3rd TFO Awards PART 3: Visual / Aural / Screenplay Categories

*** I’m too exhausted to writer individual write-ups, but for some categories, I’ll share some thoughts. To discuss my choices, just go to the comment box! 😀 ***

*** I MIGHT do write-ups for each nominee since I do want to justify my choices, but not now 🙂 ***

The following awards are:

Best original song
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Visual Effects
Best Adapted Music / Song Score
Best Original Music Score
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Film Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay

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Best Original Song

Not the strongest year for this category, but the line-up is so varied, I can’t really complain that much. One of the categories where I REALLY had a hard time ranking. Eventually, my choice is a song that successfully conveyed its themes more than the film itself.

The Help

“The Living Proof”  from The Help

Music and Lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr., and Damon Thomas

 

 

 

 

we poster“Masterpiece”  from  W.E.
Music and Lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost and James Harry

 

 

 

 

 

Rio“Real in Rio” from  Rio
Music  by Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Mikael Mutti, John Powell
Lyrics by Siedah Garrett

 

 

 

 

Take Shelter“Shelter” from Take Shelter
Music and Lyrics by Ben Nichols

 

 

 

 

 

05 Winnie“So Long” from Winnie the Pooh
Music and Lyrics by Zooey Deschanel

 

 

 

 

 

And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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“Masterpiece”  from  W.E.
Music and Lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost and James Harry

 

Finalists: “Star-Spangled Man” from Captain Amarica: The First Avenger | “Lay Your Head Down” from Albert Nobbs | “Gathering Stones” from We Bought a Zoo | “Hot Wings” from Rio | “Coeur Volant” from Hugo | “The Tummy Song” from Winnie the Pooh | ” The Backson Song ” from Winnie the Pooh

Semi-Finalists: “Me Party” from The Muppets | “Life’s a Happy Song” from The Muppets | “Everything is Honey” from Winnie the Pooh | “Fly Love” from Rio | “Sparkling Day” from One Day | “Pictures in My Head” from The Muppets | “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets | “Let Me Take You to Rio” from Rio

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Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Again, this line-up is so varied, yet I have a clear favorite.

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Albert NobbsAlbert Nobbs
Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnson, Matthew W. Mungle

 

 

 

 

 

AnonymousAnonymous
Fay Hatzius, Heike Merker, Björn Rehbein, Matthew Smith

 

 

 

 

 

The ArtistThe Artist
Cydney Cornell, Julie Hewett

 

 

 

 

The Iron LadyThe Iron Lady
Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland

 

 

 

 

 

WarriorWarrior
Trish Almeida, Felicity Bowring, Dugg Kirkpatrick, Randy Westgate

 

 

 

 

And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady
Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland

 

Finalists: Coriolanus | War Horse | Hugo | Contagion | Captain America: The First Avenger | The Skin I Live In | One Day

Semi-Finalists: My Week with Marilyn | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | Submarine | Super 8 | Jane Eyre | W.E. | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | The Debt

 

The Rest of the Field: A Dangerous Method | The Help

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Best Visual Effects

Two of my choices leans on the supporting visual effects, but they were very crucial in setting the atmosphere and mood of their films. Strong line-up, anyway.

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Captain AmericaCaptain America: The First Avenger
Charlie Noble, Mark Soper, Christopher Townsend, Edson Williams

 

 

 

 

The GIrlThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Eric Barba, Brian Gazdik, Patrick Jarvis, Paul Lambert, Steve Preeg, Greg Teegarden

 

 

 

 

HugoHugo
Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning

 

 

 

 

Super 8Super 8
Dennis Muren, Kim Libreri, Paul Kavanagh, Russell Earl

 

 

 

 

 

The Tree of LifeThe Tree of Life
Olivier Dumont, Michael Fink, Dan Glass, Bryan Hirota, Paul Riddle, Mike Shand

 

 

 

 

And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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Hugo

Hugo
Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning

 

Finalists: X-Men: First Class | Take Shelter | Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol | Melancholia | Insidious | The Muppets

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Best Adapted Music / Song Score      

Strong choices in music make this line-up a really strong one.

