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Golden Globes

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Industry News

The Golden Globes is known to many as “The Road to the Oscars”.  Indeed, many winners of Golden Globe Awards in film often experience Oscar glory.  This year’s Golden Globe winners.  Here’s a brief recap of some of the winners and insights about the films (with a few pictures scattered in just for fun):

Best Motion Picture – Drama –
The Descendants (A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.)
Contending with this film was sleeper hit The Help, and Spielberg’s (overly drawn-out) epic, War Horse.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy –
The Artist – (Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.)
Despite being silent and black and white, this film was a hit with both critics and audiences.  Sometimes, a nod to past styles and trends in film history can be refreshing (having an adorable and dog as a supporting actor doesn’t hurt either!)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
George Clooney (The Descendents)
Other contenders for the award: Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March), Michael Fassbender (Shame), and Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Meryl Streep (Iron Lady)
Her biggest contender was said to be Viola Davis (The Help), but Streep pulled though for her performance as former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Leave it to the French Dujardin to portray a troubled foreign actor in Hollywood classical movies.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Contending with Williams for the awards: Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Kate Winslet (Carnage), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), and Jodie Foster (Carnage)

Skipping winners of supporting actors/actresses in a motion picture (for full list see
Best Animated Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Advanced graphics and animation really made this film stand out and set the bar high for future animated films.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better. Owen Wilson’s character manages to visit the his literary heroes of the past… in the past. A must-see, though Rachel McAdams doesn’t play a very convincing unsupportive/cynical fiance.

Best Director – Motion Picture
Martin Scorsese
Apparently, if you are to see any film in 3D in theaters, this is the top recommendation.  Hugo is set in 1930s Paris, about an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.  Sounds very different than your conventional animated film, but this movie is exceptional.
Those are some of the motion picture winners of the 2012 Golden Globe Awards, and we think this ceremony is rightly called “The Road to the Oscars”.  We look forward to and will report back with the 2012 Academy Award nominations!  Again, for more info about these films and other winners of Golden Globes (past and present), visit

Compared to feature Hollywood films, documentaries have a smaller, more specialized audience.  Let’s be honest, a documentary isn’t the typical date-night movie; you have to be in the right mood and setting to watch a documentary.  Unfortunately, once a documentary leaves the movie theaters, it is often forgotten about (unless, of course, it gets an Academy Award nomination).

With all that being said, and an upcoming workshop about documentary filmmaking on October 19th, we thought we’d post some great documentary picks that you might have missed.

Life in a Day (directed by Kevin Macdonald, 2011) – A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010

Inside Job (directed by Charles Ferguson, 2010) – Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown. Don’t watch this film if you have anger-management issues; it can make the most apathetic viewer care about the state of the US economy

Super Size Me (directed by Morgan Spurlock, 2004) – While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month

30 Days series, “Living on Minimum Wage” (directed by Morgan Spurlock, 2005) – An unscripted, documentary-style program where an individual is inserted into a lifestyle that is completely different from his or her upbringing, beliefs, religion or profession for 30 days. The first episode, Minimum Wage, is especially eye-opening as Spulock and his wife struggle to survive on minimal income; a reality for an alarming amount of Americans

Waiting for “Superman” (directed by Davis Guggenheim, 2010) – Guggenheim follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth

Trouble the Water (directed by Carl Deal, Tia Lessin) – A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees of Hurricane Katrina and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning

An Inconvenient Truth (directed by Davis Guggenheim, 2006) – A documentary on Al Gore’s campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide. Regardless of what you believe, this film is a must-see

Man on Wire (directed by James Marsh, 2008) – A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City’s World Trade Center’s twin towers in 1974, what some consider, “the artistic crime of the century.” This film is a bit slow, but has an incredible story

March of the Penguins (directed by Luc Jacquet, 2005) – A look at the annual journey of Emperor penguins as they march — single file — to their traditional breeding ground.

Planet Earth (series) – narrated by Sigourney Weaver, 2006)(This breathtaking series won 4 Emmy Awards and features rare footage of life and organisms from all over the globe

Documentaries aren’t the most popular movies to see on a Friday night with friends, but they have a powerful effect on audiences and are usually well-crafted and well-researched.  All of the films listed above are great to check out whether you are a film enthusiast or if you are looking for something new and interesting to watch.  What are your favorite documentaries? Tweet your favorite at UGAFilmmaking. 

*Don’t forget to come out for Cinematic Showdown on Wednesday, November 9th at 8pm, Tate Theater. Film submissions excepted until November 2nd!

Red Giant puts out a powerful color correction software called Magic Bullet. There are multiple products coupled together in the Magic Bullet Suite, offering tools for just about any scenario. (For those of you who are cheap like me, they also have a free version of their standard corrector, Colorista II). Basically, there’s so much the program can offer, it’s hard to break it down simply.

And so, Red Giant put together this surprisingly awesome short film simply to serve as an example of their array of products in action.

Probably the next coolest thing to watching that film is watching the making of. It’s there that you can see the real before/after shots that are run through color correction.

From here, you can begin to decide if your project could benefit from Magic Bullet. The pricing is steep at times, but compared to higher-end professional correction, the folks at Red Giant have made a truly great product for the price. Also, there’s free trials for all the products, so don’t think you can’t at least try out everything (if you don’t mind watermarks).

 – David, Production Chair