(To read the rest of our posts on the 2013 Oscars, check out the articles below:
Every few years, the Academy award nominees line up perfectly with the subject of the blog: violence, and more specifically, the modern wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010, we discussed Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds (and again here) and District 9. In 2011, we mostly skipped the big awards (what was there to say about Toy Story 3 and Inception?) but debated the documentaries. We “got off our asses” and reviewed Restrepo and Exit Through the Gift Shop. In 2012, we again had nothing to say about The Artist or Hugo. We probably could have reviewed War Horse but didn’t. (At least it was about World War I instead of World War II.)
But this year, what’s our excuse? Argo combines Iran and the CIA, and we just spent the last year writing extensively about both. Zero Dark Thirty was about the CIA and Osama bin Laden killing, which we also wrote about extensively. And then there’s Django Unchained. If one director represents gratuitous violence with little to no moral repercussions, it’s Tarantino.
So yeah, we’re writing about the Oscars this year, six months late. But what we lack in timeliness, we’ll make up for in post quantity. We’ll be discussing the CIA, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, and one of the most important, and effective, documentaries of the 21st century, The Invisible War.