And the Oscars (should) go to ...
1. Black Swan
Black Swan was nominated last year, but it did not win. This movie made us ponder the definition of perfection. It should be re-nominated and win this year's Oscar.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)
The best movie of last year? It's obviously Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)! The final showdown for Harry, Ron and Hermione is sensational. The final, epic wand fight between Harry and Voldemort is what is needed to win an Oscar for Best Picture. It's a pity that it wasn't nominated.
3. Laughing Gor: Turning Point 2
I would definitely cast my vote for Laughing Gor: Turning Point 2. The movie is very popular in Hong Kong and what I like best is Michael Tse Tin-wah's brilliant acting skills and his devotion. He should be nominated in the Best Actor category, too.
4. War Horse
Based on Michael Morpurgo's acclaimed children's novel, War Horse is one of the biggest tear-jerkers to have been screened in the past 12 months. Jumping between the rural English countryside and war-time France, War Horse vividly brings Morpurgo's words to the silver screen. With its spectacular cinematography plus a world-class cast and a poignant script, this movie beautifully shows how four-legged creatures can unite people.
Paying tribute to the magical powers of filmmaking, Martin Scorsese's Trojan horse of a film should win. Hugo is a cinephile's delight wrapped up in what appears to be a child-friendly fantasy, which, actually, it isn't really. It is every bit as moving as The Artist, which has silenced much of its competition with, well, silence.
Clarence Tsui, SCMP Film Editor
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) again!
The Harry Potter series has never won the Best Picture award. I think this last one deserves it. The battle between Harry and Voldemort was truly unforgettable, while the friendship between Harry, Hermione and Ron was something to be cherished. The visual effects and surprising twists in this movie were just remarkable.
7. In Time
This year's Best Picture award should go to In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. The movie is about the future when time becomes a matter of life and death - people work to earn time to live longer. The movie is meaningful and educational. Not only is the plot innovative, Timberlake's character teaches the viewers to be persistent regardless of hardships.
8. The Smurfs
The Smurfs is my pick. Smurfs are lovely, tiny blue men. Their movie hit Hong Kong's screens last August. The story is simple, featuring lots of funny scenes and some meaningful themes like love and family. The good old Smurfs cartoon enriched everyone's childhood, so this alone should bring The Smurfs the Best Picture trophy.
9. Green Lantern
I think Green Lantern should be nominated because it has romance, action, drama, horror, comedy and adventure, all of which make this movie unforgettable.
10. Ice Age 4 teaser
If Oscars were ever given for teasers, no doubt Ice Age 4 would take home a piece of hardware. (YouTube it!)
Barry Chung, YP's movie guy