Welcome to the preview of the 85th Oscars, and what a pageantry of Hollywood flash and glamour it’s going to be. The knives have been out early with manoeuvrings ol’ Abe would have been proud of. Already Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Ben Affleck (Argo) are directorial casualties, and there have been some interesting betting moves.

Argo f--- yeah!

Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects: These are separate categories, but any visual award should go to The Life of Pi. Forget the period dramas, this film tantalised the eyeballs.

Best Costume: Anna Karenina is the hot favourite in front of Les Miserable, but the money has been for Les Mis. There could be an upset here and this is one category both films excelled in. Some may say it’s the only category Anna excelled in.

Best Foreign Film: The Cannes Palme d’Or winner Amour is the deserved favourite and will win here. It’s also nominated for Best Film, but the chances of a third foreign film winning in a row are impossible, no matter how good this one is. And it is.

Best Original Screenplay: How are they going to separate these? Django Unchained – where every third word starts with ‘n’; Zero Dark 30’s CIA approved scripting and Amour, where there is hardly any dialogue. Quentin is overdue, and the money says: Django.

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway’s long cameo in Les Miserables has already won her awards and she’s the red hot favourite ahead of Sally Fields (Lincoln) - who has put that nun behind her - Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Amy Adams (The Master) and ‘overnight sensation’ Jackie Weaver who should be happy her stroll through Silver Linings Playbook earned her a second Oscar nom. But it will be Anne Hathaway.

Best Supporting Actor: There’s been a bit of money on Christopher Waltz (Django Unchained) to make him equal favourite with Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln). This could go either way. Waltz pulled off his audacious role with aplomb, and Tommy Lee was venomous, but a little monotone. Seymour Hoffman (Master) and De Niro (Silver Linings) are close enough in the market to be threats, and Alan Arkin is a threat to their PG rating if he repeats his famous ‘Argo f*** yourself’ catchcry. Close but I’m tipping: Tommy Lee Jones.

Best Actress: Two of the more startling performers this year were incredibly young Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and French veteran Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) who, like Naomi Watts, spent half the film in bed. Riva has been attracting most of the money lately and could surprise. Jessica Chastain was solid in Zero Dark Thirty but the red hot favourite is Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook). As real as her performance was, she could learn from some of the other contenders. Winner: Jennifer Lawrence.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis amazed as Abe. He’s at Black Caviar odds and is just as sure to win. Our Hugh should treasure his BAFTA because England is as close as he’ll get to winning here. He is second favourite ahead of Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) who has returned to reality, Bradley Cooper’s bipolar battle with reality (Silver Linings Playbook) and Denzel Washington’s drug-addled flight from it (Flight).

Best Director: The Affleck snub has left hot favourite Stephen Spielberg in front on his own. Pity, as Affleck would have challenged and Ang Lee deserves his second for Life of Pi. Michael Haneke (Amour) is too challenging for American audiences, David O Russel (Silver Linings Playbook) is a surprising no-hoper at 20/1 and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) would turn the industry on its head if his low budget drama won for him. Winner: Spielberg.

Best Film: This bloated category features films lucky to be here (this means you Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained), blessed to make it (well done Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amour, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Mis) but there are only two real chances: Lincoln opened long odds on (1/3) but has blown out to as much as 6/1, while Argo has been the big firmer and is now at 1/6. Can it win without being nominated for Best Director or Actor? It is the better film and in Hollywood, money talks. My tip is: Argo.

First celeb insult: Charlie Sheen is favourite, ahead of Kirsten Stewart and Kim Kardashian. There were no odds offered yet on another notorious Oscar, but it wouldn’t surprise if he wins.

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    • acotrel says:

      05:28am | 22/02/13

      Tony Abbott won’t win at the Oscars because he has appalling body language.  Must have failed Acting 101 when he was a Rhodes Scholar (- along with Economics 101 and Creative Thinking 101) .
      If there is an award for the best horror movie, he might toss Gomez Adams for the prize.

    • Christian Real says:

      06:42am | 22/02/13

      The red budgie smugglers would most likely give him a points win over Gomez Adams

    • The Thing That Should Not Be says:

      07:09am | 22/02/13

      FFS Acotrel, give it a rest will you?

      You’re becoming the new Erick - hijacking every thread and making it about the same old sh*t.

