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Oscar Talk: Where Are We Now?

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by Anne Thompson
October 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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"Captain Phillips"
"Captain Phillips"

In Contention's Kris Tapley and I look at where the Oscar race is now. We check out the strengths and weaknesses of the New York Film Festival entries "Captain Phillips," Spike Jonze's tech-romance "Her," and Ben Stiller's ambitious fantasy "Secret Life of Walter Mitty." We agree that Tom Hanks reminds us of what a real performance is.

Who's the Academy now, as they add diversity to the ranks? "Her" plays younger, as a hip and edgy beautifully made movie. Critics will be high on it and it's accessible, and should do well, especially with technophiles. It may be Joaquin Phoenix's best performance. Kris is less high on its Academy chances.

We address the landscape without such 2013 dropouts such as George Clooney's "The Monuments Men." Does this benefit the other late-entry contenders "American Hustle," "Lone Survivor" and "Saving Mr. Banks?"

We look at the Gothams and the indie entries, from "Blue Jasmine" and "Short Term 12" to "Fruitvale Station." We address the actor races. Best Actor is crammed, Best Actress less so.

5 Comments

  • peterstark | October 28, 2013 5:55 PMReply

    BEST MOVIE THIS SO FAR
    JACKIE ROBINSON..........PEOPLE SHOULD NOT FORGET IT.

    HARRISON FORD...BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR..BAR NON SO FAR
    TOM HANKS...FOR SURE BEST ACTOR....

  • Jamie | October 25, 2013 8:55 PMReply

    This Oscar season has felt like a real dud. With the exception of 12 Years and Prisoners, I can't say I've been particularly impressed with anything. Maybe it is all the hoopla and hype, but most films have felt good not great. I am looking forward to Saving Mr. Banks but the holiday. Let's see if it will make me less of a curmudgeon.

  • Andy83 | October 25, 2013 7:05 PMReply

    Strange how these hijacking movies give me a sense of joy

  • Charles | October 25, 2013 3:41 PMReply

    I do hope that Saving Mr. Banks will push The Butler out of the top ten. It's not nice of me to say it ...but it's the truth.

  • Raimi33 | October 25, 2013 3:34 PMReply

    Have people forgotten The Sapphires? Hopefully it'll get Golden Globes nominations

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