2011 Academy Awards Projections

February 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

We’re going to go ahead and count this as the first of many That’s So Deep movie critiques and reviews (get excited!). So, let’s get straight to the point….

 Actress in a Supporting Role:

Nominees:
Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”’
Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

Liz says:

The only movie I haven’t seen in this category is “Animal Kingdom”, but since I haven’t heard any predictions of Jacki Weaver winning, I think I’m safe. Melissa Leo has been talked about a lot, and although she was excellent in “The Fighter” (as was Amy Adams), I am going to predict Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”. She also happens to be who I think should win. First, I would’ve thought she was actually playing a leading role, and second, I thought she carried the film. Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon were excellent, but the movie would’ve struggled without her fierce no-nonsense acting of the character.

Amber Says:

I’m all about the upset when it comes to the Oscars, so I often find myself rooting for the unlikely underdog*. This year though, there are quite a few heavy contenders. With that said, I am going to predict that Melissa Leo will win for her role in “The Fighter.” I agree that Hailee Steinfeld was excellent, and will most likely take it if Leo doesn’t, but I would actually love to see Helena Bonham Carter take it for her role in “The King’s Speech.” She gave a fantastic performance–it’s a long shot, but she’s got my vote. (Note: Animal Kingdom is also the only movie I haven’t seen yet in this category.)

 Actor in a Supporting Role:

Nominees:
Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”
Jeremy Renner, “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

Liz says:

Here, the only movie I haven’t seen is “The Town”. This is a toughie and I’m not even sure I have an opinion on who should win. All of these men were superb (as they should be since they’re nominated). However, I predict Christian Bale. His is a performance that has been talked about over and over. Plus he physically tortured himself for the role, so I’m thinking that’ll get him extra points with voters.

Amber says:

Each of the actors in this category were great and definitely deserved the nod. I also predict that Christian Bale will take the award, though, for his performance in “The Fighter.” He played the hell out of that character, and lost a significant amount of weight for the part, which the voters (and viewers) cannot ignore. He definitely deserves the win.

 Actress in a Leading Role:

Nominees:
Annette Bening, “The Kid’s Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Liz says:

I’m shooting in the dark here, because I’ve only seen 2 out of the 5 movies, but I predict Natalie Portman will win. Because everyone is predicting that. Plus she’s been taking all the awards. I have to give a shout-out to Jennifer Lawrence, though, who was outstanding in “Winter’s Bone.” That scene in the boat…ooooieee…she had me wanting to hug her (cuz girl was about to go into shock). If she manages to win, I’ll be on my feet applauding (in my room with a glass of wine no doubt).

Amber says:

Ihaventseenallthemoviesinthiscategoryeither,ImmissingRabbitHoleandBlueValentine,butIthinkitissafetosaythatNataliePortmanwillwinandIalsothinkthatshedefinitelyshould.Shelostanoticeableamountofweightand trainedinballetforoverayear topreparefortheroleandshedefinitelysucceededinmakingitalllookquitebelievable.Ontopofthatshereallydrewviewersintothecomplexmindofatroubled,competitiveyoungdancerstrivingforperfection.Shehadmehookedforeverybitoftheride.

 Actor in a Leading Role:

Nominees:
Javier Bardem, “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges, “True Grit’
Jesse Eisenberg, ‘The Social Network”
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
James Franco, “127 Hours”

Liz says:

Colin Firth. And he should win.

Amber says:

Colin Firth has been predicted to take the award–I think he will and that he should. Although, I must say that I just watched “127 Hours” and James Franco did a hell of a job, especially considering that for much of the film, he is the only actor on screen. So, I give him a personal nod for that.

 Best Picture:

Nominees:

BlackSwan
TheFighter
Inception
TheKidsAreAllRight
TheKingsSpeech
127Hours
TheSocialNetwork
ToyStory3
TrueGrit
WintersBone

Liz says:

I’m proud to say I’ve seen 7 out of the 10 nominations (I’m so on top of it this year!) – I’m missing 127 hours, Black Swan and Toy Story 3 (I knooooooow). Everyone is predicting “The King’s Speech”, but I’m going to go out on a limb and guess “The Social Network”…mostly because I’m hoping for at least one surprise/upset on Oscar Night. And I think “The Social Network” is a well rounded movie – great writing, directing and acting. (But don’t get me wrong, I loved “The King’s Speech” so if it wins I’ll be happy.)

Amber says:

I’ve actually seen every movie in this category! I think this is the first time that’s ever happened–they have a pretty impressive round-up. I do think that, as predicted, “The King’s Speech” will definitely take the Oscar, and if they don’t “The Social Network” will. BUT, I would love for there to be a real upset and see “Winter’s Bone” take it. I thought the film was very well done overall–writing, acting, directing–and most definitely under-rated in the mainstream. Again, it’s a long shot, but I would be very happy.

 

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards air tonight, February 27th on ABC at 8pm EST.

*Nopeopleofcolornominatedatall? Really?! (YoudidntthinkwedletanentireOscar2011postgobywithoutmentioningthatdidyou?)

