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Month: January 2012

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [12] Rio & Best Original Song

[34 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[28 DAYS TO OSCARS] First of all, “Real in Rio” wasn’t even the best song in the film “Rio”. “Telling the World” by Taio Cruz and “Take You To Rio” (Remix) performed by Ester Dean, were far better songs in writing and performance than the opening and closing theme of “Real in Rio” which was rather hard to listen … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [12] Rio & Best Original Song

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [11] Beginners & Christopher Plummer

[35 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[29 DAYS TO OSCARS] By now, if Christopher Plummer winning for his performance in “Beginners” isn’t a sure thing, I don’t know what is. Not only did Plummer win the Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor, but as of last night, he also won the Screen Actors Guild award in the same category. With Albert Brooks being snubbed … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [11] Beginners & Christopher Plummer

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [10] Midnight In Paris & 4 nominations

[36 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[29 DAYS TO OSCARS] In 1977, “Annie Hall” won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It also took Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actress. So to count out Woody Allen in any regards is ill-advised. However, with the heated competition this year, “Midnight In Paris” probably won’t be pulling in that many awards. Described as Woody Allen’s return … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [10] Midnight In Paris & 4 nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [9] Rise of the Planet of the Apes & Visual Effects

[37 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[29 DAYS TO OSCARS] Marked by myself as the front-runner for the Best Visual Effects category, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” brings the masterpiece of motion capture to a whole new level. The same team that brought you Gollum from “Lord of the Rings” and the James Cameron world of “Avatar” bring to life the reboot of … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [9] Rise of the Planet of the Apes & Visual Effects

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [8] Kung-Fu Panda 2 & Animated Feature

[38 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[29 DAYS TO OSCARS] In 2008, the first “Kung Fu Panda” was released by Dreamworks and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. Though the film lost to Disney/Pixar’s endeavor, “WALL-E”, the fact that it got nominated was praise-worthy enough. Now, in 2011, “Kung Fu Panda 2” does a repeat, this time with four competitors, two … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [8] Kung-Fu Panda 2 & Animated Feature

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [7] Margin Call & Original Screenplay

[39 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[30 DAYS TO OSCARS] For starters, it should be known that developing a screenplay with even one truly formed character is a difficult task, let alone developing an entire ensemble in one coherent piece of writing. J.C. Chandor writes and directs this masterful film, a first for the writer/director in both regards, and he makes it look easy. Chandor’s … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [7] Margin Call & Original Screenplay

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [6] If A Tree Falls & Documentary

[40 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[30 DAYS TO OSCARS] A week before the announcements of the Academy Award nominations, I was jonesing for some Academy fodder, but was avoiding films I thought would definitely be nominated as to not have to watch them immediately again in a couple weeks. So, I picked some films that were being considered but that I didn’t think could … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [6] If A Tree Falls & Documentary

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [5] A Better Life & Demián Bichir

[41 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[32 DAYS TO OSCARS] Just the fact that Demian Bichir was nominated was enough for me. Though I suppose I would have rather seen Michael Shannon or Michael Fassbender in this category for their amazing performances this year, the recognition of Bichir in such a small film is still justified and is what makes the Academy Awards interesting. Bichir … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [5] A Better Life & Demián Bichir

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [4] The Artist & 10 Nominations

[42 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[32 DAYS TO OSCARS] Ask any Academy follower and they will tell you that “The Artist” is a huge front-runner in this year’s Oscar race. Trailing only to “Hugo”, “The Artist” bagged 10 nominations and looks to be the film to beat in most categories. Personally, imagining a black-and-white silent film winning Best Picture in the year 2011-2012 sounds … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [4] The Artist & 10 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [3] Real Steel & Visual Effects

[43 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[33 DAYS TO OSCARS] “Real Steel” was the one film in the Visual Effect category that took me by surprise (my prediction had gone to “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” because of the amazing sequences on the skyscraper and in the dust storm). I was able to nail all four remaining films, but for some reason, I did not see … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [3] Real Steel & Visual Effects

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [2] Moneyball & 6 Nominations

[44 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[33 DAYS TO OSCARS] “Moneyball” definitely has its work cut out for it in the Best Picture category. Up against buzzing films like “The Artist”, “Hugo”, and “The Descendants”, it may be hard for “Moneyball” to get recognized. Also, without Bennett Miller getting a nomination for director, the film’s chances drop a little lower, even though it does show … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [2] Moneyball & 6 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [1] Warrior & Nick Nolte

[45 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[34 DAYS TO OSCARS] My first reaction to Nick Nolte being nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, based on his recent body of work and having not viewed “Warrior” yet, was distaste. Not that I completely dislike Nolte, but “Warrior” didn’t stand out to me as award-worthy. Perhaps I was also bitter about Albert Brooks not gaining … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [1] Warrior & Nick Nolte