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The 8 Movies You Should Have Already Seen For Oscar Season 2014

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Every year, I promise myself that I’m gonna be really on top of awards season. I’m gonna see all the films, but especially the Best Picture nominees, and I’m gonna be super dee duper informed and up-to-date on all the latest buzz. I’ll stroll into whatever Oscar party I wrangle an invite to with my already filled-out ballot and my themed snack and costume in tow, and just really impress crap out of all my friends.

Except that’s never what happens. When the movies are coming out, I feel like I have all the time in the world to see them, so I don’t make it a priority. Maybe I see a movie here and there, but I don’t do my research, so they end up being kind of crappy ones that have approximately a zero percent chance of winning any kind of award. Then all of a sudden it’s February and I have twenty movies to see because I didn’t keep up all season and it’s too many and overwhelming and I don’t know a goddamn thing about any of the movies so I cancel last minute on the party and sit at home for the Oscars, stewing in my deep and abiding shame.

But this year, it’s my actual physical job to see a ton of movies and write a ton of reviews, and it’s resulted in me already being extremely informed a little under four months out from the 2014 Academy Awards, which are airing on March 2nd. And since I’m a generous lass and I’ve struggled so mightily with this in the past, I figured I’d extend a helping hand to you guys and tell you what movies you should’ve already seen before it gets too late to catch up. And as a bonus, this next couple weeks is the perfect time to do work on this list, because the next Oscar-buzzy film (Nebraska) doesn’t come out until November 22nd.

So gird your loins, friend, for these are the eight movies that you should have already seen (in my humble opinion) in order to be up-to-date on the 2014 awards season. Time to get your ass in gear.

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  • mse63

    I beg your pardon, Bullock is a LOCK for nomination, and there’s nothing sentimental about that. On another hand Blanchett is clearly winning that race, barely anyone questions that fact. ;)

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I strongly disagree with her being nominated. I didn’t feel like there was any substance to that role. I thought the movie was the star.

    • mse63

      I respect your opinion, even though I myself strongly disagree, and believe that Bullock had the performance of her career in Gravity… But that’s not entirely what I meant. While personal opinions can differ, the general critical consensus on Bullock is that she’s in a very strong position nomination-wise (some people even think that she has the best chance to beat Blanchett, but that’s wishful thinking – NO ONE is going to beat Blanchett), and not just because she’s pulling the sentimental votes (although that would explain why some have the notion that she has an actual chance of winning). Her performance was very well recieved, and we gotta respect that, putting our subjective views aside. ;)

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      But your views are pretty subjective too, no?

    • mse63

      Did I say, that it wasn’t? Lol. :D I only commented to let you know that there’s a different general consensus on the subject than you’re own, just so you can, you know, keep up with the buzz and whatnot. The mere fact that I happen to mostly agree with that general opinion has nothing to do with my argument. :)

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      The tekkie stuff was the star. Even Joyce Carol Oates agrees with me on that.

  • Elizabeth Parker

    I’ve seen all of these except 7 + 8. I saw All is Lost yesterday and I have to say it’s a bit of a snoozefest – like Life of Pi minus the tiger.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oh no! I’m seeing it on Saturday, so I’ll let you know what I think. Maybe there will be a tiger by then.

    • Elizabeth Parker

      @alexisrhiannon:disqus There should be. Seriously.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      LOL! These are getting to be silmulacrum eh.

  • Greg dinskisk

    No chance for any Before Midnight love in Best Adapted Screenplay? :’( I’d agree….

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oh I didn’t see it! Worth a look?

    • Greg dinskisk

      It’s crazy, crazy good.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I shall watch!

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  • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

    I guess no one has seen Cameron Diaz in The Counselor.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I’ve seen her…what’s your point?

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      I don’t have a point other than her performance is the best I’ve seen so far this year. Extremely subtle tho so that will probably doom it for the masses.McCarthy’s message of doom is not liked very much. and now that we all know for certain Fassbender is a woman abuser, that will ruin it eh.

      Read Cam Williams review of The Counselor and Diaz. He’s Australian. You can find him on twitter. He writes very intelligent reviews. I haven’t read all of his by any means but I like him as much as darren who does them0vieblog in Dublin.

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