Oscar Nods and Misses

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A.O. Scott, chief film critic of The New York Times, and Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's "Culture Gabfest," compare notes on this year's Oscar nominations (just released this morning), and discuss recent changes in the requirements for best documentary.


A.O. Scott and Dana Stevens
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Comments [5]

Frank De Canio from Union City, NJ

What an awards show should do is present 10 most sterling performances by actor, actress, etc. What were the best ten best movies of the year? And even then, who, what decides? The box office, popular appeal? That anyone can say what the best performance was by an actor/actress just seems impossible even as a nomination. Actors and actresses are craftspeople who do what they're skilled at or they wouldn't be in movies. Unlike Shakespeare's "one man in his time plays many parts" actors and actresses play many, many parts. And most of them do a great job.

Jan. 24 2012 12:13 PM

an enviornmental group called terrorist. does that not tell us all, that we're living in a BS reality.

Jan. 24 2012 11:55 AM
Shaffin from Lakeville, CT

A really rheumatoid list, reminiscent of old (safe) Hollywood. No Melancholia (or Kirsten Dunst) or Certified Copy (or Juliette Binoche): both world-acclaimed movies. Zbigniew Brzezinski talked about Americans having to become more global. What is the hope if we can't even start with the Oscars?

Jan. 24 2012 11:54 AM

Drive was the best movie this year I don't see how it couldn't even be one of the TEN best picture nominees.

Jan. 24 2012 11:54 AM

Bad year for movies. So many were completely over-rated.

Jan. 24 2012 10:27 AM

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