The morning after … Oscars 2014 – Recap and Reflections

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Happy Monday everybody! Soooo… how many of you stayed up late to watch the Oscars last night? Well I live tweeted for the most part, I find that it’s easier than doing a live blog. As the Oscar attendees got ready this Sunday, I went to brunch, gym, prepared dinner and went downstairs to my entertainment room an hour before the ceremony started.

Well, first things first…

The Winners!

These are the 14 I predicted, which I got all correct except one for Best Documentary:

  1. Best picture: “12 Years a Slave”
  2. Best director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
  3. Best lead actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
  4. Best lead actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
  5. Best supporting actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
  6. Best supporting actress: Lupita N’yongo, “12 Years a Slave”
  7. Best animated feature: “Frozen”
  8. Best feature documentary: “20 Feet From Stardom”
  9. Best foreign-language film: “The Great Beauty”
  10. Best adapted screenplay: “12 Years A Slave”
  11. Best original screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her”
  12. Best original score: “Gravity”
  13. Best cinematography: “Gravity”
  14. Best original song: “Let It Go,” from “Frozen”

Gravity won the most awards tonight, with seven Oscar. Wahoo!! So it won for Best Cinematography (yay Emmanuel Lubezki!), Best Editing, Best Score (congrats Steven Price!), Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and the first Mexican filmmaker ever to win, Alfonso Cuarón was named Best Director. If only it also won Best Picture, but ah well, I already knew it’d be a split.

Favorite Winners of the Night

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Congrats Cate, Matt, Jared, Spike, Lupita and Alfonso!
[happy dance] :D
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Red Carpet Stuff

These are my two favorites:

BlanchettOscarDressI REALLY love how she wore this unabashedly sparkly feminine dress with such panache. I LOVE her dress simply because of the way she wears it.

NyongO_OscarDressI LOVE how Lupita Nyong’O handles color. She has been making one amazing dress choice after another. I’m not super crazy about the shape of this pale blue dress, but she carried it off so well. And that bandeau made her look like Cinderella at the ball! She’s just too cute for words.

I quite like the rest of the acting nominees (sorry, not crazy for Meryl Streep or June Squibb‘s dress to be honest)

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Dapper men on the red carpet!

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Before the ceremony even begun though, Benedict Cumberbatch already WON Oscars 2014 with THIS awesome photobomb:

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Favorite Speeches:

“I love you mom …Thanks for helping me to dream.” — Jared Leto, acknowledging his mom and brother in his acceptance speech. VERY cool that he showed love for his family.

“No matter where you come from, your dream is valid.” — Lupita Nyong’O. No matter how , acknowledging his mom and brother in his acceptance speech. VERY cool that he showed love for his family.

“Films with women at the helm are not a “niche”, but do, in fact, make money.”  – Cate Blanchett, championing women in film in her defiant acceptance speech. Yes, you go girl!!

There’s no vid of the actual acceptance speech, but this is a clip of her in the Winners Room:

Matthew McConaughey‘s speech was rather odd at times, but I’m glad he thanked God, which is apparently a rare thing at the Oscars according to this website. He said he needed three things to survive: God, family and someone to look up to as a hero.

“First off, I’d like to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand … [He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late (British actor) Charlie Laughton, who said, ‘When you got God you got a friend and that friend is you.”

He got no applause for that, which I’m not surprised at all, this is Hollywood after all. In any case, it turns out that hero is himself 10 years down the line…  “My hero’s always 10 years away … I’m never going to attain that. That keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.” He also thanked his wife, children, mother and his gumbo-loving late father. And hey, he didn’t leave out his signature ‘awright, awright, awright.’ Classic!

My all time fave speech of the night is Alfonso Cuarón‘s all the way. He’s just so humble but hilarious:
“For many of us making this film was a transformative experience … For a lot of people that transformation was wisdom. For me it was just the colour of my hair.” But the funniest bit was when he thanked the *wise guys* at Warner Bros, before quickly correcting himself with saying ‘wise men’ Mwahahaha!!



Highlights

  • First award given I’m super stoked about… but not really surprised. FROZEN for Best Animated Feature. Wahoo!! Nice to see a female director up on stage, too.
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  • Absolutely love Joseph Gordon Levitt & Emma Watson… Best Presenter Couple of the night. Sooo adorable, I wonder why they don’t just date in real life!
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  • Matthew McConaughey looks dapper and quite a gentleman presenting with the very odd looking Kim Novak. That’s what’s excessive plastic surgery do to you folks. But Matthew seems very gracious and gentlemanly throughout.
  • The Oscar Selfie that crashed Twitter! It broke record as the most-shared image with 2 million retweets over the course of two hours of the telecast! Nice to see that these celebs can be goofy just like us!
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  • Lupita Nyong’O winning Best Supporting Actress. YES!! She did such an amazing job as Patsy in 12 Years A Slave. I was hoping either she or Sally Hawkins would take home the gold. I’m happy Nyong’O won and her speech was awesome. You go girl!
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  • Bill Murray‘s tribute to his friend… “Oh, we forgot one,” says Murray before he announced Best Cinematography. “Harold Ramis, for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.”
  • Spike Jonze won Best Original Screenplay, YAY!! So well-deserved, I wouldn’t even mind Her winning
  • I have to admit the whole Pizza Delivery shenanigan is absurdly-wonderful! It’s so out of character for the traditionally more button-up ceremony that made it all the more fun. Ellen actually ordered pizza and the delivery guy obviously had the time of his life going to the Oscars! Imagine delivering pizza to Han Solo/Indiana Jones himself, man!!! Earlier Harrison Ford seemed grumpy when presenting an award, so maybe he was just starving!
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    Thanks to FanSided for this awesome GIF!

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    Brad Pitt handing out plates is just priceless!

  • Chris Evans presenting… I thought he looked sooo good I barely registered what it was he’s presenting. I think it was a bunch of clips about heroes?? Well I guess it’s fitting coming from Captain America himself.
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So how did Ellen do as host?

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Well I happen to enjoy her hosting duties. I thought she was hilarious but not mean-spirited. Hope she’ll be back next year.

She started off by making fun of the L.A. weather “It has been a tough couple of days for us here. It’s been raining.” Ahah yeah, we barely made it ABOVE zero here where I live.

Here are some of my favorite jokes:

“I’m not going to say who looks the most beautiful, but it’s clear. It’s Jared Leto. I mean, he’s the prettiest. Boy is he pretty. Nominated for best supporting actor, and Matthew McConaughey also pretty by the way but a different, like a rugged, dirty, a dirty pretty, like a rugged dirty pretty. Good dirty, not bad dirty. Both nominated for Dallas Buyers Club, a very important movie. It deals with the serious issue of people who have sex at rodeos. Don’t do it.”

“A little background on Bruce [Dern]. His grandfather was the governor of Utah, his great uncle was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and his Godmother was Eleanor Roosevelt. And here you are among us tonight. What went wrong?”

“One of the nominees is Her and by Her, I mean Meryl Streep.”

The whole Pizza bit was hilarious!! So ok the show went a bit longer but THIS was fun and I don’t mind it one bit. I mean, between the A-list selfie that broke Twitter, ordering pizza and collecting money in a hat, it feels like the *people’s Oscar* this year, more casual and goofy than usual.
PizzaOscar2014“I don’t have any money. Sandy [Sandra Bullock] you have money. You got a lot of money. Where is Harvey Weinstein? Harvey? “ Mwahahahaha!

Later on, after most of the pizza were consumed, she continued on the joke about paying for them!
“So I borrowed Pharrell’s hat, and I thought I’d pass it around and get some money for the pizza.” *She then proceeded to get money from the likes of Kevin Spacey and Brad Pitt, she basically cajoled Brad Pitt to give her more than the $20 bucks he initially threw in the hat. When it came to Lupita Nyong’o, she opened her tiny purse and gave her a lip gloss instead. Ellen threw it in her pocket saying, ‘It’s your lip gloss? Ok now that’s gonna be worth something.”
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So how did I do on my predictions?

Well, I did better than last year as I got 13 out of 14 predictions right. But really, this year has been quite predictable. I think the only TRULY nail-biting major categories were Best Supporting Actress, but I think Lupita Nyong’O has been gaining a lot of traction this award season.

American Hustle got ZERO awards despite a whopping 10 nominations! WOW, talk about a complete shutout. According to this TIME article, Only two films have ever received worse snubs: 1977′s The Turning Point and 1985′s The Color Purple, which were each nominated for 11 awards, but didn’t win a thing. Other films that share the dubious distinction of receiving 10 nominations with no wins are 2002′s Gangs of New York and 2010′s True Grit. Ouch.

