Know Your Oscar Films: 127 Hours

The Set Up:

Mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco) has a history for being a loner.  So when he ventures off into the Utah wilderness on his lonesome, his family thinks nothing of it.  But when he gets his arm stuck under a rock, Ralston must comes to terms with the path he has taken through life as he does anything, and EVERYTHING, to survive.

Cast: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, and John Lawrence

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Written by: Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy (Based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston)

James Franco

What is it nominated for?

Best Picture, Best Actor (James Franco), Best Adapted Screenplay (Danny Boyle, Simon Beufoy), Best Song (A.R Rahman, Roland “Rollo” Armstrong Dido), Best Original Score (A.R Rahman), Best Editing (Jon Harris)

A total of 5 nominations (tied for 5th most nominations)

Does it deserve to win?

Any film that makes a whole audience faint did something right.  I will be seeing the film tonight, and I hope it will be a poignant experience.  Danny Boyle is an excellent director, and I expect a lot.  Let’s hope the film can deliver.

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-Much like James Franco in the film, Aron Ralston filmed daily video diaries for his family to see.  They were kept in a private vault that only Aron could open.  Before filming began, Ralston showed the tapes to James Franco and Danny Boyle

-Danny Boyle asked James Franco to learn the music of Phish for the  sole purpose of getting inside Ralston’s head (Phish is Ralston’s favorite band).

-Ralston broke into tears during a Q&A at TIFF when asked how he felt about seeing his struggle portrayed on film.  Baby…if I cried for every rock that fell on my hand and every missing arm, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

-James Franco had a stack of text books hidden in his small set to distract him from the claustrophobic conditions.

-James Franco wasn’t Boyle’s first choice for the role–long time collaberator Cillian Murphy was. Murphy is in another Oscar nominated film, Inception.  Happy ending for everyone.