An Early Oscar Prediction…

That’s right, I said Oscar Prediction.

It is April 25, 2010 and I, Weetiger3, do hereby predict that nine months from today, when two stars get up unconscionably early to sit for hair and makeup in order to announce the nominations at 5:30am PST on January 25, 2011, How To Train Your Dragon (HTTYD) will be nominated for Best Animated Feature (which it will win) as well as Best Picture (which it won’t) and Best Original Score (which unless something truly monumental is released between now and then-and I realize it could happen-it SHOULD win.)

A friend, who has taken her two young sons to see it multiple times (that’s her excuse anyway,) inspired me to go back for another viewing today. This film deserves multiple viewings (yeah that’s right, the FILM.) It’s visually stunning and that’s true if you see it in 2 or 3D. And while it may be animated, there’s a reason a lot of the shots can only be described as “cinematic.” That reason is Roger Deakins. Yes, that Roger Deakins. Director of Photography on four Oscar nominated films last year and on the winner for Best Picture in 2008 (No Country for Old Men.) He was brought in as a “visual consultant” on HTTYD just as he had been on Wall-E (which won Best Animated Feature, also in 2008)

It’s not my intention to write a review. There are enough of those out there and you can certainly find more than one if that’s what you’re after. I think the fact that the movie will win the weekend box office yet again, after a month in release speaks for itself. The story itself is told in such a way that avoids some of the usual cliched pitfalls that usually hobble a film trying to please young and old alike. It’s simple and timeless. The voice cast is spot on and imbues their animated characters with life and real emotion.

HTTYD Trailer in HD

What really prompted this post was the music. I absolutely loved it.

The composer, John Powell, is no stranger to awards, having been nominated multiple times for BAFTAs, Grammys, Saturns and Annies, as well as having won the ASCAP award (given by his peers, fellow composers) eight times. Surprisingly though, his CV (which includes both The Italian Job and P.S. I Love You-for trivia fans) lists no Oscar nominations. I really believe his first will be for HTTYD.

I don’t know enough about music to speak intelligently about it except to say that I found it beautiful, stirring and in all senses of the word, appropriate. It moved me. It moved me while I was watching the film, it has haunted me since. Compared to the number of movies I’ve seen in my lifetime, the number of soundtracks I own is a tiny fraction. I have to feel compelled to buy it. I own this one. Click on the video below for a sample. When you do, the window also leads you to the rest of the tracks.

HTTYD Soundtrack 11 “Test Drive”

So in summary, I predict that when this guy

walks the red carpet in front on the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2011, it may be that he’s been asked to present again, but it will also be in support of his movie, a multiple award nominee. JMHO. We’ll see.

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One response to “An Early Oscar Prediction…

  1. I LOVE (and agree) with your predictions! I’ve seen this “film” four times now. The most recent experience was yesterday; it was our first time seeing the “2D” version. I can look anyone in the eye and honestly declare that I liked the 2D version BETTER!

    I’m thrilled you delved into the soundtrack, too!! “Haunting” and “moving” are the adjectives I use to describe it, also. Without a doubt, a good soundtrack is a crucial element to any successful film. RARELY, however, does one experience a musical score that inherently complements the visual triggers one is experiencing on-screen so perfectly. I cannot imagine this film without this score, yet the film and the score can stand alone (if that makes sense). Not only will we own this DVD, but the soundtrack will most assuredly get a LOT of time in the CD player!

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