Imitation of Life

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

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 »

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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 »

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Is Hilary Swank up for her third Oscar?

If Julia Roberts did it with poisoned water, Swank can certainly pull it off with an unfair murder conviction case.

The trailer looks nothing out of the ordinary, but it has everything Academy voters like, plus Hilary really can cry (I still feel shivers down my spine when I think of the sexual identity crisis questioning scene from Boys Don’t Cry). Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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The Lovely Bones

It is no wonder that director Peter Jackson was fascinated by the idea of adapting Alice Sebold’s bestselling novel The Lovely Bones into film. First of all, it would allow him to revisit the subject of suburban murder, which he so brilliantly approached in 1994’s Heavenly Creatures, while at the same time he could give free rein to his visual imagination by recreating the Middle-Earthesque heavenly fragments of the novel. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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