With the Oscars just hours away as I write this, I doubt many will read. Besides, you've likely already read plenty of picks and predictions.
One of the casualties of my baseball-writing gig taking up most of my writing time over the past year is that I haven't had an opportunity — or haven't taken the time — to write much about movies. That bums me out, since it's one of my favorite pastimes.
Rather than write thoughts — quick or otherwise — on the 2013 Best Picture nominees, I'll rank them instead. Unlike last year, when I saw only six of the choices, I actually saw eight of nine this year. That surprised me, since I felt like I didn't get to the movies as often as I wanted to over the past 12 months.
Anyway, here's how the Best Picture nominees rank to me. Life of Pi is last, fairly or unfairly, because that's the one I didn't see.
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Django Unchained
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Les Miserables
- Life of Pi
I think The Grey and Moonlight Kingdom should be on this list, replacing Life of Pi and Amour. But this is the list we have.
I was going to rank Argo first, until I realized what I "didn't like" about Zero Dark Thirty was that it wasn't as good as Kathryn Bigelow's previous film (and 2010 Best Picture winner), The Hurt Locker. That's not really fair, as it's not judging the movie on its own merits.