Festival celebrates 20th anniversary
Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Seemingly all she has to do is turn up at the Oscars and she’s guaranteed to win as Best Actress.
There is talk that the BAFTAs, SAG awards and the Globes don’t amount to much in the crystal ball-gazing fraternity of folk who spend much of their professional lives frantically forecasting and energetically gossiping over who will or won’t get what. And if that is the case then what price our own red carpet and the luminaries that attend?
I disagree that the BAFTAs are pointless or a poor indicator of where the Oscars will go. There was something intriguing about last Sunday’s awards and much of it was down to the divide between old and new.
Old was represented by “traditional” filmmaking in the form of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and David O Russell’s American Hustle. The stars from both films were present. So were the people behind Gravity – “new” filmmaking that made the best of some eye-poppingly impressive technology.
As the night wore on so awards were distributed evenly with Gravity picking up some of the key technical gongs whilst McQueen’s uncomfortable portrait of white-on-black subjugation won best film and best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor. Russell’s picture had to be content with best supporting actress (for Jennifer Lawrence), best original screenplay and best make-up. I Russell will fare better at the Oscars on March 2.
Gone are the days when movies would sweep the boards. Now it is incumbent on voters to recognise the huge changes in the industry. Gravity has proved that. But on the night it may yet be traditional movie-making that triumphs. FULL details of this year’s Bradford International Film Festival will be announced next week.
Organiers have already confirmed Frank Cottrell Boyce , who scripted the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, will headlines the Filmmakers’ Weekend and British filmmaker Sally Potter will be hosting an afternoon tea during the festival which runs from March 27 to April. However, the full programme will be revealed to the public on Wednesday. For full details go to www. bradfordfilmfestival.org.uk
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