Monday, December 19, 2011

Golden Satellite Awards

PICTURE: The Descendants
DIRECTOR: Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive
ACTOR: Ryan Gosling, Drive
ACTRESS: Viola Davis, The Help
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks, Drive
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Tree of Life- Terrence Malick
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Descendants- Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
ANIMATED FEATURE: The Adventures of Tintin
FOREIGN FILM: Mysteries of Lisbon
ART DIRECTION: The Artist- Gregory S. Hooper & Laurence Bennett
CINEMATOGRAPHY: War Horse- Janusz Kaminski
COSTUME DESIGN: Water for Elephants- Jacqueline West
SCORE: Soul Surfer- Marco Beltrami
SONG: "Lay Down Your Head," Albert Nobbs
SOUND: Drive
FIRST FEATURE: Tyrannosaur- Paddy Considine

The Satellites can't really ever be trusted, neither as Oscar prognosticator, nor as a legitimate film society based on some of the nuttier mentions, and the constant "Who are they?" factor.  How else to explain a Screenplay mention for The Tree of Life, which features little to none actual spoken dialogue, an esoteric (or nearly invisible) structure or narrative...visually daring, a master class of writing, probably not.
Still it's a little fun to see such oddball mentions thrown out there as well, such as the score for Soul Surfer getting a random slot, as well as the costume design for Water for Elephants, which is a film that should be getting more mentions for it's technical's a very pretty movie for a vacant drama.  The rest, a predictable lot...

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