Imitation of Life

A journal about film, music, literature and any other form of imitation of life. Seeing through a glass darkly…

Blake Edwards, 1922-2010

Filmmaker and screenwriter Blake Edwards died on Wednesday, December 15 in Santa Monica, California, aged 88.

Although universally remembered as a comedy director, mostly due to his work in the Pink Panther series with actor Peter Sellers, he also excelled in drama in films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s (with Audrey Hepburn) and Days of Wine and Roses (with Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick). Read the rest of this entry »


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Belle and Sebastian to perform at Ancienne Belgique

A few months ago, while chart-topper James Morrison delighted his mostly adolescent fans with his sugar-coated tunes at the Ancienne Belgique’s Main Hall, I enjoyed Glasgow-based Camera Obscura’s brilliant concert in the upstairs more intimate Club Hall.
Ancienne Belgique will now roll out the red carpet for Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura’s artistic precursors and main representative of Scottish indie pop. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 Golden Globes Nominations announced

The HFPA has just announced the 2010 Golden Globes Nominations. Full analysis will follow soon in Imitation of Life. Just one comment out of outrage. Another Year’s Lesley Manville is absent in the Best Actress category.  Here is the list of nominations. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 Golden Globes Nominations Predictions

The Golden Globes render the film awards season excitingly open-ended. The drama/comedy split in the Best Picture and in the leading acting categories paves the way to the acknowledgment of films and performers that would otherwise be ignored only because of their attachment to a genre which is shortsightedly but universally considered less worthy of award recognition. Read the rest of this entry »

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LAFCA unveils its 2010 picks

Yesterday I posted my predictions for the 2010 LA Film Critics Association Awards. Here is the official list of winners and, for the sake of accuracy and visibility, the choices I had predicted. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 LAFCA and NYFCC Awards Predictions

I am well aware that Imitation of Life has acquired a dangerously repetitive film awards bent as of late and I intend to go back to more general film analysis and commentary soon, but we are just some hours away from the announcement of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) Awards, arguably the two most prestigious critics’ groups in America.

 Add to that the Golden Globe nominations, which will be announced on Tuesday, and we can say straight out that we are entering the most intense three-day period in the film award season, so I cant’ help trying my luck in that pointless but fascinating game called Awards Predictions. Read the rest of this entry »

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The NBR aftermath: Lesley Manville, Jacki Weaver and Buried

You have to take with a pinch of salt any conclusion drawn from the announcement of the 2010 National Board of Review Awards. As traditional starting gun of the film awards season they manage to gather a lot of attention but the clout they have on the rest of the awards race is limited at best.

The Oscar hopes of many films start and end in the NBR and, as a rule of thumb, one might argue that films that win here won’t fare well later in the season, especially on the big night at the Academy Awards. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Ghost Writer sweeps the 2010 European Film Awards

Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer swept the 23rd European Film Awards, which were presented in a sadly inconspicuous ceremony held last night in Tallinn, Estonia.

The Ghost Writer was named Best European Film of the year, while Polanski and Ewan McGregor reaped kudos as Best Director and Best Actor, respectively. The film won 6 of the 7 awards it was nominated for. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 National Board of Review Awards announced

 The 2010 National Board of Review Awards have been announced. I’ll post soon an analysis of the results in Imitation of Life. Until then, here is the complete list of winners. You can compare it against my predictions, which are available in the previous entry of the blog.

Just one comment. Lesley Manville and Jacki Weaver have been named best actress and supporting actress, respectively. Does it get any better? Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 National Board of Review Awards Predictions

The 2010 National Board of Review Awards will be announced in a couple of hours.

Here are my predictions (not my wishes) in the main categories: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Social Network tops Sight & Sound 2010 list

Sight & Sound, the legendary film magazine of the British Film Institute, has published its annual list of top films of the year and David Fincher’s The Social Network has been named best film of 2010.

It is certainly surprising that a publication usually accused of elitism and snobbery gives top honours to an American major studio film. The last American picture to top the list was Brokeback Mountain back in 2005. However the film was not produced by one of the major studios. Other recent winners include the Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the British Hunger and the French A Prophet, which appears again in this year’s list at number 8. Read the rest of this entry »

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