Calling All Oscars Lovers

As you might have guessed from my massive attack of tweets last night, I was watching the Academy Awards, my favorite television event of the year. Seriously, a cinephile like me spends all year waiting for the Oscars just so they can see who made the cut, and who came in a close second. And if you’re like me, you make a competition of it.

Now, this year was a bit different from others. I kind of got behind on my film watching because of school and didn’t exactly make educated choices on my Oscar ballot. So, I went by all the films I had seen/the best names/favorite actors. Which means I basically failed in almost every category. But the Oscars is not about who is winning the competition, it is about rejoicing in the love of film between so many people. I live. For. That.

So, because although I didn’t get many categories correct, I would like to share with you the ones that I believed should have won the award. Along with that, I will give some comments to liven up the game and give some insight to how my Oscar-pickings went!
Note* All of the ones I chose correctly will be in red for easy finding!

Best Short Film (Live Action)
Winner: The Shore
My Choice: Pentecost

Best Short Film (Animated)
Winner: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
My Choice: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Best Visual Effects
Winner: Hugo
My Choice: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Why: Come on! They made amazing apes out of nothing basically. The entire film was a visual effect! I can’t even begin to express how upset that I am that the film did not win the award.

Best Sound Mixing
Winner: Hugo
My Choice: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Sound Editing
Winner: Hugo
My Choice: Drive

Best Makeup
Winner: The Iron Lady
My Choice: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Why: Come on, they made trolls, Voldemort, and house elves. Need I say more?

Best Film Editing
Winner: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
My Choice: The Artist

Best Cinematography
Winner: Hugo
My Choice: The Artist
Comment: Hugo must have been a pretty good movie for The Artist not to win. That was an amazing film.

Best Documentary (Short)
Winner: Saving Face
My Choice: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Comment: After watching the little clip before they presented the award, I was immediately inclined to switch my vote to Saving Face. The documentary deserved the Oscar.

Best Documentary
Winner: Undefeated
My Choice: Undefeated
Why: P.Diddy. Cool fact: when they announced the award my mother said, “Isn’t that the one with Snoop Diddy Dog Pid Snoopy Person?”

Best Original Score
Winner: The Artist
My Choice: The Artist
Why: The film was a score in itself.

Best Original Song
Winner: Man or Muppet
My Choice: Man or Muppet

Best Costume Design
Winner: The Artist
My Choice: Anonymous
Comment: In my defense, I had no clue what Anonymous even was. Blind guessing gets you nowhere in the world.

Best Art Direction
Winner: Hugo
My Choice: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Comment: WHY?

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: The Descendants
My Choice: The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Midnight in Paris
My Choice: Bridesmaids
Why: That film was hilarious. I mean, they had Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig in the same film. The Academy obviously was not paying attention when choosing this one.

Best Foreign Film
Winner: A Separation
My Choice: Monsier Lazhar
Comment: As I watched the small clip of A Separation I said, “This one is going to win. I can feel it in my bones.”

Best Animated Feature Film
Winner: Rango
My Choice: Puss in Boots

Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Octavia Spencer
My Choice: Melissa McCarthy
Why: “I’m going to climb him like a tree.”

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Christopher Plummer
My Choice: Kenneth Branagh

Best Actress
Winner: Meryl Streep
My Choice: Viola Davis
Comment: I must have been on drugs while I was voting, because I swear I did not see Meryl’s name on the ballot while voting. I will vote for her on anything. That is how much I adore Meryl Streep!

Best Director
Winner: Michel Hazanavicius
My Choice: Woody Allen

Best Picture
Winner: The Artist
My Choice: The Help
Comment: When choosing for this category, I had a lot of trouble. Not just because I hadn’t seen all the films, but how to characterize a great film is hard. What makes one film better than another when they are all good. I believe they could have chosen any film and made a good choice, personally. I chose The Help because it’s a beautiful movie based off a fantastic book. But The Artist was also good, so *claps for The Artist*!

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