2013 was a great year in film. It was a “dart year”, meaning that if you threw a dart, you would hit a movie deserving of recognition and praise. It’s the kind of year where there are no real snubs, simply because there was an abundance of good work, not only from actors and directors, but writers, cinematographers, editors, composers, stylists, and engineers—everyone was firing on all cylinders last year. That said, there will definitely be regrets about the 2014 Oscars within five years. Not all of these movies are going to hold up—in fact, I can already pick four on the Best Picture list that won’t hold up at all: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street.
I like Adam Scott (Parks & Rec, Party Down) a lot, and though he’s best known for being part of the ensemble (Step-Brothers) he is fully capable of carrying a project (see also: Party Down). But A.C.O.D. (“adult child of divorce”) isn’t that funny and it largely wastes the very real depth and sorrow he can bring to characters (see also: PARTY DOWN). I knew a guy who went through his parents’ divorce as an adult and it really did a number on him, so this can be rich emotional ground, but this comes off more as a shallow examination of a spoilt person than a look at how divorce can devastate even a grown-ass man.