RECAP: 2nd TFO Awards (2010)

The second year of this blog’s awards, the TFO Awards, honoured the excellence in film for the year 2010. The awards were posted in April to May 2012.

Christopher Nolan’s science-fiction heist film Inception won seven out of its nine nominations including Best Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

Another big winner is Darren Aronofsky’s psychological horror Black Swan, nominated for twelve awards and bagged five including Best Directing (Aronofsky) and Best Actress (Natalie Portman).

The rest of the Best Picture nominees were The King’s Speech (9 nominations), The Social Network (9), Blue Valentine (6), The Fighter (6), The Ghost Writer (5), I am Love (5), Agora (3), and White Material (1).

Scroll down below to see the complete list of winners and nominees.

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Best Motion Picture

  • Agora – Alvaro Augustin, Fernando Bovaira
  • Black Swan – Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver
  • Blue Valentine – Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, Jamie Patricof
  • The Fighter – Dorothy Aufiero, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Ryan Kavanaugh, Paul Tamasy, Mark Wahlberg
  • The Ghost Writer – Robert Benmussa, Roman Polanski, Alain Sarde
  • I am Love – Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Usai, Massimiliano Volante
  • *WINNER* Inception – Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
  • The King’s Speech – Iain Cumming, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
  • The Social Network – Dana Brunetti, Cean Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin
  • White Material – Pascal Caucheteux

Best Achievement in Directing

  • *WINNER* Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
  • David O. Russell – The Fighter
  • Christopher Nolan – Inception
  • Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
  • David Fincher – The Social Network

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardrm – Biutiful
  • Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
  • Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
  • Brian Geraghty – Easier with Practice
  • *WINNER* Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Kirsten Dunst – All Good Things
  • Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
  • Lesley Manville – Another Year
  • *WINNER* Natalie Portman – Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Andrew Garfield – Never Let Me Go
  • *WINNER* Andrew Garfield – The Social Network
  • John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
  • Josh Hutcherson – The Kids Are All Right
  • Ewan McGregor – I Love You, Philip Morris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams – The Fighter
  • Melissa Leo – The Fighter
  • Kristin Scott-Thomas – Nowhere Boy
  • *WINNER* Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom
  • Olivia Williams – The Ghost Writer

Best Performance by an Ensemble

  • Another Year – Michele Austin, David Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Phil Davis, Karina Fernandez, Oliver Maltman, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Ruth Sheen, Imelda Staunton, Peter Wight
  • The Fighter – Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Kate B. O’Brien, Bianca Hunter, Jenna Lamia, Melissa Leo, Sugar Ray Leonard, Erica McDermott, Jack McGee, Melissa McMeekin, Mickey O’Keefe, Jill Quigg, Dendrie Taylor, Mark Wahlberg
  • The Kids Are All Right – Annette Bening, Yaya DaCosta, Joaquín Garrido, Eddie Hassell, Josh Hutcherson, Zosia Mamet, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Kunal Sharma, Mia Wasikowska
  • The King’s Speech – Anthony Andrews, Dominic Applewhite, David Bamber, Eve Best, Claire Bloom, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Colin Firth, Michael Gambon, Calum Gittins, Roger Hammond, Derek Jacobi, Ramona Marquez, Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush, Timothy Spall, Freya Wilson, Ben Wimsett
  • *WINNER* The Social Network – Bryan Barter, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, John Getz, Denise Grayson, Armie Hammer, Rashida Jones, Patrick Mapel, Rooney Mara, Joseph Mazzello, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, David Selby, Brenda Song, Justin Timberlake, Douglas Urbanski

Best Original Screenplay

  • Another Year – Mike Leigh
  • Blue Valentine – Derek Cianfrance, Joey Curtis, Cami Delavigne
  • Due Date – Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Todd Phillips, Adam Sztykiel
  • The Fighter – (Screenplay) Eric Johnson, John Silver, Paul Tamasy, (Story) Keith Dorrington, Eric Johnson, Paul Tamasy
  • *WINNER* Inception – Christopher Nolan

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Flipped – Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman
  • The Ghost Writer – Robert Harris, Roman Polanski
  • Rabbit Hole – David Lindsay-Abaire
  • *WINNER* The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin
  • Toy Story 3 – (Screenplay) Michael Arndt, (Story) John Lassater, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Best Animated Feature

  • Despicable Me – Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud
  • How to Train Your Dragon – Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois
  • The Illusionist – Sylvain Chomet
  • Tangled – Nathan Greno & Bryon Howard
  • *WINNER* Toy Story 3 – Lee Unkrich

Best Achievement in Cinematography

  • *WINNER* Black Swan – Matthew Libatique
  • Blue Valentine – Andrij Parekh
  • I Am Love – Yorick Le Saux
  • The King’s Speech – Danny Cohen
  • Let Me In – Greig Fraser

Best Achievement in Film Editing

  • Black Swan – Andrew Weisblum
  • Green Zone – Christopher Rouse
  • Inception – Lee Smith
  • The King’s Speech – Tariq Anwar
  • *WINNER* The Social Network – Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • Agora – Jorge Adrados, Mike Dowson, Peter Glossop, Ian Tapp
  • Black Swan – Alfonso Calvo, Craig Heninghan, Ken Ishii, Dominick Tavell
  • *WINNER* Inception – Lora Hirschberg, Steve Nelson, Ed Novick, Gary A. Rizzo
  • The King’s Speech – Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen, John Midgley
  • The Social Network – Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Mark Weingarten

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

  • Black Swan – Brian Emrich, Craig Heninghan
  • *WINNER* Inception – Richard King
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – James Boyle, Julian Slater
  • TRON: Legacy – Steve Boeddeker, Christopher Boyes, Addison Teagues, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
  • Unstoppable – Alan Rankin, Ann Schibelli, Mark P. Stoeckinger

Best Achievement in Original Score

  • The Ghost Writer – Alexandre Desplat
  • *WINNER* Inception – Richard King
  • How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell
  • Shake Rattle and Roll 12 – Punerarya – Jerrold Tarog
  • The Social Network – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Best Achievement in Adapted or Song Score

  • *WINNER* Black Swan – Jim Black, Clint Mansell, Gabe Hilfer
  • Blue Valentine – Grizzly Bear, Joe Rudge
  • Flipped – Marc Shaiman
  • I Am Love – John Adams, Jen Moss
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Nigel Godrich, Kathy Nelson

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Alice in Wonderland – Sean Phillips, Kevin Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas
  • Black Swan – Michael Collins, Brad Kalinoski, Dan Schrecker
  • Hereafter – Joe Farrell, Bryan Grill, Michael Owens, Stephan Trojansky
  • *WINNER* Inception – Peter Bebb, Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley
  • TRON: Legacy – Eric Barba, Karl Denham, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Steve Preeg

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Alice in Wonderland – Paul Gooch, Joel Harlow, Valli O’ Reilly, Patty York
  • *WINNER* Black Swan – Judy Chin, Marjorie Durand, Todd Kleitsch, Mary Hedges Lampert, Michael Marino, George Sheffer, Diana Yun Soo Yoo
  • Shake Rattle and Roll 12 – Punerarya – Annabel Asuncion, Bensy Batoctoy, Chona Batoctoy, Irene Batoctoy, Cherry Castinlag, Richard Carvajal, Alvin Tercena
  • The Way Back – Gregory Funk, Edouard F. Henriques, Yolanda Toussieng
  • The Wolfman – Rick Baker, Dave Elsey, Yoichi Art Sakamoto, Lisa Westcott

Best Achievement in Production Design – Contemporary

  • Black Swan – (PD) Therese DePrez, (SD) Tora Peterson
  • Dogtooth – (PD) Stavros Hrysiogiannis, (SD) Elli Papageorgakopolou
  • The Ghost Writer – (PD) Albrecht Konrad, (SD) Bernard Henrich, Uli Isfort
  • I Am Love – (PD) Francesca Balestra Di Mottola, (SD) Monica Sironi
  • *WINNER* Inception – (PD) Guy Hendrix Dyas, (SD) Larry Dias

Best Achievement in Production Design – Period

  • Agora – (PD) Guy Hendrix Dyas, (SD) Larry Dias
  • *WINNER* The King’s Speech – (PD) Eve Stewart, (SD) Judy Farr
  • Shutter Island – (PD) Dante Feretti, (SD) Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • True Grit – (PD) Jess Gonchor, (SD) Nancy Haigh
  • The Wolfman – (PD) Rick Heinrichs, (SD) John Bush

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Contemporary

  • Black Swan – Amy Westcott, Rodarte
  • Burlesque – Michael Kaplan
  • *WINNER* I Am Love – Antonella Cannarozzi
  • Rabbit Hole – Ann Roth
  • TRON: Legacy – Michael Wilkinson

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Period

  • Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood
  • *WINNER* Flipped – Durinda Wood
  • The King’s Speech – Jenny Beavan
  • Made in Dagenham – Louise Stjernsward
  • Nowhere Boy – Julian Day

Best Achievement in Original Song

  • “If I Rise” from 127 Hours
    Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Dido, Rollo Armstrong
  • “Made in Dagenham” from Made in Dagenham
    Music and Lyric by David Arnold, Billy Bragg
  • “Me and Tennessee” from Country Strong
    Music and Lyric by Chris Martin
  • *WINNER* “Sticks and Stones” from How to Train Your Dragon
    Music and Lyric by Jonsi
  • “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque
    Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

NOTE: Best Documentary Feature was not existing categories during this awards.

Click here to see the actual posts on the 2nd TFO Awards.

(SPECIAL EDITION) Best Supporting Actress Profile for 2010: Maria Paiato in I Am Love

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For the first time, I joined Stinkylulu’s annual tradition of hosting a blog-a-thon that pays tribute to the several supporting actresses of the past year. For this, this post serves as my in this special event. Click here.

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approximately 14 minutes and 44 seconds

12.35% of the film’s running time

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Maria Paiato as Ida Roselli

In this year packed with supporting actresses, whether she is a king’s queen, a boxer’s mom, a boxer’s girl, a rival ballet dancer, a mob mother, a lead actress in a western, and among others, supporting actresses outside the English language are very much ignored. Before I continue this, I would admit that I haven’t seen many films from 2010 yet. So, in this high-profile grandiose Italian melodrama, the one’s getting attention is the ever-wonderful Tilda Swinton in the role of Emma Recchi.

What most people do not acknowledge is that the film was an ensemble work. Tilda’s the lead, but it’s not just her show. And the film has a great cast. And here, I am going to recognize Maria Paiato in the endearing role of the loyal maid of the Recchi family.

In a fast glimpse in the movie, you may simply ignore her, as she is just behind, but she also gets to have conversations with the other highlighted characters. But what you will notice on repeated viewings is on how much Maria adds in the making of the film’s over-all impact.

First of all, she is not a maid with a back story, or a maid with family problems at home, she plays it straight.  But she means not as a maid to Emma, but more of a confidante. Still, she never forgets the job that she has in the house.

We are not given much details in her life. She plays it straight throughout. She doesn’t have any big breakdowns until the end of the film, but she places certainty in us that she is a character with emotions. She did not act in a way that you will feel that she was just placed in the story to be the head maid of the family. She is a person with feelings. She plays it with tenderness and gentleness that we could sympathize to her because she does everything for the good of the family, but that doesn’t mean that she did it in a one-dimensional way. The screenplay may have written her that way, but she doesn’t do that.

Also, she is the character that we most trust to. She’s the character without any vanity, she is an honest person, and she doesn’t try to meddle in the proceedings. She goes with the flow in the film’s turbulent events, and she’s the character the characters in the story trust. With her simple conversations with Emma, she easily creates a strong foundation of assurance from her character that she will never let Emma down.

Can you see Maria? She’s the one in the rightmost of the picture.

She trusts Emma, and what’s more is that Emma trusts her. And we trust her. I believe it is really hard to make a convincing performance that evokes trust. Especially in this story filled with characters doing things that really cause a doubt in us (Emma is having an affair with her son’s friend, her son is secretly pregnant with his girlfriend, her daughter is a closeted lesbian), we would really root for a character that we can trust. And that is simply played very well by Maria.

Before the film’s tense second half, she never tries to steal anyone’s spotlight. Not from Emma. Not from Emma’s son. Not from Emma’s daughter. Not from Emma’s family. You may say that you have never noticed her in the first hour of the film, as the conflicts of the story tend to really steal away from her the focus, and she never had much focus in those scenes, but she crafts a solid character with ease in these two acts that provide the backbone for the character’s tougher scenes.

For the second half, her character is immersed in an environment filled with uncertainty. She’s the only one that we could trust. And the only one the characters trust. She was able to be in two key scenes that leaves a mark to us.

First was when Edoardo Jr., played by Flavio Parenti, expresses confusion, doubt, and weakness to her, and he cries to her. She carries the unexplainable care that she wants to give to him but is suppressed because she is not in any way related to her. Of course, she had been there for a very long time and may have seen the growth of the Recchi children, but still, she is not a part of the family.She does it in a very subtle way. She doesn’t expect that, and the silent shock is very well-played by her.

Second was the film’s explosive and, should I say, mystical ending. The spotlight is in the whole ensemble, but the focus was on Emma and her. As Emma rushes to escape, she assists her. She knows where the panic came from, and she understands all well. As if she knows everything. In this scene, we get to find out that Ida is the most alert character in the film. Because she is not part of the family, she remains restrained for the most part, but as the head maid and trusted one of the family, she knows the dynamics of the family.

And if you would be able to observe in her earlier conversations with Emma, she senses something weird, but of course, she’s a maid. She stops for a while, but never tries to steal any spotlight from her, as she is built to react. She but it is the ending that makes her active. She takes the initiative of helping Emma, as she knows the whole family, led by Emma’s husband, wants to abhor her out of the family. She’s Emma’s real friend, but she never crosses the boundary, as she is still a maid.

And the ending is the only outburst the character can have. And Ida releases the tears with overflowing and amazing sensation of grief and, in some ways, guilt. She could have helped Emma more. But she’s limited by her capacity to help due to her loyalty to the family, and she knows what may happen to Emma. She cares for herself, but she is not selfish. She just doesn’t want to interfere. It’s a magical work from Maria, as she holds the screen with control to be able to bring a realistic approach to the scene. It’s a somewhat puzzling ending, though I love it. There is a metaphoric tone in it that you might not get, but Maria explodes with big amount of clarity in it. It’s the best moment of the film, but everyone might not get it.

Her best scene is, unfortunately, a big spoiler for those who hasn’t seen the film yet, and I don’t want to spoil such extraordinary movie experience, but for those who has seen it and want to take a look at it, or those who are just curious about seeing what I am talking about, here it is:

Come the awards season, and she didn’t get any notice. Of course, there are a lot of factors: she lives up in being a real supporting actress that does not try to steal anything from those she supports, she is a relatively unknown actress if we are taking about Hollywood, and she’s in a foreign language film. If she had been very famous and was in an American film, I’m sure she will be noticed and she could have been nominated. But nonetheless, Paiato provides a strong emotional vessel to us that does it in the real meaning of the word “supporting”.

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So, what are your thoughts, dear reader?