Another hot contender in the race for Best Picture is Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours , based on Aaron Ralstrom’s Between a Rock and A Hard Place, which details his harrowing hiking ordeal where he was forced to amputate part of his right arm to extricate himself from a canyon. (Yeah. Gross.) James Franco plays Ralstrom in the film.
Apparently the amputation scene is quite realistic—people are fainting in the screenings. So, um, you’ve been warned.
I, for one, don’t know if I’ll be able to sit through that. I read Ralstrom’s book when it first came out (2004) and that alone made me shiver. I can’t imagine watching it on screen. So we’ll see. In the interest of accurately reporting the Oscar race for y’all, I might try it.
Both Black Swan and 127 Hours are being distributed and marketed by Fox Searchlight. Interesting. Wonder how much money they’re going to drop into this year’s Oscar race? My guess—a lot.
So our Best Picture Contender List Stands Thus, so far:
- Black Swan
- The King’s Speech
- 127 Hours
- Toy Story 3 (I am not happy about this one.)
- Rabbit Hole (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play parents grieving the loss of their young son.)
Conviction got sort of crappy reviews, overall, so….I’m not sure how this will affect its Oscar-baitness. Apparently a lot of critics are a bit peeved that the movie didn’t show what happened after the brother was exonerated.