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“The Artist”, the last remake to win the Oscar to the best motion picture

The director Michel Hazanavicius denies it everytime he speaks, but anyone with an Internet connection can check it. You only have to look for Singin’ in the rain, download it, watch it and get shocked: The Artist is a perfect copy, no matter what the director says.

Here is a short list of the remakes that won the Oscar to the best motion picture.

1. The Artist (2011) , a direct and uncredited remake of Singin’ in the rain.

2. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), the first remake to win the Oscar. The original was an Australian movie called In the wake of the Bounty (1933), the first one that Errol Flynn played.

3. The ten commandments (1956). Cecil B. DeMille copied himself from the movie he directed in 1923. First one was longer, silent and much, much funnier. Apart from the story in Egypt it included a modern one with a mother with both children, a devilish one and an angelical guy. God is a merciless being who punish the mother for their children’s sins.

4. Ben-Hur (1959) was a remake of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925). In the silent movie played uncredited Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks, Clark Gable, Janet Gaynor, Lillian Gish… and many more.

5. Gigi (1958) was directed by Jacqueline Audry with the same title back in 1949. Vincente Minelli turned the story into a musical and got the main prize.

6. My fair lady (1964) was a remake of Pygmalion (1938), even when we have to admit that Audrey Hepburn is a zillion times more glamourous than Wendy Hiller.

7. The departed (2006), based on Infernal Affairs (2002). Martin Scorsese made the trick and got the Oscar with a movie that is far below many others the director has filmed, including Hugo, the one who was on the race this year 2012.

Shattered Golden Globes

69th Annual Golden Globes Awards has been an atypical ceremony. There wasn’t any favourite movie and everyone took its prize.

George Clooney and Meryl Streep are also the what-a-surprise-winners for the Oscars, but it’s not going to be so easy for the best picture, director, screenplay, animated film and the others. 2011 hasn’t been a good year for the American cinema.

For me, Roman Polanski was the best director of the year, but in the USA they can’t give a prize to a man with his dark past. They have already being brave enough to recognize Woody Allen as the best writer and that was too much for the jury. Maybe Carnage and Midnight in Paris are considered European movies, so they don’t play in the same league. The prize to Martin Scorsese for a childish movie seems simply a consolation prize.

Maybe the best American movie this year was Rise of the planet of the apes, but saying that is too hard for an industry that only loves dramas or slapsticks. Maybe it is going to win some technicals Oscars, but nothing else.

Tintin wasn’t a movie good enough to win in the Animated category, but Steven Spielberg is a tough nut to crack and he couldn’t go out barehanded. I don’t know if right now anyone in the USA knows that Tintin was a Belgian comic before he turns into an Indiana copycat.

Maybe these year the Oscars are to be eerie enough and all the prizes are going to different pictures, but I will be very surprised if J. Edgar (Clint Eastwood) and War Horse (Spielberg again) doesn’t bite a bit. We’ll see soon.

After the Awards, which one is the best American movie?

Now we know The king’s speech is the best movie of the year (according to the Academy, of course). But I still don’t know which one is the best American movie. The Bafta Awards, the Producers Guild Awards, the Director Guild Awards and the Actors Guild Awards also acclaimed The king’s speech, so they’re not useful this year. The Golden Globe, the Critics Choice Award and the Critics Award Grid went to The social network. The Spirit Awards were more original and decided the best movie was Black Swan.

So, according to the awards, The social network shoud be the best, but what about the other movies? I do really love Black Swan but also The fighter and Winter’s Bone. It’s easy to have missed those two last movies, because they were realeased initially (in the USA) only in four cinemas, so practically nobody could see them. And Black Swan was launched in 18 cinemas. It’s impossible to compared the figures with The social network (2,771 screens) or Inception (3,792 screens). The surprise comes from The king’s speech, realeased also in only 4 screens at the beginning and rising to 2,584 on February of this year.

At last doesn’t matter much how many people has seen a movie. The only important thing is the people from the Academy love the movie (or some other hidden interests I’m not to deal with). For me, nevertheless, The fighter will always be the best American movie of 2010.

My bet for the Oscars

I won’t be rich with my bet, but here it is.

Best motion picture: Toy Story 3
Best performance by an actor in a leading role: Colin Firth
Best performance by an actress in a leading role: Natalie Portman
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role: Geoffrey Rush
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role: Amy Adams
Best achievement in directing: David Fincher
Best writing, screenplay written directly for the screen: Inception
Best writing, screenplay based on material previously produced or published: 127 hours
Best animated feature film of the year: Toy Story 3
Best foreign language film of the year: Hors-la-loi
Best achievement in cinematography: Inception, Wally Pfister
Best achievement in editing: The Social Network, Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall
Best achievement in art direction: Alice in Wonderland, Robert Stromberg & Karen O’Hara
Best achievement in costume design: Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
Best achievement in makeup: The Wolfman, Rick Baker & Dave Elsey
Best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original score: (TRON Legacy, but it’s not nominated, so) Inception, Hans Zimmer
Best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song: Toy Story 3, Randy Newman (“We Belong Together“)
Best achievement in sound mixing: Inception, Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo & Ed Novick
Best achievement in sound editing: TRON Legacy, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle & Addison Teague
Best achievement in visual effects: Iron Man 2, Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright & Daniel Sudick

So, what’s yours?