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We’ve had Man On Fire and Man On A Wire, now we’ve got Man On A Ledge, and its first vertigo-inducing poster. Starring Sam Worthington (Terminator: Salvation, Avatar), the film revolves around the titular Man (Worthington) standing on the titular Ledge, threatening suicide. Turns out this is all a distraction so his brother can go rob a jewellery store. Note to self: never trust men on ledges. The supporting cast looks pretty solid, including Elizabeth Banks as the officer tasked with talking Worthington down and Jamie Bell as the jewellery robbing brother.
Man On A Ledge is released January 13th 2012.

/// MAN ON A LEDGE POSTER

We’ve had Man On Fire and Man On A Wire, now we’ve got Man On A Ledge, and its first vertigo-inducing poster. Starring Sam Worthington (Terminator: Salvation, Avatar), the film revolves around the titular Man (Worthington) standing on the titular Ledge, threatening suicide. Turns out this is all a distraction so his brother can go rob a jewellery store. Note to self: never trust men on ledges. The supporting cast looks pretty solid, including Elizabeth Banks as the officer tasked with talking Worthington down and Jamie Bell as the jewellery robbing brother.

Man On A Ledge is released January 13th 2012.

The always wonderful Wild Beasts, not content with being on tour right this second have announced further dates for next spring. Continuing to support their third album Smother (currently in 8th place in the Hitsville Best Album of 2011 poll…), the Lake District foursome will be taking over the following places in March 2012:
11th - WARWICK @ University 
12th - NORWICH @ Waterfront 
13th - COLCHESTER @ Arts Centre 
14th - EXETER @ Phoenix 
15th - FALMOUTH @ Pavillion 
16th - CARDIFF @ Coal Exchange 
17th - LIVERPOOL @ Masque Theatre

The always wonderful Wild Beasts, not content with being on tour right this second have announced further dates for next spring. Continuing to support their third album Smother (currently in 8th place in the Hitsville Best Album of 2011 poll…), the Lake District foursome will be taking over the following places in March 2012:

  • 11th - WARWICK @ University 
  • 12th - NORWICH @ Waterfront 
  • 13th - COLCHESTER @ Arts Centre 
  • 14th - EXETER @ Phoenix 
  • 15th - FALMOUTH @ Pavillion 
  • 16th - CARDIFF @ Coal Exchange 
  • 17th - LIVERPOOL @ Masque Theatre

Reuniting for the first time since 2008’s Hunger, the arthouse dream team of Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender now bring us the quite intense looking Shame, the tale of one man’s crippling sex addiction. The trailer is a little NSFW (hence the restricted red band at the start), and is massively effective at spelling out the film’s premise without a single word of dialogue. Definitely one to keep an eye out for.

Shame is released in the UK on January 13th 2012.

Medieval is the new zombie; Game Of Thrones, How To Train Your Dragon, Pixar’s upcoming Brave and now Jack The Giant Killer. Essentially Jack & The Beanstalk given the glossy Hollywood treatment, it’s a refreshing non-franchise summer blockbuster. Would you rather have another few Pirates Of The Caribbean movies? Directed by Bryan Singer and with Nicholas Hoult in his first starring role, along with Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Warwick Davis and Bill Nighy, it looks like one to seek out next June.

Jack The Giant Killer is released June 2012.


In terms of movie titles, this might be one of the best, so much so, that we don’t even have to provide a summary of the plot. Less work for us, innit. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov and starring Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Vampire Hunter will provide an interesting comparison with Steven Spielberg’s currently shooting, Daniel Day-Lewis-starring, completely sincere Lincoln biopic.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is released June 22nd 2012.

In terms of movie titles, this might be one of the best, so much so, that we don’t even have to provide a summary of the plot. Less work for us, innit. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov and starring Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Vampire Hunter will provide an interesting comparison with Steven Spielberg’s currently shooting, Daniel Day-Lewis-starring, completely sincere Lincoln biopic.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is released June 22nd 2012.

We’re only fifteen days from 2012 and 369 days from the supposed end of the world (thank you, Mayan calendar). So other than the coming apocalypse, here’s what else you can look forward to next year…

Jay & ‘Ye bossed the second half of 2011 following the release of Watch The Throne, but we could be in for a triple helping of grandiose stadium hip-hop next year. The word on the grapevine is that the rap titans are planning a second Watch The Throne sometime after the current tour for the first ends, whilst Jay-Z also hinted at the possibility of solo albums from himself and Kanye. West is going to have to dream up something spectacular to better both My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the first Throne album in such a short time. Someone else who can expect a huge amount of hype is Mr Justin Timberlake. Currently forging a fairly respectable career in Hollywood, the former boyband member is rumoured to be making his return to the music world in 2012. Timberlake is initially returning for a world tour, but it’s not too outlandish to expect an album following soon after.
On the indie side of things, The Maccabees will return with their third album Given To The Wild in January. First single “Pelican” seems like epic business as usual, but interviews and promo videos suggest things could be getting a little weird for the Brighton band. The Cribs will return with their fifth album (produced by Steve Albini), but without Johnny Marr; out go Smithsy guitar melodies, in come the scuzzy bite of old. MGMT's third album is expected sometime in summer, but whether they continue down the psychedelic path of Congratulations or switch back to the electro-rock of their debut album remains to be seen. One good sign is the band stating the sound will be “fun and rewarding”. Sunderland noiseniks The Futureheads are stripping back and releasing an entirely acappella album, whilst Noel Gallagher's going the opposite direction with his Amorphous Androgynous collaboration record. Even if you're not a fan of either, these albums are definitely going to be worth a listen. 
Speaking being worth a listen, Lana Del Rey will unleash her debut LP next year, which will probably be the reason for the world ending. But in all seriousness, the current idol of the blogosphere will have the chance to prove whether she’s actually worth the hype or if she’s all soft sepia filter and no knickers. Tyler, The Creator, that other big new phenomenon of the year, will be looking to better Goblin with his third album Wolf. Doubt there’ll be anything quite as good as “Yonkers” on there. Sticking with Odd Future, Frank Ocean is sure to release his first album proper in the new year, which should catapult him to the top of the R&B mountain, whilst the return of Earl Sweatshirt is likely to be rumoured throughout the next twelve months, leading to speculation of a new album.
Sleigh Bells' Reign Of Terror arrives on Valentine’s Day, as is Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The thinking man’s pop diva Janelle Monae is reportedly planning to release two albums in 2012, which is good news for, well,everyone. Challenging her for best popstar around is superstar offspring Willow Smith. Her first album is due sometime in Spring, which will hopefully match up to the genius of “Whip My Hair”. In the guitar-toting, forty-somethings-who-should-know-better world, Metallica and Green Day are both planning to release albums that will hopefully make up for the awfulness of Lulu and 21st Century Breakdown respectively. Finally, should he find a record label to release it, Morrissey's ninth solo album should be making its way to bequiffed teenagers next year.

Many a fanatic already has a countdown clock ticking towards one of the big event movies of next year. The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Hobbit and Django Unchained are all huge films that stand out even amongst the top-tier cinematic fare scheduled for 2012. Christopher Nolan leaves the Batman franchise with one of the most anticipated films in years, whilst nerd deity Joss Whedon attempts to bring The Avengers together on the big screen for the first time, an unenviable task. Peter Jackson returns to The Shire in order to tell the story of Bilbo Baggins, and give LOTR devotees another three hours to sit through, whereas Quentin Tarantino finally gets to make his western opus. You’d be hard pushed not to get caught up in the hype for any of these blockbusters.
On the slightly less hyped side of things, there’s Pixar’s journey into the mythical with the Scotland-set Brave and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, which is based on Burton’s early short and, shockingly, doesn’t involve Johnny Depp! The James Bond franchise lumbers on with its 23rd instalment, entitled Skyfall. Daniel Craig remains as Bond, whilst Sam Mendes directs and Javier Bardem gets villainous. Twilight wraps up with Breaking Dawn - Part 2, but it seems increasingly likely that The Hunger Games will take its place as the big teen franchise. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen…
Daniel Radcliffe will attempt to escape the Potter-shaped shadow with Hammer Horror’s The Woman In Black, which actually looks pretty damn creepy. Staying with the scary side of things, [REC]3 expands the world of its predecessors by doing away with the handheld camera format and World War Z pits Brad Pitt against a zombie ravaged world, giving us a very real look at the effect of an undead apocalypse. An all-star cast (Leo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire) will bring The Great Gatsby to a cinema near you towards the end of the year. Will Baz Luhrmann bring that Romeo + Juliet magic to this adaptation? An even more flashy cast will ignore the rubbish title to appear in Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad; Ryan Gosling (conquering Hollywood one film at a time), Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi and Nick Nolte. Sounds awesome, no?
Man of the moment Michael Fassbender gets eclectic in his choice of roles, appearing in Ridley Scott’s sort-of-but-not-really Alien prequel Prometheus and sex addiction drama Shame, whilst both the Spiderman and Bourne franchises get rebooted; Andrew Garfield dons the red ‘n’ blue tights in The Amazing Spider-Man and Jeremy Renner replaces Matt Damon as the super-soldier in The Bourne Legacy.
Of course, it’s not all high expectations and top-notch casts; there are a fair few gambles and surefire turkeys being released next year. Titanic and The Phantom Menace are both getting baffling 3D re-releases, whereas The Expendables 2 and Scary Movie 5 can be labelled as “Films no one wanted. Ever”. Oh, and they’re making Battleship, based on the game Battleships, starring Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch and, erm, Rihanna. Yep, that’s actually happening.

We’re only fifteen days from 2012 and 369 days from the supposed end of the world (thank you, Mayan calendar). So other than the coming apocalypse, here’s what else you can look forward to next year…

Jay & ‘Ye bossed the second half of 2011 following the release of Watch The Throne, but we could be in for a triple helping of grandiose stadium hip-hop next year. The word on the grapevine is that the rap titans are planning a second Watch The Throne sometime after the current tour for the first ends, whilst Jay-Z also hinted at the possibility of solo albums from himself and Kanye. West is going to have to dream up something spectacular to better both My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the first Throne album in such a short time. Someone else who can expect a huge amount of hype is Mr Justin Timberlake. Currently forging a fairly respectable career in Hollywood, the former boyband member is rumoured to be making his return to the music world in 2012. Timberlake is initially returning for a world tour, but it’s not too outlandish to expect an album following soon after.

On the indie side of things, The Maccabees will return with their third album Given To The Wild in January. First single “Pelican” seems like epic business as usual, but interviews and promo videos suggest things could be getting a little weird for the Brighton band. The Cribs will return with their fifth album (produced by Steve Albini), but without Johnny Marr; out go Smithsy guitar melodies, in come the scuzzy bite of old. MGMT's third album is expected sometime in summer, but whether they continue down the psychedelic path of Congratulations or switch back to the electro-rock of their debut album remains to be seen. One good sign is the band stating the sound will be “fun and rewarding”. Sunderland noiseniks The Futureheads are stripping back and releasing an entirely acappella album, whilst Noel Gallagher's going the opposite direction with his Amorphous Androgynous collaboration record. Even if you're not a fan of either, these albums are definitely going to be worth a listen. 

Speaking being worth a listen, Lana Del Rey will unleash her debut LP next year, which will probably be the reason for the world ending. But in all seriousness, the current idol of the blogosphere will have the chance to prove whether she’s actually worth the hype or if she’s all soft sepia filter and no knickers. Tyler, The Creator, that other big new phenomenon of the year, will be looking to better Goblin with his third album Wolf. Doubt there’ll be anything quite as good as “Yonkers” on there. Sticking with Odd Future, Frank Ocean is sure to release his first album proper in the new year, which should catapult him to the top of the R&B mountain, whilst the return of Earl Sweatshirt is likely to be rumoured throughout the next twelve months, leading to speculation of a new album.

Sleigh Bells' Reign Of Terror arrives on Valentine’s Day, as is Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The thinking man’s pop diva Janelle Monae is reportedly planning to release two albums in 2012, which is good news for, well,everyone. Challenging her for best popstar around is superstar offspring Willow Smith. Her first album is due sometime in Spring, which will hopefully match up to the genius of “Whip My Hair”. In the guitar-toting, forty-somethings-who-should-know-better world, Metallica and Green Day are both planning to release albums that will hopefully make up for the awfulness of Lulu and 21st Century Breakdown respectively. Finally, should he find a record label to release it, Morrissey's ninth solo album should be making its way to bequiffed teenagers next year.

Many a fanatic already has a countdown clock ticking towards one of the big event movies of next year. The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Hobbit and Django Unchained are all huge films that stand out even amongst the top-tier cinematic fare scheduled for 2012. Christopher Nolan leaves the Batman franchise with one of the most anticipated films in years, whilst nerd deity Joss Whedon attempts to bring The Avengers together on the big screen for the first time, an unenviable task. Peter Jackson returns to The Shire in order to tell the story of Bilbo Baggins, and give LOTR devotees another three hours to sit through, whereas Quentin Tarantino finally gets to make his western opus. You’d be hard pushed not to get caught up in the hype for any of these blockbusters.

On the slightly less hyped side of things, there’s Pixar’s journey into the mythical with the Scotland-set Brave and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, which is based on Burton’s early short and, shockingly, doesn’t involve Johnny Depp! The James Bond franchise lumbers on with its 23rd instalment, entitled Skyfall. Daniel Craig remains as Bond, whilst Sam Mendes directs and Javier Bardem gets villainous. Twilight wraps up with Breaking Dawn - Part 2, but it seems increasingly likely that The Hunger Games will take its place as the big teen franchise. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen…

Daniel Radcliffe will attempt to escape the Potter-shaped shadow with Hammer Horror’s The Woman In Black, which actually looks pretty damn creepy. Staying with the scary side of things, [REC]3 expands the world of its predecessors by doing away with the handheld camera format and World War Z pits Brad Pitt against a zombie ravaged world, giving us a very real look at the effect of an undead apocalypse. An all-star cast (Leo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire) will bring The Great Gatsby to a cinema near you towards the end of the year. Will Baz Luhrmann bring that Romeo + Juliet magic to this adaptation? An even more flashy cast will ignore the rubbish title to appear in Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad; Ryan Gosling (conquering Hollywood one film at a time), Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi and Nick Nolte. Sounds awesome, no?

Man of the moment Michael Fassbender gets eclectic in his choice of roles, appearing in Ridley Scott’s sort-of-but-not-really Alien prequel Prometheus and sex addiction drama Shame, whilst both the Spiderman and Bourne franchises get rebooted; Andrew Garfield dons the red ‘n’ blue tights in The Amazing Spider-Man and Jeremy Renner replaces Matt Damon as the super-soldier in The Bourne Legacy.

Of course, it’s not all high expectations and top-notch casts; there are a fair few gambles and surefire turkeys being released next year. Titanic and The Phantom Menace are both getting baffling 3D re-releases, whereas The Expendables 2 and Scary Movie 5 can be labelled as “Films no one wanted. Ever”. Oh, and they’re making Battleship, based on the game Battleships, starring Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch and, erm, Rihanna. Yep, that’s actually happening.

We’re now firmly entrenched in awards season and following last week’s Golden Globes, the nominations for the BAFTAs have been revealed . It’s an intriguing selection, and it’s hard to pick a favourite in some categories (you try picking a winner from the Best Film list). There also some surprising oversights; no nominations for Rooney Mara (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter) or Ryan Gosling (Drive), nor for Cliff Martinez work on the Drive soundtrack, not even an honourary award for Uggie the dog in The Artist. At least Bridesmaids has garnered a handful of noms, which is rare for a comedy.
The full nominations follow, with our picks in bold and the likely winner in italics.
The Artist The Descendants DriveThe Help Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 Incendies Pina Potiche A SeparationThe Skin I Live In

 My Week with Marilyn Senna ShameTinker Tailor Soldier Spy We Need to Talk About Kevin

Michel Hazanavicius, for The Artist Nicolas Winding Refn, for DriveMartin Scorsese, for HugoTomas Alfredson, for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Lynne Ramsay, for We Need to Talk About Kevin

 The Artist BridesmaidsThe GuardThe Iron Lady Midnight in Paris
 The DescendantsThe Help The Ides of March MoneyballTinker Tailor Soldier Spy
 The ArtistThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo HugoTinker Tailor Soldier Spy War Horse
The ArtistDrive Hugo Senna Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
 The Artist Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 HugoTinker Tailor Soldier Spy War Horse
 The Artist Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 HugoThe Iron Lady My Week with Marilyn
 The Artist HugoJane Eyre My Week with MarilynTinker Tailor Soldier Spy
 The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 HugoRise of the Planet of the Apes X-Men: First Class
George Harrison: Living in the Material World Project NimSenna
The Artist Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Hugo Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyWar Horse
The Artist The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Hugo Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Arthur ChristmasRango
 Brad Pitt as Billy Beane in MoneyballGary Oldman as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy George Clooney as Matt King in The Descendants Jean Dujardin as George Valentin in The Artist Michael Fassbender as Brandon in Shame
Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller in The ArtistMeryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn Tilda Swinton as Eva in We Need to Talk About Kevin Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark in The Help
Christopher Plummer as Hal in BeginnersJim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher in The Iron Lady Jonah Hill as Peter Brand in Moneyball Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn Philip Seymour Hoffman as Paul Zara in The Ides of March
 Carey Mulligan as Irene in Drive Jessica Chastain as Celia Foote in The Help Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike in My Week with MarilynMelissa McCarthy as Megan in Bridesmaids Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson in The Help

We’re now firmly entrenched in awards season and following last week’s Golden Globes, the nominations for the BAFTAs have been revealed . It’s an intriguing selection, and it’s hard to pick a favourite in some categories (you try picking a winner from the Best Film list). There also some surprising oversights; no nominations for Rooney Mara (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter) or Ryan Gosling (Drive), nor for Cliff Martinez work on the Drive soundtrack, not even an honourary award for Uggie the dog in The Artist. At least Bridesmaids has garnered a handful of noms, which is rare for a comedy.

The full nominations follow, with our picks in bold and the likely winner in italics.


The Artist 

The Descendants 
Drive
The Help 
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Incendies
Pina
Potiche
A Separation
The Skin I Live In


My Week with Marilyn
Senna
Shame
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin


Michel Hazanavicius, for The Artist 
Nicolas Winding Refn, for Drive
Martin Scorsese, for Hugo
Tomas Alfredson, for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 
Lynne Ramsay, for We Need to Talk About Kevin


The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Guard
The Iron Lady
Midnight in Paris



The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy



The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse


The Artist
Drive
Hugo
Senna
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy



The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse



The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
The Iron Lady
My Week with Marilyn



The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy



The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
X-Men: First Class



George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim
Senna



The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse



The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy



The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Arthur Christmas
Rango



Brad Pitt as Billy Beane in Moneyball
Gary Oldman as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
George Clooney as Matt King in The Descendants
Jean Dujardin as George Valentin in The Artist
Michael Fassbender as Brandon in Shame



Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller in The Artist
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn
Tilda Swinton as Eva in We Need to Talk About Kevin
Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark in The Help



Christopher Plummer as Hal in Beginners
Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher in The Iron Lady
Jonah Hill as Peter Brand in Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Paul Zara in The Ides of March



Carey Mulligan as Irene in Drive
Jessica Chastain as Celia Foote in The Help
Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike in My Week with Marilyn
Melissa McCarthy as Megan in Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson in The Help

(Note: there’s no real reason for us using Rooney Mara as the main picture for this article other than… well… just take a look for yourself)
Well, it’s all over for another year. Hopefully a year in which films like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Tree Of Life and directors like Tomas Alfredson and David Fincher aren’t massively overlooked or under-appreciated by the ever-aging Academy… but personal grumbles aside, what did you think? There were no real surprises from last night’s ceremony (although the sights of Jim Rash aka Community’s Dean Pelton winning an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants and Flight Of The Conchords’ Bret McKenzie winning the award for Best Song were very surreal), with most of the winners being favourites or second favourites in their categories. But remember, we live in a world where Drive only got one nomination and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon got two.
The winners of the major categories are as follows:
BEST FILMThe Artist
BEST DIRECTORMichel Hazanavicius - The Artist
BEST ACTORJean Dujardin - The Artist 
BEST ACTRESSMeryl Streep - The Iron Lady
SUPPORTING ACTORChristopher Plummer - Beginners
SUPPORTING ACTRESSOctavia Spencer - The Help
ANIMATED FEATURERango 
VISUAL EFFECTSHugo 
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYWoody Allen - Midnight In Paris 
ADAPTED SCREENPLAYAlexander Payne, Nat Faxton and Jim Rash - The Descendants 
CINEMATOGRAPHYHugo 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)Ludovic Bource - The Artist 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)Bret McKenzie, “Man Or Muppet” - The Muppets 
So who do you think should’ve won? Or do you think they’re all deserving winners?

(Note: there’s no real reason for us using Rooney Mara as the main picture for this article other than… well… just take a look for yourself)

Well, it’s all over for another year. Hopefully a year in which films like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Tree Of Life and directors like Tomas Alfredson and David Fincher aren’t massively overlooked or under-appreciated by the ever-aging Academy… but personal grumbles aside, what did you think? There were no real surprises from last night’s ceremony (although the sights of Jim Rash aka Community’s Dean Pelton winning an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants and Flight Of The Conchords’ Bret McKenzie winning the award for Best Song were very surreal), with most of the winners being favourites or second favourites in their categories. But remember, we live in a world where Drive only got one nomination and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon got two.

