‘The Avengers’ – Movie Review

First thing I need to say isn’t really related to The Avengers but thought I would express my views on the matter. I am utterly pissed off that there was no new Dark Knight Rises trailer shown before the movie, the only reason I can think of is because they must be releasing it with the American release not the UK one because we get a week early but there was an amazing Prometheus trailer I hadn’t yet seen. Anyway onto the movie.

The plot of The Avengers is simple, bad guy – Loki – tries to take over earth, that’s about it. This isn’t really a bad thing though, this movie is already two hours twenty minutes so with the inclusion of a deep plot the film would have been even long. But to be honest you aren’t really looking for an intense plot filled with metaphors and hidden meanings, all you really want is to go and have a great time and thats exactly what you get.

As I said there isn’t really much plot going on here but what there is plenty of is character depth, Joss Whedon does a fantastic job of giving these characters so many levels that we never knew they had. This added depth to the characters really causes us too feel for them in their moment of hardships. The character I ended up empathising for the most was actually Black Widow which actually surprised me a great deal. But that’s thing that Whedon does really well, he is used to developing characters and yet again his fantastic writing does it again here.

Now if you had your doubts about Joss Whedon’s directing ability then let me reassure you that you can put those fears to bed. Some of the shots he creates are absolutely stunning making for what will be some very iconic scenes from the movie. Not only did Joss Whedon direct this action filled roller coaster he also put pen to paper and wrote it, as I said the plot isn’t exceptional but the dialogue is utter brilliance. Every word out of Tony Stark’s mouth is absolutely hilarious making this funnier than a lot of comedies I have seen.

Everyone knows the standard of the acting that is typically found in these Marvel movies, it’s pretty good but nothing really amazing. You don’t expect much from the actors  but if this is your first Marvel movie, I don’t know why it would be, but then you will be surprised by the above average quality.

Robert Downey Jr. obviously returns as the obnoxious and downright funny billionaire, Tony Stark. Everyone has seen this role before so you don’t really see anything new here but you know what, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t gotten old. As usual Robert Downey Jr. performs brilliantly, displaying one of the best performances of the movie adding some comedy to an otherwise action filed adventure.

Downey Jr. isn’t the only one that shines here, Mark Ruffalo – who I am a huge fan of – plays Bruce Banner/ the Hulk brilliantly making for my personal favourite Hulk’s we have seen to date and there is nothing I wish more than for him to get his own movie after this, but we all know that isn’t going to happen. Ruffalo also supplies us with many laughs throughout the movie and he also gives us a collection of the best action sequences in the whole movie with his “Hulk smash!”

We see the return of Tom Hiddleston as the menacing Loki and he plays the role absolutely beautifully. The first shot we get of Loki is harrowing which is mastered by the combination of Hiddleston’s devilish performance and Whedon’s gorgeous directing. Loki not only makes for a horrifying villain but his chemistry between Downey Jr. as Iron Man is priceless. If you weren’t fond of Loki in Thor – like I wasn’t – your mind will be changed here he truly is an evil person making for an iconic villain.

Chris Evans and Hemsworth show us the performance you expect from seeing them in their individual Marvel movies, they aren’t show stopping but are good enough for this movie. I feel as though the best moments of acting are when all of the Avengers are together, the chemistry between them is perfect, they all have their own different relationship between each other that can swap from hatred to best friends in a matter of minutes.

Now the one thing that you don’t have to worry about in this movie is any of the main characters being pushed aside. When I first saw the trailer I thought that this will end up being Iron Man & Co. but trust me it isn’t, all of the characters you want to get all the screen time they deserve. Maria Hill played by the brilliant Cobie Smulders is one of the very few characters that gets pushed to the side, but she was never really regarded as one of the main characters although I would have liked it if she had a bit more ass kicking to do. Pepper Potts played by Gwyneth Paltrow makes a brief appearance which literally lasts a minute but you don’t really care about that as this movie really isn’t about her.

The Avengers isn’t exactly perfect, there was one thing I wasn’t too fond of and that is that these movies are starting to feel far too familiar. Apart from the stature of this movie in comparison with others it doesn’t really vary it’s self from the other Marvel movies – Paramount Pictures – the direction has the same old comic book action style which you can spot in all the other movies. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I can see many people starting to tire of it.

