There is something special about the Academy Awards. The glitz and glamour of the event, along with the history of the medium, make each Oscar ceremony stand out. For the first time since I started following the award circuit in 2009, I was able to see all the Best Picture nominees before the big day. And for the first time I reviewed the films on this site and can now make sound predictions. Read on to see who I think will take home Oscar tonight.
Katheryn Bigelow’s follow up to her Best Picture-winning The Hurt Locker is another modern war film, Zero Dark Thirty (ZD30). And she tops that movie in every way. Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt, ZD30 attempts to recreate the US government’s 12 year hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Watch the trailer then read my review after the jump.
Amour hasn’t seen wide release in North America, but this French film swept through Cannes and is now nominated for Best Picture. I caught it at a TIFF screening and can safely report that it deserves all of its nominations. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, the film follows an elderly couple as they cope with life just before death. Watch the trailer after the jump then read my review.