    • the watcher says:

      07:19am | 22/02/13

      please yellow card acotrel and give us a break for a day!

    • marley says:

      07:41am | 22/02/13

      What the Punch needs is a penalty box. You offend, you get stuck in a penalty thread, watching the game but not playing, and with no one but other offenders to talk to.

      I envisage a scale of penalties:  any mention of budgie smugglers or Juliar, a half day in the box;  repeated use of the same arguments and refusal to address any challenges, a day out;  attempts to hijack the thread with off topic comments, two days;  repeated use of incorrect statistics, three days; boring us all to tears with asinine one-liners, a week; use of multiple identities on the same thread, a week; and so on.  Let Christian Real, PJ, Maria, Acotrel, Badger and a few others spend a few days talking to no one but each other.  That ought to be punishment enough for the lot of them.

    • Chillin says:

      07:43am | 22/02/13

      Erick was viewed as ‘anti-feminist’ and thus entirely ban worthy.
      acotrel is pro-hand wringer so he will never be banned.

    • gof says:

      07:44am | 22/02/13

      #The Thing That Should Not Be, #the watcher.
      If you look to the right of your screen there is a scollbar, use it rather than whinge and whine. dickheads.

    • Nilbog says:

      08:02am | 22/02/13

      Acotrel’s Law.

      Coming from acotrel himself, somewhat unsuprisingly.

    • subotic says:

      08:04am | 22/02/13

      You’re becoming the new Erick - hijacking every thread and making it about the same old sh*t.

      But Erick made sense....

    • Smith says:

      08:06am | 22/02/13

      I brought this up yesterday.

      We already have godwin’s law. This should be known as acotrel’s law: bringing up Tony Abbott in the comments of an article that has nothing to do with politics.

      We can maybe also have PJ’s law or similar for Gillard.

    • billy says:

      08:18am | 22/02/13

      acotrel,a Paul Howes sycophant

    • The Thing That Should Not Be says:

      09:00am | 22/02/13

      @ gof - Is THAT what that thing is?!? I would never have known! Thanks for that champ. You have yourself a pleasant day grin

    • Neil says:

      09:06am | 22/02/13

      Pathetic. If there’s one area where he does win it’s definitely body language. He’s as fit as a mallee bull!

    • Smith says:

      09:40am | 22/02/13

      @ Nilbog

      Good to see it’s catching on!

    • gof says:

      10:12am | 22/02/13

      #The Thing That Should Not Be ,
      No problems mate, always here to help.
      Also remember a vote for the ALP is a vote for the best feelgood story of the year!

    • dovif says:

      03:08pm | 22/02/13

      Julia Gillard for her role as a Full Forward for Carlton
      Julia Gillard for her office creating the Australian Day riot where she lost her shoe
      Julia Gillard for her acting when she said “No carbon tax under a government I led
      Julia Gillard for her rehearsed “fake Misorgyny address”
      Real Julia/Fake Julia

    • PJ says:

      06:01pm | 22/02/13

      Gillard and Milne should win an Oscar each for pretending to have a spat.

      Almost had us going yer commies

    • SAm says:

      06:11am | 22/02/13

      make a movie about a president =  somehow winning awards.
      All those movies you listed were more boring than bat$%^&

    • Jack says:

      09:00am | 22/02/13

      Don’t worry. Even though they didn’t win, the Academy wont be taking away your Police Academy 7 and Fatty Vautin dvds.

    • Kika says:

      09:45am | 22/02/13

      Yep - Lincoln will be very successful. USA! USA! USA!

    • Troy Flynn says:

      01:49pm | 22/02/13

      I would anticipate that the American ‘chest thumping patriotism’ movie “Zero Dark Thirty” will pick up best picture award.
      It’s from the same person that brought us “The Hurt Locker” and that load of drivel beat out what should have won, according to most commentators, Avatar.
      Yes I know it was a “SciFI” movie, but it was still infinitely more deserving than Hurt Locker.

    • Jack says:

      05:13pm | 22/02/13

      Avatar was a terrible movie with great fx.

      The Hurt Locker was an excellent movie, and a 97% score on RT means your opinion that it was ‘drivel’ is almost certainly wrong.

      But keep waving that brave anti-american flag.

    • PJ says:

      06:03pm | 22/02/13

      Was Gillard in that movie “Pink Batts of Mass Destruction” ?

