Oscar Bait 2022 - 2023

I don't think it was far from perfect but I think Diego gave an amazing performance and can't wait to see him in more projects. Brad was kind of just... there for me, I don't get the 'career-best performance' talk I heard regarding this. Margot I thought was great as well as Jovan. I do think the reason it kind of got shut out in most nominations though is definitely because it was a critique on Hollywood culture.

Tobey Maguire is my new sleep paralysis demon.
Yeah I enjoyed Margot and Diego even though they weren't given much to do other than be the over the top wild child and hopelessly in love sad sack stereotypes. Brad was... Brad. He has such distinctive mannerisms and speech patterns I can never not see him as himself.

I get that it was going for an epic rise and fall story but the narrative and characters weren't sketched out well enough to get you emotionally invested. Diego's character went from Brad Pitt's assistant to running a studio to being on the run? Brad's character went from being the most bankable star of the silent era to declining so bad he took his own life? It all came out of left field, in spite of the 3 hour runtime. It was still ridiculously entertaining though and I'm surprised it's not in the award conversation more, I know Hollywood loves a film about Hollywood.
 
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I don't think Brad Pitt's performance was that great either. He's one of the actors whose best work is outside of the stuff the Academy has recognised. Fight Club, Burn After Reading and Ad Astra are probably his career highlights for me.
 
Yeah I enjoyed Margot and Diego even though they weren't given much to do other than be the over the top wild child and hopelessly in love sad sack stereotypes. Brad was... Brad. He has such distinctive mannerisms and speech patterns I can never not see him as himself.

I get that it was going for an epic rise and fall story but the narrative and characters weren't sketched out well enough to get you emotionally invested. Diego's character went from Brad Pitt's assistant to running a studio to being on the run? Brad's character went from being the most bankable star of the silent era to declining so bad he took his own life? It all came out of left field, in spite of the 3 hour runtime. It was still ridiculously entertaining though and I'm surprised it's not in the award conversation more, I know Hollywood loves a film about Hollywood.

I definitely get that but I think they also don't like when a movie is painting Hollywood in a negative light. I wish the film had focused more on some of the other characters, especially Sidney and Fay. I didn't need to see that much of Jack Conrad and if they had used him in the way they used Jean Smart's role and focused on the younger cast, I think it could have been more enjoyable of a film.
 
I don't think Babylon got shut out because it critiqued Hollywood. I think it got shut out because the reviews were bad and the film bombed. There aren't that many Oscar nominated films rocking a 55% on RT.

Ana de Armas' acting nom for Blonde says high with a 42%. I don't think it was Best Picture worthy but I do believe some of the performances deserved recognition over some others who were nominated.
 
I finally saw Tár this week and holy crap, that ending. I gasped, then I laughed (then I shut up again because I saw this movie with the most sedated audience ever and so nobody else was laughing with me, ddd).

Good grief. This movie truly takes no prisoners, huh? But honestly, it’s all the better for it. Uncompromising, cold and pretentious, but also formidable, fierce, impressive - much like Lydia Tár herself. What an absolute tour de force. I honestly can’t stop thinking about this film, coming up with theories about it, putting pieces of the puzzle together and marvelling at the intricate web that Todd Field has spun … Cinema at its best.

And Cate. Cate! Ugh. She’s really in a league of her own, there’s no way around it.
 
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I love Mother
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I still love Black Swan. Pure camp and the final 20 minutes or so are immaculately choreographed overblown nonsense.

Low-key hate everything else of his I've ever seen though.
The only films of his I'd really disliked until now were Noah and Mother!, but at least those were interesting. This was just tedious, manipulative trash.
 
Mother! was pretentious bullshit, but I also think it is one of Jennifer's best performances and I do think she should have gotten an Oscar nom for it.

They were promoting that movie as if it was gonna be some blockbuster horror movie. It's a pretentious biblical allegory arthouse movie - it should have been released in December with all the other Oscar bait.
 

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