Movies - Awards postsFriday February 22, 2013
38e cérémonie des César: Amour, Amour, Amour
The French held their Academy Awards today and it was all about Michael Haneke's “Amour,” which won best picture, director, actor, actress, and original screenplay. It did the “Cuckoo's Nest,” in other words.
The results en francaise:
- Meilleur film: Amour
- Meilleur réalisateur: Michael Haneke pour Amour
- Meilleur acteur: Jean-Louis Trintignant pour le rôle de Georges dans Amour
- Meilleur actrice: Emmanuelle Riva pour le rôle d'Anne dans Amour
- Meilleur acteur dans un second rôle: Guillaume de Tonquédec pour le rôle de Claude dans Le Prénom
- Meilleure actrice dans un second rôle: Valérie Benguigui pour le rôle d'Elisabeth dans Le Prénom
- Meilleur espoir masculin: Matthias Schoenaerts pour le rôle d'Ali dans De rouille et d'os
- Meilleur espoir feminine: Izïa Higelin pour le rôle de Louise dans Mauvaise Fille
- Meilleur scénario original: Amour – Michael Haneke
- Meilleure adaptation: De rouille et d'os – Jacques Audiard et Thomas Bidegain, adapté du recueil de nouvelles Rust and Bone de Craig Davidson
- Meilleur film étranger: Argo de Ben Affleck
- Kevin Costner pour l'ensemble de sa carrière.
Emmanuelle Riva won best actress in Michael Haneke's “Amour” at the 38th annual Cesars in Paris.
Bafflingly British BAFTAs Honor 'Argo,' 'Amour'
For many, the British Academy Awards, the BAFTAs, are simply harbingers of the Academy Awards, the proper awards, which are doled out in two weeks; but I'm kind of fascinated by the number of best pictures the Brits give out:
- Best Film
- Best Film Not in the English Language
- The Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year
The last one, mostly. Imagine if the Academy gave out a best film and a best American film: say, the Louis B. Mayer Award for Outstanding American Film of the Year. It's inconceivable, really.
The BAFTAs actually began this way—Best Film from Any Source and Best British Film—way back in 1948, but it dropped Best British Film in 1968 when four of its last six Best Films were also Best British Films: “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Tom Jones,” “Dr. Strangelove,” and “A Man for All Seasons.”
At the 1983 awards ceremony, “Best Foreign Language Film” was introduced, and by the end of the decade the language was amended to the politically correct phrase currently used. The best British film award, now named for Alexander Korda, started up again for some reason in 1993.
Immediately it was a bit odd. “The Crying Game” won the Brit award that year while the best film went to “Howard's End,” which is monumentally British. The BAFTAs keep doing this. Here's a list of BAFTA Best Films that didn't also win the Alexander Korda award for Best British Film—even though they're supremely British:
- “Four Weddings and a Funeral”
- “Sense and Sensibility”
- “The English Patient”
- “The Full Monty”
- “Shakespeare in Love”
- “The Queen”
The movies that win Best British Film seem to be smaller films, indies (“Shallow Grave,” “Secrets & Lies,” “Elizabeth,” “This is England”), so maybe that's the distinction. But you can be nominated for both: “Les Miserables,” for example, was nominated in both categories this year.
It won neither, by the way. Here are the winners at the 2012 BAFTAs:
- Best Film Argo
- Best British Film Skyfall
- Best Film Not in the English Language Amour
- Best Director Ben Affleck, Argo
- Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
- Best Actress Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
- Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
- Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
- Best Original Screenplay Django Unchained
- Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook
- Best Animated Film Brave
- Best Documentary Searching for Sugar Man
- Best Editing William Goldenberg, Argo
- Best Costume Design Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
- Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
- Best Original Music Thomas Newman, Skyfall
- Best Visual Effects Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott, Life of Pi
- Best Production Design Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson, Les Misérables
Don't get either screenplay award. Can't fault either lead actor award. Plus the Brits had the sense to nominate Marion Cotillard.
As for harbinger? BAFTA's best picture has been the Academy's best picture for the last four years (“The Artist,” “The King's Speech,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) but disagreed the previous four. So who knows? Even so, another win for “Argo,” my ninth-favorite movie of 2012.
How do you like me now, Academy?
Ben Affleck Wins DGA
The line from the Directors Guild of America Award for best director to the Oscar for best director to the Oscar for best picture has been fairly straight over the years.
In the 1990s, we had two stumbles: Ron Howard (“Apollo 13”) won the DGA but he wasn't nom'ed for the Oscar. As a result, the Oscar's best director and best picture went to Mel Gibson and “Braveheart” instead. Then in 1998, Steven Spielberg won both the DGA and the Oscar for best director but his picture, “Saving Private Ryan,” in one of the greatest upsets in Oscar history (engineered by Harvey Weinstein, of course), went to “Shakesepare in Love.” Blah.
In the first decade of the 21st century, we had even more stumbles. 2000 was all over the place: Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger”) got the DGA, Steve Soderbergh (“Traffic”) got the Oscar, but the best pic went to “Gladiator.” In 2002, Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) got the DGA, and his picture, “Chicago,” got the Oscar, but the best director Oscar went, deservedly to Roman Polanski (“The Pianist”). Then there was the mess of 2005: DGA and Oscar to Ang Lee for “Brokeback Mountain,” best pic to “Crash.” Don't get me started on that one.
Since? The line hasn't been broken.
This year it will be. The winner of the DGA tonight was Ben Affleck for “Argo”; and since he hasn't been nominated for an Oscar for best director, it's gotta go to someone else—most likely Steven Spielberg.
As for best picture then?
Well, the last time a director won the DGA and hadn't been nominated for an Oscar was Ron Howard in 1995. Mel Gibson and “Braveheart” were the beneficiaries that year. Could Spielberg and “Lincoln” be the beneficiaries this year? No pun intended on “ben.”
On the other hand, since the advent of the SAG-cast award in 1996, any movie that won all three of the guilds won the Oscar for best picture: “The King's Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” “Chicago,” and “American Beauty.”
Here's the guild history:
|Year||DGA||PGA||SAG - CAST|
|2011||The Artist||The Artist||The Help|
|2010||The King's Speech||The King's Speech||The King's Speech|
|2009||The Hurt Locker||The Hurt Locker||Inglourious Bastards|
|2008||Slumdog Millionaire||Slumdog Millionaire||Slumdog Millionaire|
|2007||No Country for Old Men||No Country for Old Men||No Country for Old Men|
|2006||The Departed||Little Miss Sunshine||Little Miss Sunshine|
|2005||Brokeback Mountain||Brokeback Mountain||Crash|
|2004||Million Dollar Baby||The Aviator||Sideways|
|2003||Lord of the Rings||Lord of the Rings||Lord of the Rings|
|2001||A Beautiful Mind||Moulin Rouge!||Gosford Park|
|2000||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||Gladiator||Traffic|
|1999||American Beauty||American Beauty||American Beauty|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Saving Private Ryan||Shakespeare in Love|
|1997||Titanic||Titanic||The Full Monty|
|1996||The English Patient||The English Patient||The Birdcage|
|1995||Apollo 13||Apollo 13|
|1994||Forrest Gump||Forrest Gump|
|1993||Schindler's List||Schindler's List|
|1992||Unforgiven||The Crying Game|
|1991||Silence of the Lambs||The Silence of the Lambs|
|1990||Dances with Wolves||Dances with Wolves|
|1989||Born on the 4th of July||Driving Miss Daisy|
Elsewhere in the night, “Searching for Sugar Man” won the DGA for best documentary, Jay Roach won for best movie on television (“Game Change”), and Milos Forman won the lifetime achievement award.
My early bet is split vote: Spielberg and “Argo.” But what do I know? I'm in Seattle.
For the guilds, it's Argo, Argo, Argo.
