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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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Welcome to Employment Law Update

Thanks for stopping by!

This is the blog of Philip Henson, Partner, and Head of Employment Law@ DKLM Solicitors based in Tech City, London (UK).

We enjoy our work at DKLM, and we strive to add value to our client relationships.  We are well-known for being friendly and approachable and for helping international businesses expand to London (UK), and for making introductions to help our clients grow their businesses.

This blog provides updates and personal opinions on UK Employment law, and some other occasional comments (and a rant or two!) on music, film,  politics, travel and other areas that may be of interest.  My comments do not constitute legal advice. The comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the partners of  DKLM.

Notes for Editors:

DKLM LLP is an 9 partner boutique law firm based in Tech City (EC1, London) with niche legal expertise in the following areas: commercial property law; corporate law; employment law; litigation; mediation; intellectual property; immigration, residential conveyancing, and Tech.

Formal Association with Zhonglun W & D Law Firm (“ZLWD”). Diversity, and an international outlook, is a key part DKLM’s success.

DKLM are proud of their formal association with Zhonglun W & D Law Firm (“ZLWD”) which has offices in Beijing; Shanghai; Chengdu; Taiyuan; Chongqing; Hangzhou; Jinan; Shijiazhuang; Shenzen; Wuhan and Guangzhou (new office in 2012) and representative / associated offices in Hong Kong, France and Germany.

The Association gives clients and our professional contacts access to over 400 lawyers and support staff with strategically based offices across the world who are committed to providing value-added and tailored legal advice and assistance to clients looking to expand and develop into the China market.

ZLWD specialises in private equity; structured finance and securitisation; cross-border transactions; real estate development; investments trusts; intellectual property; maritime and energy.

The Association will further strengthen relationships between China and the UK and provide a welcome platform for clients both in China and UK to appreciate the important strategic alliance of China and the UK at all levels of business and to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities to create and build businesses between the two countries be it real estate in London to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in China.

Please click here to view my Linkedin profile which will give you some links to my articles and comments in various publications including the Solicitors journal, the Guardian Newspaper, and many others. I have also appeared on BBC News, Sky News and ITN News as an employment law expert.

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