Like a Dog with a Bone…

I realize that I’ve already blogged about the score for How to Train Your Dragon (probably ad nauseum for some of you,) as well as my outrage at John Powell’s (perceived) slight by the voting bodies of most of the major film awards. I’ve also previously written about Powell’s IFMCA win. This morning, however, I received this email and I felt the subject deserved to be revisited just once more. (Okay, I can’t promise this is the last time. I’ve been accused of being a dog with a bone more than once.)  Call it sour grapes if you will, but seriously…Trent Reznor? Okay, enough.

I have no idea whether or not Mr. Powell has been asked to score HTTYD2 (if they’re even at that point yet,) but if he is, I personally can’t wait to hear it.


                                                                                                          

John Powell receives IFMCA Awards for How to Train Your Dragon

Composer John Powell has been presented with the International Film Music Critics Association Awards for Score of the Year and Best Score for an Animated Feature in 2010, for his Oscar-nominated work on How to Train Your Dragon, by IFMCA members Jon Broxton and Oscar Flores.

Powell overcame strong opposition from Hans Zimmer (Inception), Daft Punk (Tron: Legacy) and two scores by Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech and The Ghost Writer) to win Score of the Year, and was up against Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, David Hirschfelder’s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Alan Menken’s Tangled, and Randy Newman’s Toy Story 3 in the Animation category. Including this year, Powell is an 18-time IFMCA Award nominee, and previously won for Best Score for an Animated Film for Happy Feet in 2006 and Best Action/Adventure score for The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007.

Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon, directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, is an animated action-adventure following the adventures of a young Viking named Hiccup, the son of the Viking chief Stoick the Vast, who lives on an island where fighting dragons is a way of life. Hiccup is a brainy outsider with a smart mouth who would rather not grow up to fight dragons; however, in an attempt to impress his father, he seeks out the most dangerous dragon of all: the Night Fury, intending to capture and kill it. However, rather than becoming the fearsome warrior his father intended, Hiccup inadvertently saves the life of and befriends the dragon he was supposed to slay… The film stars the voice talent of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrara, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jonah Hill.

John Powell was born in London, and studied at London’s Trinity College of Music, before becoming an assistant to fellow composer Patrick Doyle in the early 1990s. Powell relocated to the United States in 1997, and worked extensively with composer Hans Zimmer at Media Ventures on scores such as The Thin Red Line and The Prince of Egypt, before emerging as a talent in his own right following the releases of Face/Off and Antz in 1997 and 1998. Since then Powell has become one of Hollywood’s major composers, with box office successes such as Shrek, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Robots, X-Men: The Last Stand, Happy Feet, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Hancock, Kung-Fu Panda, Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and the Jason Bourne trilogy to his name.

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http://filmmusiccritics.org/2011/03/john-powell-receives-ifmca-awards-for-how-to-train-your-dragon/

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My Daily Moment of Zen! Now with More Gloating!

Okay, I’m suffering from my annual post Oscar Night let down, BUT the fact that I "outguessed" a lot of the so-called professionals has eased the pain a bit.

I improved my average from the BAFTAS from 65% to 67%, which means I got 16 of 24 categories right. I didn’t even hazard a guess for the three "shorts" categories, so if I delete them, my average improves further to greater than 76% (16 of 21)  – Sorry my OCD is showing.  I realize this matters to no one else but me, but one takes one’s little victories where one may.

So, I’ve decided it would be easier to discuss where I went wrong (even though I’m very happy to say that I got Tom Hooper right!)

I was absolutely gutted, but not altogether surprised, that John Powell and How to Train Your Dragon did not win for Best Original Score. I was thrilled that it was nominated, and it was, of course, my favorite score, as I’ve loudly proclaimed from this blog and elsewhere for nearly a year now. I’ve also made clear that I could have lived with Alexandre Desplat’s score for The King’s Speech beating HTTYD. I cannot, however, understand the love for the music from The Social Network. I should have seen its Golden Globe win as a portent of things to come, but I naively believed that quality would win over the Academy’s newfound desire to be perceived as "hip".  Perhaps there is a contingent of completist Nine Inch Nails fans that will download Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ neo-emo soundtrack, but I don’t believe they’ll still be listening to it a month from now, let alone long enough for it to deserve to go into the annals of AMPAS.  It remains to be seen whether or not either Reznor or Ross continues to supply the world with beautiful movie music. I think it is a given that Powell, Desplat, Zimmer and even Rahman will do so.

