With this essay post I have separated a new sub category on this blog, the Awards, which will be as you already guess, the Motion Pictures specialized talk. Everything I know related to Oscars, Globes, Emmy, SAG, and such, will be part from this new sub category. Tonight, the Oscars ceremony will take place and I feel compelled to say a few words about it.
I don’t feel there were many mistakes this year. Ben Affleck and Quentin Tarantino think they were robbed by Best Director nominations, quite rightly. But instead of who? Wonder! It is true, the nominated films at any category, grossed a lot more after the nominations were made public, especially this year, which is the fourth year with more than five nominations for Best Picture, conform Box Office Mojo. To make more money the nominations were announced twelve days earlier, as well.
Amour doesn’t have anything to do with the Oscar for Best Picture, but is aptly nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, which it will deservingly receive. Cristian Mungiu’s film, Beyond the Hills (După Dealuri – in Romanian) could have been a nominee, instead of the Danish movie maybe, I really don’t know why it haven’t filled the criteria, or conditions. The Oscars are as freakish as any European Festival of whom Cannes is the freakier of them all. Other movies were praised at foreign film festivals and they’re here as well.
Best Actor will probably be handed to Daniel Day Lewis, but the best performance was Joaquin Phoenix’s in The Master. Even Bradley Cooper was good, very good. A pleasant surprise, otherwise the novel is cheap. The story as well. Real life? In another one, maybe. Hugh Jackman is good and was very good in his Jean Valjean impersonation.
I think Lincoln was boring and pushed too much to my throat, like Anne Hathaway lately, but she will receive the statuette on merit. I liked the whole Les Misérables movie, by the way. A masterchief. Zero Dark Thirty was very good assembled. Combined with the justified American hate for what bin Laden was fabricated to be, the whole fiction was, is, terrifying.
Chastain was exquisite, I thought her to be rather bland in The Tree of Life, but now she was one with the role, with the myth. I personally believe that you can’t push something so big in the real life, if you don’t have inside help. With all the surveillance equipments and the today technology, USA has all the trumps. Bigellow was better than the other time. The little Louisiana girl was good as well, only she is a kid. They’ll not vote for her. Lawrence will leave with the Oscar, but you don’t have to be rocket scientist to figure that, or maybe if you are one, you’ll never figure it out, I don’t know. Supporting role is what it is, a supporting role, but sometimes (see Clooney with Syriana) it is a second Best Actor or Actress. It’s like a bid to win. It’s like you lobby for certain things of which you want to be sure. This year, George Clooney will have an Oscar as a Producer, and Affleck will be happy enough with that too. It’s in their pockets, or jackets. Spielberg will have another one or maybe two, we’ll see. He’s the top favorite for Directing, and it wouldn’t be such an incredible surprise if Lincoln will be the Best Picture as well, only than, Clooney and Affleck won’t be that happy (or Grant Heslow, sorry). That’s it, folks. See your emails and gravatars after the ceremony.
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