I thought I’d weigh in on the Oscar 2011 results from yesterday...
However, it seems a bit pointless for me to just write a list of all the winners (there’s a thousand other sites on the web that already did that and LIVE), so I thought I’d write up some of my opinions on whether I agree or disagree with the winners (or losers) the Academy selected, in the categories I’m most interested in.
Best Picture – The King’s Speech
This isn’t exactly a surprise, though it would not have been my choice. Of the 11 films nominated my five favourite films in the category were Inception, Toy Story 3, The Social Network, Black Swan and 127 Hours. Realistically TS3 and Inception were never going to win, so personally I’d have liked to have seen 127 Hours win this.
Best Director – Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)
Again, the result was expected seeing it got Best Picture. I would have liked to see David Fincher win this, I think The Social Network is a master-piece in terms of direction. The only reason I wouldn't have gone with Danny Boyle is that he’s already got one for Slumdog Millionaire.
Best Original Screenplay - David Seidler (The King's Speech)
Unsurprising win again! I would have loved to see Chris Nolan win this for his Inception screenplay though, it’s rare that an original story is critically appraised and a mega-hit at the Box Office, so think this deserves recognition.
Best Adapted Screenplay - Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)
Agree with this, it’s a very clever script and Aaron’s dialogue is written incredibly well. As good as Toy Story 3 is, I don’t think it really deserved to be nominated in this category (it is a sequel after all!).
Best Animated Film – Toy Story 3
The best reviewed film of the year. There was never a doubt who was getting this Oscar and I’m happy with the decision.
Best Score – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network)
I absolutely love the soundtrack to The Social Network, though think Hans Zimmer’s Inception score is possibly more memorable. I would be happy with either winning this and don’t think I could decide between them if it was my decision (though Inception sort of made up for losing this by winning Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing).
Best Cinematography – Wally Pfister (Inception)
Similar situation as with the score, agree with the result but would have been just as happy to see The Social Netwrok get this. I think they’ve both got incredible cinematography but for different reasons.
Best Visual Effects – Richard King (Inception)
Agree with this, Iron Man 2 didn’t really bring anything new to the table and both Harry Potter and Alice In Wonderland had great CGI but again nothing revolutionary.
Best Editing – The Social Network
Agree 100% with this result, balancing multiple court cases, timelines and character motivations to keep a fast paced momentum for its 2 hour running time. This was the best editing of 2010 without a doubt.
So that’s the categories I’m most interested in and the ones I have an opinion on. Do you agree or have a different point of view?
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