I was a little surprised, although I can’t say I was disappointed, that David Seidler’s original screenplay for The King’s Speech won out over Christopher Nolan’s for Inception. Seidler had the momentum going into last night’s ceremony and there is no doubt that it was a great piece of writing, but I really did think that the Academy would give it to Nolan because 1. His script was original in every sense of the word and 2. to atone for his egregious snub in the Director’s category.  No one thought Inception, despite its merits, would win Best Picture.  Despite the fact that the film won other, richly deserved awards, The Best Original Screenplay category would have been a great way to recognize Nolan. 

For Best Costume Design, I went with The King’s Speech, but was not shocked nor particularly disappointed that the Academy went for all-out fantasy and Alice in Wonderland took the award. That film was all about the visuals, particularly the costumes, which were spectacular, even if the rest of the film was not. It made sense.

I flat out guessed on my pick for Best Foreign Language Film. I went with Biutiful because both the director, Alejandro Gonzales-Inarritu and its star, Javier Bardem, are known to the Academy and its voters. Bardem was even nominated for Best Actor for this film.  Again, I should have paid more attention to the bellwethers of the Hollywood Foreign Press and expected Denmark’s win for In a Better World.

I really thought it was "too soon" for Inside Job to win for Best Documentary Feature.  I was wrong. Its win will ensure that more people see it, which is not a bad thing, although I would have liked for Restrepo to have gotten that kick.

So, those are the five that I got wrong.  My other misses, as I said, were for the three "shorts" – Documentary,  Animated and Live Action- which I didn’t even guess at. (Although if I had, I would have gotten Animated wrong because I’d have gone with Day & Night, but I’d have gotten Live-Action right because I’d have picked God of Love -honest!)

So it’s all over for another 10 months when the madness begins anew. It was a good night for Harvey and The Weinstein Company, and I fully expect to see him back in his seat at the Kodak this time next year in support of another ‘little-film-that-could’…

As always, thanks for reading. Oh and I’ve got TREATS!!


And the bromance continues…


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edit: (and I stated this elsewhere but felt the need to amend this post) Adding to my surprise (and disappointment) that Gerard Butler wasn’t at the Academy Awards, was my disappointment in the lack of support for How to Train Your Dragon. Is it every day he’s involved with an Academy Award nominated film of any kind?? I realize it was just about a foregone conclusion that Toy Story 3 would win the category, but I don’t think that excuses the complete lack of a showing for HTTYD, (by anyone involved – they ARE doing a sequel- would it have been that difficult for say G and Craig Ferguson, possibly even Jay Baruchel, to show their faces?) especially when it swept the Annies and John Powell’s score had just been named Score of the Year. The appearance of hope would have been nice. The 9 other films nominated for Best Picture, who had to have been at least 75% sure that The King’s Speech would win, still had strong turnouts.

Rant over.

HTTYD IS NAMED IFMC 2010 FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR!!


JOHN POWELL’S SCORE FOR HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON IS NAMED
INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS’ 2010 FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR

From their website:

"The International Film Music Critics Association announces the winners of its seventh annual awards for excellence in musical scoring in 2010 with John Powell’s score for the animated film HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON topping the list, winning both Film Score of the Year and Best Score for an Animated Film. Alexandre Desplat receives three awards: Best Score for a Drama Film (THE KING’S SPEECH), Best Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film (THE GHOST WRITER) and Composer of the Year."

 I’m doing the demented poodle dance right now!

I couldn’t be happier or more excited that Powell and HTTYD have been recognized in this way. I love the fact that this organization differentiates between types of scores. I am a little confused, however, how they can decide that HTTYD has the Best Score of the Year and yet Alexandre Desplat is the Composer of the Year.

