The Social Network

(2010)

Genres: Biography, Drama, History

If We Picked The Oscar Winners

Transcript for If We Picked The Oscar Winners

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Now, Ignatiy and I are not Academy members.  We do not get to vote for the Oscars, but we should, right?  I mean, we see a lot of movies.  We know stuff.  So we’ve picked who we’d like to see win in the big three categories: Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.  And we’ve got the envelopes to prove it, courtesy of our multi-talented floor director, Bruce.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Oh, thank you, Bruce.

CHRISTY:
Thank you very much, Bruce.  Okay, so how we’re going to work this is: I have Ignatiy’s picks, and he has mine.  Okay, so we’re gonna start with Ignatiy’s pick for Best Actor.  Who could it beee?  Jesse Eisenberg in THE SOCIAL NETWORK.

IGNATIY:
Eisenberg I don’t really feel is playing Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, who’s, you know, ostensibly, the main character of the movie.  Uh, he’s playing more of a character of his own devising.  He doesn’t really talk like Zuckerberg.  He looks a little like Zuckerberg, but he doesn’t really behave like him.  Rather it’s this very controlled, very forceful performance that seems almost monotone, but then it has room for a lot of nuance.

All right, now it’s time for me to open your envelope.  Best Actor is… Jesse Eisenberg.

CHRISTY:
WooHoo!  Okay, so here is why: I think he’s in a really tough spot, and he pulls it off.  Because he’s playing this inherently unlikable character, and yet you still have to be interested in him, and still root for him to succeed.

CLIP from THE SOCIAL NETWORK

CHRISTY:
And the more you learn about him from these various depositions, the more he becomes unlikeable, or, at least, more complex, and you have to always buy that, and he makes you buy it.  I mean, Colin Furth will probably win, but I will still pick Jesse Eisenberg, anyway.  

All right so next up for you: Best Actress.  Let’s see who Ignatiy picks… Jennifer Lawrence in WINTER’S BONE.

IGNATIY:
WINTER’S BONE is set in the Ozarks, and I feel like it’s a film that depends so much on its sense of place, but that sense of place doesn’t come from the dialog, or from the production design, or even from the locations, which are all very well picked – it comes from the performances.  I think Lawrence’s performance as an Ozarks teenager, whose family are all somehow involved with dealing or making meth, really gives the movie it’s sense of place.

Now Christy, it is time for me to open your envelope.  I will make a psychic prediction.

CHRISTY:
Okay.

IGNATIY:
I am going to guess that it is Natalie Portman in BLACK SWAN.  I’m totally right.

CHRISTY:
Wow. You are good.  She’s the front-runner, so maybe that was kind of an obvious psychic inclination on your part, but it’s a physically and psychologically demanding role.  We’ve all heard so much about the 10 months of ballet, 5 hours a day, every day of her life, but she has to go to such deep, dark places, and there’s a huge arc, and you always believe her, and you get sucked into this world and this horribly horrific psychotic nightmare of a ballerina life that she lives, and she was great.

And so finally, the biggie of them all: Ignatiy’s pick for Best Picture.  You pick THE SOCIAL NETWORK.  

IGNATIY:
I think it’s head and shoulders above everything else in the competition.  I think this is just a great work of popular art.

CHRISTY:
Okay, well, take a look at my envelope.

IGNATIY:
Consensus!  

CHRISTY:
Yay!  So, we’re right, right?  It’s gonna win the Oscar now because we picked it?

IGNATIY:
I hope we’re right, but I’m afraid we might not be.

CHRISTY:
I don’t know.  As you say, it’s the best film of the year.  It was number one on my top-ten list last year.  The dialog, the Aaron Sorkin script, the performances, it’s so complicated, and it’s about who we are now.  It’s totally relevant.

IGNATIY:
That was a brilliant choice on your part, Christy.

CHRISTY:
If you do say so yourself.

IGNATIY:
If I do say so myself.