Posts Tagged ‘up in the air’


And the Academy Award goes to…

March 7, 2010

“This is definitely going to be one of the most anticipated Oscar telecast’s in years for many reasons.  First, there are 10 best picture nominees.  The last time that happened was in the 30’s and 40’s.  Second, there are two hosts.  The last time that happened was 1987.  Third, there will be no songs sung from the best song category.  Instead, there will be a montage of the films whose songs are nominated and how the song was incorporated into the film.  Fourth, friends of nominated Actors and Actresses are supposed to be honoring them with their nominations.  Finally, the most hotly anticipated race for best picture and best director between two very different films.  This is the first time since 1997 that one of the nominees is the top grossing film of all-time (Avatar) going up against one of the smaller grossing films (The Hurt Locker) although The Hurt Locker has been a consistent guild and critics favorite, Avatar has won the popular vote hands down.  Will Kathryn Bigelow become the first woman ever to win best director?  All eyes are on these two awards and who from the two films which boast the most nominations (9) will come home with the most statuettes.  My predictions are that Avatar goes home with most if not all of the tech awards with The Hurt Locker going home with the big prizes, although secretly Avatar is my film to win them all!!”

Here are my final predictions and (alternates) for the 82nd Academy Awards:

  • Best PictureThe Hurt Locker (Avatar)
  • Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker (James Cameron – Avatar)
  • Screenplay(Adapted) – Up In The Air (Precious)
  • Screenplay(Original) – Inglorious Basterds (The Hurt Locker)
  • Leading Actor – Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart (Colin Firth – A Single Man)
  • Leading Actress – Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side (Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia)
  • Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz – Inglorious Basterds
  • Supporting Actress – Monique – Precious
  • Animated Feature – Up
  • Foreign Film – Un Prophete – France (The White Ribbon – Germany)
  • Documentary Feature – The Cove (Food Inc.)
  • Documentary Short – China’s Unnatural Disaster (The Last Truck)
  • Short Film Animated – Logorama (A Matter of Loaf and Death)
  • Short Film Live Action – The Door (Miracle Fish)
  • Art Direction – Avatar
  • Cinematography – Avatar (The Hurt Locker)
  • Costume Design – The Young Victoria (Bright Star)
  • Film Editing – The Hurt Locker (Avatar)
  • Makeup – Star Trek (The Young Victoria)
  • Original Score – Up (Avatar)
  • Original Song – The Weary Kind – Crazy Heart
  • Sound Mixing – The Hurt Locker (Avatar)
  • Sound Editing – Avatar (The Hurt Locker)
  • Visual Effects – Avatar

Final Thoughts: Its going to be a tough race when Avatar and The Hurt Locker are competing against each other but all of the precursors have pointed to the success of The Hurt Locker in many categories.  And because of the preferential voting system, Inglorious Basterds has been seen as a threat for best picture as well!


Academy Award Nominations 2010

February 1, 2010

“And the nominees are…Avatar and The Hurt Locker both share the most nods (9) with Inglorious Basterds just behind (8).  The best picture race produced a surprise in The Blind Side, whose lead actress was also nominated.  In the acting categories, the only real surprise is in the supporting actress category where none of the Basterds girl’s made it through.  Instead Maggie Gylennhaal and Penelope Cruz take the last few spots.  Although these are minor surprises, the supporting categories are already written and Monique and Christoph Waltz should go home with the top prize after already sweeping the guilds and critics!  The Directors matched the Director’s Guild and the competition is once again on for Cameron Bigelow showdown in both the Director and Picture race.  Screenplay nominees were safe with a surprise from The Messenger whose actor was also nominated in supporting.  In the tech categories, Avatar took hold of most of the categories although The Hurt Locker wasn’t too far behind.  The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus and Harry Potter also took some nods.  The only surprise in the sound categories is the exclusion of 2012 and District 9 over The Hurt Locker.  When you get nominated in a category that you were far from contention, you know you are a major favorite.  Avatar was excluded from the always unpredictable Best Song, so unfortunately, No Leona Lewis at the Academy Awards.  In the end, Up became the second animated film to get a best picture nod (The first was Beauty and the Beast).  Kathryn Bigelow becomes the fourth woman to be nominated for best director (And at this point, the first to win the big prize).  Meryl Streep increases her record now to 16 nominations.  Precious becomes the fifth film with a predominantly African-American cast to be nominated for best picture.  Avatar and District 9 became the 3rd and 4th sci-fi films to be nominated for best picture.  Notably snubbed for awards this year are (500) Days of Summer, The Hangover, The Road, This is It, and 2012!”

