So the Academy Awards happened. The Academy and I tend to have very different tastes when it comes to films. I don’t tend to have any interest in “Based on a true story” Oscar bait and they don’t seem to like any of my favourite genres. So this year I decided to see who I would award some of the bigger awards.
I’ve set myself some rules. 2013 must be the year the film was first released (same rule for my top 10 of the year too), an actor can only be awarded for a new role (so any actors reprising roles don’t count), likewise a director can only be awarded for a new franchise (no sequels unless they didn’t direct the previous films), I have to have seen the movie (sorry Leo, at least you won a Golden Globe) and if I do this again I can’t give someone the same award they won the previous year. To make things easier on myself I’m only going with the awards for people and Best Picture, to make up for absent awards I’ve added two bonus awards the Academy should be giving out anyway. With that out of the way lets begin with…
Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim)
Pacific Rim is a fairly simple movie with its pros and cons. It takes a truly great director to take a project like this and make it a real love letter to the Mech and Kaiju films it’s inspired by. While it’s easy to argue against the film being well written the directing was fantastic and really made the film exciting.
Best Supporting Actress
Jena Malone as Johanna Mason (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
The latest Hunger Games film introduced plenty of new characters (how many survived… smaller number) and out of all of them Johanna stood out the most even before the movie was out. In fact I’d say she stood out more here than she did in the books, a big part of that was Jena’s performance. The only other film I’ve seen with her in before was the dub for Howl’s Moving Castle (she was Lettie) but I look forward to seeing more from her in the future (including in the next Hunger Games film).
Best Supporting Actor
Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes (Kick-Ass 2)
It’s a shame that Jim Carrey has (understandably) chosen not to support the film because he was amazing in it. It’s no secret that Jim Carrey is frequently typecast into very similar roles so seeing something different from him is always a treat as we get to see how great an actor he really is. Not only that but when that first trailer came out I didn’t recognize him until it said “and Jim Carrey”.
Best Voice Actress
Idina Menzel as Elsa (Frozen)
Idina gets this award for both her acting and singing. She’s a big part of why Let It Go is as popular as it is and earned it’s Oscar for Best Original Song (said award isn’t on here because I’d just give it to Let It Go again). I added this award (and the Best Voice Actor up next) because I find it insulting that the Academy Awards doesn’t recognize voice acting talent.
Best Voice Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
This isn’t just any dragon, this is THE dragon. Getting this character right was extremely important and Benedict Cumberbatch did an amazing job. Also the fact he and Martin Freeman also co star in Sherlock added to the enjoyment of the exchange between Bilbo and Smaug.
Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori (Pacific Rim)
It’s not often I find myself praising the human cast in a monster movie but Pacific Rim had a great cast and one of the stand outs was Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori. This is the first film I’ve seen her in but after her popularity in this film I’m sure I’ll be seeing more from her in the future.
Simon Pegg as Gary King (The World’s End)
Being co-writer of the film certainly helps an actor to know exactly how to portray a character. This means I give this award to Simon Pegg not just for his performance but for co-creating the character. There’s only one Gary King.
Well this shouldn’t surprise anyone who has read my Top 10 Movies of 2013 list. I’m glad it won Best Animated Feature in this year’s Academy Awards, to me that’s the true Best Picture Oscar.