Jul 8, 2012

Oscars nods for these people, please

Since we're at the half-way mark it seems appropriate to panhandle the year's films so far for glimmers of gold. The film I'd most like to see rewarded is Benh Zeitlin's startling Beasts of the Southern Wild, or as I prefer to think of it, Mad Max as retold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It's got a slightly stiffer climb that previous examples of American Exotic — last year's Winter's Bone springs to mind — because it is far more unconventional but it is also much harder to forget. This has to be the film that Spike Jonze had in his head when he made Where The Wild Things Are: a wild, messy, mud-between-your-toes, holler-at-the-heavens ode to the joys of being child king.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, film, director, actress Quvenzhane Wallis  
Moonrise Kingdom for film and director for Wes Anderson
Magic Mike for original screenplay, and Matthew McConaughey for Best Supporting Actor
— Tom Cruise for Best Supporting Actor in Rock of Ages
— Maggie Smith for best Supporting Actress in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
— The Grey for Best Film and director

The films I remain most interested to see are Lincoln and The Life of Pi. 

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