The Oscars, Analysed, Part Four

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The Nominees:   Benh Zeitlin  ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’;  Tony Kushner  ‘Lincoln’;  David Magee  ‘Life Of Pi’; David O. Russell ‘Silver Linings Playbook’  and  Chris Terrio  ‘Argo’.

A great list of nominees, but one piece of work stands out there. I wouldn’t have minded ‘Skyfall’ or ‘The Sessions’ to get a nomination here, but the five up there are already strong enough. So, quite simply, the Oscars are spot on with this.

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Who should win:  Tony Kushner  ‘Lincoln’. Playwright Tony Kushner collaborated with Spielberg before, for ‘Munich’, and they had a job on their hands with adapting Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book ‘Team Of Rivals’. Kushner nails it, producing a story that is full of talking, talking, negotiating, bargaining, talking, more talking, and it’s all riveting. Superb script.

Who will win: I doubt the Oscars will be stupid here, so Tony Kushner ‘Lincoln’. The category is filled with good material but as  I said this stands out. It’s one of the best movies ever written about politics. Kushner will be deserving of his Oscar.

Yazen Al Samen

The Oscars, Analysed, Part Three

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My deconstruction of this year’s academy awards continues with the Best Supporting Actor category.

The Nominees: Robert De Niro  ‘Silver Linings Playbook’;  Philip Seymour Hoffman  ‘The Master’; Alan Arkin  ‘Argo’; Christoph Waltz  ‘Django Unchained’ and  Tommy Lee Jones ‘Lincoln’.

This year’s nominees for this category are all previous Oscar winners, and are all worthy winners of this year’s award. Naturally,  there are snubs, Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio for “Django Unchained”,  also favourites of mine were Jason Clarke for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, James Spader for ‘Lincoln’ or even Dwight Henry for ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ and Javier Bardem for ‘Skyfall’. In short, to say this is heavily contested is an understatement.

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Who should win: Philip Seymour Hoffman  ‘The Master’. Astounding performance from Hoffman, who can argue he had a lead role, playing the writer/psychiatrist/nuclear physicist/cult leader who is facing his toughest challenge yet. I think it is one of the best performances of the year, in any category, and he must win in my book. All the nominees are sold though.

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Who will win: Tommy Lee Jones ‘Lincoln’. I’m going out on a limb here, most pre-Oscar awards have been favouring Waltz for the win, and he really does seem a shoe in. But, I think the Oscar will go to Lee Jones. Lincoln will probably be favoured more by the academy and Lee Jones’ role as an abolitionist with a secret motive will probably fascinate the voters, as it fascinated me

Yazen Al Samen