We're very far apart on Social Network, Siggy. I loved about everything to do with it. Acting, direction, the score, the editing, the real sense of place the film had. But mostly the amazing script. I'm a sucker for Sorkin.
In honor of Oscar night, I watched The Sting. Redford and Newman were indeed very good together.
British period pieces...if you make one, you will win an Oscar. I honestly think it's the accents.
When did a British period piece win best picture (besides last night)
I dont think the fact that it is a British movie has anything to do with it winning. It was a fantastic movie that evidently was loved by a lot of people
How is Shakespeare in Love not a British period piece? It's British-directed, British-filmed, British-set and British-acted.
The other thing is (Like I said, dark side.) it combines the British period drama (Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, English Patient, etc.) with the disabled/handicapped person accomplishing great things with the help of quirky mentor(s) (Forest Gump, My Left Foot, A Beautiful Mind, etc.). Harvey Weinstein figured this out, pulled the necessary strings, spent the necessary money, and came out much richer.
What the Oscars has to do is mediate the historical footnotes of film. It has to consider both the actual quality of film-making along with popularity. Last year, it chose quality over popularity, a decision that may end up seeming wrong depending on the fates of Kathryn Bigelow and the Avatar franchise, respectively. This year, it missed on both. The King's Speech was neither wildly popular (Toy Story 3 and Inception were both nominated.) nor fantastic, near-transcendent film-making (The Social Network and Black Swan were both nominated.).
But it played the formula perfectly, outsmarting the cranky old Academy voters. Certain character elements + certain story elements + major awards season marketing push = Oscar. Sixty percent of the time. It works every time.
You Got The Tony!!!!!!
Finally watched Megamind last night. It was good, but not great. The pacing wasn't the best and brought the movie down. It was definitely better than Despicable Me.
Both movies had minions, so I'm hoping they weren't made by the same company.
First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.
Please explain to me how either Shakespeare in Love or Braveheart are not British period pieces.
They are set in different parts of Britain, and different periods of time, but I fail to grasp how they don't meet the criteria.
I have not seen Skakespeare in Love.
Bottonline I really liked The Kings Speech and I think it deserved to win whether it was a British period piece or set in Kansas. And yes I have seen all ten of the nominees this year.
BRAVEHEART DESERVES ANY AWARD IT RECEIVES
Yes I wrote in caps cause that movie is one of my all time favorite flicks.
I would say Bravehart is a Scottish period piece that involves Brittain.
But Braveheart certainly meets the criteria of British period piece. Scotland is one three key components of the island of Great Britain, England and Wales being the other two.
So when someone says a movie is a British period piece, does your mind go to people in England speaking with British accents, or people in kilts in Scotland with Scottish accents? I thought so.
Totally off subject but if any of you watch the tv show Lights Out (which if you aren't you should) did you know that the actress playing Light's wife is the same actress that is William (Mel Gibson) Wallaces wife that dies in the beginning of braveheart?
Scotland is part of Britain...How is it not a British period piece?
To me the King's Speech was good, but it felt like a play, probably because it is a play. It didn't feel like a film. I dunno.
The Social Network maybe seemed too obvious. You might say how can a movie about Facebook really be that great? But come on the editing, the acting by Eisenberg, you knew what was going to happen and it still engrossed you. Easily should have won IMO.
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The Welsh and English would probably tell you they're nothing alike either, but I understand what you're saying.
Horrible, wretched piece of trite garbage that makes Pirates of the Caribbean look like thoughtful historical commentary. Plus, needed more Ben Affleck.
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You Got The Tony!!!!!!
No, only the final one did.
My argument against you is I don't think any movie should be thought of better or worse just because it is a British period piece. If you didn't like The Kings Speech fine, but I think denigrating it by suggeasting it only won or mainly won because it is a British period piece is greatly unfair. The movie will pass the $120 M mark before this weekend in the US. British period pieces don't normally do that
Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.
"A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."
It had made $114M as of Sunday before Oscar announcement.
I was just looking back over the past eleven best picture winners. I've seen all of these but one and here is how I would rate them.
First here are the winners.
2010 - The Kings Speech
2009 - The Hurt Locker
2008 - Slumdog Millionaire
2007 - No Country for Old men
2006 - The Departed
2005 - Crash
2004 - Million Dollar Baby
2003 - Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King
2002 - Chicago
2001 - Beautiful Mind
2000 - Gladiator
My personal favorites
11 - Chicago - Admit I have not seen this
10 - Beautiful Mind -
9 - No Country for Old Men
8 - Crash
7 - Gladiator
6 - Million Dollar Baby
5 - The Hurt Locker
4 - Lord of the Rings
3 - The Departed
2 - The King's Speech
1 - Slumdog Millionaire
(I would put The Social Network probably either 3rd ahead of The Departed or 4th ahead of Lord of the Rings
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