars, not Big Momma’s House III. They had a year to come up with this shit.

Anne Hathaway In Anything

James Franco was bad. Anne Hathaway was worse. I wanted to like her, I really did. But she was awful. You could make the argument that at least she was trying, as compared to Franco who seemed to be phoning it in. But in this situation, less was more. Maybe that’s not fair, but neither was having to sit through Anne singing that stupid song about Hugh Jackman. Jesus Christ, I think Whoopi Goldberg might have been more entertaining, and I’m not talking about when she hosted the Oscars. I’m talking about her role in the 1995 comedy, Theodore Rex.

Melissa Leo Drops the F-Bomb

I don’t mind foul language. In fact, I fucking love it. But this is the Oscars. Millions of people are watching, including children. Do I think a bunch of brats hearing an F-Bomb or two are going to instantly turn into juvenile delinquents? No. But Melissa Leo’s use of the word during her rambling acceptance speech was pointless. If you’re going to break out the big guns in a situation like the Oscars, it should at least be funny or clever. Leo was neither, and it just came across as desperate. Besides, if she wanted to go that route, fuck is played out. She should have told the audience she would C U Next Tuesday.

Billy Crystal Makes Me Miss Billy Crystal

For years, I hated Billy Crystal’s trite, predictable Oscar routines. But seeing him last night in the middle of such a sub-par show made me nostalgic for his bland musical numbers. I’m not sure if this is the result of Hathaway and Franco’s failure, or the fact that I’m slowly becoming my parents. Either way, it made me very, very sad.

The Singing School Kids

Maybe I’m just a soulless bastard, but what the hell was the point of bringing in the childrens choir to end the show? Were they cute? I guess, if you’re a woman or a pedophile. But so what. Why not just end the show with stream of puppies and kittens being released onto the stage. Actually, that’s an awesome idea. It would have been a lot more enjoyable than some brats from Staten Island.

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Spirit Award Winners Last Oscars Indicator That Isn’t The Oscars http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-2011-spirit-award-winners-last-oscars-indicator-that-isnt-the-oscars-themselves/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-2011-spirit-award-winners-last-oscars-indicator-that-isnt-the-oscars-themselves/#comments Sun, 27 Feb 2011 08:36:52 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=30543 More awards, more gift baskets, more crying losers.

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The Independent Spirit Awards are designed to shed light on the lesser, more independent films that are released each year – so of course it makes sense that they also serve as a predictor of the most mainstream awards ceremony in all of Hollywood. Or does it? It could be that since the requirements to be considered an “independent film” are somewhat stringent (see the decreased number of nominated films compared to the Oscars as an example), this isn’t any better a predictor than tea leaves or fortune cookies. Anyway, here’s a list of the major winners:

Best Feature: Black Swan

Best Female Lead: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Male Lead: James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Supporting Female: Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone

Best Supporting Male: John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

Interesting stuff — we’ll see if these three movies can do anywhere near as well at the Oscars, given that they have so much more competition. You can get a complete list of all the winners over at IMDb.

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Wayne And Garth Predict Oscars, Party Like It’s 1991 http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/wayne-and-garth-predict-oscars-party-like-its-1991/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/wayne-and-garth-predict-oscars-party-like-its-1991/#comments Mon, 07 Feb 2011 19:04:40 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=25205 Dana Carvey hosted SNL this weekend, and Mike Myers joined him for the show's cold open, featuring a brand new installment of Aurora, Illinois' favorite public access show, Wayne's World.

