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  • Scottferguson
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    #80406

    This Sunday the NYTimes has a big Oscar section, and as they do annually, their critics post their preferences for the top 8 categories. In previous years, this has been a thread here (by others), so I’m renewing it.

    How influential? Who know. Just about all the NY area members get the Sunday Times, and a lot in LA and elsewhere do. Heavy mentioning of certain possible nominees might influence a few members to watch films, or go with choices they thought were less likely.

    Here goes (it’s long; sorry – the NYTimes is pay-access, so a link won’t help for most people)

    And the Nominees Should Be…

    Best Picture
    A.O. Scott

    Manohla Dargis

    Stephen Holden



    Best Director
    A.O. Scott

    Manohla Dargis

    Stephen Holden



    Best Actor
    A.O. Scott

    Manohla Dargis

    Stephen Holden



    Best Actress
    A.O. Scott

    Manohla Dargis

    Stephen Holden



    Best Supporting Actor
    A.O. Scott

    Manohla Dargis

    Stephen Holden



    Best Supporting Actress
    A.O. Scott

    Manohla Dargis

    Stephen Holden



    Best Original Screenplay
    A.O. Scott

    • Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola

      Moonrise Kingdom

    • Michael Haneke

      Amour

    • Paul Thomas Anderson

      The Master

    • Mark Boal

      Zero Dark Thirty

    • Quentin Tarantino

      Django Unchained

    Manohla Dargis

    • Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola

      Moonrise Kingdom

    • Michael Haneke

      Amour

    • Paul Thomas Anderson

      The Master

    • Joseph Cedar

      Footnote

    • Gerardo Naranjo

      Miss Bala

    Stephen Holden

    • Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola

      Moonrise Kingdom

    • Michael Haneke

      Amour

    • Derek Connolly

      Safety Not Guaranteed

    • Zoe Kazan

      Ruby Sparks

    • Lynn Shelton

      Your Sister’s Sister



    Best Adapted Screenplay
    A. O. Scott

    • David O. Russell

      Silver Linings Playbook

    • Tony Kushner

      Lincoln

    • Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin

      Beasts of the Southern Wild

    • Jacques Audiard

      Rust and Bone

    • Tom Stoppard

      Anna Karenina

    Manohla Dargis

    • David O. Russell

      Silver Linings Playbook

    • Richard Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth

      Bernie

    • Terence Davies

      The Deep Blue Sea

    • Gideon Defoe

      The Pirates! Band of Misfits

    • Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt

      Oslo, August 31st

    Stephen Holden

    • David O. Russell

      Silver Linings Playbook

    • Tony Kushner

      Lincoln

    • Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin

      Beasts of the Southern Wild

    • Jose Rivera

      On the Road

    • Chris Terrio

      Argo

          

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    BrokenFan
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    #80408

    Shouldn’t this be under the critics list thread? And I’m pretty sure you just posted this because Amour was frequently mentioned. You’re no different from those fanboys after all.

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    Logan
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    #80409

    This has been a thread in previous years, so this isn’t unusual. I had this link yesterday and probably would have posted a thread for it tonight or tomorrow if no one else had.

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    Scottferguson
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    #80410

    Shouldn’t this be under the critics list thread? And I’m pretty sure you just posted this because Amour was frequently mentioned. You’re no different from those fanboys after all.

    And you are totally wrong. As Logan said, it gets posted every year. I’ve been around here a long time, and like to keep the continuity of what has been done in the past. The reason I didn’t post this yesterday when I first saw it is that I hoped someone else would. I am aware of what they mention, and I figured there’d be one or two people who would turn this into a personal attack..You didn’t let me down.

    I suggest you find another hobby. You post a lot of interesting things here, but this sort of nonsense is beneath you.     

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    Hybrid87
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    #80411

    Great to see some Amour love, but I would love to argue Schoenaerts’ placement with Ms. Dargis!

