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'Oppenheimer' dominates Oscar nominations; Gerwig passed over for best director

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Gerwig was surprisingly left out of the best director field

Nothing surprising about it. "Barbie" was trash. Trite at its worst, grandstanding at its best. Surely there are better ways to express the ideas the filmmaker had.

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[ Though Nolan is regarded as the big-canvas auteur of his era, he’s never won an Academy Award — nor have any of his films won best picture. This, though, could be his year. ]

This is the year, Mr. Nolan, congratulations; you will finally be recognized as one of the greatest directors of all time (of course we already know that but an Oscar is always an Oscar).

[ In heaping nominations on “Oppenheimer,” Oscar voters are poised to do something they haven’t done in a long time: Hand its top award to a big-budget blockbuster. Granted, “Oppenheimer” isn’t your average big-screen spectacle, but the academy has for years favored smaller films for best picture, … ]

— Part of the reason why some people never took Nolan seriously…; (smdh).

[ The 10 films nominated for best picture were: “Oppenheimer,” “Barbie,” “Poor Things,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “The Holdovers,” “Maestro,” “American Fiction,” “Past Lives,” “Anatomy of a Fall” and “The Zone of Interest.”

The best picture collection of films — all of which played in theaters for at least a month, including Netflix’s “Maestro” — reflected the industry’s rebalancing after years of experimentation during the pandemic. Netflix came away with the most nominations of any studio with 18, but industry consensus has, for now, turned back to believing cinemas play a vital role in the rollout of most movies. Apple and Amazon, which in 2022 acquired MGM, have each made theatrical releases a priority. ]

I’d say that two thousand and three was a very good / very important year for cinema (and I’m not against streaming, sci-fi/superhero/comic book movies and sequels…).

And

good luck to Godzilla Minus One and Perfect Days and of course, when I say “luck”, I mean that those movies deserve to win the Oscar ( Best Visual Effects and Best International Film).

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The article missed out on naming the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film, which are

The Boy and the Heron;

Elemental;

Nimona;

Robot Dreams; and

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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Seems a bit ironic that in a movie about women struggling to be taken seriously in the world, the female lead gets snubbed and the male supporting actor gets nominated.

That said, the movie doesn’t hold a candle to Oppenheimer. Amusing but not a serious work of film.

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John Williams is incredible.

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Nothing surprising about it. "Barbie" was trash. Trite at its worst, grandstanding at its best. Surely there are better ways to express the ideas the filmmaker had.

Wow, sounds terrible. So you have seen it in its entirety?

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I’d say that two thousand and three was a very good / very important year for cinema

Oops, excuse me—two thousand and twenty three—2023.

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Wow, sounds terrible. So you have seen it in its entirety?

Yes, I have. I sat through it till the end!

Its quirkiness has a charm that wears off after 10 minutes and then becomes tiresome. The plot has no surprises or interest. And there is plenty of lecturing on and on about very, very Level-1, elementary feminist issues that's a bit insulting to your intelligence. It's like a couple of idiots who are trying very hard to have a deep conversation.

Feminist ideas are very much worth highlighting, and the world needs to improve in those ways - but you don't have to bore me and lecture me with them, do you? As a movie, it's a terrible failure. And as a vehicle for the filmmaker's ideals, it's also a terrible failure.

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I suppose the best point of the movie for some people is the nostalgia factor. If you were very into Barbie dolls as a child, there are MANY references to all the various characters and toys and props, and you might appreciate them. If you weren't, then you have to wait patiently through each revelation of a long-lost character in the Barbie world.

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Gerwig was surprisingly left out of the best director field.

Oh no! We didn't get what we wanted so it must be discrimination! Obviously there were other directors who did better.

It's not rocket science. But if it was, some people would not be nominated to build it.

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Saw the title 'Gerwig passed over for best director' and thought this Gerwig must be a minority or a woman if there're mentioning it. Lo and behold...

When will the whining stop?

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I enjoyed the movie in a fun kind of way, don’t get me wrong.

but it was not the role wasn’t Oscar worthy.

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Hollywood, in order not to have a super hero movie (or in this case, a doll movie) always go for the biography picture. The lead actor almost always gets the Oscar, too. It's this or some trite "serious" movie. Oppenheimer will win easily.

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TOW not someone I would follow advice on a review in a film, why not go and watch a film and enjoy or not enjoy. I go and watch a film and come out and think yes or no or maybe, I don’t dissect it to the extent you and some others do . I either wasted my money or not . But in your instance you went to see it and come out after talking like a well established critic which you are not

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Hollyweed garbage...

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