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Given the controversy over the Academy's weird nominations for Best Director Oscar, I thought it would be fun to create a thread for posters to tell us their Picks for the Big Six Oscars. Here are mine:

Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty. I also loved Les Miserables, Lincoln, Django Unchained, and Argo, so this was a close call. Nevertheless, I think that Zero Dark Thirty was the best of the bunch

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln. This was an easy one for me. Day-Lewis gave as compelling and rewarding performance as Abraham Lincoln as I have seen on film.

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty. Chastain's performance alternately moved me and made my blood run cold. Great work!

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained. Waltz alternated between warm and funny, and a cooly efficient killing machine in a convincing and highly entertaining way.

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables. Hathaway's Fantine broke my heart but made it soar, too.

Beat Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty. Another close call because Ben Affleck for Argo and Tom Hooper for Les Mis were nearly equally deserving. Oh, wait, all three were passed over for a Best Director nomination! More seriously, I am going to boycott voting in the Best Director category because I don't see how my vote could have any more credibility than most of the Academy's nominations in the Best Director category, which is say, no credibility at all.
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Having only seen Django, I can't really speculate.

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Having only seen Django, I can't really speculate.

Good 2012 films are thick on the ground. In addition to Django, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Les Mis, and Lincoln, I got around to seeing Silver Linings Playbook today. Wow! It's another terrific film. As usual Jennifer Lawrence was wonderful, this time as an edgy young widow, and Bradley Cooper turned in what I believe is the performance of his career as a guy with bipolar disorder who was just released from treatment is separated from his wife, and living at home with his loving mother and dysfunctional father. 8 Stars out of 10. Nevertheless, I thought giving a Best Director nom to David O. Russell over Tarantino, Hooper, Affleck, and Bigelow was a joke. But I can't contemplate this issue further, for this way lies madness.
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I will eventually watch all of the nominees when they hit BD...until then, if I was to put in my 2 cents, I would just be talking outta my a$$.wink.gif

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Best Animated Wreck It Ralph.

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Best Animated Wreck It Ralph.

I haven't seen any of the Oscar nominated animated films so I did a little research, which convinced me that Wreck-it Ralph may indeed be the best animated film in the Oscar race. IMDb voters loved it (8.1 out of 10) and the reviews collected at Rotten Tomatoes were overwhelmingly favorable (84 percent). When I checked on the other nominated films, none was in the same class. I may have to see Wreck-it Ralph but continue to have no interest in seeing any of the others.
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I haven't seen any of the Oscar nominated animated films so I did a little research, which convinced me that Wreck-it Ralph may indeed be the best animated film in the Oscar race. IMDb voters loved it (8.1 out of 10) and the reviews collected at Rotten Tomatoes were overwhelmingly favorable (84 percent). When I checked on the other nominated films, none was in the same class. I may have to see Wreck-it Ralph but continue to have no interest in seeing any of the others.
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I haven't seen any of the Oscar nominated animated films so I did a little research, which convinced me that Wreck-it Ralph may indeed be the best animated film in the Oscar race. IMDb voters loved it (8.1 out of 10) and the reviews collected at Rotten Tomatoes were overwhelmingly favorable (84 percent). When I checked on the other nominated films, none was in the same class. I may have to see Wreck-it Ralph but continue to have no interest in seeing any of the others.

WATCH IT! At a second run theater! The BD comes out March 5th I believe

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For those familiar with Scotland, Brave was great.
However, for those who are not YMMV.wink.gif

But in your opinion was it better than Wreck it Ralph? I felt like Brave's story was just too predictable. Yes it wasn't what the trailer showed but still was predictable once you figured out what was going on. The PQ/AQ was awesome though.

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But in your opinion was it better than Wreck it Ralph? I felt like Brave's story was just too predictable. Yes it wasn't what the trailer showed but still was predictable once you figured out what was going on. The PQ/AQ was awesome though.
I haven't seen Ralph yet, so I can't really compare the 2.

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I haven't seen Ralph yet, so I can't really compare the 2.

We saw both theatrically. Brave is subpar for a Pixar and Ralph is a bit better than your typical kiddies flic. I would vote for Ralph. Actually, I would rather watch Cars 2 than Brave again. Brave still sits, un-opened, on my daughters movie shelf as she has not had any interest since she got it on Christmas.

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Ralph is a bit better than your typical kiddies flic. I would vote for Ralph.
Is Ralph a pure kiddie flick or, like Pixar's stuff, can adults enjoy too?

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Is Ralph a pure kiddie flick or, like Pixar's stuff, can adults enjoy too?

