This is an article I wrote about tonight’s Academy Awards I wrote for my school newspaper this week, The Daily Titan.
Last year, The King’s Speech dominated the Oscars with four wins for Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper) and Best Original Screenplay.
This year, The Artist, The Descendants, The Help and War Horse will probably be its successor in attaining the best picture award, the highest distinction in the film world. Other nominees include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball and The Tree of Life.
“I think it would be between The Artist and The Descendants … but I think I’m going to go with The Descendants,” said Philippe Perebinossoff, a radio-TV-film professor at CSUF.
Billy Crystal will host this year’s Academy Awards Sunday at 4 p.m. on ABC.
Perebinossoff also thinks The Descendants will win the Oscar’s second-biggest prize as well.
“I think George Clooney’s campaign will pay off and that he’ll win (best actor) because he is playing his age and because people like him,” he said.
Selyna Razo, 18, a freshman business major, disagrees. She said Brad Pitt can win best actor for his portrayal of Billy Beane in Moneyball.
Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is another best actor contender.
In addition to Moneyball, Razo said she likes The Help “because it shows the true story of what (black maids in the South) went through.”
But this year’s nominee list has excluded some movies people think should have received more nominations, such as Super 8, Harry Potter and Drive.
“Super 8 was amazing,” said Cambria Edwards, 21, radio-TV-film major.
Edwards enjoyed the nostalgic feel of of Super 8.
“(Super 8 is) so original, (it’s) the old Spielberg — the ‘70s Spielberg — where films had a lot of heart and soul to it,” Edwards said.
As a J.J. Abrams fan, she said it was amazing that a group of kids could keep the viewers entertained for two hours.
“(It was a) good, wholesome movie,” she said.
Perebinossoff said Drive should have been nominated for best picture and supporting actor (Albert Brooks).
“A lot of people were upset that Albert Brooks wasn’t nominated for Drive. He plays a bad guy … which is against type. I’ve always thought that if you make a beautiful person and you take them and you make them ugly … that’s acting,” he said.
Perebinossoff, who worked at ABC for 20 years as a programming executive on The Oprah Winfrey Show, said the show is lacking a blockbuster nominee.
“I’m a programming guy and I think in terms of the ratings … you’ve got to have popular movies like Titanic, otherwise people won’t care. This year, people like George Clooney, but how many people have seen The Descendants?” he said.
Perebinossoff said the Oscars tend to emphasize limited-release movies that few people have seen, while excluding the large, popular movies.
The Best Actress nominees are Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Viola Davis (The Help), Rooney Mara (The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn).
Edwards thinks Mara deserves the nod.
“(She had the) best female acting performance I’ve ever seen,” Edwards said.
“I would like Rooney Mara to win, but she wont; I think Viola Davis will,” Perebinossoff said.
Edwards said she liked this year’s X-Men: First Class, Harry Potter, The Adventures of Tintin and Super 8soundtracks. Only Tintin’s soundtrack was nominated. It will compete against The Artist, Hugo, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and War Horse.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 became the highest-grossing film of the series (and the third highest-grossing film of all-time), pulling in $380 million in the domestic box office, and only received two nominations for Visual Effects and Art Direction.