The Oscars – The Winners

Oscars2013-620x350Best Picture – Argo 

Best Actor – Daniel Day Lewis, ‘Lincoln’ 

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ 

Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Waltz, Django Unchained 

Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Director – Ang Lee, ‘Life of Pi’ 

Foreign Language – ‘Amour’ 

Best Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio, ‘Argo’ 

Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino, ‘Django Unchained’ 

Best Animated Feature Film – ‘Brave’ 

Best Production Design – ‘Lincoln’ 

Best Cinematography – ‘Life of Pi’ 

Best Sound Mixing – ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Sound Editing (tie) – ‘Skyfall’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ 

Best Original Score – ‘Life of Pi’, Mychael Danna

Best Original Song – “Skyfall” from Skyfall, Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Costume – ‘Anna Karenina’ 

Best Documentary – ‘Searching for Sugarman’ 

Best Documentary (short subject) – ‘Inocente’ 

Best Film Editing – ‘Argo’ 

Make up and Hairstyling – ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Animated Short Film – ‘Paperman’ 

Best Live Action Short Film – ‘Curfew’ 

Best Visual Effects – ‘Life of Pi’ 

The Oscars, Analysed, Best Actor

Oscars2013-620x350We wrap up the acting categories with the Actor in a Leading Role category.

The Nominees:  Bradley Cooper  ‘Silver Linings Playbook’;  Denzel Washington  ‘Flight’;  Daniel-Day Lewis ‘Lincoln’;  Hugh Jackman  ‘Les Miserables’ and  Joaquin Phoenix  ‘The Master’.

OK, this category has plenty of credible nominations. Plenty of snubs as well. Hugh Jackman was the best thing about ‘Les Miserables’, but still not good enough to get this nom, but I still can see why he got it. The other 4 are all great nominations. The long list of snubs include John Hawkes for ‘The Sessions’, Jack Black for ‘Bernie’, Matthew McConaughey for ‘Killer Joe’ and Richard Gere for ‘Arbitrage’.

Personally, though, I would’ve loved to have seen Jean Louis Trintignant nominated for ‘Amour’, all the love seems to be falling for Emmanuelle Riva’s performance, which is amazing in its own right, but I liked Trintignant’s more, and I would’ve loved if he would’ve been there instead of Jackman or even Cooper, as good as both of those were.


Who Should Win: Joaquin Phoenix  ‘The Master;. Hands down. No question. The best performance of the year and one of the best of the last few years.  His figure, gestures, mannerisms, all stay imprinted in our heads. It was a captivating performance. I won’t be angry if Day-Lewis wins, how can I? He was brilliant as well, but Phoenix’s performance is something else, in my view.


Who Will Win: Well, who else? Daniel Day-Lewis  ‘Lincoln’. It is quite a performance. Again, he transforms his body, showing us a Lincoln more moulded by grief, politics and war. With the signs of wear and tear of years of struggle, both personally and professionally. Apart from Phoenix, no other performance comes close to this one, and it should rightly win.

Yazen Al Samen

The Oscars, Analysed, Best Actress


It’s a week and a bit now till the Oscars, and we now reach the big 4 categories, starting off with the Actress in a Leading Role category…

The Nominees:   Jessica Chastain  ‘Zero Dark Thirty’;  Naomi Watts  ‘The Impossible’;  Emmanuelle Riva  ‘Amour’;  Jennifer Lawrence  ‘Silver Linings Playbook’   and   Quvenzhane Wallis  ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild;.

As I said earlier in my Supporting Actress entry, this year has been pretty average for female performances. There plenty of great roles, but little shining, and that’s more to do with the movies than the actresses themselves. Chastain’s role in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ was an anchor, which director Kathryn Bigelow used to draw her themes around. The other 4 were also accomplished performances, with a 2 of them standing out for me. Watts performance in ‘The Impossible’ is excellent but for me she came as a supporting character.

Keira Knightley for ‘Anna Karenina’ and Marion Cotillard for ‘Rust & Bone’ are some notable snubs, but they are still nothing to get angry about. The final five are just about right. One performance, however, which I loved to have seen there, is Alicia Vikander’s for ‘A Royal Affair’. It’s a Danish movie, nominated for Best Foreign Language movie, and she had a role in ‘Anna Karenina’ as well. I would’ve liked her there instead of Naomi Watts.


Who Should Win: Quvenzhane Wallis ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’. Some say the acting ability a child has comes naturally sometimes, and that’s fair enough. Wallis turn in “Beasts” is the definition of fiery. She lights up that movie. And most of the time a child actor getting a nomination Is just about the prize itself, I’d love it if the Oscars just give it to her, since she gave the best and most natural performance. My other preference would be Riva, for her turn as a dying wife in ‘Amour’.


Who Will Win: Chastain won a Golden Globe, but that’s been her only major award, and as I said, she dominates her movie, but she is still not the centre of attention in it, which is not her fault, or anybody’s, it’s just how the movie is. She has a chance here, but I doubt she’ll take it. Jennifer Lawrence however, has Screen Actors Guild in her bag, and so far I’d say she’s the favourite. But I think the Oscars will honour Emmanuelle Riva for ‘Amour’. The BAFTA’s last week threw Riva into the mix, and I think the Oscars will follow suit, as they might give Riva her last chance in the limelight. Lawrence still has a chance, the SAG usually has an edge, but I’m tipping Riva.

Yazen Al Samen