Ok, I'm Ava the Greek and not Jimmy the Greek. I have put all of the crap about all of the movies that I watched in 2010 and crammed it into my Greek little noggin and now I would like to present my 2011 Oscar predictions.
Drum roll please.
Actor in a Leading Role
James Franco - 127 Hours
Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale - The Fighter. First, this is a movie about boxing... Hello...that's my favorite kind of movie ! Remember my blog about my love affair with the Rocky Movies? (Also I loved Cinderella Man) ... now as for his acting performance - insane. Christian is hands down one of the best actors of our lifetime. He always transforms himself into these outrageous characters. Who cares if he is cocky as some say, because seriously the dude has a lot going on in his coconut and is insanely talented. If he does not win he will go down with actors who were robbed of the Oscar in my Greek noggin/ Another great Oscar robbery was Joaquin Phoenix for Walk the Line. and Viggo Mortensen for Eastern Promises. Two acting performances that were just so brilliant for the transformation into the characters that they will live on forever in my mind.
Actress in a Leading Role
Who I want to win: Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone - It was an incredible performance. Who I think will win: Natalie Portman for Black Swan since she is the darling this year. I was not that impressed with this film. I think they took the A - bus on the story. It had way too much sexual content in it... they could have shown the struggle and conflict within a dancer and all of her problems without going all college freshmen fantasy on it. Really, I know I'm no Steven Spielberg, but it's just my two cents. She's a great actor and all, but I think she has done better work - just sayin'.
Actress in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo - The Fighter. Seriously have you seen how gorgeous this woman is in real life? She morphed into a worn haggard old-looking mother way beyond her years. The accent was spot on and she must win this. If not, she goes down with actors I previously mentioned who were robbed, period and I might just have to throw a sneaker through my television set.
Animated Feature Film
I honestly havent seen so it's not right for me to comment, but from the trailers and clips I have seen of them... How to train your Dragon, it has an animal in it, so I have to pick it. I am sure that is how many members of the Academy cast their votes anyway.
Inception. This is a groundbreaking piece of artwork and truly beautiful film making.
Inception. Mostly for same reasons as above. The film is simply gorgeous photography... A total work of art.
Kings Speech or True Grit, both are period pieces and tougher to dress 'em up.
Hmm this is tough. I'm torn... The Fighter - since I love all boxing movies. But it is a true story and I love a good comeback - any story where the human spirit to overcome wins out, that is for me. And, they did an amazing job on this film. but.... if it does not win, I want the Social Network. This film was brilliant and really captured the essence of FB and how it has changed all of our lives. Hang on..gotta go change my status update...
OK, I'm back now...
Music (Original Score)
This is easy... Social Network - amazing. Hands down!!
Music (Original Song)
Okay I cant believe I'm saying this because normally I am not a fan of actors who decide.... oops I think I wanna be a singer now. But I do love her as an actor - and she does a decent job on this movie. But the writing - really pulls at the heartstrings. So after all that, I'm picking "Coming Home" from Country Strong - Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey.
The fighter. Obviously for the same reasons about this movie I listed above. I love a good comeback, it's about fighting, and it is a true story... the acting was superb and the main reason I think it will win Best Picture is that my manager Mr. Bricks wasn't in it!!
Hereafter or Inception - both amazing visually and simply spectacular visual effects and gorgeous works of film art.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Social Network. This film did an incredible job of documenting how Facebook has changed almost everyone's life. Well written. I had read the book "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal" and I was anxious to see the movie and how it was adapted.
Writing (Original Screenplay)
The Fighter. It's a true story... it was awesome in every aspect you can measure.. and like I have said a bazillion times already, it is about boxing (again, my favorite type of movie) and it is about a good comeback. you just cant beat that!!! Am I repeating myself?
OK, there are a few other categories like sound editing and short films live action, short films animated, etc that I did not go out on a limb and make a prediction about because well, quite frankly I just don't care who wins in those categories.
And for those of you have asked if I am going to be at the ceremony, the answer is sadly, no not this year. If Mr. Bricks hasn't gotten me a record deal yet, I really had no faith he was going to get me on the red carpet for the Oscars. So you can just sit back pop some popcorn and watch them at home like I will be doing.
But next year -- that's a whole other story, baby!