Category Archives: Oscar Talk

Those Oscar Missed: Best Picture

CONTRIBUTED BY JAKE THOMPSON Best Picture has been a troubling category in the last few years.  I remember being pissed off when 2006’s Babel got nominated.  While it’s a good movie, it had no business being nominated over Pan’s Labyrinth … Continue reading

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Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography

Best Cinematography Nominees: Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski Skyfall, Roger Deakins Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda Django Unchained, Robert Richardson Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey A good case can be made for four out of the five nominees in this category (Django Unchained seems like an also-ran and … Continue reading

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Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

Best Documentary Feature Nominees: Searching for Sugar Man (dir. Malik Bendjelloul) How to Survive a Plague (dir. David France) The Invisible War (dir. Kirby Dick) 5 Broken Cameras (dir. Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi) The Gatekeepers (dir. Dror Moreh) Almost all of the categories are … Continue reading

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Those Oscar Missed: Best Director

CONTRIBUTED BY JAKE THOMPSON A director is vital to the making of a movie.  The director is responsible for getting the best possible performances from the actors.  The director is responsible for bringing his/her vision to life through his/her collaborations … Continue reading

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Those Oscar Missed: Best Actor

CONTRIBUTED BY JAKE THOMPSON Best Actor can be a controversial category at times.  Sometimes a supporting performance will be submitted as a lead performance by the distributor either to help boost box office revenue or to increase the actor’s chances … Continue reading

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Those Oscar Missed: Best Actress

CONTRIBUTED BY JAKE THOMPSON Best Actress, like, Best Actor, can be difficult to predict at times.  There’s also been some controversy regarding supporting performances being submitted for a lead performance award.  One example being Anne Baxter, who should’ve gotten a … Continue reading

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Spring Breakers Trailer

It’s strange to say that I’m looking forward to Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers (starring the giddy combination Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and James Franco) mostly because it seems to have a somewhat coherent plot, but alas, that’s the … Continue reading

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Silver Linings Playbook Cast Featurette

Sometimes when it comes to film criticism, the worst thing that can happen to a movie is that it opens to immediate acclaim. This year, I went into Silver Linings Playbook expecting an entirely fresh story about mental illness and … Continue reading

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Best Director & the Zeitgeist

This blog has become unexpectedly Oscar obsessed over the past month. Something I intend to rectify very soon. But, alas, here’s some more thoughts on this Oscar season. Part of the fun of the Academy Awards is complaining about the … Continue reading

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Those Oscar Missed: Best Supporting Actor

CONTRIBUTED BY JAKE THOMPSON Best Supporting Actor can be a very fun category.  It’s always made up of actors whose roles were small but significant.  Once in a while the nominating process can be a bit controversial (Anthony Hopkins and … Continue reading

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