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2011 academy awards predictions - best supporting actor
last year, there was no competition as to who would win the best supporting actor. this year, there should be no competition as well, as one of the most bankable and biggest stars in hollywood today will receive recognition for his years of work in various films. let us get on with the coronation then.
who will and should win - christian bale in the fighter
batman will soon enough be an academy award winner. in a film full of the best performances of the year, none was quite like that of christian bale’s in the fighter. becoming the personification of delusion, drug-addiction, and doubt, bale’s performance as dicky ecklund pops off the screen from the opening reel, and stays with you through until the credits where we see actual footage of the man he plays in the brilliant film.
who was snubbed - andrew garfield in the social network
while jesse eisenberg had the flashy role as mark zuckerberg, andrew garfield’s portrayal of eduardo saverin, zuckerberg’s best friend who gets shut out of the facebook empire, is tragic and star-making. the film may be about zuckerberg’s rise, but his rise comes at the expense of this character. it was quite a year for garfield, also excelling in never let me go, and the first part of the red riding trilogy; 2011 will see him don the red and blue of spider-man.
sulmoney’s top 10 films of 2010: the fighter at #3
every boxing movie is the same thing. yet, there is something so primal and visceral that allows them to be made almost year, and also to be consistently amazing. the violence, the rawness of the sport draws the viewer in, and behind all of the ferocity of the sport, we are brought in to see these boxers damaged, and not just physically. the fighter joins the pantheon of great boxing films, and is perhaps the greatest one since the classic raging bull.
david o. russell’s biopic tells the story of micky ward (mark wahlberg) and his family. mentored by his elder brother and local boxing hero, dicky eklund (christian bale), and his mother (melissa leo), ward is a stepping stone boxer who has not accomplished much in his career. when micky starts a relationship with a local bartender (amy adams), and wants new management and training, relations between the family members become strained, and years of emotions come spilling out.
what sets the fighter apart from other great pugilist films is the plethora of pitch-perfect performances. bale will become a well-deserving oscar winner in a couple weeks, with melissa leo joining him soon enough. amy adams is stupendous as we have become accustomed to with her performances, and mark wahlberg underplays ward just right, as we go through his voyage of everything happening around him, while he tries to shed all of his baggage and become his own legend.