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2012 Critics Awards: Detroit Film Critics Society

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BEST FILMSilver Linings Playbook

BEST DIRECTOR: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

BEST ACTRESS Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

List with nominees here.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

BEST ENSEMBLE Lincoln

BREAKTHROUGH Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks

BEST SCREENPLAY David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST DOCUMENTARY Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Full list with nominees here.

One Response to “2012 Critics Awards: Detroit Film Critics Society”

  1. Joe Clinton says:

    Bravo! A romantic comedy/drama is easy to dismiss amonst all the other “important” films out now. It is the execution by all concerned that lifts “Silver Linings” above so many of its genre. I am quite pleased with these choices.

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Aloha is the movie equivalent of a man in a donkey suit with a tree branch growing out of his forehead. I don’t know what the fuck this movie is. It feels like Cameron Crowe tried to make some Pynchonesque contemporary riff on Casablanca, then either or he or the studio chickened out halfway through and tried to turn it back into Jerry Maguire. But don’t confuse Aloha with hackwork. It’s more like a mad scientist had 10 beakers bubbling, and instead of unlocking cold fusion, he blew up his lab and melted an ear. I swear, this movie is like some bastard offspring of Casablanca, Inherent Vice, ‘Goosebumps,’ and ‘Baywatch Hawaii.’ My takeaway? Making movies is hard, yo.”
~ Vince Mancini

“We don’t defy the laws of physics: There are no flying men or cars in this movie. So it made sense to do it old-school: real vehicles and real human beings in the desert. We shot the movie more or less in continuity, because the cars and the characters get really banged up along the way. The biggest benefit of digital technology for me was that the cameras were smaller and much more agile, so you could put them anywhere. We also spent a huge amount of time on spatial awareness—making sure the viewer could follow the action and understand what was happening. There has to be a strong causal connection from one shot to the next, just the same way that in music, there has to be a connection from one note to the next. Otherwise it’s just noise. Too often, if you just cram a lot of stuff into the frame, you get the illusion of a fast pace. But there’s no coherence. It doesn’t flow. It comes off as headbanging music, and it can be exhausting. We storyboarded the movie before we had a script: We had 3,500 boards, which helps the cast and crew understand how everything is going to fit together. Movies are getting faster and faster. The Road Warrior had 1,200 cuts. This one has 2,700 cuts. You have to treat it like a symphony.”
~ George Miller

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