If I Were on the Academy

Here's how I would have awarded if I was in charge.... I won't bore you with all my nominations, but instead just get to the good stuff! (Keep in mind; I only nominate films that I have seen.)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Thank You for Smoking: this script was witty, entertaining and insightful. It was full of hilarious supporting characters and spin that almost convinced me smoking wasn't so bad.
Honorable mention to Notes on a Scandal. Such an interesting portrait of two flawed women that I just loved to hate or maybe more accurately, hated to love.

Best Original Screenplay
Stranger than Fiction: "Original" is the key word for this category. The whole concept of the film was completely out there but it captured me and took me along for a very entertaining ride.

Best Cinematography
The Illusionist: this film just looked cool! He achieved period detail with a magical feel in a completely original way.

Best Supporting Actor
Jaden Smith - The Pursuit of Happyness: “Wow” is about all that I can say. Not only is he the most adorable kid I’ve seen onscreen in awhile, the kid has chops!
Honorable mention to Matt Damon in The Departed. How did he not even get a nod this year? His performance in the departed was powerful and such a 180 from his amazingly controlled performance in The Good Shepherd. I forgot how really talented he is. What did he do to tick off the academy?

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls the woman gave me goose bumps! The audience in the theatre actually applauded her song in the middle of the movie. Brava!

Best Actor
Aaron Eckhart - Thank You for Smoking: he could have so easily let this character be slimy and unlikable. He played it with charisma and an inner turmoil that drew me in. Amazing performance.
Honorable mention to Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed. He was really incredible and for goodness sakes held his own brilliantly on screen with Jack Nicholson.

Best Actress
Helen Mirren - The Queen: boy did I love this film. And Mirren was truly its center. She embodied an iconic character with depth and humanity. She's in a league of her own.
Honorable mention to Shareeka Epps in Half Nelson. Understated yet powerful, I can't wait to watch her career grow.

Best Director
Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris - Little Miss Sunshine: I’m glad the Academy finally rewarded Scorsese for his amazing body of work, I’m just sad that it had to come this year. Dayton and Faris gave us such a relatable and human, bitter-sweet masterpiece it is unfortunate they couldn't have been recognized for their work.

Best Picture
Little Miss Sunshine: I fell in love with each and every character. This, to me, is what film should be. It was hysterical and touching without resorting to cliché. Absolutely brilliant.

1 comment:

Vicki said...

You have such passion and interest in the film industry it's a shame you're not getting paid in that field. To comment on your previous post- one can tell you're a newlywed since you only made mention of the gorgeous women. My kudos as well to the sexy men, especially Leo!!:) But, ditto to Helen Mirren...she looks unbelievable. I'll look forward to future movie reviews on your blog.