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Academy Awards Challenge; February 2014, Official
Topic Started: Feb 1 2014, 03:11:29 PM (3,713 Views)
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Academy Awards Challenge
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Goal:
Watch as many movies as you can that have been nominated or won an Academy Award in any category.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 45 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 90 minutes of short films count as one entry
- Rewatches not allowed.
- Challenge runs from February 1 - 28, 2014.

iCM Lists:
Best Picture Winners
Best Picture Nominees
Best Foreign Picture Winners
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Every film that has ever won an Oscar

2010s Oscar winners and nominees
2000s Oscar winners and nominees
1990s Oscar winners and nominees
1980s Oscar winners and nominees
1970s Oscar winners and nominees
1960s Oscar winners and nominees
1950s Oscar winners and nominees
1940s Oscar winners and nominees
1930s Oscar winners and nominees
1920s Oscar winners and nominees.

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Participants (17):

Prat - 74

Mulholland - 38

Daviddoes - 31

metaller - 26

HVM - 20
Timec - 20
cinephage - 17

jonas2k - 14
esiersdale - 12
ChrisReynolds - 11
Cippenham - 11
b_n - 10
redcard29 - 9

allisoncm - 7
zuma-6

shiekofhyrule - 3
Melvelet - 2
VincentPrice - 2
Edited by Mulholland, Mar 3 2014, 07:17:28 PM.
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I'm running this so I'm in and I'm starting with

1) The Wolf of Wall Street - 5 nominations (pending)
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HVM
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Why not. There's always backlog to trim.
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I will try to watch a few so count me in.
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I'm in
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Damnit, I watched all the shorts for this year just yesterday.
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Count me in.
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Feb 1 2014, 05:03:00 PM
Damnit, I watched all the shorts for this year just yesterday.
I'm sure there are plenty of shorts from other years :)
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Count me in for about a dozen
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Me! I'm in!
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I was wondering if anyone was going to do this. Since I have seen all of the Best Picture nominees barring one and some of this years, I am going to focus on the other end of the spectrum ... Best Song. Thanks to the CG/KG freeleech, I got some real good ones.

Unofficial lead up to clean out my DVR:
X) "Song from Two from the Seesaw (Second Chance)" from Two from the Seesaw (1962) 4/10 Clearly a play moved to the big screen and I had trouble seeing what the characters saw in each other. As for the song, I do not believe it was in the movie itself and had to search for it. That year I would pick "Days of Wine and Roses" from Days of Wine and Roses as the winner.

X) "Blues in the Night" from "Blues in the Night (1941) 5/10 This movie did not know what it wanted to be: a band on the road, a film noir, a musical, a drama. For a band wanting to play blues, the only blues song is the title song sung by black men in prison. This song may have become a blues classic, but it does nothing in the film. That year I would pick "Baby Mine" from Dumbo as the winner. Trivia: This was the year that made the Academy change its rules to a nominated song has to have been written specifically for the motion picture in which it is performed, before then it just had to be unpublished.

X) "Love Letters" from Love Letters (1945) 7/10 I am not sure how much this is a film noir, I guess because a character has amnesia and there was a murder. The melody of the song is in the movie, but not the lyrics. Since the song did nothing for the movie that year I would pick "It Might As Well Be Spring" from State Fair as the winner.

X) "It's a Great Feeling" from It's a Great Feeling (1949) 4/10 This seems like a Hollywood pat on the back movie with actors playing themselves and a lot of inside jokes. As a movie it is not that great. The song is not that great, but it is the only nomination I have seen from that year.


1) "Last Dance" from Thank God, It's Friday (1978) 6/10 I decided to start off the month with some disco, this is not as bad as I read, but I have an affinity to disco music and the 1970s so that helps. Slightly different version of this song that I have only once heard before. Brenna Gethers sang this song on American Idol and people thought she made up lyrics, "How can I be sure that you're the one for me, All that I ask is that you dance with me, dance with me, I'm gonna make you dance." I would pick this as the winner from that year.
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I'm in. :)
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I'm in! I saw Wolf of Wall Street too, but that was last night. I'll start from today. :)
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1. Philomena (2013) - Bland, but not bad
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In and this time I'll actually participate unlike last month's challenges.
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1. Doctor Dolittle (Fleischer, 1967) - 2 wins, 7 nominations

I thought I'd start this off with one of the best picture noms considered to be the worst.
I agree, it stinks. I think there was maybe... 2 songs that I didn't mind?
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I'm in.

1. Lagaan: Once upon a time in India (2001) - Best Foreign Picture nom
2. Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988) - Best Foreign Picture nom
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1. American Hustle-2013: 7/10

10 Nominations (86th Academy Awards)
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Best Achievement in Production Design
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
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2. "Ben" from Ben (1972) 5/10 I probably should have seen Willard first since the ending scenes of that film are the opening scenes of this film. I always knew that the song "Ben" was about a rat, but I guess I never knew Michael Jackson was singing about a killer rat. That year I would pick "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure as the winner.
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2. The Croods (DeMicco & Sanders, 2013) - 1 nomination (pending)

Not too bad, much better than recent big budget family-friendly flicks like Despicable Me 2 and The Lorax.

