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On Oscar Watch

In just over ten days time we will know who the Oscar nominees for 2011 are – and thus the films that come as highly recommended as is possible. We look with an eager eye to this Sunday’s Golden Globes, the award ceremony that is often considered a pre-cursor to Oscar’s big night and the honours it may bring. With that in mind, which films are looking good so far? Here are the movies nominated for the Best Picture: Drama category:

Black Swan – the buzz around this film has been growing non-stop, with press reports calling Natalie Portman’s performance, for which she is in line to win Best Actress, her most “provocative” yet. It’s now currently showing across cinemas in the US on a much wider release than the original select-few theaters it had been at a few weeks ago, when the mainstream buzz  really blossomed. Former That 70s Show hottie Mila Kunis is up for Best Supporting Actress.

Black Swan opens in SA on 4 February

The Fighter – a movie that’s been referred to as fitting neatly into the Rocky genre of film, sees excellent performances from Mark Whalberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, who have been nominated for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Talk is Bale stands a strong chance of taking this one, although I thought Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech was just magnificent. There’s also been talk that Michael Douglas will be recognized for both his role in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and also for overcoming cancer.

The Fighter opens in SA on 25 February.

Inception – the clever film that had movie-goers returning to the cinema for repeat-screenings, just to settle arguments among friends about whether or not Leonardo diCaprio’s character was sleeping the whole time or not, scored Christopher Nolan major box-office clout, as well as – like all the directors of the films listed here – a nomination for Best Director. He’s also nominated for Best Screenplay and the film also has a Best Original Score nod (Hans Zimmer).

Inception has already screened in South Africa.

The King’s Speech – this film is about much more than just the story of how a would-be king overcame his speech impediment. It’s about the friendship between a royal and a commoner, a Brit and an Australian, buoyed by the on-screen chemistry between Colin Firth (up for Best Actor) and Geoffrey Rush (as mentioned, up for Best Supporting Actor). Helena Bonham Carter is superb as Firth’s wife, who introduces the men to each other, and deservedly has a shot at Best Supporting Actress. The film also has a Best Screenplay (David Seidler) and a Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat) nod.

The King’s Speech opens in SA on 11 February.

The Social Network – the film about the social media phenomenon that has swept the world gives insight into the events around its creation by Time Magazine’s 2010 Person of the Year Mark Zuckerberg. Jesse Eisenberg in the lead role has earned a Best Actor nomination, and the new Spiderman Andrew Garfield has a Best Supporting one. Nine Inch Nails’ frontman Trent Reznor, together with Atticus Ross, picked up the film a Best Original Score nod and it has a Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) one too.

The Social Network has already screened in South Africa.

The great thing about the Globes of course, is that they also recognize musicals and comedies. Great television is also awarded, so we wait to see who those winners are too.

The Golden Globes take place in Los Angeles this Sunday 16 January. They will be broadcast on MNet on Monday 17 January at 21:30.

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