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Old 02-22-2013, 03:50 PM   #4301
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Forrest gump is the sublime of movies, so over played you hate it with a passion. What once you loved about the movie you now loathe.
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Forrest Gump is a teriffic, teriffic movie. One of my all-time favorites. I still love it as much today as I did when I first saw it.
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I haven't watched Forrest Gump in many years.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:51 PM   #4304
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One of the only movies that is better than the book, which is also absolutely absurdly cheesey and unbearably pretentious.

In the book he walks on the moon. I **** you not.
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Yikes.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:19 PM   #4306
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Independent Spirit Award Winners

Best Picture: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Director: David O. Russell
Best Actor: John Hawkes
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Best Supporting Actress: Helen Hunt

Best Foreign Film: Armour
Best Documentary: The Invisible War
Best First Feature: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Best Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Cinematograpy: Beasts of the Southern Wild
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That's surprising. The best film probably won but Beasts of the Southern Wild seems a bit more... independently spirited.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:54 PM   #4308
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Yeah, some people have pointed that out. "Silver Linings" is a low-budget Hollywood movie. But if true Indie films were the ones only honored, it would not air on television. Nor would you get a big star like Jennifer Lawrence to show up. That's why award shows cannot be taken too seriously sometimes.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:56 PM   #4309
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Ugh, Forrest Gump. I've hated that movie for so many years.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:05 PM   #4310
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Forrest Gump is clearly a movie targerted at Baby Boomers. It works for what it is.
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I love Forrest Gump, and I have no shame in saying that.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:13 AM   #4312
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Thought I'd elaborate on my choices


Best Picture
Argo (Warner Bros.), Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers

This seemed like such an interesting race at one point, then Argo had to go and ruin it.

Directing
Steven Spielberg - Lincoln

The Directing branch actually thought independently this year, which is awesome, but it makes things hard to predict. This is going to be a bloodbath. On one hand Ang Lee is sort of the star of his movie and voters may have no other place to vote if they want to give Life of Pi one of the major awards. Then again, Lee just won not to long ago and Spielberg is a titan of Hollywood. You could pretty much flip a coin to pick the winner. I could even see David O. Russell sneaking up from behind and taking it if the voters are in the mood to give it to someone new.

Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln

No contest

Actress in a Leading Role
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook

This could end up going to Riva or even Chastain, but if you look back you find that more often than not this award trends towards the young and the attractive and Lawrence has had a great year.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook

Another tough call. Waltz has won some key precursors and so has Tommy Lee Jones, but De Niro seems like the most overdue nominee and I've heard that he was surging late in the voting process.

Actress in a Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables

Pretty obvious. Sally Field could pull of a wild upset (they really like her), and if she does you can expect Lincoln to do a lot better than most are expecting, but that's probably not going to happen.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Argo, Written by Chris Terrio

Kushner seemed like the front-runner for a while because of how dense the structure is and how much research went into the project. However it's a little too easy to over-think these screenplay awards sometimes, usually they just give it to whatever movie they like the most.

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Django Unchained, Written by Quentin Tarantino

This is probably the hardest one to call of the night. Django, ZDT, and Amour have almost equal chances of winning and equal drawbacks. Amour is a highly respected film which many Academy members are going to want to honor, but many will probably see "Best Foreign Film" as enough of an award and the film is neither structurally adventurous or dialogue based, which are the two things that tend to make screenplays stand out. Zero Dark Thirty won the WGA award, but Amour and Django weren't eligible for that, so we don't really know what that means and if the torture controversy has hurt the film you'd think it would hurt it the most in this category. Then there's Django, which is a film that probably turns off a lot of the Blue-hairs in the academy, but which is the most writerly of the nominees in terms of structure and dialogue. Additionally there are bound to be people in the Academy who respect Tarentino and want to give him his second award in nearly twenty years. It could go any way, I ended up just picking with my heart.

Foreign Language Film
Amour (Sony Pictures Classics), Austria

This isn't quite as obvious as some people think (this can be a really screwy branch), but there isn't much of a good argument for any of the other nominees.

Animated Feature Film
Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Pictures), Rich Moore

Some people think Brave is the classier choice, but that's what they said about Cars in 2006 and look how that worked out.

Art Direction
Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

I'm predicting something of a technical sweep for Life of Pi, and it could win here even though it's mostly set on a single life boat, but somehow I feel like it will trend more towards Lincoln.

Cinematography
Claudio Miranda - Life of Pi

Sorry Deakins, but Life of Pi is this year's Hugo

Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran - Anna Karenina

Always vote for the one with the hoop dress in this category

Film Editing
William Goldenberg - Argo

It's got to win something outside of BP and Best screenplay

Documentary (Feature)
Searching for Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics), Nominees to be determined

There have been a lot of controversial omissions when it comes to nominations in this category, but when it comes to picking the winner they usually go with the populist choice.

