Tweak this

Posted by · 6:21 pm · January 24th, 2011

I’ve made one (and only one, lest I get carried away) change to my final predictions, FYI.  I think I’m going to switch my final foreign language pick from Algeria’s “Outside the Law” to — wait for it — Greece’s “Dogtooth.” My former line-up didn’t include one of the (perceived, as nothing is official) executive committee saves, and that would be a first (in the admittedly short history of the executive committee’s existence).

Additionally, colleague Steve Pond reminded me that the final nominations selection committee tends to have more in common with the executive committee than the general committee (which narrows the field and later picks the winners).  Voting on the category took place after a series of screenings this weekend, so it’s all rather fresh.  So I wonder about the scrutiny Algeria’s entry has undergone vis a vis historical accuracy.

The Swedish hopeful is highly unlikely to make the cut, from the way I hear it, while no one has really seen the Japanese entry in order to gauge.  So I’ll join Pond, as well as Guy, in picking an out-there selection for the fifth spot (not that it’ll have a chance in hell at winning).  Hopefully last minute jitters won’t get the better of me.

My final (for real, this time) picks are here.

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  • 1 1-24-2011 at 6:57 pm

    Andrej said...

    I didn’t understand why many critics and readers weren’t predicting a Dogtooth nod after the shortlist, yet some of them were predicting an Exit Through the Gift Shop best doc nod.

    Both movies are supposedly so far away from the academic taste, yet I found it really hard to believe that after all the acclaim they’ve gathered they’ll just stop at a shortlist – especially since there’s no real, 100% frontrunners in these fields.

    I mentioned Dogtooth was fine but overrated. After a few days and movie marathons, it’s the movie that has stuck around the most with me. It’s a slow burner, but right after I got the creepy things out of my eyes, I can’t help but laughing at how silly the whole thing was.

    Bruce! … Bruce! …

  • 2 1-24-2011 at 6:59 pm

    Leocdc said...

    I have not seen the other posible nominated movies, but this one deserves not only a Best Foreing WIN, but a Best Picture nomination also. Provocative but tremendously thoughtful, is without a doubt, a great piece of work that allows to think and to feel at the same time.

  • 3 1-24-2011 at 9:05 pm

    daveylow said...

    I think Even the Rain is going to make it in over Biutiful as the Spanish language film and that would make two films directed by women, if Bier is nominated too.

  • 4 1-24-2011 at 9:43 pm

    The Dude said...

    My last minute tweak: Bridges out of Best Actor (True Grit), replaced with Giamatti (Barney’s Version). No real, grounded reason…just a hunch.

  • 5 1-24-2011 at 9:49 pm

    Nigel said...

    Saw “Confessions” at TIFF. It’s visually dynamic and aggressive, there’s no denying that. The vast majority of the story is told through narration, so I could see that being perceived as a flaw or lazy-storytelling by some, although I thought it worked partially because of the great visuals. The story is extremely dark, and definitely has some black humour in it. Narrative also features lots of twists and turns, and does become far-fetched towards the end, with some character motives that become unbelievable. This became more apparent the more I thought about the movie afterwards. I’d say the first hour of the movie was brilliant, then it goes off the tracks a little by the ending. Overall, still quite enjoyable if you are willing to suspend disbelief a little.

  • 6 1-24-2011 at 10:53 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I hear Biutiful is pretty solid, along with Denmark and Canada.

  • 7 1-25-2011 at 12:05 am

    americanrequeim said...

    i wasnt the biggest scott pilgrim fan but i did greatly dislike iron man2 so im excited at your bold visual effects predictions

    the mornning has me hoping barbra hershey and trent reznor arent nominated tomorrow

  • 8 1-25-2011 at 12:49 am

    Jim T said...

    Re:Dogtooth: From your mouth to…

  • 9 1-25-2011 at 12:50 am

    Jim T said...

    Um, in Greece we say “mouth”. Anyway, lips.