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Why Argo Deserved To Win Best Picture
My favorite shot in Ben Affleckís Argo isnít during the nail-biting, armchair-gripping finale at the Iranian airport or the heart-palpitating opening sequence with the rioters attacking the U.S. embassy. Itís an establishing shot less than 30 minutes into the film that shows the famed Hollywood sign as protagonist Tony Mendez arrives in Los Angeles.
For Your Consideration: Why Lincoln Deserves To Win Best Picture
For a country founded on religious freedom, it did not take us long to find our national martyred saint. Imitated by children in construction paper top hats and felt beards, revered by the millions of visitors to his temple-like memorial, cited by any President or leader who wants to skim a bit of gravity for their words-- Abraham Lincoln became America's Christ
F*ck Your Consideration: Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty Doesn't Need You, Oscar
Let's just admit it: Zero Dark Thirty has about zero chance of winning Best Picture. It is one of the best films of the year, but after the movie became a political football for politicians who unfairly declared it "pro-torture" to further their own agendas, it's Oscar prospects sunk fast.
For Your Consideration: Why Zero Dark Thirty Deserves Best Picture
The thesis of Zero Dark Thirty is not torture is a miracle drug. Itís also not torture is an abomination or the war in Afghanistan is right or the Pakistani government canít be trusted or prisoners should be allowed immediate access to lawyers.
For Your Consideration: Life Of Pi Is The Best 3D Picture, Not Best Picture
Life of Pi is an absolutely breathtaking movie. I won't pretend otherwise. When I saw it at the New York Film Festival last fall, I wholeheartedly believed it was a serious contender for the Academy Awards' most prestigious honor of Best Picture. And yet when the Oscars were finally announced, I had no enthusiasm for Life of Pi's nomination. Worse yet, I realized I'd be angry if it actually won.
For Your Consideration: Silver Linings Playbook Counters Oscar's Death Obsession With Humor And Honesty
Every once in a while, films luck into planet-aligning cinematic situations where everyone involved does their best possible work, creating a work of art. In Silver Linings Playbook, everyone working in front of and behind the camera in service of this uplifting story is operating at the top of their game, and the Academy has gone out of its way to recognize those accomplishments.
For Your Consideration: Les Miserables Is The Big, Emotional Film That Deserves Best Picture
Les Miserables is the kind of musical that drives non-fans batty, but if you're watching this movie wondering why people are singing everything, you're genuinely missing the point. Musicals express feelings in a way spoken word simply can't, and this version of Les Miserables understands how to drill to the very root of those feelings, in ways nothing onstage really can.
For Your Consideration: Les Miserables Lost Best Picture The Moment Russell Crowe Opened His Mouth
When an adaptation of the musical Les Miserables was announced, and recent Best Director winner Tom Hooper signed on to direct it, all eyes zoomed in on Les Mis to be a contender. In fact, before anyone even saw it, most people put it on their Best Picture hopefuls lists
For Your Consideration: Beasts Of The Southern Wild Is The Mystical Elixir Oscar Desperately Needs
Beasts defies classification. It transcends easy genres. It is bold, original filmmaking done on a shoestring budget that is not reflected in its jaw-droppingly authentic production values. The movieís four Oscar nominations should be its consolation prize. Itís worthy of so much more.
For Your Consideration: Django Unchained Might Be The Best Chance To Give Tarantino Best Picture
Quentin Tarantino doesnít make the kind of movies you typically think of being honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Award season is crowded with war-set period dramas about people with disabilities, and Tarantino is all about brash, hyper, bloody tales of revenge and gangsters.
For Your Consideration: Django Unchained Is An Hour Too Long To Deserve Best Picture
Somewhere inside Django Unchained is the best movie of the year.†Part meticulously researched homage and part aggressive, pulsating thump of originality, this re-cut would bleed with furious and vengeful momentum, swagger with the confidence of a gaudy suit and pause just long enough to offer whimsical and brilliant asides
For Your Consideration: Amour Is The Most Honest Best Picture Nominee
Amour looks nothing like any of its fellow Best Picture nominees. In fact, it looks nothing like any of the Best Picture nominees of the last 20 years. It's a foreign film, of course, which puts it in the company of just four other foreign language films nominated for Best Picture since 1993