MANILA, Philippines – MANILA, Philippines – At the 85th Oscar Awards on February 24 (February 25 Manila time), the Best Picture nominees are:
1. ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’
2. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
5. ‘Life of Pi’
6. ‘Les Miserables’
8. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
9. ‘Django Unchained’
Francis Quina: I think for this category it’s going to be a close battle between 3 movies based on historical events: “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Argo,” and “Lincoln.”
Of the 3, “Argo“ seems most likely to win, since it’s the most crowd-pleasing. It doesn’t hurt that it has already won the Golden Globe for Best Picture Drama last January.
Director Ben Affleck’s snub in the Best Director category might also figure in “Argo’s” chances of winning since Oscar viewers might see a vote for “Argo“ as a corrective.
Carljoe Javier: Argo f#*$ yourself if you don’t think that “Argo” doesn’t deserve Best Picture.
The love it has gotten from the Golden Globes (among the other awards events this awards season) should also serve as an indicator that it’s a strong contender (while also likely influencing Oscar voting). As a celebration of filmmaking and the power of fantasy — as well as being a gripping spy thriller — I think it is a great choice.
It has got to be a Hollywood favorite for the way that it situates the move biz, aside from being just a well-crafted piece of work.
I do think, though, that “Lincoln” is also strong and has a great chance of heading home with the Oscar. I would not be surprised if the Oscars go with it. While it is a safe choice and an expected one, it would also be a justified one because it is an outstanding piece of filmmaking. – Rappler.com
(Rappler live blogs the 85th Oscar Awards on February 25, Monday, 5:30am.)
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(Carljoe Javier doesn’t know why people think he’s a snarky film critic who spends his time dashing the hopes of filmgoers. He thinks he’s not all that bad, really. He teaches at the State U, writes books, and studies film, comics, and video games…Then again, those people could be right.
Francis Quina teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and English in UP Diliman.)
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