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And so, Jennifer Lawrence officially became the most delightful, funny, and likeable actress in Hollywodd.
I love her. I think she’s great. But there’s a lack of filter between her brain and her mouth. Right now it’s cute, disarming even. And it’s probably not an affectation; she’s probably just legitimately in awe of her success and career trajectory.
But it’s either going to get really old really fast or it’s going to get her in trouble one day. Possibly both.
Not hating, just pointing it out.
I’m still processing this nominee list, but my immediate impression is that they’re finally learning to disregard their own hype. Big names don’t always equal the best.
Just so we’re being thorough:
Movies I Should Have Seen By Now…
- Friends With Kids
- First Position
- Moonrise Kingdom
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- The Bourne Legacy
- The Words
- Trouble with the Curve
- Perks of Being of a Wallflower
- The Paperboy
- Cloud Atlas
- Life of Pi
- The Silver Linings Playbook
- Killing Them Softly
- The Hobbit
- This Is 40
- Zero Dark Thirty
- On the Road
- Django Unchained
- Les Misérables
Day-after-the-Oscars dash reading expression.
Boring. Beginning to end. Move on.
It took me a while to get over Albert Brooks’ snub, but we all know it deserved lots and lots of Oscars. That’s all that counts, right?
I watched Hugo and The Artist yesterday, just in time for the Oscars last night. I’m so happy I got to watch these movies before the awards as it would’ve felt a little weird seeing these movies win all the awards and not really know why.
The Artist … meh, I could take it or leave it. Cute and charming (much like all of its French representatives this award season), but also just kind of empty. I can see why Hollywood got into such a tizzy over this film, and I understand it’s Best Picture Oscar, but as far as films go, it wasn’t even one of my ten favorites this year. I think we’re going to look back at this year’s Oscars and say, “That’s the movie that won it all?”
Hugo, on the other hand, was brilliant. I absolutely loved everything about this film, from the story and its execution to the technological whimsy that Scorsese used to tell it. I didn’t think it would affect my year-end awards that I put together last week, but it absolutely did. Click here for the **updated post!**
While I enjoy the Academy Awards and make it my year-long mission to see as much of what it considers “the best” as possible, I recognize its shortcomings, both as a barometer of what’s “the best” and in its ability to to make the subjective appear democratic.
And that’s why I do what you’re about to read every year. I look at the year’s cinematic efforts and list my favorites. Obviously, I can’t see every movie that gets released in a given year, but I do see a lot of them. Here’s a comprehensive list of the 2011 films I’ve seen, for reference.
Finally, I don’t attempt to proclaim “the best” of anything because I’m not (nor will I ever be) a cinematic “authority.” But I do know what I like, my favorites, if you will. And here they are…
1. The Tree of Life
3. Take Shelter
6. Martha Marcy May Marlene
8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
9. Midnight in Paris
Favorite Directorial Effort:
1. Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life
2. Steve McQueen for Shame
3. Martin Scorsese for Hugo
4. Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive
5. Jeff Nichols for Take Shelter
Favorite Performance by a Lead Actor:
1. Michael Fassbender in Shame
2. Michael Shannon in Take Shelter
3. Demián Bichir in A Better Life
4. George Clooney in The Descendants
5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50
Favorite Performance by a Lead Actress:
1. Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2. Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene
3. Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn
4. Charlize Theron in Young Adult
5. Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia
Favorite Performance by a Supporting Actor:
1. Albert Brooks in Drive
2. Patton Oswalt in Young Adult
3. Ben Kingsley in Hugo
4. Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life
5. Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn
Favorite Performance by a Supporting Actress:
1. Kim Wayans in Pariah
2. Jessica Chastain in Take Shelter
3. Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
4. Shailene Woodley in The Descendants
5. Charlotte Gainsbourg in Melancholia
Favorite Original Screenplay:
1. 50/50 by Will Reiser
2. Beginners by Mike Mills
3. The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick
4. Bridesmaids by Kristen Wiig/Annie Mumolo
5. Margin Call by J.C. Chandor
Favorite Adapted Screenplay:
1. Moneyball by Aaron Sorkin/Steven Zaillian
2. John Logan for Hugo
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steven Zaillian
4. The Ides of March by George Clooney/Grant Heslov/Beau Willimon
5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by Bridget O’Connor/Peter Straughan
Tree of Life
Still my favorite movie of the year. Also, the link is brilliant.