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(Reuters)   Most Americans have not watched any Best Picture Oscar nominees. Apparently people feel they don't need to pay to go see "American Hustle" when they can just watch C-SPAN for free   (reuters.com) divider line 72
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2014-02-26 09:31:23 AM
Best Picture noms are never happy movies. It's never about a pug that snuggled his way to the top.
 
2014-02-26 10:02:16 AM
I found American Hustle to be rather underwhelming, even utterly annoying at times.  I don't get the hype.

The only other movie on the list that I have seen is Captain Phillips, which was decent.
 
2014-02-26 10:03:31 AM
Of all the nominees, I've only seen Blue Jasmine.

/liked it
 
2014-02-26 10:03:38 AM
CSPAN's tits aren't as perky.
 
2014-02-26 10:03:57 AM
If anything should get the Oscar for American Hustle, it's double-sided tape.
 
2014-02-26 10:04:57 AM
Guilty as charged. Though I did watch forty minutes of Captain Philips and thought, "Nope. Don't care about anyone" and turned off the DVD.
 
2014-02-26 10:05:51 AM
Yep, not a one.
 
2014-02-26 10:06:57 AM
I still can't believe that Gravity is considered a front-runner. Yes, it should win every technical award possible, but beyond that it's Sandra Bullock as Wile E. Coyote.
 
2014-02-26 10:07:28 AM
I can see the best parts of said films on the internets.

www1.pictures.zimbio.com
celebmafia.com
 
2014-02-26 10:12:57 AM
I want to see them, but I don't want to spend the ridiculous amount of money necessary to see them in a theater.  I'll wait for them to show up on Netflix.
 
2014-02-26 10:13:36 AM

derpy: CSPAN's tits aren't as perky.


The fact that Adams wore a bra in only one scene is remarkable.
 
2014-02-26 10:15:42 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I still can't believe that Gravity is considered a front-runner. Yes, it should win every technical award possible, but beyond that it's Sandra Bullock as Wile E. Coyote.


I am waiting for the uncut version, where Richard Parker pounces on her and rends her after she lands on the beach. The movie was oOK but not as good a story as All is Lost.
 
2014-02-26 10:16:01 AM
The Best Picture nominees are just getting released on home video, which is where I generally watch them. Gravity needs to be viewed in 3D on the big screen, but a smaller more intimate movie like Dallas Buyers Club almost works better at home on the HDTV. I eventually get around to seeing them, but it's usually as a rental or on cable.
 
2014-02-26 10:19:30 AM
People go to first-run movies if they are kid-friendly or huge blockbusters. Those aren't usually Best Picture nominees. I've seen "Captain "Philips" because it's the only one that has showed up at my local second-run theater. Also "Blue Jasmine."
 
2014-02-26 10:21:50 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I still can't believe that Gravity is considered a front-runner. Yes, it should win every technical award possible, but beyond that it's Sandra Bullock as Wile E. Coyote.


Don't forget George Clooney as Obi-Wan Kowalski

Blue Jasmine was an awful film about defective people finding comeuppance. While the ending was satisfying in that everyone got what they deserved, I'm not sure why the story was supposed to be interesting.

I saw S1m0ne ten years ago and the reboot doesn't seem interesting

Nebraska and Philomene never played around here except in art houses at noon on work days

I was in Mexico for the whole week that Dallas Buyers Club was running

I heard the NPR interview with DiCaprio regarding Wolf of Wall Street and he talked me out of it.

Twelve Years a Slave? Yeah that sounds like an uplifting date movie.
 
2014-02-26 10:25:12 AM

Wellon Dowd: I can see the best parts of said films on the internets.

[www1.pictures.zimbio.com image 594x396]
[celebmafia.com image 850x1275]


You're missing Amy Adams
 
2014-02-26 10:26:33 AM
Seen American Hustle and Gravity, and I keep meaning to go see Wolf of Wall Street. Gravity was excellent, AH was well acted and well shot, but one of those films you forget a day or so after you watch it because it's so lightweight. I have no idea where the buzz is coming from, but it wouldn't be the first time a crappy film has won.

I dislike it when people try to make others feel bad about their choice of entertainment. Most people use movies and TV shows to de-stress and relax after a hard day's work, who farking cares if they don't wanna watch some super-meaningful black and white film about homosexual Serbian war orphans dying of cancer in 1920's Paris?
 
