Usually at the end of each year we ask our team to list their top 5 films of the year and publish them (which, again, we have for the third time). This year we also decided, mainly for the fun of it, to launch the very first Filmwerk Awards.
The awards are to simply judge our response to how we feel about the film world today. We blow off some steam on some parts of the industry that need work, praise those that deserve it and pay homage to some truly wonderful talent who have entertained us over the years.
Joss Whedon for Avengers Assemble
Michael Fassbender in Prometheus
Best On Screen Chemistry
Mark Wahlberg/Seth McFarlane in Ted
Best Marketing Campaign
Sam Jones in Ted
Hulk decks Thor in Avengers Assemble
Iron Man/ Hulk in Avengers Assemble
Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe
The Harvey Keitel/Mark Strong Award For Output In A Year
In a year where so many actors had several films out, just look up Ewan McGregor, Thomas Hayden Church, Willem Dafoe, Woody Harrleson, Guy Pearce and Channing Tatum to name just a few. But, the prize has to go to:
(The Grey, Wrath of the Titans, Battleship, The Dark Knight Rises and Taken 2 – not to mention the re-release of Star Wars: Episode 1.)
4 Films (Haywire, A Dangerous Method, Shame and Prometheus – all within the first half of the year!)
5 Films (Moonrise Kingdom, The Cold Light Of Day, Lay The Favourite, Expendables 2 and Looper. He also had Catch-44 go direct to DVD in the UK and Fire With Fire go DTD in the US and the delayed release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation put off until next year).
Joseph Gordon Levitt
5 films (50/50, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper, Premium Rush and Abraham).
Keira Knightley Award For Most Unbelievable Action Star
Kristen Stewart for Snow White & The Huntsman
The Welcome Back Award
Jean-Claude Van Damme for Expendables 2
The Gone But Not Forgotten Award
Timothy Dalton as James Bond
The Media Whore Award
Roger Moore (for his publicity work for Bond 50).
The Missing Presumed Absent Award
Sean Connery (for not showing up for or in anything Bond related).
The Filmwerk Zero Award
Rollerball remake (for being the first film ever to be awarded the exceptionally bad zero stars rating on Filmwerk).
The Everyone Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We Award
Filmwerk (for the Filmwerk Awards).
We now come to the honorary section where we salute talent for their contribution to cinema:
CULT Star Award
“Time to Die” may be one of the most often quoted lines from Blade Runner. Brion James said the line and in so doing aided in his career as a recognised supporting actor. He put his stamp on films such as Southern Comfort, 48 Hours, The Fifth Element, Tango and Cash, The Player, Silverado and Steel Dawn to name but a few. A man much missed and truly deserving of the Cult Star Award!
Living Legend Award
In late 2011 to early 2012 Filmwerk embarked on a 54 film retrospective on Clint Eastwood covering the majority of his directorial and acting output. The man returned to acting for this year’s Trouble With The Curve. It’s with great delight that we bestow the Living Legend award to one of the best!
“The Man” Award
Sly has had almost as many comebacks as John Travolta. Since the get-go he has written, directed as well as starred in films since the 70s and he is still going strong today. Sly’s career trajectory has had its fair share of ups and downs along the way, but to be still at it today while well into his 60’s is a testament to his ability to get things done and to continue to push forward despite what the times may dictate. For that alone Sly is, quite simply put, “the man.”