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We explain why they will win, and why they might not

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CHRISTIAN BALE - AMERICAN HUSTLE

Christian Bale - American Hustle

WHY HE WILL WIN WHY HE WON'T WIN
1. He’s Batman. Also, he runs the gamut from over-confident con man to despairing con and back again in the film, tossed about on a sea of events beyond his control or caused by his own bad judgment. And all this while carefully maintaining his fake hair. 1. Ben Affleck is Batman now – and Bale’s Irving Rosenfeld is perhaps too reactive a character, thrown around by the bigger personalities around him, to impress the voters amid such strong competition.
2. He was Globe and BAFTA nominated for the turn, and was part of the SAG Best Ensemble win. He’s also a previous Oscar winner, which doesn’t hurt. 2. He lost out on the BAFTA and Globe (and who’d’ve thought Christian Bale would be nominated in the “comedy” category?) and wasn’t even nominated for a solo SAG award.
3. The selflessness of that combover, wow. 3. The horror of that combover, ugh.

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1 If OSCAR knows what's good for him he'll give it all away to Ejiofor.
Surprised the big black elephant in the room was left un-adressed with regards to Ejiofor and 12 Years. Taking nothing away from his brilliance and in no way an attempt to detract from the value of the movie itself, the film's role as the long-awaited slavery period piece as brought to life and poetry by a black man (the same goes for Steve McQueen) is surely the nail in the coffin for everyone else? 'Slavery's Schindler's' simply can't be allowed to pass by without being properly ordained by the academy. There may not be a film like it again. There hasn't been another Schindler's List, suggesting the one time round where they nailed it was more than enough for one lifetime. 12 Years A Slave is the slavery film of slavery films, and it's pretty fucking good (which is more than could be said for Argo). What more reason needs the academy to give McQueen and Ejiofor their merits as representatives of blacks the world over who made a great film about slavery, when Peter Jackson got as muchMore

Posted by RyanShanks on Tuesday January 28, 2014, 23:58

2 If OSCAR knows what's good for him he'll give it all away to Ejiofor.
Surprised the big black elephant in the room was left un-adressed with regards to Ejiofor and 12 Years. Taking nothing away from his brilliance and in no way an attempt to detract from the value of the movie itself, the film's role as the long-awaited slavery period piece as brought to life and poetry by a black man (the same goes for Steve McQueen) is surely the nail in the coffin for everyone else? 'Slavery's Schindler's' simply can't be allowed to pass by without being properly ordained by the academy. There may not be a film like it again. There hasn't been another Schindler's List, suggesting the one time round where they nailed it was more than enough for one lifetime. 12 Years A Slave is the slavery film of slavery films, and it's pretty fucking good (which is more than could be said for Argo). What more reason needs the academy to give McQueen and Ejiofor their merits as representatives of blacks the world over who made a great film about slavery, when Peter Jackson got as muchMore

Posted by RyanShanks on Tuesday January 28, 2014, 23:54

3 If OSCAR knows what's good for him he'll give it all away to Ejiofor.
Surprised the big black elephant in the room was left un-adressed with regards to Ejiofor and 12 Years. Taking nothing away from his brilliance and in no way an attempt to detract from the value of the movie itself, the film's role as the long-awaited slavery period piece as brought to life and poetry by a black man (the same goes for Steve McQueen) is surely the nail in the coffin for everyone else? 'Slavery's Schindler's' simply can't be allowed to pass by without being properly ordained by the academy. There may not be a film like it again. There hasn't been another Schindler's List, suggesting the one time round where they nailed it was more than enough for one lifetime. 12 Years A Slave is the slavery film of slavery films, and it's pretty fucking good (which is more than could be said for Argo). What more reason needs the academy to give McQueen and Ejiofor their merits as representatives of blacks the world over who made a great film about slavery, when Peter Jackson got as muchMore

Posted by RyanShanks on Tuesday January 28, 2014, 23:53

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Nevermind Sahara, if MCConaughey wins, then the two stars of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" will both have won oscars More

Posted by raven_girl on Tuesday January 28, 2014, 12:05

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McConaughey cant be nonimated for a BAFTA anyway coz it hasnt even come out over here yet. Right? More

Posted by stephenhickman2 on Monday January 27, 2014, 21:27


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