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    Nominees are out! I’ll post the Best Picture Noms:

    1917
    Ford vs. Ferrari
    The Irishman
    Jojo Rabbit
    Joker
    Little Women
    Marriage Story
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    Parasite

    I’m hoping to see all of them by February 9, the awards date.
    As for now, I’d rank what I’ve seen as such:
    1. Parasite (9/10)
    2. Marriage Story (8/10)
    3. The Irishman (8/10)
    4. Little Women (8/10)
    5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (6/10)
    6. Joker (4/10)

    any thoughts?
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    I've seen none of the Best Picture nominees.

    I've seen none of the nominees in ANY of the categories.

    I think I may have played the sheet music for the song from FROZEN II. One of my choir folk wants to use it as a solo.

    I guess I don't get out much

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    I've seen none of the Best Picture nominees.

    I've seen none of the nominees in ANY of the categories.

    I think I may have played the sheet music for the song from FROZEN II. One of my choir folk wants to use it as a solo.

    I guess I don't get out much
    Me too, without the #
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchaikov6 View Post
    Nominees are out! I’ll post the Best Picture Noms:

    1917
    Ford vs. Ferrari
    The Irishman (9/10)
    Jojo Rabbit (7/10)
    Joker
    Little Women (9/10)
    Marriage Story (8/10)

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    Parasite

    I’m hoping to see all of them by February 9, the awards date.
    As for now, I’d rank what I’ve seen as such:
    1. Parasite (9/10)
    2. Marriage Story (8/10)
    3. The Irishman (8/10)
    4. Little Women (8/10)
    5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (6/10)
    6. Joker (4/10)

    any thoughts?
    I've already seen the ones in bold, with a score for 'enjoyment' and am going to see 1917 this afternoon. I won't want to see Joker or Once Upon A Time, but I expect the latter to win on the grounds that Hollywood loves films about itself. I might watch Parasite and Ford V Ferrari when they get to TV - I've seen previous movies by their directors and enjoyed them.

    Watched Marriage Story just the other night on Netflix. It didn't seem remarkable, though the two leads were very good. (Don't know why Laura Dern has got a nod). Their big set piece row - not sure it wasn't a little contrived. I was reminded of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which I saw a long time ago and maybe completely misremembering, but marriage break-up movies are hardly new - so what was special about this?

    I really liked Little Women - the most comforting of films to watch, but it won't win. If 1917 is as 'cinematic' as trailed, it might turnover OUATIH

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    I've already seen the ones in bold, with a score for 'enjoyment' and am going to see 1917 this afternoon. I won't want to see Joker or Once Upon A Time, but I expect the latter to win on the grounds that Hollywood loves films about itself. I might watch Parasite and Ford V Ferrari when they get to TV - I've seen previous movies by their directors and enjoyed them.

    Watched Marriage Story just the other night on Netflix. It didn't seem remarkable, though the two leads were very good. (Don't know why Laura Dern has got a nod). Their big set piece row - not sure it wasn't a little contrived. I was reminded of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which I saw a long time ago and maybe completely misremembering, but marriage break-up movies are hardly new - so what was special about this?

    I really liked Little Women - the most comforting of films to watch, but it won't win. If 1917 is as 'cinematic' as trailed, it might turnover OUATIH
    Joker was extremely disappointing.
    Marriage Story just really connected to me on a personal level. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s one that’s totally unique in its vision, in my opinion. It’s not just about marriage, but how we cope with loss in life, and how that loss can also help us. It’s cliche, but Baumbach brings it to a new light.
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    There are those who don't like chocolate.

    There are those who don't see anything in the eyes of a dog.

    There are those who don't like the scent of a rose.

    There are those who don't enjoy waking up to the first snowfall of the year.

    And there are those who simply don't get Chopin.

    Pity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    I've already seen the ones in bold, with a score for 'enjoyment' and am going to see 1917 this afternoon. [etc]
    1917 - 10/10. I don't share the views of those critics who describe it as a "war movie", nor even a "war is hell movie". Nor do I think the so-called single take was a gimmick. It enabled the telling of a story in a particular way from a particular perspective and it worked - for me, at any rate.

    This was mundane, daily life turned horribly upside down in a place where courage, luck and friendship are no guarantee of survival, but necessary all the same. The film begins and ends with handshakes in the natural world. The ghastly visions between make the handshakes all the more poignant, offering a substantial physical and emotional lifeline when life is at its most precious and valueless: the mates watchign your back, but also the wasted corpses everywhere.

    This I would want to see again. So too The Irishman and Little Women. I won't mind if I don't see Marriage Story again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchaikov6 View Post
    Joker was extremely disappointing.
    Marriage Story just really connected to me on a personal level. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s one that’s totally unique in its vision, in my opinion. It’s not just about marriage, but how we cope with loss in life, and how that loss can also help us. It’s cliche, but Baumbach brings it to a new light.
    Most folks are raving about Joker. I haven't seen it, but the way it's praised you'd think it was the 2nd coming of Jesus.

