Why Oscars were big fail ?

Oscars are an annual party to reward the best of the Hollywood cinema. It is a glitzy affair featuring biggest of stars and Hollywood big shots walking down the red carpet. The nominations itself are much hyped about a month back and then the actual award ceremony is one of the biggest event ever and highly covered by television networks.

This year the Academy decided to take a chance by giving the prestigious job of hosting to two young stars James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Both big stars in their own way as Oscars wanted to attract the ‘younger demographic’ as they say. But the efforts of James Franco and Anne Hathaway fell largely flat, their jokes were simply amateurish, the drama was like a school play and they were generally off-key. They were so unbearable at times that moment Billy Crystal or Oprah Winfrey came on stage people were hoping that they would take over the hosting. The line ‘Sajid Khan would have done a better job’ says it all.

The ceremony itself felt long and boring with nothing exciting happening for long period of time. Most of the awards were a no-contest and were almost decided long back. There were hardly any surprises there too and whatever surprises were there, they were more like a shock. The Box office successes are very rarely rewarded by the Oscars and mostly the drams and tragedies win the bigger prizes and this year the case remained the same. ‘Inception’ , people’s favorite and box office conquerer was largely ignored in bigger categories and it was awarded the technical awards mostly to compensate for that. Most people expected ‘The Social Network’ to win one of the bigger award that of best film or best actor or best director but it didn’t win any of those. Toy story 3 was suppose to win the best animated film award even before the nominations were announced.

Thus there were hardly anything worth looking forward to. There were no controversies either, with the trouble brewing in the Arab world we expected lot more Political statements as well from the nominated big-wigs and winners but there were hardly any interesting speeches. There was no wardrobe-malfunction either  🙂

All in all it was a dull and boring award ceremony. Hopefully next year we’ll have better hosts and more deserving films would win.

Toy Story 3 – Most Amazing Movie of the Year

Toy Story 3 is the most amazing movie of the year. The above line should be sufficient for one and sundry to rush to their nearest movie hall and catch the best movie to come out of Pixar studios. The name Pixar never disappoints and when they started with the first part of Toy Story more than 15 years back, people were amazed at the creativity, the animation skills, the wizardry of the artists etc. People continue to get amazed at all those things even now, with every new Pixar release.

Toy Story 3 continues from where the first 2 part were, but after a time-leap of few years. Andy, the original kid-owner of all the lovely toys has grown up and is movie to college and he decides to store the toys in his attic but the toys end up somehow at the local day-care center where they are played violently by young toddlers and bossed upon by an devilish  teddy bear and they all decide to escape to go back to be with Andy. The entire film is a big long adventure and you are nothing but in awe of all the wonderful characters, toys, settings, animations. Everything almost feels real and Woody and Buzz are as good as real life Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, who have given voice-overs to these toys right from the original movies.

Apart from the mind blowing animation, what Pixar does best is create wonderful stories. Stories that touch your heart and feels right out of your own childhood. Every kid has gone through with his toys what Andy goes through in the movie. The ending scene when Andy plays with his toys for the last time is heart-touching.

The movie is not only for the kids but also the kid within every Adult. It gets my vote for the best movie of the year in any language. Do Not miss it for anything in the world.

P.S. Do not miss the wonderfully created short film ‘Day and Night’ right at the beginning by the good folks at Pixar and do not miss the end credits of the movie, simply hilarious.

My Ratings: 10/10 –  Rush to the theaters and catch this movie.