BlogDH’s guide to Oscar season

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November brings the promise of turkey, an upcoming winter, and lots of holiday sweaters. But, more importantly, it brings ***Oscar Season***. For those of you who are confused, Oscar season is distinctly different than awards season, which comes a bit later. Oscar season, or “good movie” season as I affectionately call it, is the beautiful time of the year in which Hollywood stops making endless superhero movies and sequels and instead opts for Academy bait and the like. You know what that means: intense thrillers, avant-garde filmmaking techniques, and Amy Adams. Below is a list of the movies that most people (critic-y people, anyways) have cited as having a shot at winning anything come January and February. Don’t worry, no one actually expects you to see all these movies, but knowing they exist will make you feel ~ahead of the game~ when your pretentious informed MCM friend talks about them.

Movies You Already Should’ve Seen

I’m not going to spend too much time on these because, as stated, you really should’ve already seen these movies. Whether you loved or hated Boyhood (did anyone hate this movie?), the movie directed by Richard Linklater promised audiences something they’d never seen before. Its revolutionary process of filming the same actors over an eleven year period had critics across the globe basically jizzing themselves. Love is Strange also got lots of critic love, but won’t be remembered like The Grand Budapest Hotel will. Can you believe Wes Anderson has never been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards? Not even for Moonrise Kingdom? Me neither. People think The Fault in our Stars may get nominated for things, which, I have to admit, would be pretty disappointing.

Movies You Can See Right Now

Skeleton Twins

What the New York Times called the “angsty” tweedledee and tweedledum, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig remind you why they’re awesome and sort of/maybe leave you feeling a little bit sad. The screenplay won at Sundance, too, as if you needed more reasons to see this.

Gone Girl

I’m just going to put this out there: I love Ben Affleck. While I’ll admittedly call his acting so-so, it’s hard not to like a guy who can resurrect himself from the media catastrophe that was Bennifer. I’m not sure how much that can save him for his upcoming role as Batman, but in Gone Girl, it works. Plus, it seems like director David Fincher is capable of anything (or at the very least, snagging another Best Director nomination). Continue Reading