According to our monthly poll, out of the five “Best Picture” Oscar-winning films this decade (“The King’s Speech,” “The Artist,” “Argo,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Birdman”) “Birdman” has the edge.
Out of 67 voters 48% of Media 10 viewers voted for “Birdman” as the best. 2nd place went to “12 Years a Slave” with 19%, but “The Artist” missed a tie by one vote, earning 3rd place 18% of the votes. “Argo” and “The King’s Speech” tied for 4th place with only 7% each.
In five years time we will be able to have 10 unique films in this poll.
Our next poll is going to ask viewers what they think has the edge to win “Best Television Comedy” at the Primetime Emmy Awards this year. Check it out in the sidebar.
There were many flashy films at this years Sundance Film Festival, but in the end the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Audience Award, went to an independent adaptation called “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.”
“Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” is an adaptation of a 2013 book of the same name by Jesse Andrews. It tells the story of a teenage filmmaker and how he befriends a classmate with cancer. It has been called funny, heart-breaking, poignant, and melancholic by critics. It currently holds a 92 on Metacritic with 7 reviews logged.
Last night Alfonso Cuaron picked up one of the biggest precursor awards for his space epic. It wasn’t a complete surprise when Cuaron’s name was announced; he previously received a Golden Globe for “Gravity” as well. If we have learned anything from this win it is that “12 Years a Slave’s” front-runner status is in danger.
“12 Years a Slave” was the early favorite. People loved “Gravity” when it landed in theaters, but people still said “12 Years a Slave” was the film to beat. When December came around and critic’s awards were being announced you often heard one of the two films being named best picture of 2013 with “Her” and “American Hustle” thrown in intermittently.
12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her all squeeze into the top 20 films of the decade so far. The Social Network continues reign as best film of the decade.
This time last year we compiled the top 20 films of the decade so far, and now we have updated it. Unfortunately of the 20 slots only four 2013 films have factored into the list, but all have made the top 10.
Remember, this list will be updated each year and films may fall shorter or fall off completely each year. Movies (like fine wine) can get better with age. So here is where we stand as of now at the end of 2013. (more…)
Awards: Are NYFCC and NBR winners “Her” and “American Hustle destined for gold?
Full Chart of winners after the jump.
It’s not really a rare occurrence that the New York Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review disagree with each other. They are usually the first precursors of the year, and truthfully they often mean very little for later ceremonies. Still, these decisions can have factors in the race to the Oscars.
Yesterday prognosticators were blindsided by “American Hustle” not only winning the NYFCC’s coveted best picture title, but also winning awards for its screenplay and Jennifer Lawrence’s supporting performance. Many had predicted it’d have some success with awards, but not that it’d breakthrough critical darlings “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.” Early consensus has stated that the film is good, but not that good.
Greatest Films 2010 – 2019
The Social Network
Zero Dark Thirty
Toy Story 3
The King’s Speech
On a cold, dark day on the 23rd day of August, Ben Affleck… excuse me… Oscar winner Ben Affleck was announced to play DC Comic’s modern mythos – Batman. This news was met with surprise and a slew of humorous tweets and reddit posts.
The films’ working title is “Batman vs. Superman,” although that is subject to change. The anticipated release date falls in the heart of the summer in 2015 (specifically July 17,2015). Not much is known about what this film will ultimately be about.
Awards: Argo named Best Picture of 2012
Argo has just been named the best film of 2012 by the Academy, where the film received 3 Oscars, the other two for Editing and Adapted Screenplay. The most Oscars was given to Life of Pi which received four including Best Director for Ang Lee, Visual Effects, Cinematography, and Original Score. Tying with Argo with three also was Les Miserables.
So what does everyone think? Any snubs? Did Argo deserve the title? I have never seen so much flip-flopping by Oscar predictors over the last few months, when Argo became the clear front-runner it was clear what happened. The momentum had been shifting since October from Argo to Silver Linings Playbook to Zero Dark Thirty to Lincoln to Les Miserables the back to Lincoln and then landed on Argo again. The thing about those other four films, and this would include Life of Pi as well is that they were all loved, just not by everyone and those people who didn’t “love” them kind of hated them. (more…)
Awards: Final Oscar Predictions 2013
Oh what a year! So many great films and an Oscar lineup that is a little bizarre at times. This has been one of the best years for movies in a long time. So as much of a hobby it is of mine to predict this kind of stuff, I will say don’t just go out and watch the award-winners. Watch all that was nominated and the films that were snubbed which wouldn’t have been any other year.Anyways, it has come down to this, I have predicted the Oscars for four years now and each year I’m understanding a little more of the Academy mannerisms (though I don’t think any will ever fully unlock that box.)
Top 20: Films of the Decade so Far 2010-2013
Judging by the amount of inevitable criticism I have been receiving since putting some unconventional films on my end of the year lists, I figured I’d make the image above one of my favorites, which is sure to be a cult hit, but not necessarily remembered in time.
The first list I’m going to have is all the films from the past three years (including 2013 so far, even though no film is actually included yet) factoring in the critical scores via MetaCritic and Rotten Tomatoes along with the cultural impact of the film.
I have included my top 20 as well which is vastly different: (more…)