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Oscar season is back with line-up of many great movies coming soon…

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2015 by vincentloy

As we are approaching the last few months of the year, it is also the time when we shall get ourselves prepared for many upcoming movies to be released before the end of 2015 that are tipped for Oscar glory early next year. ‘Birdman’, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore winning Oscars early this year will become history as attention is now redirected to potential films this year that could score big in the world’s most prestigious film awards, the Academy Awards next year.

Well, some of you would say that it is a bit too early now to talk on this topic as the next Oscars is still more than five months away. However, there have been already many polls, forums and websites out there debating and making their early predictions for 2016 Oscars, much earlier than me. I have been a keen follower of the Oscars in these recent years by watching many of the Oscar winning and nominated films in the past. I have had also many of my predictions for Academy Awards early this year accurate.

The first film that made its mark as a strong contender for next year’s Oscars is ‘Carol’, a film that received critical acclaim after being premiered in Cannes Film Festival in the past May. The film about a woman falling for an older, married woman starred Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Rooney had already won the Best Actress from Cannes from her role in this film. But everyone is expecting her to be better if placed in supporting actress category for Oscars next year, and she looks like an unbeatable frontrunner in that particular category. This will eventually allows Cate Blanchett to potentially shine again in leading actress category next year for her similarly astonishing performance as judged by the critics in Cannes. Cate Blanchett is one of my favourite actresses and I’m looking forward to watch ‘Carol’. Ohh…by the way, she’s the evil stepmother in ‘Cinderella’ film early this year too.

Not long ago, a movie trailer for ‘The Revenant’ is released, starring Leonardo diCaprio and Tom Hardy, which is about a frontiersman setting out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. Directed by the most recent Academy Award winning director, Alejandro G. Innaritu, people see this film as finally a smooth road for Leonardo diCaprio to get his Best Actor statue. He is definitely long overdue and if he is really doing absolutely great in this movie, then I have no problem anticipating him to get the trophy. But wait…as usual, the competition for best actor race is always tight and compacted every year. Who is there to prevent that from happening again?

He is Eddie Redmayne, who had just won the most recent Academy Award in best actor from his portrayal as Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’. He is now looking good to win back-to-back Oscars as he has one wonderful film coming up by this November. The movie is ‘The Danish Girl’, one of my most anticipated films this year after looking at the first teaser image of Eddie portraying as a woman in the movie. The movie, inspired by a true story of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender change surgeries is tipped for Oscar glory. The first trailer for the movie had just been released yesterday, and many were already abuzz about it. Here’s the trailer that got me watching it for about 5 times.

Directed by Academy Award winning director Tom Hooper, starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and also Alicia Vikander, an exceptionally great newcomer actress that is predicted to make it big in Hollywood very soon, there is no way Academy members would put this movie aside. The movie’s release is also considered very timely as this is a big year of America’s transformation in LGBT issue. It has all the Oscar-bait elements, and if the movie is really good in the end, then I’m quite sure it will be receiving multiple nominations in 2016 Academy Awards. The 2-minutes long trailer of the movie is already very touching and captivating. The movie will premier in Venice Film Festival this weekend.

Other films that could be in the slot for Best Picture nominees are ‘Steve Jobs’, ‘Bridge of Spies’, ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’, ‘Suffragette’, ‘The Hateful Eight’, ‘Joy’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, etc. Well, this is just my very preliminary prediction as all of the films mentioned above have not been released yet except for Mad Max which is surprisingly good. Check out trailers for ‘Steve Jobs’ and ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ below too.

It’s certainly a good day for many nice movie trailers! Haha….

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Movie review: The Theory of Everything (2014)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2014 by vincentloy

‘The Theory of Everything’ is a 2014 British biographical romantic drama film directed by James Marsh and written by Anthony McCarten. The film was inspired by the memoir ‘Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen’ by Jane Wilde Hawking, which deals with her relationship with her ex-husband theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of motor neuron disease, and his success in physics. This biopic on Stephen Hawking starred Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Maxine Peake, David Thewlis, etc.

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I first get to know of this film when people started sharing its trailer not long ago and everyone is already like praising and talking good about it. The trailer looks promising and since then, I have already sensed Oscar buzz for it. And after watching its two-hour film, I can say that this biopic is excellent, and is on the right track to Oscar glory early next year. Even if it couldn’t perform well in Academy Awards, it may still shines well in BAFTA.

This film is a good and a solid platform for me to know better on the life and challenges Stephen Hawking and his first wife had. The plot had successfully delivered that without being feeling empty or shallow. It also didn’t go over the top and stays with the flow for a moving and a touching 2-hour experience watching the film. To be honest with you, there should be nothing much dramatic, exciting or interesting for this kind of film, but it still captures my attention and my emotion very well.

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Besides than the good direction, screenplay and cinematography, I believe the most praise for the film still goes to the acting. Eddie Redmayne contributed an extraordinary performance to this extraordinary true-life character as Stephen Hawking. It’s a very challenging role, and he nailed it with his superb tackling of his facial expressions, body movements, and speaking gestures. It comes to no question that his performance in there is more than enough to be called Oscar-worthy in Best Leading Actor race. On the other hand, Felicity Jones whom acted as his first wife, Jane in the film did exceptionally amazing too. The others (supporting casts) are also great. It’s all top-notch acting in this particular film especially from the strength of the two leads highlighted earlier.

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There is also those great musical scores for the film that elevates all the feelings for us to be more immersed into the story. Simply wonderful. Its production values are also to be complimented. The movie about Stephen Hawking obviously could not run away from showing some science stuff and crazy equations. But fortunately, the movie didn’t go too much in this as we (normal audiences, not physicist or cosmologist) could not really understand the depth of those science. But the movie still has that ‘science’ to stay true to Hawking’s profession. Generally, the film did amazing in almost all the aspects I can think of for now. It stays simple and humble but it turns out astonishing, moving and inspirational. Definitely one of the best films this year. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Theory of Everything’ a total of 8.0.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

 

Undeniable success of Disney’s ‘Frozen’.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2014 by vincentloy

‘Frozen’ is animated feature film released end of last year that tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. You may read my movie review of this film here: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/movie-review-frozen-2013/.

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I enjoyed this movie. The film was met with widespread critical acclaim, with several film critics considering it to be the best Disney animated musical since the studio’s renaissance era (1989 to 1999 when Disney produced many successful animated films that restored public and critical interest in the company). Also a big congratulation to the film for winning the Best Animated Feature on 86th Academy Awards two days ago, beating out other nominees; The Croods, Despicable Me 2, etc. It also won at various other awards including Golden Globes and BAFTA.

The film also won another Oscars; in Best Original Song for ‘Let It Go’. This particular song by Idina Menzel has been reaching extreme worldwide popularity recently. Now, you can even hear over hundred of cover versions of this song recorded internationally at YouTube. If I’m not mistaken, this song is now available in over 30 different languages across the globe. The song is powerful, influential and I’m sure many children would love it. Let it go…Let it go…Can’t hold it back anymore….

Its achievement hasn’t come to a stop yet. On its 101th day of release (few days ago), the film crossed USD 1 billion in box office, hence becoming the 18th film in movie history to break the 1-billion milestone. That is really not easy. It is also now the second highest grossing animated feature film (behind Toy Story 3) As of April 2014, with grossing intake of nearing USD 1.1 billion, it is now the world’s highest grossing animated film (putting ToyStory 3 to second placing) and the second highest grossing film for year 2013 (behind Iron Man 3). Incredible! Truly a nice movie, and I’m looking forward to more of animated films of such quality from Disney.

