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Phil Henson’s Academy Award (Oscar) Predictions 2013

Phil Henson’s Academy Award (Oscar) Predictions 2013

You don’t need me to tell you that this has been an exceptional year for film. When I first watched Argo I was adamant that it would win best picture, and perhaps best director – alas it was not nominated for the latter category.

The hardest class to predict this year is best supporting Actor. I thought that Christopher Waltz was fantastic in Django unchained (as did BAFTA and the Golden Globes) and he must be the favourite, but I thought Philip Seymour Hoffman was wonderful in The MasterTommy Lee Jones is another strong contender for his role as Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln.

There are many more excellent films that will be overlooked at the Oscars this year which I would urge you to check out:

  • Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom is an imaginative film which brought some memorable performances (Wes Anderson’s films always do) – alas it it slightly overshadowed by other films this year.
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild is another original film and screenplay which was beautifully directed with a superb performance from Quvenzhane Wallis.

I have to give a big cheer to British Film Les Miserables as it was great to see Greenwich used as a location so effectively.

Here are my thoughts on who may win this evening. I have put a star next to the winners that I am the most sure of.




Daniel Day-Lewis* (Surely a knighthood beckons! Arise Sir Daniel?)


Philip Seymour Hoffman


Emmanuelle Riva* (Happy Birthday by the way!)


Anne Hathaway*

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Silver Linings Playbook*

Screenplay by David O. Russel

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Django unchained*

Written by Quentin Tarantino


Wreck-it Ralph


Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda

Costume Design

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran


Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin

Documentary Feature

Searching for sugar man – Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn*

Documentary Short Subject

Mondays at Racine – Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan

Film Editing

Argo – William Goldenberg

Foreign Language Film

Amour – Austria*

Makeup and hairstyling

Les Misérables – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Music (Original Score)

Argo – Alexandre Desplat

Music (Original Song)

Skyfall – Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth*

Production Design

Les Misérables

Production Design: Eve Stewart*

Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson*

Short Film (Animated)

Adam And dog – Minkyu Lee

Short Film (Live Action)

Asad – Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura

Sound Editing

Django unchained – Wylie Stateman

Sound Mixing

Les Misérables

Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

Visual Effects

Life of Pi

Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron,

Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott

Philip Henson is a partner and Head of Employment law at leading London law (UK) firm DKLM LLP (www.dklm.co.uk), and an aspiring screenwriter. http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/philip-henson/14/464/694

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Phil’s playlist for September/Best Live Acts this year/Best TV Series

Now that the festival season is drawing to a close, and the weather in London is looking (and feeling) remarkably autumnal I thought I would put together a playlist of songs for September from artists who have recently impressed me, with some classics thrown in: 

Song                                                        Artist

New York                                             Paloma Faith

Stay                                                      Hurts

A day like today                              Elbow

Inside my love                              Minnie Ripperton

I am the Sound                                 My Tiger my Timing

New Ceremony                               Dry the River

Lorelai                                                 Fleet Foxes

  Simply Unstoppable                    Tinie Tempah  (Travis Barker Session) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDqK6pnRXX0 

Half Full Glass of Wine                  Tame Impala

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N                        Noah and the Whale

What the water gave me            Florence and the machine

Someone Like you                       Adele (there is no escaping this track on London’s radio waves – still emotive)

Bruise Pristine                                Placebo

Love will tear us apart                 The Parsonage (Cover of a classic on La Musique De Paris Derniere)

My Kz, Ur.Bf                                     Everything, Everything (for the lyrics!)

 Paranoid Android                          Sia  (stripped down cover on Exit Music with Radio Head)

Keep me warm                                Ida Maria  

Hang me up to dry                        Cold War Kids

The Boy with the Arab Strap     Belle & Sebastian

Here it comes                                   Doves

Fourteen Times                                Marcus Foster

Washed Out                                      Life of leisure 

+Anything by Ontario’s own City and Colour, who is yet to disappoint me.

Best live Act (thus far)

Hurts – Glastonbury

Elbow – Glastonbury

Warpaint – Reading Festival

Dry the River – Glastonbury

Tinie Tempah – Glastonbury

The Streets – Reading

Aloe Blac – Somerset House 

Best TV series

A good friend of mine recently lent me Game of Thrones, which I quickly found myself watching on an almost daily basis; forcing me to ask what had I been doing with my time that something some so amazing could have missed my radar first time round!

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