Oscar 2011 Results

Oscar 2011 Best Picture Nominees

Looking for the complete list of Oscar 2011 winners?  Then here is it!

Best Picture: “The King’s Speech.”

Actor: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech.”

Actress: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan.”

Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter.”

Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter.”

Directing: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech.”

Foreign Language Film: “In a Better World,” Denmark.

Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network.”

Original Screenplay: David Seidler, “The King’s Speech.”

Animated Feature Film: “Toy Story 3.”

Art Direction: “Alice in Wonderland.”

Cinematography: “Inception.”

Sound Mixing: “Inception.”

Sound Editing: “Inception.”

Original Score: “The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Original Song: “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Randy Newman.

Costume Design: “Alice in Wonderland.”

Documentary Feature: “Inside Job.”

Documentary (short subject): “Strangers No More.”

Film Editing: “The Social Network.”

Makeup: “The Wolfman.”

Animated Short Film: “The Lost Thing.”

Live Action Short Film: “God of Love.”

Visual Effects: “Inception.”

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The King’s Speech winning the most coveted Best Picture award is really predictable.  Its closest contender to the spot was Black Swan – but other than this, many film critics and reviewers were already sure The King’s Speech will nab the award by the end of the night.

The rest of the results were also highly expected – Natalie Portman winning Best Actress for “Black Swan”, Colin Firth for Best Actor in “The King’s Speech”, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo as Best Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor in “The Fighter”.  They were my bets too, although I daresay that part of me really wanted James Franco to win the Best Actor Award, Annette Benning for Best Actress and Hailee Steinfeld for Best Supporting Actress.  Christian Bale was really untouchable – even my favorites Geoffrey Rush and Mark Ruffalo can’t top “Dicky’s” performance.

Some of the things that really caught my attention –

  1. Hailee Steinfeld looking stunning all through out.  She is the prettiest 14 year old actress in the world.
  2. Melissa Leo F-bombing.
  3. Natalie Portman teary eyed while accepting her Best Actress Award
  4. Jesse Eisenberg looking indifferent (and still in character, I supposed)
  5. Was it me or was James Franco bored with Anne Hathaway? Uh, idk.
  6. Francis Ford Coppola’s presence.
  7. Kirk Douglas being awaken from the dead.
  8. Jeff Bridges BAMF look.

And I just have to say this – where are all my Inception boys? Leonardo diCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy were not present in the event.

Lastly, I wish the Academy would give Leonardo diCaprio an Oscar Award.  He IS long overdue.  It’s like seeing Martin Scorsese getting snubbed with an Oscar win all over again (after all those brilliant films like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas).

Leo should have won the Best Actor Award in The Departed (which is my favorite film of the decade).  The thing is, he wasn’t even nominated.

Perhaps, the Oscar win will have its way around with either J. Edgar or The Great Gatsby (confirmed to be diCaprio’s upcoming films).  Sooner please.

An Album I'll Always Love

The Eagles

 


Hell Freezes Over (1994) by The Eagles.

You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave. I mean – this album.

Ahh, and thank you Don Felder to the wonderful Spanish feel intro to the live version of Hotel California which is included in this album. The guitar solo was aweeesoome!

Then again, Don Henley’s The Last Resort was my favorite. Great depth, and “powertry.”

The very definition of classic.

My ultimate dream is to see this band live.

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A Decade’s Worth of Top Ten Movies (2000 – 2010)

Happy new year folks!

I feel I should write a post about my favorite movies from year 2000 to 2010.

See if you can spot yours from this top 10 list [in order of preference].

#1 The Departed (2006) by Martin Scorsese

#2 The Reader (2008) by Stephen Daldry

#3 Revolutionary Road (2008) - Sam Mendes

#4 Brokeback Mountain (2005) - Ang Lee

#5 Quills (2000) - Philip Kaufman

#6 Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) - Rob Marshall

#6 Atonement (2006) - Joe Wright

#8 Closer (2004) - Mike Nichols

#9 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Michel Gondry

Notes:

  • The oldest film is Quills (2000) and the newest one is Inception (2010).
  • 1 of the listed favorite films won the Oscar Best Picture Award (The Departed, 2006) and 3 were nominated (The Reader, Brokeback Mountain, Atonement). For Bafta’s Best Film, 2 films won (Brokeback Mountain, Atonement) and 3 were nominated (The Departed, The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
  • Kate Winslet is the most represented actress on my list with 4 movies (The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Quills and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
  • Leonardo diCaprio is the most represented actor on my list with 2 movies (The Departed, Revolutionary Road).
  • Only one movie from my favorite director Martin Scorsese (The Departed).

Some of the movies that I like but didn’t make it to the top ten list are Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, Justin Chadwick’s The Other Boleyn Girl, Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network and Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried.

Knowing More Than Steering Wheels

It doesn’t mean that when you are a female creature you shouldn’t be interested in cars.  Cars can appeal to women as much as to men.  Women usually go for the chic and the comfort of flashy kinds of cars while men go for performance and durability.

The most important of it all is to know more about your car than just driving it.  You wouldn’t want to end up stuck on the side of the road with steam spewing out of your hood or coming across with a water pump leak.  Continue reading