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    Scottferguson
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    #80412

    I just noticed that – that’s crazy, he’s clearly lead

    Very pedantic point – but Miss Bala isn’t Oscar eligible – it was released this year, but the distrib apparently didn’t submit the paper work (unless it was sneaked in last year – didn’t check last year’s list) – anyway, it couldn’t be nominated legitimately  

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    dannyboy.
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    #80413

    Schoenaarts in Supporting, along with PSH, just rendered Dargis irrelevent sadly. Some interesting picks. Are we underestimating Promised Land for a coujple of Oscar nominations? I haven’t seen it yet, but often very late releases succeed (we didn’t even know Million Dollar Baby was going to be released its year and it won the whole damn thing).

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    Scottferguson
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    #80414

    Promised Land got mediocre reviews and from what I understand did lousy business in its openings yesterday in NY/LA. I can’t imagine it being a factor, except maybe for a very, very longshot chance at screenplay.

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    Renaton
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    #80415

    Million Dollar Baby also was much, much more acclaimed, had Clint win at NYFCC, had Swank’s comeback story, Golden Globe wins, and became something of a hit. Promised Land had none of these things, and Gus Van Sant’s films usually only get in when they are big in contention. This isn’t the case.

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    Gabriel
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    #80416

    Some very weird suggestions here, especially by Manohla Dargis. I mean, Hugh Grant for The Pirates! Band of Misfits…? WTF LMAO.

    And some inaccurate category placements too. Matthias Schoenearts and Kara Hayward are both the leads of their respective films…

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    babypook
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    #80417

    Thank GAWD they dont pick the Oscars. They have more than enough influence as it is, with their questionable ties and self-importance.

    They’d help destroy both the film industry and whatever credibility the Oscars have left.

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    Scottferguson
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    #80418

    And the Nominees Should Be…
    Best Picture A.O. Scott

    Manohla Dargis

    Stephen Holden

    I fail to see how these choices for the top category is anything but conventional and very close to what the final results will be. Why should this be threatening? No one is likely to agree with all of these, but most of us would consider these to be better than average picks if there were only 5 BP nominees, wouldn’t we? There are only two films most likely to be nominated they don’t mention, and since the BP list will be 8-10 nominees, they can’t get them all in.
     I don’t get anyone being upset by these – they seemed to go out of the way to be close to the Academy. If anything, I think they are too conservative.

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    salmonpie
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    #80419

    I just noticed that – that’s crazy, he’s clearly lead

    Very pedantic point – but Miss Bala isn’t Oscar eligible – it was released this year, but the distrib apparently didn’t submit the paper work (unless it was sneaked in last year – didn’t check last year’s list) – anyway, it couldn’t be nominated legitimately  

    Miss Bala wasnt on last year’s eligibility list either.
    Not that it made any difference since 99% of voters probably didnt and wouldnt have seen it anyway.
    But it is an absolutely FANTASTIC film that should have made the shortlist in last year’s Foreign Language Film category – it was my #2 best after A Separation.
    Not surprised that none of my favorites made the shortlist except for A Separation – the Foreign Language Film voters are notoriously incompetent in their work to select best films.

    On the NY Times list, Shlomo Bar Aba is ALSO VERY OBVIOUSLY a lead.     
    So Im beginning to wonder if Dargis has actually seen these films – even though it’s a good choice either way.
    Footnote is also not eligible this year so I guess it doesnt really matter/     

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    Malick
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    #80420

    Nice to see some love thrown to Middle of Nowhere, Beasts of The Southern Wild. They both could use the press. ZD30 also nice to see.
    But all this love for Amour & The Master

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    babypook
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    #80421

    Shouldn’t this be under the critics list thread? And I’m pretty sure you just posted this because Amour was frequently mentioned. You’re no different from those fanboys after all.

    Just imagine if these guys chose the Oscars. Sure they’d get that hard on and penis growth. The rest of us gets the nose bleeds and cat naps.
    It’s bad enough, watching the brainiac ‘critics’ herding the ovis aries into their corrals every year, never mind the parroting comments we suffer through until it’s all mercifully over; which, it never is.

    Ugh. I dont think it’s an accident that I can only read a miniscule percentage of this thread.

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