Joaquin Phoenix Praises Film Crew, Gives Nod to 'Up-and-Comer' Daniel Day-Lewis
“I struggle with the idea of winning awards for acting. Stating I'm Best Actor for something as subjective as film seems strange to me. To the uninitiated it implies I'm solely responsible for the creation and implementation of the character. I am not. I suppose that's why we thank our colleagues. There are those who you all know such as Paul Thomas Anderson, to whom I am eternally grateful – a man who has persistently searched for the truth. I am fortunate to have been under his guidance. Philip Seymour Hoffman for his patience and advice. Amy Adams for being angry. Megan Ellison and everyone at Annapurna for their support of the film and ensuring that I was able to cover my mortgage. But there are many others who you do not know by name such as Mike Kenna, who I believe was the grip but he did 20 different jobs so I can't be sure; Adam Somner, the first assistant director; Karen Ramirez in the office; Tommy – I don't know your last name… there are too many to list. The truth is, you cannot separate my work from their's. We were a unit bolstered by the same goal: to do our part in helping Paul to achieve his vision. I view this award as recognition of all of our work. I am very cognisant of the fact that for me this award is an encouragement to continue my lifelong passion of being an actor. I will not squander this high regard. P.S. There's an up-and-coming actor named Daniel who's in a movie called 'Lincoln.' You should check it out.”
-- Joaquin Phoenix, a non-attendee, in a note of thanks for winning the London Critics' Circle Award for Actor of the Year. Very, very classy. In the same gathering, Jacques Audiard's “Rust and Bone” won best foreign language film. See it.
Freddie, by way of Joaquin, Paul, Philip, Amy, Megan, Mike, Karen, Tommy, et al.
SAG Cast Award Goes to 'Argo'
Well, that's two of the three guild awards for “Argo.”
I don't agree, given the options (“Lincoln” is an acting tour de force), but the bigger question, or actually the smaller question, is what this means for its chances for the Oscar.
Over the last few weeks, “Argo” has won the Golden Globe, the Producers Guild Award, and now the Screen Actors Guild cast award. Has any movie won all three and not won the Oscar for best picture? Here's a chart (Eventual Oscar winner for best picture in bold):
||PGA||SAG - CAST||GG - DRAMA||GG-COMEDY/MUSICAL|
|2011||The Artist||The Help||The Descendants||The Artist|
|2010||The King's Speech||The King's Speech||The Social Network||The Kids Are Alright|
|2009||The Hurt Locker||Inglourious Bastards||Avatar||The Hangover|
|2008||Slumdog Millionaire||Slumdog Millionaire||Slumdog Millionaire||Vicky Cristina Barcelona|
|2007||No Country for Old Men||No Country for Old Men||Atonement||Sweeney Todd|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine||Little Miss Sunshine||Babel||Dreamgirls|
|2005||Brokeback Mountain||Crash||Brokeback Mountain||Walk the Line|
|2004||The Aviator||Sideways||The Aviator||Sideways|
|2003||Lord of the Rings||Lord of the Rings||Lord of the Rings||Lost in Translation|
|2001||Moulin Rouge!||Gosford Park||A Beautiful Mind||Moulin Rouge!|
|1999||American Beauty||American Beauty||American Beauty||Toy Story 2|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Shakespeare in Love||Saving Private Ryan||Shakespeare in Love|
|1997||Titanic||The Full Monty||Titanic||As Good As It Gets|
|1996||The English Patient||The Birdcage||The English Patient||Evita|
Since SAG started giving out the cast award in 1996, there have only been four years in which the Golden Globe, the SAG and the PGA all went to the same movie. In 2008, they all fell for “Slumdog Millionaire”; in 2003, they all sought out “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”; in 2002, they lusted after “Chicago”; and in 1999, they dropped dead for “American Beauty.”
All three won the Oscar for best picture.
On the other hand, the director of each film was nominated for and won an Oscar. Ben Affleck, director of “Argo,” was not and will not. Not sure how this changes things.
In other news that ain't much news, and that seems to presage how the Academy will vote, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Hathaway each won individual acting honors.
The big daddy, the DGA, is next week. But right now it's looking good for Ben Affleck.
Ben Affleck: looking good.