2014-02-26 10:37:54 AM
Gunther:
I dislike it when people try to make others feel bad about their choice of entertainment. Most people use movies and TV shows to de-stress and relax after a hard day's work, who farking cares if they don't wanna watch some super-meaningful black and white film about homosexual Serbian war orphans dying of cancer in 1920's Paris?

Because Critic's Choice!!! rabble rabble rabble
 
2014-02-26 10:38:53 AM
My wife and I ALWAYS make a point of seeing the nominees before Oscar time, and this year has been underwhelming, at absolute best.  Haven't seen "Nebraska" or "Philomena", and "Her" is in the queue for tonight, so I guess I have to reserve judgment overall; but :
"American Hustle" was boring, and relied WAY too much on the lazy-storytelling trick of voiceover;
"12 years a slave" was unnecessary violence-as-art porn, which, for double-bonus points, implied that the main character's plight was somehow more tragic because he was a free man, unlike all the "real" slaves
"Gravity" was pretty, but no more deserving of a best-picture nom than Transformers
And "The Wolf of Wall Street" was, save for Matthew M.'s 10 minutes of screen time, the longest 3 and a half hours of my entire life.  Leonardo Dicaprio was worse than bad in that movie--he was inconsequential.

"Dallas Buyers' Club" was awesome, but I'm not entirely sure that's not because of Matthew M. and Jared Leto, rather than the movie itself being good, a la Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"

In all honesty, the only best picture nom that I really liked was "Captain Phillips".  Went into that one expecting nothing, and it absolutely blew me away
 
2014-02-26 10:41:26 AM

Gunther: Seen American Hustle and Gravity, and I keep meaning to go see Wolf of Wall Street. Gravity was excellent, AH was well acted and well shot, but one of those films you forget a day or so after you watch it because it's so lightweight. I have no idea where the buzz is coming from, but it wouldn't be the first time a crappy film has won.

I dislike it when people try to make others feel bad about their choice of entertainment. Most people use movies and TV shows to de-stress and relax after a hard day's work, who farking cares if they don't wanna watch some super-meaningful black and white film about homosexual Serbian war orphans dying of cancer in 1920's Paris?


Yeah, I'm the same.  I get it, slavery was bad and all that, don't need to watch 12 years a slave unless Django is gonna show up and murder some fools though cause it sounds boring.
 
2014-02-26 10:44:45 AM
I love going to the movies and movies in general, so I try to see the films that interest me and/or are critically acclaimed (85+ on RT). I'm also lucky to have a small theater near me that picks up a lot of great art/indy films.

I guess I'm in the minority in that I saw all the Best Picture nomsl in theaters except Philomena (which I just couldn't manage to build up any interest in).

My pick? I said it walking out of the theater: 12 Years a Slave. Incredible movie. Beautifull, brutal, poignant, suspenseful, downright frightening at times. My only qualm with it was the score, which sounded to me like a Hans Zimmer greatest hits album... good but a bit generic.
 
2014-02-26 10:45:14 AM
I saw Gravity in an IMAX theater. It was visually stunning.  The story line was so-so.

Sandra bullock wearing sexy underwear under her space suit? I thought they wore diapers?

I thought American Hustle was a great movie. The story dragged in places,  but the acting was outstanding.  I grew up in the town it was filmed in, so I got a kick out of seeing my old home town.  Funny thing is they didn't really have to change too much to make it look like it was 1878.
 
2014-02-26 10:51:25 AM
If they want higher box office returns, perhaps they should make it less expensive to go?
 
2014-02-26 11:03:24 AM
I dunno, I'm an adult with an eight-month old baby.  I think I'm completely out of the movie demographic now.  If we have a moment to go out, the wife and I, we get dinner, maybe walk around.  We have no interest in movie theaters anymore.
 
2014-02-26 11:06:51 AM

Gunther: Seen American Hustle and Gravity, and I keep meaning to go see Wolf of Wall Street. Gravity was excellent, AH was well acted and well shot, but one of those films you forget a day or so after you watch it because it's so lightweight. I have no idea where the buzz is coming from, but it wouldn't be the first time a crappy film has won.

I dislike it when people try to make others feel bad about their choice of entertainment. Most people use movies and TV shows to de-stress and relax after a hard day's work, who farking cares if they don't wanna watch some super-meaningful black and white film about homosexual Serbian war orphans dying of cancer in 1920's Paris?


