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And the Oscar doesn’t go to…..

The Artist is a film that I enjoyed but I didn’t really understand all the awards attention it garnered including the Best Picture Oscar.

I thought I would look back at some other films (from the 70’s till today) that won the top award, and in my opinion did not deserve the honour.

1975

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (it was the year of Nashville – need I say more?)

1976

ROCKY (same year as Taxi Driver)

1980

ORDINARY PEOPLE (same year as Raging Bull)

1982

GANDHI (Tootsie was a gem that year)

1990

DANCES WITH WOLVES  (Marty loses again with Goodfellas)

1994

FORREST GUMP (bests Pulp Fiction)

1996

THE ENGLISH PATIENT (how can one ever forget Fargo)

2001

A BEAUTIFUL MIND (the year of Gosford Park)

2005

CRASH (crashed the party for Brokeback Mountain)

2010

THE KING’S SPEECH (when is Fincher’s turn? – the year of The Social Network)

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And the GLOSCAR goes to……

The winners of the Babs Blabs annual film awards – The Gloscars are –

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DRIVE

Direction

Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive

Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants

Actor in a leading role

Ryan Gosling – Drive (Blue  Valentine, Crazy Stupid Love, The Ides Of March)

Actress in a leading role

Judy Davis – The Eye Of The Storm

Actor in a supporting role

Christian Bale – The Fighter

Actress in a supporting role

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Music

Cliff Martinez – Drive & Contagion

Cinematography

Roger Deakins – True Grit & In Time

Production Design

Jess Gonchon – True Grit & Moneyball

Costume Design

Michael O’Connor – Jane Eyre


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GLOSCARS 2011 – The Nominees….

Here are the nominations for my Gloscars for films released in 2011.

Leading the pack is DRIVE and TRUE GRIT tied with 9 each, followed by THE HELP with 6 and THE DESCENDANTS and MONEYBALL with 5 each.

Winners will be announced next week…..

Are there any surprises or snubs?  Would like to know your thoughts.

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THE DESCENDANTS

DRIVE

THE HELP

THE SKIN I LIVE IN

TRUE GRIT

 Direction

Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan

Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive

Alexander Payne for The Descendants

Pedro Almodovar – The Skin I Live In

Joel & Ethan Coen for True Grit

 Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash for The Descendants

Hossein Amini for Drive

Judy Morris for The Eye Of The Storm

Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin – Moneyball

Joel & Ethan Coen for True Grit

 Actor in a leading role

George Clooney – The Descendants

Ryan Gosling – Drive (Blue  Valentine, Crazy Stupid Love, The Ides Of March)

Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Jeff Bridges – True Grit

 Actress in a leading role

Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine (Meek’s Cutoff)

Judy Davis – The Eye Of The Storm

Viola Davis – The Help

Halle Steinfeld – True Grit

Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin

 Actor in a supporting role

Christopher Plummer – Beginners (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

Albert Brooks – Drive

Christian Bale – The Fighter

David Wenham – Oranges And Sunshine

Barry Pepper – True Grit

 Actress in a supporting role

Shailene Woodley – The Descendants

Charlotte Rampling – The Eye Of The Storm (Melancholia)

Jessica Chastain – The Help (The Debt)

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Judi Dench – Jane Eyre

 Music

Cliff Martinez – Drive & Contagion

Trent Reznor, Attica Ross – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Mychael Danner – Moneyball

Alberto Iglesias – The Skin I Live In & Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Carter Burwell – True Grit & Howl

 Cinematography

Matthew Labitique – Black Swan

Newton Thomas Sigel – Drive

Jeff Cronenweth – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Wally Pfister – Moneyball

Roger Deakins – True Grit & In Time

 Production Design

Beth Mickle – Drive

Mark Ricker – The Help

Dante Ferretti – Hugo

Anne Seibel – Midnight In Paris

Jess Gonchor – True Grit & Moneyball

 Costume Design

Sharen Davis – The Help

Sandy Powell – Hugo

Michael O’Connor – Jane Eyre

Paco Delgardo – The Skin I Live In

Mary Zophres – True Grit

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List complete √

Today I went to see the last film on Oscar’s 10 best film list of nominees, therefore I can now reveal my personal choices (in order), not those that the Academy will choose.

1. WINTER’S BONE

2. THE SOCIAL NETWORK

3. TRUE GRIT

4. INCEPTION

5. BLACK SWAN

6. THE KING’S SPEECH

7. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

8. TOY STORY 3

9. 127 HOURS

10. THE FIGHTER.

It was a good year at the movies, of this list I enjoyed every movie and think they deserve recognition.

Filmmakers who are at the peak of their craft.

I will reveal my wish list of wins, and my predictions the day before the oscar telecast.

What is your fave film off the list?

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The Gloscars! – the nominees

