The opening Best Picture montage bit in the 83rd Oscars
Broadcast, satirically visiting each Best Picture nominee within an "Inception" framework, almost had me thinking that
they'd pull it off, with James Franco and Anne Hathaway filling the roles of genial,
energetic, funny, hip hosts without the
squirmy mordant edge of Ricky Gervais.
So it's time to close the books on 2010 and, like Johnny
Hallyday in this still from Johnnie To's "Vengeance" (number 9 in A.S. Hamrah's
Ten Best list), and raise a toast to "Another Year" (Number 1 in A.S. Hamrah's
Ten Best list). Brett Michel also offers
his thoughts and judgments on the past year in film.
But first the results of this year's "Where's Whitey?" award for Best
Animal Performance of 2010. Despite a late surge from such newcomers as
the chicken in "The Social Network" and "the donkey, the llama,and especially the two cats in Jean-Luc Godard's 'Film Socialisme,'" which unfortunately had to be disqualified because it didn't open here yet, the overwhelming winner was "Little Blackie" from the Coen Brothers' "True Grit."
As in previous years I've asked my Phoenix colleagues to contribute their Ten
(or Five) Best and (optional) Five Not Best lists, along with
comments if they are so inclined.
They have generously complied and I think you'll find their
insights into the past year in film enlightening and sometimes provocative.
Here is the first batch of lists
The Golden Globes, regarded as a bellwether of the Oscars
is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? Who
are these people? No one ever answers), came up with their nominations today,
and on the plus side five of the six Boston-accented performances I noted as
potential Academy nominees got nods: Mark Wahlberg for Best Actor, Melissa Leo
and Amy Adams for Best Supporting Actress and Christian Bale for Best
Supporting Acto -- all from "The Fighter"
(like its subject Micky Ward, a powerful late round contender, also getting in
the Best Picture and Best Director races).
according to a recent "Newsweek" cover story,
has turned inward.The article points to Americans' disinterest in foreign
policy (only 3% in a poll think Afghanistan might be worth worrying about) to make its argument, but had
the story come out after the election, it might also have noted the voter
apathy, Tea Partiers notwithstanding, that resulted in 45 million fewer ballots
being cast in the 2010 Congressional races than in 2008.