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Friday, February 22, 2013

Rothman's 2013 Oscar Choices. Part Two..

Best Actor:

Daniel Day Lewis, "Lincoln"

Denzel Washington, "Flight"

Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"

Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"


To me, it's a two horse race.

Daniel Day Lewis was wonderful as Lincoln.
So was Henry Fonda.
It was a great movie.
It's tough not to be great in a great movie.

Denzel Washington was really good in "Flight".
Just about anybody would have also been really good.

Hugh Jackman was absolutely compelling in a movie that was only absolutely
compelling when he was on the screen. Also, he had to sing, which he did awesomely.

Bradley Cooper was pretty good in "Silver Linings Playbook", but he did not blow me away.

Joaquin Phoenix is totally along for the ride. I barely noticed him in this movie.
I barely noticed the movie.

I've got it down to Daniel Day Lewis and Hugh Jackman.

The much higher bar was set for Hugh Jackman, so he gets my vote.

Best Actress:

Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"

Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"

Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"


I didn't see the little kid in "Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Of the other four, there was only one that I even liked.

Naomi Watts got that "Oh, wasn't her character brave and noble" nomination, and couldn't save a really bad movie.

Jessica Chastain apparently got Bin Laden all by herself. I wasn't sold or impressed.

Emmanuelle Riva was simply old and sick. If she's only 28, then you got something.

Jennifer Lawrence was spectacular in "Silver Linings Playbook", and she gets my vote.

Best Picture:

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

"Silver Linings Playbook"

"Zero Dark Thirty"


"Les Miserables"

"Life of Pi"


"Django Unchained"


Again, I saw everything except "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

There are only two that I would be enthusiastic voting for.

"Silver Linings Playbook" is not one of them. The field is too tough.

"Zero Dark Thirty" is less than good.

"Lincoln" is more than good.

I've expressed mu very mixed feelings about "Les Miserables"

I've expressed my very ill feelings about "Amour".

In a weaker field, I could picture myself voting for "Django Unchained"
It was nothing but fun.

"Life of Pi" was magnificent. I would not be sorry to see it win.

"Argo" was tremendous storytelling of a true story I didn't know about.
Great performances, and you leave the theater on an enormous high.

A two horse race. "Life of Pi", and "Argo".
And it's very close.
But I've got to give it to "Argo".

Good luck to all.


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  1. The more I think about Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, the more I appreciate what he did.
    And from your last post, I agree Sally Field should have been in the Lead Actress category.
    When I saw Argo, I thought there was too much time between its release and the awards season for it to garner the accolades it should. I am happy to be wrong about that.

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