Oscar Niemeyer, a highly influential architect dies at the age of 104

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2012 by vincentloy

Oscar Niemeyer, one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture passed away yesterday at the age of 104. He dies on 5th December 2012, ten days before his 105th birthday. He, who had outlived his contemporaries to become the world’s oldest practicing architect of international stature, died Wednesday at a Rio de Janeiro hospital due to respiratory infection which is common for people of his age. For architects like us who usually do not have a healthy life due to this career, it would be almost impossible to have live that old, but Niemeyer did it. Hence, his career spans for many decades and his contribution to modern architecture is extensive and priceless. His works have also influenced many other younger architects who admired his unique design approach.

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During his long and productive life, Niemeyer was revered as well as ridiculed for his daring designs, but the creativity and sheer volume of his works ultimately spoke for him. In 1988, at 80, he shared architecture’s biggest prize, the Pritzker. This award is the biggest achievement to any architects, and is like a Noble prize to people in this career. He is a passionate man and he lived in protest of the right angle “and buildings designed with the ruler and the square.” He had once said this, that generally explains his design interest and direction:

I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire Universe, the curved Universe of Einstein.

For that approach, he had produced many daring and distinctive designs. Some of his famous works are National Congress of Brazil, Cathedral of Brasilia, United Nations headquarter at New York City, Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum, and two buildings in dedication to himself, Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Brazil and Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre at Spain. His exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly infuential on the architecture of the late 20th and early 21st centuries too. An image of National Congress of Brazil, a masterpiece designed by him:

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The BBC’s obituary of Niemeyer noted that he “built some of the world’s most striking buildings – monumental, curving concrete and glass structures which almost defy description”, also acclaiming him as “one of the most innovative and daring architects of the last 60 years”. The Washington Post described him as “widely regarded as the foremost Latin American architect of the last century”. His death is certainly saddening as the world losses another great architect that had shaped our built environment for so many years. His contribution to the modern architecture will never be forgotten, and he is truly blessed for have live to such an age that many couldn’t do so. May he rest in peace.

(Information source: http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-oscar-niemeyer-20121206,0,554245.story)

World’s oldest living architect: Oscar Niemeyer

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2011 by vincentloy

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, or popularly known as Oscar Niemeyer is currently 103 years old and would be celebrating his 104th birthday on December this year. At 103 currently, he is the world’s oldest living architect whom are still contributing to designs in his company through his sketches and explanations. He is a Brazilian architect whom had worked in the field for over 70 years, specializing in international modern architecture. He is a pioneer in exploring the formal possibilities of reinforced concrete solely for their aesthetic impact.

His buildings are often characterized by being spacious and exposed, mixing volumes and empty space to create unconventional patterns and often propped up by pilotis. Both lauded and criticized for being a “sculptor of monuments”,  he has been praised for being a great artist and one of the greatest architects of his generation by his supporters. Here below is a quote from the architect himself describing his approach in architecture:

‘It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.’ 

His first work (Gustavo Capanema Palace with Le Corbusier) came in 1936 which is now over 75 years ago, and his latest masterpiece is the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre in Spain on 2011 (this year). The latter is a big cultural centre which is ‘an open square to the humankind, a place for education, culture and peace’ (Oscar Niemeyer). In total, he has designed well over 80 buildings or structures which is an impressive record of his contribution to the built environment, particularly in Brazil and Europe. One more thing I wish to highlight is Oscar Niemeyer is the architect of a building in Malaysia, built back in 1980, which is the Penang State Mosque eventhough his contribution in Asia is very minimal.

Two structures which he designed and dedicated to himself are the Oscar Niemeyer Museum at Parana, Brazil and the International Cultural Centre mentioned on the previous paragraph. The former is a museum resembling an eye-shaped tower with ramp leading to it from the reflecting pond below as well as a rectangular gallery behind. The museum features many of Niemeyer’s signature elements: bold geometric forms, sculptural curved volumes placed prominently to contrast with rectangular volumes, sinuous ramps for pedestrians, large areas of white painted concrete, and areas with vivid murals or paintings. His major and famous works are as follow:

At this age and still helping on design contribution, he is often being criticized of the lower quality of his later (recent) works which is definitely affected by his old age. Anyway, the scale of his contribution to architecture is extensive and he can be considered as one of the fathers of modern architecture along with Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. He had also won 1988 Pritzker Prize, the highest honour to an architect every year. Living for over a century which is seldom acquired by many others, his works and name as a great architect would be eternal. (His hands must be very shaking when sketching something, but his creative mind on design still presents)

83rd Academy Awards result…

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2011 by vincentloy

I believed many have already known the result of the 83rd Academy Awards held recently in Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles before jumping to this page. Some might have even watched it from tv or online, some might have heard the news from tv or radio stations, some might have even watched it live at the venue itself. Anyway, I would still post the official result of the Oscar 2011.

I will also list down the nominations with the winning ones bolded as to check out which/who won or lost…Below each category is my opinion on the winner. Mainly the result seems to be predictable, but still there is few categories that gave us a shock, or I can say, surprise, as our prediction (majority) went wrong on these categories.

Best Picture

“Black Swan,” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
“The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
“Inception,” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
“The Kids Are All Right,” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
“The King’s Speech,” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
“127 Hours,” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
“The Social Network,” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán, Producers
“Toy Story 3″ Darla K. Anderson, Producer
“True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
“Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Analysis: I believed more than 70% picked The King’s Speech, including myself. However, I still prefer The Social Network for its brilliant in all aspects required for a movie, while The King’s Speech is more like a play of history only, but still everyone is assured that the Academy members (average with over 50 years old) are having traditional mindsets, and so they are in favour of The King’s Speech. Come on, it’s now the time for the modern society with great modern film like this to get this top award.

Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
James Franco in “127 Hours”

Analysis: Over 90% of people voted for Colin Firth. The main reason is not that he did extremely good in The King’s Speech, but the real answer is he lost last year. So everyone would want to erase his pain last year by giving him this year. A bit unfair to other more deserving nominees, like Jesse Eisenberg and James Franco whom did extremely well, far better than Colin Firth, to be honest. It is so easy for Colin to act in stammering, I’m sure everyone can act on that!

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Analysis: Many have predicted Christian Bale to win, and so he did. I have not much comment on this as I did not watch The Fighter, but I believed he is favoured due to his excellent performance in the film.

Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Analysis: Similar to best actor’s category, almost everyone wanted Natalie Portman to win this with Annette Bening, the more experienced one as the dark horse. I loved Natalie’s performance very much in Black Swan and she did impressively good, more than enough to win Best Actress. I like the winner of this category, which is very much predicted. I’m sure Academy members will not take age as a matter in all cases like seldom giving awards to the ones below 30. Experience is not the best point, the skill is the one that judges. If she didn’t win this one, I would definitely boycott the Oscar.

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”

Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Analysis: I paid not much attention to this just like the Best Supporting Actor’s category. Out of statistics I revealed earlier, Melissa Leo outshines Amy Adams in The Fighter, and finally outshines all nominees to grab this award. I believed it is well deserving.

Animated Feature Film

“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3″ Lee Unkrich


Analysis: 100% of people voted for Toy Story 3, but I think there are still couple of votes for the other two nominees. This is among the best animated feature films ever released by Hollywood, not only the best for the year. Everyone would boycott Oscar if this doesn’t goes to Toy Story 3 which is touching and great.

Art Direction

“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“True Grit”

Analysis: I did not watch Alice in Wonderland. However, from my perspective after looking at its trailer, screenshots and posters, I believed there are many hard works put on making this artistically-beautiful film a success. Excellent art direction with help of technology in creating this one, Alice in Wonderland.

Cinematography

“Black Swan,” Matthew Libatique
“Inception,” Wally Pfister
“The King’s Speech,” Danny Cohen
“The Social Network,” Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit,” Roger Deakins

Analysis: Cinematography means the way of developing a film. I’m satisfied that this award goes to Inception. It is a brilliantly-crafted film with those stunning effects, impressive idea behind the storyline and good performances by the cast.

