The Oscars, Analysed, Best Actor

Oscars2013-620x350We wrap up the acting categories with the Actor in a Leading Role category.

The Nominees:  Bradley Cooper  ‘Silver Linings Playbook’;  Denzel Washington  ‘Flight’;  Daniel-Day Lewis ‘Lincoln’;  Hugh Jackman  ‘Les Miserables’ and  Joaquin Phoenix  ‘The Master’.

OK, this category has plenty of credible nominations. Plenty of snubs as well. Hugh Jackman was the best thing about ‘Les Miserables’, but still not good enough to get this nom, but I still can see why he got it. The other 4 are all great nominations. The long list of snubs include John Hawkes for ‘The Sessions’, Jack Black for ‘Bernie’, Matthew McConaughey for ‘Killer Joe’ and Richard Gere for ‘Arbitrage’.

Personally, though, I would’ve loved to have seen Jean Louis Trintignant nominated for ‘Amour’, all the love seems to be falling for Emmanuelle Riva’s performance, which is amazing in its own right, but I liked Trintignant’s more, and I would’ve loved if he would’ve been there instead of Jackman or even Cooper, as good as both of those were.

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Who Should Win: Joaquin Phoenix  ‘The Master;. Hands down. No question. The best performance of the year and one of the best of the last few years.  His figure, gestures, mannerisms, all stay imprinted in our heads. It was a captivating performance. I won’t be angry if Day-Lewis wins, how can I? He was brilliant as well, but Phoenix’s performance is something else, in my view.

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Who Will Win: Well, who else? Daniel Day-Lewis  ‘Lincoln’. It is quite a performance. Again, he transforms his body, showing us a Lincoln more moulded by grief, politics and war. With the signs of wear and tear of years of struggle, both personally and professionally. Apart from Phoenix, no other performance comes close to this one, and it should rightly win.

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Summer in February Press Release

sif2.preview (2)Yesterday, fans were informed that the highly anticipated British drama ‘A Summer in February’ that the film is to be released on Friday 14th June.

The film, which is spearheaded by ‘Downton Abbey’ actor Dan Stevens and stars a whole host of established and award winning actors, which include Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning and Evening Standard Theatre Award Winner Hattie Morahan, who The Rabbit Film Section were fortunate enough to interview earlier this year.

In a film which follows a group of artists in Lamorna Cornwall, it is set to please fans who are now missing Dan Stevens from ‘Downton Abbey’.

Check out the press release in the link below:

Summer in February Press Release

Naomi Jeffreys. Film Editor

I Give It A Year

Rose Byrne (Nat) and Rafe Spall (Josh) in I GIVE IT A YEAR***

Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne lead in this distinctly British rom-com, which is full on in jokes, dry humour and Stephen Mangan on a comedy roll. In a film which has an interesting concept, with the couple already together, the films final ending isn’t as satisfying as one would hope.

The film follows Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) in their first year of marriage, one which we are repeatedly told from friends and family is the hardest year for most couples.

Directed by Dan Mazer (‘Bruno’) the film is textbook British humour, the dry humour, the awkward jokes – but with the added extra of two American actors, namely Simon Baker and Anna Faris. It certainly isn’t your typical rom-com date movie.

Jane Asher (Diana), Rafe Spall (Josh) and Rose Byrne (Nat) in I GIVE IT A YEAR

There are some commendable performances, Rafe Spall gives a good turn in the role of the romantic British lead, clumsy, often inappropriate, confused and trying to please everyone. Whereas Australian Rose Byrne’s British accent is convincing and believable, her character is a little hard to like, tough around the edges and rather catty. Stephen Mangan is doing his usual awkward British routine which he has become accustomed too, whilst the supporting cast rather fade in to the background.

But the best comic performance must go to Olivia Colman as the pyschiatrist, her scenes are perhaps the best thing about the film, with years of comedic timing under her belt, her delivery outshines the rest of the cast.

Although Mazer tries to do something different with a rather tired genre, there is simply something missing from this film. But, the performances from a strong cast elevate the film from merely a date night movie.

Rafe Spall (Josh) and Stephen Merchant (Danny) in I GIVE IT A YEAR

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

*Pictures courtesy of Studio Canal.