Tuesday, January 24, 2012
OSCAR WATCH: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
With the Oscar nominations only an hour away, here are my last minute thoughts on another big contender - "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo":
In "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", David Fincher goes back to his comfort zone, meticulously crafting this dark thriller. This is trademark Fincher - dark and unflinching. It is technically superb, blending it's great score and cinematography to capture the dark tone of the book. The masterful editing gives the film perfect pacing and makes up for the less than perfect source material. As the title suggests, this film relies heavily on the character of Lisbeth Salander, wonderfully depicted by Rooney Mara. She fully transforms herself into the role and makes it her own. This film picked up some late buzz and I expect it to be in a good position for Oscar nominations across the board. It's looking very likely that the film will show up in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing and Best Original Score. If they really dig the film, Mara could sneak into Best Actress, but there doesn't seem to be much wiggle room in that category. Another strong possibility is Best Cinematography. Tune in to the Oscar nominations announcement at 8:30am ET to find out this film's fate.