Superfluous Oscar Countdown, Day Six: 2011

During the epic snowed in sweatpants weekend of 2013, I spent some time organizing my life on social media. And by “organizing my life” I mean updating my Facebook newsfeed so that I only saw updates from people and organizations that I actually, you know, liked. Goodbye, people from elementary school who I haven’t talked to since I was 11! Goodbye, pretentious cooking school whose newsletter I joined but whose classes I can’t afford! And hello, friends! It was exciting.

It’s amazing how making a small change like that can bring such a feeling of peace and balance back to my (virtual) life. We’re going to try and continue to tip the karmic balance today, by showing some love for that tech-savvy entrepreneur everybody loves to hate. (Or at least, they do in the movies).

If you haven’t guessed them already, here are your Best Picture Nominees from 2011:

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
Toy Story 3 logo

Sometimes awards are overrated. Sometimes it’s enough for me to know I live in a world where this movie exists, you know?

This is the first year we’ve featured on our Countdown that has the new, expanded “Best Picture” category, and I’d be interested to know what you guys think of it. Do you like it when more movies have a chance to be nominated? Has a favourite movie of yours ever made it on to the list that might not have made the cut if there were only five slots available? Or do you think having the potential for 10 nominees instead of 5  means the Academy has twice as many chances to get it wrong? Perhaps you’re somewhere in between?

At first, my opinion was that opening up the category somehow diluted the value of the prize; the Oscar seemed a little less shiny to me because suddenly “anybody” could win one. And then “Toy Story 3” was nominated for Best Picture at the 2011 awards, and I thought, “now this could get interesting…”

I have to tell you, I love Pixar movies about as much as I love Bill Murray, so this was a really tough year for me! But ultimately, my word-nerd won out over my inner child:

The Superfluous Oscar Goes to: The Social Network

Early on, I just found it fascinating to learn about the origins of something that is so much a part of my life and the lives of those around me. I sort of took for granted the fact that someone, somewhere, actually came up with the idea in the first place, if that makes any sense. And then, as the movie unfolded, I found myself being fascinated by the craft of the film itself: “Wait a minute, Aaron Sorkin is making a deposition seem engaging and stimulating? David Fincher is making an argument about intellectual property that happened years ago seem suspenseful? 

I thought Jesse Eisenberg's toes were fantastic in this scene.

I thought Jesse Eisenberg’s toes were fantastic in this scene.

For those of you keeping score at home, “The King’s Speech” took home the official trophy that year … but I really, really liked “The Social Network”, you guys. There’s a joke in there somewhere about “Likes” and my “Status” – but I haven’t had my coffee yet and it’s eluding me. If any of you are feeling more articulate than I am this morning, then by all means, share in the Comments! In the meantime, I’ll do my best to recover my vocabulary for in time for Wordful Wednesday tomorrow.

love amb

4 thoughts on “Superfluous Oscar Countdown, Day Six: 2011

  1. realized you were coming up in my reader (which I never read), but I wasn’t getting email updates on your new posts. Ah ha. Will be by more often now. Social Network was great fun for sure–a little bit scary as Facebook (as a company) scares me. So big and powerful 0-: Do you like indie movies as well?

    • Oh good! Look forward to seeing you 🙂

      I know what you mean about Facebook being a frightening company – they’re everywhere! The thing that I find amazing is how many other companies/online programs/websites let you “log in with Facebook”. It’s convenient not having to create new usernames and passwords all the time, but then I think, wait a minute … Facebook is talking to all of these companies?! About ME?!?

      I do indeed like indie movies. Foreign films too. Pretty much the only thing I don’t watch are horror movies – no “Saw” franchise for me!

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