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Oscar 2012 – The Artist and Hugo big winners.

So, it’s early evening here in the UK and I haven’t been able to stop yawning or rubbing my eyes all day. This is the after-effects of watching the Oscars or  an ‘Oscar come-down’ if you will. Due to the time difference I tuned in to watch all the glitz and the glamour at 1.30am and went to bed at 5.00am – it was definitely a fall-asleep-as-soon-as-your-head-touches-the-pillow moment once it had finished. Before you start to get annoyed with my feel-sorry-for-me routine I will swiftly move on and inform you of all the winners (and losers) of this year’s Academy Awards.

The winners are in bold.

Best Picture

The Artist

War Horse

The Tree of Life

Moneyball

The Descendants

Midnight in Paris

The Help

Hugo

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Alexander Payne – The Descendants

Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life

Best Actor

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Demian Bichir – A Better Life

Brad Pitt – Moneyball

George Clooney – The Descendants

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Actress

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis – The Help

Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

Jonah Hill – Moneyball

Nick Nolte – Warrior

Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Berenice Bejo – The Artist

Jessica Chastain – The Help

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation – Iran

Bullhead – Belgium

Footnote – Israel

In Darkness – Poland

Monsieur Lazhar – Canada

Best Animation

Rango

A Cat in Paris

Chico and Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots

Best Original Screenplay

Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids – Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig

Margin Call – JC Chandor

A Separation – Asghar Farhadi

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Hugo – John Logan

The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

Moneyball – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin.

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan

Best Art Direction

Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

Midnight in Paris

War Horse

Best Cinematography

Hugo – Robert Richardson

The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Sound Mixing

Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Moneyball

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Sound Editing

Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

Drive

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Original Song

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

Real in Rio from Rio – music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown and lyrics by Siedah Garrett

Best Original Score

The Artist – Ludovic Bource

The Adventures of Tintin

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Real in Rio from Rio – music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown and lyrics by Siedah Garrett

Best Costume Design

The Artist – Mark Bridges

Anonymous

Hugo

Jane Eyre

W.E.

Best Documentary Feature

Undefeated

Hell and Back Again

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Pina

Best Documentary Short

Saving Face

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

God is the Bigger Elvis

Incident in New Baghdad

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Best Film Editing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

The Artist

The Descendants

Hugo

Moneyball

Best Animated Short Film

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Dimanche/Sunday

La Luna

A Morning Stroll

Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film

The Shore

Pentecost

Raju

Time Freak

Tuba Atlantic

Best Visual Effects

Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Make Up

The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J Roy Helland

Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

So that’s that. Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is over until 2013, were you happy with the winners? Hugo and The Artist were the winners of the night it seems. The Iron Lady receiving best make-up? Not sure I agree with that – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows part 2 is definitely a more deserving winner. I completely agreed with The Artist winning best costume design and I loved seeing how happy Jean Dujardin was when he received best actor and even happier when Bret McKenzie won best original song for The Muppets. 

Let me know your thoughts!

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The Artist; colour was important for the BAFTA winning black and white film.

The film industry has been going crazy over the new black and white near-silent film The Artist  – so crazy for it that it’s been winning pretty much everything this year. Whether you sat down and watched the Golden Globes and the BAFTA’s this year or caught some of the highlights, you are sure to have seen the charming Jean Dujardin explain how his agent rejected him in the past for having too much of an ‘expressive face’ or the life-saving Jack Russell Terrier, Uggie jumping around on stage.

Here’s a quick run through of how well loved this film is – six nominations for the Golden Globes (the most of any 2011 film) and won three; Best Motion Picture in Musical or Comedy, Best Original Score and Best Actor  in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Dujardin. It was also nominated for twelves BAFTAS (again the most of any film from 2011) and won seven – the most wins of the night including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for Dujardin (I bet his agent is kicking himself.) With the OSCARS fast approaching (27th February) the film is set to be winning even more awards as it is nominated for ten including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor for Dujardin (again) and Best Supporting Actress for his co-star  Bérénice Bejo. Not bad, not bad at all. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you do right away.

Oh no. Now I’ve gotten carried away and forgot to mention the most important part, well, in terms of this blog post … Mark Bridges (Boogie Nights, The Fighter), the costume designer of The Artist walked away with the BAFTA for Best Costume Design just over a week ago and very deservingly so.

Those of you who follow me on the On Screen Fashion Twitter  page or my personal Twitter page or even those of you who know me personally will have heard me say this – “What a face!” – Dujardin really does have the best face, so very like-able.

Ok, I’m losing track again.

Based in the late 1920s and early 1930s, The Artist is based in old-school Hollywood where silent films are going out of fashion and the birth of the talkies is apparent. Maybe surprising to some but a lot of the costumes in the film are bold, bright colours with a lot of detail to liven up the scene and brighten up the characters. As said by Bridges himself – “Things that you wouldn’t notice in color suddenly showed up when it became black and white,” he said. “A simple beaded flapper dress suddenly became maternity wear.”

While admiring the costumes throughout the film, e.g. the coral, 1920s silk dress we see Peppy Miller wearing with the royal blue tie and ivory cloche hat, I couldn’t help but find it hard to imagine these costumes ever worn in the ‘real world’ – they are just too charming and Hollywood-film-like… if that makes sense. In the film the dress is shown as a medium-grey tone but has a wonderful contrast due to the tie and collar – without this contrast the dress would have looked very dull and shown Miller very differently emotionally, as well as physically.

Dujardin portrays George Valentin – the silent film expert who has to deal with the heartache of his career potentially being over due to the talkies replacing silent film. Bridges used many images of John Gilbert – a silent film actor of the same period for inspiration for Valentin’s costume – the pair are almost identical and even both rock moustaches. We see two very different sides of Valentin in the film, costume-wise, to highlight the changes that are happening in his life. The upbeat, happy Valentin wears a dapper black suit, white shirt, white bow-tie combo whereas the depressed Valentin is shown (after just sold his expensive suit to make money) – staring hastily at his reflection in the shop window wearing a grubby grey suit and a messy, unbuttoned shirt underneath.

With just eight weeks to gather all of the costumes, and after a lot of silent film watching, Bridges found it difficult to find clothing in a wearable state – being 80-years-old and all. Some of the dresses worn in the film were real dresses from the 1920s but many had to be remade in silk because of many of the wearable dresses being cotton which wasn’t the look he was attempting. Being based in Los Angeles amongst excellent costume rental shops, tailors, dressmakers and shoemakers, I’m  sure it would have made the fast-moving experience a little easier, and anyway – everybody can do with a little pressure in their working-lives right?

When I didn’t think that everything in this film could be any more charming (his face, the dog, her face, the dancing…), I go and read that Bérénice Bejo is going to start wearing her costumes on the red carpet. How lovely is that?

Good luck to The Artist and all of the awards it is nominated for at the OSCARS (especially for Best Costume Design).

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