If you are a loyal reader of mine then you know that I am not the biggest fan of 3D, I feel as though it is usually useless and extremely overpriced, the same can be said here. I didn’t feel as though the 3D was necessary, if it was it would have been filmed in 3D and not post converted like most films are these day. The 3D wasn’t used like Avatar to fully engross me in the world, it just felt like it was there and there was nothing really too it, I know I would have enjoyed the film just as much in 2D.

The thing The Avengers does best is what it set out to do. It isn’t trying to be a dark superhero movie with a serious tone – like The Dark Knight – and that’s good because trying to compete with that is a ridiculous thing to do. The Avengers tries to be a comic book action-filled, Hollywood blockbuster and you know what it does that perfectly. I don’t think you will be able to compare this and the later released comic book movies this year – Amazing Spider-Man and Dark Knight Rises – because it is so different.

I am just worried about how the sequels/spinoffs from this are going to be able to live up to it, this is the greatest threat the earth has faced and I don’t see how a single film focusing on Iron Man can live up to that. I will hate to be the first film made after this because it will be compared A LOT saying how it just didn’t live up to The Avengers and that’s sad. I also wonder how long they going to be able to keep going for, I mean someones going to want to leave soon, what are they going to do? Just trade actors hoping we won’t notice.

Trust me, if you are a fan of superhero movies then you will fall in love with this movie, it is the movie we all wanted and expected, Joss Whedon has done us all proud and for that I would like to you thank you very much. Now I can’t wait for the directors cut with all that footage that Whedon was made to chop out. I feel as though this is the perfect start to a Summer filled with brilliant movies.

10/10

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Who Really Are The Best Directors Ever? (Part 3)

5. Martin Scorsese – One of the most humble men in cinema today has many reasons why he is at number five on my list. Martin Scorsese is usually known for directing quite dramatic pieces targeted at the older generation, but this year Scorsese blew us all away with his first children’s movie that showed us all he really is a genius. My personal favourite of Scorsese’s is of course his cult classic, Taxi Driver, I only saw this for the first time recently and I absolutely loved it, it is Scorsese’s dark twisted urban masterpiece that is loved and studied by film lovers across the globe, through every generation. Another one of my Marty favourites is another one of his starring Robert De Niro, this time he’s in a boxing ring in Raging Bull. It is a boxing phenomenon that is still bloody and brutal to this very day, despite being filmed in black and white. Raging Bull is a fascinating journey into someone’s mind and one of the greatest movies of the 80’s. Of course you couldn’t mention Marty without mentioning his brilliant gangster movie, GoodFellas, which surprisingly is another film staring De Niro, in yet another astonishing performance. GoodFellas is yet another dark twisted and brutal movie that Scorsese has beautifully made. After this year Scorsese really showed us all that he really can direct anything and it will be an absolute delight to watch.

4. Woody Allen – The hipster of all filmmakers, Woody Allen has directed some of my favourite films of all time, with his unique, awkwardly funny style in which he makes his phenomenal masterpieces. My favourite Allen movie is of course Annie Hall, written, directed and starring the brilliant Allen. It is a touching and hilarious love story with truly lovely performances that is by far Allen’s best piece that he has produced. Woody Allen does do a few comedy romance movies and no wonder he is so good at them, another rom-com masterpiece is Manhattan, it is smart and incredibly witty. Allen’s most recent movie, Midnight In Paris is also one of my favourites of his, it is absolutely beautiful, with amazing shots of Paris and phenomenal acting from Owen Wilson taking the role that Allen would have played in his earlier movies. You have to be one extremely skilled filmmaker to write, direct and star in the same movies, very few can pull it off but he can and he pulls it off so well.

3. Steven Spielberg – Well what can I say about this genius? Everyone knows how great Spielberg’s films are and that he is one of the greatest moviemakers of out generation. Shockingly there are some people out there that believe that Spielberg’s work is overrated and he is actually a poor director, well those people must be clinically insane. Spielberg has directed so many monstrous classics that I absolutely love, my favourite Spielberg film is the World War Two epic, Saving Private Ryan. I think that it is one of Spielberg’s most beautifully shot movies, I haven’t experienced a better scene in movie history than the Normandy beach landing that features in the first twenty minutes of Saving Private Ryan, I just feel as though that scene is the pinnacle of cinema. Spielberg has directed so many other great movies and I know you know them so I don’t need to talk about them all but thought I would mention a few. You can’t talk about Spielberg with out mentioning the Indiana Jones trilogy (the fourth didn’t happen!) the TRILOGY was an absolute triumph giving us one of the greatest action-adventure trilogies we have ever had the privilege to watch. The best of the trilogy is of course Raiders Of The Lost Ark, it really is a film that has it all and is splendid. Spielberg has the triumph of directing one of the greatest thrillers of all time, Jaws, a fast paced masterpiece with perfect camera placement throughout. As I said I can’t mention all of his films but you have probably grasped on the fact already that he is a phenomenal director.

2. David Fincher – Yes, this is the same David Fincher that directed the abomination that is Alien 3, but you know what? After that he started directing some astonishing movies. David Fincher first hit theatres with Alien 3 which was a huge disappointment in the so far phenomenal Alien franchise, not many people get a second chance in Hollywood but Fincher got one and really showed us that he really can direct. Fincher has directed FIVE of my favourite movies of all time, which I think is the most by a single director in my list (which will be coming soon) My favourite movie of Fincher’s is his cult classic, Fight Club, when it was first released people weren’t really fans, they didn’t know what to make of this puzzling movie but years later movie lovers around the world have fallen in love with this iconic masterpiece. Fincher also directed the drama centring on the creation of the largest social network ever, The Social Network, this is actually my second favourite movie of Fincher’s. I feel as though The Social Network is so beautiful, the cinematography mixed with Fincher’s direction is just phenomenally break taking. The Social Network is of a very rare quality that is Fincher’s most engrossing film to date. I really do love Fincher’s films, I feel as though he gives them a sense of darkness that other directors can’t do.

1. Christopher Nolan – Of course, who else would it really be? I believe that Christopher Nolan is the greatest director of all time, not just of our generation. I know Christopher Nolan hasn’t directed a plethora of films like Scorsese and Spielberg but every film he has directed I have absolutely loved, only four of his films are my favourite of all time, one less than Fincher but I feel as though Nolan is more consistent with his brilliance and it still puzzles me to this very day that he hasn’t won an Oscar. Christopher Nolan’s biggest achievement is by far what he has done to the Batman series, he has created a whole new style of superhero movie that will be mimicked in films for years to come. My personal favourite Nolan movie is of course his phenomenal Batman movie, The Dark Knight. It is not only one of the greatest comic book movies of all time, it is one of the greatest movies of all time, period. Heath Ledger delivers one of the finest performances I have ever seen in a film and I’m so glad that he won the Oscar for his role he truly deserved it. Aside from revolutionising the Batman series Nolan has directed some extremely puzzling films, from Memento to the mind boggling Inception. They are both astonishing films and really show Nolan’s power as a director. I know Nolan hasn’t done hundreds of films but he is the only director that when they bring out a new film I am, one extremely excited and two, I know it will be a stunning piece of cinema. I just can’t wait to see what this genius directs in the future as in my eyes he hasn’t made a single bad film yet and I know he will keep it that way; he is a man of perfection. To make him even better, he is British.

Who are your favourites of all time? Feel free to tell me your comments below. Thank you for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to like and follow to show me some love.

84th Academy Award Winners!

I’m sorry I’m late on this story but I live in the UK and wanted to watch the Oscars but couldn’t stay up till 3am because I had work, so I didn’t want to know who won till I watched it and I have just finished watching it. So here are the winners.

Best Picture

The Artist

Best Actor In A Leading Role

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Actress In A Leading Role

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Director

Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation

Best Cinematography

Robert Richardson, Hugo

Best Art Direction

Hugo

Best Costume Design

The Artist

Best Make Up

The Iron Lady

Best Film Editing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Sound Editing

Hugo

Best Sound Mixing

Hugo

Best Documentary Feature

Undefeated

Best Animated Film

Rango

Best Visual Effects

Hugo

Best Original Score

Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Best Song

Man or Muppet, The Muppets

Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best Live Action Short

The Shore

Best Documentary Short

Saving Face

Best Animated Short

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

It was a very predictable show I think, the only surprise for me was how Hugo won best visual effects over both Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Do you agree with the winners? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that like and follow button to show me some love.

Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – USA

Blu-ray To BUY

Hugo – I absolutely loved this movie and I know everyone else who views it will too. Hugo goes back to the birth of cinema in a way that I never would have expected to see, when going into this movie I thought that it would just be a children’s movie but it really isn’t, this is a movie for the whole family and it is pure brilliance. It is beautifully shot with some great shots throughout a vintage train station, of course it was going to beautiful it is done by the phenomenal Martin Scorsese. I can’t describe how much I loved this film, I will be rooting for this film on Oscar night and I hope it swoops all the awards away from The Artist. I would recommend this to anyone, so go out there on Tuesday and buy it.

Blu-ray To AVOID

Johnny English Reborn – When I was younger I used to really enjoy the first Johnny English, as a kids movie it wasn’t dreadful but this one you can feel that this series really didn’t need a sequel. This film seriously fails to capture the amazing talent that is Rowan Atkinson but some people say you will only like this movie if you like Rowan Atkinson which could be true but I love Rowan Atkinson and I hated this movie. I would recommend this to young children but definitely no-one above the age of twelve.

All these titles are released on Tuesday 28th February. What will you be picking up this week? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that like and follow button to show me some love.

Who Will Win The Oscars 2012? – My Predictions

With the Oscars 2012 not that far away I have decided to tell you all both my predictions and who I would like to win. So lets get started.

Best Picture

War Horse
The Artist
Moneyball
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

I think that the winner here is an obvious one, I’m pretty sure that The Artist has got this award in the bag. If The Artist wins Best Picture then it will be the first silent film to win that award in over 80 years and I think that is exactly what the Academy want. I did enjoy The Artist and I can see why people have fallen in love with it but I just feel as though the Oscar hype is quite over the top, but then again with all of its campaigning it can’t really fail to take away best picture. I don’t really have any doubt that The Artist won’t take home best picture and I would be extremely surprised if it didn’t.

I’m really not sure who I would like to win Best Picture, I just know I don’t want it to go to Extremely Loud & Incredible Close, the two films I would most like to win are War Horse and Midnight In Paris, I thought that both of these films were absolutely phenomenal. War Horse was beautifully shot, acted and was just an overall an amazing film, I don’t think War Horse will win as it will be The Artist but I would like it to come out and surprise everyone. I would also like to see Midnight In Paris come out and surprise us all, I really loved this film, it was a smart, beautiful and happy film and I would love to see it take home the award.

Best Director

Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

The Artist will also be taking home the award for Best Director this Sunday, I do think The Artist was beautifully directed but I believe that this award should go more deserving directors. Again with all of The  Artist’s campaigning it would be a shock if they didn’t manage to take home Best Director as well. I again would be very surprised if The Artist doesn’t take home the award for Best Director as well as Best Picture. We never know though, the Academy could chose to go for more popular and recognised directors than go with the gimmick of The Artist. 

I would have liked Steven Spielberg to take home this award for his spectacular movie War Horse as I feel that was the best directed film of the year (2011). But from the nominees here I would love Woody Allen to take home the award for Midnight In Paris, I absolutely loved this film and thought Woody Allen captured every scene beautifully. Woody Allen hasn’t won an Oscar in fifteen years and I would really like to see him back basking in the glory he belongs. I wouldn’t also mind seeing Martin Scorsese taking home the award for his tim Hugo, again Hugo was beautifully shot and he deserves this award just as much as Michel Hazanivicius. 

Best Actor

Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

This award will be between two people, Jean Durjardin for The Artist or George Clooney for The Descendants.  I think they were both equally as deserving seeing that Durjardin’s performance made The Artist great, his acting was the most important part of the whole film and he really pulled it off. I do think though that the Academy will go for Clooney though seeing he is a lot more well known than the relatively unknown Durjardin despite Durjardin’s recent BAFTA win for best actor.

I wouldn’t be upset if Clooney took home the award but I would really love to see Gary Oldman win his long overdue Oscar. Surprisingly this is Oldman’s first ever Oscar review but it’s just a shame that he probably won’t  win. I, along with everyone else would be extremely surprised if he won but I would be extremely happy for him to take home the award.

Best Actress

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

I think it is safe to say that this award will most definitely be going to Meryl Streep, she has been long overdue an Oscar win and winning this one would make it her third win. I personally really didn’t like the Iron Lady but there is no doubt that Streep’s performance was absolutely astounding. I wouldn’t surprised if she didn’t win as she is up against some tough candidates but I think she is the most likely to take home the award with her bigger competition being Viola Davis for The Help. 

The woman I would like to see take home this award is the breathtaking Rooney Mara but I think it is unlikely that she will take home the award as this category as two front runners, both Meryl Streep and Viola Davis. I highly doubt that anyone apart from those two will take home this award. I thought that Rooney Mara’s performance in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was absolutely astonishing and its a shame she won’t get any recognition for it.

Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

With both a Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA win under his belt it is inevitable that Christopher Plummer takes away this award as well and if he doesn’t I will actually be surprised. Beginners wasn’t my favourite film of 2011 but I thought that Christopher Plummer’s performance was absolutely brilliant. From his past winnings I don’t think their is much competition in this category especially with Max Von Sydow in there, to be honest I have no idea why he is nominated his performance was no where near Oscar worthy like Christopher Plummer’s. 

As much as I loved Christopher Plummer’s performance in Beginners I would actually prefer Nick Nolte to win this award. I know it is highly unlikely but not only was his performance great, it is also the only Oscar that Warrior has a possibility of winning. I loved Warrior and I’m quite disappointed that it can’t win more so that is who I am so eager for Nick Nolte to win this award no matter how unlikely.

Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Everyone knows who will be getting this award, and it is of course Octavia Spencer. She has been trouncing all the other awards taking home a Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG so the likelihood of her not winning it pretty slim. To be fair though Spencer does completely deserve this award, her performance in The Help was absolutely phenomenal and she should get as much credit s possible for that performance. If she doesn’t win I, along with everyone else will be extremely surprised.

The person I would really really like to win is of course Melissa McCarthy, her performance in Bridesmaids was absolutely hilarious and she deserves some sort of recognition for that fine performance. Don’t get me wrong I would love to see Octavia Spencer win just as much as the next guy but if there is any black horse I would like to see this year it would be Melissa McCarthy. 

Best Original Screenplay

Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
John Logan, Hugo
George Clooney, Beau Willimon and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, Moneyball
Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Foreign Feature

Bullhead
Footnote
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

Art Direction

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

Cinematography

The Artist
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Costume Design

Anonymous
The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
W.E.

Film Editing

Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Kevin Tent, The Descendants
Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Thelma Schoonmaker, Hugo
Christopher Tellefsen, Moneyball

Makeup

Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle, Albert Nobbs
Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady

Music (Original Score)

John Williams, The Adventures of Tintin
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Howard Shore, Hugo
Alberto Iglesias, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Williams, War Horse

Music (Original Song)

“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio” from Rio, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett

Sound Editing

Drive
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
War Horse

Sound Mixing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
War Horse

Visual Effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

So those are my predictions for this year. Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that follow button if you haven’t already and that like button to show me some love.

 

Oscar Snubs Of 2012 Rant

The Oscars, the most esteemed movie awards ceremony of the year. It is usually the Golden Globes that provides the biggest snubs and gives nominations away to movies that don’t even deserve it. Every year there are typically a few films and actors that get snubbed by the Oscars but this year it is ridiculous.

The biggest snub of the year has to be Drive, I mean come on, it has been given one nomination and that is for Sound Editing. What the fuck Academy, care toexplain to me why Transformers: Dark Of The Moon has been given more nominations that Drive. Now Drive was my second favourite film of 2011 and I understand some people didn’t like it and thought the violence was a bit over the top; but the Academy isn’t just one person, it is a collection of people, not everyone there could have hated Drive enough to give it ONE nomination. There are many awards Drive got snubbed for, the first one being the most obvious, Best Picture, now this is where I start to get a little raged. Here is what I don’t understand, how in the world could Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close or as I like to call it Extremely Pretentious And Incredibly Shit get nominated over Drive? Answer me that Academy, is it because it is centred around 9/11? Or is it just because you hate great movies? I hated Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close and I don’t understand how anyone could enjoy it; it got completely crucified by reviewers and I did not expect this movie to even get mentioned at the Oscars, boy was I wrong. Another category that Drive got fucked on was of course directing, this category also baffles me; how could the direction of Tree Of Life be better than that of Drive? Drive was shot beautifully by Nicolas Winding Refn and he really needs some sort of recognition, yet this year he got absolutely jack shit from the Academy, the Hollywood Foreign Press and BAFTA. It just puzzles me how Drive can miss out on so many awards, it was loved by critics and there were so many critics and reviewers that put it as number one in their top films of 2011. Drive is a mile better than Tree Of Life and Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close and the Academy should feel ashamed that they have nominated these films over Drive. The final category that Drive got largely snubbed by is Best Supporting Actor, Albert Brooks as Bernie Rose who was by far the best actor in the whole film and was completely snubbed of any recognition by the Academy. After last years snubbing of Inception followed by this years snubbing of Drive it has really made me lose faith in the Academy as they clearly aren’t a good enough judge of films.

