And the Academy Award for best creature goes to....
The Oscars machine cranked into life at the end of last week with the nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards. And, sure, acting and directing and all those main categories are certainly important. And the Oscars is an incredibly serious business – no Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet category here (an actual award at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards) – but it feels like we're missing a few categories in the relatively slimline four-hour ceremony. The website BuzzFeed suggested honouring the Best Non-Original Song, i.e. the most well-chosen bit of soundtracking. In that spirit, here are three others we'd like to see:
Best Performance by an Animal (leading or supporting)
The Consider Uggie campaign to recognise Uggie, The Artist's Jack Russell star was as close as an animal has come to an Oscar (he won a "Palm D'og" in Cannes). A best creature Oscar could reward greats such as Keiko the orca (Free Willy) and Pal the collie (Lassie Come Home) and Richard Parker, CGI tiger from Life of Pi. Not to mention Andy Serkis.
Best Opening Credits
Attention-short millennials are usually checking Whatsapp on their iPhone by the end of the title credits. This would be a chance to reward some of the most breath-taking moments in film design – like many of David Fincher's brilliant opening sequences. And also for the Bond series to finally win something.
Let's face it, the advertising campaigns for about 40 per cent of films are more interesting than the films themselves. Why waste two hours when you can spend two hours on YouTube. You might expect to see the genius ads for Prometheus win here.
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who left house after argument with her parents
- 4 Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
- 5 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
Game of Thrones season 6: George RR Martin doing 'anything he can' to get new book The Winds of Winter out before next HBO series airs
Game of Thrones, Battle of Hardhome: 20-minute Wildlings versus White Walkers battle took a 'solid month' to film
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 9, The Dance of Dragons: Jon Snow returns to The Wall after epic Battle of Hardhome
Touch-screen Teletubbies say hello: Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are back, now with smart technology
Black Angel: Long lost Star Wars precursor to be made into crowdfunded feature film
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers