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Which Oscar contender do you think is over-rated?

Personally "Hugo" reminds me a lot of "Dances with Wolves", near-universal acclaim and me bored silly through half of it. If Scorsese had lingered on Butterfield's big blue eyes one more time...

I'm to the point where if I read that a movie is a pet project and lovingly filmed, I'm going to assume I won't care that much for it.

I did love the last third of it where the Méliès story finally kicks in, and the cinematography was fabulous.

 
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Hero

I'm still trying to figure out the hype for Alexander Payne, full stop.

 
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I'm still trying to figure out the hype for Alexander Payne, full stop.

The Help. Viola Davis carries a weak screenplay.

 
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The Help. Viola Davis carries a weak screenplay.

Agreed. The Help just isn't a good movie.

And returning to my complaint, I thought The Descendants was an actively *badly* edited movie. WTH?

 
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Marc R

It really is hard to say. Across the board, the nominees are pretty undeserving to me. But I have to linger particularly on the praise given to "The Artist" and "Hugo." Both are delightful films, sure, but some of the best of the year? Not even close; there's barely a thing worth noting about either of them (though "Hugo's" art direction definitely deserves the Oscar). But i'll just focus on the cinematography nominations since that's the only award i care about this year. Only "Tree of Life" deserves to be there. I'd swap out the rest for "Drive," "Moneyball," "Melancholia," and "Rampart." The fact that Lubezski might lose is utterly appalling

 
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I agree with all of you.

Hugo is one of Scorsese's least compelling films to date - and Shutter Island worked MUCH better in terms of craft.

The Descendents has me baffled at its critical response as I see it as a selfish, cruel and ultimately uninteresting and bewildering piece of work.

Midnight in Paris if fine, but flimsy. It just doesn't add up to much in the end.

As for The Help, the past poster said it all. We have to thank Viola Davis for dragging this drek up from the sespit.

 
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War Horse was one of the most boring films I've ever seen. If you're not a horse enthusiast or an avid animal lover, the story is just plain boring and uneventful. The only reason this film is in the Best Picture race is because Speilberg directed it. If a lessor known director had done this film, it wouldn't have even been sniffed as an Oscar contender.

 
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I agree with all of you.

Hugo is one of Scorsese's least compelling films to date - and Shutter Island worked MUCH better in terms of craft.

The Descendents has me baffled at its critical response as I see it as a selfish, cruel and ultimately uninteresting and bewildering piece of work.

Midnight in Paris if fine, but flimsy. It just doesn't add up to much in the end.

As for The Help, the past poster said it all. We have to thank Viola Davis for dragging this drek up from the sespit.

Thank you for providing some sanity around Hugo. It's one of the most overrated films of the past 10 years. The love for it is baffling.

 
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rdwoolf

I have seen all nine of the 20011 Best Picture films and really liked eight of them. But I hated Tree of Life. While the concept is interesting in theory, the film itself lacked any entertainment value. I would say half of the Tree of Life should have been called, "Screensaver - The Movie," while the other half could be called, "Cain and Able, The Wonder Years.

 
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