This has been a great year for cinema. Here are my predictions for the biggest night in show business. Plus, I will add who I want/wish to win.
Best Picture - The Kings Speech. This movie has everything they are looking for in a film.
Dream - I wish Inception would win, my favorite film of the year.
Best Director - Tom Hooper. TKS is going to win big tonight.
Dream - David Fincher or Darren. They both were fabulous.
Best Actor - Colin Firth. He was awesome in A Single Man and deserves to win.
Best Actress - Annette Benning. I really enjoyed TKAA and she was wonderful in it.
Best Supporting Actor - Christian Bale. He was out of this world good.
Best Supporting Actress - Hailee Steinfeld. They love little kids and giving them awards.
Dream - Melissa Leo. The Fighter was so underrated this year and made it that much better.
Best Original Screenplay - TKS
Dream - Inception. You really can not vote against this film.
Best Adapted Screenplay. - TSN, hands down.
Best Animated Feature - Toy Story 3. I still think it was a little overrated. I still haven’t seen The Illusionist, another nominee in the category. I have been dying to see but I haven’t been able to.
Best Foreign Language Film - Biutiful. I didn’t see it but it must be good if Javier was nominated.
Dream - Dogtooth. People said this was a super sweet movie. Again, I didn’t get around to seeing it.
Best Documentary Feature - Inside Job. It is about the economy and I doubt the Academy will vote for anything else.
Dream - Exit Through the Gift Shop. One of my favorite films of the year. I am dying to see Bansky show up at the event and take over.
Best Animated Short - Day and Night. It was wonderful.
Best Art Direction - Alice in Wonderland. It is Tim Burton.
Dream - Inception. Those suits were cut right out of a GQ spread.
Best Cinematography - True Grit. It was so good on all fronts. I can’t get mad at this win, I watched a piece about the cinematographer of the film and how amazing he is at his job.
Dream - Inception/Black Swan. Both had incredible cinematography.
Best Film Editing - Black Swan. Just watch the film and you understand why.
Best Live Action Short - The Crush. I haven’t seen any of them.
Best Original Score - Hans Zimmer for Inception. I have the score and it goes so well with the film. Sorry Trevor and Atticus. Your score was bananas as well but Hans better.
Best Original Song - Toy Story 3. I don’t really care about this category.
Best Makeup - The Wolfman. Film was rubbish but the makeup was spectacular.
Best Visual Effects - Inception. The world of the dream has great visual effects. Arthur’s fight sequence, the van rolling over, the ski resort blowing up and raid. Do I have to say more?
Best Sound Editing - Tron: Legacy. Film was rubbish, visually amazing and it had some great sounds.
It took long enough, am I right? I don’t think Bron Bron took this long to make “The Decision.” Now that the Knicks have Melo, what happens next? Do they make a run at the playoffs, only to lose in the first round? Do they take too long to become a team, lose a few games, and miss the playoffs by that much? What the back pages will say about this new generation of Knickerbocker basketball, will be as entertaining as the team is on the court. Only time will tell, but the trade divides a number of fans and fans of the Association.
James Dolan and the Knicks finally, have their man. Carmelo is back home. He is exactly where he wants to be, and this is when he wants to be here. What I mean by the second half of that statement is, Melo wants to spend the prime of his career in New York. Now can all of this love create an environment that wins games? There is a fair share of work that must get done before we see results. Before we see the Garden on fire, like it was in the 90’s.
To be honest, I didn’t see this trade ever getting done before the dead line. My gut was telling me, someone or something was going to mess it all up. Maybe it was the Nets pushing hard, but it looked like it was all for nothing. Have the Knicks turned a new page in their illustrious history and started a new era? We have to look backwards before we can go forwards.
The last decade that the Garden faithful have endured, is a crime against humanity. There must be a way to get reparations. All of the time wasted. Millions burned on players that were not doing the Knicks any favors. I am getting a headache just thinking about it. I am talking about the dark days when Isiah ran the franchise. He was a great floor general and point guard, but not a great basketball executive.
