Oscar front-runner status elusive among 'Gravity,' 'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave'

  • Article by: JAKE COYLE , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 16, 2014 - 5:01 PM

In a hydra-headed Oscar race, "American Hustle," ''12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" all have legitimate claims to favorite status. And that's a good thing.

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mtkamacJan. 16, 14 8:51 AM

I don't get it - we saw "Gravity" in the theater, we'd heard great things - we went, we were bored stiff - we almost got up and left three or four times, but kept thinking that something must happen to make it a good movie - we never saw that thing..... I've never been an SB fan (at all), but the movie was so boring.

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williepep2Jan. 16, 14 9:48 AM

I disagree, "Gravity" is a terrific movie experience... but maybe not worthy of that many nods. "The Wolf Of Wall Street" is by far the most overrated movie this year. At nearly 3 hours, it is at least 30-40 minutes too long. I hope it gets shut out...

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realityfirstJan. 16, 14 9:52 AM

I can't decide what the worst movie I saw this year was. It's between Runner Runner and Gravity and I think I'd rather watch Runner Runner again.

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realityfirstJan. 16, 14 9:56 AM

Did noone in the academy bother to watch Mud or All is Lost?

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bigkahunaiiiJan. 16, 14 9:59 AM

Also dissed by the Academy were St. Louis Park's own Coen brothers for "Inside Llewyn Davis". Heaps of critical praise, on many "best of…" lists, but only nominations in technical categories. Not even a nod for best song, "Please Mr. Kennedy".; far better than any of those actually nominated. And, Oscar Isaac for making us care about a sad, egotistical perfectionist, also deserved a nod.

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ollie3Jan. 16, 1410:11 AM

Gravity and Hustle are the only major ones (not including summer blockbusters that get nominated for special effects or whatever) I've seen so far...figured they'd get nominations, but surprised they got as many as they did. Not sure why Cooper is a supporting actor nominee, he had almost as much screen time as Bale.

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jacket2011Jan. 16, 1410:36 AM

If Dern doesn't win this award the whole process should be re-examined.

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editor29Jan. 16, 1410:56 AM

Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Peoples Choice Awards, on and on. There should be an award for Best Performance by an Orthopedic Surgeon, considering how many torn rotator cuffs there are in Hollywood involving movie people patting themselves on the back all the time.

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tkcloutieJan. 16, 1412:09 PM

I'm going to echo several of the comments on "Gravity." I just don't get it beyond some stunning visuals, which keep you entertained for about a half hour. Poor acting, pitiful dialogue, holes in the plot, and you are asked to believe too much unbelievable stuff, even for a sf movie. A medical doctor doing the mechanical work on the space station? Floating away from the ship unteathered and not dying?(In 2001 Space Odosey when you floated away from the ship you died!) Reading a 90 page manual, in Chinese, on how to land a Russian space pod? Landing it in the water close enough to shore to walk out? Really? This is not worthy of a best picture nod.

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usrnmeJan. 16, 14 3:20 PM

"Floating away from the ship unteathered and not dying?(In 2001 Space Odosey when you floated away from the ship you died!)" Who floated away and didn't die? If you're thinking Clooney *spoilers people!!*... He DID die. When he "came back" Sandra was halucinating. And why do people treat these movies as documentaries? The whole movie was an allagory of life, death and rebirth. But I take it most people missed that.

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