Well, another year is in the books, and I have to say — this was a damn good Oscar year. I don’t think they truly made that many mistakes. And in all, I actually agreed with just about every major category. Sure, I could quibble about some of the minor ones, but overall, I think they did a terrific job with this one.
I’ve also went and updated all my other articles, like the Rankings, the Viewer’s Guide, the Facts and Trivia, and all the little odds and ends articles (Ranking the Best Pictures, etc.) with the new results we now have.
That aside, let’s get into the recap of the big night: (more…)
The winners for the Oscars tonight were:
Best Picture: The Artist
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help (more…)
For those who don’t want the bells and whistles, and all the explanations, here is an abbreviated list of all my picks for the show (which is set to get underway in just under an hour). I’m telling you what I’m picking, what I told you to pick (for your office pool. Since I’m not competing. I’m just having fun with it), and alternates for each one (just to show that I’ll be within the ballpark on at least 22 of them). I’m also going to do it in the order they’ve announced that the awards will be going out:
Best Art Direction
It’s that time again. Oscar night. My favorite night of the year. This is the first year I’m really out in the deep end. Before, I was the only one amongst my circles who knew anything about the Oscars. And last year, no one read this blog, so it didn’t matter. No one still reads the blog (relatively), but the drastic increase in views (what I had in total blog views last Oscars is what I get in less than a week now. In fact, the views from yesterday total more than 60% of what I had that entire month) means that my opinion will at least be out there slightly more.
I used to treat the Oscars as a game (as they should mostly be treated the night of the ceremony, since everything’s decided by then anyway). I told all my friends that if they could outguess me, I’d give them some sort of reward, just to get them somewhat as interested in the awards as I was (plus I knew they’d never be able to do it). Now that’s over with (and my picks are on the internet), I’m much more lax about stuff. I don’t try to guess everything like I used to. I’d still love to get as close to 24/24 as I can, but I’m willing to take more chances now, rather than going with the safe stuff just to “win.” Though generally I do like to hit at least 16. To me, that’s a passing grade. (Last year, I got 17/24, and that after trying to will it to happen and taking Social Network all the way through. Had I picked to win, I’d never have done that.) This year, I might take some wild bets (i.e. disregard the possibility of a sweep) just to make it interesting. I’d like to beat last year’s 17, but I’m very prepared to do horrible. (It’s how I treat everything: assume abject failure and everything turns out okay.) (more…)
I was looking back over last year’s articles and saw that I wrote one about how the Academy likes voting for a film that’s made money. Which is generally true. Though The Hurt Locker being one of (or maybe it’s the lowest, I forget) the lowest-grossing Best Picture winners of all time shows that it’s not always the case. But generally, I think I found (and you can read that article here) that most of the time, the film that won Best Picture was in the top half (or top 3, when there were 5 nominees) of the nominees in terms of gross. I didn’t actually read through that entire article, but I’m pretty sure that was the gist of it.
I mostly wanted to use that as an excuse to check in with how this year’s nominees are doing, box office-wise. I haven’t really done that in a while. I’m curious to see how they’re doing. So, according to Box Office Mojo (which has it plastered on the front page), here are the grosses of all the Best Picture nominees as of right this second: (more…)
This is always a fun thing to do. Guessing what clips they’re gonna show for each of the acting nominees. Seems pretty obvious. I’m very familiar with most of the performances, so I should be able to guess specifically for all but like, two of them:
Demián Bichir — almost definitely that speech he has at the end to his kid. Or one of the scenes with the kid in the truck, telling him how he works hard so he can have (insert title here).
George Clooney — him talking to his wife at the end and crying, right? Or do they want to mix it up and not have all tears?
Jean Dujardin — you’d think the clip of him on the stage, goofing around, but I’m really hoping one of their clips is the dance-off behind the screen. Or maybe it’ll be him quitting the studio. But honestly probably his first scene. (more…)
And our final Best Picture nominee, War Horse. An unfairly maligned film by most people (because it’s a film that seems like an obvious Oscar winner), it’s a film whose reputation, I feel, will grow in the coming years because it is actually quite good. It seems like Spielberg doing Spielberg while trying to do John Ford, and I say — what’s so wrong with that?
Here are my favorite moments from War Horse: