Friday, December 6, 2013

Pick O' the Week - December 6

Awards season has officially started with the New York Film Critics Circle Awards being announced on Tuesday. David O. Russell is back in the running with American Hustle taking Best Film honours and Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Supporting Actress. Other winners included Robert Redford for All Is Lost, Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club and Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine.

On Wednesday, the National Board of Review took its awards in a different direction. Spike Jonze's Her was named Best Film, while Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Will Forte (Nebraska) and Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) won acting honours.

Amy Adams is doing well with two of her films winning top honours.

Next Wednesday, the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations will be released. The following day, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce the Golden Globes nominees.

Speaking of the Golden Globes, the ever reclusive Woody Allen will not be present to accept the Cecil B. DeMille award. It is being reported that Diane Keaton will accept the award on his behalf. Here's to hoping that they reunite in the near future!

Kristen Bell will soon be on the big screen (and not just her voice in Frozen) with Veronica Mars. It will be released on March 14!

Time's Richard Corliss has released his always interesting list of top ten films of the year. While naming Gravity his number one film, he also includes Fast & Furious 6 (# 6)and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (#10).

 In Theatres: Alexander Payne's Nebraska is a true gem of the year. Bruce Dern's performance is utterly fantastic. This is the same man who played Frank Harlow on Big Love. Will Forte is a surprise in a starring role, but June Squibb is one of the best parts of the film. Read my review here.

At Home: Tilda Swinton's performance in Michael Clayton makes the sting of her upset win less painful, but Cate Blanchett was the apparent front-runner for her role in Todd Haynes' inventive semi-biography I'm Not There, based on the life of Bob Dylan. The film features various actors playing different incarnations of Bob Dylan, including Heath Ledger, Richard Gere and Christian Bale.

On TV: Since the Veronica Mars film has acquired an official release date - only fourteen weeks away - you only need to watch 4.5 episodes a week to catch up on the three seasons of the ingenious show!

Retro Re-watch: Cate Blanchett truly should have won her first Oscar in 1998 for her brilliant performance of Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (the award went to Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love). The film, directed by Shekhar Kapur, his only real Hollywood success, introduced audiences to Blanchett. She has since become film royalty. Elizabeth, unlike its much weaker and less satisfying sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age, can and should be re-watched.

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