Great Performances: Oscars 2013

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With the Oscars only a few weeks away, the nominees are gearing up to be preened to perfection on what could be the biggest night of their professional lives.

The TimeLightbox website posted an exclusive video of the nominees discussing their characters, the expectations of the Oscars and generally about the films which are up for gongs.

Check out the images below;

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Check out the video in the link below;

Great Performances: Oscars 2013

The Oscars are announced on February 24th 2013, be sure to find out who wins!

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

Lincoln Review

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Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field in his 31st  film. In a film which is up for 12 nominations in the 83rd Oscars this year. This is all very well and good, but, for any film goer who isn’t up to scratch on his American History, this film may prove at little tough to watch.

At a running time of 150 minutes and with a difficult subject matter, Spielberg’s magic somehow hasn’t worked on this film.

Despite an all star cast which include Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones. Despite a budget of $65,000,000. And despite a good soundtrack by John Williams. Something doesn’t quite work, the pacing seems a little off, the storyline feels confused. Spielberg knows what he wants to get across to the audience. but he somehow can’t translate it to his audience.

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However, hats off to Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, there is a quiet confidence to his performance. He isn’t a caricature of the now historical figure of Lincoln who passed the 13th Amendment Act which abolished slavery in America. Daniel Day Lewis is simultaneously a father and a leader of America.

Whilst Sally Field is quietly brilliant as First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. With a convincing accent, a little weight, and a period dress, Field is transported in to a historical figure. Her rapport with Day Lewis is commendable and their relationship believable.

L-000603RPerhaps this film is more suited towards an American audience, who have a real sense of history, and an emotional centre. Perhaps a British audience needs to be wise to the remarkable history of this bio-pic.

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

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