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OT: Oscars Open Thread
I think Lincoln wins at least one or two, but I'll be watching The Walking Dead so I guess I'll have to check here to see who wins what
Same, waiting for the Walking Dead thread but i just watched Argo last night (by coincedence) and thought it was really good. My friend really liked Silver linings playbook but i haven't seen that yet.
IMO Argo should win best picture. Very compelling story and script.
Why oh why was this thread created?
When an OP has 36K+ points they can probably post what they want.
I'm trying to push "Hoke's First Miss" off the board.
I can get behind this
Why oh why did you visit this thread?
I think the only nominated movie I've seen is Django Unchained.
Someone needs to give one to Giuliana Rancic. (Yes, I am watching the E! red carpet pre-show)
What's the point? She'll just throw it up 10 minutes later.
any chance we get a recruit to pick us on the red carpet? if not, I'm not watching
I've only seen Argo so I can't make a reasoned argument on the Best Picture Award. I thought Argo was excellent. My wife and I have Django next on our wish list - tickets plus baby sitter make movie night relegated to special occasions.
How were the other Best Picture nominees?
I have to say, I'm actually interested for the first time ever this year, because I've actaully seen every major movie that was nominated for all of the big stuff. IMO- Argo all the way- it was the best I saw this year along with Skyfall and Les Miz behind it
Did you see/like zero dark thirty?
I did see it, and I loved it. BUT that's not saying much because I love practically every action movie or movie like that. I read "No Easy Day" (the book about the mission) about a week before I saw the movie, so I was pretty pumped on the whole thing. But yes, I did like it
was an interview with the author of "No Easy Day." Seems the film was pretty accurate.
I didn't really get an action movie vibe from zero dark thirty...I guess it moved too slow for me. I haven't liked very many of the Middle East-based thrillers in recent years (ie hurt locker, syriana), so maybe that has something to do with why I am not anxious to see Argo.
At the same time, I did appreciate zero dark thirty for not being very hollywood. I thought the Osama death scene was perfectly done (didn't make it overly dramatic). But I found the story leading up to it to be boring.
Argo should win tonight.
Daniel Day Lewis wins yet again.
Jennifer Lawrence gets her first statute
Christopher Waltz wins for playing the same character he played in Inglorious Bastards
Anne Hathaway wins for 15 minutes of Les Mis.
I'm going with an inside guess that Riva upsets Lawrence, but she's the safe bet. I think supporting actor is probably De Niro vs. Jones though. But you observation is spot on...I can just see them going "you're playing the same character, but this time he's a GOOD guy..."
Edit: wow, great call!
1 for 1.
The Waltz characters are similar because they are supposed to be related. The character in Django is supposed to be the great grandfather of the character in Inglorious. I believe Tarantino is going to make another film with a character of the same lineage in between the two.
Was Shaft's great great great grandfather (or something).
I've ever been interested in the oscars bc I've seen almost every movie up for an Oscar this year (gap year before med school...living the life of a retiree)
Unfortunately, one of the only movies I didn't see was Argo. I can't say why, but it just doesn't interest me.
What is everyone wearing for the Oscars. I sporting a Michigan hockey t shirt by Adidas and jeans by Banana Republic.
I'm wearing a t-shirt by something called "Blue 84" that says "Sugar Bowl Champs 2012", old socks, and the shortest and oldest pair of gym shorts I own.
Ragged gym shorts and a ralph lauren t-shirt. Sporting an elegant, yet casual, $30 Timex on the wrist.
I'm wearing nut huggers and a wife beater, flip flops and a smile on my face
Who Seth MacFarlane offends first.
or Don Cheadle.
Sock puppet "Flight" was pretty good.
Was it me or did Sally Fields mouth that never happened. I don't have DVR
I want to play Unicorn Apocalypse on my Samsung Galaxy S 3.
I like Wreck-It-Ralph over Brave, but both were pretty decent.
Brave. I thought it was a very uninspired story and pretty boring. I really liked wreck it Ralph
The best animated film I've seen (for kids) is Ponyo.
Disagree on everything you said about Brave. Movie was fantastic.
Where would you rank it among the other pixar movies?
A god damn kilt. What a dope. That actually made me post here
Also, I didn't really enjoy Les Mis very much. Everything was good -- singing, scenes, costumes, cast, etc. but I just could not get behind the story.
At first glance, I thought you said "Les Miles".
Actually, Les Miles should win an Oscar. Just for being his entertaining self.
I negged this thread because, as much as I like movies, the Oscars are stupid and insufferable.
Then I had a crisis of conscience and realized that if I didn't want people negging soccer threads because they think soccer is stupid, then I shouldn't neg something just because I don't like it.
And then I wrote a post on it, because I have nothing else to contribute to this thread.
The other guy who negged it is posting in the thread....
My thumb is clumsy on the phone when I switch over to full-website mode to upvote posts I like and check the points on my own posts like the narcissistic man that I am.
Early on I was unnecessarily dicky to you in one of your early posts overblowing one thing you said for no reason. So I wasn't offended, just curious it wasn't one of the guys who said "WHY?!"
I totally forgot about that. Now that you mention it...MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Never be ashamed of what you like, nor proudly ignorant of what you don't like.
that's not all of the avengers. Where's Scarlett Jo?
probably filming Thor 2.
The pictures coming from production look awesome.
Big year for comic book movies, too: Thor 2, Iron Man 3, The Wolverine, Man of Steel...I suppose Sin City 2, to a certain extent, as well
ScarJo's doing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway.
Hey edger winter is crying on stage
when the music drowned out the guy who wouldn't end his acceptance speech
especially with the Jaws theme. Best STFU song ever.
a STFU band to accompany me whenever I leave the house
That's actually probably going to be the most controversial part of the night. There's a huge VFX protest going on because of the industry's increasing reliance on VFX and decreasing compensation for VFX companies. Basically, tons of VFX houses are going bankrupt despite the industry relying on them more and more, including the company that just won the Oscar for visual effects. So it seems really crass that the guy was about to bring up the fact that the Oscar winning company was no more, only to get cut off.
I don't think that's why they cut him off, but it's going to cause something of a hubbub tomorrow, probably.
Biffed the big point one.
Edit: and my first one wrong after the first pick....Innocente. Had Mondays at Racine. Oh, well.
Zero Dark Thirty was better
It's pretty bad that I could name every movie each of those clips was taken from... I may have an addiction (and a box set of every pre 2008 Bond film on VCR)
This is the Oscars with James Bond!
I was hoping they would have brought all the actors who have portrayed James Bond on stage. That would have been cool and considering that a couple of those guys are getting up there in age, there won't be another opportunity like this again.
Overall, given all the hype they threw at honoring 50 years of James Bond, the tribute came up short for me.
Could have done so much more with the Bond tribute. Should have shelled out for all the available bond-theme singers to do a medley.
It was just a bad year for it to compete. So many good films.
Was Jennifer Garner crying?
Still bitter about being voted off American Idol.
Then Garner has been weepy all night, with her hubby's film probably winning best picture.
Wow. Totally misread which last name followed Jennifer. Hudson was obviously who I was thinking of. Read the comment above and jumped right in...MUST READ MORE CAREFULLY.
damn, Shows over. Hudson just set the stage on fire with her diva level performance.
All these musicals...so much subtext...
when she was eliminated.
these actors can't sing
Gollum guy singing Les Mis.
yeah, probably shouldn't have ended with One Day More after Jennifer Hudson.
Woah, never seen a tie for an Oscar before.
How can you have a tie?? And how could I have picked neither?!?
I am going to use the Jaws theme in my classroom to get my students to STFU.
I think MacFarlane is hilarious. His John Wilkes Booth joke was funny as hell, and not one person laughed.
I love his stuff but I don't think he's been all that great tonight.
Kinda irked Paul Thomas Anderson isn't nominated for best director for The Master, and surprised The Master isn't nominated for best pic.
Anne Hathaway does not look good with short hair.
Sally Fields shoulda won Best Supporting Actress.
Also how the fuck do you have a tie with an awards show?
Don't allow that bitterness to distort Argo's worth. It was a great flick. Not as good as Silver Linings Playbook, but still very good.
I loved Silver Linings Playbook until the final reel, where I thought it ran off the tracks with the terrible parlay bet plot device.
Better than Django.
If I had it my way Looper and Skyfall would also be nominated for Best Picture. Bond films and sci fi get zero oscar respect.
Agreed on Skyfall.
I am sure Argo stretched the truth, but it was a well made film. I think Life of Pi is probably the weakest Best Picture nominee.
