Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sounding Off about Oscar Noms

Congratulations to all of the 84th Academy Award nominees announced this morning! Some wonderful films appear on the 2011 Best Picture list – with two of my favorites right on top. Hugo earned eleven nominations, and The Artist racked up ten.

But it’s interesting to note that without nods in two sound categories, The Artist – a silent movie -- would lead the pack with ten nominations to Hugo’s nine. Of course, a movie with very little sound has no chance of competing in “sound mixing” and “sound editing.” Still, both movies are recognized in the most of the key categories – and each of them made it to my Top Ten list.

However, would it hurt the prestige of the Academy to add a comedy or two on its Best Picture list? I couldn’t help hoping that Bridesmaids or The Muppets would sneak onto that group of nine distinguished movies to liven it up.

Regarding the acting nominations, I can’t understand how Tilda Swinton and Ryan Gosling were left out. Swinton gave the best female performance of the year in We Need To Talk About Kevin, and Gosling was simply spellbinding in Drive.

Listen to more rants and raves about the Oscar nominations by clicking on the link below.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Everything Old Is New Again

Here’s some good news for movie fans! The Artist will be opening nationwide in January. This charming black-and-white silent film has already won numerous awards and seems on the way to a well-deserved Best Picture Oscar nomination. The film pays homage to silent movies. Its unpretentious plot follows an iconic film actor, who refuses to adapt to “the talkies,” and deals with his relationship with a spirited young woman whose star rises as his falls -- kind of like Singin’ in the Rain meets A Star Is Born. Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, French actors, fit their parts perfectly here.

In my opinion, this movie boasts the best ending of the year. It’s definitely a must-see, especially for fans of tap dancing (like me)!

Please don’t miss The Artist.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The Tree of Life Lauded by Online Film Critics

The Tree of Life picked up five important awards from the Online Film Critics Society this week. The film took home the prize for Best Picture, Best Director (Terrence Malick), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Editing and Best Cinematography. It was the only movie to earn more than one award.

Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk about Kevin) and Michael Fassbender (Shame) won Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively. The remaining acting honor went to Christopher Plummer as Best Supporting Actor in Beginners.

Special awards were given to Jessica Chastain as breakout performer of the year and to Martin Scorsese in honor of his work and dedication to the pursuit of film preservation. (Scorsese founded The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to promote film preservation.)

Please go to for the full list of winners.

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