# 258 – Top 7 of 2011 (Extra special)

As it turned out, most of my rating system came crashing down when I discovered that I like to give the grade 4 a lot – too much to be honest. So I am already thinking something new and better for next year. But I did get the top 3 with no difficulties and the rest of the list came down to how memorable the movie was. So here it is, top 7 of 2011 – my favorite movies!

#7 Melancholia

Although I had mixed feelings about the ending of the movie, I still remember the amazing cinematography (by Manuel Alberto Claro) and the greatness of the first part of the movie.  Besides, even though I did not enjoy the ending, it is definitely memorable and an image that I can not delete from my mind.

#6 What’s Your Number?

This place shocks me as much as it might shock you. The movie is not that great, it is not the best of the best this year but it sure is best among Chris Evans’ performances – for me at least.  Although, the movie is memorable as well, I mean the basketball scene is not a typical romantic comedy highlight but I think that this is the reason why I keep having those .. never mind.

#5 50/50

This Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie was definitely one of my favorite experiences this year and a well deserved place belongs to this dramatic comedy. I think the movie just gets to you although it is so simple and down to Earth in a way. Gonna watch it again for sure.

#4 Never Let Me Go

This, in some what, alter-world plot is definitely memorable. But this novel-based installment was made perfect with a young cast including this year’s big hit Andrew Garfield. The movie was sad and to be honest, it is the saddest among this list – but sometimes it is good to cry on a Friday night when you don’t feel like going out.

#3 Horrible Bosses

Now comes the surprising part – I have two comedies in my top 3 and the first one is no other than star-filled Horrible Bosses. I have a feeling that it is one of my favorites this year due to the interesting cast choices but probably the most because Charlie Day is brilliant in every scene he is in!

# 2 Crazy Stupid Love

This is no surprise that Ryan Gosling together with Emma Stone and Steve Carell made me so happy when I watched this movie that I still smile secretly when I recall the best moments. Funny, gets to you emotionally and is just a great entertainment for friends and family. Going to my “watch the second time” list right now!

#1 The King’s Speech

Taking the highest price is the first Oscar moment for Colin Firth and the inspiring tale of the king who found a friend in the oddest place. I have no doubt in my mind that this will remain in my list of favorites, it will sure have some competition for the first place (I hope so) but nobody can’t push Firth out of my top 10. He is and will be my favorite of 2011 – just because!

So, this is it, this was 2011 and there is nothing else to say but:

Enjoy the last moments of this year as enthusiastically as you can and enjoy the next one even more that this one! See you next year!

# 153 – 2011 Oscars

And here is the list just one more time, now with only the winners listed! PS: Congrats to The King’s Speech and Colin Firth !

Best Motion Picture of the Year

The King’s Speech (2010): Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin – FAV (I listed this as my favorite from all the nominees – well done, me).


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Colin Firth for The King’s Speech (2010) FAV (Same thing with Colin, YAY! for Colin, I knew he’ll get this one!)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Natalie Portman for Black Swan (2010) FAV (I think this was too obvious to be even a surprise, it was just – ahah, I knew it, blah).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale for The Fighter (2010) (Wasn’t my FAV for a reason, I haven’t watched this movie yet – it’s next on my list..)

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Melissa Leo for The Fighter (2010) (Same story as with previous winner, Christian Bale..)

 

Best Achievement in Directing

Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech (2010) (I gave this to The Social Network since I tried to even the playing field, TKS gets the best movie, TSN gets the director.. Academy Awards apparently don’t fallow the rules that way.)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

The King’s Speech (2010): David Seidler FAV (I like when I’m right and with TKS I’m almost always right it seems..)

 

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

The Social Network (2010): Aaron Sorkin FAV (Thank god it wasn’t in the same category as TKS, all else it would’ve been even harder to pick my favorite..)

 

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Toy Story 3 (2010): Lee Unkrich  (Haven’t seen it.. don’t intend to watch it either, sorry Toy Story..)

 

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Hævnen (2010): Susanne Bier(Denmark) (No comments.. god, I should really pay more attention to European films..)

 

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Inception (2010): Wally Pfister (Wasn’t my favorite but at least Inception got something for it’s visuals…)

Best Achievement in Editing

The Social Network (2010): Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall FAV (I was right again…)

 

Best Achievement in Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland (2010): Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara (Wow, it got an award for something. Not the best from Tim Burton though!)

 

Best Achievement in Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland (2010): Colleen Atwood (Another one, apparently the art and costumes were the best.. while of course other nominees didn’t have that kid of imagination in hand – Wonderland pretty much can be everything and anything.)

 

Best Achievement in Makeup

The Wolfman (2010): Rick Baker, Dave Elsey (Same thing as with Alice in Wonderland I think.. Making a man into a wolf pretty much sets the bar high.)

 

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

The Social Network (2010): Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (I had my finger crossed for Zimmer cause I like his work but TSN deserves it also.)

 

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Toy Story 3 (2010): Randy Newman(“We Belong Together”) (Me and this song don’t belong together, haven’t even heard it…)

 

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

Inception (2010): Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo, Ed Novick FAV (If Zimmer doesn’t get an award, the sound mixers get it – yay for them!)

