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Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For: “Phil” from The Hangover
Previous Oscar Nominations: None
Interesting Fact: Was a medalist on the Men's Heavyweight Crew team at Georgetown University.
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Previously Best Known For:
“Bill Cutting” from Gangs of New York
“Daniel Plainview” from There Will Be Blood
Previous Oscar Nominations: 4
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for There Will Be Blood (2007)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for Gangs of New York (2002)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for In The Name of The Father (1993)
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for My Left Foot (1989)
Interesting Fact: He first became interested in acting when he learned to replicate the accent and mannerisms of people in his neighborhood to avoid standing out to bullies.
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With the Oscars now only four days away, it's time for our Early Gems series to come to a close. Over the last week, we've been highlighting performances and films from those nominated in the acting and directing categories, from Amy Adams in "Junebug" to Benh Zeitlin's short film "Glory At Sea" (read about the Best Actors, the Best Supporting Actors, the Best Supporting Actresses and the Best Directors). But all good things must come to an end, and so our final entry will focus on the last major category we haven't yet covered: Best Actress. It's a curious line-up this year, featuring both the youngest-ever and oldest-ever nominees in the category, with an average age of only 39 (versus 62 for Best Supporting Actor), one debut performance, one actress who is on her second nomination despite being only 22, and one who's an international cinema icon, and will celebrate her 86th birthday on Oscar night. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Running Time: 93 Minutes
Extras: Making Of, Casting, Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary, Award-winning short film ‘Glory At Sea’, Trailer.
Every year there are a few films that unexpectedly hit the mainstream and Beasts Of The Southern Wild is a prime example with all the right intentions. Set in a southern community and seemingly cut off from the rest of the modern Western world, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) lives with her alcoholic father Wink (Dwight Henry) in what they call the ‘Bathtub’.
In this screenplay by Lucy Alibar and director Benh Zeilin, tough love and life, has never been a more relative observation as Hushpuppy lives like an adult but is only 6-years-old. Her home is her own shack on stilts above any possible high-tides and when a bell rings in her hut, this indicates dinner is ready and she sprints »
- Dan Bullock
A quasi-apocalyptic fable filmed amid the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Benh Zeitlin's extraordinary Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, StudioCanal, 12) follows the changing fortunes of a vibrant young girl and her sickly father as they face an uncertain future in the fictional bayou community of the Bathtub. Based on Lucy Alibar's play Juicy and Delicious, Zeitlin's unexpected awards contender boasts rising waters, mythical creatures and superbly believable characters. As Hushpuppy, Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest nominee to compete in Oscar's best actress category, while Dwight Henry had to be dragged away from his day job running a local bakery to star in the movie; both are mesmerising. The decision to shoot on 16mm rather than digital pays splendid visual dividends, lending richly colourful texture to the proceedings as they slip effortlessly between grainy realism and fantasy. A »
- Mark Kermode
Director Benh Zeitlin's debut feature is set in a fictional Louisiana community called "the Bathtub", an area south of the levee, cut off from the rest of the world both geographically and socially. But rather than feel disconnected, the Bathtub's inhabitants feel far closer to the earth and to each other than the rest of the Us – "the dry world" – can claim.
To the eyes of outsiders and adults the area looks desperate, barely hanging on with houses and boats made from whatever junk has drifted past on its way to the sea. But we don't see this from the Pov of someone mature and removed, we experience it through the eyes of Hushpuppy, a six-year-old girl who views the place as something altogether more magical. Played by Quvenzhané Wallis (a local newcomer, »
- Phelim O'Neill
5 items from 2013
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