      Or was she just the star role in “Carbon Tax Killer”

    • stephen says:

      06:09pm | 22/02/13

      I didn’t like Hurt Locker as much as ‘Jarhead’, which is a mighty good picture.
      ‘Avatar’ belongs in a jar.

    • gof says:

      06:40am | 22/02/13

      The winner of the Oscars goes to the fine actor (maybe Zac Effron) who portrays Wayne Swan in the “Kings” to be “Speech”.

      Runner up will be the average actress who portrays Tony Abbott in “Tony in Wonderland”

    • Fred says:

      07:34am | 22/02/13

      How desperate are the likes of Foggy Goffy and Acotroll.
      An article about the oscars in hollywood, is somehow linked to politics in canberra, and of course, their favourite boogy man, Tony Abbott.

    • Smith says:

      08:07am | 22/02/13

      Fine example of acotrel’s law

    • ramases says:

      07:36am | 22/02/13

      My first question is,“who gives a shit” and my second question is “who gives a shit”. I ask myself, self I say, why does an industry who makes billions need to have award nights that are usually so one sided and biased as to be a mockery except to salve the minds and pride of those high price line reciters we call actors and rip more money out of the system.
        These line reciters are paid to do a job and thats that, I dont see the local plumber getting an award for all his hard work or the clerk in the next building getting to walk down a red carpet to get an award for doing his or her job but for some reason people find an excuse to honour people who cant even think for themselves unless its written in a script.

    • Ohcomeon says:

      12:09pm | 22/02/13

      How have you made it this far in life without realising that media awards shows are created and intended as industry promotion vehicles?

      They are not there to reward excellence anywhere near as much as they are to promote the industry.

      Once you realise this, they become a lot less offensive and hold as much weight as your local chamber of commerce awards night.

    • Troy Flynn says:

      01:53pm | 22/02/13

      Agreed Ohcomeon, that’s why I’ve never, repeat never watched a logies awards in my life.

    • Mad Man says:

      07:40am | 22/02/13

      Hey moderators,

      For ONCE can you PLEASE not publish an acotrel comment that turns an obviously non-political story into yet another tenuously-linked-to-Abbot-or-Federal-politics troll-fest. It’s becoming boring reading the same old slings and arrows from this one-trick pony. Enough!

    • Christian rRal says:

      08:36am | 22/02/13

      Mad Man
      A least acotrel has a sense of humor, another quality of life that you liberal mob sadly lacks.

    • lostinperth says:

      08:38am | 22/02/13

      +1 - the hypocrisy is breath taking.
      Bring back Erick - at least he could present decent arguments instead of acotrel’s trolling

      Actually, I am begining to suspect that it is one of the mods posting incogneto or why else would he be allowed to get away with it for so long??

    • Chillin says:

      09:00am | 22/02/13


      Let us know when he’s being funny, so we know to politely laugh.

      Erick at least had an argument, rather than one line of nothing and sexual obsession (looking at you gof) about red togs.

    • Mad Man says:

      09:32am | 22/02/13

      Liberal mob? Are you kidding?? What is it with you guys that you adopt the whole “if you’re not for us you MUST be against us…”. Have you considered that I’m neither left…no right…bu just a guy who is tired of the usual cut/paste responses from the “usual suspects”...and the blind acolytes who rush to defend them.

      Since when was Ctrl C & Ctrl V considered logical and well thought out argument?

    • Shane* says:

      10:15am | 22/02/13

      How long has it been since Erick was banned? 6+ months at least.

      Remember, remember the banning of Erick.

      The Punch is like the Matrix. Commenters were generally happy in our little manufactured reality, but then the powers-that-be decided to change something. They banned someone for having an opinion. It changed things. It broke down barriers. All of a sudden the mods weren’t objectively ticking boxes… they had made a decision based on emotion. A new world order was formed.

      And now? Rather than ignore acotrel for bringing up Tony Abbott in a thread about Hollywood, as we would have done pre-Erick-ban, we rile up. Something’s not right. Something is askew. Acotrel survives, but Erick was banned. Something smells. It’s rotten to the core.

      And somewhere, deep in the back of our minds, we hear the voice:

      “Erick was frikkin right. He was banned because he riled up the feminists. He was banned because the Tory’s weren’t happy.”


