7 movies to watch before the big night!
You’ve read the nominations and we’re sure you’ve jotted down that the Academy Awards ceremony will air on February 27th. Have you caught up on your Oscar film-viewing? If not, you’ve come to the right place: we’ve got seven nominated movies you need to check out before the big night. Ready, set… start watching!
The King’s Speech
The leader of the pack, Colin Firth—playing a hesitant King George VI who seeks help for his debilitating speech impediment—is tapped to win Best Actor this year. Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush are also nominated in supporting acting categories, and we have a hunch the WWII era-set film may also win Best Costume Design.
Joel and Ethan Coen’s remake of the 1969 western of the same name has earned Jeff Bridges his second consecutive Best Actor nom (he won last year for Crazy Heart). Also impressive: 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld has wowed critics with her performance, garnering a Best Supporting Actress nom. Likely wins? Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction for this sublimely-shot film.
The Social Network
An instant classic and part of the zeitgeist, The Social Network is touted to win big on Oscar night: Best Picture is surely a lock, as are Best Director (for David Fincher) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Aaron Sorkin). Jesse Eisenberg is a revelation as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg; can he steal the Best Actor award from Colin Firth?
While lead actor Mark Wahlberg may have been snubbed for the biopic of boxer Micky Ward, his co-stars Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams all got supporting acting noms; not too shabby! Leo is likely to win Best Supporting Actress (she’s already won the Golden Globe for her role, amongst other awards), as she is wonderfully unrecognizable in the role of Ward’s mother, Alice.
One of the most talked about films of the awards season, this psychological thriller about the behind-the-scenes world of professional ballet (which is more fiction than reality… we hope) is the vehicle for Natalie Portman’s career-defining role. She’s slated to receive the Best Actress statuette, and we sure hope that the twisted mind of director Darren Aronofsky gets some love, as well.
The Kids Are All Right
The critically-lauded movie about a close-knit family helmed by a married lesbian couple whose children’s father enters the picture was the darling of Sundance 2010, and won Best Picture (Comedy) and Best Actress in a Comedy for Annette Bening at the Golden Globes in January. The film has a lot of competition at the Oscars this year in the acting categories (for both Bening and Best Supporting Actor nominee Mark Ruffalo), but we surely hope it gets a much-deserved win for Best Original Screenplay.
Don’t be fooled by the film’s meager number of nominations: Blue Valentine is an exquisite movie, and surely deserved the likes of Best Picture, Best Director (for Derek Cianfrance) and Best Actor (for Ryan Gosling) noms. Despite the snubs, the Academy got it right with Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams. She gives a beautiful yet quiet performance as Cindy, one-half of a deteriorating, once-passionate marriage.
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