Man Booker Prize 2014 Awarded

Winner of Man Booker announced

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For the first time in 2014, the Man Booker Prize decided to allow nominations from American authors, two shortlisted for the prize which was awarded yesterday. The 46th yearly event allows any novel published in English to qualify. The rules on American and Standard English writing, which differ, was not discussed. There have been some critics of this, mentioned later below.

The candidates were Brits Howard Jacobson, Ali Smith and Neel Mukherjee and two Americans, Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler.

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The Man Booker 2014 went to Richard Flanagan, an Australian author for depicting a “magnificent novel of love and war” for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, including aspects of his father’s criminal past. He went on to assist Japan with the building of its prominent railways. He passed away at the age of 98 when Flanagan emailed his final draft to his publisher. As his sixth novel, Flanagan wrote five drafts over twelve years before finally pushing forward. He added –

“We carried many incommunicable things and I realised at a certain point … that I would have to write this book.”

He also emphasised that the personal references did not make the novel ‘his father’s book’ but asked him questions to relate to such material of a sensitive nature.

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Flanagan also pockets £50,000 in prize money which he planned to use on daily instances and getting through as he was not wealthy enough and once considered working in Australia’s coal mines. He had also been a screenwriter on director Baz Luhrmann’s Australia movie.

“This prize money means I can continue to be a writer”

As an outsider to win, Flanagan was boosted by the quality of writing and narrative structure that made an epic success, including by critics.

Chair of the prize and philosopher AC Grayling had this to say of the winner,

 “an absolutely superb novel, a really outstanding work of literature”.

Previous winner Peter Carey was not thrilled with the decision from American storytellers to enter the prize pool. He said that it was “unimaginable” that the American Pulitzer Prize would ever allow the same for British writers to be considered. He felt that the creativity and legitimacy of Australian and Irish writers would also effectively be squeezed out along with Brits in the Man Booker selection process.

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Due to the decision for foreign inclusion, a sixth judge was also installed on the panel. The judges were academics Jonathan Bate and Sarah Churchwell, neuroscientist Daniel Glaser, writer and journalist Erica Wagner and former director of literature at the British Council, Alastair Niven.

Deserving winner Flanagan admitted that Australia itself didn’t fully recognise the Man Booker as anything big or interesting.

“In Australia the Man Booker prize is sometimes seen as something of a chicken raffle. I just didn’t expect to end up the chicken.”

The prize was presented by the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles.

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For the Man Booker, it is an fantastic prize for British literature. It’s problem is not necessarily foreign inclusion but instead its outreach. This week alone the only ‘advertising’ it sought was to feature all the writers on BBC’s Newsnight programme. The wider community of London and the country as a whole, let alone internationally was snubbed. None could really sink their teeth into it and many don’t even know what it is. Even for lovers of the prize and books this neglected them. Those readers felt annoyed as some had not known when the event was on and who was up for the prizes. Whilst Man Booker made it public, to all in the public domain felt it was a very secret affair likened to an elitist club of nobodies. That’s something Man Booker has suffered for at least three years and clearly needs to work on if it is ever to be taken legitimately. One last perspective is that hopefully this may lead the Pulitzer Prize to begin recognising British novels alongside Americans. This will undoubtedly strengthen the brand and its notoriety which Man Booker attempted to do,, but failed to include them most important selection of people, its readers.

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British GQ 2014 Awards and Alternative ones too

British GQ 2014 Awards

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On Tuesday last week British GQ hosted their Awards of the year bash. Meaning Gentleman’s Quarterly, GQ’s awards cast a doubtful shadow over the legitimacy of accuracy and rightful winners, instead plagued with favourites and ‘hot right now’ winners.

Whilst talented some winners such as Peter Capaldi as TV Personality after just One episode of Doctor Who as the new Doctor aired do not show off GQ as a credible entity to look towards, something it usually prides itself on as a brand. We like Peter, but come on, he only had one episode last week.

Cumberbatch accepts award though still deserved and funny too.

Cumberbatch accepts award though still deserved and funny too.

So below, we shall list the Alternative awards with a list of who SHOULD have won and who COULD win also. The SHOULD have won is clear enough. The second, will be who COULD feasibly win for GQ’s reputation to gain interest and be somewhat deserving of the gong over a joint or compromisable decision, keeping the tone of its brand in tact.

Those in bold are the one’s we would have chosen this year. It’s not personal, but these aren’t the ‘give them an award because I like them awards’.

 

The Alternative British GQ Awards

 

Comedian 

SHOULDMiles Jupp/Jon Richardson/Lee Mack/John Bishop

COULD –  All of above

DID – John Bishop

 

Editor’s Special

SHOULD  – Liam Neeson

COULD – David Bowie, Mick Jagger

DID – Liam Neeson

 

Chef

SHOULD – Micheal Roux Jr.

COULD – Either

DID – Tom Kerridge

 

Designer

(no complaints)

SHOULD/COULD/DID – Christopher Bailey

 

Writer

(no complaints)

SHOULD/COULD/DID – Michael Lewis

 

Breakthrough Fashion Designers

(no complaints)

SHOULD/COULD/DID – Agi and Sam

 

Hugo Boss Most Stylish Man

SHOULD – Gary Oldman,

COULD – Whoever Hugo Boss decides

DID – Douglas Booth

 

International Man

SHOULD –  Jon Hamm, Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Hemsworth, Aaron Paul, Peter Dinklage, Ryan Gosling,

COULD – Jon Hamm, Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Hemsworth

DID – Jonah Hill

 

Philanthropist

SHOULD – Sir Elton John

COULD – As above

DID – Tony Blair

 

TV Personality

SHOULD – Josh Bowman

COULD – Ben Whishaw

DID – Peter Capaldi

 

Innovator

SHOULD – James Dyson

COULD – Max Waltham

DID – Ewan Venters

 

Inspiration

SHOULD – Stephen Sutton

COULD – Tom Daley

DID – New Order

 

Sportsman

SHOULD – Mark Cavendish

COULD – Jenson Button, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, George Groves,

DID -Lewis Hamilton

 

Entrepreneur 

(no arguments)

SHOULD/COULD/DID – Andre Balazs

 

Special Achievement

SHOULD – Michael Fassbender

COULD – Anyone (in theory)

DID – Paulo Nutini

 

Vertu Breakthrough

SHOULD – Henry Cavill

COULD – (Anyone young and stylish, in theory)

DID – Jamie Dornan

 

Solo Artist

SHOULD – Pharrell Williams

COULD – Jake Bugg

DID – Pharrell Williams

 

Leading Man

SHOULD – Either below

COULD – Damien Lewis, Idris Elba

DID – Colin Firth

 

Humanitarian

(no complaints)

SHOULD/COULD/DID – Ringo Starr

 

Actor

SHOULD – Tom Hiddleston

COULD – Andrew Garfield, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Hardy, Dan Stevens, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch,

DID – Benedict Cumberbatch

 

Legend

(no complaints)

SHOULD/COULD/DID – Van Morrison

 

Woman

SHOULD – Angelina Jolie

COULD – Dolly Parton

DID – Kim Kardashian

 

Icon

(no complaints)

SHOULD/COULD/DID – Iggy Pop

 

It wont be long before Nicole, Cheryl, Louis Smith and the like of luvvie duvvies get their gongs at this rate.

One thing you can be sure of, every fashion company will now undoubtedly endorse many of the names printed above. Clearly they can’t think who is deserving and need to pilfer from here. That’s because they are mindless at how to run the show. GQ UK Mag, Esquire and the like can hire me for job roles. Hell, even I would be better as GQ Editor in Chief. Make it happen GQ, I will boost your sales, instead of declining them and your reputation you sought so hard to achieve as a credible focal point, along stars of the mag.

The awards had some questionable winners including Tony Blair and Kim Kardashian.

Richard Dodgson – who organised the GQ Men of the Year Awards – said controversy is no bad thing.

“We like to have celebrities at our event who cause a bit of a stir,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “So having Tony was fantastic. We like to have people who have opinions and are forthright.”

Clearly trying to make a name for themselves to gather attention, this has been done in the wrong way and Dodgson clearly sees to lack the nature of grasping media in a correct context to establish brand identity. Instead it made laughable fools of them instead.

 

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Mercury Music Prize awarded

Mercury Music Prize awarded

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Last night in London from the Roundhouse in Camden, the prestigious Mercury music prize was awarded. The gong was received by twenty-five year old music maestro James Blake.

It was evident to the obscure minds with a sound, distinct skill and apt aura that south Londoner Blake was a dead cert. We should have placed a bet. We forgot. We aren’t quids in. 😦 Never doubted it for a second.

Blake fought off competition from eleven other nominees including David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Laura Marling. All albums and artists are listed below. All twelve have an incredible yet distinctive sound. However, Blake tipped the scales with his resonance, eclectic and piercingly engaging sound.

The former Goldsmith’s University student nabbed the £20,000 reward that comes with the prize for his album, Overgrown.

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Blake said of his prize “I will not piss it up the wall.” Blake intends to spend some time perfecting his craft further with a little downtime to produce more music on from his exceptional sound. An artist does not rush their craft, so abruptly.

Blake perfected this second album himself after having a musical background as the son of a member in the band Colosseum.

The judges comprising the Mercury Prize panel said of Blake’s work it was “Late night music for the digital age. An inventive, poignant and poetic record of great beauty.”

Worthy Blake’s victory secures a notion where celebration for young, skilled and recognisable musical talent was acknowledged.

This can only lead for more genuine, young music to be provided and capture the imaginations of the consumers and thrill seekers, whilst still never counting out the oldies, either.

Host Lauren Laverne, whose evening gaff dubbing Blake “James Blunt” was an interesting moment for the ceremony.

The event, shelved from mainstream television broadcasting, as well as shutting out numerous cultured journalists in favour of ‘big name’ and magazine editors cast the ceremony as calamitous. The sexed up show with live coverage was met with indecision from fans.

SHORTLISTED ALBUMS

Arctic Monkeys, AM

Davie Bowie, The Next Day

Disclosure, Settle

Foals, Holy Fire

Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg

James Blake, Overgrown

Jon Hopkins, Immunity

Laura Marling, Once I was an Eagle

Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon

Rudimental, Home

Savages, Silence Yourself

Villagers, Awayland

 

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Mercury Music Prize Nominees announced

The candidates are in for the Mercury Music Prize. One of the most established prizes for budding new stars to launch a platform to the bloodsucking mainstream dilution has been revealed since Wednesday.

The prize represents artists of strong, unique value embodied with tight talent and pleasing musical sounds for audiences away from the average type of bubblegum pop today.

The shortlist of the twelve artists and albums in the running are below, and make for essential acquisition of many, if not all albums on offer.

This year’s prize is a tight contest. Our winner? It is an extreme task to select from such a diverse and outstanding batch of artistry on offer but, we’re backing Jon Hopkins or James Blake, with Blake as front runner. Their work has been immensely succinct and filled with style, sound and impact that carries listeners along to a wide range of achievable reality and fiction.

Arctic Monkeys and David Bowie are the favourites to win the prize, but criticism range from too predictable, aged and too mainstream to receive the prize as nothing achievable could be done with such rights. To be nominated is huge endorsement alone for artists’ respect of outstanding music contributions often ignored by big company music bosses unturned to the real public purchasers of sound. The prize has often handed a surprise victor numerous times. The award will be chosen next month.

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NOMINATED ALBUMS

 

Arctic Monkeys, AM

Davie Bowie, The Next Day

Disclosure, Settle

Foals, Holy Fire

Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg

James Blake, Overgrown

Jon Hopkins, Immunity

Laura Marling, Once I was an Eagle

Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon

Rudimental, Home

Savages, Silence Yourself

Villagers, Awayland

 

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The Oscars 2013

The Oscars 2013

The 85th Academy Awards took place last night on Sunday 24th February. Below is the full list of winners from the evening with added mishaps, thrills and prestige.

