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Monday, December 17, 2012

17th Satellite Awards Winners


Last night the IPA had their award ceremony and winners are in *BLUE.

The International Press Academy really liked Silver Linings Playbook that won almost all the motion picture major awards. But saying that Pieta is as good as The Intouchables is something that I do not comprehend. To read winners in all motion picture and television categories go to official site.

12/3
Last year, on November 9, 2011 something quite interesting happened that skipped my radar but will comment now briefly. FEDEORA joined with the International Press Academy (IPA) to extend IPA's membership and the cross-cultural reach of both organizations. FEDEORA is the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean that was founded in May 2010 in Cannes; the seat of FEDEORA is in London UK.

Perhaps FEDEORA is still a young association but already has started to give awards at some festivals; however what concerns IPA's Satellite Awards is that since last year the base of this Press Academy expanded beyond the American sphere. Since then their purpose to be global has become more meaningful. Still I believe that to gain more visibility within the awards season, the Academy should publish at least its global membership coverage.

Nevertheless IPA describes itself as follows, IPA is a global media association of domestic and foreign entertainment journalists in print, TV, radio, broadcast, and online outlets; including critics, interviewers, reviewers, bloggers, and photographers. The organization is based in Los Angeles and by definition still feels too American to be visualized as global.

A while back IPA President, Mirjana Van Blaricom gave the following declarations.

We rescheduled the show for Dec. 16; we will include FEDEORA, the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. This will have a big impact on our choices as far as new takes on international films. Due to the rise of bloggers, people who never read reviews are now part of the audience for commentary on the industry. This is not only local but global, and we are making adjustments in our membership to realign the parameters of what a press association means in the world today. It’s including a lot of new voices and views."

Perhaps her most visionary comment is when she says: “nobody has a monopoly on covering entertainment anymore.”

So today, in the second year that the organization has become more global, IPA announced their nominations with a very-long list of nominees for Film categories (there are too many nominees in each category) that comes from reliable news sources. If you wish to learn all nominees in Film, Television and New Media check the official site. As soon as they publish will confirm the nominations. The official site hasn't publish the nominations, so perhaps you will like to check the news at THR, go here. (Updated 12/4)

Update 12/16: Official site has the list and nominations have been confirmed.

As you can see nominees, with few exceptions, still look and feel like if they come from an American awards organization as their scope includes mainly English-language films.

Best Picture
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
*Silver Linings Playbook
Skyfall
The Sessions
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Animated or Mixed Media Film
Brave
Frankenweenie
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
*Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Foreign Film
Amour
A Royal Affair
*The Intouchables
Our Children
Kon-Tiki
*Pieta
Beyond the Hills
War Witch
Caesar Must Die

Best Documentary
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
*Chasing Ice
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
Searching for Sugar Man
The Central Park Five
The Gatekeepers
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
West of Memphis

Best Director
*David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook
Ben Affleck for Argo
Kim Ki-Duk for Pieta
Ben Lewin for The Sessions
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress
*Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Émilie Dequenne in À perdre la raison (Our Children)
Keira Knightley in Ana Karenina
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour (Love)
Laura Linney in Hyde Park on Hudson
Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thrity
Laura Birn in Purge

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams in The Master
Hélène Florent in Café de Flore
*Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables
Helen Hunt in The Sessions
Judi Dench in Skyfall
Samantha Barks in Les Misérables

Best Actor
John Hawkes in The Sessions
Omar Sy in The Intouchbles
Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
Denzel Washington in Flight
Daniel Day- Lewis in Lincoln
*Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook

Best Supporting Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook
John Goodman in Flight
*Javier Bardem in Skyfall
Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
Eddie Redmayne in Les Misérables

Was going to list nominees in all film categories but after reading the nominees my belief is that is not really worth it as their selections are too American for an organization that supposedly now is more global. Besides I find unsettling that the "other" French film is nominated, Jacques Audiard was shut out plus their selection in the foreign film category looks to come more from the films that each country sent to Oscar than from watching non-American films.

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