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  • Ahsan Haseeb 2:50 pm on February 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    85th Annual Academy Awards 

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced its 85th annual Academy Awards on February 24th, 2013 with giving away the Best Picture award to ARGO, directed by Ben Affleck and produced by Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov whereas the Best Director award went to Ang Lee for LIFE OF PI. Doesn’t win anything anywhere else. Wins one of the most important awards at the Oscars. This is Ang Lee. THIS IS EPIC!

    Here I must say that this was definitely one of the best ceremonies in recent years and it was a delight to watch it live and enjoy all those thrilling and surprising moments. There weren’t any shocking wins BUT there was a huge surprise, that being Lee’s win for Life of Pi. I have been wishing for this since the day I watched this film and it happened eventually. It should have won the Best Picture, too, not because Argo wasn’t deserving but only because Life of Pi is one of the most magical films ever made, it is an achievement in modern cinema and the film of a lifetime.

    Daniel Day-Lewis won his third Best Actor award (he previously won for My Left Foot in 1989 and There Will Be Blood in 2007) thus making him the only male actor who has won 3 awards.

    I wanted FRANKENWEENIE to win the Best Animated Feature but all the major awards went to BRAVE, which is as stupid as it gets because it also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. I still think that Frankenweenie was the Best Animated Film of 2012.

    Majority of the wins were pretty predictable and all of them are reasonable. A  lot of people may not agree with this but it’s alright, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

    Here is the complete list of winners along with the nominations:

    Best Picture:

    • Lincoln
    • Silver Linings Playbook
    • WINNER: Argo
    • Amour
    • Django Unchained
    • Beasts of the Southern Wild
    • Life of Pi
    • Zero Dark Thirty
    • Les Misérables

    Best Director:

    • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
    • WINNER: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
    • Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
    • Michael Haneke (Amour)
    • Behn Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

    Best Actor:

    • Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
    • WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
    • Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
    • Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
    • Denzel Washington (Flight)

    Best Actress:

    • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
    • WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
    • Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
    • Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
    • Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

    Best Supporting Actor:

    • Alan Arkin (Argo)
    • Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
    • Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
    • WINNER: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
    • Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)

    Best Supporting Actress:

    • Amy Adams (The Master)
    • Sally Field (Lincoln)
    • WINNER: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
    • Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
    • Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)

    Best Writing – Original Screenplay:

    • John Gatins (Flight)
    • Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
    • WINNER: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
    • Michael Haneke (Amour)
    • Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)

    Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay:

    • Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
    • WINNER: Chris Terrio (Argo)
    • Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
    • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
    • David Magee (Life of Pi)

    Best Animated Feature:

    • Frankenweenie
    • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
    • Wreck-It Ralph
    • ParaNorman
    • WINNER: Brave

    Best Foreign Language Film:

    • WINNER: Amour
    • Kon-Tiki
    • A Royal Affair
    • War Witch
    • No

    Best Documentary – Feature:

    • 5 Broken Cameras
    • The Gatekeepers
    • How to Survive a Plague
    • The Invisible War
    • WINNER: Searching For Sugar Man

    Best Documentary – Short Subject:

    • WINNER: Inocente
    • Kings Point
    • Mondays at Racine
    • Open Heart
    • Redemption

    Best Live Action Short Film:

    • Asad
    • Buzkashi Boys
    • WINNER: Curfew
    • Death of a Shadow
    • Henry

    Best Animated Short Film:

    • Adam and Dog
    • Fresh Guacamole
    • Head over Heels
    • Maggic Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’
    • WINNER: Paperman

    Best Original Score:

    • Dario Marianelli (Anna Karenina)
    • Alexandre Desplat (Argo)
    • WINNER: Mychael Danna (Life of Pi)
    • John Williams (Lincoln)
    • Thomas Newman (Skyfall)

    Best Original Song:

    • “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
    • “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
    • “Suddenly” from Les Misérables
    • “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted
    • WINNER: “Skyfall” from Skyfall

    Best Sound Editing (TIE):

    • Argo
    • Django Unchained
    • Life of Pi
    • WINNER: Skyfall
    • WINNER: Zero Dark Thirty

    Best Sound Mixing:

    • Argo
    • WINNER: Les Misérables
    • Life of Pi
    • Lincoln
    • Skyfall

    Best Production Design:

    • Anna Karenina
    • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    • Les Misérables
    • Life of Pi
    • WINNER: Lincoln

    Best Cinematography:

    • Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina)
    • Robert Richardson (Django Unchained)
    • WINNER: Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
    • Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln)
    • Roger Deakins (Skyfall)

    Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

    • Hitchcock
    • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    • WINNER: Les Misérables

