What the Hollywood Reporter's 'Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot' Teaches us About Entertainment's Great Art Debate | Julian Mitchell

February 19, 2015 7:04 PM

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What the Hollywood Reporter's 'Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot' Teaches us About Entertainment's Great Art Debate | Julian Mitchell

As the Academy Awards swiftly approach, much debate has surfaced around which movie deserves to take home Best Picture. While respectably brilliant films like Whiplash and Grand Budapest Hotel have earned critical acclaim for stellar cinematography and great storylines, the standout competitors in the public eye appear to be Ava Duvernay's Selma and Clint Eastwood's American Sniper.

One is an incredibly depicted patriotic melodrama, vividly recounting the frontline experiences of Chris Kyle, a dignified Navy Seal who became the most lethal sniper in U.S. history. For just over two hours, viewers take an intense tour through the turmoil, triumph and trauma that plague a battle-t...

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