No it didn’t win any Oscars. I have no idea what getting an Oscar even means nowadays anyway. Nolan didn’t even get nominated for best director this year, and in my eyes at least, that was a huge injustice.
What I liked most about True Grit is that it was a serious film, that didn’t try to take itself too seriously. Whether they were very subtle or in your face about it, I loved the fact that I was laughing, at times uncontrollably for decent portions of the film. The humor was a lot more intentional and apparent than in No Country, and I enjoyed that.
Matt Damon, surprisingly, actually had a lot to do with that. I don’t know how difficult a job it is to star alongside a movie veteran like Jeff Bridges and act in a way that compliments instead of competes but Damon did an awesome job.
Again his role was one that he couldn’t take too seriously. I can imagine the first line the Coens approached him with was probably something like “ok basically you’re going to play a bit of an idiot, but seriously, it’s all good.” - but who says no to the Coens? That’s right. Nobody.
He had to play to butt of a lot of the jokes, I mean, he was called LeBoeuf, (Le Beef!)
But honestly he did really well, he forgot for a minute that he was Matt Damon, Jason Bourne, Will Hunting and all those other characters you have him pinned to and the minute you see him on screen you can’t help but laugh at him and his ridiculous Village people outfit. “I am a Texas Ranger” he says flashing the little pin badge on his lapel.
By the end of the film you end up really taking to him, and he still plays just as much of an idiot - that’s talent.
Haliee Steinfeld then. Really really great.
Charming, quick, smart and what a presence. She was able to stand next to Jeff Bridges and still shine.
To be nominated for an Oscar at such a young age is quite something, but then again, everything gets nominated nowadays… With the exception of Nolan for Inception. I’m not bitter.
Personally I would watch this film again just for the dialogue - It’s the old classic western style of language that all sounds very proper. Whether you’re a lawyer or an outlaw, everyone has that lovely old west way of phrasing things and it works.
Great film. Go watch. Now.