    Best Costume Design:

    • WINNER: Anna Karenina
    • Les Misérables
    • Lincoln
    • Mirror Mirror
    • Snow White and the Huntsman

    Best Film Editing:

    • WINNER: William Goldenberg (Argo)
    • Tim Squyres (Life of Pi)
    • Michael Kahn (Lincoln)
    • Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers (Silver Linings Playbook)
    • Dylen Tichenor and William Goldenberg (Zero Dark Thirty)

    Best Visual Effects:

    • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    • WINNER: Life of Pi
    • The Avengers
    • Prometheus
    • Snow White and the Huntsman
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    65th Annual Writers Guild Awards 

    The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced their annual awards on February 17th, with giving away the top prizes to ZERO DARK THIRTY, ARGO and SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN for Original, Adapted and Documentary Feature Screenplay categories respectively. Television winners include BREAKING BAD, LOUIE and GIRLS for Drama, Comedy and New Series categories respectively. Emmy-winning Castle TV star Nathan Fillion hosted the ceremony, which was executive produced by Cort Casady.

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    FILM

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures

    DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY: Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendjelloul; Sony Pictures Classics

    TELEVISION

    DRAMA SERIES: Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

    COMEDY SERIES: Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K.; FX

    NEW SERIES: Girls, Written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO

    EPISODIC DRAMA: “The Other Woman” (Mad Men), Written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner; AMC

    EPISODIC COMEDY: “Virgin Territory” (Modern Family), Written by Elaine Ko; ABC

    LONG FORM – ORIGINAL: Hatfields & McCoys, Nights Two and Three, Teleplay by Ted Mann and Ronald Parker, Story by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann; History Channel

    LONG FORM – ADAPTED: Game Change, Written by Danny Strong, Based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann; HBO

    ANIMATION: “Ned ’N’ Edna’s Blend Agenda” (The Simpsons), Written by Jeff Westbrook; Fox

    COMEDY/VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES: Portlandia, Writers: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karey Dornetto, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley; IFC

    COMEDY/VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS: 66th Annual Tony Awards, Written by Dave Boone; Special Material by Paul Greenberg; Opening and Closing Songs by David Javerbaum, Adam Schlesinger; CBS

    DAYTIME DRAMA: The Young and the Restless, Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Sarah K. Smith, Christopher J. Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

    CHILDREN’S – EPISODIC & SPECIALS: “The Good Sport” (Sesame Street); Written by Christine Ferraro; PBS

    CHILDREN’S – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL: Girl vs. Monster, Teleplay by Annie DeYoung and Ron McGee, Story by Annie DeYoung; Disney Channel

    DOCUMENTARY – CURRENT EVENTS: “Money, Power and Wall Street: Episode One” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria; PBS

    DOCUMENTARY – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS: “The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time” (Nova), Telescript by Randall MacLowry, Story by Joseph McMaster and Randall MacLowry; PBS

    NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT: “Tragedy In Colorado: The Movie Theatre Massacre,” Written by Lisa Ferri, Joel Siegel; ABC News

    NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY: “The Ghost of Joe McCarthy” (Moyers & Company), Written by Bill Moyers, Michael Winship; Thirteen/ WNET

    RADIO

    NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING REPORT: “World News This Year 2011,” Written by Darren Reynolds; ABC News Radio

    NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY: “Dishin Digital,” Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS-AM

    PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ANIMATION

    ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION): “Partners,” Written by Dan A. Greenberger; CBS

    TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION: “The Oscars” (Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood), Animation by Bob Pook; CBS

    VIDEOGAME WRITING

    OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING: Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Scriptwriting by Richard Farrese, Jill Murray; Ubisoft

    NEW MEDIA WRITING

    OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING ORIGINAL NEW MEDIA: “The Compromises, Episode 1,” “The Pest, Episode 3,” The Snake, Episode 4,” “The Bonding, Episode 6,” “The Future, Episode 7/Series Finale” (Jack in a Box), Written by Michael Cyril Creighton; jackinaboxsite.com

    OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING DERIVATIVE NEW MEDIA: “Hide And Seek,” “Keys to the Kingdom,” “The Chosen Ones,” “Parting Shots” (The Walking Dead: Cold Storage), Written by John Esposito; amctv.com

     
  • Ahsan Haseeb 1:28 pm on February 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards 

    The American Cinema Editors (ACE) announced their 63rd Eddie Awards on February 16th, 2013 with giving away the top prize to William Goldenberg for ARGO. Well, this is a remarkable achievement for Goldenberg and it’s highly likely that he will win the Best Editing Oscar as well. Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers won the same award for Comedy/Musical genre for their editing in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.

