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The 85th Academy Awards.

By GeekyGem

Warning this blog contains spoiler’s if you do not want to know who won then do not read on.

Last year this blogger stayed up all  night to bring you the news from the Oscars. This year I couldn’t do that as the thought of staying up all night and having to work the next day just didn’t fill me with joy. So recorded the proceedings and watched them early this morning, Seth MacFarlane was the master of ceremonies this year. However that enough of the opening so let’s get down to the winners.

Best Picture
Beasts  of the Southern Wild
Silver  Linings Playbook
Zero  Dark Thirty
Les  Misérables
Life  of Pi
Django  Unchained
Argo – WINNER!


David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Ang  Lee (Life of Pi) – WINNER!
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
Michael Haneke  (Amour)
Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best  Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) – WINNER!
Denzel Washington (Flight)
Hugh Jackman (Les  Misérables)
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Joaquin Phoenix (The  Master)

Best Actress
Naomi Watts (The  Impossible)
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver  Linings Playbook) – WINNER!
Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts  of the Southern Wild)


Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz (Django  Unchained) – WINNER!
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
Alan  Arkin (Argo)
Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

Best Supporting  Actress
Sally Field (Lincoln)
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) – WINNER!
Jacki Weaver  (Silver Linings Playbook)
Amy Adams (The Master)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

Adapted Screenplay
Life of Pi
Silver Linings  Playbook
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Argo –  WINNER!

Original  Screenplay
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained – WINNER!
Moonrise  Kingdom


Animated Feature
Wreck-It Ralph
The  Pirates
Brave –  WINNER!

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour – WINNER!
War Witch
A Royal  Affair
Kon Tiki

Production Design
Anna  Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Life of  Pi
Lincoln – WINNER!

Anna  Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi – WINNER!


Costume Design
Anna Karenina – WINNER!
Les Misérables
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the  Huntsman

Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The  Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for  Sugar Man – WINNER!

Documentary Short
Inocente – WINNER!
Kings  Point
Mondays at Racine
Open  Heart

Argo – WINNER!
Life of Pi
Silver Linings  Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Makeup and  Hairstyling
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les  Misérables – WINNER!

Original Score
Anna  Karenina
Life of Pi – WINNER!

Original  Song
‘Before My Time’ – Chasing Ice
‘Pi’s Lullaby’ – Life of  Pi
‘Suddenly’ – Les Misérables
‘Everybody Needs A Friend’ – Ted
‘Skyfall’ – Skyfall – WINNER!


Sound Editing
Django Unchained
Life of  Pi
Skyfall – WINNER!  (tied)
Zero Dark Thirty – WINNER! (tied)

Sound  Mixing
Les Misérables – WINNER!
Life of Pi

Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected  Journey
Life of Pi – WINNER!
Marvel’s The Avengers
Snow White and  the Huntsman

Animated Short
Adam and Dog
Fresh  Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest  Daycare”
Paperman – WINNER!


Live Action  Short
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew – WINNER!
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

There we have the big winners at the Oscars 2013.

(Source: Digital Spy)

Remake: JAWS

 By @hmsbeefnuts

Eons ago now, I wrote an article about re-making Ghostbusters for a new generation, basically re-casting the classic roles. In no way was I saying that the movie should be re-made, it should not, ever, but it was a fun exercise none the less, well I thought it was. So I thought I would continue my series of imagined re-makes with one of my personal favourite films of all time, JAWS. If anyone actually tried to re-make it in real life I think I would shit a brick, a literal brick, but they aren’t going to, and this is imaginary, so on with the fun!

Chief Martin Brody O.P.B. Roy Scheider

Brody is a tough character to cast. Scheider is so good in the role, bringing every-man charm to our protagonist. Someone then we can route for and like, but still convey Brody’s mortal fear of water. May I suggest Hugh Jackman? OK, so he would have to lose some of that Wolverine physique, but Jackman is one of the most likeable actors in Hollywood. I think he can play every-man, he can play superhero,Wolverine, and loser, Real Steel. I can see Jackman crouched on the sinking Orca as the shark comes towards him, ‘Smile you son of a bitch!’.

Quint O.P.B Robert Shaw

Quint is one of the greatest characters ever created in my view. He is amazing. As such, there are few actors who could bring Quint alive as well as Robert Shaw. My pick for this most awesome of roles goes to Russell Crowe. No stranger to life aboard a ship, check out Master and Commander, Big Russ could bring a great deal to the role of the salty sea dog. I bet he could give a killer U.S.S. Indianapolis speech. Would he be as good? I have trouble thinking anyone could replace Shaw, but if anyone could, then maybe, just maybe Maximus Decimus Meridius could, maybe.

Matt Hooper O.P.B. Richard Dreyfuss

Rounding out our trio of shark hunting heroes, Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute. Younger, rich, an expert on sharks, Dreyfuss was again perfect in the role. Why am I racking my brains to try and recast this perfectly cast film? Well I can’t stop now, so I’m going for Ryan Reynolds. Handsome and at home with both comedy and more serious roles, casting Ryan Reynolds could allow for the remake to include parts of the novel that Spielberg didn’t choose to film. For example, in the novel Ellen Brody and Hooper have thought about an affair, a nice little side story that would work well with Reynolds.

Ellen Brody O.P.B. Lorraine Gary

Ellen Brody, at least in my mind, should be smart, sexy, a good mum and a strong woman. If we are going to go with the added plot point of a possible affair with Matt Hooper, she should also be drop dead gorgeous. May I suggest, Charlize Theron. A great actress and a stunning beauty, Ms. Theron would fit the bill exactly.

Mayor Larry Vaughan O.P.B. Murray Hamilton

I don’t know why, but the first name that came to mind when I thought about who to cast as Mayor Vaughan was Morgan Freeman, and the more I think about it, the more I like it. Freeman is obviously a great actor, and does extremely well in small, but important roles (see Nolan’s Batman franchise). Freeman can play pompous well, but can also do remorse and worry. Morgan Freeman is in my mind, a great choice for Mayor Vaughan.

Mrs. Kitner O.P.B. Lee Fierro

A figure of sympathy, pain and remorse, she has two big scenes and as such needs to be able to handle the emotions of losing her son to that bastard shark. For no other reason than I really fancy her, I would cast Kate Beckinsale. She is also a great actress, but I mainly fancy her.

Alex Kitner O.P.B. Jeffrey Voorhees

Another small role, but I hate when kids can’t act and ruin films. Kitner needs to be played by a smart kid who can act and I would like to suggest Brandon Stark himself, Isaac Hempstead Wright. A great actor and the beginning of his movie career.

Ben Gardner O.P.B. Craig Kingsbury

A tiny tiny role. Basically only a head is needed for THAT shocking moment. Can I suggest Paul Giamatti? If you have read my stuff before, you know why.

Chrissie Watkins O.P.B. Susan Backlinie

A tiny, but pivotal role, Chrissie Watkins is basically victim number 1, but her death is shocking and meaningful, and should resonate for the rest of the film. I’m imagining a bit of Scream style stunt casting, where a well known actress buys the farm early on. Watkins is a teenager, should be good looking, with the possibility of some nudity, she does die skinny dipping after all. My choice would be Jennifer Lawrence. She is Hollywood’s next big thing, and suitably famous after X-Men First Class and The Hunger Games. Her death would be shocking enough that the film would make a bold statement.

So those are my picks, and remember, in no way do I want this film to be remade, IT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN. But this has been a fun exercise, at least for me, and I hope you have enjoyed it too. Did I make any glaring errors? Would you pick different actors? Let us know below.

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