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Poll: Do you think 'A Serious Man' will be nominated for best picture at the Oscars?

October 4, 2009 | 10:45 am
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Joel and Ethan Coen's "A Serious Man" is getting ace reviews, scoring 74 at Metacritic and 86 at RottenTomatoes.

Says Kenneth Turan of the L.A. Times, "Writer-directors Joel and Ethan have seized the opportunity afforded by the Oscar-winning success of 'No Country for Old Men' to make their most personal, most intensely Jewish film, a pitch-perfect comedy of despair that, against some odds, turns out to be one of their most universal as well."

Claudia Puig of USA Today: "'A Serious Man' is a wonderfully odd, bleakly comic and thoroughly engrossing film."

In addition to winning best picture of 2007 for "No Country for Old Men," the Coens were nominated in the top derby race for "Fargo" in 1996, losing to "The English Patient." Read more about the Coen brothers' awards history in Gold Derby's writeup on "A Serious Man." Check out what our readers think of its new Oscar hopes in our forums.

Considering there will be slots for 10 nominees for best picture this year instead of the usual five, "A Serious Man" may have a shot. Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly thinks so: "The critical response has been phenomenal so far. But the film needs audience support as well to go the distance." Do you agree?


'A Serious Man' could be serious awards contender

Photo: Focus Features

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Were it not for the subject matter (or if there were to be only five nominees) I would say that the film would not be nominated; however, I believe that a film limning the Jewish-American experience in middle America during the mid-20th cetury will speak to a significant block of Oscar voters - enough to make it into the final ten...

A Serious Man has music by the great Sidor Belarsky and I have not seen any comments on that although his daughter was consulted about the music -- any information?



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