Monday, 27 February 2012

Intermission: Oscar Audit 2012

As promised, an quick audit of my 2012 Oscar predictions. Last time around, I picked eleven correctly from twenty predictions. Has a year's worth of movie watching increaded my accuracy? Er... slightly; 14 out of 24, including:

Best Picture: The Artist
Best Actress: Meryl Streep
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Animation: Rango
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen
Best Art Direction: Hugo
Best Sound Editing: Hugo
Best Song: Man or Muppet
Best Original Score: The Artist
Best Costumes: The Artist
Best Documentary Feature: Undefeated
Best Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
Best Make-up: The Iron Lady

So I'm fairly happy with that, although looking back I was probably a bit daft in my picks of George Clooney and Jessica Chastain for Actor and Supporting Actress respectively. I was very happy to see the broad success of The Artist - amid the popular backlash to the film (received wisdom now seems to suggest it is some kind of novelty piece; it isn't) - let's not lose sight of the significant fact that a silent, black & white film (in old-fashioned square 'Academy' ratio, and a French production to boot) has won Best Picture. I've also been cheered by wins for Rango, Christopher Plummer, Bret Mackenzie (for 'Man or Muppet') and for The Descendants's screenplay. And while I'm not generally a hater, I can't hide my gladness at both Transformers and W.E. missing out.

The big loser has to be poor old War Horse, which surely deserved something - at least in sound mixing or cinematography, I would've thought. The other standout empty-handers are Rise of the Planet of the Apes, somehow losing out to Hugo for best visual effects (are the Academy sick of mo-cap?) and Pina for best documentary feature.

Right then. Now the hooptedoodle's out of the way, back to the movies.