Tuesday, December 27, 2011


The other day, one of my Facebook friends made an interesting comment about Awards season in general. Those who've followed my twitter account, as well as the blog know that I have a fascination with the Awards that are getting handed out, constantly over the next few months up until Oscar time. Anyway my friend said that while all these Awards and Top Ten Critics lists and things of that nature are interesting, he himself isn't capable of having such a strong opinion on films this year. "I'm just now catching up on all the films I had to watch for last year, and it'll be until this time next year that I'll catch up on this year's films." To paraphrase my friend. He's right. This is especially so for me at this point. I rarely am able to make a trip to the movie theatre to watch every big movie that comes out. Financially, it's not prudent, not to mention logistically I don't have the time even if it was, and besides that, sometimes smaller films don't make it to the closest theatres to my house, so geographically it's even a challenge, but eventually through DVDs, streaming, movie rentals, and, just pure willpower, I manage to force myself to watch every important film from these recent years, not simply for entertainment purposes, not even just because it's my career choice, but so that I can even have an opinion myself on movies and the awards that are handed out to them. Who should've been nominated, who deserved to win, how can they make such choices.... However, it's not particularly uncommon for Awards to be presented to films long after their initial release. Some of you true cinephiles might be aware of "The Muriel Awards." It's an online group of cinephiles and film critic types, not the well-known of groups celebrity wise, but they're views are immensely respectable nonetheless. Anyway, they give their normal Best Picture, Director, Actor/Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress Awards, however, they also give out a few Awards that are somewhat interesting, like "Most Cinematic Moment," of the year, and they single out just a single moment of a movie. My personal favorite though, is three Awards they give called the "10-Year Award," the "25-year Award", and the "50-year Award". These Awards are given, to the Best Picture of the year, for so many years ago, 10, for 10-years ago, 25 for 25-years ago, and so on... the reason I like these Awards is that, sometimes it actually takes that long to realize what the Best Film of that year actually was. As much as I love obsessing over Award Season, not only are the winners trivial at best, but sometimes they're completely wrong, and other times, everybody is wrong though, and only through time do we come to realize such things like, "Wow! They're is no other movie like "Groundhog Day,"" or "Raging Bull," is the Best Film of 1980, and not "Ordinary People," or the less-often seen, "Huh, they really got it right with "Platoon," that year." Plus, not to mention, we don't always get to see some of the films that come out in the year they're 'til years later, especially true of foreign films. We're still learning about people like Ozu and Melville, director who still have films that haven't been released in America yet. In many ways, we might never know the best film of the year, but the more we learn, and the more we watch, the more we learn, and the stronger our opinion(s) will be.

So, it is with that backdrop, that David Baruffi's Entertainment Views and Reviews is proud to announce, the nominations for the 1st Annual One-Year-Later Awards! (aka known as the OYL Awards [Like Olive Oyl, from "Popeye"]) That's these are the Awards that recognizes the greatest achievements in film not from this past year in film, but from movies seen, the year before last, and as the year, 2011 comes to a close, we are going back to the year 2010!

(Theme Music and Applause)

Okay, now since this is the first year of these awards, we're going to go over some of the rules about the OYL Awards.
1. Everybody who works at "David Baruffi's Entertainment Views and Reviews," is eligible to vote for the OYL Awards, but they must've seen 200 films from the year before this year, including a majority of the major Award nominees and winners from that year.

Now that last part is somewhat subjective, but it's pretty unlikely to have watched 200 films from a year, and not see most of the major ones, so that's more of a technicality to prove person is aware of the cinema world, and not just sitting around watching nothing but absolute crap all day. Basically 200 films, is a good benchmark, that we've decided upon.

2. Awards will be presented in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Foreign Language Feature, Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay, however, the OYL Awards won't necessarily be limited to these Awards alone.

So, we're giving away major awards, however we might give out other awards in the future. This is the first year though, we're not going to go crazy.

3. The nominating rules:
A. Each category, unless otherwise noted, will have a minimum of 5 nominations per category, however, up to 10 nominations per category are allowed if more than five nominations in se category are deserving of a nomination, for that year, but no more than 10, 'cause after that, we're just congratulating everybody and that would just be sad and stupid

So that's a little different, we can have many nomination more that the usual five, but no more than ten. Some years, their could be a lot of nominations in some categories, while other years, it might be a struggle to come up with 5. That happens sometimes too you know. I mean, Hilary Swank won that 2nd Oscar by default basically. Not that she was bad; she's great in "Million Dollar Baby," but that was it that year, and they had to find four lambs for her to slaughter.

B. The Best Picture Category will have 10, and only 10 nomination per year, done so irrelevant of the amount of films the Academy nominates in order to promote and showcase many movies that might generally be overlooked.

Now, that's kind of an intriging rule. Now, I have been very critical of the Acadamy's recent decisions regarding the Best Picture number, but this isn't the Academy. Their goal is to award the Best in each category; to be the almighty standard of Award shows, it should be harder for films to get nominated at the Oscars. This, however is a Blog with a number of employees all of whom are fantastic great person-, I'm sorry, people, who are promoting cinema and film, so we have the right to act a little different.

C. The Best Animated Feature category will follow the same standard set by the A.M.P.A.S. as to nominations, a maximum of 3 nominations for years with less than 15 feature films released, and five nominations for years with 16 or more.

D. The Best Foreign Language Feature category can choose any film that's predominately shot in a foreign language, and that can include films shot and produced in the United States, by American filmmakers.

E. Documentaries are not eligible for the Best Picture category, although they are eligible in every other category.

That's last one there, that's for convenience's sake. It can get really complicated comparing documentaries and scripted films at a certain point, just best to not involve oneself-ourselves with that.

Well, those are the general rules and guidelines. Now it's time for the first ever...


OYL Awards Nomination Announcement!

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Thank you. Glad you all could come out today for the announcements. Well start with Best Supporting Actress. There are 9 nominees in this category, so let's begin. The nominees are....

Amy Adams-"The Fighter"
Annette Bening-"Mother and Child"
Helena Bonham Carter-"The King's Speech"
Anne-Marie Duff-"Nowhere Boy"
Mila Kunis-"Black Swan"
Melissa Leo-"The Fighter"
Hailee Steinfeld-"True Grit"
Naomi Watts-"Mother and Child"
Jacki Weaver-"Animal Kingdom"

For Best Supporting Actor, there are 7 nominees. And the nominees are...

Christian Bale-"The Fighter"
Vincent Cassel-"Black Swan"
Andrew Garfield-"The Social Network"
John Hawkes-"Winter's Bone"
Ewan McGregor-"I Love You, Philip Morris"
Mark Ruffalo-"The Kids Are All Right"
Geoffrey Rush-"The King's Speech"

Alright, let's switch gears and move on to the Best Documentary category. There are 6 nominees in this category, and the awards are presented to both the Producer(s) and Director(s). And the nominees are...

Catfish-Dir: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman; Pro: Andrew Jarecki and Mark Smerling
Exit Through the Gift Shop-Dir: Banksy; Pro: Jaimie D'Cruz, Holly Cushing, and James Gay-Rees
A Film Unfinished-Dir: Yael Hersonski; Pro: Noemi Schory and Itai Ken-Tor
Inside Job-Dir: Charles Ferguson; Pro: Audrey Marrs
Restrepo-Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
Waiting for 'Superman'-Dir: Davis Guggenheim Pro: Michel Birtel and Lesley Chilcott

and now the Foreign Language Film category, there are six nominated, and the awards are presented to the Director(s). And the nominees are...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-Niels Arden Oplev (Sweden)
I Am Love-Luca Guadagnino (Italy)
In a Better World-Susanne Bier (Denmark)
Incendies-Denis Villenueve (Canada)
Mother-Joon-ho Bong (South Korea)
Skirt Day-Jean-Paul Lilienfield (France)

For Best Animated Feature, we have 3 nominees this year, and the award is presented to the director(s) and producer(s). And the nominees are...

How to Train Your Dragon-Dir: Dean Deblois and Chris Sanders; Pro: Bonnie Arnold
The Illusionist-Dir: Sylvain Chomet; Pro. Sally Chomet and Bob Last
Toy Story 3-Dir: Lee Unkrich; Pro: Darla K. Anderson

Okay, back to the Acting. There are 8 nominees this year, for Best Actor, and the nominees are...

Casey Affleck-"The Killer Inside Me"
Jeff Bridges-"True Grit"
Jim Carrey-"I Love You Philip Morris"
Matt Damon-"Hereafter"
Jesse Eisenberg-"The Social Network"
Colin Firth-"The King's Speech"
James Franco-"127 Hours"
Andy Serkis-"Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll"

Okay, for Best Actress, bear with us, we have 10 nominees in the category, and the nominees...

Annette Bening-"The Kids Are All Right"
Katie Jarvis-"Fish Tank"
Hye-ja Kim-"Mother"
Jennifer Lawrence-"Winter's Bone"
Lesley Manville-"Another Year"
Julianne Moore-"The Kids Are All Right"
Natalie Portman-"Black Swan"
Noomi Rapace-"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Tilda Swinton-"I Am Love"
Michelle Williams-"Blue Valentine"

Whew! Big category. Okay, we're onto the Writing categories. There are 7 nominees for Best Adapted Sceenplay, and the nominees are....

127 Hours-Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg
The Ghost Writer-Robert Harris and Roman Polanski
Incendies-Denis Villeneuve
The Social Network-Aaron Sorkin
True Grit-Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Winter's Bone-Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

For Best Original Screenplay, there are 8 nominees this year, and the nominees are...

Another Year-Mike Leigh
Black Swan-Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John J. McLaughlin
Blue Valentine-Derek Cianfrance, Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne
In a Better World-Anders Thomas Jensen
Inception-Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right-Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
The King's Speech-David Seidler
Mother and Child-Rodrigo Garcia

Now for the two big ones you've been wating for. There are 8 nominees this year in the Best Director category, and the nominees are...

Darren Aronofsky-"Black Swan"
Banksy-"Exit Through the Gift Shop"
Danny Boyle-"127 Hours"
Derek Cianfrance-"Blue Valentine"
David Fincher-"The Social Network"
Tom Hooper-"The King's Speech"
Christopher Nolan-"Inception"
Niels Arden Oplev-"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

And now ladies and gentleman, we have come to the final category, the BEST PICTURE OF LAST YEAR!


Thank you, thank you. And as I stated before, there are 10 nominees in this category, nominations are awarded to the Producers. And the nominees are....

127 Hours-Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, and John Smithson
Black Swan-Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer and Brian Oliver
Blue Valentine-Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky and Jamie Patricof
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-Soren Staermose
In a Better World-Sisse Graum Jorgensen
Inception-Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas
The King's Speech-Iain Canning and Gareth Unwin
Mother and Child-Lisa Maria Falcone and Julie Lynn
The Social Network-Dana Brunetti, Cean Chaffin, Michael De Luca, and Scott Rudin
True Grit-Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Scott Rudin

Let's have a big congratulations for all the nominees, how about it?


Yeah! Alright, now on January 3rd, 2012, one week from today, we will kick off the New Year, by announcing the winner of the OYL Awards, for 2010! The 1st Annual OYL Awards will be announce here at David Baruffi's Entertainment Views & Reviews. So come, join the party, you're all invited, especially all those who've been, again congrats to all of you. Oh, and if some of you feel like the need to take issue or complain about some of the nominations, please feel free to post either on our website, our twitter, or on my Facebook page! However, be advised, you want to complain about, I'd recommend getting your own damn blog, and give out your own OYL Awards! Cause that's a huge waste of time if I do say so myself, complaining about my own made-up Awards, take a good in the mirror if you do that. (If you want to praise my choices though, that's perfectly normal.) Anyway, we'll see you at the One-Year-Later Awards!

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