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02/26/12 12:35 AM
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Rapid updates because of the Oscars tomorrow/today???Not complaining, just wondering
02/26/12 02:25 AM
ilovekelly752 wrote:They also awarded Gwyneth Paltrow and Hilary Swank Oscars for playing a woman who pretended to be a man, and a transgendered man respectively, when a lot of people thought Cate Blanchett and Annette Bening should've won in those years.
02/26/12 02:33 AM
#40. The Queen(2006)This is another one that is really hard for me to eliminate, but the competition is getting very tough. This was my sixth favorite movie of the year, and it's extremely close to my fifth favorite, so of course, I was happy with this getting nominated for Best Picture. The directing was beautiful, adding intensity to various scenes, and calm sentiment into others. The script was extremely witty too, and emotionally effective at the same time. However, the main catalyst behind why the movie worked so well was Helen Mirren, and her fantastic performance. I believe I had already pointed out Sean Penn in Mystic River and Charlize Theron in Monster as two of the top ten best performances of the 21st century. This one easily joins that list. The scene where the little girl gave her the rose, as simple as it was, was probably one of the most beautiful scenes of that year. Her reaction to that was absolutely perfect. I think Helen Mirren may be one of the top two of three greatest living actresses, and this was her best performance. I also thought Michael Sheen should have been recognized for his performance as Tony Blair. Eddie Murphy was the front runner for Best Supporting Actor that year. I think they could've given this performance some recognition. On paper, it seems like I would easily nominate this for Best Picture, and have it much higher on the ranking, but sixth of the year, with the nominations and awards I would give it, and number 41 on a ranking where everything was considered the best should show how high my opinion of this movie is. If it would've won Best Picture, I would have been happy with that. Major awards it won or was nominated for:Best Picture (lost)Best Director (lost)Helen Mirren for Best Actress (won)Best Original Screenplay (lost)Major awards / nominations I would've given it:Best Director (nomination)Helen Mirren for Best Actress (award)Best Original Screenplay (nomination)Michael Sheen for Best Supporting Actor (nomination)Possible replacement nominee for Best Picture:This was a tough decision for me, because I really thought The Queen deserved to be recognized for this category, but I thought five movies were slightly better, one of them being Dreamgirls. A lot of people expected it to be nominated, and it was probably the sixth choice. This is why I like ten nominees better than five, because I think Dreamgirls and The Queen both deserved the honor of a Best Picture nomination.
02/26/12 02:38 AM
Coattail Rider wrote:
They also awarded Gwyneth Paltrow and Hilary Swank Oscars for playing a woman who pretended to be a man, and a transgendered man respectively, when a lot of people thought Cate Blanchett and Annette Bening should've won in those years.I got Netflix recently so I watched Boys Don't Cry recently and it was SO amazing. Hilary Swank was disturbingly good and the movie was so emotional and insane. Definitely only a movie you can watch once though because of how nasty and disturbing the ending was. Her performance was crazy though -- her subtle movements and actions were so spot on.
They also awarded Gwyneth Paltrow and Hilary Swank Oscars for playing a woman who pretended to be a man, and a transgendered man respectively, when a lot of people thought Cate Blanchett and Annette Bening should've won in those years.
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02/26/12 03:53 AM
This is where the Hugo write up was, but I'm moving it up in the ranking.
