Welcome, film fans of Dallas! For the next week we will enthusiastically debate which films, actors, actresses, and directors should be holding Oscars when the 83rd Academy Awards airs on Sunday, Feb 27 on ABC. You can read my post, then add your own comment or send me an email and I’ll post it for you. We also have two semi-qualified movie buffs weighing in via our Academy Award video series. We begin with Best Picture.
The list of nominees: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone. Here is my luminous, dazzling insight: Black Swan — mix evil and artsy with ballet, feathers, and bloody-eyed lesbians and I’m in. But too weird for Best Pic. The Fighter — Loved every Bahston brahwlin’ minute. Has character arc, courage, incredible performances from the entire freakin’ cast. A contenduh. Inception — brilliant. Maybe too brilliant? Too much CG FX for me. The Kids Are All Right — too trendy and PC. Does not deserve nomination. The King’s Speech — bloody marvelous. Damn those Royal Shakespearean thespies for making st-st-st-stuttering heroic! 127 Hours — If this wins, I’ll cut my arm off. The Social Network — Socially awkward nerds defeat rich, entitled face jocks … how can this NOT win? Toy Story 3 — 37,000 times better than “Up” (what is it with SAD animated films?), but too heart-wrenching for The Reidster. True Grit — Only deepened my Coen Bros. crush; best dialogue of any western ever. Gutsy, transcendent remake. Winter’s Bone — My personal favorite on so many levels. No other film pulls you in like this one. Indie film-making at its very best. Oscar goes to: The Social Network. Your thoughts?