Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

5 wishes for...Viola Davis.

  1. Firstly, I hope that Davis acknowledges her journey into a star and continues to exude her irresistible personality as her screen career grows. The mighty likes of Glenn Close, Deborah Kerr, Julianne Moore and Kristin Scott Thomas who succeed without an Oscar win.
  2. August Wilson's Fences is adapted into a feature film with Davis, directed by an African-American (as was Wilson's wish).
  3. Davis' upcoming HBO pilot written (and possibly directed) by Dee Rees is a success, and they will continue to work together.
  4. Davis is cast as the female lead in a Nancy Meyers film. The performance will be fun, slightly annoying but ultimately adorable.
  5. The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, a book which Davis has optioned, will find its way onto the big screen.

Monday, February 27, 2012

10 thoughts on the...84th Academy Awards.

  1. There is no denying that this year's Oscars with Billy Crystal felt like a stronger show. His jokes were funny; the show felt like a celebration with a healthy dose of cynicism (for laughs); and the whole event felt traditional in its presentation of each award. Who needs to appear desperate in attempting something new when Crystal has a format that works so well?
  2. Unfortunately the panel gathered for Sky Movies - Alex Zane, Boyd Hilton, Nick Moran, Natalia Tena - were painful. Particularly the latter two. Why can't the UK have a decent group for this annual show? The BBC did it much better with Jonathan Ross a few years ago. Bring that back!
  3. What happened to Octavia Spencer? How could she have been so surprised at her Oscar win? I'm not sure I've ever seen such an incoherent acceptance speech (and this is the year of The Artist!).
  4. Emma Stone is adorable. Her presentation of Visual Effects with Ben Stiller was a definite highlight. She was funny, she sang, and she embraced her first trip to the Academy Awards. When will she be a nominee?!
  5. Christopher Plummer is wonderful. He easily gave the best speech of the evening.
  6. We can now celebrate The Muppets as an Oscar winner. I shared Jason Segel's giddy enthusiasm at the news.
  7. Chris Rock is funny. Maybe I shouldn't be so anxious about Two Days in New York...
  8. What was Angelina Jolie doing with her leg as she presented the Screenplay awards?
  9. "Why her...again?" It is impossible to begrudge Meryl Streep her Oscar win yet I am very disappointed that Viola Davis had to lose. Hopefully Davis will have a bright future with many great roles. We know that Streep will.
  10. I am very happy that The Artist was matched by Hugo in its total haul of awards, with five. And I hope that history cites Hugo as the better film.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

And the winners are...Academy Awards 2012.

Picture
Win: The Artist
Upset: None
Wish: Hugo

Director
Win: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Upset: Martin Scorsese for Hugo
Wish: Martin Scorsese

Actor in a Leading Role
Win: Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Upset: George Clooney for The Descendants
Wish: Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Actress in a Leading Role
Win: Viola Davis for The Help
Upset: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
Wish: Viola Davis

Actor in a Supporting Role
Win: Christopher Plummer for Beginners
Upset: Max von Sydow for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Wish: Christopher Plummer

Actress in a Supporting Role
Win: Octavia Spencer for The Help
Upset: Berenice Bejo for The Artist
Wish: Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids

Adapted Screenplay
Win: The Descendants
Upset: Moneyball
Wish: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Original Screenplay
Win: Midnight in Paris
Upset: The Artist
Wish: A Separation

Foreign Language Film
Win: A Separation
Upset: Bullhead
Wish: Abstain

Documentary Feature 
Win: Paradise Lost 3
Upset: Pina
Wish: Abstain

Animated Feature Film
Win: Rango
Upset: Chico & Rita
Wish: Abstain

Cinematography
Win: The Artist
Upset: The Tree of Life
Wish: The Tree of Life

Art Direction
Win: Hugo
Upset: The Artist
Wish: Hugo

Costume Design
Win: The Artist
Upset: Jane Eyre
Wish: W.E.

Film Editing
Win: The Artist
Upset: Hugo 
Wish: The Artist

Original Score
Win: The Artist
Upset: Hugo
Wish: Hugo

Original Song
Win: "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets
Wish: "Man or Muppet"

Makeup
Win: The Iron Lady
Upset: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Wish: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Sound Editing
Win: War Horse
Upset: Hugo
Wish: Drive

Sound Mixing
Win: Hugo
Upset: War Horse
Wish: Hugo

Visual Effects
Win: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Upset: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Wish: Hugo

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Winning an Academy Award x4

Saturday, February 25, 2012

How do you describe a feeling?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

An irresistible statement.

