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  • Tom O’Neil
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    Gone Girl is in its sixth week of release and it nonetheless just managed to come in third place last week at the box office. It’s got a high critics’ rating, etc., and our Experts are predicting lots of nominations. So, hell, why aren’t we taking it seriously as a Best Picture contender?

    Daniel Montgomery wrote this excellent article. Pls read and offer your comments below …

    http://www.goldderby.com/news/7629/gone-girl-oscars-david-fincher-rosamund-pike-entertainment-13579086-story.html

    http://shar.es/10MKPP

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    benbraddock
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    #165795

    My predictions for  GONE GIRL ‘s nominations

    BEST PICTURE
    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    BEST ACTRESS- ROSAMUND PIKE
    BEST SUP. ACTRESS- CARRIE COON
    BEST ORIG. SCORE

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    Emmys2011
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    #165796

    1. Its a thriller.
    2. Its unemotional and oscars have been all about feel-good movies lately.

    That is why it won´t win or get into directing. Picture and actress are sure bets. Techincal categories (editing, cinematographt and score) are maybes.

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    ScandalWife
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    #165797

    I really want Rosmund Pike to win! She was so good!!!!!! I mean she was amazing. She made the whole movie.

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    RobertPius
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    #165798

    I think people associate it more with Ben Affleck than David Fincher and sub consciously think Ben Affleck just got an Oscar (which some didn’t think he deserved.)

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    james alexander clim
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    What narrative is going be pushed with Gone Girl?
    It doesn’t feel very important. Not just because it’s a thriller. With Boyhood you can clearly tell a story of an unconventional bold filmmaker who finaly gets his due after being ignored for many years; Birdman is all about actors and artists in general strugling with aging and passing fame; Unbroken is about a hero plus it has a very respected and popular director, an actress and a humanitarian. 

    David Fincher’s overdue status (?) definetely helps, but even judging from the editors on this site – aparenlty Christopher Nolan  is being owed more by the Academy. 

     

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    AMG
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    It is one of, if not THE best film I’ve seen this year, but I don’t see it winning Best Picture unfortunately. All I can think is that if this was coming off The Departed & No Country For Old Men winning then maybe the overdue(ish) Fincher aspect might come into play. But recent top winners are the likes of The Artist, The King’s Speech & 12 Years A Slave. They’re either the ‘feel-good film of the year, come out of the cinema like you’re walking on air’ load of bull; or they’re historically very important and films that you can’t exactly openly have a reason to hate, for fear of ostracism. This year that film is Boyhood.

    The most recent winners are about down on their luck, central male characters, with people getting their happy ending by the time the credits roll. Gone Girl isn’t exactly fitting into that path. The biggest role in the film is Pike’s, who steals the film, but is a FEMALE focal performance. None of the main characters are typically ‘likeable’, even though I love them. There’s an uncomfortable feeling you have when you watch the film, which I loved, but most voters probably won’t be mad about that. 

    If you’ve read the book, some say it helps (I agree), some believe you miss out on the ‘ride’. I think if voters have read the book, they’ll love it, and vote for it. But if not many have, it may get nommed but miss out on big gongs.  
     

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    I wouldn’t describe most of last year’s nominees as feel-good. Seriously I swear people create a false narrative of the Academy to fit their biases. Gone Girl has a good chance of getting in despite the pulp. It won’t win or score than 6 nominations that I’m sure of.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I’m not sure that a whole lot of voters are going to be so passionate about it that they will put it at #1 for Best Picture. I think Pike is definitely getting in, and Gone Girl could definitely get a bunch of nominations, like adapted screenplay and editing. I just don’t think that a BP win is at all likely, and Director is also a bit of a stretch. This is not the film to reward the overdue Fincher, even though I really liked the film. He has done much better, and I think he will continue to do better projects.

    Comparing him to Scorcese for the Departed is laughable. Relatively speaking, he would need to continue making high quality films for another decade to match that type of overdue narrative.

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    #165803

    Online conversation by fans of the director, the actors, and the source material has created a distorted narrative around the movie before its critical and commercial unveiling. Once it was seen the reaction was mixed to positive without anyone outright trashing the movie as worthless. Everything Fincher makes has artistic merit from the craftsmanship of his movies. However they very much fail depending on the script he is working on. I think GONE GIRL is fine entertainment. And outside of the lead actress prospect of Pike. Nothing about the movie needs awards consideration. This is not Fincher’s Best Director Oscar. Nor does anyone else from the cast and crew need Academy recognition for it.