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    Saw Joker due to circumstances out of my hands and hated it. Don't really understand who it appeals to since nothing exploded and the frenetic action was no where to be seen. Just a drab, mopey, plotless, soulless mess whose primary theme seemed to be ugliness.

    Saw Once Upon a Time... despite not liking any of Tarantino's works and my opinion did not change on him. The movie was not very interesting or entertaining but it was noteworthy because I thought DiCaprio and Pitt, neither of whom do I particularly like or dislike, carried an otherwise uninteresting movie. Maybe Tarantino fans would like it, I'm not sure, but it lacked his films' characteristic violence.

    Didn't see any of the others and probably won't see any except for 1917. Maybe Ford v. Ferrari but I'm not big on cars or racing or biopics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    1917 - 10/10. I don't share the views of those critics who describe it as a "war movie", nor even a "war is hell movie". Nor do I think the so-called single take was a gimmick. It enabled the telling of a story in a particular way from a particular perspective and it worked - for me, at any rate.

    This was mundane, daily life turned horribly upside down in a place where courage, luck and friendship are no guarantee of survival, but necessary all the same. The film begins and ends with handshakes in the natural world. The ghastly visions between make the handshakes all the more poignant, offering a substantial physical and emotional lifeline when life is at its most precious and valueless: the mates watchign your back, but also the wasted corpses everywhere.

    This I would want to see again. So too The Irishman and Little Women. I won't mind if I don't see Marriage Story again.
    Health and weather permitted, we going on Sunday to see 1917.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    Most folks are raving about Joker. I haven't seen it, but the way it's praised you'd think it was the 2nd coming of Jesus.
    Indeed. It's insane, actually. The movie was a 4/10.

    Quote Originally Posted by bz3 View Post
    Saw Joker due to circumstances out of my hands and hated it. Don't really understand who it appeals to since nothing exploded and the frenetic action was no where to be seen. Just a drab, mopey, plotless, soulless mess whose primary theme seemed to be ugliness.

    Saw Once Upon a Time... despite not liking any of Tarantino's works and my opinion did not change on him. The movie was not very interesting or entertaining but it was noteworthy because I thought DiCaprio and Pitt, neither of whom do I particularly like or dislike, carried an otherwise uninteresting movie. Maybe Tarantino fans would like it, I'm not sure, but it lacked his films' characteristic violence.

    Didn't see any of the others and probably won't see any except for 1917. Maybe Ford v. Ferrari but I'm not big on cars or racing or biopics.
    Totally agree about Joker, what a dull and pointless film. People should just see Taxi Driver or the King of Comedy instead.
    I do like Tarantino but didn't love OUATIH.

    I've now seen all but one (1917) of the nominees.
    My new ranking is:
    1. Parasite (9/10)
    2. Marriage Story (8/10)
    3. The Irishman (8/10)
    4. Little Women (8/10)
    5. Jojo Rabbit (8/10)
    6. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (6/10)
    7. Ford v. Ferrari (6/10)
    8. Joker (4/10)
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    There are those who don't like the scent of a rose.

    There are those who don't enjoy waking up to the first snowfall of the year.

    And there are those who simply don't get Chopin.

    Pity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Health and weather permitted, we going on Sunday to see 1917.
    I think I'll be going quite soon to see 1917 as well!
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    There are those who don't like chocolate.

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    There are those who don't like the scent of a rose.

    There are those who don't enjoy waking up to the first snowfall of the year.

    And there are those who simply don't get Chopin.

    Pity.

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    I've seen 1917 and I thought it was great. The scenes when they are moving through the trenches remind me so much of Paths Of Glory.
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    The only one I want to see is 1917. Maybe Little Women when it comes out on Netflix.

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    Nowadays I find the SCORE nominations to be just as interesting as the 'big' categories.

    This year:

    Randy Newman: Marriage Story
    John Williams: Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker
    Alexandre Desplat: Little Women
    Thomas Newman: 1917
    Hildur Guðnadóttir: Joker

    Desplat has won two Academy Awards, for his musical scores to the films The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Shape of Water.
    Hildur Guðnadóttir is the first solo woman composer to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. She's a cellist. I think she may win the Oscar.

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    Based on all the awards it already won, 1917 has to be the heavy favorite for best picture. The movie to me was an impressive technical feat but I don't see the pick aging very well. It will lose a lot of its immersive viewing power once it becomes stream-able and people watch it on small TVs, laptops, phones, etc.

    The nominations were honestly not that bad on the whole this year. Normally the academy nominates at least one flat-out terrible or dull movie for some giant slate of awards, but I don't think that's the case this year. In fact, I'd say most of the movies nominated are actually good.

    For my money, Little Women, Parasite, and Waves were the 3 best films of the year and to see 2 of them receiving several nominations is great. The only winning chances I see for any of them are Little Women for Adapted Screenplay, and Parasite for Foreign Language, Editing, and (if lucky) Director.
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