Oscars Forecast: Rowing Rooster’s Favorites

It’s the Oscars season! I can’t believe I’m too phony to have said that but it’s true! And I haven’t seen all Best Picture nominated movies yet. Which is good coz it means I’m not addicted yet! Yay!

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BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

  1. Amour | Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, Producers
  2. Argo | Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild | Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
  4. Django Unchained | Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
  5. Les Misérables | Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
  6. Life of Pi | Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
  7. Lincoln | Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
  8. Silver Linings Playbook | Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
  9. Zero Da rk Thirty | Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers

Truth is of these nine, I’ve seen four of these only. And have reviewed them. And that’s Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty. So I’d narrow my guess to these four.

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Based on freshness and boxoffice performance, I’d give the Oscar nod to… Django Unchained. Close second is Les Miserables. Life of Pi comes next, then Zero Dark Thirty.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

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  1. Anna Karenina | Seamus McGarvey
  2. Django Unchained | Robert Richardson
  3. Life of Pi | Claudio Miranda
  4. Lincoln | Janusz Kaminski
  5. Skyfall | Roger Deakins

Of these five, I’ve seen three. That’s Anna Karenina, Django Unchained and Life of Pi.

Based on awesomeness, I’d give the Oscar nod to… (No sweat, it’s so easy!) Life of Pi! Second is Anna Karenina. Third is Django Unchained.

PRODUCTION DESIGN

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  1. Anna Karenina [Production Design: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer]
  2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Production Design: Dan Hennah, Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright]
  3. Les Misérables [Production Design: Eve Stewart, Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson]
  4. Life of Pi [Production Design: David Gropman, Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock]
  5. Lincoln [Production Design: Rick Carter, Set Decoration: Jim Erickson]

Of these five, I’ve seen three. That’s Anna Karenina, Les Miserables and Life of Pi.

Based on ingenuity and awesomeness, I’d give the Oscar nod to Les Miserables! Anna Karenina then Life of Pi.

SOUND EDITING

  1. Argo. Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn.
  2. Django Unchained. Wylie Stateman.
  3. Life of Pi. Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton.
  4. Skyfall. Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers.
  5. Zero Dark Thirty. Paul N.J. Ottosson.

Of these five, I’ve seen three. That’s Django Unchained, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty.

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Based on sounds that are apropos and don’t bore, I’d give the Oscar nod to Zero Dark Thirty! Django Unchained then Life of Pi.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  1. Jessica Chastain. Zero Dark Thirty.
  2. Jennifer Lawrence. Silver Linings Playbook.
  3. Emmanuelle Riva. Amour.
  4. Quvenzhané Wallis. Beasts of the Southern Wild.
  5. Naomi Watts. The Impossible.

Of these five, I’ve seen two fantastic performances. That’s  from Chastain of Zero and Watts of Impossible.

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Based on role’s difficulty and the actress’ intensity, I’d give the nod to Naomi Watts!

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  1. Amy Adams. The Master.
  2. Sally Field. Lincoln.
  3. Anne Hathaway. Les Misérables.
  4. Helen Hunt. The Sessions.
  5. Jacki Weaver. Silver Linings Playbook.

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I’ve seen one performance and that’s enough. My hero the ANNE HATHAWAY deserves and OSCAR!!!

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The Impossible: Either they live or die stars do shine.

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Two boys and an old woman sit below the stars on the night of the tragic tsunami that swept Thailand in 2004.

“Some of the stars have been burned out for a long long time. Did you know that?”

“They’re dead, aren’t they?”

“They’re dead, but once they were so bright that their light is still travelling through space. We could still see them!”

“How can you tell which ones are dead and which ones are not?”

‘No you can’t. It’s impossible… It’s a beautiful mystery, isn’t it?”

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The Impossible is a heart-breaking tale of love for family. It shows innate traits of generosity and kindness in people that come across cultures, despite the severity of situations that arise.

Naomi Watts was outstanding in here. Her eyes are enough to feel her hurt. Her whimpering is bullet to the ears. You feel her character’s longing for her lost husband and children. Actually she could pass as her children’s older sister or something.

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Ewan McGregor and the children look adorable too. Actually the lead stars are too cute, you’d never want to make them feel hurt or something.

The movie excels much on its exposition of the main happenings of a tsunami. That tsunami scene sweeping the beachfront and tearing down palm trees was so gruesome; I guess you’d have seen horror on my face. That was some genius production there.

That dream right at the climax was gripping. I could never imagine myself surviving amid high waters with metal bars and wires and posts and all. The visuals was stunning. Realism achieved. The montage of harsh underwater visuals makes every heart pound.

If there’s one thing I could opt to improve on, it’s on how this movie solicits sympathy more than it really needs. The cast has played their parts well already; we see enough reasonable histrionic moments from them. If the direction rather have toned down a bit on its music score, and made some scenes subtler, I would have appreciated the movie better. You know that sequence in every drama where one person’s looking for the other, the camera focuses on him, strides to and fro to make the effect of bewilderedness and desperation, then the camera zooms out to a wide expanse with lots of people, then the camera focuses on the other person, then the other person  makes a scene or something, then the other person recognizes the other through his voice or his silhouette or something, then they end up with a slow-motion grand hug and kisses scene.

Alright, it’s heart-warming and all, but there’s a way subtler and more committal. After all, I’ve had enough of pensive, histrionic flairs from Les Mis so I guess I’m a bit bitter lately to these kinds of stuff.

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Other than that, I think The Impossible is a great family drama.

More than anything else, I think this movie is a tribute to the survivors and the ones departed from the tragic event; and a reminder that their light still shines from the stars.