Costume Design

“Alice in Wonderland,” Colleen Atwood
“I Am Love,” Antonella Cannarozzi
“The King’s Speech,” Jenny Beavan
“The Tempest,” Sandy Powell
“True Grit” Mary Zophres

Analysis: The costume design of characters in Alice in Wonderland is very creative, colourful and I think Colleen Atwood put a lot of time on thinking which design suits each character more. Congratulation as this brilliant work is paid off by winning this award. Some said this might goes to The King’s Speech, but I think no design is needed for the costumes in this film, just referenced it from the past, and there you go. So, Alice in Wonderland is more deserving.

Directing

“Black Swan,” Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter,” David O. Russell
“The King’s Speech,” Tom Hooper
“The Social Network,” David Fincher
“True Grit,” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Analysis: Over 80% predicted that David Fincher would take this award home for his brilliant directing for The Social Network. It should be a kind of consolation prize as The Social Network would have very minimal hope in winning Best Picture. Furthermore, his directing is very awesome, as I saw some clips from the Behind-the-Scenes; he really direct from every aspects to every details of the movie. Finally, Tom Hooper wins it as usually, the best director of the best picture wins. Is it very hard to direct Colin to stammer? Haha…Many would disliked the result of this category like me. It should be the time for David Fincher.

Film Editing

“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The King’s Speech”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”


Analysis: This is like a consolation prize to The Social Network. This film truly deserved this award too. The editing is well made from every aspects in the film. The editors really know well on where to cut to other scenes, where to start the background music, etc. Good job!

Music (Original Score)

“How to Train Your Dragon,” John Powell
“Inception,” Hans Zimmer
“The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours,” A.R. Rahman
“The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Analysis: For this category, I preferred Inception and The Social Network. Inception’s soundtracks are stunning, while The Social Network’s soundtrack are evoking emotional response with its creepy and lonely feel. Stunning soundtracks are easy to create, and so the award goes to The Social Network’s score that fits perfectly well to the film.

Music (Original Song)

“Coming Home” from “Country Strong,” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from “Tangled,” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours,” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Analysis: Not much comment on this category, but I preferred I See the Light from Tangled, as it is such a romantically-beautiful song from Disney. However, We Belong Together seems to impress on more people’s hearts, accompanied by the touching story of Toy Story 3, which binds the toys together at the end too despite Andy leaving them.

Sound Editing

“Inception,” Richard King
“Toy Story 3,” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy,” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
“True Grit,” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
“Unstoppable,” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Analysis: For categories that fall under sound or those effects thingy, Inception should win. And yes, Inception won, including this one. Excellent sound editing in this film, that heightens the climax as the story progresses from dream to another dream from this film.

Sound Mixing

“Inception,” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
“The King’s Speech,” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
“Salt,” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
“The Social Network,” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
“True Grit,” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Analysis: Yes, another one for Inception. All the effects like visual and sound for this movie are just fantastic, and way too awesome! Without great sound mixing and editing, this sci-fi movie won’t rocks!

Visual Effects

“Alice in Wonderland,” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
“Hereafter,” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
“Inception,” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
“Iron Man 2,” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Analysis: Wow, another minor award for Inception. The visual effects from this film are stunning, and these are beautifully-created with a lot of works alongside with aid from technology. They could create a city, blow a city, they could even roll up the city of Paris in the film, hanging above you. What’s more to say?

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“127 Hours,” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network,” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3,” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit,” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter’s Bone,” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Analysis: This had to be seriously landed on Aaron Sorkin’s hand for writing such an impressive script for The Social Network. I personally had read the script and it is marvelous. All the dialogues are very well-written. He is the one that contributed to the success of the screenplay of the film, which is what makes the film among the best for the year. Hands down on him, nothing more to say.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“Another Year,” Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter,” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception,” Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right,” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
“The King’s Speech,” Screenplay by David Seidler

Analysis: The screenplay for The King’s Speech is good, but just not as outstanding as The Social Network winning in adapted one. I’m fine with The King’s Speech winning this, but not the Best Picture. I also would like to mention that the screenplay for Inception is a better one to win this, as the idea of Inception is very cool and creative in producing such a great movie.

