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For Your Consideration…Meet This Year's Oscar Contenders

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As the GOP primary race drags on—who's ready for another debate Thursday!—the Oscar race is heating up: The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were just released. As with the the Republican race, this year's themes appear to be nostalgia and self-congratulation: Best picture nominees include French silent movie nostalgia picture The Artist, Martin Scorcese's more generalized movie nostalgia film Hugo, Woody Allen's time-traveling romantic nostalgia vehicle Midnight in Paris, Steven Spielberg's World War I nostalgia flick War Horse, and, for those who'd rather stick to the recent past, the risible 9/11 nostalgia film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Also, four more movies, because the Academy is still doing that annoying thing where it nominates nine crappy movies instead of five slightly less crappy ones.

Of the nominees, Tree of Life is the only one that I think deserves to win, which almost certainly means it won't. As far as I'm concerned, as the nominee pool has gotten larger, the choices have become worse, and the few decent contenders never get a fair shake. It really is just like politics. 

Still, we can take solace in the small things, like the fact that "Man or Muppet," from The Muppets, was nominated for Best Song:

See the complete list of nominees at the Internet Movie Database

Browse Reason film critic Kurt Loder's movie review archive here

*Updated: There are only nine Best Picture nominees this year, not 10. 

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    1. who’s ready for another debate Thursday!

      I am! Will there be Live-Blogging?? Hookers? Microbrews?

  1. I haven’t seen any of these films. Maybe once they hit HBO.

  2. “Woody Allen’s time-traveling romantic nostalgia vehicle Midnight in Paris”

    It has been a while since I have seen a Woody Allen flick. Annie Hall was brilliant but some of his more recent films seemed tired.

    1. I like his earlier, funnier movies.

      1. +1 for the Stardust Memories reference. The scene where the aliens tell him that after he asks them the meaning of life is just fantastic.

        1. I loved that bit.

          I’m a big fan of his older stuff, but it’s been a while since I’ve really liked one of his movies. I’ve heard the new one is decent, but we’ll see.

          1. I liked his old movies too and “Midnight in Paris” is nothing like them, most noticeably because the Wood Man isn’t in it. But it is a really good and fun movie.

    2. ‘Deconstructing Harry’ was excellent. Lots of intellectual absurdity like his pre-Annie stuff, but better.

      1. I thought that one was better than usual for his latter-day films.

      2. Match point was AWESOME. Thematically similar to Crimes and Misdemeanors, but so slow as to wrench you apart when things happen.

        Midnight in Paris was good, but not any better than his other recent rom coms. Though, watching the Hemingway dialog cracked me up. JUST LIKE HE WROTE!

        1. Yes, ‘Match Point’ was excellent but not Woodyish in his paranoid/funny trademark style.

        2. I haven’t seen them, but I hear his later movies are getting better. He just had a real slump in the mid 1990s. The guy is amazing. The fact that he still makes one movie a year and has been doing so for 40 years and still even occasionally produces a good one is one hell of an accomplishment.

          1. I have some of his stand-up routines from the 60s. Very funny stuff.

            1. So are his short stories. I highly recommend picking up a compilation of them.

            2. The essays he wrote (for The New Yorker?) back in the day are hilarious.

          2. Im no Woody Allen expert and havent seen most of his old stuff but I liked Match Point.

  3. tree of Life was wretched and unwatchable. Crap as art.

    1. It was so pretentious. Could’ve been half as long and twice as good.

    2. For the life of me I can’t understand how anyone walked away from that movie feeling anything other complete and utter incoherence. It was like an 18 year old art school project that was edited at three in the morning before mid terms were due.

      Yes, the dinosaur didn’t kill the helpless other dinosaur and that means Brad Pitt is a bad father.

      Ok.

      Cut to shot of a giant Super Nova.

      Say what?

      What a complete waste of two and half (!) hours.

      1. I second all of these comments and will add this: Terrence Malick wants the viewer to feel/experience except after most of the good scenes he adds a breathy mutter “Father, Mother” or something like that. So if we didn’t get what just happened then we are told exactly how to feel about that scene. Thanks breathy voice over.

        1. “most of the good scenes”

          Citation needed. Were there any scenes in that movie that weren’t like trying to read a menu in Kryptonian?

          Even with the “mother/father” stuff all it did was further emphasize the fact that Malick apparently had some daddy issues and this film was his way of dealing with it, which to me looks like he could use some more therapy. An probably some medication.

          Jesus what a terrible movie.

  4. Wait, are there 9 movies or 10? I only see 9 on IMDb, are they still trying to find another?

    1. There are only nine. My mistake. Updated.

  5. I haven’t seen a single one of them. I do plan to see War Horse. It may be mawkish and sentimental. But at least it looks good and succeeds at something.

    And Tree of Life looked awful.

    1. It was awful. It anthropomorphized dinosaurs.

    2. There is nothing wrong with sentimental. I loved ‘My Dog Skip’ although it deserved no awards unless they make a new category for sentimental.

      This may be the only time you and I agree on something. History is being made.

    3. Speaking of looking awful, I have absolutely no desire to see The Descendants. I saw the coming attractions for it in the summer and promptly said, “well, that’s gonna suck.” Despite how it’s winning awards, I’m standing by my first impression. Same for Tree of Life which I hear is wretched anyway.

      1. The Descendants was very good (IMO). Clooney is full of himself but he’s a good actor and the movie was entertaining. Tree of Life – not so much.

    4. War Horse was mawkish and sentimental.

      Get this. The boy. The boy who love the horse?

      He’s not just a poor. His parents are farmers. Turnip farmers. And their landlord is going to foreclose on them. Until the horse saves the day by plowing the impossibly rocky field.

      Yes. It’s that mawkish and sentimental.

      Turnip farmers.

      1. What are turnips used for anyway? Do they have any cash value?

        1. Not as much as the horse they couldn’t afford, but overpaid for anyway.

        2. I think you’re supposed to eat them but I don’t think I’ve ever actually tried one. As far as I know, there are no restauraunts daring enough to serve them.

        3. They eat stewed turnips in the south, and put the greens on meats as well.

          I think they’re mostly used for livestock feed at this point in time, though.

  6. I’ve never heard of half of these movies. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a dying genre. Seems like all Hollywood does now is remake and rehash old movies anyway which is BS considering how much it costs to go to the theater in today’s world: While in DC earlier this month with my family, we decided to take the kids to go see the Adventures of Tintin. Tickets alone cost us $60 for 2 adults and 2 kids.

    Nominating crap that no one wants to see is just an underhanded way to get the public to pay those prices for boring flicks that just aren’t worth the money.

    1. TV is about a thousand times better than movies nowadays, and also a lot cheaper. Why go to a theatre when you have FX, AMC, and HBO?

    2. Seems like all Hollywood does now is remake and rehash old movies anyway

      Hollywood has always been doing that. I like to argue that Ricardo Cortez was the ultimate Sam Spade.

    3. Captain America was pretty good. The voters in the Academy tend to overlook superhero movies though.

  7. I thought the last Harry Potter movie was pretty good. Considering how bad most movies are, I find it hard to believe there were ten better movies released this year.

    1. I would enjoy the Oscars a lot more if they nominated fun-but-good movies like the most recent Harry Potter, the new Mission Impossible, etc. (Both of which I enjoyed and recommended in reviews.)

      Instead we get this self-centered let’s-celebrate-how-awesome-Hollywood-is crap.

      1. I think the Golden Globes have it right in that category. Best comedy/musical. They almost always get left out.

      2. You are correct Peter. The Oscars ignore movies like Groundhog Day or Harry Potter that end up being beloved by movie goers and generations of cable TV watchers. But reward pretentious crap like My Left Foot, Crash, the Hurt Locker or Driving Miss Daisy that no one remembers for two minutes after they get the award.

        1. Ok, Crash SUCKED GIANT MONKEY BALLS. It was a stupid movie about stupid people making the worst decision they possibly could in every single situation.

          My left foot was good, i thought. Hurt Locker was ok. Driving miss daisy was… well, I was a kid when it came out, but I don’t remember it being all that good. But, Jessica Tandy was in Cocoon, so it must have rocked.

          1. I thought Crash was ok but certainly not award winning good.

            1. No. It was horrible. Think about what that movie would be if ONE person along the way made a better decision. ONE person in the whole chain of events wasn’t retarded. The movie wouldn’t exist. Same with Babel and Amores Perros.

