Skip to comments.2014 Oscar Nominations
Posted on 01/16/2014 6:05:25 AM PST by C19fan
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The only movie with any sort of mass appeal was Gravity.
More Hollywood garbage I haven’t seen and won’t see.
I will probably watch Gravity at some point but I make it a practice to avoid films with Steep, Hanks, and Roberts.
The animation nominees as a group are better with Frozen, a Miyazaki flick, and Despicable Me 2.
Streep and Hanks I avoid. Why should I avoid Roberts? Not saying I shouldn’t but its hard to keep up with these lefties.
That’s not a bad bunch in the BP group...no embarrasing pop films to get teens interested.
For the category of worst Oscars host:
The winner is ........Ellen D.
Republican comes in the dictionary just after reptile and just above repugnant.
12 Years a Slave will win everything except Best Actress. Judy Dense will win that for most Anti-Catholic role.
A Jackass film got an Oscar nomination. This further reinforces my opinion that the Oscars are irrelevant.
Time to give Leonardo the Oscar.
A limited number of quality films this past year IMO. My favorite by a pretty good margin was ‘Rush’ which unfortunately suffered from the ‘racing movie’ tag, followed by ‘American Hustle’. The effects in ‘Gravity’ were good, but the screenplay seemed like something a film student would come up with.
It was pretty good to watch in 3D.
Time to give Bruce Dern the Oscar.
I do think DiCaprio is a pretty good actor though.
Jennifer Lawrence stole the show in “American Hustle”.
Special effects were the only thing “Gravity” had going for it. A predictable bore.
Definitely three hours I'll be doing something else.
Don't care about 12 Years a Slave, and haven't seen Nebraska, but I am pleased that Bruce Dern, a great actor all his career, got a nomination.
Er, check that, Bale WAS nominated, I missed the “Supporting Role/Leading Role.” I think they got this right. “Gravity” was NOT best picture. It was ok. Bullock was great, but not as good as Amy Adams or Jenny Lawrence. Haven’t seen “Captain Phillips” yet but will.
I like movies and usually get around to seeing most of the big releases. Like many Americans, I watch them at home on my high-def/surround sound big screen from the comfort of my recliner. I rarely go to the theaters these days. I wait for Redbox or if I'm really impatient, On-Demand.
Hollywood screwed themselves by moving the award ceremony from April to February --before many of the nominated films are available to watch at home. I believe this has cost them viewers. People don't just care about films they haven't yet gotten to see. There's no vested interest. Hollywood really needs to get with the times and shorten the lag time between the theatrical and home release dates of movies.
The acclaim for American Hustle is puzzling to me. It’s a rambling bore. David O. Russell admitted that he didn’t care about the plot mechanics and only wanted to focus on the characters...who were none too interesting. In a film about scams and con men you have to establish some sort of narrative clarity.
For sure "Gravity" has done better, grossing $250m with a slightly higher budget of $55m, and will net easily $400m.
But "Captain Phillips" was made for a paltry $25m and has already grossed over $100m, which is a nice profit for any investor---it will likely go $200m net, and if it wins an Oscar, perhaps $300m net.
I’m not talking about the film but rather Leo’s performance. The first half of the film gives us the bravado; the second half gives us the desperado.
I haven't seen the movie, but radio host Hugh Hewitt says the film is NOT "anti-Catholic"....in fact, he says the main character is deeply spiritual, and the film is a testimony to her faith.
HH's about as strongly pro-Catholic as anyone I've heard in media. If he says it? On this subject, I believe him.
but Pretty Whore behaved rather embarrassingly. Kind of Sleeping With the Enemy.
I REALLY like Jennifer.... She went to school with my son, and her grandparents attend my church. But, I was not thrilled her performance in AH. I thought she did as well as she could (and, she HELPED the movie) but... she was mis-cast. I wasn't buying her for that part. Just, TOO YOUNG. Had a hard time getting past that.
Supporting Actress is not the strongest category this year though... so, she might still win!
I've seen all the films nominated for Best Picture except Philomena, Her, and Nebraska. I probably will see two of those in the next week or two.
Gravity deserves to win every TECHNICAL award... but, the movie, as a whole, was just so-so.
I liked American Hustle the best, with Captain Phillips a close second. HATED Dallas Buyer Club. UGH!
12 Years a Slave was "ok"... but, wow... it's WAY over done. It's visual porn. I wouldn't recommend it.
Wolf is similar... it's an interesting movie.. but, keeps hitting the SAME THEMES, over and over... ENOUGH already. IMO, it would have be much better with about 20-25 minutes REMOVED.
And I thought it had great “narrative clarity,” with everyone scamming everyone. Different strokes. It did have an anticlimactic ending.
Well, I guess you have to suspend SOME belief right at the outset that Christian Bale with his comb-over could attract EITHER Amy Adams or Jenny Lawrence. But, I’ve seen stranger pairings.
Hmmmmm...which movie will win? I give equal odds to the movies about slavery/white oppression; anti-Catholicism; and gays during the initial AIDs epidemic (bonus points for the transvestite).
The winner is ........Ellen D.
She'll have to work pretty hard to beat David Letterman in this category.
If anything, Ellen D. is the Academy playing it safe after Seth MacFarlane last year (who I thought was great). She'll probably crack a few non-offensive jokes that elicit quiet chuckles from the audience. I predict she won't be terrible but she won't be memorable either.
Where is the anti-Catholicism?
Judy Dench’s movie was riddled with anti-Catholicism.
I thought they moved the Oscars up to February as to not have to compete with the Olympics. That’s they way I understood it anyway.
I’ve seen none of these movies, just haven’t had the same passion for films as they seem to get less interesting the older I get.
Might as well give it to “12 Years a Slave” now.
Not even close, the worst was Whoopi Goldberg, by far.
And I actually thought Seth McFarlane wasn't bad at all.
The last time I saw a mouth like Julia Roberts’ it had a hook in it.
I have a friend who has a copy of the first film McConaughey ever made (DAZED AND CONFUSED). He and Ben Affleck signed it. Its more than likely McConaugheys first autograph since he signed it in 1992 way before he got anywhere near fame. Affleck had done a few things before but this is basically his first movie, too.
So, if McConaughey wins the Oscar, the script will have the autographs of two Oscar winners, both signed when they were just getting started.
My friend is thinking about putting it on ebay. First of all, should he wait until the Oscars to see if McConaughey wins? And, how much do you guys think he can get for it. A dealer offered him $1,100 a few years back.
He also has the sun glasses the coach wore in the film that he would include in the deal.
Not even close, the worst was Whoopi Goldberg, by far”
OK, you got me there.
That’s not what I heard. Hugh Hewitt apparently didn’t think so.
Dern is 100x better than DiCaprio.