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One the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, Oscar bloggers have stepped into the Best Picture arena. If you're an Oscar enthusiast which movies should you make a point to see?  Sasha Stone at Awards Daily has this list:

Milk
Slumdog Millionaire
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Revolutionary Road
The Dark Knight
The Reader
Frost/Nixon
Doubt
Rachel Getting Married
Gran Torino
The Wrestler

Of these, I've seen "The Dark Knight" and "Rachel Getting Married."  In reverse: "Rachel Getting Married" was a moving and deeply difficult film to watch.  It was over-long, which was its only fault.  Anne Hathaway, Rosmarie Dewitt and Debra Winger give outstanding performances.  Jonathan Demme, of "The Silence of the Lambs" fame, made a very fine film.  But I cannot imagine it as a Best Picture contender. If it belongs on this list, so does "The Visitor."

As for "The Dark Knight," it's one of the best films of the year.  I can already tell you that it will be very high on my annual top 10, and when I saw it I thought it had it all.  Initially it was regarded for Heath Ledger's performance, but if you see the film again (and you'll probably have a chance in January) you'll notice how complete Chris Nolan's Batman-pic is.  If it's fair to compare it to "The Departed," the Best Picture winner a few years back, "The Dark Knight" is better in every respect.  Which is to say that I am pulling for it.  But because it's a comic book film, the strange Academy may ignore it for the big prize (although you can book Mr. Ledger's win.)

Guy Lodge over at InContention.com has this response.

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