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    While Clint Eastwood films have garnered plenty of Academy Awards in America, the Japanese equivalent of the Oscars (Awards of the Japanese Academy) seems to like our American-icon even more.
    Clint Eastwood has dominated their Best Foreign Film category for the past decade. He has won six times including the past two years with Sully and American Sniper and had a three year running streak with Million Dollar Baby and his two Iwo Jima movies. They’ve even nominated Jersey Boys, essentially saying it was one of the top five films from around the world that year.
    Does anyone know what’s with the Eastwood love from the Japanese Academy?
    (FYI; the Wikipedia page and the IMDb list differ slightly.)

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    GusCruz
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    They treat him with the kind of respect the Academy should have for him. He’s often misunderstood and underestimated as a true American auteur, and politics are to blame.

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    They treat him with the kind of respect the Academy should have for him. He’s often misunderstood and underestimated as a true American auteur, and politics are to blame.

    Politics? I mean…. I don’t give a fuck if he’s Republican or not tbh. When was the last good film he made?

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    pacinofan
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    Eastwood has also won three Cesar Awards for best foreign film for “Mystic River”, “Gran Torino” and “Million Dollar Baby”.

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    When was the last good film he made?

    That probably depends on one’s own definition of “good.” I’d say American Sniper was his last “good” film. But if you’re looking for something more than good, you’d probably have to go back a few years. Changeling? Gran Torino? Those were more than good.

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    Clint Eastwood resume is so long that he has films ranging from masterpieces to the truly terrible. Though it has been a while since be has made either a masterpiece or a real piece of garbage. I have chosen two of his films, “Letters from Iwo Jima” and “Million Dollar Baby”, as the best of their respective years and “Unforgiven” was close to the top for me in year full of great films (“The Crying Game”, “Raise the Red Lantern”, “The Player, “Howards End”, “Aladdin”, etc).

    At his best Eastwood’s simple, classical style can be profoundly poetic but at its worst it can make his films seem flabby, dull and under-stylized. He also is a better director of action than scenes of dialogue which is why the battle scenes work so much better than the rest of “American Sniper”. Ditto for the Flying scenes versus the rest of “Sully”. I also believe like other directors working heavily in the 1980s he is comfortable with a broader style of acting that is no longer in vogue, Robert Zemeckis and James Cameron are also guilty of this, and it can lead to awkwardness.

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    They treat him with the kind of respect the Academy should have for him. He’s often misunderstood and underestimated as a true American auteur, and politics are to blame.

    Politics? I mean…. I don’t give a fuck if he’s Republican or not tbh. When was the last good film he made?

    American Sniper was a masterpiece.

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    Nope.

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