Tag Archives: The Artist

What if…the Academy weren’t such pussies? How the Oscars should have played out

24 Feb

The Oscars have a bad rep and it’s getting worse.  The primary problem lies in the fact that the decision makers, the Academy, are a bunch of dinosaurs who shy away from controversy by favouring schmaltzy fare over innovation and it seems real talent.  Worse still, a couple of more disturbing trends have emerged in recent years.

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No surprises as The Artist dominates the Baftas

14 Feb

Awards darling The Artist swept the board at Sunday night’s 65th Baftas, winning in seven of the 12 categories it was nominated in.  The British film industries premier film awards ceremony, held in the luxurious surroundings of the Royal Opera House, was a somewhat staid and predictable undertaking, offering up little in the way of surprises.

Host Stephen Fry did his best to irreverently mug his way through proceedings, lest he let our global showcase turn into an Oscar-esque snoozefest, but the distinct lack of any leftfield wins lent the whole affair a rather pedestrian air.

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