The Oscar’s are here again, my favorite time of the year. The film line up this year is to die for, and overall it gives a glimpse into different lifestyles. Whether you are a regular man who has the bravery of several men, a woman struggling for a purpose, a man lost in time seeking companionship through technology, or even a cheap trick of a man scamming people as they come around there is a film for everyone. I may not have had the pleasure of seeing all the films on this list, but I look forward to seeing them all.
When it comes to best picture, this has been the winner of them all. It won at both the Golden Globes and the Critic Choice Awards, everyone loves this film. For the Oscar’s, I don’t see that changing. This will win best picture this year, it’s only true competition is American Hustle or Gravity. It’s a brilliant time period piece, and with it’s traditional directing style it became a clear favorite among critics. For me, it was Chiwetel Ejiofor that sold the this story. His acting was beyond superb, and he delivered in everything he was in this year. This beautiful adaptation of a true story is one for the books
Although I foresee 12 years a slave winning, American Hustle is my choice for Best Picture. Everything about this film is electrifying. Amy Adams sizzles in through out, Jennifer Lawrence brings the laughs with her bored (maybe a little crazy) housewife character, and I want to punch Bradley Cooper in the face every time he is in a scene. Christian Bale delivers (and sells) the film completely though, for a con man you feel for his struggles and in the end you don’t want his demise. Overall, it was what I expect for David O. Russell.
Although they say the story was twisted to make Tom Hank’s character look more noble, the story was riveting from the start. This movie was fast paced and at times chilling to the bone. It is clear why it was nominated for Best Picture, but this chances of it walking away with the big price are slim to none. Even though Tom Hanks is the star of the film, I feel like we can all agree that it was Barkhad Abdi that sold it.
This whole movie showed complete transformations of all it’s actors, Matthews McConaughey lost a tremendous amount of weight for this role and Jared Leto was nearly unrecognizable as his transgender character. This film is full of heart, and at times you might struggle to relate or feel for McConaughey’s character but he brings it to the next level with his acting. Once again, it was the supporting character who brought the film home. That’s the reason Jared Leto will be bringing home an Oscar.
Visually, this is a masterpiece in its own. Everything about it is graphically stunning, and the scenes are charged with emotion and action. Alfonso Cuaron achieved greatness with his directing style, but for me the performances delivered were okay compared to everything else. I think Sandra Bullock did amazing, but I was not really attached to her characters like I was in a lot of these other films. Overall though, it was still a cinematic achievement, which is why it is nominated among these amazing films.
Next to American Hustle, Her was my second favorite film. I don’t expect it to bring home best picture, but god forbid if it does not bring home best original screen play I might be flipping all the furniture in my house. It was funny and awkward and simply great because of all the performances. I doubted this film at first, skeptical of what it might yield but I am glad I spent money to see it. Spike Jonze is a mastermind of film, along with David O. Russel and Martin Scorsese (who ironically are both nominated for their films this year as well).
I have actually not gotten the chance to see Nebraska, but I have been dying to see it. The only thing that holds me back is the black and white aspect of it (yes, I saw The Artist and I loved it, just here me out). I love living in color and seeing my movies this way, I am always a little skeptical whenever they are in black and white, but it never holds me back from loving the film (I’m just always skeptical if you couldn’t tell from my three thousandth time of saying it). Bruce Dern is a legend, and I always enjoy the awkward Will Forte.
This is the second movie I have not gotten to see, in fact it isn’t playing anywhere near me. Oh the joys of living in Oklahoma (please sense my sarcasm). Sadly, I don’t even know a lot about the film besides the basic synopsis and that the great Judi Dench is sweeping hearts in it. I look forward to seeing it, but I most likely won’t be able to until it comes out on DVD.
Oh, The Wolf of Wall Street. I. Marlene King put it perfectly when she said “as a human being I am intrigued, as a woman I am slightly offended, and as a mother I would hope my sons know better,” and although I am not a mother I did get what she was saying. This film takes debauchery to the next level, in fact you waste nearly three hours seeing it all unfold. Don’t get my wrong, this film was intriguing and a little part of my did enjoy being there and even thinking, “wow, Martin Scorsese does it again” and “Maybe Leo will finally get his first Oscar” because his performance was on point, but that doesn’t make it any less degrading at times. If you are looking for a good times and are not easily offended, I highly recommend this satire of wall street.