12 February 2013 11:50 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Amour looks nothing like any of its fellow Best Picture nominees. In fact, it looks nothing like any of the Best Picture nominees of the last 20 years. It's a foreign film, of course, which puts it in the company of just four other foreign language films nominated for Best Picture since 1993. But more than that, it's everything a Best Picture nominee usually isn't-- small, bleak, unsentimental, and utterly uninterested in helping the audience through its barrage of intense feelings. That, of course, is exactly why it deserves to win. Amour is beyond a dark horse in this year's Best Picture field, to the point that it feels like a miracle that it was even nominated. A Palme d'Or winner at Cannes last May, and a critically beloved effort from the almost always critically beloved Michael Haneke, Amour seemed like exactly the kind of lauded film that never gets anywhere near »

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