The Lamb Devours the Oscars: Best Supporting Actor

I became a LAMB in November 2011, over a year after I started blogging to spread the word about Mettel Ray (then known as Mettel Ray Movie Blog) and to be apart of a very large community of movie bloggers. I think I was even a contributor and everything, which is why it’s actually baffling to me that I can’t remember why I stopped. Did I even give in my resignation? Did I just forget that I was a LAMB with university taking over my life? I did go through a lot of rough years with my blog during university as well, so it might have been my own personal crisis that pulled me away from that community. But that is not the point of this post! The point of this post is to talk about the upcoming Oscars, and more importantly, the Best Supporting Actor category. So I’m here to present my (maybe not so biased) list of all the fine actors nominated this year, discussing their performances and their chances of winning this year.

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Beginners (2010)

Before I start with the actual review I just want to point out that this is, and forever will be, the cutest dog ever! I appreciate the characteristics this dog embodies, he looks a bit scruffy and yet, the personality is just impeccable – plus, how is it that even dogs can embody so much emotion? I could talk about this dog for hours. I guess it’s because I just wanna give it a hug and have deep conversations with him like Ewan McGregor’s character had. I think he will be a good listener and the fact that he looks intelligent will probably mean he would give great advice. But enough about the dog now, I need to talk about Beginners, which is a slightly dark comedy that tackles a fresh topic with much heart and a bit of humor.

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# 274 – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

It is only fair that after the Academy Awards there should be a post about the winners, yes, I agree but I am doing things a bit differently this time. I will try to watch all the winning movies and do a separate post about them all. Some will have a bigger post (the bigger winners including the Best Movie of 2011 – The Artist) some will just have a short review – so stay tuned.

This post may have spoilers.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was actually my cinema experience a little while back because I thought it would actually be something very interesting to watch in the cinema. I was right, I think it had an effect on me in the cinema, it was bigger and louder. I must state that I have read the book and slightly seen the Swedish version as well. I am quite happy with the installment from the book to Swedish film to Hollywood film because David Fincher kept it elegant and it seemed that he honored the book (and hopefully the Swedish movies as well). Coming back to the Swedish movie, I watched it slightly because I didn’t like the casting choice of the main character. Though Daniel Craig wasn’t the perfect image of the character written in the books, he was as handsome as I imagined Mikael Blomkvist to be. As far as Rooney Mara goes, yes, she did a great job, her half Swedish half English manner of speaking was something to get used to and she still fell short of the Swedish actress who visually resembled more to Lisbeth Salander – for me personally.

The movie was nominated for 5 Oscars but it only won one, for editing which was done by Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter. Rooney Mara was nominated as well, she did not win because she was in a very strong category, but to be there to begin with is an accomplishment on its own. So good for her and best of luck for her future roles which already look promising considering she has a role in Terrence Malick’s next movie, Lawless (starring Ryan Gosling!).

A little about the movie, I liked it. I was super thrilled after the credits which were totally surprising and dark, intriguing and all eerie – after the first 30 minutes I was a bit disappointed of the hype I had in the beginning. It was a solid installment of a book into a movie, that probably describes it the best. Stellan Skarsgård played the villain, which is ironic cause he was the only bad guy and also happens to be Swedish (there is an ironic joke in there some where) and Christopher Plummer had a small role as well. I mention him because he actually won the Best Supporting Actor this year but all about that in another post.

With the 8,1 score in IMDb The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is among the best 250 movies, and a well deserved place because it was simply that solid. Still I wouldn’t call it my favorite of the winners this year’s 84th Academy Awards and Fincher’s directing jobs – he has had movies which have left a bigger mark on me. Now the question remain, will other two movies come to life as well?