Monday, 25 February 2013

Oscars 2013 - prediction audit

As is customary, I hereby audit my 2013 Oscar predictions . No improvement on last year, but no decline either - a solid 14 out of 24:

Best Movie - Argo
Best Actor - Daniel Day Lewis
Best Actress - Jennifer Lawrence
Best Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway
Best Foreign-Language Film - Amour
Best Adapted Screenplay - Argo
Best Cinematography - Life of Pi
Best Sound Mixing - Les Miserables
Best Original Song - Skyfall
Best Costumes - Anna Karenina
Best Documentary - Searching for Sugarman
Best Film Editing - Argo
Best Animated Short - Paperman
Best Visual Effects - Life of Pi

Monday, 18 February 2013

Oscars 2013: who'll win, who should...

Here we go – my annual round of Oscar predictions. As before, I’ll pick a winner and also (where I’m equipped to offer an opinion) tell you who should win. I’ll put aside my usual moaning about who/what didn’t get nominated but should have, and dive right into the predictions:

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Review - Les Miserables

Les Miserables is, by now, a bona fide smash. The adaptation of the insanely popular stage show (itself, of course, based on Victor Hugo’s thumping great novel of social injustice in post-revolutionary France) has banked getting on for a $400m return on its $60m budget. Fair play to director Tom Hooper, then – there’s no doubting this was a risky business; we’re decades removed from Hollywood’s musical era, it’s sung through (and live, not overdubbed afterward), and it stars Russell Crowe, whose singing pedigree is limited to his honestly-named vanity rock group, Thirty-Odd Foot of Grunts.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Five things I'd love to see happen at Oscars 2013

I'll pop up my traditional Oscar prediction thingummy in short order... but here are the five things I really want to happen at 2013's orgy of self-congratulation. I've tried not to go for things that obviously won't happen but given my generally poor track record/kiss-of-death propensity, chances are that at least four of the below won't actually transpire.