MARK'S REVIEW OF THE 84TH ANNUAL OSCARS

MARK'S REVIEW OF THE 84th ANNUAL OSCARS

This year’s presentation of the Oscars, honoring achievements in filmmaking seemed to go fairly smoothly without any major problems. Perhaps if there had been some issues, the show would have been much more interesting. Billy Crystal brought his usual brand of humor to his ninth stint as host of the Academy Awards and quite frankly, it felt old, a bit tiresome, and dull. After last year’s awkward presentation by the completely flat James Franco and the overcompensating Anne Hathaway, having Crystal return felt like an old comfortable pair of slippers that are probably due for a change. While his presentation was effective and more interesting than Franco’s apathetic delivery, it felt way too familiar, lazy, and half-hearted. Perhaps this was partly at the fault of the writers who really tried to recreate the glory days of Billy Crystal’s hosting duties. It also appeared as if Crystal didn’t put much effort into any improvisation to spice up the pedestrian writing forced on him. In fact I found too few highlights in his comedy on stage. My favorite would have to be a simple jab at Nick Nolte’s dazed, confused, and incoherent red carpet interview prior to the start of the show. Crystal basically made Nolte sound like Frankenstein’s monster/Hulk which had me rolling on the floor laughing--certainly, the comedic highlight of the evening.

I will admit that I rather enjoyed the tribute to the movie experience courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil. Their acrobatic, gravity defying stunts kept me glued to the set. Sadly though, through most of the Oscar broadcast, I had much more fun following some of the Twitter remarks my critic and movie geek colleagues contributed during the show. As for the awards, I actually felt content with the results. Not all of my picks won; however, several of my predictions did. Even though, I felt certain nominees were more deserving than others, the ones who did win certainly earned the recognition. So without any further ado, here are my Oscar picks, predictions, and the winners for this year’s Academy Awards.

Here’s a list of the nominees, winners, who I would have picked, and who I predicted to win.

BEST MOTION PICTURE
Pick: THE ARTIST
Prediction: THE DESCENDANTS
Winner: THE ARTIST

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Pick: Jean Dujardin for THE ARTIST
Prediction: George Clooney for THE DESCENDANTS
Winner: Jean Dujardin for THE ARTIST

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Pick: Meryl Streep for THE IRON LADY
Prediction: Meryl Streep for THE IRON LADY
Winner: Meryl Streep for THE IRON LADY

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Pick: Christopher Plummer for BEGINNERS
Prediction: Christopher Plummer for BEGINNERS
Winner: Christopher Plummer for BEGINNERS

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Pick: Janet McTeer for ALBERT NOBBS
Prediction: Octavia Spencer for THE HELP
Winner: Octavia Spencer for THE HELP

BEST DIRECTOR
Pick: Terrence Malick for THE TREE OF LIFE
Prediction: Martin Scorsese for HUGO
Winner: Michel Hazanavicius for THE ARTIST

BEST WRITING, ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Pick: A SEPARATION (Asgar Farhadi)
Prediction: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Woody Allen)
Winner: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Woody Allen)

BEST WRITING, ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Pick: HUGO (John Logan)
Prediction: HUGO (John Logan)
Winner: THE DESCENDANTS (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Pick: RANGO
Prediction: RANGO
Winner: RANGO

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nominees & winners!!!

Mark Saldana, True View Reviews



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