A whole host of awards were dolled out over the weekend, signifying the season is very much upon us. Alas, a pair of crunching pre-pre-Christmas deadlines means I don't have the time to get into them right now but The Hurt Locker seems to have done very well (that's the sound of me applauding...) which can only be a good thing.
I didn't make Friday night's multi-media screening of Avatar because I was busying hosting a Q&A with Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie and stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Mark Strong. I saw the film last week but had to sign an embargo, the contents of which prevent me from reviewing it until a date I can't actually remember. So all I will say is this: there was a lot of love in the room for Ritchie and co. following the screening, and when one member of the audience decided to inform the director that his film wasn't in the "spirit of Sherlock Holmes" the rest of those present decided to vocally disagree with her. (Actually, the characters are very much in the spirit of Conan Doyle, just not the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce versions of them.)
Sunday morning, I went to see The Princess And The Frog which, of course, marks a return to traditional hand-drawn animation for Disney. It's magnificent, visually imaginative, delightful, charming, funny, with a wonderful soundtrack to boot. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Now, back to work...