Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Director's Guild Awards (The Historic Wait Continues)

Well, we will still have to wait for another type of important history to be made at the DGA. Steve McQueen lost the Best Director to a well-deserving Alfonso Cuaron for his Gravity, a fictional sci-fi film that took him over four years to develop. However, below is a post I just made at Awards Daily about the state of the campaign race for 12 Years a Slave:

I was not able to visit AD last night, and I have not read the current 98 comments posted thus far. But here are my comments -
I expected and hoped for a McQueen win, but that should not be taken as a slight or disrespect against Alfonso Cuaron. I have been enjoying Cuaron's work for the past 20 years and own some of his DVDs. The man is a fantastic filmmaker and has been overdue for the honors he is receiving for Gravity.
It is just my opinion that in this year, this very year, I find it suspicious that after all the brilliant visual effects and CGI work of Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, for instance, the timing of awarding similar work to a director comes this year. Adding much needed legitimacy to the time consuming, unique film making of genre/sci-fi films. Regardless of the ridiculous 'Firsts!' that will have been made with either a Cuaron win or a McQueen win, the DGA win pretty much signals the conclusion of any debate about who the industry wants to honor as best director this year.
It will be at least another decade before someone like McQueen will win at the DGA, and 12YAS will be the last ‘mainstream media’ slavery film that will earn the praise that it has. The fatigue has settled in for a couple weeks now with this slavery film, and voters in the guilds and critics circles have been favoring a sci-fi film, and a 70s crime capper film over what many deem to be an important film for everyone to watch and learn from – similar in its message about humanity that holocaust films present.
I’m not being a defeatist, I’m being a realist and I see the writing on the wall and I will not be surprised if on Oscar night, 12YAS only wins one award, just to give it something (Nyong’o), the race is just too tight with other work. I still believe that 12YAS and McQueen will do very well at BAFTA, but with the Oscars, the Americans, with cinematography and music score snubbed, I now see what’s going to happen and I’m bracing myself to chill out on the expectations and I’ll just be a mere sideline observer. One kind of history was made last night, while it was very good and overdue, another kind of history will have to continue to wait, and that first win will take at least another decade, that’s why it was so nail-biting to hope for a McQueen win.

1 comment:

Hupsakeek said...

I totally agree on your comment Simone. You know my feelings about the way it works at "the other side of the ocean". It's all about the money/politics and they always choose the safe side "Tall Poppy Syndrome"(IMO). History teach us that(especially with the Academy Awards). It has nothing to do with art of filmmaking. Once money and politics are involved the (artistic) enviroment is poluted. I'm not saying that Cauron didn't deserve the award, my feelings are the same as you wrote, but it's a safe choice and that's a shame and a missed opportunity.
Although I don't have much with the Academy Award, you automaticly have high hopes once the film/actor/director you feel for, could be nominated or is nominated.
The little voice inside your head whispers "perhaps this year it will be different, everybody could learn from their mistakes".....(note: I'm a dreamer :) )