The fans who shell out their hard earned money for those posh Garden seats. The seats are pricey, no matter how the team is doing or who they are playing. You have to go because whoever plays, will put on a show. The away teams play with a chip on their shoulder. They know that people are watching. If you ever want to make a name for yourself, within The Association, there is no better stage than the World’s Most Famous Arena. History happens at Madison Square.
The Garden. The cathedral of basketball. Only in New York will fans get to see a few consecutive 30 point games. All of them from the opposition, to boot. You don’t hear of players talking about any other arena in a similar fashion. As a player, one might wear that nice suit, you only wear for special occasion, because the cameras flash a little bit brighter in The Big Apple. They stay a few days extra in Time Square to take it all in. Maybe go see a show, visit Rucker Park and get some great pizza.
With the Collective Bargaining Agreement, up for debate, I doubt Walsh will be able to reel in a third star. What about CP3, Dwight Howard and D-Will? You can kiss all of that stuff good-bye. The cap will shrink like your favorite shirt in the dryer. Each of us have shared the soul-crushing lost of a destroyed dream. Fans are going to be disappointed, along with the players, when the owners and player representatives meet with David Stern. The owners are asking for more money and where are they going to get the money to stuff their pockets? Survey says, the player contracts.
You heard it here, the Knicks are presumably stuck with Melo and STAT. With no third musketeer, can they compete with the Heatles, Bulls and C’s? They won’t be able to because they can not play defense. If you watch the best teams in basketball, they all know how to defend. I have not seen the Knicks play great defense. Our coach is not known for his defending, something everyone discussed upon his hire. Being an Eastern Conference team, you have to defend if you want to go anywhere. That is just how the game works in this conference. This CBA debate brings up quite a few questions that may or may not be answered.
The most intriguing aspect of the trade, for me, is who is going to run to point every night? Chauncey, you know and you love him Mr. Big Shot, is on the wrong side of 30. He doesn’t necessarily fit the run and gun, as much as I have appreciated his game since his time in Detroit. We sent away Felton, we have no lottery draft picks and our bench does not make me giddy with potential (Sorry Bill Walker). Now there is one possibility, I read it on the internet and it truly knocked my socks off.
What if the Knicks were able to get Ricky Rubio? I know right? He fits into our system, he is young, agile and has a knack for making the right pass at the right time. The Knicks have no trade assets, so how do we get this international phenom? I see two scenarios for Walsh. First, it would have to be a Pau Gasol type trade. The T-Wolves would have to get shafted. Or, secondly, his team in Europe could buy out his contract to the Minnesota and the Knicks sign him, like he was a free agent. I would find enough money so I could get season tickets for the Knicks, if they ever acquired Rubio or a decent point guard, to run this team.
The Knicks got themselves into this mess. Whoever stopped this trade from getting done months ago, is a soul-less human being. When Melo said that he was only going to the Knicks and not to Newark, this helped the Nuggets. Dolan, Walsh and company sat and did nothing. The original trade package was Melo for Chandler, Eddy Curry and a draft pick. Doesn’t that seem like a way better trade than what ended up going down?
The Knicks were too chicken to get it done, when the planets aligned in their favor. The front office lacked a killer instinct to seal the deal. This inability to sign a franchise player, let Nyets drive up the price. They had a better package that included lottery pick Derrick Favors. As much as the Nuggets wanted to offload Melo to Newark, it was never going to happen. Denver was bluffing and so were the Nets. They both had nothing. Melo said to the press and said, that he is not meeting with the Nets and has no intentions to play ball there. Denver bluffed and got themselves a king’s ransom. Where did this leave our Knicks? We now have a gutted roster and zero draft picks, in the foreseeable future. With the cap, most likely shrinking, draft picks will become invaluable when it comes to making a trade.
Thank you Kroenke family, the owners of the Nuggets, and to Mikhail Prokhorov, the owner of the Brooklyn-bound Nets. You have done a fantastic job of teaching the Knicks the lesson of how not to trade for one of the best players in the league.
“Nostalgia - it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound.” It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It let’s us travel the way a child travels - around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved.”—You have to appreciate incredible screen-writing, when it comes your way. Another gem from Mad Men.