But hey, don’t feel sorry for the losing Oscar nominees as none would go home empty handed. Apparently the Oscar’s goodie bag is  worth $85,000, ranging from gifts from $6 to $16,000. The strangest gift yet? $2,700 “O-Shot” procedure to help a woman’s sex drive [????], you can read about the rest of the gifts here.

Now, even though I was pulling for Gravity to win Best Picture, I’m not terribly disappointed that 12 Years of Slave won. It’s cute seeing the usually solemn director Steve McQueen leaped on stage as he was cheered by his cast and crew!

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Least fave moments:

Bette Midler singing Wing Beneath My Wings. I don’t hate the song, but I REALLY didn’t like her singing it tonight, especially after such a beautiful theme of Somewhere In Time of In Memoriam. Same with Idina Menzel‘s live rendition of Let It Go. I personally prefer the First Time in Forever song anyway, but Menzel’s singing was so pitchy and she looked like she was struggling with the song that it was cringe-worthy! Glad that it won Best Song though.

Seeing this pic of Philip Seymour Hoffman… still can’t believe he’s gone :( I appreciate The Academy showing his photo last and the longest though, but still, that can’t bring him back …

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So did you watch the Oscars last night? Thoughts on the winners and what’s your pick of best/worst moments?

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Oscar 2014 Winner Predictions & Reminiscing on Best Actor/Actress Nominees’ Early Roles

TheOscarsLogoThe film industry’s biggest night is just three days away. Dozens upon dozens of award ceremonies have taken place in the past few months, culminating on Sunday with the Academy Awards! I figured I’ll join in on the fun of predicting who will win the Oscars, split into two categories. The ‘Should Win’ here who I’m championing to win based on what I’ve seen. Nothing scientific here, the winning predictions are based on what I’ve read/heard, other awards up until now, as well as pure gut instincts. So here goes:

BEST PICTURE
Will Win: “12 Years a Slave”
Should Win: “Gravity”

Have you checked out the Bloggers Roundtable Post over at Keith’s blog? Thanks Keith for inviting me to take part with my favorite bloggers!

BEST DIRECTOR
Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón
Should Win: Alfonso Cuarón

BEST ACTOR
Will Win: Matthew McConaughey
Should Win: [Since I haven't seen Dallas Buyer's Club] Chiwetel Ejiofor

BEST ACTRESS
Will Win: Cate Blanchett
Should Win: Cate Blanchett

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Will Win: Jared Leto
Should Win: Michael Fassbender

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o
Should Win: Sally Hawkins

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Will Win: “Her”
Should Win: “Her”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Will Win: “12 Years a Slave”
Should Win: “Captain Phillips”

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Will Win: “Frozen”
Should Win: “Frozen”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Will Win: “The Square”
Should Win: “The Act of Killing”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Will Win: “The Great Beauty”

Should Win: “The Hunt”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Will Win: “Gravity”
Should Win: “Gravity”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Will Win: “Gravity”
Should Win: “Gravity”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Will Win: “Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Should Win: “Let It Go” from “Frozen”

Reminiscing on Acting Nominees’ Early Roles

Now, I’d like to do something different this year than simply predicting the winners. I was inspired by something I saw a couple of nights ago whilst I was at the gym. ABC always airs interviews with the acting nominees and show clips of their previous films. Well, it made me reminisce on the first time I saw each of the Best Actor/Actress nominees and how I felt about them then. For the purpose of this post, I’m only focusing on the leading category for this post. So allow me to walk down memory lane for a bit.

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Amy Adams

AmyAdamsJunebugFirst saw her was in Catch Me If You Can but for some odd reason, I didn’t remember her until much later after I saw the film. She had a small role as a Southern Belle type hospital nurse whom Leo DiCaprio’s character proposed to. But the role that really impressed me was Junebug where she also played a Southerner, a young mother to-be who thinks that her baby would solve her marital strain. It’s a bit of an odd film but I definitely remember her in that, and clearly the Academy did too, as it earned her first of five nominations.

Cate Blanchett

CateBlanchettLOTRIt was her role in the mega blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring that made me notice the Aussie thespian. I absolutely loved her voice as she narrated the story. After that I went back to watch her Oscar-nominated role Elizabeth, which to this day I still think she’s far more worthy of the Oscar win than Gwyneth Paltrow was in Shakespeare in Love. I’ve never NOT been impressed by her performance since, I’m constantly in awe of her versatility and chameleonic quality, convincingly speaking whatever accent is required of her. Balancing small films like Little Fish, Veronica Guerin to a big-budget production like The Aviator, she seems to be able to do it all effortlessly. Even in a terrible movie like Indiana Jones 4, she’s still very watchable.

Sandra Bullock

SandraBullockSpeedI might’ve seen Sandra in Working Girl TV series but for some reason I didn’t realize she’s the same girl in Speed! I didn’t recognize her with her big wavy hair, ahah. So I have to say it’s her big break in the hit action flick, which was also Keanu Reeve’s breakthrough role, that made me notice her. I liked her straight away and I’ve always been fond of her since. She might not have Blanchett’s range, but she more than make up for it in congeniality – no surprise that she made two movies bearing that sentiment as it’s so tailor-made for her. I’m one of the few who didn’t mind that she won Best Actress for The Blind Side, but her dramatic chop is stretched even further in Gravity.

Judi Dench

JudiDenchGoldeneyeOne of British finest Dames has had a long career in various stage, TV and film work before she made history as the first female M in the James Bond series. So I first noticed her as Bond’s snarky boss in Goldeneye, who aptly and memorably calls him a ‘sexist, misogynist dinosaur.’ Bravo! Only three years later she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in Shakespeare in Love despite being on screen for a mere 8 minutes. The one British monarch role I absolutely love her in was Mrs. Brown where she played an older Queen Victoria who found friendship in her servant Mr. Brown as she was mourning her husband’s death.

Meryl Streep

MerylStreepKramervsKramerAn acting living legend has a staggering 17 Oscar nominations (3 wins), the most of ANY performer of all time. The first time I saw her was in Kramer vs. Kramer when I was a kid, where she won her first Best Actress Oscar. That film was indelible as I remember being quite frightened by the scene where her kid fell in the playground, being carried home by her on-screen husband Dustin Hoffman. I haven’t seen a lot of her work and to be frank, she’s not really a favorite of mine even if she’s always impressive in everything I’ve seen her in. I definitely enjoyed seeing her as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, that’s really a fun role for her where she gets to be this larger-than-life meanie without being cartoonish.

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Christian Bale

Bale_MidsummerNightsDreamI honestly can’t remember when I first saw Bale in movies. I know it’s long before he don the cape as the Dark Knight, and it wasn’t his movie big break as a child actor in Empire of the Sun as I saw that after Batman. So it could very well be his small supporting role in Midsummer Night’s Dream as I saw that one on the big screen. It’s interesting to see the ever-so-serious Bale in a Shakespearean fantasy comedy. I barely remember what the whole story was about but I remember how dreamy he was in it, hard to imagine him doing a fluffy role like that, but I think he should just to break things up from all the solemn and dark stuff he does nowadays.

Bruce Dern

BruceDernNebraskaThis is the only time in a long while where I haven’t seen any of the work of an actor prior to the one being nominated. I have heard of him but somehow I just never saw him in anything. I have to rectify that situation at some point as I was quite impressed by his performance in Nebraska. People constantly tell me he’s played great bad guys in his younger days, so I just have to check those out!

Leonardo DiCaprio

LeoDiCaprioGrowingPainsI’m always amazed and in awe at Leo’s career trajectory as I first saw him in one of my favorite series Growing Pains! He was so dorky looking but even then you knew he was special. After that I never saw any of his film roles until Titanic, in which I had a slight crush on Jack Dawson (which teen girl wasn’t?). So of course I saw a bunch of his films after that, even the really obscure one like Total Eclipse as a French poet (sans the French accent) where he even had a gay sex scene with David Thewlis. Leo even did a Western in The Quick & The Dead, though by that point I was already crushing on Russell Crowe who never looked better in a film.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

EjioforChildrenOfMenFirst time I noticed Ejiofor was in Children of Men, though I might’ve seen him in Inside Man as well before that. A year later I saw him in American Gangster, with fellow hunky Brit Idris Elba, both playing Americans on opposite sides of Denzel Washington’s character. I’m so glad he’s now getting more recognition, hopefully it’ll bring more leading roles for Ejiofor, as he obviously has the chops. Interesting that both him and Elba has also played leading roles in Mandela-related films, Ejiofor was the lead in this dramatic gem Endgame.

