We’re getting a bit closer to the bigger categories here, now is the turn of Actress in a Supporting Role:
The Nominees: Jackie Weaver ‘Silver Linings Playbook’; Helen Hunt ‘The Sessions’; Amy Adams ‘The Master’; Anne Hathaway ‘Les Miserables’ and Sally Field ‘Lincoln’.
OK, this category contains a decent set of nominees. To be fair, there wasn’t plenty of competition, and out of all the acting categories, it is probably the weakest. The likes of Judi Dench for ‘Skyfall’, Maggie Smith for ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and Shirley Maclaine for ‘Bernie’ all took a claim, but the final list more or less made sense.
One performance, however, stood out for me as having been snubbed by all of the awards bodies, so maybe it’s just me, and that is Doona Bae’s performance as Sonmi-451 in ‘Cloud Atlas’. Her bit was the best in ‘Cloud Atlas’ in my opinion and her performance was haunting.
Who Should Win: Sally Field ‘Lincoln’. I’m really hoping Sally Field gets her third Oscar here, her performance in ‘Lincoln’ was near perfect, to exude that pain and near madness that pain brings yet still having to put on a face and stand by her husband, which is what Mary Todd Lincoln had to go through, was very moving. Her exchanges with Daniel Day Lewis are fascinating, and for me Sally Field has immortalized the image of Mary Todd Lincoln as much as Day Lewis has done for Honest Abe.
Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway ‘Les Miserables’. And, ladies and gentlemen, here we have the most overrated performance in recent memory. I’m a fan of Hathaway, She’s a terrific actress, but her role here is so reduced and revolves around that one brilliant song, and it isn’t really that awesome. I’m pretty much sure Hathaway will win, and I still don’t know why.
Yazen Al Samen
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.
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.
Perhaps 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
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.
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.
Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor