Monday, February 4, 2013

The Blockbuster Oscars

It's no secret that the Academy favors art-house, complex, artsy with a capitol A films to nominate. But this year, there were a lot of really good mainstream blockbusters So here's me giving some awards to some cool movies that the Academy thought too mainstream to nominate.

Best Supporting Actors
Tom Hardy as Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)
Tom Hiddleston as Loki (The Avengers)
Javier Bardem as Silva (Skyfall)
Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernanthy (The Hunger Games)
Chris Tucker for Silver Linings Playbook

And the winner would probably be Javier Bardem, because he is half of the reason Skyfall succeeds in my opinion. Or at least a quarter. If I had to pick a second choice it'd be either Hardy or Hiddleston.  I'm also aware that Silver Linings is an indie movie that is nominated for a lot of Oscars but Chris Tucker was too good in that movie and ignored by everybody else, so yeah, he gets a nod from me for being downright hilarious. Seriously, Silver Linings wouldn't have been nearly as funny without him.

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman (The Dark Knight Rises)
Judi Dench as M (Skfall)
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (The Avengers)
Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket (The Hunger Games)
Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect)

As odd as it is to say, I think Anne Hathaway would get this one from me too. Her Catwoman was actually really fantastic. If not Hathaway, the Scarlett. She brought a really cool character to life in Avengers, improving leaps and bounds over her portrayal in Iron Man 2. Or Rebel Wilson, who was hilarious and also one of the main reasons Pitch Perfect worked.

Best Actor
Daniel Craig for as James Bond (Skyfall)
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spiderman (The Amazing Spiderman)
Tony Stark as  Robert Downy Jr. (The Avengers) (yeah, I know, I did that on purpose, because think about it: they're the same person)

Martin Freeman gets this one from me.I thought he was really under appreciated.

Best Actress
Anna Kendrick for Pitch Perfect
Marion Cotillard for Dark Knight Rises
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
Emma Watson as Sam (The Perks of Being A Wallflower)

Jennifer Lawrence is my first pick. Her portrayal of Katniss is accurate to the book and still just a bit different to keep it interesting. I've said this a lot, but she is the reason this movie succeeds.
 After that Emma Watson, for taking my favorite character in Perks and playing her perfectly.

Best Direction
Joss Whedon (The Avengers)
 Gary Ross (The Hunger Games
Sam Mendes (Skyfall
Marc Webb (The Amazing Spiderman)

Joss Whedon wins. He did something unprecedented in Avengers, taking six main characters, a villain, three secondary characters, and getting them to form a coherent plot line that wasn't just coherent, but amazing. Props Joss. Honorary mention for Sam Mendes in directing Skyfall, ad reviving a fifty year old film franchise. That takes mad skillz.

Thoughts? Comments? Brilliant Insights? Rebuttals?

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