Like many others, I’m sick of Oscar season. And like many others, I’ll acknowledge it anyway with a last-minute roundup of Academy Awards fever links. The above poster for nominee “The Kids Are All Right” was made by Laz Marquez and can be seen in full here. [via /Film] Other links and citations pertain to “Dogtooth,” “The Town,” “Gandhi,” Donald Duck, “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” Whoopi Goldberg, “Waste Land,” Japanese anime and Ricky Gervais.
– You can see my own picks and predictions for major Oscar and Indie Spirit awards at indieWIRE (also see the two polls it contributed to). And, again, check out my Doc Talk and Eat My Shorts columns at Cinematical for reviews and predictions of the short film categories.
– Luke Y. Thompson of E! lists ‘5 Super Weird Possible Oscar Winners,’ including criticisms of undeserving nominees like “Hereafter,” “Salt” and “Dogtooth”:
5. ‘Dogtooth’ for Best Foreign Language Film.
Last year’s Foreign Language winner, “The Secret in Their Eyes,” was so conventionally commercial that it’s already being remade by Hollywood. The pendulum seems to have swung all the way back in the other direction this time, as “Dogtooth” is the sort of nasty arthouse extreme which appeals to film snobs and nobody else.
An apparent satire in which a Greek couple have kept their teenage children imprisoned at home all their lives, teaching them blatant lies about the meanings of words and life, it features the brutal killing of a cat, and graphic self-dentistry. What it doesn’t feature? Explanation, resolution, or Oscar-worthy craft.
– Improv Asylum parodies every Boston movie, especially this year’s nominated “The Town,” and Hollywood’s stereotypes of the city in “The Oscar Winning Boston Movie.” Think Friedberg & Seltzer, who would have called it “Boston Movie,” but a little better.
– Josh Kurp at Nerve counts down ‘Every Oscar Best Picture Winner From Worst to Best.’ Starting with ‘Crash,’ the list takes the Academy down with at least half of them being deemed inferior to another nominee of its year. I have to love Kurp for going against the grain with praise for “You Can’t Take It With You” and “Oliver!” However, I don’t agree with this description, which I think has more to do with the film being more visible in American than any real footage of its hero than it has to do with the actor’s (nevertheless great) performance:
25. Gandhi (1982)
When I picture Gandhi, I picture Ben Kingsley as Gandhi. If that’s not a sign of a successful performance, I don’t know what is.
– Gavon Laessig at BuzzFeed has a nicely illustrated list of every Oscar host ever. 1958 had an interesting crop. I’d like to see Donald Duck brought back.
– “The King’s Speech” has made plenty of money, yet Harvey Weinstein wants to recut it to appeal to more people. Perhaps this is what he should do with it:
[via Trailer Mash]
– A computer has predicted the Oscar winners based on research from the Internet. Yeah, because the Internet is always a legitimate mirror into the real world’s movie tastes. Just because bloggers prefer “The Social Network” doesn’t mean it will win. The whole thing reminds me of a scene from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” when scientists try to figure out how to win a Golden Ticket.
Whether or not the Internet’s tonal buzz is an accurate gauge of what Academy voting members are thinking is debatable, of course. Last year, Zeta looked only at best picture, best actor and best actress, and the buzz was an accurate predictor in two of the three categories (the buzz picked George Clooney in Up in the Air for best actor but Jeff Bridges won for Crazy Heart).
– C. Robert Dimitri at Pajiba presents an ‘Academy Award Telecast Quiz and Contest.’ Here is one of the questions:
7. True or false: At least one award recipient will acknowledge protesters in the Middle East during an acceptance speech. (For the purposes of this question, a mention outside an acceptance speech does not count.)
– Speaking of causes, Jeffrey Jena at Big Hollywood wonders ‘Which Cause Will Inspire the Most Obnoxious Political Statements?’ on Sunday. One of his nominees:
We’re Still Here: Starring: Whoopi Goldberg. The Whoopster made a lot of noise on The View about not being mentioned in a New York Times article about the lack of Black nominees this year. Please note she wasn’t upset about the lack of Black nominees but that she wasn’t mentioned as an Oscar winner. Maybe Ms. Goldberg has made so many turkeys since Ghost in 1990 that the writer was trying to be nice to her by not reminding people that at one time Whoopi was considered a serious actress.
One could make the case that winning an Oscar is a bad career move for an actor or actress of color. In addition to Ms. Goldberg the careers of Jamie Foxx, Cuba Gooding Jr. Louis Gossett Jr., Jennifer Hudson, and Halle Berry have certainly not been on the upswing lately. Even the great Sidney Poitier was never recognized again after winning in 1963. To be fair to the Academy, most of his movies after 1967 were very forgettable.
– Oscar the Grouch picks Oscar winners. Obviously he likes “Waste Land” for Best Documentary Feature:
– Robert Dewar at The Guardian thinks the Best Animated Feature category needs to pay more attention to an underrated Japanese genre:
Anime is far more than cartoon porn or kids’ Saturday morning entertainment. The medium deserves to be taken seriously, brought out of its status of sub-culture and into the mainstream. Just as the artists who created Toy Story 3 deserve the recognition an Academy Award would bring, the artists who create anime – directors such as Rintaro or Koichi Chigira and animators such as Osamu Horiuchi – deserve a wider recognition and, most importantly, respect.
At least Hayao Miyazaki has an Oscar?
You probably know me from 127 Hours where I play a man trapped in an enclosed space who decides he would rather cut his own arm off than stay where he was. Now that sounds “way out” but wait till half way through this fucking ceremony and you’ll start to identify with him.
And I’m the new Catwoman. The first white woman to play that role since Michelle Pfeiffer. I want it to be an inspiration to all white people everywhere. Your dreams can come true in Hollywood too.
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