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Academy Award Nominations

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Cyn, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Lord, these anchors ask stupid questions. :rolleyes: "Bad memories" from last year, like his house burned down instead of someone else beating him for an award. His answers were great, though.

    I wonder where he was for the interview? Gorgeous background there. (And Colin was looking pretty darned good himself! :D )
  2. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

    No Christopher Nolan? OUCH! :eek:

    Very happy for Colin Firth :kickass:
  3. Jimena

    Jimena Well-Known Member

    I know!!! I felt like such a swooning fangirl.

    I so hope he wins.
  4. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    I just watched The Kids are All Right from Netflix last night and I'm not surprised that Moore was snubbed. I didn't believe her performance/character for one second. I thought she was the weakest thing in the movie, which is surprising, since I am normally a big fan of hers. I just didn't buy her in this role at all.

    On the other hand, I thought Annette Bening was amazing. She stole this movie out from under everyone else IMHO.
  5. znachki

    znachki Active Member

    The Academy voters (despite the attempts of the Board of Governors) still skew much older than most of the other guilds and award bodies. So, it is quite possible.

    I think that one reason Benning got the nod over Moore is because she is a favorite with the Academy voters. Remember, many times the win isn't aways for ones best work, but because the voters feel someone is "due".

    Very happy for the Ruffalo and Hawkes nominations.

    No Kevin O'Connell nom this year - but he didn't really have anything in the hunt. So, we'll have to wait until next year at the earliest to see if the streak will continue, or be broken.
  6. Maximillian

    Maximillian Well-Known Member

    Wow I had the complete opposite reaction, I thought that Moore made all sorts of interesting choices which continually surprised me and easily gave the better, more creative performance of the two. Bening was fine, but I didn't find her performance all that interesting.

    Regardless, I think Portman gave the performance of the year in "Black Swan" and would love to see her win, though I imagine that Bening might take it because it's "her turn".

    Am very pleased that Melissa Leo was nominated am thinking that she might lose on account of splitting the vote with Amy Adams, I hope that means that Bonham Carter can squeak through with the win. Loved her Queen Mum.

    Am glad Kunis didn't get the nod as there wasn't much to her performance, definitely thought Hershey should have been acknowledged though, really good, frightening stuff from her.
  7. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    That is one packed Supporting Actress field -- I haven't seen The Fighter or True Grit, but I keep hearing about how wonderful Leo and Steinfeld are, and to some extent Adams too. I'd certainly be happy to see Carter take it, but I don't think it'll happen.

    Actually, I'm a little surprised Steinfeld is in Supporting. If this True Grit is anything like the first True Grit, Mattie has an awful lot of screentime.
  8. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    How predictable. Yay for Social Network, I guess.
  9. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    I was disappointed at the lack of noms for Barney's Version. I thought it would get adapted screenplay and actor for sure (I like Jeff Bridges enough, but it was same old same ol in True Grit; Giamatti's performance was miles better). But I guess I shouldn't be too surprised considering how extremely limited the release has been. Mind you, with that field, I'd say Firth is looking an almost certainty to win -- yay!

    Aside from Bridges, the other acting nom that I'd delete from the list in favour of ... well just about anyone ... is Amy Adams in The Fighter. Again, I like her fine, but this was not a good role for her and she was pretty unimpressive.

    A little :confused: about the snub for Waiting for Superman too ... but very happy to see Gasland on the list. A great film not just for the subject it covers but the low-key style and the almost accidental way it came about.
  10. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    Annett Benning has never won an Oscar, right? I think Natalie will have many more opportunities to be nominated but not so much for Annett. I'll pick Annett to go home with Oscar.
  11. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    It's the same with Rush in The King's Speech, even more so. But that happens all the time: there's an almost universal unwritten rule that only 1 "lead" actor is allowed per film, so no matter how big the other parts are, they're "supporting." A bit unfair on some of the other noms who really were "supporting," but there you go.

    In the case of The King's Speech, though, I'm glad it happened that way, as both Firth & Rush deserve to win and the only way that can happen is if they're in different categories.
  12. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    Am THRILLED for Melissa Leo!!! Would love to see her win it.

    Happy for The King's Speech and delighted for Colin.

    My favourite nom though just for the potential pretty in a tux would be Javier Bardem...Ooooh la la!!! :D
  13. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    I wonder if Franco's Yale classmates will give him applauses when he walks into classes today :lol:.
  14. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Has anyone seen Exit Through the Gift Shop? It is nominated for Best Documentary. I am a little worried because this documentary has been heavily criticized as not being real. I don't want to give away anything but many many people feel it was all set up as a huge prank, basically. That is the simple explanation without going into spoiler details. Where do you draw the line between an actual documentary and a film made to look like a documentary (mockumentary as they call them)?
  15. Seerek

    Seerek Well-Known Member

    Interesting - a lot of people had pegged Ryan Gosling and Paul Giamatti instead of Javier Bardem and James Franco, but still pretty good choices.
  16. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    I thought the original sucked. John Wayne got a career Oscar. He had the dimension and depth of a stop sign. I am certain Jeff Bridges is much better. I've yet to see a bad Jeff Bridges performance.

