Well we at FTN HQ are bleary eyed, hoarse throats from cheering and booing and have sore hands from clapping and back slapping to all of the results from this years Academy Awards. As awards ceremonies go this one thankfully made the headlines not because of some wardrobe malfunction, or a winner having their speech cut short but more to do with the winners. For those of you that missed it, here is a brief rundown:
Best Adapted Screenplay:
This year I had predicted that Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy should get the accolade (hey, I am not afraid to admit I am biased towards this movie) and that The Descendents “should not be ruled out.” Well, sadly no award for John le Carré’s superb bestseller but a welcome round of applause to The Descendents on a faithful and heart warming adaption.
Best Original Screenplay:
Well ‘Ol Woody Allen has done it again! I predicted that he would lift this one and the Academy voters agreed, well done Woody for Midnight in Paris.
Contrary to popular belief, I was NOT sitting on the fence on this one; I just thought that it was a great year for original film scores. All of the nominees deserved to lift this as they all brilliantly complimented the film they were in. Sadly there can only be one winner and that was Ludovic Bource for The Artist, congratulations on a brilliant period-esque score Ludo!
Congratulations to Robert Richardson and the film Hugo on this much deserved award. Ok, so I may have called this one wrongly with my recommendation for The Artist, but hey, a full length animation film scooping this is a great boost to the film industry.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
We were all hoping for local lad Kenneth Brannagh to scoop this one but sadly it was not his year. However, a big pat on the back to Christopher Plummer for his role in Beginners.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Well on this one I was close, sadly though no cigar! The Help had two nominations in this category with my choice being Jessica Chastain. However, the voters chose Octavia Spencer and a well deserved statuette for her portrayal in The Help that sadly had a fairly limited release here in the UK.
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
I did state that the Academy seldom give this ward to a foreigner two years in a row, boy was I wrong again! Jean Dujardin quite rightly deserves this one as his portrayal in The Artist has garnered praise from both European and American audiences alike, well done Jean!
Best Actress in a Leading Role:
There really only was ever going to be one winner of this award. We knew, the audience watching knew it and I think Meryl Streep herself knew it, even before her name was read out for the winner of the golden statuette for The Iron Lady. Though the subject matter may not have been to everyone’s taste, her portrayal alone is worth watching.
I’m definitely back on form now as I called this one correctly too! Michel Hazanavicious scoops this much deserved award for his wonderful direction in The Artist. Indeed it was his year, well done!
As Hannibal Smith said, “I love it when a plan comes together!” The Artist wins this award too and I couldn’t be happier as I stated “This is the category that will either go hand-in-hand with the Best Director award or go in the completely opposite direction.”
The Artist has proven that you don’t need state of the art Special Effects or an explosion the size of a nuclear bomb to thrill audiences; just a pleasant story and engaging characters and the audience and critics will cheer with delight!
Special mention should also go to local Northern Ireland Director Terry George for winning the Academy Award for Best Short Film for his film The Shore, well done and hearty handshakes all round!
Well that’s the awards season over for this year. We have been pleasantly surprised by both the nominations and winners of these awards, but one thing is for certain; there is more demand now than ever before for films with substance and long may the major and independent studios keep financing them!
Oh, and in case anyone thought I cheated and changed my answers, here is the link to my original choices