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Over the past few weeks, there has been some Oscar talk here at the Culture Cast. Zack looked back on the Oscars from the past few years, while I focused on 2012’s nominations. Earlier tonight, all the winners were announced in the yearly over-long awards ceremony.
Capturing best picture was Argo, the Ben Affleck directed political thriller. Honestly, I was surprised by the win only because Affleck was not even nominated for the Best Director. Some people out there argue that he was robbed of a nomination. I do not know much about that, so I will leave that debate to others who actually care.
Bringing this down to a personal level, I think it was kind of cool to see Argo win mostly because I had the opportunity to catch the movie way back in October before it really got big (on opening day, in fact). I realize a comment like this dangerously causes me to sound like a hipster, but I cannot deny the minor buzz it gives me. It is fun to be on the ground floor for something.
Back in October, I had this to say about Argo:
No doubt, Argo is the first to really kick-off Oscar Season at the movies. However, there never is that pretentious vibe other Oscar contenders potentially have. Great direction. Great performances. Great everything, really.
Looks like the Academy agreed.