For the complete Academy Award nominations, visit



Golden Globes 2010

January 17, 2010

“After The Critics Choice Awards which made some sense out of the major front-runners, the Golden Globes will add a different dimension to the mix.  In recent years, it hasn’t been the strongest academy award predictor but can still keep the buzz rolling for certain films and its actors leading up to the academy award nominations.  Look for something a little bit different than the Critics Choice Awards to really shake things up.  The good thing is that at least there will be a few films that will come out as clear front-runners.”

should win/may win (winner is highlighted)

Best Motion Picture – Drama = AVATAR/UP IN THE AIR

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama = SANDRA

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama = JEFF

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy = THE HANGOVER/(500) DAYS OF SUMMER

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture


Best Animated Feature Film = UP/THE FANTASTIC MR FOX

Best Foreign Languge Film = THE WHITE RIBBON (Germany)/BROKEN EMBRACES (Spain)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture = QUENTIN TARANTINO (INGLOURIOUS

Best Original Score – Motion Picture = JAMES HORNER (AVATAR)/MICHAEL GIACCHINO (UP)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture = I See You/The Weary Kind

Best Television Series – Drama = TRUE BLOOD/BIG LOVE (Mad Men)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama = KYRA
SEDGWICK (THE CLOSER)/ANNA PAQUIN (TRUE BLOOD) (Julianna Marqulies – The Good Wife)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama = JON
HAMM (MAD MEN)/HUGH LAURIE (HOUSE) (Michael C. Hall  – Dexter)

Best Television Series – Musical Or Comedy = GLEE/MODERN FAMILY

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Musical Or

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Musical Or
Comedy = MATTHEW MORRISON (GLEE)/THOMAS JANE (HUNG) (Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock)

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television = GREY GARDENS/TAKING CHANCE

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture
Made for Television = JESSICA LANGE (GREY GARDENS)/SIGOURNEY WEAVER (PRAYERS FOR BOBBY) (Drew Barrymore – Grey Gardens)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series,
Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television = JANE LYNCH (GLEE)/CHLOE SEVIGNY (BIG LOVE)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series,
Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television = JEREMY PIVEN(ENTOURAGE)/WILLIAM HURT (DAMAGES) (JOHN LITHGOE – DEXTER)

Final Thoughts: Spread the wealth Golden Globes.  Seems there was love all around.  A well rounded award show.  Some interesting surprises and upsets, but what’s an award show without them.  At least this time Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock didn’t need to worry about a tie.  Robert Downey Jr and The Hangover got nods, and the big story of the night, Avatar winning best picture – drama and Best Director.   Ironically The Hurt Locker was snubbed but won the same awards during the Critics Choice…so its going to be a fight to end between the two films for the Academy Awards.


Mosic Top 10 Best Films of 2009

December 31, 2009

“I didn’t expect the effects a film could have on me in such a short time but Avatar has definitely peaked my interest and kept it for more than most films can.  For the record, i have watched this film five times already!!  The film itself, spectacular in many ways has captivated audiences all over the world for its breakthrough technologies, magical world, and a familiar love story.  This film is truly my favorite film of the year hands down, and probably even for the decade which is a great way to end 2oo9.  But there were some other amazing films this year as highlighted by the rest of my top 10!!”

Top 10 Films:

  1. Avatar
  2. Inglorious Basterds
  3. The Hurt Locker
  4. District 9
  5. Up
  6. Up In The Air
  7. Invictus
  8. An Education
  9. Nine
  10. Precious

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Up In The Air

December 22, 2009

“Great script, Great cast and a moving story about life, love and work. This movie is now and talks about the hardships and happiness of life and the ways in which we deal with it.”

Final Thoughts: This film was refreshing in the sense that it didn’t have the glitz and frills that most films need to succeed.  It was witty and funny without doing to much. You do get emotionally attached to the characters which is sometimes difficult to do and the story although straight forward does have its own surprises too.  If you like planes, unconventional love stories and  a film that is likely to win a lot of awards this award season, this is it.

My grade: 96 (Watch It)

Rotten Tomatoes: 90 (Fresh)

MetaCritic: 83 (Universal Acclaim)

US Gross: 8.2 million (Updated: December 22)


Movies – December

December 19, 2009

Watch It:

Up In the Air (96), A Single Man, Avatar (100), Nine, Sherlock Holmes, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Crazy Heart, The Lovely Bones, Brothers, The Young Victoria, It’s Complicated, The Princess and The Frog