Movies/Entertainment

Go,See,Talk’s Oscar Picks

Well it took me long enough but I’ve put a lot of thought into the nominees and below this blurb we present G-S-T’s Oscar picks. There really are a lot of great contenders as this years nominees have been fairly represented and given their due. I think I’ve voiced enough opinions about the criminal snubbing of Daft Punk for Best Original score and Christopher Nolan for Best Director so I’ll keep my peace.

Last year’s Academy Awards were really quite an improvement over previous years. Seems that The Academy has certainly been moving back to making it more classy and respectable in both their presentation and overall production. I really have high hopes for Franco and Hathaway hosting the awards, but am still curious. Can Franco host the Oscars and win one?? He’s got some tough competition…Guess we’ll find out!

Now before we get started, I have something that might be right up your alley, provided you live in the Dallas, Texas area of course. If anyone wants to turn the Oscars into something a little more than just a night on the couch, Gordon and the Whale is putting on an Oscar party at the historic Texas Theater. It doesn’t look like it’s too late to register so if you’re interested, follow this link to get involved. No matter where you watch it, The Oscars will take place on February 27th (this Sunday night). Good luck to all the nominees!!

That said here is how we think the big night will play out:

PICTURE:
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

DIRECTOR:
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
David Fincher – The Social Network
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
Joel & Ethan Coen – True Grit
David O. Russell – The Fighter

ACTOR:
Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours

ACTRESS:
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Christian Bale – The Fighter
John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner – 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
Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Mike Leigh – Another Year
Scott Silver & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson – The Fighter
Christopher Nolan – Inception
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg – The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler – The King’s Speech

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy – 127 Hours
Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network
Michael Arndt – Toy Story 3
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – True Grit
Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini – Winter’s Bone

ANIMATED FEATURE:
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Incendies (Canada)
Outside the Law (Algeria)

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Matthew Libatique – Black Swan
Wally Pfister – Inception
Danny Cohen – The King’s Speech
Jeff Cronenweth – The Social Network
Roger Deakins – True Grit

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Gasland
Inside Job
Restrepo
Waste Land

DOCUMENTARY SHORT: HAVE NOT SEEN
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

ANIMATED SHORT: HAVE NOT SEEN
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let’s Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, a Journey Diary

LIVE-ACTION SHORT: HAVE NOT SEEN
The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143

VISUAL EFFECTS:
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2

ART DIRECTION:
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit

COSTUME DESIGN:
Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King’s Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

MAKEUP:
Barney’s Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman

FILM EDITING:
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

SOUND MIXING:
Inception
The King’s Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit

SOUND EDITING:
Inception
Toy Story 3
Tron Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable

ORIGINAL SCORE:
John Powell – How to Train Your Dragon
Hans Zimmer – Inception
Alexandre Desplat – The King’s Speech
A.R. Rahman – 127 Hours
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – The Social Network

ORIGINAL SONG:
“Coming Home” from Country Strong
“I See the Light” from Tangled
“If I Rise” from 127 Hours
“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3

Now the “Best Picture” category has been made infinitely more interesting (read: unpredictable) since they expanded the nominees to 10 pictures. There was a fear the with that many some might not be up to par with the rest. This year there’s not a slacker in the bunch. Lots of quality films to chose from but my vote (for the past 2 months) has been Black Swan. Bold choice but certainly the most deserving.


On a personal note, if I can further explain a few of my  picks, I for one really liked The King’s Speech but since it cleaned up at the BAFTAs I think it’s run is over. It’ll win some awards sure but won’t be a sweep as people are predicting.  Sure, it’s the safe bet and film with the best chance because it got the most Oscar bait, I mean hype. It’s a great movie and I really enjoyed it but to me, it just doesn’t do anything different than period pieces have done in the past.

127 HoursBlack SwanSocial Network, and Inception all take and deliver new approaches to storytelling. They also have a smashing story and acting to back it all up so it’s a fine tuned product that felt cohesive throughout. If King wins, I do see it being forgotten in a few years like Crash and The English Patient. Eh, that’s just what I think.

Changing gears for a second, I’ve only seen one of films up for best the Foreign Language films (Dogtooth) but it’s a tough one to watch and I find it odd that it’s up for an Oscar…almost as odd is the idea that Trent Reznor might win an Oscar:P Dogtooth is pretty off-putting at first but if you make it through, thinking about the film as a whole afterwards, you’ll realize it’s pretty well crafted. Edgy but well-crafted.

So that about wraps up my rambling. Since we’re 4 days away from Awards night I’ll ask you all: Who do you think will win Best Picture? Do you predict any upsets? Are there any other deserving candidates that didn’t nominated? Want to compare Oscar bets??