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    We're very far apart on Social Network, Siggy. I loved about everything to do with it. Acting, direction, the score, the editing, the real sense of place the film had. But mostly the amazing script. I'm a sucker for Sorkin.

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    In honor of Oscar night, I watched The Sting. Redford and Newman were indeed very good together.

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    British period pieces...if you make one, you will win an Oscar. I honestly think it's the accents.

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    British period pieces...if you make one, you will win an Oscar. I honestly think it's the accents.

    When did a British period piece win best picture (besides last night)

    I dont think the fact that it is a British movie has anything to do with it winning. It was a fantastic movie that evidently was loved by a lot of people

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    When did a British period piece win best picture (besides last night)

    I dont think the fact that it is a British movie has anything to do with it winning. It was a fantastic movie that evidently was loved by a lot of people
    Off the top of my head, I might be wrong about one of these, but I remember Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, and Braveheart.

    Those are all fairly recent.

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    Off the top of my head, I might be wrong about one of these, but I remember Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, and Braveheart.

    Those are all fairly recent.
    I'll grant you The English Patient , but not the other two IMO.

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    When did a British period piece win best picture (besides last night)
    Chariots of Fire won best picture. I still nod off just thinking about that movie.

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    How is Shakespeare in Love not a British period piece? It's British-directed, British-filmed, British-set and British-acted.

    The other thing is (Like I said, dark side.) it combines the British period drama (Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, English Patient, etc.) with the disabled/handicapped person accomplishing great things with the help of quirky mentor(s) (Forest Gump, My Left Foot, A Beautiful Mind, etc.). Harvey Weinstein figured this out, pulled the necessary strings, spent the necessary money, and came out much richer.

    What the Oscars has to do is mediate the historical footnotes of film. It has to consider both the actual quality of film-making along with popularity. Last year, it chose quality over popularity, a decision that may end up seeming wrong depending on the fates of Kathryn Bigelow and the Avatar franchise, respectively. This year, it missed on both. The King's Speech was neither wildly popular (Toy Story 3 and Inception were both nominated.) nor fantastic, near-transcendent film-making (The Social Network and Black Swan were both nominated.).

    But it played the formula perfectly, outsmarting the cranky old Academy voters. Certain character elements + certain story elements + major awards season marketing push = Oscar. Sixty percent of the time. It works every time.
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    Finally watched Megamind last night. It was good, but not great. The pacing wasn't the best and brought the movie down. It was definitely better than Despicable Me.

    Both movies had minions, so I'm hoping they weren't made by the same company.
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    I'll grant you The English Patient , but not the other two IMO.
    Please explain to me how either Shakespeare in Love or Braveheart are not British period pieces.

    They are set in different parts of Britain, and different periods of time, but I fail to grasp how they don't meet the criteria.

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    Please explain to me how either Shakespeare in Love or Braveheart are not British period pieces.

    They are set in different parts of Britain, and different periods of time, but I fail to grasp how they don't meet the criteria.

    I have not seen Skakespeare in Love.

    Bottonline I really liked The Kings Speech and I think it deserved to win whether it was a British period piece or set in Kansas. And yes I have seen all ten of the nominees this year.

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    BRAVEHEART DESERVES ANY AWARD IT RECEIVES

    Yes I wrote in caps cause that movie is one of my all time favorite flicks.

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    I would say Bravehart is a Scottish period piece that involves Brittain.

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    I would say Bravehart is a Scottish period piece that involves Brittain.
    I love Braveheart. One of my favorite all-time movies.

    But Braveheart certainly meets the criteria of British period piece. Scotland is one three key components of the island of Great Britain, England and Wales being the other two.

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    So when someone says a movie is a British period piece, does your mind go to people in England speaking with British accents, or people in kilts in Scotland with Scottish accents? I thought so.

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    Totally off subject but if any of you watch the tv show Lights Out (which if you aren't you should) did you know that the actress playing Light's wife is the same actress that is William (Mel Gibson) Wallaces wife that dies in the beginning of braveheart?


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    So when someone says a movie is a British period piece, does your mind go to people in England speaking with British accents, or people in kilts in Scotland with Scottish accents? I thought so.
    I can honestly say this is the first, and only time that I've ever thought about British period pieces and Braveheart sprung to mind as one of the Best Picture winners who met the criteria.

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    So when someone says a movie is a British period piece, does your mind go to people in England speaking with British accents, or people in kilts in Scotland with Scottish accents? I thought so.
    Yeah, I agree. In my mind, I don't see Braveheart as a British period piece. I guess technically, it probably is, but I usually see Scotland and England as two separate entities.

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    Scotland is part of Britain...How is it not a British period piece?

    To me the King's Speech was good, but it felt like a play, probably because it is a play. It didn't feel like a film. I dunno.

    The Social Network maybe seemed too obvious. You might say how can a movie about Facebook really be that great? But come on the editing, the acting by Eisenberg, you knew what was going to happen and it still engrossed you. Easily should have won IMO.
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    Scotland is part of Britain...How is it not a British period piece?
    Technically it is. I am not going to dispute that. It's just that when I think of Britain and British, I usually think of England and Wales. Scotland kind of has its own identity to me with the kilts and the bagpipes and all that.

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    The Welsh and English would probably tell you they're nothing alike either, but I understand what you're saying.

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    I have not seen Skakespeare in Love.
    Horrible, wretched piece of trite garbage that makes Pirates of the Caribbean look like thoughtful historical commentary. Plus, needed more Ben Affleck.

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    So when someone says a movie is a British period piece...
    It's kind of just that the British-based accents (Scottish, Australian, New Zealand-ian?, etc.) that seems to add class and gravitas to movies. I would argue that the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter empire benefit greatly from casting mainly Brits. Come to think of it, didn't Return of the King (Parts 1 and 2) win Best Picture....
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    . Come to think of it, didn't Return of the King (Parts 1 and 2) win Best Picture....

    No, only the final one did.

    My argument against you is I don't think any movie should be thought of better or worse just because it is a British period piece. If you didn't like The Kings Speech fine, but I think denigrating it by suggeasting it only won or mainly won because it is a British period piece is greatly unfair. The movie will pass the $120 M mark before this weekend in the US. British period pieces don't normally do that

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    The movie will pass the $120 M mark before this weekend in the US. British period pieces don't normally do that
    ...except when they win an Oscar....
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    ...except when they win an Oscar....

    It had made $114M as of Sunday before Oscar announcement.


    I was just looking back over the past eleven best picture winners. I've seen all of these but one and here is how I would rate them.

    First here are the winners.
    2010 - The Kings Speech
    2009 - The Hurt Locker
    2008 - Slumdog Millionaire
    2007 - No Country for Old men
    2006 - The Departed
    2005 - Crash
    2004 - Million Dollar Baby
    2003 - Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King
    2002 - Chicago
    2001 - Beautiful Mind
    2000 - Gladiator

    My personal favorites
    11 - Chicago - Admit I have not seen this
    10 - Beautiful Mind -
    9 - No Country for Old Men
    8 - Crash
    7 - Gladiator
    6 - Million Dollar Baby
    5 - The Hurt Locker
    4 - Lord of the Rings
    3 - The Departed
    2 - The King's Speech
    1 - Slumdog Millionaire


    (I would put The Social Network probably either 3rd ahead of The Departed or 4th ahead of Lord of the Rings
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