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Academy Award Nominations

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

  1. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I don't think Natalie would be denied. She is 29, and has been in the movies since she was 12 (?). Remember Gwyneth Paltrow winning the Oscar at 26? Gwyneth in SIL was nowhere as good as Natalie in TBS.
  2. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

    :mad: Yes, I remember! I thought that Cate Blanchett wuz robbed that year! :lynch: At least I thought she deserved the Best Actress for portraying Elizabeth I more than Gwyneth did for her role in SIL -- and so did Emily Watson as Jacqueline du Pré.
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  3. jenny12

    jenny12 Well-Known Member

    Disappointed that Nolan wasn't nominated. Inception wasn't my favorite film of the year, but he definitely deserved a nomination.

    I'm not a big fan of The King's Speech, but it is typical, safe Oscar-bait and will probably win most of its categories. Rooting for Black Swan and Toy Story 3.
  4. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    That was not a good year! Best actor should have gone to either Ian McKellan or Ed Norton, or basically anyone except Roberto Benigni-playing-himself. And although it was nice for Judi Dench to get supporting actress, it was only because she wuz robbed the previous year (Mrs Brown) -- and the supporting Oscar that year should have gone to Kathy Bates or Rachel Griffiths or Lyn Redgrave.
  5. DBZ

    DBZ Well-Known Member

    Jumping in to give a big :respec::cheer2: to John Powell for getting a Best Score nomination for How to Train your Dragon. I saw the film last month and was blown away by the film score.

    Can't believe he was overlooked by the Golden Globes, so it's nice to see him recognized here. Hope he wins!

    It's a shame, because it was an excellent documentary. Should've been nominated imo.

    Well, many could argue that all documentaries are somewhat a fiction in one way or another. Directors/editors take the footage they shoot and construct a linear narrative from that, which is filtered through their own agenda/biases. Nothing is truly "real."

    ETTGS might've been staged, but I think the overarching narrative of the film still raises provacative questions and statements about the commodification and branding of art/artists and how, in most cases, it has very little to do with actual merit.

    A lot of people I know interpreted the film as strictly a documentary on street/urban art culture, and on that level it probably fails as a conventional documentary; but I don't think that was the intent of it at all. I think the film is making a broader meta statement about the art world in general through the documentation of "Mr. Brainwash's" rapid (and seemingly inexplicable) ascent in the art market.

    I think the whole film was Banksy's way of pointing out the arbitrariness of his own fame and monetary value as an artist, while simultaneously making tons of money off the establishment he's seemingly criticizing.

    Kinda brilliant if you ask me. :)
  6. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Cate Blanchett was totally robbed that year.

    Judi Dench should have won for lead actress the previous year, instead of getting a supporting actress for what was practically a cameo role in SIL.

    To top it all, Saving Private Ryan was head and shoulders over any other movie that year, but SIL won for best picture.

    That was a very bad Oscar year.
  7. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    Yes, but Gwyneth's studio had, er, um, a lot more to do with her winning the Oscar than the quality of her actual performance in the film.

    That being said, Portman certainly seems to be getting the big push too....
  8. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    You have a very dirty mind.

    I like it!! :D
  9. Mozart

    Mozart Well-Known Member

    I really liked the Fighter! I wasn't sure I would like it because I am not into boxing but it was great!
  10. deltask8er

    deltask8er Well-Known Member

    BTW, Javier Bardem became a father today, too! :)


    Little info on the niño or niña yet.

  11. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    Aronofsky's films deal with some disturbing, uncommercial stuff, and sometimes I think that turns off AA voters. Now, I thought Ellyn Burstyn was AMAZING in Requiem for a Dream, certainly better than Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich (dishwater dull movie, despite the presence of Aaron Eckhart). Ellen was absolutely heartbreaking, and her breakdown scenes were not for the squeamish. As a matter of fact, too many scenes in the film made me cringe they were so powerful. I've watched the latter film twice, and think it belongs on Lifetime, starring Connie Selleca or some other mediocre TV actress.
  12. dramagrrl

    dramagrrl Well-Known Member

    Andrew Garfield wuz robbed! :wuzrobbed If it were up to me, he would've been nominated for Best Supporting Actor twice - both for his stellar performance in The Social Network and his much more subtle, quietly devastating performance in Never Let Me Go.
  13. phoenixflamezzz

    phoenixflamezzz New Member

    ooh wow, maybe TKS is the fronrunner for best pic now. 12 noms indicates alot of support. hrm.

    interested to see how the SAG plays out. i think that will go to the Fighter, the DGA to Fincher. this race just got interesting....
  14. gingercrush

    gingercrush Well-Known Member

    Ellen Burstyn's acting was just as cringe inducing as Julia Roberts. Utterly pathetic on what is one of the most overrated films of all time.
  15. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Oh, wow. I can honestly say I have never heard anyone describe Burstyn's performance that way. I know we each have our own opinions but that is shocking to me. I would say Burstyn is probably the most "wuzrobbed" in her category that I can think of in my generation.
  16. Jimena

    Jimena Well-Known Member

    I think we discovered during the Golden Globes that gingercrush doesn't like much about the movies... :shuffle:
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  17. missflick

    missflick Well-Known Member

    I remember the comments that Paltrow would win because she was the only American in a field of Brits. I forget which movie critic said that, but I thought it was a stupid reason to win. :rolleyes:

    Anyway, Micelle Williams for best supporting actress? Shouldn't she be lead? And I thought Paul Giamatti would get something after his Golden Globe win.

