Hollywood Take 2: BAFTA Award Winners 2012

18 Feb

Because they missed an earlier evaluation or are just new to your knowledge; many things in Hollywood are being reborn. Events that appeared to slip into the abyss of history have been dusted off to reveal new opportunity in contemporary and future entertainment. Old comedy duos are resurfacing to keep us laughing.  Old film festivals are receiving face-lifts. Technology innovators are receiving overdue praise and recognition.

Essential stories;

  1. BAFTA Award Winners.
  2. BEL AMI World Premiere: Berlin International Film Festival
  3. The South by Southwest Film Conference finished line up announced.
  4. Franchise Reboots and New Trailers.
  5. Prop 8 Play by Dustin Lance Black.
  6. R.I.P. David Kelly.

BAFTA Award Winners.

The BAFTA Awards Ceremony took place on Sunday. The following list is the result of who won. [2]

  • Academy Fellowship – Martin Scorsese
  • Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema – John Hurt
  • Best Film – The Artist
  • Outstanding British Film – Tinker, Tailor,  Soldier, Spy
  • Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer – Tyrannosaur by Paddy Considine (director) and Diarmid Scrimshaw (producer)
  • Director – The Artist, Michel Hazanzvicius
  • Documentary – Senna
  • Original Screenplay – The Artist
  • Adapted Screenplay – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • Foreign Film – The Skin I Live In
  • Animated Film – Rango
  • Leading Actor – Jean Dujardin, The Artist
  • Leading Actress – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
  • Supporting Actor – Christopher Plummer, Beginners
  • Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer, The Help
  • Original Music – The Artist by Ludovic Bource
  • Cinematography – The Artist
  • Editing – Senna
  • Production Design – Hugo
  • Costume Design – The Artist
  • Sound – Hugo
  • Special Visual Effects – Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Make-up And Hair – The Iron Lady
  • Short Animation – A Morning Stroll
  • Short Film – Pitch Black Heist
  • Orange Wednesday Rising Star Award – Adam Deacon

BEL AMI: World Premiere Berlin International Film Festival

  • As the Berlin Film Festival came to an end this weekend. The World Premiere of Bel Ami starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas made its debut and left quite an impression. The red carpet event took place with thousands of screaming fans waiting to see Mr. Pattinson and his beautiful co-stars. However, the day before (in a press conference) attendees of the festival got a chance to hear Mr. Pattinson and his co-stars discuss the characters they portray in the film. Please take a look.

The South by Southwest Film Conference finished line up announced.

  • The South by Southwest Film Conference (SXSW) has finalized its line-up. Beginning on the 9th March, films just confirmed to show are Shut Up and Play the HitsSafety Not GuaranteedMonsieur Lazhar and Nature Calls. Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy and American Dad) has been confirmed to talk about his work and future projects on the 11th. The conference closes on the 17th March.[1]

Franchise Reboots and New Trailers

  • It was announced this week that Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are to be rebooted. Transformers 4 will be directed by Michael Bay with Paramount as the studio and release on June 29th 2014. So far none of the original cast has signed on board. Also announced this week, Jonathon Leibesman (known for Battle: Los Angeles and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) is in final negotiations to direct the new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Paramount is also the studio behind this and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company will produce it.[4] Finally two new international trailers from franchise reboots have been released which show a brief glimpse of new footage. The first is the Alien prequel Prometheus, which is released on June 8th and the second is the 4th Spider-Man film, The Amazing Spider-Man, which will be released on July 3rd. [5]

Prop 8 Play by Dustin Lance Black.

  • On Wednesday the cast list was finalized for Dustin Lance Black’s play on Proposition 8. Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer and John C. Reilly have joined a long list of well-known actors who will portray the closing arguments of the trial in June 2010.[6] The play will take place at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York on September 19th. Proceeds will go to efforts to support equal marriage across the USA.[7]

R.I.P. David Kelly

  • The Irish actor David Kelly, best known for playing Grandpa Joe in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, died on Sunday at the age of 82. He started acting in 1951 and has had a steady and successful career in TV, film and theatre. David was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for his role of Waking Ned in 1999.[3]
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17 Responses to “Hollywood Take 2: BAFTA Award Winners 2012”

  1. Open Book February 18, 2012 at 7:09 AM #

    Great job Ozzie on this HW Take 2! So much went on this past week. I will come back later today and comment.

  2. Comic Relief February 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM #

    Speaking of the Bel Ami panel discussion, if you only had Twilight to go by you would never think Pattinson had a sense of humor at all. Edward is so upright, not smug, but you really you don’t get the impression he ever farts. He meets this suicidal girl who is obsessed with dying and somehow his character eventually rationalizes the whole thing and concedes, along the way selfishly resolving his hundred and seven year virgin problem. Thanks monster, we thought you might fully overcome yourself; but then again that was supposed to be a horror film. What’s come of the world, (but that’s another comment).

    Yet Bel Ami reminds us Pattinson is a trickster and artistically speaking has a hunger for WHAT …street credibility????? Again, what!!!!!!!!! We thought he was the sparkly vampire????? Guess not, seems he has Casanova fantasies and aspirations like every other dude. Now I’m laughing.

    No sympathy intended, the character Georges Duroy, actually is a real world monster. Because he doesn’t spend his time saving dumb Emo chicks, we the audience, won’t get distracted in this film. Though lazy in other ways, he’s a master of self-absorption. But if you are in his environment watch out, he has a hustle for every day of the week. Of course this doesn’t mean the character enjoys himself but we can assume the actor at least gets a break from upright and hugely delusional Edward.

    The reviews haven’t exactly been kind, yet faulty direction just is what it is. I imagine we will have to wait for Pattinson to find the vehicle to allow him to recognize his ambitions. Until then, Bel Ami might be an odd laugh.

    • Open Book February 19, 2012 at 6:33 AM #

      CR- What I like about your post is the way u have compared the two characters Edward and Bel Ami. Correct me if I’m wrong. But are u saying Edward is selfish? Not as overt as Bel Ami?

      • Comic Relief February 19, 2012 at 8:40 AM #

        OB,

        Thank you for asking me that, if you don’t mind to answer your loaded question I’m going to bypass your (February 18, 2012 at) 6:42 pm post so I/we have room to meditate on the topic. Please see my response lower on the page/board.

  3. Open Book February 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM #

    There is so much to discuss with this Hollywood Take 2. I don’t know where to begin? Let me start by saying how glad I am “The Artist” won so many BAFTA awards. This was such a great film. Very creative, imaginative and daring to say the least!

    Also, interesting was watching the panel discussion for the Bel Ami’s World Premiere. Now, it’s no secret LIH has taken an interest in actor Robert Pattinson’s career. Because he, out of all of his Twilight co-stars, appears to be the most daring. Taking on Bel Ami was a bold move given everyone has come to love him as the character Edward. Sure Rob could have retired playing heartthrob roles for the rest of his career. However, R is showing he’s not afraid to get ugly and has dived into the deep end of the pool with Bel Ami. What is great about R is his eagerness to explore new ground. His curiosity in investigating vibrant narratives and complex characters is infectious. From Jacob in “Water for Elephants” to now “Bel Ami?” Wow! U can’t say R is boring…… He’s the shot in the arm HW needs to resuscitate moviegoers from an endless stream of formulas. I can’t wait to see what R is going to do next.

  4. Comic Relief February 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM #

    OB,

    I’m so sorry,…………………….. but I’m really struggling with Edward myself. At the beginning of the week I said something pathetic like Edward was exceptional, inspirational, influential (or whatever crap). I feel so bad about that because it so perfectly defines how much I myself am a student of the world and the values it encourages.

    In truth, Edward was filthy and incidentally if he were remotely healthy he would never bring anyone into his world. When Bella expressed any interest in Edward that is when he should have started calling the Volturi.

    No, I’m sorry that’s wrong (SEE, THIS IS SO HARD)! Speaking to the Volturi would hasten Edward’s extermination. Edward should have dedicated himself to protecting others. Maintaining the vampire secret demonstrates how complicit the Cullens are in selfishly sustaining the Vampire virus. This should make them repulsive not exemplary as most think and the movie portrays.

    Or better yet, that disrobing scene that Edward started in Italy (in New Moon) should have been carried out in the middle of an outdoor assembly at Forks high school in front of news cameras. That way the discussion about his existence would inform people that vampires exist. And let people know they should protect themselves aggressively. Regardless of the Volturi’s response, Edward should have attempted to destroy the Volturi and all vampires publically. That would make him some form of hero, currently he’s a leach and the worst kind of demon.

  5. Comic Relief February 19, 2012 at 8:46 AM #

    OB,

    What I said earlier was:

    “The reviews haven’t exactly been kind, yet faulty direction just is what it is”.

    That statement was poorly stated. What I wish I could have said was:

    “Though the choice of book was fantastic, the reviews of the movie haven’t been kind, yet faulty direction just is what it is”.

