It’s a bit different this year because AC and The Cupster have actually seen four of the nominated flicks — a record of some kind. In order of viewing they are Inception, The King’s Speech, Black Swan and The Social Network (as a DVD).
I long ago rendered my opinion that Inception was an epic failure and will not be pleased if it wins anything of significance. For all I know, however, it may sweep since I seem to be the only guy on the planet who dismissed it as a glorified chase and shoot flick. Apparently, my feeble mind is unable to grasp the glorious nuances of this cinematic masterpiece.
Moving on: we saw The King’s Speech during the Christmas holidays and loved it. From what I can tell, Colin Firth should be a shoo-in for best actor, and I wouldn’t be surprised for the movie to win as Best Film: which means that it probably won’t happen. If you haven’t seen, do try to atone for your transgression as it’s a feel good flick that actually got a bit of an applause at the end in our theatre. That must be meaningful because here in Canada we taciturn northerners are prone to only applaud at hockey games.
A few weeks ago, we drove into town (actually the city) to see Black Swan. It is a unique offering in which
you I sometimes didn’t know if I was coming or going. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised and think that it will get some Oscar interest. I don’t know if it’s uniqueness will be a help or hindrance. I would be almost stunned of anyone other than Natalie Portman were to win as Best Actress (or is it now pc to say Best Female Actor?).
As for Social Network. It was okay, but I can’t see it competing with Speech or Swan in any category. It’s a good movie for DVD in my opinion, and I’m just as happy that I didn’t spend the necessary $6000 to see it in the theatre: $6000 being the Canadian price for two admissions, but the price does include popcorn, so it’s almost worth it.
So there you have it: my quick take and a few predictions. You can toss that grain of salt behind your shoulder now.