Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wait, did you not realize it's awards weekend blow-out

When I manage two blogs, I forget about the other one. It's how I hope to parent one day.

If you missed last night's feeble coverage of a less-than-interesting Critics Choice awards, don't worry! I've got more up my sleeve for tomorrow's Golden Globes.

But you can only find it if you go to Statue Tracker.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Eighth Annual Jagged Edge Awards

It's that time of the year where I let my voice be heard across all the categories, where you can finally figure out which actors, screenplays and cinematographers I loved the most. 25 of the roughly 50 films I saw in 2010 are represented.

It's time to know which films from this year I consider... Filmmaking Excellence Above the Cut

Best Picture

Black Swan
Inception
Kick-Ass
Shutter Island
The Social Network

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
David Fincher for The Social Network
Christopher Nolan for Inception
Roman Polanski for The Ghost Writer
Martin Scorsese for Shutter Island

This is Darren Aronofsky's second nomination; he was nominated in 2008 for The Wrestler
This is David Fincher's second nomination; he was nominated in 2007 for Zodiac
This is Christopher Nolan's second nomination for Best Director; he won this category in 2008 for The Dark Knight. He is additionally nominated this year for Best Original Screenplay, and has twice been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (The Dark Knight in 2008 [which he won] and The Prestige in 2006)
This is Martin Scorsese's second nomination. He won this category in 2006 for The Departed
This is Roman Polanski's first nomination.

Best Actor

Jim Carrey for I Love You, Phillip Morris
Leonardo DiCaprio for Shutter Island
Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
Colin Firth for The King's Speech
Joaquin Phoenix for I'm Still Here

This is Jim Carrey's second nomination. He won this category in 2004 for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
This is Leonardo DiCaprio's third nomination. He was nominated in 2004 for The Aviator and in 2006 for The Departed.
This is Jesse Eisenberg's second nomination. He won Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for The Squid and the Whale.
This is Joaquin Phoenix's second nomination. He was nominated for Walk the Line in 2005.
This is Colin Firth's first nomination.   

Best Actress

Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Noomi Rapace for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Tilda Swinton for I Am Love

This is Nicole Kidman's second nomination. She was nominated in 2003 for Dogville.
This is Natalie Portman's second nomination. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for Closer.
This is Tilda Swinton's second nomination. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for Michael Clayton.
This is Jennifer Lawrence's and Noomi Rapace's first nomination.

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale for The Fighter
Nicolas Cage for Kick-Ass
Andrew Garfield for The Social Network
John Hawkes for Winter's Bone
Sean Penn for Fair Game
 
This is Nicolas Cage's second nomination. He was nominated last year for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.
This is Sean Penn's third nomination. He won Best Actor in 2003 for Mystic River and was nominated in 2008 for Milk.
This is Christian Bale's, Andrew Garfield's and John Hawkes's first nomination.

Best Supporting Actress

Marion Cotillard for Inception
Dale Dickey for Winter's Bone
Rooney Mara for The Social Network
Chloe Grace Moretz for Kick-Ass
Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit

This is the first nomination for all nominees.

Best Original Screenplay

Black Swan by Mark Hyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin 
The Fighter by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
Greenberg by Noah Baumbach
Dogtooth by Efthymis Filppou and Giorgos Lanthimos
Inception by Christopher Nolan

This is Noah Baumbach's fourth nomination. He was nominated for writing and directing The Squid and the Whale in 2005, and for co-writing the adaption of Fantastic Mr. Fox last year.
This is Christopher Nolan's fifth nomination. He is nominated for Best Director this year, won Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay in 2008 for The Dark Knight, and was nominated in Best Adapted Screenplay in 2006 for The Prestige.
This is the first nomination for all over nominees.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Ghost Writer
Screenplay by Robert Harris and Roman Polanski
Based on the Book "The Ghost" by Robert Harris

Kick-Ass
Screenplay by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaugn
Based on the Comic Book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

The Social Network
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Based on the Book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrin

Shutter Island
Screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis
Based on the Book by Dennis Lehane

True Grit
Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen
Based on the Book by Charles Portis  

This is Roman Polanski's second nomination; he is also nominated this year for Best Director.
This is the Coens' sixth nomination. They won Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay in 2007 for No Country for Old Men, were nominated for Best Original Screenplay in 2008 for Burn After Reading and in 2009 for A Serious Man, as well as a Best Director nomination in 2009 for A Serious Man.

Best Cast Ensemble


The Fighter
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Social Network
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Best Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland
Inception
The King’s Speech
Shutter Island
True Grit

Best Cinematography

The American
Black Swan
Inception
The Social Network
True Grit

Best Film Editing

Black Swan
Inception
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Shutter Island
True Grit

Best Msic

Black Swan
The Ghost Writer
Inception
Shutter Island
The Social Network

Best Sound

Black Swan
Inception
Iron Man 2
Toy Story 3
True Grit

Best Visual Effects

Black Swan
Inception
Iron Man 2
Knight and Day
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Best Makeup

The Fighter
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Kick-Ass
Let Me In
True Grit

Scene of the Year

The American – Opening scene
Black Swan – Night out with Lilly
Dogtooth – Oral surgery
The Ghost Writer – Coda/Book premiere
Inception – First dream heist
Kick-Ass – Saving Big Daddy
The King's Speech - The Speech
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Scott vs. Gideon
The Social Network – “You have my attention”
Toy Story 3 - One last play


Nominations Total



Inception - 11
The Social Network - 10
Black Swan - 10
True Grit - 8
Shutter Island - 7
Kick-Ass - 6
The Fighter - 4
The Ghost Writer - 4
Winter's Bone - 4
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - 4
The King's Speech - 3
Dogtooth - 2
The American - 2
Iron Man 2 - 2
Toy Story 3 - 2
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - 2
I Am Love - 1
Alice in Wonderland - 1
Rabbit Hole - 1
Fair Game - 1
Greenberg - 1
I Love You, Phillip Morris - 1
I'm Still Here - 1
Knight and Day  - 1
Let Me In - 1

Monday, January 10, 2011

Top 20 Films of 2010

Oh yes, that wonderful time of year, where we can list off our top choices for the year.

In lieu of 10, I opted for 20 this year, just because I liked that many movies.

1. The Social Network
2. Black Swan
3. Inception
4. Kick-Ass
5. Shutter Island
6. The Ghost Writer
7. Winter's Bone
8. True Grit
9. Dogtooth
10. Somewhere
11. The Fighter
12. I'm Still Here
13. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
14. The King's Speech
15. Toy Story 3
16. Rabbit Hole
17. Mother
18. Exit Through the Gift Shop
19. I Am Love
20. The American