For Your Consideration: Seth MacFarlane as Oscar Host + Some Terrific Posters

There are a few things that I believe are so sure to happen on Oscar night, Sunday February 24, that if I had the proverbial farm, I would wager it down to the last little piggy:

  1. Ted the bear will make an appearance (A song, sung by Norah Jones, from the host’s film of the same name is nominated. Jones will probably have him on her lap as she sings it.)
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis will win Best Actor for Lincoln
  3. Anne Hathaway will win Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables. (And deservedly so, even if she’ll give a better performance acting surprised when she accepts.)
  4. Ben Affleck will present an award and receive thunderous applause and a standing ovation – as if that could make up for the egregious snubbing. (Unfortunately, he probably won’t utter one of the best lines in his movie, “Argo fuck yourselves”, even though I’ll bet he’d love to. I know I’d love it.)

The producers of the telecast for the 85th Annual Academy Awards are trying very hard to capture (wrangle, reel-in – there are many metaphors to choose from and you will undoubtedly read or have read them all by the time the night rolls around) a younger audience, one that they can cultivate for years to come. This search led to the misguided pairing of Anne Hathaway and James Franco for the 2010 show, as well as the creation of the very cool poster that you can see below, by hot Mondo artist Olly Moss, and the appointment of “Family Guy” and Ted creator Seth MacFarlane to be this year’s host. (Don’t believe me? Then why have the members of the cast of The Avengers been asked to reassemble on Oscar’s stage? As a plug for the sequel that hasn’t even gone into production yet? No.)  This goal could also be met by nominating some of the films that the coveted 18-25 year old male demographic typically goes to see, like The Dark Knight Rises or Skyfall, for Best Picture, both of which had been on a lot of people’s long lists and a cry of disappointment went up when neither made the short list, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Without comparing the merits of those two named films to the nine movies that are nominated, I’ll just offer my humble opinion.  I don’t believe that dangling a carrot in the shape of an Oscar statuette with a superhero’s name etched on it would ever turn 18 year old boys into life-long watchers of the Academy Awards ceremony. They may sit around with their frat brothers to watch the guy who voices Stewie Griffin play host this year, but I guarantee that they’ve already thought of ways to turn it into a drinking game. Even if the experiment works and the Academy pulls in their greatest numbers ever, do they invite him back next year and every year until he and the audience age out?  Do they try to top MacFarlane with someone hipper, edgier, more appealing to that market segment? Like who, Daniel Tosh?

Hosting the Academy Awards is obviously no easy thing and I imagine that every year several are called before someone says “yes”.  What works in other arenas, does not work when hosting a globally televised awards show, just ask David Letterman or the aforementioned Franco and Hathaway. Irreverent humor often works as it did for the longest running hosts, Hollywood insiders Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal, but it's a fine line. It did not work for Jon Stewart (although he was asked back a second time). The cardinal rule is "know thy audience". The almost universally liked Ellen DeGeneres was too “soft”, Chris Rock too “hard”. Hugh Jackman in 2008 appeared to be "just right" and the natural successor to Crystal. Jackman is a born showman, a song-and-dance man as well as an actor, and seemingly without ego. The Academy and the producers of the show would have him back again and again, it’s Jackman who’s turned them down. Schtick never works, as in the case of Letterman (that “Uma/Oprah” thing was bad the first time he said it, let alone after it was repeated ad nauseum throughout the night) as well as the final time Whoopi Goldberg hosted. (Remember her endless costume changes including "white face"?)

Then there was last year’s debacle involving director Brett Ratner’s ignominious ouster and host Eddie Murphy’s subsequent departure. Ratner, best known as the director of those Rush Hour flicks as well as Tower Heist (of which Murphy was the star). Recently he’s turned his hand mostly to producing, but in any case, I think his selection was an attempt at “edgy”. (And yet the Academy was shocked that an ill-chosen remark went viral.) Old-school Billy Crystal was subbed-in almost at the last minute, did his usual bang up job and saved the Academy’s face.

