Upcoming on Passion For Film: Everything Oscar

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Only about one month to go till Oscar night! In these following weeks I'll be paying extra attention to this miraculous night. It's actually only my second year of watching as a big movie buff, so I'm very excited!
I'll be posting:

- Reviews of the nominated films.
- Commentary on nominees
- Detailed predictions.
- Looking back at previous ceremonies.
- My own Oscar Awards (I'll explain later).
- And all kinds of other fun Oscar stuff.

Of course, I'll occasionally be posting on other subject matters, but we'll see how that works out.
Stay tuned, it's going to be a fun month :)

And here they are!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

At last; the 83rd Academy Award nominations have been announced!

Purple= didn't expect that.
Blue= will probably win.
Red= the one I hope wins!

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
  • “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

  • “Alice in Wonderland”
    Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Inception” Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • “The King's Speech”
    Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • “True Grit”
    Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh


  • “Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
  • “Inception” Wally Pfister
  • “The King's Speech” Danny Cohen
  • “The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “True Grit” Roger Deakins

Costume Design

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
  • “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
  • “The King's Speech” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
  • “True Grit” Mary Zophres


  • “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” David O. Russell
  • “The King's Speech” Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” David Fincher
  • “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Documentary (Feature)

  • “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz
  • “Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
  • “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
  • “Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • “Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined
  • “Poster Girl” Nominees to be determined
  • “Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
  • “Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
  • “The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Film Editing

  • “Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
  • “The Fighter” Pamela Martin
  • “The King's Speech” Tariq Anwar
  • “127 Hours” Jon Harris
  • “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Foreign Language Film

  • “Biutiful” Mexico
  • “Dogtooth” Greece
  • “In a Better World” Denmark
  • “Incendies” Canada
  • “Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria


  • “Barney's Version” Adrien Morot
  • “The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • “The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
  • “Inception” Hans Zimmer
  • “The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat
  • “127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
  • “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)

  • “Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
  • “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
  • “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
  • “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King's Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ce├ín Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter's Bone" Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Short Film (Animated)

  • “Day & Night” Teddy Newton
  • “The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
  • “Let's Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
  • “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
  • “Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)

  • “The Confession” Tanel Toom
  • “The Crush” Michael Creagh
  • “God of Love” Luke Matheny
  • “Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
  • “Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing

  • “Inception” Richard King
  • “Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
  • “Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
  • “True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
  • “Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing

  • “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • “The King's Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
  • “Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin *
  • “The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
  • “True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

* Hehe :p

Visual Effects

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
  • “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
  • “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
  • “Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • “True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
  • “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
    Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • “The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler
LOL, way too much color :p
Some pretty surprising nominations for me, though never undeserving. The 'Best picture' category is a head scratcher. I have absolutely no idea which one will win! I think the Oscars did a grest job this year. Looking forward to watching the ceremony!
The 83rd Academy Awards will take place on february 27th 2011.
The ceremony will once again take place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.
Excited :)

Razzie nominations.

Monday, January 24, 2011

I know no one actually takes these awards seriously, but it's still fun to see who made the list. This years nominees for the best of the worst:

Note: the ones I put in red are the ones I hope will win.

Worst Picture
'The Bounty Hunter'
'The Last Airbender'
'Sex and the City 2'
'Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

'Vampires Suck'

Worst ActorJack Black, 'Gulliver's Travels'
Gerard Butler, 'The Bounty Hunter'
Ashton Kutcher, 'Killers' and 'Valentine's Day'

Taylor Lautner, 'Twilight Saga: Eclipse' and 'Valentine's Day'
Robert Pattinson, 'Remember Me' and 'Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

Worst ActressJennifer Aniston, 'The Bounty Hunter' and 'The Switch'
Miley Cyrus, 'The Last Song'

The Four Gal Pals, 'Sex and the City 2'
Megan Fox, 'Jonah Hex'

Kristen Stewart, 'Twilight Saga: Eclipse'
Note: this one was tough; how do they expect people to choose between Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and Megan Fox for worst actress? Almost impossible! 

