Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)
Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
Jeff Bridges (True Grit)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
James Franco (127 Hours)
Ryan Reynolds – Buried (2010)
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another average year for actor nominees. None of them come close tho to the performance by Firth as the stuttering King
5. James Franco
4. Jesse Eisenberg
3. Javier Bardem
2. Jeff Bridges
1. Colin Firth
5. Biutiful –
Bardem truly shines in the lead role here (that garnered him an Oscar nomination) but the story just isn’t engaging enough. Iñárritu once again shows how multicultural the world we all live in can be and like babel (2006), he connects the different characters quite well. Unfortunately, none of the characters besides Bardem are interesting enough to care about which takes away from the impact of it all.
4. 127 Hours
– Very interesting tale that is told quite well. We really get to feel the character’s loneliness and despair during his ordeal. Franco is a much better actor than most people believe and is able to carry this tale on his own. I’m still a bit surprised that this was able to garner an Oscar Best Picture Nomination because although it’s very good, it isn’t great. It definitely would have made the cut in a 5 BP nom year.
3. True Grit
– Good film but doesn’t add much to the original film’s premise. Steinfeld is great here and it’s fun watching Bridges, Damon and Brolin. The Coen Brothers always have interesting ways of telling stories and this is no exception, but the truth is that there isn’t much added to this story that would really warrant it being remade besides their more realistic views of violence and the story itself.
2. The Social Network
– This movie isn’t as good as many people make it out to be. A bit over-rated. It is still entertaining because it shows that if you can ask the right questions, it doesn’t matter whats true or false.
1. The King’s Speech –
Extremely well done movie. Deserving of it’s Best Picture win.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! Firth is amazing as King George V. His performance was clearly the best of the 5 nominees this year.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!