Eighty five years of history would hang over the head of whomever had decided to take the hosting gig. Seth MacFarlane is very talented. He’s an accomplished singer of big-band era standards and I do hope we get to hear him during the telecast. In addition to his voiceover work, he’s obviously a comedically-gifted writer and even earned praise for his live-action directorial debut, Ted.  Translating his brand of off-beat humor is still a dodgy proposition as evidenced by these soundbites:

I’m afraid the rest of the world won’t find him nearly as funny as he finds himself. At least he has the right attitude going in to the proceedings:

Now to those cool posters. In addition to the official poster showing a new rendition of the Oscar statuette, and including for the first time the names of the nominees, we have that Olly Moss poster, which depicts the Oscar modified to represent the Best Picture winner for each year. The AMPAS/ website features “Art Inspired by the Nominated Best Pictures” with a poster by hip and happening illustrators and graphic artists. (Be sure to *click* to see them better.) I’ll be back soon with my predictions.

AMOUR by artist Matt Owen.

ARGO by artist Anthony Petrie


DJANGO UNCHAINED by artist Mark Englert

LES MISÉRABLES by Phantom City Creative

LINCOLN by artist Jeff Boyes

LIFE OF PI by artist Tom Whalen

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by artist Joshua Budich

ZERO DARK THIRTY by Godmachine

…Annnnd we’re back! (Just in time for the BAFTAs!)

It’s been nearly a year since I posted here, so if I’m yelling into a well at this point, I’ll understand. I’ve neglected this blog for so long because I was engaged elsewhere, but now that I have a little bit more time, it’s an opportunity to dust this off as a place where I can discuss movies and all things film related.

We're in the thick of awards season, which loyal readers of this blog know is my favorite spectator sport, so what better way to jump back into the fray than with my prognostications for this Sunday’s BAFTA Awards!

On January 9th, before the Golden Globes or any of the Guild and (most) critics association awards were handed out, Jeremy Irvine (Great Expectations) and Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) announced the nominations for the 2013 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

Way back when, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which leads the pack with ten nominations, ahead of Les Miserables and Life of Pi, which both scored nine, was the awards season front-runner and the film to beat. Going into Sunday’s BAFTA ceremony, it now appears almost dead in the water. The above named movies will all compete for Best Film, along with Ben Affleck‘s Argo and Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty.  

Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), along with Affleck, Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) will vie for Leading Actor. No one is going to best DDL.  In the Leading Actress category, Zero Dark Thirty‘s star Jessica Chastain will go up against Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) and Dame Helen Mirren (Hitchcock).

The best director award was a bit of a surprise with the British Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) left off the list. Lincoln apparently directed itself as well – no Spielberg.  Those that did get a nod: Affleck, Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), Michael Haneke (Amour), Ang Lee (Life Of Pi) and Bigelow. How do you nominate a movie for Best Picture without the director and vice versa? I’ve never understood that, but these Awards governing bodies (I’m looking at you  AMPAS) apparently do. (Hooper and Spielberg got Oscar nods while Affleck and Bigelow did not. But you knew that.)

James Bond’s 23rd outing, the global blockbuster Skyfall, secured nods for Dame Judi Dench (Supporting Actress) and Javier Bardem (Supporting Actor), as well as for Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Outstanding British Film.

The full list of nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards*:

My picks are marked with **


**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

Will the Brits care about a piece of America’s recent historical past enough to go with Argo? Then again, an Argo win means George Clooney on stage. Lincoln has Spielberg not to mention Daniel Day-Lewis going for it. Les Miserables is a British film based on a play originally staged in London by Brits. Zero Dark Thirty is an amazing film about an American mission to hunt down a global criminal. (I have no doubt that the London and Glasgow bombings are still fresh in BAFTA minds.)  Playing “pin-the-tale-on-the-movie”, I’m going with Argo.


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

**SKYFALL Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan

All of these are worthy. I’d love to see Seven Psychopaths take it but I have to go with Skyfall. It’s a massive global hit, but it’s also intrinsically British and they are very proud of the Bond franchise. It’s also damn good.


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

Purely a sentimental choice because I like Dexter Fletcher as an actor. The only film I’ve seen on the list is The Muppets, so if the award is given based on box office…


**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



THE IMPOSTER Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis

MARLEY Kevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel

McCULLIN David Morris, Jacqui Morris

**SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn



**BRAVE Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman


PARANORMAN Sam Fell, Chris Butler

Awards season favorite Wreck-it Ralph isn’t even nominated so I think this goes to Brave.


Michael Haneke AMOUR

**Ben Affleck ARGO

Quentin Tarantino DJANGO UNCHAINED


Kathryn Bigelow ZERO DARK THIRTY

You’ll notice both Affleck and Bigelow are nominated here, despite those now infamous Oscar snubs. I have to go with Ben Affleck because he’s got the momentum and while I’m happy Argo has filled the spot I thought surely Zero Dark Thirty would be in at this juncture, I would love it if Bigelow won for the latter film.