          2. Crash was up against Gay Fatal Attraction (er, Brokeback Mountain), so the Oscars that year could have been worse.

            1. Brokeback mountain at least had pretty cinematography.

              1. When you’re filming in Alberta and the Grand Tetons, it’s hard to have cinematography that’s not pretty.

        2. Groundhog Day. When I first saw that movie, I though, meh. Now I consider it a classic. I’m not sure why.

          1. It’s a good movie. It’s okay to like it.

          2. Because the genius of Mid Career Bill Murray is a subtle one.

            1. Precisely. For example, I love the way he nuanced his role in Caddyshack.

              1. Didn’t say he was subtle, his genius was subtle. Plus, I don’t consider caddyshack “mid career.” However, you must admit it was infinitely more nuanced that Akroyd’s character in the second one.

                1. Caddyshack is another classic as was Scrooged. And Ghostbusters.

                  1. I love Scrooged. That one always seemed a little underappreciated to me.

                    1. I will duck after saying this. But I liked Lost in Translation. And not just because of that long shot of Scarlett Johnason’s 18 year old ass.

                    2. Glad you said it first. I thought it was poignant, perhaps because I, too, am a man of a certain age, putting certain possibilities behind me.
                      (We old straight guys can end up just as sentimental as the chicks. Seriously. I found myself tearing up several times during The Descendants. It’s embarassing.)

                    3. Lost in Translation was a damn fine movie, not long on pretension at all.

                    4. I liked Lost in Translation.

                      Yeah, that was good, but it had the misfortune of going up against Return of the King.

                      If they’d given the best picture award to one of the other two LOTRs over Chicago and A Beautiful Mind it might have had a shot.

                    5. His cameo in Zombieland was brilliant.

                    6. Scrooged and Elf are my two must see at Christmas movies. More so than the corny old ones everyone loves.

                    7. Murray also does an amusing turn in Ed Wood, another under-appreciated classic.
                      Depp and Martin Landau also give classic performances in that one.

                    8. Did you try staples?

          3. Groundhog Day is a classic.

        3. Sorry, The Hurt Locker was great.

          1. Oh right! The idea of a bomb unit tolerating that dangerous hot dog behavior is so realistic.

            1. Why does that matter? It didn’t purport to be a documentary.

              1. “Why does that matter?”? What, you thought it was comedy, or perhaps a fantasy?

                1. So Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato is useless being there are no actual cases of a platoon of soldiers in the Vietnam war going awol and walking to France?

                  1. You need to familiarize yourself with magical realism in literature, of which Cacciato is a prime example. Then see if you can seriously ask that question again. (Who knows, maybe you can – in which case you will have found a rational discussion-ender.)

          2. The Hurt Locker SUCKED!

            It was like a bad film-student film. Really astonishingly stupid. Another detachment inducing movie, where, as you’re watching it it strikes you “holy shit, this is what people are raving about? How is that possible?”

        4. Average people hated ‘Amadeus’ but it was a fucking great film.

          An ‘Animal House’ cannot be nominated as best pic and I am a huge Lampoon fan.

          1. “An ‘Animal House’ cannot be nominated as best pic ”

            Why not? Screwball comedies have one before. It Happened One Night swept the Oscars. That movie has more intelligent and sharp dialog then all of the summer block busters in the last 20 years have combined. IN 1978, the nominees were The Deer Hunter, Heaven Can Wait, Midnight Express, and An Unmarried Woman.

            When is the last time Heaven Can Wait or An Unmarried Woman were even on cable? Those two are totally forgettable movies. And everyone talks about The Deer Hunter but who actually watches it? Same goes for Midnight Express. If you redid the awards today, Animal House would certainly be nominated and might win.

            1. You have the kernel of a good idea there. An Award that examines movies twenty years on, after they’ve had time to sink out of sight or grow in popularity.

              1. Independence Day would be named best picture of all time. I think the basic cable channels have an agreement that one of them must show the movie at least once a week.

                1. Not Shawshank?

                  1. That’a actually a good film.

                2. I am with Nobody, Shawshank if definitely the number one cable movie of all time followed by Forrest Gump and the three LOR movies.

                  1. Then there’s a whole genre of holiday movies that own certain weeks of the year. It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, The Ten Commandments,Groundhog day and MILF 4: President’s Day.

            2. Deer Hunter so damn long which is why no one watches it. Great movie though.

              1. Nobody does a good Russian Roulette scene anymore.

              2. I used to be really into The Deer Hunter. I watched it a couple times in early December, and maybe I changed, but the cinematic magic is gone. Frankly, I found the movie to be overly sentimental, and melodramatic. Obviously the cast is amazing, but Michael Cimino, and his directorial decisions, are the weak link in the chain. Just my $0.02.

