...are the Academy Awards! Can't wait to see the show. In my country, it starts at 2.30 AM, but who really cares? It's all worth it! I've been watching movies like a crazy person this week and finally succeeded in watching all the nominees in the Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress categories. Obviously, everyone has their expectations, and I'm not any different. So here are some really short reviews and both my predictions and the ones I wish would win.
Best Picture Nominees:
Lovely film. It's been a while since I've seen it but I remember loving the acting by Ms. Davis, Ms. Chastain, Ms. Spencer and even Ms. Stone. It will be well deserved if Viola Davis would win tonight.
Ah, George Clooney... He's still got it! I honestly didn't expect he would pull that part off but he did, he really did. This movie had exactly what I like to see in a film: nice set-up, good performances and a solid plot. I also liked the comic relief that the Sid character brought.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
By just having seen the trailer, I was surprised it got a nomination for Best Picture. And after viewing the movie itself, I'm just stunned that the Academy would acknowledge this film before 'Drive' or 'Shame'... About 30 minutes into it, I found it unbearable. The lead character is so unsympathetic, it makes it impossible to relate or even care. Furthermore, the cheap use of the 9/11 events and the sheer ridiculousness of an 11 year old boy wandering New York City on his own killed it for me.
The Tree of Life
Of course I know the chances are slim to none, but in a perfect world, the Oscar for Best Picture would go to this peculiar, beautiful, bold piece of art. Although most people I asked either fell asleep or walked out after 20 minutes, I couldn't keep my eyes of the screen. I really admire Director Terrence Mallick for making such a film in the current state of cinema.
Now you should know that I absolutely despite animal movies so I had my reservations before seeing War Horse in the cinemas. I don't think it's deserving of the Oscar but I do applaud the way they handled the issue of a horse during war. Sure, there were some very implausible scenes worked in there (pause war to save a horse...?) but I genuinely enjoyed the film.
I like B&W film and I've enjoyed silent films but The Artist was something else. I really loved how it had a clear authentic quality but also a modern twist. Most are betting on The Artist for Best Picture and there's no loud objection from me.
Midnight in Paris
Classic Woody Allen: original, filled with interesting characters and a little bit odd. The thing with his movies is you either like them or not because he has such a specific view. I would really like it if Midnight in Paris won Best Picture but I don't think it'll happen.
I don't know if it's just me but I've been reading a little Oscar-buzz online and Moneyball seems to be the only one that doesn't have a cult following. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the great performances and the well-written script, I find the movie to be overrated.
Just saw it today and loved it. The Martin Scorsese stamp pretty much guaranteed it for me and he didn't disappoint in the very least. It had all the features of a children's animated picture; the playfulness, the vibrant setting, the caricature-like characters; and yet there were serious issues addressed. Asa Butterfield as Hugo Cabret had me instantly with those baby blues of his. Very nice movie.
My ranking of the Best Picture nominees:
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
Extremely Loud and Extremely Close
'The Descendants' wins Best Picture.
George Clooney wins Best Actor.
Meryl Streep wins Best Actress.
'The Artist' to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
Jean Dujardin to win for Best Actor.
Viola Davis wins Best Actress.
I admit I really suck at predictions so don't be surprised if I am 100% wrong.
The Red Carpet on E! has just begun so I'll see you at the Oscars ;)