    There are so many better movies happening prior and before GONE GIRL—that to suggest we are underestimating it is ridiculous. 

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    AMG
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    Since when did a director’s best work win them the Oscar before? Many directors win for work that is not their best, they most likely lose for their best work and get a compensatroy one a few years later, when voters realise they made a cock up. 

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    AMG
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    I wouldn’t describe most of last year’s nominees as feel-good. Seriously I swear people create a false narrative of the Academy to fit their biases. Gone Girl has a good chance of getting in despite the pulp. It won’t win or score than 6 nominations that I’m sure of.

    I never said about last years nominees. Generally speaking, nominees don’t have to be ‘feel-good’, but nine times out of ten the winners do, or at least have that ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ feel. It also isn’t about an important piece of history which needs telling on the big screen, which voters often go for too. Obviously, there are exceptions to this, but GENERALLY SPEAKING those are the films which get the big awards, especially in the last 6 years. 

    Gone Girl leaves you cold at the end of it, which I loved, but your typical Oscar voter isn’t going to go for it. 

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    KyleBailey
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    [quote=”RichardBanton”]I wouldn’t describe most of last year’s nominees as feel-good. Seriously I swear people create a false narrative of the Academy to fit their biases. Gone Girl has a good chance of getting in despite the pulp. It won’t win or score than 6 nominations that I’m sure of.

    I never said about last years nominees. Generally speaking, nominees don’t have to be ‘feel-good’, but nine times out of ten the winners do, or at least have that ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ feel. It also isn’t about an important piece of history which needs telling on the big screen, which voters often go for too. Obviously, there are exceptions to this, but GENERALLY SPEAKING those are the films which get the big awards, especially in the last 6 years. 

    Gone Girl leaves you cold at the end of it, which I loved, but your typical Oscar voter isn’t going to go for it. [/quote]

    12 Years a Slave and Argo are so feel good  

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    AMG
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    [quote=”agloster94″][quote=”RichardBanton”]I wouldn’t describe most of last year’s nominees as feel-good. Seriously I swear people create a false narrative of the Academy to fit their biases. Gone Girl has a good chance of getting in despite the pulp. It won’t win or score than 6 nominations that I’m sure of.

    I never said about last years nominees. Generally speaking, nominees don’t have to be ‘feel-good’, but nine times out of ten the winners do, or at least have that ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ feel. It also isn’t about an important piece of history which needs telling on the big screen, which voters often go for too. Obviously, there are exceptions to this, but GENERALLY SPEAKING those are the films which get the big awards, especially in the last 6 years. 

    Gone Girl leaves you cold at the end of it, which I loved, but your typical Oscar voter isn’t going to go for it. [/quote]

    12 Years a Slave and Argo are so feel good  [/quote]

    Yes, and I also stated that Gone Girl…
    “also isn’t about an important piece of history which needs telling on the big screen, which voters often go for too…”
    please read all of what someone has to say before trying to poke holes in it, as those points you raise might be answered within said text. 

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    Macbeth
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    [quote=”agloster94″][quote=”RichardBanton”]I wouldn’t describe most of last year’s nominees as feel-good. Seriously I swear people create a false narrative of the Academy to fit their biases. Gone Girl has a good chance of getting in despite the pulp. It won’t win or score than 6 nominations that I’m sure of.

    I never said about last years nominees. Generally speaking, nominees don’t have to be ‘feel-good’, but nine times out of ten the winners do, or at least have that ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ feel. It also isn’t about an important piece of history which needs telling on the big screen, which voters often go for too. Obviously, there are exceptions to this, but GENERALLY SPEAKING those are the films which get the big awards, especially in the last 6 years. 

    Gone Girl leaves you cold at the end of it, which I loved, but your typical Oscar voter isn’t going to go for it. [/quote]

    12 Years a Slave and Argo are so feel good  [/quote]

    They were both inspiring stories of someone overcoming harsh circumstances and cruelty and pure evil in the world – I don’t think it was meant as “feel good” in the way that Frozen was, but they were very much inspiring, underdog stories. Gone Girl was about despicable people doing despicable things, and showed how evil society as a whole is. Both 12 Years a Slave and Argo had likable lead characters put in harsh conditions and made it out, Gone Girl didn’t. 

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