If I Were King of the Oscars…

You’ve seen the Oscars, I listed my top ten, now it’s time for my nominations. Some of these the Academy got right, others not so much. Here is what my personal ballot for 2010 would look like.

Best Picture:

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Winner

Shutter Island

Inception

The Social Network

Black Swan

Un Prophete

Another Year

Toy Story 3

How To Train Your Dragon

Carlos

No film was as much fun as Pilgrim. Easy choice this year.

Best Director:

Edgar WrightScott Pilgrim Vs. The World – Winner

Martin Scorsese – Shutter Island

Christopher Nolan – Inception

Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

David Fincher – The Social Network

Wright is why Pilgrim is as great as it is.

Best Actor:

Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network – Winner

Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine

Tahar Rahim – Un Prophete

James Franco – 127 Hours

Edgar Ramirez – Carlos

Eisenberg had stiff competition, but he is more complex than I think he’s given credit for.

Best Actress:

Natalie Portman – Black Swan – Winner

Lesley Manville – Another Year

Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone

Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Portman’s always been good, but she explodes on screen in her best role ever.

Best Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale – The Fighter – Winner

Armie Hammer (with an assist from Josh Pence) – The Social Network

John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone

Niels Arestrup – Un Prophete

Andrew Garfield – The Social Network

Bale completely transforms into Dicky. Virtually unrecognizable.

Best Supporting Actress:

Melissa Leo – The Fighter – Winner

Amy Adams – The Fighter

Ellen Wong – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Greta Gerwig – Greenberg

Olivia Williams – The Ghost Writer

Weak year for this category and with Hailee and Lesley in Lead, Leo wins for her fiery turn.

Best Original Screenplay:

Inception – Winner

Another Year

Black Swan

Un Prophete

Mother

You invent Inception and then we can talk about whether it deserves this.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

The Social Network – Winner

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Toy Story 3

How To Train Your Dragon

True Grit

Tight and quotable. Great work from Sorkin.

Best Editing:

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Winner

Inception

Shutter Island

The Social Network

Black Swan

Seamless and yet exciting and kinetic.

Best Cinematography:

Shutter Island – Winner

Black Swan

Inception

True Grit

The Social Network

Richardson tops himself again with this haunting piece of work.

Best Art Direction:

Inception – Winner

The Ghost Writer

True Grit

Black Swan

Shutter Island

Building dream worlds and classing up the place with it’s slick designs.

Best Score:

Inception – Winner

Tron: LEGACY

The Social Network

Black Swan

How To Train Your Dragon

One word…BWAHHHHHHHHHHHHH! It never gets old people!

Best Song:

Tangled – “I See The Light” – Winner

How To Train Your Dragon – “Sticks and Stones”

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – “We Are Sex Bob-Omb”

Very weak year for songs, but Tangled’s plays during one of the best scenes of the year, so by default.

Best Costume:

True Grit – Winner

Inception

Tron: LEGACY

Shutter Island

Black Swan

Westerns don’t get enough credit. Everyone’s outfit was perfectly suited to their character. Pepper’s chaps, LaBeouf’s spurs etc.

Best Make-Up:

Black Swan – Winner

The Way Back

Shutter Island

A lot of it had some computer assist, but still, the body horror was great and the simple white with black wing eyes was great as well.

Best Sound Editing:

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Winner

Inception

Toy Story 3

How to Train Your Dragon

Tron: LEGACY

Love all the little 8-bit sounds and references sprinkled throughout the kicks and whooshes.

Best Sound Mixing:

Black Swan – Winner

Inception

The Social Network

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Shutter Island

The final sequence really brings it all home with the blasting score, audience anticipation, and backstage drama.

Best Visual Effects:

Inception – Winner

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Tron: LEGACY

The Social Network

Shutter Island

Hallway fight alone wins this.

And I’m gonna go ahead and skip the shorts, docs, foreign and animated feature categories.

The Tally:

Scott Pilgrim – 4 wins – 9 Nominations

Inception – 4 wins – 11 Nominations

Black Swan – 3 wins – 11 Nominations

The Social Network – 2 wins – 11 Nominations

The Fighter – 2 wins – 3 Nominations

True Grit – 1 win – 5 Nominations

Tangled – 1 win – 1 Nomination

Shutter Island – 1 win – 9 Nominations

How To Train Your Dragon – 5 Nominations

Un Prophete – 4 Nominations

Tron: LEGACY – 4 Nominations

Another Year – 3 Nominations

Toy Story 3 – 3 Nominations

Carlos – 2 Nominations

Blue Valentine – 2 Nominations

Winter’s Bone – 2 Nominations

The Ghost Writer – 2 Nominations

The Way Back – 1 Nomination

127 Hours – 1 Nomination

Greenberg – 1 Nomination

Mother – 1 Nomination

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2 responses to “If I Were King of the Oscars…

  1. I did not like Scott Pilgrim as much as you, obviously.

  2. Well, what would have been your picks?

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