Archive | February, 2014

Breaking Down the Oscars 2014

2 Feb
12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

Last year I finally accomplished my longstanding goal of watching and reviewing all nine Best Picture nominees before the Academy Awards aired [review here]. It was a last-minute effort that ended up being an invaluable lesson in great filmmaking. Thus, I decided to repeat the effort this year.

To recap, these were the nine films nominated for Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards:

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street

Do I agree that these were the nine best films of 2013? Absolutely not. Blue Jasmine¬†deserved a nod, Rush should have received more recognition,¬†and the inclusion of Philomena and Wolf of Wall Street is questionable. Regardless, we have a solid list of nominees that should make for a closer race than last year. The competition will most likely — as it usually does — come down to the visual masterpiece (Gravity) and the classic historical biopic (12 Years a Slave), with the latter edging out the former.

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