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For Your Consideration: Midnight In Paris Is The Best Picture Nominee That Gets Nostalgia Right
Allenís writing is every bit as charming and funny as the other light-hearted Best Picture contender, The Artist, but most importantly, MiP is a smart comedy that actually has something significant to say about tour collective problem with viewing the past through rose colored glasses
For Your Consideration: The Artist Is More Than Just A Simple Crowdpleaser
While The Artist is set in Hollywood's Golden Age and certainly revels in allusions to some of the era's masterworks, it hardly paints a glossy picture of its setting. Instead, Hollywood is portrayed as a fickle community that will celebrate its stars one moment and leave them in the gutter the next
For Your Consideration: The Tree Of Life Is Too Messy For Best Picture
Maybe there really is nothing to get. Maybe all the critics who have so vehemently backed The Tree Of Life are simply assigning value to weirdness and deeper meaning to idiotic, pretentious ramblings. Maybe the careful and well-constructed core of this Best Picture nominee is not actually buoyed by its elongated natural backdrops but instead coated in layer after layer of supernova-scented shit
For Your Consideration: As A True Love Letter To Cinema, Hugo Should Be King
While James Cameron may be the most prominent name when it comes to 3D filmmaking today, with Hugo it was Martin Scorsese who truly explored the potential of the new technology, but more importantly used it to make a statement about the art. By filming The Artist in the classic non-widescreen ratio and without color, Hazanavicius made homage to what things used to be like and itís a nice gimmick, but, conversely, Scorsese actually used 3D...
For Your Consideration: Why Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Deserves Best Picture
The emotions earned by EL&IC are so honest, so genuine, that nitpicking them seems inconsequential. It was never about the key that Oskar found in his fatherís closet. It was about closure, and Bullockís mother found it in her troubled son
For Your Consideration: The Help Is Heritage Not Defined By Hate
"It's heritage, not hate." That argument doesn't really apply to The Help, which few can argue as actual hate speech, but I come back to it again in the movie's defense, trying to explain how you can be nostalgic for a period of history that's ugly and unflattering, how the intersection of white and black lives can be both fraught and sometimes terrible, but also more complicated than is easy to remember
At The Oscars, Winter's Bone Is A Model For Real Indie Success
Very few indie movies are going to be as good as Winter's Bone next year, but dammit, they're all going to try, and in no small part thanks to the fact that the Academy-- lover of all things baity, big, important and star-powered-- opened its arms to the badass Ozarks drama that could.
Black Swan's Greatest Trick Was Convincing Oscar That It Isn't Horror
Thereís a formula you can follow to work your way in contention for the top prize at the Academy Awards. Heavy drama plus a few well placed laughs and two or three scenes that leave the audience choked with tears and youíll have no problem landing among the elite ten being scrutinized for the Oscarís best picture. But what if youíre a brilliant film that blurs the line between thriller and horror...
Oscar Take Note: The Social Network Is Both Annie Hall And Star Wars
Whereas the Star Wars and Annie Hall debate is still wrestled with today, one technically better, one more entertaining, The Social Network far surpasses all other Best Picture nominees on both measures. Itís the ideal combination of greatness and entertainment value
The King's Speech Is Only A Frontrunner Because It's Manufactured Oscar Bait
Last year the Academy Awards expanded its Best Picture category to have ten nominees instead of five, something not done since 1943. This move made it possible for films with more populist appeal to get nominated in the biggest category without degrading the standards of the ceremony. But why was the move necessary?
True Grit's Oscar Nomination Is A Surrender To Creative Bankruptcy
True Grit has been called ďthe western you should see if you only see one western every three yearsĒ. Itís been hailed as Ēenormously entertainingĒ. Critics and audiences alike fell in love with it, almost from the moment it was released. In his review of the film Roger Ebert describes the audience at a sneak preview he attended as...
127 Hours Is Not A Best Picture Also-Ran; It's The Year's Most Deeply Felt Film
For a long time nobody was even certain that 127 Hours would be a Best Picture nominee. Distributor Fox Searchlight was putting a lot of focus on their other film Black Swan, which was a bigger critical and box office success, and 127 Hours seemed to be
Inception May Be Oscar's Last Chance To Award Originality
I cover nearly 200 movie news stories a month here on Cinema Blend. In addition to giving me an excuse to thinking about movies from the time I wake up till the time I go to bed, it also gives me a pretty good sense of whatís going on in the film industry and what kind of projects are moving into development. You want to know the biggest thing Iíve learned after writing more than 1,700 articles for this site?
Kids Are All Right's Oscar Nom Is The Result Of Indie Film Bias, And That's Not All Right
Hereís the problem with most independent movies: they amble around without any real direction before choosing a seemingly arbitrary point
Up Deserves To Be An Oscar Afterthought
Up is the last horse in the field. Itís the marathon runner with one leg. Itís the South American dreaming of curling gold. Itís the slutty, kinda stupid best friend running away from the killer