FDL: Live Blogging the Oscars

Now that we’ve dished on the dresses, speculated on the shoes, and have sampled all our at-home treats, it’s time for the show to begin. SETH MCFARLANE! He’s funny and this may end up being a franchise for him, kinda like Billy Crystal had for a while.  And the Academy Awards Oscars need some stability, what with the name change of both the ceremony and the the theater it’s held in, and the rules. I miss having only five films in Best Picture, since I think it dilutes the vote. I’d love to see Argo win, but it will probably be Lincoln, the easy choice.

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Best Picture

Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”

Actress in a Leading Role
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”

Animated Feature Film
“Brave” – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

“Life of Pi” – Robert Richardson

Costume Design
“Anna Karenina” – Jacqueline Durran

Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”

Documentary (Feature)
“Searching For Sugar Man” – Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

Documentary (Short Subject)
“Inocente” – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Film Editing
“Argo” – William Goldenberg

Foreign Language Film
“Amour” (Austria)

“Les Miserables” – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Music (Original Score)
“Life of Pi” – Mychael Danna

Music (Original Song)
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall” – music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Production design
“Lincoln” – Production Design: Rick Carter, Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Short Film (Animated)
“Paperman” – John Kahrs

Short Film (Live Action)
“Curfew” – Shawn Christensen

Sound Editing:
“Argo” – Erik Aadahl and Ethan van der Ryn
“Zero Dark Thirty” – Paul N.J. Ottosson

Sound Mixing:
“Argo” – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Visual Effects
“Life of Pi” – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“Argo” – screenplay by Chris Terrio

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“Django Unchained” – written by Quentin Tarantino

Iran Boycotts Oscars Over “Innocence of Muslims”

Iran will not submit a film for Academy Award consideration because of  “an intolerable insult to the Prophet,” culture minister Muhammad Hosseini told INSA news.

The “insult” is the hideous piece of schlock filmmaking/BS propaganda The Innocence of Muslims which has provoked deaths, riots and unrest in the Middle East, as well as lawsuits in the United States.  A court in Los Angeles denied an actress’ request to have Google remove the film from YouTube.

Citing the failure of Academy Awards organizers to take a position on the incendiary footage,  Hosseini urged other Islamic countries to follow also boycott. Last year Iran won ran won its first Oscar in the best foreign language film category  with Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation.” According to Variety:

The country’s committee in charge of selecting Iran’s Oscar candidate had already picked helmer-scribe Reza Mirkarimi’s dramedy “A Cube of Sugar” — about a family wedding that turns into a funeral when a member of the groom’s family dies — for Oscar consideration.

By not submitting a film, Iran is kinda cutting off their nose to spite their face, as art and culture are often an ambassadors for goodwill which can open dialog (though obviously as seen by recent events, one asshole with a video camera and a computer can cause a world of pain).

Egypt and Libya may miss the deadline, which is October 1st, though Academy Award officials say the countries lack of entries is “probably not connected to political factors surrounding the Arab Spring.”

The Academy Awards ceremony, which airs February 24, is televised live in over 100 countries. So far no Muslim countries have stated they will block the ceremony’s broadcast.

Live Blogging the Oscars 2012!

Are you ready for your close-ups? We’re live blogging the Oscars, and over at The Dissenter, Kevin Gozstola has a great analysis of the Oscar contenders, who should win and why.  The new Academy rules about the number of Best Picture nominees have gotten even weirder this year with nine instead of ten nominees, though I much prefer the original five.

How much fun will this be? Are the Oscars a relic of a different time? It used to be that only nominees and Academy members were allowed attend, but those rules have been relaxed in favor of building ratings with celebrity faces. Speaking of  grabbing attention–Sacha Baron Cohen, anyone?

The speeches, the clothes, the jokes, the winners, the

It is an honor just to be nominated.

drinking game (substitute bon bons or cookies, if you feel so inclined), FDL is here with Oscars through the grand finale, live blogging, dishing, discussing the nominees and winners, and even goofing on the commercials. I’m alternating between two gorgeous pairs of silk mules–Oh wait, here it comes! Buckle your seat belts, it could be a bumpy night!

First winner:

Robert Richardson, “Hugo”

And we’re on the way:

“Hugo,” production design: Dante Ferretti; set decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

Mark Bridges, “The Artist”

“The Iron Lady,” Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

“A Separation,” Iran

Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

“Hugo,” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

“Hugo,” Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

“Undefeated,” TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

“Rango,” Gore Verbinski

“Hugo,” Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning

Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

“The Artist,” Ludovic Bource

“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets,” music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie

“The Descendants,” Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

“Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen

“The Shore,” Terry George and Oorlagh George

“Saving Face,” Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Meryl Street, “The Iron Lady”

“The Artist,” Thomas Langmann, producer

Late Night FDL: Any Early Bets on the Oscars?

