Show Me the Technology: Top Oscar Predictions
Sunday, February 27: Academy Awards night. Those of you who know me will not be surprised that it’s a much-anticipated event for me. A celebration of film, high fashion, and Hollywood gossip—what’s not to love? Now I know there are all kinds of predictions out there for who deserves the coveted Oscar. But viewing the contestants through my tech-geek lenses and from my cushy sofa, here are the true winners that deserve the recognition based on how technology influenced the film:
Best Picture: Toy Story. Why? At the end of the day, I’m a mom and you’ve got to love Pixar for being brilliant in their blend of technology and creativity. Toy Story has it all when it comes to entertaining kids and adults.
Director: The Social Network. Why? It takes a special genius to make a two-hour movie about social networking entertaining.
Actor: Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network. Why? Eisenberg made the mania surrounding Zuckerberg’s life palpable. And that’s saying something coming from an executive from a leading technology vendor in the Silicon Valley.
Actress: Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole. Why? I could say that the use of technology—um, film—to deliver a powerful emotional experience is justification enough. And that’s obviously what we strive to do in business with our various ways of delivering new customer experiences. But secretly, I love Nicole Kidman’s sense of fashion.
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland. Why? Do you really need to ask? The over-the-top imaginative attention to details here made this a truly special film.
Cinematography: Inception. Why? This was a film with great promise, largely based on the cinematography. A stellar cast (of course I love Ellen Page) wasn’t enough to buoy the storyline, which unfortunately pulled this out of the running for best picture for me.
As you sit down to watch the big event, consider all the ways technology made not only the films possible, but also the coverage—spanning offline and online.