Let's discuss those nominations, you know those things, the Oscars? Yeah, those.
So...I had nothing to write about or I did but it 's much too time consuming right now seeing as how I have about a MILLION things to do today, However the nominations just came out and so I am going to put in my two cents, in red of course. Without further ado.
RED - For my perspective
If any of my fellow bloggers want to come in on this well they have to get off their lazy butts and stop watch wrestling (though apparently it is all "blog research")
1. Best Picture: “The Artist,”(I have been meaning to see this movie, I think I will this week) '‘The Descendants,” '‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” '‘The Help,” '‘Hugo,” '‘Midnight in Paris,” '‘Moneyball,” '‘The Tree of Life,” '‘War Horse.” (Basically this is a category of movies I haven't seen. Frankly I'm upset that Drive did not get nominated, giving more credence to the idea that that Oscars is a pile of crap while 'The Help' a movie I found enjoyably yet white washed got nominated for Best Picture. I guess racism still sells. Rise up you OPPRESSED WHITE HEROES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. Oh wait, she was made up.)
2. Actor: Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”(This looks awesome! Why haven't I heard about this movie before, sometimes working a full time job sucks.); George Clooney, “The Descendants”; Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”; Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”; Brad Pitt, “Moneyball.”(I knew that Gary Oldman would get nominated for 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', he had a stirring performance, no one but him could stare in to space for 2 hours and an Oscar nod, no one.)
3. Actress: Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”; Viola Davis, “The Help”; Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”; Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”; Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn.” (Alright this category has nominations I can get behind. Rooney Mara was scrumtrelescent in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and I can even get behind Viola Davis in 'The Help' because she is a powerhouse of a woman and an actor. But missing Charlize Theron for 'Young Adult' is frankly unacceptable. Fail Oscar, Fail.)
4. Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”; Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”; Nick Nolte, “Warrior”; Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”; Max von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” (This is making me want to see 'Moneyball' finally because what the hell Jonah Hill gets to have "Oscar Nominated" Jonah Hill in his next movie "Getting Period Blood on My Jeans While I'm Punched in the Balls".)
5. Supporting Actress: Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”; Jessica Chastain, “The Help”; Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”; Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”; Octavia Spencer, “The Help.” (Melissa McCarthy FTW! As I said previously she is my new favorite physical comedienne, she deserves every bit of this, though she won't win.)
6. Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”; Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”; Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”; Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”; Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life.” (How is it that 'Hugo' is getting all these nods? I thought it looked terrible. I'll have to actually see it.)
7. Foreign Language Film: “Bullhead,” Belgium; “Footnote,” Israel; “In Darkness,” Poland; “Monsieur Lazhar,” Canada; “A Separation,” Iran. (Sigh. Didn't see them. Where's 'The Skin I Live In'?)
8. Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants”; John Logan, “Hugo”; George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, “The Ides of March”; Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, “Moneyball”; Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” (This should go to 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' because after watching that movie, I felt that in order to understand what the frak was going on, I would have to read the book, so I'm going back to the source. Good on you Bridget O' Conner and Peter Straughan.)
9. Original Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”; Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids”; J.C. Chandor, “Margin Call”; Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”; Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation.” (THE ARTIST, I WANT TO SEE IT!)
10. Animated Feature Film: “A Cat in Paris”; “Chico&Rita”; “Kung Fu Panda 2”; “Puss in Boots”; “Rango.” (Antonio Banderas is going win for those nasal spray commercials)
11. Art Direction: “The Artist,” '‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” '‘Hugo,” '‘Midnight in Paris,” '‘War Horse.”
12. Cinematography: “The Artist,” '‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” '‘Hugo,” '‘The Tree of Life,” '‘War Horse.” (I know I have to see all the other movies, and I am a pretty nice Terrance Malick fan, but 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' was GORGEOUS. It was so dark and bleak and isolating. Really it should be 'DRIVE' on here, yeah you know the movie that you all fucked over, Oscar? Sigh.)
13. Sound Mixing: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” '‘Hugo,” '‘Moneyball,” '‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” '‘War Horse.”
14. Sound Editing: “Drive,” '‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” '‘Hugo,” '‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” '‘War Horse.” (Oh look, one nod for 'Drive'. Whose dick did Nicolas Winding Refn not suck that got him locked out of all the other categories? I mean, did these people even see 'Drive'? If I was anyone at the Oscars this year, if I won the first thing I would do would be to dedicate my award to 'Drive' and ream out the Academy.)
15. Original Score: “The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams; “The Artist,” Ludovic Bource; “Hugo,” Howard Shore; “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Alberto Iglesias; “War Horse,” John Williams. (No 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? For shame.)
16. Original Song: “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets,” Bret McKenzie; “Real in Rio” from “Rio,” Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett. (YAY! I KNEW IT!!!! Now I get to see them perform the awesomeness that is "Man or Muppet" on stage!!)
17. Costume: “Anonymous,” '‘The Artist,” '‘Hugo,” '‘Jane Eyre,” '‘W.E.” (CORSETS. The end.)
18. Documentary Feature: “Hell and Back Again,” '‘If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” '‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” '‘Pina,” '‘Undefeated.” (Yet again a category of movies I have not seen. This is what Netflix streaming is for.)
19. Documentary (short subject): “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement,” '‘God Is the Bigger Elvis,” '‘Incident in New Baghdad,” '‘Saving Face,” '‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.”
20. Film Editing: “The Artist,” '‘The Descendants,” '‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” '‘Hugo,” '‘Moneyball.”
21. Makeup: “Albert Nobbs,” '‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” '‘The Iron Lady.”( I loved what they did with Meryl Streep in 'The Iron Lady', Glenn Close is a revelation though she hardly looks like herself.)
22. Animated Short Film: “Dimanche/Sunday,” '‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” '‘La Luna,” '‘A Morning Stroll,” '‘Wild Life.”
23. Live Action Short Film: “Pentecost,” '‘Raju,” '‘The Shore,” '‘Time Freak,” '‘Tuba Atlantic.”
24. Visual Effects: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” '‘Hugo,” '‘Real Steel,” '‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” '‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”
Ok thus ends my opinion, you don't really want to know my picks for Visual Effects, I mean it's just way too controversial.
Stephen and I have decided on our goal before the Oscars is to watch all the movies we haven't seen on the list so that we are totally caught up. What a lofty goal.