What's the most OVERRATED film of Oscar derby season?

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  • Tom O’Neil
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    Every year there are at least one or two major Oscar contenders that, frankly, don’t deserve to be there, but they get a free pass for this-or-that reason. This year what films leave you scratching your head?

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    Bee
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    La La Land most definitely. Arrival too, in a sense. The atmosphere in both are great. Adams is a MUCH better lead than Stone and I’m nowhere close to an Adams stan. But their stories feel just okay.

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    Moonlight. Wildly uneven, some scenes are well directed and others are atrocious; performances range from excellent (Ashton Sanders and Andre Holland) to competent (Mahershala Ali) to poor (Alex Hibbert and the actor who plays Chiron in the “black” section). Uneven in every way, and I simply don’t get how Mahershala Ali’s ordinary competent but nothing special performance is winning so many awards. I don’t think it has anything to do with his acting, nor do I think the praise for the movie has anything to do with the actual movie itself and will be looked back upon as a “what were they thinking?” years from now… The second section, “Chiron”, is the best of the three and has the films few powerful moments, provided by Ashton Sanders as the teenaged Chiron.

    Jackie. Natalie Portman gives a strained performance that is being way way way over-praised. A few good moments here and there but this movie is all surface and lacks real depth.

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    For me, it would have to be almost a tie between Fences and Manchester by-the-sea. Both movies would be completely undeserving Best Picture nominees, yet I’d say Manchester is probably the lesser of 2 evils (even with it’s uneven script and horrific music score) simply due to me being more invested in Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges’ relationship than any in Fences.

    I’d honestly love to see both shut out at the Oscars save for Hedges and maybe Affleck in Machester, and Viola Davis would be an acceptable nominee and winner for Fences.

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    manakamana
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    Hell or High Water. OK action injected with hollow social commentary. Didn’t really see the fuss.

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    I’d honestly love to see both shut out at the Oscars save for Hedges and maybe Affleck in Manchester

    This! Hedges doesn’t get in my top 5, and Williams really wasn’t nomination worthy. Despite that, I agree that on the whole it is a better film than Fences (which Denzel carries).

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    jackie.

    and arrival.

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    Teridax
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    I’d honestly love to see both shut out at the Oscars save for Hedges and maybe Affleck in Manchester

    This! Hedges doesn’t get in my top 5, and Williams really wasn’t nomination worthy. Despite that, I agree that on the whole it is a better film than Fences (which Denzel carries).

    I thought Viola had the ONLY likable and interesting character in Fences and that Denzel’s repetitive speeches grew grating after just the first few minutes, not to mention his character’s blatant hypocrisy. Hedges wouldn’t make my personal Top 5 either, but if he is nominated I probably won’t complain.

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    Kubo and the Two Strings, Sing Street, Loving, Arrival. I still haven’t seen many, though.

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    Kubo and the twin strings was just a decent movie,  and is definitely overrated. I would be okay with a nomination, but Zootopia was 200000X better.

    Outside of animation, the only English award contenders I’ve seen so far Lala Land, Fences, Hell or High Water, Arrival and The Jungle Book. I’ve been lazy this year. Out of all those, they are all worthy in my opinion. Hopefully I won’t be disappointed by any, making it hard for me to hate the nominations like I did last year. The academy’s love for the revanant still baffles me. I hated last years nominations so much.

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    Fences. Strong performances from Davis and Washington, but other than that…

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    Lion. Though it’s barely on the cusp anyway. Horrible emotionally manipulative film that typifies why so many people make fun of Oscar bait movies.

    Fences was a drag. It’s not even really a movie, simply a filmed play. Though I don’t really hate it.

    Kubo. Oof! Awful plot. Awful dialogue! And a ham fisted ending to boot.

    Hidden Figures. Just like Lion. The “Runnin” scene is cringeworthy. I couldn’t take the film serious after that. And then Henson “Oscar clip” scene is so out of left field it took me out of the movie again! Another example of stereotypical Oscar bait trash.

    Yeah I guess I better include Portmans one note performance in Jackie too. And the less said about the film, the better. The crafts were alright though.

    But I think there are less offenders this year then in years past when the frontrunners would be the overrated ones, not the fringe contenders.

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    So far of the ones I’ve seen, none have severely disappointed. Last year Mad Max was my answer by a mile, followed by The Big Short.

    At the moment, I would go with Sully. It’s quite plodding, and while Hanks is decent, it is a really forgettable film.

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    For me, Fences is the most overrated film this derby.

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    La La Land

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