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BAMBOO AWARDS

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first edition of BAMBOO AWARDS! To honor the best movies of the year I will present you 20 Categories and 76 nominations. From actors to directors, the BAMBOO AWARDS it’s my special way to congratulate the amazing movies of this year. It took me several days to prepare all this but it’s finally time to reveal the winners and the best way to start the announcement is with a small presentation of this year’s nominees!

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The first category of the BAMBOO AWARDS is BEST SONG and the nominees are:

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“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2” are really great songs but it’s not difficult to understand that the quality of both is a bit inferior when compared to the other two nominees. “Young and Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby” is powerful, smooth and addictive while “Let it Go” from “Frozen” is perhaps one of the best songs that appeared on Disney’s lately hits. Both of them deserve to be listened but only one got my heart in a very peculiar way. The BAMBOO AWARD for BEST SONG goes to:

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BAMBOO AWARDS’ next category is BEST MUSICAL/COMEDY MOVIE and the nominees are:

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The Coen brothers’ new movie “Inside Llewyn Davis” about the folk scene of 1961 worked really well as a musical comedy but I must confess that I felt that something was missing in the movie. Compared with the other nominees, “Inside Llewyn Davis” has less passion and a poorer story. “The Way Way Back” was an amazing coming-of-age movie and was a lot more than just a teen comedy. “The Wolf of Wall Street” was irreverent, funny and crazy. A journey to the world of Wall Street I won’t forget soon. And then we have the new David O. Russell movie that conquered again the 7 major nominations at this year’s Academy Awards “American Hustle”, a movie with a brilliant cast and a funny and fascinating story. In the end, it was really hard to pick the winner because both “The Way Way Back”, “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “American Hustle” really got me. Since I was a bit confused I decided to pick the movie that I enjoyed the most. The BAMBOO AWARD for BEST MUSICAL/COMEDY MOVIE goes to:

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Still in the world of Musicals and Comedies, BAMBOO AWARDS’ third category is BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL/COMEDY MOVIE and the nominees are:

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Amy Adams’ character in “American Hustle” was really good and her performance deserves to be honored in this category. I was thrilled with David O. Russell’s movie cast and all of them deserve to be congratulated. Carey Mulligan’s performance in “Inside Llewyn Davis” was good but I’ve decided to nominate here only because of her other good performance on “The Great Gatsby”. After reading Fitzgerald’s book I realized that Carey Mulligan was an excellent choice to play the beautiful Daisy. The last nominee is Cate Blanchet. Her extraordinary performance in “Blue Jasmine” was amazing to watch and it was perhaps one of her best works. Even though I enjoyed a lot Amy Adams performance, I must confess that I was more impressed with Blanchet’s performance and therefore, the BAMBOO AWARD for BEST ACRESS IN A MUSICAL/COMEDY MOVIE goes to:

Cate Blanchet – Blue Jasmine

The next category is BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL/COMEDY MOVIE and the nominees are:

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Christian Bale’s performance in “American Hustle” surprised me a bit since I wasn’t expecting anything exceptional but I was wrong. His performance was really funny and away from his comfort zone. But unfortunately for him, Simon Pegg’s great performance in “The World’s End”, the final chapter of the Cornetto Trilogy, brought back the irreverent comedy of “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead”. But my decision got even harder since Leonardo DiCaprio was on fire this year with two excellent performances in “The Great Gatsby” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”. After deliberating a bit and since DiCaprio’s role in “The Wolf of Wall Street” was truly remarkable, the BAMBOO AWARD for BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL/COMEDY MOVIE goes to:

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street

2013 was also a great year for the Animation genre with touching movies and a gift from Pixar for all the family. The next category is BEST ANIMATED FEATURE and the nominees are:

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“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” was funny and brought back the comedy and the adventure of the first movie. “Despicable Me 2” was just like the first movie, a really smart move from Universal Pictures that has now the chance to achieve the same quality level of Pixar and DreamWorks. Pixar gave a gift to moviegoers around the world who were expecting for this moment since 2001. The return of Mike and Sully in “Monsters University” was one of the most anticipated events of the year. And then we have Disney’s new smash hit “Frozen” that reached the quality level that made Disney famous. A movie that brought lovely moments of joy to everyone and that is a clear evidence of what Disney is able to do. The award for BEST ANIMATED FEATURE goes to:

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The next two categories are brought to you by FRIDAY MADNESS, my weekly informal chronicle. The first category is BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS and the nominees are:

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“Iron Man 3” was a clear victory for MARVEL STUDIOS with a great reception and with excellent results at the box office. Packed with great action sequences, the movie brought back the amazing world of “The Avengers”. Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” was a “guilty pleasure” movie for all the moviegoers that wished to watch an epic battle between gigantic robots. A movie with amazing special effects that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible. But there was one more movie in 2013 that deserved to be seen on a large screen. Perhaps the most amazing IMAX 3D Experience I’ve ever witnessed, “Gravity” conquered moviegoers around the world. A remarkable experience with some of the most amazing visual effects ever made. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” had also amazing visual effects that deserve to be honored here. But unfortunately, for three nominees, there was a movie that impressed me the most. An experience I will remember for a very long time. The BAMBOO AWARD for BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS goes to:

