HUGE CONGRATS TO ALFONSO CUARON!
AHHHH I AM SO BEYOND ECSTATIC!!! I DIDN’T THINK I COULD EVER BE SO IN AWE OF ONE FILM. YOU ARE ONE BRILLIANT MAN!
SPIKE JONZE’S HER FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Truly an imaginative story and wonderfully deserving. Just as proud for Her! :)
They should’ve done a performance of Steven Price’s Gravity with a chorus and orchestra. That would’ve been so moving and haunting.
CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVEN PRICE FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCORE!
IF YOU CAN’T TELL, I AM IMMENSELY IMPRESSED. THAT SOUNDTRACK WAS INCREDIBLE!!!
GRAVITY - BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Exceptionally well deserved! Congratulations!
I’m not entirely disappointed, but I can only articulate that I’m discontented. I’ll do a run down of my thoughts on some nomination categories (I’m by no means an expert on any of these disciplines, and I haven’t seen some of the nominees… but this year I have very strong opinions).
Let me first start off by saying Blue is the Warmest Color was wrongly shunned out of the entire race, and it is infuriating. I understand that the film missed the deadline for Foreign Film, but what happened to Best Picture? Or Best Lead/Supporting Actress? Best Adapted Screenplay? Best Director? It’s utterly unbelievable.
Don’t. Even. Get. Me. Started. ON. THE. FACT. THAT. AMERICAN. HUSTLE. IS. LEADING. IN. NOMINATIONS.
LUCKILY, Gravity is equally as nominated, and in the categories that it’s contending I’m willing to bet it will take home the most awards.
But without ado:
Having the privilege of seeing Gravity again, I was more attentive to the humour in the script, and the extent of the takes, and all of the technicalities, symbols, and imagery of the film. It remains a stunning and moving film. I think when I saw it at the festival in early September, I was in sensory overdrive and the film hypnotized me—but it also in a sense washed over me viscerally and intensely, which consumed me by the end. Granted, this viewing left me sobbing equally if not harder than the initial viewing, but with a more profound understanding of why. It’s hard to focus, and you realize that your mind is dispersed into a million different directions when you’re in an overwhelming state of catharsis like that.
Space, in its vastness, can be beautiful. Silence, when noise is inescapable, can be blissful. But earth, with its flora and fauna, and its inexplicable capacity to nurture life, can also be beautiful. Compassion, affection—the right words—can change you, make you believe.
Don’t let go, an idiom of brevity, has such an enormous message. Find your unity and harmony, in this universe of contrast and difference. Find faith and love, even in your solitude. It’s what sustains you.
Now that I’m slowly recovering from having cracked my iPad screen, and the hype of the awards has died down (ONLY A BIT BECAUSE NOW THERE’S ONLY 4 MORE DAYS UNTIL THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS!!!!!!), I think I’ll resume watching Blue Jasmine. (And from what I’ve already watched, Cate Blanchett was absolutely deserving. And for the record, I don’t think Jennifer Lawrence deserved her award.)
You know, after I blog about the film inevitably. Or not. We’ll see.
I realize that the film industry and entertainment industry in its entirety is dominated by White people, and that award shows are, predominantly, White people congratulating each other, but I can’t deny how enthralled and mesmerized I am by the films I see each year, and the ones I anticipate and fawn over the next year.
My point is, however simplistic it may be, is that progress has to be made, and I will champion for the inclusion and representation of my people, and all people of colour; but I will never trivialize art. I will never be contemptuous of the history of film. And despite its pallid diversity, I believe it can change. We are in the midst of change. The rich stories that have been told and the characters that have been crafted, can and will broaden.
Alfonso Cuaron just won Best Director. He’s an incredible Mexican filmmaker, and Gravity, his vision, his masterpiece, deserves the accolades. And so does every film that has moved us this year.