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Best Picture Nominees - Worst to Best | 2012 Oscar

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People who added this item 992 Average listal rating (587 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
War Horse (2011)

Steven Spielberg is a masterful director, but this is just sentimental rubbish. He and John Williams goes out in full force in an attempt to move and touch you. They say, with no subtlety, that everything in this film is so majestic, big and beautiful. The only thing it achieves is giving me a desire to puke. Spielberg fails in making me care for anyone in this film. He introduces us to several characters, but I couldn't care less about any of them. When he even fails in making me root for the horse, it's safe to say that this film is a failure.



If anything, Spielberg at least knows how to create some spectacular war scenes. Which is at least something, I guess.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Cinematography
* Best Original Score
* Best Art Direction
* Best Sound Editing
* Best Sound Mixing
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People who added this item 2120 Average listal rating (1389 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7

I believe that this film is nominated for an Oscar because it is made by Woody Allen, and not because it is a particularly good film. Allen has done so much better then this. By all means, there is some charm in it, but it's not really too much fun. It just throws in famous persons literature, creating them all as caricatures, giving them no depth at all. Their not interesting. Therefore, I don't get too enthusiastic whenever they decide to bring up another dead writer or painter etc. The conflicts between the characters in the past ain't interesting, and doesn't deliver particularly much to the film itself, and whatever happens in the present is just subpar.



The biggest question about the film is why the hell is Owen Wilson's character getting married to that bitch? Why haven't he left her and her family already? Christ. Oh well, I wasn't actually bored with this film, but it doesn't live up to what Allen has done earlier. Not even remotely.

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* Best Picture
* Best Director
* Best Original Screenplay | Won
* Best Art Direction
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People who added this item 1534 Average listal rating (977 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Help (2011)

Yes, The Help is overrated Oscar bait. Now, don't get me wrong. I don't mind a film that's shouting after awards. The King's Speech does that, but I loved it nevertheless. What I don't like about The Help is the squandered potential. Because if this film would just dare to take the racial matter any further, and move away from being so safe and black/white in it's way of showing it. It could, and should have been more "provoking".



The acting is excellent, though. Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain all deserved their Oscar nominations, and it wouldn't really be a shame if any of them won. Spencer did, and that's cool. Even Emma Stone is good, and cute. Very cute. I like that. And the film is somewhat entertaining, even if it is too long. But Stone is cute.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Actress in a Leading Role - Viola Davis
* Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Octavia Spencer | Won
* Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Jessica Chastain
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People who added this item 1690 Average listal rating (908 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8

Well. What can you say? After I saw this film I needed some time to let it sink in. You can't deny that this is a very ambitious film from Terrence Malick. He's gone crazy, and by doing so he has created a film about life, creation, destruction, mercy and by how you can keep faith even though everything is taken from you. He's gone mad. Malick gives everything from the beginning, and has created a film that is possibly a bit pretentious, but yet so magnificent and grand, that you really don't know what to say. This is not a film for everyone. Those who are into art films are probably going to fell in love with it right away, while your average filmgoer is more likely to suffer through the film. I'm a bit stuck in the middle. I don't suffer myself through it, but I can't embrace it either. My main problem with it is that Malick doesn't know how to stop. It's just too much.

Malick goes out in full speed from the very start. He never stops. It's beautiful, and gorgeously executed. Which it is during the entire film for the most part. Nearly every frame is beautiful. Yet, it never hits my with the force that Malick tries to do. It's beautiful, but I don't really care. It's too much of everything. It's too overwhelming, too magnificent, too spectacular, it's just too perfect for it's own good. It's gorgeous, but that's it. It's like looking at some kind of painting. It's beautiful, but it doesn't affect me. And when it doesn't affect me, it gets kind of boring eventually.

That Malick has a good eye for things that looks good on film, there is no doubt about. Even though I'm not a huge fan of The Thin Red Line or The New World, I can't deny that they look amazing. He is a master of visuals. The photography in his films are always beautiful. And in The Tree of Life he takes it to a whole new level. It's as spectacular as you can get it. It's gorgeous. Even though there are some sequences that is a bit too long, too perfect and too "epic", there are some sequences that makes you speechless. For instance, there is a sequence from when the wife gets pregnant til the child takes it first step. It's insanely touching and beautiful, and it is just magic.



And it is those "simple" scenes that are the best ones. When Malick pull a little bit back, and doesn't go completely crazy. Like the example I just mentioned, or scenes when the brothers are just fooling around with each other, or arguing. The emotion is strong in those scenes, and it is touching. It's completely believable, and the acting from the children are very strong. As a coming of age film it's very strong, even though the setting ain't too original, it's more heartfelt then most other films dealing with the same idea. It seems so natural.

Then it is a bit of a shame that it gets drowned in all the other stuff, it's a shame that Malick doesn't know his own limitations. He tries to put in everything. Even dinosaurs, and it is the dinosaurs that is perhaps the weakest part of the film. Not only because the dinosaurs are poorly placed within the gorgeous frame, but because it shows really good what is wrong with the film. That it is too big. Too naive, too romantic, too sentimental. Another weak link is Sean Penn. He doesn't really belong in the film, and I've read an interview with him saying that he didn't exactly know his place either. He doesn't really add anything.

The Tree of Life is a rare experience, there is no doubt about that. It's a film that it is hard to put the right words on. It's a gorgeous film that hits many of the right spots, but that still manages to be too spectacular, that it doesn't manage to engage as much as it has potential to do. Malick is ambitious, but this is too much for him to handle. And when it gets to much for him, then it is indeed too much for me as well.


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* Best Picture
* Best Director
* Best Cinematography
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People who added this item 1195 Average listal rating (799 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3

George Clooney's performance is the strongest aspect of this film. It's sometimes funny, moving and heartfelt. The soundtrack is amusing, many of the locations are gorgeous, and the story is genuinely interesting. It's a film that has Oscar all over it. Not that I think it deserved to win anything. For while it is enjoyable, it is still highly overrated.



Because it does still feel similar to other films, and you can't change that by simply changing the location to Hawaii. Then there is the feeling that the film does play a lot on "Look! Ain't George Clooney fantastic!", and while he certainly is, it does get a bit tiresome.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Director
* Best Actor in a Leading Role - George Clooney
* Best Adapted Screenplay | Won
* Best Film Editing

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People who added this item 2001 Average listal rating (1202 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Hugo (2011)

Martin Scorsese's latest is first of all a technical triumph. A visual feast that actually looks brilliant in 3D. It's a charming film, an excellent homage to films. But, like most of Scorsese's films, they don't quite reach the top for me. There are always some flaws that's a bit to bothering to ignore.

The last half of Hugo is easily the best. Scorsese's homage to something he loves. Something we love. But that's also a part of the problem. The film is split into two halves, were the first one actually just feels like an slightly above average adventure. It's fun, yes, but the transition is to big. It feels like two separate films. Hugo is almost reduced to a supporting character in the second half. Where is his development? It's supposed to be his film, isn't it?



Then there is some poor character development at the supporting characters that feels forced, and not natural. Take for instance the Station Inspector, while he is a wonderful character to begin with (brilliantly played by Sacha Baron Cohen), his change of character does in the end feels way to forced.

But despite this, Hugo is a wonderful film, slightly overrated, but I did indeed have fun seeing it. It's a beautiful homage to films, and there are many moments in the last half that moves me completely.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Director
* Best Adapted Screenplay
* Best Cinematography | Won
* Best Film Editing
* Best Visual Effects | Won
* Best Original Score
* Best Costume Design
* Best Art Direction | Won
* Best Sound Mixing | Won
* Best Sound Editing | Won
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People who added this item 1489 Average listal rating (895 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Artist (2011)

Absolutely amazing. First of all, you got to applaud them for taking the brave decision to create a film like this today. Unfortunately, a black and white silent film is going to turn off a lot of viewers, but that's their loss. Because this is easily one of the best films from 2011. It's one of the most charming, heartfelt, emotionally affecting, delightful, clever and joyous film to come out in a very long time. It moved me completely, it made me laugh, it teared me up, it left me completely devastated, before it lifted me up again. I loved it!



While the story certainly follows the formula, and there ain't many surprises here, it's strengths lies in the execution and how it makes me feel. It's a reminder of why I love films. It's simple storytelling at it's finest and most effective. It's wonderfully created, filled with several fun references. It's a love letter to cinema, a film that knows how to have fun with itself and the audience. A true crowd-pleaser! Jean Dujardin is exceptional, delivering an utterly charming and enchanting performance, making him a character it's easy to sympathize with. If it weren't for another film about a young wizard, this would easily have been the best film of 2011.

Nominated for

* Best Picture | Won
* Best Director | Won
* Best Actor in a Leading Role - Jean Dujardin | Won
* Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Bérénice Bejo
* Best Original Screenplay
* Best Cinematography
* Best Film Editing
* Best Original Score | Won
* Best Costume Design | Won
* Best Art Direction
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These lists are ranking the best picture nominees for each year. This one takes the 2012 Academy Awards, for movies made in 2011.

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