The 81st Academy Awards Nomimees…

24 01 2009

 

The most awaited film award in the whole world has announced its nominees for the 81st Academy Awards. Here are the nominees and my personal predictions of the category results: 

 

Best motion picture of the year

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), A Kennedy/Marshall Production, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
  • Milk” (Focus Features), A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production, Nominees to be determined
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A Celador Films Production, Christian Colson, Producer

 

I have watched these films except “The Reader” and I have no doubt that the best picture should be given to Slumdog Millionare. The film is simply a clever, timely and most of all an undeniable phenomenal storyline. A film like this is very rare that the Academy shouldn’t ignore it.  

 

Performance by an actor in a leading role

 

  • Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
  • Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
  • Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

 

Mickey Rourke is like a come backing actor and is nominated for his performance as struggling wrester. That alone might get sympathy to the panels and might get the award. I haven’t watched the film yet he won already the globes for this film so he might probably win this as well.

 

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

 

  • Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)
  • Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

 

At first I am not that confident that he might get this but he won the globes as well so probably he might also get this one. Too bad he is not here anymore to accept this.

 

Performance by an actress in a leading role

 

  • Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal)
  • Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)

 

I haven’t watched this film but Kate is brilliant in Revolutionary Road. She won this active performance in the globes so I guess she is as brilliant and even better in “The Reader”. 

 

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

 

  • Amy Adams in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Viola Davis in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

 

So far, I am more inclined to Penélope Cruz performance as a psychotically troubled wife in Vicky Christina Barcelona.

 

Best animated feature film of the year

 

  • Bolt” (Walt Disney), Chris Williams and Byron Howard
  • Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount), John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton

 

Wall-E might win this but Kung-fu panda deserve it better than Wall-E

 

Achievement in art direction

 

  • Changeling” (Universal), Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
  • The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
  • Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button might win this because it is hard to make a film about an abnormal life like Brad’s character. Art directing is putting into film the moment and the emotion in a film and making sure that the audience will also feel the same way. I think in this field, it succeeded, though Changeling might be a possible contender.

 

Achievement in cinematography

 

  • Changeling” (Universal), Tom Stern
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Claudio Miranda
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Anthony Dod Mantle

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button might win this because it has excellent cinematography among the nominees. It has good camera shots of the World War and has scenic shots. 

 

Achievement in costume design

 

  • Australia” (20th Century Fox), Catherine Martin
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Jacqueline West
  • The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Michael O’Connor
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Glicker
  • Revolutionary Road”  (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Albert Wolsky

 

In the past, most films that is always associated to kings, queens and anything associated with royalty wins this category. I bet this year it will also do the same thing.

 

Achievement in directing

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Fincher
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Ron Howard
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Gus Van Sant
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Stephen Daldry
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Danny Boyle

 

What can I say, the film is really very good so the academy should honor the director of this film as well.

 

Best documentary feature

 

  • The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)” (Cinema Guild), A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
  • Encounters at the End of the World” (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment), A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
  • The Garden” A Black Valley Films Production, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
  • Man on Wire” (Magnolia Pictures), A Wall to Wall Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
  • Trouble the Water” (Zeitgeist Films), An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

 

I have no idea… never seen these documentaries before.

 

Best documentary short subject

 

  • The Conscience of Nhem En” A Farallon Films Production, Steven Okazaki
  • The Final Inch” A Vermilion Films Production, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
  • Smile Pinki” A Principe Production, Megan Mylan
  • The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306” A Rock Paper Scissors Production, Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

 

I have no idea… never seen these documentaries before.

 

Achievement in film editing

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lee Smith
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Elliot Graham
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens

 

Film editing is where you make sure that what the film shows is coherent and at the same time the use of different scenes, sounds and excerpts are well understood by the audience. Slumdog Millionaire slams this category above the rest with ingenious use of situations in relation with questions being asked in the said game show.

 

Best foreign language film of the year

 

  • The Baader Meinhof Complex” A Constantin Film Production, Germany
  • The Class” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Haut et Court Production, France
  • Departures” (Regent Releasing), A Departures Film Partners Production, Japan
  • Revanche” (Janus Films), A Prisma Film/Fernseh Production, Austria
  • Waltz with Bashir” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production, Israel

 

I personally haven’t watched any of these but so far Waltz with Bashir is picking up many awards and rave reviews from critics so this might win as well.   

 

Achievement in makeup

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (Universal), Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

 

If we are to consider the overall film, Hellboy II: The Golden Army should win since there are many commendable creatures that were exceptionally done. I don’t agree if this will simply be given to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” just because of the oddly transformation of Brad Pitt.

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Alexandre Desplat
  • Defiance” (Paramount Vantage), James Newton Howard
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Elfman
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Thomas Newman

 

Slumdog Millionaire might win this since it won the globes in this category.

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

 

  • Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
  • Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
  • O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

 

Any of the two Slumdog Millionaire might win this category.

 

Best animated short film

 

  • La Maison en Petits Cubes” A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato
  • Lavatory – Lovestory” A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production, Konstantin Bronzit
  • Oktapodi” (Talantis Films), A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
  • Presto” (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland
  • This Way Up” A Nexus Production, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

 

Not seen any of these so I have nothing to say.

 

Best live action short film

 

  • Auf der Strecke (On the Line)” (Hamburg Shortfilmagency), An Academy of Media Arts Cologne Production, Reto Caffi
  • Manon on the Asphalt” (La Luna Productions), A La Luna Production, Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
  • New Boy” (Network Ireland Television), A Zanzibar Films Production, Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
  • The Pig” An M & M Production, Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
  • Spielzeugland (Toyland)” A Mephisto Film Production, Jochen Alexander Freydank

 

Not seen any of these so I have nothing to say.

 

Achievement in sound editing

 

  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Richard King
  • Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Tom Sayers
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
  • Wanted” (Universal), Wylie Stateman

 

Slumdog Millionaire might win this since it won the globes in this category.

 

Achievement in sound mixing

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
  • Wanted” (Universal), Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

 

Slumdog Millionaire might win this since it won the globes in this category.

 

Achievement in visual effects

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
  • Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

 

Iron Man its way to magnificent visual effects. I believe the academy should give credit to this film in this category. The flying scenes are great.

 

Adapted screenplay

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
  • Doubt” (Miramax), Written by John Patrick Shanley
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Screenplay by Peter Morgan
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Hare
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

 

Slumdog Millionaire might win this since it won the globes in this category.

 

Original screenplay

 

  • Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Courtney Hunt
  • Happy-Go-Lucky” (Miramax), Written by Mike Leigh
  • In Bruges” (Focus Features), Written by Martin McDonagh
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

 

I would like Milk to win this category, however, In Bruges and Happy-Go-Lucky might snitch this category as well with their commendable story lines as well.

 

So far these are my comments and predictions. Watch for the live telecast of the 81st Academy Awards @ Star World, Feb 22 9am (Philippnes Time) with Hugh Jackman as a host.

 

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Barack Spoofs

21 01 2009

Well the inauguration of the century is over; it is time to work work work… My blog usually don’t mess with “political everness” because it is really a waste of time and effort… so instead I want to share the spoofs that are related to Obama posted in youtube. Here are my favorites:

Obama Girl:

Ford Commercial Sale:

Obama doin’ Beyonce Single Ladies videos:

Obama and Hillary Umbrella spoof:

Obama doin’ TI’s

– Whatever I like:

– Live your Life:

Empire Strikes Barack:

 

Baracky:

Super barack:

The Obama bama Song:

… and of course will our own PGMA and Obama will be left out in their Motilium Commercial:

The youtube pips are really that creative and even created these funny Barack videos. For all those folks who made these video possible… Kudos and may the force be with you.

This is Jupiterboi hoping that amidst the global financial problems each country faces, we just have to learn to smile, laugh out our problems and at the end strive to have a better meaningful life.

