Oscar Bait

21 Oct

A new trailer hit the inter-webs today, it’s for Angelina Jolie‘s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey.  I read about this while it was in production, it is supposed to be very deep and serious. It tells the story of a doomed and fairly twisted relationship between a Muslim woman and a Serbian soldier in war-torn Bosnia. Angelina is absolutely one of the best actresses working today, she is truly talented, it’s a shame she is so ugly. If she knocks it out of the park as a director, Jennifer Anniston should move to Guam.

The academy usually eats this shit up, and they love Angie, it will be interesting to see if she gets any noms for her freshman effort. I am sure the Golden Globes will gush all over this, because they really love Angie and Brad. And we all know what the Golden Globes are really about, more popularity contest and less political then the Oscars.

Let’s take a look at a few more contenders, in no particular order, J. Edgar, the Clint Eastwood directed Leo DiCaprio starring bio-pic about J. Edgar Hoover. Could this finally be the year they give Leo the Oscar he deserved for The Aviator and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, I love David Fincher, he was totally robbed last year, he should have won the best director Oscar for The Social Network, maybe he will get it this year. But this is raw edgy material, which Fincher excels at, Seven anyone, but the more conservative academy doesn’t always embrace.

I can guarantee that Rooney Mara will get nominated for her role as Lisbeth Salander, it won’t matter if she is good or not, she is naked, tattoo’d and pierced, they love young girls, the academy has been kind of pervy like that over the last few years.  There is a joke in Hollywood, if you are woman and you want to get nominated for an Oscar (and you are not Meryl Streep), play a hooker, a slut, or if you are pretty make yourself ugly.

While we are on best actress, there are only four available slots since Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher bio The Iron Lady is in contention, Meryl always gets nominated, and she deserves to be,  she is consistently great in everything she does, no matter how crappy the movie (Its Complicated) she elevates it. I hear Kirsten Dunst is very good in Melancholia, she won the Best Actress award at Cannes. But this also may be too weird for the Academy. But, she is topless.

Lets talk best actor, shall we, my money is on Ryan Gosling for Drive, he will also get a SAG nomination. George Clooney for The Descendants, and one of the british dudes from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  I also predict a globe nomination for Gosling’s comedic turn in Crazy Stupid Love.

Supporting actor, Albert Brooks performance in Drive is not only worthy of a nomination but a win. This is the stuff of Oscar legend, I also predict Christopher Plummer for Beginners.

Even though I know neither of these actors has a snowball’s chance in hell of getting nominated, both Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton deserve some sort of recognition for their performances in Warrior.  Tom Hardy’s performance was unbelievable, he absolutely broke my heart in the last fight scene. I was bawling my eyes out. If you didn’t see this movie, you must see it when it comes out on DVD.  When I showed my boyfriend some of Hardy’s other work, he couldn’t believe it was the same actor.

And a last wish, I am not asking for a win, just a nomination for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2. It was a really good movie, the best of the franchise, with Order of the Phoenix second. A nomination would show that the academy knows how to respect the impact this series had on movie making. For ten plus years hundreds of people devoted their lives to the craft of movie making, and with each movie they surpassed the technical and artistic achievement of the earlier films.  They gave the stinky Hobbit movies an Oscar, the least they could do is nominate Harry Potter.

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