Archive for February 19, 2012

Oscars 2011 Update: WGA Awards & MPSE Awards

Tonight, two major awards were given out, the first being the WGA Awards. I’ll do those quickly, since they were the least surprising and interesting of the two.

The Descendants won Best Adapted Screenplay, pretty much cementing that as the probable Oscar winner (over Moneyball, which hasn’t really made enough of a push to seem poised for an upset), and Midnight in Paris won for Original Screenplay, which was a given, since The Artist was ineligible. That’s always been the favorite for the Oscar alongside (and probably ahead of) The Artist. So no surprises there.

The other awards given out today were the Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards. There were lots of categories there, so I’ll do my best to make it brief and sum it up as best I can. Cutting out all the awards not relevant to the Best Sound Editing category at the Oscars (The Muppets winning Best Music in a Musical Film and Tintin winning for Animated): Hugo won Best Sound Editing: Music in a Feature Film. War Horse won Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film. And Super 8 won Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film. What this means and a more thorough (barely) breakdown of these awards after the jump. (more…)

Oscars 2011 Breakdown: Best Supporting Actor & Best Supporting Actress

And today we look at the Supporting categories. Not much to say here. Best Supporting Actor is typically a place where they reward great, flashy, scene-stealing performances, as well as the occasional veteran, and Best Supporting Actress is typically where they reward veterans and up-and-comers.

They’re pretty self-explanatory, and most of the time you can see where the winner came from. I also feel like they’re on quite a roll, these two categories. I haven’t disliked a Best Supporting Actor choice in almost a decade, and Best Supporting Actress has also been pretty strong, overall. And I think they’ve both been terrific over the past two years. This year, I feel, may break those trends, but the categories are kind of weak on the whole, so it’s not that big a deal. Plus, typically the Supporting categories aren’t the strongest, so in a way we’ve been spoiled by the past few years.

We’ll start with all the Best Supporting Actor winners. Remember, these two categories weren’t introduced until the 9th Academy Awards (1936). (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it. You’re going to get back on that horse, and I’m going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re gonna go, go, go!”

Oscars 2011 Update: American Cinema Editors Awards & Cinema Audio Society Awards

Today, the American Cinema Editors Awards were handed out, as were the Cinema Audio Society Awards.

First , the Cinema Audio Society Awards, which recognized Hugo in their feature film category and Rango in its Animation category. The latter again virtually assures Rango taking home Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, and the former was kind of a no-brainer decision in a way, but also still kind of a big deal. Hugo and Moneyball were the only two Oscar-nominated sound jobs up for the award, and Hugo isn’t exactly the flashiest of sound designs. Still, it just seemed like the obvious choice. More words on this when we get to the Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards (and the category breakdown in a few days).

The other major announcement was the American Cinema Editors Awards. The first, and least surprising of the two, was The Artist winning in the Musical/Comedy category. This was totally expected and cemented its status as a major contender for the Oscar. The surprise, however, was seeing The Descendants win for Best Dramatic film, beating out Hugo, Moneyball, War Horse and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. So basically, swap out The Artist for War Horse, and The Descendants just won Best Editing over the Best Editing category at the Oscars. Which is strange, considering it’s really the consensus lesser editing job of all (except War Horse, probably). Not that it isn’t solid, it’s just — I think we can all agree that the other films did a better job at cutting things together. Plus Thelma Schoonmaker’s won this award like five times or something, so it’s just strange. I’m not too concerned with its chances at the Oscar, since the Editors Branch only totals about 220. Either way, really, all this really tells me is that The Artist might actually win another award (one it probably shouldn’t win, if we’re talking my opinion). Maybe Hugo still takes it (after all, it is still Thelma), but then again, she did win for the Best Picture winner the last time. Maybe The Artist still takes it. More on this in a few days…