Contest: Who will/should/could win an Oscar

02/23/2011 10:07 PM |

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It pays to have friends in high places. At least at Academy Awards time, that is. And because I know two people involved on the fringes of the movie and entertainment industries, I get to see just about every Oscar-worthy movie just about every year. For free!

These “For Your Consideration” DVDs aren’t really supposed to be passed around, but something tells me they are by just about every member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences who gets to vote on the Oscars.

So, without further ado, following is this avid movie fan’s take on what will transpire in Hollywood this coming Sunday evening. (ABC Television Network, 8:30 p.m. until only God knows when.)

And if you can hang in there until the end of this column, there’s a challenge awaiting that could win you a $100 gift certificate to the Mattituck Cinemas.

BEST PICTURE: I’ve seen nine out of the 10 nominees, with “Toy Story 3” the one missing link. Of the others, “Inception” was the only one I could not force myself to sit through until the bitter end. It was way too frenetic and disjointed for this senior citizen. Besides, in my opinion it doesn’t belong on a list of the top five movies, and I still don’t understand why the Academy extended the Best Picture list from five to 10 in the first place. Couldn’t be greed, could it?

And the winner is: “The King’s Speech” — because Hollywood always has been gaga over the royals. Long shot: “The Social Network” — because the new media is fast becoming the new royals.

And the winner should be: “True Grit” — because it accomplishes what it sets out to do, albeit quite modestly, without missing a beat. PS: “Winter’s Bone” is an outstanding movie, but it’s not going to win because its subject matter is so very bleak. And Hollywood doesn’t like bleak.

BEST DIRECTOR: And the winner is: David Fincher (“The Social Network”) — because of guilt over not having named his movie Best Picture. Long shot: Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) — because he must be really “gifted” to fashion such a bizarre tale. And the winner should be: Joel and Ethan Coen (“True Grit”) — because (see Best Picture above).

BEST ACTRESS: And the winner is: Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) — because if there’s a lock in this year’s competition, this could be it. Long shot: Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine”) —  because this probably is the only way this outstanding flick will be recognized Sunday. (Her co-star, Ryan Gosling, should have been nominated for Best Actor.)

And the winner could (not should) be: Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”). But, once again, Hollywood doesn’t like sad stories, and it doesn’t get any sadder than this. P.S.: Jennifer Lawrence was amazing, particularly in that “Winter’s Bone” was her first ever movie role.

BEST ACTOR: And the winner is: Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) — because he plays a royal, doesn’t he? Long shot: Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”). Not likely to win because the Academy wouldn’t honor him two years in a row even if he deserved it, would they? And the winner could be: James Franco (“127 Hours”) even though he has about nine lines of dialogue and ends up cutting off his own arm.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: And the winner is: Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) — because even though her co-star, Amy Adams, gives an equally memorable performance, Leo chews on the scenery just enough to win a split decision. Long shot: Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech”) — because she plays a royal … and for lifetime achievement. And the winner could be: Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”). She’s another first timer who carries this movie every bit as much as Jeff Bridges.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: And the winner is: Christian Bale (“The Fighter”). Please disregard what I said earlier about Natalie Portman being the most likely lock. It’s Bale, no doubt about it. Long shot: Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”). You know why.

And the winner could be: Jeremy Renner (“The Town”) — because this highly entertaining movie from director Ben Affleck really does deserve to win something. Besides, Renner should have won Best Actor last year for his role in “The Hurt Locker.”

And now, the chance to claim that $100 gift certificate. All you must do to win is post a comment naming the most winners in the six categories cited above — having done so, of course, prior to the 8:30 p.m. Sunday airing of the Academy Awards broadcast.

Sorry, but in the event of a tie, the value of the gift certificate will be divided by the number of winners. Remember, these are difficult economic times — but popcorn is included.

tgustavson@timesreview.com

11 Comment

  • Contest -
    Picture – Kings Speech
    Director – Darren Aronofsky
    Actress – Natalie Portman
    Actor – Colin Firth
    Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo
    Supporting Actor -Christian Bales

  • Contest-

    Best Picture: The Kings Speech
    Best Director: Tom Hooper
    Best Actor: Colin Firth
    Best Actress: Natalie Portman
    Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
    Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo

  • Contest-

    Best Picture: The Kings Speech
    Best Director: David Fincher
    Best Actor: Colin Firth
    Best Actress: Natalie Portman
    Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
    Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld

  • contest-
    Best Picture:The King’s Speech
    Best Director:David Fincher
    Best Actress:Natalie portman
    BestActor:Colin Firth
    Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo
    Best Supporting Actor:Ben Affleck

  • **Change best supporting actor to Geoffrey Rush. Not Ben Affleck.**

  • Congratulations to Pamela, our contest winner. Pamela’s picks were as follows:

    Contest-

    Best Picture: The Kings Speech
    Best Director: Tom Hooper
    Best Actor: Colin Firth
    Best Actress: Natalie Portman
    Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
    Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo

  • You were pompous and disrespectful to the residents of MillerPlace with your comment Ms. Sanders. Shame on you.

  • The real problem with the modification to the contract is that it allows for an infinite pay raise as there is no cap as to how big the pay raise can be. As we know the CPI during the Carter era was in double digits. This was Mike Unger’s major point. Such modification would not have been accepted by any negotiation attorney and the BOE trustees who voted its approval were negligent since the contract, which is very poorly worded, does not have a cap on how high the pay raise can be. This should have been a big point in the story.

  • Just what MPSD residents do not need: another tax increase and the delaying of the necessary reforms. Nancy Sanders comment was not a defense of the so-called deal as the article suggests. It was a slap in the face of the MPSD residents.

  • The real problem with the teachers contract modification is that, since there is no cap on pay increases, it allows for an infinite pay raise. For instance, the Consumer Price Index was in double digits when Jimmy Carter was President. This was MPSD trustee Mike Unger’s major point.

    My bet is that such modification would not have been accepted by a professional negotiator if we had one working on behalf of MPSD residents. The BOE trustees who approved this modification made a serious mistake by voting in favor of a very poorly worded contract that does not cap how high pay raises can be. Because this is big news, this should have been a major point in the news story.

    Therefore, residents feel that the BOE must go back to the Miller Place Teachers Association to agree on a pay cap, modifying the contract accordingly before the budget vote in May.

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