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  • Readers Pick: The Oscars

  • Which best picture nominees would you like to see win the Oscar this year?

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  • Which best picture nominees would you like to see win the Oscar this year? We asked this question in The Repository and on Facebook, and local filmgoers responded. This year’s nominees, which will be presented during the Academy Awards ceremonies airing at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow on ABC — with red carpet coverage starting at 7 — are “Amour,” “Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
    ’Django,’ because I have kids and therefore only get to see one move per fiscal quarter and that’s the one I’ve seen. Plus it’s pretty good.”
    —Adam Novak
    “While I know it won't happen, I'd like to see ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ win Best Picture because, more than any of the other movies nominated, I think, it pushes the art (and business) of movie-making forward. The story is unconventional, yet draws on conventions. All of the cinematographic arts are brilliantly executed (writing, acting, directing, art direction, editing, post-production, cinematography and sound), yet most of them push the envelope in unconventional directions.”
    —Andrew Rudd
    “Should win: ‘Lincoln,’ because of Oscar voting history and the film's genre just scream a best picture winner. Will win: ‘Argo,’ because of the anger among Oscar voters given the shutout of Ben Afleck as a nominee for best director. Also, the film offers a unique insight into a historic moment as well.”
    —Chris Cugini
    ’Django Unchained’ should win but won't. ‘Les Miz’ was good, impressive, and well done, but ‘Django,’ minus the silly bloodbath scenes that Tarantino likes so much, was a better movie. I like the combination of new with old westerns, and his combining that story with outstanding acting.”
    —-Jay Spencer
    “I cast my vote for 'Lincoln.'  Some complained that the movie should have featured more of the Civil War, but they miss the point.  The film masterfully depicts the amazing balancing act performed by the 16th President of the United States as he fought his own battle for the abolition of slavery... While some may consider it slow, to those who stop and really listen and sit back to appreciate the quality of the acting - particularly by Daniel Day-Lewis - and impact of the events portrayed, the action unfolding on screen is positively captivating.  I couldn't look away.”
    —Rob McGee
    “I would say ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ because it was so well-cast and I really felt it connected more with the audience than some of the others.”
    —Bob Waltz
     “I haven't seen them all, but of the ones that I did, I'd say ‘Argo’ was the best. I thought ‘Lincoln’ was way too long and it was boring although the dude that played Lincoln should win for best actor.”
    Page 2 of 2 -  —Mary V. Parker
    “The shiny little man that should get a prize is David O. Russell and his crew (on stage and off) for portraying real life in ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’ There were no shoot-outs, special effects, bad singing, subtitles, tigers or fantasy. Just in-your-face everyday drama. Oh, and some eye candy.“
    —Judi Christy
    ’Lincoln.’ Truly an amazing ensemble with spectacular dialogue. Every American should see this movie. It will give you an understanding of our history and a greater appreciation for Lincoln the man.”
    —Joe French
    “I thought ‘Argo’ was the best of the five (nominees) I saw. ‘Lincoln’ seemed to plod sometimes. It was like watching a textbook (not that there’s anything wrong with that). ‘Argo’ was well-paced, well-acted, well-directed, and novel. And I write that as a guy who has a bust of Lincoln on his desk!”
    —Joe Boyle