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Since 2009 and 2010, the Oscar category for Best Picture has featured a wide range of big-budget and independent films that have sometimes misrepresented the best movies shown for that particular year.
This year's Oscars does not have that problem. An eclectic group of films has been chosen and each could legitimately win the big prize with very few debating its success. However, most of these films fit into one of three categories.
Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, and Life of Pi are similar to films that have already won the award, and for that very reason, only Lincoln has a shot to win it from this category.
Django Unchained is an homage to the "spaghetti westerns" of the past and Les Miserables is based on the Les Miserables stage production. Of those two, Les Mis is more likely to take home top honors.
The last category of Oscar nominees for Best Picture comprises films that resemble more traditional Oscar nominations. Of these, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Amour both have a good chance to win the Oscar. But, inevitably, the award will probably go to Lincoln or Argo.
Out of all the films nominated, Beasts of the Southern Wild is the most original and philosophical, for it is a quandary of hope and misery in which one cannot live without the another.
“A lot of thinking has gone into Beasts of the Southern Wild, about themes as well as methods, about the significance of the story as well as its shape. And it is certainly rich enough to invite and repay a healthy measure of critical thought,” says New York Times film critic A. O. Scott .