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Seamus For Oscars Glory

Published Thursday, 21 February 2013
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On Sunday night at the 85th American Academy Awards, our fingers will be crossed for one of our finest film talents, Seamus McGarvey.

The Armagh-born filmmaker is nominated for Best Cinematography for his stunning camerawork on Anna Karenina.

There have been countless film and tv versions of Russian author Leo Tolstoy's classic high society love story. But none have been captured so beautifully and boldly as this Anna Karenina.

Starring in the lead role, Keira Knightley commented "The rules of a period film have been completely broken, this is taking style to a whole new level".

Certainly Seamus McGarvey is taking the art of cinematography to a whole new level with an exceptional 2012. For, as well as bowling over the critics with his artistic flair on Anna Karenina, his action packed camerawork on The Avengers Assemble broke box office records around the world, smashing the $1 billion mark and becoming the third most successful film of all-time behind Titanic and Avatar.

This is McGarvey's second Oscar nomination, following on from his previous cinematography nomination for Atonement in 2007.

Earlier this month, he won his fourth Irish Film and Television Award for Best Director of Photography. So, let's hope he will be popping the champagne again on Sunday night, when the man from Armagh with the golden eye becomes the toast of Hollywood.

The 2013 Oscars looks set to be dominated by 4 films, Lincoln with 12 nominations, Life Of Pi with 11, and Silver Linings Playbook and Les Miserables with 8 apiece.

But there are a few other fascinating races to look out for.

Will James Bond celebrate turning 50 by winning an Oscar? Skyfall has 5 nominations, the first for the Ian Fleming's super spy since For Your Eyes Only in 1981. And no 007 movie has garnered an Academy Award since Thunderball in 1965. Perhaps more surprising is that no Bond theme song has ever won an Oscar. But that will surely be put right, when Adele sings the title track from Skyfall live on the night.

Who will be Hollywood's leading lady and win the Best Actress?

Jennifer Lawrence is the firm favourite after her startling turn as Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence certainly had a brilliant 2012, also catching the eye as Katniss Everdeen in one of the year's best action films, The Hunger Games.

But she will have to overcome two other extraordinary actresses at the opposite end of their acting careers; Emmanuelle Riva for Amour, who, aged 85 is the oldest Best Actress nominee in Oscar history, and Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild who, aged 9, is the youngest.

And it wouldn't be the Academy Awards without a baffling omission.

Perhaps the strangest, is in the Best Director category where Ben Affleck has failed to be nominated.

This despite Affleck and his film Argo sweeping all before them at every award ceremony this year including The Golden Globes and The BAFTA's. Go figure!

The 85th American Academy Awards are on Sunday 24th February and will be hosted by the voice of Ted, writer of Family Guy and all round entertainer Seth MacFarlane.

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B. H. Martin
B. H. Martin

Brian Henry Martin is an accomplished documentary filmmaker and UTV's resident film critic, appearing regularly on UTV Live Tonight.

No matter what the film, there's a good chance Brian has seen it.


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