Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. Head over to her site and join in! This week is about Oscar nominated works that should have won. For this I am going to assume that this covers Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Feature, and Best Animated Feature. This is going to be a tough one since I haven't watched all nominated films for a specific year, so my choices will be narrowed down to Best Picture winner that I have seen, and what I think should have won in its place. Honestly, my main reason for why the movies should have won is because I thought it was better than the winner. Here are my picks this week.
Mad Max: Fury Road - Fury Road was a feat of a film. It has a strong and powerful performance by Charlize Theron, and a subtle but strong performance by Tom Hardy. The visuals and effects were amazing, perfect for a film in its setting.
Black Swan - Granted I only watched bits and pieces of The King's Speech, but I think Black Swan should have won because it was more memorable than the winner. It has a very twisty story, with a performance that I wasn't sure Natalie Portman was capable of giving but she brought it.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Not that I didn't like Chicago, but the achievement of this installment is what made this one of the best film trilogies I have seen. I feel like this is everyone's least favorite Lord of the Rings movie, but this is where the story picks up and tests the characters' strength since they end up divided in the last movie. I'm also biased for this one because this is my favorite movie of the trilogy.