    • gof says:

      10:17am | 22/02/13

      #Chillin ,
      “sexual obsession (looking at you gof) about red togs.”
      No need for you to look today #Chillin, I am wearing blue!

    • subotic says:

      10:28am | 22/02/13

      Hell yea, freedom of thought and speech only for those who agree with our own point of view!

      Death to the infidels who speak the same thing over & over and who disagree with our narrow take on life.

      I don’t agree with the ac-ster.
      I DO AGREE that he has the right to say it. Over. And over.

      Is that enough rope for everyone.... ???

    • Paul says:

      10:34am | 22/02/13

      @ Mad Man: Don’t let it get to you. One of my fav films is Scarface. Hopefully Acotrel and CR will meet Tony Montana one of these days. ‘Say hello to my little friend.’

      See Acotrel et al, us Libs do have a sense of humour.

    • Baloo says:

      11:47am | 22/02/13

      Erick is the hero The Punch the deserves, but not the one it needs.

    • kolman says:

      12:32pm | 22/02/13

      The boy child in the red budgie smugglers deserves to be mocked at every opportunity.
      It’s free speech. just ask marley, the apologist for conservatives and the ltd. news peanuts that pass themselves off as journalists.

      Just a short observation on Canadians in general.
      “Canada could have been a great country with French culture, American industry and British civility. Instead, Canada has become a country with American culture, British industry and French civility.”

    • Paul says:

      03:14pm | 22/02/13

      @ Kolman: Have you actually been to Canada? I always found the Cannuks to have found a nice balance. Even the East Hastings St junkies are quite relaxed and fed via salmonella wagons.

      Marley, Canada Rocks! I love Victoria and Whistler. Don’t listen to these muppets.

    • PJ says:

      06:06pm | 22/02/13

      Hey! it’s not Acotrels fault ...... have a heart.

      You’d be like him too if you tried to have faith in the Gillard Government

      As was the case with the carbon tax, the surplus and the private health insurance rebate: Labor will say one thing before an election and do another thing after.

      Drive anyone bonkers

    • stephen says:

      06:16pm | 22/02/13

      Alcho, once in a while, says some interesting things, and he certainly has a bee under his kilt, but he does not seem to have that edge of maliciousness that Erick often had, and who, I knew, had copied stuff directly onto this page.
      That’s bad, but A. has opinions, and if you do not like them, well write something - anything - that will change his mind.


      08:03am | 22/02/13

      Hi Con,

      All this information about a two and half hour show? Watching the Oscars have been special in the past but in recent years it has been mainly about one or two films getting an average of about 6-10 Oscars each and very fairly divided I must say.  If only we could know for what?  Real talent, good acting, good screen play, or about our favorite film stars or simply about being big or small budget?  May be we can all turn back the clock to the days of Hollywood giants like Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis and Richard Gere!  Where those type of movies made us fee us about our selves with a real entertainment value and a special promise of 90 minutes true escapism. 

      Right now and most unfortunately we seem to be fascinated with different things such as catching terrorists like Osama bin Laden and wars with very graphic scenes.  So don’t we all get enough of that on our TV screens and 24 hour NEWS channels non stop.  I look forward to a day as the audience where we could pick the Oscars, because after all the dedicated audience and movie goers are the main reason those films are made.  A bit of action, a bit of comedy and romance would really make our day.  And for me personally the best part of the show happen to be special hosts and guests like Billy Crystal and Jamie Foxx. At least they do make us laugh?

      I just wanted to ask the Hollywood crowd if they are truly running out of really good ideas or just simply taking short cuts?  We could all use variety of films reflecting our unique lives and life styles in different parts of the world,  just like Crocodile Dundee did once upon a time and by the way it was one of my all time favorites! So to all the directors and film makers in Hollywood especially, we simply have to ask “is this the best you can all come up with”?  Or “is the best yet to come” ?  Kind regards.

    • Con says:

      09:20am | 22/02/13

      Hi Nalishan,
      Thanks for your comment. This review also doubles as a movie review round-up and to counter-balance the politics of awards against their true artistic value. Movies like Life of Pi and even Silver Linings Playbook have that warmth. Yes, they are taking short cuts - even our Tropfest winner was pure plagiarism - but in amongst them there are original gems like Beasts of the Southern Wild that remind you what it’s all about.

