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Academy Awards Here We Come (Again)

Film ReelLast year I broke a 57-year-old tradition and decided to see all the films nominated in  the Academy Awards Best Picture category.  We had a blast, updating More to Come… when I thought we’d seen the winner, as well as on the night of the awards.

This year, Candice and I are back at it again.

We thought we had an early start. Over the summer and fall we went to a couple of movies that, to our eye, had Best Picture possibilities.  We both loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Moonrise KingdomShows what we know.

But we quickly hit our stride, and after tonight’s viewing of Beasts of the Southern Wild at AFI Silver Theatre, we’ve now seen four of the nine Best Picture nominees.

Since it is our most recent viewing, I’ll just say that Beasts of the Southern Wild is an interesting film, but best picture quality…ummm, I don’t think so.  And I’m sorry, but Quvenzhané Wallis did not deserve a nomination above Maggie Smith in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Knowing that you, dear reader, are waiting with bated breath, here’s how I rank the four I’ve seen:

1.  Lincoln

2. Life of Pi

3. Les Mis

4. Beasts of the Southern Wild

I just asked Candice for her rankings, and she has:

1.  Les Mis

2.  Lincoln

3.  Life of Pi

4.  Beasts of the Southern Wild

In the other categories, I think Daniel Day-Lewis is a lock for Best Actor (and I don’t even have to see the others). I haven’t seen enough of the Best Actress nominees to have an opinion.  I loved Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field in their supporting roles in Lincoln, but I have no idea if they’ll win.

So there you go…feel free to agree or disagree in the comments section.  I’ll update you again as we get a few more viewings under our belt.

More to come…


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I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


  1. Tracy says

    It’s think it’s a safe bet “Argo” will bump one of your current top three movies. Loved it.

    • I’ve heard the same, Tracy. I’m actually not crazy about any of the ones I’ve seen so far except for Lincoln. They did a nice job with Les Mis, but it went on too long for me, and the rest of my family liked Life of Pi more than I did. I told Candice today that I don’t think I’m artsy enough to understand what all that juggling camera/out-of-focus stuff meant in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Just a weird movie to me…but what do I know. I suspect that I’ll really think 2-3 are really deserving of the nomination, just like I did last year, and that the others are just good movies. Take care, DJB

  2. I very much enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook. The actors are doing well in their respective actor/actress categories at other awards, which shows its strength, and overall the story is good, but I don’t think it would win Best Picture. I’d be very surprised if it overtook Argo or Lincoln in that category.

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