Sunday, February 27, 2011

O-Woww's Super Skanky Oscacular Spectacular Day 6: Best. Picture. Ever. of the Year.

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Battle Royale tonight: The Social Network vs. The King's Speech
  • Battle Royale tonight: The Social Network vs. The King's Speech
First, a prediction: This guy's wrong. Second, a request for the Oscar Gods: Next year, can we get a little romance in this bitch? Honestly, of the 10 (diez) films up for the Biggest of the Big this year, only The Kids Are All Right comes close to qualification as a genuine, heart-on-your-sleeve, Jack-and-Rose/Jack-and-Ennis Romance. Unless you count Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman and a Prima Hydrostat en pointe. Which, while hot, I certainly don't. So let's kick off 2012 – possibly the year of humanity's curtain call, according to Mayans and one-time R&B ingenue Mya. (Unconfirmed.) – with some end-is-nigh-style Sweeping Romance. Please? Finally, a final comment on the films of 2010: You get one more night, then you all must disappear for a few years, until a time when we can properly assess whether you stand the test of time or not. True Grit and Social Network? You may relax. The rest of you had better swig all the free drinks you can tonight. No one will love you in the morning. (If you need advice on dealing with that crushing realization, Gabby Sidibe is waiting for your call. Mainly cause she has nothing else to do.) The nominees: 127 Hours – Danny Boyle and Christian Colson Black Swan – Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy and Brian Oliver The Fighter – David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg Inception – Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas The Kids Are All Right – Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray The King's Speech – Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin The Social Network – Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca and Scott Rudin Toy Story 3 – Darla K. Anderson True Grit – Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Scott Rudin Winter's Bone – Alix Madigan and Anne Rossellini Analysis: Formidable pictures all, 2010-11 will go down as the Oscar season that was either the sole exception or the first solidification of the new 10-movie Best Picture rule. There are no Blind Sides, Preciouses or Up in the Airs in the bunch, no "Ummm....what else came out this year that didn't suck?" feeling to the nominee list. Any one of these films could win and be applauded for it. Well, except Black Swan, but for different, more abstract reasons, all of which are perfectly captured here. 127 Hours was thrilling and tender. The Fighter gritty and all-too-real. Inception blew my mind visually if not philosophically. The Kids Are All Right touched my heart. The King's Speech made me appreciate The Queen more. Toy Story 3 made me cry. True Grit made me laugh, and Winter's Bone made me glad to have a steady income. But The Social Network was almost completely – literally with the exception of one small scene – perfect. Perfect writing, perfect direction, perfect acting, perfecting timing. It's the zeitgeist film, and it will stand the test of time. It makes The King's Speech look like a five-finger exercise. It should win. And it's my winner. The Winner: The Social Network. Goodbye, 2010 films. You rocked.

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