Imitation of Life

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

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 »

Advertisements

Filed under: Awards,

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 »

Filed under: Awards, ,

James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host the Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) has announced that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd annual Academy Awards, which will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre in LA. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, Oscars, ,

The Girls Are (More Than) All Right

Delightful might not be the adjective a filmmaker wishes their film to be identified with, especially if it happens to be a comedy drama with highbrow aspirations. And yet, I cannot think of a better way of describing Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right, a film in which everything is so seemingly effortless that you feel guilty for enjoying it so much. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, Oscars

SUNDANCE WINNER WINTER’S BONE TO BE RELEASED IN EUROPE

It’s really annoying to leave a film festival with the pesky certainty that, after all the queuing and waiting, you’re getting back home missing that one film you should have seen.

The seemingly endless film programme brochures don’t help too much, since they usually praise the virtues of pictures that turn out to be disappointing and plainly describe those which in the end walk away as festival champs. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, Coming Up, OSCAR BUZZ 2010, , , , ,

OSCAR RACE KICKS OFF WITH HONORARY AWARDS

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) officially kicked off 2010 Oscar season last night with the announcement of this year’s Honorary Oscar recipients. The Governors voted to bestow the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for Production Excellence to Fancis Ford Coppola, and the Honorary Oscar to French director Jean-Luc Godard, to veteran character actor Eli Wallach and to British film historian Kevin Brownlow. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, OSCAR BUZZ 2010

RUTH GORDON, THE ACTRESS

There is a certain kind of actress who, even after a long and successful career, is forever etched in our memories through the image of an old lady. Margaret Rutherford as the senior sleuth, Gladys Cooper as the embodiment of self-righteousness or Mildred Dunnock as the eternal school teacher-looking spinster are good examples of  it.

Among them, maybe no other better than Ruth Gordon represents the epitome of acting longevity crowned by belated stardom. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards

OSCAR 2010 FINAL PREDICTIONS

We are just some hours away from the big night, so it’s prediction time. First of all, this is not a wish list, but a list of what I think it will happen. The wishes and predictions coincide in some cases, like in the Best Picture and Director categories, where I don’t buy the big Avatar-Hurt Locker split theory. I truly believe reason will prevail and Bigelow’s film will receive the two big trophies of the night. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, OSCAR BUZZ 2010, ,

Oscar Countdown (IV): BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 Of all the acting categories, the Best Supporting Actress  one has always been the most receptive to surprise winners. The Academy is more generous in conferring nominations to newcomers, very young or very  old actors and atypical performances in the supporting categories, especially among the female players, and consequently the likelihood of an upset is bigger here than in any other accolade. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, OSCAR BUZZ 2010, , ,

Oscar Countdown (I): CINEMATOGRAPHY

We are one week away from Oscar night and I’ve decided to start a daily instalment dedicated to the Awards, before publishing my final Oscar Predictions in the eve of the ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, 7 March. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, OSCAR BUZZ 2010, ,

BAFTA 2010

I’m looking forward to tonight’s BAFTA in BBC.

Here are my predictions for the main categories: Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, OSCAR BUZZ 2010,

Álex Montoya’s short film awarded at Sundance

Snow came back to Park City today and I found shelter in the Prospector Square Theater, where I caught one of the screenings of Yo, también (Me, Too). The film was preceded by the short film How I Met Your Father, by director Álex Montoya, which was honoured yesterday with a Special Jury Award in the short film category. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, Coming Up, , , , ,

2010 Golden Globe Predictions

We are exactly 35 hours away from the Golden Globes ceremony. Here are my predictions for the 25 official categories, both in film and TV. Have a look, make your own suggestions and place your bets. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards,

The Ladies’ Hour: Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar bid.

It is known to any Oscar trivia fan that when Hank Sims announced the President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in the 1979 ceremony he mistakenly referred to her as Mr. Fay Kanin. Maybe it was nothing but a slip of the tongue, but it was a good indication of the Academy’s reality, since screenwriter Kanin was the first female President of the Academy since Bette Davis’ one-month stint back  in 1941. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, In the cinemas, ,

Oscar Becomes Her: why Meryl Streep should win her third Academy Award

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce its nominations tomorrow and, unless the plot of the appalling 2012 proves true two years in advance and LA is literally engulfed by the ocean, Meryl Streep will receive her staggering 24th Golden Globe nomination for her perfectly delicious portrayal of American cuisine guru Julia Child in the film Julie & Julia. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, In the cinemas, OSCAR BUZZ 2010, , , , , , ,

BURIED to play at SUNDANCE

Rodrigo Cortés follow-up feature after his critically acclaimed debut film Concursante will make its world premiere at the Sundande Film Festival. Buried stars up-and-coming actor Ryan Reynolds. As we wait for Buried first images, have a look at the Concursante trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, Coming Up, , ,

STANLEY TUCCI gets Gotham Career Achievement Award from MERYL STREEP

I was looking forward to seeing Tucci get some awards for his extraordinary work as Meryl Streep’s busy but supportive husband in Julie & Julia. This Career Achievement award could be a good start on his way to golden glory. It’s nice to see Streep (was she really drunk???) present him the award after their terrific collaborations in the said J&J and The Devil wears Prada. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, OSCAR BUZZ 2010, , , ,

Campaign To Get Angela Lansbury Her Honorary Oscar

Campaign To Get Angela Lansbury Her Honorary Oscar

YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED HERE: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2264078466&ref=ts

For those who are not yet sure whether to give or not their support to the Campaign to get Angela Lansbury her Honorary Oscar, have a look at this chillingly impressive scene. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, ,

OSCAR BUZZ 2010 (I). Gabby Sibide and Mo’Nique for Best Actress and Supporting Actress

It’s the end of the year and it’s time to bet who will be reaping awards in the next months. I start this Predictions series with Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire (and that’s not a literary note but actually part of the film’s title). I haven’t seen the film yet (provisonal release date in Belgium is 3/3/2010) but ever since it got the award in Sundance it hasn’t stopped generating buzz. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, In the cinemas, OSCAR BUZZ 2010, , , , , , , , ,

‘In The Loop’ in cold and rainy night in Stockholm

Cold and rainy night in Stockholm, but I’m just back from cozy cinema Victoria, where I watched the wonderful IN THE LOOP, which has really made my night.

‘In the loop’ is a superb political satire packed with witty dialogue at screwball comedy pace. Top performances all around by an ensemble cast from both sides of the pond, with Peter Capaldi a standout as the UK foul-mouthed communications chief. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Awards, In the cinemas, ,

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 15 other followers

December 2017
M T W T F S S
« Dec    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Be Social

Twitter Updates

%d bloggers like this: