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The Oscar nominations are in…& they’re a joke.

So main Oscar nominations have been announced, & can we all just take this chance to say…what a load of BOLLOCKS. Not only did Michael Fassbender or Carey Mulligan get no nominations for Shame, Nicolas Winding Refn’s incredible Drive – named practically everywhere as Film of the Year – only got one nomination. For bloody sound editing. I don’t know what the hell they were thinking, but take solace in the fact that that’s the only nomination Fight Club got back in the day too, so hopefully Drive will enjoy the enduring cult classic status of that film – though it deserves a hell of a lot more. And just to really piss me off, Spielberg’s goddawful, sentimental, orchestrated piece of TRIPE Warhorse got a best picture nomination? Are you f*cking KIDDING me? Reviews everywhere (bar one Irish paper, who bizarrely seem to have been drinking the Disney Kool-Aid) gave it bad to mediocre reviews -but hey, we’re not all friends with Spielberg, unlike, ooh, I dunno, the Academy?
Literally the two saving graces of the nominations were the nod to Nick Nolte’s amazing turn in Warrior, that had me (& everyone else in the cinema) sobbing like a little girl the three times I went to see it, & the nom for the gorgeous jazz love story Chico & Rita – it was out here over a year ago, but hey, better late than never.

Oh, & finally – if Jonah Hill gets an Oscar I’m going to bite each & every member of the Academy. I just watched The Sitter, so I may be biased, but seriously. I’ll bite. Hard.

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

Martin Scorsese, Hugo (pictured)
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

George Clooney, The Descendants
Demian Bachir, A Better Life
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

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

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

Octavia Spencer, The Help
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Jonah Hill, Moneyball

oneyball, Aaron Sorkin & Steve Zaillian
The Descendants, by Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, and Jim Rash
Hugo, by John Logan
The Ides of March, by George Clooney and Grant Heslov
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, by Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan

The Artist, by Michel Hazanavicius
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo
Margin Call, J.C. Chandor
A Separation, Asghar Farhadi

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

IFTA nominations announced

So the IFTA nominations are out, with plenty of appearances from those lucky actors & filmmakers who appear on our Ones To Watch in 2012 list, which you can see in the next issue. Among them, Terry McMahon & Antonia Campbell-Hughes got noms but I imagine The Guard, Drive & Shame are going to sweep the boards at the awards, which will be held on February 11 & hosted by Simon Delany.

Fun, vaguely-creepy fact: I once auditioned for Seacht, the Irish drama that’s nominated for a Special Irish Language Award. The role was for a kind of rock chick rebel girl, & I was sure that I was a shoo-in because my big brother was already starring in the show. After two auditions I got a call telling me that I was really good, looked perfect for the part…but they’d just got the finalized scripts back & my character had to try seduce my brother’s character, what that a problem?

So yeah, good luck to that show I was never in.


Albert Nobbs- Alan Moloney, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn and Glen Close (Parallel Film & TV Productions)
Charlie Casanova- Terry McMahon (Source Productions)
Stella Days- Jackie Larkin& Leslie McKimm (Newgrange Pictures)
The Guard- Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Chris Larke, Flore Fernandez Marengo(Element Pictures)


Rebecca Daly – The Other Side of Sleep (Fastnet Films)
John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (Element Pictures)
Terry McMahon – Charlie Casanova (Source Productions)
Thaddeus O’Sullivan – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


John Banville & Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (Element Pictures)
Terry McMahon – Charlie Casanova (Source Productions)
Antoine O’Flaherta – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


Michael Fassbender – Shame (Momentum Pictures)
Brendan Gleeson – The Guard (Element pictures)
Ciarán Hinds – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Focus Features)
Martin Sheen – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


Aoife Duffin – Behold The Lamb (Dumbworld Productions)
Antonia Campbell Hughes – The Other Side of Sleep (Fastnet Films)
Marcella Plunkett – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)
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Three Irish Films announced in Tribecca Film Festival Short Film Selection

Winner of Best Narrative Short Award to Qualify for Academy Award® Consideration

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 22 of which are world premieres. The 60 TFF shorts represent 21 countries, including Ireland, and feature stars from around the globe, including David Duchovny, Joseph Fiennes, Ian McKellan, Colin Quinn, Campbell Scott, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Anthony LaPaglia, Jean Reno, Brendan Gleeson, Carmine Famiglietti and Eddie Marsan. There are three films with Irish roots included in the short films selections.

This year, the recipient of the TFF Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules, so here’s hoping the Irish do well! Continue reading

And the Oscar went to….

So I stayed up all last night watching the Oscars… & Jesus, it was like staying up all night watching paint dry. James Franco & Anne Hathaway have definitively proved themselves to be the most boring, bland hosts in the history of the awards ceremony, with the highlight of their wit being when Franco remarked that the titles of the nominated films offended him – Winter’s BONE? Rabbit HOLE? How to Train Your Dragon??? Sorry James, I’m sure we would have found that hilarious, but we were momentarily distracted by that big tumbleweed rolling across the stage…. Though winners Colin Firth & Natalie Portman gave nice, genuine speeches, they were also really really dull. The only highlight of the ceremony was Kirk Douglas teasing the Supporting Actress nominees by opening the envelope then rambling a bit, & Melissa Leo making a show of herself by swearing – classy bird, wha?? When Inside Job won the Best Documentary I was really looking forward to a Michael Moore-style rant, but Charles Ferguson was very (overly) restrained & merely stated rather timidly that it was shocking that no major financiers had been sent to jail since the economic crash, before thanking his wife. Eh, power to the people? Continue reading

Essential Viewing

For those seeking out some classic, essential viewing cinema, look no further. The IFI presents Essential Cinema 2011: a five week series of key films from the 1970s including Jaws, The Godfather, and The French Connection

March 1st – 29th

The IFI will present the second installment of its popular Essential Cinema programme that screens classic films that are essential viewing for any film buff. Essential Cinema 2011 focuses on Hollywood in the 1970s and was programmed in conjunction with IADT (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology). Each film will be preceded by a short introduction by Tom Kennedy of IADT, who will place the film in the broader context of film in the 1970s.

Often copied, never equaled. The magnificent The Godfather continues the season offering a rare opportunity to see one of the most revered films of all time on the big screen. Coppola’s direction and Brando’s towering iconic performance alongside Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall and James Caan will ensure that this magnificent family drama sells out fast. From the opening line to the final showdown, its capacity to thrill, move and entertain never fails.

American Graffiti continues the season with a non sci-fi comedy drama from George Lucas. A very young Richard Dreyfuss is one of a group of high school grads enjoying their last night on the town before going to college. A film that markes the end of innocent times for the characters and America.

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws needs very little introduction for most, but a cinema screen adds a whole new dimension to a film that many have seen on home cinema. The small island community of Amity, is under threat from shark attacks and the Mayor doesn’t want word to get out for fear tourists will be frightened away. Police chief Martin Brody (Robert Shaw), oceanographer Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and shark hunter Quint (Roy Scheider) take on the hunt for this fearsome force of nature.

Bringing the 1970s’ programme to a fine close is Nashville, the late Robert Altman’s portrait of a motley collection of winners and losers gathered in the original home of country music. Altman’s brilliance lies in revealing the foibles of each and every character, with their stories somehow connected and he completes a quintet of directors whose careers all endured in to the 21st century.

Essential Cinema 2011: Hollywood in the 1970s

The French Connection March 1st 18.30

The Godfather March 8th 18.30

American Graffiti March 15th 18.30

Jaws March 22nd 18.30

Nashville March 29th 18.30

It’s the IFTAs

Now I was too busy running around in a corset at The Rocky Horror Picture Show last night to attend the IFTAs (the lack of invite was also a deciding factor, but we won’t mention that…), but I do have an update of the main winners. So while you read about the successes of Juanita Wilson & Domhnaill Gleeson I’m going to go put an ice-pack on my ribs…Jesus, who knew the Time Warp could be so dangerous?


Best Film
As If I Am Not There – James Flynn & Nathalie Lichtenthaeler (Octagon Films)
Perrier’s Bounty – Alan Moloney (Parallel Films)
Sensation – Katie Holly & Kieron J Walsh (Blinder Films)
Swansong – Story of Occi Byrne – Edwina Forkin & Herman Florin (Zanzibar Films / Florin Films)
The Runway – Macdara Kelleher & Ian Power (Fastnet Films)

Best Film Director
Juanita Wilson – As If I Am Not There (Octagon Films)
PJ Dillon – Rewind (Carbon Films)
Tom Hall – Sensation (Blinder Films)
Ian Power – The Runway (Fastnet Films)
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And the BAFTA might go to…(Clue: it’ll be The King’s Speech)

The BAFTAs are on this Sunday night, & in the interest of proving myself fully (in)capable of predicting these things, here’s a list of the main nominees, with my predicted winners highlighted.

Black Swan – Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
Inception – Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
The King’s Speech – Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
The Social Network – Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin
True Grit – Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Jarvier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours Continue reading

And the Oscar might go to….

The nominations for the 2011 Oscars are finally in! Here are the main categories, with my own predictions highlighted – let’s see I right (or wrong) I get them!

Best Picture:
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Best Actor:
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Actress:
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
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