Michael Haneke AMOUR

**Quentin Tarantino DJANGO UNCHAINED

Paul Thomas Anderson THE MASTER

Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola MOONRISE KINGDOM



Chris Terrio ARGO


David Magee LIFE OF PI

**Tony Kushner LINCOLN




BRADLEY COOPER Silver Linings Playbook


HUGH JACKMAN Les Misérables





JENNIFER LAWRENCE Silver Linings Playbook



Keeping my faith in Chastain’s win, although after the Screen Actors Guild Award upset by Jennifer Lawrence, nothing is guaranteed and both actresses delivered awards-worthy performances.



CHRISTOPH WALTZ Django Unchained




I’m stepping out on this one. Europe, Great Britain in particular, liked The Master a lot more than the US did. I still find the lack of love from both the BAFTAs and the Oscars for Leonardo DiCaprio beyond baffling. Oh well.


AMY ADAMS The Master

**ANNE HATHAWAY Les Misérables

HELEN HUNT The Sessions




Dario Marianelli ANNA KARENINA

Alexandre Desplat ARGO

**Mychael Danna LIFE OF PI

John Williams LINCOLN

Thomas Newman SKYFALL

Mychael Danna is the relative newcomer on this list. His score for Life of Pi was beautiful and he did win the Golden Globe, John Williams could scoop it though. Alexandre Desplat was nominated for the wrong film, he should have been nominated for Moonrise Kingdom).




**Claudio Miranda LIFE OF PI

Janusz Kaminski LINCOLN

Roger Deakins SKYFALL

This is a tough one. All of these films were beautifully photographed. I would argue that Cloud Atlas should be on this list as well, but no one asked me.


ARGO William Goldenberg


LIFE OF PI Tim Squyres

SKYFALL Stuart Baird

**ZERO DARK THIRTY Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg


**ANNA KARENINA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

LES MISÉRABLES Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson

LIFE OF PI David Gropman, Anna Pinnock

LINCOLN Rick Carter, Jim Erickson

SKYFALL Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock


**ANNA KARENINA Jacqueline Durran

GREAT EXPECTATIONS Beatrix Aruna Pasztor


LINCOLN Joanna Johnston



**ANNA KARENINA Ivana Primorac

HITCHCOCK Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater


LINCOLN Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou


DJANGO UNCHAINED Mark Ulano, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Wylie Stateman

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Tony Johnson, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges,

Michael Semanick, Brent Burge, Chris Ward

**LES MISÉRABLES Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John


LIFE OF PI Drew Kunin, Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton, Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill

SKYFALL Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Peter Bebb, Andrew Lockley

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher


**LIFE OF PI Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer


PROMETHEUS Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth


HERE TO FALL Kris Kelly, Evelyn McGrath

I’M FINE THANKS Eamonn O’Neill

THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson


THE CURSE Fyzal Boulifa, Gavin Humphries

GOOD NIGHT Muriel d’Ansembourg, Eva Sigurdardottir

**SWIMMER Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw

TUMULT Johnny Barrington, Rhianna Andrews


I picked Swimmer because it’s directed by the same Lynne Ramsay that gave us We Need to Talk About Kevin, as well as the upcoming western Jane Got a Gun with Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Joel Edgerton and Rodrigo Santoro, making it the only short film I’ve heard of. Subjectivity at its finest LOL  Ramsay, like a lot of feature film directors, got her start in shorts, too.

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






A case could be made for any of the four actresses (but not so much Suraj Sharma. He was unknown before Ang Lee discovered him for Life of Pi. I’m not sure that makes him a “rising star”). Both Riseborough and Temple are British. I’m going with Riseborough because I’ve been a fan since “The Devil’s Whore” with Michael Fassbender. (Look at that, I managed to get in two Fassy references.) She’s incredibly talented and has been “on the verge” for a long time. She deserves the push.

The awards will be handed out on Sunday 10 February at London’s Royal Opera House. In the US, we’ll be able to watch it at 8pm ET on BBC America. Stephen Fry will host.

Thanks for reading! Don’t be a stranger, y’hear?

*They used to be called the “Orange British Academy Film Awards” but Orange was swallowed by telecommunications company EE. They’re kind of the T-Mobile of Great Britain.

