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Why I Think Oscars Will Not Go for “Twelve Years a Slave”

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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Call it a hunch and everything, but I have a feeling that the Oscars may not be over the moon for “Twelve Years a Slave”. Simply put: it’s a movie about slavery, and it doesn’t shy away from it… at all! All the violence, all the horror, it’s unforgiving. The Oscars, I think, will not eat this up as much as everyone think they will. Sure the nominations for Picture, Actor, Sup. Actor, Sup. Actress, Screenplay and a couple of technical awards are givens, but I think that “Twelve Years” will leave a bad taste in the Academy’s mouth.

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    Baby Clyde
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    I agree.

    It lacks ‘heart’ and we all know that the Academy will always go for the middlebrow whenever possible.

    Personally I didn’t love it (Thought it was ok but nothing like the materpiece it’s being made out to be). I can’t help thinking that all the current praise may lead to a lot of Academy voters being underwhelmed.

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    nkb325
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    #451891

    they do say the last thing a movie wants to be is the frontrunner

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    Junk
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    I agree.

    It lacks ‘heart’ and we all know that the Academy will always go for the middlebrow whenever possible.

    Personally I didn’t love it (Thought it was ok but nothing like the materpiece it’s being made out to be). I can’t help thinking that all the current praise may lead to a lot of Academy voters being underwhelmed.

    ‘Heart’ or a ‘rousing finale’ are two very important factors imo a movie HAS to have to clinch BP. It’s the reason why Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and many others won.

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    allabout oscars
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    If the final scene in 12 YEARS A SLAVE  doesnt have
    an emotional wallop that the academy usually eats up,
    then the academy lacks “heart”…This film can’t lose
    to anything our there this year…and will deservingly win
    the oscar unless there is a film yet to come out to blow
    the academy out of the water..

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    Baby Clyde
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    The closing scene doesn’t have any emotional wallop.

    The whole ending is rushed and lacking in context. The film should be leading up to this moment the whole way through but instead it’s almost thrown in as an after thought. I kinda felt ‘Is that it???’.

    It’s one of my major problems with the movie. 

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    CanadianFan
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    I’m not sure the closing scene is as powerful as the director wanted it to be, but the scenes afterward with the text…

    Wow.  

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    adamunc
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    I’m wondering if this will suffer the same fate as Saving Private Ryan when many Academy members were turned off by the brutality.  

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    PJ Edwards
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    The closing scene doesn’t have any emotional wallop.

    The whole ending is rushed and lacking in context. The film should be leading up to this moment the whole way through but instead it’s almost thrown in as an after thought. I kinda felt ‘Is that it???’.

    It’s one of my major problems with the movie. 

    Yeah this. It is so anti-climatic. Critics just seem off this year. They shoud go back to just reviewing films, instead of trying to force things to happen.  

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    babypook
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    O for sure. I’ll bet Gravity, that important film, will win everything.

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    CanadianFan
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    I can see 12 Years a Slave in one of those Oscar montages a decade or so from now. Particularly, the (sure to become) iconic scene of — well, I won’t spoil it here.

    The super long take; everyone who’s seen the movie knows what I’m talking about. I cannot envision Gravity fitting alongside other BP winners… but then again, Argo is probably going to stick out as well.

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    Logan
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    The super long take; everyone who’s seen the movie knows what I’m talking about. I cannot envision Gravity fitting alongside other BP winners… but then again, Argo is probably going to stick out as well.

    I like many BP winners but if this is supposed to be an insult against Gravity for not fitting in with a group that includes A Beautiful Mind and The King’s Speech, that’s not exactly hurtful.

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