Tomorrow we’ll be live blogging the Oscars beginning with the Red Carpet at 7pm ET (4pm PT) –a hard choice E! or ABC?– and then at 9pm ET (6pm PT), when the show starts. FDL is especially stoked this year as three of the five nominees for Best Documentary have been part of Movie Night –Hell and Back Again; If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front; and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.

So what nominated films have you seen? What have you seen that you think should have been nominated? Who do like for Best Actor and Actress? And for the supporting slots?

Will the French sweep their categories with The Artist? And then there’s the American battle of the heavy-weights: Scorsese vs Allen for Best Director, with three strong contenders in Terrance Malick for Tree of Life, Alexander Payne with The Descendents and The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius.

Oscar contender–and ten time nominee (making him the Susan Lucci of the Academy)–Martin Scoresese has made a list of 85 films you need to see in order to know anything about film. I’ve seen over half of them, thanks in part to my amazing high school teacher, the amazing Jim Hosney. I sat in on his classes in 7th, 8th and 9th grade, and then was able to take them for credit in 10th–and I did every semester.

Oscar Nominees Announced

This year’s Oscar nominees have been announced, and To Hell and Back Again, which we featured on Movie Night is one of the nominees for Best Documentary.  In a great vindication, Joel Berlinger’s Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the final chapter in the West Memphis 3 saga was nominated for Best Documentary.

Social/modern history dramas The Help and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close made the Best Picture list, as did War Horse and two movies about movies, the black and white silent The Artist and Hugo, while another movie about movies, My Week with Marilyn scored Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor nods.

The dense Tree of Life received two noms, Moneyball scored, Clooney will be on the red carpet for The Descendents,  and best of all, Melissa McCarthy was nominated for her wonderful role in  Bridesmaids. I hope she wins.

We’ll be liveblogging the Oscars here at FDL, and hope you’ll put on your tiaras to join us.

Best Picture
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
“Midnight in Paris”
“The Help”
“War Horse”
“The Tree of Life”

Best Actor
Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

Best Actress
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Best Director
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
JC Chandor, “Margin Call”
Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, “Bridesmaids”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
John Logan, “Hugo”
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, “The Ides of March”
Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian, “Moneyball”
Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughn, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

Best Animated Feature
“A Cat In Paris”
“Chico & Rita”
“Kung Fu Panda 2″
“Puss in Boots”

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)

Original Score
“The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams
“The Artist,” Ludovic Bource
“Hugo,” Howard Shore
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Alberto Iglesias
“War Horse,” John Williams

Best Original Song
“Man or Muppet,” The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio,” Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best Achievement in Art Direction
“The Artist”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“Midnight in Paris”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Cinematography
“The Artist”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Costume Design
“The Artist”
“Jane Eyre”

Best Documentary Feature
“Hell and Back Again”
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement?”
“God Is the Bigger Elvis”
“Incident in New Baghdad”
“Saving Face”
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

Best Achievement in Film Editing
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Best Achievement in Makeup
“Albert Nobbs”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“The Iron Lady”

Best Animated Short Film
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film
“The Shore”
“Time Freak”
“Tuba Atlantic”

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“Real Steel”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

FDL Oscar Live Blog 2011

Happy 83rd annual Academy Awards! Are your tiaras in place? Bowls of popcorn and plates of caviar balanced on your knees? The bubbly poured and coffee brewing? Well let’s get down to business. BTW, this list is from the Academy themselves, and I have no clue if this order in which they’ll be presented, so we’ll have to stay a bit on our toes. Who’s your favorite to win–odds favorite and heart and soul favorite? And as always, snark and accolades welcome!

WINNER Actor in a Leading Role Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

    WINNER Actor in a Supporting Role Christian Bale in “The Fighter

    WINNER Actress in a Leading Role Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

    WINNER Actress in a Supporting Roll Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”

    WINNER Animated Feature Film “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

    WINNER Art Direction “Alice in Wonderland”

    • Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

    WINNER Cinematography “Inception” Wally Pfister

    WINNER Costume Design “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood

    WINNER Directing “The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper

    WINNER Documentary (Feature) “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

    WINNER Documentary (Short Subject) “Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

    WINNER Film Editing “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

    WINNER Foreign Language Film “In a Better World” Denmark

    WINNER Makeup “The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

    WINNER Music (Original Score) “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

    WINNER Music (Original Song) “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

    WINNER Short Film (Animated) “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

    WINNER Short Film (Live Action) “God of Love” Luke Matheny

    WINNER Sound Editing “Inception” Richard King

    WINNER Sound Mixing “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

    WINNER Visual Effects “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

    WINNER Writing (Adapted Screenplay) “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

    WINNER Writing (Original Screenplay) “The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

    Best Picture

    • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
    • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
    • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
    • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
    • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
    • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
    • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
    • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
    • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
    • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers