13 items from 2012
After winning the Best Foreign-Language Oscar in 2012 for "A Separation," Iran will not be participating in the 2013 Oscar race. The country has decided to boycott the Oscars in protest of the incendiary "Innocence of Muslims" film that has been linked to violent and deadly protests in the Muslim world from Egypt to Pakistan, including the murder of the well-respected U.S. Ambassador in Libya. This action comes as the U.S. continues to condemn the film, including an impassioned President Obama Tuesday at the U.N. Iran's cultural minister Mohammed Hosseini reportedly told the Associated Press that the country initially planned to submit Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi's "A Cube of Sugar" to the race, but the release of "Innocence of Muslims," which portrays Mohammed as a false prophet and sexually deviant, is too grave an insult to be ignored. "A Cube of Sugar" focuses on a family gathering for a wedding that turns tragic. »
- Beth Hanna
Kelsey Osgood examines the religious and cultural significance of costume design in 2012 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, A Separation (directed by Asghar Farhadi).
Perhaps for many observers, particularly those who live in liberal Western cultures, the concept of Arab and Persian religious uniform is symbolised by the simplicity of the black burqa. The pious pare down their clothing to the least colourful and individualizing garments in order to humble themselves before their God.
As generally decreed by feminist scholars, women in religiously observant societies are those most affected by sartorial limits. But like most practices viewed as wholly restrictive, the rules of modest dress for religious women and the way these women operate within this system, often illuminate more than they hide. Instead of eradicating choice, these limits highlight it; the echoes of the smallest fashion decision reverberate in costume, even for the Chasidish or Muslim female.
“A Separation” holds a place of significance in Iran. It represents the nation’s first Best Foreign Language Film Oscar win and greatest box office success (over $10 million in international sales). It nearly failed to see the light of day and has been subject to multiple politically motivated interpretations. The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance placed a ban on “A Separation” while it was still in production following director Asghar Farhadi’s comments at the 2010 Iran Cinema Celebration criticizing the Iranian cultural policy for singling out and censuring some of the country’s most prominent filmmakers. The film's production license »
- Roth Cornet
Exclusive: Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director who won the Best Foreign Language Academy Award for A Separation, has signed with UTA. The family drama set in Tehran has earned critical and popular support throughout the international film community after its world premiere a year ago at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran, where it earned Farhadi the Best Director award. It won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival and landed Sony Pictures Classics as distributor before making its U.S. debut at the Telluride Film Festival Film. That is where the agents began courting Farhadi. The film also won both a Golden Globe award and a Cesar awards before winning the Oscar. UTA is Farhadi’s first agency representation. »
- MIKE FLEMING
The Artist became the first silent movie to win a Best Film Oscar at the Academy Awards in 84 years on Sunday.
The black and white film completed a weekend trio of triumphs after also winning gold at the Cesar Awards in Paris on Friday and the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday.
The Artist filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius was also triple weekend winner after claiming the Best Director honour at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, and the film also took home trophies for Costume Design and Score, while Jean Dujardin became the first Frenchman to pick up the coveted Best Actor award for his portrayal as silent film star George Valentin.
Other big winners at the 84th Academy Awards included Meryl Streep (Best Actress), Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress), Woody Allen (Best Original Screenplay), Alexander Payne (Best Adapted Screenplay), Christopher Plummer, who, at 82, became the oldest actor ever to win an Academy Award, for his supporting role in Beginners, and A Separation, which became the first movie from Iran to win a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Billy Crystal returned to host the ceremony for the ninth time and kicked off the show with one of his famous movie montages, playing The Artist's leading man George Valentin in a silent torture scene and George Clooney's comatose partner in The Descendants.
The odd couple shared a kiss as the movie hunk and Oscar nominee woke the sleeping comic and told him he had to host the ceremony, joking, "The Academy has got the youngest, hippest writers in town."
In his opening monologue, Crystal joked, "The movies have always been there for us... so tonight, enjoy yourself because nothing can take the sting out of the world's economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues."
The full list of 2012 Oscar winners is:
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
A Separation (Iran)
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Best Achievement in Editing
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Best Achievement in Makeup
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Bret McKenzie (Man or Muppet from The Muppets)
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Short Film, Animated
Best Short Film, Live Action
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards
Breaking from the awards season pack in a pretty significant way, the International Cinephile Society announced that Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" led the winners of their 9th annual awards. "A Separation" took prizes for best picture, best ensemble, best screenplay and best film not in the English language. Other major winners included Terrence Malick, who took best director for "The Tree of Life," and actors Tom Cullen ("Weekend"), Brad Pitt ("The Tree of Life"), Anna Paquin and J. Smith-Cameron (both for "Margaret"), who each took a top honor in an acting category. Formed in 2003, the International Cinephile Society is an online group made up of approximately 80 accredited journalists, film scholars, historians and other industry professionals who cover film festivals and events on five continents. Each year the Ics honors the finest in American and international cinema. Complete list of winners »
- Peter Knegt
Remember a couple of days ago when we shared the video of Jake Gyllenhaal handing Meryl Streep her Honoary Golden Bear in Berlin for a stellar career? Apparently he's making a habit of handing over Best Actress prizes. Here he is at the closing night ceremony with Best Actress winner Rachel Mwanza.
This 14 year old Congolese actress played a child soldier in a brutal sounding movie called War Witch.
The jury this year was headed by the brilliant Mike Leigh. The jury included Jake Gyllenhaal, Anton Corbijn, Charlotte Gainsbourg, François Ozon, Boualem Sansal, Barbara Sukowa and last year's Golden Bear recipient Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) who will now presumably have to jump on a Berlin to Los Angeles flight to prepare for the Oscars.
Prizes, Gay Films and a Possible Danish Oscar Submissions after the jump »
- NATHANIEL R
Asghar Farhadi, Peyman Moadi The Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film was A Separation (Iran), produced by Jodaeiye Nader az Simin and distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in the United States. Accepting the award were director Asghar Farhadi and one of the film's stars, Peyman Moadi. In the above photo, Farhadi and Moadi are seen backstage in the press room at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, January 15. Today, it was announced that A Separation is one of the nine semi-finalists for the 2012 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The film's competition includes Wim Wenders' Pina, Joseph Cedar's Footnote, and Roschdy Zem's Omar Killed Me. Additionally, A Separation won the Golden Bear at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival. Asghar Farhadi, Peyman Moadi Photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA »
- D. Zhea
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced the nine films that will compete for nominations in the Best Foreign Language Film category. They are:
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
Omar Killed Me (Morocco)
A Separation (Iran)
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Taiwan)
Left off the list: The Flowers of War (starring Christian Bale), Le Havre, and Toronto audience-prize winner Where Do We Go Now? Other high-profile entries like Angelina Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey and Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In were »
- Dave Karger
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed down the Foreign-Language field to 9 qualifying films. Belgium, "Bullhead," Michael R. Roskam, director; Canada, "Monsieur Lazhar," Philippe Falardeau, director; Denmark, "Superclásico," Ole Christian Madsen, director; Germany, "Pina," Wim Wenders, director; Iran, "A Separation," Asghar Farhadi, director; Israel, "Footnote," Joseph Cedar, director; Morocco, "Omar Killed Me," Roschdy Zem, director; Poland, "In Darkness," Agnieszka Holland, director; Taiwan, "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale," Wei Te-sheng, director.
- Michael O'Connell
Nikki Finke: Live-Snarking Golden Globes Golden Globes: Studio/Network Scorecard Backstage At The Golden Globes Film Motion Picture-drama The Descendants Ad Hominem Enterprises; Fox Searchlight Pictures Actor-motion Picture Drama George Clooney, The Descendants Motion Picture-comedy Or Musical The Artist A La Petite Reine – Studio 37 – La Classe Americaine – Jd Prod- France3 Cinema – Jouror Production-uFilms co-production; The Weinstein Company Actress-motion Picture Drama Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady Actor-motion Picture Comedy Or Musical Jean Dujardin for The Artist Director-motion Picture Martin Scorsese for Hugo Actress-motion Picture Comedy Or Musical Michelle Williams for My Week With Marylin Supporting Actress-motion Picture Octavia Spencer for The Help Supporting Actor-motion Picture Christopher Plummer for Beginners Screenplay-motion Picture Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris Foreign Language Film A Separation The Country of Iran (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin) Asghar Farhadi; Sony Pictures Classics Animated Film The Adventures Of Tintin Paramount Pictures/Columbia Pictures/Hemisphere Capital/Amblin Entertainment »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama
Best Performance By An Actor In A »
Bill Skarsgård, Simon and the Oaks Best film Apflickorna / She Monkeys Producer: Helene Lindholm Play Producer: Erik Hemmendorff Simon och ekarna / Simon and the Oaks Producers: Christer Nilson, Per Holst Best Foreign Language Film Kynodontas / Dogtooth Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Jodaeiye Nader az Simin / A Separation Director: Asghar Farhadi Winter's Bone Director: Debra Granik Best Director Lisa Aschan for Apflickorna / She Monkeys Lisa Ohlin for Simon och ekarna / Simon and the Oaks Ruben Östlund for Play Best actress in a leading role Ann Petrén for her role as Jonna in Happy End Magdalena Poplawska for her role as Marta in Between 2 Fires Helen Sjöholm for her role as Karin Larsson in Simon och ekarna / Simon and the Oaks Best actor in a leading role Mikael Persbrandt for his role as Johan in Stockholm Östra / Stockholm East Sven-Bertil Taube for his role as George in En enkel till Antibes / A One-way to »
- Steve Montgomery
13 items from 2012