Oscar Final Predictions!

It’s the day.  Usually one of my favorite days throughout the year.  But unfortunately, this year has been one big drag.  Maybe because we knew who the winner was long time ago.  Or maybe the film that’s going to win it is not as amazing as people said it out to be.  Nonetheless, life moves on as does the Oscars.  Here are my predictions for this year’s Academy Awards.

Picture: The Artist

Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Actor: Jean Dujardin

Actress: Viola Davis

S. Actor: Chirstopher Plummer

S. Actress: Octavia Spencer

O. Screenplay: Midnight in Paris

A. Screenplay: The Descendants

Editing: The Artist

Art Direction: Hugo

Cinematography: Tree of Life

Costumes: The Artist

Foreign: A Separation

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Sound Editing: Hugo

Documentary: Undefeated

Doc Short: Cherry Blossom

Animated: Rango

Animated Short: Flying Books

Live Action: The Shore

Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Score: The Artist

Song: Muppet

Make-Up: The Iron Lady

Top 5 Soundtracks of 2011

After doing my top ten of 2011, I felt incomplete.  That there was more to include and to state my opinion on certain films considering it is my blog.  Anyways, I want to do a top 5 of different elements of 2011 from top 5 Soundtracks (today), performances, scenes, etc.  Today, we will talk about one of the most important elements of film: the original score/soundtrack.  This is one of the most crucial parts for editors and directors to get right considering the music can make or break your film entirely.  The pacing, the added intensity, the focus and just the overall atmosphere you are trying to portray.  Any great filmmaker will know that the music must be given the fullest amount of attention.  Here are the top 5 soundtracks of 2011.

5.  Drive

Though I didn’t necessarily like this film, the soundtrack was absolutely on point.  It brought everything it could to make Drive such a great movie, unfortunately for me, it wasn’t great at all.  But the soundtrack provides that noir-type attitude.  Kudos to that.

4.  Shame

The first 10 minutes of the film will give you all you need to hear to let you know this is a strong original score.  Though it sounds eerily familiar with The Thin Red Line, the way it intertwines with Brandon and his extremely depressing problem allows the audience to connect and seek his misery.  Also including Carey Mulligan’s performance of “New York New York”, this was a solid soundtrack.

3.  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Considering that The Social Network was by far the best soundtrack from a film last year, it’s no surprise to me that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross achieve greatness with David Fincher.  The soundtrack is the heartbeat to this film, and it perfectly fits scene by scene from the emotions, struggle and mystery to unraveling story of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander.  And who doesn’t love the Immigrant Song remix?

2.  Midnight in Paris

I think one of the many reasons why I fell in love with this film was because of the music.  I mean, who doesn’t love French music?  But it adds to the romanticism, the nostalgia and the feeling of being swept by not just a city, but by a culture.  Woody Allen knows his music, and in Midnight in Paris, he continues this trend.

1.  The Muppets

There’s no way of not loving this soundtrack.  Song after song, it just brings a smile to my face.  And in the end, who doesn’t want to listen to something that makes you happy?  The Muppets are a classic, and so is this soundtrack.