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  • FreemanGriffin
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    #180539

    I knew it was going to be close, but I consider it a travesty that Richard Linklater went home empty handed. On reflection, a film set in NYC, and in “show biz”, with a large cast, was more likely to win Oscars than a small cast film set in Texas that lacked glitz and glamour – but Linklater’s achievement was so great. His film got nearly 100 on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes; Birdman got around 85. Boyhood only getting one Oscar is pathetic. I get that I am one of the few people who truly dislikes (despises) Birdman, but Boyhood’s achievement was the greater one. My solace is that Boyhood actually won far more Best Picture and Best Director prizes than Birdman did.

    I had Birdman in 2nd place in all 3 of the categories Inarittu won; I had switched Birdman out of first and put The Grand Budapest Hotel in first for Original Screenplay (only because Boyhood had failed to get any precursors for its script, which I found quite odd). .

    I guess my point is that Richard Linklater deserved at least one Oscar (preferably Best Director) for his achievement, and it’s an enormous disappointment that they snubbed him. It would bother me less if Wes Anderson had won Director or Screenplay (or for that matter Morten Tyldum). I’m just really disappointed. (Eddie Redmayne’s win helped though).

    Snark away, I don’t care. Boyhood is a much better movie than the dishonest and pretentious Birdman (and it’s dishonesty and pretentiousness is precisely why it won)

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    FunWithCrayons
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    Boyhood is the opposite of a deserving film for Best Picture. With no plot or interesting characters, Boyhood was nothing more than a string of vignettes held together loosely over time. Patrica Arquette and Ethan Hawke give the best performances of the movie, making me care more about two supporting characters than the main character. And let’s not forget the film shows almost no cause and effect, usually only giving us one or the other. For instance, in the scene where Mason complains to his dad about not getting his car, the movie neglects to show us that moment in time when his dad promised him the car, giving us only the aftermath of a conflict that we should have seen the inciting incident of. Conversly, we see Samantha getting scolded in the movie for not picking Mason up like she was supposed to, but the film forgets that by the next scene, avoiding a possible clash that, in a normal family, would most likely happen. How the script even got nominated in the first place is a mystery. The only thing impressive about Boyhood is the gimmick that it took 12 years to film, because let’s face it, if this film had been made in one year, it would be considered barely mediocre. Best picture should not be achieved by a gimmick.

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    KyleBailey
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    It’s a flat out crime that Alejandro has 3 more oscars than Linklater and Anderson combined! 

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    GusCruz
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    This is why I hate the Oscars. They could have given an Oscar for Wes, one for Linklater and one for Inarritu. They clearly loved Budapest (4 Oscars!), why didn’t give Wes the chance to accept an award that he could actually take home? Then Linklater who has been making the American auteur community proud for over two decadesand changed the Texan movie scene forever, delivers a movie that is a game changer, one for the books, and it wins ONE. Inarritu, a hack who is yet doing another Oscar bait movie about white people and white stories, gets to go there three times and even talks about his ego! It’s a travesty. I’m not even saying he shouldn’t have gotten an Oscar; if they loved the movie so much, fine, give it Best Picture! But three in one night would be too much even for Kubrick.

    The thing is that Birdman is the new kind of Oscar bait films. It presents itself as “intelligent and revolutionary”, making the snobs in the Academy feel good, speaks to the actors (secures SAG win, gets a lot of votes from the largest group within AMPAS etc), and ticks all the boxes it needs to – there are moments to show off for Sound and even Visual Effects categories, Costume Design (it’s actually surprising how it didn’t get that nomination, given that the title character has a wannabe-iconic costume), Cinematography, Score (didn’t get it, but it’s hip like, say, the Social Network score that won a few years ago) and even Editing, which I bet y’all was sixth in the nomination process. It’s a movie that will not age well (most people already see it for the fraud that it is) and tonight will go down as a travesty, I have no doubt about it. Not winning will secure a better place for Boyhood in cinema history than if it had won. I am sad, I admit, but I shouldn’t be.

    Last thing: the irony is that most people love Birdman for Michael Keaton’s comeback. The rest loves it because they wanted to get behind a movie that could take down Boyhood. Those who love it for Keaton would surely trade all of Inarritu’s three wins to see the movie’s star on stage accepting an award. Macbeth, our biggest Keaton fan here, has said himself. So for them, I am sad. Redmayne will be back again and again and again. Keaton we don’t know.

