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And the Winner is…

4 Feb

I often love musing about the past and seeing as its #tbt I thought I would review one of my favourite years for award winning performances on the big screen.

We have seen them come and go; the gowns and the glitter, the suits and the ties. Awards Season has been a glamorous occasion, and we have seen some (not so surprising) winners crowned victorious, with some deserving underdogs reaching new levels. Here is a rundown of my top 3 choices this season:

Argo – BAFTA for Best Picture and Best Director

Argo is, in my opinion, cinematic genius. The film centres around the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis and is set to a backdrop of conflict and turmoil, following the unfortunate circumstances that befall six U.S diplomats who find refuge at the house of the Canadian Ambassador after Iranian militants raid the US Embassy.

The harrowing task of rescuing the hostages falls on the shoulders of the CIA, and ex filtration expert Tony Mendez (played brilliantly by Ben Affleck). With few options and little time to debate, he devises a plan so out-there, it is a wonder how he manages to succeed. With a team of “experts”, played by the talented Alan Arkin and John Goodman, he enters Iran under the pretense that he is scouting locations for a science fiction film, and coming along on the trip are six other members of the production team. The film catalogs Mendez’s plan from inception to completion, bringing with it moments on intense panic with just enough light-hearted moments to make it a well-rounded, and deserving winner at this year’s BAFTAs.

I feel it necessary to mention the outstanding performances given by Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham and Kerry Bishe, with a special mention for Bryan Cranston, who all deserve a huge amount of recognition and praise for their contribution to this powerhouse of a film.

Django Unchained – BAFTA award for Best Original Screenplay

There’s not much I can say about this film that hasn’t already been said. With Tarantino at the helm, this film was bound to be catapulted into the heavens in the most dramatic way. The film follows the trials and tribulations of Django (Jamie Foxx), a suspiciously talented gun-slinging slave whose luck changes when he meets Dr King Schulz (Christoph Waltz) – a dentist turned bounty hunter. While Dr Schulz’s intentions are simple in the beginning, little did he know that the journey he would take with Django (the D is silent) would bring him to Candiland (under the thumb of the wonderful Leonardo Dicaprio) and ultimately, his demise.

Special attention must be given to Christoph Waltz’s performance as the kind-hearted hunter who pays the ultimate price in order to let two slaves live freely. His magnificent performance has been recognised with a BAFTA nod for Best Supporting Actor (although in my opinion his role is far more than supporting). I have long been an admirer of Christoph as a powerful actor, with standout roles in Inglorious Basterds and Water for Elephants. While he has always played the nasty and downright morally unsound villain, his move into the keeper and protector has been a wonderful change, and one I hope continues.

I must also pay homage to the musical score for the movie. With new and exclusive tracks featuring some big names (including Django himself) it brings a life and soul to the film in a way that only Tarantino can.

Life of Pi – BAFTA award for Best Cinematography and Special Visual Effects

For me, the decision for Best Special Visual Effects was signed and sealed after Life of Pi hit the cinema screen. While the storyline alone could carry  Ang Lee’s masterful film into the stratosphere, the explosion of vivid colour that fills the room makes it all the more impressive and captivating. While it is a shame that Suraj Sharma did not win the Rising Star award, it is not surprising when you consider he had to compete for the limelight with a whole host of  animals created lovingly by CGI geniuses. I applaud Ang Lee for taking such a risk on this movie, and his hard work and dedication has paid off in bucket loads.

JL x