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Trailer to the Oscars

With the Golden Globes and SAG Awards out of the way, we still wait to hear from the Academy on February 24 for the 85th annual Academy Awards. Who’s nominated? Who should win? And who was left out?

Let’s start off with music. Best original score: This one’s an easy Oscar nominee, and I would be shocked if Adele doesn’t nab the award for her song Skyfall. You never know though—I’m still a little shocked that Skyfall was docked from a best picture nominee. With a great script, amazing acting, and one of the best villains since Heath Ledger’s rendition of the Joker (and if the Academy wasn’t too snobby to nominate a franchise), Skyfall would definitely have my vote. My devotion to the film may result from its enthralling cinematography, which earned it an Oscar nomination (and should earn it a win, in my book).

So who should win by default? Now that’s not fair because there were a few phenomenal films last year; it’s just a matter of opinion. I’ll get back to Best Picture later.

We are in a time of graphics galore and a CGI celebration; so let’s take a peak at the nominees for best visual effects. Although the effects of Snow White and the Huntsman were entertaining, and its take on the classic story was dark and brave, the nomination may only be due to the media attention Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders garnered after their affair. While the film had some cool scenes, it’s not a winner for me. Best Visual Effects has to go to Marvel’s The Avengers.

There weren’t too many animated pictures this year, so Pixar easily takes the cake with Brave. Its power is all in its heroine, and it’s a story that sold well at the box office.

Another heroine is Hathaway—Anne Hathaway, that is. Besides her brilliant musicality and raw emotion in Les Miserables, I thought her role as Catwoman was mind-blowing. I give her the Oscar for best supporting role in Les Miserables, but as she said in her SAG Awards acceptance speech, “Whatever you learn from one job, you use in the next, and I learned so much from [The Dark Knight Rises].” The Batman trilogy missed a nomination, but that does not discredit it from being a legend.

I decided on my pick for Best Supporting Actor by watching him as the brilliant bounty hunter in Django: Unchained. His character was savvy and cynical, but also compelling overall. The award goes to Christopher Waltz, hands down. It was his dialogue that drove the drama and copped the laughs. That’s why the award for Best Original Screenplay goes to Quentin Tarantino for penning the picture.

The awards our stars shine and live for are Best Actor and Best Actress in a leading role. While the Oscars are considered more serious than the Golden Globes (where the heroes of Hollywood are known to get a little tipsy), this year’s nominees might sip some champagne to get over the nerves of potentially winning an Academy Award. The nominees are all deserving, whether they played in a drama, a comedy, or a musical. Jamie Foxx should have made the cut for nominees, but with the great talent in this category, he should be proud of them regardless.

The Oscar for Best Actor goes to the powerful pilot—played by Denzel Washington—who saved the day no matter what he drank the night before. He may not have won a Golden Globe, but if the Academy can pick out outstanding acting, this should be an easy win for him.

Best Actress goes to the young, rising, stunning, and sexy star Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. Besides her chemistry with Bradley Cooper, she delivered the laughs and her role was riveting. She is one to watch, and despite her connections to a franchise like The Hunger Games, she proves to be versatile—unlike the pale and not-so-perfect Kristen Stewart.

Now it may not have been the best year for films, but it has certainly been a year of great creations. This is why the award for Best Picture is so highly debatable. I narrowed it down to two timeless films that can be enjoyed by anyone, both of which are based on true stories and both of which tell the story of a hero. It comes down to Lincoln and Argo. Lincoln may win on the strength of Daniel Day-Lewis’s enticing acting, but overall the SAG Awards voted best when the cast of Argo won.

Ben Affleck has worked his Boston-native butt off his entire life and was still snubbed by the Academy for Best Directing—he should be hailed and praised for not only his acting, but for his work directing the entire film. He should have borrowed Argo’s recurring comedic line and told the Academy to “Argo f*** yourself.” Whether it kept you glued to your seat, cheering, or crying, the end of the film wasn’t a typical Hollywood ending, but rather a teary, enjoyable one. That is why Argo wins Best Picture.

What to do now? Award season is almost over, and the films airing this winter are just as cold and generic as the weather. We’ll have to wait a little bit to see what Hollywood has in store for us, but in the meantime we can see who will take the Oscars.


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