Worst Supporting Actor
Billy Ray Cyrus, 'The Last Song'
George Lopez, 'Marmaduke,' 'The Spy Next Door' and 'Valentine's Day'
Dev Patel, 'The Last Airbender'
Jackson Rathbone, 'The Last Airbender' and 'Twilight Saga: Eclipse'
Rob Schneider, 'Grown Ups'
Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Alba, 'The Killer Inside Me,' 'Little Fockers,' 'Machete' and 'Valentine's Day'
Cher, 'Burlesque'
Liza Minnelli, 'Sex and the City 2'
Nicola Peltz, 'The Last Airbender'
Barbra Streisand, 'Little Fockers'

Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D
'Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore'
'Clash of the Titans'
'The Last Airbender'
'Nutcracker 3-D'
'Saw 3-D'

Worst Screen Couple / Ensemble
Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler, 'The Bounty Hunter'
Josh Brolin's Face & Megan Fox's Accent, 'Jonah Hex' *
The Entire Cast, 'The Last Airbender'
The Entire Cast, 'Sex and the City 2'
The Entire Cast, 'Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

Worst Director
'The Expendables,' Sylvester Stallone
'The Last Airbender,' M. Night Shyamalan
'Sex and the City 2,' Michael Patrick King
'Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' David Slade
'Vampires Suck,' Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer

Worst Screenplay
'The Last Airbender,' M. Night Shyamalan
'Little Fockers,' Michael Hamburg & Larry Stuckey
'Sex and the City 2,' Michael Patrick King
'Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' Melissa Rosenberg
'Vampires Suck,' Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
'Clash of the Titans'
'The Last Airbender''Sex and the City 2'
'Twilight Saga: Eclipse' *
'Vampires Suck'
* Would've voted for this one, but it doesn't seem any worse than the two previous Twilight films.
Looks like 'Eclipse' got the most nominations. Serves them right. I actually agree with most of these nominations. Except 'Sex and the city 2'; I'm sorry but I loved it. I'm glad 'The Tourist' isn't nominated since the movie was on the Razzies' long list.
I don't think I'll actually be watching the show (who does), but I had a good laugh :)

Anne Hathaway; the Catwoman heiress...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

It's official! The actress portraying the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle in 'The dark knight rises' will be Anne Hathaway. She'll be starring in the third "Christopher Nolan" Batman movie with Christian Bale as Batman. The movie will start filming in May and the release date is set for July 20th 2012.

Catwoman will return to the screen for the third time.
-The first time, in 1992, Michelle Pfeiffer made the role her own.
-In 2004, Halle Berry attempted at a new kind of Catwoman which had no relations to the former Catwoman or original story.
-And now, Hathaway.

I like Anne, I really do. But if you ask me, it's a disaster waiting to happen. Let's take a look at Anne's career so far;

She started out with "the good girl" roles such as 'The princess Diaries' and 'Ella enchanted'. She was perfect for those parts, hands down. Then she moved on to 'The Devil wears Prada' in 2006 with Meryl Streep. Love the film, liked her performance. For some reason though, I always get the feeling that she's acting. Well, duh, she's an actress! It just doesn't feel natural, like it should. And nobody wants to see a forced Catwoman performance. She did surprise me in 'Rachel getting married', but that doesn't really help with this role. Her recent 'Valentine's day' and 'Love and other drugs' are big jokes to me.

I'm having the hardest time picturing Anne as Catwoman. I keep seeing her broad smile and sweet-looking face. She's the nice girl-next-door type and doesn't have that mysterious sex appeal that Catwoman should have. I try picturing her with a whip, and I try my best not to laugh at the idea.

The role of Catwoman/Selina is more complex than may appear. It's all about the prefect balance. Words that come to mind when hearing "Catwoman"; sex appeal, vulnerable, dangerous, sustainable, untrustworthy, powerful, unpredictable, gorgeous. The range is immense. That's why the actress portraying her has to be chosen very carefully. In 1992, Tim Burton, got it exactly right when casting Michelle Pfeiffer (after Anette Bening couldn't make it, but still). She had just the right amount of everything that is Catwoman, and to top it of, she made a wonderful Selina Kyle. She was offered to reprise her role in 2004, which would be a movie completely about Catwoman. I guess she smelled smoke, because she refused and it went to Halle Berry. 

This I refer to as: "the biggest film mistake ever made". My Gosh, that movie was horrible! Not only were both the dialogue and plot disasters, Berry was all wrong for the part. When I look back at what went wrong there, the biggest fault of all was the misinterpretation about her sex appeal. She's a beautiful woman, sure, but not the kind of beauty that is needed for Catwoman. Halle Berry's Catwoman was nothing but a ordinary woman in a (waaaay too skanky,) tight leather suit. She gave Catwoman nothing remotely close to Michelle's. Her whole charisma was wrong for the part and there are 7 (!) Razzie nominations to back that up.
If Anne Hathaway's Catwoman will be compaired to Halle's version, she's got nothing to lose. On the other hand, if people will look back at Michelle's Catwoman and the other classic versions (Julie Newmar), she better bring it all.
When I think about all the actresses who were considered and rumored to be Catwoman, I can't think of anyone really perfect for the job. Natalie Portman is a great actress, but not for this. Scarlett Johansson doesn't have what it takes. Angelina Jolie would've pulled it off, but she's just too big of a star and would've overshadowed Christian Bale. Megan Fox, Katherine Heigl and Jessica Alba, I don't even want to talk about. The only ones that might have been slightly better than Hathaway are Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron.
You know, if they hadn't waited 19 years to bring Catwoman back to life (the 2004 disaster doesn't count), Michelle could've played her again! Sigh.. that would've been a dream come true...

But who knows, maybe Anne will pull a Heath Ledger and we'll all be surprised by her performance. I'm sure Christopher Nolan knows what he's doing. All I know is she'll never completely fill the shoes of Michelle Pfeiffer. Someone says "Catwoman", I yell "Michelle Pfeiffer". And I'm not just saying that cause I'm a Pfan.You know it's true; She IS Catwoman!

Angelina Jolie at the GG

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Angelina Jolie looked sensational at the Golden Globes (as usual)

Flawless in emerald green.

Fixing her beau's bow tie. Adorable :)

I love this. Makes her seem not as different as we may believe her to be.

And the winners are...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yesterday was the night of the Golden Globes. Famous people from all across America flew into Los Angeles to attend the 68th annual awards ceremony. It was a night full of glamour, celebrity and anticipation. Most of the winners, I expected; others I didn’t.
*= winner
! = should have won
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Black Swan (2010)
Inception (2010)

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Burlesque (2010/I)
Red (2010/I)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Emma Stone for Easy A (2010)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Best Director - Motion Picture

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Burlesque (2010/I): Diane Warren("You Haven't Seen The Last of Me") *
Country Strong (2010): Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges("Coming Home")
Tangled (2010): Alan Menken, Glenn Slater("I See the Light")

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Best Animated Film
Tangled (2010)
Toy Story 3 (2010) *

Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful (2010) (Mexico/Spain)
The Concert (2009) (France)
The Edge (2010) (Russia)
I Am Love (2009) (Italy)
In a Better World (2010) (Denmark) *

First of, what was with the host? Sure, his little introduction to Robert Downey Junior was funny, but besides a couple moments, I didn’t find him entertaining at all.
The one award that surprised me was the best supporting actor in a comedy or musical. I expected either Kevin Spacey or Johnny Depp to win. Depp had a 2 out of 5 chance of winning! Not that he really deserved it, but still. By no means did I expect Paul Giamatti to win.
Natalie Portman winning best actress was predictable and well deserved.
You know, of all the nominated movies for best drama, I think ‘Social Network’ is the least deserving of the title. Was it a good movie, yes. Did it have a nice screenplay, yes. But it was not the best drama of 2010. I really did not see that one coming. I expected ‘Black swan’, ‘The King’s Speech’ or even ‘Inception’ to win, but not this one. After their third win I started to get irritated. The movie is so overvalued. Best score; best screenplay; best director. Enough is enough! I was sincerely glad that Jesse Eisenberg did not win best actor over Colin Firth.  
One of the things that really surprised me is how young Melissa Leo looks in real life. After some research I learned that she’s only 11 years older than her son, Mark Wahlberg in ‘The Fighter’. I really love that she won for best supporting actress. For a minute there I feared that Mila Kunis would win, but the HFPA got some sense after all.

Sigh… I just love award shows. Just the idea that they’re all sitting there, live, gathered together in that “little” space. Yes, I’m one of those (ones that stare in awe at celebrities and glamour). It was nicely organized and my favorite girls, Michelle and Angelina, were looking more gorgeous than ever.

I’m eagerly waiting for the Oscars!
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