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To want 12 Years a Slave to win all the Oscars?

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Scarletohello Fri 31-Jan-14 22:47:01

I saw this film last week and I was blown away by it! Not just the subject matter which was powerfully handled but the acting, the direction, the cinematography and the screenplay. I don't know how Oscars are decided but its a masterpiece IMO and deserves recognition. Film students will be studying it for years and Steve McQueen is a genius...

What do people think?

mummymeister Fri 31-Jan-14 22:51:51

i think the Oscar giving has a lot to do with guilt. guilt over a good actor/actress who has never won in the past but whom they think should win so they give it for a mediocre film/performance. guilt over something like slavery. lots of American breast beating but no one makes a film about Guantanamo. I lost it with the Oscars when they gave them to Titanic tbh. all far too political with both a small and large P.

softlysoftly Fri 31-Jan-14 22:54:25

I don't get the mass hysteria over it to be honest. It felt lacking, I don't think it said anything new or changed perceptions in any way.

Felt zero connected emotion to it.

However it can win every Oscar if you like as I really couldn't care less about them.

AlpacaPicnic Fri 31-Jan-14 22:55:03

I definitely want it to beat American Hustle. My god, that is one dull film. Went to see it last week, the most exciting point was when the cinema had a power cut...

Lighthousekeeping Fri 31-Jan-14 22:57:59

I fancy Dallas Buyers Club.

SaucyJack Fri 31-Jan-14 23:02:59


Matthew McConaughey has destroyed what was one of the finest bodies on the face of the planet, and the least they can do is bloody well make it worth the sacrifice.

*might be missing the point

Lighthousekeeping Fri 31-Jan-14 23:08:35

He's looking like he recovered on Graham Norton grin

Caitlin17 Sat 01-Feb-14 00:02:46

I haven't seen it and have no interest in seeing it.

The Wolf of Wall Street was an hour too long. It was a series of clever set pieces all of which outstayed their welcome.

Scarletohello Sat 01-Feb-14 00:31:37

GO SEE IT! it's not unrelenting horror, it's beautifully shot and has some fantastic performances. I didn't really want to see it but I'm so glad I did...

And from the above comments on some of the other Oscar nominated films/ performances, it deserves to win.

We will see tho...

Starballbunny Sat 01-Feb-14 01:08:38

Please no!
It will just encourage more realistic miserable tell us the world is, was a horrible place films.

I want escapism and fun.

I'm not paying to be depressed, however well it's done!

BitOutOfPractice Sat 01-Feb-14 01:14:49

Have you seen all the other nominated films?

steff13 Sat 01-Feb-14 01:24:38

Most of the awards shows are political, IMO. It seems like an "important" film will win over one that is actually better. Of the nominated movies this year, I've only seen Gravity, so I can't say specifically if 12 Years a Slave should win.

I'm with Sarballbunny as far as movies. I want fun or scary movies. I know slavery was (and still is in many places) horrible and sad. I don't need to see it for two hours.

Caitlin17 Sat 01-Feb-14 01:28:44

Gravity was stunning but it probably will lose out as it's not important as you rightly say.

MusicalEndorphins Sat 01-Feb-14 02:37:35

We almost saw it on Wed., but decided on Anchorman 2 instead.

Chippednailvarnish Sat 01-Feb-14 02:45:49

Sex panther!

noisytoys Sat 01-Feb-14 05:39:43

12 years a slave was fantastic but very long and drawn out. It could have easily fit into an hour documentary and had the same impact.

shartsi Sat 01-Feb-14 06:31:38

Blue Jasmine was lovely

MamaPain Sat 01-Feb-14 06:45:05

I've seen all the films except Dallas Buyers Club and Her, but will see them on release.

At the moment I'd give Chiwetel Ejiofor the oscar but not one to the film. Is as really unimpressed by it. It was grim and told a story but it wasn't shocking or harrowing enough to be considered a true depiction. I mean it basically had a happy ending, I know it briefly alluded to this at the end but for the majority there was no happy ending or even the hope of one. To me its much more Hollywood and stylised than it thinks it is. It's well shot and impressive for the budget and filming period. Django was a better film about slavery, that will stay with me longer.

American Hustle could win awards for costume, Jennifer Lawrence was great but film was dire. Gravity was one of the most tedious films I have ever seen.

At the moment I'd give the oscar to Wolf of a Wall Street, I loved that film!

chibi Sat 01-Feb-14 06:49:59

that is how that story actually ended, though- solomon northup was reunited with his family after 12 years in slavery.

ars you saying something that actually happened isn't realistic enough for you? confused

DaddyPigsMistress Sat 01-Feb-14 06:51:43

I thought it was just ok. Certainly wont buy the dvd or recommend it.

It was very slick and loooong.

MamaPain Sat 01-Feb-14 07:06:12

I am familiar with the story. I'm saying that they specifically picked that story because of its ending. As the film commented, kidnapping of free men and them then living horrendous lives in slavery were 10 a penny, if the film wanted to be as hard hitting as it appears to attempt in some me places they should have told that story, not pick the one which so helpfully ticks the boxes of making a good movie.

chibi Sat 01-Feb-14 07:25:30

indeed. they could have even made a snuff film, if they really wanted to show suffering. what hypocrites. hmm

BlueStones Sat 01-Feb-14 10:28:07

I found it hard to feel anything - not sure why because I'm usually oversensitive to depiction of suffering. I don't know ... I just left feeling underwhelmed. I get that it was one man's true story; I just don't feel like we got to know that man. It felt acted, as stupid as that sounds.

isshoes Wed 05-Feb-14 20:45:57

Very surprised by some of these comments. I thought it was one of the most emotionally powerful films I have ever seen. On a par with Schindler's list at least.

dexter73 Wed 05-Feb-14 20:51:30

I really enjoyed 12 Years. Gravity was dullsville. Wolf of Wall Street was good but too long.

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