The Oscars 2017 (nominations review)

As I write this, it is the 24th of January 2017, and the Oscar nominations for 2017 were released around two hours ago.  So right now hundreds of writers across hundreds of real film websites will be writing about them.  I am going to do the exact same because every year I get pointlessly annoyed by them.  There is something so frustrating about the popularity of art and I take high possession of the films I love.  And even though the Oscars are complete nonsense, I like to moan about them.

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First of, and positively, Deadpool does not feature in the nominations.  This makes me extremely thankful because as loved as that film is, it did not really do anything for me.  I mean it’s entertaining on a visceral level, and sure its a nice relief from the constant stream of superhero flicks but mostly I found it obnoxious.  However, from the nominations there isn’t much of interest that has took its place, so perhaps a nod for a swear-y marvel could have done some good.

In the best film category it’s nice to see Arrival in there, because it’s one of my favourite films of the year and has greatly lost its hype over the last month or so.  Hell or High Water being in there is interesting, as I can’t believe how overrated it is.  It’s a strong film, but nothing really else and in all honestly I thought I would be defending this film for people overlooking it.  Yet it’s there, and it makes me think back to how shallow I thought it was.  La La Land will no doubt take this category and many others, perhaps deserving to as I liked the film a lot but I hope it’s the technical camera spots where it does well.  The cinematography and technique of that film is mesmerising, well overshadowing the content of the film.  Either way it will be hard to get annoyed at such a joyous film sweeping across the board.

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Where I get a little bit angry is in the best actress category, as Amy Adam doesn’t feature. I can’t understand why not, she is unbelievably subtle and diverse in Nocturnal Animals and powers home as a fantastic lead in Arrival.  The problem is that she makes way for Meryl Streep, who since her Golden Globes speech has left a sour taste in my mouth.  She feels entitled to a nomination at this point and as great as she may have been in Florence Foster Jenkins, did the film have the same impact that Amy Adams had in two films this year? Thankfully Nocturnal Animals got some love in the supporting actor slot (often my favourite category alongside cinematography) with Michael Shannon, who was obviously insanely good in that film.  I kind of hope Streep see’s through it all and redeems herself to me by boycotting the ceremony.

The biggest snub of them all for me has to be the lack of I Daniel Blake; a brilliant, emotional, and important British film that has been forgotten.  Arguably the actors in the film were more powerful than anyone else this year and Ken Loach must be disappointed the film hasn’t been recognised.  After the Palme d’or win and the success over here I was expecting there to be a storm of British film over the Oscars.  Unfortunately the film clearly did not perform as well in the states, and we will just have to cherish it as our own.

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There is a couple of other things that could slightly gone towards more tastes, such as Supersonic getting a look in Documentary feature perhaps.  A uselessly hopeful version of me would have been thrilled to see Green Room get some mention, especially in the acting categories.  Imogen Poots in that film is by far my favourite performance of the year, along with Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys.  However, for the most part I’m not greatly disappointed with the nominations.  It is fairly balanced year, and for the future of original titles is wonderful to see The Lobster pick up a best screenplay & score nomination .

Over the next month I will get more and more annoyed at the nominations where I realise what has been missed, but my possession and love the films will slowly start to wear off. We will never live in a time where the Oscars aren’t important to the film business, though hopefully someday they won’t bother me too much.

A Short Film: ‘tempore’

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Around this time last year I started the second year of my A-Level Film Studies course, and in this year I had to make a film.  Now I wanted mine to be good, so I drafted about 50 ideas and ended up making a 4 minute film about nothing.  I’m going to take the David Lynch approach to this and just let the film explain it’s self.  Personally, I like maybe the first minute, and that’s about it.  Feel free to not watch it.

Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HUzTXLgIvg

The Category of Every Film Ever Made Ever

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Despising Christmas has led me to be quite cynical when receiving gifts.  On the 25th of December 2015 I unwrapped a parcel from my sister to reveal that she had purchased for me the Radio Times 2016 film guide.  I couldn’t think of a more perfect gift for me.  This mammoth book catalogues every film ever made up to 2016, with reviews, info and some extra contextual bits.  I’ve seen a lot of films and I’m slowly marking my way through the 24,000 that the book contains; dashes for the ones I’ve seen (with my own personal out of 5 rating) and lines for the ones I wish to see.  It’s a pretty riveting pen usage.  The problem is that I don’t particularly trust Radio Times reviews, as they seem to not really reward too much risk taking, and give high scores to visual fodder.  However, combined with my IMDB scoring, it’s a nice way to keep track of what I’m watching, and I’m very much a list kind of guy.  Mostly I’m hoping it will open my mind to the more niche, or the forgotten pieces of art.  Radio Times movie guide well worth the buy if you are a film geek like me.