Caveat: I spent half of 2010 moving and then working on political campaigns, so I missed a lot of these
127 Hours–I’m sure it’s very gripping, and that James Franco is wonderful, but do I want to see him cut off his own arm?
Black Swan–I’m not sure. I like Natalie Portman, but I’ve read a little about the psychological aspects of the film and the role of the mother, and I don’t know that I would enjoy this
The Fighter–it’s on my to-see list
Inception–ehh. I listened to my mom and my aunts and uncles debate it and their interpretations of the ending
The Kids Are All Right–I saw this, and despite that one plot point that annoys me, I really liked it
The King’s Speech–Ah, the token period piece. I should have liked this more than I did. It was fine, a solid B+, but nothing really grabbed me
The Social Network–This was very good. I’m a big Aaron Sorkin fan and there were some very Sorkin-esque moments, especially the scene when the Winklevii speak with Harvard President Larry Summers
Toy Story 3–Haven’t seen it. Wasn’t a big fan of Toy Story 2
True Grit–I appreciate that it’s a very well done picture, but it’s personally not for me. The little girl was great, though
Winter’s Bone–Haven’t seen it, had to google to remember what it was, probably won’t see it
I’m old-fashioned. I want a sweeping epic for Best Picture. I want Gone with the Wind or Lord of the Rings, or yes, Titanic. But, alas, they don’t make ’em like they used to.
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
David O. Russell, The Fighter
The Best Director and Best Picture nominations usually coincide, and there are no surprises here. As previously mentioned, I can see the merits of True Grit, and I could see the Coen brothers taking this one.
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
I do enjoy Javier Bardem. Colin Firth was very good (dude, it’s Colin Firth) but st-st-stuttering doesn’t seem like a particularly difficult challenge. He seems to be the front-runner, and I’m okay with that, since a win would be a recognition of his body of work, not just this performance. I’ll just say that I felt Jeff Bridges was tipping into the Jack Nicholson school of acting (the weirder the better) and Jeff just won for Crazy Heart, so he should enjoy the honor of being nominated. Jesse Eisenberg was good, but I was more impressed with Andrew Garfield and his character, Eduardo Saverin. James Franco, I’m sure is wonderful just as he was on The Daily Show earlier this week, but can I stomach the performance?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Smart money seems to be on Christian Bale. Not having seen the movie yet, at this point I’m pulling for Jeremy Renner. I loved The Town and am disappointed it didn’t get more nominations. Mark Ruffalo and Geoffrey Rush were very good, but nothing spectacular. Don’t know anything about John Hawkes.
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Annette Bening won the Golden Globe and she was awesome in The Kids Are All Right. Rabbit Hole is too grim for me, as is Blue Valentine, though critics have been talking about Michelle Williams’ performance for months. Still, I’m pulling for Annette and that role.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never heard of Jacki Weaver or Animal Kingdom. Helena Bonham Carter was very good, and I’m sure the Fighter women are great, but Hailee Steinfeld was awesome and, for me, the highlight of True Grit. Until I see The Fighter, I’m going for her.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Another Year, written by Mike Leigh
The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Inception, written by Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right, written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech, Screenplay by David Seidler
Despite that one plot point I dislike, I loved The Kids Are All Right. Inception is twisty, but should you get points for that? As previously mentioned, I was underwhelmed by The Kings Speech and I haven’t seen The Fighter. I did see Easy A last week and I adored it. It was smart, funny, entertaining, intelligent and I would have given Bert Royal a nomination for writing it.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 Hours, Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3, Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
True Grit, written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone, adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
Is there really any doubt where my loyalties lie? Aaron Sorkin, all the way.
Photo from Dave_B