And finally, the nominees for Best Picture:
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
Wolf of Wall Street
Who Should Win
MALIK: Hooooo boy. The Best Picture this year…the best all around film this year… I think it’s a two horse race at this point, but, yeah, 12 Years a Slave.
ART: Fruitvale Station! Had to at least mention it… Why it didn’t garner a nomination to make the allowed ten slots, I don’t know. It’s like voters actively discarded it (or, more likely, forgot about it). 12 Years, for sure. This where I separate the film from the directing effort. I liked Gravity, but as an overall film, 12 Years was more poignant.
Who Will Win
MALIK: Ahhhhh man, this isn’t fun any more. Pffffffffffffff….Ummm…..yeah, 12 Years a Slave. I think that’s where the momentum is.
ART: I could see a darkhorse challenging. Dallas Buyer’s Club, Gravity or American Hustle. But, I think 12 Years has momentum. I think it wins.
Who We Want to Win
MALIK: Here was my dad’s review when he saw it: ‘It’s hard to believe it was really that bad, but it really was, wasn’t it?’ And no, he wasn’t talking about Wolf of Wall Street…
ART: 12 Years. I think I lose my “black card” (no, not the credit card) if I don’t say this. Just for fun, second for me would actually be Captain Phillips. A well made, surprising film.
So that concludes the Oscar preview. Thanks again to Aaron for taking the time to offer his take on this year’s race. Awards season ends Sunday, but I have a couple more movies I want to talk about, so be ready for that next week.
Have a good weekend and enjoy the show!