Acadamy Awards Night

Posted: February 24, 2013 in Entertainment, Media Gleanings, Movies, Reviews
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Now that I’ve actually seen all the films in question I find that my original choices are little changed.

Best Picture:  I’m still rooting for “Life of Pi”, although it seems increasingly unlikely that it will win.  It definitely has the best literary, technical and even acting qualities.  I still think that “Argo”, “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty”, while all decent films, are the popular due to American flag waving.  This is especially true with “Argo”, which depicts the events as glorified American actions, while history (and Jimmy Carter) shows that Canadians played a far more important and critical role than is suggested by the limp Canadian characters in the movie.  Typical.

Best Actor:  Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master”, which is a movie that has received far less acclaim than it deserves.

Best Actress:  Emmanuelle Riva in Amour.  The movie itself is incredibly slow and painful to watch.  I believe it lives up to the intention of the director to show a very distressing situation, and Riva does that tremendously.  A very depressing film, though.

Best Supporting Actor:  I have never understood what distinguishes a supporting actor from a principal role actor.  In this case, Waltz, as the dentist in “Django Unchained” is as much a primary character as is Jamie Fox.  I don’t get it.  He stands out far more than any of the other nominees in this category.

Best Supporting Actress:  Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables” .  Mainly because the others are not really such hot stuff.

Cinematography:  “Life of Pi” without a doubt.  It is a visually beautiful film.  “Django Unchained” would be an acceptable second choice.

Director:  I’d have to go with “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, another film that has received far less attention than it deserves.  I just feel that it would have been the most difficult situation for a director to work with.  “Amour” is a great directing job, but really, there are only two people in a room that need direction.  (Plus, they could have shortened the movie by half an hour by taking out all the dramatic pauses.  But that’s Editing, I guess.)

Documentary Feature:  Not only is “The Invisible War” an excellent and important documentary, chronicalling the abuse of women in the U.S. military, but it was responsible for the Secretary of Defense taking action to help solve the problem.  “Searching for Sugarman” is an entertaining film, but doesn’t pack the same power.

Foreign Language Film:  “Amour” will probably take this one, but “A Royal Affair” was, to my mind, a spectacular and superior film.

Original Song:  How the heck do they choose these?  There are lots of songs I’ve heard in movies this year that are as good as or better than the crop they’ve collected.  They need to show some imagination.

These are not my predictions for what will win, but rather what I feel should win.  The petty politics and flagwaving, and the usual snubbing of the most successful films of the year, will probably rule the night.

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