"When it comes to love it's luck."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

One reason...not to scrap the Best Song category at the Academy Awards.

People like Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who contribute so much to their respective films, will not be acknowledged.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Anna Karenina x4

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Smile.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

One reaction. A Dangerous Method

Keira Knightley is brave. Her portrayal of an often hysterical character is startling and, from someone who is not knowledgeable on such behaviour, it was impressively performed. I felt that this woman really wanted to escape her human form due to the disgust she felt towards her desires and past experience before revealing her enjoyment of her dilemma. Knightley should be applauded. Unfortunately her performance is contained in one of the most timid and, much worse, dull films by David Cronenberg.

Hopefully there will be plenty more opportunities for Knightley to impress.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My favourite shot of...House of Mirth

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Advice from...Andrew Mackie

"Being early is just as bad as being late."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

10 moments to cherish...The Muppets

  1. The film opens with, our new Muppet, Walter discovering the The Muppet Show. Unknowingly he has found his 'home' and the audience are ready to take this journey with them...haven't we all felt like we've belonged to a fictional world? 
  2. The matching suits of Walter and Gary (Jason Segel). Adorable.
  3. Amy Adam's entrance. She is a primary school teacher who is advising children how to fix a car engine. They love her. Understandably. 
  4. Walter's reaction to the news that The Muppet Studio will be destroyed in the search for oil.
  5. Animal having anger issues brought on by the word and playing of drums. Ingenious.
  6. Chris Cooper claiming that The Muppets (and Julie Andrews) are not for the cynical generation of today. He is evil.
  7. Beaker holding up an axe during the Barber Shop Quartet.
  8. Camilla and friends singing "Forget You".
  9. Miss Piggy catching Kermit looking at a torn image of her. Miss Piggy has the other half of the image, that's of Kermit. They go on to sing "Rainbow Connection"
  10. Once the telethon has ended and The Muppets have failed to reach their $10 million target by one dollar, Fozzie Bear hits the meter and accidentally reveals that they had raised much less.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Miss Piggy at the BAFTA awards 2012 x4

 Planning future projects with Jessica Chastain. 

Discussing the weather with Viola Davis (and her husband).

Making Tom Hiddleston swoon.

Causing Michael Fassbender to be concerned over her biological attributes (namely her heart shaped tongue).

Monday, February 13, 2012

How do you describe a feeling?

Monday, February 13, 2012

10 thoughts on...BAFTA awards 2012

  1. The Artist continues to build momentum and now seems likely to sweep at the Academy Awards. It may be a repetitive ceremony.
  2. Gary Oldman was never likely to win the Best Actor Oscar for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy but it seemed unlikely that he would be beaten on his on turf. He did. Jean Dujardin now seems impossible to beat for Best Actor.
  3. I'm shocked that A Separation was beaten for Best Film Not In The English Language. Is this the first award it has lost during this awards season?
  4. But I am happy to see The Skin I Live In celebrated.
  5. I was, also, very happy to see Senna (for Best Documentary and Best Editing) and Tyrannosaur (for Outstanding Debut) celebrated.
  6. Octavia Spencer cannot lose the Support Actress Oscar.
  7. Christopher Plummer, although he has had the same trajectory as Spencer, has a potential spoiler in his category, Max von Sydow. His performance is the only other nomination for a (surprise) Best Picture nominee, so it may be reasonable to equate that the film is riding on the voters appreciation of him.
  8. Why can't the BAFTA awards be broadcast at their full length? Apparently awards, such as Film Not In The English Language, would not interest audiences yet seeing Michel Hazanavicius collect three awards is entertainment. Where is the logic?
  9. Meryl Streep was always going to win the BAFTA for her portrayal of Magaret Thatcher (and she deserved to be recognised by the British film industry for the performance as it was the main contribution to the film's success). It seems that the race for Best Actress is incredibly tight with Viola Davis joining Streep as the frontrunner.
  10. I'm not a fan of the Orange Rising Star award.