Monday, February 19, 2007

Tato's Oscars 2007 Projections

Ok! Ok! I have been forced into blogging by my peers. The ‘tato has been busy (read broke!) but a ‘tato all the same. I have been catching up on Oscar movies, in my favorite couch. Needless to say tato is bila time or cash for big screen…Tsk! Tsk!(Aegeus 2007) How is that harambee going guys…or do I have to auction a date with ‘tato for the highest bidder???? Any takers out there???

This Sunday Oscar results are unleashed. Hmmm! As usual I’m caught in a dilemma between who I want to win and who should win…and who I think will win. Of course now that I am going to air my views out loud I bet I’m gonna lose big time…that’s the thing with critics you should just stick to critiquing and not betting so here goes my tato projections.

Best Picture

Babel,The Departed, Queen, Little Miss Sunshine, Letters from Iwo Jima.

I haven’t watched the Eastwood flicked but I liked the other four. But darn it Eastwood has won far too many times.

Sunshine was such a nice movie to sit back on the couch and watch-cute and funny! Babel are what long movies were made for…4 running storylines all intertwined…

Queen…was this movie about the Queen or Diana?

Departed…my movie event of the year…ALL STAR CAST-GREAT!....but with Oscar History Great never wins…remember how Saving Private Ryan, Lord of the Rings 1+2 lost?

Who I want to win: Departed

Who should win: Babel

Who will win: Probably Babel…and I’m seeing Little Miss Sunshine creeping in as an underdog. Departed…they could stiff Scorcese in Directing and let him get here. Queen no it was too documentary for me.

Best Actor

Will Smith. Forrest Whitaker. Leonardo DiCaprio. Peter O’Toole, Ryan Gosling

Will did some good work…but doesn’t deserve the oscar for this or for the past. Leonardo has come a long way coming. Forrest Whitaker was outstanding and may he win .

Who I want to win: Forrest Whitaker…are we ready for another Black Oscar year so soon after Jamie?

Who should Win
: Forrest Whitaker

Who will win: Probably DiCaprio (I’d have routed for him in Departed) or Ryan Gosling.

Best Actress:

Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz

I may have found Queen a tad British (read yawn!) but bet you by golly wow, biscuits and crumpets that Queen was the real deal! As for Meryl and her umpteenth nominations…not for this movie surely!

Who I want to win: Helen Mirren. (Though I feel Judi Dench deserves a full Oscar she was stiffed some time back and managed a mediocre supporting Oscar)

Who should win: Helen Mirren

Who will win: Helen Mirren.

Supporting Actor:

Eddie Murphy, Djimon Honsou, Mark Wahlberg, Alan Arkin, and Jackie Haley

This is a tough one…cause I’m sure blacks would be routing for Djimon Honsou…I think he is a great actor. Didn’t watch Jackie Haley so I’ll review the 4.

Who I want to win: Eddie Murphy. I mean he was nominated after all I’d be happy if he won….but what are the odds?

Who should Win: Mark Wahlberg. I think he broke out in this character then again…you’d break out to if your script was full of “F” words!

Who will win:Alan Arkin….I’m telling you such characters are the type that win in Oscars…mark my word! OR they give it to a black guy…and then I can see Djimon getting it.

Supporting Actress:

Adriana Barraza, Jennifer Hudson, Abigail Breslin, Cate Blanchette, and Rinko Kikuchi

Adriana and Rink were both in Babel. I liked them there but I don’t think they were exceptional. But Oscars always see to favor minorities in this categories so don’t be surprised if they win. Especially Rinko who played a deaf child…think Piano that deaf mum!!! Out of all this Abigail and Jennifer stand out. Abigail was this cute little thing while Jennifer was a towering inferno-WOW! Watch her perform “Am not leaving without you!”

Who I want to win: Abigail Breslin-hey let a young kid win for a change

Who should win: Jennifer Hudson

Who will win: Jennifer Hudson…or them chicks from Babel.

Best Director

For Babel, Departed, United 93, Queen , Letter from Iwo Jima

Cammon give Scorcese an Oscar already! He’s been stiffed far two many times and the last time losing out to Clint Eastwood who they’re nominated together with.

Who I want to win: Scorcese for Departed

Who should win: Scorcese

Who will win: I would not be surprised if Babel won…think English Patient, think Shakespeare in Love…majority of movies that win are rarely box office smash…but Babel-like. ( I think I want Babel to win secretly!)

Best Writing (Adapted and Original)

I think Little Miss Sunshine , Departed and Babel stand out. I’m routing for these.

Oscar Movies mentioned that I've never reviewed

Babel: This is what real Oscar movies are made of. Think Piano, think Memoirs of a Geisha…think almost on the brink of boredom yet wait a minute am not bored! I’m seeing Babel being the major Oscar winner this year! It is a damn good movie...that’s what it is. Wonderful story! Wonderful plot… its just wonderful! As opposed to Departed that was great….there is something about wonderful that beats great!

Apocalypto: Is the best movie I have watched this year on big screen. I’ve never seen such violence on the screen since History of Violence (no pun intended) The fact that it is in subtitles makes it all the more authentic. Trust me this is a great journey of a movie must watch must watch. And since it’s been nominated for Best Make up and Sound may it win since it was snobbed. Directed by Mel Gibson

DreamGirls: Hmmm musical. Only thing I liked about it was seeing the likes of Danny Glover , Eddie Murphy share a screen together. No, feelings for Beyonce’s acting. Jennifer Hudson was phenomenal. Hey Jaleel White makes a cameo so much for his supposedly dead rumor. Watch at home…the songs ain’t all that anyway! For some reason I hated Jamie Foxx in this movie…note the character but the actor...something was a miss.

