Awards Speeches

2013 Baftas

The BAFTAs were announced yesterday, and, amongst the pretty gowns and dapper suits. It was the Award speeches which were the clincher for any star, wonderful when its right (have a look at Jodie Foster’s recent speech) and cringe worthy when wrong (Anne Hathaway at last night’s said BAFTAs).

Film Awards are a necessity in the business, certain people must be recognised for their talent and flair, and actors need the recognition they so dearly crave. But their acceptance speeches are tricky to get right. Take actors speeches, on the one hand, they are only addressing their peers, they can be as luvvie as they like.

But, if the Awards are simultaneously being filmed for Joe public at home. Then they need to be humble, approachable, and human.

I’m not saying that all actors acceptance speeches are overly long, breathy and decidedly fake. Take, for example, Jodie Foster’s Golden Globe Lifetime Award Acceptance speech which was heart warming, real. She came across as a hard working actor, who was fortunate enough to be a business she loves for over forty years. Have a look some choice phrases from her speech below;

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“We made movies together, and you can’t get more intimate than that…”

Check out the full speech in the link below;

Jodie Foster done good. Her lyrical, thought provoking, well deserved speech demonstrates just how to deliver a more than acceptable Awards Acceptance

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Now, to Anne Hathaway, once a Princess, now a Prostitute in the Big Budget film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel and successful musical of the same name, ‘Les Miserables’.

She won Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTAs last night has since received criticism from fans, viewers and bloggers alike, It was criticised for being lengthy, breathy, and bizarrely thanks Victor Hugo for penning the big budget film which has made her big bucks.

Check out the speech in the link below;

So, with all that said. Actors, we know you work hard on a film and love to see your performances, but please, make sure your Acceptance speeches are easy to watch.

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

Sense

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Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Sense, is a process which we go through in order to make some order of the world we live in.

This is true to films, in the Twenty First century, it seems that directors, producers and writers, seem to have forgotten that audiences can think. That we want to make sense of the films they put in our cinemas.

Quite often, films have a neat ending, where the lovers get together, or the villain is captured. But isn’t it much for fun for the ends not to be tied up? That way, audiences can use their imagination, they can create their own ending.

It is a very ‘Hollywood’ trait to have a happy ending, as demonstrated in the Golden Era and many animated films. But, sometimes, we don’t want their to be a happy ending.

One director who doesn’t believe in neat endings is British born director, Christopher Nolan. His films include; ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’, ‘Inception’, ‘The Prestige’, ‘Memento’ and many more.

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‘Inception’ was a film which created a buzz, audiences were left wondering what happened at the end of the film. His ability to constantly ask questions, and his use of an unreliable narrator, along with a stellar cast, make for something fresh in Hollywood.

Sense – must we really make sense of films? I don’t believe we have to.

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British Film

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

British Film, it is unique and brilliant. Quite often us Brits underestimate just what we can do. The massive success of the Olympics proved that. We proved to a worldwide audience that not only in sport were we one of the best, but, culturally we are at the forefront of ground breaking theatre, dance, music and of course, film.

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