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Oscar Special: today is movie marathon day!

Tomorrow are the Oscars. Some of us – the ones who spent the last few weeks watching the year’s best films – will wake up in the morning to cheer for our favourites.

brunch Updated: Feb 23, 2013 17:22 IST

Tomorrow are the Oscars. Some of us – the ones who spent the last few weeks watching the year’s best films – will wake up in the morning to cheer for our favourites. Some (who believe that Gangs of Wasseypur and Paan Singh Tomar deserve more talktime) will cluck disapprovingly. For the rest, here’s a primer to the films nominated in the Best Film category for the 85th Academy Awards. Because whether you like it or not, your family, friends and colleagues will be obsessed with the Oscars for the next two weeks. This will help you hold your own.

Life of Pi

PiWhat is it about?

The journey of a boy on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for company Seeti (whistle) moments The amazing cinematography, Irrfan Khan.

Loo break: You need to read the book to completely get it.


What is it about?

A top CIA ‘exfil’ guy sets up a bogus film shoot in Tehran to rescue six American diplomats Seeti (whistle) moments Ben Affleck is the rabri on jalebi.

Loo break: A few clichéd scenes, but what the hell, we enjoyed them anyway.

Django Unchained
What is it about?
In the antebellum years, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a plantation owner, with the help of a German bounty hunter Seeti (whistle) moments All of it for Tarantino fans – lots of aesthetically shot blood.
Loo break: Leonardo DiCaprio is just average, and so is Thandie Newton.

Silver Linings Playbook
What is it about?
Pat has bipolar disorder – he moves in with his parents. Tiffany is a nymphomaniac. Romance with a twist! Seeti (whistle) moments When Pat wakes his parents in the middle of the night to tell them how bleak Hemingway is
Loo break: You’re just waiting throughout the film for them to do it!

Zero Dark Thirty

What is it about?

ZDTA CIA agent’s decade-long effort to hunt down Osama Bin Laden Seeti (whistle) moments The actual mission to kill Osama, and when the bomb goes off at the CIA site

Loo break: The films screams, loud and clear, ‘We Americans are just so cool’. Also, it feels like a documentary.

What is it about?
President Lincoln’s struggle to abolish slavery Seeti (whistle) moments The opening scene – in a battlefield, Lincoln talking to soldiers – is probably fictitious, but sets the mood
Loo break: Zilch. Pee before you start watching.

What is it about?
A poignant tale of love between an ageing French couple Seeti (whistle) moments The beautiful Emmanuelle Riva, the 85-year-old star; and Isabelle Huppert, who plays the daughter
Loo break: A few difficult-to-watch scenes, like when the husband literally has to take his stricken wife to the loo, but captivating nonetheless.

Beasts of the Southern wild
What is it about?
A hard drinker living in a collapsing shack with his 6-year-old daughter, Hushpuppy, in Bayou territory Seeti (whistle) moments Incredible moments during and right after the hurricane and newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis’ screaming scenes
Loo break: Scenes in the post-hurricane medical camp are a bit stretched.

Les Misérables

What is it about?

A thief, a policeman, a bad haircut, death, love, songs and revolution in 18th century France Seeti (whistle) moments Anne Hathaway doing I Dreamed A Dream and all those sweeping shots of Paris

Loo break: Half the songs are dull. Unlike Chicago and Sweeney Todd, there is very little spoken word, and most songs are shot in close-up, without choreography. And Sacha Baron Cohen is just no fun.

Check out our Oscars special below!


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