Check out FlipSide’s Oscar picks, join us for live chat during Sunday’s ceremony

Actress Jessica Chastain is shown in a scene from the film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ in this publicity photo released to Reuters. The film has been nominated for Best Picture at the 80th Academy Awards this weekend.

Entertainment reporter Erin McCracken and FlipSide editor Pat Abdalla love movies. Between the two of them, they’ve seen all the titles up for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. Read what they had to say about the nine nominated films.

Erin’s take on “Beasts of the Southern Wild”: If anyone else saw “The Tree of Life” – last year’s expansive Best Picture nominee that heaped on metaphors to hint at universal themes – you’ll understand why I would compare that film to this one. At roughly 90 minutes, this is the shortest Best Picture nominee. But it uses its time wisely to pack a punch. More experience than movie, “Beasts” transports viewers to a world that’s familiar but unknown. With a clever mix of childhood wonderment and lush cinematography, it addresses a hot political topic sans soapbox. It is my vote for Best Picture. In child actress Quvenzhan√© Wallis, a star is born.

Pat’s take on “Life of Pi”: I’ll start by saying “Pi” is one of my all-time favorite books, and that I was skeptical it could be turned into a worthwhile movie. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Ang Lee’s version blew me away. No movie has ever pulled me into a different world so successfully or enjoyably. The visuals were stunning, but unlike a James Cameron film, this was more than visuals. This movie made me examine how I look at the world. And every moment of it was fun and wonderful. I hope it wins Best Picture.

More:
– Read commentary on the other Best Picture nominees. Check out all nominees.
– Join our live Oscars chat 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the FlipSide Facebook page. Get more live updates on the FlipSide site and Storify.
– Enter our Oscars contest by noon Sunday. Pick winners in all major categories for the chance to win movie passes.

About Erin McCracken

I'm a FlipSide reporter covering all things entertainment in southcentral Pennsylvania. Contact me at emccracken@ydr.com or leave a comment.
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One Response to Check out FlipSide’s Oscar picks, join us for live chat during Sunday’s ceremony

  1. I think that Naomi Watts absolutely killed it with her dress. Perfection. Not understanding what wasn’t to love about it. I loved Zoe Saldana and Nicole Kidmans dresses but in my opinion it was Naomi by a mile. I also loved how Kristin Stewart was a hot mess, and Jennifer Lawrence looked terrific even falling over.

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