To the real President Barack Obama, I want to extend my sincerest congratulations in being the 44th president of the United States of America. Sorry I can’t make it through your inauguration simply because I didn’t have you invitation. Maybe someday, I wish…

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The Thank You Girls Showing na Jan 21-27, 2009

20 01 2009

After I have missed the premier night of “The Thank You Girls” last August 28, 2008, I always waited for this film to shown last year pero bigo ako… I tried tried to research for this film or any blogs for that matter that talk about the film. Well luckily I found “http:// bebsisms.blogspot.com”. My new found friendship “Dam-dam” is the maker of this film. Finally this is going to be shown on the Robinson IndieSine from Jan 21-27, 2009. Here is the poster for this sure-fired-gloriously-funny film:

It is a Visayan film with a gay lingo twist. Tired of losing in all the beauty competitions in Davao City, five dysfunctional gay beauty pageant veterans decide to travel north to Cagayan de Oro City, in the island of Mindanao, with a mission to conquer the grandest competition of beauty, personality and brains in the province. They believe that being city dwellers, gays in the province will never stand a chance against them. And who says gay films are just sex films after all?

Jupiterboi says:

I totally agree… it is about time to see a fun and enjoyable gay film for once… Pwede ba tama na muna ang mga kalibugan ano. Gosh!!!

Not only are you assured of a fantabulous time, you‘re also watching a real quality film. Last October 2008, this film was one of the films in the Vancouver International Film Festival under the category Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema. Taray diba…

While most Pinoy gay themed indie films showcase the cravings of the flesh, this film stood up to the occasion and finally presented a slice of life most gays encounter. It gives us also a different perspective of how gays in the province handle such difficult challenges. Cheers to Charliebebs S. Gohetia and the other actors and staff of TTYG.

As a final note… “Finally… I know how to define Darkness… it is what will happen when you will miss to watch this film”…. Hehehe.  Thank You so much…

I’ll leave you guys with the Teaser Trailer of The Thank You Girls:

 

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New Indie Film Alerts

16 01 2009

As we start the new year, I know you are hungry of new Indie films to be shown this month or up coming months. Let me give you f some of the films to watch out:

Aurora: taken from (starmometer.com)

Aurora stars Sid Lucero, Kristofer King, Angeli Bayani and Rosanna Roces. The film explores an intimate portrait of a captor and a captive as they both struggle to survive in the depths of a jungle.
A social worker named Aurora (Rosanna Roces) is kidnapped by members of the Lost Command. After a military raid in the middle of the night, she gets lost in the forest. She walks aimlessly in the thick forest, hoping to find her way out to freedom. She is found by Fadi (Sid Lucero), one of her captors. Aurora tries every way in order to run away. Will she see the break of dawn alive?

Jupiterboi says:
The main reason I will recommend this to you guys because the film was directed by Adolf Alix Jr. I have seen his works and one notable factor is his amazing cinematography considering his films are “indie” films. He likes to tackle sensitive areas to broaden our views but never imposes nor preaches a certain principle in his films. He just simply lay down the realism of the situation and we the audience has a choice always to agree or disagree. This film will be a brave exploration in the world of victims of war and difference. I will try my best to attend this one night showing this Jan 19, 2009 at the UP Film Institute, 7:30pm. Take note CCP and the UP film center are the only institution in the whole island of the Philippine archipelago that is not under the jurisdiction of the MTRCB so be ready for the controversial 12 minute rape scene of Rosanna Roces with Sid Lucero and Kristopher King. Here is the trailer of the film:  

Karera:

Karera stars Laurice Guillen, Rosanna Roces, Jay Manalo and Joem Bascon with casts like Allan Paule, Menggie Cobarrubias, Soliman Cruz, Kristofer King, Marife Necesito, Arnold Reyes, Edgar Allan Guzman, Mercedes Cabral, Cherry Madrigal, Kenneth Ocampo, Jess Evardone and Moises Magisa

Karera explores the life of the Domingo family, which seems to be a microcosm of the Filipino society racing against time and opportunity as they gamble with their personal choices in a series of complicated moral, spiritual, political and social issues.

The mother, LV (Guillen), runs a bookies (an illegal horse race betting outlet) in their house. Today, the money she is supposed-to- remit is missing. She struggles to look for the missing money and traces who might get hold of it. Ace (Manalo), LV’s eldest, who works as a sota (horse caretaker) is torn between pursuing an illegal arrangement with one of the other trainors to injure the horse he takes care of in exchange for a hefty sum of money that he can use for his placement fee. Daisy (Roces), the matriarch’s daughter, is running away from policemen after an arrangement that she needs to pinpoint all the other illegal karera outlets to spare her family. Bingo (Bascon), their youngest, is impatiently waiting for his girlfriend to have sex with him after a bet with his friends.

