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Why is Faces Places the frontrunner for Documentary at the Oscars?

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    Seeing as Varda created the most influential film movement in history, I’m not gonna bet against her. She is a bigger legend than Spielberg, Scorsese, Hitchcock and Coppola combined in France. She basically is a celebrity.

    *Also I had to watch Undefeated in high school, it wasn’t what you would call Oscar-worthy.

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    Faces Places is one the most acclaimed films of the year and Agnes Varda is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.  I thought Jane could be a possible winner but it didn’t get nominated.  Agnes Varda winning will be like Ennio Morricone winning best score a few years ago.

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    I want Agnes Varda (with JR) to win so much! My only concern is that her film is in French and the others are in English and this might matter. I thought Jane would be the beneficiary but they didn’t nominate it. (Both Faces Places and Jane made my top ten films of the year list and I love them both). IDK which of the other nominees would get the Oscar instead of Faces Places. I hope Agnes Varda – who is 90 – makes the trip over to the U.S., because that is one of the two moments I am most looking forward to at this year’s Oscars!

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    I am predicting Faces Places will win. I gave it a grade of A+ and it is about an important subject: the joy of making art, the joy of living life, the joy of faces and places! It’s also about aging and seeing; it even is political, championing workers and ordinary people! (:

    I do want to know what you mean by tough competition? None of the other films have won the awards that Faces Places and Jane have won (they have split almost all of the critics prizes). is there one of the five that voters might coalesce around and vote for? Yes, I want Agnes Varda to win a competitive Oscar. This is her last chance to do so. I am aware that her film is in French and the others are in English and that might matter. But I still am predicting she will win.

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    I would argue that a more accurate category than (1) FAME as mentioned in the OP is ARTISTS CREATING ART.

    This would encompass recent winners AMY, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, and MAN ON WIRE, all beneficiaries of a gradually more liberal set of voting criteria that allows more members to vote than when they had to register at official screenings. Academy members may have the reputation for being politically progressive or have knee-jerk reactions to issues around social consciousness, but what they can *really* relate to is other artists. And that’s what FACES PLACES in particular is about.

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    I agree that Faces Places is far from being a solid frontrunner. But which other film of the nominees could claim this status, if not Faces Places?

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    Because Jane got snubbed. It was the logical 2nd choice.

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    The last few years, the documentary with the most critics prizes, goes on to win the Oscar. Since Faces Places has won more awards than the other four nominees combined, I think it’s a safe bet that Faces Places will pull off a win here too.

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    I have only seeing Abacus and Faces  places so far.

    but Faces Places had me with a smile the whole running time. It’s about creating art and I don’t see how it will loose.

     

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