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Babs Oscar picks 2012

As preparations are underway for this years 84th Academy Awards ceremony to be held at the Hollywood and Highland Centre (formerly the Kodak theatre) on Hollywood Boulevard this Sunday night (Monday lunchtime in Australia)  Babs gives you his predictions of the winners and who he would like to see win.

Babs is a bit underwhelmed by this years Oscars, a lot of the movies never lived up to their hype. Both The Artist & Hugo seemed to en-trance every movie loving critic but I felt that although they showcased amazing film craft , overall they weren’t that great. The major ommission of Drive in many categories was an upset to me, and how the hell did Charlize Theron miss out for Young Adult? Of course it is the Oscars and as we all well know they aren’t a true reflection of what is great in cinema out there. Of my predictions I would honestly love it if I did badly – I would love this year to be full of upsets and surprises – but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Best Picture

Will win – THE ARTIST

Should win – THE DESCENDANTS

Actor in a Leading Role

Will win – JEAN DUJARDIN – The Artist

Should win – GEORGE CLOONEY – The Descendants

Actor in a Supporting Role

Will & Should win – CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – Beginners

Actress in a Leading Role

Will & Should win – VIOLA DAVIS – The Help

 Actress in a Supporting Role

Will & Should win – OCTAVIA SPENCER – The Help

Animated Feature Film

Will & Should win – RANGO

Art Direction

Will & Should win – Dante Ferretti & Francesca Lo Shiavo – HUGO

Cinematography

Will win – Emmanuel Lubezki – THE TREE OF LIFE

Should win – Robert Richardson – HUGO

Costume Design

Will win – Mark Bridges – THE ARTIST

Should win – Michael O’Connor – JANE EYRE

Directing

Will win – MICHAEL HAZANAVICIUS – The Artist

Should win – ALEXANDER PAYNE – The Descendants

Documentary Feature

Will win – IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT

Documentary Short Subject

Will win – GOD IS BIGGER THAN ELVIS

Film Editing

Will win – Anne-Sophie-Bion & Michael Hazanavicius – THE ARTIST

Should win – Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall – THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Foreign Language Film

Will & Should win – A SEPARATION

Makeup

Will & Should win – Mark Coulier & J. Roy Helland – THE IRON LADY

Original Music Score

Will win – Ludovic Bource – THE ARTIST

Should win – Alberto Iglesias – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

Original Song

Will win – “Real In Rio” from RIO

Should win – “Man Or Muppet” from THE MUPPETS

Short Film Animated

Will win – THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE

Short Film Live Action

Will win – PENTECOST

Sound Editing

Will win – HUGO

Should win – DRIVE

Sound Mixing

Will win – HUGO

Should win – THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Visual Effects

Will win – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

Should win – RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Writing Adapted Screenplay

Will & Should win – THE DESCENDANTS

Writing Original Screenplay

Will win – WOODY ALLEN – Midnight In Paris

Should win –  ASGHAR FARHADI – A Separation

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GLOSCARS 2011 -The Films

Here is the list of films for my annual “Gloscar” awards.

Nominations to follow tommorrow……

1. THE TOURIST

2.  MORNING GLORY

3.  BLACK SWAN

4.  BURLESQUE

5.  THE FIGHTER

6.  BLUE VALENTINE

7.  TRUE GRIT

8.  127 HOURS

9.  RABBIT HOLE

9.  HOWL

10. NEVER LET ME GO

11. I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS

12. THOR

13. THE LAST CIRCUS

14. ORANGES AND SUNSHINE

15. SOURCE CODE

16. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

17. MEEK’S CUTOFF

18. THE WAY BACK

19. THE EYE OF THE STORM

20. THE TREE OF LIFE

21. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2

22. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

23. GLEE – THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE

24. JANE EYRE

25. ONE DAY

26. THE HELP

27. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

28. RANGO

29. CRAZY STUPID LOVE

30. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

31. CONTAGION

32. IN TIME

33. DRIVE

34. THE DEBT

35. BILL CUNNINGHAM – NEW YORK

37. THE IRON LADY

36. THE IDES OF MARCH

38.  BURNING MAN

39.  MONEYBALL

40.  BEGINNERS

41.  THE SKIN I LIVE IN

42.  MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL

43. WAR HORSE

44. MELANCHOLIA

45. THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN

46.  THE MUPPETS

47.  THE DESCENDANTS

48.  THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

49.  HUGO

50.  TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Designing dreams – this years nominations

The Art Directors Guild of America (ADG) announced their annual award nominations today. Babs has always been interested in this particular honour. Split into 3 categories the movie section honours period, fantasy and contemporary film production design. Not many surprises except the ridiculous nomination for “Bridesmaids” it always irritates that films tend to run in packs as far as nominations are concerned during awards season. “Bridesmaids” may have had a funny lead performance and if you really want to stretch it, the screenplay was ok, but production design? – oh please. The guild has yet to decide the nomination for Steven Spielberg’s animated “Tin Tin” movie.

