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February 28, 2012

Academy Awards recap

Filed under: On the 6 o'clock news — BJ @ 12:46 am
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The 2011 awards season all in one post:

69th Golden Globes:

Ricky Gervais hosts the Golden Globes and can’t win. After a conservative hosting job contrary to pre-show jabs and previous years’ shows, he gets panned for pulling punches this time in what he said would be his last time hosting the Golden Globes.

More than one Golden Globe win for motion pictures: The Artist (3), The Descendants (2).

Oscar nominations:

Best Picture: The Artist (Best Picture – Comedy – The Artist), The Descendants (Best Picture – Drama – Golden Globe), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse
Actor in a Leading Role: Demian Bichir, George Clooney (Best Actor – Drama – Golden Globe), Jean Dujardin (Best Actor – Comedy – Golden Globe), Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt
Actress in a Leading Role: Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep (Best Actress – Drama – Golden Globe), Michelle Williams (Best Actress – Comedy – Golden Globe)
Directing: The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo (Best Director – Golden Globe), Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life

More than three Oscar nominations: Hugo (11), The Artist (10), Moneyball (6), War Horse (6), The Descendants (5), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (5), The Help (4), Midnight in Paris (4).

Razzie nominations: Adam Sandler (11, record), Jack and Jill (12), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (9), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (8).

Sandler will be laughing all the way to the bank, though. Those two movies he racked up the noms for grossed over $357 million.

Awards to be announced on April Fool’s Day.

84th Academy Awards:

I decided to forgo my annual picks this year because of a combination of my not watching enough this past year and the massive amount of obscure movies nominated. Last year was a relatively weak movie year, and the Best Picture noms reflect that. I’ve only seen two of the nine best picture nominees and don’t have a single majority watch in any of the relevant categories. But it’s not all me, only one of the nine nominees has grossed over $100 million (The Help), the average is $57.5 million and three movies grossed under $15 million. The Artist is 8th at $12.1 million.

As expected, The Artist won top billing and tied Hugo with five Oscars for most on the night. It was just the second silent film to win Best Picture, with the first at the 1st Academy Awards in 1929, and the first black-and-white film since Schindler’s List in 1993. With Meryl Streep‘s win, she’s now 3 (T-2nd) for 17 (1st).

Here’s the complete list of winners.

Best Picture: The Artist
Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Directing: The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)

BJ

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February 28, 2011

Academy Awards recap

Filed under: On the 6 o'clock news — BJ @ 12:56 am
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The most prestigious night in film was swept by The King’s Speech, which rolled into the Oscars with momentum and took all of the major categories including Best Picture, Best Actor and surprisingly, Best Director. It also took Best Original Screenplay, further cementing the Academy blackballing Christopher Nolan. It’s almost like the Academy colluded to vote for everything Inception that didn’t have Nolan’s name on it as if to rub it in, as his movie still managed to tie The King’s Speech for most awards for the night (4). It’s okay, he can cry his way to the bank. His $71.5 million earned in 2010 is second only to Steven Spielberg‘s $80 million in all of Hollywood.

My picks went 5 for 9, with three of the losses coming at the hands of The King’s Speech. Here are the categories and final comments for those I was at odds with the Academy.

Writing (Original Screenplay): My condolences to Nolan, who probably deserved this one, but a great story in 73-year-old David Seidler. A childhood stammerer himself, Seidler’s own troubled uncle received help from the real-life Lionel Logue.

I have a copy of the screenplay, and I don’t know at what point the writing gets judged for this distinction, but it’s got to be before production begins. What I have is the 90-page version, before they found copies of Logue’s work and incorporated his training and words into the script. The movie has a running time of 118 minutes. Seidler showed us his humorous side in last Sunday’s L.A. Times article.

Short Film (Animated): We were all blown away by Pixar yet again when we watched Day & Night as a prelude to Toy Story 3, but I felt like it was missing the secret 7X flavor. It runs a short six minutes and despite excellent execution, you’ll always be more satisfied with longer running times, which the winner runs, what I think to be, a perfect length of 15 minutes. I wanted to catch the other three nominees, including The Lost Thing, which looks intriguing, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on any of them.

Directing: Who would’ve guessed Tom Hooper would’ve swooped over Darren Aronofsky and David Fincher as Kathryn Bigelow‘s successor? I don’t believe Hooper did. After 16 years on the small screen save one project, Hooper’s third movie won him Oscar gold. All three have favorable reviews and at just 38, I look forward to his future on the big screen.

Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo was the favorite, I know, and she was second in my book. I’ve had friends tell me they truly hated her character, which is always a compliment, and she wasn’t even done being her white trash character, dropping F bombs in her acceptance speech. Is there any other movie in history that had three supporting actor/actress nominations with a sweep of both supporting categories?

Best Picture: Like a player’s stock before the upcoming draft, Black Swan‘s and The Social Network‘s stocks were dropping while The King’s Speech became the projected No. 1 pick after the night’s big directing win. It’s unfortunate that there is such thing as momentum in film voting, as you have a very clear-cut product that ended months ago getting swayed by chatter. As much as I liked The King’s Speech, I can’t even say that it was a top 5 movie for me, and I’m talking strictly in ranking the best of the year.

Just in case you missed it, here are the winners for the 83rd Academy Awards.

Best Picture: The King’s Speech (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin)
Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Directing: The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper)

BJ

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