March 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm #146136
Up In The Air was a movie I really enjoyed when I saw it. I remember it having some buzz to be a Best Picture frontrunner very early on in the season and Anna Kendrick being touted as a very distant runner up to Monique, but when the whole David vs, Goliath battle between The Hurt Locker and Avatar was created and Monique swept up everything in sight , Up In The Air lost a lot of momentum. And much to my surprise, it was shut out entirely. It clearly had no chance in Picture, Directing, Actor, and Supporting Actress, but how did it lose Best Adapted Screenplay? It literally won everything. My only explanation would be that Oscar voters liked Precious more then we expected.
What do you guys think of this film? Did you like it? Or do you think it deserved to be shut out?March 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm #146138
I’m fine with the Kendrick nomination now, but at the time I preferred Vera Farmiga’s perf, and I still do. That screenplay loss to Precious was a surprise, and not a very good one imo. Both are nothing new, but one had that ‘seriousnessfullness’ that often factors in. My vote would have been for UitA, or any of the other nominated screenplays, with the exception of An Education.March 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm #146139
Definitely should have won adapted screenplay.
Kendrick deserved the nomination, she was a revelation. She really had a great character to play and distanced herself from Twilight really well. Farmiga gave a nice performance, but not nomination worthy (especially compared to her tour de force work in the criminally overlooked Down to the Bone).
Clooney’s performance is one of his better ones.
I like Reitman’s films (I adore Juno) and think he’s a terrific storyteller and is one of the few who relies on character/story rather than image. That’s not always the best way to go, but he makes it work.March 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm #146140
I often back Canadian directors where I can but Reitman is not one of my favorite directors. UitA however, is one of his best films imo. although Thank You for Smoking is ok too. He does get some good perfs from his cast though.March 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm #146141
In my opinion this should have been clooneys sole oscar. I liked him the best out of all the nominees.March 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm #146142
I actually really enjoyed this film. Kendrick (one my favorite rising new artists) and Farminga were excellent and wholeheartedly deserved their nominations (Neither could touch the power of Mo’Nique though), and I wouldn’t have minded at all if Clooney (An man I don’t think is the greatest actor) would have won for the role.
I have to say I really enjoy Reitman’s films (Haven’t seen Labor Day yet and I have no intentions of doing so), I couldn’t get over how great Young Adult was.March 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm #146143
I loved Up in the Air and would’ve given both of Precious’s Oscars to it, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress-Anna Kendrick (yes, I preferred her to Mo’Nique). Kendrick was a revelation in the film and held her own opposite Clooney and Farmiga (both of whom deserved their nominations as well).March 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm #146144
I loved Up in the Air and would’ve given both of Precious’s Oscars to it, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress-Anna Kendrick (yes, I preferred her to Mo’Nique). Kendrick was a revelation in the film and held her own opposite Clooney and Farmiga (both of whom deserved their nominations as well).
I’m not sure I would have given it to either of the UitA ladies but, they’d be worth(ier). The Inglourious Basterds women were also terrific imo. I loved Samantha Morton in The Messenger and also Julianne Moore in A Single Man. Wish her role had been somewhat longer.March 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm #146145
It should’ve won for Screenplay. Too bad this movie was hyped so early that by the Oscars came along it was so old news.March 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm #146146
The more I watch this film, the more I love it. It’s very deserving, and I would have given Clooney the Best Actor Oscar. His performance is both suave, clean and heartbreaking. Kendrick and Farmiga are excellent, with Farmiga getting my vote between the two (but MoNique was the best in class). It’s too bad it lost the Screenplay Oscar, but Precious also had a very deserving script that was not the easiest to adapt to the screen.
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FYC: Derbyite of the Year, 2017March 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm #146147
I agree that it should have won for screenplay, and I love both this and Thank You For Smoking. Based on his career, Reitman is bordering on being overdue for an oscar. I don’t think I would have given it anything else, but it warranted every nomination it received.March 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm #146148
Fine film, but I’m not broken up about any of its Oscar losses that year.March 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm #146149
Atypical: I agree.March 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm #146150
I really liked it a lot more than I thought I would when I first saw it. I remember being very underwhelmed the second time I watched it, though. I remember when it came out, a lot of people were touting it as the frontrunner to win. Then it lost a LOT of momentum after Avatar came out.
Still, I think it’s a very good movie. I never really got the Farmiga love, but think Kendrick was great. Clooney was also very good. I’m not heartbroken that it didn’t win any Oscars, but wouldn’t have minded if it won a few.March 10, 2014 at 4:13 am #146151
I think George Clooney is one of the biggest overachievers ever in Hollywood, but he’s tremendous in this movie. Along with Michael Clayton, they’re the only 2 remotely interesting performances he has ever given and both are pretty amazing.
Both supporting ladies were awesome, Farmiga being my personal runner-up to Mo’Nique.
I think it should’ve won Adapted Screenplay for sure. It’s a lovely story.