Feb 222012
 

Yes, perenial gadfly Adam Sandler is up against himself in the Worst Actor Category for the 31st Silver Lenas Awards. Apparently the nominators found his performances in both Jack & Jill and Just Go With It so painful they voted in his roles for both films! Well, the tag line for J&J is ‘…and it ain’t pretty.’ so this isn’t much of a surprise (except that he probably deserved to be voted for twice for the same film). Oh, well, at least he made Punch Drunk Love, so there can be at least one film in his career that’s not painful to watch. Sadly, however, a double nomination could mean he doesn’t win the award. On the other hand, his competition is just as deserving.

Note: Adam was last earned a Silver Lena for his performance with Seth Rogan in 2009′s Funny People (Best Buddy Act) his previous nomination, also shared was for 2006′s Click (Least Convincing Screen Couple – with Kate Beckensale)

Update: Adam only won one of his nominations for Worst Actor this year, but to be fair, the competition was stiff.

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Feb 222012
 

The much lauded film directed by Martin Scorsese (adapted from the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick) has also been well regarded by the 31st Silver Lenas nominators in the ‘Best’ and ‘Technical, Artistic and Not Quite Human’ Awards sections. While the movie isn’t up for, say, as many as at the 2012 Academy Awards (a leading 11) It has still been clearly appreciated here, one of three films nominated for the top awards of both Best Film and Best Director (it’s up against both Incendies and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for those two particular top awards). Interestingly enough, however, it was not nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Hugo’s nominations are listed below:

Best Film

Best Director Martin Scorsese

Best Supporting Actress Chloe Moretz

Best Visual Effects

The “Eric Stoltz’s Head” Award For Widescreen Composition

Art Direction and Set Design

Best Animal(s) The Daschunds

Most Overplayed Role Sasha Baron Cohen

Best History

Hugo’s sole award came in the The “Eric Stoltz’s Head” Award For Widescreen Composition category

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Feb 212012
 

Quite some time ago I asked about the kind of film that the nominators for the Silver Lenas voted in the more negative categories, as I noticed that there were much worse movies that didn’t end up with any sort of (dis)honors there. I was told that the nominators voted for what they found the ‘most painful’ movie going experiences. Martin Campbell’s take on DC Comics B-lister Green Lantern must have been quite the painful experience, as it leads all films in the worst type of awards categories with 10 nominations and not one of the awards are positive. Hmmm. There must have been some GL(and perhaps Star Wars as well) fans  amongst them.

The nominations are listed below:

Worst Film

Worst Director Martin Campbell

Worst Actor Ryan Reynolds

Worst Actress Blake Lively

Worst Villain Peter Sarsgaard

Worst Music

The “Wrath of Kael” Award For Sloppiest Screenplay

Most Misused Player Angela Bassett

Least Convincing Screen Couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

Most Obtrusive Product Placement

Green Lantern was a dominating winner (or loser depending on you POV) as well, with 5 awards this year, check them out here

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Feb 202012
 

The Kenneth Brannagh helmed film about Marvel’s version of the iconic norse god as super-hero  follows up it’s fellow 2011 Marvel Movies with 13 award nominations (+1 sorta shared) for the 31st Silver Lena awards.  That’s right, the third most following X-Men:First class and Drive.  And like that film, there were several elements that the nominators weren’t to pleased about (primarily Natalie Portman it seems) Yeah, the film features some over the top and sometimes silly acting performances, but that was definitely part of it’s charm. Coupled with a visual design which recalled the brilliant art of legend Jack Kirby, Walt Simonson et al. And how can you complain about the addition of the Warrior’s Three? Or it’s outstanding villain, played by the versitile Tom Hiddleson (who also provided us with a perfect F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris) although it was a pity that Natalie Portman’s character was about half as interesting/compelling as her role in the much derided Your Highness. I guess you can’t have it all.

Thor’s Awards nominationa are listed below:

Best Player With >= Scenes Stan Lee
Coolest Supporting Actress Kat Dennings
Coolest Villain Tom Hiddleson
Best Buddy Act Chris Hemsworth w/Sif & Warriors 3
The “Eric Stoltz’s Head” Award For Widescreen Composition
Art Direction and Set Design
Best Costumes
Best Hats
Best Food
Worst Actress Natalie Portman
Most Overplayed Role Sir Anthony Hopkins
Most Misused Player Renee Russo
Least Convincing Screen Couple Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman
The “Jackie Chan” Award For Happiest Movie Goodness <br>(shared with X-Men and Captain America) Marvel Studios releases three good movies!

Thor pulled off a solid if mixed 4 awards this year, check them out here

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Feb 192012
 

Caesar (from Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Captain Haddock (from The Adventures of Tintin) are both up for the same prize at this years Silver Lenas Awards. I had to give my head a scratch at this. Why? Because for all intensive purposes, both these animated characters are for all intents and purposes, as I would argue, are the *Leads* in both of their respective films.

How so? Well, for one thing each of the characters are not simply major protastsgonist in each film, the film’s are essential about them and their arcs, and all of the other characters in the film’s purpose is designed, whether by helping or obstructing, to achieve their personal ends. While James Franco’s scientist is ostensibly the the lead in Rise of The Planet of the Apes, his character is basically a cipher who has next to no character arc, an instigator and helper who pushes Serkis’ Caesar (whether by comission or omission) into turning into a chimpanzee Moses who leads his tribe to freedom (I’m sure it’s not a mistake that they have to cross a body of water.

Captain Haddock is similarly supported and pushed by Tintin to recover his memories, recall his ancestors struggle and face and battle his enemy Sackarine in the movies climactic battle. I know, it’s kind of odd for Tintin to be a supporting character in his own film, but The Adventures of Tintin isn’t actually about the titular hero, it’s cobbled from 3 stories to be about Captain Haddock and the recovery of the Haddock legacy. It’s not a mistake in the script for the last lines are directed at Serkis’ character:

“How’s your thirst for adventure, Captain?” Tintin wants to know.
“Unquenchable!” Haddock asserts passionately.

It’s a weird thing about awards, that for whatever reason they mix up lead and supporting characters. Sometimes it seems that they are not clearly watching the films they are voting on, sometimes it’s for political purposes, sometimes they want to vote in a role but there’s no room left on the list. And they’ll even use lesser awards as a consolation prize (Lost in Translation, Best Screenplay? Really?!

Truly, Haddock and Caesar should be battling it out for Best Animate Character, not in the running with Snowy for a supporting nod. But, hey, that’s just me. Hopefully the award will go to at least one of Serkis’ commanding performances (and seriously, how did Haddock not get a nom for Most Overplayed Role?)

Note: Andy Serkis’ role as the Titular King Kong in Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake for Best Animated Character (Lead) was his most recent Silver Lenas performance nomination.

Update: this year’s Best Animated Charater (Supporting) went t0 Andy’s Captain Haddock, one of The Adventures of Tintin’s 2 winning awards

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Feb 192012
 

Canadian film was not disregarded by the nominators for the 31st Silver Lenas Awards. Three Canadian releases garnered a total of 10 awards nominations, some in major categories, some in more esoteric. The three films are:

Incendies, the film written and directed by Quebecois Denis Villeneuve about twin brother and sisters who travel to the middle east to fullfill their deceased mother’s final requests. It was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award (but was not shown in Toronto until 2012, hence it’s nominations here)

Hobo With A Shotgun, a tribute to 80s exploitation flicks written and directed by Jason Eisener and starring the legendary Rutger Hauer as the titular hobo. This film was based on a ‘fake’ interstitial trailer shown during Grindhouse screenings.

Your are Here, the self described ‘Meta-Detective Story’ written and directed (are we sensing a Canadian trend here?) by Daniel Cockburn and starring the late Tracy Wright.

The three films nominations are listed below.

For Incendies:

Best Film

Best Actress Lubna Azabal

For Hobo With A Shotgun:

Best Actor Rutger Hauer

Best Title Scream Moment(s)

Most Overplayed Role Brian Downey

The “Death Machine” Award For Eexcellence In No-Budget Filmmaking

For You are Here:

Most Underrated Film

The “Jon Bunnyman” Award For Artistic Excellence Through The Intentional And Judicious Use Of Bad Writing

The “Death Machine” Award For Eexcellence In No-Budget Filmmaking

The “Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie” Award For Really Messing With Your Brain

Updates:

Hobo with a Shotgun won two of its nominations, check which ones here

You are here won the The “Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie” Award For Really Messing With Your Brain

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Feb 182012
 

Lovingly crafted and awesomely retro French/Belgian silent film The Artist is up for 12 awards for the 31st Silver Lenas including 4 in the prime ‘Best’ categories. This is a film that has been lauded all over the world (despite the fact that many filmgoers walked out of showings complaining that the sound wasn’t working and demanding refunds because they weren’t told it was a silent film! Geez, I wasn’t told The Nightmare Before Christmas was a musical before I watched it, but I didn’t walk out demanding my money back (yeah, not a fan of that genre). Obviously the nominators here aren’t of that persuasion, considering the award nominations as listed below:

Best Picture
Best Director Michel Hazanavicius
Best Actor Jean Dujardin
Best Actress Bérénice Bejo
Coolest Supporting Actor John Goodman
Best Original Screenplay Michel Hazanavicius
Best Original Music Ludovic Bourse
Art Direction and Set Design
Best Costumes
Best Hats
Best Animal Uggie the dog
Best History

The Artist cleaned house this year with the most wins of any film.  Check how many here

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Feb 182012
 

January Jones picked up 3 nominations for the 31st Silver Lenas Awards for her performance as Emma Frost, The White Queen.  Although, fans of the Mad Men actress shouldn’t get to excites.  While Victoria Secret inspired outfits like the one she’s wearing here probably partly earned the X-Men prequel it’s Best Costumes nomination (not to mention probably part of it’s Worst History nom), the nominator were rather disappointed by her performance in the film.  How so, you ask?  Well check out her nominations below:

Worst Actress X-Men:First Class

Worst Villain X-Men:First Class

Most Underplayed Role X-Men:First Class

January won (if you can put it that way) two of her award nominations, check them out here

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Feb 182012
 

Brad Bird, director of the 4th installment in Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible series has clearly got Tom’s mojo back working, as the latest Impossible scored a surprising 13 Award nominations for the 31st Silver Lenas Awards (tied for 3th most with Bridesmaids) including a Coolest Director nom for Bird, Sexiest Sexiness for Cruise and two Coolest Supporting Actor nominations.

You’ll find the full list of nominations for MI:GP below:

Best Player With >= Scenes Tom Wilkinson
Coolest Film
Coolest Director Brad Bird
Coolest Supporting Actor Simon Pegg
Coolest Supporting Actor Jeremy Renner
Best Original Music Michael Giacchino
Best Visual Effects
The “Eric Stoltz’s Head” Award For Widescreen Composition
Best Credit Sequence
The “Bullitt Connection” Award For Best Chase Ssequence(s)
Best Vehicle BMW Prototype
The “Sexiest Sexiness” Award Tom Cruise
The Michelle Yeoh Award For Best Fighting

Note: This is quite an improvement over 2006′s rather tepidly recieved only 3 nominations – Coolest Supporting Actress (Maggie Q), Worst Music and a Most Underplayed Character nom for Mr. Cruise

Against stiff competition, MI:GP managed to score 3 awards out of its 13 noms, check them out here

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Feb 172012
 

The star of The Matrix, Lord of The Rings and V for Vendetta has scored rare nominations for both Best and Coolest Villain for the upcoming 31st Silver Lenas Movie Awards.  He joins Chris Evans(Coolest Actor), Stanley Tucci(Best Supporting Actor) and Hayley Atwell(Coolest Supporting Actress) in rounding out Captain America:The First Avenger’s 5 acting noms.

Hugo was last nominated in 2010 for his role in The Wolfman (Most Misused Player)

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