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    16th “An Irish Boy” Film Awards
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    Film is such an explorative movies and it is such a joy to see films every year and my total of films was 123 this year ranging from big blockbuster ones to small indie films. Above are the winners and nominees from my previous two years. This year I will be starting to announce my winners and nominees and this year instead of just talking about the winners I chose to make brief paragraphs about the nominees in my order of who I liked with the winner being ranked first. Monday 20th is the day I will start with the first category being Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role.

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    Who won the first fifteen years?

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    Who won the first fifteen years?

     

    http://pastfilmyears.blogspot.ie/

     

    I will be revisting past oscar years starting with 1996 if you are interested

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    • OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

      5. BRADLEY COOPER AS FBI AGENT RICHARD “RICHIE” DIMASO IN “AMERICAN HUSTLE

      Cooper for the second year in a row receives a nomination for his second collaboration with David O.Russell and once again he showed great acting chops playing another unstable imamture character. Cooper acts as an uncontrolable foil to the main relationship of the film and in the end he is left defeated and it is the pure heart brought by Cooper to the role that makes the audience care for the character giving him a second nomination from me for his work as FBI Agent Richard “Richie” DiMaso  in American Hustle.

      4. MICHAEL FASSBENDER AS EDWIN EPPS IN “12 YEARS A SLAVE”

      Previous winner (2011’s Best Actor in a Leading Role for Shame) Fassbender returns for his third collaboration with director Steve McQueen and instead is in a key supporting role to the film. At first his character seems to cruel to exist in the world but during his limited screentime more information is learned about the character showing that on the outside the character is terribly confused by the feelings he should be feeling and is., It is this complexity that Fassbender tranfers from the page to the screen earning him a fourth nomination for his work as Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave.

      3. JARED LETO AS RAYON IN “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB”


      Leto returns to acting after a brief break for a music career and once again he shows how promising he was in his youth taking on the challenging role of a drug addicted transexual who works with Ron Woodroff to look for solutions to the problem of AIDS during the 1980’s. Leto with this tricky role never makes him feel like a typical gay character but brings such levity and heart to the character then when personal events affect the character throughout the movie you cannot help but fall for the character. Leto earns his first nomination for his work as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club.

      2. JAMES GANDOLFINI AS ALBERT IN “ENOUGH SAID”

      Sadly this year we lost Gandolfini but that does not mean we have seen the last of his work (2014 includes the final performances by Gandolfini in Animal Rescue), we get such a different turn from Gandolfini in one of his final roles. The performance never feels flashy or over the top but shows how a normal guy can feel when he starts in a new relationship and whenever on screen you cannot help but smile at the great subtle work being done by Gandolfini. The film is about the central relationship and while the narrative focuses more on the Julia Louis-Dreyfus character the performance given by Gandolfini is so heartfelt that he is the one that affects the audience most with how the events of the film affect him. Gandolfini earns his first nomination for his work as Albert in Enough Said.

      1. MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY AS MUD IN “MUD”

      The winner of my best supporting actor prize turns out to be McConaughey who continues to prove the talent he always had with his darkly depressing turn in the southern tale of youth. At first the character played by McConaughey seems quite suspicious but as more is learned about the character during the course of the film you cannot help but feel moved by the character looking for love through such hard circumstances. McConaughey shows such a different side to his acting playing this role that he gives the best supporting performance earning him his second nomination for his work as Mud in Mud.

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    • OUTSTANDING PERFORMER OF THE YEAR (BODY OF WORK):

      5. BRIE LARSON (DON JON, SHORT TERM 12, THE SPECTACULAR NOW)

      After many years on tv shows and a couple of small movie roles Larson finally finds out to have both a true breakout year and be one of the standout performers with her many roles all varying in sizes. In Don Jon she is mostly silent expect for one key line and she is quite impressive in the film with mainly great reaction shots, in The Spectacular Now she also has a small role as a likeable ex and while she does not standout compared to her many other co-stars it still is apart of her resime for this year but her true performance that makes her a performer of the year is in Short Term 12 were she gives one of the year’s best as Grace a women who try’s to save those around her putting everyone above her and shows how if used well Larson can be one of the better actresses of her age.

      4. ROONEY MARA (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, HER, SIDE EFFECTS)

      After taking a much deserved break in 2012 Mara explodes back with a pivotel supporting role and two great leading roles. In Her mostly through flashbacks Mara acts well of Phoneix able to create a believable relationship that once existed, in Side Effects early on in the year Mara showed another reason why she is in such depend playing a women who at first seems good hearted but through the script and performance shows such colors that she plays a truly diabolical and selfish women, however her best work of the year comes in the indie standout Ain’t Them Bodies Saints where she shows such maturity as a modern Bonnie Parker who because of such danger is forced to grow up and shows how Mara can really show a mature side to her character if needed.

      3. BEN FOSTER (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, LONE SURVIVOR)

      Foster may not have been the star of the films his performances were featured in but he stole every film he was featured in with some great supporting turns. In Kill Your Darlings Foster plays Jack Kerouac and in competition with the previous protrayel by Sam Riely I find Foster to be the better protrayel, in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Foster stars mainly opposite fellow performer of the year nominee Rooney Mara as the care filled cop who only try’s to be the nice guy for Mara’s character and once again Foste steals the film from the bigger named stars that is character is the one that generates the most heartfelt emotion in the film, however in Lone Survivor Foster delievers his best performance as a member of the army who is a character not given much background information at the start at the film but it is the power and leadership in the Foster performance that makes us care for this character the most in a film with only one survivor.

      2. AMY ADAMS (AMERICAN HUSTLE, HER, MAN OF STEEL)

      Adams is one of the best curent working actors and 2013 was a pivotel year for her especially the final couple of months but another standout performance by her as Lois Lane is the revamped Man of Steel, while she was given the thankless role of the damsel in distress I felt that Adams gave the character more then was in the script and while in the end I find the character underwritten Adams still performs the role well, in Her she plays a loveable character who is not the focus of this great romantic story but in her many scenes opposite Phoneix (who only last year stared with Phoneix in The Master where the two had show such hatered for each other), where the two have such a connection and Adams such a niceness to the film that makes the film work on another level. However the best Adams performance of the year comes in American Hustle where Adams does her career best work playing a women who transforms herself constantly but the true brillance of Adams work is mixing the many commodities of sexiness, vulnatability, grief and pure joy  of the complex women she plays.

      1. MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, MUD, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET)

      For the second year in a row McConaughey is the performer of the year with one again varying roles that that are all so completly differen from each other in is hard to remeber it is the same person in each role. In The Wolf of Wall Street with only one scene McConaughey is able to make the one scene such a memorable one in the film as the strange but informative Mark Hanna and McConaughey is able to deliever the wacky dialogue so well is is one of the standouts of the film, in Mud his supporting actor win McConaughey gives a turn on screen that combines both darkness and hear making such a memorable character that is Mud. In Dalals Buyers Club McConaughey gives another transformative performance as the homophobic AIDS filled Ron Woodroof making this deeply offensive man affected by Karma a great center to the film. The transformation alone is quite dark but is is the power and weakness protrayed from scene to scene by McConaughey that shows that he is more then just the pretty person who takes his shirt off.

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    • OUTSTANDING ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

      5. TURBO

      In a very especially weak year for animation this story of a fast snail while a good film is able to make my list of five for being much better then most other bigger budget films with a good story once again of family with some memorable animation throughout the film.

      4. DESPICABLE ME 2

      The original film still holds most of the uniqueness of the brand but still when many sequels disappoint majorly recently this animated film was a great sequel that allowed all the great characters from the first film to be more focused on and still the Minions still steal the spotlight from the main stars.

      3. THE CROODS

      One of the bigger suprises in animation of the year as my expectations were quite low almost no expectations but this modern story of family and how the relationship of families form together making it such a surprise and great animated film.

      2. ERNEST & CELESTINE

      Such a delightful little french animated pic with some stylistic and simple animation throughout with a great story of how friends come from the most unlikely of combinations. The story is really much more then the child story it could have been and some of the smaller details to the film made it work so well it was quite a special viewing for me.

      1. FROZEN

      This disney movie wins easily for the many risks that it takes such as changing the format of the typical disney princess movie and telling the more modern tale of sisters and with the beautiful music thrown into the movie as well made the film such a delight to watch and makes it seem more watchable over and over again.

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    • OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY:

      5. PHILIPPE LE SOURD FOR THE GRANDMASTER

      Whether you saw the original or the american cut of the film it is hard to pass up the beautiful cinematography of the film. From the stunning shots of the many fighting sequences to the simple beauty protrayed from scene to scene it this great story was such a feet technically especially in the cinematography.

      4. BRADFORD YOUNG FOR AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

      Young has been making the look of independent cinema look so beautiful for the past years and finally I believe he has truly broken out with his work on this great southern tale that may make some callbacks to Terrence Malick films feels original and new that shows Young needs for more people to realize how great he makes these indie films look.

      3. BRUNO DELBONNEL FOR INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

      While the film is not a black and white film the look of the film makes it feel so black and white and of a time that it works so well for every aspect of the film. The deep desperation in the color palent of the film was a genius choice from the mute lighting when spotlights made characters standout. This film is a Coen Brothers film without Deakins and still the cinematography feels unique and great throughout.

      2. SEAN BOBBITT FOR 12 YEARS A SLAVE

      The team working with McQueen comes together again and Bobbitt doing the cinematography who once again is able to make the beauty of an area come to the forefront with the look of the south in the film being so jaw dropping. When McQueen makes many choices to leave the camera sitting it is the cinematography who must add to the scene to make the many long takes look breath taking and Bobbitt does this so well which is why these scenes can be done multiple times.

      1. EMMANUEL LUBEZKI FOR GRAVITY

      Space may have been created in the film by the visual effect artists of the film but the look of the out there areas was once again done to great class by Lubezki. While these scenes of total nothingness can look so great also the scenes that take place inside areas look so great as they look so real for those who will never experince these multiple places. Lubezki wins his third award for cinematography from me and once again proving he is one of the best working in the industry even when some of his work may come from visual effects.

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    • OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS:

      5. ROY CANCINO, JOSEPH PANCAKE & ELIA POPOV FOR HER

      While the film is set in the future where many effect flurishes can happen the film is not about the future but I do like many of the special effects when the characters were playing the great looking video games. It might not be all about the effects with these film but still they are great looking ones.

      4. STEVE CREMIN, CHRISTIAN EUBANK, PETE KELLEY, JOE LOVE, WES MATTOX, PAUL SABOURIN, RICHARD TELLY TJELMELAND & SPARKY WILLIS FOR THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

      One of my biggest problems was the terrible low budget visual effects that was required for important scenes in the movie with a bigger budget and a more visual suited director for this universe everthing was made better in this film and an example of this came in the visual effects with the standout moments all being in the actual games especially the whole Baboon sequence and how the effects made the fear of the sequence come alive.

      3. JOE LETTERI, ERIC SAINDON, DAVID CLAYTON & ERIC REYNOLDS FOR THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

      The film had many problems story wise but with most fantasy films and like all films in the previous film the visual effects were great especially the different sizes of many characters in the film which was more impressive in this sequel with more characters avaliable but also the look of the main villian to the story the dragon Smaug was quite impressive in how real in looked in size and presentation.

      2. PIERRE BUFFIN FOR THE GRANDMASTER

      Like many martial arts films the visual effects are not the main point of the film but the effects in the many fight scenes were filmed so well in this film especially in the standout train fight which showed such great technique in these tech people but also in how these scenes were directed and presented overall in the film.

      1. TIM WEBBER, CHRIS LAWRENCE, DAVE SHIRK & NEIL CORBOULD FOR GRAVITY

      The winner was no question as the whole 90 minutes of Gravity was fully filled from shot to shot with great new visual technology creating the many shots of space such as the open vastness, many explosions that occured during the running time and also the great overhead shots of the earth and how realistic it looked. The effects in this film done by Alfonso and his team was a great way to introduced new technology and was no question to be the best visual effects of the year.

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    • OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN:

      5. MARY ZOPHRES FOR INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

      The 60’s era is such a hard time to do but the unique and atentic choices in costumes worked well for the film. The many choices of darker colors in the darker settings protrayed the time period so well that they looked so well I felt that they clothing of the film would work so well even in modern times.

      4. CASEY STORM FOR HER

      The film takes place in the soon future and while many films set in the future usually choice to make the costuming very explosive and over the top this film chose to go back in time for costumes were the men of the future would wear high waisted throusers and the women would wear more comfortable fitting clothes. Like the film the clothing was unique and different to great effect.

      3. MICAHEL WILKINSON FOR AMERICAN HUSTLE

      The flashiness of the 70’s never has been fully embraced but most recently the time period has been visited by many filmmakers and the best so far for me has been American Hustle. The costuming was a good representation of the are with many of the females letting everything show in the fun of the times and also all of the men unique in their own styles with some very memorable costumes that also well represent the characters.

      2. TRISH SUMMERVILLE FOR THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

      When the first film was such a succes the cotumes of the sequel were in such better production and done so much better as they go for the over the topness of many of the standout characters. The centrepiece costume of the film being the famous Katniss wedding dress and of course the film being a futuristic film made this standout piece even better. The work done in costuming was so unique for the risks it took.

      1. PATRICIA NORRIS FOR 12 YEARS A SLAVE

      The times of pre cival war has been represented so many times and will keep doing it. The costuming in this film was never trying to be new but really was great at representing the times it was trying to. The women’s clothing was great in how the different classes was done so different showing the structure of the times such as the Mistress Epps and Patsey clothes showing the power the two having being so different. Done by Patricia Norris it was done to great excellence.

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    • OUTSTANDING MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING:

      5. ADRUITHA LEE & ROBIN MATTHEWS FOR DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

      While most of the acomplishment of the makeup might be the creation of the Rayon character alone from her full dragged out look to the terribleness of the final images of the dying character but also the look of many of the AIDS afflicted characters throughout the film was through some subtle uses of makeup such as the many dead veins marks on the bodies of the patients.

      4. FAE HAMMOND, MARK COULIER & KRISTEN CHALMERS FOR RUSH

      The great makeup of the film was the look of the Nicki Laudau after the accident and how it never distracted from the performance but only added to the horror of the job and the true story and it came up many times in conversation in the film and it really was impressive that the burn makeup looked quite real and never like movie makeup.

      3. MA KALAADEVI ANANDA, JEAN A. BLACK, NIKKI BROWN, NANA FISCHER, NICK LONDON & DENISE PUGH-RUIS FOR 12 YEARS A SLAVE

      The passage of the 12 years was felt through the story on screen but also the small amounts of makeup that went into the aging of Solomon in his many years of captivity as a slave. Also the makeup done to protray the torturing of the slaves such as wipping lashes was impressive and still the shot of the aftermath of the Patsey whipping is still imprinted in my mind for how horrifying it is.

      2. KRIS EVANSM SELENA EVANS-MILLER, GLENN HETRICK, VE NEILL & NIKOLETTA SKARLATOS FOR THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

      With the succes of the first film in the franchise allowed for a big production budget and with this increase allowed more money to spent on many of the film production and with much more spent on the out there makeup made it more impressive especially in the Capital scenes where so many characters are over the top but also in the arena itself we saw some impressive makeup such as the effects of the fog with many of the characters in true pain with some great looking painful makeup.

      1. EVELYNE NORAZ & LORI MCCOY-BELL FOR AMERICAN HUSTLE

      While not the flashiest of makeup and a choice for a winner some people might question still I could not get over how the makeup which also includes hairstyling as a compondent played such an important part to the story of the film. Many of the hairstyles such as the uncontrolable golden locks of Rosalind, the tight perm of Richie, the obvious combover of Irving and the lose long curles of Sydney all made comments perfectly about each character and this worked so well that is no question they would win the makeup award.

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    • OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE:

      5. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep)

      While the film was not the best it really good have been the cast of the film cannot be knocked for the most part. The family was built so well by all these actors in the film working together so close where every combination of actors worked well. The casting was near perfect for making the material work so well why each of these actors worked so well made the ensemble one of the best.

      4. FRANCES HA (Charlotte d’Amboise, Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Grace Gummer, Josh Hamilton, Patrick Heusinger, Maya Kazan, Justine Lupe, Mickey Sumner, Britta Phillips, Juliet Rylance, Dean Warenham, Michael Zegen)

      The film does center mainly around the life of Frances but as a young women in New York the film never is commenly just about her as many of the scenes have many known actors working well together in an ensemble that each actor that surrounds the great Greta Gerwig is great. Many scenes in the film are conversations about Frances at it is so nice in the film seeing all these younger actors working well together.

      3. SHORT TERM 12 (Stephanie Beatriz, Alex Calloway, Kaitlyn Dever, John Gallagher Jr., Kevin Hernandez, Brie Larson, Rami Malek, Kieth Stanfield)

      An ensemble made mainly of unknown young actors that would not be known by any even with the more known actors still not that widley known. This unknown factor from the cast and film made the true ensemble feel of the film work so well as the film took place mostly in the foster home and around a coach where all these actors just played so well off each other. This ensemble is for sure one of the discoveries this year.

      2. 12 YEARS A SLAVE (Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Tarran Killam, Scott McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard)

      The story centers around the 12 years enslavement of Solomon but throughout this terrifying time many characters come in contact with him and the surprise of the film was many of the bigger stars of the film were in small roles which allowed the least known actors like Chiwetel, Lupita, Sarah and Michael the main quartet of the film to own the film and drive the main part of the film to greatness.

      1. AMERICAN HUSTLE (Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Paul Herman, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Röhm, Shea Whigham)

      David O.Russell once again puts together such a great ensemble which mixes many of the actors he enlisted from his previous two films and just as well as he used them last time he uses them just as well this time around to make the story of the film so great as it mostly focused on these great characters. The cast really owns the film making it fully watchable at every minute of the film making this uncontrolable characters come together to be one of the best recent ensembles.

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    • OUTSTANDING BREAKTHROUGH/DEBUT:

      5. ELIZABETH DEBICKI IN THE GREAT GATSBY

      While for the most part I was very negative towards the modern take on The Great Gatsby because of how the whole world and story just never felt real or relatable, but the best part of the film was for sure the energetic and appealing protrayel of Jordan Baker acted by Australia newcomer Elizabeth Debicki. She has been around for a while but this was her breakthrough role came in the film where she stole the show from many more high profile actors and reminded me so much of an early Cate Blanchett which shows great promise.

      4. ANNIKA WEDDERKOPP IN THE HUNT

      In the little danish foreign film while the always impressive Mads Mikkelsen was running the show the second impressive turn in the film was by Annika Wedderkopp who in her youth played the evil and accidental malipulative Klara. The performance was one of the best acted pieces by an actress of her age because of how the character was written but also how Annika acted was so delightful. This was such a great debut I believe and hope that this was not just luck and that as the actress ages she can give such a memorable performance like this again.

      3. MICHAEL B. JORDAN IN FRUITVALE STATION

      While known for his great tv work in classic shows like The Wire and Friday Night Lights the role and film made for the perfect film breakthrough in my opnion. Jordan protrayed the tragic true character of Oscar Grant. Jordan really shines in the role because he is asked to go beyond what he is known for which is why the performance works so well as he just brings so much to make this character the more relatable even if the end of the characters life is known Jordan acts as a man who is in hard circumstances but also looks like he can escape. This film breakthrough is what Michael B. Jordan needed to distingush himself from all actors his age.

      2. LUPITA NYONG’O IN 12 YEARS A SLAVE

      Straight out of Yael School of Drama Lupita landed such a role to have as a debut film role that comes around from time to time for most actors and the technique and talent Lupita shows in this debut proves the acting education can only help actors. Lupita protrays the tragic Patsey who unlike Solomon grew up a slave loved by the slave owner now to the opject of his affection. The despair in every moment that Patsey is on screen in acted so well by Lupita that this great debut has earned her so many raves and hopefully earns her more roles like this that show how her talent can grow and grow.

      1. ADELE EXARCHOPOULOS IN BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

      A performance that is so natural and lived in like Adèle in Blue is the Warmest Color is a rare performance and only seems to come around every couple of years with this debut and performance almost to the level of Emily Watson in 1996’s Breaking the Waves. In the full three hour running time Adèle Exarchopoulos in nearly every scene of the film is breathless as she moves on the screen far to well that the film almost feels like a documentary of the actors life. The sad fact is that when actors make winning debuts like this it is far to bit to best that actors never can do better and I hope that Adèle can find a role again that can show her unique talent but at this very moment it doesn’t seem as if it going to happen.

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    Jared Leto’s character is a transexual, not a transvestite. It’s a distinction that needs to be pointed out. Other wise, great nominees 🙂

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    • OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM:

      5. CUTIE AND THE BOXER

      The film starts one way as the story about the man but as the story is told and the film progresses it makes for a much better watch as more is know about the love story the two shared when they were young and know it becomes a celebration of the two through art and makes the film even more sweet and enjoyable.

      4. ROOM 237

      Over the past 33 years since the cult classic film was released people have been putting together each other’s theories about what the prolific director Stanley Kubric meant when he filmed the film. While many of the ideas presented of the film may have made me think more about the film I see as a piece of entertainment it got me thinking which made me like the documentary even more for the simple fact it was all about film discussion whether productive or not.

      3. 20 FEET FROM STARDOM

      The many stories about the background singer is told so well in this documentary with many from the past, present and future talk about their experinces and how sometimes the choice to be a star is not for everyone and how sometimes you have to be happy with being the background but not really in the background. The film leaves a smile on your face just from the pure joy of performing that is being discussed.

      2. THE ACT OF KILLING

      While the film is long and about such a rough subject that is the act of human torture this documentary should be seen alone for the story and how it is presented. The film told from the view of the men who killed and badly hurt all these people that they seem to joke about in the film. The many recreations and brillantly done but one of the final moments sums up the film for me when our main character comes to face the fact that he can never experince the same feelings as all those people.

      1. STORIES WE TELL

      Sarah Polley proves once again that even when she makes the choice to make a documentary she can make an equally brillant film. From the genius recreations that feel so real to the compelling story of how we tell stories over and over again. The film is such a personal experince of family and how some secrets need to be kept. For me the mission of the film was to show the importance of family as the film did which made it one of the best film experinces of the film and the best documentary of the year.

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    • OUTSTANDING FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

      5. THE HUNT

      This film from Denmark is a small story of a small town that can be infected by one lie that builds and builds to the point of it being true. The story and performances make the film as compelling as it is and the film is quite a spectacular film in fact for how the area of the film is so well captured with many sweeping shots of the small town.

      4. THE GRANDMASTER

      The version of the film I believe to be the better one as many do is the original cut of the film which is just a beautiful example of how films about martial arts can be done so well. The film makes great use of what it is provided with which is why it works so well with some beautiful cinematography and fight choreography.

      3. LAURENCE ANYWAYS

      Xavier Dolan proves once again that he is a director to watch at the age of 24 being able to make a film of this magnitude and have it move me so well. The two character story focusing on a man who wants to be a women and his past girlfriend who just cannot stay out of his life. Over the long running time the two keep coming together and the chemistry shared by the actors works so well to make the running time run by so fast.

      2. THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

      One of the most brutally honest stories of love that takes place over many years transitioning from the past to the present with some fantastic music which ironically is sung in english. The story is so lived in that the many highly dramatic events that move me to tears so easily because of how real they feel. The music itself is such an important part of the film as it expresses such a lightness in contrast to the darkness of the story.

      1. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

      The story of love is so gripping and inticing that you cannot take your eyes of the screen watching the story of love, youth and the class system that exsists. The performances mixed with the wandering story of a young women in two stages of her life in her youth to when she grows up. The story never trys to adress the issue of same sex love or even comment on the lifestyle but instead choices to show love comes in many forms and how if in one stage of life you seem ready for such a love until finally it seems that this love no longer needs to exsist works brillantly in the film. The film seems almost in every scene a closeup on the main character but throughout their are so many more striking moments that give even more depth to the story based on a graphic novel that almost does away with this except for some extended sex scenes that in this running time are quite brief.

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