a theatre, film & pop culture review
Note: This is my personal ranking, listed in order from best to worst, with #1 being my favorite. Prediction for the actual winner is in orange.
7. THE HELP
8. WAR HORSE
9. EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
Missing: Drive, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, A Separation, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Remember last year when I was foaming at the mouth over the prospect of The King’s Speech‘s win? Or how I was Darren Aronofsky’s biggest cheerleader? Nine Inch Nails was an Oscar nominee! Blue Valentine! Another Year! Jesse Eisenberg! Things to get excited about!
Sigh. Not this year. (Ok, that’s a bit of a lie: I’m SUPER-pumped about Christopher Plummer.)
Needless to say, this was an extremely hard list for me to make, because I am not excited about any of the nominated films. I enjoyed The Descendants the most — the pathos and the quirkiness of the family drama set in Hawaii is the closest to hitting the mark of my “type” of film — and I hated Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close for its exploitation of 9/11, emotional manipulation, the casting of the most obnoxious child actor — oh no, I’m sorry, Jeopardy! contestant — and for its general hackery. As for the seven in the middle, well, you could almost put them in any order, and I wouldn’t bat an eye. (Unless you put The Help at #2, and then I might slap you for pretending that amateurishly directed, deluded piece of nostalgia overflowing with white guilt is worthy of an award.)
As for Drive, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, A Separation, Harry Potter… if any one of those were nominated, I would be excited. I loved those films. Why, for example, Harry Potter was snubbed for the eighth and final time when there’s an empty tenth slot sitting there is simply incomprehensible to me. Why any of these films weren’t nominated when, say, Spielberg’s flat, No-Mans-Land of a film, War Horse, landed a spot, is pretty much inexcusable (I still love you though, Steve. That Tintin: So good!).
Everyone loves The Artist (or at least they like it a whole lot because they feel that they should), and it’s a perfectly lovely little gimmick of a film (even if that middle depressive section drags on for far too long) filled with exuberant performances, pretty costumes and the cutest little dog you ever did see (except for the one in Beginners — he was pretty freakin’ adorable too). And it’s 100% guaranteed to win tomorrow night. And that’s ok. Let’s celebrate that and cheers to 2013 — here’s hopin’ it’s an awards season to get excited about.