Posted by: ckckred | March 5, 2014

The Oscars 2014

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The Academy Awards has never been a strong indicator of the best of film, often opting to films that are big, broad, and accessible crowd-pleasers that emphasize their importance rather than the best and boldest of cinema.  Recent winners like Argo and The King’s Speech are very award-baity movies with important subject matters and relative broad and simple stories and messages.

While the Oscars this year were predictable to the extent that most of the winners could have been preordained back in October, many of the winners were worthy of recognition. While my first choice for Best Picture would be her, 12 Years A Slave was a strong and smart move for the Academy and the strongest winner since The Hurt Locker in 2009. Spike Jonze deservedly took home Best Original Screenplay for her and I was glad to see Lupita Nyong’o win for her daring performance in 12 Years A Slave. And the McConaughsaince continues with Matthew McConaughey winning for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club (which I haven’t seen yet but was pleased to see the actor win as between his recent series of films and True Detective he has been on a roll).

It’s easy to be upset at the lack of recognition the Academy gave Inside Llewyn Davis and Before Midnight this year as well as completely ignoring The Past for any nomination, not to mention that 20 Feet from Stardom beat out the highly praised The Act of Killing for Best Documentary. And while Gravity is a visual wonder, it doesn’t have much staying power or the force of 12 Years A Slave as I would have preferred if Steve McQueen won over Alfonso Cuaron. But overall it was a night that didn’t do much wrong (at least for the awards, I didn’t see any of the award ceremony except for the opening monologue).


  1. Welcome back 🙂 Recent winners depict “important subject matters and relative broad and simple stories and messages.” That sounds about right!

    • Thanks! The Oscars really seem to love movies that are typically biopics or historical dramas. They need to broaden their range.

  2. Interesting thoughts. I agree with a lot of what you say but have a slightly different take on a few other things. I’m still not sold on Her being a great film and that’s mainly because of Jonze’s script. On the other hand I do believe Gravity has some real staying power. It’s advances in special-effects are phenomenal. But I also loved the story. For me the metaphors found from start to finish are exceptionally used and the story of personal rebirth really resonated.

    Not to be completely negative, I agree about 12 Years and its place in history. It is a movie with flaws but I certainly had no problems with it winning. I also had no problems with Matthew McConaughey winning. I thought his performance was better than the movie as a whole. He was simply amazing.

    • Thanks! I watched Gravity again the other day and while I still liked it, it didn’t resonate with me quite as well as I originally hoped. McConaughey’s been really doing well as of late. Can’t wait to see the finale of True Detective this Sunday.

  3. Yeah, this was a rare year where I really had no complaints as far as who won what. The Academy did good for the most part, I thought. 🙂

    • The Oscars were very predictable but that’s actually not much of a bad thing this year as pretty much every winner was worthy of recognition.

  4. I love the Academy Awards. They’re meant to honor the best in film and they do that pretty consistently every year. One may not agree with the critical consensus, but 12 Years a Slave and Gravity were the 2 most critically acclaimed films of the year. Her was 3rd and it won best Screenplay so they did a pretty great job this year at honoring the most acclaimed films.

    • I find the Oscars to be enjoyable but feel they’re out of date with contemporary cinema and they’ve made plenty of bad mistakes over the years (Crash’s victory, Rocky over Taxi Driver). Still, this year it’s hard to complain as I think most winners were deserving of the awards.

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