Period Film.

THE ARTIST.  Laurence Bennett

HUGO. Dante Ferretti

ANONYMOUS.  Sebastian Krawinkel

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY.  Maria Djurkovic

THE HELP.  Mark Ricker

Ben Kingsley in a setting from “Hugo” production design by Dante Ferretti.

Fantasy Film.

HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2.  Stuart Craig

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.  Rick Heinrichs

THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN  (designer to be determined)

PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES.  John Myhre

COWBOYS & ALIENS.  Scott Chambliss

Gringott’s Wizardry Bank from Harry Potter – production designer Stuart Craig

Contemporary Film.

THE DESCENDANTS.  Jane Anne Stewart

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.  Donald Graham Burt

DRIVE.  Beth Mickle

EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE .  K.K. Barrett

BRIDESMAIDS.  Jefferson Sage

A setting from the visually arresting “Drive” production designer Beth Mickle.

In the television categories of interest are some of Babs faves getting a mention.

One Hour Single Camera Series.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (Episode 21).   Bill Groom

GAME OF THRONES  (A Golden Crown).  Gemma Jackson

AMERICAN HORROR STORY (Murder House).  Mark Worthington

THE PLAYBOY CLUB (The Scarlett Bunny).  Scott P. Murphy

PAN AM (Pilot).  Bob Shaw

The kitchen from the horror house – “American Horror Story”.

Telemovie or Miniseries.

MILDRED PIERCE.  Mark Friedberg

CINEMA VERITE.  Patti Podesta

TOO BIG TO FAIL.  Bob Shaw

THE HOUR.  Eve Stewart

BLING RING.  Robb Wilson King

Mildred Pierce “kitchen set” designer Mark Friedberg

A couple of favourites are in the mix – Dante Ferretti, Stuart Craig, Rick Heinrichs, Bob Shaw, Mark Friedberg. Very happy that Gemma Jackson has been noticed for “Game Of Thrones”, pleased also that “The Help” is on the list. Thrilled that “Drive” has been recognised. I haven’t seen all of the nominees but I will try and catch up before the announcement of the winners on Feb 4. It will be interesting to see how the Gloscars compare.

This years lifetime achievement award goes to Tony Walton responsible for many films amongst them “Murder On The Orient Express”, “The Wiz”, “The Boyfriend”, “Prince Of The City”. He was once married to Julie Andrews. Also to be honoured with a Cinematic Imagery Award are the team behind the Harry Potter franchise including Stuart Craig (Production Designer), Neil Lamont (Art Director) and Stephenie McMillan (Set Decorator).

Set decorator Stephenie McMillan and production designer Stuart Craig the masters behind Harry Potter’s striking visual design.

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off the mark!

Film Review:

WILD TARGET

It is a real shame when you go and see a movie and it doesn’t hit the mark. Of course it happens all the time, but when the cast is full of actors you like and they are not done well by the finished product I find it frustrating, annoying and unforgivable!

I guess on paper it sounds ok.

An aging solitary assassin who lives to please his mother and the memory of his late father finds himself unable to hit his latest target – a beautiful con woman. His furious client dispatches a second assassin to bump them both off. A love/hate relationship develops between the two. The film is a remake of a 1993 French film –  “Cible emouvante”.

In the tradition of the old English Ealing comedy/caper flicks this particular film doesn’t work. Why? In my own opinion it is just plain badly directed (by Jonathan Lynn of TV’s Yes Minister fame) Clunky editing, average production design (costumes don’t fair much better) and really weird pauses aiming for a laugh – it just doesn’t add up, an incoherent mess!

Bill Nighy plays the hitman, Emily Blunt the victim, and Rupert Grint plays a sidekick/apprentice he picks up on the way. Rupert Everett is the pissed off art collector who wants her dead. Eileen Atkins plays the proud mum. The acting is fine – Nighy has some nice nuanced moments, Blunt is charming and very naughty, Grint just does the same old Harry Potter schtick he is known for, and Atkins chews the scenery the best she can. A good cast in a not so good movie.

The English have been churning out average comedies of late (think “Driving Lessons” – unforgivable making Julie Walters seem average!) hoping for the next “Full Monty” or “Four Weddings And A Funeral” (even though I am not a fan of those films they were mega hits a long time ago), they have such a good pool of acting talent to fill out the casts. I just wish they had better material and directors.

I am not saying avoid the movie, if you like the cast you will enjoy moments, I just don’t think it should be a cinema release movie – straight to DVD if I had my say – it opens in Australian cinemas on Thursday this week.

The gorgeous Emily Blunt.

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