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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

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Winners

The SAG Awards (aka, The Night Meryl Was Silenced) have taken place and I think we were all a little surprised at just how well The Help did, taking the Best Ensemble prize away from The Artist and other hopeful contenders. But fans of the film shouldn’t be too hopeful, as The Help hasn’t got a chance for that Best Picture Oscar. This will probably be as far as Davis’ light shines this Oscar Race, but it’s a great achievement for her to have surpassed both Streep and Williams in SAG’s eyes. I also wonder now whether Clooney’s goose is well and truly cooked and if Dujardin really is unstoppable. Either way, Plummer is definitely the one to beat for Best Supporting, although the presence of von Sydow makes it a little more interesting. Check out SAG’s winners 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

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 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

2011 Alliance Of Women Film Journalists Award Nominations

The AWFJ have obviously had a lot of fun with their Actress Most In Need Of A New Agent and Hall Of Shame categories, but aside from that their choices aren’t particularly exciting (although they have opted for both Rickman and Serkis in the Best Supporting slot). Sacrilege occurs further down when naming Drive as a Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t, but the Most Egregious Age Difference category is rather amusing. Check out these rather unconventional nominations below: Continue reading

2011 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award Winners

Well this is all a little boring and predictable. But then there’s the brilliant choice of The Skin I Live In for Best Foreign Language Film and the inspired prizes for Obviously and Not-So-Obviously Worst Film. Check Oklahoma’s winners out below: Continue reading

2011 Black Film Critics Circle Award Winners

Barely any of the BFCC’s winners think too outside of the box, surprisingly, but this obviously has a lot to do with The Help already being an Oscar frontrunner. There’s a lot of love for Pariah and Attack The Block, with Albert Brooks once again rewarded for Drive and Warrior included in another Top Ten of the year. Check out all the winners below: Continue reading

2011 London Film Critics’ Circle Award Nominations

I really like these nominations. Possibly more than any other batch so far, simply because the LFCC have been willing to think OUTSIDE THE BOX. It’s not a hard thing to do, but The Golden Globes (whose nominations I haven’t even posted) could seriously learn a thing or two here. Drive and Tinker Tailor lead the way and more recognition has been given to Margaret and A Separation. The best category has got to be Breakthrough British Filmmaker Of The Year – how would you even start to judge that?! Check out the full list of nominations below: Continue reading

2011 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award Winners

It’s really great to see Drive still firmly in people’s minds, even if only on the periphery in anything other than Best Supporting Actor. The winners here aren’t anything out of the ordinary, but it’s interesting to see Mara rewarded for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and it really does make me think she could have eclipsed Noomi’s Lisbeth. But that’s hard to imagine! Apart from that, check out Alan Rickman’s nod further down with the rest of the winners below: Continue reading