Oscars 2012: Part One
So, it’s award season and that means the Oscars are coming up (February 26th). While I don’t always agree with Oscars’ nominations or winners, more often than not. I still do like to watch it and sigh at all the things they get wrong. This post is for the films and actors that I belief deserve to win:
(note I haven’t seen all the films nominated so this might change. I haven’t watched The Artist and it’s pretty certain that will win big this year)
- The Artist
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- The Tree of Life
- War Horse
And the winner is…The Tree of Life. This is an absolutely beautiful and mesmerising looking film. Emmanuel Lubezki imbues the camera with a sense of personality; the camera, at times feels like it’s floating, it acts both as a confessional to the characters’ deepest moments and also as an observer of events. The film does have all the hallmarks of a Malick film, such as the copious amounts of nature shots but there is a sense of wonderment and playfulness in the handheld movements. And even if you didn’t like the film (not his best, still think The Thin Red Line is his masterpiece) you cannot deny the sheer power of the cinematography.
Best Screenplay (Original)
- The Artist
- Margin Call
- Midnight in Paris
- A Separation
And the winner is….Midnight in Paris. This has to be Woody Allen’s best film in years, believe the hype! It’s a glorious journey down the world of ’20s Paris in the time of Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Stein and more. While it’s not exactly laugh-out-loud material, Allen does have fun with our perceptions of writers and artists.
(I can’t do adapted screenplay, haven’t read all the books)
- Demian Bichir
- George Clooney
- Jean Dujardin
- Gary Oldman
- Brad Pitt
And the winner is…Gary Oldman. He gives an extremely assured and measured performance in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He generates so much power and pathos in such a quiet, precise role that it is exhilarating to watch. He probably won’t win as his performance is too low-key, there’s no grandstanding moment for viewers to latch onto. Yet, he acts as the pillar for the film. It’s a performance where the entire body is part of it; his voice, the way in which he moves, the quiet, steadiness of how he works. It is a masterclass of acting.
Part Two will come in a bit, after I’ve watched all the Best Picture nominees.