Monthly Archives: February 2012

Well That’s Just Silly

Name change?

REALLY?

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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

Pencils Down: My 2012 Oscar Predictions

There comes a point where I have to stop tinkering with my predictions and make my peace with, what is this year, a rather unexciting affair. The categories I feel a little uncertain on are those that depend on an Artist sweep and the Short Film and Documentary categories where I haven’t seen all the nominees. I’ll admit I chose The Shore as it has the most clout and I’m well aware my choice to vote against A Morning Stroll may come back to haunt me.

So I’m going to cover my back quickly by mentioning a War Horse/Hugo sound split, the potential of Hugo taking Cinematography if the Academy don’t finally pay their dues to Lubezki and The Artist maybe even snatching Original Screenplay off Woody Allen after its BAFTA win. And yes, I am still gunning for Rise, even after silly BAFTA went for Hugo. And surely Hugo will prevent The Artist from taking Art Direction, right?! It did have 11 nominations after all!

Oh, and lastly, we know how the Academy likes to award period pieces for their costumes. So maybe that’s one The Artist won’t take. But I still doubt it.

I’m going to be tweeting through the whole thing tonight (follow me @iamnotwaynegale), so join me there, or let me know if you disagree with anything I have to say in the comments section. I just strongly disagree with the ‘tick box’ theory. But we all know it happens – we only have to look back to Slumdog.

My predictions are obviously based on the way things have gone throughout this whole Oscar Race, so unless there are any big surprises, which I can’t see happening, this hopefully shouldn’t be too far off the mark.

It also excites me that I won’t have to write the word ‘Hazanavicius’ quite so many times after tomorrow. Check out my predictions below and make sure to check out the tally of how many Oscars I think each film will get right at the bottom of the post:

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2012 Oscar Predictions: The Voice Of The People – Sort Of

For those of you who follow me on Twitter (follow me @iamnotwaynegale), yesterday you would have been introduced to my next door neighbour, Becca, who provided that fabulous gem, “Did Timothy Spall play James Bond?” Quite honestly I was impressed she knew who he was.

When doing my rather amazing impression of Ryan Gosling talking to his daughter Frankie in Blue Valentine, Becca will go off at a tangent, talking about Frankie from Hollyoaks. And last week she made the cardinal sin – asking if Drive was like Fast And The Furious. Oh, and apparently Henry Cavill looks like a guy from Emmerdale on the Immortals standee. Feel my pain yet?

So, as she seems to be my own personal Karl Pilkington, I decided I should get her Oscar predictions, which was even more fun seeing as she’s only seen The Help and The Iron Lady. Check out the voice of the people’s Oscar picks 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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Stunners

These two make my heart melt just a little.

Even if it pains me how ridiculously talented they are.

Trailer Talk: Orgies, Sperm Donation, Drug Heists And Vampire Presidents

These should have been up at the beginning of the week, but as I’ve moaned about my laptop enough already, I won’t do it again….! Dance machines, sperm donation, a trip to the 1960s, Abraham Lincoln, drug heists, mind heists, sharks, tap dancing, orgies, Keira Knightley impressions and babies – let’s talk trailers. Continue reading