Jan. 10th, 2013

Oscars!

Jan. 10th, 2013 09:08 am
apocalypsos: (i am surprised by you)
  • Only nine Best Film nominations? Huh. Says a lot about the movies eligible, that is. That said, “Amour” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” made it in, which makes me so happy, because those were two I thought probably not going to make it.
  • I was hoping Suraj Sharma would get a nom for “Life of Pi” because he carries the movie for, like, an hour an a half straight, but alas. *sigh*
  • OMG QUVENZHANE WALLIS!!! I’m so happy, because she was phenomenal in that movie. I was going to type “for a six-year-old”, but no, screw that, she was phenomenal for an actress of any age.
  • It’s times like this that I’m glad for torrented screeners, because if I had to pay money to watch “Django Unchained” and “The Impossible”, I would be so very pissed off.
  • Oh, look, hardly any people of color. Other than Quvenzhane Wallis and Denzel, it’s all white people. Urgh.
  • I’m so glad for Emmanuelle Riva! I still have to watch “Amour”, but I thought Marion Cotilliard was going to take the “foreign film actress sneaking into the acting nominations” slot, so good for Riva.
  • Yay, Hugh Jackman got his first Oscar nomination! I’m incredibly happy he got it for a musical, because he’s been so good when it comes to the theater community.
  • I just realized Ben Affleck and Quentin Tarantino didn’t get nominated for directing. I’m upset about Affleck (who really needs to be recognized for his directing prowess, honestly), but not about Tarantino.
  • Aw, it just hit me that “Moonrise Kingdom” didn’t get nominated for Best Picture. Damn it, I loved that movie.
  • Oh, and “Rise of the Guardians” didn’t get a nom for Best Animated Picture. I guess “Pirates!” took its spot. 
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So I started watching this a while ago and stopped halfway through because it's kind of "Leaving Las Vegas" with a different cast and a strangely happier ending, if that even makes sense. There's certain genres of movies that generally do nothing for me -- mob movies, James Bond, etc. -- and substance-abusing leads in a downward spiral is one of them. It usually doesn't do much for me unless everyone hits all the right notes.

I'm completely unsurprised by Denzel getting nominated, and I know he's kind of the guy who can get nominated for reading the phone book, but this performance is one of the best ones I've ever seen him pull out. He's completely fucked up, he's a complete asshole, and yet you *still* somehow manage to find sympathy for him. I'm always impressed by the lengths that he'll go to, and while I'm always a little "eh" when it comes to drunks in film confronting their demons, I really got the character thanks to Denzel's work.

I kinda wish John Goodman had been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor for this. He's only in a few scenes but he steals every scene he's in. He's one of those actors I really wish would get recognition from the Academy for his film work. (I hear he also did great in "Argo", which doesn't surprise me, but ... well, I still have to see that one, too.)

I think my only problem with the movie is that the religious references do feel a bit heavy-handed at times to the point where I was afraid the end would be him having a literal come-to-Jesus moment. In the end, I was okay with it even though I sort of cringe away from a lot of the bang-you-on-the-head religious stuff in the movie, but I think they presented the religious characters in the right ways. You were supposed to feel a certain way in response to the characters -- as in, you were supposed to respond to them the way he does -- and you do. I felt for the people who were at the crash scene even though I don't agree with them, I thought the stewardess was very nice but I think if I knew her in real life she and I would both know I'm never going to her church, I sat there while he was visiting the co-pilot and his wife thinking, "Oh, man, these people make me want to drink."

I liked it, though. I did kind of laugh at myself, though, if only because as soon as the plane screwed up and started going down, I knew why. I think I may have watched too many episodes of "Air Crash Investigation", you guys. ;)

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Okay, seriously, I can already see the screeners on the torrent sites. That was quick. :)
apocalypsos: (i'm wearing a birthday hat)
Gigi Darcy is my hero.

That is all.
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Best Motion Picture of the Year
Nominees:

Amour (2012)
Argo (2012)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Django Unchained (2012)
Les Misérables (2012)
Life of Pi (2012)
Lincoln (2012)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominees:

Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012)
Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables (2012)
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master (2012)
Denzel Washington for Flight (2012/I)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominees:

Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Emmanuelle Riva for Amour (2012)
Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Naomi Watts for The Impossible (2012)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominees:

Alan Arkin for Argo (2012)
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master (2012)
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln (2012)
Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained (2012)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominees:

Amy Adams for The Master (2012)
Sally Field for Lincoln (2012)
Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012)
Helen Hunt for The Sessions (2012)
Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Best Achievement in Directing
Nominees:

Michael Haneke for Amour (2012)
Ang Lee for Life of Pi (2012)
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (2012)
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Nominees:

Brave (2012)
Frankenweenie (2012)
ParaNorman (2012)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
apocalypsos: (i agree with lacey's BISH PLZ)
I am a half an hour into "The Impossible" and it's making me so fucking angry. Not because it's about the whitest family to ever white, but because if it weren't a great festering pile of racefail it would be amazing.

I'll write up a proper review when I finish, though.
apocalypsos: (i think that's going to leave a mark)
Okay, that was incredibly cute. It was kinda like an animated version of "Monster Squad". I enjoyed the style of the animation and I thought the voice casting was really interesting, especially since I couldn't recall who half of them were until the credits rolled. (Which is a surprise -- I'm usually scary-good at identifying voice actors.)

I also forgot this was the movie where the big brother that Norman's sister keeps flirting with turns out to have a boyfriend. So that was a nice surprise. :)

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