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Dana Carvey hosted SNL this weekend. I think he did, although I could have just stepped into a halfway entertaining time machine and emerged in a bygone era of late night television. Mike Myers joined Carvey for the show’s cold open, a new(!) episode of Aurora, Illinois’ favorite public access show, “Wayne’s World.” The duo, looking every bit the same as the last time we saw them, recited their same old jokes in their same exact set. Seriously, do they have all the old sets and props in storage? Have they preserved Rob Schneider‘s Makin’ Copies-guys’ Xerox machine somewhere? Stupid question, it’s clearly in the Smithsonian. The duo ran down their picks for the upcoming Academy Awards, and made numerous dick jokes about Winter’s Bone, or as is Myers’ M.O., the same Winter’s Bone joke numerous times. The whole sketch, and episode, was mildly comforting and at the same time irritating, much like a childhood security blanket that’s gotten scratchy or threadbare from being washed too many times. It was fun to see that the jokes, sets, characters, and performers hadn’t changed a bit in 20 years, but that’s also what made it kind of a downer. (Slashfilm)

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BAFTA Noms Not Surprisingly Favor The British http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bafta-noms-not-surprisingly-favor-the-british/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bafta-noms-not-surprisingly-favor-the-british/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:19:38 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=17724 The BAFTA nominations were announced today with little fanfare, which actually happens every year.

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The BAFTA nominations were announced today (via Entertainment Weekly), with little fanfare, probably because everyone was recovering their dropped monocles from their champagne flutes after Ricky Gervais‘ hosting detail at the Golden Globes on Sunday. Well, the human spirit will not relent in the cause of providing overpaid, overexposed actors with more arbitrary congratulations.

Another reason the BAFTA nominations didn’t make much noise is the fact that they never really do. They have an (understandable) tendency to pile on the praise for native Brits, so much so that they even have a two categories strictly for Brits. I mean, the Oscars are certainly ethnocentric to America, but we don’t explicitly say it. That’s just tacky.

A third reason that the BAFTA noms aren’t shaking the earth today is that they’re not very interesting. It hasn’t exactly been an awards season rife with surprises. In fact, the only snub on this list that’s immediately apparent is the exclusion of The Fighter for True Grit. So as much as the Brits like to praise their own, they clearly HATE CHRISTIAN BALE. (Except that the nominated him for Best Supporting Actor. So perhaps they are CONFLICTED ABOUT CHRISTIAN BALE.)

Here’s a full list of the nominees. It’s no big departure from any other list you’ve seen in the past few months, but enjoy the last category, where, for reasons indeterminate, they try to sneak in an award for teeny-boppers. Very droll, Britain. Very droll, indeed. Cheerio.

BEST FILM
Black Swan — Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
Inception — Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
The King’s Speech — Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
The Social Network — Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin
True Grit — Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
127 HoursDanny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson
Another Year — Mike Leigh, Georgina Lowe
Four Lions — Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
The King’s Speech — Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
Made in Dagenham — Nigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
The Arbor — Director, Producer — Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan
Exit Through the Gift Shop — Director, Producer — Banksy, Jaimie D’Cruz
Four Lions — Director/Writer — Chris Morris
Monsters — Director/Writer — Gareth Edwards
Skeletons — Director/Writer — Nick Whitfield

DIRECTOR
127 Hours — Danny Boyle
Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
Inception — Christopher Nolan
The King’s Speech — Tom Hooper
The Social Network — David Fincher

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Black Swan — Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin
The Fighter – Scott Silver Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Inception — Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right — Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech — David Seidler

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 Hours — Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
The Social NetworkAaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 — Michael Arndt
True Grit — Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Biutiful — Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev
I Am Love — Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
Of Gods and Men — Xavier Beauvois
The Secret in their Eyes — Mariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella

ANIMATED FILM
Despicable Me — Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
How to Train Your Dragon — Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Toy Story 3 — Lee Unkrich

LEADING ACTOR
Jarvier Bardem — Biutiful
Jeff Bridges — True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg — The Social Network
Colin Firth — The King’s Speech
James Franco — 127 Hours

LEADING ACTRESS
Annette Bening — The Kids Are All Right
Julianne Moore — The Kids Are All Right
Natalie Portman — Black Swan
Noomi Rapace — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hailee Steinfeld — True Grit

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale – The Fighter
Andrew Garfield — The Social Network
Pete Postlethwaite — The Town
Mark Ruffalo — The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush — The King’s Speech

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams — The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter — The King’s Speech
Barbara Hershey — Black Swan
Lesley Manville — Another Year
Miranda Richardson — Made in Dagenham

