Oscar Week: Best Scenes

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The Academy Awards are approaching at the end of this week, so I present to you Oscar Week! These are my own movie awards from 2014, celebrating my favorite performances and scenes of the year.

There are spoilers all over the place of this article, so make sure you skip things you don’t want to be spoiled on.

Top 10 Scenes of 2014:

10. Guardians of the Galaxy – Prison Break Scene/The Lego MovieGood Morning Manual

A tie to start it off because I couldn’t choose between either of the Chris Pratt-fronted scenes. The Guardians prison break scene is the height of that film’s comic tone, chaos ensues leading to joke after joke as each character does his or her role to escape prison, even if their role is not entirely needed.

The Lego Movie‘s introduction to Emmett through a manual of how to live each day is packed with jokes big and small and is absolutely delightful, culminating in one of the year’s best movie songs “Everything is Awesome”.

9. Blue Ruin – Waiting in the House

I don’t think there was a more tense moment I experienced all year than either of the scenes where Dwight is anticipating his enemies coming into the house that he is staked out in. He knows it could very well be his life on the line, and the film builds those stakes to a near unbearable level.

8. Gone Girl – A Murder Occurs

Truly one of the year’s most disturbing scenes, but it is shot so well by director David Fincher, with Amy seducing her latest captor only to kill him mid-coitus. Reznor’s score elevates it as her second plan begins to fall into place.

7. The Immigrant – Confession Scene

Ewa has had to do a lot to come to America. Her sister is sick and is not allowed into the country, her family has rejected her, and she has given up all of her ethical guides to make a living in the US. Here, she finally breaks down in a confession booth, admitting her sins and hoping that grace can still come her way.

6. Foxcatcher – Brothers Wrestling

We don’t know much about the characters at this point. Channing Tatum’s Mark seems one-note, he’s quiet and reserved; Mark Ruffalo’s David has all the charm, he’s more successful, and surrounded by a family who loves him. The two brothers spar here, slowly going after one another more aggressive until they are full on wrestling. The scene is completely silent except for the sounds of their movements. Director Bennett Miller shoots it in such a way that–though unspoken–tension, emotion, and brotherly love shine through.

5. Whiplash – The Ending

Miles Teller’s Andrew has opened up again to the teacher who made him have a nervous breakdown, joining him for a concert performance where he could have a chance to get recruited to something bigger–his lifelong dream. Yet JK Simmons Terrence Fletcher does not exactly have his best intentions in mind–or does he? This scene is a back and forth, what the whole movie has been building toward. Andrew seems to get his revenge on Fletcher, but has this been Fletcher’s plan all along? It’s intensely packed, filled with drum solos, exasperation, and at last some smiles.

4. We Are the Best! – The Big Performance

The movie has been building to the three lead girls being able to perform one of their songs live for the first time. However, when they finally get to play, it doesn’t turn out exactly as they expect it to. Lukas Moodysson takes the typical big final performance so common in music movies and turns it upside down, having the girls incite a riot where the lyrics of the song are changed and they are fighting with the crowd. It’s hilarious in the most punk way possible.

3. Snowpiercer – Fish Fight

Room after room aboard the train has brought unexpected, but mostly safe discoveries. As they approach the next room, Bong Joon-Ho slows everything into slow motion, the doors slowly open and a group of sword carrying men dressed entirely in black appear, lined up and ready to stop the coming rebellion. Intensifying the film further, the man in front proceeds to grab a fish, slowly slice it in half–letting the blood drip down as if to warn them of what is to come. It’s a visceral experience.

2. Under the Skin – Black Room

Scarlett’s character serves as a predator, taking men home as if to sleep with them, but instead they enter into a completely dark room and as they begin to undress they slowly sink into a murky black substance, slowly evaporating into a state of nothingness. These are scenes where you can never be sure what is exactly happening, but all of its aesthetic wraps you up like the dark ocean the men fall into. The musical score in these scenes is not only the best of the year, but might be up there with my favorite of all time.

