Ranking the 85th Academy Awards’ Best Picture Nominees

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The Oscars are a mere week away! Since 2012 was such a great year for movies, we have nine solid Best Picture nominees. In my opinion, four of them truly deserve to win. Two more could also snag the award and I’d be fine with it. Only three of them would be disappointments. That’s saying something. So here’s how I would rank them, worst (or least good) to best.

 

 

 

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This big, bold adaptation is quite easily the least deserving of the grand prize. There are some really great things about it like Hugh Jackman and *sniffle* Anne Hathaway. But the second half of the film gets too tied up in romantic subplots that leave the characters we watched for the first half too far in the background. Also, Russell Crowe.

 

 

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It’s a shame really. This film is so good up until the climax. Well right after the first one that is. Tarantino loves to drag things out, but the extra half hour before Django actually gets his revenge goes too far. It doesn’t help that the two best characters are dead too. But, like I said, the first two hours are really, really good.

 

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454876/?ref_=sr_17. Life of Pi

Ang Lee did the impossible by making this supposedly unfilmable novel work on screen. It deserves just about every technical award coming to it, but Best Picture? My problem is that the film just doesn’t stick the landing. In fact it doesn’t really land. It’s a great story that essentially has the heart ripped out of it in the last few seconds. That tiger though, just marvelous.

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1024648/?ref_=sr_16. Argo

Yeah, one of the main frontrunners doesn’t make the top five. I love Argo but I do find the performances a bit overrated. It’s a great story and Ben Affleck does a wonderful job directing. The climax in the airport is nail-biting. None of that can be taken away from this film, I just think that the remaining five are a bit better.

 

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045658/?ref_=sr_15. Silver Linings Playbook

Films like this almost never get nominated for Best Picture. It’s also one of the few films nominated that’s worth watching more than once for sheer entertainment value. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have undeniable chemistry and the script is very warmly funny, even if the characters can be very mean to each other. This film has a long life ahead of February 24, destined to go down with When Harry Met Sally and Annie Hall.

 

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Yeah, you and just about everyone else hasn’t seen it, but you should make your best effort before Oscar night. If you can handle a slow, completely subtitled film you will undoubtedly love Amour. The dark examination of true love towards the end of your life is depressing yet oddly fulfilling. It also delivered the single hardest moment to watch in film this year. One that even I, a lover of both horror and sadness in film, had to look away from.

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125435/?ref_=sr_13. Beasts of the Southern Wild

Of all the films nominated, we’ve had the most time with this one. Hitting theaters lasts June, this little film that could blew away audiences, myself included, with its unbelievable lead performance from Quvenzhane Wallis, and fantastical outlook on post-Katrina New Orleans. Of all the films that came after it this year, it still stands out as one of the best.

 

 

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In a year filled with excellent political thrillers, Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker rings true as one of the most fascinating and exciting films of the year. Following a CIA agent through a real life odyssey to catch Osama Bin Laden, the film takes you through every major event between 9/11/01 and 5/1/11. The drama is so real that you may forget you’re not watching a documentary.

 

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There was no film in 2012 that blended brilliant performances, gorgeous filmmaking, complex issues, and even some well placed humor than Steven Spielberg’s masterful biopic of Abraham Lincoln. Daniel Day Lewis gave a legendary performance that will go down as one of the best of any president in cinema history. Spielberg proved once again why he is one of the best filmmakers ever and that he is truly a master of his craft. It even made me forget War Horse.

 

Which of the nine nominees is your favorite? What other films would you have liked to see nominated? Tell us below!

 

 

 

 

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