Friday, January 18, 2013

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Award Season Ketchup

In the great rush of nominations for the Oscars and Hollmann Awards, as well as some personal things of my own, I wound up missing one or three of the remaining Guilds/Precursors/Others, including the Golden Globe ceremony. I know, I know: in this day and age, two minutes past may as well be ten years late, much less the week I've allowed. How do I stay relevant?
And so come posts like these, where I attempt to play catch-up on everything I missed reporting on: Globe wins, BAFTA noms, Guild honors.

First, Globe wins...

BEST ACTOR - DRAMA: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
BEST ACTRESS - DRAMA: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
BEST ACTOR - MUSICAL/COMEDY: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
BEST ACTRESS - MUSICAL/COMEDY: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
BEST DIRECTOR: Ben Affleck, Argo
BEST SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
BEST SCORE: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
BEST SONG: "Skyfall", Skyfall

I think I was about 50/50 on my predictions. Argo's wins were no-brainers for me, as were those Actress categories (the Chastain-Lawrence race is still between Chastain and Lawrence!). I don't know how I missed Skyfall winning Best Song, though I do know how I missed Les Mis triumphing in Best Picture and Best Actor -- I thought Silver Linings Playbook had the advantage. And really, the fact that Hugh Jackman's self-indulgent, to-the-rafters performance has the award and Bradley Cooper's honest, film-saving one doesn't just upsets me.

The big news of the night, meanwhile, was Jodie Foster's acceptance speech when she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award (it's like a Lifetime Achievement Award only more...epic? I guess? Why DeMille?).

Naturally, a large number of the next morning's headlines were about her COMING OUT at the Globes, but anyone who listened to Foster's speech should know that was not the gist of the speech. It was one of the most inspiring, beautiful moments in awards show history, with the half-hearted "coming-out" only used as a lead-in to Foster's expression of the deep affection and gratitude for everyone in her life -- children, friends, co-workers, former partner. Foster's speech was a better highlights reel than anything the archivists could dig up.

Meanwhile, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced their slate of nominees.

Danny Cohen, Les Miserables
Roger Deakins, Skyfall
Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln
Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina
Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

First of all, thank God the Oscars did not follow suit and nominated Robert Richardson's work on Django Unchained instead of Cohen's. You'll see the Cinemaniacs review soon, but suffice to say: I did not care for most aspects of Les Miserables. Otherwise, it's much as we expected. Naturally, I'm excited for Skyfall and Lincoln, as they were my own nominees, and Anna Karenina, since the more love for that film, the better off we all are.

Later, by which I mean today, we got the Costume Designers Guild, which I normally don't report on, but since my early push for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for their Contemporary category, I felt I had to check in. Sure enough:

Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Beasts of the Southern Wild? Zero Dark Thirty? I'm sure someone's going to write defenses of these choices somewhere, but I'm not sure if these are costumes meriting such recognition. What about Bernie or Holy Motors? Would Holy Motors be Fantasy? If so, why isn't Beasts?

The rest of the field:

Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom

Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hunger Games
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

Fuck off, Hunger Games. I'll take the spacesuits of Prometheus any day over your colorless, unimaginative ass.

And, finally, those nominees for the BAFTAs....

...will have to wait for another post. There's simply too much to touch on briefly here, so let's wait to give them the attention they deserve.

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