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Oscars

Oops. So I caved in and watched the Oscars ceremony anyway, even though I’d decided not to. Seeing as in my local time the show airs from 02:30-06:00 AM on night to Monday, and I work weekdays from 8 AM, I thought I’d be the responsible adult and obstain from such silly indulgences, but apparently something happened along the way and now I find myself on my way to work with the desperate hope that memories from the show, aided by large amounts of caffeine and sugar, will pull me – and my work – through the day with an ounce of dignity remaining by the end of it.

It’s the first time I’ve watched the show in its entirety for many years, and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with it. Very little of the usual awkwardness, and apart from a few minor (and one major) blunders, the show was tasteful and pretty funny, safely guided by host Seth MacFarlane, whom I have no trouble imagining might be invited back to host again next year. All in all they played it pretty safe, but that’s a good thing. The live performances were steady, but not flashy, not even those by legends Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey. There were no legendary speeches, but no dreadful ones either. Daniel Day-Lewis and Christoph Waltz were both impossibly charming, as was Jennifer Lawrence, who tripped on her dress on her way to the stage but handled it in the most graceful way.

As for the awards, I’m actually pretty satisfied with the results. As the Oscars tend to be a popularity contest as much as about recognizing outstanding contributions in the art of film, it’s far from the most interesting award ceremony, and it can sometimes be fairly easy to guess who will win in many of the categories. I generally tend to disagree with some of the choices, which are clearly made for reasons other than to honor the best in each category. For instance, Meryl Streep’s award for ‘The Iron Lady’ last year was more of a “lifetime achievement award” to an icon who has missed out on more Oscars than any other nominee, than a testament to that particular performance, which was clearly outweighed by the competition. This year, there wasn’t all too much of that.

‘Life of Pi’ and ‘Argo’ were perhaps the biggest winners, to my satisfaction, though no movie totally swept the table this time. ‘Lincoln’ “lost” the most, as it was nominated in a rediculous amount of categories (for all I know, well-deservedly) and only ended up with two. Since I still haven’t seen some of most heavily nominated movies, such as ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, I didn’t make a list of my favourites in each of the 24 categories. Instead, I made a list of who I expected to win, and I got 13 right, which I thought was pretty decent.

Here are the winners of the 2013 Academy Awards, which concludes the movie and award year of 2012:

Best picture: Argo (a little surprising, but cool)

Best director: Ang Lee, Life of Pi (called it)

Adapted Screenplay: Argo (called it – and yay!)
Original Screenplay: Django Unchained (yay)

Leading actress: Jennifer LawrenceSilver Linings Playbook (yay!)
Leading actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (called it)

Supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables (called it – and yay!)
Supporting actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained  (called it)

Editing: Argo (called it)
Cinematography: Life of Pi

Production design: Lincoln
Visual Effects: Life of Pi (called it)
Costume Design: Anna Karenina
Make-up and Hair: Les Misérables

Sound Mixing: Les Misérables (called it)
Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall (tied!)
Original score: Life of Pi
Theme song: ‘Skyfall’ (called it)

Documentary feature: Searching for Sugar Man (called it – been wanting to see this)
Documentary Short: Inocente

Live Action Short Film: Curfew

Animated feature: Brave (called it – disappointing, but unsurprising)
Animated short: Paperman (called it – I saw this charming little film by chance at the cinema the other week, and I was thrilled to see it win)

Best Foreign Film: Amour (called it – obvious choice)

Did you watch the Oscars? Did any of your favourites win?

It’s finally Oscars time! The last and greatest of the movie awards will be handed out tonight, concluding the cinematic year of 2012. The show’s kicking off in four hours, aka sleeping time for me who has to be at work tomorrow morning. I’ll take a peek in the early hours to check the status. Nominees here. Best of luck to all contenders!

BAFTA 2013 results

11/02/2013 — 4 Comments

Bafta award

I’m quite satisfied with tonight’s BAFTA ceremony. The lovely and always charming Stephen Fry hosted the show with bravada, leaving me with a couple of quotes and some mental images I won’t soon forget.

There were no great surprises among the award winners. As I said earlier today, I didn’t have many favourites among the nominees, but the few I had all won, and the rest were more or less all of them well-deserved.

The adorable Anne Hathaway gave a charming acceptance speech upon winning the award I was most anxious to see handed out, for her performance in Les Misérables’. The movie also won awards for music and production design. Hugh Jackman didn’t get his, though; the best actor – and coolest speech – award went instead to method actor Daniel Day-Lewis for the title role in ‘Lincoln’. Emmanuelle Riva won the best actress award for ‘Amour’, which was awarded best foreign film. Best supporting actor to Christoph Waltz (what an adorable man!) for ‘Django Unchained’, the same movie which also won Quentin Tarantino the award for best original screenplay. Best adapted screenplay award went to ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.

‘Argo’ and Ben Affleck triumphed with the awards for best film, best director and best editing. ‘Life of Pi’ won the well-deserved prizes for cinematography and special effects. Best British film and best music score went to ‘Skyfall’.

Other awards went to ‘The Imposter’, ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ and, as the only real surprise, ‘Brave’.

So that’s BAFTA and Golden Globes over and done with. Now there’s just Oscars to go before the movie year 2012 is properly dealt with, and it will be held on 24th February. Personally I set more store by BAFTA – and even Golden Globes – than the Oscars, but it’s nonetheless the biggest award in the business, so it can’t be outright ignored.

BAFTA awards tonight. I haven’t watched nearly enough of the nominated films to justify making a full list of who I believe deserve to win in each category, but I would love to see the supporting actress award go to Anne Hathaway (‘Les Misérables’). If not her, then Bond lady #1, dame Judi Dench (‘Skyfall’).

‘Life of Pi’ deserves an award or two for its stunning visual accomplishments, and I wouldn’t cry if ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ got some creds for that either. It would be fun to see ‘Beast of the Southern Wild’ win for best adapted screenplay. And I will of course keep my fingers crossed for ‘Headhunters’, even though its chances of winning in the foreign movie cateogry against ‘Amour’, ‘Untouchables’, ‘Rust and Bone’ and ‘The Hunt’ are marginal.

The award show begins at 9 PM UTC. Best of luck!

Congratulations to Ben Affleck and ‘Argo’ for directing and best drama awards at the Golden Globes last night!

No major surprises otherwise, with ‘Django Unchained’ receiving the prize for screenplay, Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance in ‘Lincoln’, and Jessica Chastain for hers in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. I haven’t seen either yet, but both are majorly hyped, so let’s hope they were well-deserved. ‘Amour’ expectedly won best foreign movie award, the epic ‘Les Misérables’ won several awards almost by default, even if the movie’s received lukewarm reviews. Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ won best theme song (yay!), and ‘Life of Pi’ won for best score.

I was also happy to see ‘Homeland’ winning best series, actor and actress awards in a drama series (again), even though I would have loved to see some credit for Benedict Cumberbatch and ‘Sherlock’. I will also have to look into ‘Girls’, which won best series and actress in a comedy series.

Full list of winners here.