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#61 of 158 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted February 14 2014 - 10:47 AM

Just a reminder about the preferential voting system to award Best Picture.

 

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My gut tells me that American Hustle would win if 12 Years a Slave weren't in the mix. I think the import of the latter will ultimately make voters rank it higher than either American Hustle or Gravity, regardless of whether people are interested in repeat viewings.


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#62 of 158 OFFLINE   Tino

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Posted February 14 2014 - 11:56 AM

Although I want Gravity to win, I won't be too upset if 12 years wins as that film is excellent. American Hustle on the other hand...I would be pissed.
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Posted February 14 2014 - 01:15 PM

I often wonder why repeated viewings of a movie should weigh in on its artistic merit. A "Best Picture," or an excellent picture, much like a great work of art, doesn't have to be viewed many times. Once is sometimes enough. Amour, winner of the Foreign Film BP is arguably a better work of art than Argo, although it didn't win BP, but it is a difficult film to watch. Argo is more exciting. Which one will endure?

Gravity is exciting. I personally prefer Cuaron's Children of Men. 12 Years a Slave is difficult to watch, but it is also rewarding. Ejiofor's subtle acting, much like the overlooked Redford's, is probably the best. Dern's is not far behind. But the Academy loves to reward showboating acting (see Pacino's Scent of a Woman and compare that to the original Vittorio Gassman's performance). So Matthew will probably win (and he's good in the part).

Back to my original point about art. I've often read a great book only once in my life: it's still a great book. I've seen a great painting or sculpture only once; it's still a great painting or sculpture. I've seen a live play with an unforgettable performance just once; the performance is still great in my mind. Repeated viewings of anything should not be THE determining factor, although it can enter into the equation.



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Posted February 14 2014 - 01:20 PM

My favorite film of the year was The Wind Rises, which is up for Best Animated Feature, but I imagine that will go to Frozen (which is also really good). Out of the Best Picture nominees, I haven't seen Captain Phillips or Philomena yet, but of the others, I'd probably pick The Wolf of Wall Street as my favorite.

 

As for the rest, the only one I really didn't like was American Hustle. Whatever embarrassing photos Harvey Weinstein has been holding over Academy members' heads through the years, he must have finally given them to David O. Russell. What a middling, meandering mess.


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Posted February 18 2014 - 02:52 AM

More big wins for both Gravity and 12 Years A Slave.

The BAFTA Awards (British Oscars) were given out over the weekend and Gravity won six awards including Best British Film, Best Director, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, Best Music and Best Sound.

12 Years A Slave won for Best Actor and the nights biggest prize, Best Film.
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Posted February 22 2014 - 04:26 PM

I often wonder why repeated viewings of a movie should weigh in on its artistic merit. A "Best Picture," or an excellent picture, much like a great work of art, doesn't have to be viewed many times. Once is sometimes enough. Amour, winner of the Foreign Film BP is arguably a better work of art than Argo, although it didn't win BP, but it is a difficult film to watch. Argo is more exciting. Which one will endure?

Gravity is exciting. I personally prefer Cuaron's Children of Men. 12 Years a Slave is difficult to watch, but it is also rewarding. Ejiofor's subtle acting, much like the overlooked Redford's, is probably the best. Dern's is not far behind. But the Academy loves to reward showboating acting (see Pacino's Scent of a Woman and compare that to the original Vittorio Gassman's performance). So Matthew will probably win (and he's good in the part).

Back to my original point about art. I've often read a great book only once in my life: it's still a great book. I've seen a great painting or sculpture only once; it's still a great painting or sculpture. I've seen a live play with an unforgettable performance just once; the performance is still great in my mind. Repeated viewings of anything should not be THE determining factor, although it can enter into the equation.

 

 

The  Academy Awards  are so phony and the winners seldom reflect  the best performances, films etc. It is a case of  how much money is wasted on trying to   win an award. I never watch them. I   prefer the  TONY AWARDS  as they are more  honest  in that they  only  give an award  to those who truly deserve to win, The  Academy Awards are all about marketing. If  John Wayne  can win   one for  acting and  PeterO'Toole  cannot,then that sums up the  all the Hollywood  bulls***t that surrounds the   AA.



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Posted February 23 2014 - 08:41 AM

To be fair, the Oscars weren't the only awards show where John Wayne and his performance in TRUE GRIT beat O'Toole. 



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Posted February 25 2014 - 09:13 AM

Back to my original point about art. I've often read a great book only once in my life: it's still a great book. I've seen a great painting or sculpture only once; it's still a great painting or sculpture. I've seen a live play with an unforgettable performance just once; the performance is still great in my mind. Repeated viewings of anything should not be THE determining factor, although it can enter into the equation.

