Looking at the ballots that have been entered into our Superfluous Oscar Pool to date, a lot of people seem to think “Argo” is a lock for Best Picture winner. I suspect a large part of the movie’s appeal (aside from the outstanding hairstyles, of course) is that it’s based on events that audiences weren’t familiar with, which made the plot feel fresh and new.
But can anything really be called “fresh and new” in Hollywood anymore? One of my favourite movie blogs, We Recycle Movies, that looks at the trend of movie remakes, sequels, and adaptations, doesn’t think so. And it turns out that one of my favourite entertainment blogs, Vulture, doesn’t think so either.
The Vulture writers argue that the 2013 Best Picture nominees are all combinations of different genres and movie styles from the past. They ask the all-important question that, really, I think we should all be asking ourselves tomorrow night:
How much of Argo is a mid-budget adult thriller versus how much of it is Mrs. Doubtfire?
Here’s how they broke Argo down:
That squirrel thing just cracks me up!
They’re obviously not taking themselves too seriously, which is one of the reasons they’re my favourite entertainment bloggers! To see their complete breakdown of all 10 Best Picture Nominees, click here.
I have to say, I like that we’re hanging out on the weekend! We should do this more often! In fact, how about we do this again tomorrow? Come on back and we’ll take another irreverent, weekend-appropriate look at the second most popular Best Picture selection in our poll, “Les Miserables”