    • subotic says:

      10:20am | 22/02/13

      Right now and most unfortunately we seem to be fascinated with different things such as catching terrorists like Osama bin Laden

      “Breaking News” - Osama was “dispatched” quite some time ago by the US gubbermint.

      NESLIHAN KUROSAWA, do you actually read what you post?

    • JoniM says:

      11:09am | 22/02/13

      As an avid film buff and long term fan of the Oscars, I can only say that in recent years the whole Hollywood scene has quickly descended into nothing more than a grubby, low rent, marketing of formularised pulp entertainment. Very little new or exciting comes out on film from Hollywood. You need to trawl through the Independent or Foreign films to find something that has not been franchised or plagerised 25 times before, but now with new casting strategies to maximise demographic appeal and quick returns on investment ! Any artistic pursuit has gone from Hollywood films in favour of turning a dollar and its very own traditional promotion vehicle the Oscar Awards continues to dive along with it !
      This year’s theme seems to be pretty much a Rah Rah USA ! USA ! USA ! year, with the recreations of stories of great and brave successes of the USA from Lincoln to Bin Laden! Then there’s some token inclusions of technical development on display from Ang Lee and another serve of typical madness from Tarrantino, and a film version of a musical.
      All so very mundane !
      Even the Foreign Films this year are a disapointing lot with ‘Armour” as the one standout, and such a long way from that stellar 2010 year with the 5 nominations of ” In a Better World”,” Incendies”, “Biutiful”, ” Dog Tooth” and “Outside The Law” all great films of high quality and totally unfranchised !
      It appears that the serious film artists ( actors, writers & directors) from Hollywood have moved to HBO to make TV movies rather than be part of the churn of franchised crap dictated that we now send out to the Megaplexes !

    • stephen says:

      06:34pm | 22/02/13

      I’ll see ‘Amour’, but generally, foreign films are dull because they are pretentious.
      Film is essentially a Pop-Art, (no denigration intended) and it was with the influence of mainly the French, (Jean Cocteau - a real Genius, by the way - and an Italian (2) a Spaniard, a German (4), 2 Czechs and a Pole who gave the impetus to the gander who decided to film ‘Anna Karenina’.
      No one should be allowed to film this book, or any other such piece, because film cannot handle the words.
      It is essentially a visual medium, and that is why the United States, the master of the still image e.g. photography, can still lead the way.
      Film are sometimes my favourite art form, and the Europeans have imbued it with a poetry which ‘time’ cannot withstand.

    • Imste2 says:

      08:16am | 22/02/13

      I haven’t seen Lincoln (I can believe there’s a sequel to the vampire hunter film so quickly!!).  But ther performances in Silver Linings Playbook were brilliant.

    • Mouse says:

      01:33pm | 22/02/13

      Then you haven’t seen Lincoln the Zombie slayer yet? Couldn’t believe it, was actually a dvd in our local video shop. Looking at the cover, am really not sure if I could watch it. I did like the Vampire hunter one though. Hmmmmmm, tough decision!!  LOL   :oD

    • Aitch B says:

      08:23am | 22/02/13

      Right on cue…. Christian Real and gof jump into bed with acotrel.


    • Mouse says:

      01:35pm | 22/02/13

      Geez AitchB, I’m not sure I even want to imagine that thought!!  lol :oD

    • Groucho says:

      08:42am | 22/02/13

      As a member of the Academy I will be registering a protest vote for the 1940 film Lil Abner,starring Buster Keaton and Milton Berle.The movie was a standout and it is a travesty of justice that it was not recognized as a masterpiece of cinema excellence

    • Zac says:

      08:53am | 22/02/13

      Anything “LEFT” will win! Time to scrap this crap!

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      09:31am | 22/02/13

      Yup, the King’s Speech was such leftie propaganda. Couldn’t move for all the democracy and left wing references.

      That Colin Firth is so working class.

    • James1 says:

      10:52am | 22/02/13

      Don’t forget Lincoln, Jim.  A movie about the founder of the Republican Party must be left wing…

      Hold on.  Maybe I have that confused.

