As expected by most film critics and Hollywood insiders, The Artist won Best Picture and Best Director at The Oscars. Also the superb Mr. Jean Dujardin won Best Actor, although Cinematic Impact was expecting Mr. Clooney or Mr. Pitt to take home the golden statue. Overall the 84th Academy Awards was pleasant to watch but it is time for the wonderful but increasingly redundant Mr. Billy Crystal to hang-up the hosting cape.
Rohan Mohmand (also of mastersofcinema.net and Static Mass Emporium) asked 10 pre-Oscar questions about 5 weeks ago. This time Mr. Mohmand is the person being questioned about the results of America’s most prestigious red carpet affair.
1. What was the most satisfying win of the Oscars?
The Oscars are my favorite award ceremony, but sadly it is changing in a way. It is not focusing more on the films. For example: The Red Carpet. I know that the red carpet is about fun and fashion, but what we see for an hour prior to the ceremony are set of questions that the reporters ask from the celebrities regarding their dresses. This year, I don't remember them asking the stars regarding their work on films. It was more about fashion and their make-up. I believe those questions should be asked from them during MTV Music or Movie Awards red carpet affairs. The ceremony in my opinion was alright, and the most satisfying win of the Oscars for me was Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for editing The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
2. What was the biggest upset of the Oscars?
I was really looking forward to Eddie Murphy hosting the ceremony this year, but instead we got Billy Crystal who is not bad, but it seems like he did what he did a few years back. I was not at all satisfied with his jokes or with his presence on the stage. And what made me upset the most when his jokes went empty and he had to bring up Christopher Plummer's and Max Von Sydow's ages.
3. Do you think that Hugo deserved best cinematography?
Hugo in my opinion is a stunning film. Scorsese's take on the 3D shows that 3D can be used in different style and does not have to be an action adventure like James Cameron’s 'Avatar.' I am personally happy for Scorsese and his picture winning most of the awards, but I really wanted 'The Tree of Life' to win the award for best cinematography, for this film as well, and in fact in a very artistic manner was shot and did justice to theme of the film and meaning of the story.
4. Who should host the Oscars next?
I would love to see Eddie Murphy to host the Oscar and if not, I would like to see Jim Carrey as the host. Hopefully next year.
5. Should there be an academy award for stunt work?
I think it should be. We have lost some great stuntmen. It is a hard task and I see that these men and women do their job with passion. They are involved with film and their involvement and their passion is to make the film look realistic. I think the Academy consider it and open a new category.
6. Was is it truly an upset that Streep won over Davis for Best actress?
Ms. Streep is an outstanding actress. I love her and her work. She's been nominated for 17 times and has 3 wins in her resume. I think giving her again an award is a good act by understanding her hard work and passion that she has for Cinema. But, I was going for Ms. Davis though. She is an outstanding actress as well, and the reason I wanted her to win because I wanted the Academy to give her a chance, for she is new and young. What we want is to motivate the young good talent and Ms. Davis is one of them. But every time is next time and I am sure that Ms. Davis will win it in future.
7. Do you think that the Academy should wait so long to award great filmmakers and actors/actresses lifetime achievement awards?
Lifetime achievement awards are one of my favorites. I think presenting an award to an actor/actress and great filmmakers a lifetime achievement award is a salute to their hard work and dedication to the cinema. Waiting so long and rewarding them with such honor is rewarding. They basically feel as artists feel like they have reached that level in their life to hold that award. I don't think they should award them earlier, but what in my opinion the Academy must consider is that they should hold a certificate of honor for their hard work and dedication (so far) during the award ceremony and have a veteran to present that award. For example; we have Leonardio DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, they have been nominated several times now and for the past few years we have been witnessing that they leave the ceremony empty handed. Not that they are not going to win an Oscar, but giving them a certificate of honor during a ceremony with a special montage video of their career seems a bit more of a motivational deed. At least as an artist they will not walk out empty ended. In future, sometime and if I get the opportunity, I will suggest something like this to Academy.
8. Do you think younger members should be appointed to be members of the Academy to represent our generation?
The younger filmmakers should always get the chance to represent our generation.
9. What do you think about the gift packages that all nominees receive? Maybe we will get one someday.
Gifts are always nice. And getting a gift package and being nominated for Oscar is something that I would like to experience for sure. I just wonder sometimes what those packages contain? I am pretty sure that all the nominees and specially the females were super excited not only for being nominated, but for gift packages as well. I wish I were there to experience their reaction as ladies love gifts. Whether it is a small or huge box it doesn't matter. I think it is always nice to give them gifts. They deserve it.
10. To the best of your ability, please predict what films of 2012 will be nominated in the following categories: Picture, director, cinematography, visual effects, editing, sound, and art direction. Acting is too hard to gauge at this point.
Best Director: Steven Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, Tarantino, and I am sure Baz Luhrmann will be nominated as well.
Best Cinematography: Once again I think Lincoln, Django Unchained, The Master and The Dark Knight Rises will be nominated for best cinematography.
Visual effects: I think John Carter, The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, The Bourne Legacy might get the nods for visual effects.
Editing and sound: The Dark Knight Rises, The Bourne Legacy, Skyfall
Art Direction: The Great Gatsby, The Dark Knight Rises, Lincoln, Django Unchained, Skyfall
Acting: We have Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln, he will be nominated for sure. And then we have Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix from The Master. And also we have Leonardo DiCaprio this year not in one film, but two. The Great Gatsby and his role in Django Unchained. He might get the Oscar nod for best supporting actor in Django Unchained. And he might win it just like Mr. Christian Bale was for The Fighter.