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February 19, 2013

CALLERI: Controversy surrounds the Oscars as Hollywood prepares for its big night


Niagara Gazette — The directing category is a mess. Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”), Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), and Tom Hooper (“Les Miserables”) were not nominated, although their movies were for best picture. Hooper, of course, didn’t deserve a nomination anyway.

So, that leaves Ang Lee (“Life Of Pi”) and Steven Spielberg” (“Lincoln”) as the front-runners. Both have already won. For Michael Haneke (“Amour”), “Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts Of The Southern Wild”), and David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”), the honor is being nominated. Spielberg leads the pack. I would welcome Lee winning again. Haneke will win for best foreign language film for the great “Amour.”

“Searching For Sugar Man” deserves to win the Oscar for best documentary feature. And if there’s an absolutely sure thing, it’s Adele Adkins winning best song for “Skyfall,” which she co-wrote with Paul Epworth.

The Oscars air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood this Sunday night starting at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at

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