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Although I am addicted to the Oscars and have been watching the ceremony since I was 13 (which makes it almost a very long time now), I am also extremely disappointed with the results every year (especially recently, see: the King’s Speech and Silver Linings Playbook) and nowadays, often with the nominations themselves. I have no idea why I get so involved but even when I promise myself not to watch it live (as I did this year), I always end up in front of a screen of some sort, at 3am in the morning on Monday ranting my thoughts aloud. My rants have been large and public. Last year, my fellow wonderful blogger, Alibelle joined me at Ritzy, London and we even made a cake to celebrate Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar (which, of course, didn’t happen) and screamed our lungs out when Life of Pi won it all (I have no words left to describe how it made me feel). Few years ago, it was even worse, when I got drunk and crying with the great Michuk from Filmaster (the wonderful website I used to rant on) and produced this:

You can watch other parts, if you speak Polish.

So, as you can see, I am very engaged and enthusiastic about Oscars even though I have a strong love-hate relationship with them. I guess, my life is just so simple I need to waste my time on that.

This year is no different, but before I start complaining I wanted to say: Congratulations 2013. Even though I have some objections about this year’s nominations, overall 2013 has been a very strong cinematic year and every single nominated movie (well, maybe apart from Gravity) deserved its place in the Academy’s heart. Hell, I can’t even say what I am cheering for this year (although Nebraska did change my life). Unfortunately, I have to write something sometimes and thus, I have come up with things to be unhappy about. Actually, it wasn’t that difficult if I’m honest. It is amazing that the Hunt is getting recognition, but what happened to Blue is the Warmest Colour? It’s great that Gravity’s score is on the list but who the fuck forgot about Inside Llewyn Davis?

I hate using slang words and WTF is so outdated, but I hope by looking at the title, this is what you will have in mind. Benicio Del Toro’s ‘What the fuck’, because this is exactly how some choices made me feel:

Here are the Top 12 (Benicio del Toro’s voice) What the Fucks of this year’s Oscars:

12. Pacific Rim Not Nominated for Special Effects

Personally, I couldn’t care less. I haven’t seen Pacific Rim at IMAX which in the eyes of those who have seen it there counts as not seeing it at all. I’m not even a fan of the category itself. Usually, films nominated for Special Effects have nothing more to offer and the line-up is strong either way: Star Trek, fucking Iron Man and the Hobbit? That’s not bad…but how come The Lone Ranger is nominated when Pacific Rim isn’t? Shocking…

11. Berberian Sound Studio Not Nominated for…Sound

Is there a film that deserves a nomination more than Berberian Sound Studio when it comes to Sound Editing/Mixing? The whole fucking film is about it and not only that, it is a tribute to the category itself! In the words of great Ice Cube from 21 Jump Street: “Are you autistic?”

10. Monsters University Not Nominated for Best Animation

I hate Despicable Me. I hate Despicable Me 2 even more. So you can just imagine my face when Despicable Me 2 gets nominated for being Best Animation when Monsters University (much better than the Croods, I’m sorry Nicolas Cage) isn’t. I think I need more time to process it…

9. Tom Hanks Not Nominated

My biggest worry before the nominations were announced was that Tom Hanks would be getting recognition for two of his features this year, Captain Phillips and Saving Mrs Banks. Hell, I was so freaked out by the thought that it made me paranoid that once again Leonardo DiCaprio would leave barehanded losing against Mr Nice Guy. I couldn’t be more mistaken. Somehow, the Academy decided that Tom Hanks doesn’t deserve nomination EVEN THOUGH he is America’s sweetheart AND he is very good in both of these films. And by very good I mean, he could easily compete with the other nominees. Irony

8. A Hijacking Not Nominated for Best Foreign Film

First of all, it is fucking offensive to praise Captain Phillips so much when a Hijacking is the film the Tom Hanks’ feature is based on AND it is one of the greatest films I’ve seen last year (ok, I saw it two years ago but doesn’t matter). But no, it’s as if a Hijacking never existed. Nobody talks about it, nobody even mentions it when talking about Captain Phillips. People, PEOPLE! Off to the screens, NOW!

7. All is Lost Not Nominated…

…for a lot of stuff it should have been nominated for. Starting from directing? off to…editing? Maybe…cinematography? eeee…sound mixing? Best Actor? Anything? Anyone? No?

6. Stories We Tell Not Nominated for Best Documentary

I cried during Stories We Tell so much that people after the screening were asking me if I have some similar family issues and trust me, I only cry so much on very good films (unless I’m being manipulated by being shown cats in distress or when Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t get the Oscar). Stories We Tell…hmmm…it isn’t critics’ favourite, it’s true. A lot of people say Sarah Polley is somehow self-centred and graphomaniac by making this documentary. These people don’t know what they’re talking about, don’t listen to them. Whoever decided to omit this film better has a good reason. I don’t see it

5. Blue is the Warmest Colour Not Nominated for Best Foreign Film

Here is a shock. Everybody KNEW that Blue is the Warmest Colour will get the Oscar this year and yet…it’s not even nominated. One of the most perfect films about modern relationship, beautifully shot, beautifully told and with beautiful actresses and the Academy decided not to give a fuck. Maybe it would make the category too predictable, I don’t know. Either way…damn…

4. James Franco Not Nominated for Spring Breakers

I know, I know, Spring Breakers isn’t Oscars’ movie at all. It’s too weird, too indie and not mainstream enough to even come up in the Academy’s head and yet, it’s hard not to suffer from the lack of nomination, especially for the ingenious James Franco performance as Alien, and by ingenious I mean, I’ve seen this film three times for him. Bitches!

3. Before Midnight Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay

Adapted? ADAPTED?! Based on what? The characters Linklater created? The characters from the two other parts that were made from the ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY? I just have no words simply because I do not comprehend, I mean, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?? What the fuck…

2. Please Mr Kennedy Not Nominated for Best Song

Now, every time you hear this perfect song you have to say to yourself: it wasn’t nominated. Despicable Me 2 was, Mandela was, Alone and Yet Not Alone which NOBODY HAS HEARD OF was, BUT Please Mr Kennedy wasn’t. Why? Because

1. Inside Llewyn Davis Not Nominated for Best Score

I’m serious. It’s not. Check it, I’m not joking. It just isn’t and once again…Because.

 

There is one more thing about this year’s Oscars that is simply so outrageous that it deserves a special place, just below number 1. It’s number zero. It’s…

Son of a …

 

So, here is my wonderful little rant for you. If you want to show the hate towards Oscars, feel free to suggest more omitted titles or names. But let’s lighten up the mood and celebrate Leonardo DiCaprio’s winning the Oscar this year because he will, otherwise…

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I have been trying really hard not to talk about the Oscars and not to think about the injustice that will make me rant all night tonight. But it’s impossible. Once you go on your laptop and open any browser or go on any social network, you will be hooked with information you are trying to avoid. Oscar predictions, retrospects, analysis and dresses. Oscars history, Oscars future and Oscars’ chairs with big names. It is hard, especially because my name is Amelie Carmel and I am the Oscaroholic. I have been watching the ceremony for the last 13 years now and every year I get less and less interested in the films nominated and angrier and angrier with the ridiculous choice the Academy makes. Still, some masochistic part of me makes me stay up all night and miss Monday due to extreme exhaustion caused by all the negativity expressed towards the ceremony. I am Whip Whitaker of Oscars and I simply cannot resist the temptation to hate them every year.

this might be fun, though

This time, however, I have decided not to predict. Every movie blog is raising the hopes and sharing predictions with their audience. I have done it in the previous years (I have even taken parts in official competitions and THAT’S a dedication), but now I really cannot be bothered. I am pretty sure that either way I will be both surprised and disappointed because even if I prepare myself for the worst (Lincoln), the Academy will come up with something that will beat even this nightmare (Beast of the Southern Wild). So, instead of praying for cinematic fairness, I encourage you to share your own views on Oscars in the comment box below. Hopefully our voices are loud enough to change this dreadful business and get Leonardo DiCaprio Oscar next year

bon apetit!

The Announcement of the Nominations with my ranting

Top 12 Oscars’ Biggest Disappointments

12 Things that Suck About this year’s Oscars

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Like every year, the Oscars bring excitement mixed with anxiety in the hearts of concerned audience. Although nowadays I watch the awards with greater skepticism and distance than ever, I can’t stop but wonder- what the fuck is wrong with the Academy?!

I know, I know…moaning about disappointing winners while our favourites are left with just a mere mention that will forever remind them of the failure in trailers for movies that rely only on big names, is nothing new really, however,  it has been ages since my hope was ultimately lost and since I last agreed with the Academy’s choices. Although I have already written a large post about the general disappointment with the Oscars, I have realised these are not the winners and losers who bother me most this year. While ignorantly ranting about lack of award for David Fincher and way to many statuettes given to the King’s Speech, I missed the most crucial aspect of the Awards. The nominations.

You can’t deny it. It has been going on for ages now. The nominations suck. No…the nominations suck BIG TIME. Not only are they now introduced by stars so young and bright that their lack of recognition somehow deprives the ceremony of its prestigious status, but moreover, they are just pure rubbish. I am not sure what method is used by the Academy to pick the nominees, but this method must be worse than picking random names from a hat. It almost feels like the Academy is choosing the year’s biggest disappointments to represent the cinema. Les Miserables? Lincoln? Beast of the Southern Wild? I agree all these were suppose to be great movies, but if you’ve seen any of them, you’d know they look much better in the trailer than they do in their unbearable length. Of course there are cliches the Academy has been following since its existence, however, 3 hours is not a reason good enough to nominate a film in ten different categories. Also, is it just me or has the acting gone downhill in general in the recent years, because if we compare this year’s nominees with the nominees from…let’s say 2010, then we might as well end this little tea party and start nominating high school plays. I’m not saying that Bradley Cooper is a bad actor, but his performance in the Silver Linings Playbook is nowhere close to Mickey Rourke’s portrayal of “the Wrestler” or Sean Penn’s “Milk”. I like Anne Hathaway, but one performance doesn’t make another Meryl Streep, so it’s a slap in the face to nominate both her and Jennifer Lawrence when in the previous years the same category was occupied by Kate Winslet (for ‘The Reader”) and Melissa Leo (“Frozen River”). Ladies and gentlemen, this is all rubbish!

Unfortunately, nominating disappointing films doesn’t mean that there are no great films that should compete against each other. Somehow while choosing Beast of the Southern Wild and Lincoln, the Academy forgot about Cloud Atlas- the most cinematic film of the year. While watching Django Unchained, magically its members managed to miss two amazing performances (Samuel L. Jackson and OF COURSE Leonardo DiCaprio) and when going through documentaries, they forgot about the existence of the Imposter and the Queen of Versailles. Can somebody tell me how this can possibly be? And while you’re on it, how about explaining the reasons behind these 12 Academy’s Total Fuck-Ups that I listed below? There’s no sane person who wouldn’t see this madness…no sane person…

12.The Queen of Versailles

The Queen of Versailles is definitely one of the most underrated movies of 2012, but I still had hoped for it to be rewarded with nomination in Best Documentary category. It fits the bill perfectly by following extremely rich couple whose life changes dramatically after the economic crisis. It is warm, heart-touching and unbelievable, and yet- the Academy managed to miss it.

11. Lincoln

Let’s just shortly speak about the unspeakable- Lincoln isn’t a good movie. It is an extremely boring history lesson filled with facts and lacking human factor. And yet, Lincoln is Oscar’s favourite- the Academy nominated it in the majority of the main categories including the Best Film and the Actor in the Leading Role. Wonder why? Lincoln is the safest movie to nominate- it has Daniel Day Lewis, it is directed by Steven Spielberg and it discusses one of the most important moments of the history of the USA. And who cares if all of this failed? Oscar it is.

10. Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina is nominated for cinematography (absolutely amazing) and production design (basically the same thing). And yet, somehow the Academy forgot about it when they were picking films for Best Editing category. Yes, the film which recreates the editing giving it a completely unique shape isn’t nominated for editing. Because?…

9. Mads Mikkelsen

I understand Oscars are  American awards and foreign films are given a separate category. However, if Emanuelle Riva got the Best Actress nomination (and I keep my fingers crossed for her to win), I believe Mads Mikkelsen deserves it no less. For anything he did- just give him some recognition, for god’s sake!

8. Cabin in the Woods

This nomination would definitely be quite controversial and the Academy seems to hate surprises, so no wonder they stayed quiet when Cabin in the Woods revealed its incredibly original script. Who fits better in the Original Screenplay category? I’m happy with Moonrise Kingdom appearance there, but Cabin in the Woods could spice things up even more.

7. Holy Motors

Just like the Cabin in the Woods, Holy Motors is nothing like any other film. The lack of recognition it got from the Academy has been a topic of discussion since the official announcement, and I feel no different about it.

6. The Master

Nominated in acting categories, apparently the Master cannot hold its position next to Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Or at least, this is what the Academy believes

5. The Hunt

Although (like usually) the Foreign Film category brings together the best films the Oscars have to offer, I can’t understand why the Hunt (Jagten) isn’t there while another film from the same country might possibly get the award itself. The only way to explain my disappointment would be to show you how ingenious the Hunt is, so if you don’t plan on staying up late next Monday- I recommend you see it.

4. The Imposter

The Imposter is the best documentary of 2012…and it will not have any Oscars…

3. Quentin Tarantino

Like every year, Quentin Tarantino will leave the Academy awardless. This time simply because he isn’t even nominated in Best Director category. I’m not sure how it works, but I’ve always felt that if one can make a three hour long movie feel like it was 90 minutes one, he managed to make this movie absolutely engaging. That was the case with Django Unchained- a sort of contrapoint for Lincoln. Why isn’t Tarantino nominated when Django Unchained received the recognition in other categories (including the Screenplay) is one of the Academy’s biggest secret. But it’s nothing compared to…

2. Leonardo DiCaprio

I’m not going to die until DiCaprio finally gets his deserved Oscar.

1. Cloud Atlas

I remember laughing about Cloud Atlas getting all the Oscars and making the ceremony boring because of that…until the nominations were announced. The most cinematic experience of 2012 did not receive one nomination. It is the failure of criticism not to recognise the genius of Cloud Atlas (surprisingly-or not, it’s the Matrix story all over again). Shame on you, Academy! Shame on you!