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Oscar Bets 2009.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 28, 2009 by kaye

In less than a month, Hollywood will witness the 81st Acedemy Awards. There will be a new Best Picture, a new set of Best Actors and Actresses, a new Best Animated feature film. Before the Academy reveals its winners for the year 2008, I would like to share my bets to win the greatest film event of the year:

Best Picture: As much as I enjoyed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on so many levels, I think and strongly hope that this award will go to Slumdog Millionaire. After winning 4 Golden Globes and 5 Critics Choice Awards, I have strong faith that Slumdog will carry its winning streak along to the Oscars.

Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk. After all, he did win the Screen Actors’ Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role this year.

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, Doubt. She’s in a league of her own, and it’s about time she won again.

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight. Although I love Robert Downey Jr., Ledger’s performance as The Joker deserves to be recognised by the highest degree.

Best Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I enjoyed her performance very much. She carried herself well as her character aged in this masterpiece of a film.

Best Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire. This movie is almost perfect, and I will carry on believing so until I see the bloopers on IMdB. I don’t plan on doing that any time soon.

Best Animated Feature: Wall-E. It was different from all the Pixar films I’ve seen in the past, and I mean this in a good way. Besides, I don’t care for Bolt, or any movie that has the words “Miley Cyrus” written on its poster.

Best Director: As long as it’s Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millioniare), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) or Gus Van Sant (Milk), I’m happy. They’re all brilliant. Boyle also directed Trainspotting, which is one of my favourite films of all time. So is Fight Club, which was directed by David Fincher (Brad Pitt was in it as well). Gus Van Sant directed Elephant (2003), and it was a film that I liked a lot, especially because the ending was freaky as hell.

[2009 Golden Globes] SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 15, 2009 by kaye

After seeing the results of the 2009 Golden Globe Awards, I immediately dismissed the TV section and focused on these three things: Kate Winslet winning both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her performances in Revolutionary Road and in The Reader, respectively, Heath Ledger winning a posthumous Best Supporting Actor for his role as The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s film, The Dark Knight, and the award sweep by the Danny Boyle film, Slumdog Millionaire, which won for Best Picture (Drama), Best Director, Best Screenplay and, I believe it was Best Original score.

After winning four awards I became even more excited to finally watch that film. It’s not just because of Dev Patel — although his performance as Anwar Kharral as a randy Muslim boy in my favourite show, the British teen series  Skins was a plus — but the strong critical acclaim and reviews made me want to see it so bad. I made it my goal to watch Slumdog Millionaire as soon as possible. Now that I have, I’m not surprised it won so many Golden Globe Awards, in addition to winning Critics Choice awards and earning eleven nominations for this year’s BAFTAs. Watching Dev Patel’s performance as Jamal Malik was a touching experience, and I wish this film well for the upcoming BAFTAs and Oscars.