1. Interstellar – Videos from Home

Returning from a planet that has cost him decades off the lives of everyone but himself (he spends only a few minutes there), McConaguhey’s Cooper watches the backlog of videos left by his family over the years. He sees them grow before his very eyes, sees his grandchildren, the choices they have made, and all their doubts and fears as to why they haven’t heard from him in so long. Here the cost of the mission he is on is fully realized and sorrow and regret creep into his soul as he is reduced to tears. It’s an absolutely heartbreaking scene and shows what height Interstellar was capable of soaring to despite its various flaws.

Oscar Week: Best Actor

The Academy Awards are approaching at the end of this week, so I present to you Oscar Week! These are my own movie awards from 2014, celebrating my favorite performances and scenes of the year.

Looking through this now completed list, I think I may have underrated Michael Keaton a bit–I haven’t seen Birdman in a while, so my memory of him is only in being out-acted by Edward Norton when in actuality he’s probably pretty good. He deserves a mention here, but I really do like my list and think it a finer crop of performances than the Academy pulled together.

Top 10 Actors of 2014:

10. John Lithgow, Love is Strange

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Playing an aging man who must move out of his house due to his husband losing his job, Lithgow is sweet, semi-aware of the pain he is causing his loved ones and knowing he can do nothing about it.

9. Chris Pratt, The Lego Movie

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Without Pratt voicing lead character Emmett there is no way The Lego Movie is half as good as it was.

8. Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

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It’s a very flashy role and Redmayne does a good job with it, maybe the fact that the film was lackluster or that they probably thought about Redmayne winning the Oscar every day on set prevents me from rating it higher.

7. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

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I wrote in my short review on Letterboxd that I don’t think this character is very well written–he’s creepy, conniving, and sociopathic–and for some reason felt one-note and uninteresting, but I do think Gyllenhaal plays him really well.

6. Dan Stevens, The Guest

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Stevens brings an insurmountable amount of charm in his role as yes a guest in the household of one of his military comrades (well, maybe). As things begin to unfold and his actions escalate in troubling ways, his charisma remains so abundant I would probably invited him into my home regardless.

5. Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice

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Phoenix plays a stoner hippy detective, which might not usually account for a performance worthy of writing about on these types of lists, but without all the effort Phoenix puts in here I think Vice falls flat. His comic reactions to the things happening (or are they?) around him are truly inspired.

4. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Other than the lobby boy and his girl (which were both mentioned on previous lists) Fiennes was the other best part of Budapest. He is a suave oddball, very particular about his lifestyle, and strangely reverent about hotel processes. He is a lot of fun to watch.

3. Tom Hardy, Locke

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Without Hardy’s performance Locke would have been an awful movie, literally as he is the only person to ever appear on-screen throughout the movie. He contributes with the way he handles the dialogue and is able to express every stressful moment he is going through while essentially driving his car away from everything he’s ever made for himself.

2. Brendan Gleeson, Calvary

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Gleeson plays a priest who must be faithful (to his duties and to his God) despite everything in his life being moments away from coming undone. He is a pious character, able to comfort, to question, and to laugh with his parishioners. Gleason displays all of these qualities in a way that is darkly comic and sincere.

1. David Oyelowo, Selma

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Oyelowo had a lot of pressure on him to get this character right–Dr. King is among the greatest people in American history and no movie has ever really been made about him. In Selma Oyelowo contributes to a fully flushed out character, one filled with the great heroic leadership that he portrayed in his booming speeches, but also conveys his doubts, insecurities, his reactions to petty arguments. For my money it was the best performance I saw all year.

Oscar Week: Best Actress

The Academy Awards are approaching at the end of this week, so I present to you Oscar Week! These are my own movie awards from 2014, celebrating my favorite performances and scenes of the year.

Another category of acting performances that I am fairly out of touch on as far as seeing some of the nominees. Julianne Moore is the apparent favorite in Still Alice, a film that sounds interesting for her performance, but other than that is not too intriguing. Reese Witherspoon is supposed to be good in Wild, but again that movie seems to be too much like Oscar bait. I did see Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything but (as you will see) I can name eight other performances I liked better than hers–it’s funny that she gets on a nomination for what is a fairly straight forward performance while most others who do the same get ignored; I think her nomination only comes at the hands of that pretty Theory of Everything/Stephen Hawking package.

10. Emily Foxler, Coherence

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A relatively unknown actress in a small budget sci-fi movie, Foxler’s performance–especially near the end–is what really won me over.

9. Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive

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Swinton is great in everything and her turn as immortal vampire Eve is no exception.

8. Agata Trzebuchowska, Ida

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A less flashy role than that of her aunt, Trzebuchowska’s quiet holiness that eventually turns to curiosity helps to hold the film steady.

7. Essie Davis, The Babadook

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The Babadook features Davis’ character transitioning from being viewed one way to a complete other by the end of the film, let’s just say that Davis can play exasperated mother in quite a few ways.

6. Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant

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Playing a Polish immigrant, Cotillard has to go through hell to get into the United States and to make a life for her and her sister. Cotillard captures all the pain and the regret and the doubt that comes with every decision she makes (that confession scene is beautiful).

5. Emily Blunt, The Edge of Tomorrow

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Blunt’s character is not your typical female action archetype, she’s tough–tougher than Cruise’s character–experienced, and smart. The whole movie depends on her and Blunt deserves equal credit with Cruise for helping to make such a wonderful film.

4. Lisa Loven Kongsli, Force Majeure

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She brings a strong presence to this family drama/masculinity in crisis film about an incident that changes the way an entire family sees itself. Loven Kongsli has a tough role to play, somewhere between playing the martyr and being a martyr; her experiences are legit, but is her reaction correct? Loven Kongsli plays with this tension in a way that is necessary.

3. Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin

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Playing some sort of alien life form, Johansson switches off between being charming and emotionless, seductive and dead-eyed. She uses the former traits–ones she is probably most known for–minimally, showing that she is truly alien to the human experience.

2. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

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A lot of big performances feature one or two scenes where an actor or actress must rise up, giving an emotional scene–one they will hopefully play when the Oscar nominees are announced during the show. Here Cotillard is forced to carry this emotional heft with her in pretty much every scene, making us feel the weight of what she is going through without causing us to feel drained emotionally; she nails it.

1. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

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SOME SPOILERS AHEAD: For the first half of the movie or so I didn’t know if I really liked Pike’s portrayal of Amy Dunne (I had read the book prior to seeing the movie), it was dreamy and unrealistic. Well turns out, that is exactly how it should have been and the second half she comes alive as information is spilled and the sociopathic Amy is revealed. Pike is incredible as the cold hearted and manipulative Dunne and really helped to create a cinematic character that will live on as one of our greatest villains.

Oscar Week: Best Supporting Actor

The Academy Awards are approaching at the end of this week, so I present to you Oscar Week! These are my own movie awards from 2014, celebrating my favorite performances and scenes of the year.

The Best Supporting Actor category is a top-heavy one and four of the five Oscar nominees I concur with being among the best (The Judge? Really?). The rest are mostly really fun performances and one surprising one that though it may be ridiculous had to be on here.

My top ten supporting actors of 2014:

10. Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice

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Brolin is riotous as the police officer/frenemy of Doc Sportello.

9. Kristopher Hinvju, Force Majeure

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Hinvju comes into Force Majeure seemingly as a voice of wisdom between the two fighting couples, but he too proves to be a sort of bumbling fool when it comes to dealing with his own masculinity.

8. Luke Wilson, The Skeleton Twins

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Seemingly too perfect as a sort of country nice guy, but throughout The Skeleton Twins Wilson shows himself as truly sincere and loving, especially in the face of the manic-depressive insecurities of Hader and Wiig’s characters.

7. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

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Carrell has gotten a lot of flack for being overrated at this point that I believe that he is actually quite underrated now. Technically he has been nominated in the best actor category, but that really belongs to Channing Tatum. Carrell is good playing out of type as the somewhat creepy, somewhat sad John du Pont.

6. Tony Revolori, Grand Budapest Hotel

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How else would we know what a lobby boy was without the shining example of Tony Revolori in Grand Budapest Hotel. He brings all the necessary charm and quirk needed in an Anderson role and is an exciting actor to watch.

5. Bradley Cooper, Guardians of the Galaxy

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My favorite character in Guardians of the Galaxy and my favorite Cooper performance of the year come in the form of a CGI raccoon. Cooper absolutely nails it, adding a truly unbelievable amount of charisma and charm to, again, a raccoon.

4. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

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Every time Ethan Hawke comes on-screen in Boyhood he drives the movie forward in such wonderful ways. He may have the easier job, as a dad who drops into his kids’ lives in order to take them out to fun things, compared with Arquette who must be steady, and Coltrane who has the whole film based around him, but sometimes the fun dad is so much fun it doesn’t matter.

3. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

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I don’t really know what it is about Ruffalo in Foxcatcher, his character isn’t flashy at all, but is based in steadiness and having a true love and commitment toward his family. For me he and Tatum’s scenes together really were the best part of the movie and much of that was thanks to the gruff kindness and devotion exhibited here by Ruffalo.

2. Edward Norton, Birdman

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Ed Norton is always good. In Birdman, playing a sort of version of himself (as most of the film’s characters do), he’s on fire. While Ruffalo was so good because he wasn’t flashy, Norton gives a passionate performance, using all the flashiness to his advantage.

1. JK Simmons, Whiplash

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Simmons is the favorite here and he is is absolutely deserving of it. Playing a fierce, quasi-abusive, and manipulative drum teacher Simmons escalates and deescalates with ease, driving Teller’s character above (and beyond?). I get a form of PTSD just looking at that picture above, but I also–you know–feel like giving my all.

Oscar Week: Best Supporting Actresses

The Academy Awards are approaching at the end of this week, so I present to you Oscar Week! These are my own movie awards from 2014, celebrating my favorite performances and scenes of the year.

This was a weak year for Supporting Actresses and of the Academy’s picks I have not seen Laura Dern in Wild, Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game, or Meryl Streep in Into the Woods but I doubt any of these I would really think are top contenders. Because of this, I think I came up with a more creative (and perhaps ridiculous) list of my favorite performances of the year.

Here are my top 10 supporting actresses of 2014:

10. Lorelai Linklater, Boyhood

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The kid’s have gotten a lot of grief for their acting, but I found both to be charming over their 12 year performance. Linklater isn’t given a lot, but I always liked what she was adding on screen.

9. Marisa Tomei, Love is Strange

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Another small performance that stuck with me, Tomei plays the niece-in-law to John Lithgow and really serves to highlight both the attachment to the central characters and the growing frustrations that come with being surrounded by people you love.

8. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

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A bit overrated in my book, but still a performance worth talking about. Arquette does get the unemotional film’s most emotional scene and really does nail it.

7. Carrie Coon, Gone Girl

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Coon’s character brings a lot to Gone Girl, bringing in humor and emotion in a film that is cold and calculated both in production and in content.

6. Saoirse Ronan, Grand Budapest Hotel

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Grand Budapest Hotel is a film I was disappointed by, but I think the part that was the most moving to me was the relationship between lobby boy Zero and Ronan’s Agatha whose young love really did feel beautiful.

5. Mackenzie Foy, Interstellar

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Mackenzie Foy pretty much out-acts Jessica Chastain as the younger version of Murph, Matthew McConaughey’s daughter in the movie. There is so much emotion in those early scenes and Foy is a delight.

4. Emma Stone, Birdman

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Perhaps the toughest performance Emma Stone has had to give–one where she doesn’t have to rely on all that natural charm–Stone is aggressive here and really keeps up with Norton who is at his peak.

3. Katherine Waterson, Inherent Vice

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Waterson is excellent as the mysterious and somewhat-sultry “vice” of Phoenix’s Doc Sportello. She is presented as a near-apparition, being the core of the mystery that Doc attempts to uncover–Waterson is charming enough to make us believe that she really is worth chasing after, despite her lack of clear devotion.

2. Agata Kulesza, Ida

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I was expecting Ida to be a serious film, perhaps overly serious, it is in fact a black and white shot Polish film about religion and the holocaust, but instead it features jokes, charm, and fun jazz songs–most of which is thanks to Kulesza. Kulesza plays Wanda Cruz, the irreverent judge polar opposite to her niece, Agata Trzebuchowska’s righteous Ida. She is bitter and hedonistic, but, as we discover, has faced great pain, some of which is too great to bear.

1. Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

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Watching Snowpiercer I convinced and unconvinced myself four different times that Mason was and was not played by Tilda Swinton. Turns out she was in an absolute riot of a performance as Wilford’s assistant and the face of villainy to those living amongst the poor on the Snowpiercer train. She is an evil character, but also self-serving enough to connive her way through any scenario. Swinton really disappears here in a way that is absolutely magical.