02/26/12 06:06 AM
#39. The Reader(2008)The Reader is exactly the kind of movie I love. It's dark, depressing, and thought provoking. The main idea is surprisingly original, and scary to really even think about. The protagonist was so ashamed of the fact that she couldn't read, that she was willing to go to jail for life for a crime she did not commit, when pointing out that she couldn't read or write would have proven her innocent. I think this movie seems to be one of the most underrated of the recent Best Picture nominees, and I don't really know why. The screenplay is brilliant, the directing sets a depressing tone that compliments the script perfectly, and the two leads are Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, so it goes without saying that the acting is great. It's the kind of movie that I was fascinated in throughout the whole time I was watching it. I didn't know what it was about, other than that it was somewhat related to World War II, and you can probably figure that much out just by the fact that Ralph Fiennes is in it. I think the fact that I didn't really know what it was about helped my viewing experience, because I was surprised by the accusations when they were revealed, and the fact that she was willing to go to jail. Not only was it better to be surprised initially, I also think that allowed for a stronger emotion during the last part of the movie, where she's spending her life in the jail cell, trying to learn how to read. I do think Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes each had a better movie that year, but that's because they are Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, and this was an incredible year for movies. I would have nominated The Reader for Best Picture in just about every other year of the 21st century, except for the year it was released. It's my sixth choice for Best Director, and probably my sixth or seventh choice for Best Picture.Major awards it won or was nominated for:Best Picture (lost)Best Director (lost)Kate Winslet for Best Actress (won)Best Adapted Screenplay (lost)Major awards / nominations I would've given it:Kate Winslet for Best Actress (nomination)Best Adapted Screenplay (nomination)Possible replacement nominee for Best Picture:There are so many incredible choices. I already said Revolutionary Road and Gran Torino, and I agree with Milk and Slumdog Millionaire, so the fifth spot is up for grabs, and this was a great year, so it would be hard to go wrong here. You have The Reader, Frost / Nixon, Doubt, In Bruges, The Wrestler, Changeling, Rachel Getting Married, Wall-E, The Dark Knight, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, any of which I probably would've nominated in most other years, but if I had to choose one, I'd go with In Bruges. It's a hilarious, yet brutal look at humanity, morality, mortality, and guilt.
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02/26/12 11:10 AM
MUST CATCH UP...OSCARS TONIGHT...#49. MONEYBALL2011POSTER/TRAILER ANALYSIS: Poster's fine, trailer is good but misleading. I'll explain later.NOMINATION ANALYSIS: Picture, Actor (Pitt), S. Actor (Hill), A. Screenplay, Editing, Sound Mixing. Hmmmm.I feel bad for undervaluing Moneyball based on the trailer, because frankly I expected another Blind Side except with MATH. Boring, right? Wrong. For a movie about baseball, statistics, and predictable underdogs rising up to kick ass, which sounds cliched as fuck...Moneyball is not only fun, it's different. I just want to say now that the Editing nod is really great because there are some very cleverly edited sequences.The trailer is also misleading because of the music used. Moneyball has a very gloomy yet hopeful electronic score most of the time (see the middle of the trailer), but the opening music is horrid.Anyway, I'd say 2011 belonged to three actors/actresses: Pitt, Chastain, and Davis. All have Oscar nods, which is great. With Pitt dominating Tree of Life with his supporting role and leading Moneyball brilliantly (his table flipping scene is great), you really do get invested. The Sound Mixing is pretty good too. Hell, I'm happy with all of Moneyball's nominations save one.That's right, Jonah Hill. Um, what? Hill's perfectly good in Moneyball, but his part is why I don't have the movie ranked higher-his character has no big scenes. At all. Hill has to rely on small scenes, which I can appreciate (Gary Oldman's best moment in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is very small), but it's really not enough for a nomination. I don't think Hill is a bad actor by any means, it's just that for this highly unrewarding part (big screentime, no big scenes) shouldn't have earned anyone an Oscar nod. Hell, Spike Jonze's cameo got bigger lines.Whatever. It's not the worst nomination ever and Moneyball is still good stuff.Hint for #48:
02/26/12 11:25 AM
