It’s that time of the year when we take stock of movies that were lauded for their content, technique and performances. The announcement of the nominations for the 21st Annual Life OK Screen Awards, have sprung up a few surprises. What’s heartening is the fact that this year, the heroines no longer played second fiddle to the heroes. While Queen wears the crown, bagging the highest nominations, (13) in various categories, Highway, Mardaani and Kick were a close second with 10 nominations each, while Haider was nominated in 9 categories. The biopic, Mary Kom earned 7 nominations. Big budget films riding on star power, however lagged behind with Happy New Year getting 3 nominations and Bang Bang 4 nominations.
Undoubtedly, it is the art house cinema with relatively lesser known faces that sprinted ahead or gave tough competition to big ticket films. Small film like Ugly and Ankhon Dekhi rubbed shoulders with PK, bagging 8 nominations each.
An intriguing mix of movies with unconventional stories like Queen,
Ugly and Highway are in the running for the Best Film this year. The unique treatment and presentation of these movies earned nominations for the directors too.
Best Actor (Male)
Even as stars like Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan,
Rani Mukerji, Priyanka Chopra held their own, actors like Sanjay Mishra, Randeep Hooda and newbies like Alia Bhatt made the competition more exciting with their remarkable performances
Best Actor (Female)
Best Actor in A Supporting Role (Male)
Senior actors like Dimple Kapadia, Tabu, Seema Pahwa impressed
the Jury as they played unconventional characters, as did relative newcomers like Lisa Haydon, Darshan Kumar and Inaamulhaq.
Best Actor in A Supporting Role (Female)
Best Actor in a Negative Role (Male)
With actors like Riteish Deshmukh, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Juhi Chawla and Huma Qureshi experimenting with intriguing negative characters, this category became more captivating.
Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female)
Best Actor in a Comic Role (Male/ Female)
After Bol Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan again displayed his perfect comic timing, so did Govinda who made a comeback after a considerable hiatus. Child actor Partho Gupte won the Jury’s approval once again after Stanley Ka Dabaa, but he faces fierce competition from newbies like Parth Bhalerao.
Best Child Artiste
Most Promising Newcomer (Male)
The debutants did not shy away from experimenting. So, if Kriti Sanon excelled as the typical Bollywood heroine in Heropanti, Patralekha impressed in her unconventional role in CityLights. And if Tiger Shroff made an impact with his power-packed stunts, Tahir Raj Bhasin’s villainous act in Mardaani caught the Jury’s attention.
Most Promising Newcomer (Female)
Most Promising Debut Director
It has been a year of crossovers. While art director Omung Kumar turned
director with the biopic Mary Kom, producer Sajid Nadiadwala donned the director’s cap with Kick. The year also saw several top line actors like Rani Mukerji, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone as part of an ensemble cast.
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Background Score
If Julius Packiam’s gritty background score to highlight the malaise in Mardaani earned him a nomination in the Best Background score,
A.R. Rahman’s rustic music for Highway struck the right chord with the Jury who have nominated him in the Best Music and Best Background score category.
Best Playback Singer (Male)
This year also sees several newcomers being nominated. Right from Kanika Kapoor whose voice made Baby Doll a rage to Labh Janjua who crooned London thumakda.
Best Playback Singer (Female)
While innovative plots and subjects charmed and engaged viewers, where lyrics were concerned, love was certainly in the air with five lyricists who have been nominated for romantic songs.
Kangana Ranaut displayed her flair for writing as she bagged a nomination together with co-writer Anvita Dutt Guptan for Queen. They are competing with a veteran like Rajkumar Hirani. In the Best Screenplay category, relative newcomers are pitted against veteran Anurag Kashyap.
While Aarti Bajaj earned two nominations for Best Editing, Resul Pookutty’s splendid sound design accentuated Salman Khan’s punches and perfectly complemented Aamir Khan’s alien character in PK, thus earning him three nominations for the Best Sound Design.
Best Sound Design
From fighter cops to free-spirited heroes and aliens, this year, special effects became an essential element of masala entertainers and as well as classy films.
Best Special Effects
Best Production Design
Veteran production designer Nitin Desai has costume designer
Tabasheer Zutshi as competition. While director Farah Khan doubled
up as choreographer for Manwa laage (Happy New Year),
Bosco-Caeser’s dance steps in Entriyaan (Gunday) caught on like wildfire.
Whether it was Aamir Khan’s alien avatar in PK or Kangana Ranaut’s small-town girl look in Queen, designer duo Manoshi Nath-Rushi Sharma have flawlessly dressed some of the best on-screen characters this year. On the action front, there’s Hollywood director Greg Powell competing with our Bollywood directors for the first time.
The year 2014 saw some new entrants in the field of production
and direction who left a major impact on the audiences as well as at the box-office. The esteemed Jury’s choice of nominations for films and directors has catered to different genres which is very encouraging.
Best Actor (Male)
Brilliant performances never go unnoticed. The choices of actors for 2014 range from seniors like Dilip Prabhavalkar, Nana Patekar, Usha Naik to contemporary actors like Nandu Madhav, Amrita Subhash, Sonali Kulkarni, Veena Jamkar; a varied but deserving choice
Best Actor (Female)
Best Child Artiste
Children just win hearts with their breathtaking performances,
making it a difficult task to choose the best one of the lot. Be it Gauri’s soulful story, Nishant’s eye-catching look, Shruti’s endearing act, the fiery Somnath and Vivek’s heart-wrenching tale, their performance says it all.