And the Oscar goes to…

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March 7, 2011 by Kuma

Best Picture: ‘The King’s Speech’
Actor In a Leading role: Colin Firth ‘The King’s speech’
Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman ‘Black Swan’
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale ‘The Fighter’
Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo ‘The Fighter’
Directing: Tom Hooper ‘The King’s speech’
Writing (Original Screenplay): ‘The King’s Speech’
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): ‘The Social Network’
Foreign Language Film: ‘In a Better World’ Denmark
Makeup: ‘Werewolf’
Music (Original Score): ‘The Social Network’
Music (Original Song): ‘We belong together’ Randy Newman (‘Toy Story 3’)
Art Direction: ‘Alice In Wonderland’
Visual Effects ‘Inception’
Costume Design: ‘Alice In Wonderland’
Cinematography: ‘Inception’
Animated Feature Film: ‘Toy Story 3’
Sound Mixing: ‘Inception’
Short Film (Live Action): ‘God of Love’
Short Film (Animated): ‘The lost thing’
Documentary (Short Subject): ‘Strangers no more’
Film Editing: ‘The Social Network’
Sound Editing: ‘Inception’
Documentary (Feature): ‘Inside Job’

So, the Oscars have been handed out! Truth be told, no one was surprised… Well, maybe except the fans of “True Grit’, nominated in ten categories and in the end receiving– zero. But, except for this small problem, the Oscars have been distributed as expected.

Personally, until this moment, I have watched only five Oscar films: ‘Inception’, ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘Black Swan’, ‘True Grit’ and ‘Alice In Wonderland’. The last one didn’t enchant me but I think this film deserved an Oscar for costumes, but maybe this is because I don’t like Tim Burton’s style. For me, it’s too monotonous, magic, unreal, and in some places – trashy even if it’s intended on purpose. It just doesn’t impress me.

I was rooting for ‘Inception’ since the beginning. This film touches themes that interest me – the world of dreams, human subconscious and influencing it. It has always interested me and I believed Inception would get at least one statuette. It got four. Of course, the film is made in an American style, but with great visual effects – the best which I’ve ever seen – a gripping plot and suspenseful action. And its topic makes people a lot of to think. Unfortunately, Leo DiCaprio played the same role the second time – earlier in ‘Shutter Island’ he played a guy, who couldn’t find himself after he loses his wife and slowly falls into mental problems etc. But, of course, he has done well, anyway as usual, so we shouldn’t lament. Young Ellen Page did a great job, too.

If we talk about ‘True Grit’, in total, I’m a little bit disappointed ‘cause the film didn’t get any Oscar. If Colin Firth hadn’t been nominated, I would be rooting for Jeff Bridges as the best actor in a leading role category. He practically made me roll over laughing with his jokes, voice and crude. He played really convincingly and I think his hero was more expressive than King George VI, played by Colin Firth but – anyway – Firth deserved this statuette more.

A year ago he was nominated for his role in ‘A single Man’. In my opinion, the film is much better than ‘King’s Speech’, although incomparable too. Anyway – neither for me nor for Colin Firth this was a surprise and nobody has to be mad.

Also Natalie Portman for role of ballerina in ‘Black Swan’ totally deserved this prize. Her made, leanness and girlish looks were charming, if only this word suits to the atmosphere in which this film keeps the audience. The film really holds the audience in tension, sometimes frightening, abhorring but also touching. Working on the psyche, it is so real and palpable without scruples.

About ‘The King’s Speech’ I don’t even have to speak, because in everyone’s opinion it deserved four statuettes – especially the most important, for the best film. Funny, sometimes pungent, with great dialogs, Firth’s wonderful acting, the carefree Geoffrey Rush and – finally the serene and positive – Helena Bonham Carter, impressive. In addition it describes the unusual history of the king’s stutterer.

Perfect topic for an Oscar, isn’t it?

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