Top 10 films

UP IN THE AIR

PRECIOUS

THE HURT LOCKER

ANIMAL KINGDOM

INCEPTION

TOY STORY 3

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

THE SOCIAL NETWORK

WINTER’S BONE

THE KING’S SPEECH

Best Director

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN – Inception

DEBRA GRANIK – Winter’s Bone

KATHRYN BIGELOW – The Hurt Locker

DAVID MICHOD – Animal Kingdom

DAVID FINCHER – The Social Network

Best Screenplay

AARON SORKIN – The Social Network

JASON REITMAN & SHELDON TURNER – Up In The Air

GEOFFREY FLETCHER – Precious

DAVID MICHOD – Animal Kingdom

DEBRA GRANIK & ANNE ROSSELINI – Winter’s Bone

Best Actor

GEORGE CLOONEY – Up In The Air

COLIN FIRTH – The King’s Speech & A Single Man

JEREMY RENNER – The Hurt Locker

JEFF BRIDGES – Crazy Heart & Tron: Legacy

JESSE EISENBERG – The Social Network

Best Actress

GABOUREY SIDIBE – Precious

SANDRA BULLOCK – The Blind Side

TILDA SWINTON – I Am Love

ANNETTE BENING – The Kids Are All Right

JENNIFER LAWRENCE – Winter’s Bone

Best Supporting Actor

JOHN HAWKES – Winter’s Bone

ANTHONY MACKIE – The Hurt Locker

GEOFFREY RUSH – The King’s Speech

MARK RUFFALO – The Kids Are All Right & Shutter Island

ANDREW GARFIELD – The Social Network

Best Supporting Actress

ANNA KENDRICK – Up In The Air

MARION COTILLARD – Nine & Inception

MO’NIQUE – Precious

JACKI WEAVER – Animal Kingdom

HELENA BONHAM CARTER – The King’s Speech & Alice In Wonderland & Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt 1.

Best Cinematography

DION BEEBE – Nine

ROBERT RICHARDSON – Shutter Island & Eat Pray Love

BARRY ACKROYD – The Hurt Locker

YORICK LE SAUX – I Am Love

GREIG FRASER – Bright Star

Best Music Score

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT – The King’s Speech, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Ghost Writer, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – Pt 1.

ANTHONY PARTOS & SAM PETTY – Animal Kingdom

JOHN ADAMS – I Am Love

HANS ZIMMER – Inception

TRENT REZNER & ATTICA ROSS -The Social Network

Best Production Design

JANET PATTERSON – Bright Star

DANTE FERRETTI – Shutter Island

GUY HENDRIX DYAS – Inception

ANDREW McALPINE – Made In Dagenham

STUART CRAIG – Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Best Costume Design

JANET PATTERSON – Bright Star

COLLEEN ATTWOOD – Nine & Alice In Wonderland

SANDY POWELL – Shutter Island

JEFFEY KURLAND – Inception

JANY TEMIME –  Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1

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Oscar Buzz – Best Actor

Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”

This film has been gaining lots of buzz ever since it was screened at the Telluride  and Toronto film festivals. Its leading man has been giving excellent performances for years now. As Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of “Pride And Prejudice” he had women and some men swooning. He gained his first Oscar nomination last year for the lackluster film “A Simple Man”. From all accounts this film is more of a winner. He plays the part of King George IV of Britian who had a debilitating stutter to overcome in order to rule England with any success. Think of Helen Mirren’s triumph playing the Queen a few years back, then you can be assured that Mr Firth may be standing at the podium giving a speech all of his own.

James Franco for 127 Hours.

James Franco came to my attention with his wonderful performance as James Dean in the TV movie “The James Dean Story”. Since then he has turned up in many varied roles. He was excellent as boyfriend to Sean Penn in “Milk” and he stars as Alan Ginsberg in the upcoming film “Howl”, He has also been dabbling in a bit of performance art – part of which included an appearance in the daytime soap opera “General Hospital”. He seems to be everywhere at the moment even turning up as Julia Robert’s younger boyfriend  in the debacle “Eat Pray Love”. But it seems it is this tour-de-force performance that has the awards pundits blabbing. He plays the part of real life mountain climber Aaron Ralston who became trapped under a boulder for nearly 5 days, his only way to survive was to cut his arm off with a blunt pocket knife.  Gruesome indeed!

Javier Bardem for Biutiful

Javier Bardem is one of my favorite actors of late. He can make an appearance in a dud film (Eat Pray Love) and still exude charm and make the most of a part. In this role he plays the part of a gangster on the road to redemption before his impending death. It’s a dark part in a dark film that may hinder his chances at a win with the conservative Academy.  He won the best actor prize earlier this year at the Cannes film festival. He is a previous Oscar winner for his turn in the Coen Bros. classic “No Country For Old Men”. He and his glamourous and equally talented girlfriend Penelope Cruz will look gorgeous on the red carpet, thats for sure 🙂

Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network.

(Photo by Merrick Morton/Columbia Pictures)

Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook has a good chance of a nomination. It is very difficult to make an unlikeable character interesting on screen. He achieves this with great skill. I was mesmerized by his performance. In the past his turn as the son in “The Squid And The Whale” was equally impressive. The film is a critical and box office success so expect him to ride the award train to the Oscars.

Jeff Bridges for True Grit.

Expect Jeff Bridges back again after last years deserved best actor win for “Crazy Heart”. This time he takes on the iconic John Wayne part of Rooster Cogburn in the Coen Bros. remake of the classic western. Back to back Oscars are hard to win, but I do think a nomination is on the cards for this very talented actor.

Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine.

Ryan Gosling is another of my fave actors of the moment. His breakthrough performance as a drug addict in “Half Nelson” earned him his first Oscar nomination. For his 2nd shot at the golden man he plays husband to Michelle Williams in this relationship drama following the pitfalls of marriage. It had recent controversy when it was rated NC-17 for an emotionally intense sex scene. Controversy of course garners attention. The film has been shown at both the Cannes and Sundance festivals and the reviews have all lauded the performances of Mr Gosling and his co-star.

Robert Duvall for  Get Low.

Veteran actor Robert Duvall is in with a chance with this film. He plays the part of a hermit who comes down from the woods to plan his own ‘living’ funeral. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto film festival and had a delayed release which may hinder his chances. The reviews for his performance and the film have been excellent so expect him in with a chance. The Academy loves the oldies. Duvall won best actor for “Tender Mercies” back in 1984.

 

OTHERS IN WITH A CHANCE

Mark Wahlberg for The Fighter.

Leonardo DiCaprio for Shutter Island & Inception.

Stephen Dorff – Somewhere.




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