That's hard to say - maybe? biggrin.gif
This isn't as witty as Rango, as funny and heroically exciting as Incredibles or thrilling as HTTYD. There is some fun action and a little bit of story and heart to it - and it should look great on Bluray.

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Is Ralph a pure kiddie flick or, like Pixar's stuff, can adults enjoy too?

I know all my Marines enjoyed it biggrin.gif

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That's hard to say - maybe? biggrin.gif
This isn't as witty as Rango, as funny and heroically exciting as Incredibles or thrilling as HTTYD. There is some fun action and a little bit of story and heart to it - and it should look great on Bluray.
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Hmmmm, that isn't very inspiring....confused.gif

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Just watch it lol

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Just watch it lol
In my queue.wink.gif

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Today I discovered that Life of Pi was showing at the second closest cineplex to me, so decided to see it. As one would expect with any Ang Lee film, it was visually stunning and the story, finally, was both thoughtful and moving. Unfortunately, I thought the film took far too long to get to the point, Nevertheless, it had enough good stuff in it to convince me to give it 7 Stars out of 10. That said, I don't think it deserved an Oscar nod for Best Film and certainly not a nom for Best Director.

CAVEAT: I had to see Life of Pi in 3D. I hate 3D and, to one degree or another, it always takes me out of a picture I have to see that way. I have a headache and the bridge of my nose is sore from having to support two pairs of glasses so my analysis of the film may not have been entirely fair but there it is.
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Today I discovered that Life of Pi was showing at the second closest cineplex to me, so decided to see it. As one would expect with any Ang Lee film, it was visually stunning and the story, finally, was both thoughtful and moving. Unfortunately, I thought the film took far too long to get to the point, Nevertheless, it had enough good stuff in it to convince me to give it 7 Stars out of 10. That said, I don't think it deserved an Oscar nod for Best Film and certainly not a nom for Best Director.

CAVEAT: I had to see Life of Pi in 3D. I hate 3D and, to one degree or another, it always takes me out of a picture I have to see that way. I have a headache and the bridge of my nose is sore from having to support two pairs of glasses so my analysis of the film may not have been entirely fair but there it is.

I agree, visually stunning but wasn't a contender in my book for Best Film/Best Director. The ATMOS mix was great though! and I liked the 3D at time. Good depth but not too much at times.

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In my queue.wink.gif

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What do you guys think should get best VFX and Sound mix?

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I agree, visually stunning but wasn't a contender in my book for Best Film/Best Director. The ATMOS mix was great though! and I liked the 3D at time. Good depth but not too much at times.

We agree that technically Life of Pi could hardly have been better. The problem with the film, and from what my daughter tells me the book too, is that they don't get to The Big Finish until too late.

I have no idea how Ang Lee was able to stage the scenes between the kid and the tiger on the boat but it was an impressive achievement. The film was nominated for Best Cinematography and I have a hard time arguing with that one. I feel really sorry for all the films and directors who will get shutout for 2012 because of how many extraordinary films there were. It's happened before I suppose but not very often.
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Is Ralph a pure kiddie flick or, like Pixar's stuff, can adults enjoy too?

It's filled with references to early '80s videogames that will fly right over the heads of young kids.

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What do you guys think should get best VFX and Sound mix?

I was a bit puzzled by the movies for sound editing and mixing as they were not your typical blockbuster/action fare - but have not seen any of these so no comment.

I have seen all but Life of Pi for Visual Effects. Prometheus really stands out to me of those. Probably deserved a best picture and or writing nod as well...

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I have seen all but Life of Pi for Visual Effects. Prometheus really stands out to me of those. Probably deserved a best picture and or writing nod as well...

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Brave was fantastic, I really enjoyed it.

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Is Ralph a pure kiddie flick or, like Pixar's stuff, can adults enjoy too?

Ralph is enjoyed by both kids and adults. Enjoyed it very much

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Prometheus really stands out to me of those. Probably deserved a best picture and or writing nod as well...

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No. Dear god, no.

I didn't like Prometheus much, either. My daughter loved it though and got the BD, which I watched a couple of weeks ago. I liked it marginally better when i saw it on BD than I had when I saw it in the theater but still wasn't greatly impressed. As I was feeling particularly generous, I gave Prometheus 7 Stars out 0f 10.

Despite my reservations about Life of Pi's storytelling, I thought its visual effects and cinematography were stunning. It would not bother me if the film won both Oscars. An Oscar for either Best Picture or Best Director, though? Perish the thought!
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Regarding Prometheus: Michael Fassbender deserved a nomination imo, and maybe visual effects too.
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