    • St. Michael says:

      11:52am | 22/02/13

      @ James1: quite arguably, you do.  Political parties mutate over time.  Remember, the Democrats in Lincoln’s time were not the affirmative-action party that put up Barack Obama; they were doggedly opposed to emancipation and wanted to keep black people in chains.  As it is, Lincoln was a hell of a lot more of a libertarian than any Republican Party candidate could ever be today.  Spielberg’s Lincoln appears committed to rapidly ending slavery and even suggests that suffrage might eventually be extended to black men.

      By contrast, in his lifetime, Lincoln was consistently criticized by radical Republicans and African-American leaders such as Frederick Douglass for his equivocation on slavery and lenient plans for Reconstruction. Lincoln seems to have held a lifelong commitment to the free-soil ideology that every man, white or black, has the right to earn for himself by the sweat of his brow. Despite this conviction, Lincoln repeatedly stated that he wished to preserve the Union, either with or without slavery. Lincoln viewed the Emancipation Proclamation and the enlistment of black troops as a wartime expedient to preserve the Union.

      The King’s Speech was not made in the Hollywood system.  That sets it apart from standard Hollywood filmmaking.  Hollywood tends to heavy Democrat and left wing by political persuasion and anti-government when it can get away with it; remember acting and the media industry remains one of the heaviest-unionised industries left in America.

      Lincoln gets the period costuming right, but it still takes simplistic caricatures of people and situations.  Zero Dark Thirty suffers the same problems, right down to the title: “Zero” Dark Thirty is not a military term or time; it’s Oh-Dark-Thirty.  “Zero” was probably picked because some ignorant studio suit thought “it sounds More Military that way.”  That entire approach filters through Hollywood and ‘Zero’ in particular.  Any fool who thinks a loud, opinionated woman could survive long on the backstabbing field of a public service department needs their head read; just as similar fools need their heads read if they think US Navy Seals will be fist-pumping and doing other Biff Slamchest stuff in the middle of a covert mission with Pakistani aircraft scrambling due to their incursion.

      It’s an entertaining version of history in both cases, but it’s not history, and not well-done history.  Anyone can fake costuming and buildings given enough time and money.  Tell the full truth about all the complexities of a US President? Never.  It’s not possible in Hollywood.  This can be witnessed from the fact the makers stand on the “historical authority” of their films, but when confronted with historical inaccuracies or plain old lies, just shrug their shoulders and say “it’s just a movie”.

    • fml says:

      11:54am | 22/02/13

      If Argo wins anything then I will eat my commie, leftist hat.

      If Argo is considered leftist, I will hand in my badge at the local commune.

      I can’t stand ben affleck.

      Also, how does growing a beard make ben affleck look latino? Bloody hollywood. For-shame!

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      12:26pm | 22/02/13


      Ben Affleck is great in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.

    • fml says:

      01:46pm | 22/02/13


      That definitely was a good film, although, I believe his performance was lifted by the strong cast around him. Despite his performance, I still maintain a strong sense of disdain towards the man. I cannot say that it is in any way reasonable, but I believe I share the sentiment with many a discerning viewer. Also I think my perception of him changed after an episode of south park ... :p

    • Kika says:

      01:58pm | 22/02/13

      James1 - Lincoln was a commie! What are you talking about? The slaves should never have been emancipated! They should have kept slaving away making the USA more and more money off free labour. (I’m joking by the way).

    • Jack says:

      02:32pm | 22/02/13

      Any disdain I formerly had for Ben Affleck disappeared with Gone Baby Gone and then The Town (which he was also excellent in).

      Argo was outstanding - a tense thriller that avoids being overly violent or reliant on jump scares.

      It’s time to get over how rubbish Daredevil was. All the cool kids hate on Shai Lebouf these days, move on gramps.

    • VVS says:

      02:39pm | 22/02/13

      Ben Affleck was DA BOMB in Phantoms!

    • St. Michael says:

      03:45pm | 22/02/13

      @ Kika: CSA, not USA.  As in, Confederate States of America, not the Union.  That’s the main reason they wanted to keep slaves: most of their economic superiority was built on manpower-heavy agrarian industries like cotton harvesting; the North was building towards industrialisation but was still in the germinal phase.