AMPAS Releases List of This Year’s Invitees…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its list of those invited to join their organization as voting members.

This year’s list includes the first posthumous invitation to Restrepo Co-Director Tim Hetherington who was killed this year while working as a photojournalist covering the civil war in Libya.

It’s obvious from some of their choices that the Academy is trying to skew to a younger demographic. Among this year’s invitees are Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis and Beyonce Knowles (I know what you’re thinking, but she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Dreamgirls and she does possess a SAG card. I’m not a Beyonce apologist, I’m trying to understand the thought process behind it as much as you are.)

The full list of invited actors:

Russell Brand (Arthur, Get Him to the Greek)
Gerard Butler (The Ugly Truth, 300)
Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Eastern Promises)
Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Mona Lisa)
Bradley Cooper (Limitless, The Hangover)
John Corbett (Sex and the City 2, My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
Rosemarie DeWitt (The Company Men, Rachel Getting Married)
Peter Dinklage (Find Me Guilty, The Station Agent)
David Duchovny (Things We Lost in the Fire, The X-Files)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, The Squid and the Whale)
Jennifer Garner (Arthur, Juno)
John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, The Perfect Storm)
Thomas Jane (The Mist, The Thin Red Line)
Nastassja Kinski (An American Rhapsody, Tess)
Beyoncé Knowles (Dreamgirls, Austin Powers in Goldmember)
Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, The Burning Plain)
Tea Leoni (Ghost Town, Spanglish)
Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Million Dollar Baby)
Lesley Manville (Another Year, Topsy-Turvy)
Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network)
Dominic Monaghan (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Connie Nielsen (Brothers, Gladiator)
Ellen Page (Inception, Juno)
Wes Studi (Avatar, The Last of the Mohicans)
Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, The Kids Are All Right)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Cosi)

Yeah, that’s right. Gerard Butler has been invited by the Board of Governors to become a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. AMPAS’ membership committee looks at performers and filmmakers bodies of work in determining whether or not they are worthy of membership; (I also used to think it was automatically bestowed on each year’s nominees. Apparently that’s not true, although if you look at this year’s list, it does include almost all of them from last year in all major categories.)

I literally got butterflies when I read G’s name. It means respect; the respect of his peers and of the Hollywood power structure. JMHO, I think it has a great deal to do with his new role as producer (not to mention his innate ability to charm everyone he meets; a skill that is perfectly suited to his chosen profession both in front of and behind the camera. One of his strengths has always seemed to be his ability to forge strong professional relationships with key industry insiders. )

The conspiracy theorist in me can’t help but think that it’s not mere coincidence that this news follows closely on the heels of  the early "Oscar talk" being bandied about in reference to his performance in Machine Gun Preacher.  But then again…what’s that saying? Oh yeah…"We’re all connected"…

(Because it’s never too early and I like to be prepared, I’ve sent Uncle Peter out to mine the smelling salts that I will surely be in need of come award season, for one reason or another.)

And just because I can…

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Swept the ‘Annies’!!

…and I do mean SWEPT!

Disney/Pixar chose to leave the sponsoring organization, the International Animated Film Association and not participate in this year’s awards so consequently Toy Story 3 was only nominated in three categories. The argument could, therefore, be made that HTTYD‘s performance at last night’s awards ceremony was almost a foregone conclusion, given the absence of the latest (last?) entry in D/P’s powerhouse franchise. Looking at a list of all of the nominees, DreamWorks Animation clearly dominates, in a way that Disney/Pixar had in recent years. (That story was covered in this- -post.)

JMHO, but that argument would do a disservice to the other nominees. For example, The Illusionist is the third feature nominated for an Academy Award (along with TS3 and HTTYD.)  The films nominated in the other  ‘Annie’ categories had also been mentioned as serious contenders for that nomination (with the exception of Summer Wars from Japan, which I had never heard of and whose only US release was limited to short runs in NY and LA.)

The fact that TS3 did not beat out HTTYD in those three categories in which it appeared does probably come down to the rift between D/P and the IAFA, but that in no way connotes that HTTYD was not worthy of the awards. These two films have been spoken of in the same breath for the entire awards season. They were the only two animated films released last year that had a lock on Academy nominations. Of course, it is always assumed that TS3 is the BMOC and HTTYD is the 2nd string. 

