Manuel Betancourt

'Oscars' Posts

5th Annual Oscar Bash or How Best Pic Cupcakes are the real winners

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12 Years a Slave, or How “I will not fall into despair till freedom is opportune!”

12 Years a Slave

Directed by: Steve McQueen Written by: John Ridley Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Brad Pitt, Adepero Oduye & Angela Bassett.

Oscar Nominations: 9Best Picture, Directing (Steve McQueen), Actor in a Leading Role (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Fassbender), Actress in a Supporting Role (Lupita Nyong’o), Writing – ...

Before Midnight, or How “Is this a dream or is this a memory?”

Before Midnight Directed by: Richard Linklater Written by: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke Starring: Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke.

Oscar Nomination: 1 Best Adapted Screenplay (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke)

If there’s a more literate and sensuous film concerned with issues both big (transcendence, desire, gender disparity) ...

Captain Phillips, or How “I’m the captain now!”

Captain Phillips

Directed by: Paul Greengrass Written by: Billy Ray Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, and  Catherine Keener.

Oscar Nominations: 6 Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Barkhad Abdi), Writing – Adapted Screenplay (Billy Ray), Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing

“I’m the captain now!”

Captain Philips is

is as solid an action-packed thriller as we’ve come to ...

American Hustle, or How “You’re nothing to me until you’re everything.”

American Hustle

Directed by: David O. Russell Written by: Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Michael Peña, Elisabeth Röhm & Louis C.K

Oscar Nominations: 10 Best Picture, Directing (David O. Russell), Actor in a Leading Role (Christian Bale,) Actor in a Supporting Role (Bradley Cooper), Actress in a ...

Nebraska, or How “what a whore!”


Directed by: Alexander Payne Written by: Bob Nelson Starring: Bruce Dern, June Squibb & Will Forte.

Oscar Nominations: 6 Best Picture, Directing (Alexander Payne), Actor in a Leading Role (Bruce Dern), Actress in a Supporting Role (June Squibb), Writing – Original Screenplay (Bob Nelson), Cinematography

“Pretty” black and white cinematography. A “gosh, old white people are hoot, aren’t ...

Philomena, or How “I didn’t see that coming. Not in a million years!”


Directed by: Stephen Frears Written by: Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Mare Winningham & Sean Mahon.

Oscar Nominations: 4 Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role (Judi Dench), Writing – Adapted Screenplay (Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope)

“I didn’t see that coming. Not in a million years!”

It’s ...

Her, or How love is “kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity”


Written & Directed by: Spike Jonze Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara & Chris Pratt.

5 Oscar Nominations Best Picture, Writing – Original Screenplay (Spike Jonze), Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Production Design

“I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s kind of ...

Gravity, or How “sit back, enjoy the ride, you gotta plant both your feet on the ground and start living life”


Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón Written by: Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón Starring: Sandra Bullock & George Clooney

Oscar Nominations: 10 Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Actress (Sandra Bullock), Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Editing & Best Original Score.

“Sit back, ...

Dallas Buyers Club, or How “You know what? You don’t deserve my money, you homophobic asshole”

Dallas Buyers Club

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallé Written by: Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner & ??

Dallas Buyers Club 6 Oscar Nominations Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Matthew McConaughey), Actor in a Supporting Role (Jared Leto),Writing -Original Screenplay (Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack), Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling

“You know what? ...

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