What happens is a raw and gritty drama of human survival.

Written by Jerome David Zamora
Directed by Adolfo Borinaga Alix, Jr.

Jupiterboi says:

What more to say but to wait for the announcement of this film. To give you a preview, here is the trailer of the film:

Sagwan: (from lexuality.com)

Coming very soon is a film from first-time-full-length-feature film director, Monti Parungao. The film’s title is “Sagwan” and was shot entirely in Quezon. Mr. Parungao also wrote the script of this film. Aside from finishing several TV commercials for Unitel, Monti is also an accomplished television director having done “Extra Challenge” and “Survivor”.

Jupiterboi says:

I shall predict this film… hmm… filled with fleshy bodies from the “Cappuccinos” the new all male sexy group that is replacing the thrown of the Provoq kings… I’m sure this will be a block buster for the bi’s. I say based on the trailer, the film might have a promising block buster potential for the indie goers. Better watch the director’s cut friendships… The premier night will be on Feb 4, 2009, 7:30pm at the UP film Institute. Here is the trailer of the film:

C U @ D Muvies!

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The 66th Golden Globe Winners are…

12 01 2009

Talk about Slam dunk… all the nomination of the Slumdog Millionaire won and garnered 4 Golden Globes including the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay in a Drama Film. I knew this film is going to win… The story is really good guys… better watch this film… For me if the film won the best picture, best screen play, and best director… it is a sure excellent film… I don’t rely on the actors… I rely on the people behind a film… Slumdog Millionaire is a slamming film of a  in call center agent in India who is one question away in taking the grand prize in who wants to be a millionaire. When the show takes a brake, he was accused of cheating. He is not a genius so he must have cheated… right… wrong… The film explained how Jamal is able to know the answers to the questions and the journey he went through to know the answers. I have never raved about a film ever since “Life is Beautiful”. The film is a revelation if all the people trying to join is game shows are all really after the money or something else more important like finding back a lost love?

A big win also is Kate Winslet for not only winning the Best Actress… she also won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Film for playing a role in Revolutionary Road and The Reader. After consistently not winning awards in the past, she comes back with a vengeance proving that she is a THE Best Actress this year. Beating over veteran actresses like Meryl Steep and Marissa Tomei. I watched Revolutionary Road and she is indeed a brilliant actress in that film. I haven’t watched The Reader, maybe if I have some time, I will watch it.

Here are the whole list of winners:

Best Picture – Drama

 ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Best Director

 Danny Boyle – ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Best Actor – Drama

 Mickey Rourke – ‘The Wrestler’

Best Actress – Drama

Revolutionary Road Poster Kate Winslet – ‘Revolutionary Road’

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

 ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’

Best Actor – Musical/Comedy

 Colin Farrell – ‘In Bruges’

Best Actress – Musical/Comedy

 Sally Hawkins – ‘Happy Go Lucky’

Best Supporting Actor

 Heath Ledger – ‘The Dark Knight’

Best Supporting Actress

 Kate Winslet  – ‘The Reader’

Best Animated Feature Film

 ‘Wall-E’

Best Foreign Language Film

 ‘Waltz with Bashir’ (Israel)

Best Screenplay

 Simon Beaufoy – ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Best Original Score

 ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Best Original Song

 The Wrestler  – ‘The Wrestler’

Best Television Drama

 ‘Mad Men’

Best Actor – Television Drama

 Gabriel Byrne – ‘In Treatment’

Best Actress – Television Drama

 Anna Paquin – ‘True Blood’

Best Television Musical/Comedy

 ’30 Rock’

Best Actor – Television Musical/Comedy

 Alec Baldwin

Best Actress – Television Musical/Comedy

 Tina Fey – ’30 Rock’

Best Mini-Series – Television

 ‘John Adams’

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture – Television

 Paul Giamatti  – ‘John Adams’

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture – Television

 Laura Linney – ‘John Adams’

Best Supporting Actor – Television

 Tom Wilkinson – ‘John Adams’

Best Supporting Actress – Television

 Laura Dern – ‘Recount’

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