The Oscars – The Winners

Oscars2013-620x350Best Picture – Argo 

Best Actor – Daniel Day Lewis, ‘Lincoln’ 

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ 

Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Waltz, Django Unchained 

Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Director – Ang Lee, ‘Life of Pi’ 

Foreign Language – ‘Amour’ 

Best Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio, ‘Argo’ 

Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino, ‘Django Unchained’ 

Best Animated Feature Film – ‘Brave’ 

Best Production Design – ‘Lincoln’ 

Best Cinematography – ‘Life of Pi’ 

Best Sound Mixing – ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Sound Editing (tie) – ‘Skyfall’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ 

Best Original Score – ‘Life of Pi’, Mychael Danna

Best Original Song – “Skyfall” from Skyfall, Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Costume – ‘Anna Karenina’ 

Best Documentary – ‘Searching for Sugarman’ 

Best Documentary (short subject) – ‘Inocente’ 

Best Film Editing – ‘Argo’ 

Make up and Hairstyling – ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Animated Short Film – ‘Paperman’ 

Best Live Action Short Film – ‘Curfew’ 

Best Visual Effects – ‘Life of Pi’ 

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The Oscars, Analysed, Best Picture

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And so, down to the big one. Best Movie of the year.

The Nominees: ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’;  ‘Django Unchained’;  ‘Life Of Pi’;  ‘Les Miserables’;  ‘Amour’;  ‘Argo’;  ‘Zero Dark Thirty’;  ‘Silver Linings Playbook’  and  ‘Lincoln’

Last year was such a great year for films that this category could’ve easily gotten twenty movies. By now I think my dislike for ‘Les Miserables’ is obvious, and I’m far from the only one, but it’s still the kind of movie that the academy likes (Long, historicial, famous actors, singing), but at the same time, it has its fair share of followers and admirers, among both audiences and critics. The Academy surprised us with the nomination for ‘Amour’, and it’s a good surprise I must add. It also got a director nomination. So in a whole, the set of nominees is rather excellent and well chosen. Well done, the Academy.

But of course, there are snubs. My favourite of last year’s, ‘The Master’, got ignored, and as much as I expected it to happen, it still disappointed me, I was kinda waiting for a “Tree Of Life” moment like last year. ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, ‘Flight’, ‘The Sessions’ and blockbusters like ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ are all well-received that had a chance of a nomination. For me, though, since you can have ten nominations, I would’ve loved the Oscars to just include ‘Skyfall’ on the list. Instead of ‘Les Miserables’ would’ve been even better, but that would’ve never happened. ‘Skyfall’ shattered expectations and raised the bar, and also got a crap load of money. It’s movies like ‘Skyfall’ the Academy expanded its Best Picture nominees to up to ten instead of five

life-of-pi-movie-imageWho Should Win: Well, this is  my personal opinion and my favourite from that list is ‘Life Of Pi’, ‘Amour’ is as good as “Life Of Pi” so that winning would make me go on cartwheels. I loved movies like ‘Django Unchained’, ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, so I won’t be too sad if they won.

Who Will Win: I have no idea. Well, I do but I’m not entirely sure. Let’s start eliminating, I don’t think ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ and ‘Les Miserables’ will win. ‘Amour’ got plenty of love in general but a Best Picture win might be too far for the Oscars. That leaves 6 films, and all of them have chance, as minute as it can, in winning this. ‘Django Unchained’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ don’t have a director’s nomination, and they haven’t exactly swept the Oscar season with wins, so I’d be surprised if neither wins. ‘Life Of Pi’ might dominate the technical categories, and some academy voters might ward to the story, but it’s not Oscar bait enough in my book to win it, and it also faired averagely at awards shows.  That leaves ‘Argo’, ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. And all three have a chance.

I predicted three months ago that this is gonna be between ‘Argo’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, and it was going to be only those until the Oscars dropped the bombshell and snubbed Ben Affleck for best director. Usually best director wins best picture, and I can see Spielberg winning there, so ‘Lincoln’ is the frontrunner here. David O. Russell’s win at the BAFTAs for Adapted Screenplay gives a strong case for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, and “Argo”’s domination in all awards shows still gives it quite a chance despite its best director snub. And so I’m left with a headache.

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But I’ll have to make a call, and my call would be ‘Lincoln’. The movie has gotten so much love in America, and it is basically a blockbuster there, and it is exactly the kind of move the Oscars love to honour, and it is quite an amazing film, so I’ll be more than happy.

Yazen Al Samen

The Oscars, Analysed, Best Director

Oscars2013-620x350So, our penultimate category, Best Director, before the big one. In which the Oscars truly threw all expectations out of the window.

The Nominees:   Steven Spielberg  ‘Lincoln’;  Benh Zeitlin  ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’; David O. Russell   ‘Silver Linings Playbook’;  Michael Haneke  ‘Amour’   and   Ang Lee ‘Life Of Pi’.

The Oscars threw a bombshell by not nominating Ben Affleck for his film ‘Argo’. ‘Argo’ was expected to dominate the awards season, and it more or less has, winning BAFTAs and Golden Globes. So it was weird that the Oscars ignored him.

At this point it must be said that I think the five nominees are all excellent, but such the quality of this year that this category could’ve been increased to ten nominees and it would still have been hard to get. High profile snubs include Tom Hooper for ‘Les Miserables’ (It’s not deserved in the first place, but ‘Les Miserables’ was quite a big movie and the Oscars might have gone for it, glad they haven’t though).

Also Kathryn Bigelow for ‘Zero Dark Thiry’, and she and Affleck were expected to be there instead of Zeitlin and Haneke. Also, I don’t think Russell, as good as his movie ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ was, deserved a nomination, not with other directors who I thought did better jobs, like Quentin Tarantino for ‘Django Unchained’, Wes Anderson for ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and Paul Thomas Anderson for ‘The Master’. But, for me, I would actually have loved to see Sam Mendes in there, for his magnificent work on ‘Skyfall’. Finally a Bond movie with a conscious and self awareness. As I mentioned earlier though, all the five films are accomplished, and this only helps make the Oscars more interesting.

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Who Should Win: Ang Lee  ‘Life Of Pi’. No doubt about it. Lee has made a full blown blockbuster (More than $600 million dollars grossed worldwide), but that’s not too special these days. What he did was a full blown spiritually enticing, uncynically straightforward and thought provoking, and lyrically beautiful blockbuster. And he also manufactured the best use of 3D ever. It’s quite an achievement. I wouldn’t be against Haneke winning for “Amour” as well, and Spielberg is a hero of mine so him winning always cheers me up.

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Who Will Win: To be honest, I don’t have any idea. If Affleck was there I would’ve said him. I can rule out Benh Zeitlin, that’s the only certainty I can offer. Russell could win it, especially as I think ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ has a chance at Best Picture, and his BAFTA screenplay win has given him some momentum. ‘Lincoln’ has the most number of nominations, and the movie has been a big hit in America, so Spielberg might take as part of a big sweep. ‘Amour’ has gotten plenty of love from the academy this year, same with ‘Life Of Pi’. I would say Ang Lee has a chance, maybe the Oscars will want to give the award to a 3D film finally. I think the votes will be pretty split up, and I think it’s gonna be between Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg at the end, with maybe Spielberg edging it.

Yazen Al Samen