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Yes, Yes, Well Done Affleck, But…

Don’t get me wrong, I liked Argo – I really, really liked Argo – but it wasn’t my favourite film of 2012. That title belongs to Shame, with Beasts Of The Southern Wild in second place.

So thank you Steve McQueen for using Twelve Years A Slave to bring this little one…

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…and this, err, not so little one together.

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I Should Probably Post These Oscar Nominations, Then

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Seeing as everyone was a little Oscar’d out yesterday, I thought I’d wait until today to put these up. I’m not going to say too much, as I think I exhausted my point over on Twitter (@iamnotwaynegale) and said everything I wanted to when predicting my nominations here.

‘Snubs’ aside, all I’ll say is that I’m absolutely thrilled for Benh Zeitlin and little Quvenzhané and really pleased Eiko Ishioka gets a fitting tribute.

Check out the full list of nominees for the 85th Academy Awards below: Continue reading

Alliance Of Women Film Journalists Award Winners

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The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists really do crack me up. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a woman, but some of the categories these ladies use to reward feminism or slap the hand of those who aren’t doing us many favours are downright hysterical.

Zero Dark Thirty is their outright winner (it led the nominations) and the other acting awards don’t defer from what we’ve already seen, but with awards such as ‘Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star’ and ‘Actress Most In Need Of A New Agent’, you need to give this list of winners a proper look – even if they do piss all over my love of Anna Karenina. But they do give Adam Sandler a stern telling off and, at present, that can only be a good thing.

Check out their winners below: Continue reading

2012 Houston Film Critics Society Nominations

Houston, you’re so boring. Apart from including Cloud Atlas, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and the wonderful Matthew McConaughey, I guess. But maybe I’m just bitter because you nominated Anna Karenina for Worst Film of 2012.

Check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading

2012 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Nominations

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St. Louis loves a bit of Tarantino!

There’s a little bit more breathing space away from the usual suspects in this batch of nominations, with Moonrise Kingdom getting a lot of very deserved nods and a few more interesting people popping up in the Acting categories, including Aubrey Plaza, Jamie Foxx, John Goodman, William H. Macy and Emma Watson.

There’s also the inclusion of Best Arthouse or Festival Film and Best Scene, but as for Best Comedy, Ted can definitely bore off.

Check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading

2012 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Winners

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Though Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln led the nominations, Zero Dark Thirty seems to be dominating pretty much everything at present.

Daniel Day-Lewis may have taken Best Actor, but Bigelow and Chastain are looking to be a formidable force in regards to Best Picture, Director and Actress.

WAFCA showered more love on Anne Hathaway and Philip Seymour Hoffman, with Les Miserables beating a lot of stiff competition to Best Ensemble and the brilliant ParaNorman taking the spotlight off Disney momentarily.

Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

2012 New York Film Critics Online Winners

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So it’s looking pretty fun to be Kathryn Bigelow right about now.

Currently on a bit of a roll, it’s difficult not to sense a pattern forming – albeit a very early one – but things are certainly looking good for the director.

Day-Lewis, Riva, Jones and Hathaway are further cementing their chances of an Oscar nomination and Quvenzhane Wallis’ streak of Best Actress and Best Breakthrough wins can’t be harming her campaign, either.

Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

2012 National Board Of Review Award Winners

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Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Zero Dark Thirty are riding the crest of a rather awesome wave right now. Yeah, someone really did use that saying in a conversation with me once. But let’s leave Sussex sensibilities behind for a minute and focus on Bigelow and Zeitlin.

Things are going pretty swimmingly for the pair, with Bigelow fresh off her NYFCC win, Zeitlin winning yet another accolade for his direction and both receiving prizes for their leading ladies.

It’s great to see Looper receiving Best Original Screenplay, but the money’s still on Moonrise Kingdom, especially when the Academy seem to keep sci-fi offerings reserved to the technical fields. But I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed for more Rian Johnson nominations and it’s brilliant to see it make their top ten, as it’ll definitely make my list of the best 2012’s had to offer.

Talking of their top ten, indie offerings sit alongside Oscar frontrunners, with The Perks Of Being A Wallflower getting a very deserved mention.

Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

2013 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

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Sound the bongos – it’s a double nomination for Matthew McConaughey.

Jack Black’s nomination for Bernie is surely set to keep him ontrack for a Golden Globe nod and Emayatzy Corinealdi returns to contest Little Miss Hushpuppy once more, making it pretty clear that we’ll be seeing a lot more of the Middle Of Nowhere star before the season’s through.

Brit Marling gets some love, as does The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and Ruby Sparks, but you can always trust the Spirit Awards to dig up something a little different and nominate those who often go unseen for the rest of the season, so check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

Review: Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012)

DIRECTOR: Benh Zeitlin.

CAST: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry, Gina Montana, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper, Joseph Brown, Philip Lawrence.

SYNOPSIS: Hushpuppy (Wallis) and her father, Wink (Henry), live in a ramshackle area of Louisiana known as the Bathtub. Life is full of reverie and the tightknit community hunt for their food all day and party all night. But when a great storm threatens to ruin everything they have, six year-old Hushpuppy and her father face an adventure bigger than they could ever have imagined.

It’s a rare thing to find a film that moves the ground beneath you and shakes you to your core, but Benh Zeitlin’s first feature-length film does just that, investigating the boundaries of primal family life in the back end of Louisiana, while releasing delicately handled political and environmental ripples across the waters of the Bathtub. Continue reading