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Oscar is in Love with “Amour!!!!!!!!!!”




It’s that time of year again, when people get all excited about who will win elections in which their vote is meaningless.

The nominations for the 85th Academy of Arts and Pictures Sciences (AMPAS ®) were announced this morning.

While Le Movie Snob wasn’t totally surprised by most of the nominations, I think it’s too early to begin handicapping. (I would be smart to accept that I’m really too handicapped to handicap.)

How wonderful is the unprecedented accomplishment that Amour is nominated in both the Best Picture and Best Foreign picture categories!  This is quite an accomplishment:  Amour won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year which I thought would disqualify it from even being considered for Best Picture.  I am thrilled that the Academy has recognized a film that is not only without special effects, big American stars, has subtitles, and is not made for the masses.

Grand félicitations for Amour’s female lead  Emmanuelle Riva being nominated for Best Actress.

If you’re expecting me to say Rust and Bone wuz robbed, sorry.  While it was on my and many other best film lists, I can understand why it was omitted.  My review will be posted tonight.

Equally, despite my enthusiasm for The Intouchables, I’m not surprised it did not make the cut for Best Foreign Film.  While I hope it wins a Golden Globe this Sunday (not predicting, just hoping), it is a high concept, fun movie, not a chef d’œuvre.

While Argo received several nominations, rumor has it that the rumor to which I alluded in my review explains the “snubbing” of Ben Affleck.  He still has a bright future, just perhaps has more expensive dues as penance.

I am so proud that How to Survive A Plague received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature, but it faces stiff competition from The Gatekeepers and Searching for Sugarman.

Once I have screened the other nominees, I will, of course, not keep my opinions to myself.

Et vous?  What do fellow Movie Snobs think?




This site was borne of my passion for movies, particularly French films. I have spent time in France and am fluent in the language, hence the “le”. The “snob” part, while of French origin, is not meant to intimidate, but rather an effort to reclaim the word from the pretentious, just as the gay community has done with the word “queer.” We’re all snobs; we all like what we like.

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