As you might have guessed from my massive attack of tweets last night, I was watching the Academy Awards, my favorite television event of the year. Seriously, a cinephile like me spends all year waiting for the Oscars just so they can see who made the cut, and who came in a close second. And if you’re like me, you make a competition of it.
Now, this year was a bit different from others. I kind of got behind on my film watching because of school and didn’t exactly make educated choices on my Oscar ballot. So, I went by all the films I had seen/the best names/favorite actors. Which means I basically failed in almost every category. But the Oscars is not about who is winning the competition, it is about rejoicing in the love of film between so many people. I live. For. That.
So, because although I didn’t get many categories correct, I would like to share with you the ones that I believed should have won the award. Along with that, I will give some comments to liven up the game and give some insight to how my Oscar-pickings went! Note* All of the ones I chose correctly will be in red for easy finding!
Best Short Film (Live Action) Winner: The Shore My Choice: Pentecost
Best Short Film (Animated) Winner: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore My Choice: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Best Visual Effects Winner: Hugo My Choice: Rise of the Planet of the Apes Why: Come on! They made amazing apes out of nothing basically. The entire film was a visual effect! I can’t even begin to express how upset that I am that the film did not win the award.
Best Sound Mixing Winner: Hugo My Choice: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Sound Editing Winner: Hugo My Choice: Drive
Best Makeup Winner: The Iron Lady My Choice: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Why: Come on, they made trolls, Voldemort, and house elves. Need I say more?
Best Film Editing Winner: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo My Choice: The Artist
Best Cinematography Winner: Hugo My Choice: The Artist Comment: Hugo must have been a pretty good movie for The Artist not to win. That was an amazing film.
Best Documentary (Short) Winner: Saving Face My Choice: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom Comment: After watching the little clip before they presented the award, I was immediately inclined to switch my vote to Saving Face. The documentary deserved the Oscar.
Best Documentary Winner: Undefeated My Choice: Undefeated Why: P.Diddy. Cool fact: when they announced the award my mother said, “Isn’t that the one with Snoop Diddy Dog Pid Snoopy Person?”
Best Original Score Winner: The Artist My Choice: The Artist Why: The film was a score in itself.
Best Original Song Winner: Man or Muppet My Choice: Man or Muppet
Best Costume Design Winner: The Artist My Choice: Anonymous Comment: In my defense, I had no clue what Anonymous even was. Blind guessing gets you nowhere in the world.
Best Art Direction Winner: Hugo My Choice: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Comment: WHY?
Best Adapted Screenplay Winner: The Descendants My Choice: The Descendants
Best Original Screenplay Winner: Midnight in Paris My Choice: Bridesmaids Why: That film was hilarious. I mean, they had Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig in the same film. The Academy obviously was not paying attention when choosing this one.
Best Foreign Film Winner: A Separation My Choice: Monsier Lazhar Comment: As I watched the small clip of A Separation I said, “This one is going to win. I can feel it in my bones.”
Best Animated Feature Film Winner: Rango My Choice: Puss in Boots
Best Supporting Actress Winner: Octavia Spencer My Choice: Melissa McCarthy Why: “I’m going to climb him like a tree.”
Best Supporting Actor Winner: Christopher Plummer My Choice: Kenneth Branagh
Best Actress Winner: Meryl Streep My Choice: Viola Davis Comment: I must have been on drugs while I was voting, because I swear I did not see Meryl’s name on the ballot while voting. I will vote for her on anything. That is how much I adore Meryl Streep!
Best Director Winner: Michel Hazanavicius My Choice: Woody Allen
Best Picture Winner: The Artist My Choice: The Help Comment: When choosing for this category, I had a lot of trouble. Not just because I hadn’t seen all the films, but how to characterize a great film is hard. What makes one film better than another when they are all good. I believe they could have chosen any film and made a good choice, personally. I chose The Help because it’s a beautiful movie based off a fantastic book. But The Artist was also good, so *claps for The Artist*!