    Here is the complete list of winners along with nominations:

    BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):

    • WINNER: Argo – William Goldenberg, A.C.E.
    • Life of Pi – Tim Squyres, A.C.E.
    • Lincoln – Michael Kahn, A.C.E.
    • Skyfall – Stuart Baird, A.C.E.
    • Zero Dark Thirty – Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E. & William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

    BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

    • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Chris Gill
    • Les Misérables – Melanie Ann Oliver & Chris Dickens, A.C.E.
    • Moonrise Kingdom – Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.
    • WINNER: Silver Linings Playbook – Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. & Crispin Struthers
    • Ted – Jeff Freeman, A.C.E.

    BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

    • WINNER: Brave – Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E.
    • Frankenweenie – Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E. & Mark Solomon
    • Rise of the Guardians – Joyce Arrastia
    • Wreck-It Ralph – Tim Mertens 

    BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):

    • Samsara – Ron Fricke & Mark Magidson
    • WINNER: Searching for Sugar Man – Malik Bendjelloul
    • West of Memphis – Billy McMillin

    BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION):

    • WINNER: American Masters – Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune – Pamela Scott Arnold
    • The Dust Bowl – Episode 1: The Great Plow Up – Craig Mellish
    • The Weight of the Nation: Episode 1: Consequences – Paula Heredia

    BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:

    • Girls: “Pilot” – Robert Frazen, A.C.E. & Catherine Haight
    • Modern Family: “Mistery Date” – Ryan Case
    • WINNER: Nurse Jackie: “Handle Your Scandal” – Gary Levy

    BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

    • WINNER: Breaking Bad: “Dead Freight” – Skip Macdonald A.C.E.
    • Breaking Bad: “Gliding Over All” – Kelley Dixon, A.C.E.
    • Mad Men: “The Other Woman” – Tom Wilson
    • Nashville: “Pilot” – Keith Henderson
    • Smash: “Pilot” – Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.

    BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

    • Homeland: “The Choice” – Terry Kelley, A.C.E.
    • Homeland: “State of Independence” – Jordan Goldman
    • WINNER: The Newsroom: “We Just Decided To (Pilot)” – Anne McCabe, A.C.E.

    BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:

    • Game Change – Lucia Zucchetti, A.C.E.
    • Hatfields & McCoys, Part 1 – Don Cassidy
    • WINNER: Hemingway & Gellhorn – Walter Murch, A.C.E.

    BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES:

    • Beyond Scared Straight: “Oklahoma County, OK – The Weight” – Rob Goubeaux, A.C.E., Mark S. Andrew, A.C.E., Paul J. Coyne, A.C.E., Mark Baum, Jeremy Gantz, Johnny Skaare, J.C. Solis & Ken Yankee
    • WINNER: Frozen Planet: “Ends of the Earth” – Andy Netley & Sharon Gillooly
    • Deadliest Catch: “I Don’t Want to Die” – Josh Earl, A.C.E. & Alex Durham

    STUDENT COMPETITION

    • Jeremy Hung – Dodge College
    • Steven Pristin – AFI
    • WINNER: Michael Smith – AFI
     
  • Ahsan Haseeb 3:00 am on February 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    66th Annual British Academy Film Awards 

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    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced their awards on February 10th, 2013 with giving away the Best Film award to none other than ARGO, directed and co-produced by Ben Affleck who also won the Best Director award. THIS IS SO AWESOME. So happy for him.

    There were two surprises today.

    • The first and the biggest surprise was David O. Russell‘s win in the Best Adapted Screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook, no one saw it coming and it’s actually an achievement for him because Playbook has such a beautiful screenplay.
    • The second surprise was Emmanuelle Riva‘s win in the Best Leading Actress category. Apparently, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain are the most favorites and strong contenders but Riva’s win surprised everyone including me and I’m glad that she won the award, she deserves it.

