Philippe Le Sourd
With two nominations, I’m surprised that Wong Kar-wai’s wasn’t nominated for more, like Best Foreign Language Feature or even Best Picture, but this kung-fu epic does grab Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design nominations and even though it will probably not be winning either of these, it is nice to see films like this breakthrough in some competitive categories. Filled with impressive kung-fu battles and with some stellar shots in the pouring rain, there is a distinct feel to the visuals in this film captured by Philippe Le Sourd who also captures his first nomination from the Academy. Kung-fu is hard enough to catch on film correctly, but it becomes a dance for Le Sourd, involving the camera movements gliding gracefully along the masters as they battle one another from room to room from street to street. Compared to the other films it is up against it’s hard to see this getting any further, especially with the brilliance that is “Gravity” this year and for that this will go no further than a nomination, but an impressive one at that.
William Chang Suk Ping
Another first nomination for William Chang Suk Ping, there’s no pointing fingers at the Academy for specializing these surprise nominees, as they’ve never been honored before and perhaps the nominations are honors enough, bringing attention to a film that probably wouldn’t have gotten as much of it on its own. The costumes are memorable in “The Grandmaster”, especially that of the women, and in particular, the leading lady and her fur coats. But the costumes become part of the story as Ip Man brings to the audience’s attention that he never wears suits, except for a single ID photo and the winter coats he purchases but then has to sell to feed his family. Again, as memorable as the costumes may be, there’s no competing with the elaborate costumes of “The Great Gatsby” and “American Hustle”, which are the frontrunners to take this award, but again, grabbing a nomination out of an almost unknown film is quite the accomplishment in and of itself.
// Produced by Ng See-yuen, Megan Ellison, and Wong Kar-wai // Directed by Wong Kar-wai //
// Dated Viewed: Saturday, March 1st, 2014 // Amazon Instant // 1 film – 2 days //