At The Movies: Oscar Picks & More
The Academy Awards are in few days and although I haven't seen all the nominated films; I thought it would be nice to take a look back at some of the past year's films. First, the ones I didn't like. I'll give very brief comments and if preceded by a "$", then that means I wish I had my money back.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen- good cast, bad writing, $$ Dark Shadows- I'd like to tell Tim Burton where he can stick this reboot, $ Prometheus- Sir Ridley, wherefore art thou?, Hope Springs- Tommy Lee Jones looked better at the Golden Globes, Guilt Trip- take the off ramp
Now to the films that I liked but didn't garner any nominations. As above there are brief comments and if preceded by a "+" that means I found them to be a guilty pleasure despite what other critics may think.
Chronicle- Best film about telekinesis since The Fury, + John Carter of Mars- I'm ready for another trip back to Barsoom, Hunger Games- Jennifer Lawrence saved this one, + The 3 Stooges- Stupidity at its best, Cabin in the Woods- Best mix of horror/sci-fi but failed in the climax, The Avengers- Pure fun, best of the Marvel comic series, + Seeking a Friend for the End of the World- the Hollies song near the end secured this in my memory, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- really should be a tv series, Brave- animation reaches a new level but the story... meh, The Dark Knight Rises- Best conclusion of a trilogy I've ever seen, + Looper- Bruce Willis vs. his past self AND Emily Blunt is blonde!, + Mama- this ghost has plenty of spirit but the ending may vex you.
Now, my Oscar picks. I will focus on the major categories. Please keep in mind that I saw only 25 films this past year. If you saw one that I didn't, then feel free to enlighten me. For instance, I really wanted to see Anna Karenina which (from the trailer I saw) may deserve nom's for costume design, etc. So, here I go.
Original Screenplay- Django Unchained, Adapted Screenplay- Silver Linings Playbook (next best ARGO), Visual Effects- Prometheus, Production Design- Lincoln, Film Editing- Zero Dark Thirty,
Best Director- David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook (and I must agree with those who say Ben Affleck got snubbed)
Supporting Actress- Sally Field for Lincoln
Supporting Actor- Robert DeNiro for Silver Linings Playbook Best Actress- Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings "
Best Actor- Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings "
Best Picture- Silver Linings Playbook
Yeah, I'm going pretty much "all in" for Silver Linings Playbook. Up until I saw this movie things were otherwise pretty tight in the top categories. For instance, I would have had to make a tough call between Christoph Waltz in Django or Tommy Lee in Lincoln. Then along came DeNiro easily eclipsing the others.
As for Argo, while it has earned plenty of awards; it is just not as well crafted as Silver Linings. Argo is vastly more entertaining than Zero Dark Thirty. So, despite what previous awards Argo has won; I think the Academy will go for a film with a team of actors at their peak.
I'll be watching Sunday. Hope you are too!