The seeming disparity actually it reminds me of the Oscar races for Best Director and Best Picture. Many pundits and critics are still predicting David Fincher will take Best Director for The Social Network while also guessing The King’s Speech will win Best Picture. I guess that means that scores can compose themselves just like films can direct themselves.

So what does this win mean for John Powell and HTTYD‘s chances on Sunday night?

Desplat’s last win in which he went head to head with Powell was at the BAFTAs. Not at all surprising given the rout that the ‘veddy British’ The King’s Speech perpetrated on its competitors. The question remains how will either one of them do Sunday night against Golden Globe winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network. I realize there are two other films also nominated and Hans Zimmer can never be counted out, particularly when support for Inception seems to be gaining ground. A.R. Rahmin, who won in 2009 for both score and song for Slumdog Millionaire should probably just be happy to be nominated.

IF Powell has to lose, I’d much rather it be to Desplat, who has been nominated four times for some truly beautiful music, including the score for The Queen, but has never won, than to Reznor and Ross for a score that I don’t think anyone will be listening to nor even remember next year. 

That being said, I really really really want Powell to win.

As always, thanks for reading. Since I can’t give you pics of music…


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Obsessive BAFTA results post w/PICTURES!!

I did pretty well. 13 out of 20 which is 65%.

I stumbled where I have been stumbling this entire awards season. In the Supporting Actor category, if I go with Bale then Rush wins, if I go with Rush, Bale wins. I’m sticking with Bale for the Academy Awards though. (Get your acceptance speech ready Mr. Rush.)

In the Supporting Actress category, my reasoning was sound but I picked the wrong Englishwoman! What was I thinking lol.

And in the directing category, the one time I figured I’d be right about Tom Hooper, David Fincher wins! Who’d a thunk that one, especially after the rout enjoyed by The King’s Speech overall? I think it was a stab at not appearing to be biased. I know the Oscar ballots aren’t due until Friday, but I’m sticking with Hooper after his DGA win. I also have to stick with Christopher Nolan for Original Screenplay despite his BAFTA loss to David Seidler for The King’s Speech.

Can I just say how very disappointed I am that HTTYD did not win in the Music category? I’ve said from the beginning how much I enjoyed Alexandre Desplat’s score for The King’s Speech, but JMHO, there was not another score last year that made me feel like John Powell’s gorgeous, sweeping, transporting score for How to Train Your Dragon.

Oh and just to make myself feel better, even though I called Roger Deakins right at the BAFTAs (because he’s British,) Wally Pfister beat him for the ASC award and I want to reiterate that I am choosing Pfister over Deakins for the Oscar.

Here are the nominees and the results (my predictions are in red, the winner in italics):

BEST FILM

BLACK SWAN – Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
INCEPTION – Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
THE KING’S SPEECH – Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
THE SOCIAL NETWORK – Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Cean Chaffin
TRUE GRIT – Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

127 HOURS – Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson
ANOTHER YEAR – Mike Leigh, Georgina Lowe
FOUR LIONS – Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
THE KING’S SPEECH – Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
MADE IN DAGENHAM – Nigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

THE ARBOR – Director, Producer – Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP – Director, Producer – Banksy, Jaimie D’Cruz
FOUR LIONS – Director/Writer – Chris Morris
MONSTERS – Director/Writer – Gareth Edwards
SKELETONS – Director/Writer – Nick Whitfield

DIRECTOR

127 HOURS – Danny Boyle
BLACK SWAN – Darren Aronofsky
INCEPTION – Christopher Nolan
THE KING’S SPEECH – Tom Hooper
THE SOCIAL NETWORK – David Fincher

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

BLACK SWAN – Mark Heyman, Andreas Heinz, John McLaughlin
THE FIGHTER – Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
INCEPTION – Christopher Nolan
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT – Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
THE KING’S SPEECH – David Seidler

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

127 HOURS – Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
THE SOCIAL NETWORK – Aaron Sorkin
TOY STORY 3 – Michael Arndt
TRUE GRIT – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

