I still have a few lingering 2011 movies that I plan to see in the next couple of weeks, including Oscar-nominated fare such as Hugo, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, My Week With Marilyn, as well as foreign sensations A Separation and Pina, and if I ever somehow get my hands on a copy of the elusive Margaret, I might just cry. After that I think I will be ready to declare a Top 10 of 2011 list, and as usual I will write a column that is far longer than anyone is actually interested in reading.
However, I am ready to write one of my favorite columns that I write every year: my 2011 Movie Awards. 2011 was an odd year for film if you ask me. My top-3 most anticipated (Carnage, The Descendants, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) were all varying degrees of disappointment to me. However, some films that I hadn’t been anticipating as much came out and totally surprised me (more on that in my Top-10 list). Additionally, and unsurprisingly, 9 of the top 10 grossing films of the year were all sequels (and the other was the Smurfs, not exactly original material), so this trend will be aptly reflected in these awards.
As usual, I have my “serious” awards mixed in with my not so serious awards. As a twist on the way I’ve done it in the past, for my acting awards, I’ve not only recognized my personal win, but I’ve listed what my nominees would have been as well.
Hope you enjoy.
|Berenice Bejo in The Artist|
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melanie Laurent, Beginners
Anne Heche, Cedar Rapids
Jennifer Ehle, Contagion
Biggest Letdown: The Descendants
Biggest Surprise: Contagion
The “Only Adam Sandler Would Think This Was A Good Idea” Award: Adam Sandler, Jack & Jill
The “Oh, Actually Kevin James Would Also Think That Was A Good Idea” Award: Kevin James, Zookeeper
Best Original Screenplay: 50/50
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Patton Oswalt, Young Adult
John C. Reilly, Cedar Rapids
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life (dude was on top of his game this year)
Kermit the Frog, The Muppets (okay, you know what, screw you! It’s my blog and I’ll nominate whomever I want to, man or Muppet!)
|The Cinematography in The Tree of Life is some |
of the best I've seen in years.
Best Cinematography: The Tree of Life (easiest award to decide on this year)
Movie My Mom Would Be Most Ashamed Of Me Seeing: Shame
Best Original Musical Score: Contagion
Most Overrated: Source Code
Most Underrated: Jane Eyre
The “100%, Unadulterated Cool” Award: Everything about Drive
The “Are We Done With This Franchise, Yet?” Award: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
The “No, Seriously, Are We Done With This Franchise Yet?” Award: Scream 4
The “Okay, We’re Finally Done With This Franchise” Award: Harry Potter #19
The “Fine, Just Keep Pumping These Out” Award: Fast Five
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Viola Davis, The Help
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Mia Wasikowski, Jane Eyre
Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Best Movie About Sleeping With A Friend: Friends With Benefits (narrowly edging No Strings Attached).
Movie That Made Me Feel Like Crap The Most: We Need to Talk About Kevin
The “Phoning it In” Award: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, & Ed Helms, The Hangover: Part II
The “Surprisingly Not Phoning it In This Time” Award: Matthew McConaughey, The Lincoln Lawyer
The Funniest Movie That You Haven’t Heard Of: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
The “Okay, It wasn’t That Good” Award: Bridesmaids
The “Yeah, it was That Good” Award: The Artist
The Biggest Waste of $250,000,000: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
The Biggest Waste of $1,000,000,000: Everyone who went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
The “Dripping With Oscar Bait” Award: War Horse
And finally, my last award for 2011:
|What does this guy have to do to get some recognition|
for this unbelievably good performance?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March