Matthew McConaughey

McConaugheyWeddingPlannerThe role I first took notice of this Southern hunk happens to be in one of my guilty pleasure rom-com The Wedding Planner opposite J-Lo. I thought he was sooo darn hunky and sweet in that movie. I think I might’ve seen him prior to that on Boys on the Side but I can’t remember what he even looked like in that movie. Funny that he was in a sci-fi movie about dragons with fellow 2014 nominee Christian Bale in Reign of Fire, and back then he got top billing over the lesser known Bale. I skipped a bunch of McConaughey’s movies for a while, I have to admit I wasn’t a fan until I saw him in The Lincoln Lawyer. Nice to see his career renaissance – aptly coined The McConissance – of late, he’s poised to win this Sunday.


Thoughts on my predictions? More importantly, would you share your first cinematic memory with any of the Best Actor/Actress nominees?

Weekend Plans? How about catching up on Oscar-nominated films you might’ve missed

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Welcome to the weekend, everyone!! It’s Martin Luther King (MLK)  day on Monday so I get an extra day, yay! :D

What are your weekend plans? Are you going to the movies to catch up on all those Oscar nominees you’ve missed? Check out my Oscar nomination commentary post in case you don’t know which ones those are. Well, as customary, some studios are taking advantage of the nominations to expand the number of theaters, no doubt some would get an Oscar boost of exposure.

AugustOsageCty_CollageAccording to Box Office Mojo, Gravity is expanding to 944 theaters nationwide, whilst August: Osage County is going to be in over 2000 theaters. Not bad at all for an indie film with only $20 mil budget, but not surprised considering the distributor is The Weinstein Company, who’s no stranger to Oscar campaigning. Stay tuned for a guest review of August: Osage County for this weekend from someone who’s seen the stage play.

My #2 fave film of the year, Her, is currently open in more than 1700 theaters. So no reason for you not to catch it! ;) Apparently Captain Phillips is still in theaters (about 900 theaters nationwide) and Dallas Buyers Club is shown in about 400 theaters.  All of the films I mentioned are on my Top 10 list of 2013, so obviously I highly recommend them!

One film that’d likely get a MLK Day boost is 12 Years a Slave. According to EW.com,  the studio will re-release it into 700 theaters nationwide today. Can you believe it that it’s made less than $40 mil so far since its limited release back in October? I hope it won’t end up to be the lowest-grossing Oscar Best Picture winner (IF it won that is). Anyway, to mark Dr King’s birthday, the studio made a recut 12 Years promo that combines footage of the film and audio from King’s I Have a Dream speech, delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during 1963′s March on Washington. Apparently, Dr. King gave his speech not far from where the real-life Solomon Northup was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Wow, I did not know that. Check out the video below:

Well, in the new releases front, we’ve got a Ride Along (billed as a Training Day comedy w/ Ice Cube & Kevin Hart), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and the horror movie Devil’s Due. Since I’ve seen the Jack Ryan movie (expect review next week), I’ll probably do home cinema this weekend and watch It Happened One Night, one of my BlindSpot list, yay!


So what are you going to watch this weekend? Movie theater or home cinema for you?

2014 Oscar Nominations: The Good, the Bad and the WTF

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WOW, has it been a year already?? I felt like I was just doing this Oscar prediction thing not that long ago! Well, the stars might not have even recovered from the Golden Globes, for better or for worse. Methinks there’d be a mix of old veterans and newcomers all vying for taking the golden bald dude home.

As I’ve been doing the past couple of years, this is the fun time for movie bloggers to scrutinize the nominations to death, ahah. I actually woke up extra early so I could catch the telecast of the nomination itself, with Thor erm Chris Hemsworth making the announcement with the Academy’s president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

I didn’t make a post of my nomination predictions this year, I only tweeted who’d be nominated for Best Picture. I guessed that it’d be 8 nominations instead of 9 last year, but apparently the number ended up being the same.

So apparently I was off by one and I had guessed that Blue Jasmine would make it, instead it’s Philomena. I haven’t seen either one though, so I can’t say which one I’d prefer. The other nom I haven’t seen is Dallas Buyers Club.

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  1. Gravity
  2. 12 Years a Slave
  3. American Hustle
  4. Captain Phillips
  5. Her
  6. Nebraska
  7. Dallas Buyers Club
  8. The Wolf of Wall Street
  9. Philomena

 Anyway, you can see the full nominations here. Below’s my thoughts:

The Good

  • I’m most pleased seeing Spike Jonze getting three nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Song The Moon Song, which was sung by Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson in the film.


  • Happy to see Christian Bale getting a Best Actor nomination, didn’t see that coming. But it truly was an excellent performance and an Oscar-worthy role from the consistently stellar actor.
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  • Congrats to Barkhad Abdi for as close to being the Christoph Waltz of the year, he’s been nominated by pretty much every major awards out there: BAFTA, Golden Globes, SAG, and now Oscars! It’s even more impressive as this is his first EVER role in any format, as he’s never done a stage or even TV acting before. I sure wish him all the best and hope that this would NOT be the last time we see him on screen!
  • YES for The Hunt up for Best Foreign Language Film! Thank you the Academy for not overlooking that one, now if only we could get a win out of that one as well, it’d make up for not seeing Mads Mikkelsen in Best Actor category. I’d think he’s eligible even if the film is not amongst the main Best Picture noms? I don’t know, maybe an Oscar expert can enlighten me on this one?
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    Joshua with one of The Act of Killing’s producers Werner Herzog

    I’m thrilled to see The Act of Killing was shortlisted for Best Documentary! I remember talking to director Joshua Oppenheimer last August in my interview that he would be submitting his film to the Oscars. It’s one of my Top 10 films of 2013, and I can’t recommend it enough. Trust me, you’d never see a documentary like it before.

  • Overall I agree with pretty much ALL of the Best Actor nominations, though I haven’t seen Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyer’s Club (the only one I’ve missed so far), I really think he warranted the nom and perhaps the frontrunner of the pack. Of course I’d rather see Joaquin Phoenix amongst the nom, as I for one didn’t think too highly of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. Yes the physical comedy bit was hysterical but overall it’s not THAT different from other performances he did where he played an unhinged character. I think he’s done better performances in the past that might’ve merited the nom more than this one.
  • YES for Frozen in the Best Animated Feature category! It’s like last year’s Brave as my favorite animated film of the year, one I don’t mind seeing over and over again!
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  • I’ve seen all of the films in the Best Cinematography category except for Prisoners. Sorry Roger Deakins, I know this marks your 11th nomination, but I’d love to see Emmanuel Lubezki win this thing as his work for Gravity is absolutely superb.
  • I’m rooting for William Butler and Owen Pallett for their score for Her. I honestly didn’t think John Williams‘ work is all that great in The Book Thief , but I really respect his work as a composer so I’m not going to complain too much.

The Bad

  • As I’ve said above, I had been rooting for Joaquin Phoenix to get a nom :(
  • EmmaThompson_SavingMrBanksOh and where is Emma Thompson?? Come on Academy! You’d rather give it to Meryl Streep for the 18th time?? Ok so she was good as the pill-popping, toxic-spewing matriarch of the Weston family in August: Osage County but there’s as much scenery-chewing in that performance than actually good acting. Thompson is more deserving to be included here! A bit of trivia here according to Josh the Oscars expert, whilst this is Meryl Streep’s 18th nomination, it would’ve been Emma Thompson’s FIRST nomination in 18 years :(
  •  Hoyte Van Hoytema is robbed for his amazing cinematography work in Her. Seriously, it’s one of the most enchanting visual storytelling I’ve seen in a long while that enhances the story so much. I found this article talking about Hoytema’s process of capturing the right mood for Jonze’s film, “Van Hoytema used an array of glass that would allow him to capture the intimacy of the characters’ relationship, as well as the physicality of light, something the cinematographer says was integral to the character Samantha’s experiences of seeing things for the first time. I was literally in awe and mesmerized by the distinctive look of the film as I was watching it, more so than any other film nominated in this category.
  • Speaking of being robbed, seriously, where is Daniel Brühl??! Yeah I know he’s probably going to lose to Jared Leto, I mean without seeing the performance, if I were a betting woman I’d put my money on Leto. But at the very least Brühl should’ve been in the running. Even Niki Lauda himself would’ve vouched for him as he wasn’t simply imitating the F1 star with his fantastic performance. Jonah Hill‘s flashy performance is sooo overrated it’s not even funny! Heck, I’d rather see Will Forte get a nomination instead of him as he was pretty darn good in his first dramatic role in Nebraska. No scenery-chewing necessary.
  • WOW, no love at all for Lee Daniels’ The Butler?? I thought it was a solid drama, even better than Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which I’m not surprised nor bummed it didn’t get a nomination. Hmmm, I wonder if The Weinstein Company’s snafu over the title could’ve been one of the reasons?

