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2011 academy awards predictions - best director
with the expansion of the best picture field to 10 last year, the nominees for best director have all come from the same group of 10. when the field of best picture was 5, the best director nomination felt like a bigger deal almost, and placed a bit more emphasis on the director, rather than just awarding the director involved with a great film. however, the two are definitely interrelated, and it is hard to find a good film without a good director, and a good director rarely does not make a good film. it’s a chicken-egg situation. whatever, moving on.
who will and should win - david fincher for the social network
early in the awards season, the social network was the clear favorite for the major awards; however, as the season progressed, the king’s speech has slowly become an unstoppable force and is poised to sweep the awards on sunday night. the lone bastion against tom hooper’s the king’s speech is david fincher’s work on the social network. engaging from the first frame through the end, fincher has done a master’s job with the social network, a film that people initially were reluctant to see (“why would i want to watch a movie about facebook?”), but became a sensation.
who was snubbed - christopher nolan for inception
the easiest statement to write this awards season. while the merits of the film can be debated, the direction of the film can not: with a catalog of heady films, inception is christopher nolan’s crowning achievement. there are only a handful of directors that would have been able to bring this multilayered story to the screen, and nolan is the one who did it impeccably.
sulmoney’s top 10 films of 2010: inception at #5
christopher nolan is a genius; there really is no other way to put it. looking over his portfolio of works, we see consistently great films that appeal to a mass audience on varying levels. his breakthrough, memento, was just so original, it was the film sensation of 2000. his work on the batman series forever changed the superhero genre. and the prestige played the ultimate trick on its audience. with each film of his, we are getting smarter and smarter films, but with enough explosions and fights to appease everyone. but perhaps his crowning achievement is inception, the film that was the ultimate mind fuck.
everyone saw inception, so i am not going to recapitulate the plot. i am going to laud all the performances, from leo, joseph gordon-levitt, ken watanabe, ellen page, tom hardy, cillian murphy, and marion cotillard. i am going to laud the breathtaking action set pieces, especially the zero-gravity hotel fight, which is perhaps the action sequence of the decade.
lastly, one can not discuss the film without lauding the direction and story by christopher nolan. with such a labyrinth and complex plot, a lesser director would not have been able to clearly convey his vision to the screen, but despite the multitude of layers we descend into, we know where we are at all times. the fact that his work on this film will go unrewarded by the academy awards is almost laughable, if it was not such a disgrace. christopher nolan, your time will come, and there is over a billion dollars of box office receipts awaiting you in the summer of 2012 with the dark knight rises.