Saturday, December 12, 2009

Vote 4 S4D

I found this Oscar ad at Quickflix Blog (via Awards Daily for Warwick Thornton's Samson & Delilah. The film is Australia's submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category at next year's Academy Awards.

I so hope it can manage a nomination, although I'm sure it'll be very tough. This Academy member doesn't get my hopes up, unfortunately.

Are there any foreign films that did not strike a chord for you?
I disliked the Australian film (Samson & Delilah)...

Sure the voter goes on to say "but even that one had something going for it", but that doesn't get you nominated, I'm afraid. I haven't been able to find any FYC ads for Mary and Max, which is competing for Best Animated Feature, but there are stories popping up all over the place about the film and its writer/director Adam Elliot, so hopefully voters are paying attention!

Meanwhile, Samson & Delilah and Baz Luhrmann's Australia were the big winners at last night's AFI Industry Awards. That's the ceremony before the big ceremony (that's tonight) where all the craft awards are announced as well as some of the TV stuff. Australia won for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects, while Samson & Delilah took the member's choice awards along with Best Sound and Best Cinematography for Thornton himself. Robert Connolly's Balibo took the prize for Best Editing.

On tonight's show we'll find out the winners of the categories such as Best Film, Best Director and the acting prizes. I predict Samson & Delilah to take Film and Actor, while the acting prizes will be spread amongst Blessed (Best Actress, Frances O'Connor), Beautiful Kate (Best Actor, Ben Mendelsohn plus Best Supporting Actress, Rachel Griffiths) and Australia (Best Supporting Actor, Brandon Walters). The screenplay awards will probably go to Warwick Thorton (for Original Screenplay) although Adam Elliot would be a sentimental favourite, I think. Best Adapted Screenplay will surely go to either Connolly for Balibo or Rachel Ward for Beautiful Kate. I'm thinking the former, but ya never know!

I'll have a write-up of the AFIs hopefully appearing on Onya on Monday. Wow, that was a lot of "on", wasn't it?

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