Saturday, February 12, 2011

Does The Social Network Stand A Chance?

I'm somewhat dreading the Oscars this year... I'd like to say it's because Daft Punk didn't get nominated for Best Score, or the fact that Christopher Nolan did not get a nomination for Best Direction for Inception but those are not the causes of my dread. Roger Ebert does a 'stump the expert' type of competition every year where he makes his Oscar picks for the top 24 categories and then other people make their picks and wait to see if they win prizes, it's like bracketbusting with NCAA Basketball. I trust Ebert's judgement on things about 80% of the time, personally I loved Green Hornet but I also love Seth Rogen, and he and I are in agreement when it comes to this year's Best Picture. It goes like this, The King's Speech will win Best Picture.

Am I happy about this position? No and I'll tell you why. How is it that the best movie of the year, as mentioned by as many outlets that make that designation, is in this situation well I'll let Roger's words explain it best. Read the rest of Outguess Ebert here.
Hollywood churns out violent crap every weekend and then puts on a nice face by supporting a respectable picture at Oscar time. I mean that not as a criticism of “The King's Speech,” which is a terrific film, but as an observation. A British historical drama about a brave man struggling to overcome a disability and then leading his people into World War II looks better to the academy than a cutting-edge portrait of hyperactive nerds.
And he's got a good point. What is it about the British that makes everything they make gold. Shakespeare in Love for example, is a good movie and it won Best Picture over Saving Private Ryan which critics felt is still the most accurate portrait of war that has been done. Don't get me wrong, I loved The King's Speech, but I just don't think it's the best movie of the year... I think it's not even in the top 5. Is it just because the movie is British? Are the stories better in the UK or the people, because their teeth certainly aren't. Or is the speech impediment they reason for the acclaim, because if that's the case then we've got a Tropic Thunder situation on our hands. Who's disability's better - Jessie Eisenberg's Mark Zuckerberg who more than likely has Asperger's or Colin Firth's King George's stammer?

As I write this all I can think about is John Oliver's jokes about the sound of British people's voices. He may be right. But, just because words sound better coming out of Colin Firth than they do out of Jessie Eisenberg does not mean The King Speech should steal the Oscars.

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