 

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Inception (2010): Richard King FAV (The sound is all about Inception this year, great!)

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Inception (2010): Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin FAV (So visuals and the sounds were perfection in Inception.. end of story!)

Best Documentary, Features

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Best Short Film, Animated

Best Short Film, Live Action

The Confession (2010/IV): Tanel Toom (This is an Estonian!! Like, yay – too bad he didn’t win, but I’m gonna list him anyway cause I can do what ever I want.)

God of Love (2010): Luke Matheny – winner.

# 143 – The King’s Speech

The last Colin Firth movie for me was A Single Man and I thought that he can’t get any better.. oh man, was I wrong! Colin Firth has been climbing the ladder of success these last few years and has been nominated for an Oscar which he probably will get. Why? I think being somebody who has to use his voice for a profession and then portraying somebody who doesn’t have it but should have it and must have it even – it sounds so difficult but some how, Colin Firth made it look effortless.

The King’s Speech is a movie about a future king/the king of England who has a stutter and has to over come it by the help of this speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush who was found by his wife portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter. And that is basically the whole story, the main plot and the rest is carried by those amazing actors, their dialogs and Colin’s ability to stutter with such skill that I forgot his real way of speech.

What makes the movie more close to heart is probably the fact that it is based on true events, true stories – and I even read that the notes by the speech-therapist were used in order to write the screenplay. Things that are true, all those movies that tell a story about a person who overcomes the obstacles in his/her life – those movies are the ones that always make me smile and really smile. They have a unique way making you cheer for that person cause you some how see him as a real person, not a character – because when you have the knowledge that it is based on real life, a true story, you have the context behind it that will alter your mind into thinking that it isn’t the actor on the screen but it is a person who lived and a person who did all those things – this is why The King’s Speech is good and this is why The Social Network is good. People don’t like fantasy anymore it seems , they like the real world and the movies that show that reality to us get to us on a much deeper level.

So basically this was almost a 2 hour movie that I can’t really talk about because there isn’t much else to tell. That being said, there is so much else to watch! Colin being the number one reason, Geoffrey second and you can even watch Helena Bonham Carter because she has some great outfits. While at the same time there is also an enjoyable script and the whole vibe of the movie takes you back in time. I think it would be a great “best movie of the year 2010” because it shows real acting skills among other great things behind making The King’s Speech, not that The Social Network and Black Swan and others didn’t have that.. I just think that Colin stole the last year, he was great and he deserves his nomination and The King’s Speech deserves those other 11 nominations and now it is only a matter of time before the Oscars start piling for them. 5 out of 5.

# 142 – Oscar nominations

Another year of movies has passed and after the Golden Globes there is only one big event that puts an end to it all (meaning the last year): The Academy Awards – Oscars. And since I did a post about the Golden Globes I felt that I had to do one about the Oscars as well. Now, I am not gonna predict anything, because my taste is pretty shaky lately due to my school work which would be officially over tomorrow – but I am gonna mention my favorites ( by adding a FAV behind it) from the categories in case I’ve seen most of the nominations. Anyway, here it is – Road to the Oscars 2011:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Achievement in Directing

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Nominees:

Kynodontas (2009): Giorgos Lanthimos(Greece)

Hævnen (2010): Susanne Bier(Denmark)

Incendies (2010): Denis Villeneuve(Canada)

Hors-la-loi (2010): Rachid Bouchareb(Algeria)

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Best Achievement in Editing

Best Achievement in Costume Design

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Nominees:

127 Hours (2010): A.R. Rahman, Rollo Armstrong, Dido(“If I Rise”)

Country Strong (2010): Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges(“Coming Home”)

Tangled (2010): Alan Menken, Glenn Slater(“I See the Light”)

Toy Story 3 (2010): Randy Newman(“We Belong Together”)

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Best Short Film, Live Action

Nominees:

Wish 143 (2009): Ian Barnes, Samantha Waite

 

Wow, if you didn’t do the counting, I’ll do it for you – the most nominations this year went to The King’s Speech (review coming soon) – a total of 12 nominations! My favorite number by the way. So I guess the question now is, how many it will actually get…

 

# 88 – The King’s Speech

I can’t remember how many roles I’ve seen Colin Firth in but the first ones that come  to mind are George Falconer (A Single Man) and Mr. Darcy (Bridget Jones’s Diary): he was brilliant in both of them. It was disappointing that his A Single Man Academy Award nomination didn’t earn him an Oscar but this might change.  Since he is so good and deserves the golden boy in his office he is giving it another go with The King’s Speech.

The reason why I say this is not just based on the trailer and my personal opinion, I just think that a 9,0 rating in IMDb and 100% in Rotten Tomatoes speaks for itself! Plus, the movie is historical and the director Tom Hooper has an Emmy under his belt – I think that this is a recipe for the win. At least it should be…

And no, I haven’t seen the movie yet but the trailer is so promising and I don’t think Colin can do wrong. I can’t remember seeing him in a bad movie and lately he seems to get amazing roles. So I for an example can’t wait to see this one – I love myself some Colin as a king!

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