Two days to go until the film industry’s big night… the Oscars. So I found myself heading off to the movies the other night to see the King’s Speech, ahead of the Academy Awards. It then makes it easier to make a judgment about a film, find out what all the hype is all about and then one can formulate an opinion as to whether it’s deserving or not. Look, Colin Firth is superb in the role, as are Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter in their roles respectively. However, for me, I preferred Black Swan. I thought Darren Aronovsky’s film was incredible, dark as it may have been. His vision came to life, it sparked debates, conversations and I would imagine that is what any filmmaker would love to achieve. So it will come down to Tom Hooper and Darren Aronovsky in the battle for best director and Black Swan versus The King’s Speech for the best film of the year. It looks like The King’s Speech is the firm favourite, but I really believe Black Swan has been hugely underrated. Mila Kunis was overlooked, but Natalie Portman will come out on top I believe. Who else do you think will be successful at this year’s Oscars?
I must also just say well done to the film distributors in South Africa. All the big titles and contenders at this year’s Academy Awards have been brought to our screens ahead of the ceremony and that is usually not the case. I’ve now seen three of the big nominees. I just need to make a plan to see The Fighter before Sunday. Remember, I’ll be up and at it, blogging, tweeting throughout the night. Do join me!