The Best Picture Project Oscar Ballot 2010 – UPDATED

About a week before the Academy Awards I posted my Oscar ballot – at least, the one I would submit if anybody in the Academy cared to give me a vote.  But since my ballot is only for my own fun, I didn’t take it quite so seriously, at least when it came to seeing all the nominated films.  Sure, I saw nine of them, but at the time of my ballot hadn’t seen The Fighter and justified the omission with some sort of flippant, “Nobody else has seen them all excuse.”   Well, by now, I have seen The Fighter, and I’m ready to amend my ballot for inclusion of The Fighter.

As a reminder, my previous ballot was ranked at such:

  1. Black Swan
  2. The Social Network
  3. Inception
  4. True Grit
  5. Toy Story 3
  6. The King’s Speech

The other three films, 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right and Winter’s Bone were all left unranked, for various reasons.

Now, having seen all ten films, I would rank them as such:

  1. Black Swan
  2. The Social Network
  3. Inception
  4. True Grit
  5. Toy Story 3
  6. The Fighter
  7. 127 Hours
  8. The King’s Speech

The Kid’s Are All Right and Winter’s Bone remain unranked.

Certianly, having seen all ten films didn’t change the top of my ballot.  I still find Black Swan to be the Best Picture of the year.  But having seen The Fighter, and also having had a chance to ruminate on things a couple weeks longer, I did make changes at the bottom of my ballot.  The King’s Speech still comes dead last, but amazingly is that 127 Hours has snuck on.  At some point I thought it was too extreme for Best Picture, but since writing out my ballot it’s grown on me, even to the point where I find it a bit of a travesty that James Franco didn’t win the Oscar.  I’m certain that in 10 years Franco’s loss will be akin to Edward Norton’s loss for American History X.  At the time, both performers have to be happy just with a nomination, but in hindsight, they are the true winners.

As for The Fighter – I liked it better than Rocky, but at heart it’s a pretty predictable boxing picture.  Still, it’s got a host of good performances, with Mark Wahlberg being particularly unsung, and even if you kind of knew the ending going in, it was still enjoyable.  That being said, it’s odd that David O. Russell’s most succesful picture is the one where he’s least like himself.

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