Thursday, 24 February 2011

What SHOULD win at the Oscars on Sunday...

I fully expect that the highly overrated film THE KING'S SPEECH to undeservedly clean up ahead of the most relevant film in years THE SOCIAL NETWORK and my own personal favourite film BLACK SWAN (which thankfully cleaned up at the Independent Spirit Awards last night). Therefore below is a list of the films and people that I think SHOULD actually win the little gold statuettes on Sunday night. For the purposes of my list I have included some people or films that weren't even nominated but I felt deserved recognition.

Do you agree or disagree?


Best Director: Christopher Nolan for INCEPTION.
I know he wasn't nominated but the Academy are clearly idiots. This man not only resurrected Batman but developed from scratch, a critically and commercially successful original blockbuster.

Best Actor: Ryan Reynolds for BURIED
What he did in that film is arguably even better than what James Franco does in 127 HOURS (basically carrying an entire film by himself while trapped in one location) but because hardly anyone saw it, he misses out on the glory. Consider him to be the Sam Rockwell of this year!

Best Actress: Natalie Portman for BLACK SWAN
A tour-de-force performance that thoroughly deserves every award going.

Best Supporting Actor: Justin Timberlake for THE SOCIAL NETWORK
I expect Bale to win for THE FIGHTER and that is fine with me, but a lot of people have moaned about the fact that Andrew Garfield was overlooked for his role as Eduardo Saverin in the Facebook movie but for me the bigger oversight was Timberlake being past over for his performance as a showboating, seductive entreprenuer who drives the wedge between Zuckerberg and Saverin. Proved he is not just a pop star!

Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfield for TRUE GRIT
I know that she is actually the lead actress in the movie and that due to some tricksy campaign voting she has ended up here to give her more chance of winning. She was terrific in the film and more worthy than the other contenders but I would also be happy to see Jacki Weaver win for ANIMAL KINGDOM.

Best Original Screenplay: INCEPTION

Best Adapted Screenplay: THE SOCIAL NETWORK

Best Animated Film: TOY STORY 3

Best Foreign Language Film: OF GODS AND MEN
Another glaring oversight by the Academy. The best foreign language film of last year and oddly also features the use of Swan Lake, as heard in my other favourite film!

Best Cinematography: BLACK SWAN


Best Original Score: THE SOCIAL NETWORK

Best Visual Effects: INCEPTION

Best Sound Editing/Mixing/Etc: BLACK SWAN (wasn't even nominated but it was the best)

To find out if I'm right in some of my picks, you'll have to watch the broadcast on Sky Movies tonight but if you are tired of Alex Zane talking about films during the advert breaks then tune into the Picturehouse Videcast with Sam, Simon, YourTurnHeather and Incredible Suit... and listen out for a voice appearance from myself!

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