Off Topic: The Oscars!

So, the Oscars. What did you think? Did the right movies win? Should Leo have gotten that goddamn best male actor nod? Bloody Johan should have gotten it at the very least. How good was Matthew McConaughey's speech, and by good I obviously mean weird.

Because we also run the women's lifestyle site Popsugar in our office, the Oscars in always running live in the background, which makes for a totally fun day.

I actually like the Oscars. In fact, correction: I like the internet during the Oscars. I like the GIFs, I like the commentary.

Also, I really need to watch 12 Years A Slave.

What did you think of the Oscars? Let us know in the comments below.


    I think it was well balanced and all the deserving movies were honored in some way. Particularly happy that Spike Jonze won best original screenplay for Her.

      Her was clearly the best and most original screenplay, very deserving of that one.

      The only bit I'm not happy about it "12 Years a Slave" winning Best Picture. Films like that are just Oscar bait and voting for it as BP just reeks of white liberal guilt. Many movies have been made like it before, many more will continue to do so. Was it the Best Picture? No, I don't think so.

      Gravity, in my mind, was BP. But it got 7 other Oscars (and Best Director rightly so) so I'm cool with that.

        You even watch 12 years a slave?

          Dammit, you caught me. :P


            Just an fyi - 12 years is one of the most powerful films I've seen, ever. Steve McQueen is hands down one of the best directors alive, and more than deserving of this award.

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              My above trolling notwithstanding, I don't know that 12YAS interests me. The subject material, the trailers, all of it - makes me feel a resounding "meh." It's like "I get it, Slavery is bad, mmmkay?" and I just see the more films that get made about the subject the less I care? If "care" is the right word, which it isn't.

              Does this mean I won't enjoy it? No, not at all. It just means I won't be going out of my way to watch it and will wait til it's out on video.

              (And yes, I know it's based on a true story... I also have a tendency to avoid movies 'based on a true story' as well, since I prefer original and/or unique tales and fictions. Citation: my 4 favourite movies of all time. Groundhog Day, Being John Malkovich, American Beauty, WALL-E. Competing for 5th spot and rounding out the top 10 would be films like "Eternal Sunshine", "Donnie Darko", "L.A. Story", "Inception", "500 Days of Summer" and "Gravity" coming in with a bullet. )

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                That's fine if you don't personally want to watch it, but labeling something you haven't seen as 'something you've seen before' is totally jumping the gun - just because the topic has been covered, doesn't it was told this well or this true before. Films have been made about space, so why go see Gravity.

                  You make a fair point! I'll take that under advisement. :)

                What's wrong with based on a true story? Apollo 13? The Aviator? All the President's Men? Any number of other biopics?

                If it's a good story well told, it's just that.

                  Of those examples I've only properly enjoyed Apollo 13. I just find fictional stories to be more enjoyable than real ones. More freedom to move about, maybe (i.e. not stuck to what actually happened)?

          I have it sitting on a USB here for a long car ride this week

    So everyone is now slamming the "superselfie" because it was a Samsung Galaxy stunt (apparently they haven't confirmed it). How about JLaw's fall on the red carpert, 2 years in a row makes me think its just a PR stunt to prove how normal she is and get as many GIF posts as possible.

    That gif is so good! Jonah is hilarious haha.

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    I generally dislike award shows because 90% of them are just plain circlejerk.

    That said, I feel like Leonard DiCaprio is overdue, but I also think Wolf of Wall Street was never going to be the movie he was going to score one on. Besides, Dallas Buyer's Club has Oscar-bait written all over it, he never stood a chance.

      I agree, everyone was hoping Leo would win because he never had. but Wolf of Wall street wasn't the film he should win an Oscar for. He was robbed for The Aviator, but that was it.

        Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Cruze, Alfred Hitchcock. Brad Pitt, Jonny Depp.
        Leo isn't the only one who has never won an Oscar.

          Yeah i know, why is the internet obsessed with giving Leo an Oscar?

          It's strange.

          Heck Scorsese didnt win one until The Departed. It wasn't even his best!

          edit: it was The Departed

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          See, I've never looked at a Samuel L Jackson performance (or Johnny Depp for that matter) and felt they were screaming out for an Oscar. Prepared to have a performance pointed out that I've overlooked.

            Depp's got a few artsy dramas that could have potentially picked him up an Oscar somewhere along the line.

            Jackson got a best supporting nomination for Pulp Fiction. Blacksnake Moan also had a few of the sorts of things that the academy seem to like.

          Technically Brad Pitt has one now, seeing as he was a producer of 12 Years A Slave. However, you are right in mentioning that he has not won one for his primary occupation as an actor.

    I'm the same as @kermitron, I don't like awards shows. I've got better things to do with my time than watch crap like that.

    My Dad on the other hand is a different story altogether, he tapes all of them (except the Grammys I think), and yes, he does still have a VCR.

    Oscar bait is generally a pretty ridiculous term guys. Sure, there would be producers who would greenlight projects based on oscar potential, but basically every other person involved creatively - writers and directors especially - are really not involving themselves in something in the hopes of getting oscars. It's about as stiffling and ignorant a term as 'pretentious', and all just serves to just pigeonhole other people's creativity.

    seriously, someone explain to me how Mathew McDouchenozzle wins best actor over Dicaprio

    I still can't believe that Pacific Rim didn't even get a nomination for best visual effects.

    That animation and foreign language awards are the only ones that are ever of any interest to me.

      Man, Great Beauty has been cleaning up. Took out best film in Europe too, definitely need to see this soon. Broken Circle Breakdown as a nominee was an absolute fave of mine from last year too.

    We were impressed that Gravity won 7 Oscars! We shipped a lot more of the DVD and Blu-ray today!

    poor Leo

    I've only seen Wolf of Wall St, Gravity and Captain Phillips. Gravity was my favourite, followed closely by El Capitan Filipo.

    I'm disappointed Rush was snubbed, it was one of my favourite movies of the past year.

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