There is something really special about the Oscars, may it be all the actors coming together, being able to see your favorite movies win awards, or even just to get that laugh from the host, which begins to humanize the celebrities and make them into real people again, people we love to watch. Controversy does surround the Academy, some people are very skeptical about the grading process and speculate to the biases of the Academy, we don't have an opinion on the subject, all we know is that the Oscars is always a fun time and in the end that is what matters most. As promised we will be placing our top choices here today, but before we do, let's talk about the host, and how awesome it is that he is hosting again.
We wish we could express how great it is that Billy Crystal is going to be hosting the Academy Awards again, Billy has hosted about eight shows now and all of them have been clever, funny and a great time, in fact it is said that all hosts that came after him attempt to put some "Billy Crystal" magic within their performance for it surely will spice up a bad performance. Parodies have been happening for a long time, but the going within a movie and making fun of it was popularized by Billy Crystal himself, thus the man changes the game, its just what he does. If this is your first Oscars with Billy be sure to check it out, we assure you that you will like the performance, we hope at least, who can say for sure when it comes to these things. So grab some popcorn, make your choices, sit back and enjoy the show.
To us this was no contest, "Midnight In Paris" is not only well written and directed, but it plays on our emotions and intellect, it challenges us to think outside the box and encounter the world in a different way. "Midnight In Paris" is something that all can enjoy, though we would wager that those that are well read and know their literature will love this movie, in fact there is no way for one to be well read and not love this movie, or at least come to appreciate the fun depiction of older writers. The list of movies in this category pays no challenge really to this movie, our runner ups though are "The Help" in second place and "The Artist" in third.
Animated Feature Film: Rango
Cinematography: The Artist
Art Direction: Midnight In Paris
Actor In A Leading Role
Here we are divided, not by movie choice but by actor loyalty, what we would like the most would be for Gary Oldman to win and get the Oscar he has been deserving for his many roles he has been in since the beginning of his career. With that said it is Jean Dujardin from "The Artist" that deserves to win the award this year. Not only is Jean part of a great project but he does everything perfectly giving us a fantastic performance, one that should be recognized, thus though we would prefer Gary because of our loyalty to him, we can't help but submit that Jean should take home the Oscar.
Costume Design: Hugo
Documentary Feature: Hell And Back Again
Documentary Short: Saving Face
Actress In A Leading Role
Without a doubt Viola Davis from "The Help" should take this award, again we might be partial here for we want "The Help" to win a lot of awards for it was a movie deserving everyone's attention and love. Viola is no push over though, she comes into the scene and does her thing well, we don't have a lot of big names within the cast of "The Help" but the cast behaved like they were. The movie is beautifully casted and directed, props are deserved for the director, he took what he had and with everyone giving a hundred percent he accomplished something incredible. Viola Davis stole our hearts during this movie, here is a woman deserving the Oscar, there is no other more deserving among this line up then her.
Film Editing: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Foreign Language Film: Canada "Monsieur Lazhar"
Make Up: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Writing (Original Screenplay): Midnight In Paris
Actor And Actress In A Supporting Role
We never thought we would ever utter these words but Jonah Hill should be taking the award home this year, his performance in "Moneyball" was not only inspiring but a breakthrough within Jonah's own career, here for the first time we got to see how great of an actor Jonah really is, thus due to his performance and his growth we believe that he deserves the award. Obviously when it comes to the actresses we are in a bind, here we have two supporting actresses from "The Help", both of which we feel deserve the Oscar, but though we feel that they deserve it, we cannot negate that Berenice Bejo from "The Artist" in the one that should be taking the award home. If you haven't seen "The Artist" yet then do yourself a favor and go watch it, you will surely agree with our assessment after having seen the movie, Bejo is fabulous and steals the award outright.
Music (Original Score): War Horse
Music (Original Song): "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets
Short Film (Animated): The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
Visual Effects: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
It is no simple feat to write beautiful movies and to direct them to perfection, thus Woody Allen deserves this award over all others. In "Midnight In Paris" Woody Allen is not only seeking to get Wilson to perform his best, but also attempting to depict great heroes in literature, renown icons and not butcher it, thus with the performance being as amazing as it was we cannot take any other stand but to say that Woody Allen has outdone himself this year and deserves the Academy's respect, undoubtedly Woody Allen deserves this award over any other person within the list. We would be surprised and disappointed with the Academy if Woody does not get this award, there is no one more deserving then he.
Short Film (Live Action): Time Freak
Sound Editing: Drive
Sound Mixing: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Writing (Adapter Screenplay): The Ides of March
And there you have it, all of our choices for this year's Academy Awards. Though we are not the authority when it comes to movies, we feel as though good movies are known to all, there is always a special something that happens when a good movie comes out, where everyone understands that that movie deserves to be the winner. This year we hope to see many awards going to "Midnight In Paris" and "The Help", though we know that "The Artist" will steal the stage at time, as it should.
We hope you have have a fantastic week, and may this weekend be a glorious one,
Love from your humble blogger,