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Oscar time [Jan. 25th, 2011|11:37 am]
Oscar nominations are out! Our usual February of Depression looks like it's not going to take place, thanks to a year of seeing the right movies. Even if I didn't see another movie before the Academy Awards, I would feel that I'm well-informed for this year's show.

Some people have looked askance at our Oscar-chasing ways, feeling that the movies that get nominated are movies that they'd never want to see. But the thing is that we've seen a lot of really good movies because of Oscar chasing, movies that we wouldn't have seen if not for the Oscars. We've also seen some dogs, but I prefer taking the risk. In the greater scheme of things, yes, seeing movies isn't that important, but the same argument could be said about reading fiction.

Still, I'm putting this behind a cut

Actor in a Leading Role: Usually a category in which we've seen all the movies, but this year we have two left: Biutiful and 127 hours.

* Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
* Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
* Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
* Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

* James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role: Got these

* Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
* John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
* Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
* Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
* Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role: Usually a category we fail to finish, but we're way ahead of the game with only Rabbit Hole unseen.

* Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
* Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
* Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
* Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
* Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role: one we generally have no hope of seeing, and yet only missing Animal Kingdom.

* Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
* Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
* Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
* Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”

* Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film: I think it's unfair this category gets only three nominations; we've seen two. I'd like to see the Illusionist.

* “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
* “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
* “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction: Once we get into the more esoteric categories, things tend to fall off a bit. Missing Alice here, which will probably win, but I'm not interested in seeing it.

* “Alice in Wonderland”
Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
* “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
* “Inception”
Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
* “The King’s Speech”
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
* “True Grit”
Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh


* “Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
* “Inception” Wally Pfister
* “The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen
* “The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
* “True Grit” Roger Deakins

Costume Design: I've never even heard of I am Love

* “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
* “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
* “The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan
* “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
* “True Grit” Mary Zophres


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

Documentary (Feature): We used to be better about seeing these. Anyone have any recommendations?

* “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
* “Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
* “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
* “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
* “Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject): We never see these....

* “Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined
* “Poster Girl” Nominees to be determined
* “Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
* “Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
* “The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Film Editing

* “Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
* “The Fighter” Pamela Martin
* “The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar

* “127 Hours” Jon Harris
* “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Foreign Language Film: Again, used to see more of these. Complete fail this year.

* “Biutiful” Mexico
* “Dogtooth” Greece
* “In a Better World” Denmark
* “Incendies” Canada
* “Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

Makeup: And no makeup movies, either.

* “Barney’s Version” Adrien Morot
* “The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
* “The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)

* “How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
* “Inception” Hans Zimmer
* “The King’s Speech” Alexandre Desplat

* “127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
* “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)

* “Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
* “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
* “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
* “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best Picture: Seen all but one. Unfortunately that one is a movie that is neither in the theaters nor out of DVD, and is likely to trigger my clutrophobia. Whee!

* “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
* “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
* “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
* “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
* “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

* “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
* “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
* “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
* “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
* “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin,

Short Film (Animated)

* “Day & Night” Teddy Newton
* “The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
* “Let’s Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
* “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
* “Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)

* “The Confession” Tanel Toom
* “The Crush” Michael Creagh
* “God of Love” Luke Matheny
* “Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
* “Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing: Never heard of Unstoppable, either. And hey, Tron got a nomination - note that it's here and not for effects.

* “Inception” Richard King
* “Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
* “Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
* “True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey

* “Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing: One for Salt, eh?

* “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
* “The King’s Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
* “Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
* “The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
* “True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Visual Effects: Haven't heard of Hereafter, either.

* “Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
* “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

* “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
* “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
* “Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

* “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
* “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
* “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
* “True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
* “Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay): I actually want to see Another Year; the only one of the remaining movies I'm actually interested in seeing.

* “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
* “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
* “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
* “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
* “The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

So, my completist-except-shorts/docs/foreign-list-of-to-be-seen is below. Asterisks by the ones I think I'll try to see:

Rabbit Hole*
127 Hours*
Animal Kingdom
Another Year*
The Illusionist*
The Illusionist*
Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love

[User Picture]From: meyerweb.com
2011-01-25 05:40 pm (UTC)
Isn't “Day & Night” (Teddy Newton) the short that preceded "Toy Story 3"?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-01-25 06:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, it probably is! Not their best work, IMHO.
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[User Picture]From: thegreenyear
2011-01-26 01:36 am (UTC)
"i am love" has tilda swinton, awesome and polyamorous actress. i'd like to see it myself, but haven't yet.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-01-26 02:32 am (UTC)
Apparently it's available on Netflix Streaming, so maybe I will get to it!
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From: simulated_knave
2011-01-27 08:33 am (UTC)
Being Canadian, I saw a trailer for Incendies.

The Toronto Star has a review of it (they thought it was amazing, but Canadian papers are obligated to wax kindly about Canadian films). The short version is that it's about two twenty-somethings whose mother dies and sends them back to her homeland to do...something. They discover rather a lot about their mother they didn't know, and there's danger and excitement.

I'm making it sound like an adventure movie. It's not. From what I saw, it's tense, complicated, and reminds me vaguely of the Hurt Locker. In the whole "waiting for the shoe to drop in the desert" sense.

I'm surprised you haven't heard of Unstoppable. Previews were everywhere for a while.

Alice in Wonderland sucked harder than a black hole that needs a passing grade. Avoid it like the plague.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-01-27 01:54 pm (UTC)
I had blocked Unstoppable from my memory, but then remembered what it was. We watched Alice the other night because it was free on Netflix, and I can't agree with your assessment simply because it was too boring to earn that much vitriol.

Incendies sounds interesting. Thanks for the info - now the challenge is finding it.
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From: simulated_knave
2011-01-27 06:19 pm (UTC)
It apparently doesn't open in the States until April, according to the official website: http://www.sonyclassics.com/incendies/

While Canadians are pretty good with the Internet, I wouldn't count on a less-than-perfectly legal version any time soon. Hell, at the moment it only seems to be playing outside Quebec in Vancouver and Toronto (which means it's playing in the three largest cities and the French half of the capital).

I think a wider release may take a while, not least since Canadian cinema tends to mostly be supported by Quebec. (Bon Cop Bad Cop, the highest-grossing Canadian movie ever, made almost all of it in Quebec. And it was at least partly in English, unlike what I've seen of Incendies.)

So, yeah. I wouldn't get too keyed up waiting. It'll be a while.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-01-27 08:40 pm (UTC)
Well, that's dumb. But thanks for the heads-up!
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[User Picture]From: moon_ferret
2011-01-29 03:33 am (UTC)
If you can watch it, I suggest Restropo. I recommend it highly. I had to wait until everyone was home from Iraq and Afghanistan to watch it, and I am glad I saw it.

Watching the evolution of the boys and men who went to Outpost Restropo is painful and amazing and heartbreaking.

That being said, it is a very intense movie and if you are easily overwhelmed by things like that, it can be hard to watch. I cried during it, but after having a brother there twice, a cousin there twice and two other Family members who have gone multiple times, it just hurt me to think that this is what my family went through. And it also made me amazingly proud of my baby brother. He spent time at Restropo and didn't tell me until much later.

Check it out! I remembered my livejournal password and everything!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-01-29 04:38 am (UTC)
Thanks - I will look for it.
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