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2013 Oscar Nominees Profiled: Best Director
We assess the pros and cons for this year’s Academy Award nominees

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2013 Oscar Nominees Profiled: Best Director | Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke

Film: Amour

Why He Will Win

1  He has one of the most respected bodies of work in movies today, and has hitherto been entirely overlooked by Oscar – so that’s a little embarrassing.
2 Amour is a meditative and immensely moving film about aging and death, which should be of interest to the Academy’s older voters.
3 The spoof twitter account has been campaigning hard.

 

 Why He Won't Win

1  Generally speaking, respected arthouse filmmakers only win Oscars if they turn in something commercial and mainstream – which this isn’t, really.
2 The subject matter may be a little unpleasant for Hollywood types, who after all spend most of their time trying to avoid the aging process.
3 The real Michael Haneke isn’t campaigning nearly so much.

 

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1 Argo With Affleck
I'm a big fan of Steven Spielberg but I just thought Lincoln was little more than a filmed play - all talk, no action. Kind of dreary really. Ben Affleck's film Argo was fascinating and gripping throughout and him not getting nominated is a huge oversight. Affleck's won every other award going. More

Posted by BenTramer on Friday February 22, 2013, 17:21


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