Feb. 28th, 2011

Oscars

Feb. 28th, 2011 07:58 am
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I tend to find the Oscars quite tedious. Don't get me wrong; I'm quite happy to settle in and watch the whole marathon of programming with friends, but that's because of the social side of things. This year, I was particularly (irrationally?) annoyed with "Oscar buzz": that phenomenon whereby good movies are talked up so much they sound like they should be Creation's gift to cinema. (And then when people who didn't see these movies on their first release get around to watching, they get to mutter "It was good, but so overrated." *throws up hands*)

Since I didn't participate in any Oscar pool, go to any Oscar parties (harder, now I'm in Europe, darn you time zones), or read any speculation about what film would win what category, the whole pageant was mildly irritating. In a they-do-it-every-year-guys, this-isn't-a-Nobel-ceremony-celebrating-the-pinnacle-of-human-achievement, please-give-me-until-May-before-you-talk-about-next-year's-films? kind of way.

So. The sum total of American and international film production in 2010 boils down to: The King's Speech, Inception, The Social Network, Black Swan, The Fighter, Toy Story 3 and the art direction in Alice in Wonderland. One of the reasons to watch the broadcast is to see what the nominated costume designers are wearing (they never include those when the red carpet photos are published).

In all of that huffing and puffing, I'd like to point out the handful of Oscar wins from this year that I appreciate:

1. Best Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network
- sure, I thought it was cool when they got the Golden Globe for this, but now they have the weight of legitimacy with the Oscar. Need I remind you that 18 years ago Nine Inch Nails won a Grammy for this song. My teenage self is giddy! In other news, they're apparently going to do the score for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Have another NIN video. *glee*

2. Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing: Inception
- and Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects
- no quibble here: it looked and sounded amazing
- hopefully this is enough to help other non-franchise, non-period, not-made-for-merchandising projects get made and distributed [ETA: This article inspired this comment, but I hadn't bookmarked it and couldn't remember its title or location. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] philthe25th for reminding me.]

3. Best Makeup: The Wolfman
- say it with me, "Academy Award winning film, The Wolfman" *glee*
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