Wednesday, February 24, 2016

And the winners are...88th Academy Awards

Win: The Big Short
Upset: The Revenant
Wish: Brooklyn

Win: George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road
Upset: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for The Revenant
Wish: Lenny Abrahamson for Room

Win: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant
Upset: None
Wish: Matt Damon for The Martian

Win: Brie Larson for Room
Upset: Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn
Wish: Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn

Supporting Actor
Win: Sylvester Stallone for Creed
Upset: Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies
Wish: Mark Ruffallo for Spotlight

Supporting Actress
Win: Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl
Upset: Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs
Wish: Rooney Mara for Carol

Adapted Screenplay
Win: The Big Short
Upset: The Martian
Wish: Brooklyn

Original Screenplay
Win: Spotlight
Upset: Inside Out
Wish: Inside Out

Win: The Revenant
Upset: Mad Max: Fury Road
Wish: Carol

Film Editing
Win: The Big Short
Upset: The Revenant
Wish: Mad Max: Fury Road

Visual Effects
Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Upset: The Martian
Wish: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Production Design
Win: Mad Max: Fury Road
Upset: The Revenant
Wish: Mad Max: Fury Road

Costume Design
Win: Carol
Upset: Mad Max: Fury Road
Wish: Carol AND Cinderella

Makeup and Hairstyling
Win: The Revenant
Upset: Mad Max: Fury Road
Wish: Mad Max: Fury Road

Original Score
Win: The Hateful Eight
Upset: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wish: Carol

Original Song
Win: Youth
Upset: The Hunting Ground
Wish: Youth

Sound Editing
Win: Mad Max: Fury Road
Upset: The Revenant
Wish: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sound Mixing
Win: Mad Max: Fury Road
Upset: The Revenant
Wish: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Animated film
Win: Inside Out
Upset: Anomalisa
Wish: no comment

Win: Amy
Upset: Look of Silence
Wish: no comment 

Foreign Language
How any film but Song of Saul could win this is unimaginable. For so many reasons. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Top of the class. Romantic films for Valentine's Day

I am not one to celebrate this holiday, but I am very much someone who shouts about the joy of love - experiencing it, watching it and in both getting consumed by its giddiness. Below are ten films that never fail to sweep me off my feet. And yes, I've somewhat cheated with number 2 but who can deny Baz Luhrmann heady heights for romance?

10. Cinderella

9. The Sound of Music

8. The Quiet Man

7. Beauty and the Beast

6. Before Sunrise 

5. The Apartment 

4. Edward Scissorhands

3. True Romance 

2. Australia, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom

1. Much Ado About Nothing 

Honorable mentions: All That Heaven Allows, CarolThe English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Philadelphia Story, A Room with a View, Sense and SensibilityShakespeare in Love, Sleepless in SeattleWeekend

Friday, February 12, 2016

An image to treasure.

I'll be the first to put my hand up and say that Freeheld isn't a great film, but it is certainly one that packs an emotional punch. In cinematic terms there is one huge reason to celebrate this film, and one that I found as significant as the real life (and important) story being told - Ellen Page. Now I don't think all homosexual characters should be played by openly homosexual actors but how refreshing is it to watch a young, successful and openly gay film star has played a young, openly and contented gay character? It was incredibly moving to watch her to perform and feel that American cinema is changing... Perhaps it isn't indicative of a change (especially as the film hasn't performed or been received particularly well, and the superior female relationship film Carol found itself snubbed by major award bodies) but we can still hope. And no doubt Ellen Page has a great career ahead of her, playing all sorts of characters.