    This would have made it clear Pattinson’s gift for discerning excellent literature hasn’t been compromised at all. Secretly, I’m wondering whether his nuclear connoisseurship will end up changing Hollywood entertainment and the art of acting permanently. But that’s another subject entirely and should be reserved for another article, topic, or comment in the future.

  6. Comic Relief February 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM #

    OB,

    Yes, Georges Duroy or Bel Ami is a REAL WORLD ass, but we really are not that challenged to see him that way. He 1. Clearly does not want to do any work of any integrity, 2. Seduces manages, and frustrates women with the most superficial aspects of his appearance and selfish hungers, on top of all of that he 3. Has no discernable character. Anyone who doesn’t recognize Bel Ami’s faults should be locked away. Yet let’s be honest, corporate America congratulates people for these qualities every single day. In fact that the movie was funded at all verifies the topic was provocative enough for others to see some redeeming qualities in the script. Meaning the topic speaks to the truth of Duroy’s existence in the world.

    This is unbelievably different than Edward, who has the appearance of being chivalrous or some kind of gentlemen.

    The overall topic is of the fantasy genre. You can almost hear so “what’s the big deal kiddies? No one will get hurt. Yeah, actually Edward is as seductive as he admits to Bella. He’s a super star seducer of women, look at the crowds of women at these premieres. He must of waited one and seven years because he knew what he was really packing. Others have asked this question before. Are they there for Edward or Rob? This is what Edward has in his favor:

    He saves damsels in distress, (no matter how stupid they are).

    He takes the same damsel on piggyback rides through the trees of the forest (to make sure they are entertained).

    He saves the same damsels from his family members (when allowing a mercy killing might have been more appropriate).

    Etc. etc. etc……………….

  7. Comic Relief February 19, 2012 at 8:54 AM #

    OB,

    Back to Pattinson’s connoisseurship, I can’t believe his script choices in comparison to his professional peers. It as a gift, it is really really really phenomenal, and we’re all really lucky to have a ringside seat in being able to witness this potential change for arts innovation.

    • Open Book February 19, 2012 at 8:24 PM #

      Ahhh! I gotta love u CR!! Thanks for answering my questions.

  8. Sony February 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM #

    Hi to all,
    I just wanted to add my two cents w.r.t. the BelAmi-panel. I watched the whole live stream, starting with the underwhelming short photocall, followed by the press conference. I admit that I was slightly disappointed; I don’t know how to phrase it correctly but I thought nearly all the questions were lame and I can’t remember more than two or three of them. You all know how much I love and adore Mr. Pattinson – but most of his answers were only deflecting, whether it was about his hair cut, his next project, his thoughts about being a role model etc. And of course I was second-hand embarrassed like hell when the idiot from the Austrian gossip mag Hello asked about Twilight…I couldn’t believe my ears! After 30 minutes I started to think “how long will this go on, can’t they stop right now?” Perhaps I am totally exaggerating (I’ve never watched a movie press conference as a whole) and this was just a normal one but my hopes were up a bit higher.
    At least the red carpet with Rob and Cristina Ricci and Holly Grainger compensated for it, it was really professional and was a pleasure to watch – enhanced by the fact that this premiere was NOT ruined by a certain someone, you know what I mean 🙂

    • Littlebells February 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM #

      Sony,

      Unless we here at LIH are asking the interview questions, it is going to be the same boring, dumb, lame, face palming questions. I’m glad you got to watch the live stream. I haven’t had a moments breath to watch the videos yet, but I will!

      • Open Book February 19, 2012 at 8:17 PM #

        Hi LB!

    • Open Book February 19, 2012 at 8:12 PM #

      Hi Sony,

      Nice to see u. Big waves!!! Thanks for weighing in on the topic.

      Q: Would u have liked R to be more candid with his answers? If so why?

      P.S. I’m always underwhelmed by the interview Q’s thrown at R. ITA with LB.

  9. Sony February 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM #

    Hi LB and OB,
    indeed I would have liked it if Mr. Pattinson had answered at least one question remotely on topic instead of squirming in his seat. He would have looked a lot more professional with a sentence like “It has to do with an upcoming project, but at the moment I can’t say more about it, sorry.” That would have been enough for me.

    • Open Book February 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM #

      Hi Sony!!

      To me it looked like R was caught off guard. Actually, I found it sorta funny he fumbled the ball a bit on that answer. LOL!! Not to sing his praises. But far to often u watch these events and actors are so rehearsed and the interview questions are so shallow u get bored. However, I will agree being decisive and direct defintely helps u take the work and actor more seriously. Thanks for answering my Q. Always, a pleasure chatting with u!

      • Sony February 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM #

        Same here, OB 🙂

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