Cinematic Thoughts for Cinematic Minds
So the annual Oscar celebrations again came upon us this year. We all waited with bated breath to see which films the Academy would favour in 2013 and which films they’d over look. Below is the list of the winners on the night and the people that we believe should have won the awards instead… because as always there were a few choices that stumped us and a few that we all expected.
BEST PICTURE: ARGO
Yes that’s right pictured above is Daredevil himself Ben Affleck with his sweaty hands on an Oscar. You really do have to see it to believe it but with the basis of Argo being highly propaganda driven it was always going to be a big contender for this coveted prize. The Academy once more championing a film merely based on it being pro- American it seems which is a shame as in this category it was by far not even the best of it’s type and it’s type should not always be considered the best. If you’re directorial career is struggling it seems that you can just stick out a film that waves the star spangled banner and you’ll win something… which is just sad.
Our choice: Beasts of the Southern Wild
For a debut film Benh Zeitlin really managed to create something quite astounding with this. However, as we’ve just seen it doesn’t comment on America in a way you’d deem worthy and is actually a more anti- establishment piece meaning it has been unpopular with voters this year. It’s been neglected in every single category and has failed to win anything when in fact it’s one of the best made and acted films to be released in recent years. The only positive here being that Zeitlin has announced his talents and is hopefully here to stay.
BEST DIRECTOR: ANG LEE (Life of Pi)
Now this is something of a relief and for the first time since 1985 the director of Best Picture failed to win in this category. Which firstly says a lot about the motivations behind giving Argo the previously mentioned award but is also a testament to just how good Life of Pi actually was. Ang Lee once again proving what an outstanding director and artist he is by giving us one of the most visually stunning and heart wrenching stories from the last twelve months. An award we’re sure that will look nice next to the previous Oscar he has already won and fully deserved at that.
Our choice: Ang Lee or Benh Zeitlin (we couldn’t choose)
BEST ACTOR: DANIEL DAY- LEWIS (Lincoln)
By collecting this award my Day- Lewis takes his place in history as the only actor to ever have won on three separate occasions. Even before the film was released you just knew that it would be impossible to ignore the fact that he was playing the most famous and celebrated American president in history which would give him a big boost among the judging panel. We feel his victory was deserved but also because of the role he was portraying and not just solely on his acting talents alone.
Our Choice: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Bradley Cooper proved with this performance just how versatile an actor he truly is. Playing the role with the hilarity we always expect and with hints of tragedy underlying the entire thing he really exemplified what it means to be an actor in today’s world. Someone who we can laugh at but also take seriously, their are more nominations on his horizon we’re sure of it.
BEST ACTRESS: JENNIFER LAWRENCE (Silver Linings Playbook)
It’s been a truly phenomenal year for Miss Lawrence, a year which saw her succeed as the head of new movie franchise The Hunger Games but also for her victory last night. Up against tough competition (particularly from Emmanuelle Riva) Lawrence blew us away with her performance in Silver Linings Playbook as Tiffany, a woman struggling with manic depression after the untimely death of her young husband. Like Cooper she made us laugh and cry hand in hand and deserves all the plaudits that come her way.
Our choice: Jennifer Lawrence or Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) because again we couldn’t choose and thank god we don’t have to!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: CHRISTOPH WALTZ (Django Unchained)
Now we think it’s fair that Waltz be nominated in this category but highly unfair that he should have won based solely on that fact that his performance did not differ greatly from the one he previously won for. Dr King Schultz and Colonel Hans Landa are not massively different characters. One is good the other is pure evil but other than that the sense of humour and persona with which he embodies both characters does not warrant two consecutive Oscars… it’s just a bit stupid really as there were others that deserved it more!
Our choice: Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook)
The infamous actor put in a performance of totally unexpected proportions in Silver Linings. One which saw him portray Bradley Cooper’s ever suffering Father and one which also provided some of the film’s truly heart breaking moments. We’re sad for you Bobby… and you’re still a legend!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: ANNE HATHAWAY (Les Misérables)
Weird one this as Hathaway was widely panned for being a terrible singer and not quite right for the role in which she was placed. However, the film in which we think she deserved this nomination (The Dark Knight Rises) didn’t feature in her winning the award but we’ll let that slide as she coincidentally won for the wrong film. It also seems that the Academy wanted to celebrate “Les Mis” in some way and that may have been the motivation for her winning the award here.
Our Choice: Jackie Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
For the same reason’s in which DeNiro should have won Weaver made this film again a stand out piece not only in the rom- com genre but in cinema as a whole in 2012. Sadly Silver Linings was overlooked for maybe being a bit too true to life and anti- establishment. Maybe one day the decision makers behind the Oscars will be brave and give out their awards to the films and people that truly deserve them and not just the ones that will look good on the front of the papers the next day… here’s to waiting.