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Taking Home Oscar for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time

6 Mar

Now that we’re a full week+ removed from the 85th Academy Awards, I wanted to throw up a gratuitous pic of the acting winners, along with some interesting facts about each!

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Some fun facts abou each of this year’s acting winners:

  • This is the second time in three years Christoph Waltz has taken the best supporting actor statue; both of his winning performances were directed by Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Bastards). 
  • Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence each took home their first Oscar with their second nominations; Hathaway was nominated in 2008 for Rachel Getting Married, while Lawrence was nominated for best actress for Winter’s Bone in 2010.
  • As for Daniel Day-Lewis, he’s been nominated for Best Actor 5 times and has won 3 of them (My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, Lincoln), which made him the only male actor in history to accomplish this. One more win, and he’d tie Katharine Hepburn as Hollywood’s most Oscar-laden actor.

Also, not sure if you saw this, but JLaw (which is her thing now, apparently?) forgot to thank some VIPs in her acceptance speech: Silver Linings Playbook Director David O. Russell and The Weinstein Company chairman Harvey Weinstein. She released a statement thanking them (which can be seen here), but my favorite part was her closing:

Thank you to both. I will never be able to forgive myself for such a brain fart but I hope that you both can. Obviously it was not on purpose, I couldn’t remember what I had already said and my mind went completely blank–your brain does funny things during the most overwhelming moment of your life!

How can you not love her?!

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2013 Red Carpet Recap

25 Feb

Now that I have my quick initial thoughts of last night’s telecast up, it’s on to the fashion! Overall, I found the red carpet pre-show to be a little boring, fashion-wise. Lots of status quo dresses and hair, not too much adventure or excitement. Still, no one gets away from the cameras on Oscar night without be asked who they are wearing!

Of course, there were a few exceptions! I thought the lovely ladies below all rocked it:

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Best actress winner Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

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Jennifer Garner in Gucci

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Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Halle Berry in Versace

Halle Berry in Versace

Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain in Armani

Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain in Armani

As for my least faves…I thought Charlize Theron’s gown was WAY too similar to what Anne Hathaway wore to the Golden Globes:

Anne Hathaway at the Globes in Chanel, Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture at the Oscars

Anne Hathaway at the Globes in Chanel, Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture at the Oscars

Speaking of Ms. Hathaway, she didn’t wow last night either, in this dreadful pink thing, which she described as “business in the front, party in the back.” When you’re pretty sure you going to win an Oscar, probably don’t wear a mullet, ok?

Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway in Prada

Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway in Prada

And don’t even get me started on Kristen Stewart. Someone get that girl a hairbrush.

Who did you love on the red carpet? Anyone stand out as the fashion winner to you?

That’s a Wrap: The 85th Academy Awards

25 Feb

Let me put it out there: last night’s Oscar telecast was fantastic. A little long yes, a tad dry in parts, but overall, I found it to be funny and delightful. I was genuinely surprised that Seth MacFarlane did so well. He was charming and walked the line of cracking jokes at Hollywood’s big players and being respectfully that the he, the dude who voices a vulgar teddy, alien-like baby and talking dog, was hosting the Oscars.

Though there weren’t a ton of surprises, winner wise (see the full list here), there were many moments during the telecast that stood out to me. Here are some quick reactions:

  • I seriously loved Oscars tribute to music, especially the performances from Chicago, Dreamgirls and Les Miserables. What can I say? I love me some musicals. 

  • Singing and dancing by Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Godron Levitt was a definite hightlight, as was the riff on The Sound of Music. The opening monologue parts with William Shatner were not my faves.

Another area in which the show really shined was with the host of wonderful acceptance speeches. Jennifer Lawrence receiving best actress (at the ripe old age of 22, making her the second youngest actress to win the award and the youngest person to have been nominated for Best Actress twice!) really nailed her speech, despite taking a tumble as she walked to accept the award!

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Other speeches that stood out were Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (surprisingly funny, and also history-making, as DDL is the first actor to win three best actor statues!) and Ben Affleck (not surprisingly emotional and poignant!) taking home best picture for Argo. He’s only the fourth filmmaker to take home best picture without being nominated for best director. Go Ben!

Another one for the history books was Oscar’s first tie since 1995 and only the 6th in Oscar history, when Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty both won for best sound editing!

What were your favorites moments from last night’s telecast? Were you a fan of Seth’s schtick? Sound off in the comments and check back in for more in-depth analysis later this week!

All Roads Lead to Oscar: 2013 Award Tallies

19 Feb

Here we are 5 days from Oscar night. All of the major awards leading up to Oscar Sunday have been handed out, which means we should be in pretty good shape to evaluate the trends and (hopefully!) see who is most likely to win.

OscarThis is definitely an interesting year for the awards. I feel confident in predicting that the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards are locked up (by Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway, respectively), but what about the other acting awards? And REALLY, what about best picture? Argo had been the clear front runner all awards season, but the snub of Ben Affleck in the Directing category throws a wrench in things. After all, the Best Picture winner and Best Director winner usually (but certainly not always) go hand in hand. In the last 10 years, the awards have been uncoupled twice, with Crash and Chicago (both had directors who were at least nominated for the top prize there).

I’ve tallied up the acting, directing and picture category from the BAFTAs, the Golden Globes, and the various Guilds (Producer’s, Actor’s and Director’s). Do you think all of the eventual Oscar winners are represented below? See any chance for an upset, or is this race un-upsetable? Leave a comment below!

Best Picture:

  • Argo: Golden Globe (Best Picture, Drama), BAFTA, Producer’s Guild, SAG
  • Les Miserables: Golden Globe (Best Picture, Musical or Drama)

Best Director:

  • Ben Affleck: Golden Globe, Director’s Guild

Best Actor:

  • Daniel Day Lewis: Golden Globe (Best Actor, Drama), SAG, BAFTA
  • Hugh Jackman: Golden Globe (Best Actor, Comedy or Musical)

Best Actress:

  • Jennifer Lawrence: Golden Globe (Best Actress, Comedy or Musical), SAG
  • Jessica Chastain: Golden Globe (Best Actress, Drama)
  • Emmanuelle Riva: BAFTA

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Anne Hathaway: Globes, SAG, BAFTA

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Christoph Walz: Golden Globe, BAFTA
  • Tommy Lee Jones: SAG

The 2013 Oscars Host is…

1 Oct

Seth MacFarlane!

Hmm. My initial thoughts: less than impressed. After seeing him host the season premiere of SNL, and present on the Emmy’s, I’m actually less a fan of him than I was when I saw Ted this summer. I just need to not hear the Family Guy voices so much. It’s been on the air since 1999…we get it, one dude does a lot of the voices. Can MacFarlane host the show without beating us over the head with this fact? Me thinks not, but, we will see!

What do you think about this pick? Shocked? Thrilled? Appalled? Anyone still out there?

PS: In case you didn’t notice, Oscartini is back! Thanks for kicking it off, Seth MacFarlane.

Debunking the Categories, Part 2

22 Feb

With only 4 days to go until the Academy Awards, it’s time for part 2 of Debunking the Academy Awards Categories! Part 1 looked at the awards and jobs that create the look and feel of a film. This week, it’s a breakdown of some of the big names on a film, what they do, and which awards they get! Moving on:

First, there’s Best Screenplay (Adapted or Original): the Academy gives out two best Screenplay awards; one for the best original screenplay (one not based on any other material) and one for the best screenplay that was based on someone else’s material (be it a book, a short story or another film that might have been in a different language). In its current form, the award honors a film’s screenwriters, the person or people responsible for actually (you guessed it), writing the story. This includes everything from the script, to screen direction and offscreen cues to descriptions of the action taking place during a particular scene.  This year’s nominees for best original screenplay are  Bridesmaids: Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo; The Artist: Michel Hazanavicius; Margin Call:  J.C. Chandor; A Separation: Asghar Farhadi; and Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen. Nominees from best adapted screenplay include: The Descendants: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Hugo: John Logan; The Ides of March: George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon); Moneyball (Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin; and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan.

Next we have Best Director: this award is usually the second to last award given out at the telecast. Directors are responsible for overseeing creative aspects of a film under the overall control of the film producer. This entails guiding and overseeing all creative aspects of the film; after all, they are the ones that get to yell “Action!” and “Cut!” This year’s nominees for best director are: Martin Scorsee, Hugo; Alexander Payne, The Descendants; Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris; Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist; and Terrance Malik, The Tree of Life.

Finally, the Academy Award for Best Picture. This award is (obviously) the biggest award given out…which is why the last award of the evening! Best Picture is awarded to the film’s producers, who are generally people most of the audience has never seen! According to our good friends at Wikipedia, “A film’s producer oversees and delivers a film project to all relevant hosts while preserving the integrity, voice and vision of the film.” A producer can take multiple roles on a film, be it its director, writer or another part (See: Kathryn Bigelow, who directed The Hurt Locker and also served as one of its producers, or Brad Pitt, who starred in and produced Moneyball this year, scoring him best picture and best actor nods.)

This year’s nominees for best picture are:

  • The Tree of Life: Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill
  • The Artist: Thomas Langmann;
  • The Descendants: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
  • The Help: Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan
  • Hugo: Graham King and Martin Scorsese
  • Midnight in Paris: Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
  • Moneyball: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt
  • War Horse: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: Scott Rudin

So there you have it! Hopefully this gives a better understanding of who the winners of these categories are and what they’ve done as writers, directors and producers!

Debunking the Categories, Part 1

3 Feb

In a little over 3 weeks, the Oscar statues will be handed out in 24 different categories. When it comes to the various categories, some are self explanatory, while some require a bit more information than the award name might give.

Over the next few weeks, this series will get down into the nitty-gritty of the Academy Award categories! First up, we have three awards that all deal with how a film looks, from the sets and scenery to the lighting and actual shooting of a film to the amazing special effects that make the impossible come to life on the screen!

First up, Art Direction: awarded for achievement in art direction. Well, that helps clarify things! Really, the recipients of this award come from two branches: production design and set decoration. Combined, these two are basically responsible for the entire creative process of a film, from the look and feel of the whole film, including the sets and locations used and how they are styled. This year’s nominees include The Artist, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, Midnight in Paris and Warhorse.

Next, we have Cinematography: to boil down the award of achievement in Cinematography, it’s helpful to know what exactly cinematography is. According to Wikipedia, that most reliable of sources, cinematography is the “making of lighting and camera choices when recording photographic images for cinema.” In essence, a cinematographer is responsible for “achieving artistic and technical decisions related to the image.”  Art direction and cinematography are closely linked and it’s common to see films nominated for both of these categories. Nominees this year are The Artist, The Tree of Life, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo and War Horse.

Finally, Visual Effects: these can be sometimes be thought of as a movie’s special effects, but the category encompasses a little more than that. Technically, a film’s visual effects encompasses all the different ways that “imagery is created and/or manipulated outside the context of a live action shoot. Visual effects involve integrating live-action footage and generated imagery to create environments which look realistic, but would be dangerous, costly, or simply impossible to capture on film.” (Source: Wikipedia) To imagine awesome visual effects, think of any awesome chase or shoot em up scene (James Bond, Batman) or any scene in which the impossible happens, like when Harry Potter and his crew bust a huge, fire-breathing dragon out of a magical bank. The nominees in this category are Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, Reel Steal, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Hopefully, this breakdown gives you a better idea of who will be winning which Oscar and what exactly they’ve done to win them! Any predictions for these categories? Leave em in the comments!