There's a reason Best Picture winners are rarely comedies or sci-fi. Also how the winners are usually forgotten years later but the wacky light hearted comedy is well remembered.
 
2014-02-26 11:07:42 AM

Danger Mouse: I saw Gravity in an IMAX theater. It was visually stunning.  The story line was so-so.

Sandra bullock wearing sexy underwear under her space suit? I thought they wore diapers?

I thought American Hustle was a great movie. The story dragged in places,  but the acting was outstanding.  I grew up in the town it was filmed in, so I got a kick out of seeing my old home town.  Funny thing is they didn't really have to change too much to make it look like it was 1878.


Regardless of the story Gravity was totally worth my money to see in 3D in an IMAX theater.

12 Years A Slave was an outstanding movie and I felt like I'd been punched in the gut by Gennady Golovkin afterwards.  Dallas Buyer's Club was good too, Wooderson definitely deserves the Oscar he's presumed to be getting.  I still think Fassbender should get supporting actor over Leto but Fassbender's character was such a horrible human being that it probably actually hurts him in the voting, sort of like the people who are dicks to Jack Gleeson because of Joffrey.
 
2014-02-26 11:10:55 AM
I've only seen 12 Years a Slave and thought it was a very important movie.  I can't say for sure if it is better than the others without seeing them, but I imagine Philomena and Nebraska are pretty good from what I hear as well.
 
kab
2014-02-26 11:13:19 AM
Saw AH in the theater, most of the rest are in my Netflix dvd queue.
 
2014-02-26 11:19:50 AM
I saw Gravity in IMAX 3D. It was visually stunning but the plot was weak and Clooney was hammingh it up pretty good. Wolf of Wall Street was fun to watch, but mainly because I used to do drugs andit reminded me of some fun times. Plus, lots of naked women. I loved American Hustle, but I'm a sucker for Amy Adams and I know the city of Camden very well. I honestly think Jennifer Lawrence might take Best Supporting Actress for her role in it, she was the best part of that movie. A lot of the criticisms I've read about AH are valid. Nebraska was a great film, but there's no way it will win. Bruce Dern deserves Best Actor for his role in it, IMHO, but I'm not putting any money on it. I haven't seen the rest of the noms.
 
2014-02-26 11:20:38 AM

State_College_Arsonist: I found American Hustle to be rather underwhelming, even utterly annoying at times.  I don't get the hype.



Agreed, and I went in really wanting it to be great.  It was well-acted, but the story wasn't told very well at all.

And the big cameo was a huge waste and kind of cheap, honestly.
 
2014-02-26 11:21:15 AM
Did any movie this year come close to how good the last several episodes of Breaking Bad were?
 
2014-02-26 11:33:40 AM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Did any movie this year come close to how good the last several episodes of Breaking Bad were?


Only Dallas Buyers Club.
 
2014-02-26 11:34:22 AM

omahatattoo: I've only seen 12 Years a Slave and thought it was a very important movie.


I mean you no offense personally, omaha, but how could it possibly be a "very important movie?"  150 years after the Civil War, aren't we all* pretty clear on the concept that slavery was bad?

It may be well-written, acted, directed, etc. but there's no way that it can be *important* - it's not timely, nor does it tell us anything we don't already know.


*Yes I know there are a few nutjobs out there, but in a world with like 2 billion people, I think we can discard those outliers
 
2014-02-26 11:37:40 AM

Yanks_RSJ: State_College_Arsonist: I found American Hustle to be rather underwhelming, even utterly annoying at times.  I don't get the hype.


Agreed, and I went in really wanting it to be great.  It was well-acted, but the story wasn't told very well at all.

And the big cameo was a huge waste and kind of cheap, honestly.


Ditto all this.  I thought all the actors did a great job, I just wish I was had as much fun watching it as they appeared to be having while acting in it.
 
2014-02-26 11:51:30 AM
I just don't like depressing movies.  I watch them for fun, not for emotional turmoil.

Books, on the other hand, I'll read them as long as they are well-written, no matter how depressing.
 
2014-02-26 12:00:34 PM
The numbers don't quite add up:

Among those who responded to the online survey, Somali piracy thriller "Captain Phillips" was the most-watched film, at 15 percent. But 67 percent said they had yet to see any of the eleven films in the poll.

