Friday, February 3, 2012

Academy Awards Nominee: The Descendants

I am hoping to see all the films nominated for Best Picture before The Academy Awards at the end of this month, but we'll see.

The Academy has nominated this film in 5 different categories:

Best Picture
Best Actor: George Clooney
Best Directing: Alexander Payne
Best Editing: Kevin Tent
Best Writing(Adapted Screenplay): Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

I personally can see why there are so many nominations this is one of those movie where everything has a purpose , every thought, every emotion that happens here feels so real. The actors never apologize for their behavior(OK, once) but wow does this not remind you of allot of families? 
There is some real raw emotions happening here that does not come easy for the characters or for us. Lets get you on board, Elizabeth (Patricia Hastie) at the start has a water skiing accident and is in a coma,  things are not good. Matt (George Clooney) has to hold down the fort with their ten year old daughter Scotti(Amara Miller)which he has no idea what to do with her.
Bring in Alexandria(Shailene Woodley)from boarding school to help out, but she has issues with mom, I will let you find out what those issues are.
George Clooney(left), Shailene Woodley(middle), Amara Miller(right)

Then in the middle of all this is Matt is the sole trustee of a huge part of land on the gorgeous landscape that is Hawaii, his uncertainty on whether to fold with his cousins and sell the land to property buyers that just want a casino and large scale condos where there was nothing but beauty as far as the eye could see.
The timing, the acting and in some real needed parts there was just raw emotion and sometimes silence, when in death there is silence.
Hearts are heavy, tears are shed but wow what a film powerful yet rare in its delivery I was always expecting a phony hug or gesture but they were dealing with REAL stuff and REAL emotions I don't know that I have seen it portrayed better than what I have seen here.
I think it holds a better chance of winning the Oscar for Best Picture if nothing else, as the Academy seems to like films where people are dying etc.
1983 saw Terms of Endearment win
Need I say more?

Thank you for reading this
Written by
Anthony Nadeau

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