Yes, the special effects are spectacular, but it was the only way to make that film. I read (and loved) the book, and it was an incredibly faithful adaptation. Visually magnificent, but much much more. (It doesn't all take place on the boat, by the way.) The human story (and the animals are part of that), and that wonderful young man who plays the young Pi is not FX, nor are the parts of the story of Pi's childhood & family, but they're as colorful and entertaining as the middle section on the boat. Not disappointed it didn't get best picture in a year full of good choices, but Ang Lee's directing award was well deserved in another crowded field.
And best editing almost always goes to the Best Picture.
whoops wrong thread
Um, wow. I'm sure someone out there agrees, but this is about the Oscars...
Haha, caught it quick.
Yeah, holy fuck balls, that was obvious. Looked like a train wreck.
LOL, it felt like a bit, but i guess vampire chick didn't really want to be there
Seriously. I don't know what the appeal is.
Had to be a bit. Harry Potter and Twilight together.
would rather see Hermonie
My guess is that she can't read.
My wife said she showed up on the red carpet on crutches, hence the limp. Regardless, she always looks like she'd rather be anywhere else in the world rather than where she is. Apparently that's supposed to be attractive.
George looking grizzled
Clooney is the man.
Every time I hear Marvin Hamlisch's name, I think of Role Models...
Augie Farks: Naysayers tell me "You should be embarrassed", "You should not be fighting", "You look like a young Marvin Hamlisch". I say "Nay, I am not embarrassed", "I will fight", "Who the fuck is Marvin Hamlisch?"
Danny: He wrote the music for The Sting.
Wheeler: That's a good movie.
Renee Zellweger looks odd. Catherine Zeta-Jones still looks pretty hot.
Did I seriously just hear that Argo was partially-based on a Wired magazine article?
No problem with this one. Django was great.
Andy Griffith was left out of the memorium segment...HUGE Omission
Maybe he wasn't a member of the academy?
Tarentino won best writer? This whole thing is a joke.
Well that was the greatest commercial ever. Grey Poupon reinventing itself!
would rather see the Unicorn Apocalypse movie.
Nice cocaine joke.
Michael Douglas will always be Gordon Gekko in my mind...
That is complete crap.
That's just dumb! Life of Pi is so cliche.
And Spielberg gets screwed.
If Daniel Day Lewis doesn't win I'm done.
Lewis was a lock along with Anne Hathaway.
I'm about to give it right back by not picking Lawrence.
Most deserved win so far...
Yes!! It was that great run on The Bill Engvall Show that got Jennifer Lawrence here. But seriously, Silver Linings Playbook is awesome.
I don't even think she opened the envelope.
It better not win fucking win Best Picture.
I saw it. It was not that great.
Lewis swings for the fences, that's for sure...
First deserving win of the night.
Wow, first actor to ever win 3 lead actor Oscars.
Certainly one of, if not the, best ever.
That's for damn sure...
Bill the Butcher is easily one of my favorite characters of all time
I am pretty awesome
DDL is going to wreck Katherine Hepburn's record of 4 acting Oscars won.
EDIT: I'm sorry. I'm Drunk.
Jack just ordered a Code Red.
Seriously. If this turns into some fucking plea for bipartisanship...
I'll be shocked if it isn't Argo.
Here's my view of the Academy: Dark Knight Rises was easily one of the most popular, successful, and just all-around best movies of the year, and gets zero nominations. Zero.
I don't need them to tell me what a good movie consists of.
Anything that's a historical drama makes them salicate
Actually, well-acted movies win a bunch...
Eh. Dark Knight Rises wasn't that great. Plus it was never going to live up to it's predecessor. And that only took home two Oscars. And no Director nomination for Nolan.
I am sorry but TDKR was overrated and cliche. Batman Begins was better directed and written than TDKR.
If we are talking about overlooked movies, the discussion ends with Looper.
The real discussion is the lack of respect for science fiction in the academy.
Excellent movie, and incredibly original.
What other Sci-Fis have been overlooked in your opinion?
I saw Looper in theaters. The other two Best Picture noms I saw in theatres were Zero Dark Thirty and Django.
I can't say Looper was a better film than either of them, though I really did enjoy Looper. I thought it had some great, subtle cinematography.
I just loved the screenwriting in Looper. It is hard to a decent time travel movie. Joseph Gordon IMO is the most underrated actor although getting a NPH treatment.
I can't disagree with any of that.