    Rest of the wins were predictable and most of my predictions proved to be right. Here is the complete list of winners along with the nominations:

    BEST FILM:

    • WINNER: ARGO (Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney)
    • LES MISÉRABLES (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh)
    • LIFE OF PI (Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark)
    • LINCOLN (Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy)
    • ZERO DARK THIRTY (Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison)

    BEST DIRECTOR:

    • MICHAEL HANEKE (Amour)
    • WINNER: BEN AFFLECK (Argo)
    • QUENTIN TARANTINO (Django Unchained)
    • ANG LEE (Life of Pi)
    • KATHRYN BIGELOW (Zero Dark Thirty)

    BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:

    • BEN AFFLECK (Argo)
    • BRADLEY COOPER (Silver Linings Playbook)
    • WINNER: DANIEL DAY-LEWIS (Lincoln)
    • HUGH JACKMAN (Les Misérables)
    • JOAQUIN PHOENIX (The Master)

    BES ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

    • WINNER: EMMANUELLE RIVA (Amour)
    • HELEN MIRREN (Hitchcock)
    • JENNIFER LAWRENCE (Silver Linings Playbook)
    • JESSICA CHASTAIN (Zero Dark Thirty)
    • MARION COTILLARD (Rust and Bone)

    BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

    • ALAN ARKIN (Argo)
    • WINNER: CHRISTOPH WALTZ (Django Unchained)
    • JAVIER BARDEM (Skyfall)
    • PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (The Master)
    • TOMMY LEE JONES (Lincoln)

    BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

    • AMY ADAMS (The Master)
    • WINNER: ANNE HATHAWAY (Les Misérables)
    • HELEN HUNT (The Sessions)
    • JUDI DENCH (Skyfall)
    • SALLY FIELD (Lincoln)

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

    • WINNER: QUENTIN TARANTINO (Django Unchained)
    • MICHAEL HANEKE (Amour)
    • PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON (The Master)
    • WES ANDERSON, ROMAN COPPOLA (Moonrise Kingdom)
    • MARK BOAL (Zero Dark Thirty)

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

    • CHRIS TERRIO (Argo)
    • LUCY ALIBAR, BENH ZEITLIN (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
    • DAVID MAGEE (Life of Pi)
    • TONY KUSHNER (Lincoln)
    • WINNER: DAVID O. RUSSELL (Silver Linings Playbook)

    OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM:

    • ANNA KARENINA (Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Tom Stoppard)
    • THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (John Madden, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Ol Parker)
    • LES MISÉRABLES (Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh, William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer)
    • SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin)
    • WINNER: SKYFALL (Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan)

    OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER:

    • WINNER: BART LAYTON (Director), DIMITRI DOGANIS (Producer) — THE IMPOSTER
    • DAVID MORRIS (Director), JACQUI MORRIS (Director/Producer) — McCULLIN
    • DEXTER FLETCHER (Director/Writer), DANNY KING (Writer) — WILD BILL
    • JAMES BOBIN (Director) — THE MUPPETS
    • TINA GHARAVI (Director/Writer) — I AM NASRINE

    BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE:

    • WINNER: AMOUR (Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz)
    • HEADHUNTERS (Morten Tyldum, Marianne Gray, Asle Vatn)
    • THE HUNT (Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann)
    • RUST AND BONE (Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux)
    • UNTOUCHABLE (Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun)

    BEST DOCUMENTARY:

    • THE IMPOSTER (Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis)
    • MARLEY (Kevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel)
    • McCULLIN (David Morris, Jacqui Morris)
    • WINNER: SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn)
    • WEST OF MEMPHIS (Amy Berg)

    BEST ANIMATED FILM:

    • WINNER: BRAVE (Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman)
    • FRANKENWEENIE (Tim Burton)
    • PARANORMAN (Sam Fell, Chris Butler)

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

    • SEAMUS McGARVEY (Anna Karenina)
    • DANNY COHEN (Les Misérables)
    • WINNER: CLAUDIO MIRANDA (Life of Pi)
    • JANUSZ KAMINSKI (Lincoln)
    • ROGER DEAKINS (Skyfall)

    BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC:

    • DARIO MARIANELLI (Anna Karenina)
    • ALEXANDRE DESPLAT (Argo)
    • MYCHAEL DANNA (Life of Pi)
    • JOHN WILLIAMS (Lincoln)
    • WINNER: THOMAS NEWMAN (Skyfall)

    BEST EDITING:

    • WINNER: WILLIAM GOLDENBERG (Argo)
    • FRED RASKIN (Django Unchained)
    • TIM SQUYRES (Life of Pi)
    • STUART BAIRD (Skyfall)
    • DYLAN TICHENOR, WILLIAM GOLDENBERG (Zero Dark Thirty)

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

    • SARAH GREENWOOD, KATIE SPENCER (Anna Karenina)
    • WINNER: EVE STEWART, ANNA LYNCH-ROBINSON (Les Misérables)
    • DAVID GROPMAN, ANNA PINNOCK (Life of Pi)
    • RICK CARTER, JIM ERICKSON (Lincoln)
    • DENNIS GASSNER, ANNA PINNOCK (Skyfall)

