Unfortunately, I know that Lupita Nyong’o will win the Oscar tomorrow night but I find it unfair.
Jennifer Lawrence should win the award, I find her acting far superior and although Lupita had a more serious role in a more serious movie, her acting was, to me, rather lacking.
I honestly just think she will win because of the character and the movie that she is in because there’s no other reason I see for her to win and since Jennifer already won last year I doubt they will give her the award two years in a row, I don’t think that ever happened (I may be wrong).
But I also didn’t find 12 years a Slave that good of a movie so, I don’t know. I found it boring to be honest and no, I’m not racist, I’m rather sensitive about the matter of slavery but I felt the movie didn’t give me enough to keep me interested, there was no build up to anything, it was just the story of a guy who was free and became a slave.
"The Help" to me was a much better movie that even though it wasn’t really about slavery kept me more grounded and interested throughout the whole movie.
I don’t like when movies just get nominated because they have a well known cast, with a well known director and a highly polemic topic, even though the movie itself wasn’t that good.
The irony of your last sentence must be lost on you because that pretty much describes American Hustle down to a T. That movie was one of the most boring movies this year with mediocre everything (David O. Russell is a middling director). Jennifer Lawrence shouldn’t have even been nominated. In fact, she was nominated because of her “celebrity”. Her performance was lackluster and derivative. Margot Robbie did the privileged white housewife better and her accent work was fantastic, if we’re being honest.
The fact you thought “The Help” was a better movie actually shows more of your true thoughts than you probably realize. The Help, a movie centered around a white savior character? That movie? I guess you really felt away when Abileen told that cute little girl that she was kind, smart, and important, huh? Interesting…
Perhaps the problem you have is that 12 Years A Slave is written from the slave’s point of view. I mean, it is based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup. You’re sensitive to slavery? You’re not racist? Obviously this is not even the case, no matter how hard you try. You wanted more to keep you interested? See, now… that’s really interesting. No, you wanted to be more comfortable. I get it. History is quite uncomfortable, especially when it comes to American chattel slavery. Perhaps you should better reconcile your feelings about that.
Lastly, when has winning an Oscar ever been based on “strength of performance”? Because if that was really the case, Jennifer wouldn’t have won last year. Every one of her competitors out-acted her, she just had the better PR team (payed for by Harvey Weinstein). Hell, then five year old Quvenzhane Wallis had a move nuanced performance than Jennifer because even as an overactive child, she figured out how important quietness was for her performance. Emmanuelle Riva, the woman who actually should’ve won last year, gave the best performance of the category precisely because her acting choices were superb and she knew where subtlety needed to be. Until Jennifer actually learns how to do anything beyond loud and crazy, she will never be as good as the hype around her. She has yet to do something as great as her work in Winter’s Bone.
As for Lupita, she will win because of a lot of compounding factors. Her performance is one of them. She deserves it and I’ll be rooting for her. We will see how her acting improves or not in the future.
(And Tom Hanks was the last person to win back to back Oscars for best actor for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.)
many good points but i’d especially like to call your attention to the bolded statements.
to celebrate the oscars, i’m watching House of Cards. i only started it on friday, and i’m already on season 2. i know i’m very late but CLAIRE UNDERWOOD IS CECILE RICHARDS!!