I would love to think that last night’s results would have some influence on Academy voters. Many of the voting members of the IAFA are voting members of the animation wing of AMPAS as well. The AMPAS membership as a whole obviously thinks well enough of TS3 to nominate it for Best Picture, but it remains to be seen if the chasm between D/P and the IAFA is wide enough to cause a surge in support for HTTYD.  (A lot of perceptions have changed about a lot of films since the nominations were announced so anything is possible!)

Here is a rundown of the film related categories with their winners in bold:

Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me – Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures
How to Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation
Tangled – Disney
The Illusionist – Django Films
Toy Story 3 – Disney/Pixar

Best Animated Short Subject
Coyote Falls – Warner Bros. Animation
Day & Night – Pixar
Enrique Wrecks the World – House of Chai
The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger – Plymptoons Studio
The Renter – Jason Carpenter

Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Andrew Young Kim “Shrek Forever After” – DreamWorks Animation
Jason Mayer “How To Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation
Brett Miller “How To Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation
Sebastian Quessy “Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” – Warner Bros. Pictures
Krzysztof Rost “Megamind” – DreamWorks Animation

Character Animation in a Feature Production
Mark Donald “Megamind” – DreamWorks Animation
Anthony Hodgson “Megamind” – DreamWorks Animation
Gabe Hordos “How To Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation
Jakob Hjort Jensen "How To Train Your Dragon" – DreamWorks Animation
David Torres "How To Train Your Dragon" – DreamWorks Animation

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Quentin Miles – Clash of the Titans
Ryan Page – Alice in Wonderland

Character Design in a Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet “The Illusionist” – Django Films
Carter Goodrich “Despicable Me” – Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures
Timothy Lamb “Megamind” – DreamWorks Animation
Nico Marlet “How To Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation

Directing in a Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet “The Illusionist” – Django Films
Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud “Despicable Me” – Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures
Mamoru Hosoda “Summer Wars” – Madhouse/Funimation
Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois “How To Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation
Lee Unkrich “Toy Story 3” – Disney/Pixar

Music in a Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet “The Illusionist” – Django Films
David Hirschfelder “Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” – Warner Bros. Pictures
John Powell “How To Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation  !!!!
Harry Gregson Williams “Shrek Forever After” – DreamWorks Animation
Pharrell Williams, Heitor Pereira “Despicable Me” – Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures

Production Design in a Feature Production
Yarrow Cheney “Despicable Me” – Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures
Eric Guillon “Despicable Me” – Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures
Dan Hee Ryu “Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” – Warner Bros. Pictures
Pierre Olivier Vincent “How To Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation
Peter Zaslav “Shrek Forever After” – DreamWorks Animation

Storyboarding in a Feature Production
Alessandro Carloni “How To Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation
Paul Fisher “Shrek Forever After” – DreamWorks Animation
Tom Owens “How To Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation
Catherine Yuh Rader “Megamind” – DreamWorks Animation

Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Jay Baruchel as Hiccup “How To Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation
Gerard Butler as Stoick “How To Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation
Steve Carrell as Gru “Despicable Me” – Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures
Cameron Diaz as Fiona “Shrek Forever After” – DreamWorks Animation
Geoffrey Rush as Ezylryb “Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” – Warner Bros. Pictures

Writing in a Feature Production
Michael Arndt “Toy Story 3” – Disney/Pixar
Sylvain Chomet “The Illusionist” – Django Films
William Davies, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders “How to Train Your Dragon” – DreamWorks Animation
Dan Fogelman “Tangled” – Disney
Alan J. Schoolcraft, Brent Simons “Megamind” – DreamWorks Animation

The award I am most thrilled with is, of course, John Powell’s win for his score. I won’t gush or go into, yet again, how much I loved it or how deserving of awards and accolades I think it is. I will say that I hope this win, and the possibility of a win at next weekend’s BAFTAs, will translate into some Academy votes. The ballots are still out there. Vote early and often Academy members!

Again, I humbly offer my sincere congratulations to DreamWorks Animation and How to Train Your Dragon on their wins last night. My digits are still crossed for an upset on February 27th!

Unrelated note:  At yet another awards ceremony held last night,  Aaron Sorkin and The Social Network along with Christopher Nolan and Inception won WGA awards for Adapted and Original Screenplays respectively.  The odds are certainly in their favor that these wins will carry over to Oscar night. (This tells me that I’ve backed the right two horses, so to speak. lol)