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DriveDrive
Cliff Martinez, Eric Craig

 

 

 

 

 

MelancholiaMelancholia
Mikkel Maltha

 

 

 

 

Midnight in ParisMidnight in Paris
Woody Allen

 

 

 

 

The Tree of LifeThe Tree of Life
Alexandre Desplat, Roanna Gillespie

 

 

 

 

 

05 WinnieWinnie the Pooh
Henry Jackman, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

 

 

 

 

 

And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life
Alexandre Desplat, Roanna Gillespie

 

Finalists: Bridesmaids | Submarine | 50/50 | The Muppets

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Best Original Music Score

All really fine choices, but my pick is the one that evoked the most emotions, the most effective, and it is severely overlooked that year.

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The ArtistThe Artist
Ludovic Bource

 

 

 

 

ELAICExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Alexandre Desplat

 

 

 

 

 

The GIrlThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

 

 

 

 

 

HugoHugo
Howard Shore

 

 

 

 

 

War HorseWar Horse
John Williams

 

 

 

 

 

And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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ELAIC

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Alexandre Desplat

 

Finalists: The Adventures of Tintin | Super 8 | Moneyball | Jane Eyre | Contagion | Hanna | Shame

 

Semi-Finalists: Take Shelter | The Skin I Live In | Martha Marcy May Marlene | W.E. | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | Captain America: The First Avenger | We Bought a Zoo | The Help

The Rest of the Field: Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol | One Day | Coriolanus | Margaret | Kung Fu Panda 2 | X-Men: First Class | Like Crazy | The Beaver | The Ides of March | The Debt | Puss in Boots | A Better Life | Larry Crowne | We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Best Sound Editing (creation of aural elements)

This line-up is a wonder, but I went with the one with sound effects that haunted me a lot even after watching the film.

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COntagionContagion
Larry Blake

 

 

 

 

 

DriveDrive
Lon Bender, Victor Ray Ennis

 

 

 

 

 

HannaHanna
Craig Berkey, Paul Carter, Timothy Nielsen, Chris Scarabosio

 

 

 

 

HugoHugo
Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty

 

 

 

 

 

War HorseWar Horse
Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom

 

 

 

 

 

And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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Drive

Drive
Lon Bender, Victor Ray Ennis

 

Finalists: Super 8 | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | Coriolanus | Take Shelter | Rise of the Planet of the Apes | The Adventures of Tintin | Warrior

Semi-Finalists: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol | X-Men: First Class | The Tree of Life | Insidious | Captain America: The First Avenger | Kung Fu Panda 2 | Rango | The Debt

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Best Sound Mixing (over-all aural landscape)

My choice is again an unpopular one, but it’s the one that was indeed SO CRUCIAL in making the film such an effective and affecting one.

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ELAICExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Skip Lievsay, Danny Michael, Paul Urmson

 

 

 

 

 

The GIrlThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, Bo Persson

 

 

 

 

 

HugoHugo
Tom Fleischman, John Midgley

 

 

 

 

 

MoneyballMoneyball
Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco, Ed Novick

 

 

 

 

 

War HorseWar Horse
Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Stuart Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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ELAIC

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Skip Lievsay, Danny Michael, Paul Urmson

 

Finalists: The Adventures of Tintin | Super 8 | Drive | The Tree of Life | Martha Marcy May Marlene | Captain America: The First Avenger | Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Semi-Finalists: Contagion | Take Shelter | X-Men: First Class | We Need to Talk About Kevin | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | The Skin I Live In | Jane Eyre | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The Rest of the Field: The Debt | Midnight in Paris

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Best Film Editing        

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The ArtistThe Artist
Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius

 

 

 

 

DriveDrive
Mat Newman

 

 

 

 

 

ELAICExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Claire Simpson

 

 

 

 

 

The GIrlThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter

 

 

 

 

 

A SeparationA Separation
Hayedeh Safiyari

 

 

 

 

 

And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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ELAIC

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Claire Simpson

 

Finalists: Moneyball | Hugo | Hanna | The Adventures of Tintin | Contagion | The Tree of Life | Take Shelter

Semi-Finalists: Super 8 | Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol | Margin Call | Midnight in Paris | Tomboy | Weekend | 50/50 | Sleeping Beauty

The Rest of the Field: Bridesmaids | Coriolanus | Carnage | Young Adult | Jane Eyre | The Beaver | Captain America: The First Avenger | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | Submarine | We Need to Talk About Kevin | Rise of the Planet of the Apes | The Lincoln Lawyer | The Skin I Live In | X-Men: First Class | Insidious | The Debt | Rampart

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Best Cinematography

Insanely strong line-up, but my choice is simply one of the best EVER.

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The ArtistThe Artist
Guillaume Schiffman

 

 

 

 

DriveDrive
Newton Thomas Sigel

 

 

 

 

 

HugoHugo
Robert Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

Jane EyreJane Eyre
Adriano Goldman

 

 

 

 

 

The Tree of LifeThe Tree of Life
Emmanuel Lubezki

 

 

 

 

And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life
Emmanuel Lubezki

 

Finalists: War Horse | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | Martha Marcy May Marlene | Midnight in Paris | Sleeping Beauty | Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Semi-Finalists: W.E. | The Skin I Live In | Shame | Contagion | Submarine | Weekend | We Need to Talk About Kevin | Melancholia

The Rest of the Field: Hanna | Take Shelter | Certified Copy | Margin Call | Like Crazy | Captain America: The First Avenger | Anonymous | Carnage | Moneyball | My Week with Marilyn | Coriolanus | Super 8 | One Day | Albert Nobbs | The Debt | The Beaver | Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol | A Separation | The Help

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Best Adapted Screenplay        

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CarnageCarnage
Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski

 

 

 

 

DriveDrive
Hossein Amini

 

 

 

 

 

ELAICExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Eric Roth

 

 

 

 

 

Jane EyreJane Eyre
Moira Buffini

 

 

 

 

 

MoneyballMoneyball
Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian

 

 

 

 

 

And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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ELAIC

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Eric Roth

 

Finalists: Hugo | Submarine | Coriolanus | The Adventures of Tintin | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | War Horse | A Dangerous Method

Semi-Finalists: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | We Bought a Zoo | Captain America: The First Avenger | The Skin I Live In | The Descendants | The Help | The Lincoln Lawyer | Winnie the Pooh

The Rest of the Field: The Ides of March | Puss in Boots | The Debt

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Best Original Screenplay

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505050/50
Will Reiser

 

 

 

 

 

The ArtistThe Artist
Michel Hazanavicius

 

 

 

 

BridesmaidsBridesmaids
Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo

 

 

 

 

 

A SeparationA Separation
Asghar Farhadi

 

 

 

 

 

WeekendWeekend
Andrew Haigh

 

 

 

 

 

And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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A Separation

A Separation
Asghar Farhadi

 

Finalists: Midnight in Paris | Take Shelter | Contagion | Margin Call | Young Adult | Like Crazy | Beginners

Semi-Finalists: Tomboy | Super 8 | Martha Marcy May Marlene | Certified Copy | The Beaver | Margaret | Crazy, Stupid Love. | Rango

The Rest of the Field: Larry Crowne | Rampart

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Up next, ACTING CATEGORIES with BEST PICTURE and DIRECTOR. 🙂

3rd TFO Awards PART 2: Production Design / Costume Design

TFO 2011
The following awards are:

BEST production design – contemporary

BEST production design – period

BEST costume design – contemporary

BEST costume design – period

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Best Production Design – Contemporary

 

01 Drive Drive – (PD) Beth Mickle, (SD) Lisa Sessions Morgan
The film succeeds in its visuals because it has the capability to create a world that is identifiable yet partly detached, creating a world where its narrative and characters fit and giving the film the densely moody milieu that makes the film so visually striking.

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02 ELAICExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close – (PD) K.K. Barrett, (SD) George DeTitta Jr.
The film is all about Oskar’s journey, emotionally and physically, taking the film into different locations that over-all paints the post-9/11 New York, a place where the air of despair and the search for resolution collide. Also, its visuals also provide us hints on how Oskar’s mind works.

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03 TGWTDTThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – (PD) Donald Graham Burt, (SD) K.C. Fox, Erik Videgard
What I like about this film is its completeness in its visuals, enveloping the whole narrative with a world that is filled with minute details that help create the immensely atmospheric environment of the film.

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04 TSILNThe Skin I Live In – (PD) Antxon Gómez, (SD) Vicente Díaz
Almodovar’s films are always visually intriguing, and this film, with all its strangeness and eccentricities, depicts his visual control of the story. The whole film works like a labyrinth of the characters and their psyche, thanks to the attention to detail of the visuals.

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05 SBSleeping Beauty – (PD) Annie Beauchamp, (SD) Lisa Thompson
The film’s coldness and intrigue comes from how disturbing the visuals are. Its set pieces are always too classy and too polished, effectively giving the film the oddness and disquieting visuals its narrative deserves.

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And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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DriveDrive

Production design by beth Mickle
set decoration by lisa sessions morgan

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Finalists: Melancholia | Coriolanus | Contagion | The Rum Diary | Bridesmaids | Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol | Shame

Semi-Finalists: Insidious | Super 8 | Carnage | Certified Copy | X-Men: First Class | One Day | Martha Marcy May Marlene | Take Shelter

The Rest of the Field: Moneyball | The Muppets | Margin Call | We Need to Talk About Kevin | The Descendants | The Beaver | 50/50 | A Separation | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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Best Production Design – Period

 

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Anonymous – (PD) Sebastian Krawinkel, (SD) Simon Boucherie
While I really feel indifferent about the film, I just cannot discount its brilliance in recreating the Shakespearean era with a noirish quality that feels classy and bleak at the same time.

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07 The ArtistThe Artist – (PD) Laurence Bennett, (SD) Robert Gould
The film is a stunning visual experience, and the completeness of its over-all design is what makes the film such an absorbing film. Whether be it the glamorous 1920s Hollywood studios or the neglected house of George Valentin, the film scores high with its visual wholeness.

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08 HugoHugo – (PD) Dante Ferretti, (SD) Francesca Lo Schiavo
Being in that train station is already a blast, but once the narrative enters its chapter concerning George Melies and the film career he once had, it is pure visual enthrallment.

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09 SubmarineSubmarine – (PD) Gary Williamson, (SD) Cathy Cosgrove
The film mostly works from how visually appealing and in sync it is with the film’s quirkiness. Its specificity in its design plots the characters’ mindset with intricacy.

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10 War HorseWar Horse – (PD) Rick Carter, (SD) Lee Sandales
The film employs several set pieces as the narrative traverses through different parts, from the cozy hose beside the plow field, to the military camps, bomb shelters, and the haunting No Man’s Land.

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And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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HugoHugo

production design by dante ferretti
set decoration by francesca lo schiavo

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Finalists: Jane Eyre | Midnight in Paris | W.E. | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | Captain America: The First Avenger | The Help | Albert Nobbs

Semi-Finalists: My Week with Marilyn | The Tree of Life | A Dangerous Method | The Debt | J. Edgar

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Best Costume Design – Contemporary

 

11 BridesmaidsBridesmaids – Leesa Evans, Christine Wada
Before the characters wear their beautiful wedding gowns, the costumes already sprinkle a lot of information about the characters, whether be it Helen’s elitist tendencies, Becca’s pretty reserve, or Megan’s no-bullshit attitude.

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12 DriveDrive – Erin Benach
Stylish and dangerous, the film populates the narrative with characters that all harbor in peril underneath the slick façade. The scorpion jacket is already a classic, but the film shows more than that.

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13 The Iron LadyThe Iron Lady – Consolata Boyle
Helps in establishing the fragility underneath the tough in Margaret Thatcher in pre-prime minister era, her regality and authority in her prime minister years, and the sophistication and intelligence of the old-age Thatcher.

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14 Margin CallMargin Call – Caroline Duncan
Its characters remain in corporate attire for the entire film, but close attention to the costumes reveal the specificity of the details given to each character, defining them even more even in the quieter moments.

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15 Sleeping BeautySleeping Beauty – Shareen Beringer
Those impeccably designed lingerie worn by the servants still haunt me. In the moments before the lead character goes into hibernation, the costumes work wonders in walking the very fine line between clarity and ambiguity that makes each character come of as ethereal.

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And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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DriveDrive

costume design by erin benach

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Finalists: The Rum Diary | Shame | Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol | Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Young Adult | The Ides of March | Coriolanus

Semi-Finalists: The Lincoln Lawyer | One Day | Carnage | The Muppets | Larry Crowne | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | Margaret

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Best Costume Design – Period

 

16 AnonymousAnonymous – Lisy Christl
Works wonders in highlighting the different dimension of each character when the screenplay or even the actors go for broader strokes, never afraid to sink in the story while still standing out.

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17 The ArtistThe Artist – Mark Bridges
The transformation of the main characters are given precision even in the subtlest way: the way Peppy Miller’s clothes slowly change from her simple attires as an aspiring actress to Hollywood star in contrast with George Valentin’s descent from beloved movie star to forgotten silent film actor.

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18 The HelpThe Help – Sharen Davis
The women of Jackson are provided with the succession of costumes that are both pleasing to the eye as well as revelatory of the characters themselves: the way Celia Foote’s sexy clothes go in contrast with the conservative but hypocritical women of the bridge club as well as the difference between Minny’s figure-hugging orange dress to Aibileen’s loosely modest yet classy red dress.

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19 Jane EyreJane Eyre – Michael O’ Connor
The film’s organic and earthy visuals are some of the best that I have seen in this category, and the costumes have a lot to credit for that. Its costumes are both unobtrusive to the over-all vision and also crucial in the creation of the distinct visual style of the film.

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W.E. – Arianne Phillips
Its costumes strongly register because the film is lucky to have actors who have the attitude to wear those stunningly sophisticated dresses. The way the two women of different time periods both compliment and clash at the same time prove the volumes of intelligence in the costume design.

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And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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W.E.

Costume Design by Arianne Phillips

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Finalists: Captain America: The First Avenger | Hugo | Midnight in Paris | War Horse | My Week with Marilyn | A Dangerous Method | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Semi-Finalists: Albert Nobbs | Submarine | J. Edgar | The Debt

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Previous Awards Page: Animated Feature

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Next Part: AURAL CATEGORIES (Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Original Music Score, Adapted Music/Song Score, Original Song)

3rd TFO Awards PART 1: Animated Feature

TFO 2011

 

The following award is:

BEST ANIMated feature

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Best Animated Feature

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01 AdventuresThe Adventures of Tintin – Dir. Steven Spielberg
In this exciting saga, Spielberg is able to encapsulate much energy and thrill without forsaking the substance, making the film a mentally stimulating film as it is visually. The music score by John Williams is a perfect match to the eye-popping visuals that I did not expect to love. Thoroughly gripping without getting exhaustive.

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02 KungKung Fu Panda 2 – Dir. Jennifer Yuh Nelson
I loved its predecessor, so falling in love with the characters was not that hard. What stunned me is its capability to provide strong continuity to the story while delivering freshness to the material. There is also the adoptive father-son focus that gave surprising heart to the story, creating an endearing experience that I did not even expect.

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03 PussPuss in Boots – Dir. Chris Miller
The film makes up for its inevitable lightness with its immense watchability. It charms its way through its whole length with humor and pathos that makes the lead character so easy to care for. Spots of cheesiness are immediately covered up with its exhilarating moments of hilarity and action.

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04 RangoRango – Dir. Gore Verbinski
While it takes time for us to warm up with the characters, it makes up with its idiosyncratic humor that is not found in any other animated films I have seen before. The writing itself is a genius in not going the easy way out in begging for the viewers’ empathy. Instead, the film becomes a smart and enjoyable treat that is visually enthralling.

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05 WinnieWinnie the Pooh – Dirs. Stephen Anderson & Don Hall
The film harbors on its charm, and the result is an enjoyable and visually interesting film that makes the most out of the charisma of its source material. It doesn’t hurt that it features a soundtrack that is a delight to the ears.

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And THE FINAL OSCAR goes to…

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01 AdventuresThe Adventures of Tintin

Directed by Steven Spielberg

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Finalist: Rio covers some familiar grounds, but it never shames from unabashed entertainment and vibrancy, together with its engaging soundtrack and vivid colors.

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Next part: PRODUCTION/COSTUME DESIGN CATEGORIES.

