85th Annual Academy Awards 2013

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So they've announced the nominations for the categories 2012's movies. And here are the nominations of a couple of categories:

Best Picture:

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Lincoln
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Amour
  • Django Unchained
  • Argo

Best Director:

  • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Michael Haneke (Amour)
  • Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  • Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
  • Ang Lee (Life of Pi)

The winners will be announced on February 24th and hosted by Seth MacFarlane.

Oscar Nominations Announced

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Whoa, is it that time already? :o

Thought the announcement came in late January. Thanks for posting, FT!

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How was Amour nominated? Though a wonderful, wonderful film, I would think it would be nominated for best foreign language film. It is in French.

Frankly, I think good films are good films, and there shouldn't be a distinction, but if that were the case, there would be many "Hollywood" films that certainly wouldn't make the list.

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I will try to watch a few of these when I'm in the US later this month - they rarely make it to Germany in time to see them before the Big Night.

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At Cinema, Beasts of the Southern Wilds has come and is long gone, Life of Pi is still playing for another couple of weeks (we're going on Wednesday), Silver Linings Playbook is currently running (crappy times, though) Argo still has a couple of shows, Django Unchained starts next week, I think Amour just finished at the Theatiner Theater (just French movies)...

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Thanks, I'll look up the schedule now that I am not longer swamped at work.

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I saw Les Miz last night with my daughter in the UK!

Loved it! I had read the book and loved it decades ago, and seen the London musical many years ago. But it's the only one on this years list I've seen.

My daughter has seen Life of Pi and loved it. I saw its trailer in 3D last night on the big screen and it certainly looks impressive.

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At Cinema, Beasts of the Southern Wilds has come and is long gone, Life of Pi is still playing for another couple of weeks (we're going on Wednesday), Silver Linings Playbook is currently running (crappy times, though) Argo still has a couple of shows, Django Unchained starts next week, I think Amour just finished at the Theatiner Theater (just French movies)...

Beasts of the Southern Wild is playing tomorrow at 10.15 and on Monday afternoon at 14.15 at Cinema. It's also playing tonight at 22.40 at City Kinos (with German subtitles).

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I haven't seen one movie on the Academy's list, but I will tune in so I can see Seth McFarlane host, see some clips from the movies, to see what everyone is wearing, see the bloopers, and to see if a naked man runs across the stage. :D

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I bet it'll be just like that one time that Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Tony's.

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Live broadcast of the Golden Globes awards ceremony is just a few hours away. The red carpet event kicks off on NBC, Prosieben in Germany and E! in the UK. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the hosts of the Globes.

I'm going to Tivo it. B)

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How was Amour nominated? Though a wonderful, wonderful film, I would think it would be nominated for best foreign language film. It is in French.

Actually it's been nominated in both categories (Best picture and Best foreign language movie), but I'm as puzzled as you are. I don't understand how it's possible and even think that the double nomination is likely to be a disadvantage (though I wouldn't mind being proved wrong on that score!).

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It has happened before, but La Vita È Bella only won the Foreign Language category.

Awards

Life is Beautiful was shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, and went on to win the Grand Prix.[1] At the 71st Academy Awards, the film won awards for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score, and Best Foreign Language Film, with Benigni winning Best Actor for his role. The film also received Academy Award nominations for Directing, Film Editing, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture.[2]

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The question was - and still is - what makes it possible for a foreign-language film to be nominated also in the Best picture category?

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There's nothing in the bylaws that says the Academy members can't nominate foreign-language films in the Best Picture category; it's just been a very rare occurrence in the past. I can only assume that it will happen more frequently in future, now that up to 10 films can be nominated for Best Picture.

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Eligibility rules for Best Foreign Language film:

I. DEFINITION

A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

II. ELIGIBILITY

The motion picture must be first released in the country submitting it no earlier than October 1, 2011, and no later than September 30, 2012, and be first publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theater for the profit of the producer and exhibitor.

VI. ELIGIBILITY IN OTHER CATEGORIES

Motion pictures submitted for Foreign Language Film award consideration may also qualify for the 85th Annual Academy Awards in other categories, provided they comply with the rules governing those categories.

