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2010. The year that Oscar done fucked up. Yeah, yeah, yeah, The King's Speech is all nice and inspiring and makes you smile and...forgettable as fuck. Like, who still talks about that movie? Nobody. You know who still talks about The Social Network? Everybody. Even people who don't love it still talk about it. It's regarded as the first masterpiece of the new decade, it received the HANDS DOWN best reviews of any film to come out in 2010 and it swept pretty much every critics prize and precursor up to the dreadful Guilds when Harvey Weinstein manipulated voters into rewarding the film about a speech impediment over one of the most engrossing and game changing films of our generation. Worse yet, that troll Tom Hooper stole David Fincher's Oscar. Like, what the actual FUCK! Even when Crash beat out Brokeback Mountain, the Academy had the decency to reward Ang Lee.
Yes, I'm still bitter.
But, The Social Network, while the best film of the year, is not the only film to talk about. 2010 may not be as rich as the other film years of this current decade, but it holds some very strong and lasting films in it's hands. Female directors were all over the place this year, producing some very rich and diverse films. From Maren Ade's relationship drama, Everyone Else to Andrea Arnold's coming of age Fish Tank to Claire Denis's sensational White Material to Debra Granik's Oscar nominated Winter's Bone, women of film really made their mark this year. This was also the year that brought back the Animated Film with a vengeance, with Toy Story 3, Tangled, How to Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me and The Illusionist all being very commendable and memorable animated films.
I just hate how this is a year that saw such artistic and un-Oscary films like The Social Network, Inception and Black Swan getting embraced by the Academy and yet something as safe and forgettable as The King's Speech wins the big prize.
I'll never let that go.
And with all that out of the way; I present to you the Fisti Awards for 2010!