            3. Surely the Carey Grant/Katherine Hepburn comedies must have won one, right?

              1. You’d be wrong. Bringing Up Baby lost to another comedy, You Can’t Take It With You in 1938. (Interestingly, a lot of the TCM message board posters think You Can’t Take It With You is much too lightweight to be the best picture of 1938.)

                The Philadelphia Story lost in 1940 to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca. (James Stewart, however, picked up the Best Actor Oscar for his part.)

                The other two, Holiday and especially Sylvia Scarlett, aren’t nearly as good.

          2. I liked Amadeus, though I feel sorry for Salieri, as the record strongly indicates that he was nothing but friendly with Mozart and wasn’t entirely the hack he was portrayed in the play/film.

            1. Hollywood has screwed a lot of historical figures that way. Captain Bly was no more brutal than any other Captain of his day and a hero navigator for getting the loyal members of his crew to safety in a life boat. And Fletcher Christian was a total ass who led a group of mutineers who wound up mostly murdering each other on Pitcarain’s Island.

            2. I actually had one of his CD’s. His music wasn’t terrible, but there’s a good reason why Mozart is still well known today and Salieri isn’t.

              1. No doubt, but the fact remains that the story is absolutely ahistorical.

                1. Certainly. It’s much more interesting that way than “two composers were colleagues until one died.”

                  1. But now people are pissing on Salieri’s grave. And maybe Mozart’s, though they don’t know they’re doing it.

              2. there’s a good reason why Mozart is still well known today and Salieri isn’t.

                Ironically (or whatever), Salieri would be much less well known than he is without the derogatory portrayal in Amadeus.

          3. I met the actor who played Amadeus not long ago. He is really, really fat and has a huge beard now. You can’t recognize him except in the eyes.

            1. The temptation to utter the “fat, drunk, and stupid” line from one of his other films must’ve been overwhelming. Not that he’s the other two things, and I thought he did a good job in that movie.

              1. Actually, Hulce (as I was), was drunk at the time. Didn’t appear to be stupid though. He was producing a play that I had invested in and it was the opening night afterparty.

            2. Oddly enough, ALSO in animal house.

            3. After F Murray Abraham won the Best Actor Oscar, it went completely to his head. He was determined to be as big a dick as possible. In the commentary from In the Name of the Rose, the director had nothing good to say about Abraham.

              1. Sorry. Tom Hulce, IIRC, played Mozart. Abraham played Salieri.

        5. My favorite examples are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (totally a classic romance), and Black Swan from last year.

          Black Swan really ought to have won. the King’s Speech? What the fuck is it about British royalty? Any time someone has a British monarch giving another St. Crispin’s Day speech it’s an automatic Oscar nod.

          1. No, “The Social Network” should have won.

          2. Hazel. I assume you are a chick. Only chicks like Black Swan. A neurotic character who feels unbearable pressure to succeed and has no concept of reality. Kind of an everywoman, yes? Discuss

            1. I liked it for the artistic use of special effects.

              But also, the film brings together a lot of elements. It’s both a film about a ballet troupe making ‘Swan Lake’, and it IS Swan Lake. A modernized allegorical version of Swan Lake. Plus its a great rendition of Aronovsky’s favorite theme: people slowly driving themselves insane. It’s Aronovsky’s masterpiece.

      3. Also in that category? Real Steel.

        Surprisingly good flick.

        1. Real Steel was hilariously bad. On every level.

      4. Also in that category? Real Steel.

        Surprisingly good flick.

        1. It’s a movie that’s about robot boxing. That’s really all the needs to be said.

  8. I saw The Help. It was okay, though Disneyfied a bit.

  9. They picked the worst original song from “The Muppets”. Did these idiots even see it?

    1. Hey. They nominated Blame Canada! from South Park:BL&U. Of course, that was probably because it was the only song from that movie that could be sung on broadcast television.

      1. My choice, of course, would have been (Shut Your Fucking Face) Uncle Fucka.

        1. Ditto.

          It was clearly the best song in the movie. I caught myself singing it at work one day, had to watch myself.

    2. Yeah, “Life’s a Happy Song” is the one that should have gotten the Oscar nomination.

    3. But it had Emmy Winner Jim Parsons!

      True story: In the theatre I saw it in, the mere sight of Jim Parsons (before he said any lines) caused laughter. Given that the guy has started to do Broadway when shooting is closed and it sounds like he is trying to do drastic parts, I would really hate my fans if I were him.