Eligibility for Best Motion Picture:

8. Motion pictures from all countries shall be eligible for the annual awards listed in Rule One Paragraph 3, as long as they satisfy the requirements of the other applicable rules, and contain English-language subtitles if released in a foreign language.

As we all know, the more than 6,000 members of the Academy can vote in the Best Picture category, but for all other categories they must only vote in their respective discipline (known as "branches" in the Academy). In other words, directors vote the best of their peers, cinematographers (or DPs) vote the best director of photography, etc. As for the Best Foreign Language picture, however, there are these rules:

IV. VOTING

A. All submissions sent to the Academy will be screened by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Committee(s). After the screenings, the committee(s) will vote by secret ballot to nominate five foreign language motion pictures for this award.

B. Final voting for the Foreign Language Film award shall be restricted to active and life Academy members who have attended Academy screenings, or other theatrical exhibition, of all five motion pictures nominated for the award.

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Pretty cool. B)

Twitter Oscars® Index

"The Twitter Oscars® Index measures how Twitter users are referring to Academy Award® Nominees relative to the overall conversation on Twitter on any given day."

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

Lincoln

Les Misérables

Life of Pi

Amour

Django Unchained

Argo

All of these movies can be seen on the internet. Django Unchained was a big letdown for me. The first 15 minutes was great,but the movie stumbles into a side plot which is totally unbelievable .First the film is historically inaccurate. The movie takes place during the slave era of the USA in the 1850's. DO you think the average slave could read and write like an expert? Winchester rifles and the famous Colt Peacemaker had not been invented yet. Without any doubt ex-slaves or a freeman would have never been allowed to eat at the same dinning room table where the white masters where. The movie is a total fiction barely in fact. There is a scene in the movie where a slave is torn apart my the master's dogs. This scene ranks only next to the famous slave movie MANDINGO with respects to violence. It is an OK movie but rent the DVD.

Zero Dark Thirty is an alright movie. It is hard to squeeze 10 years of detective work in 2 hours. The movie is somewhat slow moving, and I was surprised how the American soldiers simply walked in and got their man. I thought that there was resistance by the bad guys,but it was straightforward. I am also surprised with all of the explosives going off that there would have been an escape attempt.

Silver Linings Playbook is simply boring and predictable.In fact unbelievable. Very slow moving.

Lincoln was an above average film about Ole Abe. This must be the 30th film produced about Mr. Lincoln. Daniel Day Lewis might as well be renamed god with his acting capability. He is excellent and the costumes and politics are very accurate. Mr. Lewis really did reach his high mark as an actor in the famous movie "There Will Be BLood" and this movie is second best compared to "There Will Be Blood".Great movie. Sally Fields, the Flying Nun acts as his wife.

Life of Pi...well get stoned and watch this one.

Argo...A bit slow moving, but above average. As I remember my history books, getting out of Iran was not that difficult. I surmise the movie had to sensationalize the past event.

Had not enough time to see the others.

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I was surprised how the American soldiers simply walked in and got their man.

Thanks for the spoilers, Dude.

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All of these movies can be seen on the internet.

They might *can* be, but for those of us who prefer to be on the safe side and avoid lawyer's letters inviting us to pay large sums of money for breaking the law, they won't be seen on the internet.

And thanks - not - for leaking the details and spoilers, for those of us who haven't seen the films yet. Eejit.

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I was surprised how the American soldiers simply walked in and got their man.

Thanks for the spoilers, Dude.

Uh, did you think Bin Laden would escape?

Were you surprised at the ending of Titanic?

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Two other movies worth noting. I saw the "Sessions" last night with Helen Hunt. This is a low budget movie,but it works. The acting is excellent and the topic is so unusual. I had no idea that a sex therapist would physically engaged in coitus. There is one hilarious scene,when Helen Hunt smothers his face with her genitalia in which he starts to cough very loudly; I could not determine if it was from the smell or his mouth being full of pubic hair. Great movie.

Flight with D. Washington. Well acted movie by Mr. Washington. A drunk and drugged out pilot. I assume that it is possible to fly a huge jet liner inverted,but the odds of success are very slim. Mr. Washington convincingly acts a an extreme drunk. I have read of true stories of Airline Pilots flying while drunk, and I hope I never meet one!

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Well, this is what I think.

