Awkweird Me
2013 Oscar Predictions

Since I have now seen all 9 nominations for best picture at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, I think it’s time to once again give my thoughts and predictions on the winners. For a full list, go here.

Best Motion Picture of the Year:

Lincoln is a safe bet, and Zero Dark Thirty and Argo also have chances. I think it’d be cooler if Amour or Django Unchained won, but it’s unlikely.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

Daniel Day-Lewis is pretty much sure to take this, and I have no problem with that. Denzel Washington may have a chance too. I think I’d like Joaquin Phoenix to win though.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:

The Academy will probably give it to Jessica Chastain (which I support) or Naomi Watts (which I don’t support). I think it’d be cool if Emmanuelle Riva won.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

I think Philip Seymour Hoffman should take it, but it’ll more likely be Alan Arkin or Tommy Lee Jones.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

Anne Hathaway will almost definitely win this and I have no problem with that.

Best Achievement in Directing:

I suppose Steven Spielberg is the obvious choice here. I’d like it if Michael Haneke won, however.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:

While I don’t think it’s the best screenplay Tarantino has written, I’d like Django Unchained to win. I also wouldn’t mind if Moonrise Kingdom won. I think Zero Dark Thirty is the most likely though.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:

I think perhaps Argo will take it, but I’m not really sure.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:

Probably Wreck-It Ralph, but Brave certainly has a chance too.

Once again, I don’t have strong feelings one way or another about the other categories, except that I’m sure Adele will win for Skyfall.

This year’s awards are a bit more difficult to predict than other recent years, for sure. I can’t wait to find out who wins tomorrow!

Les Misérables (2012)
First of all, I must say, I’m a big fan of the stage musical. I’ve seen it a few times, and it’s one of my favourites. I also grew up listening to the soundtrack. I was really excited to see a proper, musical film and I wanted so much to love it. Unfortunately, this was not the case. On the whole, I didn’t like it. To be fair, being a fan of the stage version, there’s a part of me that’s going to dislike anything that’s different. I sort of wish I’d known nothing about it, but even then, I don’t think I could ignore its flaws. The thing I hated most of all was the direction. I thought Tom Hooper was a mediocre director who lucked into a good script with The King’s Speech (2010), and he’s further proven that here. It was some of the most pandering, amateurish directing I’ve ever seen in a major motion picture. It was downright insulting to the audience at times. They made a big deal before the movie came out about the fact that the actors sang live on set, which is fine, except that they also make a big deal about it in the actual film. It’s just full of close-ups, with no cutting so you know its all in one take. Like I said, insulting, and detrimental to the film because of that. The cinematography was fine, it was the direction and editing that was the problem. I was happy with most of the cast. They could all sing well enough, and they fit their characters. And yes, Anne Hathaway was excellent. However… Russell Crowe? Absolutely awful. His singing voice is terrible and definitely doesn’t work for Javert. I enjoyed hearing the songs in the way that I already love them, even if they changed things. I thought I would be much more emotionally invested, but apart from Hathaway’s parts, I wasn’t really moved. All in all, it’s just really disappointing. I feel like it could’ve been great, but it was let down mostly by Hooper.

Les Misérables (2012)

First of all, I must say, I’m a big fan of the stage musical. I’ve seen it a few times, and it’s one of my favourites. I also grew up listening to the soundtrack. I was really excited to see a proper, musical film and I wanted so much to love it. Unfortunately, this was not the case. On the whole, I didn’t like it. To be fair, being a fan of the stage version, there’s a part of me that’s going to dislike anything that’s different. I sort of wish I’d known nothing about it, but even then, I don’t think I could ignore its flaws. The thing I hated most of all was the direction. I thought Tom Hooper was a mediocre director who lucked into a good script with The King’s Speech (2010), and he’s further proven that here. It was some of the most pandering, amateurish directing I’ve ever seen in a major motion picture. It was downright insulting to the audience at times. They made a big deal before the movie came out about the fact that the actors sang live on set, which is fine, except that they also make a big deal about it in the actual film. It’s just full of close-ups, with no cutting so you know its all in one take. Like I said, insulting, and detrimental to the film because of that. The cinematography was fine, it was the direction and editing that was the problem. I was happy with most of the cast. They could all sing well enough, and they fit their characters. And yes, Anne Hathaway was excellent. However… Russell Crowe? Absolutely awful. His singing voice is terrible and definitely doesn’t work for Javert. I enjoyed hearing the songs in the way that I already love them, even if they changed things. I thought I would be much more emotionally invested, but apart from Hathaway’s parts, I wasn’t really moved. All in all, it’s just really disappointing. I feel like it could’ve been great, but it was let down mostly by Hooper.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2013

This is a list of the films I’m most excited about seeing in 2013. I’m also including some films from 2012 that haven’t been released in New Zealand yet.

Before Midnight (2013)

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Django Unchained (2012)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Les Miserables (2012)

Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2013)

Thor: The Dark World (2013)