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What was the best film of 2013?

February 17, 2014 8:45 AM

Fran Simon
fsimon@tulane.edu

Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres

Television icon and New Orleans native Ellen DeGeneres returns to host the Oscars. The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be televised live on Sunday, March 2, on ABC. (Photo from ABC/Andrew Eccles)


It may have been a year of difficult-to-watch films in 2013, but it was an interesting year for movies. Film buffs in the Digital Media Production Program at Tulane University were eager to discuss the nine Best Picture nominees and weigh in on “What was the best film of the year?”

As pundits predict what film will be crowned Best Picture at the Academy Awards on March 2, the Producers Guild of America declared an unprecedented tie, naming Gravity and 12 Years a Slave the best films of the year. 12 Years won the Golden Globe for best drama, while the Golden Globe for best comedy went to American Hustle.

Mary Blue, professor of practice in communication and program director, says she is excited because two of the nominated movies were products of “Hollywood South” in Louisiana (12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyer’s Club, which racked up 15 Oscar nominations total).

What criteria are most important when deciding which movie is best of the year? According to The New York Times, film editing is a major predictor of which film wins the Oscar, and Blue and the students agree. Yet, in Blue’s estimation, writing and cinematography reign supreme.

Blue’s pick for Best Picture is 12 Years a Slave, saying, “It will be remembered.”

Ethan Gordon, a senior majoring in digital media production and communication who is currently working on a short narrative film of his own as a capstone project, was blown away by Her, which he calls a “landmark film.”

Bobby DeSimone, a digital media production and applied computing major, favors American Hustle because of the chemistry between the four lead actors, all nominated for Oscars. He believes both American Hustle and 12 Years will endure.

American Hustle will be on everyone’s DVD shelf, while 12 Years will last longer as far as scholarly study.”

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