Amour

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It's won dozens of awards and lauded by at least as many critics, but I really don't know why. It's my least favorite of the nine nominees because I found Michael Hanneke's film to be too slow and too morose. Admittedly the acting from Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva was perfect, but I just couldn't get into the bleakness of this film where a character observes their partner's gradual breakdown and deterioration.

Argo

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My favorite of the bunch. I hope this one wins and producers Grant Heslov, George Clooney and Ben Affleck add the statuette to its ever-expanding collection (as well as standing on the stage at the Dolby Theatre and saying to the audience “Argo fuck yourself!”). Affleck is proving to be a talented director with movies such as Gone Baby Gone and The Town, and with Argo he's really shining through. I enjoyed this movie immensely; the pacing and style were excellent, the narrative and comedic elements all added to a richly entertaining piece of work. Sure there's the usual factual inaccuracies, but I didn't dwell on these so much considering I was very impressed with the film overall.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

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I liked Benh Zeitlin's film, but only on DVD. I don't think I'd enjoy it much in a theater. It's amazing watching Quvenzhané Wallis' performance, who was just six years old at the time of filming, and now at nine years of age the youngest ever Best Actress nominee. Along with Quvenzhané, many of the actors in the film have had little or no acting experience and yet you'd never notice it – they were all naturals in front of the camera. It's an odd little film driven along by an amazing story and wonderful acting from the protagonist.

Django Unchained

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One of the better Tarantino movies. And with the usual spatter, rapid-fire dialog and clever writing. Probably a bit too playful for me than say Inglourious Basterds or Reservoir Dogs. Still, it had it's thrilling moments. I don't think it'll win the Best Picture Oscar, but I'm pleased for Quentin's film to at least receive the nomination. I do hope Christoph Waltz wins his second Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar as I'm a big fan of his work. Jamie Foxx is another actor of admirable quality.

Les Misérables

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This is probably the one-thousandth movie adaptation of the famous Victor Hugo novel, only this movie is based on the stage musical version. (Actually there are now approximately thirteen film adaptations of Hugo's novel and one TV miniseries.) I really enjoyed Tom Hooper's version two thirds into the film but started to get bored with the same singing voices of Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Eddie Redmayne. I almost left the theater before the movie ended because I had enough of the shallowness in the musical delivery. On the other hand Anne Hathaway's “I Dreamed a Dream” was beautiful and Helena Bonham Carter's and Sacha Baron Cohen's roles were a joy to watch. The production, set design and costumes did carry the movie along really well; but overall it was just a bit exhausting for me.

Life of Pi

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The book they say couldn't be filmed. But Ang Lee did it. A marvellous movie, although I wasn't really overwhelmed by the 3D effects that much – I thought The Hobbit was more visually stunning. Still, Life of Pi was beautifully filmed and a totally engrossing experience. I have the book lying around somewhere and I admit not having read it yet, so this film has given me the incentive to finally dust off Yann Martel's bestseller and read it.

Lincoln

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I was warned on several occasions that Lincoln is a very boring, very stuffy type of film just ideal for old farts and history buffs. The warnings proved wrong. I never found any part of Spielberg's movie to be dreary or lifeless. Daniel Day-Lewis' performance is definitely Oscar-worthy (it'll be his third should he win the Best Actor award), and the film's portrayal of one of history's notable leaders, especially during a dark period in time, was richly entertaining. One of my finest movie-going experiences recently.

Silver Linings Playbook

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Not one of my favorites; an awkward one to get into. I thought it was a bit soap-operish for me. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence played off each other quite well, and Robert De Niro was perfect, but I just couldn't get into the whole rom-com-drama screenplay this film followed (or at least tried to). Maybe I need to see it again. As The New Yorker’s David Denby wrote: “David O. Russell's sort-of comedy is pretty much a miscalculation from beginning to end.” I would have to agree with that assessment.

Zero Dark Thirty

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An excellent film. Almost up there with Argo. I would even say it was better than Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, but I'd ruffle some feathers saying that. As a fan of investigative thrillers, I was taken on a stunning journey for 157 minutes. Bigelow is excellent in the film-making craft, she draws the viewer right in to the world on the screen without overwhelming them at the same time. The last segment of the film – the raid on Bin Laden's compound – was superb cinema.

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