    Sorry for the rant

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    Asgaroth
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    Funny thing is I actually liked Birdman, but after this …I’m just uncapable to not hate it.

     

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    GusCruz
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    Okay, one more thing… When I saw Canonero up there accepting her much deserved Oscar, I thought about Barry Lyndon, which she had won for decades ago. I wonder if people back then talked about that film as a gimmick because of its natural light cinematography… I wonder if people on the Grammy message board talked about Beck’s Grammy winning album Morning Phase because he played himself all of the instruments in it… Like I said, calling great movies gimmicks is BS. Just stop it

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    Atypical
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    Travesty? Hardly. But Inarritu really didn’t need to win three Oscars. At least one of those should be Wes Anderson’s.

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    I’m glad they didn’t waste a major category on Wes Anderson’s horrible The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was rewarded enough with the 4 tech wins.

     

    I’m excited for Richard Linklater’s next movie — That’s What I’m Talking About. A baseball movie? Yes please.

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    Where are you guys when their is  an truely honest film to champion? Why didnt you cheer on every DArdenne movie if honesty is the case? Now, I think thee are quite a few art film lovers on this board and to put something like Boyhood in that category would be a travesty. I’ts poorly written and to think some of you would give it script when the main dirving force of every script is clearly missing from it is shocking.

    Plus, you are aware that this guy has made really questionable films like School of Rock and other bull?

    I am so glad Boyhood lost, though I am not that happy about the winner either. One could argue that Nightcrawler, Whiplash and AMVY, Phoenix and Leviathan were this years best films. 

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    If you want to win the Best Picture you must be a ”High Class” film since all the voters could vote for the final category (sound mixers, sound editors, hairstylists, composers, cinamatographers etc) Being the critics’ favourite is not always enough. I think Boyhood is a better movie, but it can’t beat Birdman in the technical categories and I’m sure that earned them some vote and they won by a neck

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    I’m glad they didn’t waste a major category on Wes Anderson’s horrible The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was rewarded enough with the 4 tech wins.

     

    I’m excited for Richard Linklater’s next movie — That’s What I’m Talking About. A baseball movie? Yes please.

    I too am excited for Rick’s next film but we all know it’s not Oscar bait and in fact he probably won’t ever be back unless it’s for a Screenplay nomination. Even Boyhood was never an Oscar movie. I can’t not be upset about this. He certainly is sick of all of this and will never want to play this game again. Inarritu on the other hand is coming back next year. Ugh.

    I think Sasha Stone made a point on her last podcast that I have to agree with. She says Boyhood was never winning because the industry as whole will not embrace a movie from IFC or from any studio outside of the Big Five. Fox Searchlight as part of the big Fox has mastered the running of campaigns in the preferential ballot system. There’s no way an indie film will ever win BP again.

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    AviChristiaans
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    People are overreacting. An Indie film did win Best Picture tonight. As a matter of fact, for the first time, Independent films dominated the Oscars. Whiplash, Birdman, Boyhood, Still Alice. The whole evening was Indie.
    And more Indie films can / and will win Best Picture in future. Boyhood is not the beginning and end of independent films.
    It was never an Oscar movie. If anyone is to blame, it’s those critics that tried to make the film happen just because it was Linklater’s 12 Year project.
    And BAFTA, GLOBES and Critis Choice fell for it, went with it and lost.
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    GusCruz
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    How is Birdman indie? Has the concept of indie changed? I didn’t get that memo

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    I think the fact that for the past couple of weeks, we were expecting a share of the love between Birdman and Boyhood, with one winning Picture, and one Director. And then Anderson expected to win Original Screenplay so all three auteurs of the big contenders this year could win, but it wasn’t to be. 

    If Inarritu went 0 for 3, would there be as big an ‘upset’ about it? 

    In my head, Boyhood had won Best Picture, so I’m still trying to let the fact that Birdman has won sink in. Maybe that’s why? Many were expecting Boyhood still, despite the guilds all backing Birdman.

     

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    AMG
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    I think the fact that for the past couple of weeks, we were expecting a share of the love between Birdman and Boyhood, with one winning Picture, and one Director. And then Anderson expected to win Original Screenplay so all three auteurs of the big contenders this year could win, but it wasn’t to be. 

    If Inarritu went 0 for 3, would there be as big an ‘upset’ about it? 

    In my head, Boyhood had won Best Picture, so I’m still trying to let the fact that Birdman has won sink in. Maybe that’s why? Many were expecting Boyhood still, despite the guilds all backing Birdman.

     

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