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Old 02-21-2011, 11:59 AM   #136
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I agree. Not the most perfect ending. But the flaw was having that romantic subplot throughout the film when it was unnecessary in the first place. Since it was in there, it made absolute sense to end it the way they did.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:28 PM   #137
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The King's Speech is minor league, and doesn't deserve to be mentioned alongside Winter's Bone, which was actually creatively done, instead of just having a handful of off-center compositions posting as art. And the latter also felt like a unique story, instead of a by-the-numbers underdog schematic.

And neither is good as The Social Network, which was about as perfectly crafted as anything I've seen in a while. It may be a cold machine, but it is a streamlined one that is running on all cylinders at all times and should be respected for that technical feat. And I do think the ensemble, which is made up of much less-experienced actors (as compared to the well-trained British cast of TKS), is outstanding all the way through. And then there's the script, which has been rightfully lauded this entire awards season for a very engrossing story that has a lot of dazzling dialogue.
Agreed on all counts. While The King's Speech is built around the underdog story and British royal drama which is in itself an interesting conceit, it, to me, hit all of those beats in about as humdrum of a way as possible. The Fighter hits a lot of those same beats, only David O. Russell's actually interested in kineticism and emotional involvement as opposed to this upper-crust aloofness. Different sensibilities, to be sure... I just found one to be more cinematic than the other. The only real standout was Mr. D'Arcy's performance. With Winter's Bone, transplanting the detective/pot boiler template to the Ozarks was really fucking cool.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:33 PM   #138
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You're not going to find a better set of winners from this season:


'A Prophet' Leads International Cinephile Society's 8th Annual Honors - indieWIRE
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:44 AM   #139
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Finally saw 127 Hours last night. It was much better than I expected, but as an avid hiker, the origin still annoys me. If you are that arrogant as a outdoors person, expect to die a painful death in some way.

So now, I'm 10 for 10 on seeing BP noms and 76 for 120 on category noms. I'm trying to catch Biutiful later this week, too.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:52 PM   #140
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'A Prophet' Leads International Cinephile Society's 8th Annual Honors - indieWIRE
Daaaaaaamn.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:56 PM   #141
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A Prophet was amazing, BTW. Worthier of the top slot than Carlos IMO. And I finally saw I Am Love last week, very surprised at how much I liked it (though I honestly didn't know much going in).
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A Prophet's been on Watch Instantly for months and I have not gotten around to it. Between this, Carlos, The Illusionist, White Material and Blue Valentine, I've got my work cut out for me before Sunday. 3 out of 5 wouldn't be bad.
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Laz, you might be interested in this.

I Am Love vs. Somewhere : Mirror: Motion Picture Commentary
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is Toy Story 3 in with any chance of best picture? i haven't seen one of the other films nominated however, so i'm a little based
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is Toy Story 3 in with any chance of best picture? i haven't seen one of the other films nominated however, so i'm a little based
No chance.

Count on it winning animated film though.
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Honestly, if more Academy members actually SAW The Illusionist, you think it would have a chance.

Can't imagine the older demographic not being affected by it.
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Isn't the animated category voted on in the same way as the foreign language? i.e. the voting committee is made to watch all the nominees and vote from there?

In any case, it's certainly more deserving of the Best Picture nom than Toy Story at the very least.
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So now, I'm 10 for 10 on seeing BP noms and 76 for 120 on category noms. I'm trying to catch Biutiful later this week, too.

106 for 120, and all of those were in a theater, where they were viewed in the fashion the film maker intended.

It has been noted that I am lucky to live in a market place where I am able to see so many films on the big screen.
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Isn't the animated category voted on in the same way as the foreign language? i.e. the voting committee is made to watch all the nominees and vote from there?

In any case, it's certainly more deserving of the Best Picture nom than Toy Story at the very least.
No. Anyone can vote for it.

It's actually a miracle that Spirited Away won if you think about it.

Although Lilo and Stitch wasn't exactly tough competition. If there had been a Pixar release that year THE ZAK! would have been screwed.
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106 for 120, and all of those were in a theater, where they were viewed in the fashion the film maker intended.

It has been noted that I am lucky to live in a market place where I am able to see so many films on the big screen.
Nice!

They have been showing all of the "Short" categories at a few local theaters for the last week or two, but I just can't make it to them.

Another Year and Rabbit Hole just came out here, too. Again, not going to make it to those either.

And yes, the more you can see in a theater, the better.
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