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Any sort of slandering, badmouthing, name calling, or impugning intelligence is not appreciated here. If you have a difference of opinion, please go about it in a respectable manner, rather than trying to discredit my opinion or any of these people listed. All of the nominees are very talented people, so I'd respect you for your opinion, whether or not it differs, so I'd expect the same from you. It's pretty sad that I have to put this on here, but I've seen some of the comments on these lists.
Also, I hadn't updated this in months, but I definitely would have included "Hugo" and "Midnight in Paris" before the noms came out.
And yes, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" got terrible reviews, but look, it got nominated for Best Picture!
So, I laugh at everyone who said my picks were terrible. I initially didn't think the Academy would go for "Hugo", because it's based on a children's book and films of the sort rarely ever get due recognition with the Academy. I left out "Midnight in Paris" because the Academy hasn't been showing Woody Allen much love in recent years.
Note that the first 5 are in alphabetical order. And the last 10 are in order of their likelihood to get nominated if I'm wrong about the first 5.
A lot of people are going to walk away from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and absolutely hate it. Why? I'm not sure. It was utterly predictable and cheesetastic. Had it not have been, then everyone who worked on it would have failed. That is the beauty of Indiana Jones, and other films like it. It is meant to be predictable, but more importantly it is meant to be fun and exciting.
Cate Blanchett had a superb Russian accent; and I was enthralled with the sword fight between her and Shia LaBeouf. It was so awesome! They did an excellent job with the visual effects and keeping them quite near the same as they were twenty-seven years ago, when Raiders of the Lost Ark was released.
I do not think that it was the best Indiana Jones films, but it was definitely exciting and well worth (just two days shy of) a nineteen-year wait. My personal favourite is the Last Crusade.
Shia LaBeouf once again proved himself to be an excellent actor. He is definitely one of the few superior actors of this generation.
It was great to see the famous hat back in action. It was equally exciting to hear Jones's famous one-liners again: "Sister", "I've got a bad feeling about this."
The concept of the Crystal Skulls was outstanding. I loved that they took the legendary tale of the Skulls and elaborated on it more and twisted it ever so slightly.
All in all, it was basically amazing! Only the true Indiana Jones fans will walk away with a warm, fuzzy feeling that has been missing for nearly two decades. It is safe to say, that I am very excited for the fifth and final chapter in the Indiana Jones saga. Hopefully, there won't be another twenty year gap for that, though, otherwise Harrison Ford WILL be 80 years old.