The 83rd annual Academy Awards are just around the corner (on February 27th, 2011) and there is a lot of talent being nominated this year, specifically in the coveted Best Picture category. The Best Picture award is the one every producer, director, film studio, actor or actress and writer wants to win. This year there are a groundbreaking 10 total movies nominated, and being a big movie buff, I’ve seen them all. Below I ranked what I feel to be the most deserving to least deserving nominee mentions, as well as why. Brace yourselves ladies and gentlemen, this years Academy Awards is sure to be great.
The Kings Speech – The Kings Speech is one of those “surprise” movies, and by that I mean one that wasn’t overly advertised or hyped about, yet after you watch it it leaves you with the “wow that movie was excellent” thought. Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth do such a fantastic job making this film great. Everything from the great storyline and acting to the directing and special effects make this movie the most deserving of the Best Picture award.
127 Hours – 127 Hours follows the true story of a mountain climber who has to resort to extreme measures in order to survive after being trapped under a giant boulder. The plot doesn’t sound like anything groundbreaking, but the movie turned out to be terrific. The setting and acting make the movie great, but the intense cliffhangers make it even better. Plus, it would be awesome to see a remake of a true story win for the Best Picture.
The Fighter – The Fighter is yet another boxing movie, yet perhaps one of the best out there. Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale lead the all star cast in a movie that keeps you waiting what happens next, and one that you’ll watch again and again. It’s definitely not your average drama flick, and completely deserving of the award.
Toy Story 3 – Toy Story 3 was very anxiously awaited by both kids and adults alike, and the movie did not disappoint in the slightest. The end to the ever so popular Toy Story saga was sad, but definitely worth seeing. The cast, which includes Tim Allen and Tom Hanks did a great job, and the movie kept all the original characters from the first two movies, plus added some new ones, which made it exciting. It’s not often that a kids movie wins for Best Picture, but I don’t know anyone who would say they don’t think Toy Story 3 is completely deserving.
True Grit – Anything that’s a remake is often times not as great, but True Grit is not that kind of movie. It stays very close to the original story line and film, yet has a twist on it that makes it exciting and interesting to watch. Everything about it is fantastic, including the setting, acting, writing/directing and plot. The only downside is that it’s up against a lot of competition in which it doesn’t blow them out of the water.
Winters Bone – Winters Bone doesn’t have a lot of big name stars and it wasn’t a movie that everyone saw plastered all over TV advertisements. Yet the movie was great, and the acting was superb. It follows a girl who is on a search for her father, who is a drug dealer, and is full of intense scenes, suspense, and tears but is a must see movie for all adults, nonetheless.
The Kids Are Alright – Yet another movie you may not have ever even heard of, but absolutely must see. The Kids Are Alright has already racked up numerous awards at many different award shows, and although I think the Best Picture award may be a stretch, considering the films it’s up against..it doesn’t take away from the fact that the movie is fantastic. It’s sort of a drama meets comedy movie, but is pulled off very nicely, and with a unique plot line, it’s worth seeing.
Inception – Inception was an extremely over hyped movie that just about everyone in America has heard of, seen, or talked about. The problem with Inception is the cliff hanger ending, and seemingly never ending story. It’s one of those movies that you really could keep just as great (if not better) but condense it into an hour. However, the Inception does have a great cast including Ellen Page and Leonardo DiCaprio which makes it good, and the story line is definitely unique and keeps you wondering what will happen next.
The Social Network – The Social Network wasn’t a bad movie in the slightest. But, with what it’s up against, it’s definitely one of the not as great ones on the nominees list. The movie is about the life of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and while it’s definitely a neat story, it doesn’t have that “wow, what an awesome movie!” like the others on the list. It lacks the pizazz and characteristics it takes to become a Best Picture winner, although I will admit, it is a good movie.
Black Swan – I’m a little confused why this was nominated. Black Swan wasn’t a bad movie, but the other nominees make this one look terrible. It’s a very dark movie in every sense of the word, and it’s got a lot of elements in it that almost make it overdone and creepy. That, mixed with the psychotic elements of some of the characters just make it for a very long hour and a half movie that leaves you with the thought of “wow, what all did I just watch?”. It moves very slow at parts, and fast at others, and just isn’t Best Picture worthy.