The WTF

I think most people who care about the Oscars are likely to care as much about who gets snubbed than those who got in. Some of them I’ve mentioned above but these list are dedicated for the dishonor of the award season. Once again, look no further than the Directing category…

  • Last year the *honors* went to Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow for being snubbed for ARGO and Zero Dark Thirty respectively. This year it’s Paul Greengrass! His excellent thriller Captain Phillips made the Best Picture list but he’s not amongst Best Director noms. Heh, good thing the American Cinema Editors recognized his work, he’s to be awarded its filmmaker of the year award on February 7 (per Variety).
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  • Speaking of the Captain, neither is Tom Hanks! I’d rather see Hanks get in than Leo personally, yes even at Joaquin Phoenix’s expense I would not have minded as much. In the same camp is Robert Redford, who everyone seems to have been praising, but I haven’t seen All Is Lost so I can’t say.
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  • As for the rest of the acting snubs, according to Indiewire, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Daniel Bruhl all got nods from SAG, BAFTA, the Globes and the Critics Choice. To get all four of those and still miss out on Oscar is a very rare occasion.
  • Sad to see one of my favorite songs of the year Young and Beautiful got overlooked again! It’s such a gorgeous song… here I’m putting this again though I had posted it in my Music Break post:


  • So the F1 thriller/drama RUSH was pretty much left out of the track all together. I’m not as bummed about Ron Howard not getting a nod than not seeing Daniel Brühl, as I’ve mentioned above. He’s far better than both Bradley Cooper AND Jonah Hill!
  • OscarIsaac_OscarSnubNow, I wouldn’t have put Inside Llewyn Davis amongst Best Picture nominees, but Oscar Isaac should’ve been in the running for Best Actor! He’s an incredible actor who’s proven his talents many times before and I was hoping this would’ve been his real big break! His name IS Oscar AND capable of Oscar-worthy performances, heck he should’ve won one by now!
  • Another snub for Inside Llewyn Davis is in the Best Score and Best Song category! Man, I thought the music is phenomenal, certainly my favorite part of the film aside from Isaac’s performance.
  • Lastly, I quite enjoyed American Hustle but truthfully, I don’t know if it’s THAT good to lead the nomination pack with 10 nominations (tied with the far more deserving Gravity?!) I sure hope Jennifer Lawrence won’t win Best Supporting category.

    Yes I know it’s perhaps more far-fetched than the premise of Her, but I’d have liked to see Scarlett Johansson getting a surprise nod for her amazing voice work as the OS Samantha. It’s so integral to the success of the film. But oh well, since she’s not even in the running, I’m rooting for Lupita Nyong’o. My second preference: June Squibb.


The 86th Academy Awards will air March 2 from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, it’ll be shown live on ABC.


Well, that’s my reaction to the 2014 nominations. What are your Oscars-related delights and gripes?

FlixChatter’s 2014 Golden Globes Coverage: Predictions, Winners & Event Highlights

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The glitz and glamor of Award Season kicks off tonight with the 71st Golden Globes Awards… just four days shy of the Oscar nominations. Boy,  I didn’t realize how close the GG telecast is to Oscar noms, but hey I guess Awards chatter is already going full throttle anyway.

Despite the traditional cheers and jeers of the nominations, at least there wasn’t a real head-scratcher like The Tourist being nominated a couple of years back [thank goodness!] For some reason I completely forgot that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler also hosted last year but I’m just blasé about both of them, and all I’m watching for is the Film nominations as I barely watch any TV these days.

WoodyAllenDianeKeatonNow, before I get to my predictions, let’s talk about the honorary Golden Globes, known as the Cecil B. DeMille Award, named after its first ever honoree in 1952. Last year it was bestowed to Jodie Foster and this year, it’ll be director Woody Allen who’ll be the honorary recipient this time. Now, you might be thinking if Woody would even show up to the awards, as was I. Well, according to Deadline, the reclusive director who’s notorious for shunning award shows will NOT attend tonight’s event. It also mentions that Allen “…wasn’t present to receive any of his four Oscars out of 23 nominations and has shied away from the Golden Globes despite 13 nominations and two wins.” So his longtime friend and muse Diane Keaton will receive the award on his behalf.

Now on to the predictions… and winners!

Best Motion Picture, Drama
“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“Philomena”
“Rush”

My prediction: Gravity
Who I’m rooting for: Gravity
Winner: “12 Years a Slave”
Well my friend James is absolutely right that Gravity and ’12 Years’ are going to split the Best Director and Best Film win! I still think Gravity deserved to win though.


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years A Slave”
Idris Elba, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”

My prediction: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Who I’m rooting for: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years A Slave”
Winner: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Got it right again though I haven’t seen Matthew’s performance. I really think that the votes came down to between him and Ejiofor but award voters seem to love roles with drastic body transformation. It’s crazy that Matthew could’ve been up for his performance in MUD as well, this guy’s career reinvention is astounding. More power to him!


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr Banks”
Kate Winslet, “Labor Day”

My prediction: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Who I’m rooting for: Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Winner: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
I haven’t seen Blanchett’s performance but she is a spectacular actress that I don’t even mind she wins this over Bullock. Now I can’t wait to see Blue Jasmine even more!


Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
“American Hustle”
“Her”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

My prediction: “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Who I’m rooting for: “Her”
Winner: “American Hustle”
Sheesh, I somehow put down Wolf of Wall Street as the winner, not sure what I was thinking! Well, I was REALLY pulling for Her to win this, but I guess if it came down to between ‘Wolf’ and ‘Hustle,’ I guess I’d rather have the latter win this.


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

My prediction: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Who I’m rooting for: Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Though I’m bummed Joaquin didn’t win this thing, Leo did an amazing work as Jordan Belfort, and his physical comedy performance is why he’s nominated in the Comedy category.


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

My prediction: Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Who I’m rooting for: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Winner: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Yet ANOTHER wrong prediction, but hey, the one I was rooting for win. I was afraid Meryl would nab this yet again, as HFP loves her so much. I’ve seen both performances and though Meryl is great as always, I think Amy was still more deserving.


Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

My prediction: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Who I’m rooting for: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”


At the same time… I’m not going to hate her just because I didn’t think she shouldn’t have won. I did like her performance in American Hustle, I just think Nyong’O was more deserving.


Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

My prediction: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Who I’m rooting for: Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Winner: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
I got this one right, but I was SO rooting for Bruhl. Ah well, I just hope his role in RUSH would bring him more prominent roles!


Best Animated Feature Film
“Frozen”
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2″

My prediction: “Frozen”
Who I’m rooting for: “Frozen”
Winner: “Frozen”
Wahoo!!! Congrats Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck for making such a lovely and stirring movie! The win is so well-deserved. Even if Pixar had been nominated for Monsters University, I’d STILL be rooting for Frozen. It’s currently sitting in my Top 5.


Best Foreign Language Film
“Blue Is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Past”
“The Hunt”
“The Wind Rises”

My prediction: “Blue Is the Warmest Color”
Who I’m rooting for: “The Hunt”
Winner: “The Great Beauty”
I got it wrong once again, but I wish I could be wrong to seeing The Hunt winning. I mean Mads Mikkelsen was grossly snubbed and now the astounding film is snubbed too :(


Best Director – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

My prediction: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Who I’m rooting for: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Winner: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
YES!! Methinks there’s no competition here but heck, you just never know! I’m just glad the HFP got it right, now let’s give Gravity Best Picture win also please?


Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Spike Jonze, “Her”
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope, “Philomena”
John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, “American Hustle”

My prediction: John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”
Who I’m rooting for: Spike Jonze, “Her”
Winner: Spike Jonze, “Her”
I’m thrilled to see Jonze win this. Woo hoo!! If you’ve read my review you know why I was rooting for this.


Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alex Ebert, “All is Lost”
Alex Heffes, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Steven Price, “Gravity”
Hans Zimmer, “12 Years a Slave”
John Williams, “The Book Thief”

My prediction: Steven Price, “Gravity”
Who I’m rooting for: Steven Price, “Gravity”
Winner: Alex Ebert, “All is Lost”
I haven’t seen the movie nor do I have a clue who Ebert is, but I’m really bummed Price didn’t win for Gravity though [sad face]


Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Atlas,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Let It Go,” “Frozen”
“Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” “One Chance”

My prediction: “Please Mr. Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Who I’m rooting for: “Let It Go,” “Frozen”
Winner: Ordinary Love – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Aaaargh!!! I so want Frozen to win but ah well, seems like I’m horrible at predicting ANYTHING, ahah.


The Tally:

So I got 7 out of 14 [FILM] predictions right, but only FOUR of the film/talent that I’m rooting for ended up winning.


Random Commentaries:

Here are some of my fave parts from the show, apart from the comments about each Film winners:

  • Even though I haven’t watched a single episode, I’m glad Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston winning tonight. Cranston is a class act.
  • Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are pretty awesome hosts. They seem to be genuinely good friends and that rapport shows. I didn’t care about Fey’s introduction of Leo DiCaprio though. Feel free to google it yourself, not gonna repeat such an icky thing on my blog.
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  • In response to Kevin Bacon + Kyra Sedgwick‘s daughter being miss Golden Globes, Poehler dressing up as Fey’s teenage boy is pretty hilarious. LOVE that she went directly to Idris Elba, thinking he was her father. What a beautiful man!
  • Robert Downey Jr. is always fun to see in award shows. Can’t exactly remember what he said but he seemed to make some people laughing hysterically.
  • Most memorable presenter? Hmmm, I think it’d have to be Emma Thompson when she showed up barefoot with her heels on one hand and a glass of champagne on the other. Oh, and for most stirring-presentation, it’d have to be Laura Dern presenting her dad Bruce’s nominated film Nebraska. Awww…
  • MattDamon_GoldenGlobes2014I think it’s safe to say that based on the number of mentions at the event, Matt Damon (aka the Garbage Man) OWNED the Golden Globes. He’s such a good sport that guy, I like him even more for that reason. Whilst his BFF Ben Affleck, mr. Batman himself, might’ve been too busy the night before saving crime or what have you that he appeared to be in desperate need of sleep.
  • Worst faux-pas of the night: Teleprompter showed the wrong text when Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie was presenting their movie The Wolf of Wall Street. They were handed a piece of paper to read their lines so it was fine in the end. I thought it was a joke at first but it turns out that it was a real snafu, wow, that’s horrible HFP!
  • Fey’s jab at Michael Bay was hilarious! Was waiting for that to happen, heck I wonder if the teleprompter snafu was HFP’s inadvertent jab at him as well, ahah!
  • I didn’t really watch the red carpet, but I have to honor at least one winner for Best Dress… which goes to the sublime Cate Blanchett’s gorgeous Armani Privé black lace dress with a stunning high collar and subtle mermaid skirt. But it’s really the way she wears the dress that makes it even more stunning. She is a class act all the way!
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    As for WORST dress category, I’d say Jennifer Lawrence‘s white dress that looks like it’s made out of someone’s old drape doesn’t do her beautiful figure any favors! These people have money and stylists at their disposal, how could they not get the fashion right? I mean, when in doubt just go with an LBD!
  • Alfonso Cuaron‘s hilarious acceptance speech is perhaps my favorite of the night
    “Because of my accent, people ended up doing what they think I mean instead of what I actually meant.”
    “Sandra thought I said ‘I’m going to give you a hairpiece’ when I meant an earpiece” LOL!
  • I like Matthew McConaughey‘s speech. “It’s not about dyin’, it’s about livin’ & for that I say just keep.” What a great way to end a speech there man!

That’s it folks. As you can see, I’m only covering the FILM portion as I barely watch any TV :)


So, what are your predictions and which films/talents are you rooting for?

31 Days Of Oscar – Spotlight on Hollywood’s Costume Queen Edith Head

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This is my contribution to a mammoth blogathon event created by Paula (@Paula_Guthat) of Paula’s Cinema Club, Kellee (@IrishJayhawk66) of Outspoken and Freckled, and Aurora (@CitizenScreen) of Once Upon a Screen that coincides with Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar, February 1 to March 3, 2013. It’ll be a month filled with fabulous tales and screen wonders.

I’ve agreed to do a post on the famed costume designer Edith Head as I love fashion and movies. Seems like an easy subject right? Well, not quite. I found myself quite stumped as to where to start. I mean she has contributed to over a thousand films! But I’m going to attempt to enlighten myself with this post, and hopefully you’d learn a bit more about her in the process.

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Edith Head (October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981)

  • Born Edith Claire Posener in San Bernardino, California, the daughter of Jewish parents, Max Posener and Anna E. Levy.
  • Received a bachelor of arts degree in letters and sciences with honors in French from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1919 and earned a master of arts degree in romance languages from Stanford University in 1920.
  • Attended the Chouinard Art College where she met her husband, Charles Head, who was the brother of one of her Chouinard classmates, Betty Head. Though they got a divorce in 1936, she kept her maiden name to continued to be known professionally as Edith Head until her death.
  • Before she entered the film industry, she was a high school teacher of French and art looking for a way to supplement her income.
  • Famous for wearing “sunglasses” they actually weren’t sunglasses in the beginning, but blue glass lenses on regular frames. It was a common trick for Costume Designers to look through blue lenses to get a sense of how the clothing would read on black and white film. Instead of looking through a single lens monocle as was common, Head had blue lenses put in normal frames. Later, she replaced the lenses with regular tinted lenses. [per DailyMischief.com]
  • Edith Head died of Bone Marrow Diseases on October 24, 1981 in Los Angeles.

The petite (5’1″) Edith got her start at Paramount Pictures as a sketch artist when she was only 27 years old in 1924. Believe it or not, she actually borrowed another student’s sketches for her job interview (wonder what happened to that girl?). By 1927, she started working on silent films. She might even had a hand in the first Oscar-winning film Wings, though she was uncredited. By the 1930s, she had already established herself as one of the industry’s leading costume designers.

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I think her key to her success could be that she consulted extensively with the female stars she worked with. I think that’s surely a lesson every costume designer should take to heart. I mean, it’s a mutually beneficial process when you keep the person you’re designing for in mind to make sure the outfit or dress is flattering on their figure. What worked for spindly Audrey Hepburn certainly wouldn’t have worked for the voluptuous Sophia Loren. It’s no wonder Edith became the favorite of the 40s and 50s leading ladies, such as Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Sophia Loren, Barbara Stanwyck, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood, amongst others. They would personally requested to work with her so Paramount often had to ‘loan’ her out to other studios.

“A designer is only as good as the star who wears her clothes”
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According to Encyclopedia.com, Edith described herself on one occasion as “a better politician than costume designer,” Head was expert at handling star temperament, preferring to yield ground on a neckline or dress length than engage in a battle of wills. The conservative, neutral-colored suits she perennially wore symbolized her willingness to suppress her individuality in the interests of her craft.

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Edith consulting with Hitchcock and Ingrid Bergman

She worked at Paramount for 43 years until she went to Universal Pictures in 1967, it’s perhaps no coincidence that her move was prompted by her extensive collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock, who had also moved to Universal, in 1960.

I used to do sketches when I was growing up, so I LOVE looking at sketches like these I found on this Fashion Journal. Apparently she released a book called How to Dress for Success, published by Random House in 1967.

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“You can have anything you want if you dress for it.”

– Edith Head

A Legendary Career

During her 44 years as head designer at Paramount, and additional 14 years at Universal, Head worked on a total of well over a thousand films. She won a record of eight Oscars for Best Costume Design out of 35 nominations (unrivaled to this day).

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Here are her Oscar-winning costumes:

The Heiress, 1949

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Samson and Delilah, 1950

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All About Eve, 1950

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The story goes that the silk cocktail dress that Bette Davis’s Margo wears in the Eve’s famous party scene didn’t fit her, in fact it slipped off her shoulders, causing Edith to freak out right before the scene was supposed to be shot. But Ms Davis pulled off the neckline, shook a shoulder, and said, “Don’t you like it better like this anyway?” [per RookieMag.com]

A Place in the Sun, 1951

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Roman Holiday, 1953

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Sabrina, 1954

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Although Edith Head won an Oscar for Best Costumes, most of Audrey Hepburn’s “Parisian” ensembles were, in fact, designed by Hubert de Givenchy and chosen by the star herself. However, since the outfits were actually made in Edith Head’s Paramount Studios costume department, some felt that doing so created enough of a technicality to nominate Head, instead of Givenchy. And, indeed, since she refused to have her name alongside Givenchy’s in the credits, she was given credit for the costumes, even though the Academy’s votes were obviously for Hepburn’s attire. Head did not refuse the Oscar, however.
[per Wikipedia]

The Facts of Life, 1960

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The Sting, 1973

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What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen he’s become a different person.
– Edith Head

My personal five favorite Edith Head dresses

Picking just FIVE favorite Edith Head dresses are akin to Sophie’s Choice. So I’m not ranking these, I mean they are all equally exquisite, largely because of the elegant beauties who wore them. Edith certainly knew how to dress each woman in a way that they accentuate the best of her figure.

