On second ballot, Martin Scorsese for "Hugo." Runner-up Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist."
On third ballot, "Moneyball." Runner-up is "Margaret." A motion was passed to issue a statement criticising Fox Searchlight for offering no screeners for "Margaret" and screening it for members days before the meeting. Despite this it has gotten numerous votes in various categories suggesting that had more members been able to see it it might have won some of these awards.
Second round, "Carnage," followed by "Margeret."
After three ballots it's Michelle Williams in "My Week With Marilyn." Runner-up Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady."
After three ballots, Brad Pitt in "Moneyball." Runner-up was George Clooney for "The Descendants." A problem: the Michael Fassbender vote was divided between "Shame," "A Dangerous Method," and "Jane Eyre." If they were combined, he would have won.
After three tough rounds, it's Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids." A close runner-up was Jeannie Berlin in "Margaret."
By the way, if you want to check the official BSFC website, it's here.
Again, in the second round, Albert Brooks in "Drive." Runner-up is Max Von Sydow in "Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close."
After two ballots, the winner is "Martha Marcy May Marlene." Runner-up: "Margin Call."
After two ballots, the winner of Best Cinematography award goes to "Tree of Life." Runner-up is "Hugo."
Pizza coming. Not a moment too soon.
A member suggested that a Best Editing Award is ludicrous because we "don't know anything about editing." On the other hand, most of us don't know anything about cinematography, acting, etc. Only how it is perceived as an audience. So with that in mind, here is our uninformed choice:
After two ballots, the Best Editing Award goes to:
If you've seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Project Nim this year, you owe
it to yourself to see what might be Terry Gilliam's best movie, Twelve Monkeys (1995). A
phantasmagorical riff on Chris Marker's short La Jetée (1962), it stars
Bruce Willis as a poor schmuck from a future dystopia enlisted to travel
through time to undo the plague begun by a well-intended but delusional animal
rights activist played by Brad Pitt.
Here's a development that probably will not satisfy everyone. The result after two ballots is a tie between "Drive" and "The Artist." It is perhaps pointless to point out that the result is due to a counting of ballots and points and not wishy-washy waffling, Runner-up was "The Descendants."
The meeting starts in about fifteen minutes and I'll be covering every tedious ballot counting, every squabble over pizza topping, and every award decision right here!
One of the trickier things about interviewing Steve McQueen
is researching him on Google. You tend to get a lot of references to that other
Steve McQueen. But the director of "Shame" has his own impressive resume to
He's one of the world's most celebrated artists, the winner
prestigious Turner Prize in 1999.
The ICA follows up last
week's "The Art and Technique of the American Commercial" with "Award-Winning British Commercials 2010". If you've occasionally been amused by
"clever" commercials from the best of the American advertising industry (love
those Superbowl ads!), then you'll be surprised at the level of wit and snark
the Brits convey while selling shit.