PopMatters Film Blog Celebrates the Films and Performances of 2010 With Its Own Unique Acknowledgments.
Apparently, it's between a stuttering kind and a dot.com billionaire prick. That's what opening up the Oscar nominations to ten Best Picture nominees has done. No chance for better fare like Black Swan or Inception, no acknowledgment of masterworks like Never Let Me Go or Let Me In. Instead, the Academy's patented publicity grab has once again boiled down to the standard "old vs. new" disagreement to a championing for either The King's Speech or The Social Network. It's fogies vs. the freshmakers, an antiquated attack that fails to really address the artform's accomplishments for the year. While 2010 wasn't a wholly banner year for amazing motion pictures, we did she quite a few fine efforts grace the annual awards season shill. Of course, with the AMPAS doing everything it can to get those vaunted ratings up, almost all are invited for a Kodak Theater shindig.
That leaves little for Short Ends and Leader's yearly SEAL Awards to shift through. As usual, if Oscar has poised a certain picture of performance for little gold statue possibility, we immediately ignore the option. Our focus is on those unheralded entertainments that made a lasting impression in our otherwise preoccupied mind. Sometime, the choices are obvious. At other instances, our "No Academy" rule ruins an apparent selection (Dogtooth, Exit Through the Gift Shop). In either case, our selections come straight from the aesthetic heart, not as part of some elite group's uncomplicated consensus. Some of the choices may shock you (as they have in the past), but for the most part, we seem to be moving closer toward the mainstream all the time. Or maybe it's the other way around. Maybe the inclusion of ten Best Picture noms has broadened the field so much that outsides and insiders are becoming almost indecipherable.
Whatever the situation, here is our selections for 2010's SE&L Awards:
Let Me In
Best Director - Inception
Best Actor - Inception
Best Actress - Never Let Me Go
Best Supporting Actor - The Runaways
Best Supporting Actress - Kick-Ass
Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin
Best Script - Black Swan
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia
Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated
Best Animated Feature
Best Foreign Film
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Best Guilty Pleasure