Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscars 2011

The King's Speech led the winners of the 83rd Academy Awards with four statuettes for best picture, best director (Tom Hooper), best actor (Colin Firth) and best original screenplay (David Seidler).

Another big winner was Inception, which won four of its eight nominations: best cinematography, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing.

On the other hand, The Social Network copped three prizes: best adapted screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), best original score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) and best editing (Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter).

Christian Bale and Melissa Leo received the Oscars for acting in a supporting role, for their turn in The Fighter.

Toy Story 3 earned statuettes for best animated feature film and best original song (for "We Belong Together" by Randy Newman).

Alice in Wonderland was a surprise winner of two Oscars (out of three nominations): best art direction and costume design.

Other winners were:

Natalie Portman (in Black Swan) - best actress

The Wolfman - best makeup

In a Better World (Denmark) - best foreign language film

Inside Job - best documentary feature

Strangers No More - best short-subject documentary

God of Love - best live action short film

The Lost Thing - best animated short film

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Razzies 2011

The Last Airbender led the winners of the Golden Raspberry Awards, receiving prizes for worst picture, worst director, worst screenplay, and worst eye-gouging misuse of 3-D. Jackson Rathbone was chosen worst supporting actor for turns in The Last Airbender and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

M. Night Shyamalan was tapped worst director and worst supporting actor in 2006 for Lady in the Water.

Sex and the City 2, on the other hand, took the awards for worst actress; worst screen couple or ensemble; and, worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel.

Ashton Kutcher was worst actor (for "Killers" and "Valentine's Day), and Jessica Alba was worst supporting actress (for "The Killer Inside Me," "Little Fockers," "Machete" and "Valentine's Day).

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Independent Spirit Awards 2011

Black Swan led the winners of the the Independent Spirit Awards copping the prizes for best picture, best director (Darren Aronofsky), best cinematography (for Matthew Libatique) and best actress (Natalie Portman).

Winter's Bone received the awards for best supporting actor and actress (John Hawkes and Dale Dickey).

Other winners were:

Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg (for The Kids are All Right) - best screenplay

James Franco (for 127 Hours) - best actor

Get Low (Aaron Schneider, director) - best first film

Lena Dunham (for Tiny Furniture) - best first screenplay

The King's Speech (United Kingdom) - best foreign film

Exit Through the Gift Shop - best documentary

Daddy longlegs - John Cassavetes Award for best film made for under $500,000

Please Give - Robert Altman Award for Director, Casting Director and Ensemble Cast

Forecast for the 2011 Academy Awards

Here is how I think the nominees will fare in Monday's Oscars, based on the order in which they could possibly win.

best picture-

The King's Speech
The Social Network
True Grit
The Fighter

best director-

David Fincher for The Social Network
Tom Hooper for The King's Speech
David O. Russell for The Fighter
Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for True Grit

best original screenplay-

The King's Speech
The Fighter
The Kids are All Right
Another Year

best adapted screenplay-

The Social Network
Winter's Bone
Toy Story 3
True Grit
127 Hours

best actor-

Colin Firth in The King's Speech
Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
James Franco in 127 Hours
Jeff Bridges in True Grit
Javier Bardem in Biutiful

best actress-

Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Annette Bening in The Kids are All Right
Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone
Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine

best supporting actor-

Christian Bale in The Fighter
Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech
Mark Ruffalo in The Kids are All Right
Jeremy Renner in The Town
John Hawkes in Winter's Bone

best supporting actress-

Melissa Leo in The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit
Amy Adams in The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech
Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom

best cinematography-

True Grit
Black Swan

best editing-

The Social Network
The King's Speech
The Fighter
Black Swan
127 Hours

best costume design-

The King's Speech
True Grit
Alice in Wonderland

best makeup:

The Wolfman
The Way Back
Barney's Version

best visual effects-

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Alice in Wonderland

best original score-

The King's Speech
The Social Network
How to Train Your Dragon
127 Hours

best original song-

If I Rise from 127 Hours
W Belong Together from Toy Story 3
I See the Light (Tangled)
Coming Home (Country Strong)

best sound mixing-

True Grit
Toy Story 3

best sound editing:

True Grit
The King's Speech
The Social Network

best art direction-

The King's Speech
True Grit

best animated feature film- Toy Story 3

best foreign-language film -

In a Better World
Outside the Law