No analysis for the following categories which gave me no interest on it, as I have not watched all of these features, except one which is Day and Night in Short Animated Film category.

Documentary (Feature)

“Exit through the Gift Shop,” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
“Gasland,” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
“Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Restrepo,” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
“Waste Land,” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)

“Killing in the Name”
“Poster Girl”
“Strangers No More”
“Sun Come Up”
“The Warriors of Qiugang”

Foreign Language Film

“Biutiful,” Mexico
“Dogtooth,” Greece
“In a Better World,” Denmark
“Incendies,” Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi),” Algeria

Makeup

“Barney’s Version,” Adrien Morot
“The Way Back,” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
“The Wolfman,” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Short Film (Animated)

“Day & Night,” Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let’s Pollute,” Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)

“The Confession,” Tanel Toom
“The Crush,” Michael Creagh
“God of Love,” Luke Matheny
“Na Wewe,” Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143,” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Overall winning statistic:

The five major winning films are the following:

The King’s Speech – winning 4 (picture, leading actor, original screenplay, directing)

Inception – winning 4 (cinematography, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing)

The Social Network – winning 3 (adapted screenplay, film editing, original score)

The Fighter – winning 2 (supporting actor, supporting actress)

Alice in Wonderland – winning 2 (art direction, costume design)

Overall comment: As expected, the winning list that is announced for the 83rd Academy Awards seems to be satisfying overall with majority of the winners go to the ones picked in predictions by many people from different backgrounds including myself. There is still some surprises, with some awards going to the hands of not-so-deserving. I suggest that more younger members should be added into Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, so that it would be more balanced and universally-minded, with fair chances going to the young ones, by not just having young hosts only. Anyway, there it goes. It’s the end of Oscar 2011.

Countdown to Oscars: 1 day!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by vincentloy

Yes, 24 hours later, the biggest and most prestigious annual awards presentation in film industry will begin,…the 83rd Academy Awards or commonly known as just Oscars. By the time the ceremony is held, it’s early morning in Malaysia and I have to get prepared to go for classes in the morning and the afternoon, so I’m not able to watch it live (streaming online).

The ceremony would be held in Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles where it is the permanent venue for this star-studded night in America. Many stars would be coming, including those not nominated. I won’t be listing out all the attending stars as it would be extremely long. Even some singers would attend the ceremony, including A.R. Rahman and Celine Dion. Even the hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway would be performing too to light up the atmosphere besides than just hosting it.

I believed many predictions made by many people of different backgrounds earlier would meet with satisfying results to be released during the show tomorrow. However, I also believed that Oscars would give us some surprises, like; maybe The King’s Speech would not win Best Picture? Maybe Annette Bening would win over Natalie Portman in Best Actress? Maybe the Academy members prefer nerd (Jesse in The Social Network) over monarch (Colin in The King’s Speech) for Best Actor? Who knows?

This year, Oscar is already giving us surprises by having the younger stars, James and Anne to be the hosts. Usually, the job would be given to those over 40 years old. Oscar is probably starting to think that it’s time for the young ones to shine as they have longer and possibly brighter future to achieve. So, by tomorrow, surprise is awaiting us on those awards’ winners. Of course, I still wish that the awards go to those who are deserving.

Besides than the awards ceremony, there are actually many other events coming in between, like the dinner, celebration party, interviews and of course the red carpet which we will be given chances to look at how beautiful/handsome the artists are with their splendid outfits. It is their night, so they will bring the best by dressing good and cool. Since I will be in campus on that period of time, I will be only posting the much anticipated result few hours later, with some descriptions of the show too…I’m definitely going to watch the show later…