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The next category is also brought to you by FRIDAY MADNESS! The nominees for BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE are:

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James Wan directed probably one of the best horror movies ever made “The Conjuring” and Guillermo del Toro brought emotion and action to the big screen with amazing battles between gigantic monsters and robots in “Pacific Rim”. Marvel Studios brought the third installment of the “Iron Man” saga and Alfonso Cuáron directed one of the most amazing movies I’ve ever seen, “Gravity”.  Picking the winner for this category was a really easy task since one of these movies was revolutionary being one of the best IMAX experiences ever made. The BAMBOO AWARD for BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE goes to:

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From “Captain Phillips” to “Rush”, 2013 was packed with great action movies that deserved to be honored. And because of that, it’s time to announce the next 3 categories.

First, let me introduce the nominees for BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION/THRILLER MOVIE.

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Robert Downey Jr. played Tony Stark in the third installment of the “Iron Man” saga and his performance was in my opinion, really enjoyable. But then I saw “Prisoners” and Hugh Jackman’s performance was truly powerful, interpreting a devastated father who is searching for his daughter. Chris Hemsworth was the Formula 1 1976 World Champion James Hunt in “Rush” and Tom Hanks played a captain in one of the most intense movies I’ve ever seen, “Captain Phillips”. Among all the performances, I have decided to honor the one that moved me the most. The way that Tom Hanks interpreted Cpt. Phillips was really amazing to watch. I felt a mix of strong emotions while the ship was under attack and Phillips was trying to save the crew. The BAMBOO AWARD for BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION/THRILLER MOVIE goes to:

Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips

The next category is BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION/THRILLER MOVIE and the nominees are:

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Jennifer Lawrence, with her interpretation of Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was once again “the girl on fire” while Sandra Bullock did a terrific job portraying an astronaut in grave danger in “Gravity”. Despite Lawrence’s great performance, the excellence of Sandra Bullock’s work is notable and therefore I feel like I must honor her performance in “Gravity”. Because of it, the BAMBOO AWARD for BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION/THRILLER MOVIE goes to:

Sandra Bullock – Gravity

At last, it’s time to honor the BEST ACTION/THRILLER MOVIE of the year! The nominees for this category are:Slide6

Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, the second installment of the trilogy was definitely more enjoyable than the first one and at last I saw some of the quality that made the world of “The Lord of the Rings” more magical. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was amazing and fast paced with a stronger plot and great new characters. “Rush” brought adrenaline to the big screen with 1970’s Formula 1 World Championships’ rivalry between Nicki Lauda and James Hunt. And at last we have “Captain Phillips” by the director of “The Bourne Ultimatum” about a captain who sees himself in grave danger after an attack by Somalian pirates against his ship. Ron Howard’s “Rush” was wonderful to watch but the power of “Captian Phillips” is unquestionable. The strong emotions I felt while watching Tom Hanks’ amazing performance perhaps influenced my decision. So, the BAMBOO AWARD for BEST ACTION/THRILLER MOVIE goes to:

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The next category is special and the objective is to honor new actors and actress that are showing great acting skills in the big screen.  I’m talking about the BAMBOO AWARD for BEST RISING STAR and the nominees are:

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Asa Butterfield, well known for his great performance on “Hugo” by Martin Scorscesse, continued to show his talent with his performance in “Ender’s Game” while Chloë Grace Mortez interpreted again Hit Girl in “Kick-Ass 2” and Carrie White in the 2013 remake of the Stephen King’s novel “Carrie”. Brie Larson has participated also in several films, being the main actress in “Short Term 12” and Shailene Woodley, the Hazel Grace of the up-coming adaptation of John Green’s novel “The Fault in Our Stars” interpreted an innocent teenage girl in “The Spectacular Now”. A great year for all this young contenders but only one can win the award. The BAMBOO AWARD for BEST RISING STAR goes to:

Brie Larson – Short Term 12

Speaking of “Rising Stars” it’s time to announce the next category: BEST “YOUNG ADULT” MOVIE. The nominees are:

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I’ve already talked about how amazing “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was and if you read my reviews and my articles perhaps you know that I’m a huge fan of “The Spectacular Now”, a great coming of age story that everyone must watch. “The Way Way Back” was also terrific with a moving story that will make you laugh a bit and “The Kings Of Summer” brought me back to my childhood years. The BAMBOO AWARD for BEST “YOUNG ADULT” MOVIE goes to:

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The next award is also a bit special since it represents everything that surprised me this year. The nominees for SURPRISE OF THE YEAR are:

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Seth Rogen brought this amazing comedy that made me laugh so hard and that conquered me right from the beginning. “This is the End” was refreshing and was way better than I was expecting. As I said before, after a “failed” attempt of bringing the magic of LOTR back to the big screen, Peter Jackson surprised me a bit with the second chapter of “The Hobbit” trilogy. More action and a faster paced made this movie much more enjoyable than the first one. “The Spectacular Now” was amazing to watch and had a moving and powerful story and at last “The Way Way Back” surprised me with a touching story about the problems of a young boy. The winner of the BAMBOO AWARD for BEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR goes to:

