Oscars Oscars Oscars,what to think of them. This year’s Awards were slightly disappointing (for Maggie). They weren’t so disappointing for me (Roxy) they were more predictable than anything else. I wish I’d placed money on it though because I was right on all of the winners! My main problem with the awards was the amount of incredible performances and films that were snubbed! Namely: Shame, Drive, (Steve Mcqueen and Nicholas Winding Refn respectively for best director) Tilda Swinton in We Need To Talk About Kevin, Tyrannosaur, Olivia Coleman and Paddy Considine as well (Even Speilberg wasn’t nominated!).
The Oscars marathon started, as with tradition, on the Red Carpet. Some of the dresses on the carpet cost more than Maggie’s yearly salary! We were stunned by Michelle Williams’ appearance. She looked graceful and it’s clear she always has got a good taste in fashion. I (Roxy) also loved Jessica Chastain’s dress.
‘The Artist’ and ‘Hugo’ topped the 84th annual Academy Awards with five wins apiece. ‘The Artist’ took home several of the top awards including best picture, director (Michel Hazanivicius), actor(Jean Dujardin) most original score (Ludovic Bource) and costume design. I (Maggie) wasn’t satisfied with Dujardin’s Oscars win. I thought that Gary Oldman deserved it more, his strong performance in ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ was impeccable. We felt that it was a long shot for Oldman to win. In an ideal world he would have won but in this instance our prayers weren’t answered. ‘Hugo’ by Martin Scorsese received the Oscars for Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Art Direction and Cinematography.
The most exciting category for me (Maggie) was The Best Foreign Film, you probably wonder why? I found it to be the strongest one since 1963 when Roman Polanski was nominated for ‘Knife in the Water’.Also one of my favourite European director Agnieszka Holland was nominated to the Awards for her incredible Second World War drama ‘In Darkness’. Unfortunately she lost it to Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Separation’, a beautifully directed Iranian film.
We were both moved by Farhadi’s acceptance speech, he spoke of the current tension between the West and Iran “At the time when talk of war, intimidation and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran is spoken through her glorious culture, rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I produly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and dispise hostility and resentment.” We do hope that Iran will produce more films like “A Separation”. For me (Roxy) I was the most excited about Actor and Actress in a supporting role won by Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer. Christopher Plummer’s funny and evocative performance in The Beginners and Octavia Spencer’s powerful performance in the Help were the most effective out of the nominees and they really did deserve their wins.
From my point of view (Maggie) the Oscars are becoming less interesting. It drives me insane that the Academy doesn’t recognize independent cinema and those who are in it. I guess it is all about money; if your film didn’t earn enough cash there would be no place for you in Hollywood. I might be a dreamer but I do hope that one day the Academy will appreciate the great value of the independent cinema, film and its talent. I (Roxy) also agree with this, independent cinema needs to be rewarded more often in these types of events.
Written by View Of The Arts.