Makeup
Les Miserables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

I don't think anyone is in the mood to give any kind of award to The Hobbit or Hitchcock, so this one kind of wins by default

Music (Original Score)
Mychael Danna - Life of Pi

Technical sweep

Music (Original Song)
"Skyfall" from Skyfall, Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

People really like to give awards to Adele

Sound Mixing
Les Miserables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

Previous winners in this category include: Dreamgirls, Ray, and Chicago. All the talk of live on set recording also helps.

Sound Editing
Life of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton

Technical sweep

Visual Effects
Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott

Technical sweep

Documentary (Short Subject)
Inocente, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

A little bird told me

Short Film (Animated)
Paperman, John Kahrs

It's supposed to be between Paperman and Adam and the Dog. Under previous rules I would have guessed Adam and the Dog, but now that this is being voted on by the Academy at large I'm going to guess the Disney production.

Short Film (Live Action)
Curfew, Shawn Christensen

A little bird told me
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This seemed like such an interesting race at one point, then Argo had to go and ruin it.
Maybe if the Oscars hadn't rushed their nomination process, we wouldn't have been fooled.
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There's no way the Academy's giving an award to a movie about video games on acid.

I'd also like to take this time to say that it wouldn't be crazy if The Hobbit won special effects, which no one voted for. All 3 LOTR films won.
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There's no way the Academy's giving an award to a movie about video games on acid.
They gave one to a movie about dancing penguins

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All three LOTR films were good.
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There's a first time for everything.

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I'd also like to take this time to say that it wouldn't be crazy if The Hobbit won special effects, which no one voted for. All 3 LOTR films won.
But people liked LOTR. Almost no one liked The Hobbit. The Oscars tend to favor the movies they like. That's why, last year, Hugo won the award even though Rise of the Apes should have been gotten it.
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Also, that tiger looked really real.
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Also, that tiger looked really real.
Yeah, my thinking was it was down to the tiger vs., well, gollum. And they've already awarded Gollum twice.
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They gave one to a movie about dancing penguins
I guess I should have said "There's no way a panel of OLD people are going to give an Oscar to a movie filled with video game references."
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I guess I should have said "There's no way a panel of OLD people are going to give an Oscar to a movie filled with video game references."
So you're saying Frankenweenie is gonna win?
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Brace yourself. Sources are saying that Seth MacFarlane's music-filled opening is 15 minutes long. It's gonna push the telecast into midnight. After a few dress rehearsals and last minute changes, it's being estimated that the telecast may be about 4 hours long.
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http://lifeinc.today.com/_news/2013/...est-in-5-years

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A gold statue is nice, but Hollywood A-listers nominated for Oscars will get a consolation prize even if they don’t win: a $47,802 goodie bag. That’s about the same as the MSRP for an entry-level Mercedes Benz M class (and it’s within shouting distance of America’s 2011 median household income of $50,054). Still, it’s the least-expensive this gift bag has been in five years; in 2010, Oscar swag topped $90,000.
This is why people hate America.
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That's unreal.
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Please, this is smart business from all the companies involved in the goodie bag.
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We still have a few hours till 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT. So, here are three Oscar videos to enjoy:


1991: MADONNA PERFORMING "SOONER OR LATER" FROM DICK TRACY, WHICH WON THE OSCAR FOR BEST SONG!

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Dick Tracy also won Oscars for Set Design and Make-Up. What's funny is that the previous year, Batman only won a single Oscar which was awarded to Anton Furst for his iconic set designs. So, how did the inferior Dick Tracy get three Oscars in addition to nominations like Al Pacino for Best Supporting Actor? It's simple. Warren Beatty was the George Clooney of his day. George Clooney is, of course, nominated tonight as producer for Argo. Which is something people keep forgetting about because of all the Ben Affleck being snubbed drama. George Clooney's charm and friends in high places are more responsible for Argo's increasing number of trophies than people realize.


1987: CHEVY CHASE HOSTED THE OSCARS... AND HE WAS FUNNY

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These days, people hate Chevy Chase because of his behind-the-scenes antics on the NBC sitcom Community. But once upon a time, he was awesome and one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. So it should come as no surprise that he was asked to host one year and, to put it in comedy terms, he killed. Considering this clip is 25-years-old, some of the jokes are out-dated and our younger members will be scratching their heads, but you old-timers will get a kick out of it.


1999: ROBERTO BENIGNI KNOWS HOW TO WIN AWARDS!

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In 84 years of Academy Awards history this is, BY FAR, the greatest reaction anyone has ever had to winning an Oscar. If you didn't know any better, you'd think he just won The Prize Is Right or something. It's absolutely hilarious and one of the biggest highlights in Oscar history.
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