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  • 2023 Oscar Noms

    Time for the annual mewling about the unwatchable movies that Hollywood bedecks with honors. As usual, I boycotted most of them in the theater, but may watch some streaming.
    Top Gun was clearly the most watchable and may actually have a chance to win. Avatar was a waste of visual effects. Elvis was the Welcome Surprise of the Year.

    BEST PICTURE
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Avatar: The Way of Water
    The Banshees of Inisherin
    Elvis
    Everything Everywhere All at Once
    The Fabelmans
    Tár
    Top Gun: Maverick
    Triangle of Sadness
    Women Talking
    DIRECTOR
    Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
    Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans
    Todd Field, Tár
    Ruben Ostlund, Triangle of Sadness
    ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
    Austin Butler, Elvis
    Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Brendan Fraser, The Whale
    Paul Mescal, Aftersun
    Bill Nighy, Living
    ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
    Cate Blanchett, Tár
    Ana de Armas, Blonde
    Andrea Riseborough, To Leslie
    Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans
    Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once
    ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
    Hong Chau, The Whale
    Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once
    Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once
    ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway
    Judd Hirsch, The Fabelmans
    Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin
    Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
    INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
    All Quiet on the Western Front, Germany
    Argentina, 1985, Argentina
    Close, Belgium
    EO, Poland
    The Quiet Girl, Ireland
    CINEMATOGRAPHY
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
    Elvis
    Empire of Light
    Tár
    VISUAL EFFECTS
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Avatar: The Way of Water
    The Batman
    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
    Top Gun: Maverick


  • #2
    I'm apparently getting old: I haven't seen any of those.
    You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!

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    • #3
      How "Top Gun: Maverick" is a nominee for Best Picture is beyond me. Mrs. DrJay concurs. (She didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express, but last night she did come across her Greer Garson autograph while going through a bin of mementos.) Two hours and ten minutes of our life we'll never get back.

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      • #4
        I enjoyed Top Gun: Maverick.

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        • #5
          But Best Picture? And don't get me wrong, I enjoy a mindless action/adventure film. If I'm stretching or working out and one of the Die Hard series is on, I'll watch it, for the umpteenth time. Or keeping with the Tom Cruise theme, The Edge of Tomorrow.
          Last edited by DrJay; 01-24-2023, 05:19 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DrJay View Post
            How "Top Gun: Maverick" is a nominee for Best Picture is beyond me. Mrs. DrJay concurs.
            We certainly married the right women. I thought Top Gun 2 was sensationally good, and my wife scolded me for not praising it more!!

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            • #7
              Have seen 3. Avatar and Tar, and All quiet on the western front. Avatar deserves visual kudos but as a story, no. Tar is a critics darling, an Blanchett desreves her nomination, and AQWF was cookie cutter. Too hard to see most of these today. I’ll stream some of the more touted ones.

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              • #8
                Fade to Black. I have not seen any of the suggested films. I do not even recognize the names of most of the suggested honorees.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DrJay View Post
                  But Best Picture? And don't get me wrong, I enjoy a mindless action/adventure film. If I'm stretching or working out and one of the Die Hard series is on, I'll watch it, for the umpteenth time. Or keeping with the Tom Cruise theme, The Edge of Tomorrow.
                  For me, based on the other nominees, it probably was the best film I either saw or could have seen as the others I'm not fans of including some I didn't see. For instance Elvis. I just wouldn't have liked the film as both my wife and I are not Elvis fans. So, in keeping with marrying the right woman, we are a match in that regard.

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                  • #10
                    We watched Banshees last week. I thought it was well-written and directed and acted, but so bleak and hopeless. I think I liked In Bruges (with Farrell and Gleeson) better, though it was even darker.

                    Also watched Pinocchio. A great technical achievement but dragged on, could have been 90 or 100 minutes and done just fine.
                    Last edited by DrJay; 01-24-2023, 06:48 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by NotDutra5 View Post
                      I just wouldn't have liked the film as both my wife and I are not Elvis fans.
                      I have never been a big fan of Elvis, or Elton John, or Freddie Mercury (tho I liked some of their songs), but I went to their biopics, really enjoyed them, and actually became a fan of each of their oeuvres.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
                        Fade to Black. I have not seen any of the suggested films. I do not even recognize the names of most of the suggested honorees.
                        You're still watching the Silent Pictures? Right?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Atticus View Post
                          I have never been a big fan of Elvis, or Elton John, or Freddie Mercury (tho I liked some of their songs), but I went to their biopics, really enjoyed them, and actually became a fan of each of their oeuvres.
                          In general I don't like re-enactments of singers in bios and don't think I could possibly enjoy a bio of a singer who's songs and/or singing style I didn't enjoy. I like Elton and Queen and there are plenty of videos of concerts they've performed in which is really all I care about.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jeremyp View Post
                            You're still watching the Silent Pictures? Right?
                            Nah, I have been watching talkies since 1937. Just none lately.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by NotDutra5 View Post

                              In general I don't like re-enactments of singers in bios and don't think I could possibly enjoy a bio of a singer who's songs and/or singing style I didn't enjoy. I like Elton and Queen and there are plenty of videos of concerts they've performed in which is really all I care about.
                              I agree. I tried to watch George and Tammy, two of my favorites, but could not get the real people out of my mind. Gave up.

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