ORIGINAL MUSIC
127 Hours — AR Rahman
Alice in Wonderland — Danny Elfman
How to Train Your Dragon — John Powell
Inception — Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech — Alexandre Desplat

CINEMATOGRAPHY
127 Hours — Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
Black Swan — Matthew Libatique
Inception — Wally Pfister
The King’s Speech – Danny Cohen
True Grit — Roger Deakins

EDITING
127 Hours – Jon Harris
Black Swan — Andrew Weisblum
Inception — Lee Smith
The King’s Speech — Tariq Anwar
The Social Network — Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland — Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
Black Swan — Thérèse DePrez, Tora Peterson
Inception — Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
The King’s Speech — Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
True Grit — Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland — Colleen Atwood
Black Swan — Amy Westcott
The King’s Speech — Jenny Beavan
Made in Dagenham — Louise Stjernsward
True Grit — Mary Zophres

SOUND
127 Hours — Glenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron
Black Swan — Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella
Inception — Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick
The King’s Speech — John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin
True Grit — Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Alice in Wonderland — Nominees TBC
Black Swan — Dan Schrecker
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 — Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Ait’Hadi, Christian Manz
Inception — Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
Toy Story 3 — Nominees TBC

MAKE UP & HAIR
Alice in Wonderland — Nominees TBC
Black Swan — Judy Chin, Geordie Sheffer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 — Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
The King’s Speech — Frances Hannon
Made in Dagenham — Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

SHORT ANIMATION
The Eagleman Stag — Michael Please
Matter Fisher — David Prosser
Thursday — Matthias Hoegg

SHORT FILM
Connect — Samuel Abrahams, Beau Gordon
Lin — Piers Thompson, Simon Hessel
Rite — Michael Pearce, Ross McKenzie
Turning — Karni Arieli, Saul Freed, Alison Sterling, Kat Armour-Brown
Until the River Runs Red — Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING AWARD
Gemma Arterton
Andrew Garfield
Tom Hardy
Aaron Johnson
Emma Stone

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Attention mythical creatures who care about the Academy Awards: What is commonly considered one of the last important indicators of Oscar nominations has finally been released from the Director’s Guild of America vault, which is presumably guarded by unpaid screenwriters who don’t receive proper credit for their work. Like literally every other critical body on the planet, the DGA likes David Fincher’s conspicuously serial-killer-free work on The Social Network and Christopher Nolan’s conspicuously magician-free work on Inception. Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) also gets a nod for his technical expertise and his ability to seduce the audience with scenes of the hottest young female stars performing oral sex on one another, along with Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and David O. Russell (The Fighter). It might come as a surprise that Joel and Ethan Coen did not receive a nomination for True Grit, despite the fact that True Grit is the most conventionally Oscar-winner-like movie of their incredible career. Conventional wisdom would indicate that True Grit‘s absence from these nominees means its chances of getting an Oscar nomination are greatly diminished, but with the new Academy Award system of nominating 10 nominees instead of only 5, this might not be the case anymore.

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2010 Oscar Live Blog http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/2010-oscar-live-blog/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/2010-oscar-live-blog/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Wheeeeew, did you guys catch that Oscar thing last night?! What a thing that was, huh? Not so much? Well if you didn't read along with our live blog while you were watching I can understand why you might not have had any fun. But hey, that doesn't mean you can't read it now and laugh your head off from the nostalgia. Last night will be a night we'll all remember for a VERY long time. Wait, a woman won something right?Check out the winners here, and read our "hilarious" live blog below!  SJ Oscar Live Blog

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Wheeeeew, did you guys catch that Oscar thing last night?! What a thing that was, huh? Not so much? Well if you didn’t read along with our live blog while you were watching I can understand why you might not have had any fun. But hey, that doesn’t mean you can’t read it now and laugh your head off from the nostalgia. Last night will be a night we’ll all remember for a VERY long time. Wait, a woman won something right?

Check out the winners here, and read our "hilarious" live blog below!