“Kinky Curly” Conflicts: On Beauty and Self Love

February 9th, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

Liz,


Remember this?

Well, I came across another video today, made by a sista who is not feeling the least bit happy about her natural hair. In fact, she’s not feeling it at all…

Just about every black woman who has given up the creamy crack a.k.a. a relaxer, has most likely experienced a period just like the one the woman in the video seems to be going through. After taking the brave step of chopping off the perm it seems as if your hair just refuses to cooperate and no product will tame it. It’s too short. It’s unruly. It’s a little lopsided, and why oh why can’t your whole head look like that small patch in the back that curls up just right?

Transitioning from a relaxer to one’s natural hair can be very difficult. It can be especially hard for women whose hair texture may be more “kinky” than “curly” because let’s be real, few us have the “coveted” bouncy elongated curls worn by so many of the natural black folks in ads, commercials, or in entertainment. I grew out my hair for approximately three months before completely cutting off my relaxed ends. After the dramatic haircut (done in full blown undergrad style, by a cousin in her bathroom) it took only a couple of hours for my excitement to turn into insecurity. At about an inch high, I had never worn my hair so short. Insecure about the length and afraid of looking “masculine,” I wore headbands almost everyday (even though I barely had enough hair to keep them on), started wearing big earrings, and tried on some make-up for the first time. I struggled to find products that moisturized and “defined” my curls and although I asked around and received some helpful suggestions, I eventually found that the only way to figure out what worked with my hair was through trial and error. Those first few months were hell, even with “I Am Not My Hair” on heavy rotation.

I’ve seen this video posted around the blogosphere and a few bloggers ask if this woman (and Black women who think like or can relate to her) is expressing self-hatred. And, it really annoys me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a discussion with “progressive,” “feminist,” “afro-centric” (?!) men who adamantly claim that Black women are shaming themselves by buying weaves or relaxing their hair, but refuse to acknowledge the permeation of western standards of beauty in so many aspects of society–not to mention the ways that they, as men, may be guilty of perpetuating them.

There is definitely a conversation to be had about the ways that western standards of beauty and the historical exclusion of black women from womanhood and femininity have contributed to internalized racism and have produced a culture of self-hatred that is manifested in a number of ways. There is also a conversation that needs to take place about Black women learning to truly love themselves–inside and out–and be comfortable in their skin. But, I think it is very important that the latter be accompanied by the acknowledgment that wearing natural hair is not necessarily indicative of achieving self love. Wearing natural hair does not mean one has overcome socialization. Thinking this way is moot. It’s just another way to tell women what they should be doing and how they should be doing it. It takes black women out of one box and fastens them securely into another. Real freedom from these societal constraints is in the power of choice. Choose what makes YOU feel good. Choose what makes YOU feel attractive. Explore your options and don’t be afraid to try something new.

With that said, I’ve been natural for five years now and my journey has been full of ups and downs. As time progressed from that initial haircut, I’ve learned how to take care of my hair and to love my texture. It has also proven to be pretty low-maintenance and cost-effective (I was on a bi-weekly salon schedule with a relaxer). It took some time, but I really grew to love my hair. I like the way it looks, it makes me feel comfortable and at the end of the day, that’s really all that matters.

So, when the woman in the video says she tried and it’s just not working for her, I can’t even be mad. (G’on head and slap on that wig, girl. DO YOU). BUT, for my sistas out there who have decided against going natural because they are too afraid of the change, I encourage you to give it a try. I can honestly say that though it may not be easy in the beginning, it is a rewarding process and if you stick with it, you will learn so much about yourself along the way. One of the most valuable lessons that going natural taught me, is that my hair is just hair. I can do what I want with it. If I cut it, it’ll grow back. No hairstyle has to be permanent. My hair doesn’t define me. And although there have been days when singing “I Am Not My Hair” wasn’t enough to make me smile at myself in the mirror, I’ve learned to love it in spite of that. It’s a part of me, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Calling All Deep Thinkers (and Writers)

February 8th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Hello That’s So Deep Readers!

So you may have noticed….our posts have slowed down. Oh, life. Between work and internships and duties of a random nature, we could really use some longer days, ya know? We’re dedicated to this blog though and we’ll be continuing to put our deep thoughts out there.

But as we get it together, we’re inviting you to join us in the conversation. We’d like to offer the opportunity to guest post. Email us your submission at thatssodeep[at]gmail.com. This is an open invitation – no deadline. We’ll take your submission any time you’re dying to say something. We’d love to guest post once a month and make it a regular thing.

Our requirements:

1) Deep Topic.
2) 250-700 words – Not a hard rule. If it’s really good but really long, we’ll probably post it.
3) Be analytical.

We promise to email you back promptly. Hopefully your thoughts will spark some of our own creative juices!

And as always, hope to see you in the comments section!

Much love for hangin with us,

Amber & Liz

PS – We always welcome deep topic suggestions as well. Want us to discuss something? Let us know!

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