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The 15 "Edgiest" Oscar Best Picture Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2014 3:39 PM
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“Ugh, the Academy, so conservative” goes the cliché, as bloggers and pundits the movie world over take a moment to roll their eyes and sigh before diving back in to beaver away on one of a million pieces about this year’s nominations, the pros and cons, the good picks, the bad picks, the odds, the ends (hey, we’ve done a few ourselves with more on the way!) But while that knee-jerk stance is an easy one to adopt (and also comfortable—setting the speaker above the choices in question by virtue of the fact that they’re not challenging enough, not cinephile-y enough, too MOR, too bland), it doesn’t take account of those times when we’ve been surprised by the august body. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which does absolutely skew older-white-male in its demographics (as does the film industry, folks) has, on occasion given us pause—nominating a film which, in content or execution, might seem to be light years away from its wheelhouse: explicit in its treatment of sexuality, or extreme in its violence or just wholly different to our idea of an “Oscar movie.”

DreamWorks Picks Up 'Lincoln' Writer Doris Kearn Goodwin's 'Bully Pulpit' About Roosevelt/Taft Rivalry

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 31, 2013 10:40 AM
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Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner added a dash of backroom intrigue and punchy exchanges to his script for Steven Spielberg's “Lincoln” last year, and while the film brought us a typically excellent performance from Daniel Day Lewis and a sort of genius, odd turn from James Spader as a political operative, it also garnered appropriate rewards—12 Oscar nominations (winning a second for DDL and Production Design) and more than $275 million at the box office. Obviously that's a result that begs for follow-up considerations, and now, DreamWorks are turning to the source that wrote of Lincoln's political tactics once more for another historical drama, this time on the 26th and 27th Presidents of the United States.

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