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Oscar Winners 2011 – Year of the King

So it was a weird one for us here Oz side. Watching the Oscars unfold in the gym was odd and meant that this post is late, but I’m sure at least my Mum will appreciate my cynical witticisms and observations.

There were no big surprises this year which is a shame. From a personal point of view I would have gone with Darren Aronofsky for best director. I thought Black Swan was probably his most impressive work to date, but then who the squirrel am I to go against the academy.

There’s a mixed vibe in blogger land about the hosts Franco and Hathaway. I think they did an ok jobbie. It’s a tough gig. Bring back Bob Hope next year though please guys.

Oscar season is a funny one. To quote the continual source of inspiration, Lindy West, an alternative title for the Oscars might be ‘Hollywood Gets One of Its Ribs Removed So It Can Suck Its Own Dick for Three Hours: The Movie’ – I would have to agree.

“And the winners by category are” –

◦Best Motion Picture of the Year: The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company)

◦Achievement in Directing: The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Tom Hooper

◦Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

◦Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

◦Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale in “The Fighter”

◦Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”

◦Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

◦Best Original Screenplay: The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

◦Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: In a Better World – Denmark

◦Achievement in Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration)

◦Achievement in Cinematography: Inception (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister

◦Best Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Lee Unkrich

◦Best Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment) A Passion Pictures Australia Production Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

◦Best Live Short Film: God of Love – A Luke Matheny Production Luke Matheny

◦Best Documentary Feature: Inside Job – (Sony Pictures Classics) Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs A Representational Pictures Production

◦Best Documentary Short Subject: Strangers No More – Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production

Massive congrats to Tom Hooper for his Oscar win though. That was probably the largest surprise. I’m also pleased that Natalie Portman won something for the almighty performance in Black Swan. She’s so awesome it hurts.

What did you guys think of the OSCAR results and/or anything related?

Sexy Rob

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Thor – New Trailer

I’m torn with this one. The Thor comics are Bad Ass, but it seems Marvel are milking their cash cow hard at the mo. I didn’t mind Iron Man 2, but it wasn’t met by others with such open arms. My fear is that this will be another 3D fest that doesn’t deliver accross the board. With Branagh at the helm I’m not expecting The Dark Knight, but let’s all hope, for the sake of the fanboys, that it isn’t a cheese fest. The trailer looks good fun, so we shall have to wait and see.

Check out the new Thor trailer below.

“Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, ‘Thor’, which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.”

Like a Phoenix from the Ashes

Due to popular demand* and because I need somewhere to vent about life and movies, I am resurrecting Browntails… I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in…. Now that we have shrugged our shoulders, let’s move on. Now that I’ve relocated to Australia I need to fill out my time and what better way to do it than to rant about the things I love.

*my mum.

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