Posts Tagged: Awards
Best motion picture – Drama
The Ides of March
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – Drama
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Best animated feature film
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss in Boots
Best foreign language film
The Flowers of War (China)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA)
The Kid with a Bike (Belgium)
A Separation (Iran)
The Skin I like In (Spain)
– Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best original song – Motion Picture
“Hello Hello” – Gnomeo & Juliet
“The Keeper” – Machine Gun Preacher
“Lay Your Head Down” – Albert Nobbs
“The Living Proof”- The Help
“Masterpiece” – W.E.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – Comedy or Musical
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – Comedy or Musical
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best screenplay – Motion Picture
Midnight in Paris
The Ides of March
Best original score – Motion Picture
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
While I was on vacation recently, I attended the first days of the Bradford International Film Festival (BIFF) in Bradford, UK in the Yorkshire region of England. The festival is sponsored by and held at the National Media Museum…which is one of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Bradford itself has always been known for film…causing UNESCO to give Bradford the first “UNESCO City of Film” designation. How did I find out about this relatively small festival? Well, one of my favorite travelogue books is Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson, where Bryson tours his adopted homeland of Great Britain one more time before he moves back to America. In Notes, Bryson talks of stopping in Bradford and checking out the only Cinerama screen in all of Europe. Being both an Anglophile and a film lover, I just had to do more research on this place! Cinerama, for all of those who are not film obsessed, was the three-camera mega-widescreen process developed in the 1950s to compete with the television market. In the early 1950s, movie producers were losing millions and millions to television…meaning why should people go to the movies anymore since they had this great new medium of TV right in their homes? So, Hollywood answered by giving the public something TV could never provide (today’s widescreen TVs try but are still not even close)… MAMMOTH SCREENS and the widest pictures ever imaginable. Now, I know we have IMAX and even Omnimax now but still, Cinerama was superior. Wikipedia describes this MUCH better than I ever could.
Ok, I digress…basically what all of that means is that I HAD to check Bradford out. When I found out they had an annual film festival, I knew one year I would have to go. So, I did.
Held in March since 1994, the BIFF is not “international” in the same sense as Cannes or Venice or Toronto. I mean they show foreign films like the big festivals do, but there is little media coverage, very few people from abroad (I felt like the token American…not counting the few American filmmakers and dignitaries that were there), and the big celebrity names are limited to the award recipients, instead of the attendees (this year, Claire Bloom and Terry Gilliam were honored). But, regardless of that, it was still an excellent festival. I saw foreign films, documentaries, Canadian films, and many British films. Most of the films were independents that might not make it to the Chicagoland area.
I would estimate that about only 20% of the new releases I saw will have a snowball’s chance of making it to the Chicagoland area…even on DVD. The others are VERY, very small films with limited budgets and limited releases. And this is why film festivals are key: at festivals, small films have a chance to been seen and noticed and even to thrive.
Would I go again? YES…in a heartbeat. Mostly because during my five days in Bradford, I never did get a chance to see a Cinerama film, which was my initial reason for wanting to come here. Oh well, I will just have to go back!
Now through March 31, teens can vote in our annual choice awards.
Visit the Reference or A/V desks to pick up a ballot. Write in your favorite movie, song, music video, TV show and video game and drop it in the box.
Get a small prize when you vote and you’ll also be entered in our grab bag drawing in April.
Will someone beat out Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber this year?
Well, the show was OK — not great, but not awful. All in all, I would say that James Franco will NEVER be asked back — though Anne Hathaway might, since she seemed excited to be there. Franco seemed to be back in NYC in school rather than on one of the greatest stages in the world. I have been to the Kodak Theater in Hollywood myself and even took a tour. We were able, on the tour, to stand on the stage and look out to the seats like Franco and Hathaway did on Sunday night. No, the Kodak was not all glitzed and glammed up like it was Sunday, but I still felt that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Also, I have held an Oscar — not at the Kodak but at the Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Avenue. The lavish mall, where the Nordstroms is, holds an annual venue where people can come and get their picture taken with an actual Oscar statue. They also ha
ve photos from some of the previous ceremonies and other information on the awards. It’s like a mini-Academy Awards museum for filmies around the Chicagoland area! It was a blast. So, even though I probably will never hold an Oscar up on the stage of the Kodak Theater, I can at least say I have been there, done that…though in two different cities and two different years!