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Brave to carry Scotland’s hopes at Oscars

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  • by BRIAN FERGUSON
 

BRAVE, the star-studded fantasy adventure set in the Scottish Highlands, will carry tartan hopes at next month’s Academy Awards, after being shortlisted for best animated film.

• Lincoln and Life of Pi dominate nominations with 12 and 11 nods respectively

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• Winners will be announced on February 24

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The Disney-Pixar movie, which picked up a BAFTA nomination on Tuesday, picked up just nomination, but will be a strong contender in the category, with competion from the likes of Frankenweenie and ParaNorman.

Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, from North Uist, who had been on the longlist for best original song with a track from Brave, missed out when the nominations were unveiled in Hollywood today.

However fellow British songstress Adele is in with a shout with her song from Bond hit Skyfall.

Britain’s biggest hopes at the Oscars, which are being held on 24 February, rest on the shoulders of actor Daniel Day-Lewis, installed by bookmakers as favourite for best actor for his role in US presential epic Lincoln, and fellow English-born actor Naomi Watts.

He has already two Oscars - for My Left Foot in 1989 and There Will Be Blood six years ago.

Steven Spielberg’s latest film, which has yet to hit UK cinemas, led the Oscars field with 12 nominations, including the coveted best picture and best director gongs, as well as best supporting actor and actress nominations for Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

Also among the best picture contenders are British musical Les Miserables, love story Amour, Iranian hostage thriller Argo, independent hit Beasts of the Southern Wild, western Django Unchained, shipwreck story Life of Pi, romance Silver Linings Playbook and the Osama bin Laden manhunt chronicle Zero Dark Thirty.

Les Miserables, which was directed by English film-maker Tom Hooper, picked up eight nominations.

Day-Lewis is up against one of Les Miserables’ stars, Hugh Jackman, as well as Denzel Washington for Flight, Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook and Joaquin Phoenix for The Master, which controversially lost out on a best picture nomination, althoughs stars Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman are also in the running in the best supporting actor and actress categories.

Naomi Watts is the only Brit in the best actress category, for her role in tsunami thriller The Impossible, which she appeared in alongside Scottish actor Ewan McGregor.

As well as Adams, Field’s competiton for best supporting actress includes Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables, Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook, and Helen Hunt for The Sessions.

Other best supporting actor contenders are Django Unchained’s Christoph Waltz, Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook, and Alan Arkin for Argo.

Bond hit Skyfall, which was controversially shunned by BAFTA in the best film shortlist, also lost out in the main Oscar categories.

Spielberg’s rivals for best director include Ang Li for Life of Pi, which collected 11 nominations, the second biggest haul after Lincoln, as well as Michael Haneke for Amour, Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild and David Russell, for Silver Linings Playbook.

One of last year’s biggest box office hits, Batman epic The Dark Knight Rises, lost out completely while Peter Jackson’s first instalment of The Hobbit trilogy, landed just one nomination, for best make-up.

The Scottish Government and VisitScotland ploughed £7 million into a campaign to lure film-goers to Scotland on the back of Brave, with First Minister Alex Salmond attending the Los Angeles world premiere and the UK premiere closing the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Scottsih actress Kelly Macdonald landed the key role of Princess Merida after original choice Reece Witherspoon pulled out from the production, which was troubled behind the scenes with original director Brenda Chapman being replaced by Mark Andrews.

As well as Macdonald, other stars included Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane and Craig Ferguson.

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: “For Brave to receive an Oscar nomination is a fantastic honour, and follows the Golden Globe Awards and BAFTA which have both already recognised the film.

“Recognition like this will give a further boost to the popularity of Brave, which in turn provides another opportunity to promote Scotland to the world.

“Brave was a phenomenal opportunity not just to reach an audience of millions but also to work with Disney which will produce benefits in the long term. As part of this we embarked on our biggest worldwide marketing campaign including specific TV advertising both at home and abroad, hosting journalists from all over the world at unique premiere opportunities.”

First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“This nomination is fitting recognition for Brave, and caps a great year for a great film - coming on the back of yesterday’s Bafta nomination for best animation.

“Brave has been a terrific showcase for Scotland and has given this country the unprecedented opportunity to be promoted across the world, being marketed in some 72 countries.

“The incredible efforts of the Disney-Pixar team in bringing Scotland to life on the big screen created a vision of our iconic landscapes that has touched people all over the world. These/this nomination/s prove/s this big-screen Scotland has also resonated with some of the most respected names in the film industry.

“I’m sure I’m not the only Scot who will be glued to the television on Oscar night next month!”

Nominations in full

1. Best Picture: “Amour,” “Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”

2. Actor: Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”; Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”; Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”; Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”; Denzel Washington, “Flight.”

3. Actress: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”; Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”; Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”; Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; Naomi Watts, “The Impossible.”

4. Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, “Argo”; Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”; Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”; Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”

5. Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, “The Master”; Sally Field, “Lincoln”; Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”; Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”; Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook.”

6. Directing: Michael Haneke, “Amour”; Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”; Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”; David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook.”

7. Foreign Language Film: “Amour,” Austria; “Kon-Tiki,” Norway; “No,” Chile; “A Royal Affair,” Denmark; “War Witch,” Canada.

8. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, “Argo”; Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; David Magee, “Life of Pi”; Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”; David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook.”

9. Original Screenplay: Michael Haneke, “Amour”; Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”; John Gatins, “Flight”; Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”; Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty.”

10. Animated Feature Film: “Brave”; “Frankenweenie”; “ParaNorman”; “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”; “Wreck-It Ralph.”

11. Production Design: “Anna Karenina,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln.”

12. Cinematography: “Anna Karenina,” “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Skyfall.”

13. Sound Mixing: “Argo,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Skyfall.”

14. Sound Editing: “Argo,” “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi,” “Skyfall,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”

15. Original Score: “Anna Karenina,” Dario Marianelli; “Argo,” Alexandre Desplat; “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna; “Lincoln,” John Williams; “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman.

16. Original Song: “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,” J. Ralph; “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,” Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane; “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri; “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth; “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,” Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil.

17. Costume: “Anna Karenina,” “Les Miserables,” “Lincoln,” “Mirror Mirror,” “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

18. Documentary Feature: “5 Broken Cameras,” “The Gatekeepers,” “How to Survive a Plague,” “The Invisible War,” “Searching for Sugar Man.”

19. Documentary (short subject): “Inocente,” “Kings Point,” “Mondays at Racine,” “Open Heart,” “Redemption.”

20. Film Editing: “Argo,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”

21. Makeup and Hairstyling: “Hitchcock,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Les Miserables.”

22. Animated Short Film: “Adam and Dog,” “Fresh Guacamole,” “Head over Heels,” “Maggie Simpson in `The Longest Daycare,”’ “Paperman.”

23. Live Action Short Film: “Asad,” “Buzkashi Boys,” “Curfew,” “Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw),” “Henry.”

24. Visual Effects: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Life of Pi,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Prometheus,” “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

 

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