Now onto War Horse, yes War Horse has received six nominations this year but it hasn’t been nominated for the one I think it is most deserving, Best Director. War Horse was filmed beautifully by the astonishing Steven Spielberg who very rarely does anything wrong and that doesn’t change here. Steven Spielberg should have most defiantly received a nomination here, especially over the extremely overrated Tree Of Life. But then again it really doesn’t matter who gets nominated for any of these awards we all know The Artist will just win them all.

The big thing I don’t understand is why hasn’t 50/50 received any nominations, it didn’t receive any at the BAFTA’s either and only getting a few at the Golden Globes. 50/50 was my favourite movie of 2011 and it was loved my so many critics and viewers yet it has got less nominations that Drive at the Oscars. I understand that the Academy wouldn’t want to nominate 50/50 as Best Picture as it isn’t of a “high enough class” for the wankers in the Academy. It could have been nominated for so much more, I think the nominations that 50/50 deserves the most is Best Original Screenplay, written from a true story it is filled with humour and sadness that has been beautifully written by the man who is behind the story, Will Reiser. The second nomination that the stupid Academy didn’t nominate 50/50 for is Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Best Actor, this has been his best performance of his astounding career and he really deserves some recognition for that. Then again no-one will win in the category for Best Actor as everyone knows the award will be taken home by Jean Durjardin. 

There are a few nominations that I am very pleased with such as: Gary Oldman for Best Actor in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse for Best Picture, Nick Nolte for Best Supporting Actor in Warrior, Rooney Mara for Best Actress in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Melissa McCarthy for Best Supporting Actress in Bridesmaids and Midnight In Paris for Best Picture.

I do feel as though this has been a poor year for Oscar nominations and as for the winners we all know that the overrated Artist will take virtually everything it is nominated for. I hope I’m not the only one but I hate it when one film takes home the majority of the awards, even if I love that film I still hate it when they all go to one production.

Anyway that is my rant over, I managed to keep the foul language to a minimum even though I was fuming as writing it. What do you think of this years Oscar nominations? Are you happy with them all? What are you pissed off about getting snubbed? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading. If you like this post please click that follow button to keep up to date with all the movie news and reviews.

BAFTA 2012: Winners

 

Best Film

 

The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
The Help
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Film Not in the English Language

 

Incendies
Pina
Potiche
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

 

Outstanding British Film

 

My Week with Marilyn
Senna
Shame
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin

 

Director

 

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn
Hugo – Martin Scorsese
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson
We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsay

 

Original Screenplay

 

The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Guard
The Iron Lady
Midnight in Paris

 

Adapted Screenplay

 

The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Cinematography

 

The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

 

Editing

 

The Artist
Drive
Hugo
Senna
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

 

Production Design

 

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

 

Make Up & Hair

 

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
The Iron Lady
My Week with Marilyn

 

Costume Design

 

The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Special Visual Effects

 

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
War Horse

 

Documentary

 

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim
Senna

 

Sound

 

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

 

Original Music

 

The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Animated Film

 

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Arthur Christmas
Rango

 

Leading Actor

 

Brad Pitt (Billy Beane) – Moneyball
Gary Oldman (George Smiley) – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
George Clooney (Matt King) – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin (George Valentin) – The Artist
Michael Fassbender (Brandon) – Shame

 

Leading Actress

 

Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller) – The Artist
Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher) – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams (Marilyn Monroe) – My Week with Marilyn
Tilda Swinton (Eva) – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark) – The Help

 

Supporting Actor

 

Christopher Plummer (Hal) – Beginners
Jim Broadbent (Denis Thatcher) – The Iron Lady
Jonah Hill (Peter Brand) – Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh (Sir Laurence Olivier) – My Week with Marilyn
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Paul Zara) – The Ides of March

 

Supporting Actress

 

Carey Mulligan (Irene) – Drive
Jessica Chastain (Celia Foote) – The Help
Judi Dench (Dame Sybil Thorndike) – My Week with Marilyn
Melissa McCarthy (Megan) – Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer (Minny Jackson) – The Help

 

What do you think of the winners? Are you glad The Artist won so many? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks for reading.