December 27, 2014 at 1:36 am #170121
Hello to all, thanks for reading. I can’t help but notice the rave reviews, and critical acclaim this movie has achieved. Personally, I have not seen the movie so I am curious if these reviews are warranted. Until I see the movie, I have to compare it to those which it is being compared too. Birdman has stellar reviews, and I have seen it. I though it was a tad overrated, but a great film all together. Boyhood is my personal favorite. I thought the deep levels it grasps and the emotional feelings it triggers, as a viewer, were enough to win it best picture… Until Selma was released. I haven’t seen a movie garner such good reviews since I have been reading critic reviews and since rotten tomatoes or metacritic have surfaced. My question is simple… Is this movie turning into the favorite? Many experts have moved it up their boards, and I am wondering what the general consensus is among the gold derby community. General comments are welcome, as well as people’s personal opinions and reviews!
Thank you to all. Thanks for making me feel welcome since joining!December 27, 2014 at 2:01 am #170123
I don’t think Selma is winning anything. And I’m not buying Oyelowo’s pre-lock status just yet. I think there’s a good chance of him being snubbed in favor of Gyllenhaal.December 27, 2014 at 3:18 am #170124
I think it stands a chance of upsets in some categories. It should get widespread nominations. But it doesn’t have the ‘challenge’ of being 12 years in the making, which for some reason seems to be a major factor in support of Boyhood. It has the best reviews of the year alongside Boyhood and Birdman. Potential three horse race as we did temporarily last year, but it, or one of the other two, may subside as the season continues, to suffer the fate of American Hustle – high noms tally, zero awards.December 27, 2014 at 3:48 am #170125
Boy oh boy..talk about false hype on these boards and with critics.
I sat through SELMA yesterday at a semi-packed theater in NYC
and i was underwhelmed…It plays like a TV movie docudrama, more
of a condensed history lesson..Ava Duverny for all of her hype and
welcoming to the big time, has filmed Selma very poorly with camera
shots and angles that make it look like it should have special effects.
The camera did not know where to go…Seeing the character played
by Oprah Winfrey given a “star” treatment so that Oprah can pop her
head in and out of the film was downright embarassing..She is in so
many scenes so that we can just see her…with hardly any dialogue at
all..The editing was good because the film didnt go on forever and
2 of the songs near the end are definitely oscar nomination bound.
DAVID OYELOW gives a great performance ..matched by CARMEN
EJEGO’s Coretta King..i think they will both be nominated for oscars
and i can see a scenario where Oyelowo possibly wins at the finish
line…not because hes the best, but again for the wrong reasons..
The character of MLK is iconic and he played him brilliantly introducing
us to many layers of the man..Physically, of course, he gained over 30
pounds and transformed himself and the “we shall overcome” speech
at the end of the film is very emotional…DuVernay somehow manages to
reach the audience at the end with some very good scenes..The art direction
and score seem non existent, except for the songs…I believe the screenplay
is original because DuVernay and even OPRAH couldnt get the permission
of the KING family for any actual speeches…so the screenplay was fashioned
by watching tapes of MLK…I believe there must be some dramatic license
in the screenplay..a few incidents were a bit overdone…The message of the film
comes loud and clear..yes, all people should have the same rights…but I
think the film tries too hard to hit you over the head with that message and
at times, becomes even preachy…I would think that the academy will eat this
up regarding nominations in some key categories but on a whole i dont think
that SELMA can win best picture of the year…its a bit weak, and coming off
12 YEARS A SLAVE makes it even tougher….OYELOWO does put himself in
the mix with KEATON AND REDMAYNE..
B-December 27, 2014 at 4:32 am #170126
We haven’t seen it win anything yet, so it just can’t quite be the favourite. Boyhood’s sweep of the critic awards was pretty definitive. It needs to get a few wins under its belt to cement its status as a frontrunner, and Duvernay especially will need the DGA to nominate her.December 27, 2014 at 6:37 am #170127
I have Selma in my #3 spot it has a chance of winning but I think it’s a Boyhood Vs Birdman race at this point.December 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm #170128
Honestly as unfortunate as this is, I feel like if 12 years a slave hadn’t won last year Selma would be much more of a threat. Havent seen it so don’t know if it’s a worthy winner or anything but I feel like it would have much more of a chance.
I do have to say though I could actually see a scenario where Boyhood takes Picture and Selma takes director. I don’t think it will happen, but I actually think that is more likely than Selma taking picture or the reverse. That way they can reward boyhood overall, probably toss linklater screenplay and then still give selma something huge and make history by rewarding duvernay.December 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm #170129
Paramount thought Interstellar would be their big horse up until Selma first screened (partly because that was basically as soon as it was done) and had all their resources aligned for it. So far it’s had as much as it needs to do be an Oscar player, and it could really build well-timed momentum as it releases wide going into MLK weekend (the 50th anniversary of the Selma march itself).
I can see Ava winning Best Director, and even Oyelowo possibly winning over Redmayne.December 28, 2014 at 1:08 am #170130
I think it can win and it could start building momentum once it comes out in wide release. It’s not the favorite right now, I still think Boyhood is certainly the one to beat at this point. I’d call Selma the dark horse and The Imitation Game the one to watch. Despite the critics love for it, I don’t see the Academy giving Birdman Best Picture, Director maybe, but not Picture. It judt soesn’t seem like their cup of tea, even if the days of the traditional Oscar film is over.
As for the arguement that 12 Years will keep it from winning, I have to say that with all the racial problems going on in America right now, I think a film like Selma is the type of film that Oscar voters will feel obligated to support. Don’t like saying it, but its true.