Coming Tomorrow: Best Supporting Actors of 2014

A Pretentious Takedown of Middlebrow Cinema

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This is going to be pretentious.

The end of the year usually produces a swarm of movies as studios throw out everything that could possibly win an award. The summer is known for its blockbusters–large and loud movies, with big time actors attached to them–the end of the fall to the winter emphasizes darker stories with artsier and riskier looks and content. This is an exciting time for me, usually overwhelming (I literally make long lists of notes of which movies I should see, where I will–and can–see them, and how I can afford to see so many movies without breaking the budget) and filled with a lot of great movies. But the studios aren’t dumb, there are strategies in place–why and when a movie should get released. The awards ceremonies are usually more generous to give out awards to those that come out later in the year–they have a strange sense of film amnesia where the first seven months barely count and so studios release films accordingly. Studios don’t really want awards though, I’m sure there is some sense of pride for a studio releasing an award winner, but the sense of pride does not outweigh their number one motivator: money.

The studio system’s whole purpose is to make money, thus they try to find films that will win the awards, because movies that win awards, particularly the big ones, attract a bigger audience even if they tend to be edgier. The ads show this all the time, big golden text lines the top of the film saying “nominated for seven Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Independent Spirit Awards, nine BAFTAS, and the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss”. Awards are the reasons why studios push for artsy movies, not for artistry’s sake, but to gain a large crowd on a smaller budget.

This is fine, it’s going to happen, but when this is the case it creates the need to mimic what has come in the past. There is a certain style of Oscar movie usually involving some sort of liberal, edgy topic, an actor losing a lot of weight for the role or an actress not wearing any makeup. These are sort of emulated year after year in hopes that people will jump on board.

That’s the thing, these movies are created to fit into a certain sort of mold, when they are actually quite safe and seem methodologically produced to trick people into thinking they are seeing something important. These films come off as being really out of the box, creative, and dramatic, but really they’re not. This year’s version of these movies are two British biopics about important historical figures–The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game–both are period pieces, have lower budgets, and a good cast, but also seem to fall into every trope you can imagine for these films. In year’s past The King’s Speech, The Artist, The Help, The Blind Side, and Dallas Buyers Club all gave this vibe–important movies about history, race, or some other marginalized group. Most of these films are actually fine, they are pleasant tales and I would be fine with this if people didn’t feel like they had done some sort of cinematic duty by seeing it.

People know that I like movies, so I often get asked about which movies are good and whether I’ve seen [blank]. But the movies that often rise to the top as being depictions of cinema or indie films or whatever are these middlebrow, faux-artsy films that seem to somehow suck in people whose last movie in theaters had been the fourth Transformers movie. There is no challenge to them at all, but they are advertised as life-changing cinematic experiences.

Alright, enough of the complaining–people are gonna watch what they are gonna watch and I’m not very likely to recommend Under the Skin (my favorite movie of this year) to very many people, because I truly believe they will not like it. Let’s just not let the studios do this to us, we’re manipulated enough already. If you want to see something to impress people who like movies or those at your Oscar party make sure you see Boyhood (likely the best picture winner and a fantastic portrayal of a boy’s life), Selma (one of the best biopics ever probably), or Whiplash (an intense movie about a drummer that I think has the potential to be a real crowd please and features future best supporting actor winner JK Simmons).

Predicting the 2011 Academy Awards

One day till the Oscars. Here are my predictions for who will win and who should win. A lot of these are just going to be a complete guess, but there is no fun in predicting when you already know who will anyways right?

Writing (Original Screenplay)-I don’t think there was a better definition of original than Christopher Nolan’s screenplay.

Will win: The King’s Speech

Should win: Inception

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)-The only way to describe Sorkin’s dialogue is spitfire, he certainly deserves to take this home with him.

Will win: The Social Network

Should win: The Social Network

Visual Effects-What other movie has a whole city fold on itself?

Will win: Inception

Should win: Inception

Sound Mixing

Will win: Inception

Should win: Inception

Sound Editing

Will win: Inception

Should win: Inception

Short Film (Live Action)-I haven’t got a chance to see any of these so these will be selected merely by the most intriguing title.