    • Tony of Poorakistan says:

      08:59am | 22/02/13

      Not sure why you are picking on acotrel for this particular comment. In this case he is correct - Abbott wouldn’t hold a candle to the lying redhead as far as acting is concerned. 
      She had us all on the edge of our seats as she played that memorable scene where she swore there would be no Carbon Tax - she had the audience actually believing she meant every word. And what about the tearjerker where she promised her support to Krudd, only to Hitchcock-like, surprise us by knifing him later than same night? She would be a walk-up start as Lady MacBeth

    • Aitch B says:

      09:37am | 22/02/13

      Um…. wouldn’t be because the article has absolutely nothing to do with politics, would it Tony?

    • Neil says:

      09:14am | 22/02/13

      Argo should win for sure. Django was very good, but a bit too Rambo to be Oscar worthy. Silver Linings was also very good but the plot too rom com cliche.

    • tez says:

      04:01pm | 22/02/13

      Agree Argo was very good, Affleck’s rug didn’t get in the way of the story eather.

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      09:35am | 22/02/13

      FFS, can we just talk about movies and not politics on just one post?

      I’ll start. I think the majority of the best picture noms are pretty shit. I think Les Mis was the best one, but it won’t win because it’s a musical and a blockbuster, and the Academy doesn’t like that sort of thing. They’ll go with a safe winner like Lincoln or Silver Linings Playbook.

    • JoniM says:

      11:24am | 22/02/13

      Yep !

      Gotta agree ! Quite a lot of average rubbish nominated once again this year ! They just keep churning the pulp out ! With quality film options at an all time low, they even had to include a foreign film in the Best Picture Noms !
      I reckon the Best Picture Oscar can only be between Argo, Lincoln or Silver Linings Playbook ( if the less patriotic members of the Academy win out !)

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      11:58am | 22/02/13


      There were a lot great films that I think are overlooked by films with more hype. I think they’re also a lot of teen and children’s movies that get overlooked simply because they’re not ‘serious’.

      Some of the best movies of the last few years have been ‘kids’ movies - Toy Story 3 was one of the most tightly scripted, fantastically performed films I’ve seen in years. The Hunger Games had some wonderfully understated shots with no dialogue that told you so much more than any dialogue could. It had it’s faults, but the camera work was just amazing. The Potter films were filled with amazing performances from the younger actors in the last two films. All ignored!

    • AFR says:

      12:38pm | 22/02/13

      Surprise: a gay man picking a musical smile

      But seriously, Django is the best film i have seen in a quite a while, but can’t see it winning. Not sure what will though. Di Caprio has been shafted by not being nominated.

    • St. Michael says:

      02:01pm | 22/02/13

      @ Jim Moriarty: I think the first time the Oscars ever really came out and announced itself as a pile of crap was with “Shakespeare in Love” winning several awards, mainly due to campaigning by the studio heads, right down to Gwyneth Paltrow’s fake (but well-acted, it must be said) breaking down in tears over her award.  That basically brought the Oscars out into the open as being marketing and political statements first, artistic merit second.

      My wife’s got a nice method for picking good films: she says “look for the palm leaves”, i.e. the Cannes palm leaves.  This doesn’t entirely prevent the possibility of sitting down on a Friday night for two hours of idiots screaming at the audience about the misogynism inherent in the use of soft consonants in the word ‘vagina’, but it certainly prevents you from accidentally subjecting yourself to Forrest Gump.

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      02:17pm | 22/02/13


      Oh come on, it’s one of the ‘musicals men are allowed to like’. Like Sweeney Todd or Little Shop of Horrors. Or Hairspray. wink

      I haven’t seen Django Unchained, I find Tarintino really uneven.  When he’s on form, it’s wonderful, otherwise he’s very mediocre, so I usually wait until DVD to watch his films.

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      02:43pm | 22/02/13

      @St Michael

      I was thrilled when District 9 was nominated a few years back; what a brilliant film. I knew it was never going to win, but a small part of me really hoped it would go to D9.

    • JoniM says:

      03:37pm | 22/02/13

      “My wife’s got a nice method for picking good films: she says “look for the palm leaves”, i.e. the Cannes palm leaves.”

      Spot on your wife, St Michael !
      At least you know with the European Film critics / judges at Cannes , Venice, Berlin festivals etc , they are looking for some artistic content rather than lobbying for the popcorn and merchandise franchises !

    • St. Michael says:

      03:42pm | 22/02/13

      @ Jim Moriarty: +1, District 9 was fantastic stuff - sci-fi that makes Avatar look like a cartoon and on about a hundredth of the budget.  Oh, and not US-centric, which makes it even better.