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Click on the image to see a larger version so you can see the details on these dresses

  1. Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina
    When I first beheld this amazingly beautiful dress I literally gasped. I mean the ornate details on the bodice and flowing skirt is nothing short of breathtaking.

  2. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    The classic little black dress (LBD). Worn to perfection dress by Audrey Hepburn, it actually gave her a bit of curves to her extremely slender figure. I think the accessories here are key, the pearls, tiara, large black sunglasses, and of course, the right ‘tude, made this look eternally chic.

  3. Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun
    I actually haven’t seen this film yet but I came across this photo a while back and I did a double take. It’s not the kind of dress I’d ever have the courage to wear, but Liz Taylor had the figure and gracefulness to pull it off beautifully. The cluster of little flowers on her chest, fitted bodice that accentuate her teeny-tiny waist, and the full organza skirt… this is a fairy tale dress fit for a Disney princess!

  4. Grace Kelly’s in Rear Window
    I guess when you’re working with an unbelievable beauty like miss Kelly, anything you put on her would look amazing. But Edith’s dresses are often as gorgeous as those who wore them, and this one is definitely one of them. It’s a simple dress yet so incredibly striking… I love that Edith pared down the accessories so the dress became the focal point.

  5. Ann Baxter in All About Eve
    There are certainly a boat-load of gorgeous costumes in this film, but for some reason I love this simple one that most people probably don’t remember, favoring the one that Bette Davis wore when she said her famous line, ‘It’s gonna be a bumpy night.’ What I like about this one is how understated ans sweet it is, but that sheer neckline is just sublime. It accentuates Ann’s petite figure beautifully, and it’s interesting that in this sweet, demure dress, she displayed her most cunning scheme to Celeste Holm’s character. It’s an intriguing dichotomy.

“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.”
– Edith Head

Edith in Popular Culture

EdnaModeNot only did Edna created iconic gowns for Hollywood’s classic beauties, but she’s also got her own iconic look of her own with her round-rimmed glasses, short blunt cropped hair and full bangs and her ‘uniform’ of pencil skirt suit. She even made her mark in popular culture in The Incredibles, as Edna Mode, the fashion designer to the Supers, was based on Mrs. Head. [Another bit of trivia: she was voiced by director Brad Bird].

Edith became as big a star as the leading ladies she dressed. There’s even a play based on her which wrapped in L.A. in the Fall of 2010. A Conversation with Edith Head was brought to life by Susan Claassen — who bears a striking resemblance to the real life designer — in her one-woman show. See the ad below:

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Edith was commemorated by a US 37 cents postage stamp, issued on February 25, 2003, depicting Ms Head at work.

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Check out this screen test of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, where Edith was interviewed on her process of creating the costumes for the film:

Books written by Edith:

  • With Jane Kesner Ardmore, The Dress Doctor, Boston, Massachusetts, 1959.
  • With Joe Hyams, How to Dress for Success, New York, 1967.
  • With Paddy Calistro, Edith Head’s Hollywood, New York, 1983.

There a Pinterest devoted to her sketches, see below:

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I feel like I could never do Ms Head justice with my post. Having been reading all kinds of articles on her the past week, I’ve hugely admired her talents and work ethic and marveled on her beautiful costumes. Catherine Martin, the Oscar-winning costume designer for Moulin Rouge! whose work will be seen in the upcoming The Great Gatsby called Edith ‘the quintessential costume designer.’ Edith has become synonymous with fashion on film, and her amazing work left such a huge mark on Hollywood, more than any other person in her profession.

Per TCM.com, screen legend Bette Davis gave this eulogy at Edith’s funeral:

“A queen has left us, the queen of her profession. She will never be replaced. Her contribution to our industry in her field of design, her contribution to the taste of our town of Hollywood, her elegance as a person, her charms as a woman – none of us who worked with her will ever forgot. Goodbye, dear Edith. There will never be another you.”

What an icon… what a woman!


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Live Bloggin’ the Oscars 2013

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Happy Oscar Sunday everybody!

Well, this is my attempt at live bloggin’… so this post will be updated from time to time. I’ve actually just turned on my TV but I’ve been on Twitter the last hour during the Red Carpet festivities. Not everyone dresses well, but I’m not gonna dwell on the negatives. Here are five I think looked absolutely stunning… Charlize Theron’s doesn’t really need a great dress to look like a goddess.

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As for the Best Dressed Gent and Couple, how about oh-so-dapper Suraj Sharma of Life of Pi and Hollywood’s Golden Couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner? They both look elegant but without the repulsive smugness of Brangelina.

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Time listed here is in US Central Time.

7:30 pm – Seth MacFarlane arrives as host. He actually has a nice, deep voice [no I haven't watched TED nor Family Guy for that matter] so I’ve never heard him in anything before.

Best Bits in the first 10 min:

MacFarlane: The “quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh” has succeeded already… [and Tommy Lee actually laughed!!]

Nice jab there about Ben Affleck being snubbed by the Oscar…

I know it’s not exactly family friendly but I’ve got to admit I laughed during the ‘I Saw Your Boobs’ skit, I’m sure Kate Winslet is wincing uncontrollably at the end of that song.

Not sure what’s with Capt. Kirk being the co-host in a very musical Oscar. But hey, I’m just glad Channing Tatum was NOT doing one of his Magic Mike routine!

Now… on to the Awards!

7:51 pm –Best Supporting Actors

Woo hoo!! Christoph Waltz won for Django Unchained! Really, doesn’t seem like anyone has a chance when he’s nominated… twice in a row already. TWO Oscars in the last five years and ten years ago he was in an Austrian soap opera, not bad Mr. Waltz! His acceptance speech was humble and sweet, too, LOVE him!

7:58 pm – Best Animated Short Film

What’s with Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy?? That was so awkward… Not surprised at all that Paperman won. So Disney’s crew got a box seats at the Oscars?? Well it’s televised on ABC after all.

8:00 pm – Best Animated Feature Film

Well-deserved win for BRAVE. Kudos to Brenda Chapman for becoming the first female winning director of animation!

8:05 pmThe Avengers assemble!

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Well there are only five of them… where in the world is THOR?? Not impressed with the five Avengers gang though, they seem awkward and really Jeremy Renner, you suck at comedy!

Best Cinematography and Visual Effects

8:10 pm – WOW, Life of Pi won for both Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. I think both are well-deserved as the movie is stunning. But… I was kinda rooting for Roger Deakins to win this for Skyfall. Alas, he remains the Susan Lucci of the Oscars with 10 nominations total now.

Best Costume Design

8:18 pmAnna Karenina won for Best Costume Design. Jacqueline Durran frequently worked with Joe Wright and her design for Atonement was gorgeous as well.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

8:19 pm – Glad it didn’t go to Hitchcock which I don’t think deserved the nom, Anthony Hopkins makeup was actually distracting. Les Miserables won in this category! And yeah, whoever made Hugh Jackman look ugly deserved it!

8:21 pm – No Bond actors reunion but we’ve got Halle Berry, who’s one of the worst Bond girls, to introduce the Bond Tribute??!

Fortunately after the Bond movies montage…

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The 76-year old Dame definitely deserves a standing ovation, wow what a performance! Appropriately she wore gold when she sang her most popular Bond song Goldfinger!

Aside from Adele and Dame Bassey singing, it’s a very meh Bond tribute though… such a bummer for a Bond fan like me.

Best Live Action Short Film

8:32 pm – Jamie Foxx and the stunning Kerry Washington presenting the award and Curfew won. Never seen any of the films nominated so no comment on this one I’m afraid.

Best Documentary Subject

8:35 pmInocente won. Again, not familiar with this category, but congrats to Sean and Andrea Fine.

8:38 pm – Dapper Liam Neeson comes out to present the batch of Best Picture nominees. They played Schindler’s List theme… What, no Taken theme available tonight??

8:42 pm – Though snubbed, Ben Affleck is still a good sport by showing up to present the award for…

Best Documentary Feature

8:44 pm – … and the Oscar goes to: Searching for Sugarman. I REALLY want to see this!!

