Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

16 February 2011

2011's Nominees: Part 7 of 12


ANIMAL KINGDOM
1 Nomination:
  · Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver

Director: David Michôd
Cast: James Frecheville, Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Luke Ford, Sullivan Stapleton
 
I have written about this film here. I have felt compelled to write about it mostly because I didn't particularly care for it, though it was reviewed very well by critics here and in Australia. As for Weaver's nomination, I am delighted for her. This is her big break in the States, and it is nice to see a working actress – someone who has made a career playing character parts – get bigtime recognition like this. I hope she is having a great time.


Will Win: N/A
Might Win: N/A
My Rating: #40 out of 45

INCENDIES
1 Nomination:
  · Best Foreign Language Film: Canada (The Barbarian Invasions, Water)

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Rémy Girard, Maxim Gaudette
 
I haven't seen this picture and it won't be released until April, but you can watch the trailer here. I don't expect this to win the Oscar, either.


Will Win: N/A
Might Win: N/A
My Rating: Released in 2011

IN A BETTER WORLD
1 Nomination:
  · Best Foreign Language Film: Denmark (After the Wedding)

Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, William Jøhnk Juels Nielsen, Wil Johnson
 
I love Susanne Bier's movies, and I was surprised to see this here because I thought she was exclusively making movies in the U.S. these days (Things We Lost in the Fire was her debut here, and it is excellent.) Her After the Wedding was nominated in this category before and her Brothers was remade into a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire (I skipped the remake). Bier's films are explorations of deep trauma and the three I've seen depend heavily on powerfully emotional acting and honest writing. You can read my review of Things here. At any rate, this will not be released until later in 2011, but until then, we can all watch the trailer here. I expect lots of heavy emotionality and some really hard questions.
 
Will Win: N/A
Might Win: Foreign Language Film
My Rating: Released in 2011