2nd TFO Awards PART 1: Scene Categories

The following awards are:

Best Opening Scene/Sequence

Best Ending Scene/Sequence

Scene of the Year Award

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Note: Some of the awards here may mention points in the plot of the movies nominated here. For this, I am giving you a spoiler warning.

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Best Opening Scene /Sequence

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Black Swan

Is there any better way to start a movie about a ballerina gone haywire? It’s quite fantastical, dizzying (with the help of skillful cinematography and visual effects). Due to the lack of better word, all I can say is that the opening puts you immediately in the psychology. And it overwhelms the screen with intense beauty and grace with an air of danger. You can’t get any better than that.

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For Colored Girls

Sure, the film itself is a bit uneven. But when you have an opening as strong as this, you just got to give in. There is the dancing, dialogue, editing, and music all working together. And to see these actresses show the lives of these girls with such authenticity, so it’s quite a delight.

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Hereafter

The film is a downright disappointment, I can tell you that right now. The whole story is treated poorly, and there is no sense of direction. But the scene is just, woah! Technically, it is the whole sequence building up to the tsunami sequence that is the only reason you should watch the film (aside from the good performance of the cast).  And the experience? Overwhelming.

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I Am Love

This is such a classy film, so how do you start it? The classy way, of course! Technically speaking, it’s just titles over shots in Milan. But with that majestic music from John Adams, it goes to a much, much higher level. The whole opening credits is just a preparation for the extravagant lifestyle of the Recchi family, but the credits itself is quite expensive, aesthetically speaking.

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The Social Network

If you didn’t get startled by the opening scene, check your brain cells. It did not even wait the production company logo to have its own time. With an impressive sound design and brilliant dialogue, all we have to hear is the firing of the dialogue between Mara and Eisenberg, then you are already in the movie. There’s nothing else to say about this opening scene except that it sticks with you.

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Gold: Black Swan

Silver: The Social Network

Bronze: Hereafter

Runners-Up: For Colored Girls, I Am Love
Finalists: The King’s Speech, Mother, Another Year, Flipped, Green Zone, The Ghost Writer, Lourdes
Semi-Finalists: The Wolfman, True Grit, Dogtooth, Rabbit Hole, Easy A, Toy Story 3, The Town, 127 Hours
Shortlisted: Buried, Please Give

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Best Ending Scene/Sequence

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Agora

This scene is painful in epic proportions. Hypatia’s death is very sad because it came to her because of pity and love, and it is such a personal helplessness on Davus’ side, but it also felt that it was a loss by many, hence epic proportions. The zoom-out to the Earth has been done in the film several times, and there were times that it felt unnecessary, but that final shot was so appropriate and just so right.

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Buried

The film was a thrilling ride. There were small bits of lull in it, but otherwise it was a very effective thriller. And all of that led us to the last five minutes of the film that is as pulse-pounding as possible. The accelerated filling of sand in the box as Paul Conroy, indelibly played by Ryan Reynolds, struggle to keep communication and air. No exaggeration, but I almost lost my breath, too.

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Flipped

Nothing came close to the tenderness of this ending. Just as Juli saw Bryce planting the sycamore tree, I just dropped. Then their voice-overs overlapped as they approached each other. It was a very romantically awkward moment that feels just so real. And as they were burying the tree, Bryce holds her hand, and I just rolled in bed in pure bliss. And they didn’t kiss – I was first disappointed, but upon realization, it was the smartest thing the film did because they kept it true to reality. Maybe it was too obvious for some, but for someone who can relate to that, it was perfect.

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The Ghost Writer

The film itself is quite a treat, actually. And before I even reached the twist, I already know this is a very good film. But nothing prepared me for the twist right near the end of the film – the Prime Minister’s wife is a CIA undercover. It’s such a shocking turn of events that puts the audience back at the edge of their seats just when they started calming down, thinking everything is already okay. And as the letter is delivered to the wife and as the writer leaves, we are brought to this final shot at the street as we wait for the movie to end. And with an off-screen accident, Polanski startles us even more, leaving us haunted by that. Wow.

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I Am Love

As the film’s climax was buried in almost silence, it all again builds up to this almost enchanting ending. As she realizes that she is no longer part of the family, Emma runs to her house for her to change clothes, then leave. As if it was a bomb suddenly dropped, the emotions are intensely highlighted, together with that sweeping music from John Adams. It’s somewhat puzzling, but the ending is almost metaphorical in sense. And guess what? I loved it.

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Gold: Flipped

Silver: The Ghost Writer

Bronze: Agora

Runners-Up: I Am Love, Buried
Finalist: Rabbit Hole, Easier With Practice, Black Swan, Mother, Another Year, White Material, Remember Me
Semi-Finalist: Toy Story 3, The Last Exorcism, Never Let Me Go, The American, The Fighter, Burlesque, Monsters, Cairo Time
Shortlisted: Inception, Let Me In, The Social Network, Made in Dagenham, Paranormal Activity 2, The King’s Speech, Animal Kingdom, For Colored Girls, Barney’s Version, Fair Game, Applaus, The Illusionist, True Grit

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Scene of the Year Award

127 Hours – Rescue

Agora – Destroying the Library

Black Swan – Black Swan Nina

Blue Valentine – You Always Hurt The One You Love

For Colored Girls – Dropping the Children

Hereafter – Tsunami

I Am Love – Stalking the Chef

Inception – Hallway Fight

The King’s Speech – Speech

The Social Network – Lawyer Up

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Gold: Inception – Hallway Fight

Silver: Agora – Destroying the Library

Bronze: Black Swan – Black Swan Nina

4. For Colored Girls – Dropping the Children
5. 127 Hours – Rescue
6. The Social Network – Lawyer Up
7. Hereafter – Tsunami
8. The King’s Speech – Speech
9. Blue Valentine – You Always Hurt The One You Love
10. I Am Love – Stalking the Chef
Finalists: Let Me In – Car Crash, Monsters – Gas Station, Toy Story 3 – Incinerator, White Material – Haircut, Dogtooth – Removing he Dogtooth, Winter’s Bone – Lake, The Kids Are All Right – Confronting Laser, The Ghost Writer – Ferry Escape, Alice in Wonderland – Rabbit Hole Fall, Paranormal Activity 2 – Afternoon Disturbance
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So far, how are your bets doing? Next part: VISUAL CATEGORIES.

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