"Praetor Shinzon, rising star?"

Film Slightly later than planned, it's that time of year again when I look at a list of films I haven't seen and guess which will win a palm-sized golden face.

Best film
Black Swan
True Grit
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Though from critical analysis alone, that it a very strong list, no Little Miss Sunshine or whatever making up the numbers this year. I'm choosing Inception not just because I've seen it, but because like There Will Be Blood, it left me breathless and I think its influence will be long term.

Best director
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
David Fincher – The Social Network
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan – Inception
Danny Boyle – 127 Hours

See above. The achievement of Inception was to create an entertainment that appealed to the general audience and cineastes with the latter not feeling as though they were slumming it in the same way they might have done with The Matrix.

Best actor
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours
Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit

About time isn't it?

Best actress
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right
Noomi Rapace – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

Because she's amazing and Natalie's already going to win more awards that can fit on the shelf in her toilet.  I also have a feeling she's disqualified from being nominated at the Oscars because the films originally existed as a tv series / were broadcast on tv first (cf, The Last Seduction and Linda Fiorentino)

Best supporting actor
Christian Bale – The Fighter
Pete Postlethwaite – The Town
Andrew Garfield – The Social Network
Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Posthumous Postlethwaite.

Best supporting actress
Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Barbara Hershey – Black Swan
Lesley Manville – Another Year
Miranda Richardson – Made in Dagenham

For Enchanted.  Is that allowed?

Outstanding British film
127 Hours
Another Year
Four Lions
The King’s Speech
Made in Dagenham

Even though I've seen Four Lions. Any film which is packing cinemas and selling out after two weeks in afternoon performances to a wide audience deserves an award.

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
The Arbor – Clio Bernard (director), Tracy O’Riordan (producer)
Exit Through The Gift Shop – Banksy (director), Jaimie D’Cruz (producer)
Four Lions – Chris Morris (director/writer)
Monster – Gareth Edwards (director/writer)

Just because it's so bloody entertaining and a guilty pleasure.

Best foreign language film
Biutiful – Mexico/Spain
The Secret in Their Eyes – Argentina
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Sweden
I Am Love – Italy
Of Gods and Men – France

The one catagory in which I've seen most of the films and can make an informed choice.  Bugger.  The Secret In Their Eyes is a rather touching love story masquerading as a cop drama which I'm disqualifying because it won the Oscar last year.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo goes too for all of its structural problems due to it trying not to be a tv show.  My initial instinct was to say I Am Love, but I have an odd feeling that the film wouldn't be as compelling as it is without Tilda Swinton so as you can see I've gone with Of Gods and Men, even if for just the Tchaikovsky scene which is impossible to forget.

Best animated feature film
Toy Story 3
How To Train Your Dragon
Despicable Me

Apparently.

Best original screenplay
Black Swan – Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin
The Fighter – Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Inception – Christopher Nolan
The Kids are All Right – Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech – David Seidler

See above, again.


Best adapted screenplay
127 Hours – Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 – Michael Arndt
True Grit – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

"She's a fine lookin' woman." "When the president enters the room, nobody sits." "Its big blocka cheese day." "Toby, come quick. Sam's getting his ass kicked by a girl." "I have no idea what the hell is happening right now."   Good times.

Best original score
127 Hours – AR Rahman
Alice in Wonderland – Danny Elfman
How To Train Your Dragon – John Powell
Inception – Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat

But is it original?

Cinematography
127 Hours
Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit

Some of the shots from the trailer are extraordinary.  Plus I'm not sure how much of Inception contains conventional photography.

Editing
127 Hours
Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Layers on layers on layers.  The editing kept things lucid.

Production design
Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit

Maintaining a specific period is extremely difficult and a work of excellent research as well as manufacture.  Or something.

Costume design
Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
The King’s Speech
Made in Dagenham
True Grit

Clearly.  It's one of those occasions when costumes are a direct part of the storytelling process and not subliminal exposition.

Sound
127 Hours
Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit

Clearly.  It's one of those occasions when sound is direct part of the storytelling process and not subliminal exposition.

Special Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I
Inception
Toy Story 3

Though it's interesting that Toy Story 3 is nominated.  Isn't that just one long special effect in this instance?  

Make-up and hair
Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I
The King’s Speech
Made in Dagenham

 Clearly.  It's one of those occasions when make-up is direct part of the storytelling process and not subliminal exposition.

Short animation
The Eagleman Stag
Matter Fisher
Thursday

I never could get the hang of them.

Short film
Connect
Lin
Rite
Turning
Until The River Runs Red

Ocean Colour Scene?


Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Gemma Arterton
Andrew Garfield
Tom Hardy
Aaron Johnson
Emma Stone

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