by Alex Kaufman and Jacob Passy
We have resurrected the infamous duo, the magnanimous two of “Sassy Cinema” to offer our most interesting and necessary comments to the Oscar shuffle – minus the snubs. Have you got predictions yourself? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting @tuftsdaily with #TDoscars and we’ll compile a list of them later!
Have you got your popcorn in hand? Good. Fill out your ballot at the annual Film Series Oscar Viewing Party? Great! Now hunker down for some photos of the festivities and our predictions as the evening unfolds!
For more predictions on who this year’s winners will be – check out The Tufts Daily’s Weekender coverage here. And check back throughout the evening, as we liveblog the event with your tweets and comments – compiling your take on the night’s biggest moments, greatest upsets and most thrilling surprises!
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Our thoughts (because we had to get in on the predictions too!)
A: I’m going to call Best Picture for “Argo” (2012) just from the onset – I would call director for Ben Affleck had he been nominated, but the Academy made an error as they are expected to do. “Argo” was the most cohesive movies of the season, combining a combative plot, well-written script, cinematography that was on point throughout the film, and a cast and director able to handle it all.
J: I have to agree with your thoughts on “Argo”. I thought the film was incredibly cohesive – if a bit predictable toward the very end with the suspenseful moments they used. Because it’s so cohesive and crowd-pleasing, I’d put my bets on it winning, too. But if we going to talk about “Argo” in other categories, I’m less keen on it winning. It has solid shots at Adapted Screenplay and Editing, but I thought “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) and “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) were more impressive in each of those categories respectively. But it’ll be a close one – “Argo” is quite a juggernaut.
A: Best Actress is also going to be close. Though most of the awards have gone to Jennifer Lawrence, I’m going to call this for Jessica Chastain. Her phenomenal performance in “Zero Dark Thirty” – another movie that, though great, will probably not do well at the Oscars tonight – rang true for many audiences, striking a chord that the War in Iraq has struck. I’m sure that the politics of our government, as well as of the Academy will have something to do with her hypothetical win.
J: You’re not the only one who thinks this race is too close to call – over at ABC News they’re having very similar thoughts on the subject. As much as I love Jessica Chastain’s acting – I don’t think she should or will win. With her recent BAFTA win, Emmanuelle Riva I think has a real shot here, especially with the heart-wrenching performance she gives in “Amour” (2012). But if I were to call a winner, I’d say no one has a better chance at winning than Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook.” She gives a hilarious performance and is young – which can’t hurt. Plus, her candid red-carpet demeanor is sure to land her on many “Best Dressed” lists, and the Academy loves when someone in a gorgeous dress walks up to accept an award. For less spectacular looks, check out this retrospective brought to you by ABC News.
A: But really, directors? Why did 90% of the films this season HAVE to be over two and half hours? Half of “Les Miserables” (2012) could have been cut if there weren’t as many dramatics pauses, and “Lincoln” (2012) could have been a stronger more engaging movie without all the subplots and landscape depicted. Seriously, directors: take note.
J: Yeah, these movies were long. But the question is- who did longest best? I’d go with Michael Haneke for “Amour.” Sure, his film is long – almost boringly so at points. But somehow he uses the long pauses and silence through the slow-paced film to give the audience pause to consider the implications of old age and death. For that, I’d give him the win.