Personal Favorite: You know something? For all the crying about the lack of creativity in Hollywood, I looked at the list of nominees and can say I really enjoyed half of the films and really liked most of the rest. I’m a Nolan fanboy so I have to standup for Inception, but…
If you argued Toy Story 3 was one of the few ‘third films’ that lived up to the standard of the first two films in the series? I wouldn’t disagree.
If you argued Black Swan in its own way was more visual and original than Inception, I wouldn’t hold it against you.
If you argued The Social Network was ‘the film we’ll look back on as the film that defined where we were as a culture in 2010′, I don’t think anyone could argue that.
I could keep going but I think you get my point.
Who Should Win: Same argument. True Grit, The Kids are All Right, The King’s Speech, and The Fighter all stand out as films that ‘feel’ like Oscar films because of who’s in front of or behind the camera (or both). In my opinion the film that nails every major element the best (cinematography, writing, direction, action, subject mattter, design) is The King’s Speech. Just my opinion.
Who Will Win: The King’s Speech because of the argument I made in the previous paragraph.
One last pre-show note: I talked to Mr. Thomas and we plan to ‘liveblog’ the Oscars again this year to keep the ‘ArtFradieu’ tradition alive (for those of you who go WAY back) with us. I think I’m tech savvy enough to pull this off, so for those of you who like (relatively) unfiltered comedy by two black film geeks during the show, check back here during the show Sunday night.