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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Argo F%*k yourself!

I love the Oscars - every year I enter a tipping competition and rarely does the quality of the film enter into the reasoning behind which films or actors I pick. I like to believe the Academy does play favourites, and sometimes that pans out with the right person or movie winning but usually it doesn't. Of course, I actually have nothing to substantiate this, and it's probably just the deluded ramblings of a bored non-Industry cinema lover who has no idea what she's talking about (and sour grapes), so no defamation suits please.

This year I am so disappointed that Argo won't win Best Picture, purely because of the other films it's up against. It's a really tough year.

If you haven't seen it, go. It's been running in the cinemas since August (this is another made up fact because I can't be bothered fact checking, but I think I saw it then). If you don't like Ben Affleck, still go. You won't mind, I promise. The support casting is great, and the film is a well made exercise in tension and menace with a historical 'doco' vibe. It's not, of course. Facts have been played with to make a better story (but would we really like the ending if Butch shot the Sundance Kid and then killed himself? Not quite the same appeal, Hollywood is Hollywood, and entertainment, not education is the primary purpose - actually making money might be the primary purpose but again, what do I know?)

It will win the consolation prize of screenplay or original score, but will miss the big one due to two more patriotic contenders.

Of course, I usually come last in the tipping. I am hoping in this case I am wrong. If you watch, think of me as the winner of Best Picture is announced. Will I be sitting at home cheering, or yelling 'Argo f%*k yourself!'

Do you care? Do you have favourites? Who will win?

 
Linking up with the lovely Grace, for #FYBF at With Some Grace

25 comments:

  1. I have to admit that I haven't watched a movie in years. And years. I can't wait til the kids are in preschool and I can duck off for a sneaky couple of hours of popcorn, coke and choc top indulgence!

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    1. Oh, that sounds good. I usually sneak off early sunday morning...heehee

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  2. Not a bit Oscars watcher but... I've been hearing lots about this on the arts radio shows I podcast. The movie sounds fab. My hubbie saw it and said I must go... but WHEN!!!???

    Must and shall. Excellent to see a good enough approach to post research!

    PS PLEASE switch off the Captcha on your comments, it makes it so much harder to comment, but am persevering.

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    1. I plan to this weekend - someone put up a how to turn off thing in their post the other day so hopefully it will be gone...

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  3. Thanks for the 'review' !! I don't know if I have even heard of this movie - I hear of movies - think "That sounds really good - we must go and see it" and then forget all about it !!!!
    I really should have a list in my diary and write them in there - and then get them out on DVD !
    Have the best day and may the best movie win !!!
    Me

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    1. I LOVE movies. Like meditation for me...

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  4. I haven't seen Argo yet but am dying to! It has got some tough competition against it (was surprised Silver Linings was up there! Haven't seen it yet but didn't think Bradley Cooper was Oscar material).
    I agree with you. I reckon they play favourites. And the fact the actors have to kind of "campaign" leading up to the big night. Totally OTT, me thinks.

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    1. I was surprised Silver Linging made it but I've not seen it yet...

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  5. Arrrrr there are so many movies I want to GO and see (d'ya like what I did there??? hmmm??) The winners are always total rubbish and completely rigged. I just watch it for the dresses (to laugh at the bad ones), and in the hope that someone pulls a Gwyneth (who I quite love BTW) and starts blub blub blubbing) or gets really drunk and falls off the stage. Inappropriate in Hollywood? YES PLEASE. I am such a big and noble person.
    But, truly, I think Ben Affleck is DAMN SMART and very intelligent to have pulled this movie together - producing, directing and acting. I want it to win. And i haven't even seen it. One day I'm gonna write a screenplay and get my arse up on that stage. HAHAHHAHA once I'm over my mid-life crisis. Migraine yesterday. Dearlirious today. My apologies. Call me Gwyneth.

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    1. Love what you did there!!!!
      On migraines, I only started to get them last year and I swear by nurofen migraine - thought it would just be normal nurofen that they were overcharging for by writing migraine on the box but it really works
      *this is not a sponsored post but it should be given how many people I tell about how good it is. Show me the money, nurofen!!!!

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    2. Oh no I'm SO with you there - they're GOLD on normal headaches for me (ummm … the kind that I have this morning…. from excessive imbibing … now - VANISHED!) but my kind of migraines are hemiplegic. No pain! weeeee but no function in half my body either. Hilarious at a school pick up. HAHAHHAHAHAh. HA. Funnily enough though, right before I conked out, I was telling the kindy teacher to stock her handbag full of Nurofen migraine as she was telling me about her shocking headache all day previously!!!! THEY. ARE. GOLD.

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    3. Nurofen, imagine the publicity if you paid us???? Sponser us! See how seemlessly we snuck in a promo when we were talking movies...?

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  6. I would love Les Mis to win, but its the only one of the contenders I've seen so I could be biased! As long a Anne Hathaway wins I'll be happy!

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  7. I am hoping that Les Mis wins but its the only one of the contenders I have seen so I'm a bit biased! As long as Anne Hathaway wins I'll be happy!

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    1. I think it will get something but not sure if it will in those 2 categories...but I'm usually wrong so take heart...

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  8. I hadn't heard of Argo before - clearly I need to get out more!

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    1. It's a great film. Really well made...

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  9. Oh that's for the reminder Lydia so going to watch Argo this weekend! Maybe even tonight - I love the Oscars for the perve factor and you are right, the best man/person/film/woman doesn't usually win x

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  10. Maresi tomei for my cousin vinnie taught us that...that one got rid of any doubts it wasn't rigged.

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  11. I have no idea what is up for awards this year - possibly doesn't help that I haven't seen a mature movie at the cinema in many years! Kirsty @ My Home Truths

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    1. You need to rectify that! Sneak off today!

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  12. I have not seen Argo yet but having movie night tomorrow night and I just saw this one pop up as available to download on pay tv! Will take your recommendation

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    1. Do let me know if you like it (or hate it). I saw silver linings play book & the Arnie movie in the same weekend...so I'm. Ot all that discriminating...

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  13. No to Argo for me either. Have just seen a few minutes of the oscars and don't even know who the MC is - must get on to google him! Hope you do better than last in your tipping comp!

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  14. I did - but still not a winner - tho SO happy Argo got what it deserved. It really is better than all the rest. It's rare for me to be so enthusiastic about a film...

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