I really do hope these few people and or films get some recognition:
1. The movie “UP”-its brilliant even though I will say and cite that they actual story of UP does resemble a children’s book-story I read that is from the 1920s called “The Twenty-One Balloons” by William Pène du Bois.
Here is a link to 21 Balloons on Wikipedia:
21 Balloons on Wikipedia
The stories aren’t completely the same but the concepts could be called twins. I’m not calling anyone a thief I’m just saying they sound alike. I really would like “UP” to win for best screenplay or for best picture. I know it won’t happen.
2. “Precious”-I love this film and I love the screenplay. In my last blog I was not insulting the screenwriter (who came from a pretty wealthy background) but I was complimenting him for his work. Geoffrey Fletcher is a great writer for being able to step outside himself and adapt this rich sad book into a wonderfully honest and real screenplay. Also, I think Gabourey Sidibe, and Mo’Nique both deserves Oscars.
3. “The Hurt Locker-“Best director”-I can’t explain it’s the truth, she knocked the world on its knees. Maybe best screenplay too. I am pretty un-decided on this topic since there are a few really great screenplays out there for this season.
4. “An Education-This film needs to win a few Oscars-best adapted screenplay,or best actress ala Carrie Mulligan. It’s a real tie in my mind with few others films for a bunch of awards. I am glad it won so many BAFTA awards.
4. Woody Harrelson-best supporting actor for “The Messenger”, let’s face it as well here, he deserved an Oscar for 1994’s “Natural Born Killers.”
5. Jeff Bridges-best actor-for “Crazy Heart”. My second pick is Toby McGuire who was really overlooked by critics. Let’s all face it Bridges deserved an Oscar for 1991’s “The Fisher King”.
6. Best music “Crazy Heart” some great music by a local fellow Ryan Bingham who has been kicking around Hollywood for a few years who hails from Hobbs, New Mexico.
7. Maggie Gyllenhaal-for her work in “Crazy Heart”. She just floored all of us.
8. “The White Ribbon” for best Foreign film. An instant classic for sure.
My big question is which one is best screenplay, Up, The Hurt Locker, Precious, or An Education? I really can’t decide this year.
That’s all I have to say, sorry for the sloppiness. I am just too busy wrapping up my new novel to be blogging very much these days. I’d rather create than criticize any day….