BIUTIFUL – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – Soren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev
I AM LOVE – Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
OF GODS AND MEN – Xavier Beauvois
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES – Mariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella

ANIMATED FILM

DESPICABLE ME – Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON – Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois * although we know this is where my heart lies
TOY STORY 3 – Lee Unkrich

LEADING ACTOR

JAVIER BARDEM – Biutiful
JEFF BRIDGES – True Grit
JESSE EISENBERG – The Social Network
COLIN FIRTH – The King’s Speech
JAMES FRANCO – 127 Hours

LEADING ACTRESS

ANNETTE BENING – The Kids Are All Right
JULIANNE MOORE – The Kids Are All Right
NATALIE PORTMAN – Black Swan
NOOMI RAPACE – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
HAILEE STEINFELD – True Grit

SUPPORTING ACTOR

CHRISTIAN BALE – The Fighter
ANDREW GARFIELD – The Social Network
PETE POSTLETHWAITE – The Town
MARK RUFFALO – The Kids Are All Right
GEOFFREY RUSH – The King’s Speech

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

AMY ADAMS – The Fighter
HELENA BONHAM CARTER – The King’s Speech
BARBARA HERSHEY – Black Swan
LESLEY MANVILLE – Another Year (because she’s British and they gave her Melissa Leo’s spot)
MIRANDA RICHARDSON – Made in Dagenham

ORIGINAL MUSIC

127 HOURS – AR Rahman
ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Danny Elfman
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON – John Powell COME ON!
INCEPTION – Hans Zimmer
THE KING’S SPEECH – Alexandre Desplat

CINEMATOGRAPHY

127 HOURS – Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
BLACK SWAN – Matthew Libatique
INCEPTION – Wally Pfister
THE KING’S SPEECH – Danny Cohen
TRUE GRIT – Roger Deakins

EDITING

127 HOURS – Jon Harris
BLACK SWAN – Andrew Weisblum
INCEPTION – Lee Smith
THE KING’S SPEECH – Tariq Anwar
THE SOCIAL NETWORK – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

PRODUCTION DESIGN

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
BLACK SWAN – Therese DePrez, Tora Peterson
INCEPTION – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
THE KING’S SPEECH – Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
TRUE GRIT – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

COSTUME DESIGN

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Colleen Atwood
BLACK SWAN – Amy Westcott
THE KING’S SPEECH – Jenny Beavan
MADE IN DAGENHAM – Louise Stjernsward
TRUE GRIT – Mary Zophres

SOUND

127 HOURS – Glenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron
BLACK SWAN – Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella
INCEPTION – Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick
THE KING’S SPEECH – John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin
TRUE GRIT – Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Nominees TBD
BLACK SWAN – Dan Schrecker
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 – Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Ait’Hadi, Christian Manz
INCEPTION – Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
TOY STORY 3 – Nominees TBC

MAKE UP & HAIR

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch
BLACK SWAN – Judy Chin, Geordie Sheffer
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 – Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
THE KING’S SPEECH – Frances Hannon
MADE IN DAGENHAM – Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING AWARD

GEMMA ARTERTON
ANDREW GARFIELD
TOM HARDY (WOOHOO!)
AARON JOHNSON
EMMA STONE

A pretty good night for The Weinstein Company. Harvey got nearly as many shout-outs as Tom Hooper and Colin Firth.

Okay so now that that’s over, I did promise you some pictures. How about some pics from last night of one of Harvey’s 2012 awards season class*?


*for Coriolanus of course!

‘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- weetiger3.livejournal.com/20657.html -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!

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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)


An Open Letter to the Screen Actors Guild

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Dear SAG,

Let me start by saying how much I enjoy your annual telecast. As previously averred, I’ve never missed one in its 17 year history and whether or not you take the following suggestion to heart, I will watch again next year as well. You people know how to throw a party.

The reason for my letter is simple: JMHO, but I believe that the Guild should recognize the voice casts of animated films. These actors are all card-carrying members of your organization and pay their dues just like actors that are seen on screen.  They deserve to be recognized, too.

