2010s best picture nominees challenge

i will have a lot of free time this summer, so i've decided to catch up on all the best picture noms since 2010 that i've rly wanted to see but never gotten around to. i've probably lied about seeing some of these at least once, like some are iconic and it's a crime that i've never seen them. well, it's about to change!

there are more nominees that i haven't seen, the movies on this list are just chosen from what i'm actually interested in devoting my time to. sorry, american sniper

watching starts july 1st!! (edit: watching did not start july 1st because i love procrastination. this will probably stretch over months. i tried.)

  • Inception

    Inception

    did i understand all of it? no. was i floored by it? maybe. did it deserve the best picture nom? yes.

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  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    ★★★★½

    it’s strongest feature is how well every technical aspect helps form and elevate the themes and metaphors and psychological horror. natalie portman is amazing. i still feel like my skin is crawling. very worthy of a best picture nomination.

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  • True Grit

    True Grit

    ★★★½

    charming and well-executed for sure, but probably won’t be a movie i think about a lot in hindsight. i can see how it would receive a nomination for best picture but i also wouldn’t be outraged if it hadn’t

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  • The Artist
  • Moneyball

    Moneyball

    ★★★

    while the story isn’t bad and the performances are all solid (brad is even great at times) this was ultimately too long and unoriginal to me and lacked that feeling of wonder and satisfaction of all the components of a film coming together beautifully. a best picture nomination feels like a bit of a stretch.

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  • The Tree of Life
  • Amour
  • Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    ★★★½

    mezmerising imagery and captivating story, the cgi is some of the best i've seen, and the message is (a bit too) clear. not my choice for best picture but i can see the motivation for the nom.

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  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    was in the complete wrong mood for this and struggled a lot to keep up or feel interested. gave up after 40 minutes. i’m a disgrace to the cinephile community. will give it another try at some point

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Dallas Buyers Club

    Dallas Buyers Club

    ★★★½

    kind of cookie-cutter biography movie, but with both story and acting going for it. mccounaghey deserved that statue for sure - as for the film, whilst not bad or boring - it's barely just original enough to deserve a best picture nomination.

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  • Selma
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    beautiful, thoughtful, sad and comforting, ideas coming together expertly to form something intriguing and thought provoking. i love language, i love amy adams and i love jóhann jóhannsson. fully worthy of its nomination.

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  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    ★★★½

    deserves the nom for the relevance of subject matter. also good film!

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  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★

    soul crushing, suffocating darkness. strong performances but didn’t do anything to pick me up or offer me any sliver of hope. the women were neglected. i wouldn’t have nominated this for best picture.

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★½

    whimsical and strange and beautiful, but i think the concept of this is better than the execution. so many little details bothered me and yanked me out of the immersion. that being said, stylistically solid and a great fairytale.

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  • Get Out
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★★★

    this one’s grown on me with a couple rewatches. the style is a lot to swallow, but they make it work, and they manage to make something as complex, boring and dumb as economics and banking kind of interesting, and at least somewhat comprehensible. deserving of best picture nom? i guess

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  • Whiplash