Oscars 2012: runners, riders and reviews

Sean Penn's dazed look and the Most Inexplicably Praised Film of the Year.

A little pre-Academy Awards reading, based on our (near complete) coverage of the Best Picture nominees:

 

The Tree of Life

Sean Penn's dazed look fits this long view of 1950s America -- Ryan Gilbey's verdict

The Descendants

Just coasting along -- Ryan Gilbey's verdict

Midnight in Paris

Most Inexplicably Praised Film of the Year -- The Cultural Capital annual film awards

Hugo

Sentiment and surrealism in turn -- Ryan Gilbey's verdict

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

We'll fake Manhattan -- Ryan Gilbey's verdict

War Horse

The man with the child in his eyes -- Sophie Elmhirst interviews War Horse author, Michael Morpurgo

The whinny takes it all -- on the red carpet... to see a horse.

Also nominated....

The Help

The Artist

Moneyball

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Katy Perry just saved the Brits with a parody of Donald Trump and Theresa May

Our sincerest thanks to the pop star for bringing one fleeting moment of edge to a very boring awards show.

Now, your mole cannot claim to be an expert on the cutting edge of culture, but if there’s one thing we can all agree on in 2017, it’s that the Brit Awards are more old hat than my press cap. 

Repeatedly excluding the genres and artists that make British music genuinely innovative, the Brits instead likes to spend its time rewarding such dangerous up-and-coming acts as Robbie Williams. And it’s hosted by Dermot O’Leary.

Which is why the regular audience must have been genuinely baffled to see a hint of political edge entering the ceremony this year. Following an extremely #makeuthink music video released earlier this week, Katy Perry took to the stage to perform her single “Chained to the Rhythm” amongst a sea of suburban houses. Your mole, for one, doesn’t think there are enough model villages at popular award ceremonies these days.

But while Katy sang of “stumbling around like a wasted zombie”, and her house-clad dancers fell off the edge of the stage, two enormous skeleton puppets entered the performance in... familiar outfits.

As our Prime Minister likes to ask, remind you of anyone?

How about now?

Wow. Satire.

The mole would like to extend its sincerest lukewarm thanks to Katy Perry for bringing one fleeting moment of edge to one of the most vanilla, status-quo-preserving awards ceremonies in existence. 

I'm a mole, innit.