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

Juno

2007 Best Picture Nominee From the very beginning of Jason Reitman’s film Juno, the director lets you know something of the tone of the film. It opens with Ellen Page as the title character walking down the street of her … Continue reading

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The Front Page (1931)

1931 Best Picture Nominee Based off of a 1927 play of the same title, The Front Page is merely the first adaptation of the story of newspaper man Hildebrand “Hildy” Johnson; other versions include a 1974 rendition with Lemmon and … Continue reading

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Up

2009 Best Picture Nominee Just being a Pixar film would be enough to get Up onto my watch list, but the accolades it’s received certainly didn’t hurt. Directed by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, Up was the second animated feature … Continue reading

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Re-Ranking the Oscars: 1994 Best Picture

One of the nice things about awards ceremonies is that they foster discussion based on how people perceive them. Some people couldn’t care less. Some people place great importance on them. Some view it as a guide on what films … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

2011 Best Picture Nominee The Tree of Life is one of the films I especially wanted to watch during this month of Best Picture reviews, because I remembered the schism between my fellow movie bloggers when it came out. I … Continue reading

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The Private Life of Henry VIII

1933 Best Picture Nominee I’m an American, and though my education included a fair amount of European history, I have to admit I know little of the lives of the European royals. What I studied mostly covered those that were … Continue reading

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Witness

1985 Best Picture Nominee There are a lot of issues that can crop up with films, and some of them are sufficiently common to become stock phrases for a movie reviewer. One that I’ve had occasion to use from time … Continue reading

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Four Weddings and a Funeral

1994 Best Picture Nominee It’s fairly common for a romantic comedy to end with a wedding. Mike Newell’s 1994 film starts at one. In fact, just about everything in the film happens at one wedding or another, hence the title. … Continue reading

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Captain Phillips

2013 Best Picture Nominee As has been noted by a few other reviewers, there is a special difficulty in making a thriller based on historical events. One somehow has to manage to keep things exciting even though the audience already … Continue reading

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Oscarama

It’s finally time for me to get this started. I mentioned back on the blog’s second anniversary that I had a theme month in mind for February of this year, and we’re finally here. Well, OK, it’s technically a little … Continue reading

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