I love this time a year! It’s movie season! This is about the time where I strive to see as many movies as possible, compare, contrast, and make award predictions. Last year was the first year that I went all out. I saw almost everything, besides a few obscure foreign films, documentaries, and shorts. I did pretty well with my predictions, but this year my quest continues and strengthens.
I will run through what I have seen so far. I’d like to announce my predictions before the Golden Globes, because I’ve found that many of the Golden Globe winners tend to carry over to the Oscars, and I don’t want that to influence my decision at all. Don’t mistake me for any kind of expert. I really have no sort of credibility whatsoever, but it’s enjoyable and I’m getting better!
Here is a list of what I have seen so far which may end up being Oscar worthy in some form: The Kids Are All Right, The Fighter, Black Swan, Inception, The Social Network, Love and Other Drugs, Rabbit Hole, I Love You Phillip Morris, 127 Hours, The Town, Tangled, The Tourist. Of course I have many more to see, but I’m working on it. There are some really great films out there.
Inception trumps with its special effects, and maybe editing. I am torn between Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network, and James Franco, 127 Hours. Both awesome! Sorry, Mark Wahlberg…it’s not your year. I’m still waiting to see The Kings Speech, which could change a lot of things. As for the ladies, I think Natalie Portman has it, hands down. Speaking of, Black Swan seems to be the frontrunner for best picture so far. Usually that goes hand in hand with best director….although I will shed a tear for Danny Boyle. 127 Hours was really great. I think the writers for The Social Network could get best screenplay, or Rabbit Hole. My most hated actor/human, Christian Bale, will probably pull best supporting actor out of The Fighter. I think Amy Adams deserves recognition for her part in The Fighter, but may be bulldozed by Mila Kunis (that’s not a sexual thing, despite what we’ve seen her do…).
I’m not sure what docs are going to be nominated. I look forward to tracking them down when I find out. There were some incredible docs that played at Sundance last year that I hope will get recognized. Speaking of Sundance, Blue Valentine, which I have yet to see, will probably be nominated. Anyone know where to get a hold of that? I’ve been looking to see that all year! It was always packed at the festival.
I will continue my noble quest, but these are my preliminary thoughts. There are so many awards and so many movies. Happy viewings!