 

I find that I have to revisit books and films to see how they hold up. It's harder to do with books because there are so many unread ones to read for the first time and rereading a book takes way longer (for me at least) than re-watching a great movie. I made lists recently of films I'd seen six or more times, films I'd seen three-to-five times, and great films I'd seen only once. And I was alarmed at how many were on the latter list that I felt I should have seen enough times to put on the other lists. And then I made a list of highly regarded films that I still have yet to see. That's a longer list than I'd like to have.



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Posted March 02 2014 - 11:11 AM

Jeez, where's everyone with their Oscar predictions??

Here are mine:

Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave ( really, really, really hoping for a Gravity upset)
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyongo
Best Original Screenplay: Her
Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years A Slave
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Original Score: Gravity
Best Sound: Gravity
Best Sound Editing: Gravity
Best Film Editing: Gravity
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Makeup: Dallas Buyers Club
Best Foreign Language Film: Italy..The Great Beauty
Best Animated Film: Frozen
Best Song: Frozen...Let It Go
Best Costume Design: American Hustle
Best Animated Short: Get A Horse
Best Documentary Feature: The Act Of Killing
Best Documentary Short: The Lady In Number. 6
Best Live Action Short: That Wasn't Me

No matter what, Gravity will walk away with the most Oscars tonight. :)
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Posted March 02 2014 - 11:42 AM

Jeez, where's everyone with their Oscar predictions??

It may look like I copy and pasted your picks but I didn't. :) Anyway, here's my list for what I think will win.

 

Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

Best Animated Picture: Frozen

Best Original Screenplay: Her

Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years A Slave

 

From that list, I would vote for maybe half of them.



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Posted March 02 2014 - 12:01 PM

Here is what i think will win.

 

Best Picture: American Hustle

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock

Best Supporting Actor: Jonah Hill

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Director: Steve McQueen

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Animated Picture: Frozen

Best Original Screenplay: American Hustle

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best Sound Mixing: Gravity

Best Visual Effects: Gravity

Best Makeup: The Lone Ranger

Best Original Score: Saving Mr Banks

Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty

Best Film Editing: Gravity

Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby


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Posted March 02 2014 - 12:01 PM

If Nebraska doesn't win best picture, or Bruce Dern doesn't win best actor I am going to skip dramatic movies for the remainder of 2014.  That is how strongly I feel about Nebraska.  Doesn't have to win both categories(one or the other) but it has get an award.  A perfect movie.


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Posted March 02 2014 - 12:25 PM

If 12 YEARS A SLAVE wins I will be so happy when a few years from now it starts to get some of the hate it deserves for beating out much better movies not because of quality but because of the subject. 



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Posted March 02 2014 - 12:40 PM

If 12 YEARS A SLAVE wins I will be so happy when a few years from now it starts to get some of the hate it deserves for beating out much better movies not because of quality but because of the subject. 

 

Ahhhhhh.  A fine Oscar tradition.  :biggrin:


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Posted March 02 2014 - 12:43 PM

Lol.  Yes, I will be starting the campaign around midnight tonight. :D



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Posted March 02 2014 - 12:46 PM

If 12 YEARS A SLAVE wins I will be so happy when a few years from now it starts to get some of the hate it deserves for beating out much better movies not because of quality but because of the subject. 

 

I still don't understand how Michael Fassbender got nominated for his cliche ridden performance in a poorly written role.


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Posted March 02 2014 - 12:49 PM

Nebraska will probably win nothing, although I also think it is a perfect movie. At least it received a few nominations, so it wasn't lost in the popularity/publicity shuffle. Some people must have realized its quality.



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Posted March 02 2014 - 12:49 PM

I rated the movie a *** when I watched it but the more I thought about it the more it really pissed me off.  I thought his performance was incredibly overrated and I thought the entire screenplay was fairly laughable.  I thought the storytelling was very questionable.  It just seems like some people think we needed this movie to show slavery was wrong.  Umm...I knew that a long time ago and I didn't need a melodramatic movie with an overbearing score to teach me that.

 

Somewhat different but I love Sean Penn but I still think he won the Oscar for MILK because of the subject and not really the performance.  The performance was certainly great but I still feel Mickey Rourke was much better in THE WRESTLER.  Two great performances but Hollywood had a message with one film that pushed it over the finish line. 



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Posted March 02 2014 - 01:27 PM

There's at least 5 nominees that I liked more but I still thought 12 Years A Slave was very good (especially the performances) but when it wins, I think it'll be more of a movie that people forget even won Best Picture in a few years like The Artist or The King's Speech rather than being a controversial/hated winner like Crash or Shakespeare In Love.



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Posted March 02 2014 - 02:28 PM

Best Picture: 12 YAS

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Best Cinematography: Gravity

Best Animated Picture: Frozen

Best Original Screenplay: American Hustle

Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 YAS

Best Sound Mixing: Gravity

Best Visual Effects: Gravity

Best Makeup: Dallas Buyers Club

Best Original Score: Gravity

Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty

Best Film Editing: Gravity

Best Costume Design: 12 YAS

Best Song: Let It Go






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