Academy of One: 2010 in a Nutshell and a Change in Format.

These are my opinions and feelings. I do not represent the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and I have no power to revoke or award Academy Awards. Consider this an alternate universe, where everything is the same except which movies get recognition and which should fade out. Also, SPOILER ALERT! I may be spilling major details about several films.

I’m going to be blunt. Running these posts weekly has been incredibly exhausting. I haven’t written a new post on this since April when I got so far ahead, but in the time between, I’ve had some major life changes as well as a couple of life decisions on top of that that have been a long time coming.

So, with that, I’m changing the format of this blog significantly. I will no longer be going in depth on films of years past. It’s a lot of work and it requires a lot of my attention to pay attention to films I haven’t seen from those years and to think critically about the films I’m nostalgic about. It’s been like a second job and I’m just not able to handle that with a full time “9 to 5″ already.

What little brain power I have left after work I need to dedicate to getting published and paid to write professionally. I do plan on doing a full series of posts for the films and nominees of 2016 and I will likely do that for 2017 and beyond as well, but going back is getting harder the way my memory works and finding copies/streaming options for obscure films.

Yet, I do owe you and myself for the research, re: movie watching, I did in preparation for the year 2010. Here is a severely truncated version of what I was planning for each of the categories.

Best Picture

  • Black Swan

  • The Fighter

  • Inception

  • The Kids Are All Right

  • The King’s Speech

  • 127 Hours

  • The Social Network

  • Toy Story 3

  • True Grit

  • Winter’s Bone

Removals:

  • The King’s Speech

  • 127 Hours

  • Winter’s Bone

Usurpers:

  • Four Lions

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

  • The Town

Alternates:

  • Easy A

  • Night Catches Us

New Field:

  • Black Swan

  • The Fighter

  • Four Lions

  • Inception

  • The Kids Are All Right

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

  • The Social Network

  • The Town

  • Toy Story 3

  • True Grit

Winner: The Social Network

Best Actor

  • Javier Bardem - Biutiful

  • Jef Bridges - True Grit

  • Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network

  • Colin Firth - The King’s Speech

  • James Franco - 127 Hours

Usurpers: None

Alternates:

  • Riz Ahmed - Four Lions

  • Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine

  • Anthony Mackie - Night Catches Us

New Field: None

Winner: Jeff Bridges - True Grit

Best Supporting Actor

  • Christian Bale - The Fighter

  • John Hawkes - Winter’s Bone

  • Jeremy Renner - The Town

  • Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All RIght

  • Geoffrey Rush - The King’s Speech

Removals:

  • Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right

  • Geoffrey Rush - The King’s Speech

Usurpers:

  • Ben Mendelsohn - Animal Kingdom

  • Justin Timberlake - The Social Network

Alternates:

  • Matt Damon - True Grit

  • Andrew Garfield - The Social Network

  • Nigel Lindsay - Four Lions

New Field:

  • Christian Bale - The Fighter

  • John Hawkes - Winter’s Bone

  • Ben Mendelsohn - Animal Kingdom

  • Jeremy Renner - The Town

  • Justin Timberlake - The Social Network

Winner: Christian Bale - The Fighter

Best Actress

  • Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right

  • Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole

  • Jennifer Lawrence - Winter’s Bone

  • Natalie Portman - Black Swan

  • Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine

Removals:

  • Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole

  • Jennifer Lawrence - Winter’s Bone

Usurpers:

  • Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right

  • Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit

Alternates:

  • Emma Stone - Easy A

  • Kerry Washington - Night Catches Us

New Field:

  • Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right

  • Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right

  • Natalie Portman - Black Swan

  • Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit

  • Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine

Winner: Annette Bening and Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right

Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams - The Fighter

  • Helena Bonham Carter - The King’s Speech

  • Melissa Leo - The Fighter

  • Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit

  • Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

Removals:

  • Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit

Usurpers:

  • Chloe Grace Moretz - Kick-Ass

New Field:

  • Amy Adams - The Fighter

  • Helena Bonham Carter - The King’s Speech

  • Melissa Leo - The Fighter

  • Chloe Grace Moretz - Kick-Ass

  • Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

Alternates:

  • Mila Kunis - Black Swan

  • Barbara Hershey - Black Swan

Winner: Amy Adams and Melissa Leo - The Fighter

Best Director

  • Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan

  • David O. Russell - The Fighter

  • Tom Hooper - The King’s Speech

  • David Fincher - The Social Network

  • Joel & Ethan Coen - True Grit

Removals:

  • Tom Hooper - The King’s Speech

Usurpers:

  • Christopher Nolan - Inception

Alternates:

  • Ben Affleck - The Town

  • Tanya Hamilton - Night Catches Us

  • Edgar Wright - Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

New Field:

  • Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan

  • David O. Russell - The Fighter

  • Tom Hooper - The King’s Speech

  • David Fincher - The Social Network

  • Joel & Ethan Coen - True Grit

Winner: David Fincher - The Social Network

There you have it for the truly superlative movie year that was 2010. If you want any further explanation for any of those winners, removals, alternates, or usurpers, just rewatch those movies with an eye on those elements and I think you’ll see what I saw in those individuals or the movies as a whole.

What’s next you ask?

Well, for starters, my dissection of the 2016 categories will go as planned for the first Friday in September, which will be September 7th. After that, there will likely be one, maybe two posts a month on movie topics I have great passion for.

Some that I have been mulling over involve a dive into the superlative roles of Denzel Washington and the answer to the question of if he’s the greatest actor of all time, a head to head comparison of the 1969 version and the 2010 versions of True Grit, getting a little off topic with comparing Paul Newman’sLuke in Cool Hand Luke to the character Sawyer from my favorite television show of all time, Lost, and dissecting the themes and deep fears that thread throughout the films of 1999 at the edge of a new millennium.

Please check back in September and every month after that for new posts. Until then, keep watching great films!

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