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My 75% Success Rate And The 2012 Oscar Winners

After a very long and very predictable run-up, the 2012 Academy Awards are finally over, The Artist and Hugo winning five statues apiece. With Billy Crystal charming enough as host, I have to admit that I found myself wanting more of Chris Rock and that inspired Stiller/Stone pairing.

The night went without too many surprises, The Artist getting five out of the six I predicted after Editing went to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo which was a truly fantastic moment. As expected, Michel Hazanavicius’ name was pronounced a hundred different ways during the evening and Hugo pretty much cleared up in the technical fields. But trust Lady Meryl Streep to throw a spanner in the works and deprive Davis of what most people thought was a mortal lock by this point. She looked as surprised as we all felt, but you just can’t hate her, can you.

As I laid out in my predictions yesterday, I’d gone with my heart for Visual Effects and Cinematography, with Hugo taking both when I was hoping Lubezki would finally get what is so ridiculously overdue. Luckily, I was spot on with my two Short Film predictions as well as Documentary Short Subject, so that made up for my wrong choices there.

The Weinstein Effect paid off for Undefeated, the group dropping the only F-bomb of the night and consequently getting played off, but that was one of the only real interesting parts of the night. Don’t get me wrong, it was great seeing The Muppets take something home and I rather enjoyed Ferrell and Galifianakis being, well, Ferrell and Galifianakis, but the Oscars as a ceremony could be so much more. And I kind of longed to see what sort of carnage Brett Ratner could have brought.

Also, kudos to Christopher Plummer for getting up the stairs faster than Octavia Spencer and to McCarthy and Byrne for playing Shot Scorsese.

Next year, get Michael Bay on board. He’ll have the nominees shot out of a cannon.

See my predictions here (I need to beat 75% next year) and Becca’s predictions (if you want a bit of a laugh – let’s just say she’ll need to beat 16% of pure guess-work next year) here, both of which were posted before the ceremony yesterday and check out the full list of 2012 Academy Award winners below: Continue reading

2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Winners

By this late stage we should all be completely used to The Artist sweeping. But at the Spirit Awards?! SERIOUSLY?! I have to say I’m more than a little shocked. I was so desperate to see Michael Shannon finally get what he thoroughly deserved last night, but Dujardin snatched it away. Again. And don’t even get me started on the Academy leaving him out….

On a far more positive note, 50/50 gave Will Reiser a long overdue triumph, Woodley’s win makes me extremely happy and it’s refreshing not to see a Streep win in sight, even if it would have been nice to see more love for Sean Durkin’s debut.

Anyway, check out the full list of Spirit winners below:

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The 64th Writers Guild Of America Awards – Winners

Well this is interesting. The main point here is that under the WGA’s rules, The Artist was not eligible to be nominated, resulting in far less competition for the Best Original Screenplay win. But come Sunday – and with the lack of love for Midnight In Paris in regards to the Best Picture race – it’s hard not to see the Academy getting swept up in the magic of Hazanavicius’ film and award it over Allen (who should win). The Best Adapted winner, The Descendants, is hardly worth mentioning as I don’t see Hugo or Moneyball taking its crown, and as for the winner of Best Documentary Screenplay, the WGA chose Better This World, a film not even nominated by the Academy. Oh, and did I mention that the DGA and PGA also awarded documentaries that Oscar didn’t care to nominate? Check out the WGA winners below: Continue reading

The Richard Attenborough Film Awards – Winners

The RAFAs are a little different in that they are pretty much split equally between public and critic, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It brings up the obvious Twilight connections, but it also means that Gary Oldman, Arthur Christmas and Tintin were justly rewarded where they have been overlooked by so many other ceremonies. Away from the public, the critics went with the majority by choosing The Artist as Best Picture, but went for Fassbender and Hiddleston in other categories – well flipping played. And there’s no prizes for guessing the winner of the Most Anticipated Film Of 2012. Check out all the winners below: Continue reading

The 64th Annual DGA Awards – Winners

Is this the final word in the Best Director category? I think it might just be. The DGA also makes the Academy look stupid (again) for their bizarre final collection of Best Documentary nominees. They pretty much say it all here:

“The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the industry’s most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award. Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award. The six exceptions are as follows:

  • 1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar® for Oliver!
  • 1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA’s nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.
  • 1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar® went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.
  • 1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.
  • 2000: Ang Lee won the DGA Award for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Academy Award for Traffic.
  • 2002: Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for Chicago while Roman Polanski received the Academy Award for The Pianist.”

Anyway, check out the winners of the two film categories below: Continue reading

The 84th Academy Award Nominations

They’re finally here – the 2012 Oscar Nominations. See below for the full list of nominees: Continue reading

London Film Critics’ Circle Award Winners

Anna Paquin. Wow. London truly has spoken and I am so, so thrilled for the team behind Margaret for this.

When the nominations were released I said how excited they made me. This was proved after the BAFTA shortlist was released and made me realise just how much more the LFCC, BIFA and The Evening Standard Film Awards seemed to be celebrating homegrown talented as opposed to the alleged BRITISH, BAFTAS.

But I must make the point that I am more than happy with all the love The Artist is getting – it’s utterly charming and I haven’t had a smile on my face that big in the cinema for a very long time. Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

The 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards – Winners

It’s safe to say by this point that I am completely convinced The Artist will win the Best Picture accolade at the Oscars. I also think it deserves to. Its four wins here, including Best Picture and Director, help cement its position as firm favourite, with the only potential upset seeming to come from The Descendants or Scorsese taking Best Director. But I doubt it.

Viola Davis got her first major award of the season for her stunning work in The Help, which was also rewarded with two further wins (though I can still see Chastain snatching it from Spencer). It’s still a little hard to call Drive an ‘action’ film, but I’ll take any and all prizes that come its way, with The Muppets’ win also thoroughly deserved. The only huge surprise is in the Best Documentary category – although I’m not particularly happy with the tie for Cinematography, which should be The Tree Of Life or nothing.

Check out the full list of winners below:

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2011 Denver Film Critics Society Award Winners

The Descendants may have ruled Denver’s nominations, but it was The Tree Of Life that came away with the grand prize. Other than that, nothing is particularly surprising and Chastain wins another Breakout Star Award after her phenomenal year. Here’s hoping The Help earns her that Oscar nomination next week. Check out Denver’s winners below: Continue reading

2011 Alliance Of Women Film Journalists Award Winners

These Awards genuinely crack me up. A mixture of Razzies, Teen Choice and serious, well-thought out nominees, they’re a lot of fun amongst some of the more predictable Awards that have been presented over the past few weeks. There’s a lot of prizes here, ranging from Best Picture to Actress Most In Need Of A New Agent to Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star and I’m glad to see wins for Shame, proving (as it rightly should) that it isn’t a sexist film in any way. However, the last Award has to be the best. Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading