February 27, 2010
February 24, 2010
February 21, 2010
- Both Bridges and Farrell do their own singing (although a third man, Ryan Bingham, is on the OST)
- Bridges, Gyllenhaal, and Farrell all have flawless accents, which I can't say for certain other Oscar nominees
- It made me not hate country music, if only for two hours
- This adorable child
February 17, 2010
- starts off with a scene that occurs chronological near the end of the film
- emotional moments not backed by score
- no explanation of how Michael can drive
- lapses in Bullock's accent
- pointless dialogue (Kathy Bates's character "confesses" to being a Democrat, like that's a bad thing)
February 14, 2010
February 9, 2010
- For a war film, there's surprisingly little gore (aside from one particular scene) or cursing.
- Between the little-known actors and the cinematography (same guy who shot United 93, and it shows), you're one step away from it being a documentary, much like some scenes in the latter half of Full Metal Jacket.
- THE SCORE. I don't even know how to describe it.
February 7, 2010
February 2, 2010
Because of my lack of success with the Golden Globes, I've decided to underline the films I want to win, and italicize the ones I think the Academy has actually selected. After the list, I will provide selective commentary.
Actor in a Leading Role
- Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
- George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
- Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
- Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
- Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”
Actor in a Supporting Role
- Matt Damon in “Invictus”
- Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
- Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
- Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
- Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”
Actress in a Leading Role
- Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
- Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
- Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
- Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
- Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”
Actress in a Supporting Role
- Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
- Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
- Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
- Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
- Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Animated Feature Film
- “Coraline” Henry Selick
- “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
- “The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
- “The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
- “Up” Pete Docter
- “Avatar” James Cameron
- “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
- “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
- “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
- “Up in the Air” Jason Reitman
- “Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
- “The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
- “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
- “An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
- “The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined
- “Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
- “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
- “A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
- “Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
- “Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers
- “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
- “District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
- “Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
- “District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
- “An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
- “In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
- “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
- “Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Writing (Original Screenplay)
- “The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
- “Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
- “The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
- “A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
- “Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
I’ve heard nothing but great things about Jeff Bridges’s performance, and he got the Golden Globe and SAG award, so he’s pretty much a shoo-in, but George Clooney was just so good I have a hard time believing it.
Christoph Waltz also won the Globe and SAG, and deservedly so.
Sandra Bullock has had a long, fulfilling career, and she needs to stop stealing awards that rightfully belong to Gabourey Sidibe. Also, nice to see a comedic role get a nomination for a change.
Mo’Nique got the Globe and SAG, so I’ll give her benefit of the doubt.
Pixar has every awards organization in their pocket somehow, which is a shame, considering how good Fantastic Mr. Fox was.
As long as Avatar doesn’t win anything besides Best Visual Effects, I’ll be okay.
Tune in March 7th and see how it all turns out.