#48. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT2010POSTER/TRAILER ANALYSIS: Both are nice and pretty.NOMINATION ANALYSIS: Picture, Actress (Bening), S. Actor (Ruffalo), O. Screenplay. No technical nominations, no suprise.The twist in The Kids Are All Right is that the moms are part of Modern Family. No, but seriously, Kids Are All Right is a clever comedy, with a cast that's well known for their love of LGBTs. (Julianne Moore works with a lot of gay directors, Josh Hutcherson works with the Straight but not Narrow campaign, Mia Waskiksosojdhwjsja is in Albert Nobbs, Bening is pretty popular with gays, etc.)Anyway, I don't have too much to say about Kids Are All Right. It's funny and deserved the Screenplay nod. Ruffalo is fun in his role as the confused sperm donor. Bening is great as always. The movie is a worthy nominee, and if the Academy had a Best Ensemble award, I'd be hoping this got nominated, especially since all the minor characters (like Yaya from ANTM) do their parts well.I just really enjoy The Kids Are All Right, minus the fact that the kid is named LASER and the whole "Jules might not be a lesbian" subplot was a little unnecessary after a point-they should've just ended it with Laser and the moms driving off, without any commentary in the car from Laser. Minus the sperm donor bit, it actually could've worked as a comedy about a straight couple. Oh, and I think that had Bening been Lead and Moore been campaigned as Supporting (they campaigned for both to be nominated as leads), Moore could've been nominated since she actually has something of a bigger part at times.Hint for #47:
02/26/12 11:44 AM
#47. MYSTIC RIVER2003POSTER/TRAILER ANALYSIS: Poster is very spooky and lovely, trailer is kind of awful.NOMINATION ANALYSIS: Picture, Director, Actor (Penn), S. Actor (Robbins), S. Actress (Harden), A. Screenplay. Hmmmm.Mystic River is a haunting movie. The three men in the movie are forced to confront their demons in the worst way possible, and the way they do it floors you. Summarizing the plot would be too difficult, but I will say the A. Screenplay nod was deserved because of the way the story tragically unfolds.The acting is what makes the movie, however. Sean Penn's reaction to seeing his daughter's car won him the Oscar for sure, and Robbins truly is a constantly haunted man. Marcia Gay Harden is great as well, in her part as Robbins' troubled wife. What a sad, sad film, but it works brilliantly as a noir and a film about husbands and wives.The movie doesn't rank as high because it's a movie you don't love right off the bat, trust me. It's a delayed reaction, and the more you think about it, the more it grows on you. A movie filled with this much grief is not an easy watch. Still, all the nominations except maybe Director felt well earned to me.Hint for #46:
02/26/12 12:21 PM
ilovekelly752 wrote:Coattail Rider wrote:
They also awarded Gwyneth Paltrow and Hilary Swank Oscars for playing a woman who pretended to be a man, and a transgendered man respectively, when a lot of people thought Cate Blanchett and Annette Bening should've won in those years.I got Netflix recently so I watched Boys Don't Cry recently and it was SO amazing. Hilary Swank was disturbingly good and the movie was so emotional and insane. Definitely only a movie you can watch once though because of how nasty and disturbing the ending was. Her performance was crazy though -- her subtle movements and actions were so spot on.I agreed with the win (even though American Beauty may be my favorite movie ever), and I even agreed with Gwyneth's (even though Cate's was amazing too), but I do think the academy does tend to like those kinds of roles, just like they tend to like war movies, period pieces, and people playing other nationalities.
02/26/12 12:26 PM
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02/26/12 01:02 PM
Also The Wrestler, Rachel Getting Married and The Dark Knight > The Reader and it's sucks that it was nominated just for being a WW2 piece.
02/26/12 01:05 PM
02/26/12 01:13 PM
#46. UP2009POSTER/TRAILER ANALYSIS: Up had a lot of posters but that one is by far the best. Trailer is lovely too.NOMINATION ANALYSIS: Picture, O. Screenplay, Animated Film, Score, Editing. An Editing nom for an animated film? Wow.Up is just a lovely, lovely film. Totally deserved the Animated Film award (and it won at the Annies too, which is impressive since the Annies are a complete joke), the Score is just incredibly good, and I just really enjoy everything about it. And the silent film sequence at the beginning was the best scene of the year.I think the reason Up doesn't rank higher is:1. It's in my favorite BP year.2. What an amazing year for animation.3. If I had to rank the Pixar films, it'd be high but not #1. My ranking will be a little later.Up really is Pixar at a high, though. The cast of characters is not only amazing (Carl, Russell, Dug, Kevin, Muntz, Alpha) but fun and quotable. Especially Dug. I mean, he gave us:-"SQUIRREL!"-"I do not like wearing the cone of shame."-"Alpha? I am not Alpha, he is...ohhhhh..."-"Hi...."-"Hey, I know a joke! A squirrel walks up to a tree and says "I forgot to store nuts for the winter and now I am dead!" It is funny because the squirrel gets dead. Hah hah."-"Do not worry master, I will stop these dogs! Stop, you dogs!"-"I was hiding under your porch because I love you."I LOVE DUG. But he's not my favorite Pixar character ever. That would be Dory-goddess.Up is a great study of depression and longing, but it's just not Pixar's masterwork. Here is my ranking!12. Cars 2-why does this movie exist11. Cars-because this movie made money!10. A Bug's Life-flawed but sweet9. Monsters Inc-fun8. The Incredibles-great superhero spoof7. Toy Story 2-the trilogy's teenager6. Toy Story-great adventure5. Up4. Toy Story 3-we'll discuss it later3. Ratatouille-great love letter to food2. Finding Nemo-the best looking film they've ever made.1. WALL-E-incredible and robbed.Hint for #45:
02/26/12 01:15 PM
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