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The Oscar’s – Best Motion Picture Predictions

This marks the first official year that I have seen every film nominated for best motion picture by the Academy Awards. I am honestly quite proud of myself for that feat. Now, I just have to keep up the film going the rest of my film career now that I’ve accomplished this. Here are the nominees for Best Motion Picture:

Best Picture:

War Horse
The Artist
Moneyball
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

War Horse

I was just okay with this film. I’m not a big horse film fan in that I don’t typically like films based solely around a horse. Don’t get me wrong, I like horses just fine but in a horse film, bad things usually happen to the horse and I just can’t  handle seeing a horse, let alone an animal, writhing in pain. However, I went into this film with a bad attitude due to it being horse film, yet I rather enjoyed it. Opposed from the bad scenes where you think the horse might die, the film is pretty good. The film is absolutely beautiful to watch. The story line is pretty easy to follow but gets somewhat slow along the way. Overall, I enjoyed the film but it will not win Best Picture.

Moneyball

I really liked this film! I have been a baseball fan all of my life, so when I saw they were making a movie about the Billie Bean story, I was pretty excited. They cast Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill quite perfectly in my mind. I was happy to see Jonah Hill succeed in this film and also get a best supporting actor nomination for his role. Even though I loved the film, it will not win Best Picture.

The Tree of Life

Oh Terrence Malick. This guy is definitely a very talented filmmaker but I just don’t get his films most of the time. They are very deep and artful which I can get into for the visuals and story lines but sometimes if the film is just way out there, I have trouble picking up on what the filmmaker’s point is that he is trying to get across. The Tree of Life definitely is a very beautiful film, but it will not will Best Picture.

Midnight in Paris

I was very happy to see this Woody Allen film get nominated for Best Motion Picture and Best Director this year. I wouldn’t consider myself a huge Woody Allen fan but I am a fan of his work. Midnight in Paris is a very enjoyable and well made film. I was surprised to see Owen Wilson actually put together a decent performance to help carry this particular film. Even though a lot of people enjoyed this film, it will not win Best Picture.

The Help

This film seems like it almost took over the summer when it hit theaters. Many people had read the book but even more read the book after seeing the film, it seems like. I saw this film but I wasn’t that overly impressed by it. I did, however, enjoy Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis’s performances in this particular film. These two ladies definitely deserve the recognition they have already received and some. Even with these strong performances, this film will not win Best Picture.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

This film was along the somewhat same lines as The Help in that the book version was very popular before the release of the film. The trailer for this film makes it look like it will be quite sentimental and deep. I felt those feelings while watching this film but I definitely did not feel a Best Picture feel to this film.

The Descendants 

Honestly, this film really surprised me. I hadn’t read the book, so I had no idea what to expect from it. Although this film covers some dark topics, I found myself smiling a lot from the dark, twisted comedy that seeps through. George Clooney is good ole George Clooneyh is this film but this time with some deep depressing emotions, which to me, is refreshing from him. I really loved Shailene Woodley’s performance in this film. To go from a sitcom on ABC Family, to portraying a rough, smart ass teenager dealing with a half broken family and a mother dying. I wish this had real potential to win but I don’t see it actually winning Best Picture.

Hugo

This is the film that I would love see win the Best Picture category this year at the Academy Awards. Martin Scorsese did an absolute magnificent job with this film. This really is his personal love letter to film making itself, which is my biggest reason why I want this to win Best Picture. However. I do not think the Academy voted in my favor this year…

The Artist

This is the film that I think the Academy has chosen as the Best Picture for the year 2011. I can see myself be in agreeance with the Academy on this film but I honestly would rather see Hugo win. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this film. Such an amazing story both to be lost in and to visibly watch. I think it’s funny how a lot of people get mad once they finally realize that this is a ‘silent’ film. If they only knew what the beginnings of film actually were. We have all become spoiled rotten on big budget, high special effects films of our time but we need to have a respect and understanding of where film making really came from. It came from films just like this; silent, black and white, a full orchestra performing the accompanying film score. If it weren’t for films just like this back in the late 1890s and early 1900s, film (movies) would not be what we know it as today. And that is exactly why I think The Artist will win Best Picture this year at the Academy Awards.

 

 

Predicted winner of Best Motion Picture: The Artist

 

 

 

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Casey Carroll

Casey Carroll grew up a huge fan of television and film. He was born in Marietta, GA but grew up in Murfreesboro, TN. Casey has also been involved in theatre from a very young age. Casey is now a 24-year-old college student at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Video Production and Film Studies. Watching TV and movies are just two of Casey’s many hobbies that he is very passionate about. He hopes to continue to pursue work in the film industry.Visit him at http://caseyccarroll.com