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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.

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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!

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First of all, let me make two things clear:

1. Some of the films I haven’t seen this year, I might still see (and I’ve been planning to- I’m just suffering from no mood for anything more intellectual than Bill&Ted)

2. Some of the films on this list are completely bad and have been demolished by every single critic alive. Still, for the reasons sometimes given, I want to see them.

Like every self-acclaimed reviewer I spend most of my days on facebook looking for inspiration and ending up watching cute cat videos; and like every self-acclaimed reviewer I often don’t want to see a film for the fear of writing review afterwards. Don’t get me wrong- I do love writing and every single review that you might have honour to read on this site has been written happily with my whole heart and soul. Still, watching films is definitely one of my favourite ways of spending free time and yet sometimes I decide to do something else missing a movie I have been waiting to see for ages. Thus, I wasn’t there at the screening of the Devil Inside, even though it landed on the very top of my chronologically ordered list of 2012 most anticipated films; I missed Ruby Sparks even though I loved the trailer so much, I’m sure I would watch the film itself more than once; and finally, I didn’t go to see Skyfall and I am still not planning to go and see it ever. Enough said, let’s get specific. Here is my Top 12 2012 Movies That I Missed:

12. The Devil Inside Me

I know, I know…this film is just bad. But I simply couldn’t resist the thought of yet another possession film in which we are presented with supposedly real footage. I’m honest- this is the only reason why I considered The Devil Inside Me a must-see and at the same time the only reason why I missed it when it finally came out in cinemas. I simply couldn’t be bothered with yet another possession film in which we are presented with supposedly real footage…oh..wait…what?

11. Amazing Spiderman

I really don’t care about Spiderman movies and I happily missed the last two, however, the radical change in casting made me want to see it just a little. I’m actually not a fan of Andrew Garfield, but with his appearance came the hope that this Spiderman could actually be different. And I mean “good” different, not Spiderman 3 different. Still, I have never discovered if that was a case…

10. The Grey

I am possibly the only person in the world who instead of doubting Liam Neeson’s movie choices, actually becomes interested in his filmography. Yes, I did enjoy Taken 2 even though it had all kinds of ridicule in it and I will enjoy Taken 3 as long as Liam Neeson’s gives me his bad puns and paranoid looks. The Grey is of course quite a different film- it is generally considered good and I’ve heard so much about airplane scene that it felt like there was no way I could not see it. Guess what happened

I forgot about it when it came out.

9. Casa de mi Padre

I know, I know- this one apparently is bad too. And it really doesn’t help that I generally don’t like comedies. Still, the existence of Gael Garcia Bernal in this film plus the colours in the poster motivated me enough to want to see it, but not enough to actually move my butt and go to the cinema. It’s quite an achievement considering it’s Will Farrell, I have to say.

8. On the Road

Although I am not a Jack Kerouac’s fan, when I was sixteen (which is a perfect age for the type of novels like his) his prose completely blew my mind away. As I was already drawn to the ideas of Buddhism (which with age grew further from me) and the only dream I had was to travel to nowhere and be someone. On the Road was exactly about this dream and so when the movie came out, I felt the familiar sentimentality and of course decided to watch it…one day. Somewhere between Kristen Stewart’s affair and other interesting premieres, I lost track of cinema listings missing On the Road completely. Nowadays I don’t really miss missing it that much, but of course, I would still want to see it.

7. John Carter

Ridiculous? Awesome? Or ridiculously awesome? I don’t care. I still want to see it for some unknown reason.

6. The Raid

Action films are normally something I avoid, however, the Raid had outstanding reviews as well as the uniqueness about it that made it really tempting for me to watch. However, the personal reasons didn’t allow me to see it when it came out and the small release didn’t help much when I finally got the opportunity to do so. Now I suffer from lack of the mood to see it but I know one day it will return and The Raid waits for me on my hardrive.

5. Looper

Looper is a perfect example of the philosophy of the crowd and that is the main reason why it is so high on my list even though the film itself received an average reception. When Looper came out in cinemas, critics loved it. People were praising its entertaining factor combined with a little chaotic, but still nicely paced plot. However when it reached a certain level of warmness, some bloggers realised that maybe praising Looper is not hipster enough and instead they should focus more on the chaos of the story and how different Bruce Willis and Joseph Levitt-Gordon look. Soon, the film was torn to pieces, considered overrated and unnecessary. It wasn’t even entertaining anymore! And this is exactly why I care so much to see it and make my own opinion about it, however, I’m still struggling to decide if I’m hipster or not, so it might take time before I finally watch it.

4. The Master

I kind of don’t care about it anymore since I haven’t heard anything being said about apart from praising its format (which is 70mm whatever that means), however, the obvious Oscar behind it makes me feel peer pressure to see it.

3. Damsels in Distress

It looks so lovable that I simply wouldn’t be able to resist it…or would I?

2. Ruby Sparks

Why I still haven’t seen it remains one of the biggest mysteries of my life. There’s simply no excuse and I feel shameful without being able to love it. Don’t give me that look, I know it too well.

1. Tabu

I expect this film to be one of my favourite ones of the year…if I ever watch it. Tabu has received amazing reviews, but was released in only couple of cinemas. The only hope lies in DVD release and a possible screener to review. Until then I just have to imagine how much I love it.