  10. In other news, Nick Cage was in 2 of the Worst Pictures Razzie noms.

    1. He’s not a pretentious ass.

      1. yeah, but those movies were really, really awful. I mean epically awful.

        1. Adaptation doesn’t get much love, but it’s one of my faves.

          1. I like that one too.

            1. Googling Adaptation just now led me to this fact: Charlie Kaufman served as a “script revisor” on Kung Fu Panda 2.
              I mean, what the fuck?

              1. The Wicker Man has a certain appeal if you are really drunk and/or a misogynist.

                1. The Wicker Man Any Nick Cage Movie has a certain appeal if you are really drunk and/or a misogynist.

                  1. Touche’, Spence.

                  2. Leaving Las Vegas does nothing for me when I’m drunk. Except for a vague envy when he fills up the cart in the liquor store.

                    1. I think Leaving Las Vegas may well be one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.

                2. You just didn’t see the right Wicker Man.

                3. You mean they remade the 1973 classic?

                  1. Yep. Remade and Americanized.

                    Washington is roughly the same as Scotland anyway.

  11. I enjoyed both Moneyball and The Descendants.
    That is all.

    1. I actually liked Moneyball quite a bit too (and said so in my review). But seeing it there next to things like Extremely Loud… sort of diminishes it, and makes me hate the whole Oscar Industrial Complex even more.

      1. I havent seen Moneyball, but Im assuming its a pour adaptation of the book.

        1. Semi-irregular H&R commenter Voros got a chapter in the book, Im betting he didnt get 15 minutes in the movie.

  12. The Descendants was really good. Clooney has to be forgiven for being a pretty boy because he’s in fact a good actor. And the young woman who played the teenage daughter knocked it out of the park.

    1. Yeah. I could definitely live with Clooney picking up an Oscar for that role. As long as doesn’t embarrass himself in his acceptance speech again.

      1. And I also agree about the teen girl (whose name I don’t remember, of course). I’m kind of surprised she didn’t pick up a supporting actress nom.

  13. Note the disappearance of war movies during Obama’s term.

    1. Restrepo came out in 2010 and was nominated for best documentary at last year’s awards. HBO did a documentary called Battle for Marjah last year.

      1. Documentaries don’t count.

    2. Don’t worry, Hollywood is making a movie about how Obama courageously swooped in and killed Osama bin Laden with his bare hands, or something of the sort. It’s due out shortly before the election.

  14. Damn, no love for Real Steel. Hollywood blows.

  15. Ryan Gosling should be up for Best Actor. I loved the way he played the role in Drive. Glad to see Rooney Mara get some recognition for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

  16. I just realized that I don’t think I saw a single new movie in 2011. I definitely didn’t go to the theater. How odd.

    1. I really enjoyed Martha Marcy May Marlene. I think that was the only new movie this year that left an impression.

      I finally watched all of Breaking Bad in November. Nothing else I saw matched that.

  17. This years selection is terrible. It reminds me of the year crash won. That movie was awful. Last year I enjoyed almost all the ones nominated.

    1. Capote lost out to Crash. And that was a really good movie.

    2. The problem with the Oscars is it’s based on assumption that there is exactly one best movie every year.

      Some years, there’s no movies that are really great and they have to give it to one that doesn’t really deserve it. Some years there are a whole bunch of great films and films that do deserve it get denied.

      1. True. It is also based on the assumption that are perception of greatness isn’t somewhat based on fashion. It is just really hard to tell what is great when it first comes out. Only after a few years when fashion and tastes change can you say the ones that still look good are great.

        1. It’s based on money, you fools.

          1. That is why Micheal Bay has cleaned up so many years

            1. Awards shows have one focus and one goal: to sell more tickets. Did you see the Golden Globes? One trailer after another. The Academy Awards are a long, narcissistic exercise in marketing, with glitz thrown in for the rubes.

