It’s that time again – time to watch me try to second-guess the Academy voters for the third year running! 2010 is still my best year, as I guessed 18/24 correctly. I should’ve tied that mark last year, but The King’s Speech stole best picture/best director, so I dropped down to 16/24. Not that I’m bitter or anything…
This year’s a bit weird for me. Usually, I’ve seen the Oscar-nominated acting performances by the time the big night arrives. But I didn’t catch either The Help or Beginners, so I’m mostly going with the popular opinion in picking Davis, Plummer, and Spencer to win. And I think most people consider Jean Dujardin the favourite for best actor, but I’ve already predicted Clooney (whose performance I didn’t even like) on the podcast, so now I’m stuck with him. Dammit…
Usually I’m pretty invested in the best picture/best director race. Like last year with Fincher vs. Hooper. Not so this year. I liked The Artist more than Hugo, but neither one really floored me. If anything, the category I’m pinning my hopes on this time around is best original screenplay, and it looks like Woody Allen has that pretty sewn up (knock on wood). Midnight In Paris was definitely my favourite film of 2011, so it would be nice to see it get at least one statuette.
The last episode prior to the 2012 Oscars! Matthew and Mike recap 2011, Mike counts down his top 10 for the year, and Matthew adds a few of his favourites. Mike also offers up some predictions for Oscar night (see the full slate of predictions here).
Listen to or download the show below, and click “read more of this post” to view a complete breakdown of the topics discussed in this episode.
First off, a mea culpa. When I posted my top 10 of 2008 a few years back, I intended it to be a yearly thing. But obviously that hasn’t happened. 2009 was a complete write-off. I kept track of what I watched and compiled a top 10, but never found the time to actually write everything up. (Just for the record, my favourite film that year was Inglourious Basterds.) The next year was a similar story: no write up. But I did manage to preview the Oscars, and at least speak about my favourite films of the year thanks to the very first Slandering Others Anonymously Film Podcast episode ever.
This year, I’m getting back on track. I’m presenting my top 10 below, my Oscar predictions are up, and Matthew and I have done a 2011 wrap-up podcast. Needless to say, I’m really happy to have gotten all of these things pulled together this year.
A skilful blend of comedy and drama, The Artist relies on filmmaking techniques from a bygone era to tell a charmingly simple love story. Though its silent, black-and-white style hearkens back to the past, the film feels timeless thanks to the romance at its core.
The movie opens in 1927, near the end of the silent film era. Movie star George Valentin (played by Jean Dujardin) meets aspiring actress Peppy Miller (played by Bérénice Bejo) at the premiere of his latest film.The chemistry between the two is immediate, and soon the fresh-faced Miller is the talk of the town. But as her stardom grows, Valentin’s career stalls. Rooted in the past, he sees no future for “talkies” and his dismissive attitude toward them sets him up for a potential disaster.