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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 2:48 pm, Wed Feb 20, 2013.

On Feb. 24, the long awaited Super Bowl of the movie season will be held as the Oscar’s will be hosted on ABC. This year’s Oscars have plenty of intrigue with some obvious snubs, but overall plenty of deserving nominations that should make for a competitive night.

 Amour

The plot: Georges and Anne are in their 80s. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested. 

In a year where so many other movies have received all the attention, “Amour” still deserves to be in the best of the year category.

 

Argo

The plot: Based on real events, the dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event.

Academy Award winner Ben Affleck directs and stars in the film. While Affleck, who has won numerous best director awards this season, was not nominated for Best Director, “Argo” is nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Argo is the best of this year’s nominees. 

 

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The plot: In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis), exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes.

It is doubtful that “Beasts of the Southern Wild” can stack up against some of this year’s heavy hitters.

 Django Unchained

The plot: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.

“Django Unchained” is directed by Quentin Terrantino, and make no mistake, there is blood, a lot of blood. While “Django Unchained” is an excellent movie, it really doesn’t stand a chance against some of the other nominees this year.

While Jamie Fox played the role of Django fantastically, Christoph Waltz stole the show, and definitely deserves to be nominated for a Best Acting award.

 Les Misérables

The plot: Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

While Hathaway is favored to take home the Oscar for acting, it is hard to believe “Les Misérables”, which mostly a musical, can win the night’s big award. 

 Life of Pi

The plot: Director Ang Lee creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor...a fearsome Bengal tiger.

The thing about “Life of Pi” that made it one of this year’s best is not that a tiger and one person starred in the entire movie, but it’s the outstanding 3D quality that took it to another level. “Life of Pi” is now the standard to live by for directors looking at going 3D in the future.

 

Lincoln

The plot: Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

If any movie is going to really give “Argo” a run for its money, it’s “Lincoln.” “Lincoln” should have a good night, garnering 12 total nominations.

 Silver Linings Playbook

The plot: Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet.

While “Silver Linings Playbook” was definitely a good movie, it was a little surprising to see it nominated. However, given that all the main characters in the film also received nominations in their respective categories, maybe there’s more to it than we realize. 

 

Zero Dark Thirty

The plot: For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker”) for the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man.

This could be the surprise winner.

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