Children of Men: Nominated in Best Editing. I think it should win..there are some scenes there where you jump out of your seat yelping. That movie was put together very well. It’s different. But you have to see Julianne Moore getting shot by the rebels to believe what a gunshot scene should feel and sound like! And there is a guy who get whacked on the head with a car-battery…yes yes yes!!!!

The Prestige and Illusionist: Both about magicians and magic. Surprisingly, Edward Norton disappointed me for the first time in Illusionist or maybe I expected more…Both have very great endings, but Prestige stands out. Prestige is quite the plot twister leaving you with many unanswered questions-typical of a movie directed by the same director as Memento. Prestige is really something…Must watch! Illusionist is ….luke-warmly ok!


Sue said...

Wow!! Thanks to the Gods some people are back!! You were well missed..
No speak Espanol you speak what??
Ok watch Number 23.. He did it too..
It's really great.. Its a 2007 hit.. I dont think it has hit kenya yet..

Movie Buff said...

Babel was good but I dont think it will win just coz Crash won and they are kinda the same thing only that Babel had an international flair to it.

I have yet to watch the Queen.

I dont think JHud should win.

DiCaprio was good. Really really good. I have a new respect for him. Also Djimon was brilliant He is my son Good times!

I have yet to watch Apocalytpo but as soon as it is out on DVD I am there!!!!

Movie Buff said...

Oh.... the chic for Babel... Rinko... SHE WAS GOOD!!!!

I hear also Cate Blanchett was good in Notes on a Scandal [Which Judi Dench is in].. I really need to watch this movie.. I hear only good things about it!

Couch 'tato said...

hi there lexie...oops renee...oops Sue. I'll check it out most definitely.
Ha the tato is around ore than you very careful

@Soulmate:ouch daer u not compare crush and babel but i have a gut feelin it will said the same for crush
Cate Blanchette has been around i tell u from Babel till dawn
Ha the deaf chick ur still on her...remember that chick from Piano?

egm said...

That chick from Piano is Anna Paquin, most recently Rogue in the X-Men movies.

Tato Crisps, as someone once said, you need to get hired as one of the newspaper's movie reviewer. You do a good job! The enthusiasm I once had for movies is no longer there, so it's good there's someone else who still has it :)

Couch 'tato said...

@egm:yup thats her...and her mom was the deaf one and the both won during at the oscars...yup she went on as Rogue and Padme(leta trivia compe)

no that fire never dies EGM (Everyone Goes 2 Movies)

Reel Fanatic said...

Great post ... This is that rare year where, at least, all five Best Picture nominees are worthy contenders .. The one upset I'll be rooting for most loudly is for Rinko Kikuchi to win the Best Supporting Actress prize, but there's probably no stopping the Jennifer Hudson express now

Princess said...

Like egm I rarely watch movies anymore..actually I never actually did before either!! I usually wait for them to come out on DVD and if I have nothing else to do which is rare, I watch a movie!! This is why I enjoy reading your blog! It keeps me updated on what is out there!!

Unyc said...

Let me make my own predictions

Best Picture - Babel
Best Actor - Torn btwn Forrest and Dicaprio
Best Actress - Meryl Steep (gut feeling...)
Supporting Actor - Djimon Honsou (4 reasons u gave)
Supporting ACtress - Rinko Kikuchi
Best Director - My man Scorsese shld scoop this one. (I will Kanye West them if he doesnt)
Best Writing - Departed (Best movie)

Good 2 hv u bac Tato. I c the harambee did miracles. Remember no funky movie theatres. stick 2 Kenya Cinema n Cameo...heeheeee

bankelele said...

I watch too few movies to have a say - but last year, the only major noinated movie I saw - Crash - won!

Best Picture: Eastwood as director has won many times, but he'll do it again as voters remain safe.
Departed and Dreamgirls will get supporting actor awards maybe
Best Actress: Helen Mirren
Best Director Scorcese

Now point me in the direction of a shop that sells a 5 in 1 DVD of Iwo Jima, Departed, Dreamgirls, United 93, Diana

maitha said...

look for notes on a scandal , Pan's labyrinth and Perfume : the story of a murderer - three of the best movies from last year , surprisingly enough perfume never got a nod

Movie Buff said...

Yesssssssss... The Piano was really good!

@ Maitha .....I watched Pan's Labyrinth.. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.. I have to look for perfume!

Couch 'tato said...

reel fanatic: i think she could just win btw...but j hudson did good...few more days to go

Princess:thank you and keep comin back for more...i'llunleash 10 steps to tato just for you

unyc:glad to be kanye west on their ass

banks:that shop is called Maitha's Goodies

Maitha: na wewe kumbe ur holdin out like that

M.Buff:slowly and steadily we're beginnin to be in sync

bankelele said...
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bankelele said...

Couch 'tato: Where's Maitha's Goodies and what's their price?

Ichiena said...

Er…urm…I have been kidogo busy (read busy) yaani I cant remember the last time I caught something, big screen or otherwise. So I cannot even begin to pretend to comment seriously on who deserves to win what where when and how. But show lazima nitawatch.

Ichiena said...

The Departed!!! I was jumping up and down on my couch. Almost shed a tear when Scorcese asked that they double check the envelope. Surprisingly, there was no, "what the heck??" moment. All were well deserved. I love it when the underdog wins.

Klara said...

I was elated when Forest Whitaker scooped that!!!

bantutu said...

@And his(Scorcese) reaction: hands out wide!! Ooohhhh! Almost achiliaad waterwaxx!! Babel??? Hihihi!!