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2013. My daughter uses this phrase that I kind of hate. She is always saying, "That's beyond, beyond" and what she means by that is that it's extra amazing. That is how I feel about this year. So many spectacular films that reach so many themes and genres and pretty much redefine what cinema is supposed to be about. It is also a year that breaks a rule here at the Fistis (as you have come to see, rules are made to be broken) in that the 'five nominee' rule is thrown out the window in Best Picture, where I have nominated six films.
But I have reason for this.
When compiling my list of the best films of 2013, one thing struck me so profoundly. My ballot was extremely diverse. Foreign film, animation, documentary, sci-fi, comedy, drama, gay/lesbian/transgender, musical, quirky indie; you name it, they were represented, and when it came down to knocking one of these films out of the top, I just couldn't.
And so I didn't.
Oscar went with the historical biopic, 12 Years a Slave, and I genuinely like the film, but it is flawed and doesn't come close to my personal top dozen films. With that in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards for 2013!
[NOTE: I debated how to approach Michael Polley's contribution to Stories We Tell, for it was one of my favorite things about the film year and, if I were to deem him an 'actor', he would have walked away with this award in a heartbeat. In the end though, I decided against including him in an 'acting' category, since he was merely being himself]
[EDIT: I was informed that 'So You Know What It's Like' was co-written by Destin Daniel Cretton and so he is now cited as a nominee for the Original Song]
Blue is the Warmest Color
Stories We Tell