The Oscar Night Awards is approaching and this year, nine movies have been nominated for Best Picture. I hope to have the time (and the mood, as a matter of fact) to review them all here. When I started this blog, I thought at old, indie, artie, not box office. That was true until The Hunger Games. After talking my mind a little, I continued with all kind of movies. I said in previous post that I haven’t seen Argo, yet. I’ve seen the Best Picture nominees and more. There are some movies I’m not interested in, like The Impossible, for sample, the one which got the Best Actress nomination for Naomi Watts. I’ve sen The Master, a movie with two important nominations, for the best leading actor (Joaquin Phoenix, my favorite, but in vain, because it seems the guild voted for Daniel Day-Lewis) and the best supporting actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman, the naughty master himself.
[source] – and the other two as well
Beasts of the Southern Wild is for this year’s Oscars, almost like what Slumdog Millionaire was for 2009. I said almost, because this year is one of the toughest competitions I’ve seen in a long time, and this movie unfortunately is too indie and alternative to take the statuette. Otherwise, fresh and unbelievably touching by the vitality of it’s characters.
The centerpiece is Hushpuppy, a five or six year old girl who lives with her father and their animals in an isolated place called “The Bathtub”. The father, played by Dwight Henry, another amateur, is sick and utterly irresponsible. Girl’s mother leaved short time after giving birth, long before the film actually begins. “The Bathtub” is a bayou. This term was first used by the English in Louisiana and came from the Choctaw word “bayuk”, which means “small stream”. Vegetation varies and in many bayous, crawfish, shrimp, shellfish, catfish, frogs, toads, alligators, crocodiles, and a lot of other species made their home. The community is dissipating, their living status there seems to be too isolated for government taste, so the officials shut the place with a levee. You’ll see the movie yourself, it is not wasted time.
The film is considered a fantasy drama. It is directed by Benh Zeitlin and written by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar (Juicy and Delicious, a one-act play). After playing at film festivals, it was released on June 27, 2012, in New York and Los Angeles, and later expanded wider. The film is nominated for four Academy Awards at the 85th Academy Awards, in the categories Best Picture, Best Director (Benh Zeitlin), Best Adapted Screenplay (Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin) and Best Actress (Quvenzhané Wallis). At the age of nine, Wallis is the youngest ever nominee of the Academy Award for Best Actress. Because of that maybe, she already has her Wikipedia and imdb pages. They say she lied about her age when she went to auditions. She was five being requested to be at least six. Funny. 93 minutes of joy, only 7.4 rated. Too bad, I gave it a 10, to increase the average.
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