2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Who are your picks for Best Picture and Director of 2013 Oscar failed to nominate?

All Is Lost
1
3%
Before Midnight
1
3%
Blue Is the Warmest Color
3
8%
The Book Thief
1
3%
Fruitvale Station
0
No votes
The Great Beauty
1
3%
Inside Llewyn Davis
11
30%
The Past
0
No votes
Saving Mr. Banks
0
No votes
Your Choice of Something Else
1
3%
Joel and Ethan Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis
4
11%
Ryan Coogler - Frutivale Station
0
No votes
Asghar Farhadi - The Past
0
No votes
Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips
1
3%
Spike Jonze - Her
7
19%
Abdellatif Kechniche - Blue Is the Warmest Color
1
3%
Richard Linklater - Before Midnight
0
No votes
Paolo Sorrentino - The Great Beauty
3
8%
Jean-Marc Vallée - Dallas Buyers Club
0
No votes
Your Choice of Someone Else
2
5%
 
Total votes: 37

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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby Big Magilla » Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:14 am

Greg wrote:
Big Magilla wrote:My local Costco, Walmart and Target don't carry Dallas Buyers Club or any of the foreign film nominees or wannabes.


My local Walmart, however, does have Nebraska for sale.

They all have Nebraska for sale. :)

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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby Greg » Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:52 am

Big Magilla wrote:My local Costco, Walmart and Target don't carry Dallas Buyers Club or any of the foreign film nominees or wannabes.


My local Walmart, however, does have Nebraska for sale.
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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby Big Magilla » Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:46 am

Actually it's gotten worse unless you live in or near a major city. Fewer and fewer multiplexes will even set aside one of their 14-16 theatres for anything less than a blockbuster which typically take up 2 or 3 theatres, sometimes as many as five. It's not that their isn't an audience for smaller films, just not enough of one that would support the concession stands where most theatres make their money.

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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby mlrg » Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:16 am

Magilla, I understand your concerns about film distribution, but still, you live in the US. It's gotten better over the last years, but in Portugal if I tryed to see all the major nominees prior to the oscars I would see three to four films maximum.

Just to serve as an example, Rabbit Hole or Animal Kingdom opened here last September. That's a 3 year delay. And 2006's Junebug never opened nor it's available on DVD.

My only chance is torrents (for old films as well)

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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby Big Magilla » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:08 am

I don't post many reviews here mostly because I like to preserve my thoughts for my DVD reviews which appear Tuesdays on CinemaSight especially now that DVD releases are a lot closer to their film's theatrical runs than they used to be. I find when I review a film here first, it's difficult to come up with something fresh to say in my DVD review. My mini-reviews of The Wolf of Wall Street; The Great Beauty and The Past will post on CinemaSight this coming Tuesday, April Fools' Day.

This may be the last year in which I attempt to see every major Oscar contender prior to the Oscars. Film distribution has gotten to the point where it is almost impossible to see everything in theaters and let's face it, home video is the medium on which most people see or will see films anyway. Of course if I waited to see everything on home video that didn't play my local Cineplex this year I would still be waiting to see Philomena which doesn't come out on DVD in the U.S. until April 15th and Her which doesn't come out until mid-May. Of this year's Oscar nominees for Best Picture, only Captain Phillips; Gravity; American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street played locally. DVD distribution isn't much better. My local Costco, Walmart and Target don't carry Dallas Buyers Club or any of the foreign film nominees or wannabes. I haven't checked Best Buy, which may be the only exception. Thank the movie gods for Amazon and other on-line retailers.

The horrid state of film distribution might be what kept some of the films on this list off the Oscar ballot. While most Oscar voters rely on their screeners, films that do poorly theatrically are still at a detriment. Major film releases that do poorly at the box office such as Rush stand no chance. High profile independent releases like 12 Years a Slave and Nebraska will get watched anyway. What happened with Inside Llewyn Davis, I don't know. It was poorly distributed, but it was certainly high profile enough for Oscar voters to give it a spin.

I voted for Inside Llewyn Davis and the Coen brothers. Like Precious Doll and many others here, I have had a love-hate relationship with the Coens' films over the years, but this one is haunting in its simplicity and wondrous in its capturing of the early 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene. It's sad where it needs to be and funny where it needs to be. If it lacks the gravitas of 12 Years a Slave; the wonder of Gravity and the originality of Her, it is nevertheless easily one of the year's four best films and deserved to be a nominee for Best Picture as well as for direction and in a slew of other categories. For shame, Academy.

Foreign language films are so seldom nominated for Best Picture that the three on this list, Blue Is the Warmest Color; The Great Beauty and The Past didn't stand much of a chance of being nominated in the top category, which is not to say that they shouldn't have been. They are all worthy of inclusion and I would have no problem if any or all of them were nominated in place of any but the four top films I mentioned above.

The others on the list would be more worthy in less competitive years. I have a particular affection for Saving Mr. Banks and The Book Thief which were unjustly ignored. Banks was poorly marketed as a paean to Walt Disney when it's actually a paean to P.L. Travers. The film is more representative of the 1985 film Dreamchild in which Alice Hargreaves revisits her childhood as the model for Alice in Wonderland than anything Disney ever put out. The Book Thief is along with 2008's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and 1943's Hitler's Children one of the three best films about the lives of children during the Holocaust.

Before Midnight was at least recognized by the Academy for its screenplay. Fruitvale Station sadly missed out on its only real chance at a nomination for Octavia Spencer's fine performance. All Is Lost is not a film I really liked, but for some reason it's haunted me ever since I saw it which might mean that's it really more profound than I thought.

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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby ITALIANO » Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:57 am

Sabin wrote:I went Inside Llewyn Davis and Jonze.


Mmm... You are an intelligent guy, so I'm sure you will understand what I'm saying... But you are a rare case of someone who was more perceptive, more personal in his thoughts, as a teenager than as an adult. At least when it cones to movies. And this is, of course, a compliment, because you ARE perceptive now, so you must really have been extremely perceptive when you were younger.

Still, it says alot about America.

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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby Sabin » Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:46 pm

I went Inside Llewyn Davis and Jonze.
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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby Precious Doll » Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:04 am

I voted for Inside Llewyn Davis and the Coen Brothers, for what is I think is their best film to date. I find the Coen's films very hit and miss and their films that I do like I generally consider not much better then good.

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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby ITALIANO » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:08 am

I haven't seen Inside Llewyn Davis, so probably I shouldn't have voted...

... but I did vote, when I realized than most here haven't seen Blue is the Warmest Color and The Great Beauty. Because there's NO WAY that Spike Jonze can be even remotely considered a better director than Abdellatif Kechiche or Paolo Sorrentino. It's impossible - seriously, my mind refuses to accept that. It's like science fiction to me - bad science fiction. And I know that there are cultural reasons, but no, sorry, it's not enough, not for me. So do yourself a favor - watch less American movies and more foreign ones and THEN MAYBE vote. Maybe.

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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby Reza » Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:31 am

Inside Llewyn Davis and Spike Jonze.

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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby Sabin » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:36 pm

It's not that it's not clear, it's that it's a different question. And not a bad one!
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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby Big Magilla » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:51 pm

Description and voting question have been changed. Hopefully this will result in a little more participation. Thus far this thread has had close to 80 views but only 11 or 12 people participating only three of whom have indicated their choices.

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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby Big Magilla » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:45 pm

Sabin wrote:The question is what are we defining as "Most Overlooked...". Simply "Best Film/Director Not Nominated?" or "Why wasn't this film taken more seriously?" Because I would say Inside Llewyn Davis and Spike Jonze might be the best of this lot but would I call them "Most Overlooked?"

I thought it was obvious that I meant Best Not Nominated but if it will make it clearer, I will happily change the description.

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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby Sabin » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:36 pm

The question is what are we defining as "Most Overlooked...". Simply "Best Film/Director Not Nominated?" or "Why wasn't this film taken more seriously?" Because I would say Inside Llewyn Davis and Spike Jonze might be the best of this lot but would I call them "Most Overlooked?"
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Re: 2013 Best Picture and Director Oscar Failed to Nominate

Postby mlrg » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:36 am

The Great Beauty and Paolo Sorrentino


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