 

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15 Oscar Category Additions for 2010 http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/15-oscar-category-additions-for-2010/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/15-oscar-category-additions-for-2010/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 We firmly believe that the Oscars would benefit from adding a few wild-card categories every year. You know, mix it up. Keep it fresh. Here are a few possibilities, including  nominees. If you have more, post them in the comments section. And don't forget to follow our Oscar liveblog HERE starting 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific this Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. Sunday. Best Alien Performance Neytiri - "Avatar" Gallaxhar - "Monsters vs. Aliens" Nero - "Star Trek" Chrisopher Johnson - "District 9" Lil Wayne - "The Carter"   Best Abusive Parent

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We firmly believe that the Oscars would benefit from adding a few wild-card categories every year. You know, mix it up. Keep it fresh. Here are a few possibilities, including  nominees. If you have more, post them in the comments section. And don’t forget to follow our Oscar liveblog HERE starting 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific this Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. Sunday.

Best Alien Performance

  • Neytiri – "Avatar"
  • Gallaxhar – "Monsters vs. Aliens"
  • Nero – "Star Trek"
  • Chrisopher Johnson – "District 9"
  • Lil Wayne – "The Carter"

 

Best Abusive Parent

  • Mo’Nique – "Precious"
  • Dylan Walsh – "The Stepfather"
  • Sheri Moon Zombie – "Halloween II"
  • Robin Williams – "World’s Greatest Dad"
  • Any Parent Who Took Their Kids To See "Old Dogs"

 

Best Actress Who Has Made Out With Peter Sarsgaard

  • Carrie Mulligan – "An Education"
  • Vera Farmiga – "Orphan"
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal – "Crazy Heart"

 

Best Direction By A Total Fox

  • Kathryn Bigelow – "The Hurt Locker"
  • Kathryn Bigelow – "Point Break"
  • Kathryn Bigelow – "Near Dark"
  • Kathryn Bigelow – "Strange Days"
  • George Clooney – "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"

 

Best Film You Don’t Care About

  • "Ajami" – Israel
  • "The Milk of Sorrow" – Peru
  • "A Prophet" – France
  • "The Secret in Their Eyes" – Argentina
  • "The White Ribbon" – Germany

 

Best Murdered Elderly Person

  • The Comedian – "Watchmen"
  • Sheriff Jim Burke – "My Bloody Valentine"
  • Eytukan – "Avatar"
  • Charles Muntz – "Up"

 

Best Performance By An Australian Playing An America

  • Sam Worthington – "Avatar"
  • Nicole Kidman – "Nine"
  • Russell Crowe – "State of Play"
  • Guy Pierce – "The Hurt Locker"
  • Eric Bana – "The Time Traveler’s Wife"

 

Best Performance By George Clooney As Himself

  • George Clooney – "Up In The Air"
  • George Clooney – "Ocean’s Eleven"
  • George Clooney – "Ocean’s Twelve"
  • George Clooney – "Ocean’s Thirteen"
  • George Clooney – "Out of Sight"

 

Best Performance By A Pair Of Tig Ol’ Bitties

  • Helen Mirren – "The Last Station"
  • Kevin James – "Paul Blart: Mall Cop"
  • Jamal Woolard – "Notorious"
  • Christina Hendricks – "Mad Men" (who gives a sh*t if it’s TV)

 

Best Direction By A Crazy Person

  • James Cameron – "Avatar"
  • Quentin Tarantino – "Inglourious Basterds"
  • Lee Daniels – "Precious"
  • Werner Herzog – "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans"
  • Troy Duffy – "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day"

 

Best Heath Ledger Impersonation

  • Johnny Depp – "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus"
  • Jude Law – "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus"
  • Colin Farrell – "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus"
  • Spike Jonze – Banging Michelle Williams

 

Best Shakey Cinematography

  • Barry Ackroyd – "The Hurt Locker"
  • Oren Peli – "Paranormal Activity"
  • Dean Semler – "2012"
  • Trent Opalach – "District 9"

 

Best Use of Lesbianism As A Marketing Ploy

  • "Jennifer’s Body"
  • "Women in Trouble"
  • "Bitch Slap"
  • "Sorority Row"
  • "Whip It"

