Archive | January 2012

madly in advance: 2012 OSCAR PREDICTIONS, round one

Call me crazy, because I probably.  I’ve begun the 2012 madness before the 2011 hysteria has even ceased.  But alas, I can’t stop myself from pondering what’s to come while still celebrating what has been.  So if you’re interested in my thoughts on next year’s Best Picture, Best Director, Best Lead Actress, Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor races, click those links!  I’ll admit, it seems 2012 is the year of literary adaptations, and I relied heavily on that notion in my highly suspect predictions.  Between Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (shown), Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, it’s all about adaptation.  But Alfonso Cuaron and the folks at Pixar might want to district with some original pieces, Gravity and Brave.  Take a look at my delusions in the linked pages or via the mini-menu to the left, and post your own thoughts on 2012 in the comments!

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2011 bloggers’ choice awards: THE NOMINEES

The votes are in!  After a somewhat eventful morning with Jennifer Lawrence, hopefully you’re ready to see the choices of the film bloggers!  Though no one film had the showing Black Swan had in last year’s voting (11 nominations), a couple came close, with Drive and The Help leading the nomination count at 8 nominations apiece.  The polls for picking the winners will be open until the night before the Oscars, so you have ample time to make your choices.  Here are this year’s nominees (and for a refresher, feel free to check out last year’s):

Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Original Screenplay
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Best Adapted Screenplay

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Best Cinematography

Best Costume Design
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Visual Effects
Best Animated Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Film Editing
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Makeup

2nd film bloggers choice awards: TIME to CAST YOUR VOTES

It’s that time of year again folks!  After last year’s fun, I figured it would be good to bring back the film blogger-chosen awards – so head over to the polls if you’re interested and participate in the second annual mock Oscar poll.  The votes are tallied based on rankings and the firmest grasp I can muster on the convoluted AMPAS style of vote-compiling.  Ballots are due by Jan. 24, when the nominees will be announced.  And be sure to come back here to vote on the winners when the time comes!  This is all in good fun, but it only works if you participate, so humor me and help me out – voice your opinion on the best of 2011!

the 2011 movie score guidebook, vol. 3

The high-flying score-recapping continues – volume three of the guidebook is below.  So have at it, and get a good feel for what 2011 had to offer.  And check out volumes one and two to catch up!

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Score by Alberto Iglesias

Shame
Score by Harry Escott

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Score by Alexandre Desplat

The Artist
Score by Ludovic Bource

The Adventures of Tintin
Score by John Williams

Contagion
Score by Cliff Martinez

The Help
Score by Thomas Newman

War Horse
Score by John Williams

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Score by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe

Drive
Score by Cliff Martinez

Thor
Score by Patrick Doyle

Restless
Score by Danny Elfman

Jane Eyre
Score by Dario Marianelli

The Ides of March
Score by Alexandre Desplat

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Score by Michael Giacchino

the 2011 movie score guidebook, vol. 2

The madness continues – the year-end score wrap-up is just getting started, so here’s another 15 to assist you in your difficult “Who on earth had the best score of 2011?” questions.  Have at it!

The Conspirator
Score by Mark Isham

The Beaver
Score by Marcelo Zarvos

Take Shelter
Score by David Wingo

The Iron Lady
Score by Thomas Newman

Hugo
Score by Howard Shore

W.E.
Score by Abel Korzeniowski

Warrior
Score by Mark Isham

Moneyball
Score by Mychael Danna

Albert Nobbs
Score by Brian Byrne

The Skin I Live In
Score by Alberto Iglesias

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Arthur Christmas
Score by Harry Gregson-Williams

One Day
Score by Rachel Portman

Kung Fu Panda 2
Score by Hans Zimmer and John Powell

A Better Life
Score by Alexandre Desplat