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February 27, 2011

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Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Picture

February 26, 2011

The Nominees:

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  The Social Network

Alison: The Social Network

 

WHO WE WANT TO WIN

Jessica:  The Social Network.  Not only was The Social Network my favorite movie of last year, it was my favorite movie of the last ten years.  It’s probably in my top 10 or 15 movies of all time.  I loved it.  I liked it so much that it becomes hard to say specifically why.  The writing is fantastic, great acting, great directing, GREAT music, etc.  For the record, I have seen all ten films nominated in this category – a personal victory (aided by the fact that I have friends in BAFTA and the DGA).

Alison: It’s really hard to choose with ten films. Really, really hard. And it’s exciting to see how many great films are out there. While I really loved The Social Network, The Fighter, and Black Swan, I think overall The King’s Speech was the most consistent with its levels of excellence. It was a great film and I felt everyone in it was at the top of their game, from the actors to the director.

Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Director

February 26, 2011

The Nominees:

Darren Aronofsky Black Swan

David O. Russell The Fighter

Tom Hooper The King’s Speech

David Fincher The Social Network

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen True Grit


WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  Tom Hooper

Alison: Tom Hooper

WHO WE WANT TO WIN

Jessica:  I want Darren Aronofsky to win for Black Swan.  The movie takes so many turns and you’re never quite sure what is and isn’t reality in a delightful way.  Even after the movie ended I spent a while in my head trying to sort out what was real and I like movies that leave you still dissecting what went down hours after they have ended.  In Black Swan, those plot pirouettes (Get it?  Because it’s a ballet movie!) are due to Aronofsky.

Alison: I’d be happy with either Tom Hooper or Darren Aronofsky. I’ve always been an Aronofsky fan, and Black Swan is like no movie I’ve seen before. And The King’s Speech is pure filmmaking excellence.

Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Actress

February 24, 2011

The Nominees:

Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right

Nicole Kidman Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman Black Swan

Michelle Williams Blue Valentine

WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  Natalie Portman

Alison:  Natalie Portman

WHO WE WANT TO WIN

Jessica:  You should know, and I think I have mentioned this before on this blog, but I will watch anything with dance in it.  We’re talking Xanadu, Honey, Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance.  ANYTHING.  Imagine my delight when a dance movie or TV show actually turns out to be enjoyable on its own merits, not just because of the dance numbers.  Natalie Portman is as good as you’ve heard in The Black Swan.  There is a reason she had been winning all the awards so far this season – she deserves them.  She is who I would vote for.  Note:  I have not seen Rabbit Hole or Blue Valentine.

Alison:  Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman. This has got to be one of the best performances I’ve ever seen and one of the most intense films you will ever watch. To reiterate, word for word, what Jessica wrote: There is a reason she had been winning all the awards so far this season – she deserves them. Not to mention, she deserves an award for being a very cute pregnant woman.

BREAKING NEWS – Two Blondes Live Tweet the Oscars

February 23, 2011

BREAKING NEWS (and not like how the cable news channels over use the phrase, but, like, we really just decided):

Two Blondes will be live tweeting the Oscars and the red carpet coverage! Follow us on Twitter @twoblondesblog to hear our thoughts on the pretty/ridiculous dresses, handsome men, funny/touching acceptance speeches, who was robbed, and what kinds of hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco turn out to be.  You can also follow our individual Twitter accounts:

Jessica – @jessacope

Alison – @2degreesofalie

See you Sunday at 3:00 pm PT (6:00 pm ET)!

Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Actor

February 23, 2011

The Nominees:

Javier Bardem Biutiful

Jeff Bridges True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network

Colin Firth The King’s Speech

James Franco 127 Hours


WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  Colin Firth

Alison:  Colin Firth

WHO WE WANT TO WIN

Jessica:  I don’t know what Alison’s pick will be as I’m writing this, but I would bet on Colin Firth.  We saw The King’s Speech together and Alison seemed to like it a lot more than I did.  Now, before I say this, I need to note that I love Colin Firth.  In my heart, he will always be Mr. Darcy, emerging from swimming in his pond, dripping wet…OK, maybe that’s less, “in my heart,” and more in the dirtier parts of my imagination.  I thought he overacted just a teeny, tiny bit in The King’s Speech.  There, I said it.  I haven’t seen Biutiful.  I’ll say I think James Franco should win.  What he had to pull off in 127 Hours was big, and he succeeded admirably.

Alison:  I haven’t seen 127 Hours or Biutiful yet, which probably makes me unqualified to vote on this subject, but since it’s my blog, I still will.  I would love for Colin Firth to win. I think he was pure excellence in this role.  And if I was to give out a pure awesomeness award along with the Oscar, that would go to Jeff Bridges.  That guy is amazing.  I love, love, love Lebowski and think he’s an amazing actor.

Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Supporting Actress

February 22, 2011

The Nominees:

Amy Adams The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter The King’s Speech

Melissa Leo The Fighter

Hailee Steinfeld True Grit

Jacki Weaver Animal Kingdom


WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  Melissa Leo

Alison:  Amy Adams or Melissa Leo

WHO WE WANT TO WIN

Jessica:  I should stipulate that I have not seen Animal Kingdom, so I have no idea what Jacki Weaver’s performance was like.  Literally, the only thing I know about her is she is nominated in this category for a movie called Animal Kingdom.  I had never heard of her or the movie before the nominations came out and I’m someone who considers myself fairly up on pup culture things.  I look forward to adding Animal Kingdom to my blockbuster queue…and then probably not see the movie for another five years.  There are a lot of movies on my list already.  I just checked – there are 377 titles currently on my wait list.  Anyway, back to the matter at hand – who I want to win.  I’ll go with Amy Adams in The Fighter.  She was tough, but vulnerable.  I also like Melissa Leo’s performance, but I wasn’t crazy about the ads she took out in the trades on her own behalf.  That just seems…off.

Alison:  I’d be happy if Amy Adams, Melissa Leo or Helena Bonham Carter won.  I love all three actresses and think they all make interesting choices career wise.  Melissa Leo disappears into this role, as she also did in the film Frozen River and I love her lack of ego with portraying tough, sometimes broken women.  Helena Bonham Carter is a force to be reckoned with and usually takes over the screen in movies like Fight Club and the Harry Potter series, but in The King’s Speech, is able to play a quiet strength and let Colin Firth shine in his role.  She is perfect in this movie.  Amy Adams shows a different side of herself in The Fighter.  I loved this tough-girl side of her.  I just love her in general.  She’s cute and sweet.

Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Supporting Actor

February 21, 2011

The Nominees:

Christian Bale The Fighter

John Hawkes Winter’s Bone

Jeremy Renner The Town

Mark Ruffalo The Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey Rush The King’s Speech

WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  Geoffrey Rush The King’s Speech

Alison:  Geoffrey Rush The King’s Speech

WHO WE WANT TO WIN

Jessica:  I have seen all of these movies and think each of these men gave great performances, truly.  If I had to pick a favorite, I guess it would be Jeremy Renner in The Town (I had to sit and think about that for about 10 minutes before making a decision).  My first instinct was to pick Christian Bale.  He was great in The Fighter, but in the end, I opted for Mr. Renner.  He was so believable as the thuggish best friend and bank robbing boss that I think I just kind of assumed that was close to what Jeremy Renner, himself, must be like.  Then I remembered that I’ve seen him in interviews where he seems perfectly charming and not at all like he might have kidnapped someone.  If you haven’t seen The Town, rent it.  It’s the most underrated film of the year.

Alison:  My first reaction was “Oh definitely Christian Bale in The Fighter.” He disappeared into that role, like he does with pretty much every role. He’s got to be one of the most intense and dedicated actors in Hollywood. But then my memory started working (my brain is slow sometimes) and I remembered watching Geoffrey Rush’s excellent performance in The King’s Speech. And then I couldn’t decide, so I’m calling a tie, because I really loved both performances equally.

Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Original Screenplay

February 20, 2011

The Nominees:

Another Year

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  The Kids Are All Right

Alison: The Kids Are All Right

WHO WE WANT TO WIN

Jessica:  The Kids Are All Right.  First, I should probably note that I have not seen Another Year.  I have seen the rest.  I think The King’s Speech will make a good run at Best Picture, but I don’t think it will (or should) take this category.  Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg did a fantastic job of portraying a modern, believable family.  I heard an interview with Cholodenko on NPR’s Fresh Air where she said that in real life she has children by a sperm donor and Stuart Blumberg was a sperm donor in his younger days.  The characters are funny, sensitive, and flawed (yet still likeable).

Alison: First, I haven’t even heard of Another Year, let alone seen it.  I think The King’s Speech and The Fighter were two of the best movies of the year, but not sure they deserve to win for Best Screenplay. And while I liked the movie and agreed with what Jessica had to say about The Kids Are All Right, I still sort of want Inception to win. No, I wasn’t super attached to the characters, and yes the story was flawed (this has been the complaint I’ve heard most often), but it still took you on an amazing adventure. And I can’t imagine keeping track of different levels of dreams while writing this script. I applaud Christopher Nolan’s imagination and think the academy should too.

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