February 22, 2012

ICS SUES HOLLYWOOD FOR A SEPARATION

Soaring over this year's Oscar favorites, Asghar Farhadi's masterful Iranian drama A Separation earned top honors at the 9th International Cinephile Society Awards, winning best picture of 2011. The intense story of two families torn apart by marital and legal woes also nabbed prizes for Farhadi's multi-layered original screenplay, the naturalistic acting ensemble, and best film not in the English language. In addition, two members of its remarkable cast – Peyman Moaadi and Shahab Hosseini – were chosen as runners-up in the individual acting categories.

Top kudos, however, went to best actor Tom Cullen as a heartfelt lover in Weekend; supporting actor Brad Pitt as a dysfunctional 1950s father in The Tree of Life; and two gutsy ladies from little-seen ICS favorite Margaret, Anna Paquin for best actress and J. Smith-Cameron in supporting.

Grace balanced nature as The Tree of Life matched A Separation's tally with four wins of its own, including director Terrence Malick, supporting actor Pitt, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and half the film editors in Texas.

In a surprising turnaround, tough competition left the innovative Portuguese saga Mysteries of Lisbon with nine nominations but only one win. This stunning Raoul Ruiz production managed a tie with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for adapted screenplay, while sweeping runner-up prizes in non-English language film, cinematography and original score.

Previously released nominations may be found here.

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PICTURE
01. A Separation
02. The Tree of Life
03. Mysteries of Lisbon
04. Certified Copy
05. Weekend
06. Margaret
07. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
08. Drive
09. Meek's Cutoff
10. Hugo
11. Melancholia

DIRECTOR
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
runner-up: Asghar Farhadi – A Separation

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
01. A Separation
02. Mysteries of Lisbon
03. Certified Copy
04. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
05. The Skin I Live In
06. Poetry
07. House of Pleasures
08. Le Havre
09. Le Quattro Volte
10. Of Gods and Men

ACTOR
Tom Cullen – Weekend
runner-up: Peyman Moaadi – A Separation

ACTRESS
Anna Paquin – Margaret
runner-up: Juliette Binoche – Certified Copy

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brad Pitt – The Tree of Life
runner-up: Shahab Hosseini – A Separation

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
J. Smith-Cameron – Margaret
runner-up: Jessica Chastain – Take Shelter

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
runner-up: Weekend – Andrew Haigh

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Mysteries of Lisbon – Carlos Saboga & Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan
runner-up: The Skin I Live In – Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar

CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
runner-up: Mysteries of Lisbon – André Szankowski

EDITING
The Tree of Life – Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa
runner-up: Drive – Matthew Newman

PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Mill and the Cross – Marcel Slawinski, Katarzyna Sobanska-Strzalkowska
runner-up: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Maria Djurkovic

ORIGINAL SCORE
Drive – Cliff Martinez
runners-up: Mysteries of Lisbon – Jorge Arriagada & Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias

ENSEMBLE
A Separation
runner-up: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

ANIMATED FILM
Rango
runner-up: Winnie the Pooh

DOCUMENTARY
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
runner-up: Nostalgia for the Light

BEST PICTURE NOT RELEASED IN 2011
• Alps
• Century of Birthing
• Declaration of War
• The Deep Blue Sea
• Elena
• Faust
• The Kid with a Bike
• Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
• This Is Not a Film
• The Turin Horse

 

January 22, 2012

2012 ICS AWARD NOMINEES

Honoring films released in the USA in 2011.

The emotionally charged, exquisitely crafted Iranian family drama A Separation tops this year's ICS slate with 10 nominations, followed by master filmmaker Raoul Ruiz's swan song Mysteries of Lisbon, which has 9. Neo-noir thriller Drive keeps it harsh but cool with 7 nods, sharing that distinction with Terrence Malick's poetic reconciliation The Tree of Life. Meanwhile, a much-sought-after pair of smaller films, Weekend and Margaret, rushed our ballots late in a strong showing despite limited visibility. All the last-minute jostling has been worth it, though, giving us quite an eclectic list this year.

Winners of the 9th ICS Awards will be announced on February 21, 2012.

2012 awards


PICTURE
• Certified Copy
• Drive
• Hugo
• Margaret
• Meek's Cutoff
• Melancholia
• Mysteries of Lisbon
• A Separation
• The Tree of Life
• Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
• Weekend

DIRECTOR
• Asghar Farhadi - A Separation
• Abbas Kiarostami - Certified Copy
• Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life
• Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive
• Raoul Ruiz - Mysteries of Lisbon

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
• Certified Copy
• House of Pleasures
• Le Havre
• Le Quattro Volte
• Mysteries of Lisbon
• Of Gods and Men
• Poetry
• A Separation
• The Skin I Live In
• Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

ACTOR
• Tom Cullen - Weekend
• Michael Fassbender - Shame
• Peyman Moaadi - A Separation
• Chris New - Weekend
• Michael Shannon - Take Shelter

ACTRESS
• Sareh Bayat - A Separation
• Juliette Binoche - Certified Copy
• Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
• Anna Paquin - Margaret
• Yun Jung-hee - Poetry

SUPPORTING ACTOR
• Albert Brooks - Drive
• Shahab Hosseini - A Separation
• Michael Lonsdale - Of Gods and Men
• Brad Pitt - The Tree of Life
• Christopher Plummer - Beginners

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
• Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter
• Jessica Chastain - The Tree of Life
• Leila Hatami - A Separation
• Carey Mulligan - Shame
• J. Smith-Cameron - Margaret

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
• Certified Copy - Abbas Kiarostami
• Margaret - Kenneth Lonergan
• Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
• A Separation - Asghar Farhadi
• Weekend - Andrew Haigh

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
• Drive - Hossein Amini
• Moneyball - Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
• Mysteries of Lisbon - Carlos Saboga
• The Skin I Live In - Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar
• Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

CINEMATOGRAPHY
• Drive - Newton Thomas Sigel
• Melancholia - Manuel Alberto Claro
• The Mill and the Cross - Lech Majewski, Adam Sikora
• Mysteries of Lisbon - André Szankowski
• The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lubezki

EDITING
• Drive - Matthew Newman
• Martha Marcy May Marlene - Zachary Stuart-Pontier
• Mysteries of Lisbon - Carlos Madaleno, Valeria Sarmiento
• A Separation - Hayedeh Safiyari
• The Tree of Life - Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa

PRODUCTION DESIGN
• Hugo - Dante Ferretti
• The Mill and the Cross - Marcel Slawinski, Katarzyna Sobanska-Strzalkowska
• Mysteries of Lisbon - Isabel Branco
• Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Maria Djurkovic
• The Tree of Life - Jack Fisk

ORIGINAL SCORE
• Drive - Cliff Martinez
• Hanna - Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons (as The Chemical Brothers)
• Mysteries of Lisbon - Jorge Arriagada
• The Skin I Live In - Alberto Iglesias
• Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Alberto Iglesias

ENSEMBLE
• Bridesmaids
• Margaret
• Midnight in Paris
• Mysteries of Lisbon
• A Separation
• Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

ANIMATED FILM
• The Adventures of Tintin
• Rango
• Winnie the Pooh

DOCUMENTARY
• The Arbor
• The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
• Nostalgia for the Light
• Pina
• Senna

BEST PICTURE NOT RELEASED IN 2011
• Alps
• Century of Birthing
• Declaration of War
• The Deep Blue Sea
• Elena
• Faust
• The Kid with a Bike
• Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
• This Is Not a Film
• The Turin Horse

 


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