The Oscars, Analysed, Part Four

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The Nominees:   Benh Zeitlin  ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’;  Tony Kushner  ‘Lincoln’;  David Magee  ‘Life Of Pi’; David O. Russell ‘Silver Linings Playbook’  and  Chris Terrio  ‘Argo’.

A great list of nominees, but one piece of work stands out there. I wouldn’t have minded ‘Skyfall’ or ‘The Sessions’ to get a nomination here, but the five up there are already strong enough. So, quite simply, the Oscars are spot on with this.

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Who should win:  Tony Kushner  ‘Lincoln’. Playwright Tony Kushner collaborated with Spielberg before, for ‘Munich’, and they had a job on their hands with adapting Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book ‘Team Of Rivals’. Kushner nails it, producing a story that is full of talking, talking, negotiating, bargaining, talking, more talking, and it’s all riveting. Superb script.

Who will win: I doubt the Oscars will be stupid here, so Tony Kushner ‘Lincoln’. The category is filled with good material but as  I said this stands out. It’s one of the best movies ever written about politics. Kushner will be deserving of his Oscar.

Yazen Al Samen

The Oscars, Analysed, Part Three

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My deconstruction of this year’s academy awards continues with the Best Supporting Actor category.

The Nominees: Robert De Niro  ‘Silver Linings Playbook’;  Philip Seymour Hoffman  ‘The Master’; Alan Arkin  ‘Argo’; Christoph Waltz  ‘Django Unchained’ and  Tommy Lee Jones ‘Lincoln’.

This year’s nominees for this category are all previous Oscar winners, and are all worthy winners of this year’s award. Naturally,  there are snubs, Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio for “Django Unchained”,  also favourites of mine were Jason Clarke for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, James Spader for ‘Lincoln’ or even Dwight Henry for ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ and Javier Bardem for ‘Skyfall’. In short, to say this is heavily contested is an understatement.

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Who should win: Philip Seymour Hoffman  ‘The Master’. Astounding performance from Hoffman, who can argue he had a lead role, playing the writer/psychiatrist/nuclear physicist/cult leader who is facing his toughest challenge yet. I think it is one of the best performances of the year, in any category, and he must win in my book. All the nominees are sold though.

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Who will win: Tommy Lee Jones ‘Lincoln’. I’m going out on a limb here, most pre-Oscar awards have been favouring Waltz for the win, and he really does seem a shoe in. But, I think the Oscar will go to Lee Jones. Lincoln will probably be favoured more by the academy and Lee Jones’ role as an abolitionist with a secret motive will probably fascinate the voters, as it fascinated me

Yazen Al Samen

Opportunity: FDA Cinema Showcase

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Life is about opportunity, about the choices we are given and the choices we make. They say that, “when you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.”

Recently, The Rabbit Film Section’s Editor has been given the opportunity to see exclusive new films which are to be shown at an exclusive Media and Trade Preview event, to be held in the heart of London. The films include: ‘I Give it a Year’, ‘Wreck it Ralph’, ‘Lincoln’ and many more. The event is also set to have Q and As with actors, directors and filmmakers who are at the heart of the multi-billion pound film business.

Film is a wonderful entertainment medium, which can be both an individual and a group experience. There is something magical about a group of people, when plunged in to darkness and engrossed in the same action, the same plot, and the same film, eating salty popcorn and sipping on ice cold coke.  And when emotions are shared at the same moment, there is something very unique about that. And, indeed, when you view a film on your own, your own emotion is just as valid, if not more so, heightened.

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Film has the diversity to reach out to more than their audiences; the films themselves often have morals, which are often carried on to our own lives. So, if there’s any opportunity given to you, you should grab it with both hands and revel in the experience.

Check out the next issue, which will be out in a fortnight, for all of the exclusive content from this exclusive event.

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Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor