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Best Picture Nominees Ranked

since tomorrow is the Oscars, and knowing how I'm constantly at the cinema, I've seen almost all the Best Picture noms. For once, a year where it isn't narrowed down to two movies has happened- which has made this one of the best Oscar years in recent memory. So here, I'll rank the noms in order from best to worst.

Argo is a sensational film and has proven Affleck to be a worthy man to the actors turned filmmakers club. Sure there are admittedly obvious fabrications in the story, but how deftly Affleck handles the story and the amount of tension and action in the story is just glorious. This deserves to walk home with "best picture". As a Canadian, I also must say Ben handled the plot surrounding the Canadians very well and very tastefully. Anyone who disagrees? Argo fuck yourself! 10/10

I'm a bit torn. I did mention there wasn't a general narrowing down to two movies, but for me, either film deserves to win. I remember seeing it on a cloudy and cold November afternoon- it felt awkward to be the one person in his early twenties in an audience fill of old folk. But I have a taste for the historical, and Day Lewis is a sensational actor. I already saw Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter, which was campy and fun, and to see the biopic was truly stunning. The film pays respect to one of the greatest presidents who ever lived, and Lewis portrays him like history writes him. Excellent stuff, truly not to be missed. 10/10
3Django Unchained

Edge of your seat, motherfucker! Tarantino is back in fine form. His latest film is like a mix of Inglourious and Jackie Brown- Jamie Foxx is BADASS and Waltz is charming, but DiCaprio gives the best performance. There is no such thing as a bad performace by DiCaprio really, but he really shines here. His first villain performance did not disappoint, and what I really liked was that Tarantino made his character both repulsive and charming. And really, great dialogue, lots of action, tons of laughs... It's Tarantino, baby! 9/10
4Zero Dark Thirty

I really didn't like Hurt Locker. I was all the more baffled that it won best picture; and so I was expecting ZDT to be more of the same. Thankfully it was much better- although it's not always accurate, I will admit I found some parts of the fabricated story to be more believable than what apparently happened. It is very long but never feels long- in fact, Boal writes the story to the point where every single moment is useful and it goes by fast. If anything, the last thirty minutes alone make the movie worth the price of admission. You know they find Osama Bin Laden and kill him, but it still is intense and pulse pounding. Oh, and Chastain is predictably fantastic. I can see why she gets lots of work. Class, 7/10
5Beast of the Southern Wild

It was alright, really, it's basically a Southern, deep fried Where the Wild Things Are but more adult. It's visually striking and poetic...but I must say I otherwise didn't care for it, story wise. Also, it isn't very climatic at all. Not the best and passable I guess, but nothing to write home to mother about. 5/10
6Silver Linings Playbook

I liked the acting, Cooper turned in a good performance and Lawrence proved herself to be another worthy Actress, but otherwise... there's no story. I am aware Cooper suffered bipolar disorder but he acts like a loud douche throughout the film who can't get over his wife fucking another man. De Niro would be a great character but WE SEE SO LITTLE OF HIM. And really, all it culminated in was a dance off. Really? No tension and no message, in the end we come away feeling like we sat through absolutely nothing. 4/10
7Life of Pi

Ugh. Alright, it was visually pretty. No doubt about that. But the script is just plain pretentious and throws in religious references for the sake of it. The scenes on the lifeboat and the tiger are well shot but at times I felt seasick. And as a whole I felt like I had a bible smacked across my face. Forgettable and not worth it, 2/10

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