Heh, getting sick of that Jaws theme ushering the winners to hurry up with their speech. I wonder how Spielberg feels about his Jaws theme song being used in such an annoying way!

8:49 pm – Two lovely ladies Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain presenting the award for …

Best Foreign Language Film

8:50 pmAmour wins. So basically no Best Picture trophy for Mr. Haneke. Takes the suspense away when the Academy nominate the same film in both categories!!

8:54 pm – Appropriately enough, John Travolta comes out to introduce the musical numbers… but why are we going back in time?? I mean Chicago? Dreamgirls?? [scratching head]

Still, Catherine Zeta Jones looked ah-mazing though in that All That Jazz number. Someone should check if Michael Douglas is hyperventilating in his seat!

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Then Jennifer Hudson sang one of the themes from Dreamgirls. Yeah ok, that girl CAN sing!

9:02 pm Les Miserables cast singing on stage singing One More Day… oh boy, holy goosebumps!!

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9:09 pm – Capt Kirk er… Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana presenting … something, I spaced out a bit, sorry.

9:10 pmMark Wahlberg & that teddy bear from TED present Best Sound Mixing. I know some people are excited for this but I’m not one of them. The winner: Les Miserables.

9:14 pmBest Sound Editing award [someone ought to tell me the main difference between these two categories]. The Oscar goes to: Zero Dark Thirty… and Skyfall. I didn’t know they could have a tie at the Academy Awards??

9:18 pm – That Sound of Music joke had me in stitches! Mr. Christopher Plummer seems amused, too. Oh how I used to have such a huge crush on Captain Von Trapp

Best Supporting Actress

9:22 pm – One of the first non-surprise of the night. The Oscar goes to: Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables. I haven’t even seen the film yet but I think she deserved it… I love how she genuinely thanked her husband in her speech, “Far and away the greatest moment in my life was when you walked into it.” He mouthed back ‘I love you’ when she said it on stage. Awwwwww…

9:32 pm – Lovely Sandra Bullock presenting the awards for …

Best Film Editing

… and the Oscar goes to: ARGO!! First Oscar win for William Goldenberg. With a last name like that, he’s destined for an Oscar, no? In any case, well-deserved award surely and I think ARGO was a great film largely due to his work.

9:34 pm – Time for Adele and that gorgeous Skyfall theme. This song better win, ok Academy!! I was still hoping Daniel Craig would’ve burst out of the backdrop or that all the Bond actors would come out from the disguise of being her backup singers!! Yeah, I’m hopeless :D

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9:45 pmNicole Kidman… what are you doing to your face, girl? You are beautiful before all that Botox!! She introduced the next batch of Best Picture nominees.

9:49 pm – Harry Potter and Bella Swan presenting… [yawn] Seriously who’s the moron who invites Kristen Stewart… ugh! The less said about her the better.

Best Production Design

… goes to Lincoln!

9:58 pm – Scruffy George Clooney introduced the emotional In Memoriam tribute. We lost so many great people this past year… Celeste Holm, Nora Ephron, Ernest Borgnine

Now, I’m not too fond of Barbra Streisand‘s singing but her The Way We Were seems appropriate for this segment.

10:07 pm – A jab at Rex Reed! Ahah, good one Seth! I can’t stand that critic.

10:08 pm – It’s the year of reunion at the Oscars! The cast of Chicago reunited to present…

Best Musical Score

I love that Life of Pi theme but I’m rooting for Thomas Newman for Skyfall. And the Oscar goes to: Mychael Dana for Life of Pi! I guess I’m not too upset as that first theme played at the start of the film really moved me…

Now for this one however… I’d be soooo upset if Skyfall did not win!!

10:15 pm – Before I find out though, we’ve got Norah Jones singing the nominated-theme from TED. I think Seth himself could also sing that pretty well.

Finally…

Skyfall WON Best Original Song. Wahoo!!!

Ok so it doesn’t exactly made up for the disappointment of the meh Bond tribute, but still, I’m quite happy with the Skyfall win. Adele was so nervous on stage, it’s kind of endearing.

10:22 pm – Charlize Theron and Dustin Hoffman [or as Seth called it... most random Oscar-winning couple] presents the award for…

Best Adapted Screenplay

… goes to Chris Terrio for ARGO! Terrio mentioned how Ben Affleck won Best Screenplay Oscar in 1997 for Good Will Hunting, and now his film brought him his own screenwriting Oscar!

Best Original Screenplay

Quentin Tarantino won his second Oscar for Django Unchained (he won his first screenplay Oscar for Pulp Fiction). I like QT’s speech and giving a moving appreciation to the actors for bringing his script to life.

10:33 pm – Hollywood legends, as Seth called them… Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda presenting the most up-in-the-air category

Best Director

… goes to Ang Lee for Life of Pi. I’m not extremely wowed by the film but I always like Ang Lee winning because he’s so humble and sweet. This is Mr. Lee’s second directing Oscar after Brokeback Mountain. Sense & Sensiblity is one of my all time favorite film… he could’ve easily won for directing that one as well.

10:40 pmJean Dujardin being his oh-so-adorable self presenting the  award for…

Best Actress

JenLawrenceOscars2013… and the Oscar goes to: Jennifer Lawrence!! I predicted Jessica Chastain to win this thing but I’m not upset at all that Jennifer won. She seemed genuinely surprised and her speech is endearing, she even remembered a family member’s birthday.

I like her. She really is a force to be reckoned with in Silver Linings Playbook… and everything else I’ve seen her in.

10:45 pm – and now… to the least surprising category of the night.

Best Actor

DanielDayLewisOscars2013Who else do you think would win in THIS category? Daniel Day Lewis of course. Even Meryl Streep didn’t bother opening the envelope!

Lewis’ speech is surprisingly hilarious. With Meryl’s red lipstick all over his face, he cracked jokes about playing Margaret Thatcher and that Meryl was Spielberg’s first choice for playing Lincoln. Ahah!

10:52 pmJack Nicholson being his kooky self. And now we’ve got America’s First Lady to introduce Best Picture?? Conspiracy theories, anyone?? Anyway, Michelle Obama, Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts must be shopping for their metallic gowns together.

10:57 pm – Finally it’s time for:

Best Picture

… goes to ARGO!!! Yes!! This is the third film that I rooted for three years in a row (2010 – The King’s Speech and 2011 – The Artist), and they’ve all ended up winning Best Picture!

I quite like Ben Affleck’s speech. He doesn’t even seem bitter about being snubbed for Best Director. But hey, so far it’s been quite a blessing in disguise as he’s won practically every other directing award… and now his film won Best Picture. This is a big year for Affleck. Man, what a comeback!!


Well, that’s my first Live Bloggin’ at the Oscars!

There’s not a lot of surprises this year in terms of winners, well apart from the tie in the Best Sound Editing category. I wonder how many times that happens.

I’m just gonna keep the highlights short to just three:

  • Fave Musical Segment: Les Miserables (yes even with Russell Crowe singing, I thought it was great!)
  • Fave Win: Tie between Skyfall for Best Song and ARGO for Best Picture
  • Fave Speech: Daniel Day Lewis’ surprisingly hilarious speech. His win might not be surprising at all, but his speech certainly was a pleasant surprise. I tell you, he not only knows a thing or two about acting, the bloke sure knows how to give a speech!


Well, what did you think of the Oscars this year? What’s your favorite (or biggest gripes) of the night?

Question of the Week: Who’d you pick for Best (or Worst) Casting in 2012?

Since it’s the week of the Oscars, I’ve been preparing my predictions and also an Oscar-edition of Everybody’s Chattin’ series. That’s on schedule for Friday but today I just want to pick your brain a bit today, so hope you’d indulge me.

CastingByDocI just found out about this post from Flavorwire site (thanks to @WordandFilm tweet): New Oscar Categories We’d Like to See — And Who We’d Nominate to Win Them. They have about five different category suggestions, but I really like the Best Ensemble category (like in the SAG Awards) and also honoring Casting Directors in the Best Casting category. I totally agree w/ the article in that “casting directors are the unsung heroes of the industry… The work they do is often key, yet widely devalued and misunderstood.”

From that article, I also learned about this awesome documentary Casting By that highlights the career of Marion Dougherty, who was the first casting director to receive single-card screen credit. Based on the review on IMDb, the film features a bunch of footage of first roles given to future stars, i.e. Warren Beatty, Marlon Brando, and James Dean, who was apparently one of the first actors she had cast.