3rd TFO Awards: Introduction

So sorry for being three years delayed, but whatever. I love this year and it has been a really exciting year for films. So, it is my privilege to hold the

 

TFO 2011

First off, here are the films that I regrettably have not been able to see due to various reasons (18):

  • Another Earth
  • Arthur Christmas
  • A Cat in Paris (AA Nominee)
  • Chico & Rita (AA Nominee)
  • Circumstance
  • The Guard (GG Nominee)
  • Higher Ground
  • In Darkness (AA Nominee)
  • In the Land of Blood and Honey (GG Nominee)
  • The Lady
  • Meek’s Cutoff
  • Oranges and Sunshine
  • Our Idiot Brother
  • Pariah
  • Sarah’s Key
  • Tyrannosaur
  • The Whistleblower
  • Win Win

Meanwhile, here is the list of the eligible films for this year (73 films):

  • 50/50 – Dir. Jonathan Levine
  • The Adventures of Tintin – Dir. Steven Spielberg
  • Albert Nobbs – Dir. Rodrigo Garcia
  • Anonymous – Dir. Roland Emmerich
  • The Artist – Dir. Michel Hazanavicius
  • Bad Teacher – Dir. Jake Kasdan
  • The Beaver – Dir. Mel Gibson
  • Beginners – Dir. Mike Mills
  • A Better Life – Dir. Chris Weitz
  • Bridesmaids – Dir. Paul Feig
  • Captain America: The First Avenger – Dir. Joe Johnston
  • Carnage – Dir. Roman Polanski
  • Certified Copy – Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
  • Contagion – Dir. Steven Sodebergh
  • Coriolanus – Dir. Ralph Fiennes
  • Courageous – Dir. Alex Kendrick
  • Crazy, Stupid Love. – Dir. John Reque & Glenn Ficarra
  • A Dangerous Method – Dir. David Cronenberg
  • The Debt – Dir. John Madden
  • The Descendants – Dir. Alexander Payne
  • Drive – Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Dir. Stephen Daldry
  • Friends with Benefits – Dir. Will Gluck
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Dir. David Fincher
  • Hanna – Dir. Joe Wright
  • The Help – Dir. Tate Taylor
  • Hugo – Dir. Martin Scorsese
  • The Ides of March – Dir. George Clooney
  • Insidious – Dir. James Wan
  • The Iron Lady – Dir. Phyllida Lloyd
  • J. Edgar – Dir. Clint Eastwood
  • Jane Eyre – Dir. Cary Fukunaga
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 – Dir. Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • Larry Crowne – Dir. Tom Hanks
  • Like Crazy – Dir. Drake Doremus
  • The Lincoln Lawyer – Dir. Brad Furman
  • Margaret – Dir. Kenneth Lonergan
  • Margin Call – Dir. J.C. Chandor
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene – Dir. Sean Durkin
  • Melancholia – Dir. Lars von Trier
  • Midnight in Paris – Dir. Woody Allen
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – Dir. Brad Bird
  • Moneyball – Dir. Bennett Miller
  • The Muppets – Dir. James Bom
  • My Week with Marilyn – Dir. Simon Curtis
  • No Strings Attached – Dir. Ivan Reitman
  • One Day – Dir. Lone Scherfig
  • Puss in Boots – Dir. Chris Miller
  • Rampart – Dir. Oren Moverman
  • Rango – Dir. Gore Verbinski
  • Rio – Dir. Carlos Saldanha
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Dir. Rupert Wyatt
  • The Rum Diary – Dir. Bruce Robinson
  • A Separation – Dir. Asghar Farhadi
  • Shame – Dir. Steve McQueen
  • The Skin I Live In – Dir. Pedro Almodóvar
  • Sleeping Beauty – Dir. Julia Leigh
  • Submarine – Dir. Richard Ayoade
  • Super 8 – Dir. J.J. Abrams
  • Take Shelter – Dir. Jeff Nichols
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Dir. Thomas Alfredson
  • Tomboy – Dir. Zoe Heran
  • The Tree of Life – Dir. Terrence Malick
  • Trust – Dir. David Schwimmer
  • W.E. – Dir. Madonna
  • War Horse – Dir. Steven Spielberg
  • Warrior – Dir. Gavin O’ Connor
  • We Bought a Zoo – Dir. Cameron Crowe
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin – Dir. Lynne Ramsay
  • Weekend – Dir. Andrew Haigh
  • Winnie the Pooh – Dir. Andrew Haigh
  • X-Men: First Class – Dir. Matthew Vaughn
  • Young Adult – Dir. Jason Reitman

Here are the awards for contention:

  • Best Motion Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Original Music Score
  • Best Adapted Score/Song Score
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Best Costume Design (Contemporary)
  • Best Costume Design (Period)
  • Best Art Direction (Contemporary)
  • Best Art Direction (Period)
  • Best Original Song

So, are you all set? I am. Let’s start the awards!