Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Snippets: Oscar poll, Ben Affleck wins for Argo

Awesome graphic: One Movie Five Views
Good morning! It's another spotty day here in L.A.; the rain of the last few days is back with a few spitter spatters.
Thanks for reading this post and if you like, casting your vote in the sidebar. I've just posted a poll asking you lovely readers to vote for Best Picture of the year.
I'm not asking what you think will win the coveted Academy Award, rather what film you feel should win, iyho. That's in your humble opinion, know what I mean? Which movie - of the films you've seen - do you hold in your head and heart as the creme de la creme in what has been a rather extraordinary year in film?
The Producers Guild of America made its choice Saturday, crowning Ben Affleck's Argo as their numero uno and awarding it the Darryl F. Zanuck trophy. And that puts the odds in Ben Affleck's favor for Argo to be the big winner at the Oscars on February 24th. The last five Oscar winners were PGA winners too; in fact in the past 24 years only 7 Darryl F. Zanuck winners have not gone on to win the Academy Best Picture prize.
Sooooo things are looking good for good looking Ben Affleck even if the Academy did ignore him.
I loved Argo - it's fast, suspenseful and is easier to applaud (for many Americans anyway) than the more challenging and difficult to digest, Zero Dark Thirty rife with the torture controversy. Les Miserables is still my choice for movie of the year because it moved me so but Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi were also extraordinary achievements.  Any one of these fine films could win as could Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild. In fact, while a win by Amour would be as initially surprising as its' nomination, it would also make sense if you listen to David Edelstein's logic. Edelstein on CBS Sunday, saying he 'was gobsmacked' by the nomination, puts part of the Academy's love for Amour down to the Academy's aging membership. He also called it one hell of a movie; I still can't decide because it is such a stark intimate look at this couple's coping with the wife's illness that I felt like a voyeur, and as helpless as the couple's grown up daughter. I quite liked Beasts, it was fresh and revealing and the young actress is luminous but it didn't hold me riveted quite like the others did.
But this isn't about what I think, it's about your choices. So, tell me if you please, what is your favorite movie of the year? I'd love to hear all about it and why. And I'd love to see your vote in the sidebar. Don't worry, your vote won't reveal your identity, or mess with your privacy. I'm going to cast the first vote now ...

Go to the poll and vote for Best Picture of the Year!

1 comment:

  1. I'm not qualified to vote, darn it. I need to see more of the movies. Maybe I should quit reading blogs and go to the movies. I always love your take on them, though.

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