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‘09: Redux! A 2011 Awards Season Preview by carlmagazine
September 28, 2010, 9:11 am
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By Josiah Burns

I know we still have a few months till the domestic awards season, but it’s time to hedge your bets. The word is in from Cannes, Toronto, Telluride, and Venice. With Fincher, Boyle, Aronofsky, and a pair of pint-sized vampires vying for end-of-year honors, it’s a flashback to the year of the Slumdog Millionaire. Call me crazy, but my money’s on The Social Network, Fincher’s most recent effort, the already (in)famous Zuckerberg biopic.

127 Hours (Danny Boyle): A man suffers from lightheadedness and is rushed to the hospital. Another has a panic attack in the lobby. Step aside, The Exorcist and Blair Witch. These were some of the headlines after 127 Hours premiered at Telluride. In telling the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco), Boyle takes the Aristotelian unities to an extreme, intensely documenting the escape of a stranded climber (fortunately, he condenses the narrative into ninety minutes).

Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky): Judging by the trailer, Natalie Portman’s ballerina protagonist goes on an hour-and-a-half schizo-acid trip. Aronofsky seems to marry the psychological intensity of π with twelve years of Hollywood experience. Clint Mansell’s score (a sort of deconstructed Swan Lake) sounds amazing. Hopefully this one doesn’t get destroyed by The Hobbit trailer.

Biutiful (Alejandro González Iñárritu): As a director, Iñárritu has a lot to prove. Both Amores Perros and 21 Grams are outstanding, but you couldn’t pay me to watch Babel again. The question everyone’s asking: Does Javier Bardem + four years to recover from cringe-inducing Oscar bait = success? While it doesn’t quite seem like a Chighur-caliber performance, I’ll risk it.

The Fighter (David O. Russell): David O. Russell is a huge douchebag. He once made a decent movie (Three Kings), and even then, George Clooney (really?) nearly quit the set after a fistfight with the director. With I Heart Huckabees, he shamed the cinematic medium. But I have a huge soft-spot for Marky-Mark (who’s already getting some Best Actor talk). Given boxing films’ surprising track record with The Academy (including Best Pictures winners Rocky, Raging Bull, and Million Dollar Baby), this one’ll be around in March.

Jack-Ass 3D: With 3D that promises to shame Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender, Jack-Ass 3D is pretty self-explanatory. Those expensive red and green glasses couldn’t even make me care about the Na’vi and their planet Pandora. But for Johnny Knoxville and company? Let the port-a-potties fly!

Let Me In (Matt Reeves): This film shouldn’t exist in the first place, and I kind of hate myself for putting it on this list. But hey, Hollywood remade Let the Right One In. And the trailer’s actually really good. Just as long as I don’t get too pissed at the annoying kid from The Road, I think this’ll be pretty enjoyable.

The Social Network (David Fincher): Fincher is probably the most technically precise and adept director in Hollywood. The only barrier between Benjamin Button and cinematic bliss is a good screenplay (because I think it’s a really bad one). Even though I never want to hear any version of Creep for a really long time, the trailer’s pretty damn good. Trent Reznor’s doing the score.
J-Timbo’s getting Best Supporting Actor buzz. Get ready.

Somewhere (Sofia Coppola): Sofia is the best Coppola in Hollywood today (and I’ll take a ‘70s Francis over anyone). Starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, Somewhere won the Golden Lion over a tough crowd in Venice. Set in Hollywood, the semi-autobiographical plot is somewhat inspired by Sofia’s own upbringing on her father’s film sets.

True Grit (The CoBros): If anyone else tried to remake the 1969 True Grit, I would not be happy. But I’m convinced that the Coen Brothers are the smartest directors working in Hollywood. They’re probably up to something pretty genius. If Jeff Bridges wins back-to-back Best Actor statues, it might make up for The Dude’s snub.


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Regardless of the snub, The Dude abides.

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