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Category: 2013 Oscars Challenge

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [32] A Royal Affair – One Nomination

A ROYAL AFFAIR If I were picking the official winners, “A Royal Affair” would be my pick for Best Foreign Language Feature. As much as everyone is talking up “Amour”, there was no foreign film this year that held my attention more, produced more A-list performances, and brought a maturity and spectacular form to a period piece like that of “A Royal Affair”. Everything … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [32] A Royal Affair – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

LIFE OF PI BEST PICTURE As strong of a film as “Life Of Pi” is, I do not see it winning Best Picture. In my opinion it’s down to “Argo” and “Lincoln”, with one of them taking the major award. But that doesn’t mean “Life Of Pi” won’t clean up. It’s going to win several awards out of its eleven nominations and it will … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [30] No – One Nomination

NO As much as I enjoyed “No”, it never quite felt like an Academy Award worthy film, with its strange film quality. The story, however, did come off very Oscar friendly, bring a social injustice to light in a unique and humorous way. Gael Garcia Bernal also carries the film, adding a flair and familiar face to the Chilean film. Will it win? Not … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [30] No – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [29] Skyfall – Five Nominations

SKYFALL BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY All I have to say is that this better be Roger Deakins’ year. He’s been nominated ten times now (complete list) and has never won a single Academy Award. Now, he has another shot this year with one of my favorite films of 2012, “Skyfall”, made immensely more enjoyable by the amazing cinematography. With a grandness and epic sense to the … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [29] Skyfall – Five Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #5: Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare

MAGGIE SIMPSON IN THE LONGEST DAYCARE “The Longest Daycare” is a nice, wholesome, and complete story fit into a short. Depicting the character of Maggie Simpson, from the long running television series, as she faces a butterfly killing bully at daycare, this short also covers the range of emotions needed for connection. The main problem I have with this short and its chances of … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #5: Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare

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2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #4: Fresh Guacamole

FRESH GUACAMOLE The shortest animated film of the category, “Fresh Guacamole” uses stop animation to depict two hands making a dip out of the most random of objects like a bomb, dice, and Christmas lights. What is lacking from “Fresh Guacamole” is any sort of connection or emotions. Sure, these aren’t required to produce a successful short, but this short lacks ingenuity or originality, … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #4: Fresh Guacamole

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2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #3: Adam And Dog

ADAM AND DOG Next to “Paperman”, this is my second favorite animated short of the year, depicting a curious dog roaming around a new world filled with dinosaurs and open fields, when he happens upon the first man, presumably Adam. They share their time together, keeping each other (silently) company until the first female (can we assume Eve) shows up. There are strong Biblical … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #3: Adam And Dog

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2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #2: Head Over Heels

HEAD OVER HEELS Reminiscent of Pixar’s “Up”, “Head Over Heels” delivers a short animated film about an aging couple forced to live upside from one another. The love is dwindling in their relationship as they hurdle through space, but it takes some innovative thinking and a lot of heart to bring these two together. There were really too many parallels between this short and … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #2: Head Over Heels

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [28] Django Unchained – Five Nominations

DJANGO UNCHAINED BEST PICTURE Despite Roger Ebert placing this film high on the films to win Best Picture, “Django Unchained” doesn’t have much of a chance. If we think “Argo” is a tough call due to the lack of a Best Directing nomination, “Django” must be placed below that. Meaning it will have defy even more than “Argo” to win. That being said, it … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [28] Django Unchained – Five Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [27] The Sessions – One Nomination

THE SESSIONS Nominated Role: Helen Hunt plays Cheryl, a sex surrogate who is hired by a polio survivor to help him lose his virginity. Oddly enough, Helen Hunt received the only nomination from the film “The Sessions” despite John Hawkes, the real star of the film, missing out on his nomination. Granted the competition was tough this year in the Best Actor category, and … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [27] The Sessions – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [26] Zero Dark Thirty – Five Nominations

ZERO DARK THIRTY BEST PICTURE Before the Oscar nominations were announced, “Zero Dark Thirty” was the strong leader for Best Picture per general consensus in the critics circles, topping the ranks of over half the countries critics. But then the nominations were announced and the slander campaign began for Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, bringing the question of authenticity to the table. Despite these remarks, … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [26] Zero Dark Thirty – Five Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [25] The Gatekeepers – One Nomination

THE GATEKEEPERS With two foreign documentaries making the cut this year, “The Gatekeepers” is probably the strongest of the two as far as the Academy is concerned. Both have a strong political front, with “5 Broken Cameras” shot guerrilla style while “The Gatekeepers” stays grounded in interviews and format, even breaking the film into chapters. Perhaps I related more with “5 Broken Cameras”, because … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [25] The Gatekeepers – One Nomination