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

    • WINNER: JACQUELINE DURRAN (Anna Karenina)
    • BEATRIX ARUNA PASZTOR (Great Expectations)
    • PACA DELGADO (Les Misérables)
    • JOANNA JOHNSTON (Lincoln)
    • COLLEEN ATWOOD (Snow White and the Huntsman)

    BEST MAKE UP & HAIR:

    • IVANA PRIMORAC (Anna Karenina)
    • JULIE HEWETT, MARTIN SAMUEL, HOWARD BERGER (Hitchcock)
    • PETER SWORDS KING, RICHARD TAYLOR, RICK FINDLATER (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
    • WINNER: LISA WESTCOTT (Les Misérables)
    • LOIS BURWELL, KAY GEORGIOU (Lincoln)

    BEST SOUND:

    • MARK ULANO, MICHAEL MINKLER, TONY LAMBERTI, WYLIE STATEMAN (Django Unchained)
    • TONY JOHNSON, CHRISTOPHER BOYES, MICHAEL HEDGES, MICHAEL SEMANICK, BRENT BURGE, CHRIS WARD (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
    • WINNER: SIMON HAYES, ANDY NELSON, MARK PATERSON, JONATHAN ALLEN, LEE WALPOLE, JOHN WARHURST (Les Misérables)
    • DREW KUNIN, EUGENE GEARTY, PHILIP STOCKTON, RON BARTLETT, D. M. HEMPHILL (Life of Pi)
    • STUART WILSON, SCOTT MILLAN, GREG P. RUSSELL, PER HALLBERG, KAREN BAKER LANDERS (Skyfall)

    BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS:

    • PAUL FRANKLIN, CHRIS CORBOULD, PETER BEBB, ANDREW LOCKLEY (The Dark Knight Rises)
    • JOE LETTERI, ERIC SAINDON, DAVID CLAYTON, R. CHRISTOPHER WHITE (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
    • WINNER: BILL WESTENHOFER, GUILLAUME ROCHERON, ERIK-JAN DE BOER (Life of Pi)
    • Marvel’s Avengers Assemble
    • RICHARD STAMMERS, CHARLEY HENLEY, TREVOR WOOD, PAUL BUTTERWORTH (Prometheus)

    BEST SHORT ANIMATION:

    • HERE TO FALL (Kris Kelly, Evelyn McGrath)
    • I’M FINE THANKS (Eamonn O’Neill)
    • WINNER: THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD (Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson)

    BEST SHORT FILM:

    • THE CURSE (Fyzal Boulifa, Gavin Humphries)
    • GOOD NIGHT (Muriel d’Ansembourg, Eva Sigurdardottir)
    • WINNER: SWIMMER (Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw)
    • TUMULT (Johnny Barrington, Rhianna Andrews)
    • THE VOORMAN PROBLEM (Mark Gill, Baldwin Li)

    THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public):

    • ELIZABETH OLSEN
    • ANDREA RISEBOROUGH
    • SURAJ SHARMA
    • WINNER: JUNO TEMPLE
    • ALICIA VIKANDER

    OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA: TESSA ROSS

     
  • Ahsan Haseeb 5:03 pm on February 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    25th Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award 

    The University of Southern California (USC) announced the winner of Scripter Award on February 9th, 2013 by giving it to none other than the writers of ARGO. Here, I must say that things are really going fine for Argo as it recently won PGA, DGA and SAG awards and it is also anticipated that it will win the Writers Guild of America award and eventually take away the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar on February 24th at the Oscars. All I can say is it isn’t over yet. The announcement of winner must have been really tough as there were Lincoln and Life of Pi in the nominations, both of which have powerful and compelling screenplays and the Perks of Being a WallflowerSilver Linings Playbook and Beasts of the Southern Wild, all of which shouldn’t be taken lightly but the committee finally chose Argo as the winner.

    Here is the name of all the parties involved in the writing of the scripts for all the nominees:

    ARGO

    Joshuah Bearman, author of the article “The Great Escape”; Antonio J. Mendez, author of The Master of Disguise; and screenwriter Chris Terrio; Warner Bros., Wired for Bearman’s article, and Penguin for Mendez’s book

    BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

    Dramatist Lucy Alibar, who wrote the play Juicy and Delicious, and screenwriter Benh Zeitlin, who co-wrote the screenplay with Alibar; Fox Searchlight and Diversion Books, publisher of the play Juicy and Delicious, upon which Beasts of the Southern Wild is based

    LIFE OF PI

    Novelist Yann Martel and screenwriter David Magee; 20th Century Fox and Mariner Books

    LINCOLN

    Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and screenwriter Tony Kushner; DreamWorks and Mariner Books

    THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

    Stephen Chbosky, author of the novel Perks of Being a Wallflower, as well as the screenplay based upon the book; Summit Entertainment and MTV Books

    SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

    Author Matthew Quick and screenwriter David O. Russell; Weinstein Company and Sara Crichton Books

     
  • Ahsan Haseeb 3:47 pm on February 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    65th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards 

    The Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced its winners on February 2nd, 2013 with giving away the Best Feature Film Director award to Ben Affleck for ARGO. Argo has also won the Producers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild awards and it is such a remarkable achievement for it to win this as well, thus becoming the strongest front-runner in the Best Picture Oscar race. Unfortunately Ben Affleck didn’t get nominated for Best Director Oscar but he has already won the major awards including the Golden Globe for Best Director. His direction in Argo was marvelous, we all knew the outcome of the movie but his direction and vision kept us  interested in the film.

    Rian Johnson won the award for his direction in Breaking Bad as a director. Lena Dunham won the award for Girls‘ direction. Pretty reasonable.

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    DGA Lifetime Achievement Award: Miloš Forman

    FILM:

    Feature Film: Ben Affleck (Argo)

    Documentary Feature: Malik Bendjelloul (Searching for Sugar Man)

    TELEVISION:

    Drama Series: Rian Johnson (Breaking Bad – Season 5, Episode 4: Fifty-One)

    Comedy Series: Lena Dunham (Girls – Pilot)

    Miniseries or TV Film: Jay Roach (Game Change)

    Children’s Programs: Paul Hoen (Let It Shine)

    Daytime Serials: Jill Mitwell (One Life to Live – Between Heaven and Hell)

    Musical Variety: Glenn Weiss (66th Tony Awards)

    Reality Programs: Brian Smith (MasterChef – Episode No. 305)

    Commercials: Alejandro Iñárritu (Procter & Gamble’s “Best Job”)

     
  • Ahsan Haseeb 4:03 pm on January 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 

    The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced its awards on January 27th, 2013 with giving away the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award to ARGOArgo has also won the Producers Guild of America and Directors Guild of America awards and it is such a remarkable achievement for it to win this as well, thus becoming the strongest front-runner in the Best Picture Oscar race.

    As expected, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence won the acting awards for motion picture whereas Bryan Cranston and Claire Danes won those for television. Downton Abbey won the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    Screen Actors Guild 49th Annual Life Achievement Award: Dick Van Dyke

    FILM:

    Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Argo

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)

    Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Skyfall

    TELEVISION:

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Downton Abbey

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Modern Family

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Claire Danes (Homeland)

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Julianne Moore (Game Change)

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey (30 Rock)

    Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series: Game of Thrones

     
  • Ahsan Haseeb 3:59 pm on January 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    My Top Ten Films of 2012 

    This is my first WordPress post so I thought I should create one of the best posts of the year i.e. create the list of my top 10 favorite films of 2012. 2012 proved to be one of the best years for filmmaking. There were a lot of surprises, shocks and controversies, but all in all, it was the year of best filmmaking. Obviously, this isn’t the ultimate list of best films of previous year, it’s just an amateur one made by a person who is crazy about films and Hollywood.

    Here is the list of my top 10 films along with brief description and TWENTY Honorable Mentions:

    1. Life of Pi

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    Directed by Ang Lee, based on the novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi is my top favorite film of 2012. Honestly, this is the first film that I have enjoyed watching in 3D so much since I’m not a big fan of this technology. Life of Pi proved to be the most wonderful and epic experience of the year and not just because it is visually stunning but also because it is the best filmmaking, the miraculous achievement of cinema, and the exceptional style of story-telling which was only possible because of the team effort of the entire cast and crew. Mychael Danna did the film score wonderfully for which he has already won a Golden Globe, David Magee wrote the screenplay which was directed into film by Lee who has won the Oscars before for Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It is an absolute honour that this film got ELEVEN Oscar nominations in the 85th Annual Academy Awards. I don’t care if it wins the Oscars or not, this film is, and will be my most favorite film of 2012.

    2. Argo

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    Directed by Ben Affleck, who is also the main character of the film, Argo is an unusual thriller and my second most favorite film of 2012. The reason why I love this film so much is the style of thriller, the entire plot and story-telling i.e. the topic that revolves around the plot, the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis. Nobody has ever touched it before and it was somewhat genuine of Affleck to make a film on it. It has an excellent screenplay (by Chris Terrio) and in my opinion, it deserves to win an Oscar. The acting is superb, the supporting cast is actually very supporting unlike most of the films where no major work is done on it. The best thing about this film is despite the fact that it is a thriller, the element of violence is negligible, you don’t have to see those torturing moments again and again, and it still manages to get you on the edge of your seats because of great direction and those intense moments spread throughout the film. Argo got SEVEN Oscar nominations which is wonderful but Affleck’s Best Director nomination snub is deeply saddening.

