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    #62918

    I am tired of hearing about the Emmys and am excited for the Oscars. I really like this competitive bunch here. I would like to know your thoughts. I have titled it Part 1 because it usually changes. I will have multiple polls on this.

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    babypook
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    Well, since I havent seen any of these films, I’m not rooting for any one in particular; although I am partial to the directors: Spielberg, Lee, Luhrmann, Jackson, Tarantino, P.T. Anderson, (hoping for improvement from) Joe Wright, maybe Michell,  and of course, I’ll always be grateful to Tom Hooper….

    I’ll go with “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. I hope it does well, box-office-wise. But really. I suppose my heart is also with Tarantino’s and Jackson’s films

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    LINCOLN

    Steven Spielberg + Tony Kushner + Janusz Kaminksi + Daniel Day-Lewis + Great Cast = Multiple Oscar Winner incl. Best Picture!

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    The ones I expect to do very well:

    The Master
    My personal favorite based on the teaser/trailer and its pedigree (Paul Thomas Anderson ftw!). It looks like Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams will be in heated competition for Best Supporting Actor/Actress with Leo DiCaprio and Anne Hathaway for Django/Les Mis. The story looks good and the music in the teaser was great so I’m definitely looking forward to it and so far I am predicting it for Best Picture.

    The Great Gatsby
    The visuals looked amazing and Leo and Carey should pack a punch. Like most Luhrmann films it will likely receive recognition for its art direction and cinematography. The costumes also looked incredible. I hope the acting/writing lives up.

    Les Miserables
    Tom Hooper is taking a big jump from the biopic to the musical epic and I hope (for his sake) that he pulls it off. This film will likely do better with American audiences than The King’s Speech and will probably be what he is remembered for. I fully expect Jackman, Hathaway and maybe even Crowe to pull Oscar traction (Jackman will probably win the Golden Globe for Actor in a musical/comedy).

    Django Unchained
    The script is incredible and even if the acting pales, this MUST receive recognition for its screenplay. Hopefully the violence won’t be too offputting because Leo can definitely win his Oscar for this. The cinematography in the trailer was also fantastic so Robert Richardson will likely be up for that one again.

    Lincoln
    No as excited for this as others even though I love Day-Lewis. I hope Spielberg really does this one well because the scene of Lincoln’s assassination has the potential to be iconic.

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    I just can’t wait to see the epic movie-making gang get together again. Hopefully this will help Jackson recover from The Lovely Bones.

    Ones I’m not so sure about:

    Life of Pi
    I really don’t like the plot, it’s just so out there and I can’t see AMPAS going for it. I like Lee though so hopefully he’ll do it well.

    Hyde Park on Hudson
    I get a real “J. Edgar” vibe from this. So much hype because of the pedigree of talent only leading to a disappointing film. It seems like Oscar bait but I will always have second thoughts.

    Anna Karenina
    Knightley will probably give a great performance and may even win Best Actress but I doubt this movie as a whole will be anything special. Kinda like the Iron Lady of this year.

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    M H
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    If I am “rooting” for anything without having seen it, it would be for PTA to get his well-deserved Oscar or for Ang Lee to the get Best Picture award that was stolen from him.

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    Lincoln strikes me as one of those films where too much is working in the project’s favor. Sometimes, the pictures that sound the best on paper end up being the most ho-hum movies. Remember when the musical Nine was still in production? Remember how it sounded like a Best Pic slamdunk? And that’s just the first example that comes to mind.

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    The Dangerous Method also seemed to have everything tailored made for the Oscar, but alas it was not meant to be.
    But Lincoln really has some unavoidable factors lined up in its favor: Spielberg, DDL, Kushner, plus it will be nominated in every tech award. Unless it’s really really bad, it is sure that it definitely will have bucket loads of nominations, no matter a win or not.

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    Ang Lee and Paul Thomas Anderson (my favorite director in these days) are the ones I’m rooting the most,
    Les Mis has to be good because I really need another great musical film,
    Django and Gatsby have DiCaprio, so I hope both do well.

    Hobbit has to rebuilt the reputation of Mr. Jackson as well Anna Karenina for Joe Wright, I really hope Hyde Park turn out great, Linney deserves her Oscar ASAP

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    Lincoln strikes me as one of those films where too much is working in the project’s favor. Sometimes, the pictures that sound the best on paper end up being the most ho-hum movies. Remember when the musical Nine was still in production? Remember how it sounded like a Best Pic slamdunk? And that’s just the first example that comes to mind.

    I don’t know where you got the impression that NINE sounded like a “Best Pic slamdunk.” If you had seen the original musical, you would know that it was merely a trifling musical adaptation of Fellini’s 8-1/2, emphasis on the trifling. There was no way it was going to be able to compete against such powerhouses as AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER…

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    Well, since I havent seen any of these films, I’m not rooting for any one in particular; although I am partial to the directors: Spielberg, Lee, Luhrmann, Jackson, Tarantino, P.T. Anderson, (hoping for improvement from) Joe Wright, maybe Michell,  and of course, I’ll always be grateful to Tom Hooper….

    I’ll go with “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. I hope it does well, box-office-wise. But really. I suppose my heart is also with Tarantino’s and Jackson’s films

    Lol, i know what your getting at. I too will always be grateful to Tom Hooper. Beasts of The Southern Wild got my vote. I’d love to see the film gain some box office success, it’s going to be interesting to see how Fox Searchlight markets it.

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    Madson Melo
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    what Hooper did? lol

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    #62930

    I’m sticking with LINCOLN for now, but of the films listed, I am also most interested in seeing THE HOBBIT.

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    Lincoln reminds me of most of Spielberg’s films released since 2000: a lot of hype, and might be good, but certainly doesn’t live up to expectations. Let’s take a look at all of Spielberg’s films he has directed since he last won an Oscar, and their Tomatometer ratings on Rotten Tomatoes: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (73%); Minority Report (92%); Catch Me If You Can (96%); The Terminal (60%); War of the Worlds (74%); Munich (78%); Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (77%); The Adventures of Tintin (75%); and War Horse (77%).  Most of these films started off with a lot of Best Picture/Director Oscar buzz before their release. I even remember when many pundits were putting Spielberg and The Terminal as predicted nominees over Scorsese and The Departed.

    Since Munich and War Horse were the only films that ended up with Best Picture nominations, and were the only “serious” non-science fiction dramas on that list, and Lincoln would fall under a serious, non-sci fi drama, I do think Lincoln is very likely to be nominated for Best Picture, but like Munich and War Horse, I expect it to disappoint overall, and I would be very surprised if it does win.

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    Daniel B.
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    Oh, I forgot to mention…I am rooting for Django Unchained.
    Tarantino and Pulp Fiction should have won director/picture in 1994, and he should have won again for Inglourious in 2009 (my pick for Best Picture would have been a toss-up between that and Up).
    I do think that despite his Oscar win for Original Screenplay for Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino is considered overdue for a directing Oscar. He has been a strong contender to win both times he was nominated, and the love that Oscar had for Inglourious could be great momentum for Django Unchained if it is well-received (which I think it will be).
    Even the subject matter of slavery is a bit more Oscar baity, much like WWII (which I’m sure helped Inglourious get some recognition).

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    ^Speaking of Martin Scorsese, I don’t watch TV anymore but I was at the gym today trying to ignore the overhead monitors and glimpsed a commercial for McDonalds and was nauseated to see it starred… Martin Scorsese. Seriously, doesn’t Scorsese have enough money already? Do we need to take up a collection, maybe have a bake sale or something so that Scorsese doesn’t have to demean himself anymore by pimping for junk food?

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