Now, a regular reader of this blog (assuming there are any) would think that my motive is an ulterior one, that I really only want the voice cast of one particular movie (How to Train Your Dragon) to be recognized and if possible, one member of the cast (he who shall remain nameless) to which I say, au contraire. While the lack of recognition for the vocal talents involved with my favorite animated film of 2010 may have sparked the idea, it is, after all, too late for that particular film.
 
Regardless of what prompted it, I do think it’s an idea whose time has come. SAG, you showed your willingness to think outside the box by adding the “Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture” category. (Maybe next year you’ll even put it on television.)  This little bit of ‘hipper-than-thou’ cred is only going to go so far. Make the next logical leap to including voice casts before The Academy or, heaven forbid, the HFPA beats you to it!
 
Sincerely,

Weetiger3

And now, treats for faithful readers…


John Powell & the Score for HTTYD Nominated for a BAFTA!

I watched the taped BAFTA nominations this morning and because during the press conference, featuring the wonderfully clipped British tones of Academy Chairman Tim Corrie and the equally mellifluous and telegenic Dominic Cooper and Tallulah Riley, (found here: bcove.me/rf76m173) they only showed us the "major" awards such as those for acting, writing,  and directing, I very nearly missed this little tidbit:

JOHN POWELL HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR A BAFTA FOR THE SCORE OF  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON !!!!

Sorry for shouting. Can you tell I’m excited??  After both Mr. Powell and this wonderful music were ignored by the HFPA and The Golden Globes, I was beginning to despair that they would be recognized this award season. "Oh ye of little faith…"  Leave it up to the British to know quality when they hear it.

The film has also received one of the three nominations for Best Animated Film!!!

Now that I’m calmer, I can also say that I’m a little disappointed by their other nominations, specifically where’s Melissa Leo for The Fighter?? I’m on record has having enjoyed Amy Adams’ performance in that film, but if they were allowed to choose only one, it most certainly should have been Ms. Leo (and funnily enough, it does appear that most of the rest of the award-nominating world agrees with me. AMPAS has, of course, yet to weigh in on the matter.)

On the other hand, I love that they nominated Hailee Steinfeld as a lead actress and not a supporting one. It makes no difference that she won’t win, she’s only fourteen, she can wait, but it is a better fit, since if the yardstick is screen time, she has more than Jeff Bridges who is considered a leading actor.

Complete list of 2011 BAFTA nominees:

BEST FILM

BLACK SWANMike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin

INCEPTIONEmma Thomas, Christopher Nolan

THE KING’S SPEECHIain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

THE SOCIAL NETWORKScott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin

TRUE GRITScott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

127 HOURSDanny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson

ANOTHER YEARMike Leigh, Georgina Lowe

FOUR LIONSChris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger

THE KING’S SPEECHTom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

MADE IN DAGENHAMNigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley


OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

THE ARBORDirector, Producer – Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOPDirector, Producer – Banksy, Jaimie D’Cruz

FOUR LIONSDirector/Writer – Chris Morris

MONSTERSDirector/Writer – Gareth Edwards

SKELETONSDirector/Writer – Nick Whitfield

DIRECTOR

127 HOURSDanny Boyle

BLACK SWANDarren Aronofsky

INCEPTIONChristopher Nolan

THE KING’S SPEECHTom Hooper

THE SOCIAL NETWORKDavid Fincher

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

BLACK SWANMark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin

THE FIGHTERScott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson

INCEPTIONChristopher Nolan

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHTLisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg

THE KING’S SPEECHDavid Seidler

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

127 HOURSDanny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOORasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel

THE SOCIAL NETWORKAaron Sorkin

TOY STORY 3Michael Arndt

TRUE GRITJoel Coen, Ethan Coen

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

BIUTIFULAlejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOOSøren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev

I AM LOVELuca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante

OF GODS AND MENXavier Beauvois

THE SECRET IN THEIR EYESMariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella

ANIMATED FILM

DESPICABLE MEChris Renaud, Pierre Coffin

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGONChris Sanders, Dean DeBlois * although we know this is where my heart lies

TOY STORY 3Lee Unkrich

LEADING ACTOR

JAVIER BARDEMBiutiful

JEFF BRIDGESTrue Grit

JESSE EISENBERGThe Social Network

COLIN FIRTHThe King’s Speech

JAMES FRANCO127 Hours

LEADING ACTRESS

ANNETTE BENINGThe Kids Are All Right

JULIANNE MOOREThe Kids Are All Right

NATALIE PORTMANBlack Swan

NOOMI RAPACEThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

HAILEE STEINFELDTrue Grit

SUPPORTING ACTOR

CHRISTIAN BALEThe Fighter

ANDREW GARFIELDThe Social Network

PETE POSTLETHWAITEThe Town

MARK RUFFALOThe Kids Are All Right

GEOFFREY RUSHThe King’s Speech

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

AMY ADAMSThe Fighter

HELENA BONHAM CARTERThe King’s Speech

BARBARA HERSHEYBlack Swan

LESLEY MANVILLEAnother Year  (because she’s British and they gave her Melissa Leo’s spot)

MIRANDA RICHARDSONMade in Dagenham

ORIGINAL MUSIC

127 HOURSAR Rahman

ALICE IN WONDERLANDDanny Elfman

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGONJohn Powell  COME ON!

INCEPTIONHans Zimmer

THE KING’S SPEECHAlexandre Desplat

CINEMATOGRAPHY

127 HOURSAnthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak

BLACK SWANMatthew Libatique

INCEPTIONWally Pfister

THE KING’S SPEECHDanny Cohen

TRUE GRITRoger Deakins

EDITING

127 HOURSJon Harris

BLACK SWANAndrew Weisblum

INCEPTIONLee Smith

THE KING’S SPEECHTariq Anwar

THE SOCIAL NETWORKAngus Wall, Kirk Baxter

PRODUCTION DESIGN

ALICE IN WONDERLANDRobert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara

BLACK SWANThérèse DePrez, Tora Peterson

INCEPTIONGuy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat

THE KING’S SPEECHEve Stewart, Judy Farr

TRUE GRITJess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

COSTUME DESIGN

ALICE IN WONDERLANDColleen Atwood

BLACK SWANAmy Westcott

THE KING’S SPEECHJenny Beavan

MADE IN DAGENHAMLouise Stjernsward

TRUE GRITMary Zophres

SOUND

127 HOURSGlenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron

BLACK SWANKen Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella

INCEPTIONRichard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick

THE KING’S SPEECHJohn Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin

TRUE GRITSkip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

ALICE IN WONDERLANDNominees TBC

BLACK SWANDan Schrecker

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Ait’Hadi, Christian Manz

INCEPTIONChris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb

TOY STORY 3Nominees TBC

MAKE UP & HAIR

ALICE IN WONDERLANDNominees TBC

BLACK SWANJudy Chin, Geordie Sheffer

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin

THE KING’S SPEECHFrances Hannon

MADE IN DAGENHAMLizzie Yianni Georgiou

SHORT ANIMATION

THE EAGLEMAN STAGMichael Please

MATTER FISHERDavid Prosser

THURSDAYMatthias Hoegg

SHORT FILM

CONNECTSamuel Abrahams, Beau Gordon

LINPiers Thompson, Simon Hessel

RITEMichael Pearce, Ross McKenzie, Paul Welsh

TURNINGKarni Arieli, Saul Freed, Alison Sterling, Kat Armour-Brown

UNTIL THE RIVER RUNS REDPaul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING AWARD

GEMMA ARTERTON

ANDREW GARFIELD

TOM HARDY  (WOO  HOO!)

AARON JOHNSON

EMMA STONE

The Orange British Academy Film Awards will be given out Sunday 13 February 2011, the ceremony again hosted by the wonderful Jonathan Ross and can be seen here in the States on BBCAmerica (8pm ET which is not live due to the 5 hr time difference.)