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Reflecting on the Oscars….


Now that the big day is over it’s time to see how my picks fared and see if I have any second thoughts on the way things came out. I’ll take a look at the winners compared to my picks this season.

Here are the winners and some thoughts on how I predicted these categories this year:

Best Picture – The Artist

I’m not sure there was ever any real challenger in this category. Not that there weren’t worthy films, this one just marketed itself so well to the voters of the Academy.

I was right!

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Jean Dujardin in The Artist

What more can be said? Great performances deserve rewarding.

Got another one!

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

I haven’t seen it, but I’m disappointed with the outcome. There were some much better reviewed films with great performances on the ballot.

Failure…

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Christopher Plummer in Beginners

Despite pulling for Hill in Moneyball I picked this one. Plummer is a classic talent and this was a good choice.

One more!

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Octavia Spencer in The Help

Picked this one all the way. She was the favorite from day one and this was not much of a mystery.

Picked it!

Best Animated Feature Film –Rango

I picked this based on the opinions of those I trust. I haven’t seen any of the films nominated for this category.

Nailed it!

Best Art Direction – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo for Hugo

I didn’t pick this one, but I also hadn’t seen Hugo when I made my choices. This was the right film to win.

Failed again…

Best Cinematography – Robert Richardson for Hugo

I really thought this would keep The Tree of Life from being shut out. Having seen Hugo I can’t be disappointed with the outcome.

Missed it…

Best Costume Design – Mark Bridges for The Artist

I picked Jane Eyre and also pulled for Hugo. This movie just happened to have it all this year.

Failed again…

Best Directing – Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

I thought and expected Midnight in Paris to have a shot, but once again I made the choice without having seen The Artist. That changed my opinion but the picks were already made.

Missed another one…

Best Film Editing – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I picked The Descendants but I was pulling for this one. I’ll take this as an emotional win despite being wrong with my official choice.

Nope…

Best Makeup – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland for The Iron Lady

I wish Harry Potter had won. I haven’t heard much good about The Iron Lady and I am disappointed in the Academy this time.

Missed…

Best Music (Original Score) – Ludovic Bource for The Artist

I picked this from the start. The music was incredible and the only other film I gave a chance to was War Horse.

Yes!

Best Picture – The Artist

Picked this one even before seeing the film. I pulled forThe Descendants but this was a worthy recipient.

Yes again!

Best Sound Editing – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty for Hugo

I picked Transformers: Dark of the Moon but having seenHugo since then I must agree with the voters.

Wrong…

Best Sound Mixing – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley for Hugo

I thought War Horse would have to take home a few technical awards. This one isn’t too surprising, but I’m disappointed to see War Horse snubbed.

Failed…

Best Visual Effects – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman, and Alex Henning for Hugo

Missed this all the way. I thought Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would have this in the bag.

Whiff…

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash for The Descendants

Nailed it! The only other film I expected to have a chance was Moneyball.

Woohoo!!!

Best Writing (Original Screenplay) – Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris

No competition in my mind.  I had this one picked immediately.

Yes!!!

Well, I went 9 for 19 this season. So far 2012 looks like it’ll be another good year for movies, and for picking some winners next winter.

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4 Comments on “Reflecting on the Oscars….”

  1. NeverTooEarlyMP March 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM #

    Interesting to see how you did with your predictions. I was disappointed to see that Harry Potter now hasn’t won any awards in its entire history. So sad, really. And like you I thought for sure that War Horse would taken one of those sound awards.

    Welcome to the LAMB, by the way. I’m noticing that you’ve been a member for a full month now. Are you enjoying it and finding everyone treating you ok?

    I also see that you’ve got a Giants jersey on so I have to ask if you are from the Bay Area?I’m in SF myself.

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    • jeffro517 March 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM #

      Harry Potter was a great series, but I think it never got taken seriously by the critics.

      LAMB is good, I don’t get much traffic from the site, but I’m hopeful that will change.

      I’m a transplant to SoCal, but I was raised in the Sacramento area. I love the Bay Area and the Giants.

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      • NeverTooEarlyMP March 3, 2012 at 11:06 PM #

        I think the key to getting traffic from the Lamb is to be sure to participate in some of the blogging events that they have. I always make sure to submit any reviews of new movies to their LambScore feature, and since you also do some classic films you probably want to submit those to the Classic Chops section too (http://www.largeassmovieblogs.com/search/label/Classic%20Chops). Your review for How Green Was My Valley would be perfect for that one, for example.

        Also be sure to check out the forums. There’s a lot of good conversation in there and once people get to know you, they’ll want to check out your blog too!

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      • jeffro517 March 4, 2012 at 9:05 AM #

        Thanks!

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