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Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Jim Carrey has delivered at least five—yes, FIVE—performances deserving of Oscar consideration, but how many nominations does he deserve out of that lot? Ben Travers hashes it out.

The answer to the title question may seem simple: obviously Jim Carrey is a comedian. Comedians don’t win Oscars.


While anyone familiar with Carrey’s post Ace Ventura career knows the former isn’t true—nor should the latter be— they also know that Jim Carrey has delivered at least five—yes, FIVE—performances truly deserving of Oscar consideration, but how many nominations does he deserve out of that lot? Ben Travers hashes it out:


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Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
Jose is over 2012 and moving right along to Best Actor 2013...

The 2012 awards season may not be over yet, but if like me, you’re already fed up with all the Argo nonsense, it’s a perfect time to take a look at the movies of 2013. I originally saw Yossi last year but was pleased to realize that it hadn’t been released in the United States, therefore making it eligible for awards consideration this year. The movie was released a few weeks ago in NYC and is currently playing in a couple of arthouses. If you haven’t seen it, run to the theater. Movies released early during the year are usually forgotten by the time all the Oscar juggernauts arrive…


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Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013
Jose ponders what other notable films could have easily come up in the race to the nominees circle in the Foreign Language Film category...

Last year’s roster of foreign language film submissions was so rich, that you can argue that even if the lineup is one of the greatest the category has seen in years (and no embarrassing mention to The Intouchables!) there were still many movies that could’ve fit among the final nominees. Other than Amour the other nominees could’ve easily been replaced by any of these:


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Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
Or: Why Your Guess at this Category's Winner is as Good as Anyone's!

Though 2012 may not have been the strongest or most groundbreaking year for movies—very good movies aplenty, sure, but nothing particularly mind-blowing—the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony has the potential to be the most memorable in recent years. And not because Seth McFarlane probably won’t be able to resist doing his Stewie voice on the Oscar stage (#LOLZ, #SMH, #etc.). Rather, for the first time in quite a while, there simply don’t appear to be too many shoo-ins.


Jessica Chastain seemed undefeatable just a month ago, but now Jennifer Lawrence appears to be surpassing her as the favorite as Silver Linings Playbook keeps expanding its audience and Zero Dark Thirty continues to fade in the wake of controversy and Kathryn Bigelow’s directorial snub. Anne Hathaway’s recent wide-eyed theater-kid shtick at every award ceremony may have begin to backfire and all those moments of bowing down to worship at the altar of Sally Field may actually work in Field’s favor. Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln seems the easy pick—but is it too easy? Could Bradley Cooper emerge victorious alongside costar Lawrence? It’s pretty clear that Robert DeNiro’s taking home the gold man for his turn in Playbook, and so maybe there’ll be a strange sweep that extends to Best Picture and Best Director for David O. Russell?


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Monday, Feb 11, 2013
The first in a new Statuesque series that looks at the work of some of the most perplexingly-snubbed people in Oscar's history and tells you how many nominations we think they should have by now.

That Jennifer Jason Leigh, who took her second name from family friend Jason Robards, has missed out on even a single Oscar nomination during her courageous and lauded career simply does not make sense.


JJL started off her career strongly, with a performance in the television film The Best Little Girl in the World that showed a ferocious commitment to using her body as a tool to show not only her character’s specific physicality, but also their complete history. This Strasbergian talent for transforming has become something of a trademark for the actress, who the very next year appeared in the landmark Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which made her a household name and branded her a breakout star of her generation.


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