Sunday, September 27, 2009

Oscar potential for the films of July 2009

Public Enemies- I can't vouch for this film seeing as I haven't seen it, but it had a lot of hype leading up to it which turned into a dull roar. It didn't completely die because it wasn't an awful film. It just wasn't Oscar good.
Long Shots: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing
Possibilities: Cinematography, Johnny Depp for Best Actor

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince- Harry Potter has reentered the Oscar arena with this new film. By reentered the Oscar arena I don't mean that this film is going to win any Oscars. I mean that it sets up for the final film (in two parts) to dazzle and win. Half-Blood Prince is a very different and much better film than Order of the Phoenix. I'd be willing to call it the best Potter film yet if it weren't for Goblet of Fire (Prisoner of Azkaban didn't really appeal to me as best of the series). As it is though, I'd say it's a close tie. There were several detractors from this film: Too long, too much romance, Not enough action, Really a set up for the final film, but if it really is then the final film guaranteed won't disappoint.
Long Shots: Visual Effects
Possibilities: Original Score
Best Bets: Art Direction, Cinematography, Best Makeup

Oscar potential for the films of June 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen- I didn't like the first Transformers film at all, so when I heard word that the new film was far worse, I was pretty much expecting perhaps the worse movie of all time. The thing is that it was, and I absolutely loved it. Every action sequence, each unneeded bit of comic relief, the ridiculous dialogue, and Megan Foxs "SUPERB" acting made it one of the most enjoyable films of the summer. I did think the technicals were a step down from the first film, but they will all the same get nominations this year.
Possibilities: Sound Editing
Best Bets: Sound Mixing, Visual Effects

The Hurt Locker- I caught this film as soon as I turned 17 and was, sorry to say, underwhelmed. There were a few pleasant surprise cameos by Guy Pierce, and Ralph Fiennes, but I had heard absolute raves about this film before it's release that the film did not live up to. I thought the main character was in all honesty a fool without any real character change, and really simply played. There was the required black guy of course, and there was the somewhat sensitive kid who was the only one with any real emotional arc. The film played out just as I expected it would, and at the end I thought "The Hurt Locker 2?" Not on my time or money. All the same, the resounding praise will get it numerous nominations, but the hype will have all but died by the time award season rolls by.
Long Shots: Anthony Mackie for Supporting actor
Possibilities: Jeremy Renner for lead actor, Sound Editing
Best Bets: Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Film Editing