Sunday, February 20, 2011

2010 Academy Award Recommendations

One of the terrible effects of the massive winter storms in early February was the fact that we had major power outages and were virtually under house arrest. As a result of the ensuing chaos, I was unable to get to my own selections for the Best of 2010. At last, now I am able to get down to my list. Now, I don't have a name for these endeavours (any suggestions would be nice: the closest I got was Letters of Transit, but frankly, that just sounds silly).

Therefore, without further ado, let's get down to My Nominees.

BEST PICTURE

The Fighter
Inception
The King's Speech
Toy Story 3
True Grit

BEST ACTOR

Jeff Bridges: True Grit
Aaron Eckhart: Rabbit Hole
Colin Firth: The King's Speech
James Franco: 127 Hours
Ryan Reynolds: Buried

BEST ACTRESS

Annette Bening: The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman: Rabbit Hole
Diane Lane: Secretariat
Natalie Portman: Black Swan
Hailee Steinfeld: True Grit

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christian Bale: The Fighter
Andrew Garfield: The Social Network
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Inception
Jeremy Renner: The Town
Geoffrey Rush: The King's Speech

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Helena Bonham Carter: The King's Speech
Loretta Devine: For Colored Girls
Barbara Hershey: Black Swan
Mila Kunis: Black Swan
Melissa Leo: The Fighter


BEST DIRECTOR

Ben Affleck: The Town
Darren Aronofsky: Black Swan
Tom Hooper: The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan: Inception
David O. Russell: The Fighter


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Black Swan
Buried
The Fighter
Inception
The King's Speech

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

127 Hours
Never Let Me Go
The Social Network
The Town
True Grit

BEST EDITING

127 Hours
The Fighter
Inception
The Town
True Grit

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Buried
Black Swan
Inception
The King's Speech
True Grit

BEST ART DIRECTION

Burlesque
Inception
The King's Speech
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
True Grit

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Inception
The King's Speech
Never Let Me Go
Tangled
TRON: Legacy

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Show Me How To Burlesque (Burlesque)
You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (Burlesque)
Give In To Me (Country Strong)
I See The Light (Tangled)
Shine (Waiting for Superman)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Black Swan
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part I
The King's Speech
True Grit

BEST MAKEUP

127 Hours
Black Swan
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part I
The Wolfman

BEST VISUAL (SPECIAL) EFFECT

Inception
Iron-Man 2
TRON: Legacy

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Oceans
Waiting For Superman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Despicable Me
Tangled
Toy Story 3

Now, it should be noted I only nominated those which I have seen and written of as of today, so if something you think should have been included, keep that detail in mind. I would have liked five nominees in every category but alas, sometimes I couldn't find enough.

Let's face it: a lot of 2010 was absolute junk. It's only in the last month or so of the year that a vast majority of the good films came our way, and then they took longer to play here in El Paso because this is a second or even third-tier market. We West Texans, especially in a majority Hispanic city, wouldn't be interested in dramas about King George VI or loony ballet dancers, the mindset goes.

We'd much rather watch things like Takers or Little Fockers, you know, things more at our intelligence level. Note The Sarcasm.

Well, by Saturday I'll announce my winners. Suggestions and opinions always welcome.

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