I need to watch it again. I definitely came out of the theatres thinking "That was a cool movie" from an entertaining and artistic perspective. But at the time I never gave it too much award thought. Maybe just b/c it was a summer/late fall movie I wasn't thinking of awards at the time.
Here's my view: Dark Knight Rises deserved no nominations.
Signed: A diehard Batman fan.
I'm not saying it should have been nominated for Best Picture or Director, but I was pretty shocked it didn't receive a nomination for some of the technical stuff, like sound or cinematography.
Got to give a tip of the cap to Daniel Day Lewis, though. That man's ability to act sets the ultimate standard.
He's a good director.
His last three movies are great. If you have not watched "The Town" or "Gone Baby Gone" you should.
He's 3-0. He shouldn't cast himself, because he's usually the weakest thing in his films, but Affleck has a really good directorial eye (even if he is too in love with the birdseye helicopter shot).
Was entertaining but far from great.
yet Ben Affleck didn't get a best director nom. Affleck was HOSED.
Agreed. Ang Lee???? Come on!
But yes, Ang Lee. Incredible job.
Hell, even the guy from True Lies gets an Oscar!
It's pretty amazing that Lewis has 3 best actor wins when you consider how few movies he does.
I think Silver Linings was up there, for sure, but not Django...haven't had the pleasure of seeing The Master.
If he did you would think he would have been nominated for best director.
I won't argue that the academy seems to have an agenda and that there is politics involved. But comparing this to "Shakespeare in Love"? Come on! I would argue that the Shakespeare in Love win was more due to the Weinstein publicity machine.
I'd argue that Shakespeare in Love was about a lot of people figuring out that after the earth shattering first 20 minutes, which has pretty much changed the way warfare is filmed, Saving Private Ryan was schmaltz.
Um, Alan Arkin?
You are disqualified from critiquing movies by your reference to Alan Arkin as 'that old guy'.
Silver Linings had a terrible final act (the parlay plot device was awful), the Master was beautiful to look at but should have switched the Hoffman's and Phoenix's roles, and was a hot mess narratively to boot, Django, I kind of agree with. But Argo was an excellent Hollywood movie. It did a great job blending humor, suspense, and real drama.
Now, there are a number of glaring innacuracies and ideological problems with it, particularly evident with Zero Dark Thirty's nomination, but as a work of film, it was excellent and held it's quality all the way through.
Nice to see Clooney finally pick up another Oscar. He was seriously hosed for "Michael Clayton"
The guy who runs my firm just handed Michelle Obama the best picture winner. Too cool.
It's running neck and neck for longest thread of the day after the game thread. Not bad.
Small solace for losing the Oscar pool for the first time because they decided to "tie" a category.
Edgy monologue worked for me. . . .The Lincoln joke seemed perfectly suited for Peter Griffin engaged in a heated argument at the Drunken Clam. . . . "Brian Fantana" hitting his face on the microphone is a reminder that "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" is due to be released this year. . . .
Jennifer Lawrence still looks good tripping on the steps leading to the stage, but that wasn’t a good move for Tiffany (Maybe she was channeling Anne Hathaway’s appearance on "Between Two Ferns: Oscar Buzz Edition."). . . . The Channing Tatum-Charlize Theron dance movie might be interesting. . . .
First time since 2006 that the six major awards (best acting, directing, picture) went to six different films. How often has that happened? . . . Shirley Bassey singing "Goldfinger" joins my list of all-time Oscar highlights. . . . Knowing that the song had no chance of winning an Oscar, as a thank you to Seth MacFarlane, couldn’t they have had Norah Jones singing "Everybody Needs A Best Friend" with Mark Wahlberg and Ted on stage with her long BEFORE Adele sang "Skyfall?" . . .
Would Scarlett Johanson’s song, "Before My Time," from the documentary "Chasing Ice" have worked as a soundtrack for the "In Memoriam" segment? . . . Speaking of which, bad move ignoring Andy Griffith’s performance in "A Face In The Crowd" and Alex Karras as Mongo in "Blazing Saddles" in the "In Memoriam" segment? . . . Doubt that I’d see "Unicorn Apocalypse: The Movie," but, like Daniel Day Lewis, I’d be interested in seeing Meryl Streep as "Lincoln." . . .
Although I haven’t seen the movie, I finally learned that "Life of Pi" is not 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510+ hours long.
The Walking Dead and the Oscars are two different shows......
It's more "The Voting Dead."