Superfluous Oscar Countdown: Bonus Saturday Edition!

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:

Argo genre conventions as a pie chart

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”

love amb

6 thoughts on “Superfluous Oscar Countdown: Bonus Saturday Edition!

  1. I have often wondered that about any type of art…can anything be fresh and new? Maybe there are just fresh and new combinations… 😀

    P.S. The squirrel thing is cracking me up, too!

    • It’s such an interesting question, isn’t it? I like your way of looking at it though – if there are certain elements in art that get used over and over again, maybe its how you smoosh those elements together that makes something unique.

      Yay squirrels!!! 😀

  2. Amb! That is too funny because just last night (as you know), L and I watched Argo. Had no idea you were going to feature it on your Sat post. Love the humorous insight from your entertainment blogs–funny. On a more straight-up note, I’d say that it’s a good movie, but doesn’t belong in an Oscar-nominee circle (my opinion). Had read an article that it was now a front-runner (!) for the award because 1) Clooney and Affleck and 2) Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood.

    Glad to know the Argo story as I’d first heard of it when touring the Nat’l Spy Museum (!) in D.C. They had Argo scripts, etc, on display and I’d thought it a cool (real life 0-:) story, but never knew details. Thanks Ben:-)

    My final thought on the movie was this: Thank you Canada:-) And thank you to Amber for spending part of a precious weekend day reaching out on her always-put-you-in-a-better-mood-than-you-were-before blog.

    • Liz! I know, when I got your note I got such a kick out of your movie choice! Great minds think alike 🙂 I didn’t say anything because I was hoping you’d visit today and I wanted the Argo-talk to be a surprise!

      I have to confess that I haven’t seen Argo yet, but your comments echo pretty much exactly what my folks said when they saw the movie: they don’t think it belongs in the nominee circle either, so there you go!

      That is SO COOL that you’ve been to the National Spy museum! We’ll have to chat about that, I’d love to hear more.

      Thank you for the lovely compliment about my blog boosting your mood! That’s exactly what I try to do around here, and it’s so nice to hear that it puts a smile on your face! Have a fabulous Saturday!

      • Hope yours is a good one, too. When I first started reading your blog, I wasn’t quite sure what it was about (I knew I wrote about Food, Dave etc wrote about Funny Names, was trying to figure out your Topic.) But now I get that you’re writing less about any one topic (though lately it’s been Movies:-)) and more for the sake of putting out a general mood (fun, occasional snark, wink-and-nod, etc). That’s my interpretation anyway. Am I even close? You could write about plumbing and I’d still read.

        Yes, let’s talk spies. Lots on our Agenda.

      • Lol yes, I do tend to jump from topic to topic! Becoming a BoFN contributor has been very interesting for me, because I’m not used to keeping such a narrow focus. Aside from being a ton of fun (of course) it’s been a great writing exercise, as well!

        Your interpretation is right on! Thank you for the lovely compliment, my friend.

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