    3. Silver Linings Playbook

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    Sometimes, to be perfect, all you need to do is accept your imperfections. This is what Silver Linings Playbook is about. The biggest surprise of this film is Bradley Cooper who blew my mind away with his performance. Jennifer Lawrence is always amazing at what she does and you can expect that kind of charm from her but I think Cooper and Lawrence have given their best performances in this film so far. The story is perfect. The direction and screenplay by David O. Russell are brilliant. The supporting cast members such as Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker are wonderful. What I love about this film is that its characters are so damaged but they still manage to pull it through and in spite of the imperfections they make their lives perfect. It received EIGHT Oscar nominations which are completely justified and reasonable especially Best Picture and Best Director and acting nominations for Cooper and Lawrence.

    4. Amour

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    Winner of the Golden Palm at 2012 Cannes Film Festival, written and directed by Michael Haneke, Amour is a meticulous, demanding and a delicate psychological drama with a story and narrative beyond your imagination. Haneke has done a wonderful job on this film, it really deserves to be appreciated by every film lover and even if you don’t watch films, you still need to because it has a strong message for everybody: A message of love, affection and commitment. This is an extremely tough film to watch at some points, and it may give you chills on more than one occasions. Emmanuelle Riva has performed extremely well in this film, I don’t have words to describe how much I loved her performance. Amour received FIVE Oscar nominations and this is very surprising and rare for a foreign language film.

    5. The Intouchables

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    A soulful French language comedy-drama film written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, The Intouchables was one of the most genuine surprises 2012. I had no idea how great this film would be and I am very, very glad that I had been waiting to watch this for a long time. The excellent incorporation of drama, slight humor, delicacy of the intense joyful/saddening moments and those silly jokes are what make this film so beautiful. The souls of the film are Omar Sy and Francois Cluzet, their performances keep this film alive. The storyline is fresh, as it is also based on a true story and it moves you emotionally and what’s best about it is that it doesn’t deviate from the true purpose of the movie despite the fact that it covers almost every aspect of drama in a single plot. This film has so much to offer once you’re ready to accept it. Unfortunately, it got snubbed from Best Foreign Langauge Film Oscar nomination but it’s alright, this fact won’t change my mind.

    6. The Impossible

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    Terrifying depiction of 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, a true story of a family, marvelous performances by Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, outstanding direction by Juan Antonio Bayona are what make the Impossible possible. It is an uplifting and exceptional story of a family that survive the disaster but they lose each other for some time, they don’t know where to find each other, obviously, because of large casualties and also because one cannot think properly after encountering the most shocking thing they would not have even imagined otherwise. It was an absolute tear-jerker of 2012. So, watch it on your own risk. The Impossible only got ONE Oscar nomination of Best Actress for Naomi Watts.

    7. Django Unchained

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    I only have two words for this film: QUENTIN TARANTNO.

    If you are a fan of Tarantino’s work then this movie is definitely for you. It has action; humor; a love story; elements of violence; drama; witty dialogues and a powerful screenplay. It has stellar cast members such as Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington, all of whom give phenomenal performances. It has superb direction. You get to listen to amazing songs while watching the film. This film is entertaining in every possible way. Django Unchained received FIVE Oscar nominations and it is probable that Tarantino would win the Best Original Screenplay award just like he won the same award at Golden Globes. Quentin Tarantino doesn’t always makes films, but when he does, he makes a masterpiece.

    8. The Dark Knight Rises

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    After the long and tiring perusal of reviews, I concluded there were two opinions mostly: Either people loved it like anything or they hated it like anything. The Dark Knight Rises may have so many plotholes but we should not forget that Christopher Nolan was still able to give us a satisfying conclusion. The long running time, so many story-lines merged into one plot which is already murky, there were the chances that the conclusion would include some stupidities but I love this film enough to ignore those plotholes and stupidities. It is an absolute treat to watch so many talented actors like Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a single frame. I’m a huge fan of Nolan’s work and the way he incorporates darkness into his films, I love how he does that. Unfortunately, it didn’t get any Oscar nomination which is saddening because it should have gotten nominated in technical categories, at least. Despite the negative criticism from reviewers and its snub from all the awards, I love the Dark Knight Rises and will always do.

    9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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    You might be wondering why I included this film in my top ten list, then don’t worry, I’m doing the same and I can’t think of any reason to eliminate it from the list. That’s because the Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the most beautiful films I have ever watched. Its whole coming-of-age genre makes me feel more connected with the characters and I can actually understand what they are going through and how are they feeling. All of the major characters’ performances are incredible and I’m actually quite satisfied that Stephen Chbosky, who is both the writer and the director of the film, was able to get what he needed from them. If you like high school/teen drama films, then this is definitely the one for you.

    10. Beasts of the Southern Wild

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    Last, but not the least, Beasts of the Southern Wild was easily one of the most surprising and magical films 2012. The best things about this film are the directional debut of Benh Zeitlin, and astounding performance of the lead actress, 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis who has been nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, thus making her the youngest nominee in the history of the Academy Awards. The film’s narrative and story-telling are much surprising, goes beyond your imagination at times, supported by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar‘s writing and makes you think what do you want to believe. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a mere proof that an unknown film can become one of the most well-known films in no time. It received FOUR Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. It should have also been nominated for Best Original Score because its score is fascinating and magical just like the rest of the film.

    HONORABLE MENTIONS (in no particular order):

    • Looper
    • Lincoln
    • Skyfall
    • Holy Motors
    • The Master
    • Prometheus
    • Zero Dark Thirty
    • Cloud Atlas
    • Flight
    • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    • Frankenweenie
    • Kon-Tiki
    • Moonrise Kingdom
    • Tabu
    • Les Misérables
    • Safety Not Guaranteed
    • Bernie
    • Chronicle
    • Kahaani
    • Oslo, August 31st
     
    • Asif Khan 9:01 pm on January 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful list Ahsan, really like your choices and their reasoning.

      • ahsanhaseeb 6:23 pm on January 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, buddy! Have you made your list? I would love to check that out.

        • khan2705 3:44 am on February 1, 2013 Permalink

          No i haven’t. There is a list of all the movies that i have seen from 2012 but a definite list as well as my personal awards would be up this month before the Oscars :)

  • Ahsan Haseeb 3:30 pm on January 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    24th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards 

    The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced their awards on January 26th, 2013 with giving away the Best Theatrical Film award to Ben Affleck‘s ARGO. Argo has also won Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild awards and it is such a remarkable achievement for it to win this as well, thus becoming the strongest front-runner in the Best Picture Oscar race.

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    FILM:

    Theatrical: ARGO

    Animated: WRECK-IT RALPH

    Documentary: SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

    TELEVISION:

    Children’s: SESAME STREET

    Comedy Series: MODERN FAMILY

    Competition: THE AMAZING RACE

    Drama Series: HOMELAND

    Live Entertainment and Talk: THE COLBERT REPORT

    Long Form (Mini-series): GAME CHANGE

    Non-Fiction: AMERICAN MASTERS

    Sports: REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

    Digital: 30 ROCK: THE WEBISODES

    HONORARY AWARDS:

    David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures: Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner

    Milestone Award: Bob and Harvey Weinstein

    Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television: J. J. Abrams

    Stanley Kramer Award: Bully

    Visionary Award: Russell Simmons

     
  • Ahsan Haseeb 2:47 pm on January 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    4th Annual Dorian Awards 

    The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) announced the 4th Dorian awards on January 18th, 2013 with giving away the Film of the Year award to ARGO, directed and co-produced by Ben Affleck.

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    FILMS

    Film of the Year: Argo

    Film Performance of the Year – Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

    Film Performance of the Year – Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

    LGBT Film of the Year: Keep the Lights On

    Documentary of the Year: How to Survive a Plague

    Visually Striking Film of the Year: Life of Pi

    Campy Flick of the Year (TIE): Magic Mike; The Paperboy

    Unsung Film of the Year: Bernie

    TELEVISION

    TV Drama of the Year (TIE): Homeland; American Horror Story: Asylum

    TV Comedy of the Year: Girls

    TV Performance of the Year – Actor: Damian Lewis (Homeland)

    TV Performance of the Year – Actress: Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum)

    TV Musical Performance of the Year (TIE): Jennifer Hudson – Tribute to Whitney Houston (The Grammys); Raza Jaffrey, Katherine McPhee and cast – A Thousand and One Nights (Smash)

    LGBT TV Show of the Year (TIE): Modern Family; The New Normal

    Campy TV Show of the Year: Liz & Dick

    Unsung TV Show of the Year: Happy Endings

    TV or Movie Title of the Year: Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23

    We’re Wilde About You (Newcomer Award): Ezra Miller

    Wilde Wit of the Year: Jon Stewart

    Wilde Artist of the Year: Ryan Murphy

    Timeless Award: Sir Ian McKellen

     
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