FILM: The Oscars 2011
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The 83rd Academy Awards was a ceremony to remember. With some fantastic movies nominated like The Social Network, The Fighter, The King’s Speech and Black Swan it has been most definitely a great year for film. The awards for Best Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Cinematography all went to Inception proving that it was a very professional film. The visual effects were particularly astounding as Nolan looked to create and subvert whole worlds with his fantastic team of people behind the scenes, working their magic. It has to be said that the film as a whole, didn’t quite achieve all the things that it set out to do. The audience were taken so far down the rabbit hole that they were left wondering exactly why they were down there in the first place. Nolan perhaps got lost in one of his own dreams when he aimed to make a film, about dreams within dreams within dreams. Confusing? Yes. It was surprising not to see Tron: Legacy nominated for Best Visual Effects as it was aesthetically mind-boggling, though in terms of storyline, it gradually degenerated into the bathetic scenes of Matrix Revolutions. The Social Network was a very slick film that was also deserving of its Best Editing, Original Score and Adapted Screenplay awards. A brave piece, The Social Network was not afraid of avoiding the easy track of ‘goofy kid comes good’ and to its credit in this way it was courageous. It was also great to see Randy Newman performing his best original song ‘We Belong Together’ from Toy Story 3 live at the awards. Unfortunately his vocal levels were much too low which was a real shame. Toy Story 3 was a hands-down winner for Best Animation. As we have seen with the Shrek films, it’s easy to lose originality and freshness with sequels but, perhaps due to the eleven year gap, Toy Story 3 felt as fresh as the original Toy Story. It was exciting and moved both adults and kids simultaneously.
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