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Oscars 2011: Forget Who Should Win, This Is Who I Want To Win

With just a day left to go until the big show, I’d like to bet you’ve had enough Oscar predictions – especially considering quite a handful of the biggest honors are considered locks. Well, I offer you something a little different; not who I think will win, but who I think should win.

Best Picture: The King’s Speech
Every Best Picture nominee achieves some degree of filmmaking prowess, otherwise, they wouldn’t be nominated in the first place. Rather than pick apart the elements and compare the contenders by the writing, directing acting, etc., this category comes down to something far simpler, yet something tougher to achieve – poignancy. Which of these films moved me most? Toy Story 3 left me in tears, 127 Hours with a knot in my stomach and Inception with my head spinning, but it was The King’s Speech that was overwhelmingly rousing. This is such a special film for so many reasons and those reasons will likely be rewarded in the other categories, but in terms of the Best Picture Oscar alone, my fingers are crossed for The King Speech based on its incredible ability to connect my heartstrings to those of the characters in the film and tug on them all the way through.

I’ll Be Pissed If This Wins: Inception
Inception may be endlessly interesting and responsible for countless summertime debates, but an Oscar for Best Picture? Come on. On top of that, even after all the discussions, who can say they really understand the movie through and through? It was fun while it lasted, but Inception’s infinite twists and turns aren’t enough for the film to stand the test of time as well as its contenders.

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Review: The Kids Are All Right

Unpretentious family dramas are hard to come by. Even with good intentions, a film depicting the cause and effect of choices made at home can often come across as preachy, condescending and sometimes, just flat out wrong. The Kids Are All Right is just the opposite of that. It begins with those good intentions and flawlessly makes due on them through incredibly natural performances that bring a genuinely sincere story to life.

Jules and Nic (Julianne Moore and Annette Bening) are a married couple living with their two kids, Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson), in a quaint suburban neighborhood in Los Angeles. Everyone has their issues, but generally, life is good until Laser convinces Joni that the time has come to track down their birth father. Back in the day, both Jules and Nic took a trip to the sperm bank where they picked up a little something and artificially inseminated themselves with the goods from the same guy, Jules being Laser’s biological mother and Nic being Joni’s.

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