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Monday, 4 May 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015: Part 6

The Underdog Awards

Special Category

(Best Ensemble Cast, Best Breakthrough Actor, Best Breakthrough Director) 



Unlike last year, I've added one more category to this year's special awards.

This year we can see five candidates for Breakthrough Director.

As well as the original Best Breakthrough Performer and Best Ensemble cast. It's a rich collection of the finest performances of the year.


Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015: Part 5

The Underdog Awards

Writing Category

(Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay)


Welcome back to the Underdog Awards.

Bogged down by a set of pieces I am unfamiliar with, my awards have taken longer than expected and read longer than they should have.

So we're going to get a little funky and quicker this time round, cause this is my domain.


I'm loving writing, thinking of ideas, making them into stories and trying my hand at (frankly amateurish right now) screenplays.

I promise you these will be short and hopefully efficient. Plus it will finish faster

So let's get on with it...

Thursday, 9 April 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015: Part 3

The Underdog Awards

Music Category

(Best Score and Best Soundtrack)



Before I dive right in, let me first make a slight edit. In my rush to put out the Underdog Awards, I forgot to really analyze a lot of my nominees especially the music section which I am weak at judging. As such I was unable to really decide whether a few films really deserved their nomination in these sections.

Specifically speaking of the soundtrack and the difference it has to the background score. See the soundtrack can be the overall collection of sound elements such as dialogue, songs and score in a film. Or it can simply be the licensed music used within a film.

Where as the score is an instrumental piece created for the benefit of producing the right atmosphere of a film.

In favor I thus removed both Only Lovers Left Alive and Inherent Vice from the soundtrack, despite them having licensed music. I felt however the Begin Again and The Guest were better for it, with some music I could personally get behind and gave feel to their own severely underrated films.

So anyways, let's just move on and here goes...

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015: Part 4

The Underdog Awards

Technical Category Part 1

(Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best VFX)



Unofficially sponsored by Whistling Woods International School of Filmmaking.

This is because all that I've learned in excess and detail about the technical aspects of film making comes from their teachings. It gives me the bravery and strength to include these vital sections into my awards show this year.

So why not just get straight to it, cause this one's going to be a long one.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015: Part 2

The Underdog Awards

Best Documentary Feature/Best Foreign Language Film

Welcome to the Second Annual Underdog Awards!

The first awards we will begin with are for the feature film category.

Every year the Academy Awards tons of great Documentaries and Foreign films, so why should the Underdog Awards stay behind?

I'd like to first give a special mention to the documentary Life Itself based on the life and times of renowned critic Roger Ebert. I was sadly unable to watch this gem, which was lauded around the world but didn't secure an Oscar nomination.

Of the foreign language, you already know the rules. 

Anyways now onto the bigger things...

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015: Part 1

The Underdog Awards

Hall of Fame 2015

Welcome to the second annual Underdog Awards. 

This year the awards celebrate everything about the underrated, and that also applies to the men and women who for years have worked their ass of without the recognition they deserve (and yes that applies to Gary Oldman as well). 

The first ever Hall of Fame aims celebrate the careers of five individuals who have changed the shape of a brand of cinema with their works. They are chameleons (Oldman), champions (Weaver), visionaries (Jodorowsky), magicians (Ballhaus) and eccentrics (Kaufman). 

If anything, these five are great artists that deserve to be celebrated so let's get it on.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Underdog Awards 2015

The Underdog Awards

2015 Edition

I'm baaaccckkkk!

Sorry it took so long, but I've been busy with heavy work load and watching enough movies to make this years underdog awards as unpredictable as can be.

So let's not waste time and get down to it. Below is a re-introduction to the rules of this award show, new additions and of course the nominees that will be facing off for a chance at glory at the Second Annual Underdog Awards. 

The Underdog Awards are basically as the title suggests. A set of awards for those under appreciated movies and aspects of movies from the past year.

As you will know from the link here.

The Underdog Awards are a subjective based awards show. There are multiple categories including those given at the celebrated Academy Awards every year.

The idea of the awards is thus very simple. This year the rules change slightly though. Any film or any aspect of a film that was nominated for either an Oscar or a Golden Globe will not be up for a nomination at the Underdog Awards.

Hence no nomination for the vastly underappreciated performance by Jake Gylenhaal (Golden Globe nominee) for Nightcrawler.

At the same time a film that has parts of it appreciated but not the whole can get in e.g. Gone Girl despite being nominated for Best Leading Actor (Female), Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars and Best Director at the Globes.

So Underdog doesn't necessarily equate to the most underrated films of the year. In fact it equates to unappreciated films by these two award bodies and more, regardless of box office clout.

This still of course does not mean that these are the best films of the year, just that they deserved to be known about individually and as a whole.

Also note that the winner for each award amongst the nominees isn't the most underrated, but the best amongst the underrated nominations.

A few specific rules as well.

The eligible films for nomination are according to American wide release dates of 2014. This rule is however negated for films vying for the foreign language award.

In that section only one film can be nominated per country (although non-English is a pre-requisite) as well as language. As such a few films get into this category and others don't;

Under the Skin is a British film in English, so it doesn't compete in the foreign category. However A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a Persian language film set in Iran, but is an American film by definition, yet it remains in the foreign category. Then other films come from different countries but in the same language, so their both eligible for nomination.

No two films from the same country can be nominated.

Another thing to note is that the foreign language films will be minimally nominated elsewhere if worthy except for Best Picture.

This also applies to the set of breakthrough awards. Where nominees of breakthrough actor or director can't be nominated for best actor or best director.

The number of nominees are also relatively higher because I feel the need to showcase as many under appreciated films I can.

Below are the final set of nominees for both the older categories from the previous year 

and newer ones; including Best Documentary, Foreign Film, Breakthrough Director, VFX, Costume Design, Production Design and...

the First Ever Underdog Hall of Fame!

Underdog Award for Best Film

Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Gone Girl
Under The Skin
Mr. Turner
The Babadook
Blue Ruin
The Double
The Rover
Starred Up
Dear White People
Only Lovers Left Alive
Inherent Vice
The Immigrant

Underdog Award for Best Director
Underdog Award for Best Cinematography
Bong Joon Ho for Snowpiercer
Seamus McGarvey for Godzilla
Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner
Daniel Landin for Under The Skin
David Michod for The Rover
Yorick Le Saux for Only Lovers Left Alive
Steven Knight for Locke
Mandy Walker for Tracks
Christopher Nolan for Interstellar
Jeremy Saulnier for Blue Ruin
Matt Reeves for Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Jeff Cronenweth for Gone Girl
Dennis Villeneuve for Enemy
Robert Elswit for Nightcrawler
Jonathan Glazer for Under The Skin
Darius Khondji for The Immigrant
Jim Jarmusch for Only Lovers Left Alive
Erik Wilson for The Double
James Gray for The Immigrant
Natasha Braie for The Rover

Underdog Award for Best Editing
Underdog Award for Best Production Design
Mike Flanagan for Oculus
Jon Hutman for Unbroken
Matt Villa for Predestination
David Warren for The Zero Theorem
Paul Watts for Under The Skin
Ondrej Nekvasil for Snowpiercer
James Herbert for Edge of Tomorrow
David Crank for Inherent Vice
John Gilroy for Nightcrawler
Charles Wood for The Guardians of The Galaxy

Underdog Award for Best Costume Design
Underdog Award for Best VFX
Mary Zophres for Interstellar
Carlo Poggioli for The Zero Theorem
Bina Daigeler for Only Lovers Left Alive
Edge of Tomorrow
Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard for Fury
Under The Skin
Patricia Norris for The Immigrant

Underdog Award for Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male)
Underdog Award for Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)
Guy Pearce for The Rover
Juliete Binoche for Clouds of Sils Maria
Bill Hader for Skeleton Twins
Essie Davis for The Babadook
Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner
Hilary Swank for The Homesman
Tom Hardy for Locke
Charlotte Gainsbourg for Nymphomaniac
Chadwick Boseman for Get on Up
Marion Cotillard for The Immigrant
Brendan Gleeson for Calvary
Anne Dorval for Mommy
Tom Hardy for The Drop
Mia Wasikowska for Tracks
Andy Serkis for Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Jessica Chastain for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
John Lithgow for Love is Strange
Scarlett Johansson for Under The Skin
Chris Evans for Snowpiercer
Tilda Swinton for Only Lovers Left Alive

Underdog Award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male)
Underdog Award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female)
Alfred Molina for Love Is Strange
Elizabeth Moss for Listen Up Philip
Tyler Perry for Gone Girl
Agata Kuleza for Ida
Ben Mendelsohn for Starred Up
Emily Blunt for Edge of Tomorrow
Josh Brolin for Inherent Vice
Suzanne Clement for Mommy
Michael Fassbender for Frank
Carrie Coon for Gone Girl
Nicolas Cage for Joe
Rene Russo for Nightcrawler
James Gandolfini for The Drop
Tilda Swinton for Snowpiercer
Phillip Seymour Hoffman for A Most Wanted Man
Kristen Stewart for Clouds of Sils Maria
Robert Pattinson for The Rover
Maggie Gylenhall for Frank
Toby Kebell for Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Kristen Wiig for The Skeleton Twins

Underdog Award for Best Breakthrough Performer
Underdog Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Katherine Waterston for Inherent Vice
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Tessa Thompson for Dear White People
Gone Girl
Ellar Coltrane for Boyhood
Dear White People
Jack O'Connell for Starred Up, 71 and Unbroken
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Macon Blair for Blue Ruin
Jenny Slate for Obvious Child
Chris Pratt for The Lego Movie and The Guardians of The Galaxy
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Ansel Elgort for Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars
Gugu Mbatha Raw for Belle and Beyond the Lights
The Guardians of The Galaxy
Stacy Martin for Nymphomaniac
Inherent Vice

Underdog Award for Best Breakthrough Director
Underdog Awards Hall of Fame
Anna Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Gary Oldman
Jennifer Kent for The Babadook
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Xavier Dolan for Mommy
Sigourney Weaver
Damien Chazelle for Whiplash
Charlie Kauffman
Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler
Michael Ballhaus

Underdog Award for Best Original Screenplay
Underdog Award For Best Adapted Screenplay
Jim Jarmusch for Only Lovers Left Alive
Avi Korine and Richard Ayoade for The Double
Justin Simien for Dear White People
Gillian Robespierre for Obvious Child
Alex Ross Perry for Listen Up Philip
Kelly Masterson and Bong Joon Ho for Snowpiercer
Jennifer Kent for The Babadook
Gary Hawkins for Joe
Jeremy Saulnier for Blue Ruin
Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan for Frank

Underdog Award for Best Soundtrack
Underdog Award for Best Score
The Guardians of The Galaxy
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
The Guest
Only Lovers Left Alive
Inherent Vice
Under The Skin
Begin Again

Underdog Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Underdog Award for Best Documentary
The Raid: Berandal-Indonesia (Indonesian)
SuperMensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night-American (Persian)
Ivory Tower
Mommy-Canada (French)
Jodorowsky's Dune
2 Days, 1 Night-Belgium (French)
The Internets Own Boy: The True Story of Aaron Swartz
Why Don't You Play in Hell-Japan (Japanese)
The Final Member

The awards will be divided across multiple articles as was the case last year.

Also note, just because a film isn't nominated across the board doesn't mean it isn’t going to be in the top 20 best picture nominees. Starred Up is an example of films with a great script, direction and more that just didn't cut it completely but left an impact. Not that it's the best films in the 20 (sorry just one spoiler).

Also I had to do one thing I hate, move actors from one category to another like the Academy does. I pushed the likes of Kristen Wigg, Nicolas Cage and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman to supporting because they straddled the line between the two perfectly enough to warrant it. They were great performances that just couldn't miss the cut for me. 

If there's anything else, I'll mention it in the coming posts for now enjoy!

'Nuff Said

Aneesh Raikundalia