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And we finally arrived to the BIG 7! From actors to directors, the next 7 categories will honor the best of the best among all the genres. The first category is BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE and the nominees are:

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I’ve already talked about Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” but this nomination is for her terrific performance in “American Hustle” as Irving’s crazy wife. Sally Hawkins gave an innocent and real touch to Woody Allen’s comedy “Blue Jasmine” and Lupita Nyong’o did a terrific job in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”. Despite the power of Lupita’s performance I really enjoyed Lawrence’s work and therefore the BAMBOO AWARD for BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE goes to:

Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle

Next we have the nominees for BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

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Amy Adams’ performance was amazing and Sandra Bullock’s performance was astonishing but Cate Blanchet was the reason why “Blue Jasmine” is such a funny and interesting movie. Her performance was amazing and this interpretation was perhaps one of her best works. But among three powerful performances it’s really hard to pick one winner. So, after thinking a bit I’ve decided that the BAMBOO AWARD for BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE goes to:

Cate Blanchet – Blue Jasmine

The next category is BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE and the nominees are:

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From Bradley Cooper hairstyling ritual in “American Hustle” to the crazy lifestyle of Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street”, these nominees have one thing in common: terrific performances. And despite the great performances of Cooper and Hill, this category is dominated by Fassbender and Leto. Michael Fassbender as a landlord who treats slaves as his property made a terrific job and Jared Leto conquered me with his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club”. The BAMBOO AWARD for BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE goes to:

Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

The nominees for BEST ACTOR IN A LEDING ROLE are:

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Among powerful performances it’s really hard to pick one as winner. Matthew McConaughey made perhaps the performance of his life by interpreting Ron Woodroof. Christian Bale and Chiwetel Ejifor performances are true must-sees and Leonardo DiCaprio made also a terrific job interpreting Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Since the performances were all terrific I had to pick the one I enjoyed the most. The BAMBOO AWARD for BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE goes to:

Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club 

The next award is BEST SCREENPLAY and the nominees are:

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From life lessons to stories of survival, these nominees are a clear evidence of what quality cinema stands for. From the story of a common man who was kidnapped and suffered slavery for 12 years to the story of a man who achieved greatness in Wall Street. These stories were amazing and their power is unquestionable. I left the theater speechless after watching “12 Years a Slave” and I enjoyed a lot the stories of the rest of the nominees. But while “Dallas Buyers Club”, “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” had a terrific cast that made them more powerful, “12 Years a Slave” conquered me just with its story. Therefore, the BAMBOO AWARD for BEST SCREENPLAY goes to:

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The announcement is almost over but before the BEST PICTURE award it’s time to announce the winner of the BEST DIRECTOR category. The nominees are:

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David O. Russel got the big 7 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards with “American Hustle” and Scorscesse is back with his 3-hour long adaptation of Belfort’s book “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Steve McQueen made an impressive and powerful portrait about slavery, by adapting Solomon Northup’s book “12 Years a Slave”. But the one man who impressed me the most was Cuarón with the one of the most fascinating movies I’ve ever seen, “Gravity”. A movie like “Gravity”, perhaps one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever seen in a movie theater (specifically in an IMAX theater) needs to be honored for its technical quality. A masterpiece that conquered the audience worldwide. The BAMBOO AWARD for BEST DIRECTOR goes to:

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At last it’s time to announce the most important and prestigious award. The nominees for the BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR award are:

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As I’ve said before, “12                Years a Slave” was astonishing and it left me speechless in the end. A contemporary masterpiece with tough sequences that were really hard to watch. A story about hope and slavery. “12 Years a Slave” is a movie that will remain in your mind for a very long time and that shows how cruel men can be. Competing against it, we have the story of a couple who hustles to survive in David O. Russell’s promising new movie “American Hustle”. A funny and dramatic story with a great cast that will surprise you with terrific performances. But the competition gets harder with one of the most intense movies I’ve ever seen, “Captain Phillips”. The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama. And at last, but not less important, we have the movie that brought the audience worldwide to a journey across space. Alfonso Cuáron, the director of “Children of Men” brought perhaps one of the most amazing Sci-Fi movies ever made. A movie that changed forever the concept of the cinema experience. For about 1 hour and half you will feel like you are in space. And with these terrific nominees it’s really hard to make a decision. I could base my decision with the story but after deliberating a bit I’ve decided to honor the movie that I really want to show one day to my kids. The most amazing experience I’ve ever witnessed in a movie theater. Ladies and gentlemen, the BAMBOO AWARD for BEST PICTURE goes to:

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And the announcement is finally over! I really hope you enjoyed this announcement and next Tuesday, the PROJECTOR returns to Panda’s Choice with my opinion about this year’s Oscars winners! If you want to be the first to read my reviews and opinion articles follow @PandasChoice on twitter. I’ve worked really hard to deliver this and I’m proud of the final result! For those who support this project with comments and likes or just by reading my articles and reviews, thank you! Panda’s Choice is only possible with your support!

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28th February 2014

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