14 February 2013 5:24 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

From now until the Friday before the Oscars we'll be running daily pieces about why a film does or does not deserve Best Picture. Katey recently spoke up for Michael Haneke's Amour, while Eric and Mack argued for and against Quentin Tarantino.s Django Unchained. Today, Sean goes to bat for Benh Zeitlin.s Beasts of the Southern Wild, a Sundance hit that rode waves of audience approval all the way to the Academy Awards. For movies like Benh Zeitlin.s Beasts of the Southern Wild -- lower-budgeted independents with a film-festival pedigree . the Oscar nomination often is considered the .win.. These movies, despite their quality, aren.t expected to contend with the major studio awards contenders (or, God forbid, a Harvey Weinstein-backed Oscar hopeful). Movies like The Tree of Life, Winter.s Bone, Precious and An Education can put .Best Picture Nominee. on their posters and DVD covers, »

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