Well Hollywood's big night is over (and apparently Washington's too? Ugh.) I managed to correctly predict 16 out of the 24 nominated categories...and although I only got to see six out of the nine films nominated for best picture, I felt very educated this year. I'll recap my thoughts on those nominated films, and then give a few of my opinions on some of the winners of the other categories! So let's start with the night's big winner and then go alphabetically.
HERE I did watch this movie, and yet I didn't watch this movie. I'm pretty sure both times I tried to watch it my soul drifted away from my being, and my vacant body was left to stare blankly at the screen absorbing nothing. I don't get the hype. I simply don't. But maybe I'm just missing something. All I can say is it failed to captivate me.
LES MISERABLES - Original review found HERE. I enjoyed Les Mis. I feel like it was very unfairly criticized by many people...but I don't see it as one of the strongest contenders in this category either. I think definitely there were things that could have made it a tighter and stronger film that regrettably didn't happen, but still you have to love this wonderful story and its fantastic songs. Plus it has some really great performances too. Oddly though I felt like both Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried sounded better last night than they did in the movie...
HERE. This movie is hauntingly beautiful. The imagery stays with you, and the story poses a plethora of both intellectual and spiritual questions. This is without a doubt one of my favorites from 2012 (haha yeah... I still won't be finalizing that list AT LEAST for a month or two...) It's a shame it couldn't have somehow nabbed best picture (...or The Impossible....though I've already mentioned that snub enough on this site), but I'm glad Ang Lee was recognized (even though Spielberg was deserving too.)
HERE. This was a very solid film....but I think for me it's better at showcasing performances than being a very strong film on its own. When it comes down to it, I'll remember the fine acting chops far more than the story...even if it was a good one. There was a lot going on that I feel like could have been tightened up here, but still this was a very well done film....and the best thing Steven Spielberg has done in quite some time!
ZERO DARK THIRTY - I haven't seen this one either...but again once it's on DVD I'll be all over that! I've heard many good things about it, so I'm really excited to see both this and Silver Linings.
Well, that's it for the BP noms! But if you can't get enough, you should check out this hilarious feature that vulture made that broke down all the films into what their content really consists of via pie chart. Check it out HERE! The Life of Pi one and Amour were particularly accurate!
In other technical categories, I'm glad Argo grabbed the editing award....the movie was very nice, concise and well paced; the film truly owed a lot to its editor. Also, very happy Life of Pi seemed to nab a lot of technical awards including cinematography, score, and visual effects. It was a well made film all around, but in those categories specifically it really shined through.
Well....I guess that's all the thoughts I really have on this year's Academy Awards. Which films and performances did you think were the most deserving and what did you think of the show?