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Gone Baby Gone is a film I liked a lot and it’s one of the best police procedurals/crime thrillers I’ve seen in a while. That said, I can’t help but think that I could limit my comments here to, “If you’ve seen Gone Baby Gone you probably wouldn’t be considering it for an Oscar.” But I’m a verbose jerk so I won’t. (Note: this post is intentionally vague to avoid spoilers. That’s not the case for most of these posts, but feel free to click through.)

I see it having potential in two categories: Adapted Screenplay and Amy Ryan for Supporting Actress. Almost every big movie this year is an adaptation so I can’t imagine Gone Baby Gone sneaking in in that category. Ryan was pretty darn good as the mother of a kidnapped girl (and oh yeah a drug user and all around scumbag) and she has nearly swept the early critic awards, but I’d be surprised if there aren’t 5 supporting performances better than hers. I don’t think the movie handles the important question regarding her character very well so that whatever brilliance she might show in the role gets sort of lost. So not a bad choice- I wouldn’t mind her getting a nod and I’ve loved her work on The Wire, but I think it may be a case of too much love for perfecting a Dorchester accent. Read the rest of this entry »

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