 

Best Performance By A Messed-Up Eye

  • Forest Whitaker – "Power Blue"
  • Lenny Kravitz – "Precious"
  • Mel Jones – "Coraline"

 

Best Performance By Penélope Cruz In A Film Where We Can’t Understand What She’s Babbling

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So the 82nd Academy Awards are a mere week and a half away and I still have a TON of work to do for my Oscar party.  I’ve got to sew together the little tuxedos for all my kitties, pick up the ingredients for my famous homemade pizza egg rolls from the meat rendering plant, sculpt a life-sized effigy of Academy President Tom Sherak out of hummus and of course I still have to go see G-Dawg Killa, my dope man, about an order of “party favors” that will guarantee my female guests will be incapable of resisting my charms come March 7th.  

And of course I have to give you the rest of my Oscar picks.  Over the past few weeks I’ve shared my thoughts about the major categories and dissected some of the frontrunners for Best Picture.  But what of the lesser categories?  You know, the ones that no one cares about?  

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

 
Matt Damon in "Invictus" (Warner Bros.)
 
Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger" (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Christopher Plummer in "The Last Station" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Stanley Tucci in "The Lovely Bones" (DreamWorks in association with Film4, Distributed by Paramount)
Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)
One of Quentin Tarantino’s greatest strengths is finding the right talent to fill his roles, even if these casting choices are “outside the box” (I just threw up in my mouth a little writing that tired cliché (and threw up in YOUR mouth a little writing that second tired cliché)).  In doing so he’s revived the floundering careers of some veteran actors – um, can we put Travolta back in the carbonite chamber now?  But Tarantino seemingly plucked Christoph Waltz out of the Teutonic actor ether to play Colonel Hans Landa.  Thanks to Waltz’s inspired performance, Landa turned out to be the most engaging onscreen Nazi since Colonel Klink.  Give that man an Oscar!

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Penélope Cruz in "Nine" (The Weinstein Company)
Vera Farmiga in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight)
Anna Kendrick in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
Mo’Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)
Mo’Nique received a good deal of buzz for her turn as the titular character’s cracked-out mom in Precious, but I think giving the sympathy Oscar for Best Actress to Gabourey Sidibe will free up the Academy to give a Best Supporting Actress Sympathy Oscar to Best Picture also-ran Up in the Air.  I mean they have to give it a trophy for something, right?  Besides, Vera Farmiga has that MILFy horny soccer mom thing going on, like if you buy her a few Mudslides at the TGI Friday’s happy hour she’ll drag you into the men’s room handicap stall and perform acts on you that are technically illegal in Kentucky.  She’s definitely getting the Best Supporting Actress Award from my boner.

Best animated feature film of the year

•    "Coraline" (Focus Features)    Henry Selick
•    "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (20th Century Fox)    Wes Anderson
•    "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney)    John Musker and Ron Clements
•    "The Secret of Kells" (GKIDS)    Tomm Moore
•    "Up" (Walt Disney)    Pete Docter

It’s pretty much a given that Pixar will take this category every year they put a movie out.  Let’s face facts:  Even though what they do is animated, kid-friendly fare, Pixar is the only studio churning out consistently great films.  While the Big Six have been using up all their development money buying up the movie rights to board games and bubble gum and random inanimate objects found in dumpsters, Pixar have devoted theirs to developing original ideas into meaningful, appealing films that reach across age barriers and speak to all four quadrants. I only wish I could’ve seen Up in a theater, in 3D, as it was intended to be viewed.  But alas, per order of the Supreme Court of California I am no longer allowed to be in a dark room alone with children. 