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Host MacFarlane. Great set of Gnashers and Dickie Bow.

Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Short Film (Animated) – Paperman

Best Animation – Brave, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Best Cinematography – Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda

Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina

Best Hair and Make-up – Lisa Westcott, Les Miserables

Best Short – Curfew

Best Documentary Short – Inocente

Best Documentary – Searching for Sugar Man

Best Foreign Film – Amour, Austria

Best Sound Mixing – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes, Les Miserables

Best Sound Editing – Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall

Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Best Editing – William Goldenberg, Argo

Best Production Design – Rick Carte, Jim Erickson, Lincoln

Best Original Score – Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

Best Original Song – Skyfall

Best Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarrantino, Django Unchained

Best Director – Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Picture – Argo

Almost, if not every award was what False Fabs predicted and are pleased with the list. Honouring all those deserving and a batch of credible winners among candidates made this eighty-sixth awards bash a great contest based on talent, skill and sustained resolve. All graceful yet itching to win, we wrote in our BAFTA’s review a week or so ago on this site, about the steering towards Argo and Ang Lee’s displacements. Some may argue we are tough. Well you’re ‘wrong’ to assume this. We are highly impartial but mention the underline. As with the Oscars, Ang Lee nabbing the Director was highly deserved. Ang Lee’s sheer poignancy with piercing eye and forthcoming visuals with deep narrative structure to excel Life of Pi onto the screen was simply sensational.

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Tiger Lee kisses the gold!

Argo scooped the Picture nomination and this was also deserved for the film, though Ben Affleck’s presence surrounds it. The omission of Director for Affleck was seen as unjust. We have to disagree. We respect Affleck, however the Director nomination was based solely on Affleck’s presence, not the Directing and this was lower for recognition than those nominated who made headway so for that could potentially place him in ‘sixth’ place for example, meaning only five go through, obviously. Affleck did deserve the Picture, granted, alongside the other Oscar’s so he can be happy with that, surely.

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Beaming Benji! Argo a-got an Oscar for Best Picture.

As for Daniel Day-Lewis, now the first ever male to catch the triple crown for winning three Oscar’s for Actor had been a monumental achievement for the method actor, who is highly conformed to the roles he undertakes with severe precision, nobility and technique. The man thoroughly deserved to be placed as one of Hollywood’s enriched greats. Congrats to you, fine sir.

Third times a charm.

Jennifer Lawrence at the tender age of twenty-two, took home the Actress gong for Silver Lining’s Playbook. While a clear front-runner to win, Lawrence, with serenity, grace and dignified maturity has lined herself for a bright future in Hollywood, despite her fashion faux pas, tripping over her dress as she approached the podium for her honours. Her peers encouraged her recovery with respected applause. One moment of the flying birdie occurred not for the stumble, but when Lawrence spotted one photographer who was ‘THAT’ photographer to her. Done with pure style and taste, Lawrence could not be harmed whatever the outcome. Even a fabulous Dior dress could not stifle the radiant youngling.

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Controversial host and Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane sang with a “We saw your boobs” which was supposed to be funny but was really rather dry and tacky. Some glaring eyes were annoyed from the audience of those actresses mentioned, while others laughed along. I get the humour, believe me, but it was rather lame and probably shouldn’t have happened. Nothing good came from it and it had no real sustained impact in delivering for the host, the audience watching and in attendance as well as an awards ceremony, though managed to follow through after with a well-rounded, unpredicted hosting duties later on in the evening.

Tarrantino, and Waltz have earned their tremendous rights to their sheers talents in what may be unconventional film settings yet both have expert understanding of one another that shines through and the pair working together also cements that precision on stage. Waltz and Quentin have BOTH received all three grand slam awards taking Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscar’s for their portrayal of Django Unchained. Epic.

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Adele took the song for Skyfall as expected and earned. Her performance of the Bond hit with a medley from Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones was a joy for the show in itself.

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Sassy Songstress Adele.

On a parting note, I have to give immense plaudits to ones that may not be the ‘big’ news. These include the brilliance of Les Mis and the stunning Costume Design for Anna Karenina. Impeccable visuals, sound and style make them a must see regardless.

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Overall the awards were a sterling success. Gaining a nomination alone is a huge feat to receive but to take one home is the ultimate nod from Hollywood. To gain such important prestige can launch and support careers further in film, which should maintain the levels of talent in the room further along to ensure Hollywood keeps a sturdy place in producing really hot, quality films that have once again list an entire checklist for DVD’s and must see screenings for those who haven’t already seen the goods on offer, or to simply own a classic in the making.

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Helena Bonham Carter in Anna Karenina

Maybe next year the Oscar’s would also send me a VIP badge to report from the luxurious carpet and backstage hobnobbing with the stars. Cheap plug, but hey, I’m good for it! 😀

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The Brit Awards 2013

The Brit Awards 2013

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You didn’t think you’d get away with this one did you? Below in every item presented can be a vital way of reforming the broken formula in any product, service or award ceremony. I am available should you need to hire a new force. You should consider it.

In previous years the Brit Awards have been filled with controversy. While the Brits are avoiding this and that is not a problem itself, though fans and critics are asking for trouble for fun, this show can be a success without disaster. From politicians, musical performance interruptions and expletives galore, and the infamous Ronny Wood challenge the awards have been a right laugh for controversy and interest.

Many are panning this Wednesday, 20th Feb’s Brits as “bland.” I disagree. They weren’t bland. They were dire! Non-descript, empty and botched out, winners were unknown, undeserving or just plain randoms. One saving grace from the Brits has been the musical performances. A couple of years back the Brits reformed stating the performances were the focus (ludicrous to make your awards second place) but the sets were going to be amazing. There have been numerous sets in past years that were outstanding, unique and concert worthy. The mash up’s of 2009, including The Ting Tings and Estelle were further highlight even when the ‘big names’ finished or came later.

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The host has always been an imperative role. For the third, yes, third year running, lovely, bouncy, housewives favourite comedian James Corden was host of the show. This was one of its many problems. The assumption that everyone loves James Corden is an idiotic notion that the ceremony producers convince themselves in order to make them seem they know what is good for the show. Their stubborn attitude cost them dearly. Corden scrapped through three years ago with a bearable presentation. He should not have returned for a second series but with this Gavin and Stacey TV show ending and assumed to be the nation’s biggest favourite show, the Brits pounced. It was OK as a show, but wasn’t to the scale of heightened appreciation. The only way the Brits could possibly have this would be to parachute in Ricky Gervais. Golden Globes anyone? Although, now one has mentioned it, the Brits should be gracious to offer me a role producing, strategizing or in the audience typing my ivory keys on my keyboard. J I can get you what you need, but don’t go abusing it. The Brits is in need of serious revamps and PR.

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I am a lover and supporter of the Arts and have immense time for it and others should get more involved for our culture and in-depth growth as human beings. This aside, Damien Hirst is a great artist whom I respect. However, those ‘Awards’ with a white statue and polka dot mess all over it looks more reminiscent of a Yazoo milk bottle. They are ugly. Awards should never be such and are an ‘Award’ meaning high levels of prestige and to acquire such a rare and exceptional feat of talent recognition is vital in the gong. I would be embarrassed if I won that and quite possibly refuse it! Marlon Brando eat your heart you!

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OK, enough gabbing on the poor show structure, what of the awards themselves?

British Male Solo Artist – Ben Howard

British Breakthrough Act – Ben Howard

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British Female Solo Artist – Emeli Sande

British Group – Mumford & Sons

International Male Solo Artist – Frank Ocean

International Group – Black Keys

Live Act – Coldplay

British Single – Skyfall, Adele

British Producer – Paul Epworth

Critic’s Choice – Tom Odell

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Best Album – Our Version of events, Emeli Sande

Brits global success (International Sales of 2012) – One Direction

International Female Solo Artist – Lana Del Rey

Special Recognition – War Child

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He’s come in for a lot of stick. Perhaps not his fault, who knows, however, WHO is Ben Howard? I m extremely well rounded and into new, alternative, indie and all rising music with an ear to the ground, but even I am stumped by Ben Howard.

The Brits felt it should honour moody Olly Murs with a nomination after talking about being snubbed for his rather meek music. While Olly may be a lovable guy, his music is somewhat off. This is no popularity contest. Calvin Harris was also nominated, alongside Richard Hawley and Plan B. While I am in favour of none of the nominees, though obvious decision to win should be Plan B, if the Brits didn’t want obvious pandering to make a farce of the show, how about nominating credible candidates?

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Corden and the Brits were so obsessed with “patting themselves on the back” as Matthew Wright expressed on Friday morning’s The Wright Stuff, on Channel 5, Corden spoke to music insiders of the mainstream like record boss Simon Cowell, DJ Nick Grimshaw, singer Robbie Williams and others in terrible exchanges that were pointless, drab and did nothing for the show and all about ego. In contrast, those winners of the evening were not anywhere in the mainstream, apart from Cowell brainchild’s One Direction. Thanks for turning up, Si. I’m still awaiting a response, though never get one. You know what for. Obsessed with a tele camera, tanktop and media coverage, mogul Cowell uttered a few minimal words whilst chewing gum as he squawked.

An award ‘made’ for One Direction to encourage viewers to tune in was a practise that ate into any credibility the Brits hoped to have. ‘Hey, got an idea. Let’s nominate One D and we can get all the kids to watch.’ Have you forgotten that the demographics watching, past the watershed, no less are grown-ups, adults and matured teens? Sharon Osbourne’s epic fail attempting to make a penis joke about Harry Styles from a mother at sixty year old was unappealing. Mrs. O had also been previously involved in an online row with daughter Kelly’s fight with Lady Gaga earlier this year.

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No gripes with Lana Del Rey, here! Deserved.

Adele won the best single for Skyfall. After last year’s doomed mistake, in which Adele responded with a deserved flipping of the bird for cutting her speech off, this year gave a humourous video message, in which she was rehearsing for the Oscars, as mentioned, and also stated she would keep it short. Producers said that it was preparing to “right that wrong” tonight for last year’s bungle. Cutting off Adele is like cutting off Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes or other Oscar people who have sheer prominence to the ceremony for their talent. You do not do so, so easily. If timing is an issue then you should have cu others of to allow space for people you know are coming up and need allocation.

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The Brits were all over the place and have lost yearly viewers however this year’s crippling stumble has seen thousands turn their TV attention elsewhere. How can music media barons in charge of productions as big as this, and certain others previously addressed by FalseFabs, get it so wrong? Does it imply, which it does, that the producers are so out of touch with the changing and reality of the world that it goes on its statistics which actually tell you nothing about what is necessary to adhere to? Take a step back and get those needed on board instead of flaunting your own stylist principals which lack exactly that. The ceremony is non-existence, unworthy, and of no interest to be there. It’s simply become a waste of time. Change it, or scrap it! It can be saved, but those in charge may not know how to do so. Think!

The Baftas 2013

The BAFTAs 2013

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Below is the list of the full winners of the prestigious awards which took place this past Sunday in London.

Best Film – Argo, Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney

Outstanding British Film – Skyfall, Sam Mendes, Michael G.Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer – Bart Layton, [Director] Dimitri Dognais [Producer] – The Imposter

Film not in the English Language – Amour, Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz

Documentary – Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

Animated Film – Brave, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Director – Ben Affleck, Argo

Original Screenplay – Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

Adapted Screenplay – Silver Linings Plybook, David O. Russell

Leading Actor – Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln

Daniel Day Lewis BAFTA

Leading Actress – Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Michael Balcon (Oustanding British Contribution to Cinema) – Tessa Ross

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Original Music – Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Cinematography – Life of Pi,  Claudio Miranda

Editing – Argo, William Goldenberg

Production Design – Les Miserables,  Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson

Costume Design – Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran

Make up and Hair – Les Miserables, Lisa Westcott

Sound – Les Miserables, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst

Anne Hathaway BAFTA

Special Visual Effects – Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer

Short Animation – The Making of Longbird, Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson

Short Film – Swimmer, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw

EE Rising Star – Juno Temple (public votes)

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema – Tessa Ross

Fellowship – Alan Parker

Noticeable was the close up shots of the Argo crew from the beginning of the evening throughout  With the sultry, morose Ben Affleck unable to crack a smile and display melancholy mood after a snub from the Oscars, alongside wife Jennifer Garner and the whole crew there including Hollywood’s dream impregnator, George Clooney, any clever onlooker could see the transparency to unfold.

Ian McKellen BAFTA

Presented by Sir Ian McKellen, accurately explaining the Director has the toughest job, rightly so, one has a pure understanding of the difficulty to act, director, plan the vision of the film and station those lieutenants to deliver good on the film from front of house actors to the staging and camera crew. Believe me, I understand to a full extent how difficult one’s job is to control everything when certain product must finally be melded together to place the final draft on screen to deliver the narrative succinctly. I am not without praise for Ben’s big BAFTA bemusement. By the end of the evening it made him smile, but the levels of credibility removed by BAFTA for molly-coddling Argo all day and seemingly caving in to make a niche opening for the ceremony to compete with the Oscars as an awards ceremony was rather saddening.

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BAFTA used to and still has notoriety, but this act showed the severe levels of bull on offer. This is not a douching on Argo, but let’s face it, it wasn’t as great as it was awarded for. That’s the key issue here.To compete with Oscars, and possibly gather mainstream status in headlines, BAFTA may have placed itself in realms of slight stupidity as a credible intention.

Les Miserables also stole the show with awards, including Anne Hathaway winning the gong for Actress, deservedly so for her great portrayal in the film adaptation of the musical movie.

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Daniel Day Lewis once again became the graceful and talented BAFTA owner for his expert screening in historical biopic Lincoln. Flawless and talented in every right.

Tessa Ross took the BAFTA for Outstanding contribution to British Film. Ross proved to be an exceptional woman with a piercing eye for detail and prepared to take risks on scripts and ideas on film and television to get them on screen when the idea seems too scary or awkward to undertake for mainstream companies worried of PR implications of negativity. Ross, part of Film4, placed faith in those aspirating film makers, and has produced numerous films of style, wit and integrity that wouldn’t have made it elsewhere. Exceptionally earned.

Quentin Tarrentino joined the “club” which he doesn’t usually do, but was welcome for his intense, witty and humourous offerings on screen.

Juno Temple with the now Turquoisal BAFTA

Juno Temple with the now Turquoisal BAFTA

Skyfall won Best British thing. Obvious wasn’t it? An honour to recognise the staple of the James Bond franchise and mirror the box office worldwide numbers. IT did well at the Box Office, and well done for that. However, this was just a sigh of, get it over with and move on. We’ll have more on a coming Bond piece, but until then, Daniel Craig needs to be removed as Bond if the legacy is to continue for the great and sadly departed writer Ian Flemming and composer John Barry, R.I.P.

Quite frankly, Ben Affleck stole the headlines so it did its job. He used to be the Hollywood heartthrob who had a zest for life, which is now seen as moody, serious and highly altered. Try and bring the fun back out, somehow and let loose. Don’t get us wrong, we ‘like’ Ben Affleck and respect his work, but the proceedings were amok with point scoring global scales.

We felt Ang Lee should have got the Director BAFTA, but there you go. This hasn’t been a biased approach to the above responses, but Life of Pi was an exceptional work form Lee and was one of the best nominees in the category, but many not honoured make films for the reason of making film. It would be a pleasure for that to be recognised by awards than headline grabs, which the awards already makes, regardless.