Now, back to the Best Casting question. If I to take all the casting in 2012 films, obviously some worked out and some didn’t. On the top of my head I think I’d the award to the casting director(s) of Silver Linings Playbook for casting Jennifer Lawrence as an unstable young woman struggling with the loss of her husband.

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Best Casting of 2012?

I just think she’s just perfect in the role, wise beyond her years even though she’s just entered her legal drinking age of 21 when the film was made! I really can’t picture anyone else in the role that could do an equally effective job. Now, I’m sure there are others that have made an excellent casting decision – whoever cast nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild obviously has a keen eye for talent. I haven’t seen the film yet though, so can’t say much about her acting.

As for the worst, well I’m going to *honor* Hollywood’s most famous young couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in their roles in Bel Ami and Snow White & The Huntsman, respectively.  I’ve already made my feelings known about the vacant *acting style* of K-Stew in my review. As for Pattinson, he was so ill-fitting and utterly unconvincing as the supposedly seductive and manipulative George Duroy, the protagonist from Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel. It’s even worse seeing him [over]acting opposite real thespians Kristin Scott Thomas and Uma Thurman in the film! I’d think just by casting different [read: more capable and expressive] actors in the leading roles would improve both films significantly!

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Worst Casting Duo in 2012

Now your turn!

If there were a Best (or Worst) Casting award, which film would you give that award to and for which actor/actress?

The 85th Oscar Nominations: The Good, the Bad and the WTF

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It’s a big morning in Hollywood… and it’s a life-changing moment for some filmmakers and actors alike. Take Bradley Cooper, he’s now going to have ‘Oscar nominee’ before his name is spoken in his movie trailers. Being nominated for the same film as Robert DeNiro’s got to be extra sweet!

Now, as I did last year, now that the cat’s out of the bag, it’s time to scrutinize analyze it to death, ahah. Before I get to that, I’m glad to report that my Oscar predictions is not too far off. I predicted 10 noms, but there are only nine and I didn’t have Amour on my list. I also predicted Moonrise Kingdom and The Master would make the list.

BEST PICTURE NOMINATIONS

  1. Amour
  2. Argo
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Lincoln
  6. Les Miserables
  7. Life of Pi
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. Zero Dark Thirty

Anyway, you can see the full nominations here. Below’s my thoughts on most of the major nominations:

The Good

  • Nice to see David O. Russell got a nod for Silver Linings Playbook, his first film after The Fighter, which he also got directing nomination. It’s one of my favorite 2012 films and I do think it deserves the kudos. He captures the bizarre family dynamics brilliantly, and the film is both entertaining and deeply moving at the same time.
  • While we’re on the subject, I think it’s cool that Silver Linings Playbook get four-for-four noms.
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    That is nominations in all FOUR acting categories: Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (Robert DeNiro), and Best Supporting Actress (Jackie Weaver). It’s perhaps the first time in Oscar history that three actors portraying members of one family all got nominated!
  • I’ve always been a fan of Jessica Chastain, so even though I haven’t seen Zero Dark Thirty yet (will do VERY soon), I’ll go out of a limb to say that the nom was well-deserved.
  • Hunt_TheSessionsWoo hoo! Helen Hunt for Best Supporting Actress in The Sessions. She was tremendously brave in that role, I can’t say I’m too surprised to see her here. It wasn’t that she was brave to be fully nude, but it’s the emotional part of her role that I found really affecting. That scene on her last day of the session when she cried in her car, that was heartbreaking.
  • I think this is the first time I actually agree with pretty much ALL of the Best Actor nominations (and no overrated actor this time, yay!), even though I’ve only seen one of the performances. I just think all five of those talented actors have either been overlooked previously and based on what I’ve been reading, have amazing dedication to their roles (especially Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln).
  • YES for Brave in the Best Animated Feature category! You know I adore that movie!
  • YES for Mr. Roger Deakins for Skyfall!
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    That’s the best looking movie I’ve seen in a long time, surely! I do hope he takes home the Oscar this time, I mean he’s the Susan Lucci of cinematographers, being nominated 9 times previously but never won once!
  • YES for The Hobbit for the Best Makeup and Visual Effects nods, very well-deserved I’d say. I’d love to see Richard Armitage and his band of dwarves make an appearance at the ceremony :D

The Bad

  • As much as I like Joaquin Phoenix and that I think it’s good that the Academy voters disregard how he feels about award season, I’m still bummed that John Hawkes didn’t get an Oscar nod. I mean it was a tremendous performance to act just with your face alone!
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    In case you didn’t know about Phoenix, he called Oscar campaigning utter and total bullsh*t in last year’s Interview Magazine, saying this about Award season: “I don’t want to be part of it. I don’t believe in it. It’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot.” (per THR)
  • I guess there’s really room for TWO supporting actors in one film is there? I was really rooting for John Goodman to get a nod for ARGO, I think he was as excellent and memorable as Alan Arkin. He does it so effortlessly. I think he should’ve gotten a best supporting actor nod for The Artist as well.
  • None of my three favorite British Dames got nominated. I was hoping that Maggie Smith might get a nod for either Quartet or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Judi Dench for Marigold Hotel or Skyfall, and Helen Mirren for Hitchcock. The last one especially bummed me out, Mirren was truly the best thing about Hitchcock.
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The WTF

Time for the most-uttered four-letter-word-during-award-season to make an appearance once again. Snub this, snub that… so who gets the dishonor this year? Well look no further than the Directing category… which brings me to the burning question I’ve always had during award season… perhaps one of you could enlighten me??

How could a movie get a Best Picture nomination but its director is NOT??
I mean, wasn’t the director the one who called the shots to make the film work the way it did?

  • Both Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow are both snubbed for ARGO and Zero Dark Thirty respectively.
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    I think a lot of people are very surprised since both are nominated by Directors Guild Awards! According to THR, the DGA has historically been the single best predictor of the nominees for and winners of the best director Oscar — and the best picture Oscar. It’s curious that both are political thrillers, and has their shares of controversies. Heh, I’m really rooting for ARGO for the win this year :(
  • WOW, not a single nomination for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises?? I’m not expecting it to nab a Best Picture nod (not that it deserved it), but at the very least in the Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography for Wally Pfister, or Hanz Zimmer for Best Score?
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  • The Intouchables absent from the Best Foreign Language category. WOW, all of the reviews I’ve read so far suggests that this is a shoo-in in this category. The story sounds really heartwarming and uplifting, plus since Amour has made it to the Best Picture category, shouldn’t this film replace that one in the Foreign Language category?? [scratch head]

Some 2013 Oscar Trivia:


This seems to be the nomination of ALL ages, from 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis (good luck to those who have to present the Best Actress category on pronouncing THAT!) for Beast of the Southern Wild to 85-year-old Amour‘s lead actress Emmanuelle Riva.
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Thomas Newman earns his 11th nomination with his score for the James Bond film Skyfall. The Newman family — Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy — now have 87 nominations altogether.

Michael Kahn is the most nominated film editor; he receives his eighth nomination this year for Lincoln.

Similarly, Roman Coppola, who was nominated with Wes Anderson for their original screenplay for Moonrise Kingdom, is the sixth member of the Coppola clan to receive a nomination — he joins Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Talia Shire, Nicolas Cage and Sofia Coppola — bringing the family total to 24 nominations.

[Source: LA Times]


Well, that’s my reaction to the 2013 nominations. What are your Oscar delights and gripes?

Snubbed by the Oscars – a Video Tribute (courtesy of JoBlo)

As is customary with every Oscar season, the word ‘snub’ reaches a massive spike as there are likely more reactions to who got overlooked than those who are actually nominated.

Well, someone by the name of Nick Bosworth over at JoBlo.com actually created this video tribute to commemorate the people from various award categories who didn’t get recognized this year. He used a song from the movie Super 8 whose composer Michael Giacchino was also snubbed. Check it out below:


I agree with a lot of their snubbed picks as I’ve mentioned here, especially Joseph Gordon-Levitt for 50/50. I also think that Tom Hardy for Warrior, Alan Rickman for the final Harry Potter film both turned in an Oscar-worthy performance. Of couse I also think The Adventures of Tintin should be amongst the Best Animated Feature as I think it’s a better film than Rango.

Anyway, let bygones be bygones I suppose. This is my last Oscar-related post until next year. I’m so done with award season now :)
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Stay tuned for upcoming reviews of The Thing from Another World & Sherlock Holmes: Games of Shadow. I’ll also have my next movie pitch for Anomalous Material’s Hollywood Fantasy League up sometime Thursday, you can view my casting picks on this post. Oh and The Avengers new trailer is supposed to be up sometime this week, too!