Manic Movie Magic: 84th Academy Awards Predictions Part Three!

The Oscars are drawing near, and now that the Grammy’s are finally over, we can all focus on the trickiest to pick topic of all: Best Director. It’s so hard to even take a stab at this one, mostly because you never know what the Academy liked that particular year.

Still, being the highly opinionated critic I am, I’m going to take a stab at it. After all, what’s the harm right? …Right guys? …Guys?

Michel Hazanavicius The Artist

(Why must your name be so hard to spell?)

How Many Oscars Already?: 0

The Artist feels like a shoe-in to win this year, so if it does, that increases Hazanavicius’ chances of winning to almost absolute, simply because of precedent. However, no one can deny that this film that revives a classic way of making movies deserves some major props. It’s hard to make a good movie without sound, and make it pleasing to the eye without the psychological choices that come along with color. I think of all directors, he’s got the best shot on his own, but nothing is certain. His lack of risks outside of cinematography could cost him this year.

 

Alexander Payne The Descendants

(And is clearly the best looking member of this motley cru)

How Many Oscars Already?: 0

Got to admit, don’t know the guy by name but his filmography, while brief, is telling: Election, About Schmidt, and Sideways. All great movies, and extremely memorable to boot. He almost took the Oscar for the last film, but didn’t seem to make the cut. However, much like with Hazanavicius, if his film wins Best Picture, he’s almost got the Oscar in his hands. However, it’s hard to see him winning if The Descendants doesn’t get the award. There was just nothing special about the film itself – it was a good movie, but the direction was on par with expectations. So, my thought is that unless he can get Best Picture in the bag, he’s going to have to wait another year for that victory speech.

 

Martin Scorsese Hugo

(And no one gets shot in this movie? Losing your touch there…)

How Many Oscars Already?: 1

Oh, Scorsese, Scorsese, Scorsese. Here again I see. It’s pretty hard to believe he only has one Oscar for all the great movies he’s directed. In fact, I remember thinking he was going to get shunned by the academy forever. This year, it’s a tricky call to make about whether or not he’ll get the Oscar. On the one hand, Hugo is a family friendly film, which never do well, but on the other hand, the film had amazing visuals and boasted the best 3D use of any film since 3D became the new “thing” every production company has been trying to sell off as good. Still, I just don’t think it’s a Scorsese year. It’s okay man, they can’t deny you that second Oscar forever…right?

 

Woody Allen Midnight in Paris

(It’s his schtick to get nominated every year, whether the Academy agrees or not)

How Many Oscars Already?: A shit ton, but only 1 for directing

I am not a Woody Allen fan. I have seen five of his movies, and I’m not as into it as others. I feel his films are somethings I’ll need to rewatch when I live more of my life and get further jaded and angry (though I’m not sure how much more miserable I can actually get). However, I really liked Midnight in Paris, mostly because it didn’t feel like the typical Woody-Allen-movie, and that’s why I think his name deserves to be here. Now, some people argue that he’s already won his Oscar and he should go away, much like with some actors, but in this case I disagree. The fact that he broke out of his usual style is something to be praised, not shunned! And the movie is very well shot and has good atmosphere, so there’s no real reason this can’t be a win for good ole Woody Allen.

 

Terrence Malick The Tree of Life

(…we’ll just call him Master Beard. Because, Hell, that facial hair…)

How Many Oscars Already?: 0

Malick isn’t new to the Oscar game – he’s been nominated before as a best director of The Thin Red Line. While I am not a fan of his latest work, you can’t deny his films look lovely and at least try really hard to be original. After all, no one can fault him for thinking outside of the box…or the plane of existence where the box resides, especially with this movie. So, why am I so convinced this just isn’t the director to take the prize? A difficult read plot. If the same ideas and themes were put into a more plot-oriented movie, then I could see him winning for this category, even if it did lose the Best Picture award. Alas, this isn’t the case, and I’m guessing come Sunday, that Oscar’s not going home with him.

 

 

Tune in next week when I discuss the final “important category” – Best Animated Feature. This one is going to get a little crazy…

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As just a regular, hard-working work, often-stressing, procrastination-mastering history and journalism student, I often turn to the silver and small screens for relief, even though I'm only an average cinema-and-television loving viewer, commenting on what, and does not, makes good entertainment. I love horror everything - book, TV shows, games, movies - even though they frighten me terribly. I'm a long time believer of the old saying "When life gives you lemons, don't take life's lemons! Give the lemons back!" So, onward I go, returning lemons and logging an unhealthy amount of screen time for your enjoyment. So please be sure to read my stuff and let me know what you think, I'm alway looking to improve and be the best, most cynical critic I can be!

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As just a regular, hard-working work, often-stressing, procrastination-mastering history and journalism student, I often turn to the silver and small screens for relief, even though I'm only an average cinema-and-television loving viewer, commenting on what, and does not, makes good entertainment. I love horror everything - book, TV shows, games, movies - even though they frighten me terribly. I'm a long time believer of the old saying "When life gives you lemons, don't take life's lemons! Give the lemons back!" So, onward I go, returning lemons and logging an unhealthy amount of screen time for your enjoyment. So please be sure to read my stuff and let me know what you think, I'm alway looking to improve and be the best, most cynical critic I can be!

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