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First, let me spazz as the LA Critics surprise by choosing Korean Actress — awesomest ahjumma for the award season — Kim Hye-ja for Best Actress with her work on Bong Joon-ho’s Madeo (Mother). The pick kind of baffles me since I consider Madeo a 2009 Film, and Kim Hye-ja was even nominated in my first Experiments Awards.

Still… *goes crazy*

Then, the LA Critics also surprise with a tie for Director choosing Olivier Assayas for Carlos, as well as David Fincher for The Social Network. While adding a personal sting by picking Olivia Williams for Best Supporting Actress runner-up — RUNNER-UP!!!! — for her work on The Ghost Writer… beaten by Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom. LOL

  • Best Picture – The Social Network
    1st. Carlos
  • Director – Olivier Assayas – Carlos
    tie. David Fincher – The Social Network
  • Actor – Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
    1st. Edgar Ramirez – Carlos
  • Actres – Kim Hye-ja – Madeo (Mother)
    1st. Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
  • Supporting Actor – Niels Arestrup – Un Prophete (A Prophet)
    1st. Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech
  • Supporting Actress – Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom
    1st. Olivia Williams – The Ghost Writer
  • Screenplay – The Social Network
    1st. The King’s Speech
  • Cinematography – Black Swan
    1st. True Grit
  • Documentary – Last Train Home
    1st. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Foreign – Carlos
    1st. Madeo (Mother)
  • Animated Film – Toy Story 3
    1st. l’Illusionniste (The Illusionist)
  • Score – The Ghost Writer
    1st. The Social Network
  • Production Design – Inception
    1st. The King’s Speech

via Living in Cinema

They mostly love The Social Network, I guess~ since they’re awarding the film for Best Film, Direction and Screenplay. But they also love Black Swan awarding Best Actress, Cinematography and Score.

Best fan-awesome? Noomi Rapace for Breakthrough x)

Just because I wanted to use that picture I didn’t get to use somewhere else. LOL

  • Picture: The Social Network
  • Director: David FincherThe Social Network
  • Actor: James Franco127 Hours
  • Actress: Natalie PortmanBlack Swan
  • Supporting Actor: Christian BaleThe Fighter
  • Supporting Actress: Melissa LeoThe Fighter
  • Screenplay: Aaron SorkinThe Social Network
  • Cinematography: Matthew LibatiqueBlack Swan
  • Score: Clint MansellBlack Swan
  • Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Foreign Film: I Am Love
  • Animated Film: Toy Story 3
  • Breakthrough Performer: Noomi Rapace
  • Debut Feature: John WellsCompany Men
  • Ensemble: The Kids Are All Right

via Living in Cinema~

And Boston is TOTALLY completely IN LURVVVV with The Social Network.

  • Film – The Social Network
  • Actor – Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
  • Actress – Natalie Portman – Black Swan
  • Supporting Actor – Christian Bale – The Fighter
  • Supporting Actress – Juliette Lewis – Conviction
  • Director – David Fincher – The Social Network
  • Screenplay – The Social Network
  • Cinematography – True Grit
  • Documentary – Marwencol
  • Foreign – Madeo (Mother) Korea
  • Animated Film – Toy Story 3
  • Film Editing – Black Swan
  • New Filmmaker – Jef Malmberg – Marwencol
  • Ensemble Cast – The Fighter
  • Music – The Social Network

via BSFC Website

That’s the longest title I’ve ever written. I think. Not sure, but pretty~

First, let’s start with Oscar talk. There are 10 animated shorts line-up for 3/5 spots at the Academy.

  • Coyote Falls
  • Day & Night
  • Let’s Pollute
  • Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, A Journey Diary)
  • Sensology
  • The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger
  • The Gruffalo
  • The Lost Thing
  • Le Silence Sous l’Ecorce (The Silence Beneath the Bark)
  • Urs

Continue Reading…

Natalie Portman’s Where the Heart Is is probably the least favorite film amongst the fans, a list that includes the Star Wars prequels, Free Zone, Mr. Mangorium’s Wonder Emporium, Mars Attacks and Anywhere but Here. However,  Where the Heart Is, as well as Anywhere but Here are the only of those films that pretty much were completely fronted by Portman.

Now, compare that to Leon… or Black Swan. Mmmkay~

As a teenage Portman fan, I obviously watched those AND enjoyed them~~~ but we’re here to talk about Where the Heart Is now, so let’s talk about it.

Where the Heart Is, for what it’s worth, marks Portman’s step into womanhood, as she played a 17-year-old pregnant Novalee Nation, giving birth in a Walmart. In short, she’s pretty tacky but with a lot of heart… and what’s even more ironic, the first time I saw Portman in that fake pregnant suit in slippers (and then barefoot), I thought of Britney Spears whom later ended up stepping on a public bathroom barefoot.

But I digress. Where the Heart Is is sappy, and over-the-top acting drama… it ends up being funny. Portman looks so awkward as Novalee… skinny and so overly-fake-pregnant, plus the hair. Add to that Novalee’s white trash mother who abandoned her family for a man whose name she can’t even remember played by Sally Field, hot-peen-hungry mother of multiple children named after junk food Nurse Lexie played by Ashley Judd, cut-throat music producer Ruth Meyers played by Joan Cusack, and AA-member fornicating Sister Husband played by Stockard Channing — all over-acting. Pure amazingness.

Let’s not even begin to discuss the love-making scene, which marks a first for Natalie Portman on screen, which she shared with UK actor James Frain who’s like 15 years older than her and plays a character named Forney. Novalee doesn’t have sex with Forney, she makes love to him after his sister passes away. There’s sweet love-making pop-country crossover music as his hand entwines with hers.

But despite it all, I couldn’t take my eyes off the film… except maybe the bits without Natalie Portman on screen, in which we focus on Novalee’s baby daddy Willy Jack Pickens played by Dylan Bruno. His storyline seems a bit pointless, since we’re not supposed to feel sympathy for him and it just makes the story go slower. But then again, without him… we wouldn’t have the amazingness of Joan Cusack.

Natalie Portman as a “reformed” Novalee, mother of Americus and photographer, holding her camera shooting the fat baseball team, or with her Xmas/winter gear, and looking for Forney are probably the most gorgeous Portman could be on film.

Where the Heart Is might be cheesy, and actually pretty bad — and shame on you if you think it’s the best movie ever made — but it’s one of those films teenage girls have to watch. We were all probably 14 when we saw it, and I guess 14-year-olds watch much more crass films nowadays. However, I still think 12 or 13-year-old girls would be able to appreciate it.

I don’t think Anywhere but Here is worse than Where the Heart Is, but IMDb seems to disagree.

3/5 (2.75 without the sentimental value LOL)

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