    Joan Rivers had a documentary? What?
  18. Cyn

    Cyn Well-Known Member

    Thelma & Louise was up against the juggernaut of Silence of the Lambs - the latter had been released in February of 1991 and still managed to sweep the big four. I liked both films, as well as all three actresses, but IMO there was no way T&L was going to win the Actress category.

    Absolutely. I went on a cursing streak like a sailer who was rolled outside a bar in Tijuana when Princess Gwyneth won :blah: . Again, JMO, but I think her win had more to do with her pedigree in Hollywood than her acting talent. No fecking way should she have won over the field she was up against.

  19. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Roberts was pretty bad. I remember watching a scene with her and the baby and thinking she looked like she'd never been around children in her life. She hoisted the kid like a sack of potatoes.

    He was amazing in Never Let Me Go. I'm pretty bummed that that movie didn't get anything. :(
  20. Seerek

    Seerek Well-Known Member

    I think Never Let Me Go being released in September may have been to its detriment, because in the early fall, people were already giving nominations to Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield.

    People are quick to label "Exit Through the Gift Shop" as mockumentary, but I think its overall insights are just as valid as the other more conventional docs. Interesting to see "Client 9" not getting nominated (although Eliot Spitzer himself appear in it was...kind of odd).
  21. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

    I LOVE Shakespeare in Love. I didn't like Paltrow's coronation win, but I definitely supported the win for Best Picture.

    I found that movie OK, kind of disappointing. The book was phenomenal, but the movie ... meh. The way the book
    gradually revealed the truth about the cloning program was haunting and horrifying
    , but the movie fell kind of flat. It seemed like an interesting movie ran through the wash thousands of times, making it dishwater-dull.
  22. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    The American in a field of Brits was about Helen Hunt for As Good as it Gets where she was competing against the likes of Judi Dench, Julie Christie, Helena Bonham Carter, and Kate Winslet.

    Gwyneth Paltrow was competing against Cate Blanchet (Australian), Fernanda Montenegro (my personal choice and from Brazil), Emily Watson (British), and Meryl Streep (American).

    Michelle Williams is in Best Lead Actress, not supporting actress.

    Paul Giamatti's field at the Golden Globes was Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy. None of the nominees were really award contenders as none of them were really in the major awards circuit nor did they pick up any major critics awards. The category included two nods for Johnny Depp (The Tourist and Alice in Wonderland), Jake Gyllenhaal (Love and Other Drugs), and Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack). Pretty weak.

    Joan Rivers had a critically-acclaimed documentary that came out this past year but I think it was out of the running pretty early on since the Documentary branch does their awards differently. I never liked the documentary branch since they snubbed films like The Thin Blue Line and Hoop Dreams. Plus they (I know it's the whole Academy, not just the documentary branch) gave the Oscar last year to that Whale movie when there were better, more riveting documentaries nominated that year.

    I disagree. I disliked Julia Roberts in Erin Brokovich but my personal vote would've gone to Laura Linney in You Can Count on Me. I kind of thought Ellen Bustryn (and the whole movie in general) was overrated and didn't really have depth. Funny because I love Black Swan and I see similar arguments made against that film.

    BTW, I disliked Saving Private Ryan and thought it was sort of a hoaky and predictable WWII movie. I always laugh when people point out how the Oscars are biased towards WWII movies and yet I see a lot of the general public still complain when Saving Private Ryan lost to a movie that was actually pretty original and got great reviews for its cleverness and wit and originality at the time.
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  23. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    That may be the case but what turns me off is his bull-in-a-china-shop style. Disturbing, uncommercial stuff I can take. His clobbering the audience with the subject matter--not so much.
  24. tracylynn

    tracylynn Active Member

    Mostly a reader here on the board, but I gotta say...yeah for Restrepo! :cheer: I may be the only one who likes that documentary but it is, IMO, gripping.
  25. musicgurl

    musicgurl I know a place...

    Michelle Williams is nominated in best lead actress. I think people were questioning the push for Hailee Steinfeld in supporting because her character is the lead character.
  26. masofs

    masofs New Member

    Blanchett was great (way better than Gwyneth) but I thought Fernanda Montenegro ("Central Station") deserved that one.
  27. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    No biggie; to each his/her own....

    So true...and I didn't like Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, but she more than made up for it in this movie. The entire cast was damned impressive...
  28. gingercrush

    gingercrush Well-Known Member

    I do like movies. I just find the overly dramatic acting that is seemingly always rewarded over more subtle performances to be disturbing. Most of the best acting isn't even nominated.
  29. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    :lol: She looked great in the push-up bra though.

    The scenes in Requiem where Jennifer Connelly had to put on that horrific sex show to get those drugs wasn't exactly subtle....

    You have a point, but I'm always a sucker for histrionics...if done properly.
  30. essence_of_soy

    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

    Wow. I'm so thrilled for Shaun Tan's nomination for best animated short film. If you haven't seen The Lost Thing, it's beautiful and touching.