    • Gordon says:

      03:56pm | 22/02/13

      Agreed on District 9. Great film.

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      04:27pm | 22/02/13

      @St Michael

      It was great hearing the accents in D9.

    • Chillin says:

      11:57am | 22/02/13

      SO tired hearing about Oscar.

    • tez says:

      04:06pm | 22/02/13

      But these little blokes don’t have a trigger finger, and they got legs

    • King in the North says:

      12:30pm | 22/02/13

      There’s too many awards shows these days, and by the time we get to the Oscars (the only one that really counts) I’m really over it. I’d say alot of the nominee’s are over it too and just want to get back to work. Plus the Oscars have become a bit of a farce lately.
      Anyway I’ve only seen Argo and Les Mis this year, both we’re really good but don’t have a great deal of rewatchability. Quite looking forward to seeing most of the other best pic noms, but I prob won’t get to see them until they get a home release. I think Argo will get best pic, and I’m sure DDL is great as always but it’d be cool to see Hugh win.

    • Baloo says:

      12:30pm | 22/02/13

      I’m so far behind in movies, I haven’t even seen Avatar.

    • Mouse says:

      02:52pm | 22/02/13

      Baloo, I am shocked to the bone!!  How can you NOT have seen Avatar? Do you not have a TV and dvd player?  I instruct you to go to your nearest video shop and hire it immediately. You will be thanking me for the rest of the year…. well, week anyway!  lol :o)

    • Gordon says:

      04:01pm | 22/02/13

      Sigourney Weaver in weird shorts, otherwise forgettable piece of by-the-numbers fairytale.  Overrated for all but the visuals. My advice: wear your ipod and listen to nice symphony

    • Baloo says:

      04:28pm | 22/02/13

      I don’t know Mouse, it just hasn’t interested me, but it should because it’s right up my alley. I’m sure it’s on a hard drive or one of my house mates has it. I have this problem of getting annoyed when the underdog wins in a movie though, lol.

    • JoniM says:

      03:53pm | 22/02/13

      No worries , Baloo !
      You have only missed that massive $500m technical production which delivered the prized outcome of a 3D cartoon with an environmental message !
      You might be better off with some old re-runs of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck !
      At least you’ll get a laugh !

    • St. Michael says:

      04:29pm | 22/02/13

      Or just rent out “Dances with Wolves.”  Or “The Last Samurai”.  It’s essentially the same plot in all three films, but Avatar has uninspiring blue alien sex, too.  The buffalo hunt in Dances with Wolves—thank you so much, Dean Semler—has four times the thrill of any action sequence in Avatar, with or without headache-inducing 3D glasses.

    • St. Michael says:

      04:30pm | 22/02/13

      P.S.: And at least “The Last Samurai” has f**king ninjas.

    • Baloo says:

      04:35pm | 22/02/13

      Are you calling me old? I can’t tell from all that sarcasm and odd exclamation points, because I’m 21..
      JoniM you are quite strange.. I’ve never met someone who has tried to make fun of me for not watching “Avatar” before, that’s just so weird for some reason..

    • Gordon says:

      04:10pm | 22/02/13

      I haven’t seen too many of these movies but Lincoln will win something: ticks all the right boxes for US self-mythologising, and is a good movie too. Tommy Lee Jones was pretty good in it but it was basically standard TLJ in a wig ripping the bad guys a new one.

    • stephen says:

      06:54pm | 22/02/13

      I was surprized how much liked Les Miserables, because I had read the local reviews which harped about the singing, the lack of plot - there’s very few good ones available, actually - and the bleakness of the production.
      I reckon it might get a winner.
      It was unusual to relate Film to Opera so directly via the voice - another French influence - and Anne Hathaway, whom I hadn’t previously liked, was a standout.
      She should get the Actress,(God I like that word) gong.

      I haven’t seen ‘Lincoln’ yet.
      A Director who did ‘Close Encounters’ ... one of my top 5 movies, and a complete work of fiction, is not going to show me Abes foibles, just like an Historian might tell us.
      (Now who was that movie maker who did the multiple part series on the civil war, and on baseball ... and who is like Steve here, but without the flippant soundtrack ?)

      Argo for second best film.
      The best is yet to come.


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