And the Nominees Are:
The Artist – Laurence Bennett and Robert Gould
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – Stuart Craig and Stephanie McMillan
Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
Midnight in Paris – Anne Seibel and Hélène Dubreuil
War Horse – Rick Carter and Lee Sandales
So where I began with Sizing Up has ended with four of my five “Pole Position” contenders (with Midnight in Paris being the sole “Second Tier” to make it from the outside) being nominated for this award. And, rather tediously, the film that I had predicted would the whole thing outright is still way out in front on a seemingly unstoppable course to victory. Barring a huge upset, this will be the third consecutive garishly colorful, CGI-filled spectacle to win this award. I’m starting to feel a little down on this category in the wake of just how show-offy their preferences have become, especially since recent years have yielded some truly creative visual design choices that consistently get passed over. Will future big-budget epics just take the hint and follow suit with less and less subtle visual choices? *Sigh*…okay, enough complaining. Let’s take a look at the nominees:
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Welcome to the third blind audition episode of NBC’s The Voice. While the last episode still remains the series’ best overall and the best of 2012 in television programming, there was no major slow down to this show’s continuous dominance over American Idol. Like I said in my previous recap, The Voice is growing stronger and becoming a more legitimate threat to Idol’s ratings with its improved production quality, more settled in judges, and better discovery of unique voices with more distinct personalities. If The Voice continues on this track, it could be a major force to be reckoned with come Emmy time, possibly earning its first nomination and potentially knocking down The Amazing Race‘s nearly unbeatable incumbent status over the “Reality Competition Program” category. High praise, but thus far The Voice hasn’t lost its fuel or its steam. Let’s jump right into the thick of things, analyzing each successful blind audition and even turning our attention to those who weren’t met with spinning chairs.
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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Go figure, this week’s releases lack a true romance for you all to pick up for you and your loved one, but one of the releases does happen to be the least romantic movie in recent memory, so there’s that. All in all, there’s not really a super strong top pick to highlight, but there are a good number of solid picks to give a mild thumbs up to. As for the aforementioned honor, my PICK OF THE WEEK selection is kind of a toss up. A bunch of these selections are films that others liked more than me, so I wound up with a choice that I liked slightly more than others. It’s also a horror flick, and that can work with your significant other if you so desire. The movie in question? It’s:
Paranormal Activity 3
A prequel to the prequel that also was a sequel to the initial Paranormal Activity franchise, this installment is more of the same, but done at a consistently high level. I found this to be better than #2, but a step down from #1, since that one had a freshness that can’t be matched. Also, the directors of Catfish made this, and their creativity comes through here and there. Overall, it’s not a real strong endorsement, but it’s an endorsement nonetheless. Of the releases this week, it happens to be my favorite. If you enjoyed it as well, grab it on DVD now that you have the opportunity.
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The 2011 Awards Circuit Community Awards was one of the most diverse and hottest choices this side of the internet. This is the only site that gives its readership a voice to name his/her favorite films and performances of the year. With a wide open Oscar race, the ACCA race followed suit as you will see from the winners.
“The Artist” led the nomination tally with eleven while Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” and David Yates’ “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ both scored nine nominations each. It looked like it was anyone’s game.
Check out the winners on the 2011 ACCA page (with pictures) and make sure to comment either here or on the ACCA page. Read more on 2011 ACCA Winners Announced!…