Will win: God of Love

Should win: The Confession

Short Film (Animated)-Here’s hoping that Day & Night, the short film that proceeded Toy Story 3 is the champ, as it was lovely and I have not seen any of the others.

Will win: Day & Night

Should win: Day & Night

Music (Original Song)-I listened to all of them and honestly they are all really good. A.R. Rahman’s for 127 Hours is definitely the most unique, but then again that’s not necessarily what the Academy is looking for. They could go the country route again this year and award Country Strong. Randy Newman has been nominated twice for the Toy Story series, losing twice to other films put out by Disney (Pocahontas and Tarzan). This year he faces off against Disney’s Tangled. Will history repeat itself?

Will win: “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3

Should win: “If I Rise” from 127 Hours

Music (Original Score)-Inception, 127 Hours, and The Social Network all had wonderful soundtracks this year, but I think Ross and Reznor’s will take it.

Will win: The Social Network

Should win: Inception

Foreign Language Film-I have seen Dogtooth, but none of the others. I haven’t heard too many good things about Biutiful, so I probably won’t see it, though it is the most represented foreign film at the Oscars this year.Let’s go with an underdog to win.

Will win: Incendies

Should win: Dogtooth

Best Makeup-Haven’t seen any of them. I assume they will go with the most complex one in The Wolfman, but honestly I have no idea.

Will win: The Wolfman

Should win: The Way Back

Best Film Editing-4 out of the last 5 years the “Best Film Editing” award has gone to the best picture winner, so I can only guess that this year will be no different. I really enjoyed all the work done in 127 Hours a lot though.

Will win: The King’s Speech

Should win: 127 Hours

Documentary (Short Subject)-Who knows?

Will win: Killing in the Name

Should win: Sun Come Up

Documentary (Feature)-I’ve seen Restrepo and Exit Through the Gift Shop and I’m praying for the latter to win. Not likely though.

Will win: Inside Job

Should win: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Directing-I’m pretty sure Fincher’s got this one. I suppose Hooper could pull an upset or maybe even the Coen’s, wouldn’t that be crazy?

Will win: David Fincher for The Social Network

Should win: David Fincher for The Social Network

Costume Design-I think I’m gonna have to guess Alice in Wonderland on this one. I am cheering for I Am Love to win, and my favorite is probably True Grit. Though The King’s Speech could just absolutely clean sweep this year as well.

Will win: Alice in Wonderland

Should win: True Grit

Cinematography-Man, I enjoyed all of these a lot. As far as who will win, really any of them could. I am just gonna stick with what will be the big award getters for the evening.

Will win: The Social Network

Should win: True Grit

Art Direction

Will win: The King’s Speech

Should win: The King’s Speech

Animated Feature Film-This is a no brainer and it is certainly deserving, but I always like to see an underdog sneak up in there. Forget it, there’s no way.

Will win: Toy Story 3

Should win: Toy Story 3

Actress in a Supporting Role-Leo has taken most of the awards, but I gotta a feeling that Adams will get some attention as well. This will lead to a voters split and I think we’re gonna see someone who I considered a regular actress and not a supporting take it.

Will win: Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit

Should win: Amy Adams for The Fighter

Actress in a Leading Role-I think it’s pretty obvious. There’s been some talk that Bening could take it, but I doubt it.

Will win: Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Should win: Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Actor in a Supporting Role-This is even more obvious. The only one who stands a chance in Geoffrey Rush.

Will win: Christian Bale for The Fighter

Should win: Christian Bale for The Fighter

Actor in a Leading Role-This one should be a lot closer than the “Actress” and “Supporting Actor” awards, especially considering that Bardem got a nomination, who knows he could take it.

Will win: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech

Should win: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech

Best Picture-I decided for this I am going to rank them in order of what is the least likely to win (10) to most likely to win (1).

10. The Kids Are All Right

9. 127 Hours

8. Winter’s Bone

7. Toy Story 3

6. Inception

5. True Grit

4. The Fighter

3. Black Swan

2. The Social Network

1. The King’s Speech

Yes, unfortunately I have to put The King’s Speech in the number one spot. I did enjoy it a lot, but there were a lot of films that took it to the next level. Hopefully The Social Network can gain back some momentum that TKS has taken from it in the last few weeks and take home the infamous golden bald guy.