The Oscars, Analysed, Best Original Screenplay

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Now off to the Best Original Screenplay category, where again competition is rife.

The Nominees:   Michael Haneke  ‘Amour’;  John Gatins  ‘Flight’;  Quentin Tarantino  ‘Django Unchained’;  Mark Boal  ‘Zero Dark Thirty’  and  Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola  ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.

Again, quite a lineup. Quiet a great set of nominees, maybe John Gatins script for ‘Flight’ can be omitted, I liked flight but I thought it didn’t contain anything overly special, and most of the depth came from Washington’s performance.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s script of ‘The Master’ should have been there, though. ‘The Master’ got no love from the awards syndicates, and I did expect director and picture snubs, but thought it would be a contender for best original screenplay, but ‘Flight’ got that nod, to my amazement.

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Who Should win: Anybody but ‘Flight’. I still don’t know who out of the four other scripts is the best, maybe ‘Amour’ or ‘Django Unchained’, but then again ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ were excellent pieces of writing as well. So really, for me, Any of the four nominees apart from ‘Flight’ are worthwhile winners.

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Who Will win: Not sure about this either, but will probably be Quentin Tarantino for ‘Django Unchained’. He hasn’t won an oscar since Pulp Fiction, which is 20 years ago nearly, so the Oscars will want another appreciation of him. And It would be deserved, In my opinion. I won’t be surprised if ‘Amour’ wins though, the Oscars are loving this little French gem from Michael Haneke.

Yazen Al Samen

Toronto International Film Festival Part II

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“You do this for a billion years or not at all. It’s not fashion,” Mary Sue Dodd, The Master.

The Master is the hotly anticipated ‘scientology movie’ of 2012. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) and a host of American movie stars, including: Kirsten Dunst, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.

It’s reception at the Toronto Film Festival has been met to favourable reviews; twitchfilm.com has said: The Master is brilliant and/or confounding and/or terrible. It may be talked about for the ages or forgotten in a few years. It may be a masterpiece, and/or it may be empty of content masked by strong moments of acting prowess and visual flare. It is a repetitive film. The Master may, indeed, be brilliant, but it is a hard film to love, and an easy film to hate.” 

Check out the images of the cast from the Toronto Film Festival: