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The Kermodes - Your Verdict

Tuesday 25 February 2014, 15:09

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

Last night this year’s Kermode Awards were revealed. What did you make of my choices and can you do better?

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    Comment number 1.

    Best Film: Stoker - Wonderfully atmospheric and unsettling in a great way.
    Best Director: I too would've gone for Paul Greengrass.
    Best Actor: Again, I would've gone for Tom Hanks.
    Best Actress: Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) - She was absolutely extraordinary, delivering a very nuanced and yet chillingly ethereal portrayal of a young girl's transformation into something far more sinister.
    Best Screenplay: Wentworth Miller (Stoker) - Miller managed to create a subverted coming-of-age tale with elements of Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt layered throughout.
    Best Foreign Film: Blue Is The Warmest Colour - An honest and raw depiction of what it's like to be in love, and sublime performances by the two female leads.
    Turkey of the Year: Kick-Ass 2 - A truly disappointing sequel to my favourite film of all time.

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    Comment number 2.

    My choices would be:
    Best Film: Fruitvale Station - it hasn't come out in the UK yet and I only saw it by chance on a holiday to Washington DC but this is an incredible film taking a really powerful look at the last day in Oscar Grant's life
    Best Director: Tie between Edgar Wright - The World's End and Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips
    Best Actor: James McAvoy - Filth
    Best Actress: Julie Delpy - Before Midnight
    Best Supporting Actor: Michael Smiley - A Field in England
    Best Supporting Actress: Tie between Sarah Paulson - 12 Years a Slave and Octavia Spencer - Fruitvale Station
    Best Original Screenplay: Tie between In A World and The Kings of Summer
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Much Ado About Nothing
    Best Animated Film: Monsters University - initially I wouldn't have given this one but having watched this film recently it's shocking that a film as funny and with such a powerful message as this should be ignored
    Best Score: 12 Years a Slave
    Best Documentary: Blackfish

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    Comment number 3.

    Best Film- The Selfish Giant
    Best Director- Spike Jonze- Her
    Best Actor- Joaquin Phoenix- Her
    Best Actress- Emma Thompson- Saving Mr Banks
    Best Screenplay- Kelly Marcel- Saving Mr Banks
    Cinematography- Hoyte van Hoytema- Her
    Turkey Of The Year- Only God Forgives

    Also I think I may be the only person in the world that thinks Tom Hanks' performance in Captain Philips is very very overrated, I could name 20 films starring Hanks in which I think he's better.

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    Comment number 4.

    I think that you did a pretty good job Mark. It seems that the Academy selections have saved you from making a mistake of some ‘Gravity’ though, and I also think that you over-egged ‘Good Vibrations’ (although it’s far from a bad film).

    Given the criteria, these are my choices...

    Best Actress: Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)
    Best Actor: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
    Best Film: Captain Phillips
    Best Director: Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
    Best Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave)
    Best Screenplay: Amy Jump (A Field in England)
    Best Non-English Language Film: Sunshine on Leith :)
    Biggest Turkey: Wolf of Wall Street

    Other films that I thought more than deserved a shout were: Before Midnight, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, The Selfish Giant, Nebraska, American Hustle and All is Lost.

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    Comment number 5.

    Agree with quite a lot of your choices. Not seen Good Vibrations yet, but I will when I have time. Was happy to see Greengrass, Hanks and Thompson get Kermode's. Loved their acceptance speeches because all three are incredibly down to Earth with things like this, especially Thompson who is brilliantly crackers in my opinion. Definitely need more people like her.

    The only ones I would mention would be:

    Turkey Of The Year: After Earth. I know it's directed by M. Night Shameabouthelastfilm, but I honestly thought Will Smith would save the day and make it enjoyable viewing. But M. Night and Jaden's powers was too much for Mr. Smith and in the end it was as bad as you would expect it to be.

    One category that I have to mention which you did not give out an award to is Best Original Song. For the Oscars, it seems Frozen's Let It Go will win and I would be happy to see that take the victory as it is a great Disney song.
    But I just had to mention Oblivion by M83 feat. Susanne Sundfor in Oblivion. Played during the end credits, this song is gorgeous to listen to and I just remember instantly loving this tune as I was walking out of my local multiplex.


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