Sunday, February 26, 2012


Sunday is the 84th Annual Academy Awards or "Oscars"! Every year, eager film fanatics await the announcement of the winners of this prestigious award. While many of the winners are well deserved of this honor many of these films that win, most of us (including me) haven't even seen! Many of the films who are nominated are either artsy-fartsy period pieces or intense politically-driven (with an agenda) melodramas. (Although the one time I was actually surprised was when Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won in 2004!) Very rarely do the movies I enjoy over the year ever win or for that matter even get nominated, while others make you wonder how they ended up on the ballot in the first place. Sure you may be thinking I'm just the product of mass media and over-blown marketing and merchandising of mainstream movies...and you may be right. But who cares, this year I look back and share my own Oscar Picks and assorted "Besties" in some of my own categories! And the "Oscar" goes to...

Best Animated Feature: Rango, Dir. Gore Verbinski
Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dir. Rupert Wyatt
Best Writing: Limitless, Leslie Dixon (screenplay) and Alan Glynn (novel)
Best Original Music Score: Hans Zimmer, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Best Song in a Soundtrack: "Walk" , Foo Fighters, Thor
Best Original Song: "Man or Muppet", The Muppets
Best Comic Book Movie: X-Men First Class, Dir. Matthew Vaughn
Best Sound Effects: Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, Dir. Michael Bay
Best Documentary: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Best Foreign Film: Trollhunter (Trolljegeren ), Dir. André Øvredal
Best Independent Film: Red State, Dir. Kevin Smith
Best Comedy: Paul, Dir. Greg Mottola, Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
Best Sci-Fi Movie: Cowboys & Aliens, Dir. Jon Favreau, Starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford
Best Horror Movie: The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), Dir. Tom Six
Best Babe: Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Badass: Michael Fassbender (Eric Lensher/Magneto) X-Men: First Class
Best HeroCaptain America, Starring: Chris Evans, Dir. Joe Johnston,
Best Director: Kenneth Branagh, Thor
Best Picture: Super 8, Dir. J.J. Abrams