Sunday, 26 February 2012


Oscar Sunday 

It is Oscar Sunday here in LA and the excitement is certainly building for the Red Carpet. There is not a single Oscar nominee that does not deserve to win. 

Our attention will be on the Documentary Films, the Foreign Language Feature Films, the Animated Short Films and Short Action Films. These categories sometimes do not get as much attention as the big headliners but are extraordinary.

See our special feature Oscar Mania. Be sure to check for behind the scenes interviews with the directors, screenwriters and stars as well as the official trailers.

Nick Verreos, Oscar expert on Fashion is on the Red Carpet today. He joined us at the FIDM where the 5 Oscar nominated Films for Costume have costumes from the movies on display. Be sure to check the myETVmedia Oscar Mania Episode on Costume in Film

You will see costumes from Hugo and Madonna’s W.E. with 1920's and '30's beautiful recreations from the finest houses of Haute Couture. Could the winner be the Elizabethan period piece Anonymous or the 1960's film The Help? Or will the Material Girl win the day? Is nostalgia going to sweep us away with The Artist’s styles from the 20’s

The Foreign Language Oscar Nominated Films hold surprises. No one can be sure who the frontrunner is with Separation the Iranian film taking top honors yesterday at the Independent Spirit Awards. Footnote from Israel has become a favourite. Israel has been at the Oscars 10 times previously and has yet to capture the elusive Oscar.

Canada has won the Oscar for Foreign Language Film before and Monsieur Lazhar is a superb film that is certainly Oscar worthy today.

BullHead from Belgium is one of the rare R rated film in contention. In Darkness from Poland is a wrenching true drama about wartime horrors for Polish jews. Either of these two dramatically different films could certainly sweep away with the Oscar. See our interviews with the Foreign Language Oscar Nominated directors and screenwriters. Bullhead is director/screenwriter Michael Roskam first feature! 

Agnieszka Holland has had 3 previous Oscar nominations and an extraordinary career as a filmmaker. 

In the Documentary Category we will wait to see if the war doc Hell and Back Again takes the Oscar.  

Pina is an extraordinarily beautiful and touching movie about Dance. It shows the remarkable choreography of Pina Bausch. It is filmed using 3D and shows dance in a way never seen before. Could it be the winner?  

Then there is the HBO documentary about the 3 boys who were murdered, “Purgatory 3: Paradise Lost”. This is a story that has been kept alive due to the excellent documentary work by HBO. It raised international media attention and brought major celebrities to the cause including Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and director Peter Jackson. It has lead to the release of the 3 teens, now men, who were unjustly sent to prison for 20 years and faced death row for murders they did not commit.

Finally there is the inspiring documentary  “Undefeated”about a coach who leads a loosing inner city football team to glory while giving these young men and their whole community pride and hope .

The Short film Oscar category is equally remarkable. The skill of story telling in this very immediate format is becoming more remarkable every year. See Oscarmania: Episode 2: Shorts for a great guide to the Nominees. 

Join us for the Oscars in Review after the Awards Ceremony on myETVmedia. Make sure to check our reviews, press interviews and behind the scenes coverage of the year of events that have lead to the Oscars.

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