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

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Django Unchained

 
 

Why It Will Win

 

 Why It Won't Win

1 It’s impeccably made, jam-packed with great performances and tackles a more serious subject than most of Tarantino’s work. 1 There’s a lot of blood-splatter, and that rarely wins Best Picture; even Saving Private Ryan lost out to the bloodless Shakespeare In Love. What’s more, controversy about the film’s subject matter, language and violence may block its path to the top.
2 It has nominations for Screenplay, Cinematography and Supporting Actor, which aren’t bad categories to have, and it’s the second-highest grossing of the nominees, which never hurt. 2 There’s no Best Director or Best Editing nod to match, a bad sign.
3 The Academy doesn’t want to turn around in 20 years and realise that they never gave a big award to one of the filmmakers who defined his generation. See Scorsese, Martin. 3 Tarantino still has a reputation as an enfant terrible to overcome, and the Academy tends to err towards the more conservative end of the spectrum when it comes to Best Picture.

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1 RE:
L: BenTramer This year's Oscars is The Bossy Women Oscars - Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, Sally Field in Lincoln and Helen Mirren in Hitchcock. They feature in feminist revisions of history saying that Abraham Lincoln, Alfred Hitchcock and Seal Team Six couldn't have done anything without female help. Hmm, dubious. ut it is a fact that Mirren's character was the rock upon which Hitchcock would lean, and there were many, many women involved in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. So yeah, women serve just as much purpose as men in the realms of intelligence gathering and the entertainment business. Yeah, shocking I know. More

Posted by MonsterCat on Monday February 18, 2013, 13:23

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L: BenTramer This year's Oscars is The Bossy Women Oscars - Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, Sally Field in Lincoln and Helen Mirren in Hitchcock. They feature in feminist revisions of history saying that Abraham Lincoln, Alfred Hitchcock and Seal Team Six couldn't have done anything without female help. Hmm, dubious. eah, bloody women exerting influence and power in a patriarchal world, how dare they!!!!! Know your place, ladies, no-one listens to you! Stop trying to be assertive!! Don't be so flipping bossy. Jesus Wept. More

Posted by DancingClown on Monday February 18, 2013, 07:48

3 RE: DON'T MAKE ME FU***** SICK
Wow. Pretty strong reaction there. Could you expand on the stomach churing propaganda? More

Posted by rob_devitt on Monday February 18, 2013, 04:48

4 DON'T MAKE ME FU***** SICK
LINCOLN is stomach turning propaganda More

Posted by bill the butcher on Saturday February 16, 2013, 12:23

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I think ZERO DARK THIRTY should win (but Bigelow didn't get a nomination for Director)- LINCOLN will win. More

Posted by EEdwards56 on Saturday February 16, 2013, 07:04

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Bossy Women? Dear oh dear, Ben... More

Posted by dinarobin on Saturday February 16, 2013, 01:02

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This year's Oscars is The Bossy Women Oscars - Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, Sally Field in Lincoln and Helen Mirren in Hitchcock. They feature in feminist revisions of history saying that Abraham Lincoln, Alfred Hitchcock and Seal Team Six couldn't have done anything without female help. Hmm, dubious. More

Posted by BenTramer on Friday February 15, 2013, 20:32

8 Difficult to see, the future is
I've never known an Oscar season quite like this one, in my time anyway. The praise seems pretty much spread across all the nominees. If Affleck had been nominated for Directing, then it wouldn't be so hard to say, but for the first time I'm left unable to even guess what's going to win the Best Pic Oscar. More

Posted by Mr Gittes on Friday February 15, 2013, 15:51

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