Posts Tagged ‘inception’

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.

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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.