Now that I have completed another one of my 92 personal goals for the year, and watched the films nominated for Academy Awards, I thought that I would give a little opinion on each, as well as my predictions…
Lead Actor– I do believe it will be Daniel Day Lewis. It should be. George Clooney was wonderful too, but DDL was far superior…
Supporting Actor– I refuse to even pretend there are other options. Javier Bardem. Completely. Deservedly… And although he seems nice enough outside of the film, I would hate to find him in a room waiting…
Actress in a Leading Role– I would love to see Ellen Page or Julie Christy win, though honestly it could be any of the five amazing women.
Supporting Actress– Wow… several of these girls play naughty girls… I hope Amy Ryan gets it… But it could be because I HATED both Ronan & Swinton’s characters.
Directing– No Country for Old Men (close second would be Michael Clayton)
Best Picture– No Country For Old Men (Close second= Atonement)
Atonement- I went with no expectations. I left depressed. What I appreciated about the film was that it was true to life. Things don’t work out. It was tragically sad, but the sickest thing (to me) was the “act” of atonement… The acting was wonderful, the cinematography was amazing. I loved the alternate perspective scenes and found the score haunting.
Juno– Don’t get me wrong, i LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie. However, I don’t see that it is Oscar Worthy. I don’t understand how it got in to the running. Even though I don’t believe it stands a chance, I can say it is the movie I probably enjoyed the most out of the contenders. Oscar nominated films aren’t always good… This one is. :)
Michael Clayton– This is a great film. Clever. Very Clever. More clever than I imagined it would be. Brilliantly clever with several scenes of dialogue which are sharp and impressive.
No Country for Old Men– Truthfully one of the most intense film’s I’ve ever seen. I was glued to the edge of my seat and developing a tension headache as the madness played out. Not remotely close to my type of movie, I found it riveting and remarkable… UNTIL the end. Awkward… My friend and I discussed how the audience bursting out into laughter as the credits rolled likely wasn’t the response the creators of this drama sought.
There will Be Blood– I simply don’t understand. The performances were amazing. The music was disturbing but I was willing to overlook that. The first 20 minutes (or so) of no dialogue was intriguing and the movie was truly wonderful until it reached near it’s halfway mark. The rest I simply don’t understand. At all. Near the end I just found myself weary of real life bowling and wanting to tell everyone i saw “you can’t shout at deaf people. They just don’t hear you!!!!” I just felt that someone needed to grasp this…
So there we have it. My two cents… Have you seen them? Any of them? I would love your opinions!