Movies - Awards postsSaturday January 26, 2013
'Argo' Wins PGA
Tonight the Producers Guild of America awarded its best picture to “Argo.”
What does this mean? These are the PGAs best picture winners since 1989 (disagreements with the eventual Academy winnner in blue):
||PGA best picture
|2010||The King's Speech|
|2009||The Hurt Locker|
|2007||No Country for Old Men|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine|
|2003||Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
|1998||Saving Private Ryan|
|1996||The English Patient|
|1992||The Crying Game|
|1991||The Silence of the Lambs|
|1990||Dances with Wolves|
|1989||Driving Miss Daisy|
So the PGA has agreed with the Academy every year for the last five years but disagreed with AMPAS the three years before that. (I like the PGA's choices better in those years, by the way. Particularly 2005).
Does the win tonight mean Oscar momentum for “Argo,” whose director, Ben Affleck, wasn't even nominated best director by the Academy?
Here's a question that's easier to answer: Has a film ever won the Golden Globe and the PGA and not won the Oscar for best picture? Yes. Four times since 1989:
|PGA||GG - DRAMA||GG-COMEDY/MUSICAL|
|The Artist||The Descendants||The Artist|
|The King's Speech||The Social Network||The Kids Are Alright|
|The Hurt Locker||Avatar||The Hangover|
|Slumdog Millionaire||Slumdog Millionaire||Vicky Cristina Barcelona|
|No Country for Old Men||Atonement||Sweeney Todd|
|Little Miss Sunshine||Babel||Dreamgirls|
|Brokeback Mountain||Brokeback Mountain||Walk the Line|
|The Aviator||The Aviator||Sideways|
|Lord of the Rings||Lord of the Rings||Lost in Translation|
|Moulin Rouge!||A Beautiful Mind||Moulin Rouge!|
|American Beauty||American Beauty||Toy Story 2|
|Saving Private Ryan||Saving Private Ryan||Shakespeare in Love|
|Titanic||Titanic||As Good As It Gets|
|The English Patient||The English Patient||Evita|
|Apollo 13||Sense and Sensibility||Babe|
|Forrest Gump||Forrest Gump||The Lion King|
|Schindler's List||Schindler's List||Mrs. Doubtfire|
|The Crying Game||Scent of a Woman||The Player|
|The Silence of the Lambs||Bugsy||Beauty and the Beast|
|Dances with Wolves||Dances with Wolves||Green Card|
|Driving Miss Daisy||Born on the 4th of July||Driving Miss Daisy|
Either way, it mixes things up a bit. “Argo” now feels like the frontrunner despite its lack of director nomination, supplanting “Lincoln.” In case you're wondering, the last time a picture won best picture without a nomination for its director was in 1989: “Driving Miss Daisy,” directed by Bruce Beresford.
In other news, “Searching for Sugar Man” won best documentary.
The SAG awards are tomorrow.
“If I'm going to make a fake movie, it's going to be a fake hit.” — Fake producer Lester Siegel, now honored by real producers.
Golden Globes Continue to Diverge from the Academy
The Golden Globes are always fun. Jodie Foster's speech wlll be dissected and celebrated for days to come. Daniel Day-Lewis' line to Tony Kushner was as eloquent as anything Kushner wrote in “Lincoln.” And “Argo.” Remember “Argo”? But what does it mean?
Nothing. At least it means nothing in terms of the Oscars.
Here are the Golden Globe winners for the last 20-odd years with matching Oscar winners in bold:
|Year||GG - DRAMA||GG-COMEDY/MUSICAL|
|2011||The Descendants||The Artist|
|2010||The Social Network||The Kids Are Alright|
|2008||Slumdog Millionaire||Vicky Cristina Barcelona|
|2005||Brokeback Mountain||Walk the Line|
|2003||Lord of the Rings||Lost in Translation|
|2001||A Beautiful Mind||Moulin Rouge|
|1999||American Beauty||Toy Story 2|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Shakespeare in Love|
|1997||Titanic||As Good As It Gets|
|1996||The English Patient||Evita|
|1995||Sense and Sensibility||Babe|
|1994||Forrest Gump||The Lion King|
|1993||Schindler's List||Mrs. Doubtfire|
|1992||Scent of a Woman||The Player|
|1991||Bugsy||Beauty and the Beast|
|1990||Dances with Wolves||Green Card|
|1989||Born on the 4th of July||Driving Miss Daisy|
The Globes and the Academy used to agree more often: 12 out of 15 times from 1989 to 2003. Since 2004? Twice in 8 years: “Slumdog” in 2008 and “The Artist” last year. I think it'll be twice in 9 years since I don't see either “Argo” or “Les Miserables,” neither of whose directors were nominated by the Academy, winning the big one.
And yes to “Girls.” But “Boardwalk Empire” needs to get a little more love. Not to mention “Bored to Death.”
But please invite back Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Please. Their opening monologue here.
The DGAs Are In: Affleck, Bigelow, Hooper, Lee, Spielberg
Today, the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for outstanding direction in a feature film in 2012. Its nominees:
- Ben Affleck for “Argo”
- Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty”
- Tom Hooper for “Les Miserables”
- Ang Lee for “Life of Pi”
- Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln”
As mentioned before, whoever wins the DGA almost always wins best director; and whoever wins best director, their movie almost always wins best picture.
Since 1990, the line from the DGA's best director to the Oscar's best picture has been broken only four times: in 1995, 2000, 2002 and 2005.
As for a best picture coming from a director who wasn't even nominated for a DGA? That's only happened once since 1969.
In other words, “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Django Unchained” and “The Master”? SOL, dudes.
I think we're actually down to two films: “Lincoln” and “Argo.” I think the torture issue is sinking “Zero Dark Thirty.” (When you lie to us, Kathryn, we hurt you.) I think “Les Miz” isn't respected enough. I think “Life of Pi” is mostly forgotten.
The Academy roars Thursday morning. I'll be blogging early with reaction.
AFI's Top 10 Movies of 2012
Yesterday the American Film Institute released its list of the top 10 movies of 2012. It's a bit pedestrian since the organization is obviously limited to American film.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Django Unchained
- Les Miserables
- Life of Pi
- Moonrise Kingdom
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
Of the five I've seen (linked above), only two will probably make my top 10. Feel free to guess.
The surprise, of course, is “The Dark Knight Rises,” which has all sorts of problems but did well at the box office. If it's box office they're after, why not “The Avengers,” a better movie, which did better box office? Why not “Skyfall”? (Oh right, Brit.) Why not “Ice Age 3: Continental Drift”? (OK, now you're getting silly.) Why not “Chasing Ice”? Yeah, why not? Or doesn't AFI do docs? How about a “Ice Age 3”/“Chasing Ice” double feature?
For some reason, the year-end lists this year are depressing hell out of me. Maybe because there's no “Tree of Life” or “Un Prophete” or “Up” to choose from.
D.C., Boston, Choose ZERO DARK THIRTY for Best Film; LA Says AMOUR
More year-end critics awards were announced recently:
|Washington, D.C.||Boston||Los Angeles|
|Film||Zero Dark Thirty||Zero Dark Thirty||Amour|
|Director||Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
||Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty||Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master|
|Actor||Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln||Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln||Joaquin Phoenix, The Master|
|Actress||Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
||Emmanuelle Riva, Amour||Emmanuelle Riva, Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook|
|Supp. Actor||Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master||Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild|
|Supp. Actress||Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables||Sally Field, Lincoln||Amy Adams, The Master|
|Screenplay||Rian Johnson, Looper/ David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook||Tony Kushner, Lincoln||Chris Terrio, Argo|
|Documentary||Bully||How to Survive a Plague||The Gatekeepers|
|Cinematography||Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi||Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master||Roger Deakins, Skyfall|
LA loves itself some “Master,” doesn't it?
Don't understand the “Looper” love. Wasn't a fan.
Missed out on “Amour” thus far — although it's Haneke, which isn't a good sign for me. Also missed out on most of the year's good documentaries. Did they come through town? If so, where was I?
Inspired choice: Ezra Miller for best supporting actor.
Meanwhile, controversy begins to haunt the frontrunner. Does “Zero Dark Thirty,” against all available evidence, suggest that waterboarding led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden? Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal seem nonchalant about the matter in Dexter Filkins' New Yorker piece. A better defense, for them, is constructed by Spencer Ackerman in WIRED.
“The nuns taught us there were two ways through life: the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you'll follow.”