Sunday, February 27, 2011

Maxxies pt 2

Now for the minor categories. Doing it Speed Round Style:

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Should and will win. And not just because it's Pixar.

Best Animated Short: The Lost Thing
It's a sweet story about loneliness and friendship with lots of subtext. I'm putting my money on The Gruffalo however, since it's hard to go wrong with a half hour short with A-list Oscar nominated actors.

Best Live-Action Short: Wish 143
All the shorts in this category were amazing. Better than most movies this year, and only take 20 minutes of your time. Wish 143 is about a terminal cancer patient trying to lose his virginity, and mixes the highs and lows of humor and drama. God of Love is a funny rom-com shorty that I would also recommend. Na Wewe is a close contender for the real prize, being the only one of a historical nature, but I think The Confession is going to edge it out, especially in this year of overpresent 'downward spiral' movies.

Best Documentary Feature: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Thank Matt Groening and your local art-house theatre for this one. Haven't actually seen any of these movies, so couldn't tell you which is best, but ETtGS has the hype and will run with it.

Best Documentary Short: Killing in the Name
Haven't seen any of them, but thank alphabetical order and Rage Against the Machine for this one.

Best Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Do you know what Art Direction is? Neither do most of the Academy voters. They'll either take the fancy, colorful Burton flick, or go with the Oscar frontrunner The King's Speech.

Best Cinematography: Inception
Got to admit, I don't know if I'm picking this one for actual camera work, or the special effects. But compared to the other nominees, Inception wins out. This category is up for grabs for the Oscar, but I think Inception will edge out the other four.

Best Costume Design: The King's Speech
Period piece. Best Pic frontrunner. Need I say more. Alice in Wonderland has a shot, but it'll be lucky to take the 'overall' Art Direction award.

Best Makeup: The Wolfman
No clue here. Just makes sense...

Best Original Score: The Social Network
Probably one of the best and most unique scores in film ever. Trent Reznor's electro-infused soundscape sets the incredible pacing of the movie and conveys as much emotion as the actors themselves. It would be a crime if he didn't win this Oscar.

Best Original Song: We Belong Together (Toy Story 3)
Hands up if you thought they were talking about the Pat Benatar song. This category is a complete toss-up, and wouldn't surprise me if A.R. Rahman gets a second statue here. But when in doubt, vote for Pixar.

Best Visual Effects: Inception
The lone SFX action movie in the Best Picture category should clean up in this category.

Best Sound Editing: Inception
See Best Visual Effects

Best Sound Mixing: The Social Network
Combine the score with the editing, and you got the reason why I'd give TSN the gold here. All logic and reason say go for the SFX-heavy Inception, but the score is so powerful in TSN that I say take the odds bet.

Best Foreign Language Film: Biutiful
Haven't seen any of these films, but this one has a previously nominated director and Oscar-winner Javier Bardem. And you've heard of it. Watch out though, you'll often see obscure pics win in this category.

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