Achievement in art direction


Achievement in cinematography

Achievement in film editing
Achievement in sound editing

Achievement in sound mixing

Achievement in visual effects
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) A Lightstorm Entertainment Production
Anything remotely technical, visual, or effectsy will go to Avatar this year.  Not that it will deserve every Award – according to some audio engineer friends of mine, Avatar’s sound design was like something lifted from an old NES cartridge – but because for these categories most Academy members are simply checking whatever boxes it takes to get their ballots in the mail.   These are the “Star Wars” Awards – the ones given to the most bombastic, effects-driven picture of the year – and Avatar was undoubtedly this year’s Star Wars.
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
•   "Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney)    Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman

•  "Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney)    Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman

•  "Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36" (Sony Pictures Classics)    Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyrics by Frank Thomas

•  "Take It All" from "Nine" (The Weinstein Company)    Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston

•  "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight)    Music and Lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
Can we please stop giving awards to Randy Newman?  The dude’s not Vivaldi.  He’s not Bach.  He’s not even Andrew W.K.  He made his name writing novelty songs like “Short People” and “I Love L.A.”  Look, I hate midgets and love my smog-enshrouded city as much as the next guy, but come on… It’s like giving an Oscar to Weird Al Yankovic.  Man, I want to punch this guy. T-Bone Burnett on the other hand is one of the best producers and songwriters working in what’s left of the music industry, and the music he wrote for Crazy Heart was better than any of the sorry excuses for country songs blasting over tractor pull PA systems these days.  Give the man an Oscar!
Best documentary feature
•    "Burma VJ" (Oscilloscope Laboratories) A Magic Hour Films Production  Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller

•    "The Cove" (Roadside Attractions) An Oceanic Preservation Society Production    Nominees to be determined

•    "Food, Inc." (Magnolia Pictures) A Robert Kenner Films Production    Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
•  "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" A Kovno Communications Production    Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith

•    "Which Way Home" A Mr. Mudd Production  Rebecca Cammisa
Full disclosure: I don’t watch documentaries.  If I want to see real life I’ll just look out my window and watch the fat girl in the building across the way dancing naked to Fergie with her shades open.  But there were a lot of Facebook status updates from my pseudo-intellectual liberal friends about Food, Inc. and how great it is and how everyone should see it and how it’ll make you never want to eat food again, so I’m guessing it’ll be this year’s An Inconvenient Truth.  Sounds more like the cinematic equivalent of a gluten allergy but whatever, well-to-do hippies will use any excuse to eat weird, overpriced, expensive crap from Whole Foods.    
Adapted screenplay
•   "District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing)  Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell

•   "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics) Screenplay by Nick Hornby

•   "In the Loop" (IFC Films) Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche

•   "Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

•    "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)  Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Crom knows I wish I could give this category to District 9, which was probably my favorite film of the last few years not involving two girls, a drinking vessel, and a whole lot of love.  But I think this is one of those categories where the Academy votes politically rather than artistically. Sure, Up in the Air was a critically lauded film, and starred one of Hollywood’s leadingest leading men; but it had about as much substance as those little bag of pretzels the flight attendants begrudgingly hand out on Southwest Airlines flights (just not to Kevin Smith).  However this Shiny Gold Dude is not so much about Up in the Air as it is about Juno.  When the bulk of the latter’s awards season heat went to pole-dancing screenwriter Diablo Cody, director Jason Reitman got lost in the curvaceous scribe’s pasty-enhanced shadow.  Then Jennifer’s Body came out and made everyone realize that Cody writes about as well as every other stripper with daddy issues.  Again, Up in the Air was too popular and well-regarded to not win for something, and this category gives the Academy a chance to vindicate Reitman just a bit.

Original screenplay

•   "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)    Written by Mark Boal

•   "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)    Written by Quentin Tarantino

•   "The Messenger" (Oscilloscope Laboratories)    Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman

•   "A Serious Man" (Focus Features)    Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

•   "Up" (Walt Disney)    Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter  Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
I will not argue that The Hurt Locker was not a great film.  But was it a great script?  The story was bare-bones, giving the film a stripped-down, documentary-like, naturalistic feel.  Highly effective for the overall result, but I do get the feeling that Mark Boal could’ve written it over a weekend after watching the Generation Kill DVD set.  Still, given the numerous awards the film has alread taken, and the great deal of critical praise heaped upon the film, The Hurt Locker does seem to be the safest bet of the bunch.  Give the man an Oscar!

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