Thursday, February 2, 2012

2011 Movie Awards

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

Other Nominees: 
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

Other Nominees:
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

Other Nominees:
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?
Best Actor in a Leading Role:  Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Other Nominees:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March


Severn Boar said...

I'd like to see a head-to-head between Kermit and Uggie.

Tom said...

How could you have not gotten more comments from your previous 2 posts? Both quite interesting.

Adam said...

Thanks Tom, I don't get a lot of comments on here, partly due to there being some sort of bug with internet explorer users that I think I've fixed, but I appreciate the note!