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February 28, 2011

Academy Awards recap

Filed under: On the 6 o'clock news — BJ @ 12:56 am
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The most prestigious night in film was swept by The King’s Speech, which rolled into the Oscars with momentum and took all of the major categories including Best Picture, Best Actor and surprisingly, Best Director. It also took Best Original Screenplay, further cementing the Academy blackballing Christopher Nolan. It’s almost like the Academy colluded to vote for everything Inception that didn’t have Nolan’s name on it as if to rub it in, as his movie still managed to tie The King’s Speech for most awards for the night (4). It’s okay, he can cry his way to the bank. His $71.5 million earned in 2010 is second only to Steven Spielberg‘s $80 million in all of Hollywood.

My picks went 5 for 9, with three of the losses coming at the hands of The King’s Speech. Here are the categories and final comments for those I was at odds with the Academy.

Writing (Original Screenplay): My condolences to Nolan, who probably deserved this one, but a great story in 73-year-old David Seidler. A childhood stammerer himself, Seidler’s own troubled uncle received help from the real-life Lionel Logue.

I have a copy of the screenplay, and I don’t know at what point the writing gets judged for this distinction, but it’s got to be before production begins. What I have is the 90-page version, before they found copies of Logue’s work and incorporated his training and words into the script. The movie has a running time of 118 minutes. Seidler showed us his humorous side in last Sunday’s L.A. Times article.

Short Film (Animated): We were all blown away by Pixar yet again when we watched Day & Night as a prelude to Toy Story 3, but I felt like it was missing the secret 7X flavor. It runs a short six minutes and despite excellent execution, you’ll always be more satisfied with longer running times, which the winner runs, what I think to be, a perfect length of 15 minutes. I wanted to catch the other three nominees, including The Lost Thing, which looks intriguing, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on any of them.

Directing: Who would’ve guessed Tom Hooper would’ve swooped over Darren Aronofsky and David Fincher as Kathryn Bigelow‘s successor? I don’t believe Hooper did. After 16 years on the small screen save one project, Hooper’s third movie won him Oscar gold. All three have favorable reviews and at just 38, I look forward to his future on the big screen.

Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo was the favorite, I know, and she was second in my book. I’ve had friends tell me they truly hated her character, which is always a compliment, and she wasn’t even done being her white trash character, dropping F bombs in her acceptance speech. Is there any other movie in history that had three supporting actor/actress nominations with a sweep of both supporting categories?

Best Picture: Like a player’s stock before the upcoming draft, Black Swan‘s and The Social Network‘s stocks were dropping while The King’s Speech became the projected No. 1 pick after the night’s big directing win. It’s unfortunate that there is such thing as momentum in film voting, as you have a very clear-cut product that ended months ago getting swayed by chatter. As much as I liked The King’s Speech, I can’t even say that it was a top 5 movie for me, and I’m talking strictly in ranking the best of the year.

Just in case you missed it, here are the winners for the 83rd Academy Awards.

Best Picture: The King’s Speech (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin)
Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Directing: The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper)

BJ

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2 Comments »

  1. I have a two-year plan.

    Fo sho. I’ll try not to forget ’cause I’ll forego the tacky paper, of course.

    Comment by Bryan — March 1, 2011 @ 12:22 am | Reply

  2. Did you visualize yourself up there? That’s the first step to success. And I’m fine with just getting a shout-out on the backstage thank you cam.

    Comment by Dan — February 28, 2011 @ 11:43 pm | Reply


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