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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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What I’m Watching – August

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Limitless (Dir: Neil Burger, 2011) ****

The Inbetweeners Movie (Dir: Ben Palmer, 2011) ****

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Dir: Rupert Wyatt, 2011) ****

The Skin I Live In (Dir: Pedro Almodovar, 2011) ****

Lars And The Real Girl (Dir: Craig Gillespie, 2007) ****

Into The Wild (Dir: Sean Penn, 2007) *****

The Kids Are All Right (Dir: Lisa Cholodenko, 2010) ****

Half Nelson (Dir: Ryan Fleck, 2006) ****

Cowboys & Aliens (Dir: Jon Favreau, 2011) **

Drive (Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011) *****

Warrior (Dir: Gavin O’Connor, 2011) *****

Moon (Dir: Duncan Jones, 2009) *****

Review: The Tree of Life (2011)

DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick.

CAST: Brad Pitt, Hunter McCracken, Jessica Chastain, Laramie Eppler, Sean Penn, Tye Sheridan, Fiona Shaw.

SYNOPSIS: Jack O’Brien (McCracken) and his two brothers (Eppler, Sheridan) grow up in the 1960s, spending their days carefree and full of play. We witness firsthand the loss of innocence through Jack’s eyes as he experiences his first brushes with death and suffering. The world is no longer as perfect as he believed and his family struggle with his quick progression into adolescence. Running parallel to this, an older Jack (Penn) tries to atone and understand past events in his life, working towards being able to forgive his father (Pitt).

To say The Tree of Life is grandiose is a complete understatement. It is beautiful, indulgent, heartfelt and extremely honest. And I truly believe it to be a masterpiece. Clichés aside, Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning film has been rather controversial, being booed at Cannes and five people walked out when I saw it. But I believe this to be a sign of a great filmmaker, somebody who divides opinion and stems controversial discussion. At the end of the day, this isn’t going to be a film people forget.
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