The outer-space drama "Gravity" was second with 14 percent, while crime caper "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," Martin Scorsese's portrait of 1990s greed and excess, each had been seen by 12 percent of those surveyed. The numbers include those surveyed who may have seen more than one of the nominees.


Domestic box office gross:
Captain Phillips: $106M
American Hustle: $144M
Gravity: $269M

Obviously Gravity gets a ticket sale boost from 3D sales, but still. If you cut the gross by 30 percent, that's still $188M. Did everyone who went to see Captain Phillips see matinee screenings, or the ticket sales largely came from parts of the country where prices are below national average (and vice versa for the other movies)? Or are the views coming from cable TV and/or home video?
 
2014-02-26 12:02:08 PM

bborchar: I just don't like depressing movies.  I watch them for fun, not for emotional turmoil.


I'm fairly sure I laughed more at Wolf of Wall Street than at any comedy this year. American Hustle isn't depressing, though I regret not waiting to rent it because I didn't find it that much fun either. Captain Phillips is decent if you like tense thrillers.  And if you didn't see Gravity in theaters, you might as well not watch it.
 
2014-02-26 12:16:22 PM

browntimmy: bborchar: I just don't like depressing movies.  I watch them for fun, not for emotional turmoil.

I'm fairly sure I laughed more at Wolf of Wall Street than at any comedy this year. American Hustle isn't depressing, though I regret not waiting to rent it because I didn't find it that much fun either. Captain Phillips is decent if you like tense thrillers.  And if you didn't see Gravity in theaters, you might as well not watch it.


I couldn't watch Gravity because of the claustrophic feel to it.  I know that not all of the best picture nominees are depressing, but I prefer action and comedy movies.  On occasion, I will watch a depressing or girly movie, but I already have to have an interest in it.  The most depressing movie I've ever seen was "Grave of the Fireflies", and I will never watch it again willingly.  Guess I'm a bit weird when it comes to my tastes in movies, but they almost never line up with the Best Picture nominees.
 
2014-02-26 12:16:56 PM
They all sound depressing and/or boring.

Except Gravity, which was the absolute tits.
 
2014-02-26 12:34:07 PM

mekki: Guilty as charged. Though I did watch forty minutes of Captain Philips and thought, "Nope. Don't care about anyone" and turned off the DVD.


My reaction to ANY nominee film. They're all pretty much boring as shiat 'statement about life' heavy dramas.

Which bore me. I don't need or want more drama in my life.
 
2014-02-26 12:37:54 PM
So what? Most Americans have never eaten in the restaurants most likely to win an award either. The people who pick Oscar winners have every right to set their criteria and they may or may not match mine or yours but "best" by anyone's standards doesn't necessarily mean "most popular."
 
2014-02-26 12:44:55 PM

gshepnyc: So what? Most Americans have never eaten in the restaurants most likely to win an award either. The people who pick Oscar winners have every right to set their criteria and they may or may not match mine or yours but "best" by anyone's standards doesn't necessarily mean "most popular."


...still doesn't explain "Titanic".
 
2014-02-26 12:50:34 PM

kroonermanblack: mekki: Guilty as charged. Though I did watch forty minutes of Captain Philips and thought, "Nope. Don't care about anyone" and turned off the DVD.

My reaction to ANY nominee film. They're all pretty much boring as shiat 'statement about life' heavy dramas.

Which bore me. I don't need or want more drama in my life.


Especially when the message is "life can deal you a shiatty hand, but by bravely bucking the system you can win a moral victory."

Or demonstrating how evil something we all agree on is wicked, like slavery or the holocaust or bubba gump.
 
2014-02-26 12:55:05 PM
I haven't seen any of the best pic nominees, but I watched all of the Short Feature - Animateds (plus a bunch of animated shorts not nominated) in the theater a couple weeks ago.

I'm rooting for Mr Hublot. The story was pretty simple - it's yer basic man-with-clockwork-numbers-in-his-forehead-adopts-robot-puppy story - but it was so beautifully designed and rendered.
 
2014-02-26 12:58:38 PM

lamecomedian: omahatattoo: I've only seen 12 Years a Slave and thought it was a very important movie.

I mean you no offense personally, omaha, but how could it possibly be a "very important movie?"  150 years after the Civil War, aren't we all* pretty clear on the concept that slavery was bad?

It may be well-written, acted, directed, etc. but there's no way that it can be *important* - it's not timely, nor does it tell us anything we don't already know.


*Yes I know there are a few nutjobs out there, but in a world with like 2 billion people, I think we can discard those outliers


No offense taken and I thought my comment might stir discussion.  I thought it was important, not because we all know about the civil war and slavery, but I personally don't know a lot about the smaller details.  In my own little uneducated mind about slavery I guess I never realized that free people were captured and sold as slaves.  Might be a stupid statement to admit, but I liked learning a little more than my public education gave me.
 
2014-02-26 01:01:18 PM

thornhill: The numbers don't quite add up:

Among those who responded to the online survey, Somali piracy thriller "Captain Phillips" was the most-watched film, at 15 percent. But 67 percent said they had yet to see any of the eleven films in the poll.

The outer-space drama "Gravity" was second with 14 percent, while crime caper "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," Martin Scorsese's portrait of 1990s greed and excess, each had been seen by 12 percent of those surveyed. The numbers include those surveyed who may have seen more than one of the nominees.

Domestic box office gross:
Captain Phillips: $106M
American Hustle: $144M
Gravity: $269M

Obviously Gravity gets a ticket sale boost from 3D sales, but still. If you cut the gross by 30 percent, that's still $188M. Did everyone who went to see Captain Phillips see matinee screenings, or the ticket sales largely came from parts of the country where prices are below national average (and vice versa for the other movies)? Or are the views coming from cable TV and/or home video?


Captain Phillips has been out at Redbox for a month or more now, and I'm sure on other watch at home options as well that are not reflected in box office numbers
 
2014-02-26 01:04:19 PM

omahatattoo: No offense taken and I thought my comment might stir discussion. I thought it was important, not because we all know about the civil war and slavery, but I personally don't know a lot about the smaller details. In my own little uneducated mind about slavery I guess I never realized that free people were captured and sold as slaves. Might be a stupid statement to admit, but I liked learning a little more than my public education gave me.


I live in Dixie and, no, not all people have gotten the idea that slavery was bad or shameful.  It is a worthwhile message to keep sending.
 
2014-02-26 01:31:54 PM

bborchar: browntimmy: bborchar: I just don't like depressing movies.  I watch them for fun, not for emotional turmoil.

I'm fairly sure I laughed more at Wolf of Wall Street than at any comedy this year. American Hustle isn't depressing, though I regret not waiting to rent it because I didn't find it that much fun either. Captain Phillips is decent if you like tense thrillers.  And if you didn't see Gravity in theaters, you might as well not watch it.

I couldn't watch Gravity because of the claustrophic feel to it.  I know that not all of the best picture nominees are depressing, but I prefer action and comedy movies.  On occasion, I will watch a depressing or girly movie, but I already have to have an interest in it.  The most depressing movie I've ever seen was "Grave of the Fireflies", and I will never watch it again willingly.  Guess I'm a bit weird when it comes to my tastes in movies, but they almost never line up with the Best Picture nominees.


So what about WoWS? Maybe it's the length and because it's Scorsese, but I get the sense people are underestimating how funny it is.
 
2014-02-26 01:36:33 PM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Did any movie this year come close to how good the last several episodes of Breaking Bad were?


It used to be that movies were THE medium for actors who wanted to be taken serious. Television was a joke for B list actors. Now movies have been falling by the wayside when compared at how good television/streaming television has become. I haven't seen a movie in the last year that has kept me on the edge of my seat like the way House of Cards has. Television has surpassed movies as being the medium to tell stories.
 
2014-02-26 01:48:22 PM

omahatattoo: lamecomedian: omahatattoo: I've only seen 12 Years a Slave and thought it was a very important movie.

I mean you no offense personally, omaha, but how could it possibly be a "very important movie?"  150 years after the Civil War, aren't we all* pretty clear on the concept that slavery was bad?

It may be well-written, acted, directed, etc. but there's no way that it can be *important* - it's not timely, nor does it tell us anything we don't already know.


*Yes I know there are a few nutjobs out there, but in a world with like 2 billion people, I think we can discard those outliers

No offense taken and I thought my comment might stir discussion.  I thought it was important, not because we all know about the civil war and slavery, but I personally don't know a lot about the smaller details.  In my own little uneducated mind about slavery I guess I never realized that free people were captured and sold as slaves.  Might be a stupid statement to admit, but I liked learning a little more than my public education gave me.


There's a great documentary that came out  2 years ago that was absoltuely facinsating.  if you ever get the chance you should watch Django Unchained.
 
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