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Maofan7
01-22-2013, 10:46 PM
Which film would you give the best picture Oscar to (as opposed to what you think will win) in terms of the 9 films that have been nominated?

Artemis@BC
01-22-2013, 11:03 PM
Full disclosure: I have not yet seen Les Mis, I plan to in the next week or two. I also haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty and don't plan on seeing it on the big screen; I'll watch it on DVD when it comes out though.

The race as I see it is really 3 movies: Pi, Lincoln, and Beasts. Les Mis, Argo, and Zero are out of the race IMO just because their directors weren't nominated. (Doesn't mean the same film will win in both categories, but without even being nominated, no go. Fair? No. But reality methinks.) Amour I think will win best Foreign picture, not best film. Silver Linings ... enjoyable movie but not best of the year by any stretch.

So from those 3: I loved Beasts, but I don't see it as "best picture" (tho I'd be a pretty happy puppy if Zeitlin won for director). Lincoln was pretty great, but aside from the amazingness of DDL it's by-the-book biopic stuff, nothing original. Not that a movie has to be "original" to be best picture, but since this year we have one that is ...

So ... my vote goes to Life of Pi. It's everything that an Oscar-winning best picture should be. Visually stunning. Superbly written and with stellar acting. Thought-provoking and original. Something you can talk about for days afterward. And it has a tiger for frack's sake! :D

Do I think it will win? Probably not. But that wasn't the question.

AliasJohnDoe
01-22-2013, 11:04 PM
Where's the "other" option? :D

Buzz
01-22-2013, 11:29 PM
I vote for Argo. :cheer2:

Artemis@BC
01-22-2013, 11:36 PM
Where's the "other" option? :D

LOL!

Ok, so what would your "other" be then?

jenny12
01-23-2013, 12:04 AM
I've not seen all of them but I have seen Django Unchained, Les Mis, Zero Dark Thirty, and Lincoln. Out of those I'd vote for Django Unchained. Not a perfect movie by any means and does fall apart at the end but the first part of the movie is strong and the dialogue is great. Lincoln was well done, but became slow for me. I thought Zero Dark Thirty was mostly intense, but dragged a bit as well. However, I think Django, ZDT, and Lincoln would be fine winners. I thought Les Mis was horrible and did not deserve a Best Picture nomination to say the least.

AliasJohnDoe
01-23-2013, 12:07 AM
LOL!

Ok, so what would your "other" be then?

"Skyfall" "Looper" "Avengers" or "Ted". :lol:

"Magic Mike" if Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey do a stage show. :grope:

vesperholly
01-23-2013, 12:26 AM
I would've voted for Argo before I saw it. Meh ...

Skyfall definitely should've gotten a nod. Fantastic movie.

Vash01
01-23-2013, 05:12 PM
I have seen Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Les Mis, Life of Pi, Silver linings playbook (I plan to see 'Django unchained' and 'Beasts of...')

At first I thought Lincoln was the best film of the year. Then I saw Argo and I had to change my mind. I thought Les Mis dragged a lot, and Silver linings did not really impress me as much as it has others (although I enjoyed watching it).

I voted for Argo. It had some minor flaws, based on what my Iranian coworker told me (e.g. children working to put the shredded paper together was not true- adults did it; they said the Iranian phrase for 'goodbye' when they said 'hello'- something like that; I don't remember the exact words), but that did not detract from the story. It had suspense, excitement, acting, and great direction. In addition Argo gets my sympathy vote because Ben Afflec did not get the best director nomination. That was really unfair.

I thought Zero Dark Thirty was a very well made film, but my expectations were sky high when I went in, so it came slightly lower than my expectations. Cathryn Bigelow definitely deserved the BD nom also.

After I see the other two movies I mentioned, I doubt that it will change my vote. I don't care for Tarrantino at all. In the other movie, my only interest is in the 9 year old actress whose name I cannot pronounce. :)

My biggest disappointment this year- Skyfall did not get nominated for Best Picture.

Maofan7
01-23-2013, 06:38 PM
I went for Les Mis. I think its gradually doing what The Kings Speech did a couple of years ago and is making a late charge.

talulabell
01-23-2013, 07:23 PM
I also voted for Les Miz... It was so grand in some places and so personal in others... It seemed like a Herculean challenge to bring to the big screen, and I thought it was VERY well done. I dont cry at movies, and I had tears in my eyes in several places, and was nearly a bawling fool at the end. All that said, I actually expect Argo to win. That was also really well done, and as many others have said, even though you knew how it ended, I was on the edge of my seat. I totally remember all that "Merci Canada" hoopla in the early 80's! I still have to see Lincoln and Life of Pi, tho.


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I voted for Argo. It had some minor flaws, based on what my Iranian coworker told me (e.g. children working to put the shredded paper together was not true- adults did it; they said the Iranian phrase for 'goodbye' when they said 'hello'- something like that; I don't remember the exact words), but that did not detract from the story. It had suspense, excitement, acting, and great direction. In addition Argo gets my sympathy vote because Ben Afflec did not get the best director nomination. That was really unfair.<snip>

Agree that Ben being left off the director list was unfair. Some have joke it's related to that one exchange in the film between him and Alan Arkin: Alan: "can you teach him to be a director", Ben: "I can teach a monkey to be a director in 5 minutes", or something like that. LOL!

KikiSashaFan
01-23-2013, 07:46 PM
I really liked Argo, moreso than Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln.

Les Mis was okay, but I didn't think Amanda Seyfried was a good fit for Cosette, and Russell Crowe's voice was not right for Javert. Just my opinion though.

I'm not a big fan of Tarantino, so I'm not interested in seeing Django Unchained. I do still want to see Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi.

talulabell
01-23-2013, 07:51 PM
I clipped that part of the previous post, mostly because I wanted to ask about the kids putting the shredding together (in Argo). At the end of the movie, during the credits, didnt they show a photo from the time, of the kids pasting the strips, right next to a still from the movie? Maybe they only showed period pic of the strips themselves?

my little pony
01-23-2013, 10:23 PM
Amour is my favorite film that was nominated. I liked Killing Me Softly better than most if not all of the nominees.

Vash01
01-23-2013, 11:39 PM
I clipped that part of the previous post, mostly because I wanted to ask about the kids putting the shredding together (in Argo). At the end of the movie, during the credits, didnt they show a photo from the time, of the kids pasting the strips, right next to a still from the movie? Maybe they only showed period pic of the strips themselves?

I will ask my coworker from Iran again. She has seen the movie, but she may not remember those last stills from the movie.