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The 83rd Oscars Honoring the Films of 2010 Are History
Who Won: Tom Hooper for The King's Speech
Who Should've Won: David Fincher for The Social Network.
Nomination Snubs? It's hard to complain about this list in the grand scheme of things (though I'm sure many will bemoan the loss of Debra Granik here as a neat follow up to Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar win last year). But here's my ballot.
wins: Globes, BFCA, NBR, Satellite, BAFTA, multiple critics
The Coen Bros
wins: minor critics org
wins: DGA, NBR
David O. Russell
|His career began spectacularly with several classic music videos. 1992 saw his first feature in theaters (Alien 3) and after a few arguable modern classics (Fight Club, Zodiac) Oscar finally got wise to him (Benjamin Button). Sometimes they're late to the party.
||Their filmography is pretty spectacular and though True Grit is their 4th best picture nominee after Fargo, No Country For Old Men and A Serious Man. This western is their first true box office smash but Oscar voters have been wise to them for years. Sometimes they're right on time to the party.||The strangest thing about his nomination might be that he didn't have to soften his often bold and confrontational and (psychological) horror laced style to get it. We suspect that The Wrestler finally earned him enough respect that they noticed how talented he has always been.
He's had major awards success with TV movies and minis (Elizabeth I, Longford, and John Adams) so Oscar probably shouldn't be that much of a surprise. But it's only his second film. His theatrical debut was 2009's The Damned United.
|One of Hollywood's most idiosyncratic filmmakers and we're all better off for it! Even with an Oscar nomination he's still quite undersung. Few directors are as gifted with noisy dramedic ensembles (see also: I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings, and Flirting With Disaster)
| How'd They Get Nominated?
29% Absurdly confident thrilling handling of scenes that often feel flat in other films: depositions, typing, etcetera...
19% Critical & industry rep as Quality Auteur
16% Precursor Support
9% awesome editing
5% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button's Oscar Heft.
1% Zodiac obsessives
|40% Fargo, No County,, Raising Arizona, etc...
23% Directing their first smash hit. Congrats!
15% Reuniting with "The Dude". Finally!
10% Overall craftsmanship.
8% Temporary (Hailee) Insanity.
3% "That's the one starring John Wayne right?" - Confused, old timers vote.
1% Roger Deakins
|31% Huge precursor support softened Oscar's natural genre resistance.
29% Great campaign and film marketing.
19% An oddity with something for everyone: highbrow culture, lowbrow genre, big performances, showy visuals
14% Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, Talent
10% Natalie & Mila. Natalie & Mila's liplock.
5% The Wrestler
1% He's not Chris Nolan.
|43% The performances. Rep as an actor's director.
30% Sentiment. It's something that NONE of his competitors work at / are known for. Thus, he hogs all such votes.
10% Precursor support.
9% Anglophilia + Royalty Porn.
5% Colin Firth Coronation Coattails
3% Quirky framing. Some people hate it but the visual effort surprises people.
34% Credited with the boisterous energy of the film. And with helping...
23% ...great acting.
15% Precursor support
14% Curio and "comeback" value of sorts: Director with storied hot temper totally adored by current team of actors.
10% Oscar likes true stories, inspirational tales, boxing. Ding Ding Ding.
3% Closet fans of past efforts. Undersung filmography.
1% He's not Chris Nolan.