Oscar Nominations: Argo (2012), Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

We don’t tend to trouble ourselves too much with the Oscars round here but, since it’s quiet, can I do a quick ‘Yay!” for the Best Film (and assorted other) nominations for two of my favourite movies of last year, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook?

Each admittedly has a flaw or two – Ben Affleck’s Argo takes several liberties with the real story of the rescue it portrays, and SLP’s (lovely) ending is arguably a little cosy given the protagonists’ deep-rooted problems. But they’re Hollywood movies, not Ph.D theses, and, for Hollywood movies, they’re both so surprisingly thoughtful and astonishingly entertaining I don’t really mind those flaws at all.

As well as being a rip-roaring thriller with a fantastically smart, sassy script, Argo deals with the background to the Iranian revolution and the 1979 Tehran hostage crisis in a deeply intelligent and unusually balanced way. And its cast is totally stuffed to the gills with actors at the peak of their game (John Goodman and Best Supporting Actor nominee Alan Arkin in particular are just magnificent, but everyone else is great too). The cast of the utterly charming Silver Linings Playbook is also brilliant, mind you; especially, at the heart of the film, Best Actor nominee Bradley Cooper – someone I’ve never really rated till I saw exactly how good he is in this – who is a revelation and Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence who is her usual self and therefore superb. If you missed either movie in the cinema, keep an eye out for the DVDs in due course – and enjoy!

6 thoughts on “Oscar Nominations: Argo (2012), Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

  1. Jed Bartlet January 11, 2013 / 9:45 pm

    I loved both of these films.

    Although I haven’t seen all of the nominees I was surprised that Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for a Best Director Oscar, because Argo is clearly a film where he has taken great care to get it looking exactly the way he wanted it to. Anyway, it’s smart, suspenseful and well-acted.

    Silver Linings Playbook just made me glad to have seen it. I started out unsettled and ended up completely charmed, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The acting is terrific – in the supporting roles, I was delighted that Jacki Weaver was nominated for a part which grounds the whole thing, and Robert De Niro keeps a lid on the mannerisms.

    And the leads are fantastic. Bradley Cooper is very plainly growing into leading-man status with every film. As for Jennifer Lawrence – I first saw her in Winter’s Bone, in which she is just extraordinary. Haven’t seen The Hunger Games, but she’s utterly wonderful in SLP.

    • e January 13, 2013 / 8:21 pm

      Jed Bartlet :
      As for Jennifer Lawrence – I first saw her in Winter’s Bone, in which she is just extraordinary. Haven’t seen The Hunger Games, but she’s utterly wonderful in SLP.

      I just saw Winter’s Bone and thought she was brilliant. Took me a while to realize she was also Catniss

  2. CJ Cregg January 11, 2013 / 10:08 pm

    I was really disappointed Affleck didn’t get his nomination too. Never mind, Ben, unpopcult loves you!

  3. CJ Cregg February 25, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    Congrats to Argo and Jennifer Lawrence on well-deserved wins. Yay!

  4. Jed Bartlet February 25, 2013 / 10:54 pm

    I heart J-Law. How could you not?

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