Saturday, January 15, 2011

The 2011 Golden Globe Awards

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I suck at guessing the winners at the big awards, always have. I go with my heart, voting for whoever moved me the most. But rarely does that align with the politics that genuinely determine the winners. There are dozens of prognosticators on this issue, and kudos to them for their in-depth analysis, but here are my picks, based on what moved, excited or thrilled me in 2010.


BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA : THE SOCIAL NETWORK

“Black Swan” was a real honest-to-goodness movie – a story that couldn’t be told in any other medium but film, but give me razor-sharp social commentary and filmmaking any day of the week, in any medium.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA:” NATALIE PORTMAN, Black Swan

I don’t like Natalie in general, but she blew me away with this film. An astonishing achievement, both in her preparation and her skilled delivery of what artistic madness looks and feels like.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA: JESSE EISENBERG, The Social Network

Hard to love this absolute jerk, but there was no other performance for me this year that was so smart, so seamless, so determinedly self-possessed. And Zombieland was fun, too. A great year for Jesse.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
An easy choice, despite the quibbles I had with the contrived, dishonest plot complications.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: EMMA STONE, Easy A

Yes, Annette will win, and deservedly so, but Emma Stone to me was a revelation, a true break out in this great, smart teen comedy. If you haven’t seen it, got get you some Emma. She’s the next big female comedy star.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: None of those Nominated. Really? That’s the best list they could come up with this year?? Even two nominations for Johnny Depp feels knee-jerk and doesn’t make this year anything but a bunch of scene chomping from one of my favorite actors.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: TOY STORY 3

In any other year, it might well have been “Despicable Me” or “How to Train Your Dragon,” but this year, Toy Story 3 raised the bar even higher in an already great field.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE: Mila Kunis, Black Swan.

The other women in this category really broke out all the stops – accents, playing different classes, making the leap across the other pond, but Mila brought life and levity to a film that otherwise could have drowned in pretension.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE: Jeremy Renner, The Town

Except for Michael Douglas, this is an impossible category to call, but I have a terrible crush on Jeremy Renner, have since “28 Weeks Later,” so there you go.

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE: Christopher Nolan, Inception

That “Inception” wasn’t included in the Best Film category tells me that nasty attitude about science fiction is stilling steering the judging in Hollywood, so they’ll give it to Christopher Nolan here in an attempt to beg forgiveness for their lame prejudice from this master filmmaker, deep thinker and huge moneymaker.

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

If they give Nolan the director’s award, this will go to Aaron Sorkin for “The Social Network.” Nolan can’t get both (the Academy doesn’t feel that bad about their disdain for sci-fi) whether he deserves them or not, and who’s to say Sorkin’s riveting dramatization of some intense research doesn’t deserve the prize?

What are your picks??

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2 comments:

Patricia Stoltey said...

All of these are going on my Netflix list, and The Town is down by my DVD player, ready to watch. December was the first time in ages I went to the theater to see movies, and I went three times. I'm usually months if not years late seeing the good ones.

woodswoman d'italia said...

Actually, Inception IS on the Best Movie nominations list. And I agree about Natalie Portman, though I didn't dislike her before, just didn't really notice her in anything but Garden State. But she will never get a bad role again. Simply incredible. I am surprised that after the shoot was completed, she didn't just curl up in a ball and have a nervous breakdown!

But I'm all for Colin Firth for The King's Speech. Incredible.

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