And the 2014 Oscar Nominees Are…

January 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

…nothing I’ve actually seen.

That’s not entirely true.  I did see Gravity because, well, it had to be seen on in IMAX 3D, but everything else there, I’m just going to wait until it’s on DVD or streaming.  Which is not to say that I don’t think any of these film are worth seeing.  It’s just that all that great acting and great directing can be appreciated at home.

I don’t know why or how these trends come about, but it looks like people are paying more attention to the actor’s craft this year, i.e., nearly every nominated film focuses on performance over visual artistry.  The only real spectacle in the best picture nominees, Gravity, also got a best actress nomination for Sandra Bullock. Not an actor’s film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was passed over for the nominations, but it was by far the best film I saw in theaters in 2013.  (That it didn’t find a great marketing plan probably didn’t help either.)

You win Best Film in my daydreams.

My congratulations go to the actors, but I prefer those years when the industry pays attention to the films more than the people that make them.

See Variety for the full list.

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