Friday, February 20

My Movie Script Endings

I've spent the last month or so sifting through all the big prize-movies nominated for this weekend's Academy Awards. Some have been heartening, some dispiriting. And even though politics will no doubt sadly rule who wins and loses, I've predicted who and what I think will triumph, and who and what I think should triumph...
Best Picture

Nominees: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire
What Should Win? Milk - By far the most impassioned of the bunch, Milk incarnated hilarity, sorrow and a well fortified real life screenplay. This represents more to the minority than Slumdog, and still leaves the watcher with a sense of optimism.
What Will Win? Slumdog Millionaire - Hollywood loves Britain right now. And though this is an inventive, uplifting script told damn skillfully, I just don't get all the hype. That guy from Skins gave a nauseous performance, and the film itself is merely alright. But it'll still win.

Best Director

Nominees: Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry, David Fincher, Ron Howard, Gus Van Sant
Who Should Win? Gus Van Sant - The assortment of recurrent scenes highlighted the long, persevering journey in which Harvey Milk took to be elected public office. The flashes back to real San Francisco were a fascinating touch, making for his best effort since Good Will Hunting.
Who Will Win? Danny Boyle - Because it's won everything and it will again. Boyle's done rotten (The Beach, Sunshine), and he's done gold before too (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later). Slumdog is almost gold, it's just a shame because there's better competition.

Best Actor

Nominees: Richard Jenkins, Frank Lengella, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Mickey Rourke
Who Should Win? Sean Penn - You can probably tell by now I really liked Milk. Richard Jenkins' honest, superb showing in the as-superb The Visitor came close, but Penn was utter class as Harvey Milk. Real, intense and compelling, his best since Mystic River.
Who Will Win? Mickey Rourke - I think the reason The Wrestler wasn't in for Best Picture was because the story was so cliche, so foreseen. But this is one result I wouldn't mind occuring. Rourke pretty much made this movie, all hail his post-alcohol, post-fighting, post-probably drug-bingeing return!

Best Actress

Nominees: Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Melissa Leo, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet
Who Should Win? Melissa Leo - Not just because I've got a feel for the underdog, but Leo's performance in Frozen River was gripping and convincing. It's a captivating movie anyway, but she made it all the more unidealised. Meryl Streep came close, though.
Who Will Win? Kate Winslet - For a bizarro, sorta pointless movie, Winslet certainly put in much endeavor for this. Still don't get the speaking-English-in-1940's-Germany, though.

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