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Films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, as well as some commentary on the awards themselves.

Shanghai Express

1932 Best Picture Nominee A love story crossed with a bit of political intrigue, Shanghai Express takes place during the middle of a civil war in China. Marlene Dietrich stars as Madeleine, who has become better known as “Shanghai Lily”; … Continue reading

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127 Hours

2010 Best Picture Nominee There’s a problem with yes or no questions. They look simple. They’re meant to be simple. There are, after all, only two answers, diametrically opposed, clearly defined. And yet the truth of the matter is they … Continue reading

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Winter’s Bone

2010 Best Picture Nominee In Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence plays a young woman named Ree living in the Ozarks. Though she is only 17, she essentially lives alone and has sole care of her two younger siblings. Her mother lives … Continue reading

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A Clockwork Orange

1971 Best Picture Nominee One thing you have to give Stanley Kubrick credit for: his films are seldom easy to dismiss from one’s thoughts. I’ve seen four of his films now, and arguably the least memorable of them would be … Continue reading

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014 Best Picture Nominee It’s difficult to know where to start with The Grand Budapest Hotel. I think I’ve set my fingers to the keyboard about a dozen times before this attempt. It’s one of those curious films where I … Continue reading

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Gravity

2013 Best Picture Nominee Gravity was one of the front-runners at the Oscars for 2013’s films, and took home a number of awards, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. It also had a very successful run at the box office, … Continue reading

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Love Affair (1939)

1939 Best Picture Nominee Some titles tell you just about all you need to know about the film’s subject. Nobody is going to mistake Love Affair for a western, or a fantasy film. It wears its heart on its sleeve … Continue reading

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