    I want to see Annette Bening get BA - she got robbed twice.
    I read on a gossip site (by FORCE) that Halle Berry was counting on a nod for Frankie & Alice....didn't happen :fragile:.
  17. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    I've been meaning to see it. A friend was trying to set up a viewing for a bunch of us, but she hasn't been able to find a date yet that works for everyone.

    Sez you. :p I think it's an awesome movie and Wayne is awesome in it. The "fill your hands" scene alone was Oscar-worthy. The way he played to his strengths while at the same time playing against his image (the "old fat washed-up gunfighter" now, instead of the iconic cowboy) -- it's not everyone that can do that.
  18. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    Puh-leeze. He was horrid in most of his flicks - and I actually liked films like The Sea Chase and Blood Alley. I thought it was the same part he played in his other cowboy flicks, except he had a gut :p.
  19. luna_skater

    luna_skater Well-Known Member

    I saw it. It's excellent, but I've also heard musings that it could have been entirely staged. I never did hear definitively one way or another, however. I prefer to give the benefit of the doubt that it's authentic, but wouldn't be at all surprised if it was proven otherwise.

    Even if it was staged, it is still somewhat of a documentary on the art world and attitudes surrounding it (maybe that's a stretch?).
  20. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Was not.

    (Obviously, this was destined to degenerate into a "Was not!" "Was too!" fight -- thought I might as well cut to the chase. :D )
  21. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    Um, okay. You have convinced me of the error of my ways....:shuffle:

  22. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    I questioned that one not because of the "not real" controversy but because I didn't think it was a particularly fabulous film. Enjoyable, sure, but hardly the best example of the genre (esp. when there are so many others to choose from).

    I wonder if it was political, though. In the past the documentary branch of the Academy had been hugely criticized for ignoring huge documentary films in the past (Thin Blue Line anyone?). In the most recent few years they've swung more toward "popular" docs -- some still deserving of Oscar nominations, some, um, not.
  23. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Same to you, NOT. :lol:
  24. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    Exit through the Gift Shop is awesome. Even if you aren't an art world follower, there are enough funny/ridiculous events in it to keep you entertained. Personally I would like to see it win just to see if Banksy, Mr. brainwash, or someone else entirely shows up to collect the award :lol:

    However, it is up against the also very awesome Inside Job, which is a kick-ass documentary about the financial crisis. The take-no-prisoners interviews in this film were some of the best moments I witnessed in a theatre this past year. I would be very happy to see this one win too.

    ETA that Inside Job was released by a major studio (Sony) so if there is politicking for the award it may have an advantage.
  25. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    I love her, hope she gets it--she is due.
  26. a56

    a56 New Member

    Too bad for Chris Nolan, getting snubbed year after year after year.

    I am really curious to see whether Annette Bening will win the Oscar. I still think Natalie Portman is ahead. However, considering the Academy passed Annette over for the same actress twice within 5 years (!!), I don't think she's that popular among the Oscar voters. If she doesn't win this time around, I think Annette's best chance for an Oscar may be to just have a strong supporting role in a film and get a supporting actress Oscar as sort of a career achievement award. Actors like Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Cate Blanchett, and Renee Zellweger all were nominated for at least 2-3 Lead Acting Oscars (some were even favored to win those Lead Acting Oscars, such as perhaps Zellweger after she won the SAG award for Chicago), but received one Supporting Acting Oscar as a consolation, career achievement prize.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2011
  27. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    They did this to Tim Robbins for his wonderful performance in The Shawshank Redemption. Morgan Freeman clearly had the supporting role, but go the Best Actor nod...IIRC, Pulp Fiction had similar issues with Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson had the meatier role but got a Supporting Actor nod. There are exceptions - like Thelma & Louise and All About Eve are two that I can think of now where both leads were nominated in the Best Actor/Actress category.

    :respec: truce? ;)

    I watched her in Love Affair over the holidays. It is by far the worst version of the three that have been made of this rather dated story (Beatty was godawful). But something about Annette's performance - she was so calm and centered when she could have went totally OTT...she was the saving grace here and in Bugsy. Again, with this Beatty guy :rolleyes: ;).
  28. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Truce! :) And here's something we have in common: I don't get Beatty either.

    I understand the "one actor is lead, one is supporting" in a situation like the one Firth and Rush are in. But since Steinfeld appears to be the only woman with a major part in True Grit, and therefore not competing with any other actress in her film, it's a little harder to grasp the reasoning.
  29. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    Oh, he was beautiful back in the day, but I never thought of him as much of an actor. To his credit, he did get the role of the gigolo in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by cruising Tennessee Williams in a bar...although Williams was a horny drunk who would have shagged the test pattern on his TV.
  30. NinjaTurtles

    NinjaTurtles Teenage Mutant

    While she was certainly the lead role in the film, I believe the studio purposefully campaigned her for Supporting in belief that the category would be less competitive.

    I find it interesting, and perhaps telling, that we get 10 Best Picture nominees but still only 5 Directing nominees; those nominated for Best Picture and not Directing surely have the least chance. Reminds me of Whoopi's Moulin Rouge comment.