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I liked The Lorax (saw it with my dad) and I also like Nic Cage screaming, "I'm a cavemannn!!"
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Feb 2 2014, 05:46:55 AM
I also like Nic Cage screaming, "I'm a cavemannn!!"
You had me at "Nic Cage screaming, "I'm a cavemannn!!"".
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yes. it's a must see for that alone. Literally for that alone.

Edit: he says it multiple times if that makes you feel better about seeing it at all.
Edited by allisoncm, Feb 2 2014, 05:51:38 AM.
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2. The Broadway Melody (1929) 5/10
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1. Frozen (2013) [Nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original song] Sweet film with beautiful animation and good humour which I really enjoyed. I especially liked the way the story subverted some of the usual Disney clichés, and "Let if Go" deserves to win the best song Oscar, and in the context of the movie the sequence that accompanies it is brilliant. 7/10
2. 12 Years a Slave (2013) [Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costumes, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design & Best Adapted Screenplay] A film that I more admired than loved. The acting and direction is top notch, and I'm even surprised it doesn't have a nomination for cinematography because the film does a great job of juxtaposing the beauty of the Deep South with the ugliness of the brutality taking place. It just didn't connect with me enough to truly move me. I may give this a rewatch in the future to see if it moves up in my estimation. 7/10
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Feb 2 2014, 01:16:09 PM
1. Frozen (2013) [Nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original song] Sweet film with beautiful animation and good humour which I really enjoyed. I especially liked the way the story subverted some of the usual Disney clichés, and "Let if Go" deserves to win the best song Oscar, and in the context of the movie the sequence that accompanies it is brilliant. 7/10
That 'Let It Go' sequence might be one of the best few minutes I saw in 2013 movies.

Yes I know I have an animation bias!
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I am in for a few.
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Feb 2 2014, 05:25:02 AM
2. The Croods (DeMicco & Sanders, 2013) - 1 nomination (pending)

Not too bad, much better than recent big budget family-friendly flicks like Despicable Me 2 and The Lorax.

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Big budget ?? :satstunned:
That should be easy to confirm...
Taking numbers from the Box-office Mojo website :

The Croods cost $ 135,000,000
Frozen cost $ 150,000,000
No number for Monsters University, but one could keep in mind that last year's Pixar, Brave, cost $ 185,000,000

The Lorax cost 70,000,000 $ (almost half the Croods' budget)
Despicable Me 2 cost 76,000,000 $

That is not what I call big budget.

Beyond this simple, fact-checking, answer, I would also like to participate.

01 - Twelve years a slave, by Steve Mc Queen (2013) 8,5/10

Beautiful photography, very strong story and an excellent cast.
Academy Award nominations :
Best Picture
Best Director (Steve Mc Queen)
Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender)
Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o)
Best Writing, adapted screenplay (John Ridley)
Best Costume Design (Patricia Norris)
Best Production Design (Adam Stockhausen)
Best Film Editing (Joe Walker)
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Okay so The Croods is BIG budget, but $70 million is still a lot of money!

I wish I had $70 million :(
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Feb 2 2014, 07:42:01 PM
Okay so The Croods is BIG budget, but $70 million is still a lot of money!

I wish I had $70 million :(
I wish I knew who would win the Oscars this year so I could make $70 million via the bookies.
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Despicable Me 2 cost 76,000,000 $

They probably spent three times that on the advertising budget. (Not that they didn't spend a lot on advertising for the other films, but Despicable Me 2 was beyond excessive).
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1. Shanghai Express (1932, Josef von Sternberg) 7/10 Relevance: 1 Oscar win and 2 other noms 1932

Opulent exotic extravaganza, right in Sternberg's style, with Dietrich playing sultry, and with some nice quibs in the script and a layer of melancholy aver the melodrama. Quality, just not really my cup of tea.

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Despicable Me 2 cost 76,000,000 $

They probably spent three times that on the advertising budget. (Not that they didn't spend a lot on advertising for the other films, but Despicable Me 2 was beyond excessive).
Not to mention the threequel and spin off in the works...
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02 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by Mike Newell (2005)

Academy Award nomination :
Best Art Direction (Stuart Craig)
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3. "Strange Are the Ways of Love" from The Stepmother (1972) 2/10 This is probably one of the worst movies nominated for an Oscar. The song is okay and is the best thing about the movie. Again that year I would pick "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure as the winner.
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2. Z (1969) - Best Foreign Film
3. Die Blechtrommel (1979) - Best Foreign Film
4. Ma nuit chez Maud (1969) - Best Foreign Film nom'
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2. A Star Is Born (1954) - Best Actress nom

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1. August: Osage County (2013) Two noms (Julia Roberts/Meryl Streep)
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Had a busy day of it today :D

2) Pearl Harbor (4 nominations, 1 win) - 3/10
3) Funny Girl (8 nominations, 1 win) - 8/10
4) A Star Is Born (1937 version) (7 nominations, 1 win, 1 honorary win) - 7/10
5) A Farewell to Arms (1932 version) (4 nominations, 2 wins) - 5/10


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