View Poll Results: Which Film Should Win The Best Picture Oscar?

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  • Amour

    5 6.10%
  • Argo

    30 36.59%
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    3 3.66%
  • Django Unchained

    2 2.44%
  • Les Misérables

    13 15.85%
  • Life of Pi

    8 9.76%
  • Lincoln

    12 14.63%
  • Silver Linings Playbook

    3 3.66%
  • Zero Dark Thirty

    6 7.32%
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    Which Film Should Win The Best Picture Oscar?

    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?

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    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!

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

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    Where's the "other" option?

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    I vote for Argo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliasJohnDoe View Post
    Where's the "other" option?
    LOL!

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

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    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.
    Last edited by jenny12; 01-23-2013 at 12:21 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post
    LOL!

    Ok, so what would your "other" be then?
    "Skyfall" "Looper" "Avengers" or "Ted".

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

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    I would've voted for Argo before I saw it. Meh ...

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
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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!
    Erm.... I got nothin'

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    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.

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    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?
    Erm.... I got nothin'

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    Amour is my favorite film that was nominated. I liked Killing Me Softly better than most if not all of the nominees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by talulabell View Post
    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.

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    I voted for Argo - I absolutely loved how it wove together actual footage from history within the fabric of the movie, and how much detail and attention they paid to recreating the time and setting of the events.

    I felt that it seemed so earnest whereas Lincoln, although superbly cast and acted, was directed and written with so much grandstanding I had to roll my eyes at some monologues where they might as well have flashed "NOMINATE US!" on the screen.

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    I think that Lincoln will win, but I wish Les Mis could. Loved both of them, but Les Mis was in a class by itself.
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    Ok, finally saw Les Mis last night. And, while I enjoyed it very much, and it definitely deserves to be in the top 10 list for the year ... I still don't think it's the best picture of the year. When it's a film that's adapted from another source, the film should be better to qualify as Best Picture, IMO. And Les Mis on film simply isn't as good as the stage version. Unlike Life of Pi, which was better than the book. (In my not-so-humble opinion.) Plus Life of Pi had me completely engaged and immersed from beginning to end, whereas I found myself distracted and picking nits in various places in Les Mis.

    So. If Argo can buck the trend and win best picture despite the director not being nominated ... Argo should win. (Plus it has the advantage that I actually think it could win, unlike Pi which I'm fairly certain won't.) But if it goes according to norm, I think Lincoln and Spielberg will win (even tho they shouldn't).

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    I would like to see Argo win, like the majority here, but every day I become more convinced that Lincoln is going to win the best picture.

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    The momentum is with "Argo" after winning the Golden Globe, PGA, and Screen Actors Guild ensemble award. If Ben Affleck wins the DGA tonight, and "Argo" wins Best Picture at the BAFTAs the race is over.

    Should win? My vote would be "Life of Pi," the only movie which haunted my imagination weeks after seeing the movie.
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