The Oscar Article: A Case of Habit
I honestly considered not doing an Oscar predictions column this year. There are several reasons why:
1) As I previously mentioned here, I was not very inspired by this year’s nominations. They left a lot to be desired, and I am afraid I have grown weary of the entire Oscar process.
2) Unlike years past, I have just been too busy to keep up with the films, and have missed a few too many in order for me to be truly comfortable with my picks.
All of that being said, this is a film blog, and I should recognize the Oscars and say a few things about them. I will be specific about why I pick the way I do and what I have not seen, so that my picks make sense. Last year I scored an impressive 9 out 10 (missing only on Editing). This year I can’t even make educated picks in both Actress categories due to lack of knowledge.
Like last year, I will not choose a Foreign Film because I have not seen most of them (although it seems very likely that A Separation is going to win). I don’t see myself faring as well this year, but we will see how I grade out on Monday morning.
Will Win: The Artist - This film has picked up so much steam over the last month I really do not see any other film pulling off the upset.
Should Win: Moneyball - I’m guessing everyone reading this just released a collective groan. But no other film on this list is as COMPLETE a film as Moneyball. For the record, I have not seen The Help or Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and so I cannot judge those two films, but aside from that, the only other film on the list worthy of consideration is The Tree of Life, and it has too many flaws to qualify (I still think it is a fantastic piece of cinema). But Moneyball is a complete film with very few flaws. I recently viewed it for the second time and enjoyed it even more then the first time.
*Side Note: My #1 film of the year, Steve McQueen’s ‘Shame’, was of course, not nominated.*