So yeah. Let's talk about these
, shall we?
Some things right off the bat are set in stone-- Portman, Bale, Firth and Bonham Carter are absolutely guaranteed
Best Actress, Supporting Actor, Actor and Supporting Actress respectively, and Fincher is most likely going to snag Best Director/Adapted Screenplay for "Social Network." But it's the other stuff I wanna mention now.
What I'd originally (hoped) thought was going to be an "Avatar/Hurt Locker" neck-n-necker this year between "Black Swan" and "SN" has turned out to be between... "Social Network" and "King's Speech." And frankly speaking, after being all but forced to pick between 2 genre movies last year, it's pretty likely the Academy is going to latch onto "Speech" this year what with it being a straightforward historical character drama.
Now, I did feel "Speech" was a great film, and the acting on display is certainly top-notch... but I do think that "Social Network" is the stronger film overall. While technically 'about' Facebook even tangentially, it's more a snapshot of the modern era in EVERYTHING that implies, and considering its a film almost ENTIRELY featuring a-bunch-of-kids-talking-real-fastlike, it just has more soul and energy than the more low-key pace of "King's Speech."
As to the other films, I'm glad to see Inception at least getting the token genre-film-pat-on-the-head nomination (also serving nicely as 'compensation' for "Dark Knight" not getting nominated in 2008), though it's gotten plenty of love as far as technical nominations go, and it's more than likely going to get Best Original Screenplay/Cinematography if nothing else. "Kids are All Right" is on there as the bone being thrown to the LGBT community, but I've already explained why I have issues with that charming little number
. And as much as I liked "Black Swan" and feel it deserves the Best Picture award more than most, Portman nailing Best Actress (and probably Best Editing) are probably the most it'll get away with.
But if you know me, I'm sure you've already figured out what I'm pissed off the most about: The Best Animated Film nominations. Oh Christ.
Let's be real here, Academy. "Toy Story 3" is going to get it. "Toy Story 3" DESERVES to get it. But at least TRY TO PUT SOME FUCKING EFFORT INTO THE P
ROCEEDINGS. I'm sure you know that this marks the second year of the Academy expanding the Best Picture noms to 10 in a looooooooong history of just 5, but the Best Animated Film list has NEVER had that kind of consistency. It started out with just 3 (which was fair at the time I suppose, considering few of them were being made) in 2001, and has fluctuated weirdly between 3 and 5 for every year since. Why? ....Because! And for some stupid reason, the Academy has decided to narrow it down to three AGAIN this year. The surefire winner, "How to Train Your Dragon", and the token Foreign Niche Animated Film That No One Has Ever Heard Of But It Got Shown In Like One Theatre In New York So It's Perfectly Valid As A Nominee! ("The Illusionist," not to be confused with the Edward Norton movie).
"Despicable Me?" "Tangled?" WHAT THE FUCK ARE THOSE?
Why are we not even ACKNOWLEDGING successful animated films that do their thing WELL? And as much as I LOVE "TS3," I wouldn't mind if one of the other films got one, JUST TO BREAK THE CONSTANT JUST-GIVE-IT-T
O-PIXAR STREAK. Pixar makes great films. We GET that
. They wouldn't be so successful if that WASN'T the case. But for fuck's sake, GIVE THE METAPHORICAL BALL TO SOME
ONE ELSE WHO DESERVES IT.
This ESPECIALLY worries me this year since "Cars 2"-- the sequel to the worst Pixar movie EVER-- is out, and GODDAMN, there is absolutely NOTHING ELSE on the radar I know of at the moment, save possibly for "Rango." I don't know if there's hope for any of us if something REMOTELY ATTACHED to Larry The Cable Guy wins a Best Anything Oscar by default because there was NOTHING ELSE OUT.