The Tree Of Life Wins Film Lovers Poll

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The poll was taken at a panel I was on last night at the Strand Bookstore.

Slate's Dana Stevens, Salon's Andrew O'Hehir, and myself were there to gab about the Oscar race.

(The New Yorker's David Denby, also scheduled, mysteriously never showed up.)

After our talk, MC Deborah Reinisch asked the crowd to pick their own favorites in each category -- i.e., the ones they think should win rather than will win.

For Best Picture, the most votes were given to The Tree of Life.

That's the challenging, unnerving, but brilliant Terrence Malick film that really kicks in after the first six hours!

(And all three of us scribes heartily agreed with the choice.)

The Descendants came in second.

The Artist only came in fourth!

And garnering zero -- you heard me, zero -- votes were Extremely Loud ..., The Help, and War Horse.

I wish Malick had been there to pick up the only award he'll get for his formidable Tree.

And I wish that, when the event ended, I hadn't strolled slowly to the elevator, hoping to get some ecstatic feedback over my remarks on the panel.

All I got was one man saying, "Did you really invent the word 'celebutard'?"

I wanted to scream out the name of one of the Best Picture nominees:

Help!!!!


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Voxpop
Voxpop

the important question is HOW THE HELL does brad pitt go from a crew cut to 10inch long hair in a year or so? that's assuming 'the tree of life' was made a year or 2 ago and not in 1990 and just released.

Ziz
Ziz

It took so long to edit it was probably filmed three or more years ago.

Vincenzo Bavaro
Vincenzo Bavaro

Couldn't agree more about the Tree, and Descendants...but Midnight in Paris was SO bad...!

Bamaguy1024
Bamaguy1024

OMG I HATED Tree of Life... it was so derivative, like aspects of Kubrick 2001, and an ending like one of Fellini's films with people walking on a beach... so existential and NO STORY, NO PLOT!   An incredible bore from start to finish.  

Melinda9
Melinda9

I thought it was a beautiful film. Maybe people alive in the 50s and 60s can relate to it more. The end dragged on somewhat. He could have edited that part. No one walked out from the showing I was at until the end part with Sean Penn on the beach. Brad Pitt, JChastain, and the kids who played the sons were fantastic.

nostradavid
nostradavid

Celebrity via 'celebutard' is a wicked irony. 

Mark Brandt
Mark Brandt

The Tree of Life was the most beautifully filmed movie I have ever hated.

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

Well put. Old-fashioned ideas (Cold War era US values! Nostalgic!) wrapped in "wild" and "experimental" technique. Pretentious plus conservative don't make company you'll want to take home.

Tip
Tip

Agree re Tree. Yeah, it was maddeningly pretentious but it was film ART unlike the other overrated nominees.

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