        2. I actually made the argument (on here, I believe) that the Oscars should be given on a 25 year delay.

          Or that a new organization should do it. Let see, 2012 means we should be awarding for movies from 1987 this year:

          Full Metal Jacket
          The Princess Bride
          The Untouchables
          Dirty Dancing
          Predator
          Empire of the Sun
          Lethal Weapon
          RoboCop
          Wall Street
          The Lost Boys
          (top 10 most popular on imdb)

          Best Picture Nominees were:
          The Last Emperor
          Broadcast News
          Fatal Attraction
          Hope and Glory
          Moonstruck

          Others receving major nominations:
          Dark Eyes
          Ironweed
          Good Morning, Vietnam
          Anna
          Street Smart
          Cry Freedom
          Gaby – A True Story
          Throw Momma From the Train
          The Whales of August
          My Life as a Dog

          That should more than cover it

          1. Does anyone consider Fatal Attraction one of the five best movies from that year any more?

            Also, screw Olympia Dukakis, the best supporting actress for 1987 going to Robin Wright.

            1. I thought Fatal Attraction was pretty good. It’s definately something people still refer to when talking about crazy a** b*tches. FMJ was way better though.

          2. But that’s measuring a different thing from simply the best picture. I don’t see how “aging well” should trump all else in the consideration.

            Cry Freedom is a good example. Much less impact today since apartheid is gone…but does that mean it wasn’t a good movie?

            And if you tell me Princess Bride is better than The Last Emperor…

  18. I don’t know why they picked that song from The Muppets, when “Life’s a Happy Song” (from the same movie) was way better.

  19. What? No Puss ‘n Boots? That’s bad leche.

    Apart from that one, I only remember seing Captain America in the big screen, and Tintin. For me, a movie-going experience means sending the kids to bed early and watching the most recent arrival from Netflix.

    The only one I was able to see this year in the big screen was Red Tails, which was something like Flying Tigers, except with black actors and just as corny.

    1. The only one I was able to see this year in the big screen was Red Tails, which was something like Flying Tigers, except with black actors and just as corny.

      Hollywood has been making movies like this sinee at least Wings.

  20. Armageddon is the tenth Best Picture nominee. It will be a contender for Best Picture every year until the end of time, as far as I’m concerned.

    1. My perpetual nominee is Independence Day.

      “Welcome to Earf!”

      1. Mine is Shawshank. I can’t really explain why that movie is so compulsively watchable. But it is. Every time I think about it objectively, I am like “it is not that good”. Yet, I will watch it nearly every time I flip past it.

        1. The laundry scene really speaks to something in my soul.

        2. My favorite scene oscillates between the rapist getting beaten into paraplegia and the douchetastic warden blowing his brains out depending on how many days I have till my taxes are due coupled with my sobriety level.

          1. That sounds like Thelma and Louise, right? Oh wait, no one actually remembers that movie.

        3. Agreed on Shawshank.

          1. Except I think it is that good.

          2. It’s the only film that ever made me want to swim in a river of shit.

        4. Love Shawshank. Cool Hand Luke was another great prison movie.

      2. I could overlook Affleck in Armageddon but not Smith in ID4. And the latter film becomes tiresome after the 50th viewing, whereas I can watch Armageddon in perpetuity. (The Rifftraxing of Independence Day refreshes its watchability, however.)

  21. Movies are so old fashioned. I get my kicks in chat rooms.

  22. Will Lloyd Kaufman get his much deserved Lifetime Achievement Award this year?

  23. The Oscars have been dead to me ever since Goodfellas didn’t win for best picture. Really? Good fuckin’ fellas?

    It was up against Dances With Wolves, Awakenings, Ghost, and Godfather Part III. Guess which turd ended up winning?

    1. Godfather III was nominated for Best Picture? I’m aghast.

    2. Raging Bull lost to Ordinary People. The academy hates Scorcesi. They finally gave him a sympathy Oscar for Gangs of New York, which was one of his worst movies.

      1. I think Raging Bull is overrated.

        1. I agree. On the other hand, that’s probably true of Ordinary People, too.

      2. Agree on Gangs. A mess of a movie. But, Scorsese actually won for The Departed.

  24. From that list I like only Spielberg`s movie

  25. I still love The Matrix. Yeah I know, Keanu Reeves, whatever, that movie rocks. He wakes up in that tank and I’m like What the F***! The next 1 1/2 were good too. They gotta do another one.

    1. I like Matrix too. That exact scene, awaking up from reality, who hasn’t fantasized about that?

  26. “Man or Muppet”? Best Song? Really?

    I saw the latest Muppet movie in a cut-rate theatre (“every seat $3!”) in Santa Rosa CA over the holidays. It was worth every penny I paid. But no more. The main attraction was hanging out with my family on a day when none of us had to worry about work or other responsibilities. THAT was priceless.

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