Every best picture nominee won at least one Oscar at last night’s award show. With eight films nominated, that’s a lot of love to spread around. Were this year’s Oscars the little-league version of an award show, where everyone gets a prize just for showing up?
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Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is easily the most acclaimed film of the year. Audiences loved it, laughing, crying, and getting wrapped up in the general nostalgia that is basically built into the film’s form and structure. Critics and cinephiles have rarely been so in agreement regarding which film to put atop their end-of-the-year top ten lists. It’s an experimental passion project over twelve years in the making by a beloved but somewhat underrated American master. It’s been cleaning up during this awards season, just been nominated for six Academy Awards, and is the clear front-runner for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress.
After all that, how come I still can’t seem to really get behind it? More
What in the world is going on with this year’s Oscar race? It seems too many Academy Award contenders are pushing back release dates until next year, making them ineligible for this year’s award season, with George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” looking like the most recent victim. More