Well, it’s all over now!! The excitement and anticipation amongst all the movie stars, celebrities and the entire movie-making industry has turned into today’s happy halo or the morning after from hell.
I have to admit that it was an interesting bunch of results – starting from the top. Here we have a Best Picture winner, Argo, that – except for Alan Arkin’s Best Supporting Actor nomination – was up for Oscars in mainly technical categories. None of the lead actors received nominations nor did Ben Affleck receive a directorial nod. What an unusual thing! Of course, Argo did also pick up awards for Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay while being nominated in the additional categories of Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Original Song, and Original Score.
So that begs the question: what makes a great movie? What is it that makes a movie Best Picture material? I’m not going to argue the award. I think it’s clear that Argo is a very good movie. Just look at the list of award nominations and wins it has garnered throughout this year’s awards season. [List @ MSN] Still, I have to wonder in this age of ever-improving CGI special effects and Dolby Digital sound effects. Are the technical aspects now the critical facets of a movie? Are they more important than performances by the actors and directorial acumen?
Speaking of technical awards, I was not surprised to see Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects go to Life Of Pi. It was a stunningly beautiful film to watch. Such gorgeously vibrant photography! And I thought the effects were an integral part of the story and extremely well done. I won’t lie: I did find the film a little languorous at times. But, admittedly, I am a member of the TV generation (programmed for quick segues and frequent commercial breaks).
On the subject of performances by actors, I was glad to see Daniel Day-Lewis receive the Best Actor Oscar. As you know from my recent post, I think he did an amazing, amazing job. That’s not to take anything away from Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, Bradley Cooper or Denzel Washington. They’re all great performers or they wouldn’t have gotten their nominations. But when you play a character like Lincoln in a movie about the very life of that character, it takes a broad set of shoulders and a heck of a lot of hard work.
As I’ve said before, I’m a performer not a critic. Thus, I’m not going to give a blow-by-blow of all the awards here. You can find a full list of the 2013 Academy Awards nominees and winners HERE.
What I’d really like to know, though, is — What do you think makes a film worthy of the Academy Award for Best Picture? Please share your comments.