The winners of the major categories are as follows:

  • BEST FILM
    The Artist
  • BEST DIRECTOR
    Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
  • BEST ACTOR
    Jean Dujardin - The Artist 
  • BEST ACTRESS
    Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
  • SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Christopher Plummer - Beginners
  • SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Octavia Spencer - The Help
  • ANIMATED FEATURE
    Rango 
  • VISUAL EFFECTS
    Hugo 
  • ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    Woody Allen - Midnight In Paris 
  • ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton and Jim Rash - The Descendants 
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY
    Hugo 
  • MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
    Ludovic Bource - The Artist 
  • MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
    Bret McKenzie, “Man Or Muppet” - The Muppets 

So who do you think should’ve won? Or do you think they’re all deserving winners?

MMOTHSAs much as I loathe the term post-dubstep, I’ve been listening to a brickload of it. MMOTHS are one such act, spotted on the iTunes homepage and caught my eye. Their interesting dreampop/idm sensibility have such an interesting sound and I’m really curious to see what else they can offer, especially after hearing their outstanding remix of Bon Iver’s “Baby”.
Porter RobinsonThe young EDM artist piqued my interest after I heard a remix of his “Unison” by Knife Party (good if you’re into berserk nonsensical madness dance music) and looked into his discography. An almost counteraction to Skrillex’s complete overhaul of what EDM is, Porter Robinson takes us in the opposite direction with more traditional dance music hooks and riffs, although not completely ignoring the increasing insurgency of house and dubstep.
††† (Crosses)Crosses are Deftones frontman Chino Moreno’s new project and with a more modern take on the dreampop we’ve heard from his other project Team Sleep, Crosses prove to be more and more interesting, having already released two impressive and sprawling EPs of content (one of which received 8/10 from us last year).
James BlakeJames Blake is by no means a new face but recent interviews have suggested that his new album could one to look forward to, for sure. After the disappointment of his eponymous debut, Blake has been said to be moving in a more clubby, beat-heavy direction, which should be very interesting indeed.
Totally Enormous Extinct DinosaursI’ll not beat around the bush here, T.E.E.D are the best band in the business right now and if you haven’t listened to them yet, you’ll be sorry when the album comes out and you’re left wishing you knew them before it was cool. Orlando Higginbottom has slowly been gaining hype over the last few years through EPs, standalone singles and some stellar remixes, and even got his own Hitsville Spotlight last year.

MMOTHS
As much as I loathe the term post-dubstep, I’ve been listening to a brickload of it. MMOTHS are one such act, spotted on the iTunes homepage and caught my eye. Their interesting dreampop/idm sensibility have such an interesting sound and I’m really curious to see what else they can offer, especially after hearing their outstanding remix of Bon Iver’s “Baby”.

Porter Robinson
The young EDM artist piqued my interest after I heard a remix of his “Unison” by Knife Party (good if you’re into berserk nonsensical madness dance music) and looked into his discography. An almost counteraction to Skrillex’s complete overhaul of what EDM is, Porter Robinson takes us in the opposite direction with more traditional dance music hooks and riffs, although not completely ignoring the increasing insurgency of house and dubstep.

††† (Crosses)
Crosses are Deftones frontman Chino Moreno’s new project and with a more modern take on the dreampop we’ve heard from his other project Team Sleep, Crosses prove to be more and more interesting, having already released two impressive and sprawling EPs of content (one of which received 8/10 from us last year).

James Blake
James Blake is by no means a new face but recent interviews have suggested that his new album could one to look forward to, for sure. After the disappointment of his eponymous debut, Blake has been said to be moving in a more clubby, beat-heavy direction, which should be very interesting indeed.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
I’ll not beat around the bush here, T.E.E.D are the best band in the business right now and if you haven’t listened to them yet, you’ll be sorry when the album comes out and you’re left wishing you knew them before it was cool. Orlando Higginbottom has slowly been gaining hype over the last few years through EPs, standalone singles and some stellar remixes, and even got his own Hitsville Spotlight last year.

WATCH /// DOCTOR WHO SERIES 7 TRAILER

There’s still roughly six months left until the TARDIS three return to screens, but until then, Whovians have this trailer to pore over and analyse. The press release for the upcoming new series promises “fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes - each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before” in the buildup to the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013. Those fourteen episodes include the final appearances of loyal companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), the first appearance of newly cast companion Jemma Louise Coleman and guest stars David Bradley (Argus Filch, Harry Potter), Rupert Graves (Lestrade, Sherlock) and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter).