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Oscar night!

It’s Oscar time! Normally this gets my cinematic juices flowing but this years awards seem to highlight an increasing trend. A bad trend, that gnaws at the rotting flesh of Hollywood’s carcass. I think the older I get, the more cynical I am toward the Academy. Is it me or is the Academy’s vote in recent times become increasingly pulled in different directions? Quality, sentiment, popularity, and the industry dollar all seem to vie for the voters attention. Did Christopher Plummer really win the best supporting actor for his role in Beginners, or was it a sentimental nod towards his life’s achievement as an actor? The boundaries aren’t clear, and as such mimics the art it is trying to award. You also have to bear in mind that most of the voting Academy are conservative. Very conservative, male, white, and over 50 (like I will be in ten years … yikes!) That said, I think the problem really lies at the nomination stage. Jessica Chastain nominated for her role in The Help rather than The Tree of Life. Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling ignored. Hmmm … I’m not too sure how the nominees are selected but the system seems to be flawed. When films such as Melancholia are snubbed because of political reasons, it tells me that the Academy has lost sight of what art is. I look at the best picture nominations and see Warhorse, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, among other questionable nominees and I despair. Where are the likes of Melancholia, Shame, Drive, and We Need to Talk About Kevin? These are glaring omissions … ask any film critic worth their weight and I’m sure they’d agree. At least there are other awards and critics that level the field somewhat and give a semblance of correct balance.

By the way, congratulations must go to The Artist and Mechel Hazanavicius for the Oscar nod. It could’ve been so much worse.

The Artist – review

The Artist has recently leapt into the spotlight as the front runner for the best picture Oscar. But is it a good film? Before seeing The Artist I knew it was a French film, a melodrama, and that was made in the tradition of the silent films of the 1920s era. Beyond that I knew little, yet somehow I have been very much looking forward to seeing it. Was it simply its novelty that was capturing my interest? This is dangerous territory considering that a good film is so much more than a few simple circus tricks, and I was hoping not to be disappointed. You can read the rest of my review here.

The Guardian’s Film Weekly

Here is a fantastic podcast I listen to religiously; Film Weekly by The Guardian. Jason Solomons and Xan Brooks review the latest releases in the U.K and interview many directors and cast. This weeks episode:

“The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius discusses his Oscar-tipped black and white silent movie and Michelle Yeoh talks about playing Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson’s The Lady.”

You can find Film Weekly here.

Or search for it in iTunes.