Before the 2011 Oscar Nominations are released Tuesday morning, Jesse and Jim share some thoughts on Oscar buzz and the year in movies.
Jesse: So what are you thoughts on some of the winners? Christian Bale for Best
Supporting Actor, Natalie Portman for Best Actress, Colin Firth for
Best Actor, The Social Network for Best Picture, David Fincher for Best
What? The nominations haven't come out yet? That can't
be right. Because it seems like all the major categories are already
sewn up in what has to be one of the most predictable, boring Oscar
seasons I have ever seen. Don't believe me? Watch me predict all 10 Best
Picture nominees correctly:
The Kids Are Alright
The King's Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
DEAL. And the worst part: there's nothing to get angry about! Is that
the worst part about this 10 film nomination process we have now? I
can't be infuriated because Inception got booted to make room for The
Fighter. I can't make an impassioned plea that creating an Animated Film
ghetto category is keeping the reliable brilliance of Pixar from being
recognized year after year. I'm sure somebody, somewhere will get upset
about Blue Valentine getting snubbed, but isn't me, because that shit
And I'm not the only one who thinks that this
year's Oscar slate is already written in stone. Check out this Salon.com
about predicting the worst Oscar snubs.
those are the worst snubs we can come up with, then what does that say
about this year in film? Sorry if I don't get too bent out of shape by
the Academy failing to recognize the brilliance that was Zack
Galifianakis in "It's Kind of a Funny Story." Do you agree with me that
this was an incredibly weak year for movies? I'm not just talking about
the Academy baiting fare, either: the Suze and I went months without
going to the theaters waiting for something worthwhile to come out. I
saw Inception twice because I wanted to get out of the house. I saw
something called "The King's Speech" with a cast of nothing but British
people (okay, okay, I actually loved The King's Speech, but that's not
the point; the point is that I would bring myself to see it in the first
Set me straight, Jim: what brilliance have I missed?
Jim: You haven't missed anything. Except maybe the five hours of your life
that you spent watching Inception. That one part where the guy from 3rd
Rock was floating in the hotel hallway was pretty sweet, but I found the
film to be pretty high on technical flash and devoid of substance.
I've barely been to any movies this year -- and I used to see
everything. Off the top of my head, I only remember seeing Inception,
Toy Story 3, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, True Grit, Black Swan, Harry
Potter, The Expendables, and The Social Network in the theater this
year. That's less than one a month.
Clearly, that makes me eminently qualified to opine on the Oscars.
I think your nomination list looks pretty good. But I want you to look
back at last year. You are missing the movie that has no business being
on the list. The random movie that comes out of nowhere and hits you
from the blind side. Like last year when the black remake of My Giant
got nominated. (Seriously, Billy Crystal must have been pissed about
So, I'm saying that Winter's Bone doesn't make it. In its place must be
something feel good, something hackneyed, and something with no chance
of winning. Seabiscetariat should fit that bill nicely.
I'm going out on a limb with that prediction, and that says a hell of a lot.
In a few hours we'll know for sure. But i have a feeling that this
year's pool is going to come down to the little categories and the
winner of the Portman/Benning race.
And that is the most depressing thing about this year in film-- Natalie freaking Portman just may win an Oscar.