Sunday, February 27, 2011

ACADEMY ALGORITHM

In the battle between a modern masterpiece and a fickle Academy, can geekier heads prevail?

Ladies and Gentlemen...Happy Oscar Day! LA has been a chilly, rainy, and even snowy place this weekend, but it looks as though nominee/sorceress Helena Bonham Carter has bewitched the weather for a clear red carpet day.

Despite only having seen half of this year's nominees for Best Picture, I'm fairly certain that my opinions would not change even if I had seen the other 5 films. When it comes to the best of the year, my full support goes to The Social Network. Aaron Sorkin's writing, David Fincher's directing and Trent Reznor's music all combined to not only set a tone but create an entire world at the genesis of Facebook.

And yet, that world (like ours) would be incomplete without the talents of Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake. All three actors manage to find a soul in their characters, despite none of their real world counterparts being particularly likable. They're not just nerds, they're nerds with power. Don't piss off this breed, world.

And speaking of people you don't want to mess with (more or less), let's give it up for Armie Hammer! His damn hot work as both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss was most impressive. I still get chills when I think about the line, "I'm 6'5", weight 220 pounds, and there's two of me."

But how quickly the world forgets! Before he was rowin' crew and suin' nerds, he was scamming Manhattan's elite (including Serena Van der Woodsen's family) out of millions of dollars with scheming socialite Poppy Lifton on Gossip Girl. His multi-episode arc only had him shirtless once, but I'm willing to forgive it. Watching him manipulate the perpetually stupid Serena was entertaining in its own special way.

So here's to The Social Network. It's already won every other award, so I wish Fincher, Sorkin & Company the best of luck this evening. My second choice is easily The Kids Are All Right (read my original review here), as it was by far the next most original and captivating, in my opinion. Take a look at these very cool minimalist poster designs above, and click to make 'em bigger.

Andrew Garfield & Aziz Ansari at a pre-Oscar event. You're welcome.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards begin tonight on ABC at 5pm here on the West Coast, but you'll definitely want to check out Andrew Garfield's tuxedo'd arrival on the Red Carpet starting at 4pm.

I'll be watching the show at home with friends as per tradition, and cracking champagne bottles from the limo arrivals all the way through the Death Parade! Check my Twitter feed for any mayjah updates. May the best films win!

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